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!

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I’m not eating THAT! {Review} #Cheekychops Holistic Nutrition with Annie Anderson #YMCCommunity

Tell me if this sounds familiar.

You prepare dinner, call everyone to the table. After everyone is settled and prepared to dive in to the scrumptious meal that you’ve been slaving away at for the past hour (or so), and the kids pipe up, “This looks yucky! I’m not eating THAT!”

Picky Eater

You tell them that all the ingredients that are in their meal, are all foods that they like, and you proceed to list off said ingredients, but to no avail. Frustrated that they aren’t giving in and it’s getting late, you bust out the foods that they WILL eat and dinner’s done. Chances are you boiled up some noodles, made a silly monster from a Cheese String, rolled up a couple of pieces of deli meat and maybe managed to slice up a few veggies to round out the major food groups.

Wouldn’t it just be nice for EVERYONE to be able to eat the same meal at the same time?!

I’ve gone online to websites that specifically have recipes for kids, Annabel Karmel, weelicious, Super Healthy Kids, Canadian Living Moms, The Sneaky Chef , and several other Google searches for “healthy kids food recipes”, but my kids just won’t eat it. So frustrating!

Enter Annie Anderson from Cheekychops.

Cheeky Chops

Cheekychops is known for providing personalized, one-on-one assistance for sleep, potty training and general parenting advice, and now they have extended their services to include personalized holistic nutrition advice.

Annie had me fill out a quick survey for each of my kiddos, where I answered questions pertaining to their diets. We then had a telephone consultation discussing what the little ones are currently eating, how our mealtimes are (like where do we eat, do we eat as a family, are there any distractions such as TV) and when do we have our meals and snacks.

She made suggestions where we could change what goes on during our mealtimes, a few recipe suggestions and reassured me that I was doing a great job at what we are feeding our kids and that by just having them try new things, they will eventually start to accept what is prepared for them without argument. Sometimes it can take up to 20 times for a child to really decide that something isn’t their preference.

As a result from my consultation, I feel that Annie’s suggestions were ones that we can integrate into our family’s eating habits. She reminded me that having the TV on during mealtimes is major distraction for kids while they are trying to eat, which could lead up to lengthy mealtimes and the annoying job of constantly telling the wee ones to “Keep eating your dinner!”. Eating together as a family (hopefully at the dinner table, if your living space allows, which mine does not) helps create good eating habits, and your kids see how focussing on your meal and engaging with one another is far more important than a TV show. If there’s a good show on during dinner that you just don’t want to miss, set your PVR. Also, by having set meals, such as breakfast, lunch, dinner and 2 snacks a day, and eliminating “grazing” throughout the day, this will probably encourage the offspring to be more hungry at mealtimes and actually finish what’s on their plates. Having healthy snack options ready-to-go, will also keep us from just grabbing whatever is handy, which could possibly be a less healthy option like fish crackers or gummie snacks.

Cheekychops Holistic Nutrition Services includes help in areas such as:

  • Feeding babies and children: learn how solids should be introduced and how to ensure your child is getting all the nutrients they need for optimal health
  • Say goodbye to picky eaters: Custom-tailored strategies for turning a picky eater into a more adventurous one
  • Health issues: Addressing common health issues such as allergies, behavioral challenges, eczema & more, with a natural and drug-free approach
  • Customized food menu planning including recipes that are easy to make and cater to your child’s needs
  • Fridge & Cupboard Cleansing/Reading Food Labels: learn to decipher which foods and household products are healthy versus the ones that are toxic for both your child and your whole family (in-home consultation)

In addition to Holistic Nutrition consulting, Annie also provides sleep consultations for children 0-5 years of age. She services the Tri-cities, Burnaby and New West areas, but is also available for consultations anywhere in British Columbia.

Annie Anderson  from Cheekychops is pleased to offer a 10% off promotional  discount for either a telephone/Skype or in-home nutrition package consultation. Telephone/Skype option is open to anyone living anywhere, even outside of BC.  In-home consult is available for anyone living in the Greater Vancouver region, from Maple Ridge through to Vancouver. To take advantage of this offer-please email/phone Annie directly and mention promo code: nutrition03

Check out the link here to find out how a Nutrition Consultation can benefit your child:  http://www.cheekychops.ca/blog/2013/12/cheekychops-now-offers-holistic-nutrition-advice