Thursday, August 24, 2017

Balsamic chicken caprese pasta


A delicious summertime pasta dinner made with garden fresh tomatoes, fresh basil, mozzarella, and balsamic glazed chicken! This pasta dish can be enjoyed hot, warm, or cold straight out of the fridge. It's a lovely dish for a late summer evening, especially if you are lucky enough to have garden fresh grape or cherry tomatoes and basil. Our basil plant is one of the few things doing really well in our garden this year and while we have been getting a few grape tomatoes, I still had to buy some of those for this dish. Hopefully next year's garden is more successful, though a lot of it has to do with the crazy weather we've been having here this summer, so who knows. What I do know is that this dish was a hit, even with two toddlers (I just cut it up nice and small for them). I was somewhat surprised they liked the vinegar flavor, but then again not really because they tend to like almost everything!


Monday, August 21, 2017

Baked zucchini bread oatmeal


The flavors of zucchini bread baked into your morning oatmeal! I am on a bit of a baked oatmeal kick lately. It started with the peanut butter one that I posted on a couple of weeks ago and now we are onto zucchini. With fall coming, I see many more versions (pumpkin! sweet potato! apple!) making an appearance in our kitchen and in our bellies in the near future. This time of year, many people are trying to find ways to use up their zucchinis. We love zucchini bread, and I figured that it would make a delicious baked oatmeal as well. Also, as I've mentioned before, we are always looking for meals that our twins can easily feel themselves. This method makes it easier for them to get the oatmeal into their mouths all by themselves (because they aren't fans of being spoon fed anymore). This zucchini version was a hit with all of us! We like to serve ours scooped into a bowl with a little milk, or just cut into a square for the little ones.


Friday, August 18, 2017

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Cheesy Italian zucchini & turkey casserole


Zucchini season is upon us. In this dish, zucchini is used to make a cheesy base for the casserole topped with ground turkey, spaghetti sauce, vegetables, and more cheese. You will see similar versions called a Zucchini Pizza Casserole, but to me there is nothing pizza-ish about this casserole. My version uses the same base idea, but the toppings are different. Maybe more like a spaghetti bake? I don't know. So I'm just calling this version a Cheesy Italian Zucchini & Turkey Casserole. Naming dishes can be tricky sometimes. Too wordy? Not an adequate description? Haha, I don't know. I do know that this dish was a huge hit in our family and was even completely gobbled up by two one year olds, so that's a win for me! Whatever you call it, it's delicious! It's definitely a keeper and a way to use up some of your garden's zucchini. This recipe will serve about four to five people as a main dish. Serve with a loaf of crusty bread and/or a side salad to stretch it a bit more.

We are usually inundated with zucchini at this time of year, but the odd weather has left many in our area with gardens that aren't producing as well as they usually do. So, I actually *gasp* bought zucchini from a farm stand. It almost didn't feel right!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Monday, August 7, 2017

Applesauce barley infant cereal mini muffins


I've been on a quest lately to perfect a mini muffin recipe for my one-year old twins that uses up some of our leftover opened containers of infant cereal. I guess there comes a point where all babies start to reject the baby cereal and/or being spoon-fed, and we hit ours a month or so ago. Since I'm striving to be a frugal mama and really loathe food waste, I have been looking for ways to use up what we have opened instead of throwing it away. I've made a few batches and they turned out just OK... The cereal soaks up a bunch of moisture, so you need to get a good ratio of flour to cereal and also liquid to dry ingredients. They still ate them, but I wasn't satisfied with the results until this version. Keep in mind, these aren't bakery muffins - they aren't super pretty, they are a little bumpy, and they don't rise a ton, but they are a great way to use up your baby cereal and to give your toddlers a finger food to feed themselves. I used barley cereal, which was my twins' favorite, but you should be able to sub oatmeal, rice, or multigrain versions. I give these to them whole and they are soft enough that they can easily take bites or break pieces off to eat themselves. This recipe will make approximately 22 mini muffins. I like to give them one as a snack, or a couple with some cut up fruit for an easy breakfast.