Day 52: “Dream Dinners…..Life Just Got Easier”
February 21, 2011
Feeding our kids is one of those responsibilities that we have to do everyday….usually three times a day. If you have teen boys, it is 10 times a day. As you know I struggle with finding meals that everyone in my family of 5 will eat. Usually three of us will eat it, but getting to number 4 and 5 is usually a struggle. I usually try to stick something that each of those fussy kids will eat in each meal. For this meal it was the chicken for the youngest and the pick around of the vegetables for the middle child. The good news is that middle child told me during this meal that he is eating more vegetables now than he ever had been before. This is a true statement as when he was little and we couldn’t get him to get over 20 pounds, he lived off of the round spaghetti noodles in a can with a red type of sauce. Gross! If I think too much of this noodle stuff in a can I will vomit. The sauce that covered the noodles was about as much of a “vegetable” that we could get into him. I really think we could have gotten him diagnosed with some kind of food sensory issue. But instead we just kept putting different types of food in front of him. Enter the boy now who is age 15 who will now try sushi and most everything I cook…… he will have one bite at least. I know that when we send him off to college, he will survive on more than pizza. So my story is this……if you have a fussy eater, keep putting good food selections in front of them and they will eventually eat them. In the meantime find a good multivitamin that will get them through the fussy years.
This cookbook is put together with the busy mom in mind. Each recipe has for a single family version and then a triple batch. Complete with instructions of how to make the dinner tonight and how to freeze it for a couple of months and reheat at a later date. I so appreciate this ideas as finding meals that will freeze nicely can be very difficult to do. I think I could find 30 recipes that my family would try and enjoy.
The Ruling: This was good and full of flavor however the kids would have liked a tomato based sauce on it instead of a pesto. The youngest child just opted to eat a chicken breast and did not try any other part of the dish. Middle child ate with little complaint and of course oldest child ate it. The rating was average, but if I would have put some red pasta sauce on this they would have given it all thumbs up. This recipe would be easy to adapt with a red sauce to it. Personally, I like the pesto on it, but then again I love pesto. I even used the last batch of my homemade pesto for this recipe.
I am going to give the one batch recipe but please know that it comes with instructions for making 3 batches with each recipe.
Baked Pesto Ravioli with Chicken, page 110
- 2 pounds cheese-filled ravioli, fresh or frozen
- 1 pound cooked chicken breasts in 1/2 inch slices
- 2/3 cup chicken broth
- 2 cups zucchini, cut into 1/2 inch rounds
- 1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1/2 cup chopped scallions
- 1/2 cup store-bought basil pesto sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Spray one 9×13 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- Combine the ravioli, chicken broth, zucchini, bell pepper, scallions, pesto, salt, pepper, and Parmesan in a large bowl. Stir gently to mix the ingredients.
- Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour or until bubbly.
To Joyful, Simplified Living,
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If you make any of these recipes, I would love for you to leave a comment and let me know what you and your family thought!