Meal Planning

A Family That Eats Together: Roasted Rosemary Chicken with Golden Beets and Carrots

October 7, 2013

Roasted rosemary chicken with beets and carrotsMarin 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. Here's her meal plan for this week.

When you crave roast chicken but don’t have the time to cook it, try this quick and easy dinner recipe that has all the tastes and aromas of roast chicken without all the work. The vegetables caramelize by simply tossing them in olive oil and balsamic vinegar and baking them under high heat making them super sweet and delectable.

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
Serves: 6–8

Ingredients

For the chicken:

  • 6 chicken thighs, bone-in and skin on
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 large garlic cloves minced
  • 1 ½ tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon salt + extra for seasoning the top
  • ½ teaspoon pepper + extra for seasoning the top

A Family That Eats Together: Red Coconut Basil Curry with Chicken

September 30, 2013

Red coconut basil curry with chickenMarin 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. Here's her meal plan for this week.

We love a good curry and I especially love a quick and easy curry recipe. As I was researching recipes, so many had numerous complex ingredients, which is fine if I was cooking all day on a weekend, but this day I needed a curry recipe in a flash. So, I added just the bare minimum ingredients and used fire-roasted tomatoes to give the sauce an extra rich flavor. The result was so scrumptious, I don’t know if I will ever go back to a more complex recipe.

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Serves: 6

Ingredients

Building a Fun Lunch Box: Chicken Parmesan Fingers with Tomato Dipping Sauce

September 23, 2013

Chicken parmesan fingers lunch boxMarin 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. Here's her meal plan for this week.

Chicken Nuggets are a kid’s favorite. In this recipe, I have spiced up chicken by making Chicken Parmesan using chicken tenders. Instead of ketchup, we use a simple tomato sauce for dipping. Make this as dinner the night before and you have dinner and lunch taken care of! How easy is that?

Lunch Box Fixings

  • Chicken Parmesan Fingers (recipe follows)
  • Tomato Dipping Sauce (recipe follows)
  • Pear

Building a Fun Lunch Box: Soup

September 16, 2013

Soup and cheese crackers lunch boxMarin 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. Here's her meal plan for this week.

This week’s featured lunch box is all about comfort food. Everyone has their favorite soup but when the cool weather comes and we need something to warm our bellies Tomato soup with grilled cheese is always one of our favorites.  For this lunch box, I have chosen my Roasted Tomato Soup and instead of a grilled cheese sandwich (not an ideal lunch box sandwich) I have added a child’s favorite—cheese crackers. Below I have linked a few of our favorite soups. Pick your favorite soup and explore the possibilities.

Building a Fun Lunch Box: Italian Meatballs

September 3, 2013

Italian meatballs lunchboxMarin 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. Here's her meal plan for this week.

Kids generally love meatballs. My son loves them in any form or flavor so, this week I wanted to do simple Italian meatballs with pita bread for dipping or for making sandwiches.

Ideally, I would recommend making my Sunday Sauce with Meatballs recipe on a Sunday night for dinner and use the meatballs in lunch the next day for the kids. I bet the parents would even love them for lunch the next day. This is my family's traditional sauce with a few touches of my own. The meatball recipe has been passed down for many generations now and originates with my Italian ancestors in Italy. We are from a small farming community outside Naples so since we are Southern Italian we love our Sunday sauce and meatballs on the rich side but if you prefer them lighter, try my Healthy Bolognese Meatballs or my

Best Lunch Box Recipes: Mini Build-Your-Own Tacos

August 19, 2013

Lunch box tacosMarin 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. Here's her meal plan for this week.

It’s back-to-school time again. As we go out and buy all the prerequisite back-to-school supplies, lunch is always at the top of the list. We are all looking for easy and creative ways to fill our kids' lunch boxes so that they will eat everything. This year, I wanted to create some fun lunch box ideas that are built on some kid favorite foods. So, this week’s feature is a simple build-your-own taco lunch. In this recipe, I use beef but these tacos can easily be made with chicken, turkey or tofu. To make it even easier on you, I recommend making the taco meat the night before for dinner and use it to feed your family tacos, burritos or taco salad and then use the leftovers for lunch the next day. I bet even the adults will want to take this to work!

Lunch Box Fixings

Grilled Chicken with Corn Relish and Avocado Puree

August 5, 2013

Chicken with avocado pureeMarin 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. Here's her meal plan for this week.

This is one of those quick and easy recipes that will wow anyone especially when you use in-season produce. The ingredients are simple but flavorful. Not only is this dish healthy but also everyone will ask for more!

Servings: 4
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

for the chicken

Grilled Fish Kabobs with Summer Vegetables

July 22, 2013

Grilled fish kebabs with summer vegetablesMarin 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. Here's her meal plan for this week.

Grilled kabobs of any sort scream SUMMER to me. The key to great kabobs is to cut the meat and vegetables roughly the same size. This way they both finish cooking at the same time. I recommend buying the freshest firm fish you can find. In this recipe I use swordfish, which is a great starter fish for kids because it is so meaty, but any firm fish will do. We also love to drizzle my roasted red pepper sauce over top and I serve it on the side for my son as a dipping sauce.

Servings: 4
Prep time: 15 minutes
Inactive time: 15–30 minutes
Cook time: 12 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ pound fresh swordfish, shark or any other fresh firm meat fish, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium sized zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch-thick circles
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped into 1-inch pieces

A Family That Eats Together: Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows

July 15, 2013

Homemade marshmallowsMarin 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.

With it being summertime, we spend a lot of time camping, which means that making smores are a essential, warm and gooey treat as the sun goes down. For years, I have bought the standard marshmallows from the store but I have never loved them. They are always a bit hard and not very tasty so, I thought it was time to make some homemade marshmallows as a special treat. The thought of making marshmallows may seem like too much work but it is really quite easy. I have noted some tips below to help. Try these on smores, with ice cream or your favorite hot drink.

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