Pizza Cheese Sticks

Looking for a tasty appetizer that’s not super unhealthy? Pizza Cheese Sticks DipTry this! It’s a twist to the homemade mozzarella sticks because it’s pizza flavored. My son loved them! The only drawback is he can’t have it melt in his mouth when its super hot for obvious reasons.

Prep time: 10 minutes / freeze for 30 minutes

Cooking time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

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Ingredients:

  • 5 string mozzarella cheese sticks
  • 1/4 c. flour
  • 1/4 c. panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 c. crushed pizza flavored crackers or cheese crackers
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • olive oil spray

Procedure:

  1. Separate all ingredients into bowls for easy dipping (except oil)
  2. Cut mozzarella sticks in size desired
  3. Add pizza flavored crackers into a ziplock bag. Smash crackers with rolling pin, glass, or by hand.
  4. Dip one stick at a time in flour. Then dip in egg, then panko breadcrumbs, then pizza crackers
  5. Place all coated sticks on a plate and freeze for 30 minutes (until frozen) MUST BE FROZEN, OR YOU WILL HAVE A HOT MESS.
  6. Preheat oven to 400F
  7. Add sticks to tin foil lined baking sheet and spray with oil
  8. Bake for 5 minutes each side. Check frequently and make sure cheese doesn’t melt completely.
  9. Serve immediately for adults, being careful

Served, prepared, and frozen in our incredibly versatile Oogaababy bowls and plate.

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Sweet Potato Breakfast Bites

I’ve felt under the weather for a few days and of course it’s also a busy time for me at work. I had to think of something quick that was delicious and nutritious.

FullSizeRender (60)We love our eggs, sweet potato hash, and cheese for breakfast. I basically layered it all together,  stuffed it into a muffin pan and baked it! Voila, you have your grab and go breakfast. We only made six breakfast bites, but obviously you can make more!

Ingredients:

  • six large eggs
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 21 Seasonings Salute (Trader Joes, or any seasonings you want)
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, or Italian blend (optional)

1. Preheat oven 350f

2. Peel and cut up sweet potato into match sticks or skinny fries

3. Grease muffin pan with olive oil spray

4.  Add sweet potato on muffin pan then add a little more olive oil spray

5.  Crack a whole egg into one muffin circle (check video for visual)

7. Add cheese and seasonings if desired

8. Bake at 350F for about 20-25 minutes, check it at about 20 min

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Baby Nursery and Play Room Decor

Hi Everyone! This is an off topic post, but since many of you have asked where I purchased some items for my boys’ playroom and nursery, I decided to write a blog short entry. P.S. This is not a sponsored post. Just having some fun with decor!

 

Boys' Playroom

Play Mat: Buy Here (affiliate)

Life Size Giraffe: Buy Here (affiliate)

Chair: Anywhere Chair from Pottery Barn Kids

Cabinets: IKEA

Dylan's Nursery Resize

Glider: Buy Buy Baby

Stool: Target

Crib & Dresser: Pottery Barn Kids

 

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Breakfast Sausage Bites

Prepared foods can be expensive and filled with sodium. If you buy organic, it’s even more pricey!  After making these homemade sausages, you’ll see how fast and easy it is to make.  Breakfast Sausage Bites B The bonus is you know everything that’s in it. I’ve also frozen what I don’t cook for the morning in between wax paper sheets and saran wrap. It works out great for busy mornings!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 apple grated
  • 1/2 tbs rubbed sage
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 c. chopped spinach (optional, but why not?)
  • Dash of garlic powder, cinnamon and pepper (to taste)
  • Maple syrup (optional)
  • Olive oil for cooking

Procedure:

  1. Mix all ingredients above (except maple syrup and olive oil)
  2. Form into balls or patties
  3. Cook in a pan with olive oil. Please don’t over cook, or it will be quite dry. Use an internal thermometer (170F well done) to make sure it’s not overcooked or raw
  4. Serve with maple syrup if desired

 

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Deli On a Stick

I’m always looking for new ways to spice up lunch time. We are also trying to fit in as many activities as we can before his sibling arrives.  So that means lots of packed lunches!  I will be doing a 4 part series on lunches to go so please check back in!

Sandwiches are a bit boring after a while. My son has recently discovered kabobs and loves it. Deli On A StickHere’s an easy way to offer meals. I do supervise him since it is a wood stick, but there are some plastic options and you can use a straw too.  This meal fits perfectly in our Yumbox leak proof lunch box.  It’s divided into the important food groups so meal planning becomes a no brainer.

Ingredients:

  • Deli meat (we use no nitrate organic)
  • Cheese
  • Cucumber
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Kabob sticks or straws

Procedure:

  1. Cucumber – with a peeler peel off a thin later of cucumber and roll
  2. Roll the cheese, cucumber, and deli meat
  3. Cut the cherry tomatoes lengthwise
  4. Poke through with kabob stick or straw

**I received this product for a review, but all opinions are my own. If you decide to make a purchase through the  affiliate link, Amazon will pay me a very small commission for it. This does not cost you anything additional. These commissions help to keep the rest of my content free. Thank you!

 

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Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup

It’s been raining non stop here in Southern California. Butternut Squash Soup R (2)A perfect pairing to a dark gloomy day in my book is hot soup in a bread bowl. This is one of the few times I’ve ever made soup. I don’t know why I’ve waited so long to try it.  It’s so easy and delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz (1/2 small) butternut squash, halved, seeds removed
  • 16 oz (1/2) buttercup or kobacha squash, halved, seeds removed but not peeled
  • 2 large shallot, quartered
  • 2 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 3/4 cup light coconut milk
  • pinch nutmeg
  • optional garnish: drizzle coconut milk, chives, pepitas
  • garbanzo beans (I added this as a topping for extra protein, but it’s totally optional)
Procedure:
1. In a slow cooker, add squash, shallots and broth and cook on low for 8 hours or high on 4 hours. You’ll know it’s cooked when it’s soft and a knife can easily be inserted. Peel skin and discard the peel.
2. Stir in coconut milk and nutmeg. Blend in a blender or hand blender.
3. Season to taste with salt and pepper and garnish with more coconut milk and chives, if desired. Makes 5 cups.
Recipe from the fabulous Skinny Taste!

 

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Homemade Pancake Mix

Is the going back to work/school day giving you the blues? Nothing a little homemade pancake can’t fix. Homemade Pancake MixI’m starting to think about easy meals we can prepare once baby #2 is born. Here’s one that will for sure make the breakfast, maybe even dinner rotation. It keeps in your pantry and all you need to  add is an egg and a cup of milk when ready to cook. Beats all the additives in some boxed pancakes.

Ingredients:

  • 3 c. all purpose flour
  • 1.5 tbs baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Fruit toppings, honey, maple syrup, or pancake syrup if desired

Procedure:

  1. Mix all ingredients except for toppings in a bowl and place in an air tight container
  2. When ready to make pancakes, just add 1 cup of pancake mix, 1 egg, and one 1 c milk
  3. Butter a griddle or non stick pan and pour batter onto the pan when hot
  4. Flip when the top of the pancakes bubble
  5. Top with your favorite toppings… and be happy!

Served on our oogaa silicone plate! The undivided and jewel inspired by Easy Toddler Meals is set to come out soon!

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Teriyaki Chicken Hand Rolls

I love sushi! I’ll admit it. These last 7 months of pregnancy have been tough because I’ve had to stop eating one of my favorite foods. Naturally,  I  decided to make my own cooked version. Chicken Teriyaki Sushi Resize

It’s  also suitable for my toddler. I always try to offer him a diverse array of foods and expose him to the joys of sushi early. I’m still “chicken” to let him try raw foods, however. Since I’ve exposed him to the texture and shape of the Japanese delicacy, I’m hoping he is ready when I  introduce him to the real thing. P.S. He loved this and so did I!

In case you’re wondering, the plates I used to prepare this dish and serve it is our Oogaa plate

Ingredients:

  • Cooked chicken breast (i used leftover rotisserie)
  • Soy wrapping paper (non gmo) or seaweed (organic)
  • Teriyaki Sauce – homemade or store-bought
  • American blend salad or any veggies you’d like
  • Asian rice (sushi rice is best, but I just used regular white rice)

Procedure:

  1. Cut soy paper in half
  2. Carefully spread a thin layer of rice on soy paper as shown below
  3. Add desired toppings: chicken, and veggies
  4. Drizzle teriyaki sauce and roll

Tip: Don’t add too much sauce, it will get soggy

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Mashed Potato Balls

The holiday season brings families together and lots of food. At least in my household! We often have an abundance of left overs. This time the culprit was mash potatoes and ham. Mash Potato Balls IG 3After eating the same meal and texture for the last three days, I decided to change it up a bit. This was incredibly delicious, plus it includes most of the major food groups!

Tip: the key to this is delicious mash potatoes. If your mash potatoes aren’t tasty to begin with, it won’t be as good! Here’s my husband’s mash potato recipe. He of course is the king of mash potatoes.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 c. mashed potatoes (room temperature)
  • 3/4 c. shredded white cheddar chease
  • 1/4 c. chopped ham (optional)
  • 1/4 c. chopped spinach (optional)
  • 1 c. panko bread crumbs (organic panko) or (Kikkoman)
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 2 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 1-2 c. vegetable oil

Note: Panko is a Japanese style bread crumb. You can easily find it in your grocery store in the Asian aisle.

Procedure:

  1. In a bowl, mix potatoes, cheese, ham and spinach Mash Potato Balls Ham Mix
  2. Using an ice cream scooper or cookie dough scoop form mash potato mix into balls (1 1/4 inch balls)Mash Potato Balls Station
  3. One at a time, dip balls into eggs then coat it in Panko. Set aside until all are coated. P.S. If you’re wondering what cool plate I used above. It’s a silicone Oogaa plate! We love it. It’s safe for baking, dishwasher, and even freezing. It makes it so much easier when you don’t have a million bowls to wash when making a dipping station. Mash Potato Balls Fry
  4. Heat up oil in a deep pan or dutch oven. Cook prepared balls in oil until golden and crispy (about 2-3 minutes)
  5. Serve immediately Mash Potato Balls C

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Dunkable Cookies

Twas the night before Christmas and Santa is on his way. Why not make it easier for him to enjoy his cookies with his milk! I made dunkable cookies so he doesn’t have to break his round cookies in half. Dunkable ResizedIn all honesty, I wanted to make it easier for me to clean up.  Who wants to clean up the crumbles your toddler leaves behind when he realizes dipping his cookies in milk is the best thing since sliced bread. I just shaped the dough into cookie bars and voilà! Here’s the note we left for the man in the red suit.

 

 

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Dear Santa,

Since we made you dunkable cookies, please bring peace to the world.

Love,

Colin

My e-book which available here includes a no sugar recipe (just as sweet and tasty). For now, here’s a little treat for the kiddos.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c. white sugar
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter (12 tbs) (softened)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 ripe banana (if you don’t want to use banana, make it 3/4 cup of white sugar and 3/4 c. of brown sugar, and 2 sticks of butter)
  • 2 1/4 c. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 c. chopped walnuts

Procedure

  1. Preheat oven to 375f
  2. Cream sugars, butter, egg, and vanilla in a large bowl
  3. Add flour, salt, and baking soda
  4. Mix in chocolate chips and chopped walnuts
  5. Using a scooper or spoon form thin cookie bars or mounds (for round)
  6. Place on an ungreased baking sheet and bake 8-10 minutes until golden

Note: Wait until fully cooled otherwise it will crumble

 

 

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