Hidden Veggie Bunny Popsicles

Tis the season for all things spring. Days are gorgeous and flowers are blooming. It’s also getting warm enough for some cold treats, at least in southern California anyway.  This hidden veggie strawberry bunny popsicles recipe is a fun and cute way to get vegetables in.

How do I get my kids to eat vegetables? That’s the number one question I get as a kids’ food blogger. Sometimes I even get asked about how to get veggies into husband’s meals! Since I  know some of you have children who won’t eat anything green. I created this recipe. Give these strawberry bunny popsicles a try.  There are no green veggies in sight, but not to worry it’s still packed with cauliflower!  That said, I’m huge on getting kids to eat vegetables that are not hidden also, so I serve whatever vegetable I’m hiding along with their meal.

Yes, you heard me right. I put frozen cauliflower in it! The fiber rich vegetable makes smoothies creamy and gives this cold delight an extra boost in nutrition. Best of all, the fruits in it overpower the cauliflower’s flavor, so you can’t taste  it. I’ve also made this dairy free, with a fantastic creamer I recently discovered.

If you prefer to serve it as smoothie you can, although I would probably do half almond milk half creamer. You can use regular popsicle molds or use this bunny popsicle mold. If you want to freeze three at a time you can use these bunny molds, it’ slightly different but close!

Furthermore, if you  desire a much sweeter popsicle, you can add a pitted date or more honey and blend it in. You can also make it vegan by using maple syrup.

Note: When first blended it is much sweeter to taste than when frozen, so you might want to overcompensate.

Looking for more cold healthy treats? Try this Healthy Drumstick Ice Cream Recipe

recipe

Strawberry Bunny Popsicles

Ingredients

  • 1 c. Califia almond milk creamer, vanilla
  • 1/2 c. frozen cauliflower florets, or frozen riced cauliflower
  • 1 c. frozen strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 pitted date, or honey for sweetener if desired

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients into blender
  2. Pour into mold
  3. Freeze for 3 hours or longer
  4. Serve and enjoy!
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5 Minute Apple Crisp

Breakfast is the most challenging meal to fix because I’m always running out the door.  This 5 minute apple crisp recipe definitely saves the day. It’s so delicious and is our family’s favorite. The tasty delight is fiber rich with fruit and tasty butter. If you didn’t know, butter is  great for brain development!

Often times I’m so slammed in the mornings trying to get my oldest off to school on time. Sound familiar?  Even though I’m busy, I always strive to provide a healthy breakfast to start out our day. I tried this on a whim on one busy morning. It’s super easy to make, just pop it in the microwave and voilà. It was a hit!

If you don’t want to use a microwave I’m sure you can cook it over stove top as well. You can check out my buttered bananas recipe for something similar.

Apple Crisp

Also, if you’re an apple pie lover, this is really a yummy alternative. I use maple syrup instead of traditional brown sugar. Syrup gives it a wonderful aroma and is also much healthier than its cousin sugar. It’s an unrefined sweetener, which contain higher levels of beneficial nutrients, antioxidants than white table sugar or high fructose corn syrup. There are so many sweet options these days that I really try to start our day with a healthy punch.Best of all my kids think they’re having dessert for breakfast. because it’s just that good.

If you’d like to make it a dessert, you can always add a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or for a healthier treat, freeze banana and blend it in a blender. It makes for a great ice cream alternative.

recipe

5 Minute Apple Crisp

Ingredients

  • 5 tbs. quick oats
  • 3 tbs. pecans, chopped
  • 3 tbs. Horizon salted butter, melted
  • 1-2 tbs. maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • Dash of cinammon
  • 2 tbs. Horizon Organic Whole Milk

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, mix oats, pecan, butter, cinnamon and butter, set aside
  2. Chop apples in small pieces, sprinkle cinnamon on top and mix
  3. In a microwavable mug, add apples, then oats mixture
  4. Add milk
  5. Place in microwave and heat for 2:30 minutes
  6. Eat immediately or top with banana ice cream or regular ice cream
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Spinach Egg Sandwich

We add spinach to everything. From smoothies, dinner dishes, and sandwiches it’s one of my favorite veggies to sneak in. My son recently participated in some fun activities involving leprechauns for St. Patrick’s Day at school. My old spinach egg sandwich trick came to mind. This is a super easy way to include vegetables in their meals.

This time of year is a perfect excuse to try green things because kids are a little more open to eating it. Most kids anyway. It’s worth a try because spinach is relatively tasteless.  You can make regular sandwiches or  use some fun cookie cutters to make it even more festive.

Most of know how healthy spinach is already, but if you’re wondering. It is an excellent source of Vitamin K, A, B2, B6, C, and E. It also has fiber, folate, and protein.

You literally just have to add some spinach to some eggs, blend and season if desired. It’s incredibly versatile. You can make egg “rolls”, an omelet, or eat it over rice with some sausage or bacon.

Spinach Egg Sandwich

Ingredients

  • 4 Eggs
  • Handful of spinach
  • Seasoning if desired, we use a dash of onion powder
  • Shredded cheese (optional if making omelet instead of sandwich)
  • Slices of cheese
  • Cookie Cutter

Instructions

  1. In a blender, add eggs, spinach, seasoning
  2. In a pan, add spray olive oil.
  3. Add egg mixture and cook eggs
  4. Use cookie cutters to make shape eggs and cheese
  5. Assemble sandwiches
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Looking for more green foods? Try my super popular Green Monster Muffins recipe!

 

Chicken Potato Bake

A hearty  meal is sometimes all you really need after a long day. This chicken potato bake recipe is easy to prepare and is pretty much a one pan meal. Just a few ingredients and you have dinner on the table. I’ve also tried cooking it the night before to make meal time easier the next day. It still tasted great the next morning.

At first ,I wanted to use sweet potato instead white potato, but sometimes you just need the real thing. Even though white potatoes get a bad rap, it actually still has a lot of nutritional benefits. You might not believe it but it actually has nearly half your daily value of vitamin c. It also has more potassium than a banana, vitamin b6 and even antioxidants and fiber! So don’t knock it down when you see it in a recipe.

chicken potato bake

My son loves all things bacon so we added some turkey bacon to it and of course cheeseChicken Potato Bake

And of course.. there are veggies in there! When in doubt add spinach. It’s relatively tasteless. I always try to incorporate some type of vegetable in all of our meals. It’s not a deal breaker if you don’t add it, but you can hardly see it if you put a small amount. As always, green stuff optional, but give it a try you never know. Worse comes to worse, your kiddo can pick it out.

Also, the baking time may vary depending on how large your baking dish is. These small mini loaf dishes cooked up the chicken potato bake in about 30 minutes or so. Furthermore, don’t forget to mix it up every 15 minutes for even cooking. A 9×13″ baking dish will take about 50-60 minutes, stirring every 20 minutes to give you some reference.

Chicken Potato Bake

Ingredients

  • 6 small russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 lb. chicken breast tenderloins, cubed
  • 1/3 c. olive oil
  • 1 tbs. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt (this is to taste, add more if desired)
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tbs. paprika
  • 1/4 c. spinach, chopped
  • 3-4 strips of cooked turkey bacon, chopped
  • Mexican cheese
  • Green onion for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Peel and cut potatoes in small cubes, set aside
  3. Cut and cube chicken, set aside
  4. In a large bowl, mix olive oil, onion powder, salt, pepper, paprika
  5. Add spinach and chicken into bowl
  6. Bake for 20-30 minutes until chicken is cooked and potato is soft. Mix once or twice halfway. May take longer if your baking dish is larger.
  7. While chicken is cooking, cook bacon or use cooked bacon
  8. Remove from oven, add chopped bacon and sprinkle cheese over top
  9. Return to oven for 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  10. Garnish with chopped green onions
  11. Enjoy!
  12. Recipe adapted from Stock Piling Moms
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You can also try these other dinner choices! Creamy Tomato Pasta 

Or you can try my 4 Ingredient Mini Chicken Pot Pies