Monthly Archives: February 2015

Welcome, baby Chloe!

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We welcomed our sweet baby girl this week!  Chloe was born on Wednesday, February 25th and we are all so in love with her!  The big kids have done great with adjusting to having me out of the house for a few days and having a new little sibling at home.  As you can imagine our meal plan was jumbled up this week. 🙂

Mr. B's Gumbo Ya-ya was amazing!  Find the recipe on my Pinterest "Favorite Sinful Recipes" Page.

Mr. B’s Gumbo Ya-ya was amazing! Find the recipe on my Pinterest “Favorite Sinful Recipes” Page.

Sunday: Mr. B’s gumbo ya-ya (chicken and Andouille gumbo).  This was AMAZING!  It is definitely a once-a-year kind of thing since it does have 16 tablespoons of butter in it, but OH MAN was it worth every fattening spoonful!   Hubby bubby and I added hot sauce to our portion so it wasn’t too spicy for the kiddos.  We all ate more than our share. Oops.  🙂

Monday: Either bayou chicken pasta or lemon-garlic shrimp and grits with saladWe didn’t feel like making much so I just boiled some pasta and pulled some meat sauce I had made a few weeks ago from the freezer.  Hubby bubby ate more gumbo.  All of our bellies were very happy.

Tuesday: Steamed kielbasa, sauerkraut and pierogiesHubby bubby vetoed this one so we will have it in a few weeks when he has to work late.  Luckily all of the ingredients are fridge/pantry/freezer staples so it is easy to move it around to different weeks.  We ended up having tacos with sautéed peppers and onions.  All of our Frontera sauces were expired, gasp!  Luckily we had a packet of taco seasoning so that worked.  Ryan ate a lot of the taco shells with sour cream, such a goof.

Yummy tacos with sauteed veggies.

Yummy tacos with sauteed veggies.

Wednesday: Happy birthday, baby Chloe!  She was born at 6:08 pm…minutes after hubby bubby passed the kiddos off to the babysitter in the lobby of the hospital with some cash for them to get pizza.  He ran back upstairs and we welcomed our sweet girl!

Thursday: Asian pork wraps in the slow cookerRight after Chloe was born I started dreaming of all of the foods I can eat again…medium burgers, soft and blue-veined cheeses, lunch meat, oh my!  I convinced hubby bubby to get Red Robin…the black and blue burger cooked medium with its bleu cheese sauce, bleu cheese crumbles and sautéed mushrooms was sheer perfection.  And, if I’m being honest I ate half of the food that came for me on my hospital tray, too! 🙂 Gotta feed the baby, right?

Hubby bubby and his yummy burger, potatoes and salad that he made for us for our first dinner at home as a party of five!

Hubby bubby and his yummy burger, potatoes and salad that he made for us for our first dinner at home as a party of five!

Friday: Pecan coconut crusted fish with salad and riceMore of my cravings were satisfied with pizza from Dewey’s, our local fave, with lots of goat cheese and a harvest salad with dried figs and goat cheese.  Yum!

Saturday: Cilantro burgers with Sriracha fancy mayo.  Hubby bubby had the urge to experiment with the burger so he added some parm and other seasoning to the patty and made a fancy mayo/Dijon sauce.  My burger was perfectly medium and perfectly delicous…I didn’t eat burgers for 9 months since I think it is sacrilege to eat burgers well done.  I hear that I should hit up Five Guys Burgers and Fries since we have one close by and I’ve never tried it.  Have you had Five Guys?  What is your favorite burger and fry combo?

 

How did your week go?  What are some foods you have been craving lately? Will you share your Five Guys recommendation with me?

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Meals from the pantry (fridge and freezer, too!)

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Even with lots of forward planning we often have snafus that will change our meal plans: the meat was supposed to be “used by” yesterday, I forgot to pull the roast from the freezer to the fridge to thaw and it’ll take “too long” to thaw a big hunk of meat, the day was long or I’m just not feelin’ what we were supposed to have for dinner that day.  These are the days that I go for one of our pantry meals.  Most of our pantry meals do use some of our fridge and freezer staples, too.  We’ll have fruit (whatever we have laying around or frozen) and frozen vegetables or salad as a side and dinner comes together in about twenty minutes.  Here are our favorites:

Seafood Veracruz with beans and par-cooked rice.  We use whatever white fish or shrimp we have in the freezer and start by heating the sauce (we find it in a package in the organic section of the store) on medium-low and then just add the frozen seafood right in without thawing.  While this cooks I open a can of beans (usually black beans) and add some seasoning then microwave these and voila!

This little guy loves to eat his beans so he can be strong like Spidey.

This little guy loves to eat his beans so he can be strong like Spidey.

Southwestern chicken soup.  This is a quick Cooking Light recipe (see my Pinterest “Favorite Healthy Recipes” page for the recipe).  I sometimes use a rotisserie chicken but usually just cook some budget-friendly split chicken breasts in the slow cooker and shred these.  I try to keep some of this slow cooker chicken in one to two pound freezer bags in the freezer and just toss this in frozen.

Red beans and rice.  This is an easy one that hubby bubby makes from memory.  We just saute some slices of smoked sausage with a red onion and then add some diced tomatoes and seasoning (usually garlic powder, onion powder and oregano) and let that simmer while the rice cooks.  When the rice is almost done we toss two cans of rinsed and drained kidney beans into the sausage mixture to heat through and then serve with the rice.

Indian shrimp or bean curry with rice. I heat one of our Indian simmer sauces over low heat and then decide if we want to have shrimp or beans.  If it is shrimp I throw in the raw, frozen peeled and deveined shrimp and let them heat gently in the sauce.  If using beans I usually add chickpeas or kidney beans.  I always add a package of frozen chopped spinach (I just toss it in frozen and let it break apart in the sauce).  If we have some other veggies on hand I might use those, too, usually cauliflower or frozen peas and serve this with par-cooked rice.

My little sous chef always love to help out in the kitchen.

My little sous chef always love to help out in the kitchen.

Tacos.  We usually use the Frontera sauce and whatever meat (or shrimp) will be easiest to thaw.  We always have salsa and tortillas in the pantry and some sour cream and cheese in the fridge to go with it.  And, of course, beans on the side. 🙂

Tortellini and bean stew.  This is one of my favorites.  I just heat up a can of diced tomatoes with a can of low-sodium broth and bring this to a boil then toss in the frozen tortellini.  When the tortellini are almost cooked I add in some white beans.  Sometimes we’ll add some meat, usually frozen chicken or turkey meatballs or shredded chicken we have in the freezer and then season to taste.  Super easy!

Spaghetti. When hubby bubby isn’t home for dinner we have good old spaghetti and meat sauce!  I use our whole grain spaghetti, a jar of marinara  and some chicken or turkey sausage (I throw it in the pan frozen and let the stove thaw it for me).  We usually pair this with some frozen veggies or salad if we actually have salad ingredients on hand.

What are some of your go to meals?  What do you always keep stocked in your fridge, freezer and pantry?  

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Countdown to Baby #3!

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This is our last week before baby #3 arrives (if we make it all the way to the end!).  Because we ate out a few times last week I made sure to make a menu plan that will be easier to execute.  Fingers crossed that we stick to the plan!

Sunday: Mr. B’s gumbo ya-ya (chicken and Andouille gumbo).  The chicken should actually be thawed by now so we should be able to have this.  I didn’t make the king cake last week but have definitely been nesting the last few days so I might end up making it to go with our gumbo (that definitely goes, right?).

Monday: Either bayou chicken pasta or lemon-garlic shrimp and grits with salad.  This will depend on whether or not I remember to thaw the chicken 🙂 and what strikes my fancy this day.

Tuesday: Steamed kielbasa, sauerkraut and pierogies.  This is my all-time favorite slow cooker recipe (see my Pinterest “Favorite Healthy Recipes” page for the recipe).  We usually use chicken apple sausage for this and it is superb!  Hubby bubby is not a huge fan of sauerkraut so he might end up having leftovers…we shall see!

Back to cloth dipes for baby #3. :)

Back to cloth dipes for baby #3. 🙂

Wednesday: Leftovers.  Will I still be pregnant by now or will I be enjoying the chocolate bundt cake in the hospital?

Thursday: Asian pork wraps in the slow cooker.  This is one we have had before (I still need to pin it!) and is always a big hit with the whole fam.  It is super easy and with Asian-y slaw on top it has a nice freshness to it.

Friday: Another Friday during lent so the pecan coconut crusted fish with salad and rice is back on the menu.  I am hoping these tropical flavors help me ignore that it is still winter.

Saturday: Cilantro burgers with Sriracha mayo.  This is also one we have had before that is super easy and quick and a crowd-pleaser.

In case I don’t feel up to cooking I have stocked up a little bit so we can have some pantry meals rather than eating out.  More on that later this week!

Do you have anything exciting planned for this week?  I hope you have a great week!

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Mardi Gras and a Real Fat Tuesday

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Smoked sausage dirty rice was a big hit with the whole fam!  Find the recipe pinned on my "Favorite Sinful Recipes" page on Pinterest.

Smoked sausage dirty rice was a big hit with the whole fam! Find the recipe pinned on my “Favorite Sinful Recipes” page on Pinterest.

This week we had take-out twice.  Eek!  A little bit of an off week for us.  I blame being very pregnant (and not feeling up to cooking) and having cravings for our inability to stick with the plan this week.  (Excuses, excuses).  I have planned accordingly for next week so hopefully it will be easier to stick to the plan.

Sunday: Crawfish etouffee.  This was the perfect way to kick off our Mardi Gras menu.  There was so much flavor (is it Cajun or Creole?!) and the crawfish tails taste like teeny tiny little lobster tails.  I suppose that maybe they are quite similar to that.  We actually found the crawfish in the frozen fish section at our grocery store.  I was shocked and very happy!  Hubby bubby made this and we all chowed down.  Ryan was a little unsure at first, but then decided that it was “bubble gum” (his word for delicious). 

Monday: New Orleans’ style barbecue shrimp with smoked sausage dirty rice.  Hubby bubby made these and a salad with a cajuny dressing.  He is a saint!  The kids just ate the dirty rice and salad since the barbecue shrimp were spicy.  Hannah did try one of the shrimp and liked it, but she was good with just one.  The kiddos both love sausage, rice and salad so ate lots of these. 

Fat Tuesday: King cake, lemon-garlic shrimp and grits and a creole tomato saladWith only a few days left of this pregnancy (12 as of this day, but who’s counting?!) I was just not feeling very good and decided to capitalize on my last few days of cashing in preggy lady cravings.  Oh yes, I ate a LOT of Chinese food.  I had some Crab Rangoon, an egg roll, some hot and sour soup and some Hunan shrimp.  It was glorious…and I swear it made those contractions simmer down a bit.  The baby started doing some flip turns in my belly so I think she appreciated it, too. 🙂

Ash Wednesday: Leftovers.  Thank goodness since I was not feeling like cooking!

Chicken gyro sandwich with baba ganoush and shish fries...heaven on a plate!

Chicken gyro sandwich with baba ganoush and shish fries…heaven on a plate!

Thursday: Bayou chicken pasta with saladHannah came to me when I was getting ready this morning and said we should have Shish Wraps for dinner.  Twist my arm!

Friday:  Blackened Tilapia Po’ Boys with salad.  The po’ boy was just okay.  It was definitely not as good as the pan-seared shrimp po’ boys we have had before.  You can find that recipe pinned on my Pinterest “Favorite Healthy Recipes” page.

Saturday: Mr. B’s Gumbo Ya-ya (chicken and Andouille gumbo).  Turkey Sausage and Gnocchi soup with salad.  If you have been following along with recent weeks you will know that I sometimes (okay, often) forget to pull the meat out of the freezer (to the fridge) when I should so it will be thawed when I need it.  This happened again so instead of the gumbo we had turkey sausage gnocchi soup but subbed cheese tortellini for the gnocchi.  This was one we have had before and we all like it.  It was super quick and easy and perfect for a wintery day.

Blackened tilapia po' boy with salad.

Blackened tilapia po’ boy with salad.

Did you celebrate Mardi Gras this year?  Have you ever had (or had to fulfill for someone you love) any pregnancy food cravings?  I hope you had a great week!  Thanks for reading!

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National Soup Month Recap and Guest Blog

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Remember back a few weeks ago when we ate a LOT of soup to celebrate National Soup Month(worth another look here and here)?  We weren’t the only ones with soup on our minds and in our bellies!  Jules over at PersonalCreations.com shared some cool info on soups with us at Radishes Are Pink so I am passing along to all of you.  Thanks, Jules!

From Jules at PersonalCreations.com:

Soups are very popular in just about every culture there is. And why shouldn’t they be? Foods don’t rise to fame like that if they don’t taste good. Since they’re full of flavor you can get away with sneaking in vegetables to provide wholesome meals to happy bellies in the home. Soups are a great way to get the family to eat healthy if they’re on board.

 

Such cool stuff about soup!

Such cool stuff about soup!

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Laissez le bon temps rouler!

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This week we are celebrating Mardi Gras and the beginning of Lent.  We will be having a week of Louisiana inspired meals and will make sure we have meat-free meals on Ash Wednesday and the first Friday of Lent to follow the Catholic food traditions.  We are T-14 days to the arrival of baby #3 so the menu for the week may get shaken up a bit…but she’ll want to wait until at least next Saturday so I can get my hair done, right?! 🙂

Ryan enjoyed the crawfish etouffee.  He really is our kid!

Ryan enjoyed the crawfish etouffee. He really is our kid!

Sunday: Crawfish etouffee.  Since a bunch of the meals this week will call for some heat we will omit most of it (but not the Cajun seasoning) while cooking and then will add hot sauce at the end for hubby bubby and I.

Monday: New Orleans’ style barbecue shrimp with dirty rice and veggies.  This one is impossible to make without the hot sauce so the kiddos will have leftovers.

Fat Tuesday: Let the good times roll!!!!  We will have a king cake (as long as all goes according to plan), lemon-garlic shrimp and grits and a creole tomato salad.

Ash Wednesday: This is the first day of Lent and is a day where we need to have a meal and two small snacks (as a preggy lady I don’t really have to follow this, but I might) and abstain from meat.  Luckily we will be having leftovers and most of them so far this week are meat-free so that makes life easy.

Thursday: Bayou chicken pasta with salad.  We are leaving out the habanero (even though it is sooooo much better with it!).  Our salad will probably be the romaine salad with parmesan vinaigrette that is hubby bubby’s new favorite.

The girls won the grocery race again (naturally!).  Girls rule! Boys drool! :)

The girls won the grocery race again (naturally!). Girls rule! Boys drool! 🙂

Friday: This is a Friday during Lent so we will have no meat.  We will be having Blackened Tilapia Po’ Boys.  Growing up we always had fried fish since Lent only lasted six weeks and it was our little indulgence.  My mom (Gigi) always made sure we had healthy meals growing up so this was a special treat.  We have strayed from this tradition since hubby bubby and I don’t really eat fried food and don’t know where to get good fried fish in Dayton.

Saturday: Mr. B’s Gumbo Ya-ya (chicken and Andouille gumbo).  I have to admit that this is on the menu simply because of the name.  It just sounds fun!

Do you have any religious food traditions you follow?  Have you found ways over the years to make them meaningful to your family?  I hope you have a great week!  Thanks for reading!

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Be my Valentine

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This week we had some of what we planned…but none of it on the day we meant to!  Hubby bubby was really in the mood for steak when we got home from grocery shopping and was not so much in the mood for fish this week.

Sunday: Stuffed acorn squash with sausage, barley and goat cheese.  Hubby bubby wanted steak so we had mustard citrus grilled steak with potatoes and salad.  It was too cold to grill and hubby bubby decided he has an adversarial relationship with the grill pan so he made these under the broiler.  The flavor was good but the texture was off, almost like they were steamed.  I am not ready to give up on the grill pan.  We are definitely going to try this one again…on the actual grill next time!

Linguine with shrimp and lemon oil and wild arugula salad with garlic croutons.  Mmmm!

Linguine with shrimp and lemon oil and wild arugula salad with garlic croutons. Mmmm!

Monday: Mustard-crusted branzino.  Hubby bubby was “just not feelin’” fish tonight.  I told him that Bon Appetit thinks this recipe is simple and romantic (it was in one of their email newsletters this week!).  Today we ended up having the linguine with shrimp and lemon oil and wild arugula salad with garlic croutons.  These are two of our favorite recipes.  I love that the shrimp cooks from frozen and doesn’t taste watery or rubbery.  Everyone loved it, but Ryan didn’t eat much arugula since he thought it was spicy.

Tuesday: Bistro steak with red wine sauce with smashed potatoes and salad.  Stuffed acorn squash with sausage, barley and goat cheese.  This was amazing!  Hubby was not sure if he would like this but he did so we will definitely make it again.  I doubled the goat cheese J.  The kids really liked it, too.  The squash was nice and sweet so Ryan ate it like a lollipop.  How can you go wrong with an orange veggie, whole grain, cheese and sausage?!

Stuffed acorn squash by Damaris Phillips.  I have such a girl crush on her!

Stuffed acorn squash by Damaris Phillips. I have such a girl crush on her!

Wednesday: Leftovers.  Date night and pizza party for the kiddos and the best babysitter in the world.

Thursday: Linguine with shrimp and lemon oil and wild arugula salad with garlic croutons.   Leftovers.  Thank goodness for leftovers!  I really started to feel very pregnant so it was a blessing to have yummy leftovers and not have to think about dinner.

Friday:  Pecan coconut crusted fish with salad with miso, ginger and sesame dressing.  I still was not feeling good so we did Cheesecake Factory salads and got pasta for the kids.

SaturdayDrunken steaks with peppery oven fries and salad.  Forgot to marinate the steak overnight, oopsie (story of my life!) so we had herb-topped sirloin with peperonata, oven fries, salad and some baked chicken since hubby bubby thought the steaks I bought were too small.  Everything was delish!  Check out the steak recipe on my Pinterest page.  We all ate more than our fair share and finished it off with some dark chocolate covered strawberries.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

Dark chocolate covered strawberries.  Love is in the air!

Dark chocolate covered strawberries. Love is in the air!

Ryan, aka Mommy's Rascal, with his chocolate goatee.

Ryan, aka Mommy’s Rascal, with his chocolate goatee.

How did your Valentine’s Day go?  Did you have any awesome recipes this week?   I hope you had a great week!  Thanks for reading!

 

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Love is in the air!

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I love Valentine’s day!  It is one of my favorite Saint Feast days to celebrate…and I love that it is celebrated everywhere!  This week we will be having meals that are a little more fancy (though still don’t look like too much work).  Sure, we will be eating with the kiddos, but it will be nice to have some food that would be more like eating out without the eating out price tag.  We might try to squeeze in a date night one more time before baby #3 arrives.  We’ll see how that goes!

Sunday: Stuffed acorn squash with sausage, barley and goat cheese.  We scooched this one over from last week, but it seems like it will be really pretty so it fits with our romance theme.

Monday: Mustard-crusted branzino (we might just use frozen tilapia) with broccoli rabe.

Tuesday: Bistro steak with red wine sauce with smashed potatoes and salad.  I snagged some steaks on manager special last week at the grocery store and froze them…$5 off each!  Love when that happens!  I will probably have a dietitian dinner this night so I’ll make this and have it ready right when hubby bubby gets home so the fam can all eat something yummy before I head out.

Date lunch with hubby after our tax appointment.  I just love a good Shirley Temple!

Date lunch with hubby after our tax appointment. I just love a good Shirley Temple!

Wednesday: Leftovers.  Not the most romantic…maybe this will be date night?

Thursday: Linguine with shrimp and lemon oil and wild arugula salad with garlic croutons.  The salad is super simple so having great ingredients is a must.  This salad is my absolute favorite arugula salad.

Friday: Pecan coconut crusted fish with salad with miso, ginger and sesame dressing.  Since we have lots of chicken normally I always think of steak and seafood as being more romantic.

Saturday:  Drunken steaks with peppery oven fries and salad.  We absolutely never go out to eat on Valentine’s day after having mediocre food with exorbitant prices and long wait times even with a reservation.  The kiddos and I will hopefully be able to make some Valentine’s crafts (we are going to make the St. Valentine puppet craft by Lacy over at CatholicIcing.com) and sweets today.  We are going to try making some chocolate covered strawberries and Giada DeLaurentiis’ magic bars.  These look like the “brookie” from Dorothy Lane Market.  Fingers crossed that it all goes well!

 

Finished prepping the kids' valentines.  Such a dietitian (not giving candy)!

Finished prepping the kids’ valentines. Such a dietitian (not giving candy)!

How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?  Do you go out to eat or stay in?  Do you have any Valentine’s traditions?  I hope you have a great week!  Thanks for reading!

 

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Delish Dishes

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It was so nice to have a week of yummy meals after firing some recipes last week.  To find the recipes that we really liked follow my Pinterest page (www.pinterest.com/radishesarepink).  I have one page, Favorite Healthy Recipes, for recipes that I think fit into the healthy category and one page, Favorite Sinful Recipes, for recipes I think are not the healthiest but that we can fit into a healthy diet here and there.  I am a firm believer that there is room for a few bites of anything in a healthy diet…but maybe not a whole serving on a daily basis.

Sunday: Kansas City style ribs with pasta salad and salad.  This was my first foray into making ribs and it was a success!  The ribs were super tender and flavorful.  Ryan loved the “bid chitten wing” (he has some trouble with “g” and “ck” sounds sometimes).  Both kids loved the pasta salad that hubby bubby whipped together and we just had a simple side salad to go with it.

Crispy chicken with shallots.  Such a pretty color!

Crispy chicken with shallots. Such a pretty color!

Monday: Sloppy Lasagna Joes, Romaine salad with Parmesan Vinaigrette.  I just didn’t feel like using a recipe today so I used the ground beef that would have been for the lasagna joes to make some meat sauce that we had with penne.  This is definitely not one of hubby bubby’s faves so we still had the Romaine Salad with the Parmesan Vinaigrette.  It was delish!  Ryan did his “happy eating dance”! 🙂

Tuesday: Crispy Chicken with Shallots and Lemony Bean Salad.  This one required some planning ahead which I surprisingly did not forget about!  Hannah and I prepped the chicken while Ryan napped. The chicken was moist (from the dry brine, I’m sure) and yummy, but the bean salad was just okay.  Hannah said I should have made the beans with radishes and she was right!

My little kitchen helper helping me prep the dry brine for the crispy chicken.

My little kitchen helper helping me prep the dry brine for the crispy chicken.

Wednesday:  Leftovers.

Thursday: Grapefruit-and-sugar-rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Chickpea, Fennel and Citrus salad and Seeds of Change whole grains.  These were really good and everyone liked them.  Ryan even ate the fennel since I told him it was a special lettuce (that little white lie isn’t so bad, right?!). 

Friday: Thai shrimp cakes with Thai celery salad with peanuts.  Leftovers.  Hubby bubby had a fancy work function come up last minute that he had to go to so the kiddos and I had leftovers.

Saturday: Stuffed acorn squash with sausage, barley and goat cheese.  Thai shrimp cakes with Thai celery salad with peanuts.  Hubby bubby made these and they were yummy!  I definitely ate more than my share of the celery, I just couldn’t get enough!  The shrimp cakes were a hit with everyone, but Ryan didn’t eat too much since he thought it was a little spicy. 

Pork with fennel salad.  The pork is pink but is safe since it was cooked to 145 degrees (see USDA.gov for more information on meat cooking temps).

Pork with fennel salad. The pork is pink but is safe since it was cooked to 145 degrees (see USDA.gov for more information on meat cooking temps).

Did your week go as planned?  Did you have anything extra yummy this week?  Do you eat your pork pink with the new food safety guidelines on cooking temps from the USDA?  

Hope you had a great week!  Thanks for reading!

 

 

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What in the world is a Kalette?

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These are kale sprouts, or Kalettes.

These are kale sprouts, or Kalettes.

Hubby bubby is always my news man and my weather man.  He always passes along fun nutrition-related news topics and this one made me swoon.  A Kalette, or kale sprout, is a hybrid of kale and Brussels sprouts and is supposed to be the hot new veggie for 2015.  What, what?!  I named my fantasy football team the Cruciferous Veggies…how could I not love this?

First things first I had to do some research.  I saw the cutest picture of what looked like a teeny tiny little bunch of kale.  I checked out the official website (www.kalettes.com) which has some information on kale sprouts and some recipes.

Simple roasted kale sprouts.  They tasted nutty and slightly sweet.  Delish!

Simple roasted kale sprouts. They tasted nutty and slightly sweet. Delish!

The news post hubby shared said these are available at Trader Joe’s nationwide so I had to check it out.  At our Trader Joe’s they are labeled as “kale sprouts” and were right by the bagged salads and slaw mixes.

I decided to try out two of the recipes I found on the official website: roasted Kalettes (with just olive oil, salt and pepper) and tomato and feta Kalettes.

The roasted Kalettes were the first ones we tried.  They were AMAZING!  I nibbled one when they came out of the oven and knew they would be a hit.  Am I a terrible mom for giving myself a giant portion to start?  Hubby loved these, too, but only had one portion because Hannah was housing on them.  She polished off three servings and then ate all of Ryan’s.  Ryan licked one, but that was it.  Hannah was sad that I didn’t buy more.  Love when that happens!

Roasted kale sprouts with tomatoes and feta.  A hit with the whole fam!

Roasted kale sprouts with tomatoes and feta. A hit with the whole fam!

Next we tried tomato and feta Kalettes.  I made sure to use pasteurized feta since I’m still a preggy lady.  Hannah, naturally, loved these!  She didn’t eat many of the tomatoes but ate a lot of the sprouts.  Ryan ate Hannah’s share of tomatoes and “licked” the sprouts.  He ate a little bit off the top of a few sprouts but he didn’t really like the texture.  This was hubby bubby’s favorite of the two recipes we tried.  He is a big feta fan so I think that won him over.  I really liked these, but liked the simply roasted ones better.

We will definitely be adding kale sprouts to our regular veggie rotation.  They are very simple to prepare and taste great.  I will just have to remember to pick some up every time we are near our local Trader Joe’s…and will need to make sure I buy enough so that we can eat as much as we want. 🙂 This spring I plan on getting some Kalettes seeds so that we can grow our own.  The kids and I love playing in the dirt so this will be a perfect container garden project.

Will you be trying Kalettes in 2015?  What is your favorite veggie trend of the last few years? Microgreens? Kale?  Thanks for reading!  Have a great week!

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