Broccoli Cheddar Muffins

Have you ever had a savory muffin? While I do love sweet muffin varieties,  sometimes a little change is a good thing. Plus, when it comes to breakfast, I’d prefer savory. I’m always trying to create fast on the go meals that include as many of the food groups as possible. This broccoli cheddar muffins recipe is tasty and packed with all kinds of goodness!

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In case I haven’t persuaded you to go make this yet.. check out what it looks like on the inside!

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Without further due.. here’s the recipe (actually, my second son who used to sleep 12 hours is going through a sleep regression, and well, I can’t keep writing, because he just woke up!)

Okay, I digress, here it is!

P.S. this is SUPER toddler approved by my almost “threenager”

Broccoli Cheddar Muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: About 24 Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 C. flour
  • 1tbs. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tbs. sugar
  • 1/2 c. grated or blended broccoli florets, raw
  • 3 c. grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 stick of melted unsalted butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. In a bowl, mix first 6 incredients until well combined (flour, baking powder, sugar, broccoli, and cheese)
  3. In another bowl mix milk, egg, and melted butter
  4. Mix flour mixture and milk mixture until well combined (don't overmix!)
  5. Grease muffin tin or use these for easy cleaning silicone liners
  6. Fill tin or liners 3/4 of the way (enough to leave for rising)
  7. Bake at 375F for 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2016/07/broccoli-cheddar-muffins/

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Summer Chicken Skewers

Every time I go to the grocery store, I get tempted to buy chicken breast. But then I think about the many times I’ve cooked it unsuccessfully. Unless stewed, the healthy white meat is so dry. I’ve recently found a fix! In just 10 to 15 minutes your meat of choice will be incredibly juicy or tender. These summer chicken skewers are healthy and delicious!

All thanks to Zespri Kiwifruit.! That’s right.. FRUIT. No chemicals additives or weird powders to add to your meat.  I’ve recently had the opportunity to work with Zespri Kiwifruit and found out it has some incredible uses.

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There is an enzyme called actinidin found in green kiwifruit which makes for a wonderful natural meat tenderizer. Simply peel and mash or blend a kiwi, and spread the pulp on a tough cut of meat. Let stand for 10 to 15 minutes and lightly scrape off the kiwi.

Kiwi Kabob

This is a simple kabob recipe I came up with. You can also use kiwi for any foods that you wish to fry. It’s simply a great tenderizer.

Kiwi Kabob

Summer Chicken Kabobs

Ingredients

  • 2 bpneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1 inch size pieces
  • 2 kiwis (green)
  • Bell peppers
  • Zucchini
  • 1 tbs. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbs. dijon mustard
  • 2 tbs. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme, or 1 tsp if desired
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Skewers, metal preferred

Instructions

  1. Mash or blend kiwi (note: stop blending before the seeds get crushed, or it will turn bitter)
  2. In a small bowl, mix blended kiwi marinade and all ingredients
  3. Cut up chicken into 1 inch size pieces
  4. In another bowl, pour marinade onto chicken breast
  5. Place in refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes
  6. Add chicken onto metal skewers, alternating between chicken and vegetables
  7. Bbq until internal temp is 165F
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2016/07/summer-chicken-skewers/

Some tips for cooking with Kiwi

Source: Zespri Kiwifruit

  • Some important things to keep in mind while creating your own delicious meals and recipes.
  • The skin is edible on both varieties. The SunGold Kiwi has no hair which makes it easier to bite into like an apple. Be sure to rinse your kiwi first.
  • If you insist on peeling, a serrated peeler works best.
  • The actinidin in Green also prevents gelatin from setting and breaks down proteins in dairy products which can cause curdling. If serving Green Kiwifruit with ice cream, yogurt or otherdairy products, serve immediately after you add to your dish. SunGold kiwis do not have this enzyme.
  • When puréeing be sure to stop processing before the seeds are crushed. Crushed seeds may lend a slightly bitter flavor to your dish. Seeds can be removed by passing the pulp through a strainer.
  • When using kiwifruit in hot dishes, add it at the very last minute so that it will retain its bright color. Kiwi flesh is soft so it is recommended that you add later when cooking certain dishes like a stir-fry.

Thanks Zespri Kiwifruit for sponsoring this post! It’s our new go-to kiwi fruit. The sun gold variety is hairless and has a delectable tropical sweet taste. We can’t get enough of it!

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Festive Fruit Flag

Hope everyone is having a great Fourth of July weekend!

Here’s a simple festive fruit flag to do with or for the kids.  Fruit FlagAll you need is fruit and some measuring spoons.

Picky Food Eater Tip: Try out these affordable picks for fussy eaters. Makes eating fun and every kid I know loves to poke there food because it makes them feel like they’re doing it themselves.

Festive Fruit Flag

Ingredients

  • Watermelon
  • Pears or Bananas
  • Blueberries

Instructions

  1. Using a measuring spoon, make balls from watermelon and pears
  2. Form a flag (see video)
  3. Enjoy!
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How to Pit a Cherry

I pass by bags of cherries at the grocery store every time I go. I never buy them because frankly I don’t have time to  pit them for my toddler. This past week however, I wanted cherries for myself. I mean how could i resist, its cherry season after all. Here’s what I came up with!

My little man helped me too in with it and he had fun! He then helped me cut it with his knife. It’s sharp enough to cut fruit and some veggies but won’t cut skin.

$8.95 for THREE on Amazon –> Kids Knives

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Turkey Swiss Rolls

“A super easy recipe, that’s so delicious”

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I always have store-bought dough of some sort in my refrigerator. For fast meals I often use crescent rolls. These rolls are so incredibly tasty, I couldn’t stop eating it. For the sake of my waistline I won’t make these turkey Swiss rolls again for a few months. It’s THAT good.  I did however, sneak in some spinach in it so the meal included more food groups.

TIp: I used crescent rolls, but a sheet of dough will work better like crescent dough sheet or pizza crust.

Turkey Swiss Rolls

Ingredients

  • 1 tube crescent dough sheet
  • 8-10 turkey deli slices
  • 6 swiss cheese squares
  • 1/2 c. buttter, melted
  • 1 tbs. yellow mustard
  • 1/2 c. spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbs. brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. In a bowl, mix melted butter, worcestershire sauce, mustard and sugar, set aside
  3. Roll out crescent dough and top with turkey and cheese
  4. Sprinkle chopped spinach
  5. Roll the dough starting on the long side into a tube
  6. Cut into pieces
  7. Place rollups into a baking dish
  8. Add sauce mixture on top of each rollup
  9. Bake, uncovered, for 25 mintues until lightly browned
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2016/06/turkey-swiss-rolls/

Recipe adapted from Kevin and Amanda

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Sweet Potato Tater Tots

“The better for you tater tot! These tasty sweet potato tater tots are packed with nutrients!”

I recently bought a package of frozen sweet potato tater tots and wasn’t impressed with the flavor.  I was hoping it would taste like a sweet potato, but it tasted very artificial. Even my toddler only ate one or two. That’s kind of a world record.

Since I have sweet potatoes on hand all the time, I tried making my own. This orange veggie is  one of my oldest’s first foods and he still loves it to this day.

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Don’t forget to check out how to peel a sweet potato video if you want to learn the easy way to do it.

Sweet Potato Tater Tots

Ingredients

  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 white potato (optional)
  • 2 tbs. flour
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • Olive oil for cooking

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, boil sweet potatoes and white potatoes until you can pierce a fork through it. Depending on size it should take 15 minutes or so. You can also cut it up so it will cook faster or steam it.
  2. In a bowl, mash the potatoes
  3. Add flour, garlic and salt
  4. With clean hands, form tater tots and set aside
  5. In a pan, add about 2 tbs. of olive oil
  6. Brown tater tots on each side
  7. Serve with ketchup or plain
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2016/06/sweet-potato-tater-tots/

 

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Healthy Banana Nut Muffin Top

“The perfect NO SUGAR option dessert is just the right size for you and the littles”

Oh the muffin top. Not the one you’re thinking of that spills out of your pants, but the wonderful perfectly domed top of a baked muffin. Whenever I make or buy muffins, I find myself picking at the top and well, giving away the rest of it to my husband. He calls me the mouse that runs around the house at night and eats the tops of muffins. What can I say? I love the finer things in life and frankly, my current other “muffin top” doesn’t need to be fed the whole muffin.

This banana nut chocolate chip muffin top is so yummy and enough to satisfy the cravings. It’s hard to believe in 3 more months my second son will be eating solids. This won’t be his first food of course, but I’ll save it for my back pocket when he becomes more of an advanced eater.

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This recipe has no sugar, aside from the chocolate chips (which you could leave out), but I included a sweeter alternative in the recipe below.

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Fun fact: 1 cup of sugar is 773 calories while 1 cup of applesauce is 166. So it may be worth a try! But again for a sweeter variety add sugar.

Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Muffin Top

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 24 Muffin Tops

Ingredients

  • Wet Ingredients:
  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 c. butter, melted
  • 1 c. applesauce, sub for 1 c. sugar if you like the sweeter variety, or 1/2 c. applesauce, 1/2 c. sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Dry Ingredients:
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • Optional:
  • 1/2 c. walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 c. chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. In a large bowl, mash bananas and mix in wet ingredients
  3. In another bowl, mix dry ingredients
  4. Combne dry ingredients mixture iand wet ingredients mixture
  5. Do not overmix
  6. Add walnuts and chocolate chips if desired
  7. In a muffin top pan , add mixture in each circle. Fill about 3/4 through
  8. Bake for 10 minutes, use a toothpick to check doneness

Notes

The no sugar option, is obviously less sweet. I personally like just a hint of sweetness in some baked goods. Substitute applesauce with sugar or half and half for a much sweeter variety.

http://easytoddlermeals.com/2016/06/healthy-banana-nut-muffin-top/

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Easy Banana Bites

“Jazz up the ordinary curvy yellow fruit  and enjoy these no cook easy banana bites !”

Bananas are a staple at our house. It’s so versatile for recipes, smoothies, and even pancakes. It’s probably the easiest fruit to bring along to for a snack! I mean, come on,  it’s wrapped in its own very convenient packaging.

On one busy morning, however, I had absolutely no time to cook anything. I quickly saw bananas on my counter and said to myself, “OK, that’s his breakfast.” I try to always serve him a complete meal with as many food groups as I can and had to think of a way to add protein. This is how this recipe came about. Problem is, he wanted 3 bananas, and it took him longer to eat each banana bite, than it would take me to cook a full breakfast spread. But that’s ok, he really enjoyed these. I paired it with some other fruit and some yogurt and called it a day.

P.S. Do you know how hard it was for him to take the picture below? He was so patient and so incredibly cute waiting for mommy to capture the photo. I gave him one banana bite, and he kept saying, “Again!”  This is his new word for more. It makes me incredibly happy to cook for this little man. Well in this case, happy to prepare, since this requires no cooking at all!

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P.S.S. You can buy almond meal at your local grocery store. I bought this one from Trader Joes, but it’s also available online here.  If unavailable, you can always blend almonds in your blender (must be a powerful one.)

 

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Easy Banana Bites

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Peel bananas and cut into small round pieces
  2. Prepare two small bowls
  3. Bowl #1 - Almond Meal
  4. Bowl #2 - Coconut
  5. Dip banana in bowl #1, then 2.
  6. Enjoy!
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2016/06/easy-banana-bites/

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Veggie Fritters

Eating steamed vegetables can get a little boring. Why not jazz it up by making these veggie fritters? From the start of our son’s eating journey we would always serve veggies in its natural state. If I made a “hide the veggies” dish, I’d also offer the real vegetable. I believe it’s one of the reasons he’s not super picky. As he is getting older though, he does like some vegetables more than others.

These yummy fritters contain a garden medley of corn, carrots, peas and green beans. I made these twice in a day, because I didn’t want to think of what to cook.  He ate six of them the first time, then only two for dinner. He only left his mother, his servant/chef aka me, 1.5 patties *wink

Veggie Fritters First you prep your ingredients. I usually like to measure it all out in small bowls and spoons before cooking. For this one however, you can pretty much prepare everything in the same container since you will be mixing it all, except for the egg.Veggie Fritters Prep

 

In a separate bowl, beat the egg. Then mix all ingredients until well combined. Then I like to use an ice cream scooper to shape each patty. It makes it so much easier.  No messy fingers!

Then add some olive oil in a pan and cook on medium. You can also use a wet spoon to flatten each mound if you like flatter patties. Cook until brown and crispy and enjoy!Veggie fritters Pan

 

 

 

 

 

Veggie Fritters

Ingredients

  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 c. Parmesan cheese
  • 1 c. steamed garden vegetable medley (peas, corn, green beans, and carrots)
  • 2 tbs. green onions, chopped finely (less if desired(
  • 1/2 c. all purpose flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 tbs. olive oil
  • Salt to taste if desired

Instructions

  1. Steam frozen garden vegetables until soft (except green onions)
  2. In a small bowl, beat egg lightly
  3. In a large bowl, mix flour, cooked vegetables, and green onions
  4. In the same bowl, add in all the remaining ingredients until combined
  5. In a large pan add about 3 tbs of olive oil
  6. Using an ice cream scooper scoop out veggie mixture and carefully adding each one to the pan
  7. Cook on medium heat until browned, flip
  8. Serve with ketchup or ranch dressing
  9. Makes 8 Fritters
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