What’s for dinner? One Pot Pasta and Ground Chicken.

Stuck for a dinner idea that the kids will eat and you’ll be able to whip up in about a half an hour?

This one-pot noodle and ground chicken dish will be devoured by all and definitely added to the weekly rotation!


Homemade One Pot Pasta and Ground Chicken

Ingredients:

1 lb ground chicken, turkey or beef

1 cup onion, diced

1 tsp EACH paprika, parsley, oregano, garlic powder, salt

½ tsp chili powder

2 tsp tomato paste for extra umami = flavor (optional)

14oz can coconut milk (you can use 1-1/2 cups regular milk or almond if you prefer) 

2 cups beef broth

2-1/2 cups short pasta (rotini, penne, cavatappi, whole wheat/ grain or gluten-free work as well)

1 cup cheddar cheese (you can sub in dairy-free cheese as well)

1-2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Instructions:

Preheat a 10″ skillet with a tight fitting lid over medium heat.

Add in your ground meat and diced onion, brown.

Add in all the spices and tomato paste if using.

Stir in the liquids and noodles.

Bring to a gentle simmer, cover, and turn the heat to low.

Simmer about 10-15 minutes until the noodles are tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed.

Remove from the heat, vent the lid, and let rest to absorb the remaining liquid for about 5 minutes.

Stir in the cheese and Worcestershire, taste, add more salt if necessary, enjoy!

*I totally forgot to add the cheese and Worcestershire, but it still tasted awesome!

{{Giveaway}} Celebrate Dry, Family New Year’s with Vancouver Christmas Market!

Vancouver Christmas Market will be hosting a Dry New Year’s Family Celebration on Saturday, December 31, 2016 from 11am-9pm at Jack Poole Plaza. This family-focused, dry event will offer a host a children’s entertainment, live music, food and gift vendors to ring in the New Year as a family. 


This is the perfect event for the young and young at heart to embark on some holiday family fun. Mom and Dad will find it hard to keep up as little ones enjoy the following delightful activities: 
Visit the Photo Hut for a family photo op.

Take a spin on the carousel!


Keep dry and warm up in the heated Alpine Haus.

Listen to live music from Des Larson, Paul Filek, and BANG.

Receive FREE kids glitter tattoos. Choose from fun designs that celebrate the New Year, German-style: A ladybug, a little pig, fireworks, and more! 

Enjoy FREE kids balloon twisting.

Receive a FREE kids caricature: Get a funny artwork souvenir as we head into the New Year.

To view the complete event schedule click here: VCMentertainment

Ticket prices
Single Admission from Adult $8 Children 0-6, Free

Admission is subject to event capacity. 

For ticket bookings and further details, visit: vancouverchristmasmarket.com

Please note that Vancouver Christmas Market is not an official viewing area for the 2016 New Year’s Eve fireworks. For detailed information about viewing zones, please visit: nyevan.com

{{The Giveaway!}}

I’ve got a Family 4pk of passes to giveaway to this New Year’s Eve event for one lucky Raincity Parent reader! This giveaway is open to residents of the Greater Vancouver Area and the Sea to Sky Corridor, 18 years and over only! Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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Add a healthy punch with #Seedibles {{Giveaway}}

Most kids are picky eaters.

It totally sucks when you’re trying to add variety into your mealtimes and your kids fight with you tooth and nail to eat the food that’s placed in front if them. Hubby and I even have to “assist” with getting the food from their forks into their mouths.

Yep…totally sucks! But we at least eat ours first. Kinda like the airplane instructions of getting the air mask on your face before assisting others.

I’ve been trying to add more whole grains to my kid’s diets but find it hard to get them to eat anything “seedy”. They aren’t fans of grainy breads or quinoa subbing in for rice, so I tried another route.

I’ve recently been introduced to Seedibles.

Seedibles

Seedibles are delicious and uber nutritious and can be added into any recipes. They are full of super seeds like flax, hemp, quinoa and amaranth and then have all natural spices blended in to make great flavours.

QuinoaCool

We like to add Seedibles to our morning smoothies and I’ve even sprinkled CinnaWow onto cottage cheese!

CinnaWow can be used in all the “sweet” things your child loves to eat. It’s great on oatmeal, yogurt, mixed in pancakes or cookies!

CinnaWow

QuinoaCool is the perfect addition to lunches, snacks or dinners. It can blend in with pastas, tacos even grilled cheese sandwiches. Your child won’t even know it’s there.

Wanna try some Seedibles for yourself! We’ve got a pack each of CinnaWow and Quinoa Cool to give away to one lucky Raincity Mama reader! Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below. Giveaway is open to residents of the Greater Vancouver area only. Enter via the Rafflecopter link below. 

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Better Together Hands On Cook-Off Contest!

Do you have a foodie family?

Hands On Cook-off Contest

For the seventh year running, Better Together is hosting their Hands-On Cook-Off Contest!

This video contest is open to residents of British Columbia and runs from April 20th until noon on May 20th, 2016.

Enter

There are two categories that you can enter in:

  • To enter the Multigenerational category, at least two generations must be involved in the making of the video.
  • To enter the Youth category, at least two youth aged 18 and under must be involved in the making of the video. Videos must be no more than three minutes long once uploaded online; this requirement will be strictly enforced.

Vote

Vote for the video you think is the best in each category!

The video with the most votes in the Multigenerational category will win the People’s Choice award in this category and $300 cash.

Videos submitted in the Youth category have a chance to win a prize for their team and a prize for their school or youth program. The video with the most votes in the Youth category will win the People’s Choice award in the Youth category and $150 cash for their team plus $150 cash for their school or youth program of their choice.

Win

There are great prizes up for grabs. A team of 6 judges will determine the Grand Prize winner and the Runner Up winner for each category:

Ethan Adeland, Managing Director of Partnerships and co-founder of Food Bloggers of Canada.
Alexandra Gill, Globe and Mail’s Vancouver restaurant critic.
Denise Marchessault, chef and author of the British Columbia from Scratch cookbook.
Claire Newell, official Travel Expert for Global BC and guest of CKNW radio 3 times per week.
Jennifer Pallian, Vancouver-based food writer and food photographer and owner of the Foodess blog.
Rola Zahr, Registered dietitian and Nutrition Educator Manager at BC Dairy Association.

Better Together BC

So grab your family, pick a favourite recipe and get those cameras rolling! Be creative, but most of all, have fun with your family. Making a memory together couldn’t be more fun and tasty!

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{{Giveaway}} Dinner for 2 at #GustoDiQuattro

Since 1980, the Corsi family has been serving the North Shore their amazing Italian cuisine.

Gusto di Quattro

In 2000, Trattoria Corsi began operating as Gusto di Quattro but the tradition has remained the same.

This quaint, atmospheric restaurant established at the foot of the up and coming Lower Lonsdale scene, serves some of the most beautiful and tastiest Italian cuisine that anyone could ask for.

Tiramisu

The Antipasto Platter was to die for! Amazingly delicious…I couldn’t help but dive in!

Pasta trio

The pasta trio (Fettuccine Con Funghi, Spaghetti Bolognese, Spaghetti Quattro) was divine, I had many helpings!

Tiramisu

This lovely tirimisu was the perfect ending to a fantastic meal!

The menu is so mouthwatering and the wines available are a fantastic compliment to each and every course!

Did I mention that every Monday and Tuesday, the pasta is only $10? Sign me up! The Fettuccine Con Funghi is my favourite, but if you have a hankering for something with a little more heat, Spaghetti Quattro will be right up your alley!

Next time you plan a lovely dinner out, you must visit Gusto di Quattro! It’s  and the patio is a perfect spot to people watch and catch the sunset.

Photo credit: @azizdhamani

Photo credit: @azizdhamani

{{Giveaway}}

Gusto di Quattro has graciously offered a complimentary 3 Course Dinner for 2 to be given away to one lucky Raincity Parent reader! This giveaway is open to residents of the Greater Vancouver area 19 years and over. Enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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What’s for dinner? Cheesy Pizza Sticks

Kids love finger foods! OK, OK, so do grown-ups!

It was pizza night the other night and I decided to try something new. It was getting late and I wasn’t in the mood to make a big meal.

Here’s what I made:

Cheesy Pizza Sticks

Cheesy Pizza Sticks

Ingredients:

1 tube of refrigerated pizza dough

10 mozzarella stringable cheese

40 slices of pizza pepperoni

Pizza sauce

2 Tbsp butter

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp dried basil

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 deg.

Open the tube of pizza dough and roll it out to 1/8″ thick and cut it into 10 equal pieces.

Place 4 slices of pepperoni on each piece of dough. Top with a cheese string. Squeeze a line of pizza sauce on top.

Stretch the dough over the stack and seal the edges with your fingers.

Place the rolls on the prepared baking sheet.

Melt the butter, add garlic powder and basil, and stir to combine. Brush the tops of each roll with the butter mixture.

Place the baking sheet into the preheated oven and bake for 10-12 minutes.

Remove from oven, let cool for a couple minutes, serve and enjoy!

* you can use any toppings that you like to fill these. Try Hawaiian, peppers, olives or mushrooms. Just make sure the pieces are cut small and they aren’t over-filled.

Cheesy Pizza Stick

Cheesy Pizza Sticks

What’s baking? Death By Chocolate Blender Brownies

Ermagherd!

I stumbled across this recipe while dating Pinterest the other day.

I made them today…you should make them tomorrow!

Here they are:

Death by chocolate brownies

Death By Chocolate Blender Brownies

courtesy of deliciousobsessions.com

Ingredients:

1 cup mashed banana (about 2)
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tbsp. coconut milk or coconut water
½ cup dairy-free chocolate chips (I used carob chips)
1 cup cocoa powder
¼ cup honey
½ tsp. baking soda

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 355 and grease a 9×9 inch baking dish.
Place everything in blender except baking soda and puree until smooth.
Pulse in baking soda and spread batter into prepared dish.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until knife comes out clean.
Let cool for about 10 minutes before removing.

Be careful…they’re addictive!