DAS GUMBOTATOR

About a month ago I made this gumbo-esque slash German potato Salad. It turned out to be a delightful fusion of two very different styles. I couldn’t think of a name for the recipe, so I turned to Instagram and asked people to name the recipe for me. There were some awesome ones from the simple “German Gumbo” or the “Germbo” to the classy “Creole Patate Salat” and then to the funny “sausage fest” and “OktoberGras”.  It was super hard to choose, as everyone’s suggestions were so great, but I finally decided on “DAS GUMBOTATOR”

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TOMATO BURST SAUCE

I’ve been wanting to make something that was fresh and simple before tomatoes were no longer in season and this tomato burst sauce does just that. Guys, this is so simple to make. Like stupid simple. For as simple as this recipe is, it is “bursting” with flavor! Get it?! “Bursting”….tomato “burst” sauce. (Just smack me right now!)

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ROASTED BELL PEPPER SOUP

It’s super rare for California to drop below 60 degrees (at least where I live), so when it does get below 60, I jump on the opportunity to make all-the-soup. I really love soup, probably more than my family does, but they never complain; thank goodness!!  One of the things I enjoy about soup is that it gets my kids to eat a ton of veggies. In fact my Asparagus Soup is what got one of my kids to love asparagus.  So, if you are wanting your kids to eat more veggies, try making a soup outta it. Luckily my kids enjoy bell peppers, so I knew this roasted bell pepper soup was going to be a hit #whew!!

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BREAKFAST MEATBALLS

I have to say, I think breakfast sausages are one of my favorite types of sausages. And it doesn’t matter what time of the day it is, you know it’s a breakfast sausage just by the smell when it’s being cooked up. I’ve been tweaking my breakfast sausage recipe for awhile now and I think I finally nailed it. Also, I took it one step further and made them into meatballs, cause who doesn’t love tasty balls in the morning (insert “monkey covering his eyes” emoji here)

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LOMO SALTADO

I love food, I mean don’t we all!! I have my staple cuisines and I don’t venture too far away from them. Not because I wouldn’t like too, it’s just so easy to get into a routine of foods you always have and stick with them. But the other day, a friend from the gym posted a picture of her dinner and said it was her absolute favorite and such an easy thing to make. And since I’m a fan of favorites and easy things, I was all over this meal!

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STRAWBERRY AND PEACH CRUMBLE

I don’t really ever make desserts or “goodies’ in our house, even if they are considered “paleo.”  Not because I don’t like dessert, but because I would eat it all within a couple hours of making it, and lets be honest, I probably wouldn’t even share with my kids.

Lets jump to a couple weeks ago….I received some whole, raw pecans from an awesome company called PURELY PECANS and I had no clue what to do with them other than stuff them in my face as is.  Then California Strawberries contacted me to see if I wanted to share some recipes for their site and instagram for their #strawberrysummer series.  (You may remember them from here when I got to go on a strawberry fields tour).  After I received that email I knew exactly what I was going to make with those pecans! A crumble. duh.

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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

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!!