Category Archives: whats for dinner

On the Go

It is that time of year where the days just fly by.  Every day is filled to the brim with after school activities. It is fun and I love every minute of it, but it makes it difficult to feed my family

Right now I am trying to plan my menu for the week.  We have one night when we can have a family dinner, the other nights dinner will be eaten at the field or in shifts at home. So now I am in search of meals that can be made ahead, eaten cold or taken to go.

I am getting to know COSTCO’s frozen food and premade food sections very well and have already mad a few best friends, like this guy.

tysonchicken

I don’t know if it is a new COSTCO item, or just new to me, but we have gone through three bags of these chicken tenders in the past four weeks. I bake off half a bag at a time, keep them in the fridge and use them for dinner, lunch and snacks.  

The salsa is also a COSTCO favorite and is used almost daily, which is why I only have an empty container and spoonful of salsa to show you. Like the chicken this is super versatile, wonderful on it’s own or as a mix-in, and is perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack time.

salsa

The chicken and salsa is a wonderful combination and this sandwich has been a favorite for the past two weeks.

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My son makes it as an after-school, before baseball snack and then makes it again after-baseball and calls it dinner.

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The chicken sandwich isn’t on my menu this week, although I am sure a few will still be eaten.  I am still working on the menu for this week, but here is my menu from last week. I have 8 more weeks of this crazy schedule and need more ideas. What are your family favorites?

Monday – pasta with Kale pesto and sun-dried tomatoes
Tuesday – Crock-pot chili – eaten with Fritos at the field
Wednesday – Salad Nicoise
Thursday – pizza
Friday – make it yourself

Noodle Soup

I finally gave in to the pressure and curiosity.

After months of seeing recipe after recipe using spiral cut vegetables I gave in and ordered a Spiralizer

spiralizer

I used it last night for the first time and this morning the first thing my daughter asked was “are we having more of those noodles for dinner tonight”

Based on that question, I am guessing the Spiralizer was a big hit.  Now it could be the newness of this fun gadget, but the chicken and noodle soup we had last night was delicious. The kids knew the noodles were made with turnips and they still inhaled the soup.

I used a basic Ramen soup recipe that is a favorite with the entire family, but instead of using regular Ramen noodles I used turnip noodles.

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As would be expected the turnip noodles were a little more firm than regular noodles, but they were still soft and slurpable – and a slurpable soup is one of the highest compliments my kids can offer.

I was missing a lot of ingredients when I made this.  I usually add spinach and sometimes Shiitake mushrooms or soft boiled eggs.  I also like garnish with lime juice, hot sauce and cilantro. But that is one of the things that makes this soup so fantastic, even if you are missing ingredients it is still delicious!

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If you haven’t succumbed to the spiral craze this is a super yummy soup with regular noodles.  If you are spiral crazed try some other veggies and share the results.

As a side note, when I make this soup, I put the chicken in the freezer for about 30-60 minutes before slicing. It is much easier to thinly slice the chicken when it is partially frozen.

Ramen Noodle Soup

2 boneless chicken breast, thinly sliced
6 cups chicken stock
2 teaspoons curry paste
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 carrot thinly sliced
2 turnips, cut into spiral strip
3 scallions, thinly sliced
2 cups baby spinach

In a large pot add sliced chicken breast, stock, curry paste, garlic and ginger. Cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked. Add carrot and turnips and cook for another 5-10 minutes or until the turnips are soft. Add scallions and baby spinach. Once the spinach has wilted serve and enjoy!

Serve with lime, hot sauce or soft boiled egg if desired