Friday, August 29, 2014

3-Ingredient Taquitos Recipe

We made it through our first week back at school! We have one in 1st grade and one in her last year of preschool. Getting used to the longer school day of 1st grade and then after-school soccer, ballet, and swimming is definitely an adjustment after summer. One lunch recipe I've been meaning to share with you for over a year now, but just haven't gotten the chance (between being a chauffeur, cook, housekeeper, tantrum tamer, farmer, etc. sometimes it's hard to blog) is an incredibly easy homemade taquito recipe. Our girls love taquitos in their lunchboxes, but I even make these for dinner. They also freeze well, so make extra. I prefer to make taquitos myself because it saves money and you can control the quality of ingredients. Considering almost all non-organic corn products these days are GMO, it makes me feel better to choose my own tortillas. And it's easy and inexpensive to use organic cheese and beans as well. Gluten free friends can easily use gf tortillas.

Friday, August 22, 2014

How to Make Marinara Sauce with Fresh Tomatoes

An easy marinara sauce recipe. 
marinara sauce recipe
Homemade sauces are so much tastier than jarred. Homemade sauce is fabulous with boxed tomatoes (I don't use canned because of bpa concerns), but during tomato season when our vines are dripping with tomatoes, it's fun to use them up in sauce. It's an amazing cycle to plant tiny tomato seeds and months later have a beautiful tomato sauce simmering on the stove. This recipe is incredibly easy. I don't peel the skins anymore, and have found I don't need to. I hate to waste any little bit anyway.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Baked Spinach Arancini Balls

Arancini are a typical Italian snack. They are tasty fried balls of rice stuffed with cheese. Who wouldn't love that?! My 4 year old and I made a healthier batch this week with a spinach filling. Instead of deep frying we baked them off in the oven. They were just as crisp on the outside and ooey gooey on the inside. So satisfying.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Caprese Quinoa Stuffed Tomatoes

caprese quinoa stuffed tomatoes
August tomatoes are the absolute best. Every evening after dinner I go out to the garden and come back to the house with arms overflowing with sweet juicy tomatoes. This year we are growing four different heirloom varieties. You can never have too many tomatoes - I am loving giving them to friends and making big pots of spaghetti sauce on weekends - but using them up is definitely keeping me creative in the kitchen. This week I grabbed the quinoa out of the fridge (I always have a batch ready for salads, etc.), added some fresh mozzarella leftover from pizza night, some basil from the garden, olive oil and balsamic and stuffed it all into these gorgeous tomatoes...
This glorious bounty is coming out of our garden about twice a week. I am officially in love with August. The Sweet 100s cherry tomatoes are truly nature's candy.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Mexican Quinoa Wrap

This is a quick post today, but I wanted to share one of my favorite mama lunches I've been enjoying lately. I often make a batch of quinoa to keep in the fridge for salads, so this wrap takes only a few minutes to make. It's light and healthy and perfect to pack for work or the beach. It's delicious warm or cold. 

Yield: makes 1 wrap 

  • 1 tortilla wrap
  • 1/2 small avocado, sliced 
  • pinch of salt 
  • juice of 1/4 to 1/2 lime 
  • 1/4  cup cooked quinoa 
  • 1/4 cup black or pinto beans 
  • 1 small tomato, chopped 
  • small handful salad greens 
  • a few cilantro leaves, chopped 

1. With the back of a fork, lightly smash avocado onto the tortilla. Sprinkle with salt and lime juice. 
2. Top with quinoa, beans, tomato, greens, and cilantro. 

Gluten free option: Use a gf tortilla and you're good to go! 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Best Kids' Lunchboxes

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It's funny, when I started the Yummy Mummy Kitchen blog, I didn't actually have any little eaters. I had one exclusively breastfeeding and really only cooked for my husband and myself, and our friends - especially for mommy happy hour. Now that I have a preschooler and (almost) first grader times have changed and I feel like a bit of a lunchbox expert. I've tried many different options over the past few years since my kids started preschool, so I thought I would share some of my favorites and the pros/cons for each one. I love hearing the tips from friends, so hopefully this helps some of  you get ready for a new school year! These are in no particular order, so please read my thoughts below.

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