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  Mar 23, 2015   Family Dinner, Healthy Snacks, Recipes

Award-Winning Recipes from Kids Who Cook Real Food

I recently wrote about some amazingly creative 11 to 14 year olds who participated in the Real Food for Kids cooking Contest.  The dishes the kids made were so innovative, well put together and most importantly, delicious that I had to share the recipes here.  Each of these dishes are things that I would be happy to serve my family.AvoFu   Me Caitlin Nguyen - age 14 Time: 35 minutes Servings: 2Ingredients: 1 package of extra firm organic tofu Salt Pepper 1 ripened avocado 1 lemon for 2 tablespoons of lemon juice 4 slices of tomato ¼ of a red onion 2 slices of organic whole wheat flax seed bread 2 slices of reduced fat provolone 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard 1 ½ tablespoons of honey ¼ teaspoon parsley flakes PepperInstructions for Tofu Fries: 1. Preheat the oven to broil. 2. Open the package of tofu and drain out the water within the container. 3. Layout one washcloth...
  Mar 10, 2015   Everyday Environmental, Recipes

Is It Spring Yet? Just 2 More Days!

Buh bye, winter! You only get two more days to torture us, right?If you live in the Midwest or Eastern US, I imagine you are as sick of this nasty season as I am.  This was the winter of snow storms, ice storms, and school, meeting and flight cancellations.  It was brutally cold, of course, but it was also slippery and crunchy.  Every morning I take a hike in the woods with our dogs unless there’s a dangerous or torrential storm.  I bless my Yaktrax for keeping me upright as we tromped through snow and ice.  I walk in nature in no small part because of the peace and quiet I enjoy before a day that is too often chaotic.  But this year, with layers of snow and ice underfoot, it was so loud and brittle in the woods that I couldn’t hear my walking partners talk, or if I was walking alone, I’d have to stop at times just to enjoy a moment of silence.If you try to eat seasonally, aren’t you getting tired of eating...

Double Recipes to Freeze and Make Weeknight Dinners Go More Smoothly

Your freezer can be your best friend when it comes to planning meals for a busy week ahead.  When I know I’m going to have an especially hectic week or just a day during the week that I’ll be going non-stop, I will pull an already prepared meal out of the freezer.  I get hugely (almost weirdly) excited about defrosting a meal that I’ve already made and packed away.  Although at some earlier point I had put effort into preparing the meal, I almost feel like I’m “cheating” when I serve it because the only work I’ve done on that day is warming it up.The easiest way to fill your freezer with homemade meals is to double recipes to freeze when you are cooking for your family and freeze one batch for a future dinner.  Generally recipes that freeze well include casseroles, soups, meats and egg dishes.  On the other hand, I don’t think that fish, potatoes, or recipes with creamy sauces lend themselves well to freezing and defrosting.10 Scramble recipes that...
  Feb 10, 2015   Family Dinner, Picky Eaters, Recipes

Upgraded Kids Food: Make Healthier Kids’ Menu Options at Home

Upgraded kids food is always a good thing.  Want to treat your kids to healthier versions of their favorite kids’ menu items without spending a fortune on dinner out? Try these options at home instead:Tortilla Pepperoni Pizzas Miraculous Macaroni and Cheese Crunchy Chicken Fingers Grilled Cheese Melts with Brie and Baby Spinach Zesty Southwestern Burgers with Cilantro SlawLearn more about the national movement for healthier restaurant food for kids including the simplest solution.

Menu for Homemade Valentine’s Day Dinner

Staying in on Valentine's Day? Need a menu for homemade Valentine's Day dinner? Here is a beautiful and easy 3-course meal to serve to your special Valentine(s).APPETIZER Grapefruit margaritas Delicious, tart and pink! Even if it's cold outside, just shake the ingredients together and feel the warmth.2 servings2 oz. tequila 2 oz. orange liqueur 1 lime, juice only 1 grapefruit, juice only 2 slices jalepeno (optional)Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and serve on the rocks.MAINSalmon with Maple Soy Glaze This sweet, caramelized salmon recipe is heart-healthy. Serve it with steamed brown or white rice with fresh parsley and with an Asian cucumber salad.6 servings1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce (use wheat/gluten-free if needed)
1/4 cup pure maple syrup 1/4 tsp. ground ginger or 1 tsp. minced fresh 2 lb. salmon fillet, preferably wild salmon(Start the rice first, if...
  Jan 15, 2015   Everyday Environmental, Recipes

Avoid Food Waste: Salvage SupperClub Recipes

If you cringe at the idea of wasted food, check out two recipes that you'll likely embrace.  Not only are they delicious and full of healthy ingredients, but also they will use up every last bit of the carrots and the kale you may have languishing in your fridge.  These recipes come from holistic chef Celia Lam who works magic with ingredients that might otherwise go to waste.  She is the culinary braun behind the Salvage SupperClub.  After preparing these tasty recipes, you'll likely think twice before tossing produce that you assumed was no longer good to eat.  What a scrumptious way to avoid wasted food!Roasted Carrot Hummus Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 40 minutes Yield: 6 servingsIngredients: • 4 medium carrots (keep peels intact, if organic) • 2 cloves garlic, peeled • 2 Tbsp olive oil + additional to drizzle • 1 ½ cup chickpeas, cooked (or 1 can of chickpeas) • 3 Tbsp tahini • 1 lemon,...

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  Dec 29, 2014   Recipes

Healthy Snack: Homemade Tortilla Chips and Salsa

Healthy Snack: Homemade Tortilla Chips and Salsa Prep + Cook Time: 25 minutesThese homemade tortilla chips are lots of fun to make with your kids and are truly irresistible straight out of the oven. (Well, you should let them cool for a few minutes before chowing down on them.) Plus, if you eat ¼ of the chips, you’ll only be eating about 170 calories, with about 7% of that from fat, and 4 grams of fiber, so you can enjoy your healthy snack in good conscience!  We like to dip our chips in chunky salsa (look for brands like Pace, which have no added sugar) for an even healthier and more zesty snack!Healthy Snack: Homemade Tortilla Chips1 Tbsp. vegetable oil 8 - 10 corn tortillas 1/2 tsp. kosher salt 1 cup salsa (optional)Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Put the oil in a small bowl, and, using a pastry brush, lightly brush the top and bottom of one of the corn tortillas with the oil. Put the tortilla on a cutting board, and brush the top of the next tortilla...
  Dec 29, 2014   Recipes

Healthy Snack: Fruit Kabobs

Not only is this a healthy snack that's colorful and delicious, but it's also fun to assemble and to eat! Healthy Snack: Fruit Kabobs Prep Time:  20 minutes 6 - 8 cups seasonal mixed fruit such as strawberries, blueberries, bananas, mango, grapes and/or melon 15 - 20 colorful toothpicks or wooden skewers 1 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt (optional)Thread the fruit onto toothpicks or small skewers (kids can have fun doing this, however children under age 3 should not eat with toothpicks or skewers of any size). Serve with small bowls of yogurt for dipping (optional).Nutritional Information Per Serving (% based upon daily values) Calories 77, Total Fat: 1g, 0%; Saturated Fat: 0g, 0%; Cholesterol: 0mg, 0%; Sodium: 8mg, 0%; Total Carbohydrate: 19g, 6%; Dietary Fiber: 3g, 11%; Sugar: 13g; Protein: 1g
  Dec 29, 2014   Recipes 2

Healthy Snack or Dessert: Peanut Butter Bites

These delicious little cuties make a healthy snack or delicious dessert.Peanut Butter BitesPrep Time: 15 minutes Serving size:  about 2 cookies1/2 cup oats 1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder, or use powdered (confectioner's) sugar (optional) 1/4 cup flour (use wheat/gluten-free if needed) 1/4 cup natural peanut butter or other nut butter 1/4 cup honeyPut the oats in a food processor and pulse until they are a coarse texture, but not quite powdery. Put the cocoa powder or powdered sugar (optional) in a small shallow dish. In a medium bowl, combine the oats, flour, peanut butter (or other nut butter) and honey and mix until it forms a dough. (Add a little water if it is too dry). With wet hands, roll 10 - 15 small balls of dough. Roll the balls in the cocoa powder or powdered sugar (optional) and serve immediately or refrigerate, tightly covered, for up to a week.Nutritional Information Per Serving (% based upon...