Recipes

We eat *mostly* meatless meals.

This is for three reasons: the cost, the kids, and our health.  We have a limited food budget, as do most families.  I choose to put my grocery money to work where it counts: produce (fresh from the farmer's market in the summer months), organic dairy (when available), and other whole grain/organic products.  These products cost more up front, but I believe the long-term health benefits are well worth the cost.

My kids are picky eaters.  This is probably my fault, as I tend to offer lots of choices at mealtimes.  The girls are especially wary of new textures, such as beef and chicken.  They will typically eat hot dogs, chicken nuggets, and bacon.  To be honest, I'm not sure all of those things count as meat.  My goal with the girls is to get them to eat as many fruits, vegetables, and whole grains as possible.  They tend to go a bit overboard with dairy, so I have to make sure to monitor their intake.

I get many of my recipe ideas from blogs I read, such as Pioneer Woman and Eat, Live, Run, and Oh She Glows. I also use the Food Network and AllRecipes apps regularly.

Here are the sure-fire, tried-and-true, winning recipes I feed my family:
Avocado Egg Salad
Whole Grain Waffles (I double the recipe and freeze the leftovers = DIY Eggos)
Unsloppy Joes
Black Bean Tacos
Creamy Pesto Shrimp (shrimp is a splurge, but this dish is worth it!)
Zucchini Casserole
Pasta Ponza
Corn, Bacon, and Potato Chowder
Roasted Veggie and Black Bean Burritos
Spinach, Feta, and Mozzerella Crescent Rolls
Mediterranean Orzo Mac and Cheese
Last-Minute Lasagna
No-Bake Energy Bites 

Find more meatless meals on my Pinterest board: Meatless Monday:
https://www.pinterest.com/ckrost/meatless-monday/





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