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.