Friday, July 17, 2015

Cloud Bread Avocado Toast

This delicious grain-free bread is topped with a creamy avocado spread.  Its perfect for your next meal or snack!

A few years ago if you googled "Avocado Toast" your search results would yield only a few recipes - mostly including a simple mashed avocado spread on toast.  Nothing fancy.  Well times have changed.  Recipes for Avocado Toast have gone mainstream.  Today if you google "Avocado Toast" a plethera of fancy avocado recipes would appear from those topped with seeds to goat cheese and avocado.

Todays recipe is a twist on the current Avocado Toast trend.  I first introduced you to Cloud Bread through a Cloud Bread Pizza recipe a few weeks ago.  The recipe must have been a hit because it has gotten more views than any other recipes I have posted in the past year.  Like a lot more views - we are talking 10x the normal views!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Baby Banana Oatmeal

Serve your little one this easy homemade baby food recipe made with ground oatmeal and bananas!

Like most other health conscious moms I had a plan to make my own baby food when my son started solid foods at the age of 4 months.   I upheld my plans for several other feeding goals such as breastfeeding and offering ample veggies, but the homemade baby food thing just did not happen.  For many meals we chose to offer him organic baby food from the pouches and glass jars.  This allowed us to offer him a variety of flavors and textures.

Now and then I have whipped up a few super simple baby foods that don't require cooking or a baby food maker. Some of the favorites in our household are mashed avocado and bananas.  On weekends, when there is more time to spare, I prepared a few more involved baby food recipes.   My son has stomached all of my creations, but some of his facial expressions showed some possible distain.

The most interesting (by interesting I mean the most non-desired) baby food creation I served up was a pureed egg mixture made with breastmilk.  So he might have gagged on this one.  A non appealing creation was far from my goal, but it was my best effort to expose a food allergy.  Recent research has suggested exposure to the top food allergens (eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy, wheat, cow’s milk) by the age of 10-11 months may reduce the risk of developing full blown food allergies.   Please note that the recommendations state children who are at high risk for food allergies or have parents with known food allergies should consult their pediatrician prior to initiating the top food allergens.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Red, White, & Blue Fruity Waffle Cups

A lower calorie sweet treat made by spooning a creamy fruit salad into waffle bowls.  Perfect healthier dessert option all ages will enjoy!

Looking for a lower calorie sweet treat that only takes minutes of preparation to serve up your guests this 4th of July?  Look no more - The Red, White, and Blue Fruit Waffle Cups are a perfect offering. They are filled with festive colored fruit (strawberries and blueberries) and covered in a lower calorie creamy whipped topping.  The cream is created by combining non fat Greek yogurt and light whipped topping.

They are super cute too right?!  I am fairly certain that the kiddos will come a running to try out this "dessert" that is primarily fruit based.  Not only will they want to eat these treats, but the simple preparation allows for the young ones to help assemble.  Hand them over their own bowl, mixing spoon, and the ingredients and VOILA you have  dessert ready!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Red, White, and Blue Kale Salad

This festive Red, White, and Blue Kale Salad is easy to make and full of delicious flavor!  Take this superfood salad to your next party and it is a guaranteed crowd pleaser!  

The Fourth of July is only a few short days away and the party planning is well underway. Have you planned what you will make for your Fourth of July party?  What is your "go-to" dish to take when you get party invites?  The most common dishes you will see at parties have a focus on starchy or sugary ingredients.  I typically go with two options that are extreme opposites of each other, either salad or dessert.

Salads or vegetable dishes are often the unforgotten invitee at most parties. As a Registered Dietitian I try to make my best effort to ensure they are included (well most of the time). Veggies (salad) can help balance some of the other higher calorie options and offer a nutrient dense choice.  You can still follow the plate-method at parties and fill your plate with half veggies right?

I tend to stick with the same type of salad because it's always a crowd pleaser.  My "go-to" salad includes some type of greens, fruit, feta cheese, and toasted nuts.  The blend of flavors will hide the fact you are eating a green salad and leave you wanting more!  For the dressing I mix in a balsamic vinaigrette or honey mustard vinaigrette.  This past weekend I attended an early Fourth of July Party and decided to take my usual salad, but with a festive spin.  Red, White, and Blue Kale Salad was born!  To maximize the health benefits provided by the greens I used nutrition packed Kale and included some sweet berries.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Lightened Up Chocolate Candy Blondies

A few recipe substitutions does not compromise the scrumptious flavor of this rich and chewy blondie recipe loaded with your favorite chocolate coated candies!

I hope everyone had a nice weekend and Father's Day!  We celebrated Father's Day all weekend with lots of food and hang out time.  On Saturday we drove about 30 minutes to eat at an authentic German restaurant.  Pretzels, spaetzle, beer, and bratwurst were enjoyed by all. On Sunday we enjoyed brunch at a local fine dining restaurant.  I enjoyed a three course brunch with a beignet, zucchini tart, and steak and eggs.  I ALWAYS go for the waffle or pancakes when we brunch out.  Unfortunately neither were available, but I may be onto something new.  We will see, we will see......

On Sunday I was able to spend a bit of time in the kitchen doing some blog recipe testing.  It did not go so well.  Not only did I have ONE epic fail recipe creation, but I had TWO epic fails.  No luck with this lady in the kitchen this weekend.   My taste tester made me promise I would not share the recipes!  Hopefully I will be able to revise the recipes and share soon.  Hint: lots of hard boiled eggs were involved.

Due to the unsuccessful recipe creation attempts this past weekend, I had to resort to a recipe I created a few months ago.  I have been saving it for just the right time and it looks like today it is!  Editing the pictures for todays recipe of Lightened Up Chocolate Candy Blondies was pure torture.  All I wanted to do was run in the kitchen and bake up a batch.  My mouth was watering for the chewy - buttery - chocolate goodness.  I promised myself I will make the recipe soon!

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