Summer rolls are one of my favorite things to order whenever we head out for Vietnamese food. They are crisp, and light, and unlike a deep-fried egg roll, don’t leave me feeling guilty after dinner. They’re kind of fun, too…crisp salad, sometimes shrimp, sometimes pork, sometimes both, all wrapped up in chewy rice paper and then dipped in peanut sauce? Good stuff.
We’ve now reached the chapter in our pre-move process where it’s crucial to try to use up what we have in the fridge/freezer and in the pantry. This is a super meal for times like these, if you happen to have these items hanging around. If not, well, groceries don’t get much cheaper than Ramen noodles.
(Contrary to popular belief, you can consume Ramen noodles in the comfort of your grown up home…not just off of a hot plate in a college dorm room.)
My kids love twisty, twirly Ramen noodles, and I love when I can turn something simple into something delicious. This dinner was a win-win.
The weather may be warming up, but I’m still a sucker for a good bowl of soup, even when the temperature rises. The key is bringing some of that fresh spring/summer flavor into the soup to brighten it up. This recipe does that perfectly, and the fact that you can throw it together in no time flat, and go from stove top to table in less than 20 minutes is pretty fantastic, regardless of the time of year.
My Grandma was a wonderful cook. It’s been sixteen years since she passed away, but I still remember Sunday dinners at her house like it was yesterday. I remember crowding in, knee to knee, around her tiny dining room table, with my parents, brother, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. We’d dive into course after delicious course, and the sounds of laughter and love would fill the house.
(She was Italian, and in case you haven’t heard, Italian people like to eat.)
Throw some chocolate in as well, and it bumps the happiness up another notch.
This is good stuff.
I started by mixing together those salty little Fritos, some Rice Chex, a bunch of pretzel twists and some peanuts. I used peanuts because I already had them on hand. Throw in whatever kind of nut you like, though. Next time, I’m going with mixed nuts or pecans.
We’ve gotten to the point in our pre-move period where I’m trying, desperately, to limit what I’m buying at the grocery store. I’m attempting to go through what I have in my cupboards and freezer and buy as little “new” as possible. One of the items I need to move through is a gigantic bag of frozen chicken breasts from Costco. You know the bag I’m talking about, right?
That’s a lot of chicken.
I try to change up what I put on this blog, so that you’re not seeing chicken dish after chicken dish week after week. If you start seeing chicken dish after chicken dish in the coming weeks, now you know why! (Sorry about that!)
I have a few friends (I won’t name names) who have poked fun at my love of kale. Well, Friends, get ready to poke some more.
I don’t know why, but when other really green things have scared away my children, one in particular, kale hasn’t. It started when I baked up my first batch of Kale Chips. Both kids could eat an entire batch in the blink of an eye. So, I started adding kale to soups and salads, and even smoothies, in an attempt to get more “good” into my kids. Nine times out of ten, it works! Kale is really, really nutritious. I won’t bore you with the nutritional nitty gritty, but if you’d like to know more, check out there article here. (Not only will you learn something about nutrition, you’ll learn about “massaging your kale”, which I’ve never done, and I find hilariously funny for some reason.)
Ah, Aaron’s birthday. It’s that one day a year, when I can look into my dear, sweet husband’s eyes and say, “You’re officially older than I am again. HA!”
And in turn, eight months from now, he’ll enjoy looking at his dear, sweet wife, and saying, “HA! You’re old like me!”
For Aaron’s birthday this year, I decided to throw the birthday cake idea out the window and make something more his speed. I’m a cake kind of person. I love chocolate, rich, cakey kind of desserts. Aaron? He’d much prefer a pie. Ultimately, he loves a good berry pie, so I knew that he’d probably really enjoy this free form raspberry and rhubarb crostata recipe that I’d been eyeing for a while.
I like to think that person who created stir-fry was a busy parent. It really is the perfect meal for a crazy, running-the-kids-to-and-fro kind of night.
We had this for dinner on one of our crazy evenings, and it reminded me that I need to make stir fries more often. The meat and veggies in this version could easily be substituted with other things I have hanging out in my fridge. Gotta love a meal that’s easily adaptable.
Instead of serving this one over rice, it incorporates some fun, chewy, cellophane noodles into the mix.
Spring has sprung (finally), and believe it or not, summer is right around the corner! I’ll fully admit that this time of year, every year, I get a case of the “Ohmigosh, I have to be in a swim suit, in public, in just a few short weeks.” heebie jeebies. Thankfully, as the weather warms up, I feel like eating lighter anyway. Hopefully, shedding the heavier, comfort food that winter brings will help me shed a few pounds as well.
That said, nobody wants to starve.