INGREDIENTS FOR THE FILLING
I Used Pillsbury Refrigerated Crust,
You will need Two Boxes
Feeling Fancy? Make your own crust!
INGREDIENTSFOR THE CRUST
I cannot get enough rib-eye these days! I used to be intimidated to prepare any large cuts of meat, but especially steak. However with a little practice, anything is possible! ...and here's how i make it.
2, 8 oz Rib-eyes - 5 Sprigs of Thyme - 4 Garlic Cloves and 2 Tablespoons of Salted Butter - Salt and Pepper to Taste (I also add garlic powder, onion powder, and parsley to almost every thing i make!)
I have several clients who do not like their food to "touch". I also have a particular child who feels the same way! So the solution I have come up with is Reusable 3 Compartment Containers... they are durable and inexpensive! I can wash them in the dishwasher, and hand wash them at work through "wash, rinse, sanistize" cycles over and over again and they come out looking brand new!
1lb Pasta Shells
½ Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
½ Stick Butter
½ Cup Whole Milk
To prepare the pasta, simply cook pasta according to package instructions, they seem to like pasta “shells” the best. After straining, add the pasta back to the hot pot you cooked it in, and add butter and milk, stirring until the butter is melted. Then add the parmesan cheese, salt and pepper to taste (start with a pinch) and serve!
This will make about 8 lunch serving, so you can definitely cut the recipe in half. However, when I make this at home, I usually make a large batch. Anything left over will store for a week in the refrigerator, and is easily reheated and equally as delicious on round two!
Over Spring Break I was excited about soaking in the sun, eating junk food, and watching television. I bought frozen foods, peanut butter, and apple sauce... thinking that my children would call me the coolest Mom EVER for giving them junk food all week. Monday and Tuesday, my plan was working, they were ecstatic about the laid back approach and thanked me profusely. However, on Wednesday, my son looked down at his plate of chicken tenders and fries and said to me "I think my body is telling me that I need some vegetables". ::ouch::
This reminded me that even if they don't always say so, and even when they complain about the broccoli or salad on their plate, their little bodies need healthy foods, and it is my job to make sure they are available!
With that being said, I would like to offer 5 Ideas that may help meal time this summer be a little more enjoyable, while keeping nutrition in mind.
1. Keep it Simple
You most definitely do not have to be a master chef to make food your children will eat.
One of my most popular dishes at Oak Grove is Parmesan Pasta, which has 4 ingredients.
A wonderful meal for your children would be parmesan pasta, sliced strawberries and cucumbers with ranch. Quick, Simple and Delicious!
2. Remove Distractions
Turn off the televisions, tablets, and yes, even your cell phone. In addition the the obvious distractions of your children wanting to watch their favorite show or play a game, they are also pretty likely to see an advertisement for sugary foods that might make the fresh produce on their plate seem slightly less appealing.
3. Keep Children Involved
Children can be involved in making a grocery list; ask them what their favorite fruit is, or if they like their carrots better when they are raw or cooked (crunchy or soft). They can be involved at the grocery store or farmers market while teaching them how to pick out the perfect peach, or how to tell when lettuce is fresh. Children can also help prepare meals and set the table at any age.
The more involved they are in their meal preparation, from start to finish, the more likely they are to participate and enjoy meal time.
4. Snack Time
DIP! Children love to have a dip for everything! Fresh salsa is a wonderful way for them to eat several servings of fruit and vegetables. They will also devour spinach if it is a dip for bread or carrots, and I cannot say enough about how much most children love fresh hummus, which is packed full of protein and iron. You can serve celery sticks with two or three different dips and even if they never take a bite of celery, they will still be getting all the nutrients they need from a snack.
By not allowing or encouraging children to mindlessly eat chips or crackers at snack time, you will also help ensure that they have more of an appetite at meal time.
You are doing a great job! I heard a quote long ago that said "bad parents don't ever wonder if they are being good parents". If you are trying, then you are succeeding. Children will not always gobble down their broccoli or ask for extra beets, but they will remember that you offered them. They will see the importance of nutrition through your examples and even if they don't practice these habits until they are adults, your efforts will not be in vain!