Vegetable Medley Pasta Recipe

This pasta recipe is super easy. The best part about it is you can change it up however you want. I like tossing in different vegetables whenever I make it. Spinach one night, next time broccoli, maybe peas and carrots. Don’t have any of those on hand? Have asparagus? Add that in! Really simply, really quick and let’s not forget the kids love it too.

Vegetable Medley Pasta
Ingredients
2 cups dry whole-wheat bow tie pasta

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon garlic minced
16oz of vegetables. – This can be a frozen bag of peas and carrots, frozen broccoli, fresh asparagus or spinach
2 cups chicken broth low sodium or homemade,
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon freshly chopped parsley
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/4 teaspoons pepper
Directions
Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile heat the olive oil and garlic over medium heat in a large sauce pan. Cook until [Read more…]

Quick Dinner Rolls- Recipe

This recipe is pretty fun to make with the kids. It looks like a biscuit, cooks fast like a biscuit, yet isn’t a biscuit at all. It’s called a Quick Dinner Roll. You can whip this up in under twenty minutes and serve it along with dinner not ten minutes later. Fast enough for you?
Not only is it quick to throw these rolls together, they taste great and all you really need to know how to do is mix. It’s that easy! Have the kids help mixing it up and drop spoonfuls into muffin tins for a really quick addition to the dinner table.

My kids adore them so much I always make two batches!

Quick Dinner Rolls

Ingredients

1 package of active dry yeast

Apple Pie Recipe

When my son started eating solid food, I could not get him to eat enough fruits and vegetables. I tricked him by adding them into recipes. One of his favorite recipes is the Apple pie. I cook it at least once a month. It is an easy and healthy snack.
My son helps me by chopping the apples or mixing some of the dry ingredients. When kids help you preparing a dish, they will be eager to taste it and eat it. The following recipe is inspired from my grandmother. She makes everything from scratch: from the crust to the filling.

Ingredients
Crust
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 Tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 cup of butter

Bob Evans Chili Recipe

Bob Evans Slow Cooker Chili was an awesome addition to our Super Bowl Sunday. Chili is one of my all time favorite foods, and you all know about my Little Man’s deep love of Bob Evans, so this was a match made in Heaven!

How did we make this particular chili?

Ingredients
1 lb Bob Evans frozen spicy sausage
1 lb ground beef, leaner is better at least 80%
1 can butter beans
1 can corn
1 can black eyed peas
1 can tomato sauce
spices is up to you
prep time 30 mins
cook time 6 hrs

Step 1-
The pre-game show;
First brown the defrosted meat. It does not have to be cooked all the way, through but keep in mind the browned pieces will keep their size for the most part in the finished chili. Also the amount of browning will show through in the end too. In other words, don’t burn it, and drain the fat too. 🙂

While browning the meat open all your cans except the tomato sauce and drain them. I like my chili a bit on the dry side rather then a soup consistency. If you want a soupy chili, keep the liquid from one can of beans.

Step 2- Game Time

Find the slow cooker, plug it in and start it up on the low setting. Put the tomato sauce in the slow cooker. Then once the cans are all drained add the contents of them to the slow cooker as well. Give it a quick mix then add the meat, give it another mix.
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Cooking With Preschoolers: Swirly Lemon Cupcakes #Baking #Recipe

Not only can you make a swirly frosting pattern, but these fun cupcakes have swirls of
color on the inside too! Preschoolers and other young children love mixing the colors
and swirling the cupcakes! Cooking lets children practice math and science skills like
measuring, mixing, observing, predicting, and learning about change. This particular
activity also reinforces color and color changes.

Supplies:

* Your favorite Lemon Cake recipe (or mix!) and necessary ingredients
* Food coloring
* cupcake pan and liners
* Lemon frosting
* plastic baggies

Procedure:

1. Prepare your Lemon Cake according to directions.
2. Pour half the cake batter into two bowls. Add about 10 drops of food coloring to one
of the bowls. The natural color of most Lemon Cake batters is yellow. If you add blue
to the bowl (like the picture), your batter should turn green. Stir the batter to mix in the
color.

Yummy Pumpkin & Spinach Quiche Recipe

Yummy Pumpkin & Spinach Quiche Recipe

crust Ingredients:1 1/2 C. white wheat flour
1/2 t. salt
2 T. 2 % milk
1/2 C. oil
crust prep:
• Combine ingredients into pie pan, sifting in the flour and salt.
• mix together with a fork.
• mold into the pie pan pressing with your fingers all the way to the edges.
filling ingredients:
4 eggs
1 1/2 C. milk
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper
1/2 t. chili flakes
3/4 t. garlic salt
1 C. baby spinach
1 [Read more…]

Aunt Anne’s Pretzel Kit and #Recipe (Make Monkey Bread) @AuntieAnnes

So we all have went o the mall for one thing or another. And of course we get a smell of both the cinnamon bun place and the pretzel place, Aunt Anne’s. Well, lets say instead of breaking down and buying the pretzel, you want to have a really interesting afternoon and MAKE the pretzels as home. Easy breezy, and delicious, Aunt Anne’s At Home Baking Kit .

When we made the pretzels they didn’t look exactly like the famous ones at retail locations, but they did taste really good. The best part was twisting them with the kids. Also the ability to try something different. Lets say a bit different like a pretzel dog or very different like a pretzel in the shape of a dog. Pretzel rods, pretzel circles maybe a pretzel knot. Also the ability to make salt/plain or cinnamon/sugar flavored or any strange flavor you can think of, like taco seasoning, etc.

So many possibilities so few pretzels per box. By the end of the box my mind was spinning with the possibilities. Could I make a cheese centered one? how about peanut butter? How bout Cheese flavored dough? What kind of shapes can I make? Maybe a Celtic knot, or an Escher-esque pattern of impossible turns.

We made Pretzel Dogs, they were really fun for the kids to have with lunch 🙂 But you can also make pizza, monkey bread, or how many kinds of pretzels? TONS.

DOUGH PREPARATION (1 DOUGH MIX)
NOTE: Baking Soda is not needed for this recipe. DO
NOT ADD BAKING SODA TO THE DOUGH MIX. Read all
instructions before proceeding.
1. In a large bowl, dissolve contents of 1 yeast packet in 1