My chickpea muffins are simple, made with minimal ingredients, and a great way to get some extra nutrition into your child’s daily intake. Some of the nutritional benefits of chick peas include protein, fiber, folate and manganese! Have you tried adding chickpeas to your muffins?
Have zucchini on hand? How about chocolate chips? It's time for chocolate chip zucchini muffins! These were on the menu for bedtime snack, and you can bet they will be in our snack rotation again! If you make them, don't forget to save some for yourself!
These blueberry oat bars are one of our favorite breakfast menu items. It’s a great variation to standard oatmeal. They contain frozen fruit (so you don’t need fresh fruit on hand) and no added sugar: an overall win!
Lately, I have been cooking up a lot of bean dishes from their dried form in the Instant Pot. Dried beans are a fraction of the cost of canned beans and oh, so easy in the instant pot. This super simple bean dish is sure to delight the whole family.
I love an easy instant pot meal. Take a look at my instant pot mashed potatoes and cauliflower for an easy weeknight dinner. Craving soup? This recipe can also be made into a soup for a warm lunch or dinner. I love versatile recipes!
When my now 1.5 year old was an infant starting solids, we had a lot of fun in the kitchen. One of my favorite recipes we created were spinach and banana yogurt drops. We blended together spinach, banana and greek yogurt, added a little more yogurt to thicken the drops, placed them on wax paper in the freezer and then had these delicious drops. Try this easy, fun recipe!
How does your family do breakfast? A common pain point I find with clients is that their child seems to eat the same food over and over again for breakfast, the child becomes tired of said food and stops eating that food completely - leaving parents unsure of what to serve. Many times, we think about variety in lunches and dinners, but we fall short in making sure we are providing variety with breakfast. Here I post 8 breakfast ideas - very easy, full of nutrition, and provide variety throughout the week.
Spinach muffins are popular - and rightfully so: they are an easy snack to create and full of vitamins and minerals from the spinach. Spinach is a food that some kiddos have yet to acquire a preference for in it’s natural state (although don’t give up - keep offering!). Check out my no sugar added spinach muffins - which are sure to be a fit in your home too!
I love DIY meals and snacks. In my mind, a DIY snack is one in which everyone gets to create their own version of the food item that’s on the menu. These date and oat balls are easy to make, nutritious, and even young toddlers can participate. I made a date and oat slurry in the food processor, and then provide some optional mix-ins for my kiddos prior to rolling these into a ball. It’s a fun sensory and fine motor activity as well: little hands are able to touch the sticky mixture and work on rolling that mixture into a ball!
Sheet pan meals have been gaining in popularity, and it’s no surprise why. Place everything you need on a sheet pan, bake, and you are done. These meals are easy to make, usually delicious and have minimal clean up. I typically follow a recipe, but decided to create my own when I had broccoli and tofu on hand.
We usually eat dinner early in our house, and tonight was an exceptionally early dinner. You know those days… when you just can’t wait until bedtime. The trouble was, after dinner we had some time to spare. The kiddos were playing nicely together, so I decided to whip up this batch of easy muffins - they include one of my favorite vegetables, zucchini, and some fruit, banana, which acts as the sweetener. I added in a little almond flour for a boost of nutrition and you have a winning snack all around!
If you have checked out my recipes, or been following my blog for a while, you may have noticed Teff is one of my go to grains used in some of my baked goods. Teff (found as flour or whole grain) is one of my favorite ingredients to have on hand. Since I use it in so many recipes, I thought I would share a bit more about one of my favorite foods.
I started the morning by whipping up a batch of green juice. I blended together kale, apple, pear and lime. Since I don’t have a juicer, I made this in the blender and it was really more like green pulp. Although I thought it was delicious, my kids weren’t into it. I did not want it to go to waste, so got creative and made it into a form of cookie. We took these to the park as a snack and the girls loved them. A great way to use leftover juice or smoothie! I am a HUGE fan of repurposing food.
My toddler and I were trying to determine our afternoon activity while the baby slept. If you have been following my blog for a while, you know I love to get my daughter in the kitchen whenever possible, which means I suggest it frequently.
I wanted to create a pasta sauce full of veggies. My kids love pasta, so I thought, as I am sure many of you have, what a great way to make a sauce to get more veggies in their little tummies! When I started looking for recipes on Pinterest, most of the recipes I came across were called something along the lines of "hidden veggie pasta sauce" or "trick your child into eating vegetables". This was exactly the opposite of what I wanted.
Last week, my husband was out of town. I'm not sure if any of you can relate, but mornings can be stressful: getting both kids ready for school/ babysitter, making sure lunches are made, bags are back, and getting myself ready for work. Anything I can do to make the mornings go a bit smoother is helpful. I decided I wanted to have breakfast prepared prior to the morning. We had been through all the standard breakfasts that week: cereal, frozen waffles, smoothies, and eggs. I had a few sweet potatoes on hand, so these sweet potato cookies were born.