The Scholastic book fair is once again coming to our school next week. It will be nice to get some new books on the shelf. However, I was a little disappointed when the Scholastic flyer arrived in my son’s folder. I sat there at the table checking out all the titles of the books they were promoting and was saddened. Seriously, Scholastic you can do better than this.
Stay Alive #1 Crash? Cover complete with an airplane plummeting into the ocean. This is elementary school!! Good luck to the parents that are trying to get their kids on a plane for their next Disney vacation!
Zombie Goldfish, you can’t do better than that? That’s just disgusting.
What happen to books with meaning? Books that make you laugh and teach you a good life lesson? Well, I guess “staying alive” would be teaching a lesson, but this is elementary school. Am I being naive to think that kids should be wanting to read things a little more wholesome? Is it just me that finds these titles a bit inappropriate for K-4?
I’m always trying to find a nice quick week-night meal. Tonight I wanted to try something different. I’m sick of plain old chicken, fish, pork, and steak. I decided I would try chicken sausage. Although my children of course turned up their noses and opted for cheese/olive quesadillas, or as Finn calls it “pizzadilla,” my husband and I enjoyed it.
Here’s what I put in my dish:
Half a small red onion, diced.
Half an orange pepper, diced.
6 chopped asparagus stalks.
Two chopped portabella mushroom caps (or you can use sliced baby bellas).
About 3 cups of baby kale.
One package of chicken sausage. I removed the casing from mine.
Olive oil and salt & pepper of course. Although the seasoned sausage provided all the flavor needed.
Just chop and drop! Olive oil in the pan first, followed by the onion. Then add the sausage and start to brown it. When sausage is about cooked through add the pepper, the asparagus*, and the mushrooms. Once everything is cooked till it’s tender, add the kale. Let it wilt and serve it up with some brown rice, quinoa, or just on its own.
*if you like your asparagus a little more cooked, wrap the stalks in a wet paper towel and microwave them for 30-45 seconds before chopping them and adding them to the pan.