Back-to-School Head Start + HM #244

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Back-to-School Head Start + HM #244

Get a head start on everything back-to-school. This week, the gals of Home Matters help you get organized, make tasty and nutritious lunches, share awesome tips, printables, and more for all your back to school needs. Enjoy and learn a lot!

 

22 Back-to-School Organization Tips from The Krazy Koupon Lady

 

Kids Build Their Own Organic Lunch Routine from Rachel @ Eazy Peazy Mealz

 

Back To School Gifts for Your Students from ErinMrs.  Beatties Classroom

 

School Year Tips to Shine with Success from LorelaiLife With Lorelai

 

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Sweet Potato and Turkey Meatballs Recipe

Not your usual meatball — You’ve got to try these super tasty Sweet Potato and Turkey Meatballs. It’s a quick and easy recipe that your family will love. A healthy and delicious meatball alternative. #SweetPotatoTurkeyMeatballs #Meatballs

Sweet Potato and Turkey Meatball Recipe

Not Your Usual Meatball

 

Oh, yum! You will absolutely love these scrumptious sweet potato and ground turkey meatballs. They are perfect for appetizers, pasta, meatball sandwiches, or just on their own.

This recipe is super easy to make with just a few ingredients. You can even make a larger batch and freeze them. Quick and easy for those busy nights.

Sweet Potato and Turkey Meatball Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 – Large Sweet Potato
  • 1 lb. – Ground Turkey
  • 1/4  Cup – Breadcrumbs
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/8 teaspoon – Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon – Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon – Pepper
  • Olive Oil

Directions:

  1. Wrap the raw Sweet Potato in a couple of wet paper towels. Place in a dish with a little bit of water. Microwave for 8 to 10 minutes, until sweet potato is tender.
  2. Peel the sweet potato and mash.
  3. Mix the mashed sweet potato, Ground Turkey, Egg, Breadcrumbs, Garlic Powder, Salt, and Pepper until fully incorporated.
  4. Roll small amounts of the mixture in your hands to form meatballs.
  5. Heat a skillet with Olive Oil over medium heat.
  6. When the pan is hot, place a few meatballs in the skillet to brown. Do Not overcrowd the meatballs so you have room to turn and roll for browning on all sides.
  7. Once browned, remove from skillet and place in a microwave-safe or oven-safe dish to finish cooking in your desired appliance.
  8. If finishing the cooking by microwave, cook on high for 3 to 5 minutes, or until done.
  9. If by the oven, place the meatballs in a 400-degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until cooked through.

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Printable Recipe – Sweet Potato & Turkey Meatballs

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Sweet Potato and Turkey Meatballs Recipe
 
Not your usual meatball -- You've got to try these super tasty Sweet Potato and Turkey Meatballs. It's a quick and easy recipe that your family will love. A healthy and delicious meatball alternative.
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Type: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Ingredients:
  • 1 - Large Sweet Potato
  • 1 lb. - Ground Turkey
  • 1/4 Cup - Breadcrumbs
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/8 teaspoon - Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon - Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon - Pepper
  • Olive Oil
Directions:
  1. Wrap the raw Sweet Potato in a couple of wet paper towels. Place in a dish with a little bit of water. Microwave for 8 to 10 minutes, until sweet potato is tender.
  2. Peel the sweet potato and mash.
  3. Mix the mashed sweet potato, Ground Turkey, Egg, Breadcrumbs, Garlic Powder, Salt, and Pepper until fully incorporated.
  4. Roll small amounts of the mixture in your hands to form meatballs.
  5. Heat a skillet with Olive Oil over medium heat.
  6. When the pan is hot, place a few meatballs in the skillet to brown. Do Not overcrowd the meatballs so you have room to turn and roll for browning on all sides.
  7. Once browned, remove from skillet and place in a microwave-safe or oven-safe dish to finish cooking in your desired appliance.
  8. If finishing the cooking by microwave, cook on high for 3 to 5 minutes, or until done.
  9. If by the oven, place the meatballs in a 400-degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until cooked through.
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These meatballs are delicious on there own served with tomatoes and lemony asparagus. A healthy alternative that is great for the whole family. Enjoy!

 

 

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Broccoli Salad Recipe Only 5 Ingredients

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Busy holidays mean you need a quick, easy meal to satisfy your family — Red Baron Pizza, Broccoli Salad, and Coca-Cola! Get the recipe.

 

Broccoli Salad Recipe

5 Ingredients to a Tasty Dish

 

Oh, the holidays! I love them, but they sure can be hectic. It is nice to get a little help in feeding my family during this busy season. Red Baron Pizza paired with Coca-Cola and my super delicious Broccoli Salad. The broccoli salad has only 5 ingredients and is festive too with the green broccoli and dried cranberries. We love this salad all year long.

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Broccoli Salad Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups – Broccoli Florets
  • 1 Cup – Dried Cranberries
  • 1/2 Cup – Feta Cheese Crumbles
  • 1/2 Cup – Candied Pecans
  • Poppyseed Dressing

Directions:

  1. Chop Broccoli Florets so they are bite-sized.
  2. Give the Candied Pecans a coarse chop.
  3. In a large bowl, add broccoli, pecans, Cranberries, and Feta Cheese.
  4. Mix lightly.
  5. Drizzle with Poppyseed Dressing and toss to coat the salad.
  6. It is ready to serve!

Printable Recipe – Broccoli  Salad

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Broccoli Salad Recipe Only 5 Ingredients
 
A fantastic salad that is healthy and delicious. The red and green coloring makes the salad festive for the holidays, but it is good all year round. This quick and easy recipe is perfect for busy nights or entertaining guests. Enjoy!
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Type: Salad
Cuisine: American
Ingredients:
  • 2 Cups - Broccoli Florets
  • 1 Cup - Dried Cranberries
  • 1/2 Cup - Feta Cheese Crumbles
  • 1/2 Cup - Candied Pecans
  • Poppyseed Dressing
Directions:
  1. Chop Broccoli Florets so they are bite-sized.
  2. Give the Candied Pecans a coarse chop.
  3. In a large bowl, add broccoli, pecans, Cranberries, and Feta Cheese.
  4. Mix lightly.
  5. Drizzle with Poppyseed Dressing and toss to coat the salad.
  6. It is ready to serve!
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I picked up my ingredients at Albertsons along with my Red Baron Pizzas and Coca-Cola (They have the adorable glass bottles for the holidays! Love them.). We also grabbed a bottle of Gold Peak® Tea for a non-carbonated drink option. Don’t let the hustle and bustle wear you down, put a yummy meal on the table in no time!

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Here are some other scrumptious salad ideas:

Arugula Salad with Tomato and Pignolia

Spinach, Strawberry & Pine Nuts Salad

Tomato & Grilled Bell Pepper Salad

Watermelon, Blueberry & Feta Salad

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Avocado Eggs Florentine Toast Recipe

 

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Busy schedules got your life on the run? Avocado Eggs Florentine Toast is a quick and easy pick-me-up recipe for more energy and alertness.

 

Avocado Eggs Florentine Toast

A Quick and Easy Recipe to boost Energy and Alertness

 

So, here we are, back to school and heading quickly for the holiday season. And what does that mean? Extremely busy schedules, life on the run, and the need for quick and easy pick-me-ups that provide more energy and alertness. That is where this fantastic recipe and Gold Peak® Tea Lattes & Coffee come into play.

You’ve heard it before, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But, still, you need lunch, dinner, and maybe even a snack. This delicious recipe is perfect for any time of the day. Avocado Eggs Florentine Toast is packed with protein and nutrients that make it a smart choice to help boost your energy.

 

Avocado Eggs Florentine Toast Recipe

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 – Avocado
  • 1 – Handful Fresh Spinach Leaves
  • 1/4 – Shallot
  • 1 – Roma Tomato
  • 4 – Eggs
  • Cracked Wheat Sourdough Bread
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cooking Oil

Directions:

  1. Once you start cooking, things move very quickly, so have everything prepped and ready to go.
  2. Slice the Roma Tomato and Shallot, set aside.
  3. Chiffonade the Spinach, set aside.
  4. Separate 3 Egg Whites, add 1 Whole Egg (or you could use whole eggs), lightly beat. Set aside.
  5. Mash Avocado with a fork, set aside. (see my Avocado Tips & Tricks)
  6. Lightly spray skillet with Cooking Oil, heat skillet.
  7. Place 2 slices of Cracked Wheat Sourdough Bread (or your bread of choice) in the toaster to toast while you are cooking.
  8. Saute Shallots, then add Spinach, until wilted.
  9. Add Eggs to the pan and scramble soft, about 2 minutes.

 

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Avocado Eggs Florentine Toast
 
This delicious recipe is perfect for any time of the day. Avocado Eggs Florentine Toast is packed with protein and nutrients that make it a smart choice to help boost your energy.
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Type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients:
  • 1 - Avocado
  • 1 - Handful Fresh Spinach Leaves
  • 1/4 - Shallot
  • 1 - Roma Tomato
  • 4 - Eggs
  • Cracked Wheat Sourdough Bread
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cooking Oil
Directions:
  1. Once you start cooking, things move very quickly, so have everything prepped and ready to go.
  2. Slice the Roma Tomato and Shallot, set aside.
  3. Chiffonade the Spinach, set aside.
  4. Separate 3 Egg Whites, add 1 Whole Egg (or you could use whole eggs), lightly beat. Set aside.
  5. Mash Avocado with a fork, set aside. (see my Avocado Tips & Tricks - https://bit.ly/2eIn6wC)
  6. Lightly spray skillet with Cooking Oil, heat skillet.
  7. Place 2 slices of Cracked Wheat Sourdough Bread (or your bread of choice) in the toaster to toast while you are cooking.
  8. Saute Shallots, then add Spinach, until wilted.
  9. Add Eggs to the pan and scramble soft, about 2 minutes.
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Pick up Gold Peak Tea Lattes and Coffee Drinks

Whether it is first thing in the morning or a mid-afternoon snack, Avocado Eggs Florentine Toast is the perfect pick-me-up when paired with Gold Peak. Who needs the hassle of running out to the coffee shop for cold brewed coffee or tea lattes when you can find the convenient ready to drink coffees and teas at your local Walmart and have them right in your own home? You could even grab one for on the go. The Gold Peak Tea Lattes and Coffee Drinks come in a variety of new and exciting flavors to satisfy every taste.

Coffee Drinks

Made with only the finest of ingredients, Gold Peak Coffee features 100% Arabica Beans, real cream, and real sugar.

Tea Lattes

The Gold Peak Tea Lattes are made with real sugar and real tea.

My favorite is the Salted Caramel Coffee Drink, I am a sucker for anything caramel. LOL Rory loves the Vanilla Chai Tea Latte, but all of the flavors are delicious and a great way to perk up a midday slump.

 

 

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Chayote Squash Patties Quick And Easy Recipe

Learn how to use chayote squash and get an easy 15-minute recipe for chayote patties – perfect vegetarian burgers. A nutritious vegan option. #ChayoteSquash #Vegan #VegetarianBurger

Vegetarian Burgers – Chayote Squash Patties

A Quick and Easy 15-Minute Recipe

 

A chayote squash has a pear-like shape feature and is pale lime green in color.

Chayote squash is uniquely known for its pear-like shape and pale lime green color. Because almost every part of the chayote squash is edible, it’s a very useful fruit in culinary. From its fruit to its tendril and flowers and even its roots, they are all edible. Its core has small seeds and are also edible but usually discarded. Its taste is merely dull allowing it to be a carrier sponge for other ingredients’ flavor.

 

Some chayote leaves that are fresh can also be eaten.

Although the chayote squash is dull in taste, it has some nutritional values such as vitamin C, vitamin B6, and folate. It also has dietary fiber, which is very high in potassium and very low in sodium. This combination is ideal for maintaining a healthy blood pressure. Chayote squash is also used for medicinal purposes such as the treatment of vascular diseases and kidney stones. Because of the nutritional values, chayote squash can give, other countries have conducted a research on chayote squash as part of an alternative feeding in some countries such as Mexico. There have been studies about other nutritional values of a chayote squash.

 

Chayote squash patty is a cheaper alternative for expensive vegan burgers.

 

Growing a Chayote Squash

The chayote squash is available all throughout the year. Fall is the peak season for harvest. If you plan to grow a chayote squash in your yard, you may start planting the whole fruit 3 to 4 weeks after the last average frost date in spring. You may do this when the weather has warmed. It is best to grow a chayote squash in summer when the weather varies from very warm to hot. It is best to plant it in tropical or subtropical regions. Chayote squash may require 120 to 150 frost-free days before you can harvest them.

When watering chayote squash, just give it even, regular water and make sure that you don’t let the soil dry out. Adding aged compost to the planting bed before planting the chayote squash may also help grow healthy plants. Although gardening may seem easy to do, the process is a little bit tricky. With this, you might need several tools and gadget to achieve a healthy garden successfully. One of these tools is the digital PH meters to test the acidity of the soil or water that you use in your garden

 

You can also make vegetable fritters from chayote squash.

Different Applications with Chayote Squash

There are a lot of ways on how to cook chayote squash. It may be eaten raw or cooked. If a chayote squash is not yet matured or is young, you may slice or shred it in salads. You may also serve it with other ingredients like cabbage, citrus, and fresh herbs for a healthier dish. It may also be pickled and preserved. Others way to serve chayote squash is a grill, stir-fry, boil, steam, and bake.

Moreover, a ripe chayote squash can be boiled, mashed, roasted, and served just like how you serve potatoes. You can also peel and slice the chayote squash and add it to soups, stews, curries, and casseroles. However, in this section, we will share how to make a patty from chayote squash. Patty is a favorite kid’s choice of food. This recipe is indeed a creative way to incorporate vegetables into your child’s favorite dish.

Chayote squash can be sliced and shredded into a salad

 

How To Make a Patty From Chayote Squash

Do you want to know how to make a patty from a chayote squash? Here’s an easy and fun recipe for you to try! To start with, you will need the following.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • ½ pound Portobello mushrooms (coarsely chopped)
  • ½ tablespoon fresh ginger root (finely chopped)
  • 1 cup corn kernels, fresh or canned (drained)
  • 1 cup chayote squash (peeled and cubed)
  • ½ chopped almonds (toasted)
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • ¼ cup black beans (cooked)
  • 1 ½ cups cornflake crumbs
  • 2 large eggs (beaten)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Ground pepper (to taste)

Chayote is packed with nutrients that are good for the body.

How to cook it:

  1. Put olive oil in a large sauté pan and wait until it becomes hot.
  2. Add the onion and stir to coat it with oil.
  3. Sauté the onion with medium heat fire for 4 to 5 minutes until softened.
  4. Add the mushrooms and cook over high heat until it becomes brownish in color and the juice is released from the mushrooms.
  5. Lower the heat to medium fire and add ginger root, corn, chayote squash and sauté them for 4 minutes.
  6. Add the vegetable mixture and the rest of the ingredients into a food processor. Pulse until the mixture looks like chopped meat.
  7. Form the mixture into patties and place them on a grill until the color turns brown. You may also place them under a broiler.
  8. Serve with grilled onions and tomatoes.

Chayote Squash Patties Printable Recipe:

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Chayote Squash Patties
 
Learn how to use chayote squash and get an easy 15-minute recipe for chayote patties - perfect vegetarian burgers. A nutritious vegan option.
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Type: Dinner
Cuisine: Vegan, Vegetarian
Ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • ½ pound Portobello mushrooms (coarsely chopped)
  • ½ tablespoon fresh ginger root (finely chopped)
  • 1 cup corn kernels, fresh or canned (drained)
  • 1 cup chayote squash (peeled and cubed)
  • ½ chopped almonds (toasted)
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • ¼ cup black beans (cooked)
  • 1 ½ cups cornflake crumbs
  • 2 large eggs (beaten)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Ground pepper (to taste)
Directions:
  1. Put olive oil in a large sauté pan and wait until it becomes hot.
  2. Add the onion and stir to coat it with oil.
  3. Sauté the onion with medium heat fire for 4 to 5 minutes until softened.
  4. Add the mushrooms and cook over high heat until it becomes brownish in color and the juice is released from the mushrooms.
  5. Lower the heat to medium fire and add ginger root, corn, chayote squash and sauté them for 4 minutes.
  6. Add the vegetable mixture and the rest of the ingredients into a food processor. Pulse until the mixture looks like chopped meat.
  7. Form the mixture into patties and place them on a grill until the color turns brown. You may also place them under a broiler.
  8. Serve with grilled onions and tomatoes.
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Now you know how to make a patty from chayote squash, you can now enjoy a healthy and delicious meal you can eat for breakfast, lunch, or supper. Don’t forget to share it with your friends!

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Looking for other healthy recipe ideas? Try these:

Breakfast Recipes Packed With Protein, Coconut, and Blueberries

Spinach, Strawberry & Pine Nuts Salad

Best Organic Sunday Dinner Recipes

Watermelon, Blueberry & Feta Salad

Tomato & Grilled Bell Pepper Salad

Arugula Salad with Tomato and Pignolia

 

 

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Fried Tuna Pancakes With Potato Recipe

Serve your family something delicious and nutritious with Fried Tuna Pancakes for any meal. A quick and easy recipe that will tempt your taste buds.

Fried Tuna Pancakes with Potato

Delicious and nutritious for any meal

 

How to Make Fried Tuna Pancakes with Potato, Onion, and Garlic

Looking for a different way to use tuna? Try this tuna pancakes recipe that you will surely love.

Canned tuna is a favorite of many people around the world. When I was in college, I remember regularly buying canned tuna because it has many uses. It can serve as a snack, a standalone dish, and as a sandwich spread.

Do you want a tuna dish that’s different? Then check out this fried tuna pancakes recipe. It is a nutritious dish that you can prepare and cook in less than an hour. And it’s so delicious that your kids will love it, too.

Is canned tuna safe to consume?

Before we get into the recipe, I would like to focus first on canned tuna. Is it safe to consume? Or should you just opt for fresh tuna?

I mentioned this because there are some people who believe that canned tuna contains mercury which can harm the nervous system and other parts of the body. Mercury occurs in the environment particularly the oceans, and fishes like tuna can absorb it.

The good news is that canned tuna is very healthy and safe to consume because it doesn’t have mercury. And according to dietitians, fresh tuna steak is more likely to have mercury than canned tuna as the latter is made with younger fish.

Experts also agree that consuming a can of tuna every week is alright, even if you are pregnant.

What are the health benefits of canned tuna?

Canned tuna is also packed with many nutrients that can do a lot of wonders to your body. It contains omega-3 fatty acids that promote good brain function. This is an essential fatty acid that has also been shown effective in reducing inflammation in the body as well as lower risks of heart disease and cancer.

Canned tuna also has high levels of niacin, a B-vitamin that helps keep the digestive system healthy. Niacin can also keep the skin glowing and our nerves well-functioning. In fact, a three-ounce serving of canned tuna has about 11 milligrams of niacin.

Another good seafood source of niacin is canned oysters.

Finally, canned tuna has a good amount of vitamin B 12 that supports normal brain function and aids in red blood cell production.

How to buy canned tuna

While canned tuna is safe and healthy to eat, this doesn’t mean that you should just get and buy any canned tuna you see on the grocery shelves.

There are plenty of tuna species, but the best one is skipjack or light tuna. Fortunately for all of us, this is also the most commonly found in tuna cans on grocery store shelves. There’s just one problem with this tuna—it has a light gray color that is slightly unappealing to most people. But if you could not care less about the color, then I suggest you go for a canned tuna using this tuna type.

I also recommend that you shop for those canned tuna products caught by troll or pole-and-line. This is considered as the most environment-friendly and sustainable option. As such, canned tuna with labels such as “school caught” are the ones you should be getting.

You should also think twice about getting flavored tunas since these have excessive amounts of sugar and salt.

 

Fried Tuna Pancakes with Potato, Onion, and Garlic Recipe

This recipe takes about 20 minutes of preparation and 30 minutes of cooking time. It yields four servings.

Ingredients:

  • One large potato, peeled and cubed
  • Four cans of tuna, drained
  • One egg
  • 1/4 cup of chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Step by step guide:

  1. Place the cubed potato in a small pot. Add salted water and cover it. Bring this to a boil before reducing the heat to medium low. Simmer until tender, or for around 20 minutes.
  2. Drain and let the steam dry for 1-2 minutes. Mash the potato using a fork in a bowl.
  3. Combine the tuna, onion, egg, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, bread crumbs cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper into the potato.

Tip 1: If there is no Dijon mustard in your pantry, you can totally use these mustard substitutes like wasabi, honey mustard, etc.

  1. Divide this into eight equal portions. Shape them into patties.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet placed over medium heat. Fry the patties for about 3 minutes per side, or until they turn brown and crispy.

Tip 2: Pour enough olive oil to coat the skillet so that the patties won’t easily break apart.

 

Printable Recipe: Fried Tuna Pancakes with Potato

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Serve your family something delicious and nutritious with Fried Tuna Pancakes with potato, onion, and garlic for any meal. A quick and easy recipe that will tempt your taste buds.
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients:
  • 1 large potato, peeled and cubed
  • 4 cans of tuna, drained
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup of chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
Directions:
  1. Place the cubed potato in a small pot. Add salted water and cover it. Bring this to a boil before reducing the heat to medium low. Simmer until tender, or for around 20 minutes.
  2. Drain and let the steam dry for 1-2 minutes. Mash the potato using a fork in a bowl.
  3. Combine the tuna, onion, egg, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, bread crumbs cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper into the potato.
  4. Tip 1: If there is no Dijon mustard in your pantry, you can totally use mustard substitutes like wasabi, honey mustard, etc. Find 5 Mustard Substitutes at https://cookthestone.com/dijon-mustard-substitute/
  5. Divide this into eight equal portions. Shape them into patties.
  6. Heat the olive oil in a skillet placed over medium heat. Fry the patties for about 3 minutes per side, or until they turn brown and crispy.
  7. Tip 2: Pour enough olive oil to coat the skillet so that the patties won’t easily break apart.
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Conclusion

Canned tuna is a good source of nutrients especially if you are on the go. It can also be served in different ways. Try the recipe I shared above if you want something that’s delicious and easy to prepare. This is filling enough for lunch and dinner.

What do you think of this recipe? Don’t hesitate to write in your thoughts on the comments section below.

I want to thank Susan for sharing this amazing recipe and her beautiful photos with us today. I cannot wait to give this dish a try!

Be sure to check out Susan’s blog, Cook The Stone, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

If you are looking for something to go alongside these tuna pancakes, try my Arugula Salad with Tomato and Pignolia or Spinach, Strawberry & Pine Nuts Salad.

 

 

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15 BLT Recipe Ideas – Re-imagine The Classic

Re-imagine the classic favorite with these 15 recipe twists on the Bacon Lettuce, and Tomato sandwich. Celebrate with BLT recipe ideas for every meal or party.

15 BLT Recipe Ideas

Re-imagine the Classic Favorite with These Tasty Twists

I have to admit, a good bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich is one of my all-time favorites. There is just something sublime about the melding of those savory and fresh ingredients. It is an easy sandwich that everyone knows how to make…or do they?

We have had a big laugh a couple of times within the last six weeks or so while dining at two different restaurants. I ordered the BLT sandwich, and both times my sandwich was served without tomato. What’s that? Bacon, lettuce, and TOAST??? Both waitresses were as shocked as we were, and the laughter just rolled.

Needless to say, BLTs have been on my radar, so I thought it would be fun to do a round-up of bacon, lettuce, and tomato inspired recipes. I’ve scoured the web and pulled together some amazing BLT recipe ideas that will make your mouth water. Plus, these varied twists on the classic can be served for breakfast, brunch, lunch, appetizers, dinner, you name it — they are delicious anytime, anywhere. And, take note, they all include tomato! LOL Enjoy the celebration…

BLT Recipe Ideas – Twist on the Classic

Fried Green Tomato BLT from Julie and Debbie @ Cooks With Cocktails

“This fried green tomato BLT is made with buttery toasted bread, smoky bacon, crisp lettuce, juicy fried green tomatoes, and a zesty balsamic garlic mayo.

 

BLT Bruschetta from Allyson @ Domestic Superhero

“everyone goes crazy over bacon, and this spin on traditional bruschetta is just so easy and tasty!”

 

BLT Pizza from Bev @ Bev Cooks

“And as if the crust wasn’t enough to do me in, I topped the whole dern thing with a BLT. Should we take a moment of silence?”

 

BLT Roll Ups from Kelly @ Mostly Homemade Mom

“This amazingly easy appetizer blends cream cheese, mayo, bacon, tomatoes, and lettuce in sliced wraps for a fresh take on the classic BLT!”

 

Grilled BLT Kabobs from Cade and Carrian @ Oh, Sweet Basil

“If you thought you loved a fat, juicy BLT sandwich you’re going to go nuts for these grilled BLT kabobs with a garlic aioli drizzle!”

 

BLT Pasta Salad from Brandie @ The Country Cook

“When I saw this recipe for BLT Macaroni Salad, I knew that I had to make it!”

 

BLT Bites Recipe from Ronique @ Stagetecture

“…try this twist on the traditional bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich with these BLT bites that combine bacon, tomatoes, and more yummy ingredients.”

 

Breakfast BLT from right here on Life With Lorelai

“I decided to just go for it and make a BLT on the Buttermilk Biscuits… they were AMAZING!”

 

BLT Summer Roll from Vicky @ Avocado Pesto

“The classic BLT reconstructed and offered in new form — BLT Summer Roll recipe with Avocado”

 

Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Grilled Cheese Sandwich from Liz @ Pocket Change Gourmet

“There once was a grilled cheese sandwich that longed to be exciting, to be full of flavor and added crunch. And then along came the Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Grilled Cheese Sandwich.”

 

BLT Cole Slaw from Michelle @ The Whole Smiths

“…the perfect dish to take to any summer gathering that EVERYBODY will love… a BLT Cole Slaw.”

 

BLT Chicken Caesar Salad Wrap from Trish @ Mom On Timeout

“This BLT Chicken Caesar Salad Wrap has all the makings to become your new go-to recipe!”

 

Rachel Hollis’ BLT Bites from Cathy @ She Paused For Thought

“This simple recipe can be customized to your personal preference. I prefer to use sourdough bread, freshly made aioli & Romaine lettuce. Turkey bacon or Veggie Bacon is also a good option if you don’t eat pork.”

 

French Toast BLTs from Jaymee @ E Is For Eat

“It’s bacon. And french toast. What more do you need in a breakfast food?”

 

BLT Quesadillas from Nick @ Macheesmo

“…put a BLT twist on a simple Tex-Mex quesadilla.”

I hope you have enjoyed these tempting recipes that re-imagine the classic bacon, lettuce, and tomato.

 

 

 

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Simple Mac and Cheese Recipe

Simple Mac and Cheese

A Satisfying Comfort Food

Life is hectic. I long for the days when the kids were little and didn’t have crazy schedules. Alas, those days are gone. Now, I have to contend with dance classes and various doctors’ appointments. Oh, and add to that all of their social engagements. Yesterday was one of those days. Crazy, crazy, crazy! So, when it came time for dinner, I had two options: take-out or make it simple.

As always, I chose the make it myself simple route. I hate paying a small fortune for food that I could easily make myself. Since time was short, I decided on a Simple Mac and Cheese dish. Shells and cheese actually, but let’s not split hairs.

For those busy nights, I also like to keep bags of frozen veggies in the freezer. You know, the ones that you can microwave right in the bag. If you want to add some meat to it, you can throw in some cooked bacon (and jalapenos) or some already grilled chicken. I believe you can find that in the produce section of most supermarkets.

Gather all of your ingredients. I like to have mine measured out and ready since we’re making a roux and things happen so quick. Once you have boiled your pasta, drain it in a colander and set aside. Use the same pot you used to boil the pasta, to make the sauce. (One pot, less cleaning!)

Get your pot nice and hot, and then add the butter. Once it is melted, add the flour and whisk, whisk, whisk! Once the butter and flour are completely combined, add milk and whisk until thickened.

I was recently teaching my daughter how to make a roux. She complained that it wasn’t getting thick. I told her that that is how it works. It’s thin, it’s thin, and then bam! Thick!

Now that your sauce has reached the desired thickness, add the cheese. For my mac and cheese, I add: cheddar, mozzarella, and a wild card. It really depends on what I feel like that day or what I have on hand. Stir until completely melted.

When your cheesy sauce is ready, add the pasta back into the pot and stir. I keep my heat on low during this step to make sure everything gets warmed back up.

Serve and Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz pasta (macaroni, shells, penne…whatever)
  • 6 tbps flour6 tbsp butter (not margarine)
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3 cups of cheese (you can use 3 cups of the same or mix it up and use three different)
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

How to:

  1. Cook Pasta according to the instructions on the box. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large pot, melt butter. Once melted, add flour and whisk until completely combined.
  3. Add milk and whisk until it reaches desired thickness.
  4. Add cheese to pot and stir until melted.
  5. Add pasta to pot and stir until combined.
  6. Serve hot and enjoy.

Here’s a Printable Recipe just for you…

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Simple Mac and Cheese Recipe
 
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A Simple and delicious Mac and Cheese recipe from Life With Lorelai's Regular Contributor, Deborah Ward.
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Type: Main
Ingredients:
  • 16 oz pasta (macaroni, shells, penne…whatever)
  • 6 tbps flour
  • 6 tbsp butter (not margarine)
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3 cups of cheese (you can use 3 cups of the same or mix it up and use three different)
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
Directions:
  1. Cook Pasta according to the instructions on the box. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large pot, melt butter.
  3. Once melted, add flour and whisk until completely combined.
  4. Add milk and whisk until it reaches desired thickness.
  5. Add cheese to pot and stir until melted.
  6. Add pasta to pot and stir until combined.
  7. Serve hot and enjoy.
Notes
Suggested add-ins:
Bacon
Grilled Chicken
Jalapenos
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Don’t you just love simple and delicious meals like this Mac and Cheese? I know, I do!

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Polska Kielbasa and Caramelized Onions Recipe

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Polska Kielbasa and Caramelized Onions

 Quick and Easy Recipe Makes a Warm Salad or Sandwich Roll

 

Hello, my friends! Let me start this little post by telling you how this Polska Kielbasa and Caramelized Onions Recipe idea came about…

The other day, I found myself feeling a little nostalgic, and memories of my Oma and her wonderful cooking and baking came to mind. Oma is the German word for grandmother, and since my mother’s parents moved to the United States in the 1920s from Bavaria, that is what we called her. There’s a lovely little story about my Oma coming to America on a boat escorted by nuns to marry my Opa, but that will have to wait for another time.

My thoughts traveled through Oma’s German pancakes, nut rolls, and Schwetchken Küchen (plum tart), to her beef roast and homemade noodles, and Würst Salat (ring bologna and onion salad). My memories were so vivid; I could almost smell the yummy aromas. Now, I was hungry for some of Oma’s tasty dishes. With the crisp autumn weather, I wanted something hot, but my schedule demanded something quick and easy. So, that’s when one of Oma’s go-to ingredients came to mind—Hillshire Farm® Polska Kielbasa–it is perfect for Fall recipes.

After I picked up Rory from the library, we stopped at our local Walmart to grab the Polska Kielbasa, onion, steak rolls, and sauerkraut.

 

I was definitely in a German mood. So, why not celebrate my Bavarian heritage and all its grand traditions and Oktoberfest festivities? I pulled out a few of my Bavarian items to add to the fun.

 

Then, I got to work on dinner. I am telling you, if you want something mouthwateringly delicious to set on your table in about 20 minutes, this is it! This recipe is easy-peasy and ideal for an Oktoberfest gathering or anytime.

Here’s What You Need:

  • Hillshire Farm® Polska Kielbasa
  • 1 Large Onion
  • Fresh Dill (chopped)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1/4 – 1/2-cup water (if needed)
  • Steak Rolls
  • German Mustard (optional as condiment)

 

Directions:

  1. Place a Skillet with 1-2 Tbs. Olive Oil over burner to warm
  1. Slice Onion
  1. Place onion in skillet to start getting tender
  1. Add Salt to taste
  1. Open Polska Kielbasa (using the “Easy Open” feature on the packaging) and place in skillet on top of onions
  1. Add a little water if needed to keep onions from sticking to skillet.
  1. Let cook until onions are tender and slightly caramelized and Polska Kielbasa is cooked through.
  1. Shortly before you are ready to pull the Polska Kielbasa and Caramelized Onions from the pan, add some fresh chopped Dill to the skillet, stir in well.

 

To Serve This Dish:

 

  • Slice the Polska Kielbasa
  • Mix Polska Kielbasa and Caramelized Onions in a bowl
  • Serve as is for a Warm Salad, or Serve on a Steak Roll as a Sandwich Roll


Add some sauerkraut or potato salad and perhaps a favorite German beverage, and you have a meal your taste buds will be craving! Turn on some German music, and maybe even do a little Chicken Dance to celebrate. #OktoberOnTheFarm

 

Here’s a Printable Recipe just for you:

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Polska Kielbasa and Caramelized Onions Recipe
 
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A Bavarian Oktoberfest inspired recipe that is mouthwateringly delicious and ready to set on your table in about 20 minutes! Serve as a Warm Salad or a Sandwich Roll.
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Type: Main
Ingredients:
  • Hillshire Farm® Polska Kielbasa
  • 1 Large Onion
  • Fresh Dill (chopped)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1/4 - 1/2-cup water (if needed)
  • Steak Rolls
  • German Mustard (optional as condiment)
Directions:
  1. Place a Skillet with 1-2 Tbs. Olive Oil over burner to warm
  2. Slice Onion
  3. Place onion in skillet to start getting tender
  4. Add Salt to taste
  5. Open Polska Kielbasa (using the "Easy Open" feature on the packaging) and place in skillet on top of onions
  6. Add a little water if needed to keep onions from sticking to skillet.
  7. Let cook until onions are tender and slightly caramelized and Polska Kielbasa is cooked through.
  8. Shortly before you are ready to pull the Polska Kielbasa and Caramelized Onions from the pan, add some fresh chopped Dill to the skillet, stir in well.
  9. Slice the Polska Kielbasa
  10. Mix Polska Kielbasa and Caramelized Onions in a bowl
  11. Serve as is for a Warm Salad, or Serve on a Steak Roll as a Sandwich Roll
Notes
Serve with sauerkraut or potato salad and perhaps a favorite German beverage, and you have a meal your taste buds will be craving!
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Halloween Night Chili Recipe Perfect For Trick-or-Treaters

Here’s a fangtastic and fun chili idea for your Halloween Night dinner, plus a bonus spice mix recipe, from our Regular Contributor, Deborah!

Halloween Night Chili

A couple of Fangtastic Recipes

 

There is no night, other than Christmas Eve, that children anticipate more than Halloween. Energy levels are high, bordering on manic, and all they want to do is get their costumes on and get to Trick-Or-Treating. However, as parents it’s our job to make sure they get at least a little dinner to balance out all of the sugary treats they are about to indulge. So, the criteria for dinner is as follows: quick and easy (who wants to slave over a hot stove AND put zombie makeup on a kid), and it must be fun enough to grab a child’s attention. Since I know the kids are going to be too wild to eat much, I want to make sure they are getting something that is packed with protein and will stick to their ribs. That leaves me with one option…

We’re lucky this year, because Halloween is on a Saturday. This will give us some extra time to get everything in order. To make this basic chili recipe more fun, I’ve decided to add it to bags of corn chips, like a walking taco, or as I like to call them, Nachos to Go. You can read more about those here. My kids absolutely love eating food out of chips bags. I think because it feels slightly naughty.

Before we moved to California, I was the coordinator of children’s ministry at a church in my hometown. Every year we would host a “Trunk or Treat.” I really wish I would have thought of Halloween Night Chili sooner, so I could have served this to my volunteers (95% of the time it was freezing cold on Halloween).

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Ingredients:

1 lb lean ground beef, browned.
2 cans of Chili beans with sauce
1 can of Black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can of corn, drained
1 can of diced tomatoes and chilies
1 packet of chili seasoning (Or make your own. See directions below)
Sour Cream (Optional)
Shredded cheese (optional)
Diced onions (optional)

How to:

In a medium sized stock pot, brown ground beef with the chili seasoning. Open cans. Add chili beans and diced tomatoes to pot. Drain and rinse black beans, add to pot. Drain corn and add to pot. You can rinse the corn if you’d would like. This will help cut down on sodium. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

Let cool for a bit before you add to chip bags. When cooled to desired temp, add a small ladle full to chips of your choice. Corn chips or nacho flavored tortilla chips would work perfectly. Top with desired ingredients and serve. For your youngest children, you may want to serve it in a bowl to keep their little hands from burning. This will also help them from spilling the contents of their bag.

Here’s a Printable Recipe:

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Halloween Night Chili
 
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Ingredients:
  • 1 lb lean ground beef, browned.
  • 2 cans of Chili beans with sauce
  • 1 can of Black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can of corn, drained
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes and chilies
  • 1 packet of chili seasoning (Or make your own. See directions below)
  • Sour Cream (Optional)
  • Shredded cheese (optional)
  • Diced onions (optional)
Directions:
  1. In a medium sized stock pot, brown ground beef with the chili seasoning.
  2. Open cans.
  3. Add chili beans and diced tomatoes to pot.
  4. Drain and rinse black beans, add to pot.
  5. Drain corn and add to pot.
  6. You can rinse the corn if you’d would like. This will help cut down on sodium.
  7. Bring to a boil.
  8. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  9. Let cool for a bit before you add to chip bags.
  10. When cooled to desired temp, add a small ladle full to chips of your choice. Corn chips or nacho flavored tortilla chips would work perfectly.
  11. Top with desired ingredients and serve. For your youngest children, you may want to serve it in a bowl to keep their little hands from burning. This will also help them from spilling the contents of their bag.
Notes
This recipe is from Life With Lorelai's Regular Contributor, Deborah Ward from the blog, Kentucky to Cali.
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Since I am so sensitive to sodium and MSG, I usually make my own spice mixes. For me, cooking is not an exact science. I’m a southern girl. I cook using measurements like: dash, smidge, pinch, etc. A few years ago for Christmas, my momma gave me some really funny, but very useful measuring spoons (pictured above). They say, “dash”, “smidge”, and “pinch”. Now I can actually write down my recipes with a little more precision!

Make your own Chili Seasoning:

In a small bowl, mix together the following ingredients:
1 tsp cumin
½ tsp chili powder
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp onion powder
½ tsp paprika
¼ tsp oregano
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground black pepper
1/8 tsp ground red pepper
Adjust each amount, if desired, to fit your taste buds. That’s another advantage of making your own spice mixes.

Enjoy your chili and Happy Halloween!!

 


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