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Growing up, mi mamá always made us individual servings of shrimp ceviche during Lent. I never quite understood why she would serve them individually, but it felt fancier compared to other dishes we would normally have, and for that reason alone, I would always look forward to it. My mom would head to a seafood market and buy fresh shrimp that she would douse in Clamato The Original, a staple item that we now use in our house to give many dishes and drinks a fresh twist of flavor and color! Nowadays my husband and I, who happen to be a HUGE fan of shrimp ceviche, make the same great tasting ceviche in the form of a shrimp ceviche lasagna to serve our 6 kids. As much as I liked the special way my mom served her ceviche, I think serving 6 kids that same way is too time consuming and, not to mention, not enough for all of them. Our version has the same great sabor that I had growing up, only now it’s much quicker to make and has a larger serving.

I buy all the same fresh lent ingredients my mom did, such as fish, shrimp, veggies and Clamato The Original at Walmart, and I layer them like I would a lasagna. The pan is lined with tostones, rice and shrimp ceviche, which is followed by a final layer of diced avocados, jalapeños (for a nice kick), and queso fresco. This dish is amazing on so many different levels! It’s perfect when you want to serve a special dish like shrimp ceviche for a larger crowd and it looks so pretty all layered up and topped with all that yumminess! See the easy-to-follow step by step instructions to my shrimp ceviche lasagna below.

Ingredients:

2 12 oz bags of peeled and deveined shrimp.

3 small tomatoes

1 small red onion

Lime

3 cups of long grain rice

3 green plantains

Salt & pepper

red cabbage

Queso fresco

1 jalapeño

1 avocado

1 cup of cilantro

1 cup Clamato The Original

Instructions:

Start off by making your rice according to the instructions on the package. **We add a few teaspoons of chicken broth to our rice.

In a large bowl, mix your shrimp, onions, tomatoes,salt & pepper and cilantro. Add lime juice from one lime and 1 cup of Clamato and mix.

Slice and fry your plátanos until they’re golden brown.

Line lasagna pan with tostones, follow with rice, then ceviche and top with Clamato.

Top with another layer of tostones and repeat once more. You can at this point add the queso fresco and bake until cheese is melted but it taste just as good cold!

Top your shrimp ceviche lasagna with diced avocados, jalapeños, queso fresco, red cabbage and 1/2 cup of Clamato.

Serve with diced avocado, a salad and slices of lime! Super easy to make and will definitely impress anyone who has a plate (or two).

What’s your go to dish during Lent?

 


One of the biggest things I learned when I was pregnant with Olivia and now with this pregnancy is I function better on small frequent meals. I’m the type of person of who goes too long without eating and that just wasn’t working for me during either pregnancy. It would leave me not only cranky but weak and craving foods that I wouldn’t normally eat. I started carrying around snacks and my favorite one was trail mixes just like the 20 yummy trail mix recipes below. I especially love that trail mixes are perfect for on the go snacking and can be made in a ton of different ways! Check out these 20 yummy trail mix recipes below.

20 Yummy Trail Mix Recipes

  1. Rainbow Trail Mix
  2. Lemon Lime Trail Mix
  3. Chocolate Cranberry Mix
  4. S’mores Trail Mix
  5. Energy Boosting Trail Mix
  6. Animal Cookie Trail Mix
  7. Sweet and salty Trail Mix
  8. Trail Mix Muddy buddies
  9. Chocolate Covered Strawberries Mix
  10. Ranch Mix
  11. Italian Parmesan
  12. Cajun Trail Mix
  13. Nut Free
  14. Caramel Cinnamon Mix
  15. Cajun Trail mix
  16. White Chocolate Mix
  17. Zesty Cheese Mix
  18. Chocolate Cherry Trail Mix
  19. Pantry Popcorn Mix

All of the 20 yummy trail mix recipes  above are really easy to make and  perfect for the kids to make too!


Growing up, I had rice and beans pretty frequently. Now, as a mom, not much has changed! We eat rice on almost a daily basis, and I’m not exaggerating one bit! Most of the time we serve it just plain rice and beans, like I had it when I was growing up, and everyone loves it! Joseph asks for it every night for dinner, but recently my older boys are starting to ask for a little more food diversity, so I’ve been trying to come up with ways to switch things up a little. Last time we made shrimp fried rice and it was a hit! This time I decided to make red pepper and lemon rice and I have a feeling it’s going to become a favorite at dinner time!


This red pepper and lemon rice is packed with flavor and is perfect to serve on its own, with a salad or grilled chicken. We kept it simple this time, but I’m pretty sure we’ll be serving it many different ways. The secret to making this rice was the DairyPure Milk that I added while the rice was boiling. It gave the rice a creamy texture that everyone really enjoyed.

I love when a recipe allows me to add an ingredient that I alway shave on hand and that everyone loves. In this case, it’s milk! With six kids we go through a ton of milk and we only buy the best! DairyPure Milk is backed by its Five-Point Purity Promise; that it contains no artificial growth hormones, it’s tested for antibiotics, it gets continually quality tested to ensure purity, only comes from cows fed by a healthy diet and is cold shipped fresh from your local dairy. DairyPure Milk tastes just as fresh as it is!

Ingredients:

5 lemons
Red peppers
5 tablespoons of lemon juice which equal to 1 1/2 freshly squeezed lemons
Dill
Salt and pepper
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons of olive oil (canola oil will work as well)
3 tablespoons of garlic powder
2 cups of rice
1 teaspoon of turmeric
1/2 cup of chicken broth
2 cups of milk

 

Instructions:

Melt butter and stir in olive oil.

Stir in garlic powder, red peppers, lemon juice and continue to stir.

Add rice, salt, pepper, turmeric and cook for about 2 minutes. **Continue to stir while cooking.

Stir in chicken broth, lemon juice and milk.

Bring to a boil, cover pot and reduce heat and simmer.

Top with slices of lemon and dill (skip the dill and add parmesan cheese it taste just as amazing) and serve with a tall glass of milk, and you’re good to go!

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You’d think after having six kids I’d have this whole new baby thing down, but every baby is different! As the kids get older, there’s more activities to attend, which makes for a super busy household. The big age gap between Robert and Joseph (nine years) threw me for a loop. I thought I could wing it with their schedule, and I might have been able to, but Joseph was very colicky and I quickly realized that I could not. When I had Olivia, work was flourishing and a complicated c-section (read all about it here) made everything a painful process. Scroll down to see my favorite on the go snack + easy to make cajun ranch dressing.

This time, I’m going to try to be as ready as possible and make this a smooth transition. I know the first couple of weeks will require a laid back approach as we settle into a new routine, so I plan on stocking up on healthy foods that can be frozen and easy on the go snacks that can be dipped into this easy to make cajun ranch dressing that I know the kids love.

Once everyone got a whiff of the fact that I’d be prepping food in advance, the first thing I was asked for was homemade cajun ranch dressing (see recipe below).  I plan on storing in individual containers for kids to just grab and go.

Favorite On The Go Snack + Easy To Make Cajun Ranch Dressing

It’s a really easy recipe to make that’s extremely versatile and can be used on salads, as a dip for veggies, or even to dip the really really tasty sandwiches by Sandwich Bros. Our favorite is the chicken melt! It goes perfectly with the cajun ranch dip and its packed with protein, making them a great snack to keep you energized and satisfied when you’re on the go.

Favorite On The Go Snack + Easy To Make Cajun Ranch Dressing

I love that they’re low calorie, easy to portion control, and most of all, their convenience! I can’t tell you how many times Sandwich Bros. have come in handy when I’ve been running late! You just throw them in the microwave for 45 seconds and you’re good to go! I often eat them for lunch while I work, in the car while I’m running errands and on the weekend, I lay them out for the kids to grab along with fruits and veggies!

Favorite On The Go Snack + Easy To Make Cajun Ranch Dressing

Favorite On The Go Snack + Easy To Make Cajun Ranch Dressing

Sandwich Bros. snack line has four delicious flavors: Angus Cheeseburgers, Chicken Melts, Gyro Sliders and Italian Sausage Melts and they also have a great variety for breakfast like Sausage and Cheese, Egg and Cheese, Egg Whites and Turkey Sausage and Cheese Sandwiches.

Favorite On The Go Snack + Easy To Make Cajun Ranch Dressing

Their entire selection is delicious and perfect for the busy mom on the go that want to still be able to give her kids a healthy options to eat. Sandwich Bros. Flatbread Pocket Sandwiches, along with dips like my homemade cajun ranch dressing, will be among the things that will ensure that when baby girl makes her arrival that our fridge will be stocked with healthier foods for us to grab and go! Want to give Sandwich Bros. a try? Click here to get a $1.00 off coupon any Sandwich Bros Flatbread sandwiches! To find the nearest Kroger, Costco, Sams or Walmart where I buy mine carrying SANDWICH BROS click here.

Cajun Ranch Dip

What You’ll Need:
Cajun Seasoning
Ranch Dressing

Instructions:

Take equal parts ranch dressing and cajun seasoning and mix. It’s that easy!

Favorite On The Go Snack + Easy To Make Cajun Ranch Dressing

For those of you with kids how did you get your home ready for your baby’s new arrival?

Thank you Sandwich Bros for sponsoring this post! As always all opinions are my own.