Quick and Healthy Dinner

The other night, as so often happens right now, I found myself at dinner time with no plan.  After school sports and activities are really playing havoc with my meal time plans.  I have to be super organized during the day to make sure things are prepared and waiting to be put in the over.  Some days are better than others and on this particular night, we went to my daughter’s volleyball game an wound up not getting home until after 7:00pm.  What to do…


Whole wheat pasta and veges.

Quickly cut up veges from the fridge and sauté them while pasta is cooking.  Not very elegant, but quick, easy and healthy!



Today I had a couple of extra minutes on my hands before the kids all got home from school so I decided to make a fun snack for them.


Banana Roll Ups with Peanut Butter and Almond Butter.

Some of my kids do not like peanut butter so I also used almond butter.  It was so nice to have a special snack because they actually all sat down together and at and talked.  Kind of a nice way to regroup after a day apart at school.

Mint Tea

At the beginning of summer, I bought several mint plants.  A spearmint, a chocolate mint and a regular mint.  At first they didn’t seem to be thriving, but after I moved them out of the direct sunlight, they went crazy.  I have all kinds of mint growing.  I wanted to make a mint tea.  First I cut some stems from each of my mint plants and washed them.  Then I put them in a pot and just barely covered them with water.


Lots and lots of mint.

I boiled them for awhile and then let it all cool a bit.  Then I put it through a strainer and into a glass jar.


Mint syrup.

There is no sugar in this, so to make a glass of iced mint tea, I put ice in a glass, add about 2T of this syrup and about 1/2 tsp of sugar.  It’s so tasty and refreshing!

Easy Dinner

I knew we were going to be out late the other night so I made General Tso’s Chicken.  Basically you put together a sauce that the chicken marinates in and when ready, dredge it through flour and fry it.  The you make more sauce and cook it down with some cornstarch, then mix in the chicken and cook for a few more minutes.  Dinner in about 15 minutes!IMG_1071

We ate this with rice and fresh vegetables.  Not bad on a night that we were at a volleyball game for the 15 year old until 7pm.

Surprise Breakfast

I surprised the kids yesterday with a special breakfast.


Special Waffles.

One of the times that I visited my oldest daughter at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, we went to breakfast at a place in town.  They served up the  most delicious Belgiam waffles I had ever tasted.  These are not quite as good, but tasty non-the-less.IMG_1072

Everyone had seconds and we ran out of whipped cream.  Oh, Well…

Healthy Options

Along with doing quite a bit of cooking and trying out new recipes, I have also been trying to get everyone to eat just a little bit healthier.  I made a couple of fun fruit and vegetable options over the weekend that turned out to be pretty tasty.


Cucumber Subs

These were really fun to make and there were two options:


Pesto, Mozzarella, Tomato

This one (those are home grown tomatoes!).  I also made one with Guacamole, Turkey and Tomatoes that I forgot to take a picture of.  Both were huge hits!  Next up was a fruit salad:


Apple-Pear Salad

This was also a huge hit.  It obviously has apples and pears but also has celery, Havarti cheese and honey-roasted peanuts.  So yummy!!



Turkey roll-ups.

This is what the 15 year old girl eats everyday for lunch.  I roll the bread flat, spread cream cheese, put some sliced turkey on it, add a little bit of lettuce and presto, a healthy lunch that she will eat is ready to go!!  Now, if only the other two were so easy…