I’ve been called bossy my entire life. Ever since I was little, it’s been “my way or the highway” as my dad would put it. He and my mom dubbed me “Queenie” from a very early age. I liked to dictate play activities, tell my little sister what to do and have full confidence that I was always right.
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Conversation with my daughter: Cam: Mama, I want to make a surprise for Daddy. Me: Ok, what should we make? Cam: Something with chocolate because Daddy REALLY likes chocolate. Since I knew anything we made, she (and I) would end up consuming as well, I wanted to keep this treat on the healthier side. A few years ago, I read in Runner’s World that chef Richard Blais (from Top Chef) dips pieces of clementine in dark chocolate for a mini indulgence. I thought this sounded easy and fantastic, so.. This is incredibly easy to do. All we used were dark cocoa candy melts and clementines. 1. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper or parchment paper. 2. Peel clementines and divide into slices. Make sure to remove any stringy pith from the slices. 3. Follow directions on candy melts to melt the chocolate. I used the microwave. 4. Dip half of clementine slice in melted chocolate. Let the excess chocolate drip off into the bowl. Lay the dipped clementine slice on the baking sheet. 5. Place cookie sheet in the refrigerator to harden for half an hour. We like our clementines cold, so to store them I simply took them off the cookie sheet and placed them in a Tupperware container in the refrigerator. They lasted about 2 days…. because we ate them. Do you have any easy, healthy snacks to recommend? Please tell us in the comments below!
“I can do this. I can do this,” I tell myself as I peel myself up from the couch. My son has a fever, I feel achy and cooking dinner does not sound fun. “Mmmm.. Someburros,” briefly crosses my mind and I mention it to my daughter. After my afternoon with a very discontent 7-month-old, I really want to get frozen yogurt tonight. I can’t justify greasy, delicious Mexican food and frozen yogurt. So, frozen yogurt wins and I get up. Thankfully, this recipe is really easy and incredibly healthy (which really means more calories for frozen yogurt). I found it on the Fitness Magazine website and have adapted it from there. You need: 4 crushed garlic cloves 2 limes 2 tsps chili powder 2 tsps cumin 1 lb salmon, cut in 4-5 oz portions (I like the skin still on, I’ll tell you why) 1 1/2 cups frozen corn (defrosted) 1/2 red onion, sliced 1 red bell pepper, sliced 1 Anaheim chili sliced 1 Tbs olive oil 1/2 cup reduced fat sour cream 2 tbs chopped cilantro salt Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Prepare two baking sheets by covering them with aluminum foil. I do this because I hate clean-up and this simple step just makes it easier. First, mix the garlic, juice from 1 lime, chili powder and cumin in a shallow baking dish. Stir until it resembles a thin paste coating the bottom of the dish. Place the salmon skin side up in the dish and let marinate (at least 15 minutes). Next, mix the corn, red bell pepper, red onion and Anaheim chili in a bowl. Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. In a seperate bowl, mix the sour cream, juice from 1 lime, and cilantro. Salt to taste. Place this in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve. Remove salmon from marinade and place skin side down on baking sheet. Do not spray this baking sheet with cooking oil. The skin of the salmon will stick to the foil, thus letting you serve a perfect skinless filet of salmon. Toss remaining marinade from salmon with vegetables. Spray second baking sheet with cooking oil. Spread vegetables out on cooking sheet. Place both baking sheets in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes. Remove and plate your entree! Spoon a large helping of veggies on a dinner plate, place a filet on top and spoon sour cream sauce on top. Yum! My 7-month-old loved the salmon. Even though he was feeling sick, he kept asking for more little bites. My five-year-old complains about all food these days (unless the food is covered with cheese. She was very upset when I decided against Someburros). She ate a little bit of this with very little complaining. Victory! Comment below to let us know if you try this recipe. Also, let us know any helpful cooking tips you might use!
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Eating healthy is really hard! Getting ingredients and actually cooking before you become ravenous is one struggle. Doing all that while taking care of kids and actually making something that they like adds an additional level of agony complexity. I’ve read a lot of blogs that post these amazing recipes with beautiful pictures and then show the author smiling in her perfectly clean home with three children. That is the dream, but I have yet to discover how to make that happen. Here is a delicious and healthy recipe that I have found, with little snippets of life with kids. I adapted this recipe from the Fitness Magazine website. I wish that my 6-month-old son would have taken a nap this afternoon, but he didn’t. So, I placed his Excersaucer down in the kitchen and plopped him inside, hoping he would be happy in it long enough for me to get the chopping done. First, you will need the following ingredients: Juice from 1 lemon (about 4 tablespoons) 3 cloves of garlic, chopped 1 teaspoon thyme, dried Freshly ground black pepper 1 pound chicken tenders 4 teaspoons canola oil 1 shallot, chopped 1 bag frozen edamame 1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes, halved 1/2 cup crumbled feta (or goat cheese) 1. In a ziplock bag, combine 3 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 teaspoons garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon thyme; season to taste with salt and black pepper. Add chicken tenders, seal the bag, and gently turn to coat. However, I like to give the bag to my five-year-old and have her vigorously shake it. This lets her participate in the meal process and it’s a lot of fun to watch. Set the bag aside. 2. Heat 2 teaspoons canola oil (or more) in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallot, remaining garlic, edamame, and tomatoes; saute 4 minutes. My son is starting to fuss, so I start singing “Old MacDonald”. I try to incorporate his name – And on this farm, he had an Erik – but I find it hard not to make the next verse, “With a wah-wah here.” 3. Use a vegetable peeler to slice zucchini into long ribbons. Add zucchini and remaining lemon juice and thyme to vegetables in skillet; saute 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a serving bowl, stir in feta, and season with salt and black pepper to taste. I used goat cheese in this recipe this time, however I prefer feta in it. By this time, my son has completely rejected his Excersaucer and this is how I’m cooking. He won’t even sit upright and insists on being Superman. Add remaining oil to skillet. Remove chicken from marinade and saute 2 to 3 minutes a side or until cooked through. I am very nervous when cooking chicken, so I use a thermometer. I take the chicken off when it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Serve with vegetables and 2 whole wheat toast triangles. This chicken has a slight tangy-ness and stays really […]