July 23, 2015

Green Frog Popsicles


Hey kids, time for dessert, who wants spinach? (Cue the crickets chirping in the background). Ok, let's try this again. How about a popsicle? "Me! Me! Me!" Great!

I found this sweet and refreshing recipe for Green Frog Pops via Super Healthy Kids. Grab your blender, put in 1 cup of mangoes, 1 banana, 2-3 cups spinach (I used three), and 1/2 cup coconut water, blend until smooth, pour into your popsicle molds, and freeze. As they are scarfing down their yummy popsicles you can choose whether or not to clue them in that they are in fact, actually eating spinach.


So Morgie took one look at the green popsicle, shook his head and said, "Uh-uh." I put an over-the-top grin on my face and said in my sweetest lovingly Mommy voice, "you are going to love this Froggie popsicle."  Grinning even wider, I handed it to him, and nonchalantly walked out of the room. I didn't want him to smell my desperation and refuse to eat it just because he knew I wanted him to. I closed my eyes, took a deep breath, and anxiously peeked around the corner to find... him trying it! In fact, he ate the whole thing. I grabbed him half-way through so I could take a quick pic and share this successful veggie-hiding recipe with you.

What is your favorite veggie-hiding recipe?

July 13, 2015

Homemade Peanut Butter


I have been meaning to post this recipe for peanut butter because it is so easy to make and a great activity for little ones.


While preparing for an afternoon playdate with one of Morgan's best friends, Alexandra, I stopped at our local Yes Organic Market and grabbed some peanuts (in the bulk section) so they could learn how to make their own peanut butter. 

Taking turns scooping peanuts

Encouraging kids to start cooking at an early age is a crucial life skill that allows for family time and bonding while developing numerous skills including fine-motor, social, problem solving, math, creativity, nutrition, and cultural awareness.... to name a few :) FYI: That handy dandy adjustable kitchen stool that allows them to reach the counter is made by Little Partners.

Processing the peanuts

Hey KitchenAid, I love my food processor but the kids want to know if you have a quieter model :)


It only takes a couple of minutes in the processor to turn those peanuts into peanut butter. I prefer to add a little oil (coconut is my favorite) for a creamier texture. 

Eating the fruits of their labor

Morgan and Alexandra couldn't wait to grab a box of Saltines and start making peanut butter cracker sandwiches. 

Packaging some up for Alexandra to take home

Homemade peanut butter is a great gift idea and you can customize the flavor for each person. I can't wait to try making chocolate coconut or cinnamon raisin, flavors inspired from the girls of Wild Friends who were featured on my favorite TV show, Shark Tank. What's your favorite flavor?

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July 11, 2015

Carlty Bryer's Wicked Good Key Lime Pie


This is not your traditional Key lime pie recipe. Our sweet neighbor "Nick's wife" made it for my dad a few weeks ago and we were lucky enough to get a hand-written recipe from her. This is a no bake, no fuss recipe, that will take no time to throw together but will leave a lasting impression on your taste buds.


This Key lime pie recipe has officially made it into Carlty Bryer's personal cookbook collection.


GNG Tip: I have had better luck finding Key limes in my local Cambodian, Thai, and Korean markets rather than Giant or Whole Foods.

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May 12, 2015

Twice-Baked Potatoes (Lactose Free)


Did you know that you can actually make lactose free twice-baked potatoes? You bake them just as you would normally do but instead use a lactose free milk and cheese. These potatoes are stuffed with bacon, green onions, and smothered with melted pepper jack from Cabot. If pepper jack packs a little too much heat for you, check out the variety of lactose free cheeses in the Cabot faq's page.

Want more lactose free cooking ideas? Check out this wicked easy lactose free gourmet pizza recipe here.

March 13, 2015

Homemade Mayonnaise


After reading a few blog posts about making homemade mayonnaise with an immersion blender in approximately 30 seconds I quickly hopped on my Amazon Prime account and ordered this model from Cuisinart. I grew up on Miracle Whip (versus Hellman's) but I love the idea of having fresh homemade mayonnaise in the fridge that isn't filled with all the additives that store-bought brands contain.

Yesterday I took out my handy dandy immersion blender and put The Healthy Foodie's Fool-Proof Paleo Mayo recipe to the test. Unbelievable! I whipped up this cool and creamy mayo in under 30 seconds. It was so easy that I decided to rinse out a Miracle Whip container and made two more batches in order to fill the jar.


The first thing I made with my new mayo was egg salad.  I also had a fresh batch of crispy bacon from the Amish store in Laurel so I decided to sprinkle some chopped pieces on my toasted egg salad sandwich. Absolutely delish!





February 16, 2015

Black Bean Brownies


Whether you are trying to eat healthier or are in search of tasty "veggie-hiding" recipes for a finicky eater in your life, you will want to add this black bean brownie recipe to your collection. Here's why: They are delicious. My taste testers couldn't believe that these rich brownies were made with black beans, which are a good source for fiber, protein, and essential vitamins and minerals. Another bonus is that they are gluten-free!


He's smiling because he knows he is going to be eating brownies. I'm smiling because I know he is going to be eating black beans. It's a win-win!


Do you have a favorite veggie hiding recipe? I would love if you would share it in the comments below.