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What’s For Lunch?

Trying to figure out what lunches to pack for the hummingbird since she started kindergarten has been a challenge. I found that her class only gets 20 minutes to eat lunch. I think that includes getting a bunch of 5 year-old’s into the cafeteria, have them sit, and unpack their lunches.

I’ve been making more of her favorites but still add a bit of variety. I’m hoping I can downgrade her eating status from extremely major picky eater that sometimes makes me want to pull my hair out because she absolutely refuses to take a tiny, little bite of something new to major picky eater.

l to r: Sliced carrots and cherry tomatoes, strawberries and blueberries, cheese pizza, ranch dressing

l to r: carrots and cherry tomatoes, strawberries and blueberries, cheese pizza, ranch dressing in container.

 

l to r: salad, sweet pickles, applesauce, mini banana, chees-its, pb and honey, ranch dressing.

l to r: salad, sweet pickles, applesauce, mini banana, cheez-its, pb and honey sandwich, ranch dressing.

 

broccoli and carrots, strawberries and blueberries, yogurt, ranch dressing.

l to r: broccoli and carrots, strawberries and blueberries, yogurt, pb and j sandwich, ranch dressing.

 

l to r: cashews, craisans, and chocolate chips, strawberries and grapes, pepporoni, cheese, goldfish.

l to r: cashews, craisans, and chocolate chips, strawberries and grapes, pepperoni, cheese, goldfish.

 

l to r: strawberries and grapes, pretzel stick and peanut butter in container, cheese, pb and j.

l to r: strawberries and grapes, pretzel sticks with peanut butter in container, cheese, pb and j sandwich.

 

goldfish, strawberries, tortilla wrap with shredded cheese, lettuce, sliced sweet pickles, and shredded carrots with mayo.

goldfish, strawberries, tortilla wrap with shredded cheese, lettuce, sliced sweet pickles, and shredded carrots with mayo, yogurt.

 

Apple Slice Cookies

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I made these for the hummingbird recently and she loved them.

Directions:

1. Cut an apple into slices (I took the skin off… per my kid’s request).

2. Soak the sliced apple in 1 cup water with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice for

5 minutes to prevent browning.

3. Take out of water and blot dry.

4. Spread with any nut butter you prefer. (That made me giggle. Yes, I’m 12)

4. Add toppings. I used cashews and mini chocolate chips… or any topping you prefer;

pecans, sliced almonds, coconut, craisans, etc.

What was your favorite and least favorite lunch as a kid?

Sometimes, I would bring my lunch to school but would always look forward to pizza day. It was like the rock star of school lunch days. In junior high, I was obsessed with the salad bar and would have a salad and baked potato every. single. day.

My least favorite lunch was when my mom would put a banana in my lunch box. EVERYTHING would end up tasting like a banana (my sandwich, potato chips… ick) and to this day, I don’t care for them.

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Salmon With Brown Sugar Chili Powder Rub

Photo Credit: Pinch Of Yum

Photo Credit: Pinch Of Yum

I came across this recipe a few weeks ago and have made it for my husband and I twice already. It’s so easy as well as fast and delicious. I had never cooked fish before this but it was much easier than I thought. I only got 2 salmon steaks to cook since our daughter doesn’t like fish but you can easily double the recipe.

Ingredients:

2 salmon steaks (or filets)

1 lime

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon chili powder

dash of cayenne pepper

dash of salt

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

In a bowl, add brown sugar, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and salt. Mix together. Lay salmon on a cutting board. Cut lime in half and squeeze each half on salmon steaks on both sides. Take the rub and coat the salmon on each side with fingers.

In a large pan, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add the salmon steaks (if using filets, put them skin side up) and cook, undisturbed for 4 minutes. Flip the salmon on the other side and cook another 4 minutes until fish is firm and flaky.

I served this along with baked sweet potatoes and fresh steamed green beans. Delicious!

I hope you enjoy!

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What’s For Lunch?

School is starting very soon for the little hummingbird and I’ve been trying to come up with a little more variety with her lunches. Since she’s such a picky eater and usually eats very little, some of the food she likes is a lot to be desired.

Like lunchables. I would cave every now and then if she wanted one but soon, that’s all she would want for lunch.

I’m trying to help her adopt healthy eating habits but it can be hard since she’s tiny and needs whatever calories she can get (per her doctor). So, my 5 year-old and I compromised and now I’m making “homemade” lunchables.

The only meat that she’ll give a chance are hot dogs, pepperoni, and chicken nuggets. Even then, it’s iffy. And while she’s always loved fruit, I’ve been adding more veggies and for the most part, as long as she can drench it in ranch dressing, she’ll give vegetables a chance.

Here are some of the lunches so far:

l to r: cucumbers, grapes, crackers, sharp cheddar, ranch dressing in container.

l to r: grapes and blueberries, cucumbers, crackers, sharp cheddar, ranch dressing in container.

 

cashews and craisans, snap peas and cucumber, applesauce, cheese pizza,  ranch dressing for veggies.

cashews and craisans, snap peas and cucumbers, applesauce, cheese pizza, ranch dressing for veggies.

 

sweet pickles, apples and blueberries, goldfish, peanut butter and honey sandwich, caramel dipping sauce in container.

sweet pickles, apples and blueberries, goldfish, peanut butter and honey sandwich, caramel dipping sauce in container for apples.

 

pizza lunchable: pizza crust, marinara sauce in container, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, strawberries.

homemade pizza lunchable: pizza crust, marinara sauce in container, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, strawberries.

 

strawberries, craisans, colby jack cheese, pepperoni, graham cracker with peanut butter.

homemade lunchable: strawberries, craisans, colby jack cheese, pepperoni, graham cracker with peanut butter, and a somewhat hidden fruit roll up.

 

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*What’s For Lunch? May 2012

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Fast and Easy Korean Beef Over Rice

Photo Credit: The Girl Who Ate Everything

Photo Credit: The Girl Who Ate Everything

After years of throwing holy water on cooking like it was some vampire coming to kill me, a couple of years ago, I finally got into a cooking groove. I even *GASP* looked forward to it while also starting a food blog, which I’ve since abandoned.

I discovered two things about cooking. You’ve got to LOVE what your cooking to really love cooking. For me, I loved the challenge of cooking food I thought would be difficult.

My definition of “difficult” at the time was something beyond microwave nachos, frozen lasagna, and if I really went wild, making the exotic and way out there French toast. Adding bacon on the side made me feel like a goddamn gourmet. Pouring a glass of orange juice to go along with it and… BOOM, I’m a culinary genius.

So yeah, I had a lot to learn. But since we moved to Maine last summer, I haven’t cooked much and my old ways are back.

The little hummingbird is still a very picky eater and only likes a small list of foods so I’ve been on the lookout to try recipes I hope my hubby and I will like.

I really want to get back into cooking again. Maybe even start my food blog back up.

I came across this recipe a few days ago and we tried it. Fast and Easy Korean Beef. This was really very good… and truly fast and easy. From start to finish; getting everyone to the table and sitting down to eat, it took about 25 minutes. Hmmm, fast and easy. Just like I was in my late teens. Bada bing!

I tried many times to get a photo of this but all of my pictures turned out pretty bad. I blame the two beers I had while cooking this.

I hope you enjoy!

Korean Beef Over Rice

Ingredients:

1 pound lean ground beef

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup soy sauce

1 tablespoon sesame oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 tsp fresh ginger, minced (I was actually going to leave this out but so glad I got it)

1 tsp red pepper flakes (or to desired taste)

1 bunch green onions, diced (adding this is what knocks it out of the park)

salt

pepper

cooked rice

Directions:

Start cooking rice according to directions.

In a large pan, add sesame oil and garlic over medium heat. Cook for 2 minutes and give it a stir. Brown the hamburger meat and drain when done.

Add brown sugar, soy sauce, salt and pepper, ginger, and red pepper flakes to the cooked hamburger. Simmer for a few minutes and stir.

Serve the Korean beef over rice. Add a generous amount of green onions and a few splashes of soy sauce, if desired.

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Our little strawberry picker.

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10 Recipes To Satisfy Your Summer Sweet Tooth

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Here are some sweet treat recipes that are great for summertime. The chocolate oreo truffles and easy ice cream are orgasmic! I hope you enjoy!

1. Creamy Margarita Popsicles

2. Fresh Berry Shortcake Skewers

3. No Machine Needed: Easy Ice Cream

4. Crunchy Peanut Butter Cups

5. Low Carb Coconut Bars

6. For The Kids: Dirt Pudding

7. Super Simple Chocolate Truffles

8. No Bake Nutella Cheesecake Mousse

9. Guiltless Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake

10. Chocolate Oreo Truffles

I’d love for you to share one of your fave dessert recipes in the comments… or link it!

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Guiltless Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake

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I have to be honest. When I come across a recipe that says “guiltless” or “skinny”, I don’t really expect the results to be very good. I was pleasantly surprised by how good this turned out though.  My husband even had a piece and his only complaint was that there needed to be more butter. Butthead.

I reminded him that this was supposed to be a low cal/low fat cheesecake. He said “oh…okay” and finished the rest. So, while this cheesecake isn’t going to be like the fat ladden ones, it will hit the spot. A piece has approx. 165 calories and 8 grams of fat.

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • cooking spray
  • 1 cup crushed graham cracker crumbs (6 sheets)
  • 2 tbsp light butter, softened
  • 8 oz package reduced fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 oz fat-free vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar free strawberry jam

Directions:

Heat oven to 350°. Coat an 8-inch square baking pan with non-stick spray.

Mix together graham cracker crumbs and butter with a fork until evenly moistened. Press evenly into bottom of prepared pan.

Gently beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth using an electric mixer. Gradually beat in fat free yogurt, egg whites, lemon juice, and flour. The mixture will be a little lumpy. Pour over graham cracker crust.

Stir jam in a small bowl until smooth. Drop by small spoonfuls over surface of filling. Using a knife, swirl jam gently through filling to create marble effect.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool to room temperature. Chill a few hours in the refrigerator. Cut into 9 pieces and serve.

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