Bet You Can’t………..
Today was finally a beautiful Spring day in New England. The sun was shining and there was not a rain drop in sight. I did a double take when the thermometer in my car was registering 63 degrees. My hope is that this weather is here to stay.
Of course on the first day of this the beautiful weather was my late day at work. I really wanted to do some sort of workout when I got home because my body just wanted to do something active before making dinner. My youngest daughter and I decided to play a game. It started with looking at nature and ended with a very competitive game of “I bet you can’t catch me?” We had a good 20 minutes of sprinting and skipping. It was so much fun! I can’t imagine what we looked like to the people driving around our neighborhood. Here is a post “race” picture. I don’t know why the balloon needed to be in the picture, but if you know Tajiah you would understand. The girl always has to have an “accessory” to pose for pictures. Diva in the making.
After my impromptu race, I got right to work on dinner. Since it was a little later than my normal starting dinner time, I needed to whip up something that was quick and tasty. I have many people who ask me about how I have time to cook and prepare dinner every night. The answer is simple. I plan, plan, plan. I coordinate my busy nights with meals that either can go in the Crockpot or be prepared and to the dinner table in less than 30 minutes. One the other nights I may go with a more complicated recipe. So tonight I went with a “I bet you can create a great tasting meal in 30 minutes or less!” This is probably the easiest meal that I serve in the Mom on the Run kitchen. The combination of flavors will make your family think you spent an hour in the kitchen.
BBQ Spiced Pork with Grilled Mango
4 Boneless (or bone in) Center Cut Pork Chops
4 Mangoes cut in bite sized pieces
1/2 cup of Prepared BBQ Sauce
2 tbsp of Caribbean Seasoning (I used a pre-made one that Whole Foods sells)
1 tbsp of Grapeseed oil
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees or outdoor grill. Season each pork chop with a small amount of oil and Caribbean Seasoning. Make sure each side is well seasoned.
Prepared mango for grill by place a small amount of pieces onto a piece of foil. Sprinkle a small amount of seasoning on the mango. Fold ends of the foil in forming a shell around the fruit.
Place pork chops and foil pockets onto pre-heated grill.
Some asparagus made its way on the grill to complete this meal. Make sure to watch all contents of the grill carefully, flipping both meat and fruit over when grilled on each side. When meat grilled on both sides, remove from heat and place onto a baking sheet.
Place a small amount of BBQ sauce on each chop and spread evenly. Place baking sheet into the pre-heated oven and let sauce cook through and until a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees.
Remove fruit from grill and let cool. Unwrap fruit and set aside until ready to serve pork.
Yes, in less than 30 minutes you have a great tasting healthy meal that the whole family can enjoy. The mango’s sweetness is a great pairing to the Bbq’s smoky salty flavors. Serve with a side of yellow rice and vegetables
Racing and a great meal. I bet you can’t beat that..LOL
This is how I felt today…
What are some words that you use to keep you motivated? Do you have a meal that you create in less than 30 minutes but your family thinks you worked all day in the kitchen?
I “think” it has finally stopped raining here in New England. It has been torrential down pours in Connecticut for the last 3 days. It is great weather for ducks but not for busy Mom’s on the Run
What is rainy weather really good for? Well watching Food Network shows that are on your DVD-R. I think many of you know I have a slight fascination
obsession with Food Network Chefs. If I had the opportunity I could probably watch that channel all day long. I do have a few favorite chefs, (Paula, Rachael, Bobby, and a new fave Aaron to name a few) and yes we are on a first name basis. Yesterday I was able to catch up with Aaron McCargo Jr’s Big Daddy’s House. Dad on the Run loves Aaron and the different dishes that he creates weekly. Most of the food that he does make is not what I would consider “healthy”. Does it look tasty, absolutely! So when Aaron started making kale, my ears immediately perked up. I have been wanting to try kale for the longest time. It is one of the newer “blog rages” and I am a little late boarding this foodie trend. I loved what he did with the kale and I knew this was the perfect recipe for Sunday dinner this week. If you love the flavor of kale and almonds, you are going to love this quick and simple recipe!
Adapted Recipe from Aaron McCargo Jr. and Food Network
1 cup slivered almonds
1 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 cup minced onions
1 bunch kale, stemmed and sliced thin
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
In a large sauté pan over low heat, toast almonds for 3 to 4 minutes until lightly browned.
Add butter and allow to brown.
Add garlic and onions. Cook for 3 minutes until slightly caramelized.
Add kale and toss lightly.
Add broth and pepper. Cook kale for 5 to 6 minutes until tender and liquid has evaporated.
My only regret, not buying more Kale so I can make more recipes with this vegetable. I have so many ideas swirling in my head for some original recipes. At least I know where I can get it now. Do you have a favorite Kale recipe for me to try?
Operation Kale is a success. Now off to find another food I have never eaten to experiment with. Any suggestions?
Stink Feet Giveaway Winners :)
I am so excited about the positive feedback regarding my Grand Opening of my Open Sky shop. I promise there will be many great promotions and other great deals coming your way. You never know when there will be a surprise.
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The very generous Stuffitts company gave Mom on the Run an opportunity to giveaway a few pairs. Here are the winners:
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Tomorrow I bring to you Operation Kale. You will not want to miss this
Announcing Mom on the Run and The Open Sky!
I have been full of surprises and announcements this week. Mom on the Run has improved her look and now has formed an amazing partnership with The Open Sky Project. If you are not familiar with Open Sky, here is your chance to be introduced to amazing unique online shopping experience. This online shopping mall is designed to make online shopping friendlier place with interaction between shopkeepers, manufactures, and of course you the consumer.
I have created a shop that has items that I have personally selected that I feel represent who Mom on the Run is. These items focus on health and wellness for the whole family. Many of the items are things that I use and cannot live without in my own kitchen and household. Be sure to check by my shop often, as I plan to add items I know will make the lives of busy people just a little bit easier. These next few days will showcase just a sneak peak a few of the items I have personally selected.
Come see my personally selected items at:
Let me know what you think!! I can’t wait to see your always kind thoughts and comments. Thanks for all the support this last week. It means so much to me
Martina and Margaritas
Last night I had the unique opportunity to see the amazing and talented Martina McBride on the Shine All Night Tour last night at Mohegan Sun Arena. One thing about Connecticut, we have amazing venues to see shows. Mohegan Sun not only is an amazing Casino, they have great restaurants as well. Great place for a date night for Mom and Dad on the Run.
We started the night off by dining at one of my favorite restaurants at the “Sun”, Bobby Flay’s Burger Palace. It is a great place to grab a burger, fries, and signature margarita before a show. Which we did quickly because the rain
torrential down pours and hurricane forced winds made our travel plans slowed for a bit. We literally shoved the food in and rushed into the show. All I can say is that the burgers are cooked to perfection and the sauces for the fries are amazing. No time for foodie pictures :(.
The show had such a great vibe when we entered the arena. Happy people everywhere, waiting to hear the great music from both Trace Adkins and Martina McBride. Trace Adkins began the show with his country attitude filled twang. He was a crowd pleaser and did not disappoint a single lady in the crowd. As he put it himself, “City girls cannot resist a Country Boy.”
Cell phone pictures again. With the rain and weather, I did not want to bring a lot to the concert.
Next came Martina, who rocked the night away with her charm, energy, and breath taking vocals. Our seats being so close did not hurt our experience
Of course my favorite songs of the night were radio hits like, This Ones for the Girls and Independence Day. I of course was singing along because those are such feel good songs. Martina puts on probably one of the best shows I have ever attended. She went non-stop for almost 2 hours. You go Martina!
I would love to thank Mom Select for providing me with this unique opportunity. Mission accomplished with getting me out of the house and enjoying the show with my best friend, Dad on the Run.
Now off to get some much needed rest as the time change and late night have caught up with me. I am getting old!
Mom on the Run Disclosure: I was provided the Martina McBride Prize pack by Mom Select for my review. I was allowed to keep the product, but the opinion I am sharing remains my own. No other compensation was received for this review.
A Girl’s Lunch Out
Thank you for all the compliments of the new page layout. I wish I could take credit for all the hard work. As I did have input and provided ideas, James, from Blog Design Services, did all the hard work. He was amazing to work with, so if you are looking to improve your site I highly recommend his services.
Yesterday I had day off from work (thank goodness for Personal Days). I had some appointments that needed to be taken care of that could not be done after school hours. A double bonus was my little daughter Tajiah also had the day off, so I decided to arrange a girl’s lunch out to celebrate. I decided that because of Lent we needed to dine somewhere that had a plethora of vegetarians items. There is one place that I don’t get to enough but so fit my criteria, It’s Only Natural (aka ION) in Middletown, CT. This restaurant is well known in Central Connecticut for their fantastic dishes and atmosphere.
There are many things that I love about my girl’s eating habits. They love to eat at all types of restaurants and not intimidated by menus that may not have food they have ever heard of. ION is no exception. Most children I know would not be excited about going to a vegetarian restaurant. My girl……She clapped with joy! Got to love it
We started out our “special”lunch with beverages. Tajiah was very excited about a new beverage find for both of us. Izze Sparking Beverage, Birch Beer flavor. Izze is a product that we have on Friday night with our Take Out Fake out Dinners. It is so tasty. Now that they have one of our favorite flavors, it will be even a better Friday night
Sorry for the phone pictures. This bad blogger forgot her camera!
I ordered an incredible tasting Chai Tea with Soy.
We were both very hungry, so we decided to start our lunch with some sweet potato fries. I have had many versions of these, but this version is hands down my favorite, especially with the homemade smoky ketchup for dipping.
Now onto the yummy eats. Tajiah ordered her favorite grilled cheese. Here is ION’s grilled cheese creation. I love how the sweet potato fries look like fingers growing out the sandwich. She was so excited to pose for this blog worthy picture.
I chose my favorite things to eat at ION. I am very boring and always order it. How do you resist this description:
Corn tortilla shell topped with refried beans, vegetables, brown rice, tofu sour cream, salsa & choice of cheese on a bed of lettuce with tamari & sesame oil
Perfect lunch for a girls day out. We of course cleaned our plates, but did leave some fries for Dad on the Run. I had so much fun chatting and playing table games with my little one. I make it a point to give each of my girls a little bit a time each week for just the two of us. It gives me a chance to catch up with their busy lives on an individual basis.
What are some of your favorite times with a member of your family that you love? Did you have any special traditions with the people who cared for you?
Off to get ready for the Martina McBride concert. I will be sure to blog about the details tomorrow!
I have exciting news for Mom on the Run. For the last week I have been teasing you all with my announcement of big news that was on the way. Well the first of my two part news is here tonight.
Mom on the Run has gotten a makeover!!!
I am so excited with the new look. For the most part it is the same old Mom on the Run, but with a new color scheme and streamlined applications which should be error free. Thank you to everyone who emailed me to let me know that the site was crashing their computers and bearing with me. I am hoping that we are now going be error free and we can be viewed by every web browser now. Please let me know if the problem still occurs.
I will be working on completing the tabs and putting the finishing touches. My goal is to have an universal place for all recipes and product reviews to make thing easier to find. Now I feel that I have my blog “chi” back.
So what do you think of the new design?
Many thanks to James from Blog Design Services for designing this beautiful page. He was a true professional and a pleasure to work with.
Can’t wait to see what you all think!
Let Them Eat Steak
This is going to be a quick post and run. I apologize in advance. Currently I am working on a big project that I am hoping to have complete tomorrow.
Here is another great recipe from my menu plan for the week. I did not create this one but I am glad that I stumbled up it. The marinade for the steak is a unique blend of cherry concentrate and soy. What intrigued me was that the recipe states that cherry concentrate used as a marinade makes steak healthier because it reduces free radicals. I am all for making dinner tasty and healthier.
From The Fat Resistance Diet Cookbook
4 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons of chopped parsley
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons cherry concentrate
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 tablespoon chopped thyme
Freshly ground pepper
12 ounces sirloin steak (I used buffalo)
In mini food processor, mince garlic and parsley, then add soy sauce and cherry concentrate and process until combined.
Pour mixture into shallow bowl and stir in rosemary, thyme, and black pepper. Put sirloin in bowl and coat well with marinade. Pleas in covered bowl in refrigerator and let marinate for 30 minutes.
Heat electric grill or grill pan over medium-high heat. Spray olive oil on grill. Place sirloin on grill and cook 5 minutes each side or until medium.
Remove and let sirloin sit for 5 minutes, then slice.
Serve with veggies and a side. Look at those perfect grill marks. So tender and delicious.
I hope to have my big announcement tomorrow. TGIF!
Feeling a Little Nutty :)
The weather has been gorgeous in Connecticut. I was able to get out and take a very refreshing 2 mile walk with my trusty canine companion, Sadie. She was enjoying the outdoor weather I think more than I was. I felt great and my body just love being active in the warmer weather.
I find that I have some of my best culinary inspirations when I take long walks. Today was no exception. I was going to make a simple Walnut Crusted Fish, but began to think how I could make it more “Mom on the Run” like. My thoughts fluttered with great flavor combinations with walnuts. I was immediately drawn to the imagine of summers of my youth. My Nana, (whom I love dearly) would bring us for ice-cream at her favorite local farm. Every time she would order her favorite flavor Maple Walnut. This flavor favorite for her has never changed and still to this day if you asked her what flavor of ice cream she wants, “Maple Walnut of course!” So this recipe is dedicated to my Nana, who has given me more love and inspiration than she knows. Love you Nana!
Maple-Walnut Crusted Fish
adapted from the Fat Resistance Diet Cookbook
1 pound of white fish (flounder, tilapia, or roughy)
2 egg whites
1 cup of walnuts, crushed finely
2 tsp of Cinnamon
Salt and Pepper to taste
3 tbsp Maple Syrup
Rinse fish fillets under cold water. Pat each fillet dry with a paper towel. Beat the eggs in a shallow bowl. Spread the chopped walnuts, cinnamon, salt, and pepper into another shallow bowl.
Dip the fish in the egg whites and then dredge in the walnut mixture, gently pressing the walnuts onto the fish to form the crust.
Heat a nonstick skillet and coat it with olive oil spray. Place the fish in the skillet and cook over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes each side, until the fish is cooked through.
Drizzle a small amount of maple syrup onto each fillet. Let syrup caramelized for 1 minute and remove fish from the heat.
I was a little worried when I created this recipe in my head how the flavors would all mingle together. I was pleasantly shocked and this will be a new Lenten dish for the weeks to come. The salty/sweet combo really came through and the fish was a nice buffer between the two flavors.
This dish gets the Dad on the Run lick you plate clean seal of approval.
What are some of your favorite childhood flavors or dishes? Does it inspire your dishes today?
I may have that big announcement ready for Friday! It is one that I am so excited for
Now Back to Our Regularly Scheduled Programming
Lately I have really gone astray from my purpose of blogging. I began this blog as a way to provide healthy minded people with great tasting family original recipes or recipe finds. My writing has been clouded with giveaways and other unique opportunities that have been thrown my way (and I do not regret them one bit). Although it is fun and exciting for you my readers, I am feeling like my blogging “chi” has been thrown off. To align my focus I am bringing you an incredible new Mom on the Run recipe to hopefully bring my kitchen back to the blog.
I posted my weekly dinner menu a few posts back. Here is a recap if you missed it.
Green Tea Encrusted Tilapia
Grilled Buffalo Steak with Herbs
Pomegranate Glazed Chicken
Walnut Crusted Roughy
I promise to post all the recipes but I am going to start with my family’s favorite, Chicken “Parm”. My recipe is not your typical Italian Restaurant fried chicken with red sauce and lots of cheese. My recipe is a bit more healthy, but still a family friendly recipe.
Mom on the Run Chicken “Parm”
1 lb. skinless, boneless chicken breasts
3/4 cup of Panko or any other bread crumb coating (I used gluten free bread crumbs)
2 tbsp of Italian Seasoning
Olive oil spray
1 1/2 cups canned crushed tomatoes
1/2 fat free ricotta cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup shredded low fat mozzarella cheese (I used rice cheese)
1 cup fresh basil
Preheat oven to 375 F. Rinse chicken with cold water and pat dry with paper towel. Prepare breading station for chicken. Combine bread crumbs and Italian Seasoning.
Coat each side of chicken breast with bread crumbs and set aside.
Heat a small amount of Olive Oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add coated chicken breast to pan and let chicken cook on each side for about 4 minutes or until chicken becomes crisp. Remove chicken from pan and set aside.
While chicken is cooking, prepare “parm” mixture. Begin by adding basil into a food processor. Pulse basil for a few seconds or until the leaves are chopped.
Add ricotta to the basil mixture and pulse until basil and ricotta are mixed together.
Spray a nonstick baking pan with olive oil. Arrange breasts on pan, then cover with tomatoes and ricotta.
Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with garlic, mozzarella, and basil. Bake for 20 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through, the ricotta is bubbling hot, and the mozzarella turns golden brown.
Here is chicken “parm’” amazeingness on a plate. We accompanied this chicken dish with some great tasting gluten free rice pasta and veggies.
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Restaurant goodness in the Mom on the Run kitchen. A healthy family is a happy family.
Thanks for bearing with me as I get back to my roots. I love each and everyone of your personal comments. They only affirm what I am doing is so worth meeting healthy minded bloggers like yourselves. Don’t worry there will still be amazing contests of healthy food and wellness products, but there will just be a lot more recipes.