Tasty Thursday #3 – Meal Plan & Recipes

Menu 3


You can find the recipes here:

Slow Cooker Beef Dip

L.A. Style Chimichurri Tacos

Creamy Veg. Curry

Baked Ziti

Tomato Risotto

Fish with Lime Drizzle


Don’t forget you can Download your Meal Planner & Grocery List Template Here:

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April 16th, 2015 · No Comments ·

Tomato Risotto

Tomato Risotto

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1 onion, finely chopped

4 tbsp butter

1 28 oz can diced tomatoes with juice

5 cups vegetable or chicken stock

1 3/4 cups arborio rice

1 19 oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese

salt & ground black pepper


melt the butter in a large skillet and cook the onion for approx 5 minutes until it begins to soften. Add diced tomatoes with juices, cook stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring the vegetable stock to a boil in a separate pot.

Add the rice to the tomatoes and stir to coat. Then add a ladle full of the stock and stir gently until absorbed. Repeat, adding a ladle full of stock at a time, until the stock is absorbed and the rice is tender and creamy.

Stir in the chickpeas and grated Parmesan and heat through for a few minutes.

April 15th, 2015 · No Comments ·

Baked Ziti

This recipe is from The Eat-Clean Diet For Family & Kids by Tosca Reno. This is one of my favourite recipes for sharing and often is the meal I provide to families with a new baby as part of a meal train or postpartum gift. It’s one my family loves and one that I often make because it is easy, healthy and delicious.

Baked Ziti



1lb. lean ground turkey

2 cups shredded sweet carrots

1 small onion, peeled and diced fine

2 cloves garlic, pressed through a garlic press

1-2 tbsp best-quality olive oil

26 oz. can crushed tomatoes

1 cup low sodium chicken or vegetable stock

8 oz whole-grain pasta (or brown-rice penne)

2tbsp fresh basil leaves, chopped fine

1/2 cup shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese (optional)



  1. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat and cook ground turkey, carrots, onion and garlic until browned.
  2. Add chicken or vegetable stock, tomatoes, pasta and basil.
  3. Preheat oven 350F. Prepare baking dish with a light coating of cooking spray.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes or until pasta is al dente.
  5. Turn pasta mixture into baking dish. Press down lightly with back of a spoon.
  6. Sprinkle with cheese, if using. Place in oven and bake for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden.





April 14th, 2015 · No Comments ·

Essential Oils for Spirited Children


Essential Oils for Spirited Children

While each child is unique, there are some distinct characteristics in which MORE is very apparent in spirited children. Spirited Children are often MORE Intense, Persistent, Sensitive, Perceptive and have more difficulty with transitions. Spirited children feel more, process more and internalize more. This often leads to overstimulation. Some spirited children experience anxiety, others are highly sensitive and still others are hyperactive.

Essential oils offer us a natural way to sooth our children and aid them in calming, processing and sleeping. Essential oils are distilled from certain healing plants and each has its own particular healing characteristics. Because Spiritedness has physical, emotional and mental components we want to use essential oils that can support all of those components. This means that a single oil alone may only help with one component or two. Using blends (synergies) or a few different oils throughout the day will be more effective.

Essential Oils that might help

I personally like blends because for those new to essential oils, they are ready to use and therefore make it easier to use. Here are some blends that might help:


doTERRA’s Serenity Blend: Serenity is commonly used to help with anger, anxiety, calming, hyperactivity, insomnia, sleep, ADD/ADHD and stress. The blend is a mixture of lavender, sweet marjoram, roman chamomile, ylang ylang, sandalwood, and vanilla bean extract.

doTERRA’s InTune Blend: InTune is commonly used to help with ADD/ADHD, calming, anxiety, hyperactivity, concentration/focus, attention and staying on task. Single oils contained in this blend include amyris, patchouli, frankincense, lime, ylang ylang and sandalwood.


You can buy these essential oil blends here.

For those more familiar with essential oils or willing to do some mixing and dilution work, here are some great singles and recipes that might help;

Helping with Sleep: Studies have shown that sleep is easier when essential oils are used. Lavender is an excellent choice. Diffuse it in the room before going to bed, place a drop of lavender on the underside of the pillow (it doesn’t stain and washes out easily) 2-4 drops will do or on a tissue placed inside the pillowcase or next to the bed. Vetiver is a base oil and therefore very grounding. It is a great oil for sleep because it can help with internal noise for those who have a hard time turning off thoughts at night.

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Calming Bath: In a small bottle mix the following oils; 20 drops mandarin, 10 drops lavender, and 10 drops Roman Chamomile. Dilute the essential oil mix in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. Using 2 drops for children 3-5 years, 3 drops for those 6-8 years, and 5 drops for those 8-11 years. Add to the bath water and swish around before your child gets in. If they experience any sensitivities to the oil then rinse the bath water off and then apply any carrier oil to the skin.

Helping with Anxiety: Mix the following essential oils together in a 10ml bottle; 5 drops bergamot, 1 drop lavender, 3 drops geranium and fill the rest of the bottle with fractionated coconut oil. Apply to your child’s feet.

Body Oil: Mix 10 drops tangerine, 5 drops cardamom and 5 drops lavender in a 30ml bottle and fill the rest with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil or apricot kernel carrier oil. Use a small amount on your child’s back each time and massage in.

You can buy these oils here.

No matter what you decide to try it’s important that you recognize that essential oils are not a cure all. They can provide some amazing results but they are here to support you and your child as you find other ways to work together to understand their temperament, learning style and parenting tools that are effective. If you are interested in learning more about your Spirited Child and effective ways to parent her/him please check out the online MORE Program for Parents of Spirited Children. You can try it here for FREE.

Disclaimer; The content of this post is for informational purposes only. Information posted here represents only my opinions and my contain affiliate links. The information here is not to be used to diagnose, treat, or replace professional medical advice. Prenatal to Parenting/Sarah Joseph are not responsible for how you use your essential oils – please use them reasonably and carefully. 

April 13th, 2015 · No Comments ·

Slow Cooker Beef Dip

This is my husband’s recipe. As I may have mentioned, he is a pretty fantastic cook. This beef dip is so good, I requested it for my birthday dinner this year. He often makes it for company, I think because he loves to hear the praise that in doubtfully ensues once they sink their teeth into their sandwiches.

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Slow Cooker Beef Dip


4 pounds beef chuck roast

1 tablespoon dried rosemary

1 tablespoon minced garlic

3 bay leaves

1 cup soy sauce

2 teaspoons olive oil

2 tablespoons finely chopped onions

12 teaspoon dried oregano

12 teaspoon thyme

12 teaspoon basil

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

2 cups of water

(5 ounce) package garlic and herb boursin cheese

6 Portuguese buns OR 1 French baguette, cut into 4 (5-6 inch portions)



  • Place roast in slow cooker and add all the other ingredients EXPECT for the water, boursin cheese and buns.  Cook on Low setting for 6 to 10 hours. Unlike most roasts, the longer it cooks, the better.
  • Once the roast is cooked, remove from slow cooker and place on a cutting board. Reserve juice to make the au jus.

MAKE AHEAD TIP: You can make the recipe to this point up to 3 days in advance and keep, covered, in refrigerator.

  • In medium sauce pan, heat juice and water over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
  • In the meantime spread each side of the buns evenly with Boursin cheese. Divide roast beef among sandwiches. Close sandwiches, place on baking sheet and bake at 450 degrees for about 3 minutes or until just warmed. Serve with small bowls of hot au jus for dipping.

We usually have a salad or fries with ours but it really doesn’t matter what you serve it with, nobody is even going to take notice.

April 13th, 2015 · No Comments ·