Easy Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas – Bento-box Style!

Anyone else besides me not a morning person? My wonderful children wake up every day at 5am. 5. A. M. Then they creep into our room and say those 3 famous words that every parent loves being woken up to…”Mom, I’m hungry”.

I’ve started making their breakfasts in advance and keeping them in the fridge. I love this because it’s better than cereal (my go-to breakfast most days because, again, not a morning person) and it buys me sleep. At this stage in life, I would pay for sleep. I would pay a lot of money for sleep.

I have found bento boxes to be the best thing since sliced bread when it comes to getting my kids to eat. I’m not sure what it is about the compartment thing, but they LOVE having their food separated. One of them doesn’t care to have her food touching each other, the other one is somewhat gross and mixes everything together, no matter what it is. I’ll let you figure out which is which…

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Silicone muffin liners….yes yes and yes! Everyday, and in pink, of course. Whatever makes life easier, right?Screen Shot 2017-08-29 at 10.23.03 AM

This oatmeal is so yummy and only has natural sugar in it! AKA…fruit! I’ve even made the “overnight” version, which is basically putting all of the ingredients into a mason jar and let it sit in the fridge overnight to “cook”. I like actually cooking it better, but that is always an option…

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And yes, that beautiful, cute little blue egg came from one of my own Easter Eggers. I’m not getting around a dozen eggs a day from 14 chickens…and we are almost eating a dozen eggs a day as a family of 5! Does anyone want a coop tour?

I LOVE granola…and I love the way it makes the house smell when cooking! This was so easy to make! It could definitely cook longer if you like it crunchy, but I prefer it softer myself. I cannot believe I used to pay (a LOT) for my granola! This is soooooo much cheaper! It makes a ton too!

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Screen Shot 2017-08-29 at 10.23.33 AMWell I hope this inspired you to make some goodness! I’m on a roll lately with videos and blogging so leave me a comment if there’s something in particular you’d like to see/read about! Thanks for dropping by!

Not Your Normal Nacho Night!

Not Your Normal Nacho Night! A fun twist on a typical nacho or taco night!

Not Your Normal Nacho Night! A fun twist on a typical nacho or taco night!I’m constantly looking for a meal plan that is easy, cheap, and healthy. I had a friend a while ago who was telling me about her nacho night. Once a week she sets up a nacho bar for the whole family. It’s cheap, easy, and there isn’t much cooking or cleanup involved. I loved the idea! I was talking it over with the Hubs, and of course he has to put a spin on it. This is Nacho Night our way!

Not Your Normal Nacho Night! A fun twist on a typical nacho or taco night!
The Ingredients: 1 Package Store-Bought Tostadas, 1 lb Ground Chicken (or Beef), (1) 8oz Container Sour Cream, (1) 16oz Can Refried Beans, 2 Cups Shredded Mexican Cheese Blend, 1 Package Store-Bought Taco Seasoning, 3 Tomatoes, 1 Lime, 1 Mango, 1/2 Avocado, 1/2 Head Iceberg Lettuce, Jalapenos (optional).
Not Your Normal Nacho Night! A fun twist on a typical nacho or taco night!
Step 1: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a saute pan, brown the chicken until cooked, then add 1/2 Cup water and taco seasoning packet. Stir until combined. While the meat is browning, you can prep the rest of your ingredients: Dice the tomatoes, slice the avocado into thin strips, shred the lettuce as thin as possible, and cut your mango into 1/4″ thick rounds.

Step 2: In a small sauce pan, heat the Refried Beans with 1 Cup water and stir until combined and warm.

Not Your Normal Nacho Night! A fun twist on a typical nacho or taco night!
Step 3: While the beans are warming, place the mango on a hot grill. Sear on the grill until you have light grill marks on each side. This should only take about 2-3 minutes per side. Remove from grill and slice into 1/2″ strips.

Step 4: On the Tostada, layer the beans, meat and top with cheese.  Place on a cookie sheet and bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 10 minutes until the cheese is melted.

Not Your Normal Nacho Night! A fun twist on a typical nacho or taco night!
Step 5: Time to assemble! Layer on your Lettuce, Tomato, Avocado and Mango. Add a nice dollop of Sour Cream and a squeeze of fresh Lime. Serve and Enjoy! (This recipe will make 6 Tostadas)

The thing I love most about this recipe is that each bite is full of flavor! You don’t have those straggler chips that always end up on the bottom or at the sides with little to no topping.Every bit  of the tostada is loaded with toppings so it’s like you’re eating the best of the nachos with each bite! And it’s wonderful for kids too! LV had so much fun assembling her “pizza” (playing pizza has become her new favorite activity), which of course made it so much easier to get her to actually eat her dinner!

Happy Eating Friends!

Not Your Normal Nacho Night! A fun twist on a typical nacho or taco night!
Nacho Normal Night!
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Servings Prep Time
3-4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Not Your Normal Nacho Night! A fun twist on a typical nacho or taco night!
Nacho Normal Night!
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
3-4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a saute pan, brown the chicken until cooked, then add 1/2 Cup water and taco seasoning packet. Stir until combined.
  3. While the meat is browning, dice the tomatoes, slice the avocado into thin strips, shred the lettuce as thin as possible, and cut your mango into 1/4″ thick rounds.
  4. In a small sauce pan, heat the Refried Beans with 1 Cup water and stir until combined and warm.
  5. While the beans are warming, place the mango on a hot grill. Sear on the grill until you have light grill marks on each side (2-3 minutes per side). Remove from grill and slice into 1/2″ strips.
  6. On the Tostada, layer the beans, meat and top with cheese. Place on a cookie sheet and bake oven for 10 minutes until the cheese is melted.
  7. Layer on your Lettuce, Tomato, Avocado and Mango. Add a nice dollop of Sour Cream and a squeeze of fresh Lime. Serve and Enjoy!
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Chicken Parm Night! (An Italian Sunday Family Tradition)

Chicken Parm Night!

Chicken Parm Night!
In the deep south where I was raised, Sundays were always something special. You’d wake up, go to church, and then “fellowship” afterwards…which was southern slang for a family reunion with lots and lots of food. I have delightful memories of those Sundays, and I always knew I wanted to replicate them with my own family one day. It was a few years after we were married that The Hubs told me he wanted to start doing an Italian Night once a week because, well, he loves Italian food. And thus, our own Family Italian Night began, years before the rest of our family was born.

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An “Earthy” Chicken

The hubs is a grill master! I really mean it! Lately he’s been working on putting together the perfect grilled chicken recipe…and let me tell you, it really is superb! Juicy, tender, with a golden crispy skin….it’s perfection on a plate.

I’ve been married now for almost 10 years (gasp! I know I don’t look a day over 25, right?), so I feel like it’s time to start dishing out some marital advice. So here it is, brought to you by the Hubs…if your man can grill a chicken like this, KEEP HIM!

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