7.31.2014

Pan Roasted Flat Iron Steak with Help From Madison & Rayne


I prefer meals that are simple and quick to cook. Recently, I was at an event and tried a heavenly chicken quinoa. When the woman serving it said I could easily cook it at home, I was intrigued. With a little help from Madison & Rayne, a new Chicago food delivery service from Josh Jones, who was a chef at Spring Restaurant, you can transform into the fancy chef at home (minus the hard parts)!

My kids helped me choose and cook the Pan Roasted Flat Iron Steak, which also came with a watercress salad with faro, shaved vegetables, and a delicious homemade balsamic dressing. My son declared the steak “fabulous”! Even better, the delicious meal presented beautifully!

I was apprehensive at first when choosing what meal to order because the recipes sounded complex, but the ingredients came easily labeled and fresh. All ingredients are from local farms. Even the watercress had a damp paper towel in the bag to keep it crispy.

Each recipe comes with a card with easy to follow directions. My glamorous meal took all of 15 minutes! No stopping at the grocery store for ingredients, no measuring, and no chopping. Madison & Rayne is a personal shopper and delivery service all rolled into one. Minimal prep and minimal clean-up means my time is better spent enjoying dinner! It really was simple after all!

So pretty!
Save time and break up the monotony of cooking the same meals each week. Enjoy as a family or put those kiddos to bed and take pleasure in a restaurant style meal in the comforts of your own home! Order at www.madisonandrayne.com.

7.24.2014

Granola Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches


Granola is not just for breakfast! It tastes delicious in one of my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes. This recipe is healthier than the typical chocolate chip cookie, but I promise, it tastes just as decadent! And with it being summer, my kids turn these cookies into ice cream cookie sandwiches! This is super fun to make after camp and super fun to eat for dessert! Get messy! Have fun! And eat healthy!



Granola Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cookie Recipe

Ingredients:

1 ½ stick unsalted butter- softened
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
½ cup white sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 cup quick oats
2 cups or 4 servings of Jolly Oak Granola in Nut Free Dark Chocolate Coconut Raisin
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp sea salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Your favorite ice cream flavor
Toppings for sides of cookie: sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, mini M&Ms, etc.

Directions:

1.)  Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 
2.)  In a large bowl, mix butter, applesauce, white sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla.  Add eggs, oats, granola, flour, baking soda, and salt.  Mix.
3.)  Add chocolate chips. 
4.)  Bake cookies 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Allow cookies time to cool before making them into ice cream sandwiches or the ice cream will melt once it touches the hot cookie.
5.)  Leave desired ice cream flavor out about 15 minutes before planning to make the sandwiches.
6.)  Using a spoon, scoop out ice cream and cover one side of cookie with ½ inch thick of ice cream. Top ice cream with another cookie.
7.)  For extra kid fun and a mess (sorry!), on separate plates, pour out toppings for the sides of the cookies- rainbow sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, mini M&Ms, and coconut flakes, etc. Have fun making up your own!
8.)  Roll each cookie so that the ice cream is covered.
9.)  If not eating right away, use parchment paper on a baking sheet or in a container so cookie sandwiches don’t stick and place cookies into freezer until ready to eat!

7.16.2014

Healthy Turkey Burger Recipe


Summer brings lots of BBQs and burgers! I love all kinds from the typical greasy cheeseburger, healthy veggie burger, and my favorite, a turkey burger! Here is my stand by turkey burger recipe that will satisfy any burger craving.

My kids get SUPER messy with this recipe! I let them do all the hard work by using their hands to mush and mix the ingredients together and then form the perfect patties. It is quite entertaining to watch and a great pre-dinner activity! Get messy (sorry this one is really messy)! Have fun! And eat healthy!



Ingredients- serves 4

1 ½  lbs ground white turkey breast
¼ cup seasoned breadcrumbs
½ red onion- diced
¼ cup ketchup
4 slices Swiss cheese or American cheese
sea salt to taste
pepper to taste

Directions:

1.)   In a big bowl, mix together the meat, breadcrumbs, onion, and ketchup.
2.)   Make 4 patties and season both sides with salt and pepper. 
3.)   Use an outdoor grill or grill pan indoors and cook both sides of the burger until cooked through.
4.)   Top burger with cheese until it melts if desired and finish off with your favorite burger fixings such as avocado, lettuce, tomato, ketchup, mustard, etc.

7.10.2014

Healthy Fruit & Yogurt Popsicles


I haven’t tried this recipe for Fruit and Yogurt Popsicles yet, but it is our morning activity to enjoy for later this sunny afternoon! My kids love when I put them in charge of recipes. They are always entertained using the blender and watching it crush everything. Creating their own popsicle is going to be a fun and healthy treat! No scary Red 40 ingredient usually found in popsicles here!

For a fun bonus, allow your kids to use their imagination and put out a variety of sweet additions for everyone to make their popsicle their own. I am thinking rainbow sprinkles (for my daughter), mini chocolate chips (for me), and crushed Oreos (for my son)! Get messy! Have fun! And eat healthy!

What flavor popsicles did your family make?



Fresh Fruit and Yogurt Popsicles

 Ingredients:

2 cups your kids favorite fruit- any berry or bananas work great
2 cups vanilla yogurt or plain yogurt
¼ cup honey
½ cup Rainbow sprinkles or mini chocolate chips or crushed Oreos- you pick!!

10 small Dixie cups- 4 ounce size
10 wooden sticks

Directions:

1.)  In a blender, combine fresh fruit, yogurt and honey until smooth.
2.)  Fill paper cups about ¾ full and cover each cup with aluminum foil.
3.)  Poke a stick through the center of the foil of each cup.
4.)  Make room in your freezer and freeze for at least 5 hours.
5.)  To serve, defrost for about 5-8 minutes and then peel off foil and cups.