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Easy Meals: Pad Thai

We love international cuisine n our house. We love getting to go out to eat Chinese food, Thai food, Sushi, and Korean food. But that can get expensive, especially when you are buying food for 5 or more people. Restaurants are great, but we love being able to get the restaurant style food we love at home too.

Recently we stumbled upon a great Pad Thai recipe that keeps our Thai cravings to a minimum. It is a great and simple dish to make, and it can be fed to larger groups very easily. The best part about this recipe is that you can alter it to fit your family and their tastes. My husband loves Pad Thai but cannot stand having too many beansprouts, my kids favorite part is the shrimp and most restaurants only give one to two shrimp per person, and I love all the extra veggies. So when I make it at home I can make more of what we love.

This recipe is from Seonyoung Longest, a blog written by Seonyoung that features some of the MOST amazing Asian dishes you will ever taste. She even has recipes for drinks and desserts. You will love all of the amazing videos and tutorials she uploads. It makes it so much easier to see exactly how it should be done! These are very traditional recipes and taste amazing! Be sure to check them out when you get the full recipe and tutorial for Pad Thai. You will be glad you did!

Easy Meals: Sausage, Pepper, and Rice Skillet

My kids go back to school today which means that I will be busy. Back to school means back to practice. We will have to rush home from school to do snack, homework, and then rush off to practice and come home late in the dark and the cold. We will need to have something simple for dinner in order to get everyone showered and ready for bed to do it all over again tomorrow.

I don’t know about your family, but after long breaks from school my kids have a hard to readjusting to their routine. So I know this week will be hard. Which is why I have made sure to plan our meals for the week. Tonight we will be making this delicious and simple meal from Life Made Simple Bakes. This skillet meal will make sure we we eat well without taking forever to cook.

I love the recipe because it is simple, but also because I can alter it to fit my needs. Since we will be arriving home late I do not want to cook rice. Instead I will substitute instant rice, my kids love wild rice and I find it is best to use meals they love when reintroducing them to a rough schedule. So I will sub wild rice to make it not only faster to cook but also more enticing to my kids who will already be tired, cold, and grumpy after an hour long practice in near freezing temperatures.

This meal will make it much easier for me to get everyone ready and fed with minimal fighting. Hey, life isn’t perfect and readjusting to a new schedule is hard on everyone. So thank you
Life Made Simple Bakes for giving me a meal that will make at least one thing a little easier!

Be sure to head on over to see the full recipe!

Easy Weeknight Meals: Copycat Meximelts

We love Mexican food at this house. Mexican restaurants are our go to for family dinners out, and as much as I hate to admit it, we love the drive thru at places like Taco Bell. We try to only go as a real, not a routine outing. So we love it when we find incredibly cool ladies like Parrish who are whiz-kids in the kitchen and can cultivate that same drive-thru taste for us to create at home. Parrish is an awesome work-at-home mom, and blogger of Life With The Crust Cut Off. She knows how hard it is to wrangle kids, keep a house going, and get dinner ready every night. But she is ready to go with excellent smile recipes like this one. Not only is it tasty, it is so incredibly fast to make. We tested it on a night when we had dance class and Gymboree and it worked out fabulously. So we know it can be an excellent addition to your “fast-food” arsenal. Be sure to check out Life With The Crust Cut Off for more incredibly easy and delicious recipes for the future. Copycat-Meximelts What You Will Need:
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning or homemade equivalent
  • 8 oz pepperjack shredded
  • 8 oz cheddar or colby shredded
  • 8-10 tortillas
  • Pico de gallo -store bough or homemade
Head on over to Life With The Crust Cut Off for some easy step-by-steps pictures and the full tutorial. Bon appetit!