Asian Lettuce Wraps (And Keeping the Leftovers Fresher, Longer!)

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Asian Lettuce Wraps

I have been cooking new things lately that are both healthier and different, to add variety to our meals and keep things exciting.  Since we homeschool and Daddy comes home for lunch, I am cooking a lot.  It's great but very challenging, at times, to fix different things for the family that we will all enjoy.  I decided to make Asian Lettuce Wraps one day, and everyone liked them.  Well, the boys wouldn't actually put the mixture in the lettuce, but I still call it a win.  Plus, the leftovers were super easy to store and reheat the next day.

Ingredients:

  • one head of lettuce (I prefer Boston or Bibb)
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup organic Tamari soy sauce
  • 2 TBSP coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1 TBSP organic cornstarch
  • 3 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • 1 cup of diced carrots
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 zucchini, diced

Instructions:

  1. Heat 2 TBSP oil in a large skillet over medium high heat and cook ground turkey until cooked fully.
  2. While meat is cooking, rinse and separate the head of lettuce.  Lay leaves out onto a towel to dry.
  3. In a bowl, mix broth, soy sauce, sugar, and cornstarch.  Set aside.
  4. When meat has finished cooking, remove from pan and set aside.
  5. Add 1 TBSP oil to the pan and cook carrots for about 3 minutes, then add in the ginger, garlic, and zucchini.  Cook for about 5-7 minutes until done to your liking.
  6. Return the meat to the pan with the vegetables and add in the broth, soy sauce, sugar, and cornstarch mixture.  Stir well.
  7. Cook for 1-2 minutes longer.
  8. Remove from heat and serve mixture in lettuce leaves.  Roll up and enjoy!  (You can dip wraps in soy sauce or any other delicious sauce to jazz them up a bit!

And the best part is that the leftovers can quickly be put in GladWare® and put in the fridge for the next day.  I put the lettuce in one container and the meat mixture in another.  Perfect!  And, a Protection Pointer from Glad:  "Add a lightly dampened paper towel in with the lettuce to keep it crisp."  For more Protection Pointers for all different types of foods, visit the Glad website.

Gladstoring lettuce in fridgeSince the beginning of the New Year, I have been trying to first of all, make sure all of our food is stored appropriately so it will last longer, and secondly, remembering to serve leftovers so no food goes to waste.  I love that the GladWare is pretty and colorful so it doesn't sit, unnoticed in the fridge. 

Asian Lettuce Wraps

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Nineteen Hearty Casseroles for Cold Winter Nights

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winter casseroles

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by Gena at Foodie.com

Casseroles are not just for church potlucks anymore!  I love casseroles because they can be a great side dish or a whole meal rolled into one.  Casseroles are also great for hiding vegetables in a delicious dish, using leftovers, or for busy week night dinners.  They usually can be prepared ahead of time and sometimes frozen for future meals.  There is no limit to what you can make a casserole out of!  I try to use real food ingredients so the casserole is not just a big dish of junk.  For instance, I try to use homemade cream of mushroom soup if the recipe calls for it, which is pretty simple to make and keep on hand.  Any of these casseroles would look elegant served in a beautiful casserole dish.

I have collected nineteen delicious, hearty casseroles that are great for serving on cold winter nights!  Pick one or pick them all and enjoy!  Add them to a Foodie recipe collection of your own and get a head start on the week's meal planning.

 

Light & Delicious New Year’s Eve Snacks

New Year's Eve Snacks

The last two months have been a whirlwind of traveling, celebrating, shopping, and EATING!  Before the boys' birthday party, I was on a "healthy eating plan" and had lost some weight, but with the tempting foods of the season, it was very hard to practice healthy eating and moderation.  While I think we did a good job, there was definitely some unhealthy eating going on.  I kept that in mind when creating this collection of snacks for our annual New Year's Eve party.  Let's be honest….we will eat whatever is available on nights like this, so why not have healthy options available?  Sometimes I eat just to stay awake, so it's better to eat real food than some of the other NYE traditions.  All of these recipes are easy to pack up and transport to your New Year's Eve party, too!  

Finger Foods

Healthy Popcorn – Musings of a Modern Hippie

Spicy Maple Cinnamon Pecans – This West Coast Mommy

Quick & Easy Mini Bruschetta – Three Different Directions

No Bake Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites – Grace and Good Eats (pictured)

Eggplant French Bread Pizza -Simmworks Family Blog

Veggie Pizza Appetizer – Simmworks Family Blog

Candied Nuts – Turning the Clock Back

Gluten Free Nanaimo Bars – This West Coast Mommy

Homemade Potato Chips – Thrifty Jinxy

Chicken & Tomato Meatballs – Thrifty Jinxy

Kale Chips – Ann's Entitled Life

Matbucha – Ann's Entitled Life

Oven Roasted Parmesan Green Beans – Ann's Entitled Life

Lemon-Herb Deviled Eggs – Brittany's Pantry (pictured)

Three-Ingredient Tomato, Broccoli, Cream Cheese Bites – Couponing for Freebies

Apple and Cheese Quesadillas – The Thrifty Couple (pictured)

Watermelon Lime Party Bites – Driftwood Gardens

Fruit Cups – See Mom Click (pictured)

Apple Bacon Arugula Bites – Thrifty  Northwest Mom

Panko Chicken Nuggets

Coconut Chocolate Candy

Dips, Spreads, and Salsas:

Avocado and Greek Yogurt Dip – Turning the Clock Back

Easy Creamy Onion Dip – Thrifty Jinxy

Black Eyed Pea Hummus - Mama Likes To Cook (pictured)

Sweet Pepper Cream Cheese Dip – Mama Likes To Cook

Dragon Fruit Salsa – Mama Likes To Cook (pictured)

Easy Veggie Spread – Brittany's Panty (pictured)

Black Bean Salsa – Brittany's Pantry (pictured)

Watermelon Pico de Gallo – The Thrifty Couple

Cowboy Caviar – Housewives of Frederick County

Fresh and Easy Homemade Guacamole – See Mom Click

Mexican Fiesta Black Bean Hummus – Two Healthy Kitchens

Peanut Butter Silk Pie Dip – Two Healthy Kitchens

Italian Cannelini Hummus – Two Healthy Kitchens

Queso con Carne without Velveeta

Tomatillo Salsa

Chocolate Cheesecake Fruit Dip

Other:

Mango Shrimp Ceviche – Confessions of an Overworked Mom (pictured)

New Year's Eve Snacks

If you happen to attend a party that is well supplied with New Year's Eve snacks, make sure to pack yours in Glad® food protection.  Glad® MatchWare is great for stacking in a reusable shopping bag, easily setting up at a party, and then just popping the lid back on and bringing back home.  Then, you can limit the number of dishes and nothing goes to waste.  Wake up late on New Year's Day (if you're so lucky!) and snack on your party leftovers for a mid morning brunch.  Nothing beats that!

Near Year's Eve snacks

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Find Just What You’re Craving with Twinings of London Teas {free sample, too!}

This post was brought to you by Twinings of London tea.  All opinions are mine.

TwiningsTea is a much loved part of the day for many adults.  A hot cup of tea can provide comfort, peace, and warmth on a cold winter morning.  A tall glass of iced tea is perfect for a hot summer day, as well.  Growing up, I was only aware of tea in the sweet iced tea version.  As an adult, my tastes have expanded and I love trying new flavors and types of teas.  While I am a creature of habit and tend to stick with something I like, I also love the ability to sample and try new flavors from time to time.

Twinings of London is a tea lover's dream.  With over 50 types and flavors of teas, there are many options to choose from/  Use their Tea Explorer to discover the perfect tea that you are looking for.  

TwiningsWhile I mentioned I am a creature of habit, I love being given different flavors of teas that I wouldn't have ordinarily tried.  I have discovered some of my very favorite blends by receiving them as a gift.  Who knew that I would love Green Pomegranate, Raspberry, & Strawberry tea?  

TwiningsAnother personal favorite is all things Chai.  French Vanilla Chai, Pumpkin Spice, Chai, Apple Spiced Chai, or regular, it is such a delicious blend of black tea and spices like cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and ginger to create a fresh, spicy taste.  I like mine sweetened and cold, too.

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Twinings of London takes tea making seriously.  They have been in the tea business since 1706.  That's over 300 years of crafting fine teas that people love.  One interesting fact – there are nine "master blenders" that travel the world to find only the best teas, spices, herbs, and fruit infusions available.  What a job, right?!  Twinings teas are sourced and custom-blended to provide the perfect balance of tea taste, flavor, and aroma.  Varieties include green, black, and herbal, Organic & fair-trade certified teas, cold brewed teas, and K-Cup packs.  

Twinings of London has quickly become a well loved tea of mine.  Depending on my mood and cravings, there is a tea to satisfy!  I encourage you to take advantage of their "Raid The Pantry" offer to try for yourself!  Twinings is offering readers a chance to Raid the Pantry and sample three flavors of tea.  Visit the Twinings website and choose the three samples you would love to try!  Also check out their special Member Rewards, Tea of the Month Club, Tea Mail, and Auto Delivery options.  

Stock Up on Fig Bars for the Holidays!

This post was created in partnership with Nature's Bakery fig bars. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Nature's Bakery fig barsThe holiday season can be stressful and chaotic, and our good eating habits tend to go out the window for a few weeks (months?)  This year, I decided to have healthier snack foods on hand for our family and I have been proven time and time again how smart this was!

Running errands with the kids?  Don't stop for fast food, grab a Nature's Bakery fig bar.  Wrapping gifts and don't want to stop?  Fig bars.  Watching a Christmas program and need to dig a delicious but healthy snack out of your bag?  Fig bars!  Every time one of us gets hungry, instead of grabbing something unhealthy, I get a Nature's Bakery fig bar.  All three of the boys (ages 6, 4, and 1) LOVE fig bars.  Their favorite flavors are blueberry and strawberry, but all six of the delicious flavors are satisfying, healthy, non-GMO, and trans fat free.  Other flavors include: apple cinnamon, raspberry, peach apricot, lemon, mango, and fig.  Yum!  Each package contains two mini fig bars, which are the perfect size for little hands.  The sticky center can be a little messy, but when something tastes so good, it's hard to make much of a mess.  
Nature's Bakery Fig BarsNon-GMO ingredients include:  stone ground whole wheat flour, dried cane syrup, brown rice syrup, fig paste, canola oil, rolled oats, oat fiber, ammonia-free caramel color, sea salt, citric acid, natural flavors, baking soda, and more, depending on the flavor.  (The blueberry fig bar is colored with red cabbage extract!)

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21 Fun, Festive, Flavorful Appetizers – Perfect for Holiday Parties!

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Fun, Festive, Flavorful Appetizers

The holidays are officially here!  It seems unreal that next week is Thanksgiving, but it's true!  It is definitely one of my favorite holidays because well….the food is delicious!  I am looking forward to the turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, and all the other delicious sides, but also the yummy appetizers to eat before the big meal.

 I have collected 21 fun, festive, flavorful appetizers on Foodie and all would be perfect for snacking while the turkey cooks or those Christmas parties that will be happening soon.  Take a look and pick a few favorites before you head to the grocery store.  These recipes are sure to wow your crowd!

What are you serving this year?

Prepare New, Quick Lunches For The Family with Jimmy Dean {$50 Walmart giveaway, too!}

This quick lunches post has been brought to you by Jimmy Dean®. All opinions are mine.

I am so lucky to be able to be a stay-at-home mom and we are even luckier to be able to have lunch with Daddy most days because he works close to home. The thing I do not like, however, is finding something for all of us to eat at lunchtime. We usually do our homeschool in the morning, along with chores and sometimes errands, and a nap for Baby Brother squeezed in somewhere, as well. Preparing a variety of quick lunches with flavor is tricky! Thankfully, Hubby and the boys love sandwiches, but cold lunch meat sandwiches every day get old pretty fast.

Today I got creative with the Pulled Pork with Potatoes Bowl from Jimmy Dean®​ and surprised everyone with hot pulled pork sandwiches. They were a big hit! I also made Hickory smoked turkey breast sandwiches, which Hubby requested we have again after I made them for dinner a few weeks ago. The NEW Jimmy Dean® and Jimmy Dean Delights® frozen lunch and dinner entrées are filling, delicious, and priced right.

I found a lot of great inspiration on the Jimmy Dean Pinterest page, and I have created my own #ShineAnytime Pinterest board to pin all of the great lunch and dinner options for these new Jimmy Dean products, found at Walmart in the frozen entrée section. I was hoping that our Walmart had more of the sandwiches to keep on hand for lunches, but I will have to check out some more Walmart stores to stock up.

If you are concerned about calories, have no fear. The Jimmy Dean Delights look equally as delicious. You get TWO yummy snack sized smoked ham and cheddar sandwiches on pretzel buns for only 290 calories. There are also barbecue options like the Delights pulled chicken sandwich and chipotle pulled pork sandwich for 300 calories for two snack sized sandwiches. I cannot wait to try the Jimmy Dean Delights Golden Roasted Turkey Bowl with potatoes, carrots, and celery for 210 calories. Check out the other Delights Beyond Breakfast choices from Jimmy Dean.

 

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In A Hurry For Dinner? Can Frozen Foods Be Delicious?

This frozen foods post has been brought to you by Jimmy Dean®. All opinions are mine.

How often do you have nights where dinner falls through, you come home late from work and your family needs to be somewhere in ten minutes, or when you just have hungry little (and big!) people to feed and nothing to serve? As much as I plan, those days happen to everyone, I am sure. I used to think that nothing that tastes good could come from the freezer section. Of course there is always frozen pizza, but that gets old and sometimes we just are not in the mood for pizza.

Last night was one of those nights. We had been running errands all day, the younger boys had a late nap, and it was already 4:30 when I got to thinking about dinner. (We eat at 5 here!) I went to the freezer and saw some frozen chicken breasts and frozen hamburger meat, but there were also some Jimmy Dean® frozen lunch or dinner entrées that I had picked up at Walmart for nights just like this. I felt a huge sense of relief because I know that my family would love these meals. (You can find these in the frozen meal section at Walmart.)

We have always loved Jimmy Dean sausage. I make delicious sausage balls for appetizers and it is always the New Year's Eve party staple. Jimmy Dean's breakfast sandwiches are delicious, too, and Jimmy Dean® frozen entrées are no different? They're hearty and delicious, as you would expect from the Jimmy Dean brand. I knew that my family would love the Smoked Bacon Mac & Cheese because well, who doesn't like Mac & Cheese? I also picked up the Grilled Steak with potatoes and bell peppers and a Hickory Smoked Turkey Breast sandwich because the men in my family are sandwich fanatics!

The Jimmy Dean frozen entrees were a huge hit! They tasted fresh and delicious. It was so, so nice to grab these out of the fridge, warm them in the microwave for a couple of minutes, and serve them to my family. They don't taste like a frozen meal, or at least like no frozen meal that I have had.

The all-around favorite was the Smoked Bacon Mac & Cheese, just as I suspected! Before cooking the bowl, I could see the chunks of cheese that melted and made this meal exceptional. And ……..bacon. Need I say more?

This mac and cheese is more than your average mac and cheese. For starters, this bowl has 23 grams of protein! Imagine being able to cook a hot bowl of mac and cheese with that much protein in less than the amount of time you would spend making a box of mac and cheese. The Bacon Mac & Cheese tasted like gourmet mac & cheese. Real ingredients, real flavor, and so good!

I plan to purchase more of these frozen meals and sandwiches the next time I am at Walmart. They're filling, priced right, and perfect for chaotic nights when all we really want is a quick, hearty meal. Check out the other available options from Jimmy Dean that go beyond breakfast.

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What Is A Healthy Snack for Babies and Toddlers On The Go?

This non-GMO snack post was brought to you by Mum-Mum.  All opinions are mine.

As much as we try to always have healthy, fresh foods available for Baby Brother to eat, the need for healthy packaged snacks is always present.  When we go to the store, church, or to his brothers' soccer games, I know now that I need to have something easily accessible and portable in my diaper bag for him to munch on. He is all about self feeding, as we never did traditional baby food with him.  And at ten months, he has already found what textures and flavors he prefers.  His favorite foods are blueberries, grapes (cut up, of course,) bananas, peas, sweet potatoes, cheese, and carrots.  Do you know how hard it is to serve a bowl of squished up blueberries to an energetic ten month old at a soccer game, though?  Yeah, not easy!  

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Baby Brother has been snacking on Baby Mum-Mum rice rusks for a few months now, and still gets excited when I offer one to him.  They're not messy and are made with non-GMO Japonica rice.  There are many options available, like Original, Vegetable, Banana, Apple, and Organic Carrot.  

Mum-Mums:

  • are made with non-GMO Japonica rice
  • contain minimal sugar and fat
  • contain no artificial colors
  • contain no artificial additives or preservatives
  • dissolve easily in your child's mouth
  • are gluten-free, egg-free, and peanut-free
  • are available in many different flavors
  • are available for different ages
  • have organic options

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I gave Baby Mum-Mums to the Captain and D when they were babies, as well, and honestly, D still loves them!  I have gotten into the habit of putting TWO packages of Baby Mum-Mums in my bag because it's a good, healthy snack for D, as well!  D loves Toddler Mum-Mums, too, which are recommended for kids ages 18 months and up.  They're a little more dense and for babies who chew well.

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Baby Mum-Mums are also a great option when we are dining out, too.  Whether it be something that is spicy or contains honey, something that I am not sure of the ingredients, or he is just not ready to eat, a Mum-Mum helps him to feel like he is crunching and chewing something just like us and helps keep him satisfied.  Baby Mum-Mums promise to never contain any of the main allergens, as seen in this infographic:

non-GMO snack  Top 10 Food Allergens and Senstivities

We love Mum-Mums and are pretty sure that your baby and children will, too!  Also, check out Mum-Mum Snax for older kids!  Find out more about Mum-Mums and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter.

Simplify Your Busy Days with a Meal Planner! {giveaway, too}

This meal planner post was brought to you by Carrie Elle Shop.  All opinions are mine.

Carrie Elle meal planner

I am admittedly the worst at organization.  I need all the help I can get!  When we were houseparents at the children's home, I was required to turn in a menu a week in advance.  Even though I didn't like actually doing it, having it done was BLISS.  All of my grocery needs for the week were right in front of me and I could grab everything I need in one trip.  Having a meal planner is helpful for many reasons.  

Five Reasons to Start Using a Meal Planner

Here are five reasons why using a meal planner has been helpful for me:

  1. Dinnertime won't be chaos.  I've had many days where I was staring at the fridge at 5 PM, trying to thaw out meat, and finally resorting to something simple like scrambled eggs for dinner.  Hubby walks in, and while he never criticizes what's for dinner, I KNOW he's thinking "eggs again?"  So having a go to plan and knowing exactly when and what I need to do for the night's dinner has been very helpful.
  2. You can serve your family heathier meals.  We have a 3 and 5 year old.  I don't like to use the word picky, but they don't always like to eat healthy foods.  When I have a meal plan, I can plan to add veggies to dishes they love instead of resorting to frozen cheese sticks or mac and cheese every night. 
  3. You can save money.  When I buy only what my family will eat for the week, the grocery bill isn't as high as when I just grab whatever sounds good at the time.  And when there's a meal plan, there isn't as much wasted food.  Meal planners are good for your bank account!
  4. You won't have to resort to eating out.  It is oh so easy to just give up and head to a restaurant or grab fast food.  We can save money this way, too, by actually planning for times to eat out and not blowing the budget on take out.
  5. You can try new things!  I have so many things pinned on pinterest, but they likely will never be made by me unless I plan to make them.  I can buy the groceries that I need and actually make the droolworthy recipes I see every day!

​I am loving this adorable handmade planner from the Carrie Elle Etsy shop.  It is sturdy and the cover is laminated for extra durability.  Carrie has made the perfect meal planner!  There is a place for weekly menus and a tear off grocery list:

Carrie Elle meal planner

Some other fabulous details Carrie has added are pages for holiday and dinner parties, notes, and monthly calendars so you can plan your menu a month at a time.  This is great to prevent making the same thing over and over.
Carrie Elle meal planner

If you aren't using a meal planner, this is a great place to start.  There are 12 monthly calendars, 60 weekly meal planning pages, perforated grocery lists, 10 holiday and dinner party pages, 5 blank pages, and meal planning resources in the back.  It would make a great gift for any mom or dad in charge of meal planning.  Carrie can also personalize them for you!  Order some for teachers, friends, relatives, and yourself at the Carrie Elle Etsy shop.  Keep up with happenings on the Shop Carrie Elle Facebook page and Twitter page.  And Carrie writes one of my favorite blogs, Carrie Elle, so check that out, too!

Carrie is giving away a meal planner to one Life With Captain Fussybuckets fan!  Winner will be able to choose from any in stock meal planner (no personalized planners.)  Enter in the Rafflecopter form below!

Simplify Your Busy Days with a Meal Planner from Carrie Elle

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