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What’s For Dinner? (And Lunch!): Teriyaki Pineapple Chicken and Faux-Thai Noodles


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Set the table for this delicious Asian-inspired dinner.

By Hannah Cheves.

This week D Moms is cooking with a little Asian flair. I don’t know about you, but I love Chinese and Thai food. I would love to cook it more often, but I find it a little intimidating. Therefore, this week we are making some simple teriyaki chicken and grilled pineapple for dinner with a couscous “fried rice.” Then, for lunch, use that chicken to mix with some spaghetti noodles and sauces for a faux-thai noodle dish.

Teriyaki Pineapple Chicken
-Five chicken breast (boneless, skinless, free range)
-2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
-1/2 cup of teriyaki marinade/sauce (any grocery store will carry a pre-made sauce)
-1 ½ cups of chopped pineapple
-1 tbsp minced garlic
-Salt and pepper to taste
-Olive oil for pan

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What’s for Dinner? (And Lunch!): Pesto Grilled Cheese and Cold Pesto Pasta


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Pair this week’s recipe with your favorite soup for a delicious, healthy, and nostalgic meal.

By Hannah Cheves.

As I wrote in yesterday’s dreary/rainy weather, I could only think about only two things: My pajamas and cocoa, and the perfect option for this week’s dinner-to-lunch recipe: a grilled cheese and soup. Add pesto to your sandwich for something green, and bathe in an egg wash for hidden nutrition. Pair this with your kid’s favorite soup for dipping (but is there any option other than tomato?), and its a perfect meal for a cold, rainy night in. Then, for tomorrow, recycle that pesto for a cold pasta dish to send for lunch. Pesto is a simple add-on you can make at your house for anything from a spread on sandwiches, to pastas, or drizzled on top of chicken. If you do not have a food processor, which is needed to make pesto, there are plenty of great options at your grocery store to purchase.

 Egg Washed Pesto Grilled Cheese: Amounts yield one sandwich

-1 tbsp of pesto (Here’s a recipe if you’d like to make your own:     http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/fresh_basil_pesto/)

-2 slices of wheat bread

-1 slice of mozzarella cheese

-1 egg

-2 slices of organic round Canadian bacon (Jones All Natural Uncured is fabulous)

So simple! Grab a pan, and spray it with non-stick. Turn on low-medium heat. Take your two slices of bread and butter just one side each, lay buttered side down on skillet top  Next, crack your egg and mix with just 1 tsp of milk. (Moms, if you’re watching your calories, do just egg white for you. It is only 17 calories vs. 70!) Grab the bread slices out of the skillet once golden and lather 1 tbsp of pesto on the browned sides of your bread. Place your cheese over, and lay your Canadian bacon slices on top of that. (My mouth is watering already.)

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What’s for Dinner? (And Lunch!): Bacon Meatloaf and Croissants


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Photo from Spring 2013 D Moms.

The meatloaf: A variety of stories accompany this dish, and I am sure we all have heard them. Be it a horror story of a school cafeteria “surprise” or Luby’s with the grandparents growing up, let’s face it- the meatloaf just doesn’t have a positive connotation for many of us. But, I believe the meatloaf to be an unfairly stereotyped meal across the kitchen tables of America. This injustice has to come to an end! Poor meatloaf has been forced to drag around the terrible experiences of children who never had the joy of tasting an actually delicious meatloaf for far too long. In fact, good meatloaf is no mystery meat surprise. Rather, it is an artfully crafted combination of meat, veggies, and married flavors that melt in your mouth. Give meat loaf a chance, moms, before it’s too late! (Before the art of crafting loaves of meat is lost forever…)

Okay, so the drama could be a little over board, but I am serious when I say that meatloaf is great. I grew up eating meatloaf at least once a week. Juicy and baked to perfection, paired with mashed potatoes and corn. Meatloaf is perfect for hiding what you really want your kids to eat, too. The options are endless. If you want an italian inspired loaf, go italiano topped with one of the previous recipes I posted for hidden veggie sauce. If you want a mexican loaf, go for it. My family was a meat and potatoes family. Thus, I present to you a traditional bacon infused meatloaf. Then, for lunch the next day, wrap up some loaf baked inside a croissant. It’s the perfect way to eat those left overs, and make those kids’ bellies happy!

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What’s For Dinner (And Lunch!): Make Your Own Tacos and Egg Muffins


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If your family does an official Taco Tuesday, I am coming over next week for dinner. As for me though, taco day is any day. It is so simple to make a great meal with anything you can scavenge from the fridge, wrap it up in a tortilla, and call the creation, “taco.” Whether left over chicken, beef, or just veggies from dinners throughout the week, you can throw it all in a pan with some oil, couscous, taco seasonings and peppers, and dinner is served. (Your fridge is thankful for some newly acquired breathing room, too.) Today’s dinner is a simple Taco Fiesta that your family will love because each family member gets to assemble individually. Even better: It can then be turned into an egg creation for your child’s lunch the next day. We will be using ground beef, but truly you can use any meat you want (pork, chicken, fish, shrimp, etc.) If you are a vegetarian, saute up every veggie you can get your hands on. Squash, zucchini, peppers, tomato, and onion make up my favorite taco topped with guacamole and extra spicy salsa.

Taco Dinner:

-Ground Beef

-Wheat couscous

-Salt, pepper, and taco seasonings (I am attaching Whole Foods’ recipe for homemade taco seasoning)

-4 ripe avocado

-Lemon juice

-Garlic powder

-2 cans of corn

-1 can black beans

-1 small can Rotel

-Corn or Flour tortillas

            **Whole Foods’ Homemade Taco Seasoning:      

Guacamole:

-4 Ripe avocados

-Lemon juice

-Salt and pepper

-Garlic powder

Peel and pit the avocados. Mash all the ingredients together with a fork or potato masher until the guac is a consistency you prefer. (Chunky, smooth, or in between) This is a fun job for a little one itching to get their hands in the kitchen!

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What’s For Dinner (And Lunch!): Slow Cooker Chicken and BBQ Shredded Chicken Wraps


iris-mcallisterIf I was given the bold task of proving to the world that cooking is simple, it would come down to just one word: the slow cooker. The kitchen appliance makes life far easier for all of us who find ourselves in the kitchen- whether college students or moms who haven’t slept for days. Because of the slow-cooker, cooking can be hands-free, delicious, and easy.

You can snicker all you want if you believe the lie that you are never meant to walk into a kitchen (even if you catch things on fire), but you are certainly mistaken. Practice makes perfect, and slow cookers make learning far more simple than trying to replicate recipes by Julia Child or Giada De Laurentiis. You can throw anything into a slow cooker. You don’t even have to defrost your meat if you do not have the time or the know-how. Put in a roast, chicken, macaroni, breakfast oatmeal, or even a pie (please not all at once), and when you wake up the next day or return from a long day at work–voila!–there is a masterpiece waiting for you to devour! And, you didn’t have to do a single thing to it, which is simply code for: You cannot ruin a meal in a slow cooker. This week’s recipe for all you mommas short on time- or especially those of you who do not think you can cook- is slow cooker chicken breasts and veggies that are delicious for dinner, and then can be shredded quickly to stuff the inside of a wrap for your kid’s lunch.

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What’s For Dinner? (And Lunch!): Pasta With Pumpkin Meat Sauce and Pizzadillas


PumpkinIt’s officially October. (Hooray!) This means ‘tis the season of all things pumpkin: decorating, carving, candles, and even food. Whether in the form of pie or bread, we all know pumpkin is the holiday go-to for fall. But, did you know pumpkin is packed with nutrition? High in potassium, fiber, extremely low in calories, and full of Vitamins A and C- this fall favorite is doing a whole lot more for us than we give it credit! (Assuming, of course, you stray from the pie more often than not.) Pumpkin can be used in far more than just the sweet treats we initially think of.

This gourd- technically classified as a fruit- is a yummy base for countless recipes that will immediately up your child’s daily healthy food intake by just simply adding pumpkin puree to some of your favorite family dinners.

Today’s recipe is spaghetti! Every kid loves spaghetti. The clever catch? Let’s make pumpkin tomato spaghetti sauce to pour over your pasta (mixed with zucchini noodles!). Your kids will be clueless as to how much “healthy” they are actually putting into their bellies. Fearful they will be onto you or they don’t like pumpkin? Keep the portion of puree smaller. Then for your dinner table to the lunch box quick fix, take this vita-packed spaghetti sauce to make pizzadillas for lunch the next day. How fun is that? Your kids will love this original lunch box item. You will love that they are getting their fruits and veggies for the day.

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What’s For Dinner? (And Lunch!): Mac and Cheese With Hidden Veggies and Mac and Cheese Muffins


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The finished product: macaroni and cheese muffins with hidden veggies.

Whether you’re a stay at home, working mom, or somewhere in between, we all share a common dilemma: what do we feed our kids? Add nutritious, quick, and easy to the recipe parameters, and we’re even more stumped. D Moms intern Hannah Cheves is up for the challenge. Each week she’ll be creating, testing, and cooking a healthy dinner recipe. But, it gets better. Each meal can also be turned around for a quick lunch option, too. Moms rejoice.

By Hannah Cheves.

Most moms have at least one child who will not eat their veggies. But come close, because what I am about to share with you is going to rock your non-veggie-eater’s world. There is an unwritten rule to which we can all probably agree: all children like macaroni and cheese. Whether it’s served with hot dogs, ketchup, ground beef, peas, you name it and we’ve tried mixing it into the cheese and noodle concoction. Thankfully over time we have seen healthier options for our mac and cheese eating children (like whole wheat and organic options). But, we cannot miss the fact that even in whole grain, all-natural macaroni, it isn’t exactly a balanced meal. Today, I have a recipe for you that gives your kids what they love (cheese!) with hidden veggies mixed in. And–even better–this pot of noodles can be baked for an extra ten minutes into “muffins” for your child’s lunch the next day. No more wasting (or attempting to serve) leftover dry and limp macaroni and cheese. Jump for the recipe:

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Two Easy Ways to Get Your Sugar Fix: Uber One-Day Ice Cream Delivery and Sprinkles Cupcake ATM


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Photograph by Elizabeth Lavin; styled by Jamie Laubhan-Oliver

Craving a frozen treat but don’t want to drag your crew out to get one? Well friends, you are in luck.  Today only, the folks at Uber are letting users use their smartphones to summon ice cream trucks on demand between 11 AM to 5 PM. For $25 you can order up to five ice creams, including a variety of childhood faves like Choco Tacos and Bomb Pops. The perfect treat for a hot Friday afternoon, yes?

Here’s how it works:

  • Download the Uber app for iPhone or Android
  • Request the “Ice Cream” option via your app
  • If a truck is available, you and your kiddos/co-workers/playgroup will be enjoying sweet treats within minutes.

 

*Note: Per Uber, demand for ice cream trucks will be very high and availability limited, so it may take multiple tries to find an available truck. But be patient, as the Uber folks have promised to work all day to deliver as much ice cream as possible. Also, no cash required, as your ice creams will be charged directly to your Uber account. Get the full deets here.

 

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If you do feel like venturing out, there’s also the Sprinkles 24-hour Cupcake ATM opening today next door to the Sprinkles storefront at The Plaza at Preston Center. The machine holds 350 cupcakes and is restocked every few hours to maintain freshness. Customers can use their plastic to purchase a fresh cupcake from the machine, yes 24-hours a day, for $4.

A 24-hour Sprinkles…oy vey. This is going to be bad for me friends. Just saying.

Four Fab Things We Pinned This Week


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We’re on deadline, smack in the thick of getting our fall issue of D Moms off to the printer by Friday. I mean we’re busy here friends — writing, shooting (re-writing, re-shooting)…you know, all the important stuff. Oh and we’re also looking at Pinterest. Because, hey, when in need of some inspiration, Pinterest really can’t be beat, yes?

Ok, ok,we’re procrastinating.

Herewith four things that made us especially happy whilst on our Pinterest break.

  1. Ferme A Papier’s frame-worthy baby card
  2. Saint Laurent Janis suede and metallic leather sandals
  3. Martha Stewart’s Seven-Minute frosting
  4. House of Harlow 1960′s medallion locket pendant necklace

A Sweet Treat That Benefits More Than Just Your Taste Buds


carrot cake no logosWho would have thought partaking in a tasty snack could benefit those around you? Well, now instead of regretting those extra calories consumed, you can put that guilty pleasure to good use.

Val’s Food with a Twist, a private catering bakery whose treats are sold at Dallas eateries such as Oddfellows, Union Bear, and The Pearl Cup, is teaming up with Lilly Neubauer, the blogger behind PancakesandBeetJuice.com, to create a limited edition, gluten-free Summer Citrus Carrot Cake that gives back to area kiddos. For each cake sold, Val’s Food with a Twist is donating $10 to Community Partners of Dallas to bring new school supplies to abused children in Dallas.

The Summer Citrus Carrot Cake sells for $35.00 plus tax and can be ordered by visiting foodwithatwist.com and clicking on the “Contact Us” page. Payment is by cash or check to Val’s Food with a Twist. When placing orders, don’t forget to include the desired pick up location. Cakes ordered by Thursday will be ready for weekend pick up through July.

Here’s the scoop on pick up locations:

 

Happy eating (and giving).



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