Free Appliances and Radon in the Kitchen

How’s that for a topic today?

I entered a contest at the Food Network today.  They want you to submit your favorite 30 minute recipe for the chance to win a whole kitchen full of beautiful Whirlpool appliances. 

I also learned today that granite counter tops have radon in them!  Some folks are tearing them out while others say it is not enough to harm us.  Yikes!  I need to find more info. 

I am going to direct you to my real estate blog where I talked about both of these things along with links to the original sources. 

Click here to find the link to enter the contest and to hear what professionals are saying about the granite scare.

Quick and Easy Snacks For Kids

In the interest of time today, I figured I would share some quick, easy, and healthy snacks for your kids. Of course, because Cin is trying the vegetarian thing, I will include snacks for that too!

I found this awesome article at Family Fun Magazine, and I think it’s full of great recipes! Check the article out here. In the mean time, here are some of my favorite recipes from the article, and I really think the kids will think the snacks are a hit, too!

Artic Oranges

Take 4 oranges.  Cut the tops off of them to give them a zig zag look.  Scoop out the seeds, fill with orange juice and a cherry.  Freeze for a few hours.  Let sit for about 5 minutes before serving.  Frozen, Healthy fun!

Ants on a Log

You need celery, peanut butter, and raisins for this one.  Wash and dry your celery.  Fill the center with peanut butter, and top with raisins.

Mini Cracker Sandwiches

Take some small sized crackers, some sandwich meat, and cheese.  Make sandwiches out of the crackers, meat, and cheese.  Serve with apple slices,  and cream cheese dip, or carrot slices and ranch dip.

Share your favorite kid snack recipes with all of us below.

The Triple Threat

I found a great blog written by Amy.  She won me over (and made me hungry) with her talk of hummus and pita bread and when I read about her daughter “the Flip Flopper” telling Mom to blog about her favorite (healthy) dip it reminded me of my Sari.  To read Amy’s educated take on feeding kids healthy (No Mom, I did not say vegetarian!  I just said HEALTHY :-)  )  click here The Triple Threat

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Tofu Helper!

The vegetarian adventure of me and my family is going very well. I am having some trouble letting go of cheese, but other than that, I am extremely happy with how things are going for me.  As for me, for dinner one day this week I used chopped up tofu in a hamburger helper stroganoff instead of ground beef.  It was really good and no one even noticed!  I served organic salad and tofu helper and no one even batted an eye! 

So I am feeling pretty successful at the moment and I thought I would share my simple three step plan that got me from dinner time fights and bad food to healthy dinners and lovely converstaion. 

  1. I started by serving a side salad with just about every meal and having a variety of dressings on hand to make experimenting fun.
  2. Once the kids got used to, and in some cases enjoying, the salad, I gradually modified the portions of each until the salad  (or other vegetable dish) was clearly the main course and the meat entree was the side item. 
  3. Use a meat substitute.  In the beginning do it with recipes that they are familiar with and enjoy the taste of the pasta, sauce, or other element, so that the change in meat texture is not as obvious.

That’s it!  That’s how I presented my first successful fully vegetarian meal.  What do you think about tofu?  Have you tried it?  Do you have any favorite recipes?