Saturday, February 8, 2014

Breakfast

Homemade Honey Nut Granola
Potato and Vegetable Hash

I've been busily posting each week over at Mama Bootcamp and decided this week to post here with a longer post devoted to a topic I don't think I've written about very much, breakfast.  Since lately my posts have been handy lists of recipes for you to reference, it was about time I compiled some breakfast recipes.  My focus is usually on what can be made ahead and easy for a grab and go breakfast on busy mornings.

Breakfast Burritos- I make these on a regular basis, usually like 15-20 of them and they last us for a few weeks because in my house everyone needs variety and so they don't get eaten every day.  Burritos are a great vehicle for veggies in the morning, the possibilities for the fillings are endless. 

Banana Muffins- This is a healthy muffin that includes extra protein and fiber and it's vegan.  But it's sweet and moist and delicious.  Sometimes I make them in my mini muffin pan as that size it more realistic for my younger ones to eat.

Morning Maple Cranberry Pecan Oat Bars- This fantastic bar is full of great things for you to start your day; a wonderful combination of protein and whole grains.  Super easy to make and they can be frozen too.

Honey Nut Granola- After many attempts to make granola and not really loving the results, I found a recipe that was very simple, low fat and delicious.  I love it on yogurt, or eaten like cereal with milk.

Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins- This is a good low fat muffin.  It's also very simple to make, you could easily make them on a weekend morning, enjoy one and have the rest throughout the week.

Strawberry Baked Oatmeal- Another recipe where you can easily adapt it for other fruits or flavorings.  Baked oatmeal re-heats wonderfully.

Potato and Vegetable Hash- And here is a recipe for when you have a little time to cook.  But you could actually make a large pan of the hash and reheat leftovers.  Or use this as burrito fillings.

Give these recipes a try and let me know what you think.  They are all great options for starting out your day.  I'm sure I will add more recipes to this list in the future.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Happy New Year

Happy New Year from me and my family!

I feel like we just celebrated Y2K, how is it 2014 already?  We had a low key holiday; I baked, but not on the large scale that I have done in the past.  I made some home made gifts like hot chocolate, homemade bread, cinnamon rolls, granola and a few candies. 

With the new year always comes the time to make changes.  Setting goals and resolutions is what we do at the start of a new year and so I thought I would write this quick post to not only say Happy New Year, but include a few things that you may find helpful.  Maybe you are going to eat healthier, or plan your meals and get more organized in the kitchen.  Maybe you just need to get some new recipes to start off the year.  I'm here for you!

I have my Healthy Meals List which has a lot of my favorites and go-to suggestions for people when they are looking for new recipes.  It links to my Healthy Eats Pinterest board, which has not only dinners, but recipes for smoothies, snacks and treats.  You may also want to get ahead of the game and do some cooking for future busy nights.  I have a great list of Freezer Friendly Meals.

As I mentioned in my last post, I intend to have a plan for changes to this blog, with regular posts.  I will also be blogging over at Mama Bootcamp where I help out with food coaching and cooking classes.  I'll have regular posts over there each week with a recipe or healthy cooking tip.

So here's to a fantastic 2014!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Winter Cooking





Butternut squash soup that I recently made for a client and for myself!

Well Hello.  I know, it's been ages.  Why do I always do this?  Always meaning to write, say that I'll write, but yet don't.  Here it is December and the last post I wrote was in May!  And then I think to myself, "why can't I get my blog more page views?"  Actually, I don't really think about that because I know that I don't put the effort in and so therefore this blog doesn't get seen.  So I'm going to try and set some realistic goals and plan out some topics so that come January, I will have A Plan.

But right now, let's talk about winter.  We are in the middle of a cold snap here; for this part of California that means it's under 40 degrees which feels freaking freezing to me and farther north it's below 20 degrees and there's snow.  I'm all about cooking foods that are appropriate for the weather.  I've made soup twice last week.  I also baked bread, which as you know if you read my recipe blog, I do regularly but I actually had not done as much lately because we had a rather warm fall, so I wasn't turning on the oven so much.

So I'm using this post to link up some previous posts that may be useful for you at this time of year and I've also got a short list of recipes that are easy, great for the cold weather and also budget friendly so you can spend less money on food and more on your holiday celebrations.

I created a December 9th Recipes Board on my Pinterest, so you can view that and pin to your hearts content.

Last year I posted some Holiday Food Gift IdeasIt has a good variety of types of gifts; sweet, savory, healthy, and one body scrub not meant to be eaten.  Check that out if you need some ideas for inexpensive but thoughtful gifts.



Meals for December 9, 2013

Taco Cupcakes- Kids love these, they re-heat well and you can serve with a salad for a quick dinner. You can also easily make these with spaghetti sauce and cheese for mini lasagna cupcakes.

Crock Pot Chili- I love my friend Kate's recipe for chili in the crock pot, I have listed it here in my blog many times.

Spinach, Artichoke and Chicken Pasta- If you love spinach and artichoke dip, this pasta is similar, cheesy, but not overly cheesy, so it's healthy.

Thai Turkey Zucchini Meatballs- These are gluten free, Paleo friendly, easy to make ahead and re-heat and is a nice change from the usual marinara and meatballs.

Cheeseburger Macaroni-No processed box mix here! Simple, clean eating, easy to make and kid-friendly.

Quinoa Salad with Pears and Baby Greens- this can certainly be a side dish but it's protein packed with quinoa and since it also has veggies, it's an easy one-dish meal.

Budget Beef and Broccoli- This is my own recipe for an easy and cheap version of beef and broccoli using lean ground beef. I sometimes make this with the frozen French style green beans from Trader Joes that I also have in my freezer.

Cock Pot Thai Chicken Soup- Delicious coconut Thai curry soup made with little effort in the crock pot.