Simple Dinners: Lasagna Roll Ups

We love lasagna, we have Celiac’s Disease in our family and have someone who has to eat gluten-free at all times, but we LOVE Lasagna. There are some incredible gluten-free pastas, but it can be hard to put together a full lasagna on a busy night. We have discovered the fun of lasagna roll-ups for those busy nights.

One of the other great benefits of the lasagna roll-up for us is that gluten free noodles can be expensive, and they frequently come in smaller portion sizes meaning you have to buy twice as many to feed large numbers of people, or else make multiple meals. We hate having to do that. So the idea of lasagna roll ups is genius in our case because you use have the amount of lasagne noodles making the roll-ups than you would to make a whole lasagna. Which means we can get away with buying less and spending less.

We found this fun and simple lasagna roll-ups recipe at Views From the Ville. It is so simple you can do it on a busy day, or make lots of it and freeze it for another night. Good food simplified!

So head on over for the full tutorial. Be sure to check out the other great recipes and ideas at Views From the Ville!

Best Books: Magic Tree House Pirates Past Noon

We love to read at our house, and our kids bring home a new book from school every week to do their AR practice for class (Accelerated Reader Levels). Recently our oldest has become obsessed (and that is putting it mildly) with the Magic Tree House books.

If you have never heard of the Magic Tree House books let me explain, the series is written by Mary Pope Osborne, and each book follows Jack and Annie a brother and sister that discover a magic tree house filled with books. The tree house is owned by a magical enchantress, Morgan Le Fay, King Arthur’s half-sister. Morgan sends Annie and Jack on amazing adventures through time where they meet famous people, experience historical events, cultures, and interact with historical and legendary animals and creatures.

The books follow Jack and Annie on their adventures around the world and each book is different. Currently my oldest is reading Pirates Past Noon and is adventuring the high seas, finding mysterious maps, and searching deserted islands. The books each give insight in to the incredible time periods in which the story takes place. It is a great historical fiction adventure that teaches as the kids delve further and further in to the imaginary world of Jack and Annie.

The books are great for beginning readers, my oldest is a first grader reading 10-16 chapters in each book. However, there are also Merlin Missions that are for more advanced readers that can read longer books with a more extensive vocabulary. The Magic Tree House books also have a Fact Trackers line of books that allows your child to read the Non-Fiction facts used in the novels. it is an excellent way to connect the real world with their imaginary adventure.

If you have a young reader you should definitely check out one of the magic Tree House books, they truly are a world of imagination filled with increible real-life connections!!

Adventurous at Make at Home Dinner: Poke Bowls

Recently our kids have been excited to try new and exciting foods. Our kidd love Sushi, but it can get expensive taking little kids to Sushi dinners. So instead we recently tried a local Poke place that the kids LOVED. We enjoy teaching the kids how to make their own food and we decided to try some simple Poke bowls at home.

we found this fun and simple Ahi Tuna Poke and Mango Salad bowl from Foodie Crush. The recipe was simple to follow and as long as you purchase your seafood from a reputable seller you should have too much to worry about. We bought ours from the butcher and it was very fresh and nice. The best hint I got from a butcher about fish and seafood is if it smells fishy then it is not good, if it smells like saltwater/the ocean then it is usually ok to eat.

We chose to substitute the garden salad mix with brown rice since our kids prefer their Poke with rice. Despite the switch we found that the recipe was delicious! We will definitely plan to make this again at home. Head on over to Foodie Crush for some amazing Poke ideas!