Thursday, October 27, 2011

Kashi rocks!

There is always something Kashi in our house.  From the time Jude was eating snacks, we had "c bars" on hand - always.  I even created my own cereal bar recipe ages ago because Jude was consuming so many!  So when Moms Meet asked if I'd like to share some Kashi goodies with my mom pals and tell my readers about how DELICIOUS their Peanutty Dark Chocolate Granola Bars are - you bet I said OHHH YES!

Everyone who tasted these said the same thing (well, every mom - every KID just stuffed their face and said, "Mmm!")  - that they weren't "too sweet."  I'll admit, when I saw the bars at first, I thought that it would be mess central, but alas, no!  The chocolate isn't... melty.  Is that a word?  It's more of a paste (that doesn't sound appealing, right?  ha!) but however you say it, one thing rocks - NO MESS.  No chocolate granola covering your kid's face - yahoo!  And your kiddo thinks he's getting a major treat, but guess what?  4 grams of protein in every bar!  For the average 29-pound toddler, that's 25% of his recommended daily intake of protein.

So, if you're looking for a fun, tasty way to incorporate some grains, protein, and fiber in your little one's diet, check out Kashi's new, delicious Peanutty Dark Chocolate Layered Granola Bars.  Mmm!  And while you're at it, give 'em a like on Facebook to get in the know!

Disclaimer: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet  blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.  Rest assured that I would never steer you wrong and all the opinions are MY OWN! :)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Meatless mushroom meatballs

Long time, no post, huh?   I know, I know - I always say I will be more diligent about posting here and then I don't.  So if I say it again, call me a liar, ha!  I am just a lazy blogger, I suppose!

So I saw a recipe for meatless meatballs in a magazine a few weeks ago and I thought - DUH!  Why didn't I ever try this?  I'm a pasta-obsessed vegetarian, so why not?!  So here goes.  These delicious things are sooo versatile and you can hide nearly any veggie in them... perfect for reusing purees when you spend an entire day and went WAY OVERBOARD making baby food (or am I the only one with a 14 month old and a freezer full of cubes of pureed peas?)

As usual, my recipes aren't exact because I'm kind of a "this and that" cook.  And I'm often running out of the kitchen to see who is hitting who with what in the other room, so yell at me if I leave out a crucial step here.

Here's what you'll need:

-Some olive oil for the pans
-1 onion, diced
-2 cloves of garlic, diced
-6 oz of mushrooms, chopped - use whatever suits you.  I grab whatever is on sale.  I use about 3/4 of a package, usually white button or mini bellas, but whatever works!
~4 to 5 slices of bread, toasted and ground in the food processor (or you could leave out this ANNOYING step and buy breadcrumbs - maybe a cup or so.  I'm cheap and freeze the ends of loaves to make breadcrumbs!)
-4 eggs
~1/4 c of shredded "Italian" cheese - honestly, you can use whatever.  I've used parmesan, mozzarella, a blend of a few cheese - anything works,
-salt, pepper, oregano to taste
-A couple handfuls of spinach, if you want
-Sauce to simmer these heavenly balls (ha!) in

Here's what to do:

-Preheat oven to 350.  Line a baking sheet with aluminium foil (this is only to make clean-up easier - you can bake on the sheet) and coat with some olive oil.
-Sautee your onion, garlic, and mushrooms with olive oil over medium heat until onions become translucent.  Unfortunately, it doesn't have that lovely smell that onions and garlic get when you heat them, so it'll smell a but funky (care of the mushrooms)  This is just to soften the mushrooms and onions a bit.. it'll take about 5 minutes.
-If you are not using regular breadcrumbs, prepare your toasted bread now.
-In a large bowl, whisk the eggs.  Mix in the cheese.
-Remove your mushroom mixture from the head and add to egg mixture.  Season to your desired taste.  Add the breadcrumbs (and spinach or any veggies if you're using them) and mix.  You're looking mostly for consistency here - the spoon should almost stand up in the bowl.  If the "meat"balls seem a bit watery, add some more breadcrumbs.  When I've added frozen spinach, I just throw extra breadcrumbs in there.
-Form into balls, whatever size you like.  Place on baking sheet.  I usually make them on the large size of medium (am I even making sense right now?  Probably not!) and I get about 15 or 16.

Bake about 8 minutes on one side and flip.  8 minutes on the other side.

Put them in some sauce on the stove and simmer for however long... at least 20 minutes or so, just to get the sauce incorporated in them.   Serve alone or over pasta... or as a "meat"ball sandwich.

I promise you will love them!  My husband, a bonafide carnivore, claims these taste like "gourmet meatballs made with pork from Whole Foods."  Sooo... whatever that means! :)


Oh and I HAD a picture of them.  I swear.  It was a grainy cell phone pic and it disappeared.  But they look very meatball-like so use your imagination!

ALSO!!  If you are a Christmas-crazy like me, my friend and I started a new blog - The Crazy Christmas Ladies!  We'd love you to pop over and share some of your favorite memories, recipes, deals you find, whatever!

Monday, July 18, 2011

An updated version of (gag) black bean brownies!

Hi guys and gals! Hope you are enjoying your summer! Remember when I said I was going to blog here again? I guess I lied! :\ I swear - I have good intentions! I just... forget sometimes! :) Anyway, I hope this finds you well! The boys are growing so quickly - Jude is almost 3.5 (ahhh!) and Noel is 10 months! It's odd not having a toddler anymore (is 3.5 a toddler?) and coming into toddlerhood with another one. It's sad that this stage of life passes so quickly.

Anyway! We went to our dear friends' house for dinner last week and I wanted to make something a bit fun and different. I decided to try to trick them with my black bean brownies, but I changed them up a bit. I took this recipe and changed it just a bit. I omitted the peppermint extract and chocolate chips and added some peanut butter and a good handful of frozen spinach. Gross, right? But delicious! The kids ate them and my dear friend's husband was game to try to guess the secret ingredients in these "special" brownies and he guessed peanut butter - so wahoo! Success!

Here's what you need:

-15 oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed in a colander
-1/4 c peanut butter
-1/4 c spinach
-3 tbsp olive oil
-3 large eggs
-1 c sugar
-1/2 c cocoa powder
-1 tsp vanilla
-1/2 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp salt

Chopped nuts
Chocolate chips

Here's what to do:

Preheat oven to 350. Grease an 8x8 pan.

Combine beans, peanut butter, spinach, and olive oil in food processor and process until creamy (it doesn't have to be SUPER smooth.. it's difficult to get it to that consistency). Add tthe eggs, sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla, baking powder, and salt. Process until it's fairly smooth. If you want to, add some nuts, oats, or chocolate chips to make it extra delicious!

Bake 30 - 35 minutes or until a knife comes out clean. The edges will pull away from the pan a bit, too.

Eat up, if you dare! :)


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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

New kitchen - back to blogging!

My sweet baby Noel is quickly approaching finger food stage (not sure how that happened already!) and with that, I find myself itching to experiment in the kitchen again... and what perfect timing - our kitchen was just redone! So back to blogging I shall be soon!

This year has been pretty chaotic and transitional.. a few moves, finally settling into our home right before our new baby arrived, lots of big house projects, changes in the extended family - you name it! Life is getting back to a "new normal" now and with that, I am excited to get back in the kitchen for more than just cooking meals and cookies here and there.

So what have you all been cookin'? What's new in life? Any fun new meals, inspiration, ingredients, suggestions?

Hope to chat with ya all soon!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

A lateish resolution...

I intend to blog about life, kids, food, whatever on my new blog! Check it out... I promise I'll try not to abandon it like my sweet Toddler Treats!