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Chicken Apple Salad

Apple chicken salad

Date: December 7th, 2014

Recipe: http://www.annies-eats.com/2014/10/02/harvest-apple-salad-with-grilled-chicken-and-candied-pecans/

Time to table: 30 minutes

Servings: Dinner for all of us, lunch for me for 2 more days (depends on the amount of greens you have I guess)

Modifications: Feeling lazy tonight after getting our Christmas tree, so we just got a rotisserie chicken.

Ben: Like

Erin: Love

Annie: Like

Luke: Like (did not like the nuts, weirdly)

Notes: I’m always surprised how well the kids eat chicken salads. The candied pecans made the salad for me – loved them! I basically love all salads with fruit, candied nuts of some sort, and feta cheese. We had a huge heavy lunch out today so needed a lighter dinner! Although I was still a bit hungry and had some crackers and cheese later – I think serving this with a baguette would accomplish the same thing. Basically I need carbs.

Apple chicken salad

Turkey Cranchiladas

Turkey Cranchiladas

Date: December 1st, 2014

Recipe: http://www.pink-parsley.com/2010/11/turkey-cranchiladas.html

Time to table: 1 hour

Servings: 9 enchiladas. Dinner and several lunches

Modifications: Skipped the hot sauce, because kids.

Ben: Love

Erin: Love

Annie: Like

Luke: Like

Notes: We were both shocked that the kids ate these as they are non-standard enchilada fare. They both tried and actually liked them without too much prodding from us. Definitely make these again as Thanksgiving leftovers.

Turkey Cranchiladas

Turkey Cranchiladas

Salsa Verde Chicken and Rice Casserole

Salsa Verde Rice and Chickn

Date: November 17th, 2014

Recipe: http://iowagirleats.com/2014/11/03/salsa-verde-chicken-and-rice-casserole/

Time to table: 1 hour

Servings: Dinner + lunch leftovers

Modifications: I used two cups of dry rice, the recipe didn’t specify if you should start with two cups, or end up with two cups, but I had way more than we needed. Other than that, I stuck to the recipe.

Ben: Like

Erin: Like

Annie: Dislike

Luke: Dislike

Notes: Not sure why the kids didn’t like cheesy rice with chicken, but who knows what goes on in their heads. This was good, but I’d be hesitant to make it again because of their reaction to it.

Dinner

Dinner

Tomato Meatball Soup

Chicken Meatball Tomato Soup

Date: October 30, 2014

Recipe: http://ellysaysopa.com/2014/09/24/tomato-soup-with-chicken-pesto-meatballs-and-pasta/

Time to table: 1 hour

Servings: 6 adults

Modifications: I used a very large onion, 2 carrots, and 3 stalks celery, and I think we also had more meatballs because I just used some pesto from the freezer and the package of ground chicken was .8lbs. Oh, also used crushed tomatoes instead of diced.

Ben: Love

Erin: Love

Annie: Love

Luke: Love

Notes: Everyone was really happy with this meal! It was almost like spaghetti and meatballs because I think our soup wasn’t as brothy with the added veggies. We made bread on the side but didn’t even really need it. Definitely a satisfying meal on it’s own! (I said love for the kids, while they did not RAVE over this meal, I’d still say it was a solid hit with them and they were happy to eat it, so that counts as a love in my book). I was a bit skeptical about the meatballs and pasta cooking in the soup itself but hey, it worked.

Mac and Cheese with Chicken and Broccoli

Mac and Cheese
Not exactly the most appealing picture, forgot to take one before dinner was completely over.

Date: October 9, 2014

Recipe: http://www.pink-parsley.com/2014/09/cheesy-baked-shells-with-broccoli-and.html

Time to table: 30 minutes prep, 30 minutes baking

Servings: 8-10 adults

Modifications: None

Ben: Love

Erin: Love

Annie: Like

Luke: Like

Notes: Definitely loved this dish, had our new-ish neighbors over for dinner and it served our 2 families easily with leftovers! The amount of cheese in this is borderline absurd but it does make a HUGE amount and the pasta finishes cooking in the oven. I’ll definitely make this again but split the recipe and bake half and the freeze the rest prior to baking. Also love that this is a complete meal! I’m going to call this “triple love” because I THINK the kids would love this if they weren’t so distracted with new friends around.

BBQ Turkey Meatballs with Cheddar Corn Quinoa Salad

BBQ Turkey Meatballs with Quinoa Corn Salad

Date: October 2, 2014

Recipe: http://www.pink-parsley.com/2014/08/bbq-turkey-meatballs-over-cheddar-corn.html

Time to table: 45 minutes, some is baking time

Servings: One dinner and an adult lunch

Modifications: None

Ben: Love

Erin: Love

Annie: Love meatballs, did not like quinoa

Luke: Love meatballs, so-so on quinoa

Notes: This was a delicious meal – the quinoa salad has a bit of a kick from the garlic in the dressing and some red pepper flakes, but it was a good level of flavor for adults – Annie couldn’t handle it but LOVED the meatballs and had them for a lunch at school too. Both kids mostly just ate the meatballs and broccoli. Pretty quick dinner too. This is a new favorite food blog, lots of great recipes and I saw this recipe recommended by several other food bloggers I follow!

Luke wanted the OTHER cup
Luke, quite upset about the color of his cup. Rough life.

Thai Peanut Chicken Quinoa Bowls

Peanut Quinoa

Date: September 9th, 2014

Recipe: http://iowagirleats.com/2014/01/06/thai-peanut-chicken-quinoa-bowls/

Time to table: 45 minutes

Servings: One dinner and an adult lunch

Modifications: Substituted peas for the edamame because it was easier and used cashews instead of peanuts because we already had some.

Ben: Love

Erin: Love

Annie: Dislike

Luke: Dislike

Notes: We loved this, kids hated it, not too surprising. We don’t cook Asian food too often, so we kind of knew they would be skeptical and that was correct. This was relatively easy and healthy though, so it’ll be happening again, especially because the parents liked it, and that’s what really counts.

Peanut Quinoa

Greens Pasta

Great Greens Pasta

Date: August 11th, 2014

Recipe: http://www.annies-eats.com/2013/06/04/great-greens-pasta/

Time to table: 45 minutes

Servings: We’ll get one dinner and 4 individual lunches out of this

Modifications: Stuck to the recipe pretty closely, did not use whole wheat pasta because try as I might, it still doesn’t taste good to me at all.

Ben: Like

Erin: Love

Annie: Like (I think if the tomatoes had been removed, she’d be a love too)

Luke: Love

Notes: We are gluttons for punishment sometimes (aka extremely stubborn) – after the debacle with the last meal, I was determined to try another version of green pasta that I felt would go over a bit better and get the kids used to the idea that green sauce on pasta IS good! (or remind them, rather, since they have had pesto on pasta many times) It seemed to work! I also gave them comically small portions so they really wouldn’t have to eat that much for it to be a smashing success. Luke did have another helping, and both kids ate this really well and said they liked it! I was surprised at how easy it was – the longest step was chopping the tomatoes and roasting them. I did not really read the recipe that closely and was somewhat shocked to see that it called for A POUND of spinach, not sure I used quite that much because I wanted to save some for smoothies tomorrow. This is packed with great stuff and the avocado and yogurt give the sauce a really smooth flavor!

Lots of spinach

 

 

Pretty tomatoes

 

Great Greens Pasta

Luke happy about his sucker

Tortellini with kale pesto and peas

Kale Pesto Tortellini

Date: August 6th, 2014

Recipe: http://www.annies-eats.com/2014/06/09/tortellini-with-kale-pesto-and-peas/

Time to table: 45 minutes

Servings: Two dinners worth

Modifications: I used more kale and more peas than it called for, I just used an entire bunch of kale because I didn’t want any leftover.

Ben: Like

Erin: Like

Annie: Dislike

Luke: Dislike

Notes: Both kids were horrified at green pasta. They complained and stalled worse than normal. They eventually both ate some, not without a LOT of coaxing. When I busted this out for dinner the next night, they were really pleased to see it again. Erin and I like this a lot though, it was great, and I’ll make it again, dammit.

SERIOUSLY offended by the sight of dinner

jalapeño cheddar chicken burgers with guacamole

Chicken burgers

Date: August 5th, 2014

Recipe: http://www.annies-eats.com/2013/07/10/jalapeno-cheddar-chicken-burgers-with-guacamole/

Time to table: 60 minutes

Servings: Four burgers

Modifications: Nothing, actually, I followed the recipe rather closely for once.

Ben: Like

Erin: Like

Annie: Like, eventually

Luke: Dislike

Notes: Once Annie actually tried these, she liked them, but both kids were turned off by the fact that they didn’t look like beef burgers. My attempt at tricking Luke by saying the refried beans were chocolate yogurt failed.

Chicken burgers