Monday, June 10, 2013

Monkey Platter Monday - Strawberry Smoothies and More

Today's monkey platter features almond butter, apples, salami, cheese crackers, homemade snack bars and strawberry smoothies. I have found some great recipes on Pinterest. That is where I got the snack bar and strawberry smoothie ideas from. I will post those recipes soon so that you can enjoy them too.

What is for lunch at your place? Google monkey platter to get more ideas or click on the tab to the right that says monkey platter. Happy Monday!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Monkey Platter Monday - This and That

I am beginning to really get into this monkey platter thing! It is such a fun easy way to make a family style meal. My kids like it and tend to only take what they are really hungry for. I love that they aren;t over eating and sometimes there are even leftovers.

Today's meal features celery, apples, ham, boiled eggs, banana, honey wheat pretzels and peanut butter. We enjoyed our platter while we watched Kid's Animated History. We have been enjoying catching these videos on Youtube as a compliment to our Story of the World History Curriculum.
What's for lunch at your place today? You may want to try a monkey platter.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Monkey Platter Monday

Brain child of Sandra Dodd, a master homeschooler, the monkey platter is a fun way to present a variety of foods for your kids to eat. It can be a landing place for leftovers, odds and ends that need using up or traditional lunch favorites.

As my kids have gotten older, we have begun to move away from muffin tin meals and more towards bento lunches. When I stumbled into monkey platters, it seemed like the next logical progression. I made this platter and it was a real hit. My kids picked at their favorites and really enjoyed it. I liked it too. And one unplanned side effect, my son who is always asking for more food after clearing his plate seems to be eating less. I think the secret is, that with a full platter, there always seems like there will be enough, so you don't feel the need to fill your plate or stuff yourself right away.

Today's lunch includes salami, cashews, apples, almond butter for dipping, watermelon, celery and Annie's Bunny Crackers. Google monkey platters for more ideas, or just visit me for Monkey Platter Mondays.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Korean Beef with Rice

I love the flavors in this easy recipe and just had to share it with you. If you like Korean beef or bulkogi, this is the recipe for you.

1 pound lean ground beef
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
salt and pepper
diced green onions for a bit of color
(If you like it a bit spicy, you can add 1/2-1 tsp. of crushed red pepper. I have never tried adding this, but found it in the original recipe which I have modified a bit.)

I start by mincing the garlic cloves and adding them along with the ground beef to a medium heat pan. After browning the beef, I drain the fat and add the brown sugar, soy sauce and ground ginger. I find it doesn't really any added salt or pepper, but feel free to add those if you like. After the meat caramelizes a bit, you can serve it over some white jasmine rice. I like using Trader Joe's microwaveable rice. It has the perfect stickiness and is so yummy with the beef. Top off with some green onion and you are all set.

I also serve this dinner with some grilled pineapple. The flavors in each food really complement each other well. I used a grilling pan and slice the pineapple lengthwise into wedges. I grill it until it becomes sweet and tender.


Friday, April 12, 2013

Cute Bento Meal

I am getting into more of a habit of using my bento boxes, especially on Friday's when we dash off to our homeschool art class about 25 minutes away. Sometimes we have time to eat before we go, and other times we end up noshing in the car on the ride over.

Here is what was for lunch today.

Even Mommy got a bento! Notice the dark chocolate... hehe!

What's for lunch at your place today?

Friday, April 5, 2013

Egyptian Inventions

We are currently studying about Egypt in homeschool as we work our way through the Story of the World book 1. We take breaks from our text to read other related books, mostly nonfiction, but a few fiction. Today we read Ancient Egypt: Discoveries and Inventions. I had found the book on ebay or something. As I am addicted to  always searching for books to make our lessons rich and interesting.

After reading about everything from lighthouses to the shaduf to door locks, we tooks a few minutes to have to the kiddos draw their favorite Egyptian inventions.

My son drew a farmer, who looks remarkably like a Roman soldier or Superhero, to illustrate the shaduf, a device used to water crops.

My daughter drew an Egyptian girl, that remarkably resembles a Lalaloopsy, standing near a zoo and a lighthouse. It is fun to see there own interests, i.e. superheroes and Lalaloopsy dolls coming out in their required work. Too cute!