Sausage Pasta

17 11 2010

This is the FIRST recipe that all three boys ate without complaint.  I did change it some from as written, but nothing significant.  Instead of tomatoes I used a yellow pepper.  Instead of spaghetti I used “o” pasta.  I didn’t have enough cheddar cheese so I used a variety of whatever was on hand – Parmesan, Mexican, and cheddar.


Macaroni & Cheese & Chicken Cupcakes

7 11 2010

This is a yummy and fast mac & cheese with chicken recipe that happens to be baked in a mini cupcake pan.  How fun is that?  Everyone like them though I think Jacob only tried them because he helped make them.  🙂  I need to include him more in cooking to increase the likelihood he will eat the things on his plate!

Chewy Granola Balls

7 11 2010

Everyone liked this, even Jason.  Jacob ate a few, but Zach and Ian would have plowed through the entire batch in one sitting if I had let them.  🙂  Made with peanut butter, this would be an irresitable snack for me!

Oatmeal On the Go Bars

3 11 2010

I was completely surprised my boys ate this.  I tasted it fresh out of the oven and thought there was no way they would go for it.  You can totally taste the whole wheat flour. But they really liked it!  Even Jacob ate a few pieces.  I will definitely decrease the cinnamon next time and probably add a little more fruit and sweetener.  I used honey instead of agave because I didn’t have any of that.  I bought some today and have no experience with it, so we’ll see if it is something that is well received.  Either way, I think a little more fruit and slightly sweeter would improve the taste.

Chicken Fingers on a Stick

12 10 2010

This recipe is from

Making spicy chicken breasts for dinner and your toddler won’t touch it? Try chicken sticks!

Thinly sliced strips of chicken breast
yogurt – plain or eggs-beaten
crushed cereal – shredded wheat, cheerios, corn flakes, honey oat cereal

Roll chicken strips in yogurt or eggs then coat with crushed cereal of your choice. Bake on lightly greased baking sheet at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until done. Serve with a dippin sauce and the family veggies.

hintHere’s an idea, push a popsicle stick through the chicken prior to baking and have chicken really on a stick; little kids love this!

Jacob LOVED this.  The twins didn’t.  But they did love the honey mustard dipping sauce on the side, which they ate as the main course.

Homemade Fish Sticks

11 10 2010

This is a super simple fish stick recipe that is also quick to make.  The only thing I do differently is chop the fish the size of chicken nuggets.  I used tilapia and the kids liked it.  The twins chowed down and, as  usual, Jacob seemed to like it but didn’t eat more than the three pieces I put on his plate.

Chicken Pasta Salad

5 10 2010
  • Marinate chicken breast in Ken’s Zesty Italian Dressing, then cook on stove top
  • Cook pasta according to box
  • Cube some cheese

Mix pasta and chicken together with a little more Italian dressing.  Put in fridge to cool.  When cooled, add cubed cheese and cool a little longer.  Serve cold.

I’m going to try adding some steamed broccoli next time.  Maybe just the itty bitty “leaves” so it will blend in with the Italian dressing.