Different name, same blog

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Fries For Dinner

We love the Alexia frozen potatoes! Tonight, I made the waffle fires for the kids, and Scott and I tried the spicy sweet potato fries seasoned with chipotle pepper- YUM! Visit the Alexia Foods website and get a coupon for $1.00 off one of their products.

“I Can” through Christ

A devotional about victory – “All of God’s Girls Have Issues”

Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs

I love making meatballs because everyone in my family loves them! I make a batch and then freeze the leftovers for spaghetti on another night or for meatball subs. I use store bought sauce (Newman’s Own Marinara for tonight’s dinner) and add a bay leaf and a splash of balsamic vinegar. I also add 2 small jars of baby food to the sauce. It is usually sweet potatoes or squash. It adds a little extra sweetness, and my family gets the additional veggies without even knowing! I serve the meatballs over a bed of whole wheat pasta. As you can see, dinner was well received tonight!

Turkey Meatballs
1 lb lean ground turkey
2 Links of Italian turkey sausage (sweet or spicy)
1/4 onion, chopped
1 Medium zucchini, peeled and shredded (this adds some moisture and nutrients!)
1 Tablespoon garlic, minced
1 egg
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup fresh Parsley, chopped or 1 Tablespoon Dried Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon sea slat
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Preheat oven to 350. Heat 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil over medium heat in sauce pan. Add onion, zucchini, and garlic and saute 5-7 minutes or until tender. In a large mixing bowl, combine turkey and sausage. Add sauteed veggies into meat and then the remaining ingredients. Mix well and form into golf-ball sized balls. Place on foil-lined cookie sheets (easy clean up!) and bake for 15 min. This makes about 30 meatballs.

Chicken In Paradise

Thanks to my Uncle Chris, I had a craving for avocado and so I made this simple lunch today…grilled chicken breast topped with sliced tomato and avocado. The best part is that Joel gobbled it up!

Kiwi Magazine- Great Deal!

Here is a great deal on Kiwi magazine subscription from Mamapedia. This is a magazine filled with nutritious recipes and fun activities to do with your kids. Get a year’s subscription for $2 with the code 1YEARKIWI2 or a 2 year subscription for $4 with the code 2YEARKIWI4. This deal expires on the 18th. I love good deals!!

Eating Whole and Clean

I approach eating using a whole or clean foods approach. This truly is a simple lifestyle to understand and follow.  Clean/whole foods basically includes fruits and vegetables, whole grains and legumes, lean proteins, low-fat dairy, and good fats like nuts and olive oil. I try to avoid processed foods as much as I can. Processed foods are, more often than not, stripped of nutrients and have additives to ensure long shelf-life. I much prefer to keep the nutrients in my body and the chemicals out!
One of my family’s favorite places to go is Whole Foods Market. I love the booklet they put out every other month. The present one has some great ideas on how to eat clean. Check out their Four Pillars of Health and explore some of their other great suggestions too.