I make sure to always have a batch of no bake "cookies" in my refrigerator for a quick snack or sweet treat. We LOVE these carrot cake bites that are sweetened with dates, high in protein, and have the delicious flavors of traditional carrot cake (without the sugar). Best of all, no baking required!
1. Cook the lentils in boiling water until just tender (20 minutes). Drain and set aside.
2. Chop the asparagus in 2” pieces (discard the woody ends), chop the zucchini into small diced size pieces and finely chop the onion.
3. Heat the coconut oil in a skillet and add the asparagus, zucchini, onion and snap peas. Season the vegetables with a pinch of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cook only for a couple of minutes, then remove from the heat.
4. Add the cooked lentils to the vegetables and mix in the lemon juice. Add chopped avocado and finely minced fresh herbs. Garnish with sunflower or sesame seeds.
Serve warm or at room temperature.
Whether you are already a fan of kale and broccoli, this salad will make you love it even more and if you aren't a fan, then welcome to the kale and broccoli club! With a dressing made of orange, lemon and lime this salad is a flavor explosion! Best of all, it has been kid tested and approved!
Triple Citrus Vinaigrette
One of my favorite snacks is hummus. Hummus is a creamy dip traditionally made with garbanzo beans and seasonings, and is served as a vegetable dip or used as a sandwich or wrap spread. There are many different varieties of hummus by adding vegetables such as, red bell pepper, beets, avocado or zucchini that add flavor and nutrients to traditional hummus. This version of hummus uses carrots which are rich in beta carotene, good for your eyes and skin and also immune boosting! Garbanzo beans are high in protein and are a great source of dietary fiber. With a little lemon, tahini, garlic and seasonings, this makes a quick, healthy and delicious snack!
Try our carrot hummus and make a fun Spring snack for kids by adding cauliflower “bunny” tails!
A flash back to my son several years ago with our carrot hummus with cauliflower bunny tails!
Sometimes you have to sneak greens into a kids diet! Your kids will never guess these muffins have spinach! Perfect for a St. Patrick's Day breakfast!
1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line two 12-cup muffin pans with paper liners.
2. Whisk together dry ingredients in a large bowl: flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
3. In a blender, add applesauce, non dairy milk, and spinach. Blend on high for about 30 seconds or until completely puréed. Add banana and vanilla; blend on low until combined.
4. Pour puréed mixture into dry mixture and fold together with a rubber spatula until completely combined.
5. Fill muffin cups about ⅔ full and bake 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Coconut Fruit Dip
For a St. Patrick's Day theme for kids, add your favorite green fruit to wooden skewers to make these fun Leprechaun Fruit Sticks.
Leprechaun Fruit Sticks
Check out the demonstration video for our Shamrock Smoothie here: youtu.be/5fYjgnrfc9E
An antioxidant rich smoothie to enjoy with your Valentines before all the sweet treats!
*Can also add extra nutrient boosters, such as, chia seeds or flax seeds
1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend together until smooth.
2. Pour into glass.
My son and I had fun making this smoothie for his 5th grade classmates! It's safe to say that the recipe is kid tested and approved!
A twist on traditional guacamole with an addition of broccoli!
• 2 ripe avocados
• 1 cup raw broccoli
• ¼ cup red onion, diced
• ½ jalapeno, minced
• 1 tomato, diced
• handful of fresh cilantro or parsley, minced
• zest and juice of 1 lime
• 1 tsp ground cumin
• ½ tsp salt
1. Peel the avocado, remove seed and scoop into a bowl. Mash the avocados with a fork.
2. Add the broccoli, red onion, jalapeno and cilantro/parsley to a food processor*. Pulse until finely chopped. Place mixture into bowl with the avocados.
3. Chop the tomato and add to bowl.
4. Mix in the lime juice, ground cumin and salt.
5. Serving options: cucumbers, celery, organic corn chips
*If you don’t have a food processor, just chop all by hand. Check out our food processor here: Cuisinart Elemental 8 cup Food Processor
Watch our cooking demonstration of this dish here: youtu.be/Ep_3CyE8rOM
1. In large glass bowl, add chia seeds to almond milk and whisk together. Add cacao and whisk to break up any lumps.
2. Add sweetener and blend well. Cover and place in refrigerator. Mixture will firm up overnight.
3. Add favorite toppings and serve.
1, 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1 tomato, diced
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and finely chopped
½ yellow or red bell pepper, finely chopped
½ jalapeno, finely chopped
½ cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
Juice of 1 or 2 limes, about ¼ cup (use the zest too!)
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
Ice Berg, Romaine or Bibb Lettuce work great for the wraps
1. Add beans to large bowl.
2. Mix in tomato, corn, cucumber, bell pepper, jalapeno and cilantro.
3. Add cumin and salt.
4. Pour lime juice over all and combine well. Scoop mixture into lettuce cups.
With just a few simple and fresh ingredients, you can make these delicious and healthy black bean and veggie lettuce wraps! Enjoy!
A Flash back to Valentines Day 2014: In the kitchen with my son and his friend making Valentine "treats" like this delicious smoothie!
Chocolate, peanut butter and bananas are always a great combination. We have created this delicious smoothie that uses peanut butter, banana, and raw cacao powder, along with a few other healthy ingredients. Raw cacao powder is a 100% dark chocolate source of antioxidants, magnesium, iron and fiber and has the rich chocolate taste without the sugar and processing. This smoothie would be a perfect, healthy treat for a Valentine's Day breakfast. My son and his friend were great helpers in making the Chunky Monkey Smoothie! You can always get kids to consume extra nutrients with smoothies!
1. Blend all in a blender until smooth.
2. Top with unsweetened coconut (optional)
For a fun and festive appetizer or snack for Valentine's Day, try this heart shaped veggie platter served with a beautiful red beet hummus. We used cucumbers, radishes and red peppers and cut them into heart shapes. Red Beets are a great source of potassium, magnesium, fiber, phosphorus, iron, vitamins A, B & C, beta-carotene, and folic acid, among many other wonderful nutritional benefits. The recipe follows for this delicious variation to traditional hummus. This makes a great dish to enjoy with your sweethearts!
1. In a food processor add beets, chickpeas, garlic, lemon, salt and cumin.
2. Blend well, drizzle in olive oil until smooth and creamy.
3. Serve with Pita chips and/or veggies.
*Can also use roasted beets
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