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Cauliflower Tater Tots

On a quest to get your child to eat more veggies? Getting tired of the same old Meatless Monday meal? Give these a try. Trust me, you will not be disappointed and neither will your kids. Typically I need to pull out all the stops just to get my oldest to choke down a pea, but she ate these happily. After all, they are tater tots! Minus the tater anyway.



Cauliflower Tater Tots

Cauliflower Tater Tots

Ingredients

  • 1 lb of cauliflower (I used frozen to save time)
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup parsley

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Cut cauliflower, red pepper, and onion into manageable chunks. Place in food processor and blend.
  3. Put mixture into a medium-size mixing bowl and add cheese, Parmesan cheese, egg, breadcrumbs, and parsley. Stir until all ingredients are combined.
  4. Form into ovals. Place on baking sheet and bake for approximately 20 minutes.
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Chicken Suiza Cornbread Bake

The first time I made this dish I wasn’t convinced. The ingredients promised potential. How can you go wrong with cheese, cornbread and sour cream? But the end product, wasn’t what I had hoped. After some thought, I realized my mistake. I had used canned chicken. Yuk. It was an effort to save time but, really, canned chicken is absolutely disgusting. This weekend I had some extra time so I tried it again with fresh chicken. I used a little bit of cajun seasoning on the chicken to give it a little bit of extra spice and it turned out just like I had hoped it would the first time. Always up for cornbread, the girls loved it too. It’s a keeper but, definitely a weekend dish since it does take some extra time and preparation.




This Tex-Mex dinner has just the right amount of kick, and it’s all in one dish!

Chicken Suiza Cornbread Bake

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Chicken Suiza Cornbread Bake

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 can creamed corn
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups chicken, shredded or cut
  • 1, 8 oz package Monterrey Jack, shredded
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 package of cornbread mix
  • 1 tbsp green chilies
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In skillet, melt butter. Add onion and garlic. Cook until tender (approx 4-6 minutes).
  3. In a large bowl, combine creamed corn, corn, egg, and cornbread mix. Mix in onion and garlic.
  4. Pour in 9x13 inch baking dish.
  5. In a large bowl, combine chicken, green chilies, sour cream, and salt and pepper. Spread over cornbread.
  6. Sprinkle with cheese and bake 35-40 minutes.

Notes

Substitute black beans for the chicken to make this dish vegetarian.

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Corn Dog Bites

Okay, I’m not even going to pretend like these are healthy. They are just so good and reminiscent of summer fairs! The girls and I had so much fun making them though and it was super easy. The most time consuming part was the frying but it was worth the little extra time that went into it. I served them with strawberries to make myself feel a little better about ti.

If you have toddlers, I recommend making sure there is another adult around while you fry. Hot oil is only a teachable moment at a distance! Cutting up these hot dog bites is also important with small kids.




Corn Dog Bites

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Corn Dog Bites

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Add egg, buttermilk, oil, and honey. Stir until thoroughly mixed. Add more buttermilk as needed for the correct consistency. The batter should be the consistency of cake batter.
  3. Pour frying oil in a pan. I used a medium saucepan; however, the taller the pan, the better. Turn heat to medium.
  4. Dip hot dog chunks in batter and fry. I used a spoon to transfer, although tongs would probably be easier. Place a paper towel on the plate you are using to set the corn dog bites on after frying. This will help soak up some of the excess oil.
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Serve with fruit to alleviate some mom guilt.

Homemade Pizza

This hands-on dinner is a great way to introduce the joys of cooking. The ingredients are easy to handle, and even with kid creativity, it is hard to go wrong. Add a level of imagination and mold the crust into festive shapes or cut the pepperoni into letters. The teaching opportunities are endless with this quick family dinner.

Homemade Pizza

Homemade Pizza

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Prepare Jiffy pizza dough according to package.
  3. Shred mozzarella cheese and prepare additional toppings.
  4. Mold pizza dough into desired shape using flour to keep the crust from sticking to your fingers.
  5. Spread pizza sauce over the dough and top with mozzarella cheese.
  6. Add toppings.
  7. Cook for 16-20 minutes depending on oven, or until cheese is turning golden brown.
  8. Topping ideas:
  9. Pepperoni, sausage, onion, peppers, garlic, olive oil, pineapple, ground beef, ham, mushrooms, olives, additional cheeses
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