Monthly Archives: August 2015

Toddler Food: Fun with Cookie Cutters

I see all these cute things on the internet where people use cookie cutters to make things look cute. So I tried it. 

Toddler Food - Fun with Cookie Cutters

Cupcake shaped sandwich and cucumbers.

As you can see it was a bit of a fail. The only cookie cutters I have are in the shape of dog bones, ninjabread men and cupcakes.

Ninjabread men were too big. Dog bones… just no. So cupcakes it was. They didn’t turn out very good. Guess I need to go on a hunt for more (smallish) cookie cutters.

Cutting everything into the shape of cupcakes didn’t encourage him to eat it. He threw most of it to the dogs.

Todder Recipe: Mini Pizza Bombs

These were supposed to be mini pizza muffins but I HATE washing muffin tins so I baked them on a cookie sheet with some parchment paper. Much easier to clean up!

Mini Pizza Bombs
Mini Pizza Bombs
Yields 25
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
95 calories
6 g
20 g
7 g
3 g
1 g
29 g
61 g
0 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
29g
Yields
25
Amount Per Serving
Calories 95
Calories from Fat 58
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
10%
Saturated Fat 1g
7%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 20mg
7%
Sodium 61mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 6g
2%
Dietary Fiber 0g
1%
Sugars 0g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
3%
Vitamin C
6%
Calcium
6%
Iron
1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 2 tsp baking powder
  3. 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  4. 1/4 tsp salt
  5. 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  6. 1/2 cup milk
  7. 2 eggs
  8. 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  9. 1/2 cup diced sweet red pepper
  10. 1/2 cup diced pepperoni
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  2. In large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, Italian seasoning and salt.
  3. Whisk together oil, milk and eggs; add to flour mixture and stir just until moistened.
  4. Mix in cheese, bell pepper and pepperoni.
  5. Roll in balls and place on a lined cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes; until golden and toothpick comes out clean.
Notes
  1. You can also bake these in a muffin tin.
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calories
95
fat
7g
protein
3g
carbs
6g
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Adapted from Pepperoni Pizza Muffins
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What’s for Breakfast: Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats

I am always looking for an easy breakfast that is quick to make to take and eat at work. Mornings with toddlers are busy enough; finding time for breakfast when he have to be out the door by 7:15 is hard. Overnight oats to the rescue! The options for them are endless and they are good for you too.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats

What is your favourtie overnight oats recipe?

Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats
Serves 1
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
382 calories
51 g
3 g
15 g
16 g
2 g
277 g
157 g
22 g
0 g
11 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
277g
Servings
1
Amount Per Serving
Calories 382
Calories from Fat 124
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g
23%
Saturated Fat 2g
10%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 3mg
1%
Sodium 157mg
7%
Total Carbohydrates 51g
17%
Dietary Fiber 10g
38%
Sugars 22g
Protein 16g
Vitamin A
7%
Vitamin C
21%
Calcium
26%
Iron
14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup quick oats (any oats will work)
  2. 2/3 cup skim milk
  3. 1 tbsp ground flax seed
  4. 1 tbsp peanut butter
  5. 1 tbsp jam
  6. 1/3 cup raspberries
Instructions
  1. Add oats, milk and flaxseed to a contain. Mix and put in fridge overnight.
  2. When you are ready to eat top with jam, raspberries and enjoy!
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calories
382
fat
15g
protein
16g
carbs
51g
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This is Thirty

This is it. I am 30. 3-0. Thirty.

I turned thirty three weeks ago. It feels a little bit different than 29. I find myself questioning things I never used to; like does this shirt make me look old? Am I too old to braid my hair? Perhaps these were things I always thought but never noticed until now. Maybe these things just came with being a Mom? Anyway, somehow, I do feel older… different. This is thirty.

There is nothing wrong with being thirty. It is only one more than twenty-nine. But somehow it makes me feel slightly sad. I can’t really put my finger on it.

I hear the thirties are awesome (some even say the best) and I know there are going to be better then my twenties. But still, this was just something awesome about being twenty.

Goodbye twenties. Hello thirties.

What’s For Dinner: Homemade Perogies, BBQ Naan, Hummus and Veggies

Meatless Monday!

Occasionally I participate in Meatless “Monday”… but I don’t always do it on a Monday. In fact, I made this meal on a Wednesday… Meatless Wednesday can be a thing right?

Homemade perogies, homemade BBQ naan, homemade hummus, veggies and sour cream. This was a fun mixed dinner – all delicious – but did take some time to make.

Homemade Perogies, BBQ Naan, Hummus and Veggies

Homemade perogies are easy but time consuming. First you have to make your dough and filling. Advice, let your dough sit for a while before rolling out. I used to always skip this step not realizing it made it harder to roll out… much easier if you let it sit! Rolling and cutting out the dough sucks. Honestly, if you are going to make homemade perogies just make what you need – I always make too many and it takes too long. But they are soooo good. I always just use whatever dough comes up in google; this one works pretty good. For my perogie filling I use mashed potatoes with onions, I skip the cheese.

Homemade naan is something I only recently tried. It is delicious and not too hard. Sometimes I cook it in a frying pan and that takes forever. Recently I tried cooking it on the BBQ and it came out great and cooks up WAY faster. I can cook 6 or so pieces at once this way and it adds a nice flavour. I use this recipe and it turns out great everytime. Sometimes I add garlic, sometimes I forget – both are good. I also don’t butter every piece (I use oil), just the first few when cooking on the BBQ or every 5 or so when cooking one at a time in a pan.

My hummus recipe changes every time. Chickpeas, oil, lemon juice, garlic, paprika, salt, etc. Put in food processor/blender, blend and you have hummus. Pretty easy.

Yummy Hot Pizza Dip

Pizza dip, I LOVE pizza dip!

These is a great recipe, quick to make and fun to serve company. I have been making this recipe for years; it’s one of my family’s favourites.

Yummy Hot Pizza Dip

I usually serve mine with toasted pita or naan (since Costco no longer sells my favourtie pitas). But I have also served with taco chips.

Hot Pizza Dip
Serves 12
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132 calories
3 g
35 g
12 g
4 g
7 g
61 g
140 g
2 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
61g
Servings
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 132
Calories from Fat 104
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g
18%
Saturated Fat 7g
33%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 35mg
12%
Sodium 140mg
6%
Total Carbohydrates 3g
1%
Dietary Fiber 0g
2%
Sugars 2g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
9%
Vitamin C
3%
Calcium
11%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 tsp olive oil
  2. 1 cup finely chopped mushrooms
  3. 1/2 cup minced onions
  4. 1/2 cup finely sliced pepperoni
  5. 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  6. 8 oz cream cheese
  7. 1/2 cup sour cream
  8. 1 cup packed shredded Monterey Jack or mozzarella cheese
  9. 1/2 cup pizza sauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray an 8" casserole dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms, onions, pepperoni and oregano. Cook and stir until veggies are soft, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat together cream cheese and sour cream until smooth then stir in shredded cheese. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the bottom of the casserole dish, then spread sauce over cheese. Sprinkle pepperoni and veggie mixture over sauce.
  4. Bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes, until edges are bubbling. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving. Serve with pita wedges, chips or crackers.
Notes
  1. This recipe originally comes from my favorite cookbook Looneyspoons (also found in Eat, Shrink and Be Merry). I have modified it to make it unhealthy but it is super easy to lessen the calories but using turkey pepperoni, light cheeses and low fat sour cream.
Adapted from Looneyspoons, For Pizza Sake
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calories
132
fat
12g
protein
4g
carbs
3g
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Adapted from Looneyspoons, For Pizza Sake
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