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Copycat Recipes at Home: Cheesecake Factory Southwest Eggrolls

I love to eat out, but with my allergies and two small children it is often more than I am willing to endure for a good meal. Instead, I choose to make my own food at home and try to copy my favorite recipes. I love being able to not only know what is in my food but also to be able to make more than one meal and freeze half.

This month I am craving the Southwest eggrolls from the Cheesecake factory. I hate traveling with my caravan of chaos to enjoy my delicious eggrolls though, so instead I will be making them at home and enjoying them while my caravan of chaos sits at the dining room table and then as soon as they are finished I can pretend to enjoy a meal with my husband while they run around the table enjoying their pre-bath fun.

Working parents have it hard. We have to be both at home for the kids, and at work for our boss. I try to find a balance between the two, and that often means making things ahead of time so that we can enjoy a few stolen moments to help with homework or listen to a story about the news around 2nd grade. One reason I enjoy making meals like this is that I can double the recipe and make things on a day I have time, and freeze them for later when I do not have as much time.

Thank you to great blogs like Dinner and Dessert that help me to find fun and exciting recipes I can enjoy with my family. The full tutorial is on their site and can be accessed by the link. It is simple to follow and can be altered to fit your family. For example, we are gluten-free and I simply pre-purchase gluten free eggroll wraps that I can use for meals like this one. I also double the recipe so that I can save half for another day. Do not be afraid to alter recipes, sometimes it is best if you can follow it exactly, but sometimes a little customization is the best way to live.

Back-to-School Lunches

Children everywhere are back to school this month. That means parents everywhere are back to making lunches and arguing over homework. We may not be able to help with the homework, but we can help you come up with some new ideas that will make lunch-packing a little less stressful.

PBJ Burrito: My son loves PBJ. He even does a little song and dance about it when he opens his lunch every day. I love giving him what he wants, but I hate to give him the same thing every day. This option makes his lunch a little different, but it still supplies his favorite ingredients.

Homemade Lunchable: My daughter loves lunchables, but I hate buying them. This option allows me to place items in her lunch that are a little healthier, but still caters to the types of food she likes.

Mac n Cheese: Since I am gluten-free we do not consume Mac n Cheese much at home. By making a box and packing it in thermoses for my kids they can still enjoy their favorite without it interfering too much in my meals. It also packs easily and tastes good whether it is warm or cold.

Summer Meals: Jerk Chicken

We love a good international meal. We like to introduce our kids to new cuisines, whether we are travelling or at home we try to include one new meal a week. We feel it is important to not only understand and experience your own culture but other cultures as well. While some may say the international language is math, we all know it is really food. After all, we all have to eat, we all want to eat something that tastes good, and every culture makes their own types of food. Food is the language of love, and it is the easiest way to experience a culture.

This summer we wanted to go to the Caribbean. That didn’t happen, but if we can’t go to the Caribbean we will bring the Caribbean to us. Jerk Chicken is one of the bets dishes from Jamaica. it is simple to make, and it is delicious. Why not bring a little of the Caribbean home this summer?

This great recipe comes from Delish. It is perfect for summer because we can marinate it the night before and leave it to marinate in the fridge while we are at work or out enjoying our summer. Then we simply come home and grill it. We love to pair it with rice but you can pair it with anything you want.

Head on over to Delish for the full recipe and tutorial now!