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Meal Idea Monday: Macaroni and Cheese!

16 Sep
Macaroni and Cheese. Image from www.thepioneerwoman.com

Macaroni and Cheese. Image from http://www.thepioneerwoman.com

If you ask me, macaroni and cheese is one of the ultimate comfort foods…. and sometimes comfort food just hits the spot. Anyone else with me on that?!

This recipe comes from a favorite recipe site of mine, The Pioneer Woman. Ree Drummond is real, honest, funny, down to earth, and she’s someone I would love to be friends with!

Anyways, here’s the link to the recipe, and I hope you will make this for a friend and bring it to them this week. And if you have someone in your life who could use some sunshine, love and support in the form of meals, set up a Food Tidings for them! I know they would be SO thankful!!

-Lisa

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Meal Idea Monday Guest Post: Veggie Lasagna

9 Sep
Veggie Lasagna From The Copycat Kitchen

Veggie Lasagna From The Copycat Kitchen

Happy Monday, everyone! It’s a beautiful, cool, rainy day here… which makes me one happy girl! We welcome the rain here in Arizona. 🙂

Today I have a wonderful guest post for you written by a new friend of mine. Her name is Pauline, and she has a blog called The Copycat Kitchen. I know you will enjoy her meal idea, as well as any others that she brings to our Food Tidings community in the future!  Have a great day, and be someone’s reason to smile today!

Foodtidings.com is an amazing website that my church has been using for years.  I have used it several times to schedule meals for a friend who just had a baby, or another going through an illness.  It blesses me to know that it is blessing them!  I love that foodtidings.com makes it so easy to see what is being brought so that everyone doesn’t bring the same meal!

This recipe is called “Chunky Vegetable Lasagna.”  It’s a meal that everyone likes…who doesn’t like vegetables smothered in cheese?!  It uses 3 different cheeses and a pesto garlic-cream sauce.  Whenever possible I made quick work of the prep work by using my Cuisinart food processor to chop/slice the veggies or grate cheese (all different blades).  This was originally posted on my food blog where I like to recreate healthy versions of everyone’s favorite meals and desserts: www.thecopycatkitchen.com
 Ingredients:

12 uncooked whole wheat lasagna noodles
3 cups broccoli, chopped (I used 3 cups zucchini because I didn’t have broccoli)
3 large carrots, coarsely shredded (about 2 cups)
2 cups tomatoes diced, drained (or 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes drained)
1 medium red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1 medium green bell pepper, cut into thin strips
3/4 cup Pesto (you can buy in store or make your own easily)
1/4 tsp salt (I use unrefined pink Himalayan sea salt)
1 container Ricotta cheese (15 oz)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated (*I like to grate my own in my food processor or by hand because any time you buy grated cheese it contains toxic preservatives and anti-caking agents–all not good for you)
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (or 1/8 cup dried)
1 large egg (free range, pastured, organic fed is best!)
3 tbsp butter (never margarine! It is 1 molecule away from being plastic!)
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
3 tbsp whole wheat flour
2 cups milk (grass fed is best)
3 cups mozzarella cheese (12 oz), shredded (*see above notes about grating your own cheese)

Directions:
1) Cook and drain noodles according to directions.
2) Mix broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, bell peppers, Pesto and salt. (large bowl in picture)
3) Mix ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, parsley, and egg (medium bowl in picture)
4) Melt butter in 2 quart sauce pan over medium heat. Cook garlic in butter about 2 minutes, stirring frequently, until garlic is golden brown. Stir in flour. Cook over medium heat, stirring CONSTANTLY (or it will burn!) until mixture is smooth and bubbly, remove from heat. Stir in milk. Put back on the burner and heat to boiling, again stirring CONSTANTLY (or it will burn!) Boil and stir 1 minute.
5) Heat oven to 350 degrees.
6) Place 3 noodles in ungreased rectangular pan, 13x9x2 inches.
Spread half the cheese mixture over noodles.
Top with 3 noodles, spread with half the veggie mixture
Sprinkle with 1 cup of mozzarella cheese.
Top with 3 noodles; spread remaining cheese mixture.
Top with 3 noodles; spread evenly the remaining veggie mixture.
Pour milk/butter sauce evenly over the top.
Sprinkle with remaining 2 cups of mozzarella cheese.
7) Bake uncovered 35-40 min or until hot in center. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting

Makes 8 (big) servings, 540 calories each

Meal Idea Monday: Breakfast For Dinner!

6 May
Zucchini Breakfast Casserole. Image from www.simplyrecipes.com

Zucchini Breakfast Casserole. Image from http://www.simplyrecipes.com

Good morning, friends! Does your family ever eat breakfast for dinner? Mine totally does! There’s something that is refreshing to me about eating breakfast for dinner, and it’s just a nice change of pace for us.

So in light of that, I thought I’d share two breakfast recipes with you. They come from one of my favorite recipe sites, Simply Recipes. They are Sausage Breakfast Casserole and Zucchini Breakfast Casserole.

I have pinned both these recipes on our Pinterest page, which is another great place you can go for recipe ideas. I hope you ENJOY and have a wonderful week!!!

-Lisa

Meal Idea Monday: Coconut Curry Lentil & Apple Soup

15 Apr
Coconut Curry Apple & Lentil Soup. Image from www.familyfeedbag.com

Coconut Curry Apple & Lentil Soup. Image from http://www.familyfeedbag.com

It’s Monday again!! How was your week last week? Ours was a little rough. Our sweet third born boy, Jett, had to have his tonsils and adenoids out last Wednesday.

What a crazy recovery it’s been for him, and for us too! It breaks my heart to know my son is in pain, and that I can’t take it away from him. I so wish I could take it away, and for me to be the one who has to go through this recovery for him. But I know that is part of life, we all have to go through trials, and it makes us stronger in the end. But boy, in the middle of it, it feels like it’s never going to end.

I know there are so many parents out there that are dealing with having a son or daughter who is sick, and wishing with all their hearts that they could take their child’s place with this sickness. My heart truly goes out to you, and I am so proud of how you’re handling it all.

I’ve been watching as our dear friends journey through leukemia. Their son (the youngest of four boys) is just four years old, and it’s such a struggle to watch him go through the pain, side effects, and hard things about the treatment of this disease. But they have been one of the biggest sources of inspiration and encouragement to me as well because their faith is SO strong, they see the good in it all, they are growing closer as a family from this, and they are watching as God works in their lives and the lives of those around them. It’s amazing to see!

I truly believe that we don’t know how strong we go through something very challenging. God gives us exactly what we need when we need it. So keep it up out there, all you amazing parents who are battling on behalf of your precious children. You are not alone and you are SO loved!

Today’s recipe that I found comes from one of my favorite recipe sites, based in Canada, called Family Feedbag. It’s for Coconut Curry Lentil and Apple Soup. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it!!

So bring this delicious soup to a friend or family member going through a tough time. And if you haven’t done so yet, set up a Food Tidings meal schedule for them, and invite their friends and family to bring them meals as well. It would be a huge blessing to them, I just know it!

Have a great week,

Lisa 🙂

 

PS- The last time I brought soup to a friend, I brought it in one of my pots. Then once I got there, I asked if they had a big pot I could transfer the soup into. That worked great because then they didn’t have to return my pot, or if they’re anything like me- they would’ve forgotten and ended up having it for a REALLY long time! 😉

Meal Idea Monday: Gluten Free Chili AND a Beautiful Story of Love

11 Mar
Gluten Free Chili. Image from www.glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com

Gluten Free Chili. Image from http://www.glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com

Hi there! I have a great meal idea to share with you today from The Gluten Free GoddessGluten Free Chili. This website is FULL of great gluten free meal ideas. This recipe could be vegan or it could have turkey or chicken added to it.

I checked out this website because I got a Food Tidings invite for a friend I went to school with, and her family eats gluten free. Her name is Jamie, and she and her family (husband, daughter, and son) just adopted a SWEET little girl from India. It was quite a process, but SO worthwhile! They have the most amazing story, and you’ve just GOT to check out her blog called A Worthy Journey because she has taken her readers along with her on this journey of adoption, as well as their journey with food allergies and spina bifida (both her daughter and her adopted daughter have spina bifida- I’m telling you, this family is AMAZING!) It’s a wonderful blog, and Jamie has the most beautiful heart and it shines through in her writing!

I hope you all have a fabulous week, and enjoy every moment God gives you! There are SO many reasons to SMILE!!! 🙂

Meal Idea Monday: Veggie-Packed Minestrone Soup

7 Jan
Veggie Packed Minestrone Soup. Image from www.ourbestbites.com

Veggie Packed Minestrone Soup. Image from http://www.ourbestbites.com

Good afternoon, everyone! I have a beautiful meal idea for you…Veggie-Packed Minestrone Soup from one of my fave recipe sites, Our Best Bites. This would make an awesome meal to bring a friend this week… and be sure to make a double batch for your family as well!

Wishing you a great week!!

-Lisa

Meal Idea Monday: Roasted Sweet Corn and Tomato Soup

29 Oct

Roasted Sweet Corn and Tomato Soup. Image from http://www.ourbestbites.com

Hi there! In my search for today’s meal idea, I found myself checking out soup recipes because it just feels right to be having soup during this time of year. It makes me feel warm, cozy, and comfortable… and I like all three of those things!

My family and I checked out a great pumpkin patch yesterday, and it was just awesome. We truly enjoyed the family time, we roamed the patch, and picked out just the right pumpkin, the kids jumped in the bounce houses, we listened to great music, we ate roasted corn, kettle corn, and smoked sausage, and just had a great time. I LOVE this time of year!

So in light of the roasted corn I had yesterday, which was amazing, I found a wonderful recipe for Roasted Sweet Corn and Tomato Soup from Our Best Bites. I hope you enjoy it, and be sure to share some with friends who would be blessed by it as well!

Have a wonderful week, and remember to share the joy you’ve been given with others… it’s contagious! 🙂 Here’s a great printable that goes along with this idea from Kristen Duke Photography. You can even download and print it for your home, if you’d like!

Meal Idea: Low Fat Baked Ziti With Spinach

24 Oct

Baked Ziti With Spinach. Image from http://www.skinnytaste.com

Hi there, everyone! I hope all is well with everyone! We’ve had a great last few weeks. My husband Zach’s mom and sister came into town for a long weekend, and we had a great time with them. We BBQ’d with family, went and saw Hotel Transylvania (cute movie!), went to church together, and just had fun together.

Our third born who is now 4, started T-ball last week. He had his first game on Saturday, and it was AWESOME! What’s more is that he gets to be on the same team as his cousin, which is so fun for them! I always dreamed of when my kids would start trying out sports, and wondered which ones would “stick”. So this is so much fun for us! It’s so cute watching those 3 and 4 year olds learn to play ball too. All the dads are out there with their sons, helping them and teaching them along the way. It was seriously precious!

So that’s some of what we’ve been up to lately. 🙂

I have a great meal idea for you today from a wonderful new recipe site that I came across. You know how much I love finding fun new resources for us all to have on hand! The recipe is Low Fat Baked Ziti With Spinach (which freezes well also), and it’s from the site Skinny Taste. It’s a site dedicated to a LOT of great, low fat recipes that are tried and true by the author. So this is an amazing find!!

The author of Skinny TasteGina, has links to her recipes for: Skinny Pumpkin Recipes, Football Recipes, Skinny Thanksgiving Recipes, and Skinny Holiday Recipes. I don’t know about you, but I like the idea of eating something with the first word of Skinny in the title… 😉 These recipes will keep you busy in the kitchen for quite some time! ENJOY!!!

Meal Idea Monday: Acorn Squash and Apple Soup

1 Oct

 

Acorn Squash and Apple Soup: Image from http://www.happyherbivore.com

 

Here’s a fantastic Fall Recipe for you to bring a friend this week… Acorn Squash and Apple Soup from The Happy Herbivore. The author of this recipe site, Lindsay, is dedicated to showing her readers that food should be just as delicious as nutritious. Her recipes are plant based, low fat, and easy to make. Sounds good to me!

CLICK HERE for the ingredients and directions. Enjoy and have a wonderful week!

Meal Idea Monday: Eggplant Parmesan

27 Aug

Eggplant Parmesan: Image from http://www.simplyrecipes.com.

Hi there! I have a great vegetarian meal idea for you today… Eggplant Parmesan from Simply Recipes. I remember eating this a lot as a kid, and I loved it! And when it’s a recipe found on Simply Recipes, you really can’t go wrong!!

CLICK HERE for ingredients and directions… and ENJOY!!!