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Dress up your Oatmeal

baby, EAT By July 21, 2010 Tags: , , 1 Comment

Dressed up for summer, Oatmeal gets fresh and fun.
Let your kids play dress up for breakfast with a bowl of nourishing oats.

What you will need:
Rolled Oats
Cinnamon
Maple Syrup
Berries
1 banana
organic milk
Almond slivers (optional)
Shaved coconut (optional)

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Blueberry Oatmeal Pancakes with Creamy Fruit Topping

Blueberry Oatmeal Pancakes with Creamy Fruit Topping

EAT, family meals By May 10, 2010 Tags: , , No Comments

These delicious and moist pancakes are perfect for an outdoor spring brunch or re-heated for a quick weekday breakfast.  Kid-approved for flavour and fun, and mom-approved for nutrition, this fruit-infused recipe is sure to be a winner at the breakfast table.  Using Mott’s Fruitsations Unsweetened Blueberry Delight and Unsweetened Country Berry fruit snacks in both the batter and the topping boosts the nutrition and sweetness naturally, and provides one full serving of fruit per 111 g cup.  Mix-up your “fruit-ine” and substitute different Fruitsations flavours to change the recipe and delight your taste buds.  Swap traditional maple syrup for the Creamy Fruit Topping for an extra burst of flavour and nutrients.

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Apple Marinated Pork Kabobs with Thai Peanut Dipping Sauce

EAT, family meals By May 10, 2010 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Pork KebabsYou might as well double this recipe because it’s going to disappear! Fabulous in a wrap the next day, topping to a vermicelli salad or simply on their own, these kabobs are fast and phenomenal with the apple sauce marinade allowing the kabobs to caramelize under the broiler. The Mott’s Fruitsations Thai Peanut Dipping Sauce is equally easy to make and has that flavour every family member will love. Extend the sauce with chicken broth to make a sensational dressing for a noodle salad.

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Springtime Asparagus Tuna Salad

Springtime Tuna and Asparagus Salad

EAT, family meals By May 10, 2010 Tags: , No Comments

Springtime Tuna and Asparagus Salad with Apple Honey Lime VinaigretteNothing says springtime in Canada like fresh asparagus.  Delight in the tastes of the season with this nutrient-rich and refreshing salad.  The apple honey lime vinaigrette is fruity and delicious, and using Mott’s Fruitsations apple sauce reduces the amount of oil needed and helps to coat the lettuce. For people who love salad dressing and hate skimping – rejoice!  This recipe promises to be a new favourite that is sure to mix-up your “fruit-ine”!

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Herb Frittata

EAT, family meals By May 3, 2010 Tags: , , No Comments

Serves 2 as an appetizer, 1 as a lunch dish
From “Lidia’s Family Table” (Alfred A. Knopf, 2004)
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons milk
¼ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
1 ½ teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon butter
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
Whisk the eggs, milk, salt, and fresh herbs until just blended together.

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roasted chickpeas

How to make roasted chickpeas

EAT, snacks By May 3, 2010 Tags: , , 2 Comments

If chips make there way into my house they will be devoured. A sealed bag can maybe avoid be munched on for 3 days max. Once the seal is broken I give those chips about 3 hours.  My palette craves the salt but my mouth desires the crunchy texture. My hips do not need the fat. After finishing off a bag of whole wheat tortilla chips, much to my husbands dismay this week, I decided to revisit my arsenal of healthy recipes to find an alternative.

Roasted Chickpeas are my solution. Chickpeas are a good source of protein and dietary fiber. Roasting them gives them the crunchy texture that tricks my body out of its cravings.

It would be cruel for me to not share the recipe with you.

1 can chickpeas drained and rinsed.
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp olive oil
1-2 tbsp spice of your choice. Options include oregano, cumin or cayenne pepper

Preheat oven to 375˚ C. Toss chickpeas in a bowl with oil, salt, pepper and spice. Spread evenly on a rimmed baking sheet. Place in oven on middle rack. Shake pan every 10-15 minutes until desired crispiness. About 50 minutes total. Let cool and transfer to air tight container. Keep at room temperature in sealed container for up to 5 days.

I recommend setting a kitchen timer to ensure your chickpeas don’t smell like burnt toast. L loves these chickpeas as a snack and I love not feeling guilty giving them to her. If you don’t have time to make them I found them at Bosa Foods ready for your eating pleasure.

If you like what chickpeas can do for you check out what else you can do to them, starting with this easy and fast hummus recipe.

Happy Snacking!

– Stephanie Raposo

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Asian Chicken and Veggie Wrap

EAT, family meals By April 5, 2010 Tags: No Comments

Ingredients:

 

2 tbsp peanut butter
½ to 2 tsp hot Chinese chilli-garlic sauce*
1  medium-size flour tortilla, preferably whole wheat or multi-grain
Shredded lettuce or whole leaves, optional
Colourful sweet peppers cut into strips
Leftover cooked chicken, cut into strips
Salt and pepper

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Grilled Peanut Butter and Spiced Banana Sandwich

EAT, lunches By April 5, 2010 Tags: , , , No Comments

Peanut Butter Banana SandwichIngredients:

2  slices raisin, whole wheat or regular sandwich bread
As needed Butter
2 tbsp  peanut butter
½  banana, thinly sliced
Generous sprinkles  brown sugar, cinnamon and ginger

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Spaghettini With Olive Oil and Garlic

EAT, family meals By March 10, 2010 Tags: , , No Comments

This classic Italian dish has found a permanent spot in Italian American cuisine. You can dress it with Parmigiano Reggiano, Pecorino Romano, or Grana Padano. And I guarantee that it’s a favorite for kids as well as moms. Why? Because it tastes delicious and requires very little clean up!

Serves six.

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Hummus and Pita Chips

EAT, snacks By January 15, 2010 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

Not only is this recipe healthy and super easy to make, it is always a favourite snack or appetizer to make before dinner.  No one ever believes that this dip is simple to make.

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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