Paleo Banana Nut Muffins

Grain free and refined sugar free. This paleo banana nut muffins recipe  is sure to become a favorite in your household.  While I’m not one to put my kids on any specific diet,  I always try to find healthier choices especially in muffins! That’s because my boys can eat two or three muffins in one sitting. No joke, my four year old eats like a teenager. Add chocolate to the mix and I have to stop him from eating them all.

It’s not your typical muffin texture because of the almond flour, but it’s a healthier alternative!

Banana Nut Muffins

It definitely satiates the sweet tooth. The recipe calls for agave nectar which is much lower in glycemic index than it’s cousin sugar.  You can also use honey.

This paleo banana nut muffins recipe is from Tamera Mowry.   I met her at an event a while back and we collaborated to bring her recipe to you in video form. She’s the sweetest person!

Paleo Banana Nut Muffins

Ingredients

  • 3-4 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 c. coconut oil, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 c. agave or honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 c. almond flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 c. vegan chocolate chips
  • 3/4 c. walnuts, roughly chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Line a muffin tin with paper cups and set aside
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine all wet ingredients (banana, oil, eggs, agave, and vanilla)
  4. In another mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients (almond flour, baking soda and salt)
  5. Slowly blend wet ingredients by hand
  6. Fold in chocolate chips and walnuts
  7. Pour batter into your muffin tin
  8. Bake for 25-30 minjutes, oruntil a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffin comes out clean
  9. Recipe Credit: Tamera Mowry
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Cheesy Potato Balls

Potatoes and crunch. That’s what this cheesy potato balls recipe is all about.  Every so often, I get cravings.  Who am I kidding, I would say I crave something daily. Being that my favorite Cuban bakery is way to far to visit, I created the closest thing to Cuban potato balls I could with the amount of time and ingredients I had on hand.  The combination of flavors is amazing!

There are only a few better combinations than potatoes and cheese. Add a hint of chicken and barbecue sauce and you have the perfect bite! My kids devoured these, because well, they’re the best things ever. Thank goodness I made extra because my sons couldn’t stop eating them.  He could hardly wait to eat them before I snapped the photo below. Don’t tell anyone but there may or may not be a half bitten potato ball in his basket below.

Cheesy Chicken Potato Balls

You can also bake them if you prefer, but it’s hard to get the same crunch you would get compared to frying. Vegetarian? No problem, just omit the chicken.

Cheesy Potato Balls

Recipe

Cheesy Chicken Potato Balls

Ingredients

  • 2 c. mashed potatoes, cold
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 c. bread crumbs
  • 1/2 c. chicken, chopped
  • 2-3 tbs. barbecue sauce (to taste)
  • 1-2 Horizon Organic Mozzarella string cheese

Instructions

  1. Cut string cheese in 1 inch pieces
  2. Bowl #1 - mix barbecue sauce with chicken, set aside
  3. Bowl #2 l- lightly beat egg.
  4. IBowl #3 - add bread crumbs
  5. Using a cookie scooper or ice cream scooper, place one scoop of mashed potato onto your hand
  6. Add indentation using the back of the scooper
  7. Add prepared chicken and one piece of cheese, form into a ball, create several balls and place on a plate
  8. Fill a medium sized saucepan with 1.5 inches of oil. On medium high heat, gently drop a few potato balls
  9. Drain in a metal strainer if desired.
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Sticky Chicken Wings

These are the best fried sticky chicken wings ever. Well, at least that I’ve ever made ;). This is obviously a cheat treat for my little guy, but it sure beats frozen chicken wings. Plus, if you’re on the organic train you can make these 100% organic. Sticky Chicken Wings

So here’s the back story. My best friend and I used to eat chicken wings in Koreatown all the time. These days we both have two kids, and it’s nearly impossible to get out. I’m not really sure how to explain the taste of this.  It’s not teriyaki and it’s not barbecue. I call it incredibly delicious. Fast forward to today, while deleting stuff off my phone, I  recently found a note listing possible ingredients to my favorite chicken wings. The last time I ate this at a restaurant, I basically sat and tasted every morsel very slowly  trying to figure out the ingredients.  And then today I tried it!

Sticky Chicken Wings

Sticky Chicken Wings

Ingredients

  • 18-20 chicken drumettes
  • 1/2 C. flour
  • 1/2 C. cornstarch
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • Sauce:
  • 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 4 tbs. water
  • 2 tbs. rice vinegar
  • 2 tbs. sesame oil
  • 1.5 tbs. ginger, chopped
  • 2 tbs soy sauce
  • 3 tbs. honey
  • 1 tbs. brown sugar (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp. corn starch
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Sesame seed (optional)

Instructions

  1. Rinse chicken and pat dry
  2. In a large bowl, add corn starch, flour, pepper, salt, and garlic powder
  3. Add chicken in flour mixture. Make sure all parts are coated. Should be lightly coated not clumpy.
  4. In a deep dutch oven, add enough vegetable oil to cover drummette
  5. When oil is hot (about 350F) or when it bubbles when tested, add chicken
  6. Set aside when cooked and place on baking rack to drain oil
  7. Cook for 15 minutes on medium-high, until brown and crispy
  8. In a small saucepan on medium low, combine ginger, garlic, sesame oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce, honey, brown sugar, corn starch and water.
  9. Stir until thickened.
  10. Coat cooked chicken with sauce thoroughly and serve.
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Creamy Tomato Pasta

I came up with this creamy tomato pasta recipe because we were a little bored of plain red sauce and plain Alfredo sauce. I looked in my refrigerator and put stuff together. That said, I’m not always successful, but sometimes I hit the foodie jackpot! This was the outcome, such deliciousness.

In case you were wondering, I have no culinary background just a home cook eager to feed my hungry family! A huge plus, the toddler didn’t pick out his spinach. That in my book is kind of a big deal these days. My oldest now has an opinion on which green stuff he will eat. Unfortunately,  large pieces of spinach is not part of his desired food options. Where’s my rolling eyes emoji when I need one. This time however, he gobbled it up!

Creamy Tomato Pasta

A beautiful marriage between red and white sauce makes for a tasty dish!

Tomato Creamy Pasta

 

Creamy Tomato Chicken Pasta

Ingredients

  • For Chicken:
  • 2 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 lb chicken breast, sliced
  • 3/4 tsp. paprika
  • 3/4 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. salt (optional, to taste)
  • For Sauce:
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 roma tomato, chopped
  • 3 1/2 c. spinach, raw
  • 1/4 c. tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 c. half and half
  • 1 c. parmesan cheese, grated

Instructions

  1. Slice chicken breast and season with Italian seasoning, paprika, salt
  2. In a large pot cook penne per box instructions, drain and set aside
  3. In a large pan, add olive oil
  4. On medium-high heat cook chicken until it's not pink
  5. Set aside and keep warm
  6. In the same pan or another, add garlic, chopped tomato, tomato sauce, spinach, then half and half
  7. Once half and half mixture is boiling, bring down heat to low and add parmesan cheese
  8. Cook until cheese is melted
  9. Add salt if desired, to taste
  10. Mix in chicken and pasta and serve hot
  11. Garnish with chopped chives and/or parmesan cheese
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Blooming Spinach

We love to host get togethers at our house and enjoy feeding a pack.  This always makes the cut when I choose my appetizers. It’s fast easy and delicious. I’m sure this Blooming Spinach will be a hit for the upcoming Superbowl Sunday .  It takes just 15 minutes to make. If entertaining isn’t your thing, this also makes for a great side dish for any meal. We have it with spaghetti and tomato chicken.

Blooming Spinach

You can reduce the garlic or spinach if you’d like.

Make sure you bake it uncovered after the first round of baking to get it extra cheesy!

Picky eater tip: If you have a child who likes bread and/or cheese. This may be a good option to try. Yes, they may pick off the spinach, but they may not and hopefully they will realize it’s not that bad. If you’re shaking your head right now, you can always leave the green stuff out.

blooming spinach Recipe

Blooming Spinach

Ingredients

  • 1 Unsliced Sourdough Bread Round
  • 1/4 cup chopped spinach
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 8 tbs-10 tbs. melted butter
  • 10 oz sliced cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven at 3705F
  2. Using a knife, cut sourdough bread in squares (see video). Start cutting lines lengthwise, then width wise through the crust, but not all the way through.
  3. In a bowl, mix melted butter, garlic, and chopped spinach. Set aside
  4. Fill each cut with cheese.
  5. Pour butter mixture on top of the bread.
  6. Place foil on baking sheet. Use another piece of foil to cover bread. Bake covered at  350F for 15 minutes.
  7. Uncover, and bake again for about 6-7 minutes or until cheese melts.
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Hidden Veggie Alfredo Sauce

My kids are relatively decent eaters but some days they won’t eat all the veggies on their plate. It’s probably because I serve some type of vegetable at every meal. Like adults though, they get bored too! By the way, if you’re wondering, they will only eat a select number of vegetables so trust me I have some battles too. I’m now hooked after making this hidden veggie alfredo sauce.

I gave this a try thinking it may not turn out so great, but I was so pleasantly surprised. I now personally won’t have alfredo sauce any other way, at least at home anyway. The cauliflower flavor is definitely there so if you have a super picky eater, i suggest blending the floral shaped veggie into regular alfredo sauce.  Give this a try, my family loved it!

Top it on some fettuccini, spaghetti or whatever pasta your pint sized dictator wants! You can even add chicken.

 

Hidden Veggie Alfredo Sauce

Ingredients

  • 10 oz. cauliflower florets (about 1.5 c. raw)
  • 1tbs. butter
  • 1/4 tsp. salt (to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 3/4 c. whole milk

Instructions

  1. Steam or boil cauliflower florets until soft
  2. While still hot, blend in butter, salt, garlic, and onion powder
  3. Add milk, and blend until smooth
  4. Serve on pasta.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste
  6. Add chicken optional
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Turkey Cranberry Sliders With Veggies

T’was the day after Christmas, when all through the house a tired mom was… Okay, poetry is not my strong suit. Time to get to the point like I always do. After weeks of hustle and bustle including travelling on planes and unpacking suitcases, I was exhausted. It was lunchtime after the holidays and I opened my refrigerator to find no food in sight.  All I had left in the fridge was some unopened organic turkey meat, some dinner rolls, left over cranberry and some cheese. And that folks, is how i came up with this turkey cranberry sliders veggie recipe!

Did I mention it takes about 10 minutes to make!? Ok, now I hope I’ve sold you, because it’s a piece of cake to make.

It was a hit at my house and I’m sure your kids with love it. You can chop up the spinach in small pieces if they aren’t fan of green veggies. Or let them try it because you can’t even taste it!

Turkey Cranberry Sliders With Veggies

Ingredients

  • 6 Hawaiian dinner rolls
  • 4-6 turkey deli meat slices
  • 4-6 slices swiss cheese
  • spinach, chopped
  • 2 tbs. melted butter
  • 2-3 tbs. cranberry sauce (to taste)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven 350F
  2. Cut dinner rolls in half (see video for reference)
  3. Layer turkey meat then chopped spinach
  4. Add cheese on top of spinach
  5. Spread cranberry sauce to your taste
  6. Replace dinner roll half on top of cut half
  7. Add melted butter on top of prepared rolls
  8. Bake for 7-10 min.
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Christmas Tree Pizzas

I’ve never met a child who didn’t like pizza, let alone a cute one. Tis ‘the season for all things holidays! This Christmas Tree Pizzas recipe is fun for both kids and parents to make. It takes a minimum of 2 ingredients and whatever other toppings you would like to add.

One serving also has carbohydrates, proteins, and vegetables. You know how I feel about complete meals! Serve it with a side of fruit and call it a Monday, or a lazy Sunday. Plus, there’s something always fun about incorporating fun cookie cutters in everyday meals. While we don’t do it all the time, it makes food that much more enticing to eat.

You can use other cutters like stockings or candy canes too!

Christmas Tree Pizzas

Ingredients

  • Pizza Dough (store bought, or homemade)
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese (we use Horizon Organic)
  • Red Bell Pepper (sliced, chopped)
  • Green Bell Pepper (sliced, chopped)
  • Additional toppings desired

Instructions

  1. Roll out pizza dough
  2. Use a cookie cutter to "cut out" tree shapes
  3. Grease a baking sheet with cooking spray
  4. Place trees on sheet
  5. Add pizza sauce onto each tree
  6. Add cheese
  7. Decorate as desired
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Stuffing Muffins

At our home, Thanksgiving means lots and lots of leftover food. Either we cook too much or we eat too little. I like to believe we eat too little, but that’s not likely the case. So what to do with all that stuffing and turkey? It’s always nice to have turkey and all the fixings for another day, but I can’t eat three times in a row.  That said, if I change-up how it’s served, a few more days of turkey and stuffing is a-ok in my book. This stuffing muffins recipe is perfect for leftovers and is a big hit with the kids.

Stuffing Muffins

It’s like Thanksgiving all in one bite and is perfect for little fingers. These are also great for snacks on the go especially for those kiddos who love muffins. The cranberry adds the perfect sweetness to every bite and it’s simply delicious.

It’s easy.  First you mix the egg and a little milk in a bowl.

mixing

In another bowl, mix your left over stuffing, cooked turkey, and spinach. We had creamed corn on our menu, and we ate it all. Since I always like to serve veggies whenever I can, I decided to add some chopped spinach.  We love spinach because it’s relatively tasteless and isn’t bitter. You can add leftover chopped green beans or Brussels sprouts too.

stuffing-mix

Next it’s time to bring out your handy-dandy muffin tin. We use our muffin tin a lot around here. Don’t forget to grease it with cooking spray before filling  I repeat, don’t forget to grease it. Or you will have to scrub and soak the tin for days. Trust me, I’ve learned my lesson. One time I had to throw the tin away!

Fill each circle with the stuffing mixture to about 3/4 full. You don’t want to fill it all the way because you need to leave a little room for the egg. You also want to loosely fill the tin.  Don’t smash the filling in because you want the egg to get in between the stuffing.

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Next comes the best part. Sprinkle some dried cranberries over the top to add a little sweetness.

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Pour the egg mixture into the muffin tin leaving some room for it to expand.
Bake at 375F for 20 minutes or so and enjoy!

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Mummy Egg Boats

Eggs are a staple at our house  for breakfast. It’s so versatile and packs some great nutrients if served in moderation. Recently, my kids have turned away from it. I’ve coined it an “egg strike.” When this happens I pair their favorites with the food they dislike. They could probably eat their weight of bread., so that’s what I combined. It always works like a charm because they remember how much they love it. I also made this super festive just in time for Halloween.  I’ve also added veggies!

If you don’t want to make it a mummy, you can also just bake it and it’s still very delicious. I

Mummy Egg Boats

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tbs. whole milk
  • 1 tbs. chopped green onions
  • 1/4 c. shredded cheese
  • 1/4 c. chopped spinach, optional
  • salt, to taste
  • white cheese to make mummy, cut in strips
  • candy eyes

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. In a bowl, mix eggs, milk, onions, spinach and salt
  3. Carve out the middle of a pretzel roll or store bought french roll
  4. Pour in mixture into the center of the bread
  5. Place prepared rolls onto a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes until egg sets
  6. Allow to cool and decorate mummy
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