"You are sunshine on a cloudy day!"

During our premarital counseling, my husband and I both took surveys in order to better understand our individual personalities. One of the things the profiles both said was that we were each like... "sunshine on a cloudy day." To this day we enjoy teasing each other about this funny little fact. :)

Sometimes we are sunshine...and sometimes we're not. But, we are soooo in love and are completely enjoying our journey in life together.

As we grow in love and in numbers, I invite you to follow our blog! It is bound to be a messy, silly, fun and exciting adventure. Sit back, grab a blanket, maybe even a cup of tea and get ready for a laugh or two. Welcome to our family! May God greatly bless you today!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Quick and Healthy Dinner Ideas...

Looking for something easy, but healthy? Just say “NO” to hamburger helper! I bet one of these dishes is just waiting to be made from food you already have in your kitchen!

As a self-proclaimed minimalist in the kitchen (I am NOT a cook), my family knows two things will be on the table…a main dish and a salad/veggies… and that is that. :) I have no guilt about it. As a wife, teacher, mom (to a very busy toddler)… and now newly pregnant, I do not have the time or energy to spend hours in the kitchen, but my family’s health is still important! Here are three simple and healthy classics for this week!

1. Turkey Sloppy Joes (serves 6-8) Gluten Free Option 

Ingredients you’ll need:
1 lb ground turkey (or beef – whatever you prefer)
2 cans of tomato soup (I like to use organic/all natural Pacific Foods Creamy Tomato Soup -1 box)
½ cup – ¾ cup of water (depending on how thick you like your “sloppy”)
1 Tbs. yellow mustard
Onion (optional)
Whole wheat hamburger buns (for gluten free try Udi’s Gluten-Free Buns)

Brown turkey meat in medium pan, cook off or strain to remove any excess water or fat. When cooked stir in soup, water, mustard, onion (optional) and cook until it is bubbling and hot. Serve over a whole wheat bun (open-faced for less carbs!). Serve with coleslaw, salad or veggies with dip!

2. Yum, Yum Rice and Beans (serves 6) – Gluten Free!

Ingredients you’ll need:
Brown rice
1 can of black beans
Black olives (1/2 can)
2 tomatoes
Sea Salt (to taste)
Butter or Coconut Oil-refined (optional)
Ranch – type dressing (optional)

Cook brown rice according to package directions. Heat black beans. When rice is done place heaping spoonfuls into bowls (to give a more creamy texture you may choose to add butter or coconut oil to rice at this time) and place one large spoonful of black beans over rice. Add chopped olives, tomato and avocado. Add sea salt or dressing to taste.

Did you know that rice and beans combined make a complete protein? No meat needed with this meal! Serve with salad or go wild and serve with egg rolls (I like Asian Style Sensations White Meat Chicken Egg Rolls – No preservatives and no MSG)!

3. Potatoes and Chilli (Serves 4) – Gluten Free!

Ingredients you’ll need:
Baked potatoes (4)
1 can of chilli (I like Amy’s organic chilli – medium)
Cheddar cheese (optional)

This is the simplest one yet! Bake potatoes in oven or microwave (until soft in the middle). Heat chilli. Grate cheddar. Slice open potato, place one heaping spoonful of chilli over center of potato and add desired amount of cheddar cheese (optional). Serve with a nice green salad or veggies and dip.

Sometimes the best ideas for dinner are the ones we already familiar with, but simply needed reminding of! I hope this makes your dinner simpler and healthier tonight!

From Kendall’s kitchen to yours…Peace, Love and Enjoy!

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