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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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.

Muffin Top SF!

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.

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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!

Banana Bites Hands F

 

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!
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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.

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Hash Brown Egg Cups

I’m leaving the boys for a few hours to have some much needed alone time as my Mother’s Day present.  When I do, I always try to leave something fast an easy for them to snack on. Hash Brown Egg Cups on PlateWhile egg quiches and low carb egg bites are sometimes the way to go, this has potatoes. I decided to add some carbohydrates so it’s more of a complete meal.

I put a few cups in the freezer to see if it freezes well. I’ll update this post when I reheat them.

Hash Brown Egg Cups

Ingredients

  • 5 eggs
  • 1 c. thawed hash brown potatoes
  • 1/2 c. chopped turkey bacon
  • 1/3 c. shredded cheddar cheee
  • 1/4 c. peas
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together
  3. Spray a muffin tin thoroughly with cooking spray, or use muffin liners
  4. Add hashbrowns
  5. Add egg mixture in each muffin tin hole
  6. Cook for 15-20 minutes (depends on muffin tin size)
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2016/05/hash-brown-egg-cups/

I packed it in a Yumbox (affl. link)  so I had a quick snack if I got hungry.

Strawberry Rose

A quick tutorial on how to make an easy strawberry rose. See video below!

Strawberry Rose

Ingredients

  • Strawberries

Instructions

  1. Using a knife, cut "petals" slightly angled towards the center, but don't cut all the way through. Use the knife to bend outward.
  2. Cut another side in between the first row of petals
  3. Continue until the top
  4. Fan out remaining "petals"
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Stuffed French Toast Sticks

“A twist to your classic brunch favorite from the comfort of your own home.”

Stuffed French Toast Sticks Mother’s Day is around the corner. This mama loves french toast. In honor of all the mothers out there, I made my favorite. While the original delicious treat is amazing as it is, I jazzed it up a bit and added a surprise. Every bite has delicious cream cheese and sweet strawberries.

Stuffed French Toast This recipe is incredibly tasty and takes a few minutes to make. It’s also easy for the kiddos to grasp since I made it into sticks.

Tip: I’ve found that stale bread works best. But it will work either way. I used the Lodge Cast Iron Skillet if you’re wondering!

P.S. I’m excited to be a collaborate with one of my favorite blogs How Does She and contribute this recipe and video.

Stuffed French Toast Sticks

Ingredients

  • Texas Toast (thick bread)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 Cream
  • 1/4 Tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tsp. Sugar
  • Strawberries
  • Cream Cheese
  • 1 Tsp Butter

Instructions

  1. In a shallow dish, mix egg, cream, cinnamon, and sugar. Stir until well combined and set aside.
  2. On one side of the bread add cream cheese and top with strawberries.Add another piece of bread on top.
  3. Cut into sticks if desired.
  4. Dip into egg mixture, shaking off excess
  5. In a pan, on medium heat add butter and place each french toast stick to cook
  6. Brown each side
  7. Serve with maple syrup if desired.
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Breakfast Burrito Cups

Many of my readers have asked if certain recipes are freezable.  While I enjoy fresh food, I know it’s not always convenient for folks who are busy. I specifically created this recipe with an “on the go” mentality. Thankfully, it freezes well! Egg Cup 3 Resize

What I love most about it is you can mix and match whatever toppings you want. You can also chop up veggies finely for those picky eaters.

 

 

Egg Cup 6 Resize

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield:  12-15 bites

Breakfast Burrito Cups

Ingredients

  • 8 Eggs
  • 1/4 C..Milk
  • 5-6 Tortillas (depends on size)
  • Dash of Garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper
  • Toppings of choice
  • Shredded cheese, ham/turkey bacon, garden vegetables

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. In a bowl, mix eggs and milk. Set aside
  3. Using a pizza cutter or knife, cut tortilla in fours (see video)
  4. Grease a muffin tin with cooking spray and carefully push in cut tortilla
  5. Fill tortilla with egg mixture and toppings
  6. Add cheese on top
  7. Cover with foil and cook for 20-25 minutes
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2016/04/breakfast-burrito-cups/

Tip: I’ve cooked it uncovered as well and it creates a nice crunchy tortilla. Check it at 15-18 minutes

Freeze in ziplock bags and heat in the microwave for 1 minute. It may vary with several cups in the microwave, i tried it with one.

 

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