April 21, 2018

Dinner Recipes

Spinach Pasta (from Morgan)

Favorite pasta – Shell or Penne (Barilla makes an omega 3 enriched brand) Cook pasta as directed, set aside


  • Garlic
  • Olive Oil
  • Julienne-cut sundried tomatoes ½ jar
  • Spinach (pre-washed bag)
  • Basil – cut small

Sauté garlic in olive oil, add sundried tomatoes, and the bag of spinach and cut basil, stir until spinach cooks down.  Then mix pasta and sauce with lots of honey and lots of grated or shredded parmesan cheese, and more oils!

Optional – add additional veggies or chicken (I keep a frozen bag of precooked grilled chicken strips for this recipe and others when I don’t have time to grill myself)

Fish Tacos

  • Fish – My favorite fish is the frozen seasoned Salmon from Costco (cooks from frozen quickly under broiler)
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Cheese (I get a large bag of the grated Mexican cheese from Costco)
  • Rice (sushi rice, or brown rice or mix half and half)
  • Black, pinto, or chili beans (I like to mix the rice and beans together, add oils after they are cooled)
  • Salsa
  • Limes
  • Olives

Put all the ingredients out and let the kids build their own tacos

Friday Night Boboli Pizza (if you want to be healthier, make your own whole grain dough)

  • Boboli pizza bread
  • Sauce premade
  • We like to put a bag of pre-washed spinach under the sauce/or pureed spinach in the sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Grilled chicken (another use for the precooked frozen grilled chicken)
  • Small can of black olives
  • Small can of cut pineapple

Set out all the items and let the kids put this together and then bake as directed by Boboli.

Seinfeld has an idea of adding pureed veggies to the sauce on or using mini pita breads.  However we don’t like the pita breads for pizza but we do use mini bagels.


Barilla makes protein and Omega-3 enriched pasta-cook as directed

Sauce-make as you like or use a premade jarred sauce – but add pureed spinach and/or butternut squash to the sauce.

If jarred try adding browned diced onions and ground turkey to it

Sweet & sour chicken (from Morgan)

Pound chicken flats (both tenderizes and helps to cook quickly), cook in olive oil and salt & pepper

Carrots steamed

Box of wild rice

Sauce-mix rice vinegar and apricot jam

You can add fresh, cut-up apricots to the rice

Or, another version is to add fresh cubed mangos and use mango preserves instead of the apricot. Add red pepper for adults.

BBQ Boneless Beef Ribs

Buy the beef at a health store to get it without growth hormones or grass fed beef

Put them in a crock-pot with jar of barbeque sauce and cook all day

Serve with Baked beans (vegetarian)

And a Salad (add lots of veggies to your salad, try small pieces of broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, and whatever else you like)

Shepherd’s Pie

Rachel Ray has a great recipe!


Thanksgiving Feel

Whole chicken (any store has the precooked rotisserie chicken you can pick up at the last minute)

Mashed potatoes/Gravy make as usual, but add oils after they are cool

Green beans ( I sauté onions and then add fresh green beans, Trader Joes and Costco have them pre-washed and the ends removed)

Salad (One of my favorite for this meal is mixed greens, cut up pear, gorgonzola cheese and cranberries with a balsamic dressing-Morgan’s recipe too)

For a dressing use canola/olive oils, salt and pepper, agave nectar

Cranberry sauce


Sauté shrimp in butter, and minced garlic

Asparagus (sauté in separate pan in olive oil, salt & pepper)

Lemon juice from two lemons

Mix together and serve over angel hair pasta, add more oil after cooled.

Tuna w/wasabi mashed potatoes (from Morgan)

Sear Tuna

Wasabi mashed potatoes (make as usual w/butter and milk or cream and add wasabi powder to half for adults, serve kids w/out wasabi)

Salad w/edamame peas or Salad and peas separately-use ginger dressing for a yummy Japanese feel!

Grilled Chicken Burgers

Straight forward….grilled chicken, whole grain buns, tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, condiments

Serve with Wedge Fries, broiled

And Salad

Even quicker meals to keep in freezer…..

Sweet & sour chicken or teriyaki chicken from Trader Joes

Serve w/Brown Rice

Edamame Peas

Salad or miso soup

Chicken Alfredo

Angel hair noodles

Alfredo sauce jar from store

Broccoli cut up & steamed well (that way they almost become sauce when it’s stirred up and the kids eat it easier)

Chicken (another use for the precooked frozen grilled chicken)

Pad Thai (box mix comes with rice noodles and sauce packet)

Tofu (my favorite is the teriyaki baked tofu from Trader Joes)

Bean Sprouts

Add any veggies you want

Mai Fun Noodles

Mai Fun Rice Noodles-Cook as directed, set aside

Tofu (my favorite is the teriyaki baked tofu from Trader Joes)

Bean Sprouts-about 1 cups

½ Onion (kids like them chopped super small-hubby likes them sliced big)

Zucchini (chopped super small-again for the kids)

Use Braggs to season


Instead of Crafts, Annie’s brand has some healthier, organic versions

(you can try Seinfeld’s trick of adding pureed veggies-however, my kids didn’t go for that)

A friend of mine uses powdered egg whites for more protein

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