Everyday Mom's Meals

Monday, September 1, 2014

Celebrate Whole Grains Month with Post Great Grains {A Feature}

Welcome to September, and Happy Labor Day! Did you know that September is also National Whole Grains Month? Don't feel bad, I didn't either until my friends over at Post Great Grains filled me in, and I'm more than happy to celebrate with them!

And what a better way to enjoy an entire month dedicated to whole grains than with a new fun recipe including Great Grains cereal? Did you know that each Great Grains variety has at least 30g of whole grains per serving and is an excellent source of fiber? Just what you're looking for in a breakfast to fuel your entire day! Or even better, take what you love from your cereal bowl, and experience it in a whole new, unique way? 

This recipe can be enjoyed for breakfast, a midday snack or even a nutritional dessert. Oh, and did I mention, it's super simple too??!! Give your kids something fun they will gobble down before the school bus comes, or give them something to look forward to after a full day of classes. Packing lunches for school and/or work? These would be great for that too! So versatile, you will find a hundred different ways to use it, each more tasty than the last. 

Whole grains are something we are all looking to add more of into our diets, and with yummy recipes like this, and delicious cereal from Post Great Grains, it's so easy to do just that!

Banana Crunch Parfait
1 cup Great Grains Banana Nut Crunch cereal 
1 cup vanilla low-fat yogurt
1 cup honey
1 medium banana, sliced 
1 can (20 oz.) pineapple chunks, drained

Spoon half of the yogurt evenly into six parfait glasses; top with layers of half each of the bananas, pineapple, cereal and remaining whipped topping. Repeat layers. Drizzle honey over final layer.

Disclaimer: I was provided with free samples in exchange for this feature. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Soul Food Saturday Labor Day Edition

 I can't believe its Labor Day weekend! The last big hurrah of Summer fun before the kids start a new year of school (Or for some of us, our 3rd week of school!)  With that said I thought we all needed a big send off with a nice plate of pork ribs. We've fallen in love with these and couldn't help but share a big plate. Here's to another great Summer, Cheers!

Peppered Pork Ribs
3 1/2 lb. Rack of Pork Ribs
2 TBS Spicy Steak seasoning

Rinse meat under cool water, and pat dry. Season each side with 1 TBS steak seasoning. Allow to sit for a few minutes, then add to grill and cook as desired.

Whether you add these ribs to a mountain of other grilled meats or have it with a side of slaw; it's sure to please any Flinstone sized appetite. Enjoy!

Meal Plan Aug. 31- Sept. 5

*New Recipes
Links to recipes on blog

We're going on a picnic to a favorite park. 
I'm packing:
Fried Chicken
Ranch Bacon Pasta Salad
Sliced Cucumbers
Potato Chips
Deviled Eggs

Happy Labor Day!!
Grilled Steaks
Corn on the Cob
Jello Parfait Salad

Crock Pot Sausage and Sweet Potato Chili*
Dinner Rolls

Stuffed Peppers
Crescent Rolls
Sliced Peaches

Shredded Chicken Tacos*
Mexican Rice
Chips n Cheese

Hot Dogs
Mac n Cheese
Baked Beans

Friday, August 29, 2014

Labor Day Barbecue

Well folks, it's here. The end of summer. Okay, not really. I refuse to let summer go until the last possible minute. We've still got plenty of warm, sunny days left, and here in Indiana, there are usually a couple of abnormally hot days in October still! But on the calendar, Labor Day is usually considered the last hurrah of summer, and I've got a great idea for your holiday cook-out! 

It seems like we are all trying to fit in one last get together before the leaves begin to turn and some of us cover up the grills until next Spring. Now, most of you know we grill year round, but I still try to have one last big cookout Labor Day weekend. Rather is be just the three of us, with family, or in this year's case, some dear friends we've been trying to get together with all summer long. 

This one is a great way to stretch a buck and make one cut of meat feed many people. Brisket is one of Alex's favorite summer time treats, and since we just filled our freezer with another side of beef, I couldn't wait to make it for him again. 

This will remind you of barbecue you get at some roadside joint down south. It's slow cooked to tender, juicy, flavorful  perfection and be piled high onto a sandwich you can't wait to sink your teeth into. 

If you're planning a Labor Day party, get to your butcher right away. Nothing says summer grilled deliciousness like a good piece of barbecued brisket...and when it's this easy, that's icing on the cake! 

Barbecued Beef Brisket
1 (4 lb.) boneless beef brisket
Barbecue Seasoning Blend
Salt and Pepper, to taste
Barbecue Sauce
Hamburger Buns

Preheat grill burners to high. Reduce heat on one side to medium-high, and turn off burner on other.  Line a pan with aluminum foil. Rub both sides of beef with seasonings, generously. Place beef on pan. Grill for 2/5-3 hours. Take meat off pan and place directly on grill. Cook 30 minutes more until crust forms on outside. Baste with barbecue sauce every 10 minutes. Remove from grill. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing. Serve on buns with extra sauce. 

Shared on The Country Cook Aug. 29, 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

He Loves Him Some Feta

We've talked before about how lucky I am to have a kid who will pretty much anything and everything; and when I say everything, I mean e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. For those of you who might not know, my almost 10 year old will eat sushi, calamari, spinach, Brussels sprouts....just to name a few. If you have a picky eater in your house, I know you are about ready to smack me at this point. But I'm not bragging. I'm simply telling this, so I can lead into this. My kid has a cheese fetish. All cheese. Any cheese. And right now, his obsession is feta. Yep, that briny, salty, a little on the stinky, Greek cheese is one of his favorites, so it's my job to find ways for him to enjoy it.

Are you still enjoying a bounty from your summer garden? Cucumbers and tomatoes perhaps? If so, you're going to be so happy you logged on today. This is so delicious though, even if you have to go to the store for the ingredients, it's totally worth it!

I love finding different ways to serve cucumber salad. They can be so versatile and quick when you need a side dish on the table and have no time. This one have a great Greek twist with the feta cheese and homemade dressing. If you have some kalamata olives on hand, they would be perfect in this. I just happened to have the regular variety in the cupboard, so that's what I used.

Planning a Labor Day cookout or barbecue? Maybe have to take a dish with you to one. This would be perfect. Everything loves a good, refreshing cucumber salad, but this one is just unique enough to have them coming back for more, just like my little feta fiend did! Again...and again!!

Greek Cucumber Salad
2 large cucumbers, seeded and diced
4 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 (2.25 oz.) can sliced black olives, drained
1 (5 oz.) container feta cheese crumbles, a few reserved
1/4 c. olive oil
1/8 c. red wine vinegar
3/4 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dill weed
1/2 tsp. Greek seasoning
1/2 tsp. dried parsley
Salt and Pepper to taste

In a large bowl combine cucumbers, tomatoes, olives and cheese. Toss to combine. In a small bowl whisk together oil, vinegar, sugar, garlic powder, oregano, dill weed, Greek seasoning, parsley, salt and pepper. Pour over cucumber mixture. Toss to coat. Chill at least an hour before serving. Garnish with extra feta crumbles.