Wednesday, June 17, 2015

3 meals: 6/17/15

Apple Cinnamon Donuts

Whole wheat flour, coconut sugar, half the amount of nutmeg (1/4 tsp), no salt, and no glaze.

And to be honest- I love brown butter, but my babies palates are less discerning, so I just did 2 T melted butter instead of browning the butter.  :)
Turkey Stroganoff

Modifications:  garlic powder for garlic salt, no mushroom stems/pieces, yogurt (not sour cream).  I served on whole wheat egg noodles.  
Shepherds Pie:

Modifications:  no salt

So you can def make this as is, but here are things I've done that still work fine:
-I forgot to put the egg yolk in the potatoes.  They weren't as creamy, but it still worked.
-I used beef vs lamb.
-I add a crust of cheddar cheese on top.
-I used dry spices vs. fresh (just a tiny sprinkling of each thyme and rosemary).
-I used 1 tsp garlic powder instead of fresh.
-I subbed buttermilk for half and half because I needed to use some up.
-I used vegetable stock instead of chicken stock.

For adults you'll need to add salt.  The potatoes need it (IMO).  

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

3 meals: 6/16/15

Breakfast quinoa

 Broccoli Cheese Roll-ups

I do these a little differently.  Here are my (albeit slight) modifications:

Any bread, just not stale.
Steamed broccoli, chopped small
Shredded cheese

1.  Cut off crusts and flatten with a rolling pin.
2.  Add a line of cheese and broccoli close to one end of the bread.
3.  Roll tightly.
4.  In a small pan, melt about 1/2 T of butter.  Carefully get a little melted butter on your finger and run it down the bottom part of the seam (that will touch the rolled bread to seal).  Place roll-ups seam side down in the pan.
5.  Add a little more butter (about 1/2 T again) and flip to the other side.  Brown the 3rd and 4th sides as necessary.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Breakfast 6/15/15

Strawberry Coconut Waffles with Yogurt Dipping Sauce


1 c whole wheat flour
2 tsp coconut sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 c chopped strawberries
1/4 c coconut milk (any milk will do)
1 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
1/4 c strawberry jam (I used this one
3 T unsweetened coconut flakes (optional)

Yogurt Sauce:
1/2 c full fat yogurt (Greek or regular)
3 tbsp strawberry jam
splash maple syrup

Mix the flour, sugar, and baking powder together in a large bowl.  In another bowl combine milk, oil, vanilla, egg, coconut flakes, and jam, and stir till mixed.  Add strawberries.  Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and add the wet, stirring until just mixed.  If too thick, add a few T more of milk until you reach your desired thickness.  Spoon about 1/4 C batter into your waffle iron (or use the scoop provided if yours is like mine).  Serve hot, dipped in yogurt sauce (to make sauce just mix everything together).  

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

3 meals: 6/10/15

Baked Strawberry Donuts
Heavily modified from

2 c whole wheat flour
1/2 c coconut sugar
1/2 c pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 c buttermilk
1/4 c + 1 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 c finely chopped strawberries

Y'ALL.  FORGIVE ME.  The original recipe calls for 2 eggs.  I SWEAR I did not put eggs in this.  I remember thinking how good it would be for those with egg allergies, and that dairy allergies could use coconut milk vs buttermilk.  I really think I didn't put eggs in, because I let the babies taste the batter BECAUSE there were no eggs in it.  All that to say- I really think mine didn't have eggs, but they *might* have.  I was in a rush to get out the door for our class at The Little Gym and maybe wasn't thinking straight?  I'll make them again, I promise! LMK if you do them without egg and if they turn out ok!  My dough was thick- like bread dough.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Grease mini donut pans (or mini muffin tins).  Mix together flour, sugar, and baking soda.  Add in coconut oil, buttermilk, maple syrup, and vanilla.  Stir until combined.  Fold in strawberries.  Spoon into a ziplock or icing bag, cut the tip/corner off, and pipe into donut pan.  Bake for 11 minutes.  Allow to cool in pan for 3-5 minutes before attempting to remove.
Skinny Meatloaf Muffins with BBQ sauce

Modifications:  Omit salt & pepper, use 2 sliced of toasted bread if you don't use store-bought breadcrumbs, be sure your BBQ sauce doesn't have honey if baby is under 1.  

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

3 meals: 6/9/15

Broccoli and Cheese Mini Egg Omelettes

Modifications:  Honestly, it took way more egg than she said to use.  I tried to double it and get 18 muffins to have some to freeze, so I used 9 eggs, and I got 12 muffins.  I also would use a different cheese other than pecorino romano.  The babies didn't mind it, but I didn't like the taste/smell (same in the pasta dish for lunch).  You could use any combination of shredded cheese- 1 c for 12 muffins.  I used 3 whole heads of broccoli and had enough for this and the broccoli cheddar tots.
Cheesy Baked Pumpkin Pasta

Modifications:  Apparently my theme for today was Skinnytaste.  This also wasn't my fav, but I think it also had something to do with the pecorino romano.  You can use any shredded cheese here too.  I used a whole box of whole wheat pasta (around 13 oz I think), baked it in a 9x13, dried rosemary, and waaaaaaaaay more cheese than called for on top.  K liked this.  J wouldn't touch it.
Broccoli and Cheese Tots

Modifications:  I've made these before and they're good!  I chop the broccoli pretty finely, use 2 whole eggs, full fat cheese, no salt & pepper.  

Friday, June 5, 2015

3 meals: 6/5/15

Turkey Taco Casserole

I used refried black beans just out of preference.  I only used 1 can of diced green chilis, mixed into the meat (not as its own seperate layer). I did just under a T of chili powder and a sprinkling of cayenne.  I cut the tortillas into 1" squares instead of strips.  When serving, I used plain yogurt and stirred it in to help deaden any heat that may be there.

3 meals: 6/4/15

Mango Coconut Donuts

Sub 2/3 c brown sugar for 1/4 c maple syrup, 1/4 c coconut sugar. I just used plain yogurt and vanilla extract instead of vanilla bean paste.  The coconut was unsweetened and I didn't use the glaze.

I creamed the butter, sugar, and maple syrup, then added the rest of the wet ingredients.  To that I added the dry little by little (I did it all in my stand mixer).  At the very end I added the coconut flakes, put it into an icing bag, cut the end off, and piped it into my mini donut pan.
Avocado Egg Salad

I used a whole avocado this time.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

3 meals: 6/3/15

Cheesy Spinach Eggs
Spaghetti Sauce with Ground Beef

No modifications.  I served it over veggie rotini, but whatever pasta is your fav!
Poppy Seed Chicken

Modifications:  I used 4 chicken breasts.  I boiled them and then shredded using my stand mixer (in under a minute!).  I used organic cream of chicken, lightly salted Ritz, and unsalted butter.  I omitted the celery salt, black pepper, and subbed 1 tsp garlic powder for the minced garlic.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

3 meals: 6/2/15

Banana Spinach Pancakes:

I used almond milk.  For the yogurt sauce I used regular yogurt with 2 T of vanilla instead of the milk.
Succotash-Cheddar Casserole with Crunchy Bacon Topping

I used full fat milk, cheese, and crackers, but used the reduced sodium version of the crackers and bacon.
Gramzie's Spinach Layer Casserole:
4 oz wide egg noodles (whole wheat work just fine)
1 lb ground beef
1 15 oz can of tomato sauce (I use the organic)
1 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 8 oz package of cream cheese
1/2 c sour cream
3 T milk
1/8 tsp onion powder
1 10 oz package of frozen, chopped spinach (drained)
1/2 c shredded cheddar cheese

Cook and drain the pasta.  Brown the meat in a skillet.  Drain off fat and add the tomato sauce, sugar, salt, garlic powder, and noodles to the meat.  Stir and set aside.  Mix together softened cream cheese, sour cream, milk, and onion powder.  In a 2 quart casserole dish, layer half the ground beef/noodle mixture, half the cream cheese mixture (spread across), and all the spinach.  Top with the other half of the ground beef/noodle mixture.  Cover and bake at 350 for 40 minutes.  Uncover and spread remaining cream cheese mixture on top, then sprinkle with cheddar cheese.  Bake 10 minutes more, or until cheese is bubbly.