January 21, 2014

Tried it Tuesday, Food Edition

If you're looking for an education-related Teacher Tip today, I'm going to direct you to Saturday's post about Positive Narration in the classroom. It's a simple tip that you can implement immediately, and it really made an impact with my unruly students last year.

Now, I'm going to do something a little different this week and share with you Two tips that are both food-related. I know... I know... this is an education blog, but just trust me on this!

Okay, first up is a dinner recipe. If you're anything like me, the last thing you want to stress about after a long day at school is what to cook for dinner. I'm always on the lookout for quick, easy, and healthy recipes to throw without thought... or even better... in my crockpot. I'm a HUGE fan of semi-homemade cooking, because I like to keep things simple, and this recipe definitely qualifies. I call this dish Meatball Marinara Stew.

The ingredients you need include 2-3 jars of your favorite marinara sauce (I use Newman's Own), 1-2 bags of store-bought, Italian-seasoned meatballs (You can also use turkey meatballs. I usually do one bag of each so I get the Italian flavor and the health benefits of the turkey... that works, right?!), 6-8 coarsely chopped red potatoes, 3-4 coarsely chopped peppers (I use all the colors), onion, garlic, and Italian seasoning to taste. Throw in the potatoes and Marinara sauce first until they are nearly tender, and then you can combine the rest of the ingredients and cook until the meatballs are heated thoroughly.

This is one of those recipes that just gets better the longer it sits, and it keeps well for leftovers. I love a warm, hearty meal like this on a cold, snowy day and thought some of you might enjoy it during the upcoming Arctic Freeze, Part 2 I'm told is heading our way.

My second tip also qualifies for Holly's Tried it Tuesday linky.  My teaching team gave me a gift card for Christmas to Binny's Beverage Depot, a local liquor store. I mean... do they know me or what?! :) Joel and I stopped in to get a couple bottles for New Year's Eve. I got a bottle of RumChata because... of course, and then I searched around for something fun to try. I like to spend my gift cards on things I wouldn't normally buy. I settled on a bottle of Pinnacle Whipped, thinking it would pair well with my RumChata and probably could be used in lots of drink recipes.

Flash Forward to this past Friday night when my parents had some friends over for a game night and put me in charge of tending the "bar" for the evening. I have no clue what I'm doing behind a bar, but I have to admit I did a pretty good job concocting some yummy drinks, and I used the Pinnacle Whipped in many of them. For the record, it's good with RumChata, Kahlua, Caramel Apple martinis. My personal favorite, though, was Pinnacle Whipped with Diet Dr. Pepper. OMG yum! I think I have a new favorite drink!


  1. I don't care if this is an "education" blog...I like reading stuff not school related too. You know I don't cook, but I'm definitely paying attention to the turkey balls and Pinnacle Whipped. You lost me at Crock-pot. This will make you laugh. Jerm got a text today from one of his friends asking if I was going to start cooking now. I said..."Why? because I'm standing in the middle of the grocery store?" He either saw me in there and hid from me or saw my car pulling into the parking lot. Everyone knows I don't cook. I went in to buy hummus...I walked out with $87 worth of groceries...that's the most expensive hummus I've ever bought!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  2. Both sound delish!!!! When should we come over??!! Then we could blog about our social gathering and dancing! :) That Pinnacle Whipped and Diet Dr. Pepper sounds awesome-a must try!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  3. The meatball stew sounds super yummy and super easy! I am always on the lookout for super easy meals for busy school days. Thank you!