Sunday, July 10, 2011

Broccoli Muffins

I know, I know, it sounds nuts. My Lily won't even tolerate broccoli on her plate, let alone in her mouth. But I found this recipe and they sounded good to my husband and I so we decided to give them a go. And guess what, my daughter ATE THEM! Chunks of broccoli and all, she devoured it!

1-3/4 c. flour
1 c. quick-cooking oats
1/4 c. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 c. milk
1/3 c. vegetable oil
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 c. chopped fresh broccoli, blanched
1/2 c. shredder cheddar cheese

In a large bowl combine the flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl whisk together the milk, oil, and egg. Fold into the dry ingredients, but don't over mix. Then fold in broccoli and cheese. Spoon into 12 greased muffin tins and bake at 400 degrees for 18-20 minutes.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Banana Muffins

These muffins are awesome! A friend shared this recipe with me a while back. It sin't in my Sneaky Chef cookbook, but I'm pretty sure that it comes from one of her other books.

My daughter will eat bread, not much else. These are stuffed full of fruit and veggies and great grains. They are so healthy and so yummy! You will be amazed at how light and fluffy they are and they taste just like banana muffins.

1 egg
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. canola oil
6 T. orange puree
2 large bananas, mashed
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 c. flour blend
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 c. oat bran
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 c. walnuts for topping (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a bowl whisk the eggs and sugar until combined. Add oil, orange puree, bananas, and vanilla. Mix the dry ingredients together in another bowl and then fold together. Do not over mix.

Fill 12 muffin cups and sprinkle with walnut topping (if you want to) then bake for 25 minutes.


Sunday, July 3, 2011

Mixed Berry and Banana Smoothie

I made this smoothie this afternoon and decided to just mix up a bunch of everything! Here's a tidbit, bananas cover a multitude of sins! If you ever make a smoothie, whatever flavor, and you find that you can taste the veggies a little too much, just add a banana, it covers everything!

2 c. frozen strawberries
1 c. frozen mixed berries (raspberries, blueberries and blackberries)
1/2 c. lowfat vanilla yogurt
1 banana, broken up
2 c. apple juice

Pour it all in the blender and hit puree! I make all of these purees ahead of time and keep them on hand so I always have them ready to use.

Strawberry Peach Banana Smoothie

Smoothies are my FAVORITE way to hide veggies! My daughter loves them and I love them so we both get more good stuff. Also, I make popcicles out of my smoothies, so every smoothie recipe that I post can be used to make homemade popcicles.

2 c. frozen strawberries
1 fresh peach, sliced
1 banana, break it up a bit
1 c. orange puree (sweet potato and carrot mixure)
1 c. apple juice
1/2 c. lowfat vanilla yogurt

Put it all in a blender and hit puree!

Sneaky Chef

I love The Sneaky Chef! While my daughter won't eat most of the things in her books because pasta, casseroles, and almost everything else is a no go with her I've been able to adopt so many of her ideas and adjust them to work for my daughter.

She has a lot of recipes available online, check them out here.

I will refer to her make ahead purees from time to time since I use several of them so make sure to bookmark the page!

Sweet Potato French Toast

This is an absolute favorite in our house! My girl will not eat protein in almost any form and veggies are also a no go, in this recipe we accomplish both and she loves it! My husband also loves this.

3 eggs
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
8 slices of whole wheat bread

Whisk all of these ingredients together, dip a slice of whole wheat bread and coat both sides and then cook on the griddle. Could not be easier!!!

My daughter eats two slices at a time which means nearly an entire egg and 1/8 cup of pureed veggies with her toast! I have also never served it with any syrup so she just eats it plain.


My toddler with not eat!

Okay, she will eat, she is a chubby little thing, but she is so picky that I have started taking her to see a therapist to help her learn to try new foods. However over the past year or so I have developed many little tricks for hiding the good things that she needs in foods that she will eat.

I've consulted several books, including The Sneaky Chef and Deceptively Delicious, and I had learned so much from them. I've adopted so many of their ideas and them tweaked them to suit my needs.

My plan here is to share those ideas with other moms and hopefully we can get our picky little eaters the nutrition that they need.