Sometimes "hangry" strikes.
And you just really want a cracker.
And then you're back in business. And life is all good again.
And when I'm not shoveling crackers into little beaks. I'm usually trying to figure out meals that will be as eagerly anticipated and accepted as the "fratter" (per Bennett).
That is not an easy feat. But here is what we've been found eating in hopes of warding off any hangry little boys.....and their mama.
Creamy Oven Baked Chicken Taquitos. Picture and Recipe credit found HERE at Life made simple bakes. These were so good, and would have been quick and easy had I not been trying to juggle a tired fussy baby and break up 9,892 fights between the oldest boys. A good cry later and these finally made their way into the oven. Low and behold both boys declared them "yummy mom" and Cole even said I could make them every day. While I won't do that, I will be adding these to our menu again and again. Because let's face it, it's incredibly nice to not have a meal snubbed and spit out.
Thai Red Curry Chicken.
I'm always a sucker for a good curry. And this one was pretty amazing, had just enough heat, but not too much that the boys all loved it. I followed the directions except I subbed chicken broth for the water and threw in a bag of frozen stir fry mix instead of the snap peas. I also used brown sugar instead of white (my own personal preference when I make curries) I loved the sweetness of the sweet potato against the spice of the curry paste. Photo and recipe credit HERE at Eat Live Run. It's the perfect meal for the chilly fall days that don't seem to be in the foreseeable future.
Chicken Tortilla Soup.
I have made many versions of this soup. It's always good, always satisfying, and always a quick and easy meal. For some reason I particularly liked this one more than others. And I don't quite know why. Maybe it was the addition of the pile of avocado on top, or that it was a slow cooker meal. For whatever reason, I'm sure this will find it's way to my crock pot again and again. GO HERE forthe recipe. ( I poached my chicken, shredded it and threw it in at the very end so it wouldn't dry up)
Its quick, it's easy, there are only a handful of ingredients needed....but best of all, it was accepted by all tummies alike. I added some sliced celery for added crunch. I loved all of the different textures going on. You have to scroll down a bit to get to the recipe, but keep scrolling because it's worth it. Photo and Recipe via Freckles in April.
and last but not least,
From one of the first food blogs I ever started following. Picture and recipe from Iowa Girl Eats.
This recipe is very forgiving and adaptable. The other day I realized I didn't have onions, jalapenos or green chili's so I tossed in a jar of salsa verde and wha-la! It's creamy, thick and comforting. And easy, of course. Story of my dinner cooking life. Quick and easy is a huge selling point these days.
BIG, big selling point.