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Easy Oven Roasted Asian Glazed Brussel Sprouts

I am ashamed to tell you that until recently I have never made brussel sprouts. I was forced to eat them during childhood and they were my most hated vegetable so I’ve avoided them like the plague. I finally decided to overcome my dislike and made it a mission to find some recipes that would make brussel sprouts flavorful and delicious. And this recipe? It’s a winner! Even my kids ate it…well, most of them. Ha!

Ingredients:
1 lb brussel sprouts, trimmed and halved
3 Tbsp olive oil
3 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp maple syrup
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp minced garlic
1 Tbsp sriracha sauce
salt and pepper, to taste

 

Directions:
1. Lay sprouts on lined and sprayed baking sheet.
2. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper; toss to coat.
3. Bake at 400 for 40 minutes, stirring halfway.
4. In small saucepan, combine remaining ingredients and heat over medium high heat for 5-7 minutes until sauce thickens.
5. Remove brussel sprouts from oven and transfer to bowl.
6. Add sauce a little at a time, tossing gently to coat.

A couple of notes- do not skimp on the sriracha sauce! It absolutely is essential to the flavors of this dish. Also, when I say toss gently I mean TOSS GENTLY. Trust me on this one. I will absolutely be making this side dish again soon. 



Favorite Sam’s Club Products

This month I want to share some of our favorite products from the stores we routinely shop at on a monthly basis. This week I’m sharing favorites from Sam’s Club. Most of these items are our lunch box staples. 

1. Hard-boiled eggs– My kids all love hard-boiled eggs but I rarely have time to make enough of them for the week. I love to just grab a box of these already boiled and peeled eggs for the kids to toss in their lunch boxes. The kids either eat them plain or make egg salad out of them. 

2. Wholly Guacamole minis– The kids use these to make nachos or as topping for soft tacos. It’s easy for them to just grab a container and toss it in their lunch. 

3. Frozen Chicken Fried Rice– All of my kids love fried rice but it’s not something that can remain fresh in the fridge all week. I buy this pack of 6 individual portioned Chicken fried rice, microwave a bag in the morning, and fill 3 thermoses with it for lunches. It’s quick, healthy-ish, and they love it!

4. Frozen Orange Chicken– Orange chicken is a family favorite but it’s time consuming to make. A couple of times a month I’ll make this frozen version for dinner and then the kids take it in thermoses for lunch the next day with jasmine rice. 

5. Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad– 2 of my kids love chicken salad with crackers of Naan bread dippers. I was making homemade chicken salad until I realized I can buy these individually portioned cups for about the same price! And they’re delicious!

6. Oh Snap Dilly Bites– My kids love pickles! I buy at least 2 boxes of these pickle packs every month. They eat them plain, or add them to either tuna or egg salad. Each single pack comes with a lot of pickles and they’re super crunchy!

7. The Laughing Cow Creamy Swiss Cheese– This is a staple in our house. We eat it on crackers, Naan bread dippers, plain, on celery or cucumber slices…so many options. My Sam’s Club has these on sale quite often so I stock up!

8. The Cookie Dough Cafe– these individual cups of edible chocolate chip cookie dough are a huge hit in my house. They’re delicious and perfect to satisfy that sweet tooth. The kids would rather have these then actual cookies now!

9. Flatbread Chicken Melts– my kids love these! They’re frozen, cook in one minute in the microwave, and are absolutely delicious! We use them a lot for quick snacks while running from one activity to the next. The kids also take them for lunch because they don’t get soggy.

10. Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels– these are the best ones I’ve found and the best price! One of my picky kids tells me that these have the perfect ratio of peanut butter to salt. Yeah, welcome to my world. The container is huge and one will last the entire month. 

11. Nature Valley Crunchy Snack Mix– these are perfect for lunch box snacks, breakfast on the go, or a fast protein pick me up before sports. They’re really yummy and come in 2 flavors. I always keep these on hand. 

12. Belvita Breakfast Bites– Just like above, these are perfect for lunch box snacks, breakfast on the go, or a fast snack on the way to extracurricular activities. We love that the box at Sam’s Club comes with a variety of flavors instead of just one. 

Those are some of my main staples from Sam’s Club. I have more but these are the ones that are on my list every single month. Next week I’ll share my Costco favorites.



Meal Prep Monday {11.4.19}

 Each Monday I share a weekly menu plan and what I’m prepping for the week. I plan 4 dinners a week, we have 2 leftover/Fridge clean out nights, and we make Take ‘n Bake pizzas on Saturday nights. My kids take lunch to school 5 days a week. You can read more about my meal planning and prep HERE. Please feel free to share with anyone you know who needs some dinner or lunch inspiration and don’t forget to pin on Pinterest for later! 

Dinner #1:

Crockpot Hearty Vegetable Soup, Croissants

Dinner #2:

Baked BBQ Pork Chops, Baked Potatoes, Honey Roasted Broccoli

Dinner #3:

French Fried Onion Chicken Pasta Casserole, Ranch Roasted Cauliflower

Dinner #4:

Sheet Pan Teriyaki Chicken & Vegetables

 

Each week I prep all the produce and fruits ahead of time for the week. I also stock the lunch prep fridge and pantry for the kids’ lunches. I have specific containers that I use for food prep that are designed to maximize the life of the produce which helps when I only shop once a week. You can read more about my process and see pictures of my fridges HERE

This week for the meal produce I transferred the fresh broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots to the veggie containers. For fruit I prepped strawberries, apples, red grapes, clementines, and plums. I added baby carrots, cut celery, and mini cucumbers as well for lunches.

This week I prepped a large container of spaghetti, a large container of macaroni & cheese with turkey dogs cut up, a large container of taco meat, a large container of Alfredo pasta, a large container of tossed salad, 24 mini egg quiche muffins, and 24 mini pancake muffins. The kids eat these as snacks, for lunches, and on leftover/clean out the fridge nights.



Lunch Prep: Kids Lunch Favorites

I’ve shared How I Stock the Pantry and How I Stock the Lunch Fridge and How I Pack Lunches previously. Today I’m going to share some of my kids’ favorite lunch items with you. Last year I found myself in such a rut with lunch packing. My kids were taking sandwiches or a mix matched assortment of whatever was in the fridge. Nobody was happy, especially since none of them actually like sandwiches in any form. They were coming home hungry and cranky. Very cranky. 

I try to stock a variety of lunch items so there’s something for everyone. We’re lucky that none of our kids have any food allergies or sensitivities but they do have some specific preferences that I accommodate within reason. Such as no sandwiches! I always find it helpful when parents share the items their kids like to pack for lunches because it gives me some new ideas to try that I may not have thought of yet. 

Main dish items:

Pasta salad, macaroni & cheese with hot dogs, Alfredo pasta, Chicken parmesan pasta, spaghetti, eggs & fried rice, white cheddar shells, chicken nuggets, quesadillas, cheese pizza, chicken sandwich, lunchables, P3 packs

Proteins:

Hard-boiled eggs, Tuna salad, chicken salad, Taco meat, Big Mac Burger meat, hard salami sticks, pepperoni slices, snack size crab sticks

Dairy:

Laughing Cow Cheese, String cheese, yogurt, smoothies, cream cheese & bagel chips, cottage cheese

Fruits:

Apple sauce, Apple Slices, Blueberries, Cantaloupe, Strawberries, Honey dew, Cherries, Clementines, peaches, plums, yogurt covered raisins or cranberries, grapes, watermelon, pineapple

Veggies:

Baby carrots, sliced peppers, broccoli, celery sticks, cucumber slices, pickles, snap peas

Dips & Spreads:

Hummus, cream cheese, peanut butter, caramel sauce, nutella, ranch dip, cheese dip

Snacks/Carbs:

Bagel chips, cereal bars, crackers, english muffin, goldfish, granola bar, mini bagels, muffins, naan bread dippers, pita chips, popcorn, pretzels, rice cakes, tortilla chips, veggie straws, green pea crisps, 

Treats:

cookies, fruit snacks, pudding, trail mix, brownies

I wanted to give an idea of what a typical lunch looks like for my three kids. These are the lunches they packed each day last week. They all have afterschool activities so they typically pack enough to have a snack in the afternoon. 

Monday-

9th Grade Daughter: Cranberry Chicken Salad & Naan bread dippers, chocolate hummus & strawberries, yogurt, green pea crisps, granola bar

6th Grade Son: Spaghetti, apple slices w/ Peanut butter, string cheese, yogurt, Belvita Breakfast bites, Goldfish

3rd Grade Daughter: Chicken Parmesan pasta, grapes, yogurt, mini muffins

Tuesday-

9th Grade Daughter: Roasted red pepper hummus & wheat thins, apple slices, veggie straws, Nature Valley Almond Biscuit, yogurt

6th Grade Son: Chicken Parmesan pasta, grapes, fruit snack, Goldfish, yogurt, chocolate chip cookie pack

3rd Grade Daughter: Snack size crab sticks, apple slices & caramel sauce,  Laughing cow cheese & Melba toast, Pirates Booty, fruit snack

Wednesday-

9th Grade Daughter: Garden vegetable cream cheese & bagel chips, clementine, rice cakes, Trail mix, Peanut butter filled pretzels

6th Grade Son: Chicken Sandwich, strawberries, yogurt, string cheese, fruit snack, Pirates Booty

3rd Grade Daughter: Chicken Sandwich, clementine, yogurt, string cheese, fruit snack

Thursday-

9th Grade Daughter: Taco meat & tortilla chips, grapes, pickles, Belvita Breakfast bites, granola bar

6th Grade Son: Tuna salad & club crackers, clementine, yogurt, string cheese, Green pea crisps, Belvita breakfast bites

3rd Grade Daughter: Alfredo pasta, strawberries, yogurt, Belvita breakfast bites, granola bar

Friday-

9th Grade Daughter: Laughing cow cheese & celery sticks w/ Everything bagel seasoning, applesauce, Nature Valley Snack Mix, Fiber one bar, cashew pack

6th Grade Son: Cheese pizza, baby carrots & ranch dressing, yogurt, goldfish, chocolate chip cookie pack, fruit snack

3rd Grade Daughter: Cheese pizza, cucumber slices & ranch dressing, yogurt, fruit snack, veggie straws

You can find all the posts in my Meal Planning & Prep and Lunch Planning & Prep series HERE



Meal Prep Monday {10.28.19}

 Each Monday I share a weekly menu plan and what I’m prepping for the week. I plan 4 dinners a week, we have 2 leftover/Fridge clean out nights, and we make Take ‘n Bake pizzas on Saturday nights. My kids take lunch to school 5 days a week. You can read more about my meal planning and prep HERE. Please feel free to share with anyone you know who needs some dinner or lunch inspiration and don’t forget to pin on Pinterest for later! 

Dinner #1:

Baked Margherita Chicken, Jasmine Rice, Roasted Carrots

Dinner #2:

Crockpot Honey Butter Pork Loin, Seasoned Roasted Potatoes, Roasted Green Beans

Dinner #3:

Cajun Garlic Baked Salmon, Yellow Rice, Mexican Roasted Broccoli

Dinner #4:

Sheet Pan Garlic Parmesan Sausage & Vegetables

 

Each week I prep all the produce and fruits ahead of time for the week. I also stock the lunch prep fridge and pantry for the kids’ lunches. I have specific containers that I use for food prep that are designed to maximize the life of the produce which helps when I only shop once a week. You can read more about my process and see pictures of my fridges HERE

This week for the meal produce I transferred the fresh green beans, broccoli, bell peppers, and carrots to the veggie containers. For fruit I prepped strawberries, red and green apples, clementines, and pears. I added baby carrots, cut celery, and mini cucumbers as well for lunches.

This week I prepped a large container of spaghetti, a large container of macaroni & cheese with turkey dogs cut up, a large container of taco meat, a large container of Ranch pasta salad, a large container of white cheddar shells, a large container of sweet & sour meatballs, and 24 mini pancake muffins. The kids eat these as snacks, for lunches, and on leftover/clean out the fridge nights.