This is a thrify post- if you’re interested in saving a few pennies on the kids school lunches (I’m kind of out of season, school’s almost over, I know- but sometimes it takes me awhile to get with the program!) In any case, I’ll be doing this for the remainder of the school year anyway.
Have you guys seen these on the shelves near the lunchables? They’re called REV? I found them on sale at the Commissary right when they first came out and they weren’t too hard on the pocketbook- so I grabbed a few (with 4 kids, I might’ve grabbed more than a FEW..) but so you know, my kids REALLY liked the pepperoni ones the best. Ate those first and when we ran out I was immediately asked to buy MORE, Mom!
Alright, so I spoil my kids crazy. This is a well known fact. ..Look at these faces…
I’m helpless to resist!
Anyway, back to the story- I went to Wal-Mart..thinking I’d save a few bucks there (WRONG!) Those REV roll-ups were almost $3.00 EACH! [You should've seen my eyes bugg out] Thats crazy town. I wasn’t paying that! LOL.
Not to disappoint my kids- I went all Suzie-Homemaker and decided to go HOMEMADE with these babies.
I Grabbed the basics:
Since the Pepperoni was the kids favorite, I grabbed Sandwich sliced pepperoni (from the deli -1/2 lb will do ya), sliced hard salami, regular tortilla shells, sliced provolone & mozzarella cheese. Note that these are pretty versitile, you could make them much healthier with whole wheat tortillas, turkey, ham..favorite cheese, slap some mustard on there even!
I used 1 slice of cheese, 3 slices of pepperoni & 3 slices of salami per tortilla and just ROLLED. Cut in half and then place in small plastic ziplock bag. Easy!
Fun fact- I paid a total of $14.20 for meat, cheese & tortillas. It made SIXTEEN lunch roll-ups…thats 2 halves per bag. And that folks, is LESS THAN $1.00 each. In fact thats about $0.88 cents a piece and cost me about $26.00 LESS than if I’d bought 16 of those REV rollups for the kids. Go ME! (oh, and BTW- The kids like mine better ;) Arent they sweet!?
Lunch Roll ‘ems
2 pkgs regular sized tortillas
1/2 lb sliced sandwich salami
1/2 lb sliced sandwich pepperoni
1 pkg sliced mozzarella
1 pkg sliced provolone
Layer cheese & meat inside tortilla, roll up tightly. Cut in half. Store roll-up in plastic container or ziplock bag.
So… I bought myself one of those very shiny..very awesome NINJA blenders. I mean, I couldn’t even find all the parts to my old one and if you’re going to get a new one…might as well get one that is SHINY…. AND has a cool name.
The thought process here was to make and drink a Green Smoothie after my Kettlebell workout when I got home. Justified my need to buy the shiny new Ninja.
Since my purchase I have been researching recipes for GREEN SMOOTHIES and I have to say..Its a bit overwhelming! There are A L O T.
This was my first attempt.
#1- Green Smoothies are expensive. (I’m just being REAL. Think about all the ingredients and then visit your local grocery store..You’ll see what I mean)
#2- BLEND MORE. I’m an impatient sort, never like to wait and I am stingy with my time. However… I need to find some inner Zen and blend that baby more. It was smooth…but not SMOOTH if you get me.
#3- Expensive they may be- but they DO make at least 2 servings. One smoothie for now.. one for later.
#4- It was yummy. Yeah, not smooth enough.. and I probably need to tweak it just a bit, but it was STILL good.
Do you have a Favorite Green Smoothie Recipe to share with me? I’m definately looking for more options!
Here’s what I threw in my Ninja:
Green Smoothie Attempt #1
1 small green apple, diced
1 small banana, sliced
4-6 strawberries (depending on size), chopped
1 orange, peeled
2 handfuls or 2 cups of Spinach
2 cups water
2 cups ICE
Put everything in your blender… and BLEND UNTIL SMOOTH.
WOW! Its good to be back on the blog! I know its been FOREVER since I’ve posted anything new or any new recipes. We had quite a scare and I thought I’d lost all my blog posts for good! :( Luckily there are wonderful people who post tutorials on THEIR blogs about how to restore YOURS. *forever grateful* to these people!
Its Sunday night here and we had…Dunt-da-DA- SPAHETTI TACOS! My kiddos took it upon themselves to make our dinner meal list for this week, so we have a bunch of new recipes coming up to try out.
I must say..I was skeptical about this whole..Spaghetti..in a TACO thing.. I mean, it just SOUNDS gross. And apparently its *What iCarly! eats* though, I’ve never seen even one episode of iCarly… Anyway, it was on my kids Must Make Mom list, and they wanted it tonight!
Skeptics beware…these babies… are GOOOOOOD!!! Suprisingly enough, I ate TWO and could’a ate another.
Moms- Your kids will lick their plates. Seriously.
Here’s how to make them.
1 lb ground beef
1- 1/2 cups crushed tomatoes
1 pkg Taco Seasoning
1 box whole wheat spaghetti noodles
1 onion, diced
seasoning salt & pepper to taste
Corn taco shells
Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Start water in a deep pot for spaghetti noodles over high heat. Preheat oven to 350 for taco shells. In a skillet brown ground beef with diced onions, seasoning with salt & pepper to taste. Drain. Add crushed tomatoes, a 1/4 cup water and taco seasoning. Stir well to combine and let simmer on low.
Cook Taco shells according to package directions.
When water is boiling, carefully break the noodles into THIRDS (breaking twice) and drop into water. Stir well and cook until al dente, about 12 minutes. Drain.
Transfer about 3/4 of the noodles to the beef mixture and combine well.
Stuff taco shells with spaghetti noodle beef mixture and top with cheese. Serve to hungry kids!
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