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CHRISBEM SparkPoints: (20,098)
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6/30/12 12:29 P

I think homemade chili is a good one and that kids can help with by putting stuff in the pot.

My recipe is as follows:

1 pound lean ground beef
1 each large bell pepper & onion, diced (can use 1 cup of the pre-diced stuff you can get at the store)
1 large can unseasoned tomatoes (save the juice) (any plain style, be it whole or not is ok)
1 packet chili seasoning
.25 cup corn flour (do not use corn meal. corn flour is also called masa and can be found in the Mexican area of the grocery store)
1 large can red kidney beans
4 cups cheddar cheese

Brown the beef. Drain. Add pepper and onion and cook til soft. Add tomatoes with juice (if using whole tomatoes, tear them apart, using the juice in the chili). Add seasoning, beans, and corn flour. Cook on low heat for half hour, stirring occasionally. Add 2 cups of the cheese and cook til cheese is completely melted and blended into the chili.

Serve with remainder of cheese on the side for anyone who wants more.

BLUEYUREI Posts: 167
6/29/12 10:52 P

I agree with JenMC about the pizzas. I just started making them this last week with Flatout bread. Sooooooo good. And each piece is a serving so everyone can make their own. I've found if you only include a few ingredients it comes out better. I also put the bread in the oven by itself for a few minutes. It comes out crispier that way. I've tried turkey sausage, mushrooms, spinach, and cheese. I cooked everything before putting them on the pizza so it wouldn't get soggy. I have a few breads left so I'm going to try lean ham and pineapple for my next ones.

STRANGER70127 Posts: 377
6/29/12 12:52 P

Any kind of healthy finger food. Kids love eating with their hands.

NEWMOMOVER40 SparkPoints: (16,736)
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6/4/12 2:49 A

My husband got a great recipe from an Asian friend, called "Minchee". You can Google the word "minchee" for a recipe. It's basically ground lean beef or turkey, sautéed with onions and a bay leaf, with some soy sauce and a little bit of Worcestershire sauce. You also sautée some potatoes, cut very small as if for breakfast potatoes, and put them on top of (or mix them with) the beef or turkey. It's super simple and quick to cook, and just delicious.

You can serve it over brown rice; you can leave out the potatoes; you can serve it with large lettuce leaves instead of starch or grains (you wrap the minchee in a large leaf and eat it like a burrito -- this is an idea we copied from a Thai appetizer that we like). The lettuce way of serving it is great if you have reluctant greens-eaters. (Our son eats more lettuce when we have this than at any other time!)

I gather from looking at some recipes that the traditional way to serve this is with a sunny-side up egg on top, but we haven't tried it that way (mostly because our son doesn't like the yellow part of fried eggs).

JENMC14 Posts: 2,707
5/31/12 1:40 P

I still make family favorites, I just use some substitutions. I use extra lean ground turkey for burgers and tacos. I also use it for sloppy joes. I make my own sloppy joe sauce to be low carb for hubby (low sugar ketchup, worstechire, garlic and coke zero). We use turkey bratwurst/sausage instead of regular.

You can get a whole wheat pizza crust or flat breads for individual pizzas and let the kids make their own, including lotsof veggie and lean meat toppings. Pack extra veggies into pasta sauaces. Have a big "make your own salad" night. My kids like that. Really, anything that's "make your own" is typically a hit. I love to cook meals for my family, and I like to experiment, but, at the end of the day, I don't do big, fancy meals with recipes or lots of ingredients.

JUSTME444 SparkPoints: (7,235)
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5/30/12 11:26 P

to cook for your family.
I'm searching for new healthy ideas.
I've been cooking the same things week after week - or we've been eating out.

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