Monday, October 20, 2014

Manic Monday Meals

It's a Manic Monday post!! I thought I'd share some recent dinners we've had (and by recent I mean "I'm so behind but it's been about this past year"). I tried to link each picture to a recipe, hope I didn't miss any! 
I hope you all have a wonderful week. Are you blogging? Cooking up any new recipes? Let me know, would love to hear from you. And as always, thanks for visiting Give Peas A Chance!

This is a Curry Noodle Bowl with spiralized zucchini noodles and rice noodles. You can find the recipe HERE. Now that the weather is cooling down I'll be making more soups and noodle bowls which is a favorite of ours here. 

This Spicy Daikon Radish Salad was made in a Lao Green Papaya Salad style. I used the Spiraler for the radish also.

A fast favorite around here is dressing up a pack of Ramen noodles or Udon noodles. But to be honest, this gluten free Khao Piek Sen is boss. 

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Summer Squash Casserole

This dish is a wonderful way to have summer squash. Usually we stir fry it, steam it, or boil it. Everyone here loved this and we're not big fans of casseroles. Summer Squash Casserole is so easy to make, my 10 year old prepared this one. Your kids can help crush crackers, cut veggies, and mix the topping for this. If you're kids are working on counting, let them count out the crackers. It's a very forgiving recipe. I like to add little more squash because I usually have extra on hand.

Summer Squash Casserole

4-5 cups sliced zucchini and/or yellow squash (about 1/3 inch thick- doesn't have to be precise)
1 Small white onion chopped (about one cup)
35 buttery crackers, crushed (I use club crackers and just use a whole sleeve.)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 eggs beaten
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder
2 tablespoons melted butter

  1. Bring a pot with just enough water to boil the squash in it, to a boil.
  2. Add squash and onion to the pot of water and let it cook for about 8-10 minutes. 
  3. Drain the squash and onion in a colander. Leave the squash and onion draining while you prepare the rest of the recipe.
  4. In a bowl mix the shredded cheese, cayenne, and crackers. Set aside.
  5. In a big bowl whisk eggs, milk, melted butter, mustard, salt, and pepper.
  6. Stir 1/3 of the cracker mixture, and the squash and onion into the egg mixture.
  7. Place the squash and onion mixture into a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  8. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.
  9. Mix remaining cracker mixture with 2 tablespoons of melted butter. 
  10. Top the casserole with the remaining cracker mixture and bake for another 5-10 minutes until lightly browned.

As always, thank you for dropping by Give Peas A Chance!

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Planetbox Sale CODE- 48 Hours ONLY

If you've followed Give Peas A Chance for any amount of time you may have noticed that I have certain go to lunchboxes, or boxes that I use more than others. Planetbox of course is at the very top of that list. I have done two reviews of Planetboxes for the Rover and the Shuttle boxes. Both reviews can be found here on Give Peas a Chance HERE and HERE. They are wonderful boxes, they have held up so well, are so easy to wash and take care of! My oldest likes that they are sleek and don't have cutesy images on them. My younger girls love that you can add some flair with magnets!
Planetbox has offered Give Peas A Chance readers 15% off of lunch kits for two days. This is a private sale, please use both the code and the link below to order. Think ahead for holiday gifts, birthday gifts, and for yourself! I use the Planetbox for lunches, perfect portion control!
To see some lunches I've packed please click HERE.

- 15% off Planetbox lunch box KITS- not individual items such as bags and magnets 
- Valid 48 hours only from October 15-16th (ending at midnight EST on October 16th)
- Use code GivePeasAChance2014
-Please order through this link I would also appreciate it if you shared my link and code also. 

Planetbox has never done a "private sale" before and I'm honored that they would work with me.
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Lunches #191-211 Take it Tuesday

Hello!! Welcome to Take It Tuesday! I am obviously very behind on posting lunches. But I'll get them up slowly. These won't be in order but they will be posted. How are you all doing this year? Are you packing lunches for yourself  or loved ones? I must say I don't do fancy lunches, but I really do enjoy packing lunches. It's fun for me, it's not a chore. When it gets to be so, my kids buy and I get in a rut. It happens but more often than not, I love packing lunches. Some moms love to knit, sew, decorate, etc for their families. I love being in the kitchen and I love preparing meals and making lunches. I hope that through doing what I love, I can inspire you all to do what you love!
Yellow Peppers
Roll your own sushi! Nori is packed separate.
Crab stick
Little Soya Soy Sauce
Cinnamon rolls :)
Red Peppers

When I'm in a rut my kids pack lunches.
Not too bad :)
Baby Bok Choy
Brussel Sprouts

Green beans

And a shot of our roll your own hand rolls night.

Most lunches on Give Peas A Chance are packed in Planetboxes
and Yumboxes , found HERE.
CUPPOW info found HERE.
I want to invite you all to share your lunches on my Facebook wall, Instagram (see hashtags below), Twitter, and in comments below.
Share your latest lunches- if you have a photo to upload, an Instagram post, a blog post. 
HASHTAGS- for Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/Pinterest #peasblog #TakeitTuesday
Or come and share you favorite lunch box recipe.
Please make sure you link to all recipes and credit sources. I will delete any recipes that have been cut and pasted. Please leave links only.
Also I would love if you used my affiliate links for purchases on these sites. It doesn't cost you extra, doesn't change your price, but it does help me out.
Here are some of my links 
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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Easy Peasy Curry Chickpeas

Some nights I like to plan for something easy on the menu that takes very little time and doesn't require a trip to the grocery store. These chickpeas are quick, easy, and healthy. Diced chicken is pictured but I've made them without also. If you want to use chicken, just dice up a chicken breast and saute it to brown before adding the chickpeas and tomatoes. This dish is very easy children can chop vegetables, saute them. They can rinse the chickpeas. Very easy family friendly dish! I hope you'll try it.

Give Peas A Chance- Easy Peasy Curry Chickpeas

1-2 tablespoons olive oil, or coconut oil
1 chicken breast cubed, if using
1-2 jalapenos- seeded and chopped
2 cloves garlic
1 small onion
1 inch ginger peeled and minced
2-4 teaspoons curry powder
2 cans chickpeas (rinsed and drained)
28 ounces diced tomatoes or half tomato sauce/half diced tomatoes
*1 cup broth or water (if needed)
1/8- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Brown chicken breast in oil, if using. Then remove from the pan and set it aside.
If not using chicken, saute the onion, garlic, ginger, and jalapeno in the oil. Just until the onions are translucent. They shouldn't be caramelizing.
Add curry powder and cook for about 30 seconds.
Add the  chickpeas, salt, tomatoes and sauce to the pot and stir. Return chicken to the pot if using.
Simmer the curry, adjust seasonings to taste. Add broth/water if you like a more saucy dish.
Simmer for about 10 minutes.
Add chopped cilantro before serving.
Serve with naan bread, rice, quinoa, or whatever you'd like!
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Friday, August 22, 2014

Crazy Aaron's Puttyworld- REVIEW

What started as a "desk toy" for adults to keep hands busy has become a huge hit for all ages. Thinking Putty was developed by "Crazy Aaron" and is a HUGE hit in our household. When I set about doing this review I was certain my kids would like this putty for all of 20 minutes at the most. After all it's "just putty" right? I was so very wrong for over TWO hours my children played with the Thinking Putty, and since then they have pulled it out several times to play with it. Thinking Putty goes beyond the ordinary with glow in the dark, UV reactive, magnetic, and heat sensitive varieties that come in amazing colors. Thinking putty is made in the USA, it doesn't leave a sticky residue on your hands, and it doesn't smell. It's a fun unique product.

That's a lot of Thinking Putty!!
Thinking Putty is stretchy but bounces like a ball! It tears like paper, and can shatter like ceramic. Super Magnetic Thinking Putty can also be attracted to a magnet and our Hypercolors can change color with the heat from your hand.Unlike all other products, Thinking Putty comes in extra large handfuls and a rainbow of really awesome colors!
A whole 3+ ounces!

My children simply PLAYED with the Thinking Putty. Squishing it, making it pop, stretching it, tearing it, forming it into shapes, and using the magnet that came in our tin of Strange Attractor. We also got a tin of Liquid Glass which is a little different in texture. It's totally clear which is awesome! My oldest loves toys like this which she calls "fidgets", she wants to collect several more of these Thinking Putty tins. What's great about them is that they don't dry up and  are packaged in a 4 inch tin with 3.2 ounces of Thinking Putty in each one! Depending on the type of Thinking Putty some tins come with a strong magnet, or a UV light. Very cool. (Thinking Putty does come in 2 inch tins also, we just have the 4 inch tin.)
Check out this cool Liquid Glass!

Here's more about Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty-
Kids love the tactile feel of the bouncy, stretchy putty collectively known as Thinking Putty manufactured by Crazy Aaron's Puttyworld. All products are top quality silicone sold in 4” diameter tins and smaller 2” tins. The large Thinking Putty tins serve up 1/5 pound or 3.2 ounces of putty. Best of all, it's completely inert, non-toxic, and safe. And because it's silicone based, not clay or earth-based like other modeling compounds, this moldable putty will never dry out or crumble. The vast online and in-store inventory boasts over 40 awesome colors plus some remarkable effects like glow-in-the-dark, UV reactive, and even crystal clear.
With prices starting at $10 for the large size, these tins make terrific birthday presents, stocking stuffers or good-report-card prizes. Choosing just one style or color will be the toughest choice once in the store or shopping online at parent company Puttyworld's site, Crazy Aaron serves up items like
Twilight ($11) in the Heat Sensitive Hypercolor series. "Just as an evening sky melts into the dark of night, Twilight Thinking Putty's deep purple color disappears with a touch of heat to reveal a fluorescent blue complexion," reads the online description.

Current Thinking Putty selections include:

Phantoms • Ages 3+ • $14.95

Now you see it, now you don't! Unlike any Thinking Putty ever made, this unique and new line features two colors: Foxfire and Arctic Flare. The Phantoms have a magic all their own as they react with vibrant colors to UV light. Using the included black light keychain, kids can actually draw and decorate the putty! Buy an extra black light keychain when ordering the putty for just $5.95. Purchased alone, the crazy keychain will run $11.95.

Super Magnetics • Ages 8+ • $14.95

When Super Magnetic Thinking Putty is stretched, molded, or shaped, the putty has no magnetic charge and behaves like any other Thinking Putty. However, in the presence of a magnetic field, its magnetic forces begin to align. Suddenly, a truly Super Magnetic Thinking Putty is created that will attract to one magnetic pole and repel from the other. A super strong ceramic magnet is tucked inside each tin. Choose from colors Tidal Wave, Strange Attractor, Reactive Razz or Quicksilver.

Super Illusions • Ages 3+ • $14

Crazy Aaron worked for years in his basement lab to come up with these mystifying colors like Super Oil Slick. These truly original colors will surprise and delight kids while keeping them playing for hours! And, while indoor lights are great, sunlight makes these colors really explode! Choose one or all three: Super Oil Slick, Super Lava and Super Scarab.

Liquid Glass • Ages 3+ • $14.95

Like glass or ice, this putty is completely clear! Twist it, stretch it, shape it. Its consistency is a bit different than other Thinking Putty, but it is awesome without a doubt.

Heat Sensitive Hypercolors • Ages 3+ • $11

Sensitive to both heat and cold, this putty is thermo chromic -- just a touch from the hands or a warm coffee mug will reveal a new "hot" color. Allow it to cool off or stick it in the fridge! Then the "cool" color will be restored. Choose one of four colors: Twilight, Chameleon, Amethyst Blush and Sunburst.

Glow In The Darks • Ages 3+ • $11

What's hypnotic and irresistible? This tin of putty that looks milky white in daylight yet glows magically when the lights dim. Use Crazy Aaron’s black light keychain to write messages on the putty and draw special designs. Click on the website and Crazy Aaron offers several cool tricks designed just for the Glow in the Dark Thinking Putty. After exposure to light (the brighter, the better), these colors will glow for hours. Choose from colors Krypton (green), Ion (blue), Aura (purple) or Amber (yellow).

Putty Creatures • Ages 3+ • $12

Thinking Putty Creatures have a unique texture and come with two Creature eyes! Tear open the tin and grab your Thinking Putty Creature. Start stretching, twisting, snapping, and pulling. Mold the perfect Creature and then put in the eyes! But do it quickly, because your creature will "melt" in a few minutes and you will have to come up with another awesome design. Choose one of four colors: Green, Orange, Blue or Pink.

You can find Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putting 

We also found some tins and a cool display at a cool local toy store!

Disclaimer: I was provided a free sample/s of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. All pictures are from the companies site, unless noted.

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