Thursday, December 18, 2014

Peppermint Snowball Bites

This is one of those perfect "last minute" holiday treats you can make in just a few minutes. I love that they are healthy and only have a few ingredients. My daughters love these and usually end up fighting over the last one (that is if I don't secretly eat it first). It's also a great recipe that even toddlers can help with...they are great snowball rollers.  

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Winter Salad with Homemade Cashew Cranberry Dressing

Here is a wonderful combination of flavors that can turn just about anyone into a salad lover.  The homemade dressing is bursting with flavor and an easy way to use fresh cranberries - no cooking required! 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Winter Holiday Recipe Round-up

Well the snow has fallen, melted and is falling again so it must be late November in Wisconsin. Time to start thinking about the winter holidays. Cookies, pies and candy - oh my! It can be quite the treat overload this time of year. I have rounded up some of my favorite healthy recipes, perfect for the winter holidays, that prove healthy food can be fun (and tasty)...

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Pumpkin Honey Cake {Gluten-Free}

Recently my daughter had a school function that allowed parents to eat in the lunchroom with their kids . They served a Thanksgivingish meal.  I brought our lunch since my daughter has a severe intolerance to artificial dyes and flavors and I have Celiac's Disease (we're a fun pair). At the lunch they served pumpkin cake.  My kind-hearted daughter asked me if I could create a pumpkin cake recipe that would be safe for both of us. Done sweetheart, done. I love this recipe because you can literally use any flour.  A whole wheat flour would work for a non-gluten-free version as well.  The pumpkin does the hard part for you, resulting in a soft, delicious treat.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Root'n Roasted Veggies

This recipe is sure to please everyone at your family table. I love the warm, comforting combination of rosemary and root vegetables. It makes a wonderful side dish for thanksgiving or a nice addition to any salad. 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Rice Cooker Dumpling Squash & Arugula Risotto

This recipe is thanks to an Instagram challenge by Jennifer Tyler Lee, the creator of Crunch a Color® (the awesome healthy eating game). Her new book 52 New Foods is more than a cookbook - it has a healthy new food for every week of the year plus recipes and activities for each week. It is available for pre-order now and will be released on Tuesday. I can't wait!

I have never used dumpling squash before and my girls have rarely had arugula. I decided to create a risotto, we normally do soup or salad with squash around here. The result is an easy (throw it in the rice cooker) recipe that is so yummy my girls were gobbling it up and asking for seconds before I could even serve the grown-ups. Thanks for the challenge Jennifer!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Maple Roasted Pecans

Pecans are a powerhouse of nutrition and a tasty little snack.  They are rich in minerals, antioxidants, vitamins and among other benefits are great for healthy skin and hair!  I find they are filling too, perfect for a little afternoon snack to hold me off till dinner.  My six year old loves them but my three year old will only eat them like this...maple roasted.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

What's in Our Bowl ~ Healthy, Allergy-Friendly Trick or Treat Options

Crunchy leaves, the smell of sweet cinnamon and apples and kid's imaginations on the loose in the form of costumes...October is one of the most perfect months.  I have clear memories of trick-or-treating with my siblings.  There was so much to love about it.  Getting to dress-up, be outside at night and people give you things!  Despite growing up in the somewhat typical processed food households of the 1980's we didn't get a lot of treats or candy so it was always exciting that for one night we could.  When I started this website I set out to prove that healthy food can be fun and special and excluding junk food doesn't mean the end of celebration and fun.  I give out treats on Halloween (check out this post from a few years back) but they are always healthier, dye-free items and always include non-food items.   I am really excited about our line-up this year and am also including some other suggestions.

I am also really excited about FARE's (Food Allergy Research & Education) teal pumpkin project!  Please take a moment to check it out and print a teal pumpkin to share in your window if you will have non-food treats.  Last year my girls were so excited to receive a glow stick - it was the only thing they could have...everything else had artificial dye and flavor (which causes them to vomit, break out in a rash and worse).  I usually trade their candy for the items I have here at home and since they don't get candy too often it's always a big treat for them and they have never gotten upset about the fact they have to swap trick or treat candy for what we give out.

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

I am sharing with you today a treasure of a recipe. Who doesn’t love a good butternut squash soup?  Especially in October. My fabulous friend Kristi gave me this recipe years ago and I have made it more times than I can count.  It’s been tweaked a bit here and there but it really can’t be improved on.  Despite trying other twists like my Butternut Apple soup recipe, this one is still my favorite (and my husband and daughter’s favorite too). A batch will make enough for my family of four with leftovers to freeze for another meal or lunches. Kristi and I were just talking this week about how we both love this original version best….If you need us we will be stalking the produce aisle for more butternut squash...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Quinoa Chickpea Chili

This recipe is one of those born from necessity...make something easy with what you have on hand. Monday evenings are swimming lessons for my girls and by the time we return home they are ravenous little creatures that must be fed in a timely fashion before meltdown and complete chaos ensues...okay I am exaggerating...a touch. I need a dinner that is ready when we walk in the door. The girls had the chili topped with a little sprinkle of cheese.  One of them loved it and the other tolerated it, that's a win in my book. Plus it's darn delicious in my opinion.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latté Creamer Cubes {always ready when you want it}

I love a good PSL {pumpkin spice latté) but at $3-5 dollars a pop it get's to be a pricey habit. Plus sometimes they are filled with less than healthy ingredients. I liked the idea of making my own yet I need something quick in the morning, as is the appeal of a friendly barista making it for you in under five minutes. Thankfully, I have come up with any easy recipe, made with just a few ingredients that you can have every morning for a fraction of the cost and in only a few minutes... I promise.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Groovy Granola

This is my new FAVORITE granola recipe. I created it over the summer for a kid's cooking class and it quickly became my go-to homemade granola.  We just made a big batch at my daughter's sixth birthday party over the weekend and it's already almost gone.  That may have something to do with me eating it with a spoon straight from the container? My girls love sprinkling it on anything; yogurt, fruit, bananas with peanut butter...the possibilities are endless.  Plus it's a great recipe to get kids involved in the kitchen.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Oatmeal Chia Donuts

These donuts are so healthy they make a great anytime breakfast but since today is my daughter's 3rd birthday (sniff sniff) we decided to dress them up with some dye-free sprinkles!  We all gobbled them up at record speed! 

Monday, September 22, 2014

We have a winner...

Congratulations to akimball, the winner of the 100 Days of Real Food Cookbook!

Thank you to all of the entries!  And if you missed the contest you can still read the post and enjoy the recipe for Shortcut Eggplant Parmesan from the cookbook!


This recipe is a fun take on sushi.  I remember having some fruit and rice sushi rolls at a restaurant years ago and decided to attempt a healthy recreation.  The result...a kid-friendly recipe that kids love helping to make and love to eat.  It makes a great snack, breakfast or treat for a lunchbox!  My girls love eating them with chopsticks, although they usually get frustrated and use their hands...but it's good practice.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

100 Days of Real Food Cookbook - {{RECIPE}} (Giveaway Completed)

I recently received the new cookbook by Lisa Leake, 100 Days of Real Food.  Lisa writes the amazing website of the same name.  It is one of my favorite websites so I was overjoyed at the opportunity to receive her new cookbook. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Hungry Caterpillar Snack Mix

We had a wonderful Family Day for the Madison Mom's Blog this past weekend!  It was a beautiful day and I was able to meet a lot of readers and their kids as well as share some of my healthy and fun treats.  I have already had more than a few requests for the recipes.  This snack mix recipe is one of my favorites, including all of the fruits the caterpillar eats through in Eric Carle's classic children's book

Monday, August 25, 2014

Apple-Berry Oatmeal Bars

This recipe is my new favorite breakfast on the go.  They are soft, chewy and sweet...without any add sugar (sweetened by maple syrup and applesauce).  This is a great recipe to have kids help with.  My girls loved helping whisk and pressing the mixture into the pan the most.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Lettuce Wraps with Beet Pesto

This recipe is as delicious as it is beautiful.  A versatile recipe that works for everything from a healthy veggie-packed snack to an elegant appetizer at a backyard party.  

I adore the pesto and have been putting it on everything (salads, rice cakes, crackers, chips, sweet potatoes).  My girls loved it because it was bright pink.  I recently made this recipe during culinary class, part of Summer on the Farm, with some amazing budding chefs and all of them tried it - many of them even liked it.  Definitely a win in my book.  Plus it's loaded with nutrition.  Beets are rich in vitamin C, fiber, potassium and magnesium just to name a few.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Banana Chia Pudding

This a fun and healthy treat that kids love!  Easy, healthy, yum.  We like to freeze it in popsicle molds too for some fun pudding pops.  Both my Cinnamon Chia Pudding and my Tropical Chia Pudding are still among the most popular recipes on this site. Yet I love the unique, rich banana flavor in this just might be my new favorite.

Banana Chia Pudding
2 RIPE Bananas

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Rhubarb Coleslaw

Here is a fun recipe using a summer staple...rhubarb.  A great way to use this tart vegetable.  I love rhubarb because it is low in calories but loaded with fiber, vitamins and antioxidants.  We made this recently in the culinary program I am currently teaching and the kids loved it.  I have to say I was a little surprised it was such a hit with the young chefs, but pleasantly so.

Rhubarb Coleslaw
1 cup green Cabbage, shredded
1/2 cup Red Cabbage, shredded
1 stick Celery, julienned
1 Apple, shredded
2 stalks Rhubarb, julienned

Monday, June 23, 2014

Very Berry Chia Jam

Here is a fun recipe I love to make with my girls and in my classes.  Kid's love being able to make their own jam.  This recipe is great for an easy {no-cook} version of jam.  A healthy and tasty way to use fresh berries.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Monkey Oat Pancakes

These are our new favorite pancakes.  Easy. Yummy. Healthy.  No pancake mix needed and it has only four ingredients! 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Citrus Salad

I love this salad for having people over or taking to a BBQ.  Great for the upcoming long weekend to celebrate Memorial Day.  It's the perfect flavor combination plus the colors make for excellent presentation.  I can honestly say even my girls ate some.  My 2 year old may have only ate the pistachios and pomegranate but it's a start.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Summer on the Farm

I am excited to announce I will be teaching a fun and adventurous cooking program at the Kid's Express Learning Center's Summer on the Farm camp.  They have a wonderful program full of amazing activities like yoga, karate, gymnastics, gardening and engineering...just to name a few.  My five year old has attended 3 summers at KELC and I cannot say enough good things about the program.

Yummy Sprout at Kid's Express Learning , interactive cooking program for school aged children that will cover different themes, cooking skills and allow kids to make healthy and fun recipes.  A love of good, healthy and fun food starts young...the petite chefs will learn to express themselves and their creativity though food.

There are still some spots available in Summer on the Farm.  If you are interested contact Kid's Express Learning Center at 608-845-3245 or email them at

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Mama Mocha Smoothie

Some times miracles happen and I am awake and ready before either of my children are up. Then I can sneak downstairs for a cup of coffee and maybe a few minutes to read a book or a magazine before the hustle and bustle of the day begins. I think being a parent is the toughest job you'll ever love and the biggest mountain you'll ever climb. While amazing, it's also hard and messy and gritty. We have to sneak in those moments for ourselves when we can, to refuel us and build us up, so we can give again.  In honor of all the {AMAZING} mothers out there I created this smoothie to help you start your day. Happy Mother's Day Mamas!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Vegan Key Lime Pie {Gluten-Free}

Last week I had the opportunity to cater the dessert for our Madison Mom's Blog Mom's Night Out event at Fleet Feet Sports here in Madison, WI.  I wanted to make treats that would be easy for guests to grab and eat in a bite or two.  Plus {you know me} I wanted them to be crazy delicious and crazy healthy.  

Friday, April 25, 2014

Homemade Fruit Water

Lately, getting my five year old to drink enough water has been a bit of a challenge.  Water is so essential to our hydration and overall health I want to be sure she is getting enough every day.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Super Greens Recovery Smoothie

No matter if you are coming back from a run, a family bike ride or have been chasing toddlers around all day, your body needs to replace the nutrients lost through burning energy.  The same thing is true for kids as well.  This smoothie is loaded nutrition and hydration perfect for after an active day for you and your kiddos! (Plus the bananas, mangos and dates make it yummy and sweet)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Chocolate Cashew Spread

A fun treat for sandwiches or dipping fruit is chocolate spread. Unlike commercial, store bought brands this recipe doesn't contain any artificial ingredients. My daughters love it when they find it in their lunchbox or we make to dip strawberries in! Plus cashews make the spread super creamy ps. cashews are loaded with minerals like potassium, copper, iron, magnesiumzinc, and selenium.

Vanilla Fruit Salad

In our house fruit salad often is simply a bowl. Sometimes though we like to get a little creative. I love this recipe because it's easy yet adds another level. Plus the combination of vanilla, citrus and berries is divine. Children love helping to make this recipe and it's a wonderful sensory experience for them {make sure to let them touch and smell the vanilla beans}.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

We have a Winner...

Congratulations to Jessica Nellen, the winner of the Eco Easter package giveaway from Whole Foods Market Madison!  

Thank you to all of the entries!  I loved reading your healthy easter basket ideas and just might have to add a few of them to the girls' baskets.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Eco Easter Basket - {{GIVEAWAY}} (CLOSED)

I have so many wonderful memories of springtime and Easter as a child.  As always when it comes to holidays I am determined to bring fun and joy with healthy options!  I was so excited to find everything I needed for my kid's Easter baskets right at my local Whole Foods Market and I am even more excited to be able to offer this awesome Spring giveaway package to one of my local readers.  

The winner will be announced at 8:00am Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 and can pick up their prize package at Whole Foods Market -Madison (Customer Service) anytime after. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Yogurt Berry Bites

This is a fun and easy recipe for a frozen treat.  Let them thaw for a few minutes before serving to make them a little easier to eat. It's also great to pack in a lunch.  After some testing we have discovered if you put them in the lunchbox from the freezer in the morning they still hold their shape and are cold at lunchtime.  I send a spoon because Bébé B has said they get a little mushy and are easier to eat with a spoon.  They are healthier than any store bought frozen treat and more affordable too, with only three ingredients!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Apple Nachos

I had the privilege and the pleasure of teaching at the Natural Parenting Expo here in Madison again this year.  We made four healthy homemade snacks.  As promised, I am sharing them here on Yummy Sprout.  We made Apple Nachos, Carrot Candy (Find the recipe HERE), Sweet and Spice Snack Mix and Purple Moon Smoothies.  First Up...Apple Nachos, a fun and healthy snack to please kiddos and gown ups alike. 

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Carrot Cake Smoothie

This is a perfect spring smoothie recipe that tastes like a huge slice of creamy carrot cake.  My daughters loved this smoothie and kept asking for more "cake".  Delicious and nutrient doesn't get much better than that.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Stoplight Snacks

My daughters have been really into playing with their toy cars and trains which means we have been talking a lot about transportation and driving lately (I have two cute little back seat drivers).  My five year old gave me the idea to create a healthy snack that looked like a stoplight.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Cooking Class & Wean Green Cubes GIVEAWAY

I am doing an awesome giveaway over on the Madison Mom's Blog!  The winner will win a ticket to my upcoming Adventures in Baby Food Making class at Whole Foods Market and a 4 pack of Wean Green glass cubes, my favorite way to store baby food (and many other things).  Head over to HERE to enter!!  Best of luck!

If you know someone who might be interested in making their own baby food click HERE to register for the class!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies

These cookies are a nutrition powerhouse.  I'm pretty sure the ingredients will scare a few people but I promise they taste delicious.  My girls and I gobbled them up at lightning speed.  My husband was less enthusiastic but I caught him eating a few.  Plus they taste great dunked in almond milk!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Strawberry Ginger Smoothie

This is a simple and refreshing smoothie.  Loaded with nutrition and easy to digest this smoothie makes the perfect addition to any day.  When ever I feel a little off, sore or tired this smoothie sets me right again.  I have noticed it's also a huge mood improver for my kids.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Banana-Fig Breakfast Tarts

If you have been reading my blog long you'll know I like easy recipes...because well, they're the best.  Okay, I know there are some amazing complicated recipes but most of us don't get paid (except in sticky finger hugs) to create gourmet dishes so we need simple, healthy recipes that are also kid pleasers.  This one delivers.  Making breakfast tarts from scratch has never been easier.  We used some dye-free sprinkles from Williams-Sonoma that aren't available any longer online (I'm not sure about in the store) but another fun substitute we like is crushing freeze dried fruit (like blueberries or strawberries) to make dye-free sprinkles.  The girls love helping me make these...rolling out the dough, pinching the edges and decorating the finished product are their favorite parts.  

Friday, February 14, 2014

Red Heart Hummus

Here's a recipe that was a big hit at a recent Valentine party with both parents and kids.  My two year old probably ate half of it alone, she just couldn't get enough.  I love how simple it is and yet tastes amazing.  It's another one of those recipes that's so easy to make you almost feel guilty about all the compliments it receives, almost.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Corn Quiche'ns with Avocado Frosting

I love this recipe.  I mean, I really love this recipe.  It's like a corn muffin and quiche in one and it tastes fabulous.  My five year old licked the frosting off first just like she does with cupcakes.  My two year old turned her nose up at first but in the end liked it.  They make a great protein-packed addition to any meal (we had them for dinner with black beans and rice) or an easy breakfast.   Did I mention they are crazy easy to make?!  

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Hot Cocoa Smoothies

This is a cold and healthy smoothie that tastes like a mug of rich hot cocoa.  We made this in my recent Petite Chefs class and it was a big hit.  Some of the kids were a little nervous when we added the spinach but not a one complained as they were drinking them down.  We still have arctic temperatures here in Wisconsin but sometimes you just need to crank the heat and make a smoothie! 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Butternut Squash & Apple Soup

Yep, it's still January.  Still soup weather.  Here is one of my new favorite soup recipes.  Both of the girls loved it and my husband practically inhaled it.  Granted when I asked him if he liked it more than my usual version he said "I didn't notice it was different?" Okay well at least he liked it.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies {Gluten-Free}

These cookies are a wonderful treat, light on guilt and heavy on yum.  They were a big hit with my daughters, husband, mother and niece.  I love how chewy and soft they are.  It's hard to miss gluten with cookies like these!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Banana Crepes

This recipe is my current favorite (we may have had it 3x this week).  The easiness to deliciousness ratio is exceptional!  My girls love helping me toss the ingredients in the blender! They really love squeezing a dab of honey on to each crepe (some days).  Personally I think they are plenty sweet without the honey but either way they are delicious. (And crazy healthy- only 5 ingredients)

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Date and Rice Pudding

When I was a kid I remember getting so excited when dinner included rice because my mother would usually set some aside we could use for dessert.  After dinner she would let us eat it like cereal with milk, cinnamon and sugar.  Inspired by that I created this easy, healthy dessert.  It makes a great snack or breakfast too!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

New Year, New Name!!

Happy 2014!!  I am starting the new year with a new name...for this website.  This is a project months in the making and I am happy to announce my new name YUMMY SPROUT.  You can expect the same things that bebe meals brought you.  Healthy recipes, lunchbox ideas, restaurant reviews and more!  I still hold a lot of sentimental attachment to the name Bebe Meals and forever it will hold a place in my heart yet Yummy Sprout is a name that we can grown with! Thank you to all who have read and supported Bebe Meals over the last 4 1/2 years!!