Articles Tagged toddler/kid bites

Perfectly Spiced Kid-Friendly Chili!!! Best on hod dogs ;)

Kid-Friendly Chili

3 | March 10, 2013

A bowl of savory chili is one of my family’s favorite meals but I have to get the ingredients just right for everyone or I have a mutiny on my hands. Too spicy and my child turns her nose at it. Too bland and my husband gives me the, “you expect me to eat this look.” To keep the kitchen table at peace, I’ve found the perfect blend of spices and added a few vegetables and beans to pump up the nutrition factor. Chili can be used for more than just chili too! Add a spoonful on a potato, on

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roasted chickpeas

16 | February 28, 2012

With a toddler and a beer nerd/ultramarathoner in this house it is imperative that there are healthy yet delicious (extra points if it pairs well with a cocktail) snacks on hand at all times.Crunchy, healthy, and satisfying, these roasted chickpeas do the trick. Inspired from a recipe  for cumin and yeast roasted chickpeas from an issue of Food & Wine, these roasted chickpeas using caned chickpeas are fast and simple to make. Packed with protein, zinc, and folate, these crunchy and delicious roasted chickpeas are not only healthy but seriously addictive. Here are three of our favorite flavor combos: Sriracha, Lime, and

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Healthy Mini Corn Dog Muffins

25 | February 22, 2012

If your child is anything like mine, she loves corn dogs. And if you are anything like me you cringe at the thought of her consuming all of that fat, oil, and who knows what is really in a hot dog. Disclaimer: I’m not going to be a hypocrite. I love a corn dog from the Texas State Fair. Oh. My. Word. Awesomeness on a stick. I mean you have to have one deep fired corn dog a year, right? That’s why I’ve been trying to find a healthier substitute or version of a corn dog that Mia would like.

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I don’t know what it is about kids and dip. I swear sometimes I should put my daughter’s dinner in the blender when she’s being picky and serve it as a dip and maybe then she would eat it. Here’s a simple, quick and tasty treat for everyone. White bean spinach dip is the perfect healthy, finger food for baby (from 8 to 10 months), school lunch, after school snack, or elegant enough to serve at a party. White Bean Spinach Dip  makes 1 1/2 cups 1 can (16oz) white (great northern) beans 1 cup packed baby spinach 1/4 cup

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It’s hot here! Have I said that already? It’s so hot that this sorbet melted halfway into shooting it. Ok, yes I had a chicken pot pie in the oven that made the already hot kitchen 1500°F but it was well worth it. I do not own an ice cream maker. I wish I did but I would have no where to put it in this tiny kitchen. So I had to come up with a more simplified version to make an icy treat to help cool us down. It was a certain success as I turned to look at

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There’s nothing better than taking a bite of slightly sweet and toasty homemade granola to drown out the bickering between a dog and a two year old little girl. Yes, they bicker. No, I didn’t realize adopting a 60 pound lab meant adopting a another toddler and yes, I’m considering never having anymore children because my hair is quickly turning grey. There’s also the possibility of me entering a psych ward soon. But for now I have the crunchy bites of heaven covered with milk to save my sanity and make me smile when I realize that my once white

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I’m going to make this short and sweet. This recipe is pretty flippin’ delicious and super quick and easy to make. For years I’ve been making a smaller appetizer version of this using wonton wrappers and it wasn’t until recently that we started using the same technique to make a healthy baked “egg roll” for dinner. This one is definitely Mia, aka 2 year old, approved. Baked Chicken Spinach & Artichoke Egg Roll makes 12 2 cups baby spinach 1 1/2 cup cooked chicken 1 cup artichoke hearts (about 10 hearts, I use frozen and thawed) 1 cup fontina or

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You can find numerous recipes for fruit leather on the internet. It’s been around forever. The best thing about this simple treat is that if you make it at home you don’t need chemical preservatives, you can control the amount of sugar, and best of all you can be as creative as you want to be. I have yet to see strawberry basil fruit leather and after tasting it we are all missing out! The sweetness of the strawberries and the fresh almost licorice taste of the basil makes a unique and amazingly flavorful treat for everyone! I’ve got many

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When I arrived home from a fantastic trip to San Francisco there was a brand new B0n Appétit sitting ever so patently in the mailbox. The unpacking would have to wait. Magazine reading always comes first, right? Ever since we left the airport I have been racking my brain to come up with new recipes based on the fresh seasonal foods I had on the west coast. With rhubarb season starting I was baffled about how to even attempt to use this fruit, vegetable, plant…uh, what is this red stalk thingy anyway? (upon further research I found it’s an ornamental

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blueberry pie…on a stick

17 | February 21, 2011

This post is dedicated to my little brother that is currently stationed in Afghanistan and who’s proven theory in life is that everything tastes better on a “steeeek.” Sorry, it’s an inside joke. I saw these many years ago in a little bakery in Dallas and the idea has stuck in my head since then. It wasn’t until this past weekend when we were spending time at the ranch that I remembered these little delights. My mother-in-law had taken Mia to the neighboring ranch for a visit and upon their return my 2 year-old little girl had a new word,

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Pita Chalupas

4 | February 8, 2011

So, I had this great recipe lined up for you today for a date-night dinner with your Valentine. It was divine, really. But as we all know life interrupted and as my daughter was running around pretending she was a cow knocking over this and that to the soundtrack of my husband playing the guitar, the steak that was supposed to be today’s post didn’t made it out of the freezer in time. I rushed but by the time the spinach was sauteed, garlic chips were made and the red wine reduction was simmering away it was pitch black outside

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With today being another snow day, I wanted to be able to make a recipe that Mia could help out with and enjoy. I searched and searched and all I could come up with were cookies that I had no interest in making. But as I was scrolling through the blogs I frequent most for ideas or recipes, I found the perfect savory snack for a snowy day. On one of my favorite blogs, Smitten Kitchen, I stumbled upon and old recipe, Cheese Straws, and was immediately inspired to create these…Beet Heart Shaped Cheddar Crackers with flax seed. I choose