Quinoa Pizza Bites

 

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This is super easy to make and the kids love it!  Plus it’s high in protein, and low in simple sugars and carbs.

OOingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked organic quinoa
  • 2 large organic eggs
  • 1 cup ch
    opped organic onion
  • 1 cup organic shredded
    mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup fresh organic basil, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped nitrite free pepperoni slices
  • 1/2 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • organic pizza sauce for dipping

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together all ingredients, except pizza sauce, in a medium mixing bowl.
  3. Distribute mixture into a greased mini muffin tin, filling each cup to the top (1 heaping tablespoon each), and press down gently to compact.
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

Morning Smoothie

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Making a smoothie in the morning may well be one of the easiest (and fastest) breakfasts you can make.  When we are running late, this is our go-to meal.  It’s often imbibed in the car in our mad dash to school…

 

Healthy Taco Tuesday

These stewed chicken tacos are always a huge crowd pleaser.  I make these for my family and my friends — they never fail.  And, I always make extra because they last well in the ‘fridge and are a terrific leftover meal.

  • 1 Whole Chicken plus 2 bone in Breasts (these are to insure I have some leftovers!)
  • 2.  5 tomatoes diced (or substitute jarred diced tomatoes)
  • 3.  1.5 onions, diced
  • 4.  2 carrots (or more!)
  • 5  3 garlic cloves
  • bunch cilantro
  • organic corn tacos
  • organic shredded cheese of choice
  • avocados
  • Himalayan salt
  • lemon paper
  • chili powder

The trick to these is the shredded and stewed chicken.

  1. Cut up the chicken and cover it with water.  Boil and reduce to a simmer for 1 hour or until meat falls off the bone.
  2. Strain the chicken and keep the broth.  Take the bones out of the chicken.
  3. In a sauté pan, sauté the garlic and onions until the onions are translucent.
  4. Add tomatoes, carrots and chicken.  Add the chicken broth to keep the mixture moist and save any extra to use for your other cooking endeavors.
  5. Add chili to taste, but it’s not really spicy and kids can handle a lot.  Also add lemon pepper and salt.

I like to let this simmer and let all the flavors mix in for as long as I can.  I think it tastes better.  Be sure to keep the mixture moist with your extra broth and feel free to add jar tomatoes and sauce for taste and sweetness for the kids!

ENJOY,

Robyn

 

 

Cauliflower and Carrot Soup that your kids will LOVE!

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File this under “EASY WINNER!”

I often resort to soup when I want my kids to eat their veggies. They have had this soup since they were a year old and they absolutely love it! It’s so easy to make (another thing I value highly) and it’s become a favorite — even with my husband.

Basically there are 4 ingredients: onions, carrots, cauliflower, and vegetable broth.  You puree it with a hand blender and presto — VEGGIES SERVED.

The original recipe I had was mostly cauliflower. I’ve added equal part carrots because the sweetness of them make it more palatable for the littles.

I am not lying when I say they love this soup!!

And mama loves it when they love CAULIFLOWER!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onions
  • 1.5 cups carrots
  • 1 Cauliflower head, chopped up
  • 6 cups Vegetable (or bone) broth

DIRECTIONS

First, add a little olive oil to your pot and add the minced onions, saute and chop your carrots.  Add the carrots and once soft, add the cauliflower and cover with your vegetable broth. About 6 cups.

Let simmer on low for at least 30 minutes.  I like to leave it on longer.  Puree with your hand blender and you’re done!

 

 

Pre-pregnancy Heavy Metal Cleanse

Here is an easy Heavy Metal Cleanse that we found at Whole Foods to do before you get pregnant.

Heavy metals like mercury, aluminum, lead and arsenic are not good for the health of you or your future child.   It’s always good to do a cleanse before you get pregnant!

Other simple detoxifiers are Vitamin C in large doses, chlorella, and cilantro!

Carrot Baked Fries

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My kids loved these cinnamon sprinkled fries!

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The Ingredients are simple:

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Lb cut carrots
  • 2 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 1 TSP Cinnamon
  • 1 TSP Sea Salt

We only had cinnamon sticks on hand, so the boys had fund grinding the cinnamon.

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All you do is mix the carrots with some olive oil, salt and cinnamon… and bake!

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Peel and slice carrots into french fry shaped pieces (about ½” x ½” x 3”). Toss carrots with olive oil, cinnamon, and salt. Arrange carrots in a single layer on baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes then flip each carrot fry. Continue to bake until fully cooked and slightly crispy, about 10 minutes.

ENJOY with your favorite sauce!

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The Fastest Breakfast: Smoothies

IMG_3463We all have to cheat sometimes, and the smoothie is one of my favorite guilt-free ways to beat the ticking clock that is the morning rush.

I’d wager that the absolute fastest breakfast is the smoothie.  Especially with a little prep.

We rely on these often, because no matter what we do, I often find myself rushing to get out the door to make it to school before the late slips are issued!  Often imbibed in the car, here is a go to:

Green Smoothie

1 Lemon, skin off seeds in!  (After all, life is in that little seed)

Bunch of Kale (prewash this and keep in a glass container)

Bunch of spinach (these come pre washed so often now)

Some Fresh Squeezed apple juice (I cheat by getting Evolution Brand at Whole Foods, this is un-pastuerized, (read: full of enzymes) and as close to doing it myself as I can get!)

Put in your favorite blender, and BREAKFAST is served.  Now get your shoes on, we are LATE!

 

Organic Raspberry Oatmeal Bars

I am always looking for things that can act like a mini healthy meal on the go. When I found this recipe for Raspberry Oatmeal Bars, I lowered the sugar proportion and added healthy oils and egg. No one in the family complained!
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Ingredients:

2 Cups Organic Flour

3/4 cup Brown Sugar

2 Cups Organic Rolled Oats

1 Egg

2 TBSP Organic Sunflower Oil

7 TBSP of Organic Raspberry Jam
1 Cup Butter Softened

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Directions
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease one 8 inch square pan, and line with greased foil.

  • Combine brown sugar, flour, baking soda, salt, and rolled oats. Rub in the butter using your hands or a pastry blender to form a crumbly mixture. Press 2 cups of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Spread the jam to within 1/4 inch of the edge. Sprinkle the remaining crumb mixture over the top, and lightly press it into the jam.

  • Bake for 35 to 40 minutes in preheated oven, or until lightly browned. Allow to cool before cutting into bars.

Organic Sno Cone

Organic Sno-ConeWe went to a slew of birthday parties and summer gatherings that had Sno-cone machines and I wanted to let my boys enjoy this summer treat so beloved from my own childhood.  But, the neon blue and electric orange colors of the syrup