You guys know I don't like to cook. I LOVE to pin recipes on Pintrest. I LOVE to look at cookbooks with pictures. I LOVE to eat. I LOVE for Aaron to cook.
BUT as far as me cooking …. not my favorite.
So, when weeks go by where I have to feed my children all by myself I am super proud and feel the need to let you know all that I fed them. You might now care, so feel free to move on past this post, but if you happen to need some easy recipes I have some here for you!
#1 – Zucchini Lasagna & Zucchini Boats
I'm trying to eat slow carb this week, so I made the kids the “lasagna” and made mine plain with no cheese. Y'all my kids LOVE this. I have made the zucchini boats before, but this was my first try at the lasagna. They were hesitant at first, but the entire container was gone after dinner. I found both of these recipes on my friend Ashley Benson's blog. She has great info on the slow-carb diet, and is a fitness instructor, so there's tons of all-things-healthy on her blog.
#2 Ice Cream Pie
Because I was feeling bad about our horrible weekend (sick kids kept us inside all weekend) I made my kids a dessert, and it wasn't the “healthy” kind that I sometimes make for them. It was all out bad, and they LOVED it so much! I made them Frozen Mint Chocolate Chip Pie. It is the easiest thing in the world to make. I have told you before about the Butter Finger pie that I make and how much the love it. This one is almost just like it. 3 ingredients is all you need. That my friends is an easy dessert!
#3 Qunioa “mac” n cheese
I found this on Pintrest – of course. I noticed it because Amos had requested mac n cheese for the week when Aaron was gone, but I wanted something a bit more healthy and wha-la, this is is. It's made out of quinoa, which is so good for you, and I have cooked several other awesome things with quinoa —> here they are.
Try this and your kids will LOVE it – I promise. For real. If you have a gluten free kiddo he will thank you for this!
1 c. quinoa
2 c. chicken broth
4 oz. (1/2 block) cream cheese
1 & 1/2 c. grated sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 c. grated parmesan cheese
1-2 t. onion powder
salt & pepper to taste
any seasonings (i.e. italian seasoning, garlic, herbs, etc.), optional
- In a saucepan, combine quinoa and chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
- Stir in the rest of the ingredients, reserving 1 c. of the sharp cheddar. Spread into a baking dish (or 4 individual sized baking dishes).
- Sprinkle with remaining cheddar cheese.
- Bake at 350 F for about 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
Seriously so wonderful!
Those were my three new things this week! What new thing did you make? Please share because you know I need all the help I can get!
**And to clarify all of these are easy, but the healthy part is only in the zucchini and quinoa — there's lots in there that's not healthy too. 😉