10 No-Recipe Recipes for Busy Families {Podcast #274}

Who needs a “recipe” when you can cook healthy and delicious meals with what’s on hand. On this week’s Cooking with the Moms radio podcast, we share our favorite toss-together meals for busy families along with clever dinner-done-easy favorites from our Facebook fans and blog readers.

10 No Recipe Recipes via MealMakeoverMoms.com/kitchen

(1) Quesadillas stuffed with leftover chopped chicken, fish, beef, or slow cooker pulled pork, sauteed bell peppers (or any other favorite vegetable), BBQ sauce, fresh cilantro, and shredded cheese.

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Crispy Oven “Fried” Chicken {August, Recipe Redux Challenge}

Classic fried chicken gets a healthy makeover with this moist-on-the-inside, crispy-on-the-outside Oven “Fried” Chicken, and it’s so fast and easy, you can even make it on busy weeknights when the kids are back in school and schedules are tight.

Crispy Oven "Fried" Chicken via MealMakeoverMoms.com/kitchen #dinner

When I was a kid, getting fried chicken for dinner was a special treat. I loved the flavor and the crunch, but ever since having kids of my own, fried chicken hasn’t been on my family’s menu. (Dietitians and fried chicken aren’t typically a winning mealtime combo.) My better-for-you fix makes “fried” chicken a winner once again.

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How to Cook with Beet Greens + a Recipe for Beet Green Omelet {Podcast #272}

Don’t toss those greens! The next time you roast up a bunch of beets, go ahead and trim, wash, and sauté the mild-flavored greens and use them in this nutrient rich, protein-packed Beet Green Omelet.

How to Cook Beet Greens and a Recipe for Beet Green Omelet via MealMakeoverMoms.com/kitchen

Tune in to this week’s Cooking with the Moms radio podcast to hear all about the nutritional benefits of beets and how to roast them as well as our newest recipes for Beet and Strawberry Smoothies, Turkey Beetballs, and this Beet Green Omelet.

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How to Roast Beets + a Recipe for Turkey Beetballs and Spaghetti

We dig beets.

This hearty root vegetable is good for your heart, helps athletes run faster and longer, and it’s also versatile, so you can add them to everything from smoothies and salads to these turkey meatballs.

Beet Meatballs via MealMakeoverMoms.com/kitchen

Roasting beets brings out their natural sweetness, which makes for a truly family-friendly side dish. Read on for tips on how to roast beets to perfection and how to “weave” them into hearty meatballs.

How to Roast Beets via MealMakeoverMoms.com/kitchen

How to Roast Beets

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Zoodle and Carrot Lo Mein, PLUS The Spiralizer Food Craze {Podcast #271}

If you’re looking for a playful new way to introduce a wider variety of vegetables to your family’s diet, we have the kitchen gadget for you: the spiralizer! Join us on this week’s Cooking with the Moms radio show as we explore spiralizing (it’s where veggies get turned into “noodles”) and share two new recipes: Cucumber and Carrot “Noodle” Salad and this Zoodle and Carrot Lo Mein.

Zoodle and Carrot Lo Mein via MealMakeoverMoms.com/kitchen #spiralizer

Guest Post

Hi, it’s Katy again, The Moms’ intern from Boston University. As promised, I’m here to share more about my favorite kitchen gadget: the spiralizer. In case you missed my previous post and are still wondering what a spiralizer is, it is a kitchen tool that transforms vegetables into noodles in seconds.

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Farm-to-Table Dining at the Spring House Hotel on Block Island, RI

I’ve lived in New England for a half century and have never been to Block Island, a 10-square mile island off the coast of Rhode Island. All of that changed this week when I was invited to spend two nights with my husband, Don, at the Spring House Hotel.

The Spring House Hotel, Block Island, RI via MealMakeoverMoms.com.kitchen

Disclosure: My stay at the Spring House Hotel was paid for by the hotel. I was not compensated for my time or to write this blog post and all opinions are solely my own.

This elegant 50-room Victorian-style hotel sits up on a hill overlooking Old Harbor. Built in 1852, It’s the oldest hotel on Block Island and has had only four owners. Here’s what it looks like when  the ferry pulls into the dock. I love that red brick roof!

Read on for the inside scoop on the Spring House Hotel as well as its current owner, Frank DiBiase who bought the hotel in 1989. He brought it back from bankruptcy, restored it back to its former glory days, and planted a GIANT vegetable garden that caught my eye … and my appetite!

Frank was doing farm-to-table dining over 20 years ago, long before it was trendy.

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Creamy Broccoli Soup Gets a Healthy Makeover

Spoiler alert: The secret ingredient in this creamy, cream-less broccoli soup is cannellini beans.

Creamy Broccoli Soup Makeover via MealMakeoverMoms.com/kitchen

Rich, flavorful, and light in calories, this healthy cream of broccoli soup makeover gets it’s creaminess from beans and no actual cream at all. 

Every spoonful of this soup tastes like summer.

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Grilled Salmon and Veggies with California Avocado Cilantro Sauce, Summer Entertaining with Healthy Fats + CA Avocado Giveaway {Podcast #269}

Fire up your backyard grill and give our new recipe for Grilled Salmon and Veggies with California Avocado Cilantro Sauce a try. This dish is easy to make, celebrates the brightest, freshest flavors of summer, and brings a plateful of good-for-you fats to the table.

Grilled Salmon and Veggies with California Avocado Cilantro Sauce via MealMakeoverMoms.com/kitchen

Disclosure: We created this recipe for the California Avocado Commission. We were compensated for our work, and all opinions are solely our own. For the full recipe and a primer on dietary fats and why it’s important to eat the right kinds, stop by The Scoop over at CaliforniaAvocado.com

You can also tune into this week’s Cooking with the Moms radio podcast for this recipe and more ideas for boosting the flavor and good nutrition of summer cookouts and gatherings.

 To hear all about summer entertaining with avocados, tune in to COOKING WITH THE MOMS by clicking the play button above. And don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to our show on iTunes.

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Freekeh Salad with Caramelized Cauliflower and Tuna + Cooking with Ancient Grains {Podcast #266}

This Freekeh Salad with Caramelized Cauliflower and Tuna is surprisingly simple, and its bright and flavorful flavors make it an ideal addition to any family’s weeknight dinner rotation.

Freekeh Salad with Caramelized Cauliflower and Tuna #WholeGrains via MealMakeoverMoms.com/kitchen

If cooking freekeh, millet, farro, bulgur, quinoa, or other ancient grains sounds difficult or too time consuming, then you’ll definitely want to tune in to this week’s Cooking with the Moms podcast as Maria Speck, author of Simply Ancient Grains, provides a primer on preparing these nourishing whole grains and turning them into mouth-watering (and we mean it!) breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and desserts for your family. {Enter to win a copy of Simply Ancient grains. Read details below on the details.}

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