What’s Cooking! Meal Prep Review

I’d love to cook a super healthy dinner every night, but it’s just so hard to find time. Before Max, I cooked probably 6 out of 7 nights a week, and I loved it! Now, I’m lucky if I get to cook a meal during the weekend, let alone prep for the week. 

My office just became a drop off location for What’s Cooking!, and it has proven to be a total life saver so far! What’s Cooking! is a meal prep delivery service for Ann Arbor and the surrounding area. Our office has become a drop off location so I can use the service even though I live outside the city. 
Each Thursday a new menu comes out with fresh, healthy meals. You choose what you want for the next week, pay, and it’s delivered the next week. After you’re done with the meals you wash out the containers, leave them in your cooler bag for pick up, and they drop off your next week’s meals. It’s so easy. 
So far I’ve had delicious salads with lots of fun toppings, citrus chicken, and salmon with egg plant (it had to be some of the best egg plant I’ve ever had).  The portions are a generous size (this is coming from my husband who will sometimes ask servers if the meals are ‘big man approved’). In terms of pricing, I’d give it ‘$$,’ but you have to remember you’re paying for fresh ingredients, delivery and convenience. My huge salad this week, which includes chicken, walnuts, apples, cranberries and goat cheese, was $11. It will probably last me 1.5 meals (I’ll eat the leftover as a side salad the next day).
If you find yourself short on time for meal prep, I’d encourage you to find something similar to What’s Cooking! in your area. If you already use something similar, please comment below and share your experience! 
xo – Angela

Toy Sale on Zulily

I love to shop, and I love a good deal. Today the deal site, Zulily, is featuring toys for all ages. I just purchased the workbench set for my son, it was almost half off! Tons of toys from Land of Nod, Melissa & Doug, Playskool, Little Tikes and more. Check it out before they items are sold out – limited quantities available!

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Quick & Easy Slow Cooker Rib Recipe

I’m always on the lookout for an amazing slow cooker recipe. This one you will see in many variations on the web, but this is the fastest, easiest way to make it. I usually buy one large rack of ribs but this time I bought 3, smaller racks, so I didn’t have to cut them to fit into my crockpot. Here are the next steps:

Ingredients:
– Stubbs Gluten Free BBQ sauce
– Rack of Ribs

1) Put ribs in crockpot
2) Add whole bottle of BBQ sauce into crockpot, making sure the all of the ribs are covered
3) Cook on Low for 8 hours.

This is a great recipe for a work day. You can prep it the night before in the crockpot and put it in the fridge, then start it before you leave for work. If your crockpot turns to warm after it’s down cooking will keep them hot for dinner time.

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Ideas for Getting Rid of Halloween Candy

I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween! Here’s my little guy as Donald “Maximus” Trump 🙂

Max is only 14 months and it was cold and rainy here in the metro-Detroit area, so we didn’t take him out trick or treating. We hung out at my brother and sister-in-law’s house, and I got to see my niece and nephew trick or treat. They came back with so much candy! I was never really into candy as a kid, and I remember my trick or treat bag sitting in a low cabinet, full, and stale, for 6 months, before my mom tossed it. I just wouldn’t eat it. But if you ask my husband, he said he’d demolish his Halloween stash in a few days!
I’m prepping myself for when Max is old enough to go trick or treating. Hopefully he’s like me and doesn’t go overboard with candy. But…so far he’s a lot more like his dad, so I’m going to have to get crafty in order to stop him from overdosing on candy.
Here are a few ideas to help you get rid of your candy stash:

  • Contact your local Ronald McDonald House to see if they will take a candy donation for their families. 
  • Operation Shoebox is now accepting candy donations. You have to mail it to Florida, so make sure you don’t send candy that will melt in the heat. 
  • Halloween Candy Buy Back – Find your local dentist who will take candy for toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc. They then share it with our troops!
  • I read on one of my favorite blogs, Gracious Pantry, that she does something called a “Switch Witch,” where she allows her son to place a bucket full of candy outside their door in exchange for a nice gift that “magically” appears. This is so creative!
  • I had an idea about trading in candy in exchange for money or special trips (maybe a movie night?). Or trading in 10 pieces of candy to stay up 10 minutes later 🙂 What would I do with the traded in candy? Bring it to my co-workers, of course! 
Did you do something creative with your kids candy after they had their fill? Please share in the comments! 

5 of my Favorite Healthy Crock Pot Meals

I love a good crock pot meal that I can prep and let cook while I’m at work or running errands. These are some of my favorites from some awesome fellow bloggers:

Clean Eating Turkey Meatballs from Gracious Pantry
These are epic. I’m Italian, and I know a good meatball when I taste one, and these are so good. I usually cook whole wheat or gluten free pasta to go along with them. During the week I just eat them by themselves, they are so good! Gracious Pantry is one of my favorite food blogs. There have been weeks were I’ve made her recipes 5 days in a row. You’ll see lots of tweets from me with her recipes in them!

Gluten-free Crockpot Lasagna from G Free Laura
I tried this recipe for the first time last week – it was delicious. Both my husband and 1 year old son loved it. It was about 6 servings, enough for about 2 full dinners for my clan. I love crockpot meals that provide leftovers. 

Clean Eating Crock Pot Beef Fajitas from Stacy Makes Cents
This meal makes ‘Taco Tuesday’ a great day! Usually leftovers are available for the next day. 

Crock Pot Kansas City BBQ & Bacon Chicken Sandwich by The Frugal Girls
I made this once a week when I was home on maternity leave because it was so easy to prep with a newborn at home. The bacon make these epic sandwiches. I didn’t use onion and I used Stubb’s gluten free BBQ sauce (or any other clean BBQ sauce will do). Paired with whole wheat buns make it a somewhat healthy dinner (with the appropriate amount of bacon).

Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe by Tips from a Typical Mom
This is one of my go-to Fall and Winter recipes. It freezes really well and so easy to defrost for quick dinner. 

Gotta start somewhere

My name is Angela and I’m a full time mother, wife and sales woman. So basically, I’m nuts! But I love it. Recently I was looking for other ‘working mom blogs’ to read and they were far and few between. So, I decided to recruit some friends and start one!

The Non-Housewives blog is all about women just trying to fit it all in. Who’s really ‘just a housewife’ anymore (besides the Bravo ladies)?? Women wear all kinds of hats these days. Mother, wife, provider, and don’t get me started on what we do to keep our household running smoothly.

I think it will be fun to hear from other moms on how they are keeping it all together. I hope to cover a variety of topics…from quick recipes to laundry hacks to product round ups and more, I hope everyone finds something helpful from this blog to make their lives a little easier.

xo
Angela