Jun 04

Snack Time: Afternoon Snack Ideas

  My kids are big fans of snack time staples like Goldfish and pretzels but I like to keep things interesting (and of course, healthy). Satisfying snacks have a combo of healthy carbs for immediate energy, plus protein and/or fiber to keep little fingers from endlessly shoveling. Here are my top 10 ideas. Mini muffins – make ahead and keep in the freezer Fruit skewers – choose high fiber fruits…

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Apr 15

GIVEAWAY: Great Balls of Cheese

In honor of National Cheese Ball Day (my new favorite holiday) on April 17th, enter to win a copy. Written by the oh-so-talented Michelle Buffardi, find fresh and exciting ways to bring back the cheese ball. I have literally made one for every party and family gathering since discovering this book. To WIN! Leave me a comment by 11:59pm Friday April 18th, 2014 and tell me your favorite way to cook…

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Apr 14

Lunch on the Run: Chef Salad Jar

Take this salad for a healthy meal on the go!

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Mar 17

Whole Wheat Pancakes

Whole Wheat PancakesI love making pancakes for my girls on the weekends. Making a HUGE batch only takes a little more time – I pop the extras in the freezer and have pancakes for busy weekday mornings. 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour3/4 cups all-purpose flour1/2 teaspoon baking powder1/4 teaspoon baking soda3/4 teaspoon kosher salt2 teaspoons sugar 2 cups low fat buttermilk2 large eggs, lightly beaten2 teaspoons vanilla extract4 tablespoons…

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Feb 06

Happy Hour Munchie: Kale Chips

A simple and healthy snack is only minutes away. Toss large pieces of fresh kale with olive oil, kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (for some extra spice add a sprinkle of paprika, cumin, chili powder or curry). Spread on a baking sheet in an even layer and bake at 400-degrees for 3 to 5 minutes, or until crispy.

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Feb 05

5 Snow Day Recipes

Make the most of all these snow days! Get the kiddos in the kitchen and make these yummy kid-friendly recipes. Yogurt Parfaits with Homemade Granola Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins Taco Salad – also makes a mean burrito! Pita Bread Pizza    For Dessert – Chocolate Bark or Nonni’s Chocolate Pudding

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Jan 22

Coconut-Cranberry Granola

I’m on a homemade granola kick! Get the kids in the kitchen to help.   Coconut-Cranberry Granola Makes about 4 ½ cups  2 ½ cups rolled oats ¼ cup sliced almonds ¼ cup pumpkin seeds ½ cup sweetened shredded coconut ¼ teaspoon kosher salt 1/3 cup agave nectar 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 cup dried cranberries   Nonstick cooking spray  Preheat oven to 300-degrees F. Spray a large baking sheet…

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Jan 19

Chocolate Cherry Chia Pudding

Sweet treat meets recovery snack in this simple recipe! Chocolate-Cherry Chia PuddingServes: 4 3 cups low fat chocolate milk 3⁄4 cup white chia seeds 3⁄4 teaspoon almond extract 1⁄2 cup chopped cherries1⁄4 cup sliced almonds Equipment: 4, 4-ounce ramekins (optional) In a large bowl, combine chocolate milk, chia seeds and almond extract; whisk well. Transfer mixture to 4 ramekins (if using) or a large bowl. Transfer to the refrigerator. After…

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Jan 18

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

       Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Serves: 8 1 bulb fennel, thinly sliced1/2 white onion, thinly sliced2 tablespoons canola oil, divided3 medium sized pork tenderloins (about 3 pounds), cut in half1/2 cup apple cider or apple juice1/2 cup BBQ sauceKosher salt and pepper Place fennel and onion in the bottom of a 5 to 6 quart slow cooker, season with salt and pepper. Season pork with salt and pepper. Heat…

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Jan 14

Coco-Berry Shake

Coco-Berry Shake A simple and delicious breakfast or snack. Make with soy milk to boost the protein. Serves: 1 1 cup frozen blueberries 1 cup boxed unsweetened coconut milk 1 tablespoon honey (optional) Combine ingredients in a blender – blend until smooth. 
 Nutrition Information Per Serving Calories: 206; Total Fat: 5 grams; Saturated Fat: 4 grams; Carbohydrate: 43 grams; Fiber:  5 gramsProtein:  1 gram; Sodium:  16 milligrams; Cholesterol: 0…

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