Month: November 2012

Hey Kids!  It’s Snack Time!

Hey Kids! It’s Snack Time!

I know I have said this before but I am ALWAYS on the search for healthy snacks for my kids.  If you have any favorite snacks that you really enjoy email me!  I have to keep changing up the snacks every now and then so […]

Panera Bread’s Copy Cat Thai Chopped Chicken Salad

Panera Bread’s Copy Cat Thai Chopped Chicken Salad

This salad is my (and my hubby’s) favorite salad on earth!  It is spicy, crunchy, satisfying and just awesome! Well, here is my version of the salad, it is close but I don’t think I can ever match Panera’s . I started off by grilling […]

Monday Meal–Beef & Broccoli Stir-Fry

Monday Meal–Beef & Broccoli Stir-Fry

Hey!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Last week I was just off since my husband was on vacation and I thought every day was Saturday, therefore, I did not post, sorry! I even forgot to leave out the garbage can and had to run out to the garbage truck once I heard the noise and yes, I  was still in my pj’s. Thanks Kelly (my SIL) for missing my posts!

Anyway, I wanted to share a simple recipe for a quick stir-fry, hooray!  This recipe cleaned out my frig by using up quite a few left overs.  I put just a little over a  pound of beef stew meat in my crock-pot with some beef stock and cooked on HIGH for about seven hours. This cut of meat is pretty tough so it is perfect to use in the crock-pot and cook until tender.  I divided the meat into two separate containers and put them in the frig.  I used one container for this recipe.


This is a great way to use up any left over veggies. Load up this dish up with any veggies you like! 


Sautee with a little bit of olive oil.

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Here are my left over rice and beef. 

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This is actually left over for my dish that I will post tomorrow (Chicken Thai Salad, yum!!). I just grilled a diced carrot, red pepper and two cups of shelled edamame.

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I kept the drippings from my beef stew meat and added soy sauce, sesame oil, grated ginger, garlic, honey and salt and pepper.


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My ginger looks a bit rough because I keep it in the freezer, a great way to extend its life.

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Add just a bit of sweetness with some honey.

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Now add mixture to beef, rice and vegetables.

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This dish is loaded with antioxidants, fiber  and protein!  A very filling meal, you just can’t go wrong!  Don’t forget to eat lean beef every week for a great source of iron! Remember iron helps fight fatigue and gives oxygen to your red blood cells.  The meat I used came from a beef top round roast which is super-lean! Only 1.5 grams of saturated fat! Check out Beef Lean Cuts from



Beef & Broccoli Stir-Fry


1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 cup sliced mushrooms

1 cup broccoli, diced

1 lb beef stew meat, cooked (place meat and 1 cup beef stock in a crock-pot for about seven hours on high)

2/3 cup rice, cooked

1 1/2 cups grilled veggie mixture (1 diced carrot, 1/2 diced red pepper, 1 cup edamame)

1 tbsp light soy sauce

1 tsp sesame oil

2 cloves garlic, grated

1 tbsp grated ginger

1 tbsp honey

Salt and pepper to taste


Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add broccoli and mushrooms and sauté for 2 minutes.  Add cooked beef and rice. Add grilled vegetables with edamame to skillet.

In a small bowl with beef dripping add soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, honey and salt and pepper.  Mix together and add to vegetable beef mixture. Cook for about 2 minutes or until flavors are well-combined.

Favorite Products + MORE!

Favorite Products + MORE!

As I rush around with kids from day to day and time just slips away.  I wanted to share some great snacks that really come in handy for me as I am rushing out the door.   Even though I like to think I always have […]

No-Bake Cookie Recipe–So simple, you’ll freak they are actually good-for-you!

No-Bake Cookie Recipe–So simple, you’ll freak they are actually good-for-you!

These little treats are perfect for the holidays and any time of the day, too!  I think I had a couple for breakfast with a cup of coffee .  They are super, super easy and not too bad on the nutritional side! Start on the […]

Monday Meal–Salmon Patties!

Monday Meal–Salmon Patties!

Well, I hope this dish claims some excitement in your house.  Ok, I will be honest, fish is not our most popular item on our menu, crazy, I know, but this recipe does stand out . . a bit.   Whenever I make this recipe, the kids and I sing Yo Gabba Gabba’s song, “I like fish!” then we follow this song up with another Yo Gabba Gabba song, “There’s a Party in my Tummy,”  so yummy, so yummy!  My husband and I sing these songs as hopeful positive reinforcement into getting the kids to try the dish.  Sometimes it works and sometimes it does not but they have to follow our one rule, “You HAVE to try it!” Then my son will usually sing another song, “Just try it, you’ll like it!  Thanks Yo Gabba Gabba for giving us fun songs to sing at the dinner table!

salmon patties

Fish is so good for you that I try to make it at least once a week, I wish I was better at serving it more often but there is always room for improvement! 

Omega-3’s are very important for brain and heart health. They are especially helpful for the development of children’s brain,  some studies show omega-3’s added to the diet may make them smarter! Smile  

Here are some of the other benefits of omega-3’s:

-Decrease triglycerides

– Lower blood pressure

– May decrease the risk of depression, ADHD, diabetes and more

– May prevent inflammation and reduce the risk of arthritis

And many more!  Remember that omega-3 sources coming from animals are better absorbed than coming from plant sources, almost four times better!  That is why it is so beneficial to eat fish!  Check out the American Heart Association for more info on omega health benefits and cooking tips and recipes.


Here are the ingredients I used for this recipe.

Parley, green onions, feta, whole wheat panko bread crumbs, egg, pepper and canned salmon (not all items shown below).  Next time I need to buy the salmon that does not contain any bones or skin, I had to pick it all out from this can, ugh.  Not my favorite thing to do . . .

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Super simple -  mix items together and form into patties.

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Salmon Patties


1 can salmon

1/2 package feta cheese

1/2 cup whole wheat Panko breadcrumbs

1 egg

2 tbsps chopped parsley

1/4 cup chopped green onions

pepper, to taste


In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix together. Form mixture into patties. Place patties on a hot skillet and flip when golden brown. Cook patty for about 3 minutes per side.


And yes, I am still singing in my head, “I like fish!  I like fish!  I like fish! I liiike fish!” 

Darn catchy song Smile

Surprise Chocolate Ice Cream!

Surprise Chocolate Ice Cream!

It was time to experiment again with an idea that I have seen many times before but I wanted to know what if . . . hmm?  I am sure you have seen the trick to use frozen bananas and make it into “ice cream.”  […]