My boys love sweet treats, so I’ve been looking for a real food dessert we could make together. I enlisted the help of my friend, Shirley, and she helped me create a banana cupcake recipe that’s “real” delicious
Best of all, these cupcakes also make great banana muffins if you forgo the frosting. You could even add some chocolate chips or dress them up with some chopped nuts and a dash of cinnamon. Yum!
This is my youngest daughter’s current favorite smoothie. She can’t get enough of it, so I need to keep a constant stash of ripe avocados. The avocado contains healthy fats that are filling and makes this smoothie creamy (like a banana would), but you can’t taste it. We have made this with raw cocoa powder, natural and dutch cocoa (our favorite). This is great as part of breakfast, or an after-school snack!
Okay, so no more ordering wings for takeout, right? These are that easy. Probably the most intimidating part about making your own wings is separating them into flats, drumettes and tips (don’t discard the tips, throw them in your freezer and use to make chicken stock next time). At the bottom of the post, I linked a video from About.com showing you how to cut up your wings. Once you do a few, you get the hang of it and you can prep the rest pretty quickly.
My favorite part about making these wings is that everyone can choose their favorite sauce and have a different experience. My oldest loves her wings with BBQ sauce, my youngest likes hers plain, my husband loves the Buffalo sauce and Thai Chili below, and my favorites are the Thai Chili and Siracha Mayo.
My husband loves Chicken Pot Pie and Chicken and Dumplings, but I can never seem to make them quit like his mamma does; not to mention, I rarely have time to roll out dumplings or a pie crust.
So, I decided to create a new comfort dish by combing the two, and I simply drop my dumplings…no need to break out the rolling pin or dirty the counter with flour. This is an easy and excellent dish to serve on cold winter days, and it’s comforting and filling…just like mamma’s!
Find a printer-friendly PDF version of this weekly plan here!
Now that I have my menu plan up on my board, I feel better about my week. School nights can be stressful with activities, homework and errand-running, so weekly meal planning keeps me from going crazy-mommy at 5pm. My husband picked up some ground bison at Costco, so we’ll be having bison burgers on Monday. Bison meat is new for us, so I’m excited to see how they turn out. I plan to bake them on a broiler pan the same way that we bake our burgers during the winter time.
Oh, and veggies. We’ve slacked a bit on our veggie intake, so I need to spend some time at the beginning of the week cutting up some cucumbers, carrots, etc. and making some dips to go along with them. We have a couple of soups lined up this week, so I’ll also be sure to add lots of color to those!
This is what I am planning this week:
If you have never made homemade sweet potato fries, you have to try this to see how easy it is. It makes for a super-easy side on busy weeknights, and everyone in my family loves them. My girls dip theirs in our homemade BBQ sauce and my husband and I have them with sriracha mayo.
The two sauces on here are staples in our house. We usually have store-bought ketchup at the house (made without high-fructose corn syrup), but we haven’t purchased BBQ sauce in a very long time. It’s difficult to find a store-bought BBQ sauce made without HFCS, and our recipe comes together quickly. And the sriracha mayo … it’s delicious! I use it as a dip for anything, and even put it on burgers and chicken wings. Sriracha sauce is made from sun-ripened red jalapeno chili peppers ground into a paste along with garlic and other seasonings. It’s a great condiment just on its own!
I’ve been really excited to share this easy weeknight meal. We love our burgers and seriously miss grilling outdoors when the weather is chilly. Baking them on your broiler pan is less messy than frying them in a pan and can also free you up to assemble the rest of dinner. The secret to tender burgers is to handle the beef gently while forming patties. Using a 1/2-cup measuring scoop makes it easy to have uniform burgers that are all done at the same time. Also, a digital thermometer is a very important kitchen tool; an overcooked burger is a dry burger. Add this easy meal to next week’s menu!