3 Easy Salads for 1

3 Easy Salads for 1

“What’s for dinner?” is the crowned champion of questions in many households, but “What do you eat for lunch?” is coming in a close second amongst moms.  I was on a “Moms and Kids” forum last week and a new mom was asking this very question.  The answers were interesting and varied.  I prefer to eat my lunch in kidless silence while watching something juicy on TV.  The honest truth, for me anyway, is that I typically eat leftovers.  But when there aren’t any left, or if it’s something too heavy for the middle of the day, or I just don’t feel like that right now I like to make a salad.  I fancy myself a bit of a salad connoisseur.  I really love any and all salads from fancy shmancy down to a pizza parlor salad bar.  There’s just something about the way sunflower seeds mingle with beets, croutons, and ranch.  Anyway, today I’m offering up three really delicious salad options anyone can make at home for just one person.  Each salad has it’s own unique home-made salad dressing.  It’s really not as difficult as it sounds!  When you taste your own fresh-made dressing, you’ll never go back to the bottled stuff!

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Valentine’s Gifts for Teachers and Grandparents

Valentine's Gifts for Teachers and Grandparents

Like most kids, my kids like to receive gifts anytime.  However, I am thankful that they also enjoy giving gifts.  This upcoming holiday is a perfect time to offer a sweet sentiment to the people that add so much fun, value, and excitement to my kids lives.  We are very lucky to have two sets of grandparents that love my kids as their own.  We are also lucky to have so many amazing teachers involved in their education.  This is why I am constantly on the lookout for some really fun Valentine’s gifts for teachers and grandparents.  I’ve got a round-up of 7 Grandparents gifts and 7 teachers gifts.

For more inspiring Valentine’s gifts for teachers and grandparents follow my Valentine’s Day Board here or follow all my boards here.

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Roasted Pork Tenderloin and Chard/Kale Mashers Recipe

Roasted  Pork Tenderloin and Chard/Kale Mashers Recipe

Tonight I shared this photo of our dinner of Pork Tenderloin and Chard/Kale Mashers on Instagram and I had a few requests for the recipe so here it is.  Let me tell you that my kids LOVED it!!  I hope your family will enjoy it as much as I did.

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Valentine’s Day Prep

Valentine's Day Prep

With January coming to a close it’s time to start prepping for Valentine’s Day.  Here are some great ideas to start thinking about now.  I kept one wreath and heart handprint for myself and made some to give as gifts.  I love seeing their little handprints, it’s amazing how fast they grow!  Plus, I have a great idea for a kid’s Valentine’s Day dinner that is packed with secret veggies.  The best part about making the kids their own dinner, is that you and the hubs can have a romantic dinner at home after the kids go to bed.  I suggest something fabulous (very NOT kid-friendly) like oysters followed up with surf and turf.  YUM!

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Babies, Valentine’s Day, and the Tooth Fairy

Babies, Valentine's Day, and the Tooth Fairy

Love is in the air at Casa de Rino!  Adding seasonal flair to my home has been especially fun over the last several months because my kids have been getting so into decorating.  My daughter is always pushing me to get the decor out weeks in advance.  My son loves to go around and talk about each item.  It’s really sweet.  I save all the craft projects from the previous years the kids made and I really enjoy displaying them.  You can see last year’s Valentine’s Day decor here.

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Green Juice for Good Skin


Green Juice for Good SkinLet’s talk good skin.  I mean the kind of skin you see and you have to ask even a total stranger to tell you everything they use, eat, and do to make their skin literally glow from within.  I don’t have that kind of skin, but, as I’ve told you before, I’m always in search of it.  Today I want to talk about how you can get on your way to enviable skin without buying any new creams, serums, or lotions.  We’re talking about a good old “bottoms up” beauty remedy:  Green Juice for Good Skin.

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Stuffed Zucchini Boats


Kids and vegetables, it’s not always a love affair.  I find that when you come up with kid “buzz” words to add to the name of your dishes it makes the kiddos a little more excited about veggies.  That’s why I call this dish Stuffed Zucchini Boats instead of just Stuffed Zucchinis.  Before I tell you exactly how I can pull this dinner off with just 10 minutes of prep time, let’s take a few minutes to celebrate the star of this dish, the zucchini.  Here are some seriously fantastic facts about this green gem compliments of Wikipedia.

  • Zucchini is fat free, cholesterol free, low in sodium, rich in manganese, folate, and vitamins A and C and has more potassium than a banana.
  • Nutrients and vitamins found in zucchinis can help prevent cancer and heart disease.
  • Zucchinis contain 95 percent water.
  • The longest zucchini measured 7 ft 10.3 and was harvested from a home garden in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.
  • The flower of the zucchini plant is also edible.  Fried squash blossoms anyone?

OK, So how do I do this in just 10 minutes??  It’s all about the prep.  You may remember this post about saving with coupons, well when I see ground meat (any variety) is on sale I buy a few packs and freeze them.  In the beginning of each week I plan a meal that includes a ground meat.  I cook up all the pack with a little onion, salt, and pepper – no specific spices.  That way it’s a blank slate that I can add whatever flavors are needed for whatever dish I need it for throughout the week.  The second thing I do is make a HUGE batch of my Crockpot Marinara (I typically double the recipe in the link), I always have one jar in the fridge and several in the freezer.  I use the coupon method to buy the cans needed for this recipe too.

If I do the above prep work and my typical meal planning I can pull together a wholesome and delicious weeknight meal in minutes.  Now that you know my secrets here’s the recipe for my Stuffed Zucchini Boats.  I truly hope you and your family enjoy this recipe as much as my Rinos and I do.

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