Just Breathe – Recipe: Thai Chicken Pizza

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One of the things that I love to do with the littles is blow bubbles.  If you have not tried it, you should.  It is so relaxing and fun.  Deep breath….and just blow.

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The breathing, the laughing, the listening to the, “Wow, that was a big one.” and “Look at all of the bubbles, Momma!”  There is something about it that is just magic in its own way.

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So, that is what we did for fun yesterday afternoon.  I put a big quilt down, found the bubbles, and had fun taking some time to just breathe with the littles.

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It was a perfect end to a perfect weekend.  Simple. Family. Fun.

It ranks right up there with pizza night.  Because it is so near and dear to our hearts, it is rare that we depart from our normal Friday night pizza and movie night.  But, sometimes I get a craving for something and need it right then and there.  Such was the case when I could not decide what to make with the chicken that I had in the crock pot.  I glanced through my Pinterest boards and landed on this Thai Chicken Pizza by How Sweet It Is and this one by Annie’s Eats.  I adapted the recipes slightly based on what I had in the pantry and refrigerator because I knew that we needed pizza that night….and again on Friday.

Thai Chicken Pizza

Thai Chicken Pizza

Ingredients

Pizza dough

¼ cup chili paste

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 tablespoon rice vinegar

1 teaspoon corn starch

1 teaspoon ketchup

1 teaspoon garlic, minced

1 tsp. red pepper flakes

1 cup shredded cooked chicken

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Fresh mozzarella, sliced

2 tbsp. minced fresh cilantro

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 500.
  2. Prepare pizza pan or cookie sheet by spraying it with cooking spray.
  3. Roll or press out dough into a circle or rectangle.
  4. In a bowl, mix together the chili paste, corn starch, ketchup, garlic, brown sugar, and rice vinegar.
  5. Spread the mixture onto the pizza dough, reserving about 2 tablespoons for drizzling.
  6. Place a light layer of cheese on top of the pizza dough.
  7. Add the shredded chicken to the top of the cheese.
  8. Sprinkle lightly with the red pepper flakes.
  9. Drizzle the remaining chili sauce mixture on top of the chicken.
  10. Place a layer of sliced fresh mozzarella on top of the chicken.
  11. Place in the oven, and bake for 10-13 minutes.
  12. Remove from oven, sprinkle with cilantro, slice, and serve.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/04/10/just-breathe-recipe-thai-chicken-pizza/

Enjoy!

Cooking for My Kids: Project Lunchbox – Recipe: Honey Mustard Chicken with Rice

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It is very important to me to always know what is going into the bodies of my littles.  While I cannot say that I never buy cereal or use a cake mix, I can say that most of what my children eat is prepared by me.

The same is true with their school lunches.  I pack their lunches almost every day, and I try to eat with them at school once per week.  I know that I am very blessed to be so involved in their day-to-day schedule and activities.  It is not something that I ever take for granted.

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While I started out the school year very enthusiastic about packing lunches, as the school year has worn on, lunch packing has become tiresome, as well.  That is why I was so excited to see that Marla with Family Fresh Cooking has launched another Project Lunch Box 30 day challenge.  The name of her blog says it all.  Marla believes very strongly in family fresh cooking and healthy meals.  She believes in it so much that she launched a challenge, back in September, asking that we all pack healthy meals for ourselves and our children for 30 days.  When I saw that she decided to do it again in April, I was happy because I needed a little push to get out of my rut of the same ‘ole sandwich, popcorn, and apple slices routine.  And, not only did she launch the challenge, she also created a PDF of recipes to help everyone out with ideas.

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We had fresh fruit for dinner, too, so I was easily able to add slices of pineapple, strawberries, and blackberries for a easy, quick little fruit salad.

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And, I did not feel one bit guilty about packing some Angel Food Cake because I knew that he was having a well-balanced lunch.

Honey Mustard Chicken with Rice

Honey Mustard Chicken with Rice

Ingredients

Grilled chicken

Bell peppers, diced

Rice, cooked

Honey Mustard Sauce

1 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup Dijon mustard

2 tablespoons Karo syrup

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon Season Salt

Instructions

    Preparing the Honey Mustard
  1. Add all of the ingredients into a bowl, and whisk together until smooth.
  2. Putting it All Together
  3. Place a small layer of cooked rice into a lunch container or bowl.
  4. Top with slices of grilled chicken.
  5. Add diced red bell peppers on top of the rice and/or chicken.
  6. Drizzle with the honey mustard sauce.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/04/02/cooking-for-my-kids-project-lunchbox-recipe-honey-mustard-chicken-with-rice/

I hope to have more lunch ideas to share with you throughout April.  And, I am hoping that the challenge equals fun, healthy lunches for my littles for the remainder of the school year, too.

Happy lunch packing!

Weekend Things – Recipe: Lemon Thyme Mushroom Chicken

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It seems that the bulk of our family entertainment comes during the weekend because the weekdays consist of work, school, soccer, therapy sessions, housework, etc.  Not that all of that is not entertaining, but we are not always together as a family when we are doing it.

Here are a few highlights from this weekend:

1.  We have a lot of squirrels in our yard.  And, they constantly entertain us.  As we were sitting in the sun room Friday evening, watching the kids play, we look over and see a squirrel doing his best acrobatic moves, stretching from the tree to the bird feeder.

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Then, later, he was holding onto a different bird feeder for dear life while he ate.

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We quietly got Ethan’s attention, and then he whispered, “Ya-ya (what he calls Summer), Bubba, come here!”, as he was pointing at the squirrel.

It was a dual family moment.  Hearing Ethan really communicate and watching the squirrels were both priceless.

2.  Pizza and movie night on Friday night.  We watched Hop, which was very cute, and we ate pizza.  I make personal pizzas for everyone so that we all get exactly what we want – Pepperoni and Jalapeno for Gabriel, Cheese for Ethan, Breadsticks for Summer, Buffalo Chicken for Sean, and Pepperoni with Olives, Mushrooms, and Jalapenos for me.  We love pizza and movie night.  Love it.

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3.  The only bad thing about pizza and movie night on Friday was that Ethan got sick.  I knew that he was not feeling well, so I snuggled him in our bed with a cartoon after his bath.  When it was time to eat, he went to the couch and grabbed his head.  I got the thermometer, and he had a slight fever.  By the time we finished eating, his temp was 101.4.  We covered him up, snuggled with him, and finished the movie.  As soon as it was over, I made a pallet for him in our room, and he was in dreamland within minutes.  Bless his heart.  We have definitely had our share of illnesses this year.

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4.  Gabriel had soccer on Saturday.  While it is normally a family outing, I needed to stay home with Ethan.  And, Summer chose to stay home with us, too.  Sean texted me updates.  I could not decide if I should jump up and down or cry when I received the “Gabriel scores!” text.  I was so proud of my boy but so sad that I missed it.  I know that, as moms, we cannot always be everywhere.  But, it sure is hard to miss special moments like my oldest boy jumping up and down after scoring a goal for his team.

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5.  As I have been talking about for a couple of months, we are in the process of beautifying our yard.  It is a big yard, so it is definitely something that we are working on in phases.  This weekend, we continued digging out flower beds, weeds, and grass in order to landscape around the house.  We dug, we mulched, and we placed borders.  Next weekend we shall go shopping for the bushes and flowers.

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5.  What is better than one movie night a week?  Two movie nights.  After doing yard work during the afternoon, we needed a lazy night.  So, we watched The Muppets on Sunday night.  I did not think that it would make me cry.  But, it totally did.  What a sweet, sweet movie!

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6.  Oh, and I also made some yummy food this weekend, which I will be blogging about this week.

I made these amazing brownies.

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This lemon pepper shrimp over greens.

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These chewy granola bars.

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And, this lemon thyme mushroom chicken.  I found the original recipe over at Annie’s Eats.  I have already expressed my profound love of Annie’s blog and her recipes.  She is truly amazing.  So, when I saw this recipe last week, and I just happened to be in the middle of menu planning and making my grocery list, I knew that it was destiny that I make her Lemon Thyme Chicken.  And, let me just say, we were not disappointed.  It was absolutely delicious.

Lemon Thyme Mushroom Chicken

 Lemon Thyme Mushroom Chicken

Ingredients

3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Kosher salt

Ground pepper

½ cup all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, minced

½ cup dry white wine

¾ cup chicken broth

1 lemon, juiced

3 tablespoons butter

Instructions

  1. Season both sides of each chicken breast with salt and pepper.
  2. Place the flour in a shallow bowl, and dredge the chicken pieces in the flour.
  3. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.
  4. Add the chicken breasts to the pan, place the lid on the pan, cook until lightly golden, and then flip to the other side to continue cooking.
  5. Remove the chicken pieces to a plate.
  6. Add the garlic and thyme leaves to the pan and sauté for about1 minute.
  7. Remove the skillet from the heat, and add the wine to the pan, scraping the bottom of the pan to loosen any browned bits.
  8. Return the pan to the heat, add the mushrooms, and bring the liquid to a simmer.
  9. Stir in the chicken broth and cook for about 5 minutes.
  10. Add the lemon juice and butter, and whisk until completely melted.
  11. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  12. Spoon the sauce over the chicken, and serve.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/03/26/weekend-things-recipe-lemon-thyme-mushroom-chicken/

Enjoy!

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