What’s for Dinner?

March 18, 2011

Tonight my three year old daughter asked me if I wanted to see “the highest jump in the whole uniform!” But of course! Uniform/universe…it’s all good.

Anyway, first up is Liz from Down Under with some tasty family-friendly recipes:

Before I had kids, cooking and dinner used to be a pleasure. Now, it seems more of a constant battle. One week my son Jesse loves pasta, the next week – no, not really a pasta lover at all. As a mother, I am constantly concerned about getting my kids to eat balanced, healthy and pleasurable food.  Who has time for all of this nonsense?!

Here are a few quick recipe ideas that seem to have repeat success with my entire family:

Udon Noodle Soup

1 package udon noodles (pre-cooked)

1 carton chicken broth

1/2 rotisserie chicken cut up into bite sized pieces

2 teaspoons chopped garlic

2 teaspoons chopped ginger

1-2 tablespoons white vinegar

Asian hot sauce – to taste

Greens – cilantro, scallions, mint or greens of your choice

Heat up chicken broth and add garlic, ginger and scallions. Pour boiling water over pre-cooked udon noodles in a bowl. Once chicken broth heats up add vinegar and hot sauce to taste. Add chicken to broth. Put noodles in a bowl, pour broth with chicken chunks over noodles and put cilantro on top.

Spiral Pasta with Vinaigrette

1/2 bag of spiral pasta of your choice

1/2 carton grape tomatoes

1 bunch basil or basil sprouts

Olive oil to taste

Red wine vinegar to taste

1/4-1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Additional items:

Chicken, asparagus, brocollini

Cook the pasta as per directions on package. Cut grape tomatoes in half and place in serving bowl. Once pasta is cooked and strained, put pasta in bowl over tomatoes. Sprinkle pasta and tomatoes with olive oil and red wine vinegar to taste. Add parmesan cheese and basil and toss to combine.

This can be served hot, at room temperature or cold. This is also nice the next day in your child’s lunch box.

You can add any additional ingredients that you like (the chicken, asparagus or brocollini works well) depending on your taste.


Single of the Week

Here’s Ken:

My bedroom is where the magic happens, if you happen to define “magic” as “bleeding out the nose in the middle of the night thanks to a dry winter.” After the magic part, it’s always good to cuddle with the person whose pillow you’ve bled on and listen to a sweet, simple tune. Here’s a great one courtesy of an Israeli-born alt-country performer, a ukelele and Journey.

Click here to watch!


Last night we had dinner next to Sandra Day O’Connor at the Met before the opera. She looked great, and seemed to be enjoying herself. Truly an icon!

This week has truly wiped me out…TGIF, baby!



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