Mexican Chicken Quinoa Bowl

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Mexican Chicken Quinoa Bowl

2.5 C of cooked Quinoa
1 can of Black Bean
1 cup of Frozen Corn
2 tsp of Lime juice
1 TBS of dried cilantro (or use fresh if you have it- put in as much/little as you like)

Mix together and set aside.
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Cook chicken with OVOO and season to taste. I use garlic, onion powder, chili powder and cumin. Salt and pepper to taste.
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Divide Quinoa mix into containers and add chicken. Freeze if desired.
Add fresh tomatoes and avocado when you serve.

Taco Anyday

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The only time I miss eating dairy is when I think of Mexican food. ….. sorry I was day drooling… but seriously when I make dishes like theses I am reminded I don’t need cheese or sour cream to make my dish, its full of flavor and so yummy. Even better is that my stomach doesn’t hurt after!)

I made this taco meat with 100% Ground Beef, onions, garlic and
Rachel Cooks Homemade taco seasoning mix. I then added a can of tomatoes with green chilies, organic black beans and organic frozen corn. Serve with taco shells, tortillas or with chips. This is great to add to salads for taco salads. It can easily be frozen too!

and its Kid approved- Keao 3 tacos, Kai 2 tacos and baby 2.5 bowls!

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I have to note, Keao dished her last taco so she didn’t drain the juice very well!)

Egg Muffins with Bacon, Mushrooms, Onions, Spinach and Sundried Tomatoes

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BreakFAST!

I love making these, so easy to heat and GO!

I had received my box of organic produce and had lots of spinach and mushrooms left over so I decided to make them into my egg muffins. Egg Muffins with Bacon, Mushrooms, Onions, Spinach and Sun-dried Tomatoes.

I cooked up my bacon first. If you chop it then you can throw it in the pan.
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After its cooked, divide into muffin tins.
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Drain off the bacon grease, leaving just enough to cook the onions and garlic in. Once mostly cooked add sun dried toms and mushrooms for few minutes then add spinach. Once done divide into the tins.
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Pour Scramble eggs over ingredients in muffin cups. Bake at 350 for 20-30 mins, or till eggs are set and not runny.

Let cool and place into container with parchment in between. If there is a lot of moisture add in paper towel to absorb. Reheat and serve. I don’t recommend freezing, they get rubbery when you reheat them. Make enough to get you through the week.

Cinnamon Nut Quinoa Bake

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I’m always on the hunt for yummy breakfast treats for the kids that are not our standard of GF toast and sausage. Its even better when I can prep it on my prep day and I can just pull it out and serve!
I found a pin for Cinnamon Quinoa Bake, but of course I tweaked it a bit. A little less syrup and I added nutmeg and nuts. Yummy! and the kids loved them!

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups quinoa, cooked and cooled
4 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup original soy milk
1/4 cup maple syrup (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon nutmeg
1/2 cup chopped nuts

Directions

Yields nine to 12 bars

1. Preheat the oven to 375ºF and place the quinoa in a large mixing bowl. Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with lightly greased parchment.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, soy milk, vanilla extract, and cinnamon until thoroughly combined. Add maple syrup (if using) and whisk.

3. Add egg mixture to cooked and cooled quinoa. Stir with a large spoon to combine. Pour into the parchment-lined baking dish and spread it around to ensure that it’s even.

4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until set and golden.

5. Using parchment, remove bake from pan as soon as possible so that it doesn’t steam.

6. Cool completely and cut into squares.

On the go Snacks

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apples
I have a few on the go snacks I take with me for the kids and myself. Water of course, Gluten free pretzels, sliced fruit, or carrots are usually a go to for me. Anything I can dived into small containers or snack bags. But sometimes I need something that is in a package. Usually, I will have a stash in the house so I can grab as I’m rushing out the door and haven’t had time to prep something. Or when I’m well stocked I keep some in my bag or car for when I’m out longer then I thought I would be.

My two pre package snack are:
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1. AdvoBar™ Raw Bar. This is the only bar I eat. I love the taste but its also not too chewy or hard to chew. I have TMJ so this is very important for me. I’ve even had to cut back on how many hard raw nuts I eat because it can be to much on my jaw, but these bars are not! Plus I like what is in them:
They have Chia seed, hemp seed, flax seed, walnuts, pecans, peanuts, apples, oats, agave syrup, dates, hemp powder and brown rice protein. One box of 12 retails for $31.95 ($2.66 each) So I get mine at 40% off! So that is $19.17 a box or $1.59 each. My kids split one bar so (.79 per kid)

2. Kirkland Freeze Dried Fruit. I love these! No sugar dried fruit. Sometimes taking a wet apple or orange is not a good idea, so that is when I bring these. One box retails for $17.33 or .86 per serving on their web sight, but I remember paying closer to $15 a box or .75 a serving.

Frozen “Green Monster” Drinks

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I have two Green Monster drinks we made this week. My kids loved both of them! I used Rehydrate instead of juice, after we got back from the beach and playing outside at the park. Perfect way to get them hydrated!

1. 1 cup of Ice, 1 large leaf of Kale, 8-12 oz of water, 1 scoop of Rehydrate, one apple w/ core removed, and mango frozen about 2 Cups. Blend and serve.

2. 1 cup of Ice, 1 large leaf of Kale, 8-12 oz of water, 1 scoop of Rehydrate, frozen pineapple about 1 cup, and mango frozen about 2 Cups. Blend and serve.

Feed your family well, not just yourself!

I am amazed at how many parents try and change how they eat but continue to allow their kids to eat unhealthy. First this is not a McDonald’s/fast food bashing post, because you can eat just as unhealthy at any restaurant. Eating out with kids will be another post soon. I am talking about what you buy at the store and keep in your cabinets on a REGULAR basis. If any adult is struggling with their weight or health issues they usually seek out a “diet”. A Diet is a temporary fix to a major life long problem. If we as adults are struggling now and how we eat is causing problems then how will this effect our kids in the future, or is it effecting them now? I remember only one overweight child in my whole elementary school growing up, now a majority of students in my daughter’s school have weight issues. Yes, not being as active, watching to much TV and playing video games all play into this too. Frankly my kids do not get as much outside time as I did growing up and they watch more TV then I did, my parents didn’t even have cable until I moved out at 19 years old. I encourage my kids to be outside when possible, or just play so we try and limit the electronic face time, but they are not as active I would like them to be but they do not have any health or weight issues. That is because I do not allow them to eat crap all day long. Thus, my point is that diet is the bigger issue with our children.

So how do we change our FAMILY”S habits?

This is a big under taking. Its not going to be easy, nothing good in life is. But it will have huge rewards that will carry on for generations to come.
The first thing you need to do is talk with your kids. Now these (many, everyday) conversation will of course be based on their age and what they can understand.

Babies are easy- just don’t feed them it and they wont crave it. But watch your self and how you introduce and respond to food yourself. Our reaction guides how our children will feel about a certain food. Keep offering them healthy colorful foods, sometimes it takes many taste to like something. Keep smiling and saying “yummy”, don’t force them to eat anything.

Toddles/Pre School/Elementary aged kids are harder to change, especially if you have gotten in the habit of feeding them chips, cookies, and sweets regularly.
* Start by making food fun for them. Fill their plates with color, Make face/picture designs with the food on their plates. Give them hummus to dip things in or make your own dressing at home.
* Have them help as much as they can. Have them pick out things at the store by color. “I need something Green with leaves, can you help me pick?” give them options to choose from. Have them pull things out of fridge or wash them, let them watch you cut fruits and veggies up. Have older kids make the grocery list, look for recipes or pick out a new food to try. Get them involved in what is happening and they wont resist as much.
* Talk to them about foods that give us energy and help us feel good. Don’t bring weight, or the word Fat into your conversations. Its all about Health!
* If they don’t like something its OK!!! Say “I appreciate you trying it and its ok if you don’t care for it”. Try making it a different way another time, and let them know “I remember you didn’t care for this before but I cooked it differently and think you might like it.”
* Have them make a list or cut out photos of foods that are good for them and make them healthy, one for foods that are not good for them to eat, and a third for food you can eat every so often as a treat. When you are deciding what foods go on what list talk about them or look at the nutrition facts, look at the ingredients. This is great so when they are begging for Pop Tarts at the grocery store you can ask them what list they put it on, if its on the “not good to eat list” then it can’t be bought or if it never made your list, have them look at the box talk about it and see what they decide. Let them know “I really like how those taste too, but what list did you or would you put those on?” This way your are not telling them “NO” they get to decide. Also look at the packaging and how things are marketed, point this out to them so they realize it. For example Fruit snacks look healthy they are made with fruit right? Have them compare that to a real apple. Ask them what fills them up, what provides good vitamins and fiber the natural way. Ask them questions and Get them thinking!

Teenagers/ Young adult. I would do everything I mentioned above but on a bigger more in-depth level. You will also have the friends/peer issues to deal with. Encourage them to be leaders in health with their friends. Ask questions, LISTEN, Ask Questions, don’t tel them what to think or believe, Ask them questions and Get them thinking!

DON’T FORCE FEED YOUR KIDS! Don’t make kids clear their plate. When you do this you encourages over eating. Dish them small portions. Ask them to try a bit of everything. Tell them what order to eat foods in, save fruit and treats for after meals so they eat the veggies and protein, complex carbs first. Kids go through spurts of eating everything in sight to barley eating anything. This is a normal cycle. Of course look for clues if they are dehydrated, sick or need to see a doctor but otherwise its a normal cycle to eat like this. If they take two bites at dinner, just tell them “Ill put it in the fridge, so if your hungry latter you can eat it.” give them that and not other snacks latter. If they don’t like something that fine but I’m sure they will be able to eat something if you give them a verity of options at each meal. Only introduce one new thing at a time so if they don’t like it they still have things to eat. Be patient and encouraging. Praise on eating healthy not if they finished all their food.

Strive to be better then you were, not perfection. We are parents, we have kids, perfect is IMPOSSIBLE!)

I started making my boys lunch boxes when I pack my daughter’s lunch in the morning. This has cut down on prep time for me and they love the little divided boxes.
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This is my son Kai and his Kale salad he wanted. His favorite dressing will be coming soon in a post!
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I need to go grocery shopping!

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When you eat a diet mostly comprised of whole foods the fridge seems to empty very fast and my pantry looks bare all the time! Not to mention my kids go through spurts where they turn into vacuums and consume food all day! So, by the time I opened the fridge to look and see what I could make for dinner, then I realized I was out of some key ingredients and lacking time (baby screaming because dinner was late!) for my planed meal. So my thinking cap went on and volia! Monkey Pizza! My kids were very excited, when they saw it they said “CHOCLATE FOR DINNER?! OH MOM THANK YOU!” I did inform them it was peanut butter so it was healthy and my son Kai said “Oh yeah right I got confused because you wouldn’t do that!” Yep, he’s 4 1/2 and knows me well. But I still got some extra mom points because they loved it!

I had frozen GF pizza shells by Udi’s, in the freezer. I warmed it up in the toaster oven. Don’t over heat it or it will get to hard. I spread Dark Chocolate Peanut butter on top (made by Peanut Butter & Co.) Then sliced up bananas and spread them out. I bet strawberries would taste great too!… but I’m not sure if monkeys eat those? I paired it with fresh carrots sticks and sweet bell peppers as a side dish. The son Kai said they turned into rabbits when they ate the veggies and not monkeys!

I’m sure this will become a kids favorite meal over the summer too because it will be quick and easy to make as I plan on spending many hours pool side this year!

Granny’s Kale Soup

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My mom has been making this soup a lot lately, I recall her telling me about it a few times and then while her and my kids were face timing she was telling them about her soup she was heating for lunch. They got to see it and they thought it looked yummy! They told her she needed to join them for lunch so they all “ate” together via Face Time. The kids bugged me for two days about making Granny’s soup! So off to the store we went to get a new bag of Kale.

I was relying on my daughters memory of what my mom told her was in it, she did pretty good job! I thought it needed some beans, so I added some garbonzo beans I had in the pantry. I then I added some cooked GF noodles to to help round it out. My mom told me latter she has it with brown rice.

So here’s what you need:

4 Cups water & your choice of veggie or chicken base. (I made mine with veggie and it was great!)
2 Cans of Garbonzo Beans (or your choice)
1 package of your choice of meatballs.
A bunch of kale. I filled the crock pot with enough that it was still covered by broth. It will cook down some but holds up nicely!

I cooked mine for 4 hours on high because my meatballs were frozen when I put them in, so if they were not you could cook it on low.

Serve over rice or pasta. Enjoy!

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I’m drooling….yummy!

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I’m drooling right now as I sit down to Blog about my new favorite sandwich! Its made with chicken I had pre made on a prep day, gluten free bun, homemade kale chips and homemade sun dried tomato mayo. I think this one had some extra sharp organic cheddar on it, but seeing I found out I’m allergic to dairy I can’t indulge anymore!( My husband made his own version with Buffalo dip flavored mayo. He didn’t talk during lunch that day, he just inhaled his sandwich and licked his fingers… so I’m assuming it hit the spot! And also for the fact that we had them the next day by request! This time I switched it up and added cilantro to my mayo, which gave it an incredible flavor pop!

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