Homemade Doritos

I always have extra tortillas lying around. I can never finish the package! DoritosThis is a great way to use it up.

Ingredients:

  • Corn Tortillas
  • Organic Ranch Mix
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil

Tip: Every ranch mix is different. Some are quite strong in taste. If you want to create your own seasoning, try this:

  • 1 tsp Chili Powder (decrease for baby and add onion powder instead
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 3 tbs Grated Parmesan
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt (optional for baby)

1. Preheat oven at 350F

2. Mix Seasonings

3. Add olive oil and stir

4. Brush on tortilla and layer tortillas

5. Cut and bake at 350f for 8-10 minutes or until crispy

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Chicken Salad Toast Cups

Anything bite size is a big hit at my house. It’s easy for my toddler to grasp with his hands. Chicken Salad CupsThis in turn makes me happy because I have less to cleanup.  This is also packed with nutrients and you can substitute mayo with avocado as well.  Tip: Use a hand mixer or standing mixer to shred chicken!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 Cups Shredded Chicken
  • 4 tbs Mayo or you can use avocado instead, add or more or less depending on your desired consistency
  • 1 tbs raisins or cranberries (optional)
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Apples
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Walnuts
  • Bread (fresh)
  • Olive oil

1. Preheat oven to 350F

2. In a bowl, mix all of the ingredients

3. Cut out rounds using a small glass or a round cutter.

4. Grease muffin tin with olive oil spray

5. Carefully place each piece of bread into the  muffin tin

6. Add chicken mixture in the center of bread

7. Bake for about 5-7 minutes until desired brownness

 

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Dipped Frozen Bananas

A great snack or breakfast option for everyone. You can also eat these fresh without freezing.Frozen Bananas

Ingredients:

  • Bananas
  • Greek yogurt or regular yogurt
  • Toppings – We used chopped walnuts, pomegranate seeds, coconut, and strawberries

1. Peel and cut bananas in half.

2. Place popsicle stick midway through banana (optional). You can serve it without

3. Dip or spread greek yogurt

4. Sprinkle or dip toppings on banana

5. Freeze or eat fresh

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Blooming Spinach

This recipe is great for an appetizer for parties or as a side dish for a meal. We had it with some tomato chicken. Blooming Spinach

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

Ingredients:

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

1. Preheat oven at 350f

2. Using a knife, cut sourdough bread in squares (see video). Start cutting lines lengthwise, then widthwise 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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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

We love homemade chicken noodle soup on cold rainy days. Chicken Noodle SoupI know what ingredients is in it and I get to add as much chicken as I want.

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz egg noodle
  • 32 oz chicken broth
  • 1 tbs 21 seasoning salute (if you don’t have this,  add thyme and rosemary to taste)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 5 chicken drumsticks and one breast
  • 2 sprigs of fresh dill
  • 1 c. water
  • Salt and pepper to taste

1. Add everything above except for the noodle for 8 hours low, or 4 hours high.

2. When chicken is cooked, let cool and shred

3. Add egg noodle (on high) about 15 minutes before serving (until it gets soft). You can also add a little more water or broth.

Tip: I used drumsticks so I can get a bit of a bone broth. You can use just boneless chicken as well

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Corndog Donuts

Someone had to do it right? I really do have a reason though. Corn Dog Donuts 3
There are some days this big kid (me), wants a corn dog. Since my toddler eats what we eat, I had to think of a way to make it baby friendly. It’s been drilled in my head that hot dogs are a no-no kids because it’s a choking hazard. That’s how this recipe came about.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3 tbs agave nectar (you can use sugar, or honey)
  • 3 tbs melted unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 2 hot dogs (we used nitrate free organic)
  • Olive oil spray

1. Preheat oven to 375f

2. In a bowl whisk butter, agave, and egg

3. In the same bowl add milk, sour cream, salt and baking soda and mix

4. Add flour and corn meal last and combine well.

5. Grease donut tin with olive oil spray. Either mix in chopped hot dogs to cornbread mix or pour cornbread mix into a donut tin and add sliced hot dogs on top.

6. Bake at 375f for about 15 minutes.

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Slow Cooker Broccoli Beef

I usually cook broccoli beef in a wok. Beef and Broccoli PlateI decided to try putting everything I normally would add to a wok in a slow cooker. Now it’s in our weekly rotation of meals.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbs sesame oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic (chopped)
  • 1 cup low sodium beef broth or chicken broth
  • 1 lb beef (we used rib eye and cut it in strips, I’ve used stir fry cut)
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 2 large broccoli stalks (florets)
  • Dash of pepper
  1. Mix all ingredients except for veggies and beef in a bowl
  2. Add beef to mixture and place in a slow cooker on low until tender. This usually takes about 4-6 hours depending on your cooker)
  3. Add broccoli and red pepper about 30-45 minutes before serving. Any earlier and you will have soggy veggies.
  4. Serve over white rice

Tip: Each soy sauce and broth brands have a different amount of salt so you can reduce it if you feel it’s too salty.

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Banana Walnut Waffles

ThisWaffle Stack waffle dish has no sugar. It also contains bananas within the waffle to give you an extra potassium boost.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg

1. Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl

2. In another bowl smash banana, add egg, milk, butter, and vanilla.

3. Combine dry and wet ingredients

4. Pour in hot waffle maker.

Filling and Toppings:

I mixed some milk with greek yogurt to dilute it a bit. I generously spread the yogurt on each waffle before stacked them. I topped it off with some more greek yogurt, strawberries, bananas, and chopped walnuts. You can also add honey or agave nectar if you have a sweet tooth.

 

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2 Ingredient Pizza Dough

A good friend of mine mentioned this dish to me. Pizza DoughI love homemade pizza because you can be incredibly creative with the toppings. I topped our pizza with an apple, cheese, and walnut combo. It turned out incredibly tasty.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups self rising flour (if you don’t have this type of flour add 1 1/2 tsps of baking powder and 3/4 tsp of salt to the flour)
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • Olive Oil
  • Toppings of choice – We used apples, cheddar cheese, and walnuts on one half. The other half had pizza sauce, cheese, and sweet bell peppers

1. Add flour and yogurt to a stand up mixer. You can also knead the dough on a floured surface if you don’t have a mixer.

2. Use the hook attachment and mix on low, until it turns into a ball (takes a few minutes)

3. Add a little water if its too dry, or a little more flour if it’s too sticky

4. Add flour to the ball and place it on a pan that has been greased with olive oil. I used a pizza stone because we had one.

5. Spread out the dough to form a pizza, add toppings and bake at 450f for 12-15 minutes

Recipe adapted from Redhead Can Decorate

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Mango Rose Cheesecake

My husband bought me a standing mixer for Mother’s Day. Mango Rose CheesecakeI had to make him his favorite dessert. I didn’t add my normal condensed milk and cut down what I would normally put in sugar. I highly suggest getting extra sweet mangoes, otherwise it will be tart.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cinnamon graham cracker package (9 cracker sheets)
  • 6 tbs of unsalted melted butter (one stick)
  • 1 – 8 oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbs powdered sugar
  • 2 mangoes
  • 1tsp lemon juice

Crust:

1. Preheat oven to 350f

2. Place graham crackers in a ziplock bag and crush with a rolling pin. I couldn’t find mine so I used my hands and my son’s toy one lol

3. In a bowl, add graham crackers and mix melted butter

4. In a mixer, mix cream cheese, cinnamon, egg, vanilla,  powdered sugar, and lemon juice until smooth.

5. With a spoon pack graham cracker mixture to tart cups.

6. Add cream cheese mixture on top and cook for about 15 minutes (check at 10 minute mark for progress).  It will puff up a bit in the center and lightly brown.

7. Cut mangoes into thin slices. Once cool layer each mango slice forming several circles until you fill the cup. For the middle I used a peeler and made rolls. I then filled the remaining hole with the rolls.

8. Store in refrigerator until ready to eat.

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