Gluten-free is a way of living for many people. I was recently told to go gluten-free by my doctor, and while it wasn’t all that different from the way I was eating it does make me re-think dinner planning where I have been searching for new recipes that both myself and the kids will enjoy. This isn’t always an easy feat with picky kids but I was so excited to discover a collection of healthy, hearty and kid-friendly finds (including gluten-free desserts!) on Foodie.com. This all in one resource for everything recipes is an incredible place to discover something different, or in my case, something to meet your dietary needs. I added them into my own personal collection that I can easily refer to Here are 12 of our favorite new gluten-free recipes:
With it almost spring we have been thinking about everything related to the warmer weather ahead. One thing I have also been thinking about is my weekend visits to the farmer’s markets. I love picking up fresh fruits and vegetables, and this year I really want to bake more. With Mother’s Day and birthdays on the horizon, I really want to try more fruit-filled pies. A perfect way to mix fruit with a variety of spices and ingredients, pie is a great way to perfect the art of baking and enjoy a sweet treat that is a hit with people of all ages. I also love the notion of really learning how to create crust and
Another pie-filled holiday is the upcoming, Pi Day on March 14 where you can also celebrate by enjoying a unique collection of sweet and savory pies. To help me out I searched on Foodie.com for a collection of delicious and unique fruit pies where I discovered everything from Blood Orange and Clementine Galette to Cherry Heart Pies to the classic – Dutch Apple Pie. Enjoy this collection of some of these very unique and delicious pies that I am excited to try out this spring.I hope they inspire your own baking. Happy baking!
What are some of your favorite ways to make fruit pie?
Stop the grumbling tweets and Facebook posts about the weather already. We all get it. It’s been on long, miserable winter. My thought is that it’s pointless to complain about the weather. My bad mood can’t push the thermometer up–it only spreads like a virus through the rest of the family.
Embrace where you are. That’s been our motto. We splurged on an extra set of boots, said yes to hot chocolates, encouraged snuggles and movie nights in–anything to keep the good family vibes going. When we do head outdoors (and we’ve been doing that often for ski practices), we rely on hand-warmers (bought them in bulk on Amazon this winter), thick wool socks and soup.
My daughters have consumed about 1000 bowls of Campbell’s® Condensed Tomato Soup this winter. Every weekend morning I heat a pot on the stove, pour it into two thermoses and send my girls off to become the next Mikaela Shiffrin. When lunch break happens they never complain. Ever. That says a lot about the power of soup.
Five months ago, I signed on as a Campbell Soup Company Ambassador. My goal was to introduce you to The Wisest Kid in the Whole World and to help you remember how wonderful a simply bowl of soup can be. I know I’ve discovered new recipes and re-thought ways to work soup into our meals. Dipping has now become an art form!
My favorite parts of this campaign have been all the recipe inspiration. When I started cooking the Campbells Soup recipes were some of the first I mastered, now as a mom that’s super busy, I am thrilled to reconnect with the hearty, simple, nutritious recipes that I find at www.campbellskitchen.com/wisestkid/home
In our family, the Mini Macaroni Cheese Cups were a runaway winner–you can see all the top 10 here. We’re now encouraging the kids to get into the fun. This weekend they picked the Better for You Chicken Parmesan for our Saturday night feast (watch for Instagram pictures!)
And my final bit of inspiration comes from this commercial:
This post was written in conjunction with a paid spokesperson program. I have been compensated by Campbell Soup Company and am disclosing such according to FTC guidelines. This post was not scripted and I have been a life-long Campbells Soup consumer.
Join me and SavvySassyMoms on the red carpet as we host the Avocado Awards! Thats right, the movie stars arent the only ones getting ready for the big night. Avocados from Mexico is handing out awards to some of our favorite food bloggers that have created some drool worthy avocado recipes. The categories are, Best Leading Avocado, Best Supporting Avocado, Best Picture, and Best Dressed Avocado. We cant wait to see which avocado recipes will win, but theyre not the only ones taking home some prizes, we have some prizes for you too!
They all sound delicious and are all winners in our book!
Twitter Party Prizing
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1 Cheryl Forberg cookbook
1 OXO Avo Slicer Tool
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$100 Rent the Runway gift card for your next red carpet event
$150 Visa gift card for entertaining supplies
$25 Redbox gift card to rent your favorite movies
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This post and party is sponsored by Avocados from Mexico. All tweets for the hour should be considered #sponsored.
How do you organize your recipes? A recipe box of handwritten favorites? Computer folders of typed-up recipes? A binder of magazine tear-outs? Pinterest boards? Digital recipe organizers? Over the years, I’ve gathered a collection of binders and folders and Pinterest boards and bookmarks, but lately I’ve been in the process of moving ALL my recipes into one online system. Here are four reason to consider going digital and some of my favorite systems to use.
1) Never lose a recipe. One of my biggest pet peeves is knowing I have a copy of a recipe somewhere and not being able to find it. With a digital recipe organizer, my neighbor’s carrot cake or grandma’s famous ginger cookie recipe are just a click away. Every time.
2) Search by ingredient. Garden over-grown with tomatoes? Found a great deal on apples at the farmer’s market? Or wondering what else you can make with that container of anchovies you’re buying for Caesar salad? Having your recipes in a digital recipe book lets you search for meals by ingredients whether it’s what you need to use up or a favorite flavor you’re hoping to enjoy.
3) Time-saving tags. I used to organize my binders by food type (beef, chicken, vegetables, etc), but had a friend who organized all her recipes seasonally. A method that I was jealous of come fall and winter when all I wanted to do was see all my cold-weather favorites. With many digital recipe system, you can tag recipes with a variety of key categories. My favorite short rib recipe has a tag for “favorite” and “do ahead” as well as “fall” and “company” tags. So whether I’m looking for a set-it-and-forget-it weeknight dinner or a cold-weather recipe for company, I know I’ll find this recipe.
4) Your recipes, wherever you are. At home, a friend’s house, the farmer’s market or your weekend away with the girls. Wherever you are, having your recipes in a digital format lets you access the steps and ingredients with the touch of a button.
Ready to digitize your delicious recipes? Here are some of my favorite picks for putting your recipes online.
If you want one system for organizing recipes — along with the rest of your life…Evernote.
I’ve recently been switching over all my magazine tear-outs, handwritten hand-me-down recipes and pinned recipes over to Evernote (free). While I love the visual layout of my Pinterest recipe boards, each pin links you to a website – and if that website goes away? So does your access to the recipe. With the Evernote Web Clipper, it is easy to import the complete recipe (with photos and links to the original site) from any website, letting me have access to the recipe even if the website goes belly-up or deletes a recipe. You can also type or scan recipes in. I have a folder called Recipes and dozens of sub-folder like Chicken, Thai, Dessert:Pies, and others. Plus I can label recipes with as many tags as I’d like so it’s easy to find recipes I love for weeknights, summer produce, make-head or potlucks. Evernote does have a special recipe app called Evernote Food, but I just like to use the regular Evernote mainly because I already use it to organize future post ideas, wishlists for the kids, names of wines to try, and a host of other things. One program for all my remembering.
If you’re a stickler for recipe formatting….Paprika.
Sure, there are lot of programs that let you import recipes from over the web. And their formatting. If this mixture of layouts drives your inner neat-freak crazy, you might be willing to plop down the cash for Paprika ($19.99 for the Mac app, $4.99 for the iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle and Nook app). Paprika lets you find recipes anywhere on the web and import them with a single click – AND – the recipe will be converted into a uniform formatted version – regardless of the stye or format of the original recipe. You can also add your own recipes, plan meals and create shopping lists from your recipes. Other cool features? Paprika lets you easily re-scale recipe servings for larger or smaller crowds, and for cooking times listed in the recipes (broil for 3 minutes, bake for 1 hour, etc.), you can click on the words in the recipe to start a pop-up timer. Smart.
If you want seamless communication between your recipes, shopping lists and meal planner…Ziplist.
Ziplist (free) combines a web-based and smartphone app-based shopping list along with a recipe box and meal planner. You can find thousands of recipes on Ziplist’s recipe database from popular websites like MarthaStewart.com and Epicurious.com and food bloggers like The Naptime Chef, Weelicious, and one of my personal favs, Alexandra Cooks, as well as recipes added by Ziplist users. You can also add your own recipes with ZipList’s Recipe Clipper bookmarklet or simply type them in. Ziplist not only lets you store your recipes, but lets you meal plan for the week and then easily create shopping lists sent to your smartphone app. Recipes chosen, dinner planned and food shopped for. You for the win!
What’s your favorite way to organize your recipes?
One of my resolutions is to get cooking! Trying new recipes and cutting down on sugar are big priorities in our house. Using Truvia® natural sweetener is just one small way that I am keeping my eye on making smart choices for my meals.
When it comes to meal planning, I’m focusing on rich flavors to mask the fact that I am cutting down on sugar, fat and carbs, For dinner, we are eating more lean meat, paired with vegetables. That means we need big flavor in what I whip up for our family.
Tip: Follow the “Red, Green and Orange Rule.” At each of our meals, we try to include either a red, green or orange fruit or vegetable. This way we fill up on nutrient-, antioxidant-, and fiber-rich foods that are an important part of our balanced diet.
Truvía® natural sweetener puts a new spin on meatloaf by pairing lemon and subtle sweetness with savory beef and green pepper under a flavorful sauce. This meatloaf has 45% fewer calories and 85% less sugar than the full-sugar version. 10 servings (5 oz. each) with 150 calories each.
1?2 lb. ground sirloin
1?2 lb. ground chuck (note: I used a very lean ground beef)
2 garlic cloves, smashed and chopped
1?2 chopped onion
1?2 chopped celery
1 tsp chili pepper
1?2 cup chopped bell pepper
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 Tbsp Truvía® natural sweetener spoonable*
1 lemon, zested
8 oz. canned, diced tomatoes with juice
1?2 cup ground bran flakes, ground
1?2 tsp cracked black pepper
1?2 cup ketchup
1?2 cup canned tomatoes, puréed
1 tsp cumin
1?2 cup Truvía® natural sweetener, spoonable
Dash of worchester sauce
1 Tbsp prepared mustard
Preheat oven to 375° F.
Mix all loaf ingredients well and place in a baking dish. Shape into a loaf.
Mix ingredients for sauce and spread on top of loaf. Bake for 1 hour.
And here’s one last tip: Focus on quality carbohydrates like sweet potato, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, beans or oatmeal. Both your brain and muscles will be fueled appropriately to help stave off cravings and squash hunger. As an added bonus, veggies have their own specific health- and beauty-related benefits, such as fennel and artichokes for beating bloat, squash and green beans for fighting stress, tomatoes and cucumbers for improving skin tone and carrots and beans for fighting cancer, etc.
A recent survey commissioned by the Truvia® brand showed that 59% experience small setbacks to eating healthy, such as snacking on junk food or treating themselves to an indulgent meal. Thats why Truvia® natural sweetener is launching The Stay TRU to You Sweepstakes, which aims to give fans a chance to enter to win one of three rewards for sticking to their New Year’s resolutions. From Jan. 9, 2014 to Jan. 31, 2014 fans will have the opportunity to take the Stay TRU to You pledge, and just for doing so, each entrant will receive a Truvia® coupon in addition to having a chance at winning one of the three selected rewards. Click here for details.
Truvia® natural sweetener is a great tasting, zero-calorie sweetener made with the best tasting part of the stevia leaf. One packet provides the same sweetness as two teaspoons of sugar, and is great in coffee, tea, or even your morning grapefruit. The sweetener is available in 40-, 80- and 140-count boxes, and in a spoonable jar. Truvia® Baking Blend blends Truvia® natural sweetener and sugar to provide a sugar-like taste and texture for recipes, with 75% fewer calories than sugar. For more info, check out Truvia.com/recipes or our Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube channels.
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It was -5 today on the way to school (it’s almost a mile…uphill). We’ve been getting weekly “strep letters” from the school nurse alerting us about the casualties in each class (we had one fall victim already). And the calendar is packed with joyous events which no one wants to miss. What’s a mom to do? This mom relies on tummy-warming recipes from the Campbells Kitchen for meals that are quick, nourishing and the perfect antidote to the crazy season.
I’m sharing a few delicious finds from Campbells sweet Wisest Kid in the Whole World. He’s been busy (like the rest of us!) whipping up ideas to get your kids to sit down, slow down and enjoy a meal together.
First challenge? Getting kids to eat the good stuff. Sugar is plentiful this time of year. Cookies, chocolate, Shirley Temples…you know what I mean. Getting the recommended servings of vegetables is tough. The answer: “Veggie Contentment.” The Wisest Kid says, Broccoli on the side gets denied. Moms want to find a variety of options at mealtime that the family will enjoy, while kids just want food that tastes good. Chicken Broccoli Divan uses 4 cups of broccoli in the recipe! The secret is in the sauce–which uses cream of chicken soup for delicious results. Click here for the recipe!
Problem #2: Quick meals that aren’t boring. Whats your favorite meal to curl up with on a cold, snowy day? Ours is soup.
Now that ski season has started for us, we’re slurping more soup than ever. I was worried that things could get boring. The Wisest Kid has a solution! Dipable Fun: According to The Wisest Kid, there are More ways to dunk than can be thunk. What do your wise kids prefer with their Campbells Tomato Soup? Some of our favorites to dunk are: Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish®, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Pretzels, Popcorn and Chicken Fingers. Start dunking! There is nothing like a hot meal or snack after outdoor fun to warm up kids from the inside out.
The final issue is time. Who’s got enough of it? Not I! This Cheeseburger Mac & Cheese casserole can get on the table in 45 minutes from start to finish (and a lot of that time is spent baking!). With a meal this tasty, you know the family will tuck in and reconnect at the dinner table.
Campbells makes it uncomplicated to give your kids what they really want! For more fun and healthy food inspiration visit these Facebook pages www.Facebook.com/CampbellsCondensedSoup and or @TheWisestKid on Twitter.
As a Campbell Soup Company Blog Ambassador I have been compensated by Campbell Soup Company for my participation in this program. That being said, I am a lifelong Campbells Soup consumer and feel confident that the brand is a great match for Momtrends. This post is not scripted and expresses my opinion.
Some of us like our food spicy, while others like our food to be sweet. And then there are some of some that like a mix of both. The beauty of flavor is that we can create our “perfect” plate to appease our taste buds and connect us to our families, experiences, and life itself. During a recent event to celebration flavor and the 125th anniversary of the renowned flavor company, McCormick, I learned all about how flavor can connect us all.
“Flavor has the power to bring us together across continents and cultures, said Alan D. Wilson, Chairman, President and CEO of McCormick. Most people know McCormick as an essential part of their spice rack, but McCormick’s flavor innovation and leadership go well beyond our heritage in spices. In fact, millions of people around the world enjoy food flavored by McCormick every day.
Another interesting aspect of the event was seeing a display of all of the McCornmick’s flavorings and spices, including their very first flavor – rootbeer!
At the event, McCormick spoke about key food trends for 2014 including Chilies Obsession, Modern Masala, Clever Compact Cooking, Mexican World Tour and Charmed by Brazil. They also highlighted the top five flavors that included Aji Amarillo, a hot Peruvian yellow chile with bold, fruity flavor; Kashmiri Masala, a homemade blend of spices from northern India featuring cumin, cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, cloves and ginger; Tea, a this natural ingredient that is making its way into rubs, broths and marinades; Chamoy Sauce, a unique Mexican condimentmade from apricot, lime, chilies and spicesjust beginning to gain a following in the U.S. and Cassava Flour, a gluten-free alternative is a Brazilian staple prized for its versatility.
As a part of their anniversary, I also had the chance to sample recipes from Chef Kevan Vetter from McCormick and five renowned chefs who created flavorful recipes using some of McCormick’s newest and classic flavors.
My favorite recipes from the event (and also one that is super easy for entertaining) is the Lemon Tea-Infused Custard with Candied Apricots (see below). The beauty of this recipe is that it doesn’t need an oven and can be on the table in less than 30 minutes. It also uses a delicious blend of McCormick Ground Ginger and lemon tea to create a memorable dessert that I know your guests and kids will love. Other favorite foods from the event include the flavorful Chorizo Chile Poppers, the vibrant Pepita and Chile Salsa and the tasty Grilled Paneer Cheese with Mango Tomato Chutney.
What is your flavor story?
As a part of their anniversary, McCormick launched their Flavor Story Campaign where they are asking consumers to share a story about their favorite flavors and recipes. For every story shared, they will make a $1 donation to help feed those in need. To participate, simply visit http://www.flavoroftogether.com or use the #flavorstory to share your flavor story.
Lemon Tea-Infused Custard with Candied Apricots
Lemon Tea-Infused Custard:
For the Lemon Tea-Infused Custard, microwave cream and tea bags in medium microwavable bowl on HIGH 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in ginger. Cover. Let steep 5 minutes. Discard tea bags.
Meanwhile, for the Candied Apricots, place apricots, sugar, water and ginger in small microwavable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 1 minute. Stir in almonds; cover. Set aside.
Beat eggs and sugar in large bowl with wire whisk until well blended. Gradually whisk in cream mixture. Pour into 4 (6-ounce) microwavable ramekins or cups. Microwave on MEDIUM (50% power) 7 minutes or just until custard is set. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes. Serve warm with Candied Apricots.
Today is World Alzheimer’s Day, a disease that remains irreversible but that doesnt mean we cant stop it. Studies continue to show a healthful diet and exercise can reduce the risk for Alzheimers, in some cases by more than 50 percent. Blueberries, a top brain food, are rich in anthocyanins and shown to improve learning and recall in studies at the University of Cincinnati. To pump out minds with the good stuff, we are excited to share a recipe for delicious smoothie from clinical researcher Neal Barnard, M.D.
Brain-Boosting Purple Smoothie
Serves 2 (Makes about 3 cups)
1 very ripe banana (with plenty of brown speckles)
2 cups frozen fruit (such as berries, mangoes, strawberries, banana, orange, and pineapple)
1 cup nondairy milk (almond milk or soy milk)
Combine all the ingredients in a blender. Start your blender on the lowest setting and slowly crank it up as the smoothie starts to puree. If you start with your blender at high, youll end up with smoothie splattered all over the top of your blender and probably will have to stop your blender several times to get the smoothie ingredients to rest back on the blades. Once youre up to optimal speed, blend for about 2 minutes to get everything smooth.
Per smoothie or 1 1/2 cup serving: 190 calories, 2 g protein, 46 g carbohydrate, 35 g sugar, 2 g total fat, 9% calories from fat, 5 g fiber, 79 mg sodium
Recipe by Jason Wyrick; Power Foods for the Brain by Neal Barnard, M.D.
For some moms back-to-school means a time to celebrate as the house is quiet and kid-free for at least six hours a day. But the reality is that this kid-free time is often spent catching up on household chores, trying to get through the to-do list or working. So to minimize the stress of early mornings , getting everyone fed, dressed and out the door on time, here are a few tips to keep in mine as you start-up a back-to-school routine.
Proper sleep routines for both mom and kids is essential. As the lazy days of summer wind down, it is a good time to start the kids back on early sleep times at night. And moms, don’t forget about your sleep time! Burning the candle at both ends makes it harder to deal with rambunctious kids in the morning if you yourself are overtired.
Healthy Lunch and Snack Ideasshould be part of your back to school routine. A hungry child is not a happy or cooperative one, so make sure you have quick and easy snacks and lunches you can make ahead of time or in 30 minutes or less. When the kids get home from school famished from a big day, a healthy snack will help get them through homework and still leave room for dinner. Here are a couple to get you started:
Skip the Takeouts for Dinner!Too many of us are caught in the unhealthy pattern of rushing to the grocery store or turning to takeout food after work. No More To Go was created by a Mom of three young children who knows all about a hectic, busy life especially dinner time and making meals that will satisfy little picky eaters. Stacey Stabenow has a passion for cooking and now she’s sharing her ideas with others. Stacey does it all for you – she creates personal weekly menus AND gives you a complete grocery list of all the items you will need to make her healthy meals for the week. Definitely a time-saver! Shop over the weekend and be ready to start your week on Monday with everything you need.
And to make life even easier, Stacey has these time-saving meal prep tips:
Read the recipe from start to finish
Gather your ingredients and cut any vegetables
If a recipe calls for dicing small amounts of vegetables like onion or bell peppers, go ahead and dice the whole thing. Store the rest in a resealable bag in the refrigerator or freezer. Huge time saver for future recipes.
When using partial cans of things like creamed corn or chilis in adobo, label and freeze the remainder in resealable bags
Use a crock pot whenever possible. To really make it simple, throw all the ingredients in the pot the night before. Then, just pull the pot out of the refrigerator and put into the crock the next morning.
CLEAN little bits at a time WHILE you’re cooking. And, rinse and reuse measuring cups and bowls. Minimize the mess!!
Get moving and make getting to school part of your fitness routine.While the weather is still warm, walk, bike or scooter to school with your kids. The extra flow of blood to your brain and fresh air is a good start to the day for both you and the kids.
Most of all mom, it is important to remember to relax. Too often, we are trying so hard to keep everything and everyone in line and we forget to take care of ourselves and enjoy the kids. If you have a plan of what you want your household routine to look like, that’s half the battle. Ease yourself and the kids into it and in no time you’ll be working together like clockwork. And in the meantime, you’ll all stay healthy and happy.