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Greek Burger Recipe Review

Last week I shared a Greek burger recipe that I was super hesitant to make. It turned out amazing. Tasted like a gyro 100%. The 5 minute cucumber sauce was easy and delish. We added a side of Israeli couscous with herbs on the side for the kids. It was amazing. This meal was packed with Greek flavor and we will absolutely make it again! For a fast weeknight suggestion: Pat the burgers out the night before so all you have to do it grill / pan fry. The salad and sauce could be made on the weekend, just keep refrigerated. 

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7 Day Menu Plan…Recipes Included…Print + Shop!

Unsure of what to make this week? It’s my Sunday night struggle, every week. This week, I googled a bunch of stuff to make quick since we have another busy week + meals are important. Hope this helps you out too, these are some of my favorites! They should all take 30 minutes or less to prepare, some have a longer cooking time, those would be the slow cooker recipes.

Monday: Sweet and Sour Chicken with Rice and Peppers

Ingredients:

  1. 1 lb chicken breast meat
  2. Bell pepper chopped, green and red
  3. 4 tsp corn starch mixed with 4 tsp water
  4. 1 cup canned chunk pineapple
  5. ½ cup pineapple juice
  6. 3 tbsp brown sugar
  7. 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  8. ¼ cup chicken stock
  9. Cook rice

Directions:

In a large non-stick skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. Season chicken strips and add to pan. Brown chicken and remove to plate. Add red and green peppers and cook for 1 minute. Stir in pineapple chunks, juice, sugar, vinegar and chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Simmer until sauce begins to reduce. Stir in cornstarch mixture and bring liquid to a simmer. Stir in chicken strips and cook for 5 minutes. Serve over rice.

Tuesday: Broccoli Fettuccini

Ingredients:

  1. Broccoli head, stems trimmed + cut to appropriate size
  2. Fettuccine pasta box
  3. Jar of your favorite alfredo sauce (I like Prego since it’s nut free)

Directions:

  1. Make the pasta according to box
  2. Steam the broccoli either in microwave or stovetop
  3. Drain pasta + return to large pan, add broccoli and dump in the jar of sauce
  4. Warm through
  5. Add shredded rotisserie chicken if you need more protein

Wednesday: BBQ Pork Sandwiches Slow Cooker + Green Beans

Ingredients:

  1. 1 tsp veg oil
  2. 1 (4lb) pork shoulder roast
  3. 1 cup bbq sauce
  4. ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  5. ½ cup chicken broth
  6. ¼ cup brown sugar
  7. 1 tsp yellow mustard
  8. 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
  9. 1 tbsp chili powder
  10. 1 large onion chopped
  11. 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  12. 1 + ½ tsp thyme
  13. Hamburger buns
  14. Butter, salt and pepper
  15. Green beans

Directions:

  1. Pour the vegetable oil into the bottom of a slow cooker. Place the pork roast into the slow cooker; pour in the barbecue sauce, apple cider vinegar, and chicken broth. Stir in the brown sugar, yellow mustard, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, onion, garlic, and thyme. Cover and cook on High until the roast shreds easily with a fork, 5 to 6 hours.
  2. Remove the roast from the slow cooker, and shred the meat using two forks. Return the shredded pork to the slow cooker, and stir the meat into the juices.
  3. Spread the inside of both halves of hamburger buns with butter. Toast the buns, butter side down, in a skillet over medium heat until golden brown. Spoon pork into the toasted buns.
  4. Prepare the green beans. Either open up a can and warm them up, or buy fresh, trim and cook on stovetop. I like to make 1 lb green beans + ¼ cup milk + 2 tbsp butter + salt and pepper then steam for 15 minutes on low. They turn out yummy!

Thursday: Cobb Salads + Soup

Ingredients:

  1. 1 family size box organic girl mixed greens
  2. Mini tomato box
  3. Cucumber, chopped
  4. Shredded cheese
  5. Hard boiled eggs X 6
  6. Neuskes bacon crumbles
  7. Balsamic dressing
  8. Campbell’s Soup Selects or Panera soup in the refrigerator section

Directions:

  1. Assemble your salad as you like
  2. Warm up soup
  3. Serve with Triscuit Crackers

Friday: Greek Burgers + Cucumber tomato salad + cucumber dressing

Ingredients:

  1. 2 lbs ground beef
  2. ½ cup onion diced
  3. 2 slices bread, crumbled
  4. 2 small tomatoes chopped
  5. 1 tsp cumin ground
  6. 1 tsp oregano
  7. 2 eggs
  8. ½ cup wine or beef broth
  9. ½ tsp salt
  10. ½ tsp pepper

Directions:

  1. Roll patties in flour and fry
  2. Stuff pita pockets with meat, tomato, cucumber, Kalamata olives, cucumber sauce
  3. Slice tomato , cucumber, feta and mix for salad, add sliced white onion if you like.
  4. Plain greek yogurt for sauce:
    1. 1 cup plain greek yogurt
    2. 2 cloves smashed garlic
    3. ½ cucumber very finely chopped
    4. 2 tbsp fresh parsley finely chopped
    5. Salt and pepper to taste
    6. Mix together and chill for 30-60 min.

Saturday: Leftover BBQ Sandwiches + Baked Beans + Watermelon

Leftover day!  Just open up a can of beans, warm up and slice your watermelon + serve.

Sunday: Chili and Baked Potatoes with Fruit Salad

Ingredients:

  1. 1 lb ground beef
  2. ¾ cup onion diced
  3. ¾ cup celery diced
  4. ¾ cup green bell pepper diced
  5. 2 cloves garlic minced
  6. 2 (10.75) oz cans tomato puree
  7. 1 (15oz) kidney beans + liquid
  8. 1 (15oz) kidney beans drained
  9. 1(15oz) cannellini beans + liquid
  10. ½ tsp chili powder
  11. ½ tsp dried parsley
  12. 1 tsp salt
  13. ¾ tsp basil
  14. ¾ tsp oregano
  15. ¼ tsp pepper
  16. 1/8 tsp hot sauce

 

Directions

  1. Brown off the beef, then combine all ingredients in slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 hours
  2. 1 hour before chili is done, put potatoes in a 350 degree oven and cook for 1-1.5 hours depending on how large your potatoes are. I like to coat the washed potato in olive oil and a pinch of salt, cook with a cookie sheet under to catch drips.
  3. When it’s all ready, eat the chili out of the potato, or serve on the side.
  4. Fruit salad
    1. Sliced banana
    2. Sliced strawberries
    3. Diced sliced oranges
    4. Blueberries
    5. Grapes
    6. Whatever you have, mix it up, add 1 cup of vanilla greek yogurt with 1 splash of vanilla extract.
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Turkey Italian Sausage Skillet

It’s cold and flu season and it’s wreaking havoc on our household this year. It destroyed our vacation and is dampening our weekend family plans. Just when we think we have one virus down, another one pop up over night. This week our little man has the croup and my husband has a bug, too. Last week , I was sick with influenza, the same bug that both kids had while at Disney. Luckily, my hubs and I have been able to take turns being sick so at least one of us can keep things going. He made a TON of great recipes last week that had everyone cleaning their plates. One of our favorites was this 20 minutes, one skillet Turkey Italian Sausage recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 package Turkey Italian Sausage (sweet is ok)
  • evoo
  • salt and pepper
  • two cans white cannellini beans
  • 1 bunch/pound of broccoli (or spinach, peas, green beans, asparagus, brussel sprouts

Directions

  1. In a large skillet with high sides over medium-hi heat, brown off the italian sausages until brown and crumbly.
  2. Remove the sausage from pan once cooked and put on a plate to the side.
  3. While the pan is still hot, add 1 tbsp evoo and cook the broccoli util crisp tender on high heat, about 2 minutes.
  4. Once the broccoli is done, add the sausage back in and dump in the two cans of beans, drained and rinsed.
  5. There are a bunch of extra things to add for flavor, too.
    1. 2 Tbsp chopped garlic (or powdered, too)
    2. 1 chopped fresh oinion (or powdered works)
    3. 1 tsp fennel seed
    4. 1 tsp thyme
    5. 1 tsp oregano

 

Yield is about 5

Enjoy! If your pan is dirty, just leave on the stove top and add a liquid to deglaze. I like to use Kim Cawford white wine, especially if i’m going to have some at dinner time. It makes a nice pan suace too, if you let it reduce a bit and add a tsp of flour to thicken up. Chicken stock is also a good way to deglaze if you’re worried about cooking with alcohol with kids. After a few minutes though, the alcohol cooks off, and it’s not an issue, really.

Have a great week!

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Disney Reflection

It’s easy to just assume this was the worst vacation ever and that we will never spend this much money at Disney again. Yes, the latter is true. But, there were some huge moments during this vacation that I will never forget.

  1. We were all a team and never wavered, never fought, never cried. We were adults about every shitty situation that came our way and we dealt with it. How you deal with things sets the standard for children and how they will someday deal with life events on their own. It’s life. Stuff happens.
  2. My kids showed exceptional kindness and caring toward each other while they were BOTH sick.
  3. Magic Kingdom day was AMAZING, and worth every penny.
  4. I will not take my kids back to Epcot or Hollywood Studios until they are teenagers. It’s just not worth it. They enjoy MK so much more.
  5. Everything can be better with coffee or Kim Crawford (white wine).
  6. When in doubt, Kim.
  7. Disney food is pretty darn good and the magic band makes life so stinking easy while on vacation.
  8. “Mom, you hold my hair, I’ll hold yours.” Chloe and I with upset stomachs.
  9. Date night at Epcot was extremely romantical and worth the price of admission.
  10. Girls brunch at Cape May Cafe was wonderful, especially meeting ALL the favorite characters while eating Mickey Mouse waffles!!!!

I’ve eaten so much food this trip that I look like I’m 4 months pregnant. I’m not. Don’t worry. But how can you NOT eat Mickey Waffles and fresh Sushi everyday?! There is something special about them. When in Rome. Back to healthy eating when we get home!

This trip would have been a LOT different if the kids would have been healthy. And for the record, the kids usually do not get THIS sick. We’re talking fevers and lots of vomiting, followed by upper respiratory symptoms. It was the whole ball of wax, totally unexpected. They usually get colds, that at most last a few days, then they are totally fine again, sometimes even the next day. This virus knocked them down. They didn’t leave their beds for days.

We ended up cramming in our Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom days into 3 days in a row, which pooped all of us out, it was too much. Ideally, the way we planned it anyway, was one park every other day, with relaxation on the other days.

There is so much more to see and do than Disney. I think we’re done with Disney for quite a while. If I add up all that we have spent at Disney and the resorts over the past 6 years, we definitely qualify for Disney vacation Club Platinum status. Which makes me sick. Flying to Orlando is easy, and there is a lot to do. Lego Land, Crayola World, Sea Aquariums, Fan Boat Rides through the everglades, the beach. And I wont stay on-site at Disney again. For the price, it’s just too much. We’re staying at Homewood Suites, very close to Disney, for a fraction of the price of a villa at WDW. It was fun, but there are lots of places to have fun at. It’s the people that we’re with that make the trip fun and worth it, not a fancy hotel.

Next trip will be to Mexico. A beach. Dranks. More beach. Sleep. And  kids club. Oh, and health! If you don’t have your health, you have nothing.