Category Archives: Food & Recipes

Winter Meals: Thai Peanut Chicken Ramen

The cold snap has hit us hard, we are trying desperately to stay warm and comfortable. Late nights at practice for the kids has left us shivering and starving and search for something warm and delicious when we come home. We all love a good ramen soup so when I stumbled upon this Thai inspired ramen recipe I knew it had to make its way in to our soup rotation.

Ramen soup is such a fun and simple way to do soup. It can be dressed up or dressed down according to the tastes in your household. We have some adventurous soup eaters in our house so I was not worried about introducing this one. If you have picky eaters and want to make this less adventurous try eliminating the red curry paste and the mushrooms.

I found this recipe at Half Baked Harvest and have fallen in love with it. It is the perfect Thai soup, not too spicy, not too adventurous, it was just right for our family. You can spice it up if you want more of a kick, but we found it to be spot on.

We even made it in the instant pot so that we didn’t have to wait too long for a spectacular meal after practice. It cooked wonderfully very quickly and we were fed and bathed and ready for bed right on time.

Be sure to check out Half Baked Harvest’s other amazing recipes when you head over for the full tutorial and recipe. You will not be disappointed.

Valentine’s Day Pancakes

We love to get excited about holidays in this house. It may seem a little excessive, but if you can’t get excited about the little things then what can you get excited about? We all have work and school on Valentine’s day but I still like to do something special for everyone that helps us get a good and sweet start to our day. I found this fun little recipe for Valentine’s Day pancakes and it is simple to put together even on fast-paced school mornings.

Since we love pancakes so much I tend to make large batches over the weekend and freeze them so that we can just heat them up on weekdays and eat them. This is a great way to ensure your kids eat on school mornings when it can be difficult to get things ready. I like to make pancakes with a protein mix (and sometimes I even sneak in a little bit of blended spinach in and no one even notices!)

For this fun holiday breakfast I just use my previously frozen pancakes and leave out the fun fixings for the holiday theme. For the full tutorial check out Aunt Jemima’s site for the rundown. As I said, you can use their pancake mix or your own, whichever you prefer. Enjoy!

On-the-Go Snacks: Peanut Butter and Jelly Trail Mix

We run from school to practice and lessons 4 out of 5 days a week. Our only break between school and activities some days is the drive in the car. This can make it difficult to make sure the kids can do their homework and get their snack in before an activity. This has made me the queen of on-the-go snacking recently. I try to make sure that I find recipes that pack a lot of protein and are easily eaten without a huge risk of choking, making a mess, or needing utensils.

One of our favorite on-the-go snacks is trail mix because the kids can eat it while we travel, it isn’t too messy (depending on the kid) and it can be customized to each kid’s likes with very little effort. Store bought mixes tend to be on the sugary side and do not always contain the best protein options. We like to make our own because it allows us to make them a little bit healthier and we can add our favorites to them.

This mix from The Recipe Revival is a great start. This recipe calls for a specific cereal. I like to add some almonds, and cashews, and cut the cereal portion in half. That way they get the nutrition they need to go off and play and still get a little sweetness to their snack. I usually do 1 1/2 cups nuts (half almonds and half cashews) then 1 1/2 cups cereal. The recipe is so easy you can add or subtract according to your wishes.

Be sure to check out The Recipe Revival’s full recipe, and check out the other great recipes while you are there!