Serving up veggies in all of our products!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Carrot Cake Bites

We are so into no-bake energy bites right now! This version is packed full of carrots and is totally up our alley! Our Carrot Cake Bites are great to munch on poolside or to send off to day camp! Let us know what you think!

Carrot Cake Bites
-2 carrots peeled, chopped, steamed and cooled
-1/4 c of chopped dates
-1/4 c of almond butter
-3/4 c almond meal
-1/2 tsp cinnamon
-1/8 tsp nutmeg
-1/4 tsp salt
-1 tbs orange zest
-chocolate chips to your desire

Put all ingredients accept the almond meal, orange zest and chocolate chips in a food processor and process until smooth. Put mixture into a bowl and fold in 1/2 the almond meal (about 3/8 c), zest and chocolate chips until combined. Put mixture into the fridge for at least 2 hours to chill. Roll into balls and drop into remaining almond meal to cover. Store in fridge for up to 5-7 days (if they last that long
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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Parmesan Crisps

Parmesan Crisps are so delicious but seem more like a splurge rather than a staple when at the grocery store. They are usually found near the olive bar or cheese section and have a hefty price tag for what seems like a cracker. They are made from 1 ingredient, cheese, and are a great alternative to packing a wheel of cheese or cheesy crackers in the snack box this summer. Don't just limit yourself to parmesan, try this recipea with any hard cheese!

Parmesan Crisps
-grated parmesan cheese
-pan spray

Lightly spray a pan with pan spray and heat on medium until pan is hot. Measure 1/8 cup of grated cheese and pour in the middle of the pan. Spread the cheese into a circle. Fry for 1 minute and 10 seconds. Flip and fry for an additional 10-12 seconds. If it smells like your Crisp is burning, lower the temperature.
 
 

Monday, May 9, 2016

Prevent Headaches with Food

Over 20 million Americans regularly experience headaches. I actually have one as I write this blog ;)  Here at Peas HQ, we not only like to use our food as fuel but for it's healing properties too. Here are some ways to avoid headaches using foods!


First, stay hydrated; dehydration can cause headaches.

Second, get enough magnesium. Research has found that people with migraines have low brain levels of magnesium and tend to have generally low magnesium levels. Getting enough magnesium also helps prevent heart disease, diabetes, loss of bone density, and colon cancer. Below is a list of foods naturally rich in magnesium.

(chart above from the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter)

Lastly, try avoiding the following foods which may lead to dull headaches
  • bananas
  • cheese
  • chicken
  • citrus
  • onions
  • peanut butter
  • sour cream
  • fresh baked yeast products

Sources
  • Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis A. Balch.
  • The University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter from the School of Public Health, Volume 27, Issue 10, July 2011.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Warm Milk Recipe for those Sleep Regression Weeks!

AAA sleep regression, how do we hate thee... let us count the ways! Has your child been through one lately? Our toddler is going through a sleep regression right now. They seem to rear there head once every 3-4 months. Last regression she waking up in the middle of the night and now she is having trouble falling asleep. It's hard to keep up!

This time around we are giving her Warm Milk before bed and it's actually working!!!

Milk, when warmed, releases tryptophan and studies show that tryptophan does relax the body and help you fall asleep. There are a lot of recipes out there for warm milk but we particularly like the Warm Tumeric Milk, as it has turmeric, an extra boost, to ward off the common cold (and many other benefits!)

Warm Tumeric Milk
-1 cup of milk
-2 nice pinches of turmeric (or 2 slivers of peeled raw turmeric!)
-1 tsp of honey
-1 pinch of ginger
-optional: a shake of cinnamon or a dash of vanilla

Heat the milk in a saucepan on low heat. Whisk in the turmeric, ginger and cinnamon powder (if using). Do your best to whisk out the clumps. Whisk in the honey and vanilla. Pour into a cup (taking out any pieces of raw turmeric). Try using a frother to froth the milk for extra yumminess!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Kitchen Hacks- Waffle Iron

Is the waffle iron something that collects dust in the back of your cabinet? We can attest that it does in our house. We decided to plug ours in and push it to its limits. We wanted to go beyond the waffle and try to cook everything from veggies to hamburgers in it.


Waffle irons cook food in minutes and are super easy to clean! Not to mention relatively safe for kids to use (with supervision). We find that when our kiddos participate in meal preparation they are more likely to eat at mealtimes! Here are some cool ideas to try:

1.   Veggie Waffles
Grate zucchini, beets, squash or a mixture of your favorite veggies. Mix with an egg, parmesan cheese and a little bit of rice flour (to get it crispy). mmmmmm this is sooo yummy right out of the waffle iron or you can freeze them and just pop them in the toaster another day!

2.   Fish Stick Waffles
Ok, we know these sound a bit strange but this is an easy version of a crab cake and definitely something to try! For best results shred the fish and instead of coating with flour then egg then breadcrumb just mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and make into little patties.

3.   Falafel 
Follow your favorite falafel recipe and instead of baking or frying them put them in the waffle iron! Start with a flatter patty and they will come out really nice and crispy!

4.   Hot Sandwiches
This is a waffle iron version of a panini! Try PB&J or a Turkey & Cheese sandwich. This will require a little muscle to force the waffle iron closed… but super tasty and great for the lunchbox too!

Think beyond the waffle and share your waffle iron hacks with us!

Monday, February 29, 2016

What's In Our Lunchbox This Week?

Running out of lunchbox ideas for your child(ren)? Let us inspire you with some protein packed egg options:


1.   Deviled Eggs
we cream our yolks with some butternut squash puree!

2.   Egg Tortilla #1
try making a tortilla out of 2 scrambled eggs. Simply put in a fry pan and flip "tortilla" once. Remove from pan and fill with a great avocado smash and roll up like a taco. Yummy warm or cold!

2.   Egg Tortilla #2
try making a tortilla out of 2 scrambled eggs. Simply put in a fry pan and flip "tortilla" once. Add a slice of cheese and fold over. Remove from pan and top with a great avocado smash. Yummy warm or cold!

4.   Deconstructed BLT + Egg
let those little hands build their own sandwich by serving a side of bacon (or veggie bacon), lettuce, tomato, and egg (cook into an omelette and cut into squares when cool)

Monday, February 1, 2016

Boost Your Breakfast with Veggies!

Cooking with veggies is our specialty. Not only do we create new products based around servings of veggies, but we also cook this way at home. We challenged ourselves for an entire week to boost everything we made/prepared with veggies! While lunch and dinner are easy meals to get in those veggies, we thought we would share a few unexpected breakfast ideas you can easily make at home.


Take our 1 week veggie boost challenge! Here are some breakfast ideas:

-pumpkin pancakes, freeze and eat on school days
-yogurt parfait with pureed carrots, we especially liked this with vanilla yogurt
-oatmeal with beet puree mixed in at the end
-toast with cinnamon-sugar and pureed yam spread
-breakfast burrito with a broccoli-egg and cheese scramble
-homefries with herbs and riced cauliflower (sauté potatoes until almost cooked and throw riced   cauliflower in the pan for the last 5 minutes)
-if you can get your hands on dehydrated carrots or sweet potatoes try steeping it with your tea!