Sunshine Egg Pies

Keeping an egg on a piece of toast is never easy with toddlers. One part falls to the ground, the other lands on their head.  You feel me? After months of getting my youngest to eat a breakfast sandwich, I threw in the towel. At least for now anyway.

No toddlers? Not to worry – both my husband and I devoured these! These sunshine egg pies are perfect for breakfast. If you cook it long enough it would work for on the go car rides too! You can even scramble the egg if you choose prior to filling the rectangle.

Trying to get your family to eat more veggies? Rest assured, there’s a one in these. I  get comments all the time about how their kids would pick out vegetables off anything and everything.  This one is nearly invisible and is also hidden under an egg. I mean peel a  zucchini and it’s pretty much white.  Just saying.   The entire dish  takes less than 10 minutes to make so it’s definitely doable on weekday mornings! You can even cook the night before and throw it in a convection oven for fast heating.

Sunshine Egg Pies

These egg pies are customizable too! Add any seasoning you like. You can go bland, salt and pepper, or our favorite is  Everything but the Bagel Seasoning . If you’re adventurous you can try other seasonings as well. If you’re looking for a no-salt seasoning we often use 21 Seasoning Salute as well!

I’m huge on offering foods in its natural state and colors. You can leave a little peel on the zucchini and then grate it.  It will look like something below. Showing the green vegetable helps kids’ become more adventurous when it comes to eating.  Have them take a bite of the hidden kind and a bite of the other. They’ll soon realize it tastes no different.  I know, i know It’s hard to convince a toddler sometimes, but it’s always good to try.  It takes some effort, but in the long run it’s paid off for us.

P.S. I  completely understand it may be impossible for some of your eaters, but  it’s just a suggestion! I personally, do lots of hidden veggie recipes for my readers, but I always try to always serve the hidden foods in its natural state.

Sunshine Egg Pies

recipe

Sunshine Egg Pies

Ingredients

  • Crescent rolls, store bought in the tube - we love the organic ones, but any will do
  • Zucchini, peeled and grated
  • Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • Eggs
  • Seasoning of choice - we used Everything but the Bagel Sesame Blend

Instructions

  1. Preheat at 400F
  2. Roll out the dough on parchment paper. Depending on what brand you use you may or may not need paper
  3. Pinch perforations together in each square to seal the dough
  4. Form rectangles and fold up edges about 1/2 inch around each rectangle
  5. Sprinkle grated zucchini
  6. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese
  7. Crack an egg in each rectangle
  8. Top with seasoning of choice (we used Everything but the Bagel Sesame Bland)
  9. Bake for 8-10 minutes depending on how cooked you'd like your egg yolk
  10. Note: Depending on the size of the egg and rectangle, you may have to reduce the egg white to prevent spillage
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Note: To be safe, cook the eggs well done for kids. The shot below was my portion, lol.

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Looking for more breakfast ideas? Try these Mummy Egg Boats 

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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.

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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

3 Ingredient Veggie Cheese Crisps

My kids love anything savory. Crackers, chips you name it, it’s their favorite snack. They probably get it from me because it’s my weakness too. I mean who can resist a bag of chips right?  I decided to create my version and came up with this 3 Ingredient veggie cheese crisps recipe! You surely can’t just have one of these savory treats.

So here’s how this recipe was born.  I came up with this idea while walking through the aisles of a grocery store. Just as I was about to grab some veggie chips, this recipe idea came to mind.  Don’t get me wrong there’s definitely a time and place for chips, but I wanted to challenge myself and recipe test. And of course I had you in mind of course. As usual, I had to think of an easy way to make it since my time is limited these days. Let’s just say my pint size dictator two-year old wants all my attention.

Furthermore, since I’m trying to cut my carbohydrates,  I thought of using cheese for my base. It’s a great source of protein. I  added a vegetable to it to make it a little more nutritious for the kids too.

All you need is three ingredients for this recipe but you can always omit the chives if your kids don’t eat anything green. It’s an easy addition for lunch.

Cheesy Crisps

It’s also perfect for salad.

These were delicious!

 

Recipe

Veggie Cheese Crisps

Ingredients

  • Horizon Organic Mexican Shredded Cheese
  • Carrots, grated
  • Chives, dried

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. First add some Horizon Organic mexican cheese shaped in circles on paper
  4. Top it off with shredded carrots and chives
  5. Bake for 7-10 minutes until it starts to turn golden (depending on how thin your circles are, time may vary)
  6. For crispier cheese crisps make your circles thinner
  7. Transfer to a paper towel and allow to cool
  8. Serve immediately
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Cheesy Potato Balls

Potatoes and crunch. That’s what this cheesy potato balls recipe is all about.  Every so often, I get cravings.  Who am I kidding, I would say I crave something daily. Being that my favorite Cuban bakery is way to far to visit, I created the closest thing to Cuban potato balls I could with the amount of time and ingredients I had on hand.  The combination of flavors is amazing!

There are only a few better combinations than potatoes and cheese. Add a hint of chicken and barbecue sauce and you have the perfect bite! My kids devoured these, because well, they’re the best things ever. Thank goodness I made extra because my sons couldn’t stop eating them.  He could hardly wait to eat them before I snapped the photo below. Don’t tell anyone but there may or may not be a half bitten potato ball in his basket below.

Cheesy Chicken Potato Balls

You can also bake them if you prefer, but it’s hard to get the same crunch you would get compared to frying. Vegetarian? No problem, just omit the chicken.

Cheesy Potato Balls

Recipe

Cheesy Chicken Potato Balls

Ingredients

  • 2 c. mashed potatoes, cold
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 c. bread crumbs
  • 1/2 c. chicken, chopped
  • 2-3 tbs. barbecue sauce (to taste)
  • 1-2 Horizon Organic Mozzarella string cheese

Instructions

  1. Cut string cheese in 1 inch pieces
  2. Bowl #1 - mix barbecue sauce with chicken, set aside
  3. Bowl #2 l- lightly beat egg.
  4. IBowl #3 - add bread crumbs
  5. Using a cookie scooper or ice cream scooper, place one scoop of mashed potato onto your hand
  6. Add indentation using the back of the scooper
  7. Add prepared chicken and one piece of cheese, form into a ball, create several balls and place on a plate
  8. Dip prepared potato balls into egg then bread crumbs
  9. Fill a medium sized saucepan with 1.5 inches of oil. On medium high heat, gently drop a few potato balls
  10. Drain in a metal strainer if desired.
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Sticky Chicken Wings

These are the best fried sticky chicken wings ever. Well, at least that I’ve ever made ;). This is obviously a cheat treat for my little guy, but it sure beats frozen chicken wings. Plus, if you’re on the organic train you can make these 100% organic. Sticky Chicken Wings

So here’s the back story. My best friend and I used to eat chicken wings in Koreatown all the time. These days we both have two kids, and it’s nearly impossible to get out. I’m not really sure how to explain the taste of this.  It’s not teriyaki and it’s not barbecue. I call it incredibly delicious. Fast forward to today, while deleting stuff off my phone, I  recently found a note listing possible ingredients to my favorite chicken wings. The last time I ate this at a restaurant, I basically sat and tasted every morsel very slowly  trying to figure out the ingredients.  And then today I tried it!

Sticky Chicken Wings

Sticky Chicken Wings

Ingredients

  • 18-20 chicken drumettes
  • 1/2 C. flour
  • 1/2 C. cornstarch
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • Sauce:
  • 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 4 tbs. water
  • 2 tbs. rice vinegar
  • 2 tbs. sesame oil
  • 1.5 tbs. ginger, chopped
  • 2 tbs soy sauce
  • 3 tbs. honey
  • 1 tbs. brown sugar (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp. corn starch
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Sesame seed (optional)

Instructions

  1. Rinse chicken and pat dry
  2. In a large bowl, add corn starch, flour, pepper, salt, and garlic powder
  3. Add chicken in flour mixture. Make sure all parts are coated. Should be lightly coated not clumpy.
  4. In a deep dutch oven, add enough vegetable oil to cover drummette
  5. When oil is hot (about 350F) or when it bubbles when tested, add chicken
  6. Set aside when cooked and place on baking rack to drain oil
  7. Cook for 15 minutes on medium-high, until brown and crispy
  8. In a small saucepan on medium low, combine ginger, garlic, sesame oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce, honey, brown sugar, corn starch and water.
  9. Stir until thickened.
  10. Coat cooked chicken with sauce thoroughly and serve.
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Turkey Cranberry Sliders With Veggies

T’was the day after Christmas, when all through the house a tired mom was… Okay, poetry is not my strong suit. Time to get to the point like I always do. After weeks of hustle and bustle including travelling on planes and unpacking suitcases, I was exhausted. It was lunchtime after the holidays and I opened my refrigerator to find no food in sight.  All I had left in the fridge was some unopened organic turkey meat, some dinner rolls, left over cranberry and some cheese. And that folks, is how i came up with this turkey cranberry sliders veggie recipe!

Did I mention it takes about 10 minutes to make!? Ok, now I hope I’ve sold you, because it’s a piece of cake to make.

It was a hit at my house and I’m sure your kids with love it. You can chop up the spinach in small pieces if they aren’t fan of green veggies. Or let them try it because you can’t even taste it!

Turkey Cranberry Sliders With Veggies

Ingredients

  • 6 Hawaiian dinner rolls
  • 4-6 turkey deli meat slices
  • 4-6 slices swiss cheese
  • spinach, chopped
  • 2 tbs. melted butter
  • 2-3 tbs. cranberry sauce (to taste)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven 350F
  2. Cut dinner rolls in half (see video for reference)
  3. Layer turkey meat then chopped spinach
  4. Add cheese on top of spinach
  5. Spread cranberry sauce to your taste
  6. Replace dinner roll half on top of cut half
  7. Add melted butter on top of prepared rolls
  8. Bake for 7-10 min.
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Christmas Tree Pizzas

I’ve never met a child who didn’t like pizza, let alone a cute one. Tis ‘the season for all things holidays! This Christmas Tree Pizzas recipe is fun for both kids and parents to make. It takes a minimum of 2 ingredients and whatever other toppings you would like to add.

One serving also has carbohydrates, proteins, and vegetables. You know how I feel about complete meals! Serve it with a side of fruit and call it a Monday, or a lazy Sunday. Plus, there’s something always fun about incorporating fun cookie cutters in everyday meals. While we don’t do it all the time, it makes food that much more enticing to eat.

You can use other cutters like stockings or candy canes too!

Christmas Tree Pizzas

Ingredients

  • Pizza Dough (store bought, or homemade)
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese (we use Horizon Organic)
  • Red Bell Pepper (sliced, chopped)
  • Green Bell Pepper (sliced, chopped)
  • Additional toppings desired

Instructions

  1. Roll out pizza dough
  2. Use a cookie cutter to "cut out" tree shapes
  3. Grease a baking sheet with cooking spray
  4. Place trees on sheet
  5. Add pizza sauce onto each tree
  6. Add cheese
  7. Decorate as desired
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Stuffing Muffins

At our home, Thanksgiving means lots and lots of leftover food. Either we cook too much or we eat too little. I like to believe we eat too little, but that’s not likely the case. So what to do with all that stuffing and turkey? It’s always nice to have turkey and all the fixings for another day, but I can’t eat three times in a row.  That said, if I change-up how it’s served, a few more days of turkey and stuffing is a-ok in my book. This stuffing muffins recipe is perfect for leftovers and is a big hit with the kids.

Stuffing Muffins

It’s like Thanksgiving all in one bite and is perfect for little fingers. These are also great for snacks on the go especially for those kiddos who love muffins. The cranberry adds the perfect sweetness to every bite and it’s simply delicious.

It’s easy.  First you mix the egg and a little milk in a bowl.

mixing

In another bowl, mix your left over stuffing, cooked turkey, and spinach. We had creamed corn on our menu, and we ate it all. Since I always like to serve veggies whenever I can, I decided to add some chopped spinach.  We love spinach because it’s relatively tasteless and isn’t bitter. You can add leftover chopped green beans or Brussels sprouts too.

stuffing-mix

Next it’s time to bring out your handy-dandy muffin tin. We use our muffin tin a lot around here. Don’t forget to grease it with cooking spray before filling  I repeat, don’t forget to grease it. Or you will have to scrub and soak the tin for days. Trust me, I’ve learned my lesson. One time I had to throw the tin away!

Fill each circle with the stuffing mixture to about 3/4 full. You don’t want to fill it all the way because you need to leave a little room for the egg. You also want to loosely fill the tin.  Don’t smash the filling in because you want the egg to get in between the stuffing.

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Next comes the best part. Sprinkle some dried cranberries over the top to add a little sweetness.

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Pour the egg mixture into the muffin tin leaving some room for it to expand.
Bake at 375F for 20 minutes or so and enjoy!

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Savory Veggie Waffles

Coming up with breakfast ideas is one of the most difficult in my house.  It takes me some time to wake up from my 6:30 am wake up call, aka my toddler smiling at my face and saying mommy mommy mommy? Most days I’m dragging my feet to the kitchen trying to scramble and fix something to eat. I actually came up with this at night! I’ve been trying to think ahead or make things the night before in preparation for the back to school rush.   These savory veggie waffles are so tasty.  It brings a different dynamic to the traditional waffle.

I was pleasantly surprised how wonderful these turned out.  My plan was to make our go to patties, but  I didn’t want to wake up the kiddos one late evening with noise in the kitchen. I made these in my office with a waffle maker instead of a pan and it turned out wonderful, the night before. The things we do right? I heated them the next day and breakfast was served.

This savory veggie waffle recipe is packed with fiber from cauliflower , protein from the milk, eggs, and cheese and more vitamins from the sweet potato. You can easily find riced veggies in your frozen aisle at most grocery stores. I’ve also made these with just riced cauliflower and it tastes great too! The sweet potato however, adds a bit of sweetness to it that makes it so delicious.

Tip of the year for this recipe: BE PATIENT and make sure you grease both sides of the waffle maker, each time you put batter in.

You can also make this dairy free by using almond milk and dairy free cheese.

Savory vEggie waffle Recipe

Savory Veggie Waffles

Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen riced sweet potato/cauliflower
  • 1 c. shredded cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper (to taste)
  • 1/4 c. milk
  • Olive oil spray

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine frozen riced sweet potato/cauliflower, cheese, eggs, salt and pepper, and milk
  2. Heat a waffle maker
  3. Grease waffle maker and add mixture
  4. Cook until browned, depends on waffle maker but between 5-8 minutes. Don't open too early, it won't stick together
  5. Serve with ketchup or sour cream
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P.S. I have a few in the freezer, I’ll update this if they keep well in the freezer!