Play With Your FOOD!

With the change of seasons still upon us in different parts of the world, let’s remember to change it up and have some fun!

We sometimes get stagnate in the kitchen or at the table especially with the kids by constantly reminding of table manners and good eating habits.  What if we said instead, let’s add some color to our worlds and play with our food?

This could go very bad or very good.  Here is how we made it go very good at breakfast time recently.  Make your favorite waffle or pancake recipe in whatever shape, perhaps offer a topping or several, many options of colorful fruits and berries.  This is what we came up with…

Design and images produced by our two lovely little chefs!  Any meal of the day is great because it engages your kids with what goes in their body and that should be a positive not a negative.  It allows them to have some creative freedom and helps them learn that colorful foods are exciting and can taste great too.  Whatever you do, have fun and enjoy the ride!

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Strawberry Snowflake Waffles

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Strawberry Waffles topped with blue glaze and berries

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Chocolate Snowflake Waffles

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Chocolate Mickey Mouse Waffles topped with Strawberries and blue glaze

Good Morning Good Week!

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Hope your 2019 is off to a great start!

This is one of my favorite breakfast bread recipes.  I paired it with some sliced oranges and brought it to my kid’s school on a Monday for a teacher treat!

Although quite simple, they seemed to enjoy it.  What a great way to kick off someone’s week!

Cranberry Orange Bread
Makes one 9×5-inch loaf

Ingredients:

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
2 tablespoons oil or shortening
1 egg, well beaten
2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional, I skipped)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.
Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a medium mixing bowl. Stir in orange juice, orange peel, shortening and egg. Mix until well blended. Stir in cranberries and nuts (if using). Spread evenly in loaf pan.
Bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a rack for 15 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely. Wrap and store overnight.

Note:  I add a teaspoon of cinnamon to give it a surprising spin!

 

Let Them Bake!

Happy Holidays to all!  I hope they have been memorable to all of you so far.  Although Christmas has come and gone, it is never too late to “let them bake” and share good cheer for the upcoming New Year!

So whatever your Family’s favorite, take some time to let your creativity fly (perhaps a little flour and sprinkles too) in your kitchen and have some laughs.  Making the mess is half the fun and your outcome will be purely memorable.  Enjoy the moment!

Let Them Bake!

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Sending Halloween Greetings….Sharing the Love through Great Recipes!

Have a Happy and Healthy Halloween with these Healthy Halloween Recipes. Find recipes like; Ghost Meringue Cookies,Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes, and Candy Corn Granola Bars. Fid these frightfully delicious recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. The EatingWell site is stocked with delicious and healthy recipes for all occasions or everyday meals. Check it out […]

via Healthy Halloween Recipes — My Meals are on Wheels

feel good pantry essentials — mama eats plants

To follow-up with the last post…sharing some more love and ideas!

Enjoy!

 

These are my essentials for a stocked pantry. I don’t meal plan much anymore, instead I have embraced intuitive eating (eating specifically what my body craves that day) and it feels so right. Before, I used to feel hemmed in to whatever I had planned that day to eat. If I ended up feeling like […]

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9 tips for storing fruits & veggies (so they actually last all week) — Dietitian Andrea

 

After a long unexpected hiatus…I hope everyone reading this had a wonderful healthy summer, creating memories, having fun and sharing love where ever your travels led you.

With the beginning of the academic year for most, life becomes busier and more chaotic for some. As we look ahead to our busy weeks, I thought the following article is a great reminder to many of us.

Enjoy!

Do you start the week with the best of intentions to head to the farmer’s market or grocery store and buy, chop and prep all the produce? To get allll the nutrients from your fruits and veggies and radiate a healthy glow as you conquer the week?

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Mango Lassi with Cardamom and Pistachio — MyYellowApron

You can sip on this Mango Lassi with Cardamom and Pistachio as a breakfast or Brunch or Lunch or Dinner. No Kidding. This can serve as either a protein packed delicious breakfast in the morning or a delicious dessert in a glass in the evenings. This world-famous drink is filled with probiotic from the Greek […]

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Crumby!

Recently, my son had to say “farewell” or “see you later” to one of his dearest friends who had been relocated here in a transient situation like many of  us.  Their dear teacher gave me permission to bring in some treats, with that….

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Thinking and thinking what to bring in???? Something easy to transport, something the kids will enjoy…cupcakes, no! Something simpler.  What did this little boy from Thailand truly enjoy, you ask?   None other than good old-fashioned chocolate chip cookies.  Bingo!

With that I made a giant chocolate chip cookie in a pizza pan, served to the children like a slice of pizza!

Added a little hand-made message and voila, it felt genius but really just FUN!!!!

I used a classic chocolate chip recipe and filled the pizza pan with all the dough.  Cooking time varies based on you pizza pan, but approximately 20 minutes or until golden at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

What else can you tell your nine year old son when he is so sad…It is just CRUMBY to see your friend go!  and yes, you will miss him but thanks for technology and the sometimes “small” world where we live, you may cross paths again soon!

With that a BIG HUG….

 

 

 

With Love!

Nothing says “I love you” on Valentine’s Day like homemade sweet treats. This year, spread the love while getting the kids into the kitchen with one of these family-friendly Valentine’s Day recipes. From hand-rolling rich chocolate truffles to decorating sugar cookies, kids will feel proud of their creations and empowered in the kitchen. Plus, these […]

via Valentine’s Day Recipes to Make with the Kids — Williams-Sonoma Taste

Snack Time Blast Off…Energy!

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Cocoa Bombs

¾ cups coconut oil

2 large eggs

¼ cup Honey

2 teaspoons of vanilla

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

½ teaspoon baking soda

¾ cup unbleached sugar (if you like sweeter cookies add an extra ¼ cup of sugar)

3 cups of rolled oats

1 cup of unbleached White flour

½ cup of whole wheat flour

½ cup of unsweetened cocoa

Preheat oven to 325 F °.

In a blender process the 3 cups of rolled oats, until you reach a consistency similar to flour. Add coconut oil, eggs, honey, vanilla and cinnamon, blend well. In a seperate bowl stir together sugar, cocoa, flour and baking soda. Add liquid from blender into bowl and mix either by hand or with a mixer until everthing is well combined. The cookie dough will be thick.

On a silicone mate or parchment paper drop 1 ½ inches of cookie dough about 2 inches apart. Bake for 12 minutes .

Makes approximately 36 cookies. Freeze and enjoy whenever you need a chocolatey wholesome snack.