I always get excited when holidays approach! In many ways, I celebrate so much differently now than how I did before kids. I try a lot harder now to have fun food, drinks, crafts, games, and more to do with the girls. We usually have other kids over too, so it makes it more exciting to make a creative treat for more people! Independence day is one of our favorite holidays because it’s not only great weather to be outside but also, it gives us a chance to show our girls how to be patriotic. It reminds me of my fun childhood by the lake, with family and friends, watching fireworks… it’s one of my favorite holidays!
As for snacks, it can be tricky with toddlers. With the red, white, and blue theme, there’s so many things you can try that even the pickiest of eaters with enjoy it!
12 oz organic blueberries (frozen is fine)
12 oz organic strawberries (frozen is fine)
8 oz coconut milk
10 oz filtered water (divided)
Okay, okay, okay simmer down! I’m sharing the recipe! It wasn’t my own, I actually was inspired by this recipe to make it. I’ve made it at least a dozen times and it’s a big crowd pleaser and hit with the family!
Lately, in an effort to make sure I eat enough vegetables throughout the day, I’ve either been making a healthy morning juice smoothie or adding vegetables with my morning eggs if I'm not doing Intermittent Fasting. One of my latest obsessions is my Brussel Sprout Hash. It’s spicy, crispy, and easy to make! I’ve also used this dish as a side dish for dinner on occasion if you’re not interested in having it for breakfast!
Why should you add brussel sprouts into your diet? Well, like most people, as a kid I hated them, but as an adult I’ve grown to appreciate and love the taste!
Here are some benefits of brussel sprouts:
This is a super easy family meal! I love it because it all cooks in one pan, I don't even have to get anything else dirty, it has all components of a healthy meal, everyone in the family loves it, and it is extremely versatile! This serves 2-4 people, double if you've got a hungry family or want more leftovers! ;)
One Pan Roasted Chicken & Veggies
Who knew that you could do so much with the handy, dandy Vitamix? I certainly didn't think it would become a daily appliance in my household. I use my Vitamix for making 131 Blender Bread (a favorite of mine from the 131 Diet recipe collection), cashew butter, almond milk, smoothies, juices, and so much more!
On my old blog, this recipe was one of the BIGGEST hits! Since I've moved almost everything here, I wanted to post the recipe here as well!
Add milk and vegetable broth to Vitamix, followed by cheese, broccoli, onion, salt and pepper.
Start on variable, turning to 10. Turn the Vitamix on HIGH.
Keep on high for 5-8 minutes or until you see steam.
Let cool slightly, enjoy!
I am obsessed with my vitamix!
My girls loved these super simple homemade frozen yogurt popsicles! I made them for a few reasons:
So you could buy these little Zipsicle containers and use them for almost anything and for a million recipes! I'll share my two simple recipes:
Put all ingredients in a blender, I use the Vitamix, and blend til smooth.
Use a funnel to pour ingredients into Zipsicles.
My recipe made about 5 popsicles of each flavor.
Freeze laying flat, then once frozen put in large zip lock container.
Pat chicken tenders dry with paper towel.
Spray large baking pan with cooking spray.
Preheat oven to 350.
Get 3 shallow bowls or dishes. In one bowl, mix coconut flour, 2 TBS taco seasoning, pinch of salt.
In another bowl, stir 3 eggs together with 1 TBS taco seasoning.
In the third bowl, pour shredded coconuts.
Take your chicken tenders and first coat in coconut flour. Then dunk completely in egg mixture. Then coat completely with shredded coconut.
Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes, flipping over half way. Chicken will be cooked thoroughly and not pink.
We made these with sweet potato fries and everyone in the family loved them!
My 3 year old helped me in the kitchen making these! She loved pouring out the flour and coconut, and dunking the chicken in bowls! Yes, it's messy, and it takes longer, but the earlier you get...
Miracle noodles are made of the Kojanc plant. This plant is very low in glycemic index, low in carbs and low in calories. It's also great source of prebiotics. Because of this, some people may experience an upset stomach, unpleasant GI effects after eating a whole bag of the miracle noodles, just a warning.
Where do you buy miracle noodles? I buy the "angel hair" version on amazon!
Also to make the noodles more appetizing, I found it was best to rinse the noodles in water, pat try with a towel, and then on a cutting board cut the noodles much smaller. (Also recommended for parents serving this to kids, to reduce the risk of choking).
These turkey meatballs are so incredibly easy. They are also grain free, toddler friendly, husband approved, and always available when you follow my instructions for batch prepping!
What I love to do is double, or triple this recipe and make a massive batch at the same time.
Then, I cook one pan of them after they are ready. We eat those for dinner that night, and then have enough for leftovers.
Then, I freeze the rest for quick, easy, healthy meals!
2 lbs lean ground turkey
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 Tbs garlic powder
2 Tbs italian seasonings (basil, oregano, etc)
1/2 tsp salt
With your hands, mix all ingredients together well.
Form into meatballs.
Place on parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake immediately, or freeze.
If you are freezing for later, wait a few hours and then place them all in a labeled zip lock bag.
When ready to eat them, no need to thaw, just put on parchment paper and bake.
Bake at 350 for 30-40...
Looking for some yummy meatless meals to add to your mix? I was a vegetarian for 12 years and used to live off lentils, beans and legumes! This recipe is similar to my lentil tacos, but makes a great “sloppy joe” alternative! It does have a little more of a chili taste, but you could experiment with adding more tomato paste into the mix!
Mushrooms are a great source of Vitamin D, a low-starchy vegetable, anti-inflammatory properties, and rich in many vitamins & minerals!
If you aren't a fan of mushrooms, this one isnt a very "mushroom-y" dish, the sloppy joe mix takes over. Chop the mushrooms very small to help disguise them.
Add oil, onion, mushrooms, lentils to large skillet. Turn on medium- low heat.
Add all remaining ingredients, adding water...