BAKED MEXICAN CHICKEN NUGGETS

Admit it, you love chicken nuggets and honestly I don’t think I’ve met anyone who doesn’t. Nuggets were always a “treat” for us growing up! If we went to a restaurant it was always chicken nuggets or strips from the kids menu. Always. Once I was too big to order from the kids menu I stopped getting them and actually completely forgot about them, until the other day.

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BBQ RIBS

I’ve finally done it…..I’ve cooked ribs!  Ribs have always been kind of intimidating, don’t you agree?! I’ve always heard about all the prep work that needed to go into them, and that just sounded like no fun.  Plus, ribs are totally a “dude” food to make, or at least it always seems like the guys want to cook the ribs!! But the other day, we were having company over, ribs were on my mind, and my husband was at work. So, I pinterest-ed the crap outta my morning looking for a good rub to put on it. Unfortunately most everything had brown sugar in it or even a can of soda. So I decided to get inspiration from my friends over at Primal Palate who have an organic bbq rub that’s to die for.  I would have used their bbq rub, but I am almost out and I really like using it on my eggs in the morning, so I made my own with inspiration from their ingredients.

 

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BOLOGNESE

I have been trying to perfect this dang bolognese recipe for awhile now, and I FINALLY have done it. Not that bolognese is hard to make, it’s just a meat sauce, but I wanted to take it above and beyond and to also “whole-thirtify” it, as most have some sort of cheese in it.

 

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KIDS LUNCH ROUND-UP PART 1

Lets talk lunch. If you are a stumped mom wondering what the heck you should feed your kids for lunch, then look no further. This is my 1st post on kid (and adult) friendly lunches and there is a discount for a pretty fab bento box at the end of the post!!

First off all kids are different. Some like the same. exact. thing. every single day. (That would be my 4th kid) Some want you to do something new every day….whichever the case may be, the most important thing is to feed them real, wholesome foods for their lunch. That means protein, veggies, fruit, and healthy fats.

Below are 4 lunch ideas that are in our rotation. Also in rotation….leftovers, because DUH!!

What’s in the Bentgo kids box: Pastrami wraps, banana and cutie slices, ants on a log, and tomatoes dipped in balsamic vinegar.

If you are trying to get your kids to eat less gluten, just wrap what normally would go into the sandwich around the meat. In this case, mustard, avocado slices, and spinach were all wrapped into the pastrami.

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 What’s in the Bentgo kids box: Qunioa and kale salad, apple chips, celery with nut butter, and an rxBar.

Even though we are mostly a paleo eating family, there are some foods that my kids find absolutely delicious and quinoa happens to be one of them.  If you have an intolerance to grains like quinoa then stay away dudes! rxBars are a great snack for kids as their ingredients are very clean. They usually eat a bar like that before their afternoon sports. Since my children are all young and things like rxbars and larabars can get expensive, I usually slice them in half.

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What’s in the Bentgo kids box: Avocado rose, tomatoes, pumkin seeds with dried cranberries, cuties, and bell pepper slices wrapped in prosciutto.

Every once in awhile I like to surprise my kids by making their lunches look cool. (insert avocado rose) Squeeze a little lemon juice over the top of the avocado to keep it from browning.  One of my kids likes to smash the crud out of his avocado  and then dip his tomatoes and bell peppers into it (that would be my son), my daughter likes to make avocado stacks with them.

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What’s in the Bentgo kids box: Gluten free pizza, carrot slices, cuties, and a hard boiled egg.

Who doesn’t love pizza in their lunch?!  This pizza has chicken and artichoke hearts. There are lots of companies that have gluten free pizza dough or pre-made pizza. If your kids like to dip their veggies into things, The Whole Sisters have a bomb clean ranch recipe. My kids like their carrots plain jane. #weirdos. 😉

 

Have you been eyeing the bento box I’ve been posting on instagram and now on here. Head over to http://www.bentgo.com and snag your kids up one of these bad boys! Use the code “DONUT10” at checkout for 10% off your bento kids boxes. HURRY though, discount is good only until tomorrow 5/10!!!  Not only do I love them, but my kids do too!!

Have any lunch ideas you want to share with me or anyone else? Leave them in the comments!!

 

Disclosure: this is a sponsored post by BentGo and I was compensated via cash, gift, or something else of value to write about it. All opinions and thoughts are by own!! 

STRAWBERRY PULLED PORK

The other week I got invited by CA Strawberries to take a tour of Ramos Farms in Watsonville, CA. Miguel Ramos (the owner of Ramos Farms) and ‘California Strawberries’ blew my mind with all sorts of information about strawberries. From growing, to the families that work on the farm, how the strawberries are grown….I seriously could not write fast enough. I came home with a plethora of knowledge that I’m excited to share with you!!

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SCALLOPED POTATO GALETTE

I’ve been thinking a lot about scalloped taters lately.  I’ve actually only ever had them with ooey gooey cheese all over them, but I knew that I could probably make something pretty bomb minus the queso. And not to toot my own horn, but TOOT TOOT! This scalloped potato galette is totally killer!

 

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ROASTED ARTICHOKES STUFFED WITH BRUSSELS AND BACON

I had every intention to have this posted last night, but that whole “having a bunch of kids” thing kind of snuck in last night!! Anywho, this recipe is totally awesome, and if you are looking to step up your artichoke game then scroll on my friend, scroll on.

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BRAISED ARTICHOKES

It’s artichoke week over on my instagram and every year it gets more exciting than the last!  This year I decided to try my hand with braising them chokes!!  And let me tell you, braising artichokes is pure heavenly bliss. And its just as easy as any other method of cooking artichokes.

My favorite thing about braising…..the fact that you can eat the whole leaf! (except for the very outside leaves) I could not believe it at first, so naturally I ate about 40 of them to be sure!

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BROCCOLI TOTS

I’ve been pretty excited about this recipe for a couple weeks now. It’s simple, delicious, and a great way to get your kids, your husband, your wife, grandparent, whoever really, to eat their veggies. #hurrah

I chopped up some things here, mixed some things there and wala! Broccoli Tots, or “broc tots” as my kids like to say!!

 

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