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BREAKFAST FOR DINNER — AKA BRINNER

We usually eat the same 4 or 5 meals for dinner every week around here. It’s not easy finding things that a toddler, vegetarian and sometimes meat eater all agree on, but we make due. Usually it’s lots of pasta, tacos, stir fries and one of our favorites, breakfast. Or brinner as we like to call it.

It’s quick, it’s easy and there’s no complaining what so ever. That’s a win if you ask me.

We usually stick to eggs and pancakes, but sometimes throw in a side of crispy hash browns depending on how hungry we are. Yesterday we decided to skip ’em, and add some extra toppings to our pancakes instead (blueberries and walnuts).
DSC_0307I actually meant to add the blueberries into the pancakes, but I got distracted and totally forgot. #momlife
DSC_0301We like our pancakes thick and fluffy around here. Next time you make a batch add in some cinnamon and a splash of vanilla extract. Trust me on this one.
DSC_0311 (1)Oh and big pats of butter and real maple syrup! Hey, I didn’t say it was healthy, but it is delicious.
DSC_0314Don’t forget to break out your fancy glasses either. Anything worth having is worth using and it makes the whole thing feel a bit more like your eating out and a lot less like you just made the easiest thing you could find. Especially when your husband does the dishes 😉 If only there was champagne in there too…
DSC_0317This is the best instant mix we’ve tried so far (and we’ve tried a bunch because who really has time to make them from scratch?). They have no artificial anything and super that’s important to us, even more so if Cooper’s having some too.

Add in a little more batter than the recipe calls for to get extra fluffy pancakes. I also have a box of their heart healthy mix just asking to be made with some ripe bananas.
DSC_0325Here’s a coupon for $.50 off one box too. Hey, every little bit helps!

Now go make some pancakes! It is national breakfast month after all (side note — who comes up with these holidays and where do I apply?)

|this post was sponsored by Krusteaz but as always, all opinions are my own. 

CHEESY TORTELLINI VEGETABLE BAKE

Cheesy Tortellini Vegetable Bake

Most days of the week I have no idea what to make for dinner and just end up making tacos or something. Don’t get me wrong we eat a LOT of tacos around here, but there are times (it’s not often, but it does happen) where the last thing I want is another freaking tortilla. And since we haven’t been eating any meat at home besides some fish, it makes things even harder.

Corey is completely game for the vegetarian thing, as long as I keep it interesting which means no salads. “What am I? A freaking rabbit?” No, not the last time I checked. And now that Cooper has two (but I think soon to be 3) teeth, he’s starting to enjoy finger foods and so I’m trying to think of meals we can all eat instead of having to cook two different things. Let’s just hope he’s not as picky an eater as I was! (I literally only ate meat and cheese on my sandwiches until High School).

Anyways, here’s a quick recipe I found while browsing the time suck that is Pinterest the other night. I changed a few things based on what I already had in the cabinet and voila! A fancy new dinner that has quickly become one of our favorites. And you know its good if we ate the whole pan! Twice! We are not usually left over people, but there was not one bite of this left both times I made it. Cheesy Tortellini Vegetable BakeCheesy Tortellini Vegetable BakeOfficial Corey Tyler Thumbs Up Seal of ApprovalCheesy Tortellini Vegetable Bake

Ingredients
Refrigerated tortellini
Alfredo sauce
Mozzarella cheese
Veggies! (we used squash, zucchini, broccoli, and mushrooms but any combination would work)
1 can diced tomatoes – drained
Red pepper flakes (optional but recommended!)

Directions
CHOP, STIR, TOP WITH CHEESE, AND BAKE!

Seriously, you don’t even have to cook the tortellinis first. I deserve a drink for this one.

WHAT’S FOR DINNER?

We’ve been trying to eat healthy lately and only what I buy from Publix or the farmer’s market. I used to spend upwards of $150 and we were still eating out a few times a week. I don’t even want to think about how much food we’ve thrown out, or how much money we’ve wasted.

Since we’re sticking to what we have in the house, this means we have to get creative sometimes. What that doesn’t mean is eating the same boring things each week.

Tonight we’re having:

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Vegetable soup with chickpeas, white beans, kidney beans, celery, carrots, onion, collard greens (from the garden!), and diced tomatoes. 

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