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Simple Dinners: BBQ Chicken Tostadas

We are back at school, back at sports, back at work, and I am back at being so busy and so crazy that I can barely get through my day let alone think about preparing a healthy and delicious dinner. Do all you other parents feel me? I have zero energy, zero ideas, and zero time. My schedule has gone from laid back and easy to run, run, run. But as much as I hate being that busy I enjoy that my kids are in sports, at school, and in school groups that give them joy and teach them about the world. So I am going to suck it, buttercup — and find a way to make dinner happen.

If you are regular readers you will know that I like to think ahead. So I got out my planner and I searched Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook and collected as many ideas as I could. This one was so much fun and so quick I decided to share it with all of you. BBQ Chicken Tostadas.

Now our household loves all things mexican — tacos, burritos, enchiladas, etc. We do have some young ones that do not enjoy the spice though, so we tend to tone it down when things are too spicy. This fun recipe does not have a lot of spice and is sweet enough that the kids loved it.

Thank you to Cupcakes and Kale Chips for a meal that will please the masses in my household! Head on over there now for the full recipe and tutorial. it was definitely one recipe that required very little from me. Which is always a blessing. So make sure you have your ingredients and head on over for the full recipe, while you are there check out the rest of her amazing ideas! I know I will.

Ingredients
  • 8 tostada shells or 8 corn tortillas
  • shredded chicken
  • 1 1/2 cups of your favorite barbecue sauce, divided
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • 3 green onions, very thinly sliced (optional)

School Lunch: Bringing Back the Lunch!

It’s the most, wonderful time, of the year! Or at least it is when you’re a parent that has been stuck at home all summer with your kids. Just kidding. I love my kids. But I am definitely ready for them to be back in school full-time. I like my routine, and while summer is fun, so much gets ignored because of the lack of routine.

I also love to make sure my kids are eating enough, eating well, but I am not going broke. When they are home they eat three times what they eat during the school year. I like having them eat a packed lunch that is prepared with love , care, and has all the nutrition they need for their school day. I try to find lots of different ideas and pin them to my school lunch board. I get bored with the same foods over and over — so I know my kids must have the same problem — so I try to keep changing it up for them.

This month I found a new site, Belly Full. They had some incredible packed lunch ideas to put in my weekly lunch rotation. They range from the extravagant (make your own sushi), to the very simple (PB&J). You really will love the incredible ideas available. They even have some make-a-head freezer meals. I will definitely be using some ideas this week. I know build-your-own pizza will be a hit! Enjoy!

Summer Meals to Beat the Heat!

Here on the west coast, we are in the middle of a heat wave. Triple Digit temperatures are keeping us all inside enjoying our AC, and dreading the moment we have to heat the house by cooking a hot meal.

I scoured my meal ideas for something simple that wouldn’t require me to turn the oven on or brave the triple-digit heat outside to BBQ. I finally found this fun recipe from Lemon Tree Dwelling. BLT Chicken Salad Sandwiches to the rescue! Summer meals

We almost always have leftover Bacon on hand since my husband loves to have it for breakfast on the weekend. So in order to prepare this meal, I made sure I had already cooked bacon, and a rotisserie chicken on hand so that I didn’t have to heat the oven. You can get rotisserie chicken at your local grocery store, and they are usually inexpensive. I love that they sometimes have deals to buy two for one, or buy one get one half off. Then I stock up and use them for multiple summer meals.

Lemon Tree Dwelling has the full recipe available now. Just head on over, be sure to check out the other awesome summer meals recipes available. I found several to help keep me from turning on my oven for the rest of the week!