Easy Dinner Solution & Kid’s Placemat Craft

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Dinner time is usually rushed during the busy sports seasons of spring and fall so I need to find delicious options that are quick and easy to make. Soup is something both of my boys will eat and something Jacob really loves. My favorite soup brand is Campbell’s because it reminds me of my childhood, and the boys were really excited to see Dory, and her friend Nemo, from Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory on the soup can at our local Target store. The can is full of fun-shaped pasta (sea shell, Dory, and Destiny) in chicken broth. Luke’s favorite snack, Goldfish® crackers, also have our favorite fish characters on their Goldfish® Special Edition! Cheddar Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory Crackers packaging with special edition colors (colors sourced from plants). Together, with some fresh fruit, these make a great kid-friendly meal I can make within minutes.

©Disney/Pixar

To celebrate the new Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory branded packages, the boys and I made fun fish shaped placemats for our table. They are easy to clean so any dribbles of soup or crumbs can be wiped off.

What you’ll need:

  • Clear contact paper
  • Scissors
  • Colored tissue paper
  • Dry erase marker

Directions:

1) Cut the colored tissue paper into small 1-2 inch squares

2) Peel a portion of contact paper from it’s backing and lay it sticky side up you’ll want the exposed piece to be a little bigger than a typically sized placemat. Note: Do not cut the contact paper from it’s roll.

3) Put pieces of tissue paper on the contact paper. Your children can make patterns or put them on randomly and they can overlap. Repeat until the majority of the contact paper piece is covered by tissue paper pieces.

4) Carefully peel the contact paper back more and fold the contact paper over so you are covering the tissue paper with the sticky contact paper you just exposed. Go slowly, smoothing the contact paper as you go so that there are no bumps or air bubbles and that the contact paper matches up with the other piece you put the tissue paper on.

5) Cut the contact paper from the roll like you would wrapping paper

6) Use a dry erase marker to draw a large fish shape on your contact paper

7) Cut out the fish shape you drew

You can find both the special edition Disney/Pixar’s Finding Dory branded Campbell’s soup and the Goldfish® Special Edition! Cheddar Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory Crackers at Target. They had a special display at the end of one of the frozen food aisles.

©Disney/Pixar

What’s your favorite go-to dinner that’s easy to make?

Makeover Your Leftovers In One Minute!

 

Every week we have at least one or two nights that are leftover night. That means we pull out food that we’ve already cooked that week and we eat whatever was left over from the last meal. Sometimes I don’t mind leftovers and welcome eating my favorite meals but other times I just don’t want the same thing again.

Lucky for me I was introduced to Minute Ready To Serve Rice so I can reinvent dinner on leftover night. Sinisa had beef in gravy last night with mashed potatoes. I’m not a huge fan of mashed potatoes and prefer noodles or rice. Since there was leftover beef I decided to create a dinner that I wanted to eat and I was able to do so in less than two minutes with this new Minute rice product!

These rice bowls are seriously awesome because all you do is take the lid off and stick it in the microwave. There is no adding water or other ingredients to the bowls. The rice cooks for one minute and when you take it out of the microwave you are left with a bowl of fluffy rice.

After I cooked the rice I stuck a piece of beef on a plate and heated it up for 45 seconds. 15 seconds to put the meat on the rice and voila! Daddy’s leftovers made Mommy friendly with rice! :)

It was so delicious! One bowl doesn’t seem like a lot of rice but it’s perfect for a single meal!

I tried the Long Grain White Rice kind but they have other varieties as well.

 

Minute® Ready to Serve Rice is an ideal portable solution for lunch or breakfast because you can eat it on the go, straight from the cup. In just 60 seconds, you have fully cooked rice for any meal or snack. You’ll never get bored with your lunch since there are 10 flavorful and wholesome varieties. If you’re looking for a healthy option, Minute® Ready to Serve Rice provides easy portion control since it’s conveniently packaged in two individual single-serve cups.

Visit http://www.minuterice.com/ for recipes, including Minute® Ready to Serve Stir it Up recipe ideas and more information about the Minute® Rice family of products.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute® Ready to Serve Rice.

Chicken Parmigiana with Spaghetti Squash {Recipe}

According to the folks at CanolaInfo.org, the trick to a crisp but healthy parmigiana is “bake-frying.” Canola oil is ideal to bake-fry breaded chicken with in a very hot oven because of its high heat tolerance (smoke point 468 °F). Using spaghetti squash instead of angel hair pasta provides four times fewer calories per cup (174 versus 42 calories).
Ingredients:

1 spaghetti squash, halved and seeded

1/2 Tbsp canola oil

1/2 cup whole grain flour

1 Tbsp dried oregano

3/4 cup whole grain bread crumbs

1/2 tsp black pepper

1 egg, whisked

4 chicken breasts (3 oz each), pounded until uniform thickness

canola oil cooking spray

2 cups your favorite marinara sauce

1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped


Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 °F (200 °C).
2. Brush squash with canola oil and place squash flesh side down on baking sheet. Bake 40 minutes or until squash is tender.
3. While squash is baking, combine flour and oregano in shallow bowl. In second shallow bowl, combine bread crumbs with pepper. In third bowl, add whisked egg.
4. Dip chicken into flour mixture, then egg, then bread crumbs – shake off excess with each step.
5. Mist breaded chicken with canola oil cooking spray on both sides and place on baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes, top with marinara and Parmesan cheese and bake additional 15 minutes until heated and cheese is melted.
6. Once squash is cooled, pull fork through flesh, creating spaghetti-like strands.
7. Serve chicken on top of spaghetti squash and sprinkle with fresh basil.

Yield: 4 servings.

Serving size: 3 oz chicken and 1 cup spaghetti squash.

Nutritional Analysis per Serving:
Calories  400

Total Fat  10 g

Saturated Fat 2.5 g

Cholesterol  125 mg

Sodium  360 mg

Potassium  580 mg

Carbohydrates  40 g

Fiber  7 g

Sugars 11 g

Protein  37 g

(Disclosure: Recipe and image courtesy of canolainfo.org. This is not a compensated post.)