Recipes

Recipes for a Delicious Thanksgiving

November 23, 2015

Thanksgiving turkeyIf you're looking for some fantastic family-friendly recipes for Thanksgiving, then we're here to help! We've decided to list all our recipes for Thanksgiving favorites here in one place for easy reference this week. We've included two different recipes for turkey, as well as a variety of sides and desserts. Enjoy! And we hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family and friends.

The Main Event

Herb Roasted Turkey Breast with Gravy for Thanksgiving

November 9, 2015

Herb roasted turkey breastWhen we crave those classic holiday dinner flavors, we often grab a turkey breast roast from the market and make this easier, smaller scale, and faster version of a Thanksgiving feast. It's perfect for a nice family meal or Thanksgiving dinner if your family is smaller and you don't want to deal with cooking and storing a whole turkey. Another bonus when just cooking the turkey breast: you're less likely to overcook it since it's all you're dealing with.

I grab a handful of fresh herbs from the kitchen garden and use them in a compound butter to season the turkey breast bother under and on top of the skin. Not only does this give the turkey an amazing flavor, but it makes the skin extra crispy, too.

Put the roast in a cast iron skillet or roasting pan, pop it in the oven, and you'll have dinner in no time. I love using a cast iron skillet because it makes it easy to make gravy out of the pan drippings.

Thanksgiving Side Dish: Spiced-Cider Braised Winter Squash

November 9, 2015

Apple cider braised squashThis delicious Thanksgiving side dish has the flavors of fall—winter squash and spiced apple cider. It's easy to make, and looks pretty on the holiday table, too. If you use Delicata squash, those orange- or green-striped cream-colored oval winter squash, you don't even need to peel them, and the colors look great, too. You can also make this with cubed butternut squash or pumpkin.

I adapted this from a recipe in the New York Times but used the spiced apple cider from Trader Joe's. The spice flavors are subtle and really enchance the flavor of the squash. Feel free to substitute regular apple cider.

Delicious Pumpkin Waffles for a Fall Breakfast

October 18, 2015

Pumpkin WafflesWe always experiment with a lot of pumpkin recipes every fall. The hands-down favorite of all our pumpkin creations has to be these pumpkin waffles. With a subtle spice flavor, they're moist on the inside with a crisp exterior, just like a waffle should be.

Serve them for breakfast with butter and maple syrup, or even for dessert topped with vanilla ice cream. They're a great fall treat that's so good we'll probably start making these year-round, since canned pumpkin is easy to come by!

They're easy to make, too, and you probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry already.

Oven-Baked Chicken Strips

September 14, 2015

baked chicken stripsChicken strips are ubiquitous on restaurant children's menus, but that's probably because almost everybody likes them. This healthier oven-baked alternative to the deep-fried kids' staple is perfect for school lunchboxes (it's good cold) and tasty enough for an easy weeknight meal. Serve them with dipping sauces like BBQ sauce and ranch dressing.

The kids can pitch in and help make these, too. Have them assemble the ingredients and shake the chicken in a bag to coat with breadcrumbs. Using chicken tenders means you don't have to cut anything, too. Japanese-style panko breadcrumbs make these nice and crispy, but regular breadcrumbs will work as well.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken tenders or boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (whole milk is best)

Back-to-School Recipe: Homemade Granola Bars

September 12, 2015

Homemade granola barsMarin Mommies presents a guest article by Jennifer Tyler Lee, author of The 52 New Foods Challenge, with a kid-friendly recipe that's perfect for an after-school snack or lunch box treat. We're giving away a copy of The 52 New Foods Challenge! To enter to win, send an email to contests@marinmommies.com with "52 New Foods" in the subject line by Friday, September 18; we'll select a random winner on Saturday, September 19.

I’m a big fan of making your own granola bars. First, because you can control the ingredients which means healthier choices for your little ones. Second, it’s an easy way to stretch your grocery budget. Homemade granola bars are a fraction of the cost of the bars you’d buy in the box. Better for you and your budget. Love it!

Homemade granola bars are fun to make together and can easily be modified to feature your favorite fixings. When you’re done cutting the bars, the rimmed baking sheet will be filled with yummy chunks of granola. Perfect for sprinkling over yogurt parfaits!

Barbeque Ribs on the Charcoal Grill

August 31, 2015

BBQ ribsUnless you have a smoker, it can be pretty difficult to make real barbeque at home. But you can come up with something close! While it might not make for prize-winning ‘que, it’s a fun cooking project and the results are really tasty. We’ve tried it with ribs and chicken and both turned out really good! It’s perfect for Labor Day Weekend.

You’ll find a lot of recipes for ribs out there that involve boiling them or roasting them and then finishing them on the grill. This recipe uses the charcoal grill only for minimal mess.

Ingredients & Materials

  • 3–4 lbs pork back ribs or spare ribs
  • Dry rub (use your favorite or our recipe below)

Austrian Baked Ham, Cheese, and Noodle Casserole

August 23, 2015

Schinkenfleckerl Austrian ham, cheese, and noodle casseroleThe real name for this delicious baked pasta dish is Schinkenfleckerl, but since it's hard to pronounce we'll call it an Austrian ham, cheese, and noodle casserole. This dish is like macaroni-and-cheese's more sophisticated European cousin, and since it's pretty rich it's usually just served with a green salad on the side. Schinken is ham and Fleckerl are little square-ish egg noodles that are common in Austrian and German cuisine, but we use regular wide egg noodles or even broken up pieces of egg pappardelle noodle.

Despite the inclusion of ingredients like sour cream (which both my kids swear up and down they don't like) everyone thought this was delicious! This recipe is really easy to put together, and it makes quite a bit so you'll probably have plenty of leftovers for another meal.

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces egg noodles
  • 1/2 pound smoked ham, diced
  • 1/2 pound Emmentaler or Swiss cheese, grated

Healthy Lunch & Snack Ideas for the New School Year

August 18, 2015

Healthy school lunch ideasNo matter how prepared for the new school year you think you are, it can always be challenging to figure out what to pack for school lunches and snacks. Trying to balance healthy, nutritious food and things the kids will actually eat can be difficult, too.

Here are a few of my family's favorite lunchbox treats that are not only good for you, but delicious and fun to eat, too. The kids love to help make them—I find that they usually eat food they prepare themselves (even vegetables!), so I usually let them help out in the kitchen when I can, especially when we're making their school lunches.

Tortellini Skewers

My daughter absolutely loves cheese tortellini (and what kid doesn’t?) so we make these neat little skewers for a lunchtime treat.

You’ll need:

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