Mothers Day- Lasagna Roll Ups

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Yum- the finished product (the plain ones on the end are Elijah’s) :)

I hope all you amazing Mom’s out there were able to have an enjoyable and relaxing Mother’s Day yesterday. I went over to my parents house and cooked my mom lunch/dinner. It was nice and relaxing day. We went to church, then I exercised with my little sister (that was my present to myself), then I spent the rest of the day at my parents house. I made lasagna roll ups, garlic bread (and by made I mean opened the bag, separated the two halves and put it in the oven), and my seester brought salad stuff. Oh, and we made a cake for her too- that was at Elijah’s request.

Here’s how we made the lasagna Roll-Ups:

10 Lasagna noodles, cooked
1 lb ground beef, browned and drained
Jar of spaghetti sauce (I used Mid’s- half meat flavor, half regular)
Shredded Mozzarella cheese

I made these very plain- the original recipe that I saw looked good, but I was feeding a few picky eaters (my mom, Elijah and myself).

To see the rest of our Mother’s Day lunch, how we made the roll-ups, and our day, please visit my new blog site here.

 

Pancake Muffins

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image_4I saw a recipe for Pancake Squares over here at Saving 4 Six that piqued my interest. We love pancakes in our house, the only problem is sitting down together and eating them while they are still warm. My nephew spent the night this weekend, and I thought it’d be a perfect time to try them. Rather than baking them in a pan, I made them in a muffin pan instead.  And since their bellies are never actually full and they always need to munch on something, despite the fact they just ate, these were perfect for the little guys to walk around the house eating (mostly) mess-free.  Here’s what you’ll need:

1 1/2 cups milk
4 tablespoons melted butter
2 eggs (beaten)
2 tablespoons sugar
2 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven at 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients and pour into pan.

The original recipe calls for baking in a greased 9×13 pan for 25 minutes. I used a muffin pan, greased, and baked for about 20 minutes, give or take (I have to be completely honest, I didn’t pay super attention to the time I set on the timer).  But, these turned out delicious regardless!

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I think next time we make these I will add some blueberries to the mix since Elijah LOVES blueberries. What I like about these is that they can be made in advance and quickly heated up in the morning before school.

Elijah requested these be made with the syrup inside (much like a McGriddle I think). I have no idea how I would even begin to do that (Well I have ideas, I just don’t think they are GOOD ones). Please tell me that there is someone out there with an idea? I was afraid that it would be too runny to cook the muffins with the syrup inside, but I’m not really sure. Any ideas??

Taco Pizza

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Mmmm- pizza. Mmmmm- taco's.

Mmmm- pizza. Mmmmm- taco’s.

My son’s favorite thing to eat is pizza (shocking to anyone who knows him). He can seriously pack it away. A really close second is tacos. Again- a beast at eating them. I fear for my grocery budget when he becomes a teenager if this is how he eats as an 11-year-old. As much as he is willing to eat the same thing day in and day out, I am not. We usually have pizza and tacos once a week. And hamburgers are his third favorite meal in our house (I can’t lie- I think I make killer burgers). The other day a gal at work brought in a magazine and on the cover was a taco pizza- seriously, why did I not think of that??? So that night for dinner, I made up the taco meat as usual (using this homemade taco seasoning of course), and we had taco pizza. Anyone who knows Elijah knows that no matter how much he may like all the ingredients in a meal, if he’s never had it before all combined, he likely will say he doesn’t like so he doesn’t have to. I made the taco pizza and it was a huge hit. His was really plain- just meat and cheese. I added onions and tomatoes to mine as well, and would have added more had I had the ingredients. Next time I will definitely be planning ahead.

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Apparently when I made mine, I was afraid to put any toppings on the bottom left corner there. I’m not sure what happened there. That section of the crust must have some sort of aversion to meat and cheese? It was delicious all the same. Also, Elijah was curious as to why I didn’t want to take any pictures of his pizza, and I said that it was because no one wanted to see a pizza with just meat and cheese :)

What I should have done, but didn’t, was to take a picture of this AFTER I cut it and put the good stuff on there. Unfortunately we were out of lettuce, but I put a smidgen of Ken’s Ranch Dressing on the top, and then some hot sauce. It was To. Die. For. I had leftovers for two days, and was really bummed when it was gone. In fact, I think I know what we’re having for dinner tonight… 

Chicken and Mushrooms

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This weekend I was craving something delicious, but not junk food delicious. I threw together this amazing mixture of chicken and vegetables  and I’m pretty sure that it was the best meal I’ve ever had. Ever. Here’s what you’ll need:

-Chicken breast
-Sweet Peppers
-Onions
-Mushrooms
-Spinach
-Any other vegetables you see fit.

I cut up the chicken breast into bite size pieces and tossed them in a pan with a bit of olive oil. I let them cook for a few minutes, and tossed in some peppers,

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mushrooms,

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spinach and onions.

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It was pretty liquid-y when all the veggies started cooking down, so I drained it a few minutes in so that way it would allow the ingredients to brown a little better. The finished product was absolute perfection. I added a bit of seasoned salt, pepper, and a little bit of garlic powder as well. A few splashes of Worcestershire sauce completed it. My nephew was over and gobbled some up.

YUM!

YUM!

In fact, I made another batch last night for dinner and made sure to have extras for lunches this week. I didn’t invite my nephew back for batch number 2 ;)

Peanut Butter, Honey, Oatmeal Bars

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I’m on a diet. No, scratch that. I’m working on a lifestyle change. I realize that I am overweight, and am working to change that. That part that makes that difficult is that I love food! So ‘diets’ don’t work for me. I’ve gotten back into My Fitness Pal, and have started working out almost everyday. It’s amazing how just writing down everything you want to stuff in your pie hole can change the way you eat. I found these snacks out on the interwebz, and made them this weekend. Love them. Love. I like that they are ridiculously easy to make, and they taste fabulous. Three ingredients, and in 4 minutes, you’re done. (I’m not really sure who to credit for this recipe because I was looking at so many Saturday, and I honestly couldn’t tell ya which one I went with, so I apologize for that). Here is what you’ll need:

1 cup of peanut butter (I used Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter)
1 cup honey
3 cups oats

Put peanut butter and honey in pot over low heat to soften. Stir until completely mixed together. Add oats, and stir until well blended. Do not cook- the process is just to soften the honey and peanut butter to allow for easy mixing. Once mixed press into 9×9 pan.

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Allow to cool completely and cut into 16 equal sized bars.

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I only had a small amount of honey on hand, so I used 1/3 cup of pb, 1/3 cup of honey, and 1 cup oats. I used a bread sized pan, and cut into 8 squares. When I figured out the calories, it came to 143 per bar for the amount that I made, and cut into 8 squares. Not bad for a quick and filling snack.

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They are a little soft, so I would recommend putting them in the fridge once cut to firm them up a bit. I was fine with the firmness of them, but if you want to pack them in lunches, it may be wise to do!

I actually made another batch last night; 1 cup creamy Jif, 1 cup o’ honey, and 3 cups o’ oats. I used a small scoop, and made 23 equal sized ‘balls’ . Each one came to 147 calories. (I didn’t figure out anything else, so for that I apologize). Also, I put them in the fridge overnight and had one for breakfast. Perfection.