Lots of Recipes and Some Snow

Fair warning, This post is mostly full of recipes, so if that doesn’t interest you, stop reading now ūüėČ

The last time I posted about some of the regular recipes I cycle through for my kids, I completely forgot to add one I started making as soon as my now 3-year-old could eat solids. I found it online somewhere, but it was several years ago and I just have it saved in a word document. But here it is:

Quinoa Meatballs

1/2 lb lean ground beef
4 oz (1/2 cup) cooked quinoa
2 oz (1/2 cup) grated carrot
1 egg yolk, beaten
2 tbsp applesauce
pinch dried thyme

Preheat the oven to 400 deg F (200 deg C).
Mix all the ingredients together and form into 1 inch meatballs with your hands.
Cook for around 15 mins, until the meat is done.
Serve warm, storing excess meatballs in the freezer.

**A couple notes: I typically use turkey instead of beef, but it’s just a personal preference. And I didn’t ever keep my kids from eating egg whites, but it seems to work fine either way.

Both my kids love these. Now that my daughters taste buds are accustomed to a larger variety of flavors, she prefers hers with soy sauce.

Another one that I make regularly that Cal is particularly fond of are these Spinach Sweet Potato Tots. They are super easy and taste great.

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This week I’ve made several recipes that are regulars for our family. I typically modify them a little bit to fit our food preferences, but they still always turn out great. I have been very forgetful with taking photos this week however, so here are everal links to what I have made.

Crockpot Mexican Quinoa Tacos

This is SO easy, and very delicious. And if your kids love Mexican like mine do it is definitely a toddler pleaser. I make my own enchilada sauce and include guacamole as a topping. This is the enchilada sauce recipe I used.

Chicken & Wild Rice Casserole with Butternut Squash

For this casserole I actually don’t use the cranberries because I have never been able to find any that are unsweetened. And we always have brown rice on hand, so I just use that instead of the wild rice but it is probably so good with wild rice!

Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Cashew Chicken

I love anything that is crock pot friendly and curry (my family is a bit crazy about curry recipes). This is something Nora really enjoys, although it is a little too strong for Calvin. I always have sweet potatoes on hand so I just use those. The flavor is more of an Indian style curry than Thai. The blogger has a note at the bottom mentioning to include garlic for a more robust flavor as well as swapping out a tablespoon of red curry past for one of 3 tablespoons of yellow curry powder. I include both every time I make it and it turns out great!

Coconut Chicken Thai Curry

Last weekend we had a cadet and his girlfriend over for dinner (she has a gluten allergy) and this is what I made. It made enough for all four of us with leftovers. This is definitely a favorite! It is also relatively easy, the most time consuming part is cutting the vegetables.

For dessert I made these Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

It has definitely been necessary to have all of these warm dishes to fill us up in the evenings with the cold temps and all the snow we’ve had recently.

Nora and I braved the first round (18 in) to attempt sledding.¬†It was very very windy and cold so we didn’t last too long, but we made it down the hill a few times.

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The snow was so thick and deep it was so much easier if I pulled her in the sled instead of her trying to walk through it.

My snow day activities while everyone napped.

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And some indoor snow day fun for everyone

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Yoga, snowflake craft, stickers, coloring and Calvin is somewhere under the table probably collecting all the stickers that fell or playing a game of his own.

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I was cooking/cleaning in the kitchen and happened to glance over and witness this glorious seen. They were both playing peacefully side by side. No hair pulling or finger smashing to be seen. It was very refreshing to see ūüôā

He has also discovered where we keep all the good stuff.

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This boy LOVES to eat!

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