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

Spinach Pizza Pull Apart Photo

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
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2016/05/spinach-pizza-pull-apart-bread/

 

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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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
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2016/05/slowcooker-creamy-mexican-chicken/

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"
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2016/05/strawberry-rose/

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Healthy Mac and Cheese

An old American favorite with a healthy twist!

We love mac and cheese in my household. Problem is, I can ‘t cook it everyday because it isn’t entirely that great for you. But what about if you add some veggies in it?
Makes you feel a little better serving it right? Just try this, you or your kids won’t be able to tell the difference! Healthy Macaroni and Cheese

Healthy Mac and Cheese

Healthy Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients

  • 2 c. cubed butternut squash
  • 1 1/2 c. sharp shredded cheese
  • 2 tbs. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 8 oz. un-cooked penne pasta

Instructions

  1. 1. In 2 separate large pots, bring water to a boil
  2. 2. In pot #1, cook pasta per box instructions (about 8-10 minutes)
  3. 3 In pot #2, cook butternut squash for 8-10 minutes. Drain most of the water, but keep 1/2 c. of water
  4. 4. In a blender or food processor, blend squash and add 1/2 c. of water from step #3
  5. 5. In a baking dish or cooking tray, mix in pasta, pureed butternut squash, and cheddar cheese
  6. 6. Top with Parmesan cheese and bake in oven for 375F for 15 minutes
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2016/04/healthy-mac-and-cheese/

This is in collaboration with my friend My at My Healthy Dish. This her amazing recipe!

Healthy Drumstick Ice Cream Bites

When my toddler turned 2 years old, I started giving him a little of every food in moderation. That said, I still haven’t given him extremely sugary foods like candy or ice cream. I know I know, I need to let him be a kid, but I just don’t want to deal with an even more extremely energetic child.

Unfortunately, or fortunately for you,  I have sugar cravings all the time.  So when I have a sweet tooth, I try to make whatever I’m wanting toddler friendly. I’m not sure why, but I had a craving for a drumstick. You know, the vanilla ice cream one with sugar cone, topped with chocolate and peanuts.
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I quickly started thinking about how I can make something similar and guilt free. These days, I’m up all night with my newborn nursing, so I have a lot of time to think… ok I digress. Well, I remembered making no refine sugar chocolate covered strawberries in the past, so I used the same recipe. Instead, I made drumstick balls and made my own no refined sugar ice cream. While it may not be the same as the real drumstick, I don’t feel bad giving these to my toddler.

P.S. My kids were a handful today, hence the very melted ice cream picture below. I wanted to show you how pink it is and that’s all from the strawberries only!

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Healthy Drumstick Ice Cream Bites

Ingredients

  • 2 Bananas (frozen)
  • 5-6 Strawberries (frozen and hulled)
  • 3 tbs. heavy cream
  • 8 tbs. honey ( or to taste), divided
  • 4 tbs. Coconut Oil
  • 4 tbs. Cacao Powder / or melt chocolate chips
  • Toppings: Crushed peanuts or sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Cut bananas and hull strawberries.
  2. Freeze for at least 3 hours (I left them in overnight)
  3. Blend bananas, strawberries, heavy cream, and honey until the mixture has a soft serve consistency.
  4. Using an ice cream scooper, form ice cream into balls (remember to work quickly as it will melt). Place on a baking sheet and return back to the freezer
  5. In a bowl, add coconut oil. Place in microwave for 10-12 seconds. It should not be in liquid form but just melted enough to mix with the cacao.
  6. Mix cacao and coconut oil together and add honey. For a sweeter variety, add more honey until you reach your desired sweetness. Allow cacao mixture to cool a bit.
  7. Dip ice cream ball into cacao mixture, then in peanuts. You can also sprinkle peanuts instead of rolling it in it.
  8. Freeze until ready to eat
  9. Remove from freezer and allow it to melt a bit before eating
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2016/04/healthy-drumstick-ice-cream-bites/

TIp:  you can always use semi-sweet chocolate chips and melt it instead of raw cacao powder. Try to use ripe, but not overripe bananas and sweet strawberries.

 

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.

 

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

Pizza Cheese Sticks Final 3

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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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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4 Ingredient Pizza Stockings

My son finally got a taste of a real Italian pizza from a local pizza place. He’s been asking for it since. Naturally, I tried to make my own. IMG_7309 (1)This is by no means anything close to an Italian pizza, but I’m able to make it in 15 minutes and I don’t have to worry about having to eat 80 billion slices of leftover pizza. I made it a little festive by using cooking cutters

Ingredients:

  • Crescent dough – we love Immaculate baking no gmo crust among many
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Tomato paste – we use Muir glen organic
  • small strips of baby spinach (cut up into small pieces)

Procedure:

Pizza Stocking 1

  1. Preheat oven to 350f
  2. Cut out stocking shapes with stocking cookie cutter
  3. Add a layer of tomato paste or pizza sauce to stocking
  4. Decorate stocking with cheese strips and sprinkle chopped baby spinach
  5. Bake for about 12-14 minutes