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Tasty Meals in 30 Minutes or Less + Giveaway

As a mom who cooks at home a lot, the menu tends to get a little boring after a while. I get in such a routine and so used to cooking the same things over and over, that some of my family’s favorite dishes eventually become not so favorites. Time is a big factor when deciding what to cook because hey, I’m busy and sometimes I want something simple to make. With the help of my new cookbook, I have over 100 recipes to try and each one is prepared or ready in 30 minutes or less.

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~I received a sample to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

What is this magical new cookbook? It’s Southern Living’s QUICK-FIX DINNERS: 100+ Simple Recipes Ready In 10, 20 or 30 Minutes. I’ve had the chance to try a few of the recipes, some more sophisticated than others, but the one thing they all have in common is they are quick and delicious!

The first recipe I tried was “Horseradish-Dill Salmon” and it took just 10 minutes. My family is already a big fan of salmon, but I have always baked it. This recipe had me pan sear the salmon and Oh. My. Tastebuds! I may never bake salmon again.

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Tasty Meals in 30 Minutes or Less + Giveaway | #SouthernLiving #cookbook #quickandeasy #giveaway

First of all, I never knew pan searing salmon fillets was so easy. And on top of that, I’ve always just used a simple seasoning. This recipe had me create a creamy horseradish-dill sauce (while the salmon cooked) and it could not have complimented the fish any better.

I served it with a side of white rice and roasted Brussels sprouts, and even drizzled some of the horseradish-dill sauce over the Brussels sprouts. Let’s just say this recipe has been bookmarked and I will definitely be making it again.

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While the salmon dish may seem a little bit more for a sophisticated palette, QUICK-FIX DINNERS: 100+ Simple Recipes Ready In 10, 20 or 30 Minutes also helps you to take simple, everyday recipes and kick them up a notch.

For example, there’s a recipe called “The Ultimate Grilled Cheese.” Grilled cheese sandwiches are simple to make, right? All you need is some bread, cheese and butter. But have you ever tried mayonnaise on the outside of your bread, instead of butter? That’s exactly what this recipe does.

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Tasty Meals in 30 Minutes or Less + Giveaway | #SouthernLiving #cookbook #quickandeasy #giveaway

I often find that we run out of butter when I really need it for a recipe and that was the case when I wanted a grilled cheese sandwich a few days ago. I turned to this recipe and used mayonnaise instead, and boy was it good. It very well may have been the best grilled cheese sandwich I’ve ever had.

Because all of the recipes in QUICK-FIX DINNERS: 100+ Simple Recipes Ready In 10, 20 or 30 Minutes are quick meal options, I plan to work my way through all of them, marking which ones my family really enjoys. This way I can get out of my usual dinner rut and make tasty new dishes without compromising valuable family time. The best meals don’t have to be ones you work hours putting together.

Ready to start making your own quick-fix meals? I have a chance for you to win your own copy of Southern Living’s QUICK-FIX DINNERS: 100+ Simple Recipes Ready In 10, 20 or 30 Minutes. Simply enter to win using the giveaway form below.

What is one of your go-to quick-fix dinners right now?

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One lucky Making Time reader will win a copy of Southern Living’s QUICK-FIX DINNERS: 100+ Simple Recipes Ready In 10, 20 or 30 Minutes! GOOD LUCK!

This giveaway is open to US Residents, ages 18+ and ends on October 20, 2017 at 11:59 pm est.  Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

 

 

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Get Kids Cooking in the Kitchen with Kidstir

Do you have a child who loves to help in the kitchen, but you can’t really find safe tools for him to use, or even kid-friendly dishes he can make? This is exactly how I feel about my son. He so badly wants to help me in the kitchen, but when I’m cooking there’s not much he can really help with. In the past few weeks, though, this has changed! I’m here to tell you that it’s possible to get kids cooking in the kitchen with a little help from Kidstir.

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What is Kidstir?

Kidstir is a monthly subscription box for kids that offers fun, kid-friendly recipes they can make themselves (mostly). Each month Kidstir sends three new recipes that are perfectly curated for little hands. Each recipe is hole punched to fit in the Kidstir cookbook binder, literally allowing kids the opportunity to build and create their very own book of recipes. How cool is that?!

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And not only does Kidstir send the recipes, but in the box you’ll also find kid-safe kitchen tools. Think small ice cream scooper, plastic sandwich/spread knife, mini whisk, pot holder, etc. Each recipe comes with a kitchen utensil that needs to be used and if no utensil is included, then there’s always something extra special for that recipe, like themed stickers or straw toppers, depending on the recipe.

The 1st shipment includes:

  • A special cookbook binder to collect monthly recipes, foodie pages, games, and activities.
  • 3 step-by-step recipes covering all food groups.
  • 3 educational foodie pages.
  • 2 kid-sized cooking tools and themed activity materials.
  • A digital and printed shopping list.
  • 3 fun games and puzzles.
  • An e-newsletter packed with recipes and printables.

Kidstir in Action

There’s no surprise, my son is over the moon about having his own cookbook and being able to help out much more in the kitchen. And I’m not going to lie, I didn’t realize there were so many things I could be teaching my son about cooking and letting him do. Don’t get me wrong, there are still things I need to do, like cutting things with a knife, but since he started getting Kidstir I’ve been delegating a lot more cooking tasks to him.

A little over a week ago we went apple picking and it just so happens that one of my son’s new Kidstir recipes was Awesome Apple Crisp. It could not have been a more perfect time to give this recipe a try. So we pulled together all the ingredients, including our freshly picked apples and we got to work.

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Get Kids Cooking in the Kitchen with Kidstir | #Kidstir #kids #cooking #kitchen #subscription

Get Kids Cooking in the Kitchen with Kidstir | #Kidstir #kids #cooking #kitchen #subscription

While I still did the apple peeling and cutting, my son was able to handle the rest. I helped identify the correct measuring cups for each ingredient and from there he was able to create the crispy topping, mix it up, and put it all together. Then using the cute little doggy potholder that came in his Kidstir box to use with this recipe, he helped carefully put the dessert in the oven.

Get Kids Cooking in the Kitchen with Kidstir | #Kidstir #kids #cooking #kitchen #subscription

Get Kids Cooking in the Kitchen with Kidstir | #Kidstir #kids #cooking #kitchen #subscription

Get Kids Cooking in the Kitchen with Kidstir | #Kidstir #kids #cooking #kitchen #subscription

Get Kids Cooking in the Kitchen with Kidstir | #Kidstir #kids #cooking #kitchen #subscription

The final result was delicious! The recipe included ingredients and directions for making our own whipped topping, but we cheated a little and bought store-ready whipped topping instead. Nonetheless, the whole family enjoyed our fresh picked apples and the Awesome Apple Crisp my son made, and we couldn’t have been more proud of his accomplishment. He was pretty excited about it too!

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Why Kidstir?

Kidstir’s mission is to educate, engage, and empower kids about good food and cooking, while spending meaningful time with their families. The kitchen is the center of many family homes, so it’s the perfect place to teach and spend time together. Kidstir helps give us parents a jump start on teaching basic cooking skills to our children and in turn, we’re spending quality time around something we love – food.

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Besides, I am determined that none of my kids will leave home without being able to make themselves nice home cooked meals! I believe starting early is the best way to achieve this and with the help of Kidstir, it’s never been easier.

A Kidstir subscription starts at just $12.95 per month and you can subscribe on a 1, 3, 6 or 12 month basis. Are you ready for some kid-friendly kitchen fun?

Do your kids like to help in the kitchen?

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Making Time for Great Recipes: Blue Wave Smoothie

Making Time for Great #Recipes: Blue Wave Smoothie

One thing I’ve tried to change in my diet over the past few years is to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.  So far it’s been a lot easier than I thought it would be and I’ve learned so much about different ways of preparing and cooking different fruits and vegetables.

About 4 years ago, in an effort to lose weight I decided to look for a cookbook that had recipes that were low in carbs, fat and calories.  I came across Eat What You Love by Marlene Koch.

Not only is this cookbook great for weight loss, but the recipes were also great for controlling diabetes, which is something that runs in my family.  Up to this point I’ve avoided being diagnosed with diabetes and hope to be able to continue being diabetes free.

Making Time for Great #Recipes: Blue Wave Smoothie

Every single recipe I’ve tried from Eat What You Love has been delicious and I use the recipes ALL the time.  One of the first recipes I tried was the “Blue Wave Smoothie” and it immediately became a favorite.  And now, 4 years later, I’m still enjoying a “Blue Wave Smoothie” about once a week.  It’s easy to make, requires only a few ingredients, uses fresh fruit and tastes amazing!

Blue Wave Smoothie
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Serves: 1-2
 
This Blue Wave Smoothie is the refreshing, cool taste you need on a hot summer day!
Ingredients
  • ½ cup of blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • ½ cup plain nonfat yogurt
  • ½ cup light white grape juice
  • 1 Tbsp (or 2 packets) Splenda
  • ½ to ¾ cup crushed ice (only ½ cup if using frozen blueberries)
Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients, except the ice, in a blender. Blend to mix.
  2. Add crushed ice and blend on high until the ice is completely incorporated.
Notes
This smoothie is also great without the ice.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 120 Fat: 0g Saturated fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 24g Sugar: 16g Sodium: 100mg Fiber: 2g Protein: 5g Cholesterol: 0mg

 

Do you enjoy smoothies?

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