Last week I tried 3 new recipes from the book ‘No Whine with Dinner, 150 healthy, kid-tested recipes from The Meal Makeover Moms’ by Liz Weiss, MS, RD and Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RD (M3 Press, 2011); Veggie Patch Tofu Pie, Mini Meatloaf Muffins and Coconut Chicken Fingers. Paul and I enjoyed all three of these recipes; they were all a slightly different take on classic family dinners.
I was leery of the Coconut Chicken Fingers because generally speaking, I don’t care for coconut. To my surprise the sweetness from the coconut and ginger were quite nice and the coconut was not overpowering on the chicken. I seemed to enjoy my dinner more than the kids did and Paul ate the leftovers for a couple days afterward.
The Mini Meatloaf Muffins were a hit with 2 of 3 munchkins while it was tolerated by the third. All three agreed that mashed potato ‘icing’ that I added was the best thing you could put on a dinner plate. Once again, all the leftovers made their way into our lunches and we all agreed that we could eat this meal again.
The dark horse in the race this week was the Veggie Patch Tofu Pie. The kids are hot and cold when it comes to quiche but I wanted to know how they would respond to the proclaimed ‘kid friendly’ version in the book because, well, I love quiche and I want to continue eating it for supper! This recipe got rave reviews from everyone at the table! The girls didn’t ask about the green stuff (spinach) that pervaded their meal and Paul added some hot sauce to hit the right note for a meal we all really enjoyed. This recipe will go into our regular rotation and I may play around with adding different veggies to the mix.
In the coming weeks I will be looking at different cookbooks for weeknight dinner inspiration. Please comment below if you have a cookbook in mind that I should borrow from the library!!
This week is another busy one:
Saturday – Christmas Party
Sunday – Leftovers and cupboard clean up
Monday – Hand Breaded Pan-Fried Flounder, Potato and Roasted Cauliflower
Tuesday – Dragon Bowl
Wednesday – Rotisserie Chicken, Quinoa and Broccoli
Thursday – Swedish Meatballs with Mashed Potato and Frozen Veggies
Friday – Homemade Pizza