Cooking with LuLu – Roasted Tomato Salad

I am really fortunate to have a husband that does most of the cooking. He handles a majority of the nightly dinner cooking for which I am really grateful. My cooking is mostly limited to Sundays, baking and entertaining. We recently celebrated my oldest son’s birthday by inviting over close friends and family. I made homemade pizzas and something new I created, Roasted Cherry Tomato Salad. It was really delicious if I do say so myself. Here is the recipe I created…

2 pints cherry tomatoes
12 ounces small mozzarella balls, cut into quarters
3 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil
1 tablespoon fresh chopped Italian leaf parsley
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (1/2 teaspoon if you like it spicy)
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash the tomatoes and place onto a large cookie sheet. Pour 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil over the tomatoes. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Roll the tomatoes around on the sheet to coat them evenly with the olive oil, salt and pepper.


Roast for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and drain off any liquid. Place back in the oven for another 10 to 15 minutes. The tomatoes should be nicely roasted with most of the liquid gone. Let them cool to room temperature.

After the tomatoes have cooled place in a serving bowl. Add the basil, parsley, red pepper, oregano and 11/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil. Mix well combining all ingredients. You can serve immediately or place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.


It didn’t look as pretty as I hoped. Next time I will try placing on a platter with some fresh basil and parsley leaves on the platter.

I hope you enjoy it.


Sometimes You Gotta Be Sneaky

My oldest son is very thin. This isn’t a bad thing. My husband and I were both really thin growing up. So there isn’t a worry about his weight itself. But I do worry about his nutritional intake. Left up to him he would subsist on Chick-fil-a sandwiches (which are delicious). So, over the last few months I have been attempting to inject more nutrition into his diet. Here is my approach.

Approach 1 – Keep more stuff in the freezer for him to eat instead of running to the fast food joint

I made burritos with his favorite fillings. I wrapped each one individually and placed in the freezer. Now all he has to do is just heat it up in the microwave. This way I know he has eaten something that is lower in sodium than the burritos you buy in the grocery store. Next time I make them I will post details on how I did it.

I made individual sloppy joe pies. I have a post on Pinterest with all the details. You can find it here:

The key is all homemade ingredients and trying to inject vegetables. I try to sneak in puréed spinach whenever possible. Using fresh ingredients also helps keep him away from processed foods and higher sodium foods.

Approach 2 – Smoothies

I am trying to get up in time to make a smoothie for the boy in the morning that he can drink on his drive to school. Right now he seems to like one with frozen bananas, frozen strawberries and orange juice. This morning I tried a monster green smoothie and modified it by adding some strawberries and a little agave syrup. He drank it but prefers the one above. Maybe I will sneak in a little spinach in the regular one. Here is the link to the monster green smoothie:

Approach 3 – Healthy Snacks

This past couple of weekends I have made Banana Nut Bread. I try to up the nutrition by using wheat flour. I slice the loaf up and wrap individual slices. This way he can grab a slice and head off to school. Here is the recipe I use:

This morning I made chocolate covered banana slices. I plan on keeping these in the freezer so either of the boys can grab as a snack.


Overall I think I am making progress. I am nowhere near where I would like to be but I keep trying. My youngest has even worse eating habits and is picky. We do make dinner at home most every night and keep trying to get him to eat new things.

Wish me luck and let me know what you do to try and inject more nutrition into your lives.

My Teen-Aged Son is Turning into Chik-Fil-A Sandwich

What do you do when your teen-aged son is living off of Chik-Fil-A sandwiches? I swear the boy is eating there at least once per day. I think his entire allowance must go towards feeding his addiction.

Here’s what I am trying to do to get him to eat healthier…Have my own frozen food ready for him in the freezer. So far I have made burritos (I will share more about the burritos on a future blog) and this weekend I tried Sloppy Joe Pies. Overall, they turned out well but they were a little more time consuming to make than I would have preferred. I will definitely make the pie crust again as it was AU-MAY-ZING but I wasn’t too happy with the Sloppy Joe meat. Check out my pin on Pinterest for more details: