Meal Planning

Herb Roasted Turkey Breast with Gravy for Thanksgiving

November 9, 2015

Herb roasted turkey breastWhen we crave those classic holiday dinner flavors, we often grab a turkey breast roast from the market and make this easier, smaller scale, and faster version of a Thanksgiving feast. It's perfect for a nice family meal or Thanksgiving dinner if your family is smaller and you don't want to deal with cooking and storing a whole turkey. Another bonus when just cooking the turkey breast: you're less likely to overcook it since it's all you're dealing with.

I grab a handful of fresh herbs from the kitchen garden and use them in a compound butter to season the turkey breast bother under and on top of the skin. Not only does this give the turkey an amazing flavor, but it makes the skin extra crispy, too.

Put the roast in a cast iron skillet or roasting pan, pop it in the oven, and you'll have dinner in no time. I love using a cast iron skillet because it makes it easy to make gravy out of the pan drippings.

Thanksgiving Side Dish: Spiced-Cider Braised Winter Squash

November 9, 2015

Apple cider braised squashThis delicious Thanksgiving side dish has the flavors of fall—winter squash and spiced apple cider. It's easy to make, and looks pretty on the holiday table, too. If you use Delicata squash, those orange- or green-striped cream-colored oval winter squash, you don't even need to peel them, and the colors look great, too. You can also make this with cubed butternut squash or pumpkin.

I adapted this from a recipe in the New York Times but used the spiced apple cider from Trader Joe's. The spice flavors are subtle and really enchance the flavor of the squash. Feel free to substitute regular apple cider.

Austrian Baked Ham, Cheese, and Noodle Casserole

August 23, 2015

Schinkenfleckerl Austrian ham, cheese, and noodle casseroleThe real name for this delicious baked pasta dish is Schinkenfleckerl, but since it's hard to pronounce we'll call it an Austrian ham, cheese, and noodle casserole. This dish is like macaroni-and-cheese's more sophisticated European cousin, and since it's pretty rich it's usually just served with a green salad on the side. Schinken is ham and Fleckerl are little square-ish egg noodles that are common in Austrian and German cuisine, but we use regular wide egg noodles or even broken up pieces of egg pappardelle noodle.

Despite the inclusion of ingredients like sour cream (which both my kids swear up and down they don't like) everyone thought this was delicious! This recipe is really easy to put together, and it makes quite a bit so you'll probably have plenty of leftovers for another meal.

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces egg noodles
  • 1/2 pound smoked ham, diced
  • 1/2 pound Emmentaler or Swiss cheese, grated

Easy Summer Frittata

July 26, 2015

frittataFrittatas are a great dish for a light dinner, brunch, or lunch. This Italian-style omelet is versatile—you can make it with any number of different ingredients—delicious, and inexpensive. Make sure you use good quality eggs; bonus points if you have your own backyard chickens. We used zucchini from our summer vegetable garden, but you can use anything you like. Kale and Swiss chard are really good, as are spinach and asparagus. Leave the ham out to make it vegetarian.

Ingredients

  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

A Family That Eats Together: Whole Wheat Chicken Chow Mein

June 1, 2015

chicken chow meinMarin Mommies presents this week's guest recipe from Nicole Cibellis, Marin mom and author of the blog A Family that Eats Together, where she shares meal plans and recipes that will please foodies and children alike.

Do you love chicken chow mein but want a healthy alternative? Making it yourself is not only quick and easy but you control what you are putting into the dish unlikely what you might get at a restaurant. In this recipe, I use whole-wheat pasta as a healthier alternative for noodles. The sauce is simple with easily found ingredients from most any grocery store. Don’t order out, eat in with a dish you will be proud you gave your family!

Serves: 6
Prep time:
15 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

A Family That Eats Together: Sesame Noodles

May 18, 2015

Sesame NoodlesMarin Mommies presents a guest recipe from Nicole Cibellis, Marin mom and author of the blog A Family that Eats Together, where she shares meal plans and recipes that will please foodies and children alike.

Servings: 4
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

A Family That Eats Together: Farmer's Market Pasta

May 11, 2015

Farmer's Market PastaMarin Mommies presents this week's guest recipe from Nicole Cibellis, Marin mom and author of the blog A Family that Eats Together, where she shares meal plans and recipes that will please foodies and children alike.

As summer settles in and the bounties of vegetables fill the stands, I look for new ways incorporate these plump and juicy nuggets of goodness into dinner.

What I love about this recipe is how easy it is. For those of you with finicky eaters, it is easy to dress the pasta and leave all the veggies on the side for the kids. This way they can pick and choose which of their favorite veggies to eat. This pasta dish is flavorful and satisfying while being healthy and delicious.

Serves: 6
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

A Family That Eats Together: Rocket Pesto with Linguine

April 13, 2015

Rocket PestoMarin Mommies presents this week's guest recipe from Nicole Cibellis, Marin mom and author of the blog A Family that Eats Together, where she shares meal plans and recipes that will please foodies and children alike.

Did you know that many countries around the world call arugula "rocket"? Well, that is how I sold this dish to my son. "Rocket Pasta"—he loved the name and the dish. I use baby arugula, which is peppery like its relatives but sweeter in taste. Using walnuts tones down the peppery flavor and makes it smooth like a more traditional basil pesto. Your whole family will be surprised at just how good this quick and easy recipe really is.

Serves: 4–6
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

Don’t Say the H Word!

November 2, 2014

Don't say the H Word!Marin Mommies presents a guest article by Jennifer Tyler Lee, author of The 52 New Foods Challenge.

No matter how many battles there are over broccoli, if you want your kids to eat wholesome food, and build a lifetime of good eating habits, don’t dare say it’s “healthy.”

The sad truth is this: healthy sells to adults but not to kids. As parents, our spending on what we perceive to be healthy food for our families has skyrocketed—to the tune of nearly $80B a year. We’re reading labels, and demanding to know what is in our food. But our intense focus on healthy isn’t helping our kids.

It turns out that to get our little ones to eat what’s good for them, we need to take a page from the junk food marketing playbook. We need to stop talking about “healthy.” Take the focus off the food, and make it fun.

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