Light n Lively Meatballs

Ever make chicken or turkey meatballs and have them end up all dry on you?

Well check this out!

These meatballs are good for you and your waistline….

They are totally juicy and delicious.

Best part is that you cook them in their own sauce.

You’ll never eat regular meatballs again!

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Light n Lively Meatballs

WHAT YOU NEED:

1 pound ground chicken breast

1 small eggplant

3 T chicken stock

1/2 small onion, grated

1 clove garlic, chopped

1 egg white

1/3 cup whole wheat bread crumbs

S&P

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for sprinkling

1 jar store bought spaghetti sauce (We use Francesco Rinaldi ToBe Healthy Tomato Basil Sauce)

1/4 cup chopped parsley

1 box whole wheat pasta cooked to al dente

WHAT TO DO:

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and set a pot of water on high for your pasta.  Season your water with salt and cook pasta according to package directions.

Cut your eggplant in half and place on a baking sheet.  Cook on 425 for about 10 – 15 minutes until soft.  Allow to cool a bit then scrape out the yummy eggplant from it’s skin and add to a large bowl.  Knock back the heat on your oven to 375.

To the bowl with the eggplant add in your chicken, chicken stock, grated onion, chopped garlic, egg white, bread crumbs, parsley, parmesan cheese, and S&P.  Mix well to combine.

Grab a muffin pan. Yes a muffin pan!  Place a healthy spoonful of sauce into each muffin well.

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Next, form your meat mixture into golf sized meatballs and place on top of the sauce in the muffin wells.  The boys each took a row for themselves and made their share.

Bake at 375 for 25 minutes.  I like to flip the meatballs mid cooking process so they get all covered with sauce.

Serve on top of pasta and with a side salad and you’ve got a meal everyone will love and feel good about!

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Kids Fun Food Week – Chicken Surprise Bundles

I say it all the time…

The easiest way to get a kid to eat,

Is to involve them in the process.

These little bad boys are so much fun to make…

And even better to eat.

Check out our Chicken Surprise Bundles…

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WHAT YOU NEED:

1 tube Pillsbury refrigerated dough

1 cup grilled chicken, diced

1 cup shredded swiss, cheddar or mozzarella cheese

8 sliced cooked chopped bacon

1 cup baby spinach

WHAT TO DO:

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

Spread out your dough on a cutting board.

Cut it into 8 equal squares

Place the rest of your ingredients in an assembly line and call the kids into help.

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Let them decide what goes into the center of each of their bundles.

Keegan built his with bacon and cheese and chicken.

Brady and Cooper loaded up on the spinach.

You can get creative and add whatever you think your kids will like!

Next wrap up your bundles.

Take each corner and pull it up towards the center.

Pinch together at the top and place on a greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 375 for 12-14 minutes.

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Serve with a side salad or soup or veggie sticks.  Make a bunch, these bundles go fast!

Kids Fun Food Week – Meatloaf Cupcakes

Want to get your kids to eat?

Grab them and get in the kitchen and make these fun recipes together!

Back by popular demand…

Here is the recipe that started it all!

I couldn’t get the boys to eat meatloaf and mashed potatoes!

So foolish considering that they like everything in that dish.

But they wouldn’t actually put it in their mouth sooooo….

We came up with a fun way to make them together.

Meatloaf Cupcakes were born!

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Here’s a lighter turkey meatloaf version…we’re slimming down for summer!

WHAT YOU NEED:

1 ½ lbs ground turkey

1 egg, beaten

1 clove garlic, chopped

½ c bread crumbs

2 T Worcestershire sauce

¾ c chili sauce (you can use ketchup too)

½ c onions, finely chopped

½ c carrots, finely chopped

½ c mushrooms, finely chopped

½ c red pepper, finely chopped

½ c canned fried onion strips

S&P

1 lb russet potatoes peeled and cubed

½ c milk

3 T sour  cream

2 T butter

S&P

WHAT TO DO:

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  Place your peeled cubed potatoes in large pot of cold water over high heat.  Bring to a boil and cook until fork tender (about 8-10 minutes after water boils depending on the size of your cubes).

In a large bowl combine ground turkey, egg, bread crumbs, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, chili sauce, onions, carrots, mushrooms, red pepper, fried onions and S&P.  Mix together with your hands until combined.  Spray a muffin pan with cooking spray.  Mold your meatloaf mixture into cupcake sized balls and place in muffin pan.  You’ll get about 8-10 cupcakes.  Place in oven and cook at 375 for about 25-30 minutes.

Drain your potatoes and return to pan.  Pour in your milk, sour cream and butter, and season with S&P.  Using a hand mixer whip your potatoes until smooth and set aside to cool a bit.  Take a large plastic Ziploc bag (or a pastry bag if you have one) and cut a small hole in the bottom corner.  Spoon your mashed potatoes into the bag then pipe out the potato on top of the meatloaves to look like frosting on a cupcake.   Serve ‘em up hot, who doesn’t love cupcakes?  Especially for dinner!

Meaty Morsel:  Decorate the tops of your cupcakes with BBQ sauce, ketchup, mustard, cheese, shredded lettuce, chopped tomato, anything you or your kids can think of.  Let them have fun with this, they’ll have more fun eating it!

Meaty Morsel – Get your kids to try new foods

Are you like me?

Did you stay up at night wondering if your 3 year old would make it to their 4th birthday?

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How is it possible for anyone to survive…

On a diet consisting of nothing but

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getting kids to eat    Meaty Morsel   Get your kids to try new foodsThe doctor assured me they’d be okay…

And so far 2 have made it to 4.

Jury’s still out on Coop.

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Though he’s like Mikey…

He’ll eat anything.

So what’s Ma’s most important key to getting your kids to eat?

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YOU ARE!

Yup, it’s all about you.

The more adventurous you are…

The more likely your kids will be to try it too.

What does that mean?

BE A GOOD EXAMPLE.

Fill your plates with veggies, and salads, and whole grain foods.

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It works!

Because if it’s on my plate…

Guess who wants to eat it?

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Or at least try it…

I want bite” is one of Cooper’s clearest sentences at 2 years old.

And always encourage them to try it as well.

Even if you think they won’t like it!

It’s funny when they eat the spicy stuff!

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That’s how I ended up with kids who eat…

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Pate…

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Brie…

getting kids to eat    Meaty Morsel   Get your kids to try new foodsSalad…

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and sushi.

I didn’t even eat sushi til high school!

So get out there and try something healthy and new.

Your kids will thank you for it!

What’s the craziest thing your kids eat?

Thanks to wikipedia for the images!

Meaty Morsel – Getting kids to eat #5

People ask me all the time…

How do I get my kids to eat???

I know that it can be a nightly battle to wage with your kids.

But we’re going to help out with some fun ideas for you…

Make Dinner Time fun!

Here is a great idea on how to liven up the dinner table to get your kids to actually eat!

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Make tonight, Color Night!

Let your kids pick a color and make everything for dinner that night based on their color scheme.

Yellow?

How about yellow bell peppers stuffed with risotto with saffron, yellow tomato salad and a pineapple upside down cake.

Red?

Try homemade pizzas with red sauce, pepperoni, red peppers, a strawberry and tomato salad, and red velvet cupcakes?

picture courtesy of photobucket.

Meaty Morsel – Getting Kids to Eat #4

Want to get your kids to eat something good?

Sink to their level!

Yup, I said it…

Start watching lame tv.

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So is this crew…

getting kids to eat ask alex    Meaty Morsel   Getting Kids to Eat #4Oh yes, the iCarly kids have it going on.

Why?

Because the kids will get excited about eating!

We make Spongebob’s own Krabby Patties

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And Spencer and iCarly’s Spaghetti Tacos!

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They’re cheap…

Fun…

And sure to get your kids fired up about dinner time!

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