Archive for February, 2015

Banana Pudding

Banana Pudding

Serves: 4

Time: 20 mins

Kid Friendly Tasks: Banana Slicer

Pudding time. I love pudding, who doesn’t? It’s so creamy and comforting, especially during winter when it’s cold and crap out. This pudding is distinctly odd because it does not come from a box. I […]

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Pizza Pasta Bake

Pizza Pasta Bake

Serves: 4

Time: 50 mins

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Cheese Sprinkler

(In would be voice over voice) now tonight, continuing our discussion of the many ways one can serve pasta we have Pasta bake, a pizza and a pasta rolled into one tasty casserole. This particular dish is a favorite of mine that I just haven’t thought of making in a while. It combines the flavor of pizza sauce with the form of pasta, baked casserole style. Last night I think I finally perfected it.

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Fish Tacos

Fish Tacos

Serves: 3

Time: 25

Kid Friendly Tasks: Toppings

Tonight’s version is fish tacos (no relation to Baja fish tacos though) and is, in my humble opinion, my best version yet. The secret is the soy sauce which was a new add for me. It ups the complexity of flavor (and the salt, so add it and then the salt) nicely. Other than the superiority of this version of the recipe, fish tacos in general are nice for several reasons. First and foremost, you don’t have to have defrosted anything to make them. Thus you can walk in the door at 5:30 and have dinner done by 6:30 with something as a main course that isn’t pasta, but still has a decent number of veggies included. The second reason is that my daughter will eat the fish because it’s mild (you can’t get more bland then Tilapia) which just leaves convincing her brothers that this isn’t really that bad. We’re working on that. These even reheat well and the leftover can make a lunch for someone. I usually serve these with rice, corn or black beans. They are not at all spicy because my kids, like most, don’t do spice.

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Spanish/Mexican Rice

Spanish/Mexican Rice

Serves: 4

Time: 20 mins

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Measure out the rice

So it was taco night again. Three cheers for easy and fast tacos to the table. Last night’s version was fish tacos. These are especially nice because you can start with frozen fish fillets and therefore do not need to plan ahead. Win! However, last night in addition to the usual side dish of corn, I decided to try something new. Below is my take on Spanish or Mexican rice, basically rice with similar flavoring to tacos etc.

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Wild Rice Soup

Wild Rice Soup

Serves: 6

Time: 1.5

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Carrot Stick Taster

Today’s soup features wild rice which actually isn’t rice at all. It’s the seed of a grass plant from Minnesota, but grass or rice it makes a tasty, cozy wintery soup.

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