Spend March Break & Passover Break with Netflix #StreamTeam

Netflix

A week of no school (or more), what is a mom to do? There are only so many programs you can enrol your child into and then what?!

This past week was March break and I had my big guy enrolled in morning programs three days a week and then figured I would have playdates in the afternoons, but it seemed like half his friends were in school still and only got Passover break and the rest already had plans so, I decided to plan a special afternoon and  have a baking and movie date thanks to Netflix.

I hyped up our afternoon plans telling him we were going to bake “nana’s amazing oatmeal chocolate chip cookies which were my favourite when I was little” and then I told him he could pick a movie on Netflix and we can grab pillows and a blanket and eat the cookies while watching. Honestly speaking, I have never seen him so excited! Having mom snuggling with him, cookies and a movie what could be better.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

RECIPE
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Measure: 
1/2 cup brown sugar firmly packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
Cream with:
1/2 cup of butter (1 stick)
Combine and beat in until smooth:
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon milk
Sift together and add to the above ingredients:
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon double-acting baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
When beaten smooth, add:
1 cup uncooked quick rolled oats
3/4 cup chocolate chips
Beat the mixture well. Drop cookies 2 inches apart on well greased cookie sheet and bake until light brown (10-12 minutes)

Here are some great family movies for both the younger and older kids that are now available on Netflix

Netflix Family Movies - Little Kids

Titles for the younger kids

Netflix Family Movies for Older Kids

Titles for the older kids

My little man chose to watch the awesome animated movie Turbo which he didn’t last more than 20 minutes watching because he can’t sit still, but the best part of Netflix, pause it and then go back to it whenever you want.

Hope you all had a great March break with your family and for those who’s kids have Passover break, make a special movie date with your little one and enjoy your time together.

T.
xo

Yummy Quinoa!!!! Easy Recipe

Quinoa

This is by far one of my favorite recipes! It’s a yummy quinoa salad that is great as a side dish or for the lighter eaters, it can be a full meal.

My husband NEVER had quinoa before and I made him try this and now he said he would eat it everyday. It’s super easy to make (for real … this is coming from someone who really doesn’t know how to cook and I make this all the time)

1/4 cup of lime juice or lemon juice (i use lemon juice)
2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon honey *if you put the olive oil in the measuring spoon before the honey, the honey wont stick to the spoon
pinch of salt 
1 cup of uncooked quinoa
1-2 cups of frozen shelled edamame
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/2 cup of cuccumber

Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk
Place quinoa in a medium saucepan and cover wtih water to 2 inches above qunioa. bring to a boil; cook for 5-10 minutes or until quinoa looks done. After 5 minutes of qunioa cooking, add in edamame, return to a boil. Drain water and add the quinoa and edamame to the liquid and mix well. Add peppers to complete mixture, put in fridge to chill and then add in cuccumber before serving (you don’t want it to get soggy) – ENJOY

T.
xo

Super Easy Recipes for the Whole Family

I find nothing funnier then when people give me what they call their “easy” recipes and when I go to read it (not make it .. read it), I dont understand half of the words on the page and it takes two hours just to prepare the damn meal and that doesn’t even count the cooking part – who has that time??!! For me, the easier the recipe the better and I think I have found three of them:

Broccoli Soup (Just made this one tonight)

2 packages of Frozen Broccoli (500g per pack)
8 cups of water
3 green onions (scallions)
1 small potato peeled
1 long carrot peeled or 2 if they are small
2 tablespoons of chicken soup powder
1 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of pepper (I do a 1/4 teaspoon as 1/2 seems to give it quite a bite)

Cover and let sit on high heat for 1/2 an hour
Use hand blender to puree soup (if you dont have one I highly recommend the Cuisinart Hand Blender)
Put on low heat and simmer
If soup is too thick, just add some water (I havent run into this issue yet)

Baked Chicken Fingers

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup cornflake or bread crumbs
1/4 cup sesame seeds
Salt, pepper and paprika to taste
1/4 cup honey
2 teaspoons orange juice
1/4 cup ketchup

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
Rinse chicken and pat dry
Cut chicken into 1″ wide strips
In a plastic bag combine crumbs, sesame seeds and seasonings
In a bowl blend honey, orange juice and ketchup
Dip chicken in honey mix and then drop a few pieces at a time into crumb mix – shake well to coat chicken
Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet with parchment paper
Bake chicken for 7-8 minutes
Turn over and bake another 7-8 minutes until crisp and golden
*dont overcook though because chicken will get dry

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet and Sour Chicken Balls

1 1/2lbs of minced lean chicken
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 clove of garlic
1 egg
2 tablespoons matzo meal
1 1/2 cups of ketchup
2 cups of gingerale (its usually about 1 can)

Combine the first 6 ingredients together and form into small balls
Combine ketchup and gingerale in a large saucepan and bring to a boil
Drop meatballs into sauce, over and simmer for 2 hours
Serve over a bed of rice – YUM!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have any EASY (and I mean EASY) recipes that are delicious, please post them below for all to enjoy
Enjoy
T.
xo