making meal planning easier for your family

Trying to figure out what to make for dinner every night is a process.  After work I feel like I have a 30 minute window of opportunity to get a healthy meal cooked and on the table before the “I’m hungry mommy” or the “I’m too tired to eat” comments start from the little ones.  I used to try and put a elaborate meal that took over an hour to make and that only left my kids cranky because I always ran late..my husband frustrated because he came home to a super cranky house and one exhausted mom.

In those moments it is easy to just give in and pick up some fast food but for my family my priority was trying my best to get a meal as healthy as possible on the table every night.  Yes please focus on the fact that I said “try to as healthy as possible“.  Don’t feel like you are a failure if you have to order pizza one night because guess what..you gotta keep your sanity also!

meal planning

Over the years I have really tried to become more efficient in meal planning with my family and I see such a huge difference.  I can happily say meal times are not stressful in our house anymore!  Here is what I did: [Read more...]

customized jewelry from three sisters design

Yesterday, we celebrated my sister-in-law and her baby to be with a small lunch get together.  This is Swati’s third baby – another sweet baby girl will soon be joining our family (so excited!) and even though she didn’t particularly desire another shower or sprinkle, she was convinced to let us at least coordinate an intimate Sunday lunch with just a few of the girls.  Something that every momma needs before the crazy fun of having a newborn in the house begins.

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easy family vegetarian lasagna recipe

My family loves Italian food! On the days I cannot decide what to make for dinner, this is my go to meal for my family! It is such an easy and healthy dish.  A friend of mine made this when we went to her home for dinner and everyone loved it.  I got the recipe from her but added a few twists of my own.  It’s healthy and everyone in the family will enjoy it, what else can you ask for!

Lasagna

Lasagna recipe your family would love
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Recipe type: easy dinner recipe
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 4-5
 
Looking for a simple and healthy dish for the whole family? Here is a recipe that has such simple ingredients that your kids will not even know. Great recipe for picky eaters!
Ingredients
  • 1 box of whole wheat or regular lasagna noodles
  • 2 cups of diced onions
  • 1 cup of diced bell peppers (I use red, yellow and green bell peppers)
  • dicd mushrooms
  • An other vegetables you may want to add
  • 1 small eggplant diced
  • 1 tbsp of garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp of ginger minced
  • 1 tbsp of grape seed oil
  • 1-2 bottles of organic pasta or marinara sauce
  • 1 can or organic baked beans (optional)
  • 2 cups of shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese
  • 1 small can of olives for garnish or fresh diced bell peppers (optional)
Instructions
  1. Boil noodles accordingly to directions on the box, do not over cook the noodles keep it al dente.
  2. Pour grape seed oil into a media size pot, let it heat up. Add garlic and ginger and sauté for about 1-2 minutes do not burn it. Then add all the vegetables: onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, and eggplant sauté the vegetable for about 8-10 minutes. Make sure the vegetables get nice and soft.
  3. The add the pasta sauce to the sauté of vegetables. Let it simmer on low heat.
  4. Meanwhile in a lasagna dish start pouring your sauce on the bottom, then layer the lasagna with cheese and baked beans (MAKE SURE TO LAYER THE BAKED BEANS EVERY OTHER LAYER OR THE LASAGNA WILL GET TOO FILLING).
  5. Garnish the layered lasagna with cheese and olives.
  6. p.s you can also add any kind of ground meat to the sauce to make a meat sauce for the lasagna.

Hope you and your family enjoy this delicious recipe because our family sure does!  I would love to see what other recipes you may have for your family.. :)