Broccoli Cheddar Bites

So you know how toddlers love veggies SO much, that it’s hard to get them to eat anything else?  

…Yeah, neither do I. 

My little one used to eat whatever I put in front of him.  Oh, I miss those days.  It was so easy, I’d just make whatever I had in the cabinets, season it up, and put it in front of him to be devoured.  Now, I have to plan ahead (who is actually good at that anyways?) and I still usually fail.  Sure, he has a list of things I can usually get him to eat without fail, but I’d really like to start expanding his diet past PB&J sandwiches, black beans, and anything he can dip in ketchup.  At least he still eats fruit!

So I happened upon this recipe on Pinterest for broccoli cheddar balls and thought I’d give it a try.  It had cheese in it, breadcrumbs, and yummy seasonings.  

Broccoli Cheddar Balls

I used sliced American cheese because I was out of regular cheese, but I’m sure this will be even better with shredded cheddar!

Ingredients:

1 package of frozen chopped broccoli, thawed and drained
1 1/2 cup of grated cheddar cheese
3 eggs
salt & pepper
1 cup of seasoned Italian breadcrumbs

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Broccoli Cheddar Bites

Mix it all together in a bowl until it’s wet enough to form balls.

Broccoli Cheddar Bites

Put in the oven and bake for about 25-30 minutes, flipping them halfway through.  

Broccoli Cheddar Bites

I’ll have you know, these were DELICIOUS! I may have had quite a few, just to make sure that they were good enough.

But my son?  He still didn’t want them.  He’s such a stinker.

Broccoli Cheddar Bites

How do you try to trick your kids into eating veggies?  And more importantly… does it work?!

 

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Paleo Apple Dessert

So for the past couple of weeks, I’ve been on the Whole 30 Journey.  For those of you that don’t know what that is, it’s an eating program designed to bring  us completely back to basics for 30 days to get rid of cravings, toxins, and to help you identify what foods don’t really work well with you once you reintroduce them.  I like to describe it as a super-strict paleo with no alcohol, no sweeteners at all (honey, etc.) and no grains (even quinoa, which I eat on Paleo but others may not).

One of the things that you can absolutely NOT DO on Whole 30 is eat dessert.  You can’t even take approved ingredients and make a dessert, because one of the main goals is getting rid of sugar completely so you stop depending on sweets.  This is the hardest part for me because I have a huge sweet tooth.  So after one particularly long day with my toddler, I came up with this dessert.  Yes, it’s not allowed on Whole 30, but it was either this or a few glasses of wine!!

Paleo Apple Dessert

Ingredients:

1 apple, sliced
1 tbsp coconut oil
cinnamon to taste

Sautee the apples in the coconut oil and cinnamon until they begin to brown and get soft.  That’s it!  Serve and enjoy a nice, healthy dessert!

Paleo Apple Dessert

 

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More Indoor Activities Because Spring Won’t Show

I know it’s only February, but c’mon! We’re in the south, right?  This past winter has been cold, and we were just snowed in for three days with 9 inches of snow, plus an inch or two of ice.  Not exactly what I expected when we moved here!

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So since we’ve been stuck inside, I decided to make a new toy that would keep little man occupied for a while longer.  He seemed to be getting sick of all the ones he has.  Tough life, huh?  So I started with a cardboard box that I had on hand from our move, cut down one of the sides and laid it all out flat.  The goal here was to make some kind of car city that he can use all his cars on.

Cardboard City

 

Next, I drew a road in the middle of the box, and used each flap on the outside to create store fronts for a town.  The hubs says I can never be a city planner because I put the Saloon next to the school.  I obviously wasn’t paying attention, but looking back, maybe it was brilliant marketing ;)

Cardboard CityThen, I taped the flaps so they could stand up and be 3-D store fronts.  I only did it with half so that little man could get in there and play.

Cardboard CityAnd there’s the finished project! Just took about 45 minutes, some drawing, and 3 different colored sharpies.  Lucas isn’t that into it yet, but he likes playing on it so hopefully his interest will grow!

Cardboard City(He wasn’t very impressed, apparently!) ;)

What do you do on days you’re stuck inside?

 

 

Homemade Salsa- Recipe

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I LOVE Mexican food.  Whether we go out to get it or cook it in, it’s always agreed upon by the hubs and I.  And in my recent mission to take all processed food out of our house and try to make most of it myself, I knew that salsa had to be at the top of the list.  We use it a lot, whether it’s mixed in with my taco meat, paired with tortilla chips for a snack, in the crockpot with some chicken, or even eating a bit alone. Not that I do that…  Don’t judge.

Anyways- I found this recipe and decided to make it since it seemed easy enough.  It’s supposed to be copycat Chili’s salsa, but I’ve always found their salsa to be a little bland, so we customized it a little more.

Homemade Salsa

Ingredients:

8-12 whole tomatoes (since it’s winter here, I used whole canned tomatoes, drained)
1/2 white onion
1 jalapeno
1/3 bunch of cilantro
3 cloves of garlic (or garlic powder)
Lime juice to taste
Salt to taste

Simplest recipe ever, just put everything in the food processor and blend.  Now, you could add a little sugar, as the original recipe calls for.  I don’t think it needs it though, and I can’t eat sugar during Whole30 anyways so I skipped it.  I think there’s too much sugar hidden in our foods as it is, salsa doesn’t need to be sweet!

Homemade Salsa

 

Here’s where the tasting begins.  At first ours was a little bland, so I added more salt and a little more cilantro and jalapeno.  Then it ended up being a little spicy, so I added another can of tomatoes and tweaked the rest of the ingredients accordingly.  Overall, it took about 10 minutes (including prep) to get the right flavor for us.  Amazing, right?

Homemade Salsa

Next step: devour.  Go ahead, I won’t think less of you ;)

My next challenge is going to be making tortilla chips out of corn flour I picked up at the store.  Let’s see how that one goes!

 

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Overnight Oats- Recipe {Gluten Free}

Where does the time go?  I swear, it feels like the past few years have flown by.  The hubs and I are coming up on our 3rd wedding anniversary in a couple weeks! We are going to Myrtle Beach for the week to celebrate :) But it doesn’t feel like it’s been 3 years already, nor does it feel like enough time has passed that my precious baby is a 1 1/2 year old toddler now.

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Adorable, right?

Anyways, since it feels like my days have been blending together, I’ve decided to do an experiment and save time where I can, by preparing an easy breakfast that’s healthy, that we can eat quickly.  I feel like breakfast is the easiest meal to do that with since in my house, at least, mornings are busy and eating the same thing doesn’t bother me.

Enter Overnight Oats.  5 minute prep time, and ready by morning.

Overnight Oats

Ingredients:

1 quart mason jar
2 cups gluten free rolled oats (or any oats, just try to avoid quick oats since they’re more processed)
2 cups almond milk (or regular milk or soy milk)
2 cups frozen fruit (I used both mixed berries and tropical blend)
almonds, pecans, walnuts for topping (optional)

I like to layer everything so it’s easier to mix in the morning.  I start with 1 cup of oats, 1 cup of fruit, 1 cup of milk, and repeat.

Overnight Oats

Once it’s done, just store in the fridge until morning!  You can shake it up good if you’d like, but make sure to stir good in the morning once the fruit is thawed.

Overnight OatsI like to heat mine up in the microwave, but it’s also good cold!  Complete with a cup of coffee or tea, and some nuts on top, it’s great!

The hubs loves this because it’s so easy to make for a quick breakfast before work.  Good and healthy, and since it’s got fruit in it, it doesn’t need sweetener.  We’re getting rid of excess sugar in this house ;)

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