OK, so the other day when we were at Costco I picked up a package of baby bella mushrooms because I’ve been on this kick to get different types of veggies into our family’s diet. Hands down, baby bellas are so much better than button mushrooms (as if you didn’t already know that).
I knew I had a few recipes pinned on my Sides & Salads board, but I needed a main dish because I didn’t have time to thaw my chicken thighs. When I realized I had a pack of tortellini in the fridge, I figured I could do something with both of them.
As luck would have it, I came across Roasted Garlicky Mushrooms with Pasta from everybodylikessandwiches.com. I didn’t have capers and I didn’t have time to bug my neighbors for a hand-picked Myer lemon, so I decided to mash together the Marinated Mushrooms recipe from Dinners & Dreams and the pasta recipe. I know, I know — soooo inventive, right?
Yup. Trailer. Trash. Tater. Tots. I’m not trying to insult anyone, I’m just stealing the name of a dish from The Shore (in San Clemente — I’d link to their page, but they don’t have one). They have Trailer Trash Fries (french fries, melted cheese, hot wing sauce [or Tabasco … can’t remember, it’s been a while!], pickled jalapenos, bacon and sour cream), which is my guilty pleasure (especially on a Sunday morning after staying up late drinking too much wine with the hubs). Well, today I was craving something greasy and cheesy (thanks, Aunt Flo! sorry, TMI), opened up the freezer and out popped the opened bag of tater tots with exactly just the right amount of taters for a single serving. I think I giggled with glee. Now, I didn’t take the time to fry up any bacon, and we prefer La Guacamaya over Tabasco, but I did have FRESH jalapenos and cilantro (both a staple in our fridge).
Yes. I. did. And I texted the hubs to gloat. Because this is what he missed out on:
Wipe the saliva off your chin and go turn your oven on to 450 so you can delight in this sinful little snack yourself!
I think one of the most difficult things about parenting is getting homemade, somewhat healthy food into the mouths of my babes. You know, something that’s actually fresh and not thrown into the oven after being removed from the freezer. Not only are you dealing with picky eaters, but when you work full time and don’t get everyone home until after 5 and bedtime is 7 and 7:30 with homework and showers to be had, there isn’t a lot of time to always cook from scratch.
Lately we’ve been cooking a large meal on Sunday to allow for leftovers for at least one or two nights during the week. But I also don’t want to burn the kids out on the same thing three meals in a row. So I’m always keeping my eye out for dishes that are fast, easy and kid-friendly (just as every other parent is probably doing … I know I’m not alone here).
Anyway, my kids are like all other kids on the planet and love chicken fingers (or nuggets, um .. well, you know, the dinosaur-shaped Costco ones). They’re even pretty good about eating the larger, actual-breaded-chicken tenders you get at a restaurant. So when I came across this recipe on Pinterest (from the Mommy? I’m Hungry! blog), I thought it would be perfect because it’s a homemade meal that’s semi-healthy and the kids would love it. Let’s just say that my 20 mo. old ate three large pieces and the girls asked for seconds. That equals success in my book. It’s simple, pretty fast and you don’t need to buy any special ingredients (we always have a large box of Bisquick in the house because the hubs makes pancakes and waffles for the family on the weekends).