Monday, April 27, 2015

Monday Munchies...Homemade Granola

I've recently been searching around for kid friendly snacks, and I thought a great snack to send to school would be yogurt parfaits.  
The first item I needed to find was granola.  However, I didn't come across any nut free options. 
So, of course, when in doubt-search Pinterest.

Because I'll be mixing it with plain yogurt and fruit, I'm opting to keep it plain. 

homemade nut free granola for kids 

Due to school dietary restrictions, I will need to make this without the flax seed or sunflower seeds.  So, simply just sweetened and toasted oats.  But I'm sure it will be delicious!  
Next, I just need to find some decent disposable containers to package this so the kiddos can take this to school easily. 

  • 9 C rolled oats (or combination of oats, rye, barley, etc.)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 C pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 C honey
  • 1/2 C unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees and prepare baking sheets with parchment.
  • In large mixing bowl, combine oats, cinnamon and sea salt.  Stir to combine.
  • In medium saucepan, whisk maple syrup, honey, applesauce and vanilla over low heat until combined. (about 5 minutes)
  • Pour hot syrup over oat mixture.  Stir to combine.
  • Pour mixture in a single layer onto prepared baking sheets.
  • Bake for 50 minutes, stirring granola every 10 minutes. (For ease I set my timer five times for 10 minute increments)
  • Let cool and store in airtight container.
Simple enough right?  
I can't wait to try it!

Now, I'll report back to you on last week's Monday Munchies.  
 I really loved the boiled chicken.  It had great taste from the bouillon cube, and it was super moist-which was good for Hannah.  In terms of the salsa, two limes was too much, even with a doubled amount of other ingredients.  I would also take out the tomato next time.  But, it was definitely a crowd pleaser in this house.   

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Fueling the Littles

I've always stressed about making sure my kids are eating enough of each food group.  Ok, well know they fulfill their daily sugar requirement-and then some!  But who doesn't?!?
Anyway, I was trying to really limit the typical snack foods, until Moshe came home complaining that other kids in his class have better snacks, like gushers and cookies.  

I'm not one to withhold, I think treats are perfectly ok-as long as they are taught their place.  I have heard horror stories of kids trading their carrot sticks for fruit rolls ups.  So I decided that I had no problem sending them a snack on the junky side (think pudding, pop chips, pirates booty, and an occasional cookie) as long as they eat the real stuff.  

According to the Mayo Clinic, boys ages 4-8 need the following on a daily basis:
3-5.5 oz. of protein 
1-2 cups of fruit 
1.5-2.5 cups of vegetables 
4-6 oz of grains
2.5-3 cups of dairy

To be honest, I don't think my kids eat this much on a daily basis, but I figure I can  bank on two meals a day where I can attempt to provide them with the most nutritional value possible.  I can already tell, like is the case with many adults, protein is going to be hard to squeeze in. 

So here's my game plan: 
  1. I always give a fruit and vegetable in their lunches, and we always have a vegetable with dinner
  2.  I will now be sure to include a fruit with dinner too.  
  3. They also get a yogurt and a cheese stick in their lunch.  
  4. Fortunately our main dinner component is a protein, unfortunately, my kids rarely eat it-but all I can do is try.
  5.  They will get their grain servings from breakfast and snacks.     
I'm always searching for good lunch and snack ideas.  Recently, I have been following the school lunch menu so my kids don't complain about what other kids get that they don't.  Plus, it takes the pressure off of me to always be creating a menu.  All that's left for me is to come up with their snacks.
Fruit S'mores 
a twist on a classic...
a sneaky way to get in some veggies and dairy! Plus it's dip-able!  My kids would love this!

I love this idea!  Chocolate dipped fruit is super easy and always a favorite.  I have no doubt my kids wouldn't have a problem eating this! 

What healthy food ideas do you have?

Monday, April 20, 2015

Monday Munchines...Mango and Lime Chicken

I was originally looking for a crock pot chicken recipe. But I was craving mango and lime, so I specifically searched for that and this simple, but seemingly delicious recipe came my way.  
It's what's on the menu for Thursday night.  I even made a special grocery run tonight so I'll have ripe mangoes and limes, but I'm realizing I forgot the avocados! 

  • 4 boneless, skinless, thin sliced chicken breasts
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil, separated
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 medium red onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, steemed, seeded, and minced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 large mango, seeded and skin removed, cut into small cubes
  • Grated zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 avocado, seeded, peeled, and sliced
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
 Chicken with Mango Salsa and Avocados

Preheat vegetable oil in a nonstick saute pan over medium high heat.

Add minced garlic to pan and allow to cook until lightly browned. 

Season chicken with salt and black pepper to taste, and cook in pan about 3 minutes per side, or until it is cooked through.  Transfer the chicken to a serving dish, and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.

Meanwhile, add another teaspoon of vegetable oil to saute pan and allow to get hot on medium-high heat. 

Add onion and season with salt and black pepper.  Cook about 4-6 minutes until almost tender, stirring occasionally. 

Then add the jalapeno, tomatoes, and mango.  Cook until heated through while stirring occasionally, approximately 3-5 minutes.

Finally, add the lime zest, lime juice, and cilantro. 

Remove from heat spoon salsa over chicken on serving dish.  Garnish with avocado slices on top and additinal lime wedges if desired. 

 I cannot wait to give this a try.  Hannah loves chicken, and I'm thrilled with all the new flavors!
I need some more summer chicken recipes, so send them my way.
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