January 30, 2018

Blueberry oatmeal muffins

Blueberries and oatmeal are two current favorites in this house along with muffins, so putting them all together was a necessity. I think I need to change the name of my blog to something like 'muffin queen' because I feel like I'm posting muffins all the time lately. I can't help it - my kiddos are so in love with muffins, so it gives me an excuse to keep trying out new ones for them. We have blueberries in the freezer from picking over the summer, so these were perfect for using some of them up. Our twins just turned 18 months old this week! I can't believe it sometimes. They are getting to be such fun and adventurous little people! There's never a dull moment around here with them. If you aren't already following me on Instagram, you can head over and check out some of the fun stuff we do (along with lots of food and recipe posts, of course). This recipe will make one dozen muffins. They are perfect for a snack or for a breakfast with some scrambled eggs or a bowl of yogurt.

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January 22, 2018

Spinach pancakes

Fresh baby spinach makes these buttermilk pancakes a lovely green color! When one of your toddlers is starting to get picky about her vegetables, you start to get more creative about how to get her to eat them. Enter, spinach pancakes! Please don't let the name frighten you at all - they are tasty and you really can't taste the spinach very much at all. All four of us ate them happily topped with a little plain Green yogurt, banana slices, and some real maple syrup. These pancakes have just a touch of sugar, so they aren't overly sweet, which to me makes them perfect for syrup, in my opinion.

This recipe will make about 12 pancakes. We like them anytime, but they'd be especially fun for holidays like St. Patrick's Day, Halloween, or Christmas. Give them a try and see what your family thinks of these fun green pancakes.

January 17, 2018

Oatmeal molasses bread

Bread baking is something that I've been wanting to do more often and become more proficient at doing well. I was working on sourdoughs until I killed my starter (must get a new one going soon), but yeasted breads and I have never really been friends. I mean, I want to do it, but I find it intimidating and a little daunting because of the amount of time it takes. Not active time really, but planning out to give enough time for kneading, rising, baking, cooling.... it can be an all day affair! So as soon as I saw that January's Fantastical Food Fight theme was oatmeal, I knew I was going to challenge myself to make a good loaf of oatmeal bread. I used this recipe as my guide, but my first loaf did not come out super (And also was dropped on the floor.... ahhhh, life with two toddlers). So, the below recipe is my slightly modified version. This loaf came out much better, but it's still not perfect. I need to keep working on it and improving my bread shaping and baking skills. This bread is slightly sweet from the molasses. It's delicious as is, but really delicious with some butter and jam. My twins love this bread. I mean they were yelling and reaching for it over the baby gate the entire time I was trying to take photos. I think it would make a mean peanut butter and jelly sandwich and is perfect for toasting up the next day for breakfast. The below recipe will make one loaf.

January 11, 2018

Beet hummus with feta

I'm on a bit of a hummus kick lately. I recently posted this roasted butternut squash hummus and that was super delicious, but apparently did not fully squash (pun intended) my hummus craving. This time I decided to try hummus made with beets. A friend had shared a beet hummus video with me about a year ago I've been meaning to try it and now I'm wondering why I waited so long. It's delicious and also, that color! I mean, it's so so pretty! I don't know how anyone could look at it and resist giving it at least a little try, even if they aren't huge beet fans. I didn't use a ton of beets in my recipe so it wasn't overly "beety" in flavor, but rather had that slight earthiness that beets impart. My husband and I have been eating it like the photos here and my mom and I enjoyed it on some corn tortilla chips. The kids have been eating it spread on crackers with a side of sliced grape tomatoes and pears. Everyone has been eating it and liking it! It's delicious for a light lunch or snack or an appetizer/side dish to a larger meal.

January 8, 2018

One bowl cranberry banana bread muffins

Tart cranberries in a banana bread muffin made with maple syrup and a bit of whole wheat flour. Does this make the muffin "healthy"? I don't know.... maybe just healthier than some. But, my kids adore muffins and they are a great way to get them to eat more fruits and vegetables. I'm continually trying out ways to make them a little less sweet and a little more nutritious. You can see I have lots of other muffin recipes on this site including whole wheat squash & cranberry muffins. Also, in case you missed it, my kids also love cranberries and I bought up a few extra bags that were marked down to only 45 cents at Walmart and froze them. So needless to say I'm looking for ways to use cranberries in my cooking a lot lately. I was going to make this recipe into a loaf, but muffins just cook so much quicker which is important to me these days. This recipe will make 12 muffins, but you can bake it in a loaf pan instead for about 50-60 minutes.

January 3, 2018

Roasted butternut squash hummus

I'm kicking off the new year with a pretty healthy recipe. As per usual after the holidays, I'm ready for a break from cookies and too much indulgent food (at least for a little while - not too long, of course. We are all about moderation here). I find that this time of year I'm often craving vegetables and foods I feel relatively good about eating. And soup.... always soup when it's cold. And man, has it been cold lately. We are going a little stir crazy from the frigid temps, winds, and snow already this winter. As most of you know (or if you follow me on Instagram), we are a pretty nature-loving family. I recently finished reading There's No Such Thing As Bad Weather and I absolutely loved it.... but I'm still finding it difficult to dress and drag two 17 month olds out in this weather.

I had the idea for butternut squash hummus when I was making baby food last year. I mixed up our twins some chick peas + butternut squash puree and I tasted it and it was pretty darn good! I've been planning to make a hummus since then (a quick search of the web tells me I'm far from the first person to have this idea, but it's new to me). They ate this version and enjoyed it too. They dipped crackers in it since they aren't quite to the point of eating raw crunchy vegetables yet. This hummus is a delicious change-up from regular hummus. It's sweet from the caramelized squash, but has a hint of garlic flavor and a little bit of spice. It's smooth, creamy, and perfect for dipping pitas, pita chips, and vegetables like carrots, celery, peppers, cucumbers, or whatever else you like! Feel free to add a pinch of cayenne to yours to counteract the sweetness - I would have if I wasn't also feeding one year olds.