Easy to make fruit puree pouches – perfect for baby and toddler! My daughter is anemic, so I came up with this Spinach Sweet Potato Fruit Pouch recipe to give her more Iron Rich foods! She loves these!
Food for Anemic Toddlers
When we went to our 15 month old doctor’s appointment, we found out that Enceladus was anemic and that she needed more iron rich foods in her diet. She was drinking too much milk, which was causing iron not to be absorbed.
Iron Deficiency is fairly common with toddlers, especially when they drink a large amount of milk everyday. On average, doctors say toddlers shouldn’t have more than 24 ounces of milk, but even at 16 ounces of milk a day Enceladus was anemic.
Always being one to try to naturally cure things, I came up with this Spinach Sweet Potato Fruit Pouch, which helped her get her iron levels to where they needed to be!
Leafy dark greens are one of the best sources of iron, such as spinach or kale. If you wanted to substitute kale for spinach in this recipe, go for it! I find that spinach works for taste and in general, kids love it in fruit puree! Sweet Potatoes are a great iron rich food too, so that’s why I’m including both spinach and sweet potatoes!
Broccoli Cheese Casserole made with Stove Top Stuffing! This is one of my family’s favorite Stove Top Stuffing Recipes to make! This is an easy dish made with frozen vegetables, cream of chicken soup, rice and Velveeta cheese! It’s one of my favorite meals to enjoy with leftover Thanksgiving stuffing!
PAMELA’S Slow Cooker Pork Chili is made with BACON and SAUSAGE! This pork chili is one of the easiest crockpot recipes with diced tomatoes and beans! If you’re looking for dinner ideas to make as your family’s favorite comfort food dinners, then this it! Ready in 6 hours on LOW. Serve with shredded cheese and a big piece of crusty bread!
With the temperatures feeling like single digits, I’ve been craving a nice (big!) bowl of warm chili. But without having to put too much energy into it! That’s when I start looking for dinner ideas that involve my favorite kitchen tool- the crockpot.
I decided to up my chili game one notch and create Pamela’s Pork Chili filled with bacon and sausage! Doesn’t it look delicious? It tastes it too!
EASY Moist Banana Muffins Recipe made with yogurt! These healthy muffins only need 2 tablespoons of butter and 1/4 cup brown sugar! My entire family thinks these are the best muffins for breakfast and dessert!
These banana muffins might be my proudest baking moment this Fall – they’re so soft and delicious! They’re made with simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen! The addition of yogurt in the batter makes them moist and tasty. They have become my favorite breakfast and afternoon snack (to be served with some tea/coffee as an afternoon “pick me up!”).
Not only can yogurt be your favorite breakfast food, but did you know you can easily combine it into baking to make baked foods lighter? That’s right, think moist cakes, cookies and muffins – all good candidates to make with yogurt! Because these are banana muffins, I used Stonyfield Organic Banilla yogurt which has the perfect combination of banana and vanilla for this dessert!
Real Mom Review of the Lotus Travel Crib, the lightweight pack and play that makes flying and airports so easy! Great for toddlers and babies! Trust me you need this!
The Best Pack and Play
When we were looking for a “pack and play”, I found that none of them were fitting our needs. We wanted something light, easy to travel with, and honestly, I wanted something that matched our modern apartment aesthetic. What’s a girl got to do to get a travel crib that doesn’t have hideous prints on it?
Yes, let’s get my favorite feature out of the way. If you’re going to travel with this, from airport to hotel, and everything in between, you can wear this in bookbag style. I can easily wear this and get through airport security while carrying a toddler, so you can too.
HEALTHY 7 Layer Taco Dip is easy to make with tomatoes, corn, lettuce, pinto refried beans, green pepper, and cheese! Ready in 10 minutes! This Mexican dip is made without cream cheese or ground beef! Serve hot or cold! This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Mission®. All opinions are entirely my own.
7 Layer Taco Dip
I can eat this 7 Layer Taco Dip with a spoon, it’s that good. But I would suggest serving it with Mission Organics® Yellow Corn Tortilla Chips instead, so you don’t scare your guests away! This Taco Dip is always a favorite at parties! Why? Because it’s delicious and packed with real seasonal vegetables!
Healthy Taco Dip Recipe
September is Organic Harvest Month, a time to discover new organic recipes! Organic recipes benefit you, your family, your community and the planet so it’s a fun time to support your local food co-cop, farmers market or backyard garden! Not only is this dip tasty, you can also make it 100% organic along with your tortilla chips!
EASY Halloween Guacamole Dip recipe – perfect for healthy Halloween appetizers and party food! This homemade recipe uses fresh avocados and canned diced tomatoes. Provides DIY tutorial on how to make spiderwebs with sour cream!
Halloween Party Food
Are you looking for a spooky dip for your Halloween party? Look no further! You’re going to love this classic guacamole dip with sour cream spiderwebs on top! And don’t worry – this Halloween guacamole dip is easy to make! I even include a spiderweb tutorial video below to follow along!
If you’re anything like me, then you love guacamole! This homemade guacamole dip is a classic recipe, made with fresh avocados and diced tomatoes. To make it super easy if you’re low on time, the recipe calls for canned diced tomatoes – some you use in the dip, and some you use to decorate the top. I like using RO*TEL diced tomatoes & green chilies because it gives extra flavor.
No Bake Pumpkin Pie is an EASY pumpkin pie recipe that’s completely no bake! This creamy pumpkin pie has all of the flavor of regular pumpkin pie, but is made so simply with instant pudding, Cool Whip, and pumpkin purée in a delicious graham cracker crust. This pumpkin treat is perfect for any fall gatherings you might be having and especially Thanksgiving!
“It’s too early for pumpkin” is one statement you’ll never hear me say… never ever. It’s always time for pumpkin, always. That’s why I start the day with these Pumpkin Pancakes and end the day with this creamy No Bake Pumpkin Pie! Ha!
Let’s make our parks safe for our kids! Learn more about how you can receive a $5,000 donation to make your community playing field organic! This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Stonyfield® FIELDS Initiative.
I’m back with more on StonyFIELD’s biggest mission! If you read my previous post, you’ll know Stonyfield wants to make every field in America organic by stopping the unsafe use of harmful pesticides on our kids playing fields and parks. Don’t you feel great knowing that some companies really care about you? That’s why we always buy Stonyfield yogurt!
We really do always buy Stonyfield yogurt, but that’s beside the point. The big point is that when I was made aware that playing fields and playgrounds were sprayed with pesticides I was pretty shocked. So shocked that I contacted my city council people that day asking them about the play areas that Enceladus frequents.
Thankfully, our usual playgrounds and parks in Brooklyn are safe, but unfortunately not everyone is so lucky. That’s why I really wanted to share this with you, from one mom to another.
If you follow me on social media, then you know the park is our weekend spot. Enceladus, literally drags us to the park, ready to play.
Homemade Chinese Wonton Soup recipe that’s authentic and easy to make! The wontons are made from scratch and the dumplings are filled with pork. It tastes just like your favorirte Chinese restaurant soup but much more healthy for you!
I met Matthew during my first few weeks at Art School in Pittsburgh in 2002. Months later, we were dating. Months after that, we moved in (with Essy!). 15 years later, we’ve changed locations, added a few furry and human children to the family, and are still doing out art together. What else do we do together? We cook in the kitchen.
Wonton Soup Recipe (That’s easy to make!)
I would say that I cook the majority of the meals that we eat for dinner, but once in a while Matthew cooks up dinner and it’s always delicious. One recipe he’s really into and made it his goal to perfect was homemade wonton soup.
Wonton soup is a favorite of ours and is one of the most popular things we order from Chinese takeout (besides chicken and broccoli!), but we wanted to make it ourselves, including making the wontons from scratch.
Matthew was on a wonton kick for a few weeks, where he spent many nights in the kitchen rolling dough and trying different filler contents to add to the wontons. I have to say this recipe is the real deal and it receives a 10/10 on the “I Love You!” scale.
Also, it tastes JUST LIKE the Chinese restaraunt – but so much more healthier because it’s homemade!
Need some healthy breakfast ideas? Start your day with this Cheesy Jalapeno Omelet, one of the best Keto Recipes to boost you up! This is one my yummiest and budget-friendly keto recipes.
The truth is that I made this Cheesy Jalapeno Omelet for the first time in June. It was when the jalapeno plants in the garden started exploding with peppers all over. And then after I tasted it for the first time I knew I had to share the recipe with you guys.
Now it’s October and the recipe is finally here. What took me so long? Well, I’ve been eating these Cheesy Jalapeno Omelets nonstop!
This new keto diet has pushed us to our limits, trying out Keto Recipes and turning to the new healthy can be difficult when we don’t know which recipes actually qualify as keto recipes. Whether it is cauliflower casserole or this cheesy jalapeno Omelet, I’m digging out new Keto Recipes each day. And this recipe makes for a great breakfast!
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pudding recipe. This vegan pudding can be great as delicious healthy desserts or snack! You can also serve this as healthy baby food.
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pudding
Chocolate and pumpkin is a great couple, aren’t they?
I mentioned on Monday that we just used up our last bag of homemade garden tomato sauce that I froze. The same goes for pumpkin! When making this pumpkin pudding, I had to reach for my last bag of frozen pumpkin puree.
I’m always a bit sad seeing the last bag gone, but it’s a great feeling knowing all the vegetables get used with love. We just planted our pumpkin seeds last week so already I’m planning for some Summer pumpkins! Are you guys ready for the pumpkin dance? Prepare yourself… hopefully, I’ll be dancing with happiness soon!
Lots of people think Pumpkin is only for Fall months but I don’t agree with that. I think Pumpkin is great for the summer months for cool treats.
SUGAR FREE Crockpot Applesauce Recipe! It’s one of the easiest slow cooker applesauce recipes that makes delicious homemade sugar free applesauce! Looking for crab apple recipes, then this is great for crab apples but you can use other apples too! I love canning this healthy applesauce recipe to last all Winter long!
Sugar Free Applesauce Recipe
Because Fall is the best season and I know you’ll be apple picking soon, I wanted to give you my Slow Cooker Wild Crab Applesauce recipe to enjoy! Apples they say “keep the doctors away”, so why not use this healthy fruit and make yourself a tasty treat to enjoy this and the Falls to follow?
This applesauce recipe will make you want more of it, whether on a crispy toast or on freshly baked muffins.. or just by the spoonful!
Easy to make Chocolate Bread with frosting spiderwebs on top. This is one of my favorite Halloween dessert recipes, perfect for kids and spooky parties!
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays! We always have a blast and I love throwing Halloween parties. Can you believe it’s just over a month away?! If you’re hosting a Halloween party this year or if you’re in charge of bringing the sweet treat to a Halloween get together, you’ll definitely want to bake this bread!
We planted potatoes and didn’t do ANYTHING else. We didn’t water, didn’t mound the dirt, nothing! Learn how to grow potatoes, and how many pounds of potatoes we had waiting for us!
Sometimes people ask me what are the easiest vegetables to grow. Usually I tell them lettuce, kale, radishes and jalapeno peppers but now there’s a new one to add to the list… maybe the top easiest one to grow! What is it? POTATOES!
Easy To Grow Potatoes
Would you guys believe that we planted these potatoes 3 months ago, did NOTHING, and then came back to find dozens of beautiful potatoes waiting for us to dig out from under the soil?
Well I hope you believe me because that’s what happened!
This year we are primarily focused in gardening in Brooklyn, with nothing growing Upstate. Matthew and I were kind of sad about this, so Matthew made the drive Upstate to plant a few potatoes. We hoped that we could visit in mid Summer, but our schedules just didn’t allow us.
So after 3 months of not visiting the garden Upstate, not doing anything to the potatoes, we finally visited last weekend. At first we were dissappointed because we couldn’t find the potato plants (they were competing with some weeds!).
Matthew continued to dig around and still couldn’t find anything. But then he dug a little bit more (with me anioxusly yelling FIND THE POTATOES!) and ta-da! There were so many beautiful potatoes growing under the soil!
Slow Cooker Sausage and Cabbage is a easy crock pot recipe ready in 6 hours! Add Sweet Italian Sausage links and vegetables (potatoes, cabbage, carrots and onion!) into your slow cooker for a delicious comfort meal!
It’s Fall! It’s really fall! The leaves are changing, I need to wear a jacket in the morning, I prefer my coffee hot now. What else does Fall mean? Time to bring out the crockpot for my family’s favorite crock pot recipes!
I love this crock pot recipe because of the ingredients and the directions.
The ingredients are basic, you might have everything in your kitchen already! The stars of the show are Sweet Italian Sausage, cabbage, potatoes, carrots and a onion. Close your eyes. Imagine the smell of your kitchen while this cooks. It’s going to smell SO GOOD!
Whenever I make this cabbage recipe, my husband can smell it in our hallway as soon as he steps off the elevator. He gets a little strut in his step because he knows it’s going to be a good dinner.
Easy Cabbage Recipe
This crock pot meal is hands down one of my favorite cabbage recipes! Cabbage in my opinion is a underrated vegetable, I try to cook with it a few times a month due to it’s value, both in price and in nutrition.
This recipe calls for 2 pounds of Sweet Italian Sausage. I buy the links and then cut them up into 2 inch pieces.
Alternatively, you could use ground sausage if you’d like to, but the dinner will be more of a casserole when finished, since you won’t have bite sized pieces of sausage.
Now add in your diced carrots. Carrots are currently my daughter’s favorite – can you believe that?
Add in your onion…. which is always one of my husband’s favorite ingredients!
One more layer… add in your Sweet Italian Sausage.
You’ll want to add chicken broth, salt, pepper, brown sugar and garlic into the slow cooker. This is going to make everything taste real good.
I sprinkle this on top so it covers all the pieces of sausage and the vegetables.
Easy Crockpot Recipe
Now close the lid and cook on LOW for 6 hours. You don’t need to do anything else!
No seriously, you don’t need to do anything. Just let it cook, the crock pot does all the work! Depending on how you want to serve this meal, you can make egg noodles or rice when there is a few minutes remaining. Sometimes we will make egg noodles, but sometimes we will just eat this with nothing else – it’s really up to you!
6 hours later…. YUM YUM YUM! Dinner is served!
Don’t you love that you have a full meal of meat and vegetables ready to serve to your family and it was so easy to make? This is the perfect meal for busy Fall weeknights, or even a Sunday when you have a million other things to do!
When I plate this meal, I always like to serve the vegetables on bottom and then put the sausage pieces on top. If you’re going to additonally make egg noodles, you can place them on the very bottom.
I love that each bite of the sausage has a taste of the brown sugar and garlic – it’s the perfect combo!
I also love that the vegetables are perfectly cooked. Your fork will easily slide through them, without them being too mushy or too hard. They’re perfect!
Ok, I’ll stop talking now and let you make this recipe! Enjoy this Slow Cooker Sausage and Cabbage!
A crispy Apple Chips recipe with sea salt that is healthy and easy to make! We worry about gaining weight with all those chips we consume while sitting in front of the TV! These homemade baked apple chips are healthy snacks to replace your favorite bag of potato chips!
Baked Apple Chips
Baked apple chips are one of the best healthy snacks for a weight watcher and a health freak. Plus, they don’t require any effort and aren’t too expensive.
Whichever your kind of apple you choose, it depends on your taste. Start by removing the core of the apples. Thinly slice the apple. The thinner the apple slice, the crispier the chips. If you want to get them to look like apple rings (like the photos in this post) use a apple corer. Sprinkle them with some salt. The salt adds a nice contrast to the sweet flavor the crisps.
Pop the apple crisps in the oven. Let them bake in the oven for 45 minutes and then flip them to the other side for 30 more minutes. This guilt-free snack will surely make your day as you will neither be feeling heavier on the stomach, nor on the heart.
With October just arriving, and a weekend spent with my family picking apples – I couldn’t wait to make these Apple Chips! Bonus: The entire family family loves them, including my toddler daughter!