MEXICAN STUFFED ZUCCHINI BOATS

Who is ready for a recipe that SCREAMS summer?!  These Mexican stuffed zucchini boats are a real crowd pleaser!  If you grow summer squash in your garden, this is the perfect dish to use up ALL THE SQUASH! We usually have squash coming out our ears and lets be honest, zoodling all of them for meals can get a bit boring. So instead make those suckers into “boats!”

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SAVORY BREAKFAST SAUSAGE

Raise you hand if breakfast sausage is your “jam.”   I love breakfast sausage, but a good, homemade breakfast sausage is hard to come by.  The grocery store ones usually have a bascrillion ingredients (dude, why?!) and sugar. Lotsa suga!!!

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KIDS LUNCH ROUND-UP

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 bentgo 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!! 

CROCK POT BONE BROTH

Guys, let’s talk bone broth. It is seriously one of the easiest things to make and so freakin’ good for you. If you’ve got digestive issues….(I.e. leaky gut) I’d highly suggest you drink some bone broth every morn. For breakfast. Yup. Breakfast. And nope I’m not crazy! :-).
{Note: there are many other benefits to bone broth. Google it to learn more!}

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I’ve been looking for a way to perfect my bone broth making skills, and I think I’ve finally done it.
Basically all you really need are bones, water, heat, and time. Of course, adding in veggies and spices definitely add to the taste!

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CROCKPOT BONE BROTH

-1 whole chicken
-1 red onion
-3 carrots
-4 celery stalks
-2 large cloves garlic
-2 tbl thyme
-1 bay leaf
-1 tbl pepper
-1 tbl garlic powder
-2 tbl apple cider vinegar

–Set crock pot on low and place 1/2 sliced onion on bottom of pot.
–Place whole chicken on top of onion Sprinkle thyme and pepper on the chicken and inside. While you’re at it put a garlic clove in there too (I don’t even peel it, just throw it in) and some onion pieces.
–Put 1/2 cup water into the crock pot and cover for approx. 6 hours.
–Once time is up, the chicken should literally fall off the bones.
–Put chicken into an air tight container and places bones and skin back into crock pot.
–Roughly cut up celery, carrots, and rest of the onion (skin included….and will make a deeper colored broth too)
–Pour in apple cider vinegar and enough water to cover bones and veggies.
–Cook in crock pot for at least 10 hours. I just have it cooking overnight.
–In the morn take mason jars and some sort of strainer/filter and pour broth into jars.

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I like to freeze some in ice cube trays for if I only need a little.
I also skim off most fat before I reheat it.
Once cold, the broth will form into a gel. Don’t be scurr’d the gel is a good thing!!!

 

Whole30: yes
Paleo: yes

PART 1: THE MEAL PLANNING

Meal planning. Without it, you are lost. When I first got married, meal planning meant nothing. I was able to go to the store everyday after work and get what we needed for that nights dinner. But now that I’m knee deep with 5 kids, going to the store everyday is almost laughable now. Or cryable!
Meal planning doesn’t need to take a long time especially with the right tools.
So, first things first, you need to find or make a week long menu. Doing anything more than a week out can become overwhelming.

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The above image is a great one because it has snacks on it too. It’s easy to fall off the bandwagon when eating paleo or doing Whole30 when you don’t have everything mapped out.
Keep it simple. Kids and husbands don’t care about fancy!  I only make my plate look nice for pictures. Lol.
Know you “busy days” and use your resources. Thursday’s are our busy day, so I usually always do a crock pot meal for that day.

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Make sure you plan with what’s in season. For example, if bell peppers aren’t in season don’t make recipes for the week with them in it because you saw something on Pinterest that looked good.

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There are tons of things out there, like the one above, that can tell you what’s in season. Use that to help you pick what you will eat for the week.
It really is quite simple once you get into a groove that works for you and your family.