The Only Prescription is More Cowbell, and These Zucchini Boats

These Zucchini Boats are SO easy and so delicious. We always get an abundance of zucchini in the garden, and try to find family friendly recipes. Use this for parties, weeknights, weekends, lunches, breakfast, or whatever! Perfect for an easy kid recipe.

Sorry I didn’t check in yesterday! The sick has hit us!

The kids hadn’t been sick since early 2017, and I’m not even positive about that! I know that Des has three absences this year, and all three were days spent in Florida. Scarlet has five absences (or had, anyway) and three were spent in Florida, one was spent in NYC with Cassidy, and there was also the day we took her out of school to see the new Star Wars! Priorities, and all. I really thought we had made it, not only to spring, but to the “safe” zone. April used to be “safe?”

These Zucchini Boats are SO easy and so delicious. We always get an abundance of zucchini in the garden, and try to find family friendly recipes. Use this for parties, weeknights, weekends, lunches, breakfast, or whatever! Perfect for an easy kid recipe.

I know you’re never really safe but when you first have kids, they get sick quite a bit, in my opinion. It really does slow and die down the way it does for most adults. Scarlet woke up yesterday with a fever of 103. Today, she woke up with a fever of 103 and Des with a fever of 102. Oh boy! I wanted to check in and share this AMAZING and easy (good for sick days) recipe, but I’ll have to duck out again too. Before I do that, though, there’s something I’ve been meaning to confess for a long time.

In my former life, I was quite awkward.

These Zucchini Boats are SO easy and so delicious. We always get an abundance of zucchini in the garden, and try to find family friendly recipes. Use this for parties, weeknights, weekends, lunches, breakfast, or whatever! Perfect for an easy kid recipe.

My sister has put that photo on Facebook for YEARS, and I’ve ducked my head and forgotten about it. Now it’s time to embrace it. Do you have any photos with early 90’s hair, track jackets, and blue eye shadow? I definitely need to see them! The only thing I’ll say in my defense is that I had a high fever that night. I remember that my parents took us to the school to get our portraits taken. Maybe it was a fundraiser. After that, I seem to remember going to Temple and nearly falling asleep. Somehow I made it home. The fever doesn’t excuse my outfit, my hair, and my blue eye shadow. Those proudly belong to me. It does explain the strained smile, though. Cheerio! Here’s to fevers then, fevers now, and Zucchini Boats!

Zucchini Boats

Ingredients:

3-4 Zucchini
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
½ red onion, diced
¾ cup frozen corn
1 cup shredded Italian cheese (reserve ¼ cup for the top)
1 jalapeno, diced
¼ cup cilantro (optional because I can’t stand it)
1 red bell pepper, diced
½ tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. chili powder
2 Tbsp. olive oil
Dash of salt

Directions:

1 – Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2 – Cut each zucchini in half lengthwise and scoop out about half the insides with a spoon

3 – Mix the rest of the ingredients together in a bowl. Make sure to reserve the ¼ cup of cheese for the tops

4 – Fill each zucchini boat with some of the mixture. I had some extra mixture, so I just filled a few extra zucchinis I had

5 – Place the boats on a baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes or until heated through and the zucchini has softened

6 – Remove from the oven and sprinkle the reserved cheese over the tops of the boats

7 – Serve immediately

These Zucchini Boats are SO easy and so delicious. We always get an abundance of zucchini in the garden, and try to find family friendly recipes. Use this for parties, weeknights, weekends, lunches, breakfast, or whatever! Perfect for an easy kid recipe.

Enjoy this delicious vegetarian meal that is just as good reheated the next day!

These Zucchini Boats are SO easy and so delicious. We always get an abundance of zucchini in the garden, and try to find family friendly recipes. Use this for parties, weeknights, weekends, lunches, breakfast, or whatever! Perfect for an easy kid recipe.

5 Dinner Options For Back-To-School

Is it #BackToSchool time where you are? For us weeknight dinners are a challenge. Here are 5 GREAT options to make dinnertime awesome #ad #PJGlutenFreeCrust

Mmm… pizza.

Let that one sink in, because we’re definitely going to circle back to it soon! The thing is, we used to always have pizza night on Friday nights. Then, Scarlet helpfully pointed out that the school lunch is pizza at her school – and soon Des’ school – and that just gives us a chance to make pizza night on Monday or Tuesday. Even Wednesday! Whenever! Not only that, these are healthier pizza options. I can’t wait to talk about them! Dinnertime is now less of a struggle around here. Whew.

It used to be my toughest time of day. It’s that time of year of fall/winter and the fading sunlight. Then there are hungry pets, hungry kids, and a limited amount of time to focus on homework, snack, cleanup, quality time together before dinner. Scarlet had the awesome idea to write up a meal plan so that we’d at least have an idea of what we wanted at any day of the week. For example, Saturday is always pasta night because we have a pasta maker at home and we need time to make that fresh pasta! Mondays are always some sort of salad, Tuesdays involve soup, etc. And we get creative every night.

Here are our top 5 weeknight dinner ideas for back to school time:

1 – Individual Chicken Noodle Pot Pies. My kids LOVE these. They’re individually portioned and full of kid-friendly food. For the recipe, head here. They’re easy and perfect for back to school. You can customize them a different way every week.

2 – Vegetable Tortellini Salad. This is truly my kids’ favorite salad. They’re not big on dressing, so this is a great way to combine some of our garden vegetables, hard-boiled eggs, late summer berries, and tortellini in one dish.

3 – Take Taco Tuesday to new heights! Sometimes, we have tacos. And sometimes we have Taco Salad! Sometimes, I’m enterprising enough to make Quinoa Taco Salad. It’s full of protein and flavor, and definitely fills us all up.

4 – Grilled cheese. We have a grilled cheese night at our house (I think on Wednesdays?) and it’s fun to mix it up. Try it with ham, pickles and pineapple, or any of the above! Choose Swiss instead of cheddar. Such good options!

5 – Pizza night. We’re new fans of Papa John’s. When he started the company over 30 years ago, it was with a commitment to provide families with the highest-quality ingredients on the menu. He believed that with the best ingredients, he could create better pizzas for everyone. I took my kids to our nearest location for Carryout for our latest pizza night.

We got the all-new Ancient Grains Gluten Free Crust. It’s crafted from never-frozen dough and ancient grains, like Sorghum, Teff, Amaranth, and Quinoa. It’s thin & crispy with a uniquely delicious flavor. We added cheddar cheese!

You can try your own Papa John’s NEW Gluten-Free Crust with Ancient Grains for $9.99, using the promo code: GLTN2T. This promo code is for a small 2-Topping Gluten-Free Crust Pizza. You can have tons of fun choosing your own toppings!

What toppings would YOU put on your Papa John’s NEW Gluten-Free Crust with Ancient Grains?

What’s your favorite weeknight dinner?