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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Spinach Pizza Pull Apart Bread

We love easy recipes and we love bread around here. When I’m in a rush to make dinner, store-bought dough is such a huge help. Couple it with cheese and you pretty much have dinner. This spinach pizza pull apart bread is also great for holiday get together as an appetizer. It’s bound to be a crowd pleaser for all your guests . Add your favorite dip to it and it’s even tastier.

This recipe  is a marriage between two of my most popular recipes, my Blooming Pizza and Blooming Spinach dishes.  It’s fast easy and delicious! It takes just a few minutes of prep time and only half an hour to cook

Spinach Pizza Pull Apart Bread

Spinach Pizza Pull Apart Bread

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Tip:make sure the middle is cooked!

Spinach Pizza Pull Apart Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 can biscuit dough
  • 1/2 c. spinach, chopped raw
  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • 1 c. mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1.3 c. sliced pepperoni
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Open biscuit can
  3. Separate biscuits and cut one round into 4 pieces (as shown in video)
  4. In a bowl, place cut biscuits and add all ingredients
  5. Mix until well combined
  6. Bake at 350F for 30 minutes or until cooked. Usually if the center is cooked the dish is ready
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JuJuBe B.F.F. and Fuel Cell

I’ve recently had to upgrade my diaper bag since I now have two kids to pack for,  plus all my essentials. I do have to admit that I love bags, but the JuJube B.F.F.  is one of my favorites! No wonder it’s called B.F.F because we’ve become really close friends ever since I’ve had it. I don’t leave home without her. I mean him.  I also have a matching lunch bag the that comes in real handy for my hungry toddler.

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DURABLE AND PRACTICAL

The folks at JuJube really had moms in mind because the material their bags are made of retain stains. We all know how messy kids can be, especially since the contents of half my bag is usually food.  The bag has an antimicrobial lining to help keep it free of odor causing bacteria, mold and mildew. That just grosses me out just thinking of it, but thank goodness the material itself inhibits it! It’s also machine washable for the inevitable spill or if your toddler tornado decides to sneak in dirty rocks and sticks in your bag to take home. Or in my case, sometimes sand and dirt itself. I don’t allow it of course, but sometimes a stick or two ends up in my bag sometimes. The life with two boys I tell you. In addition,  it also has little metal feet to keep the dirt away when you put it on the floor. As a recovering germophobe, this is pretty cool.

This bag is HUGE!! It comes with all the compartments you could ever think of, even a mommy pocket. This is great for my very unorganized self, at least when it comes to my bags anyway.  Jujube For me, the bigger the bag, the more I bring. So organization pockets are super helpful. There are so many pockets and zippers for every little thing you need.  I mean seriously folks, the bag even has a sunglasses holder and key holder.  No more leaving it at the park or having it fall of your head or shirt pocket.

The lining is also light-colored so you’re not searching for diapers in the abyss. You can see the contents of your bag straight away.

FASHIONABLE AND COMFORTABLE

Not only is it super cute it’s also so practical. I always look for a backpack type bag.  I’ve been accustomed to this style because, let’s face it, it’s a lot easier when chasing kids around. JuJu StrapsSadly, handbags are a thing of the past for me at least when I’m out without my husband. The good news is this bag is convertible to a shoulder bag or crossover messenger bag. It comes with an extra strap for conversion. So back to the backpack style, check out those straps —————–>                                          It’s soft and thick so your tired shoulders don’t have to suffer. Don’t laugh, but some days I don’t want to take it off because it’s so comfy.

Even your baby will feel the comfort. The diaper pad is made of memory foam. I’ve even used it as a pillow to get a little shut-eye at the park. Newly washed of course and with hubby around to watch the kids.

FUEL CELL

This little bag is really useful on our outings. It’s made of the same durable material as it’s cousin the B.F.F. Most importantly, the material provides insulation. Juju Be FuelYou can keep stuff warm or cold. The bag is a perfect size for a nice size lunch and extra goodies.

The lid has a smaller zip pocket for your utensils, napkins or wipes.

It’s basic, does what it’s suppose to do, and the plus?  It’s so trendy and cute.

 

 

 

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Green Monster Veggie Muffins

Calling all picky eater parents! I feel you. If you’re tired of smoothies, try this veggie muffin!

My oldest son recently had a 24 hour bug. It’s super hard to see them sick but it’s even harder to know they haven’t eaten for some time. I’m thankful his illness was short-lived, but as he got better, his normally hefty appetite didn’t come back.  It’s been days since he got the bug and still no appetite, except for toast and fruit. I panicked!

Today I decided to make baking an activity.  I’ve found if he’s involved in the cooking procedures he is eats the fruits of his labor.  Sure enough, he ate FOUR of item.
It probably acted as an appetizer for him because he topped it off with a bowl of rice, chicken, sweet potato and boiled egg. I’m so excited he’s back!

Green Monster Veggie Muffins

This muffin isn’t the most photogenic, but it tastes great and is packed with several fruits and vegetables. It has apples, bananas, spinach, and carrots. I also used coconut oil instead of vegetable. In the past,  I’ve cut down the sugar by a tablespoon and it’s still delicious!

Tip: you can also blend the carrots in with the wet ingredients, if you have super picky eater who picks out veggies out of their food.

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P.S. In case any of you are wondering which blender I use, I use the Blendtec and love it! My readers will get free shipping and a discounted rate! Click here for FREE shipping and a discounted option.

Green Monster Veggie Muffin

Ingredients

  • Wet Ingredients:
  • 1 c. unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 c. spinach, raw and fresh
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/2 c. carrots, grated
  • 1/4 c. almond meal
  • 3 tbs. sugar
  • 3 tbs. coconut oil
  • Dry Ingredients:
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1.5 c. all-purpose flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. In a blender mix all wet ingredients (EXCEPT carrots)
  3. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients, add grated carrots
  4. Mix wet and dry ingredients (do not overmix, just until the dry is incorporated in)
  5. Scoop mix into silicone muffin cups, Place filled cups into a muffin tin for easy transfer
  6. Bake for 16-17 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Check at 15 minutes
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Slow Cooker Creamy Mexican Chicken

Ever have one of those days where you have a limited amount of food left in your house and you just kind of slap everything together? I’ve been so busy with work lately I pretty much just through everything that made sense into a slow cooker and came up with this pleasant surprise. I’ll keep this short and sweet because work beckons.

Tip: The Rotel was a bit too spicy for my little one but does provide a nice spice to the dish for grownups. Used diced tomatoes instead for the little folks who can’ eat spicy foods yet.

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Slowcooker Creamy Mexican Chicken

Slowcooker Creamy Mexican Chicken

 

 

Slowcooker Creamy Mexican Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. chicken breasts or tenders
  • 1 can Rotel, for less spicy can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 8 oz. block of cream cheese
  • Green onions for garnish

Instructions

  1. Mix everything in a slowcooker
  2. Cook for 4-6 hours on high, or 6-8 on low
  3. Shred chicken and pair with quesadillas or tortilla chips
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Green Bean Fries

My recent trip to a local hamburger joint had me thinking about their delicious fried green beans. I also had green beans in the refrigerator that were about to go bad. For some reason, my intentions to cook green beans never come to fruition. They just sit and sit and sit in my fridge vegetable drawer. It’s probably because I’m not a huge fan of the green veggie and can never cook it perfectly… until this!

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I tried this recipe on a whim and it’s so addictive! It was a joint effort at my house for dinner. My other half fired up the grill and made some steak and mashed potatoes. My contribution to dinner were these green bean fries!

P.S. My son eats what we eat. He had his steak cut in small pieces. Also, I photographed this meal before trying it with ranch. LOOOOVe it with ranch much more than marinara!

Fun Fact: Green beans

  • Fresh green beans are very low in calories (31 calories per 100 g of raw bean pods) and contain no saturated fat. Nevertheless, these lean pod vegetables are a very good source of vitamins, minerals, and plant derived micro nutrients.
  • The beans are very rich source of dietary fiber (9% per 100g RDA) which acts as a bulk laxative. Fiber helps to protect mucousa in the colon by decreasing its exposure time to toxic substances as well as by binding to cancer-causing chemicals in the gut. Adequate amount of fiber has also been shown to reduce blood cholesterol levels by decreasing reabsorption of cholesterol-binding bile acids in the colon.
  • Green beans contain excellent levels of vitamin A, and health promoting flavonoid poly phenolic antioxidants such as lutein, zea-xanthin and ß-carotene in good amounts. These compounds help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease processes.

    Source: http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/green_beans.html

Green Beans and Steak

Green Bean Fries

Ingredients

  • 1/4 lb. green beans, washed and trimmed
  • 1/4 c. Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Dash of garlic powder
  • 1/2 c. bread crumbs
  • 1/4 c. flour
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425F
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil and cooking spray
  3. Make three stations
  4. In bowl #1, add flour
  5. In bowl #2, add beaten egg
  6. In bowl #3, combine bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and garlic powder
  7. Dip green beans in bowl #1 (flour), then bowl #2 (egg), then in bowl #3 (bread crumb mixture)
  8. Make sure the bread crumbs completely coats each green bean
  9. Place coated green beans in a single layer on a the prepared baking sheet
  10. Bake for 10-12 minutes
  11. Serve with ranch or marinara
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Creamy Tomato Chicken Pasta

” The best of both worlds. A twist to your white cream pasta or marinara pasta”

I came up with this recipe because we were a little bored of plain red sauce and 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! 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.

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Creamy Tomato Chicken Pasta

Ingredients

  • For Chicken:
  • 2 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 lb chicken breast, sliced
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 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
  • 1/4 tsp. salt (optional, to taste)

Instructions

  1. Slice chicken breast and season with Italian seasoning and paprika
  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, 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
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Blueberry Crisp

As some of you may know my kids and I recently went on a  blueberry picking adventure. My toddler loved it, but picked so many! I haven’t ventured off into pie making yet so I improvised and made these small blueberry crisps. I didn’t have a round baking pie dish so I used ramekins. It’s the perfect size for little ones and also for those watching their portions, me included.

Blueberry Crisp

Tip: you can subsitute coconut sugar for regular white, but coconut sugar is healthier

Blueberry Crisp

Ingredients

  • 1 c. fresh blueberries
  • 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. coconut sugar
  • For rolled oats topping
  • 1/4 c. Flour
  • 1/3 c. honey
  • 1/4 c. rolled oats
  • 1/4 tsp. cinammon
  • 3 Tbs. cold butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. In a bowl, mix blueberries, cornstarch and sugar. Set aside
  3. In another bowl, mix flour, honey, rolled oats, and cinnamon. Cut in the butter.
  4. Use your hands to work it all together.
  5. Scoop the blueberry mixture into ramekins and then top with oats mixture
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the berries are bubbly
  7. For a crunchy variety use 1/4 c. of brown sugar instead of the honey in the oats mixture
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2016/05/blueberry-crisp/

Recipe adapted from The Baker Chick

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Healthy Chocolate Pudding

“A healthy, guilt free dessert with an extra nutritious ingredient!”

Healthy Chocolate Pudding

I’m always looking for healthy alternatives to my childhood favorites. I loved chocolate pudding growing up. Unfortunately, most packaged puddings have lots of sugar and preservatives. While this obviously isn’t the real thing, I don’t feel bad if my toddler eats it. Plus it’s also packed with nutrients from an avocado. My son loved dipping everything in it.

I’m also excited to share this recipe in collaboration with How Does She, one of my favorite blogs!

Tip: If you prefer a sweeter variety, add more honey and use sweetened cocoa powder. Also no honey before the age of one

Healthy Chocolate Pudding

Ingredients

  • 1/4 C. Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Tbs. Coconut Oil
  • 1/3 C. Honey (to taste)
  • 1/4 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1/4 Tsp. Salt

Instructions

  1. Peel and remove the seed from the avocado
  2. In a food processor or blender, add all ingredients and blend until a smooth creamy consistency
  3. Serve chilled.
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Peeling a Kiwi The Easy Way

My toddler reaches for everything these days. I’m also usually holding on to my newborn, so I try to reduce the use of knives. Here’s a super easy way to peel a kiwi.

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