Show Us Your Life – Main Dishes

I’m linking up with Kelly at Kelly’s Korner.

We tend to make the same meals over and over each week. It doesn’t bother us too much because they’re meals we love, but I know we’re in a rut. I try to come up with new ideas, but I’m so very hesitant that I won’t like the dishes. I guess I just need to bite the bullet and try some new things!

Today, I’m going to share some of my favorite meatless main dishes with you.

Sloppy Joe’s

I never used to be a big fan of Sloppy Joe’s, but now? Now, I can’t seem to get enough of them. Seriously. I don’t know WHAT it is, but we eat them at least once a week (plus, you know, leftovers for lunch the next day).

We like our Sloppy Joe’s a little on the spicy side, so we add in onions and jalapenos. Yum! OK, now I’m craving one! What do you like to add to yours??

1 bag MorningStar Griller Crumbles
1 can Sloppy Joe sauce
1/2 onion
15 jalapeno slices (we used the jarred jalapenos)

Brown the Griller crumbles in a pan. Add the Sloppy Joe sauce, onion and jalapenos, and cook until hot.

Veggie Pasta

We have one restaurant in town that is our absolute favorite. It’s a locally-owned place, and they make the BEST pasta with veggies. I could eat it every day. But, since it’s kind of pricey to eat there — especially at dinner — I thought that I could probably recreate that dish. And, I did. And, it was fantastic. I mean, I know I’m biased, but I think it can rival the restaurant’s dish. :)

1 box penne pasta
1 zucchini
2 squash
1 package fresh mushrooms
1 onion
garlic cloves
1 head broccoli

Saute onion and garlic. Then, add other veggies and cook. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and toss with veggies.

The Rocking Chair

Last night, I rocked my daughter.

That may not sound like a big deal, but in our house, it is. You see, ever since Lucy was a baby, it was her Daddy who rocked her. I was lucky in that every time she woke up (which was usually once a night), Joe would get up with her and let me sleep. I was grateful because, unlike other new mothers, I was well-rested. But, as Lucy grew older, I realized it had its drawbacks.

At bedtime, it’s Daddy who Lucy wants to rub her back or to rock her. She never wants Mommy and, if I even dare to try to take Daddy’s place, she cries for him. When she wakes up at night or in the morning, it’s Daddy she calls for.

So, every night for the last  three years, it’s been Joe who has rocked our daughter before bed.

Until last night. Sure, it took some coaxing from Daddy who was required to sit on the floor by Lucy’s bed. But it’s OK. Because last night I rocked my daughter.

Meatless Monday: Thanksgiving ‘Turkey’ Roll Up

Today, I’m linking up with Lamberts Lately.

My family has several dishes that we always eat for Thanksgiving and Christmas (yes, we eat the same meal for both holidays because it’s just THAT GOOD). Among those are “turkey” roll ups, wild rice with vegetarian turkey and broccoli cheese and corn casserole. Today, in preparation for Thanksgiving, I’m going to tell you about this great “turkey” roll up dish my mom makes with vegetarian turkey slices and stuffing. It is SO good, and she always makes a ton so we have a lot of leftovers.

This dish is really easy to make. We used to use canned vegetarian turkey slices by Worthington, but those have been discontinued. Now, we use Worthington’s frozenSmoked Turkey Roll. Make the stuffing according to the directions. Slice the vegetarian turkey, put stuffing in the middle, and roll up the sides so it makes a “U” shape.

Pour either vegetable broth or the juice from a can of Fri Chick over to keep moist while baking and add cheese on top if you like. Then, bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until it’s warmed well. If you add cheese, bake it until the cheese melts.

I’ll be sharing some other holiday recipes over the next few weeks. What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving vegetarian recipes? Share with us in the comments!

Worthington Smoked Turkey roll
Stove Top stuffing
Vegetable broth/Fri Chick juice

1. Make the stuffing according to the directions.

2. Slice the vegetarian turkey, put stuffing in the middle, and roll up the sides so it makes a “U” shape.

3. Pour either vegetable broth or the juice from a can of Fri Chick over to keep moist while baking and add cheese on top if you like.

4. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until it’s warmed well. If you add cheese, bake it until the cheese melts.

Lucy, Lucy, Lucy the Explorer!

You guys. My princess is turning 3 in NINE DAYS.

I KNOW. Seriously. How did we get to THREE already? Wasn’t it just yesterday that she was born??

Since Lucy’s birthday typically falls around Thanksgiving (this year it’s the day before), we normally have her party the weekend before the holiday. This year, we’re partying next Sunday at a local bouncy place. To say that Lucy is psyched would be an understatement. For the last couple of weeks, she’s come up to us and said, “I gotta get ready for my party. I gotta go to my party.”

Lucy’s been really into Dora and Diego, so she adamantly said she wanted a Dora party. Joe has made her invites for the last two years, but this year we’ve all been so busy that I found her invites on Etsy and FELL IN LOVE. I mean, how super cute are these??

Since we’re having the party at a bouncy place, there’s not much for us to do. We’ll probably take some simple decorations, but we’re not really going overboard. This year, I want to just take it easy and enjoy the party, which I was trying to do (despite the fact that  I am completely Type A and am relying on the party pros to make Lucy’s day awesome).

Until yesterday. When the person I booked to make Lucy’s cake backed out on me. I am not even joking. She sent me a Facebook message and said that they decided to go out of town. “Sorry! Hope you can find someone else to make the cake!”

I kid you not. That is what she said. SEVEN DAYS out from the party. And, of course, I found this out as I was walking in to get a mani/pedi, so spending an hour or so relaxing was kind of hard to do. The cake is a really important part of the party to me, so this was just devastating.

But, we did what we always do, and we found another person to make her cake, who happens to be Lucy’s babysitter’s daughter. She makes cute cakes, and she said it was no problem to make the cake we’re looking at. Want to see the cake I got my inspiration from? Of course, you do!

Instead of the cardboard characters, though, we’ll have toys that I found on eBay. And, since Lucy’s party is on my Dad’s birthday, we’re going to have a cake for him, too. Can you guess the theme? DIEGO! It’s going to be super cute, and Lucy is really excited.

I love planning Lucy’s birthday parties, and even though we won’t be doing as much decoration-wise as we have in the past, I’m still excited because her party is going to be awesome. It’s everything she loves and is going to make her ridiculously happy. And, that, is what’s most important.

You Know you Burn the Waffles too Much When….

….your 2-year-old inspects hers very carefully before exclaiming, “You didn’t burn it! Daddy, Mommy didn’t burn my waffle!”


Little Sponges

Being that Lucy is a toddler, we are constantly disciplining her (or so it seems). Don’t climb over the arm of the couch. Don’t jump off of the couch. You get my drift.

Today, while I was doing some work in the living room, I heard her in the kitchen laying down the law to Callie, our cat. It went a little something like this:

“Callie, GET DOWN RIGHT NOW! Callie, DOWN! Don’t make me count. 1…2…3…GET DOWN RIGHT NOW!”

And, I laughed. Because toddlers are awesome.