Serving up veggies in all of our products!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Forbidden Rice Krispy Squares

We have already created a healthier version of the Rice Krispy, called Kamut Krispies, but we wanted to recreate this American classic yet again using another ancient grain, Forbidden Rice or Black Rice due to it's amazing health benefits!

We turned to the rice experts, Lotus Foods, to learn why Forbidden Rice is so healthy. Apparently, this “ancient grain was once eaten exclusively by the Emperors of China” to increase health and longevity; and new studies show that “10 spoonfuls of cooked black rice contains the same amount of antioxidants as a spoonful of fresh blueberries”!

Now you know what you will be making for your child's next bake sale!

Forbidden Rice Krispy Squares
-3 cups of canola oil
-1 cup of Forbidden rice/black rice (will yield about 2 C of puffed rice)
-1/2 bag of mini marshmallows
-1.5 TBL butter

Spray an 8x8" baking pan with cooking spray. In a medium saucepan heat your oil over medium high heat. Add the rice and stir constantly. After about 25 seconds, the rice will begin to puff and the white insides of the grain will be exposed. Remove the puffed rice from the oil at this time and put on a paper towel to cool. Set aside 2 tablepoons of the puffed rice to sprinkle on the top of the squares.



Heat a large saucepan over medium low heat. Add butter and melt completely. Add marshmallows and stir constantly until they have melted. Add puffed rice (except for the 2 tablespoons that are set aside) and stir until combined. Take off heat and transfer rice mixture to your greased pan. Spread completely and sprinkle with remaining puffed rice. Let cool and enjoy! 


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Pack it: Lunchbox Inspiration

"Pack it" our new series focusing on healthy "on-the-go" food, for your kids. The lunchbox is the perfect place to begin because it's September and back-to-school time. Here are some new lunchbox ideas that are quick, easy and don't call for too many ingredients.



1) DIY Veggie Patties
Steam any veggie of your choice until tender. To save time simply put veggies in a bowl with a little water and microwave for about 2 minutes until tender. We like using a broccoli-spinach mix. Next, put your veggies into a blender/cuisonart. Add eggs (1 egg per every cup of veggies), grated cheese of your choice (1/4 cup of cheese per every cup of veggies), breadcrumbs (1/4 cup of breadcrumbs per every cup of veggies, we use whole wheat crumbs for a nuttier taste), seasoning of your choice... we use garlic powder (about 1/8 tsp per every cup of veggies) and salt to taste.

Now blend until mixture is smooth. Coat the bottom of a pan with olive oil and heat on medium-high heat. Make mixture into thin patties/pancakes and fry both sides until nice and golden in color. These are great warm or cold. Dip in ketchup or tomato sauce! These can be made from start to finish in 30 minutes. Stash the extra's in your freezer.

2) DIY Crunchy Beans
open a can of beans of your choice. Firmer beans like chickpeas will have the best result but feel free to use any bean of choice. Strain the beans, wash them under cold water and pat dry. Coat the bottom of a pan with olive oil and heat on medium-high heat. Put in your beans and cook until lightly golden, about 15 minutes, stirring beans often. Put into a bowl and toss with seasoning of choice (we like using garlic powder), parmesan cheese and salt to taste. These crunchy beans can be eaten in so many ways: as a crunchy snack or mixed in with pasta for a yummy school lunch.

3) DIY Savory Oatmeal Bars
Savory oatmeal bars are the healthier, updated version of quiche. Our Savory Oatmeal Bars are full of oats and veggies instead of eggs and butter. Preheat your oven to 350F. Grease an 8x8 baking pan. In a medium bowl mix together: 2 cups of rolled oats, 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/8 tsp of salt and any spices you wish. In another medium bowl mix together: 2.5 cups of the milk, 1 egg, 1/2 cup of grated zucchini or sweet potato or other grated veggie of choice. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well. Pour into the baking pan and bake for about 40-45 minutes or until the center is set. Once cooled cut into bars and store in the fridge or freeze.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Serving of Veggies

The start of a new school year is like New Years, a brand new year for resolutions and goals and a chance to start fresh! Do your kids eat enough vegetables in their diet? I am sure most of you will say no. Make the commitment this school year to get more veggies in your kids!

This chart shows the amount of vegetables the USDA suggests for children and what they are actually consuming.



OK lots of room for improvement here! All of our products have real servings of vegetable in them so you don't have to guess how many servings your kids are actually eating. Also, we use REAL broccoli, carrot and cauliflower and NOT dehydrated powders!

Here is a photo of our Cauliflower Tots... this IS a full serving of vegetables! We would happily eat 2 or 3 servings of these guys, they are THAT good!


















Source: USDA, www.choosemyplate.gov

Monday, August 1, 2016

One Last Hurrah!

One last hurrah before back-to-school in a few weeks.

Camping with kids can be so much work and preparation but completely worth it for the memories, family time and to just unplug for a few days. If getting to a campsite is not possible, camping can simply mean sleeping under the stars in your own backyard. Dreams are not limited by distance, go as far as your dreams can take you!

Here is a great bedtime Hot Coconut Cocoa recipe perfect for the camping stove or over the fire!



















Bedtime Hot Coconut Cocoa: 
-4 cup of coconut milk
-2 tablespoons of honey
-1/2 of vanilla bean, using the scraped insides
-6 oz of premium dark or milk chocolate, broken into small pieces
-water

Heat coconut milk in a medium saucepan over a medium-low flame. Add the honey and vanilla and stir until completely combined. Add the chocolate and take off of the burner or raise up from the flame. Stir constantly until melted. If you are using a camping stove, you may need to lower the heat and put the saucepan back on the flame if the chocolate needs more heat to melt. If the hot chocolate seems too thick, add water to desired thickness.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Bath Hacks

We know first hand how bath time can turn into a complete battle of the wills! At least 3 to 4 times per week we can't get our toddler in the bath and then once she's in, we can't get her out! I am sure this will resonate with some other parents out there!

At the end of the day it's hard to keep your cool and patience so here is a bath hack that really works for us!

Try putting in a few drops of food coloring in your bath as the water is filling. Then screech to your toddler from the bathroom, "NO WAY... GREEN WATER! COME LOOK!" Let us know if this works for you or any of your creative hacks.

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.