Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Toddler Muffins



Blueberry Zucchini Banana Toddler Muffins
Yield: 30 muffins

Ingredients:

4 Bananas
4 Zucchini
1 cup vanilla yogurt
2 eggs
2 tablespoons maple syrup (real maple syrup not the fake stuff) :)
1 cup rolled oats
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups frozen or fresh blueberries
cinnamon
olive oil

Directions:

1. Line a baking sheet with tin foil, peel your bananas and slice your zucchinis leaving the skins on, drizzle some olive oil and sprinkle with cinnamon. Roast your peeled bananas and sliced zucchini at 400 F for 20 minutes.  Once out of the oven puree in your food processor until smooth.
2. In your Kitchen Aid Mixer add your banana zucchini puree, yogurt, oats, eggs, maple syrup, and mix on low/medium.
3. Add in your flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and mix well on medium.
4. Add in your blueberries and mix on low.
5. With a 1/4 measuring cup, scoop your batter into your cooking spray coated muffin tins.
6. Bake at 350 F for 40 minutes.

My son is a very picky eater so I am constantly trying to fix him foods that he might possibly eat. He likes banana nut muffins and blueberry muffins so I was trying to think of a sugar-free way to sneak some veggies in to a food that he might nibble on. So far he has eaten two of the muffins I made him. The muffins came out slightly dense, but are still edible.  This was my first attempt at a heavily fruit filled muffin. I think I will continue to play around with the recipe to try and make them more fluffy like a normal muffin.





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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Bacon Wrapped Heaven



Bacon Wrapped Chicken
Serves 2 people
Ingredients:
3 thawed chicken breasts
Bacon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon of paprika
Salt and Pepper to season

Directions:

1. Slice your chicken breasts in half longways. Season them with salt and pepper.
2. In a bowl, mix together sugar, garlic powder, cayenne, and paprika.
3. Dredge your chicken breasts in the dry mixture and make sure they are coated well.
4. Wrap a slice of bacon around each piece of chicken and place on a baking sheet lined with tin foil and sprayed with cooking spray.
5. Sprinkle the remainder of your dry mix over the top of your chicken.
6. Bake for 30 minutes at 400 F
My husband loves anything wrapped in bacon and devoured the entire meal in a matter of seconds. Enjoy!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Toddler Cheese Pizza


Mini Star Shaped Pizzas: Great for Toddlers


Ingredients:

Tandoori Flat Bread: I buy the bag of 10 for $5 at Costco
Tomato Sauce: I make my own, but you can use any jarred sauce
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Cookie Cutter: Shape of your choice

Directions:

1. Line your cookie sheets with tin foil and spray with cooking spray.
2. Lay your Tandoori bread out so all sides are flat.
3. Spread your tomato sauce on the Tandoori breads.
4. Sprinkle your shredded mozzarella cheese on top.
5. Bake in the oven at 375 F for 10-12 minutes.
6. After your pizza has cooled use your cookie cutter and make mini pizzas about the size of your palm.
7. Put your pieces back on the cookie sheet and place in the freezer over night.
8. Place all your pieces in freezer safe bags.
9. To re-heat: Place 2 on a microwave safe plate for 60 seconds in the microwave.

This is the ONLY way my son will eat pizza! I hope your little one will enjoy!




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Storing Root Vegetables



Storing Root Vegetables

     I buy my potatoes and onions from Costco that come in the big 10-20 pound bags. Instead of keeping them in the big sacks they come in, I gently separate them in cloth lined baskets that I keep on the floor of my pantry. It is very simple and keeps my root vegetables fresh for at least 2-3 weeks. I also have a third basket that I put my miscellaneous items in: Sweet Potatoes, Avocados, Garlic, etc. and I make sure that each item has room to "breath" and doesn't get bruised.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Date Night In


Date Night In

     Connecting with your spouse can be hard to do when life, children, bills, get in the way of romance. Sometimes it is nice to turn the world off and focus on each other. Every few weeks we do date nights in. We snuggle on the couch, eat sweets, watch a good romantic comedy, and play a board game. After the children are snuggled in bed dreaming of Elmo and Animal Crackers staying awake might be the last thing on your mind. That being said, every once and a while, it is nice to spend some quality time with your spouse. Connecting with your spouse in the smallest of ways keeps a marriage happy and healthy. You don't have to go out to have a date. You can have a romantic meal, watch a movie, sip wine, play games, give each other foot rubs, bake together, cook together, or just have a really nice conversation about your future together that includes all your hopes and dreams. Good luck on all of your Date Nights In!
     The other night I had this basket of goodies sitting on the bench by the front door waiting for my husband to walk in the front door. I had our children tucked into bed and the house was clean. I surprised him with a Date Night In. It made him feel appreciated and special. He let me sleep in the next morning and he got up with our children instead of me. It is the small things in life that can make us the happiest in the long run.