The Perfect Roasted Broccoli

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Now and then something happens that makes me stop and reevaluate my kids’ diets. This time around, it was the faces they made at the broccoli on their plates at dinner time on our recent Disney cruise. Let’s just say that they weren’t friendly faces. The kids used to devour my roasted broccoli – but at ages six and nine, they still prove to be picky with some vegetables.  And I suppose that I’ve made my trusted go-to recipes on constant repeat – resulting in a loss of interest.  After making a roasted broccoli with loads of garlic, cheese, and lemon for years – I had to simplify it a bit to get the kids back interested in my broccoli. After a few dinner experiments, I think that I may have stumbled on the perfect roasted broccoli in the process.

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The kids didn’t care for the added tomatoes that I threw in at the last minute, but I happen to love the tasty combo and the pops of color.  For now, we’ll just stick to the broccoli!  Get the super simple, kid-pleasing perfect roasted broccoli recipe below:

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The Perfect Roasted Broccoli

Ingredients

  • Broccoli, I used a medium size one cut into florets
  • olive oil
  • salt/pepper
  • garlic (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Place the broccoli on a baking sheet, drizzle with about 4 tbsp of olive oil, season with salt and pepper.
  3. If you decide to add garlic, slice it into thin slices and mix with the broccoli.
  4. Mix the broccoli with the olive oil, making sure that it's well coated.
  5. Arrange broccoli in a single level and roast for 10 minutes.
  6. Check on the florets, flip each one and allow the other side to roast for about 5 or 8 extra minutes.
  7. Enjoy!
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We hope you enjoy it!  And, please chime in with your favorite veggie recipes below!

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Family Travel Tips for Parents on the Go

We just returned from an exciting trip with Disney World and Disney Cruise Line, and can’t wait to share the incredible things that will soon come to Disney parks! Since this was a work and play trip combined, I remembered a few helpful family travel tips for parents on the go, to help streamline the process of traveling with kids.

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  • If Capable, Have Kids Carry Their Gear

I can’t stress enough how important it is to begin this step early!  Whether you’re heading to the beach or getting on a plane, help teach kids accountability by having them carry their backpacks or push a small carry on suitcase through the airport.  Keep the size and weight manageable and stick to this expectation on every excursion.

  • Pick your Mom (or Dad) Bag Wisely

During my hunt for a reliable bag, I couldn’t believe how many brands decided to omit external pockets designed to hold water bottles. I’ve learned to keep my electronics and expensive camera lenses far away from liquids, and have found a solution in sticking with diaper bags.  All of our favorite bags (find great tips on finding the perfect diaper bag here!) are super stylish and modern and in no way scream baby bag! And best of all, they offer, secure places to store large water bottles, stash away valuables, and even tuck in camera lenses.  We need solid compartments galore with comfort and functionality.  I’ve also often gone for neutral colors so my husband can carry the bag when needed.

  • Print and Color Code Calendars

As much as we try to rely on digital calendars, there is nothing like having a clear and concise calendar in a visible spot to keep the entire family informed. On our recent trip, I was required to be in different places than my husband and kids on most days.  A color-coded calendar allowed the kids and my husband to see exactly what was expected of me, and where they’d find pockets of free time along with scheduled family events.

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  • Clear Compartments are your Friend

When a nine-day trip required two hotel changes and a switch to a cruise line, our packing game left something to be desired.  I did, however, pick up an assortment of clear travel pouches from a local discount store.  Having things visibly organized helped a ton! From medications, make-up, electronic chargers, my daughter’s hair accessories, to sunblock and more – not having to search for things saved time while on vacation.

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  • Plan For the Last Day

The final day of vacation is always a drag as it’s time to pack up, head to the airport and face reality! My husband and I gave each other a look when we passed the exact spot in the Orlando airport where we experienced total family chaos just nine months prior, as we tried to rearrange suitcase weights and find warm clothes for the kids. We learned from our mistakes and laid out the kids’ travel clothes the night prior, also packing everything away as concisely as possible. TIP! If you’re leaving a cruise ship, skip the breakfast and order room service the NIGHT BEFORE. As long as the Thermos top is tightly secured, your coffee will be piping hot in the morning, AND you’ll save precious time getting your family off the ship.

Hope these tips are helpful and have fun on your next adventure!

This post is sponsored by Quidsi.  However, all opinions and travel tips are my own.

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