Category Archives: Recipes

Beating The Summer Heat : Popsicles

Popsicles, Popsicles, & Popsicles

With the Summer heat in full swing, we are always looking for ways to cool down. Popsicles are one great way to beat the heat! My mom purchased these awesome Mickey Mouse popsicle molds from the Disney Store online. If you read my previous post, you know that my daughter is crazy about Mickey Mouse. So I definitely wanted to use these molds the first chance I got! The large ears made it easy for my daughter to hold her popsicle.

I decided to make a healthy version, adding new fruit into the rotation. For us, that meant Kiwi! I didn’t even know how to peel one at first. Thank YouTube! Strawberries and grapes are what I had on hand. Instead of using tap water, I purchased Coconut Water for a little added flavor.

            Ingredients:

  • Fruit (Your Favorites)
  • Coconut Water
  • Popsicle Molds (Mickey Mouse ones are easy for toddlers to hold)
  • Optional: Place spinach and a little water in the blend. Mix to a liquid consistency and add a little to each mold. Giving the popsicles a greenish color.

            Directions:

  • Slice fruit and fill popsicle molds. Fill Coconut Water to the brim and place lids on top. Set the molds in freezer. (I placed my popsicles in the freezer that morning and they were ready for our after dinner treat!) Run molds under warm water for a few minutes in order to get the popsicles out.

Enjoy!

What are your favorite Summer treats and popsicle recipes?

Copyrighted By: Boldly Bravely You

DSC_0527DSC_0528DSC_0530DSC_0531-2DSC_0536DSC_0539DSC_0545

Mini Pancake Muffins With {Sprinkles} Please!

It’s no secret my daughter loves PANCAKES! Every morning usually starts out with her shouting off requests for breakfast.

I want chocolate chip pancakes, waffles, cookies, ice cream, and donuts!

See the theme? She gets her chocolate loving sweet tooth from her Mama! I mean how can you not LOVE chocolate, right!? Well, try explaining to your newly turned 3 year old that you cannot make a trip to her favorite donut shop, that ice cream and cookies are not breakfast items, and you are out of chocolate chips. I can attest to the fact that this is no easy task! Many mornings result in a short melt down, but usually I can get her to perk up with one word – “Step Stool.” All I have to do is pull that bad boy out of the pantry and we are ready to get cooking!

Like a typical toddler, she will fixate on her favorite food items for weeks on end, but if you have read my blog before, then you know I am big on variety. I feel the best way for children to be open to trying new things is to start young. Even a new piece of fruit added into the rotation is key.

That’s when I started to realize we were stuck in a breakfast rut and I was the facilitator. We have been doing a lot of chocolate chip pancakes and waffles. Honestly, I felt good about it. Mostly because I make a healthy batter, which excludes sugar, eggs, and butter. So, adding in a few chocolate chips wasn’t a big deal. While I still feel that way, I also realized I don’t want her viewing chocolate as a “healthy” food group for every meal. Insert my pancake muffins!

I Want Mini Pancake Muffins With {Sprinkles} Please!

Ingredients:

1 Cup Flour

1 Cup Milk

1 TBS Baking Powder

1 tsp Cinnamon

1/2 tsp Salt

1 Cup Oats

2 Ripened, Mashed Bananas

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Toppings:

Sprinkles

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients, except sprinkles in a large mixing bowl. Spray mini muffin tin with cooking spray. Fill each muffin tin to the top with batter. Top with Sprinkles and place in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes.

Eat and Enjoy!

Copyrighted By: Boldly Bravely You

IMG_1811IMG_1813IMG_1815IMG_1814

Mickey Mouse Takes Over Our Kitchen!

Mickey Mouse runs our house! If you have seen my recent post about birthdays, then you know my daughter had a Minnie Mouse themed 2nd birthday. To be honest, I think that’s where it all began.

While she loves all things Minnie Mouse – from the t.v. shows to the bowtique toys, its Mickey who is steering this ship! She has three different sets of plush Mickey/Minnie Mouse stuffed animals and while she loves them both dearly, Minnie often gets tossed to the side. Usually with a resounding, “Don’t want it!”

So, what has created this household rift between the beloved Mouse duo? My guess – our kitchen!

Mickey Mouse has now taken over our kitchen and that’s no joke! My toddler constantly asks for all her favorite foods, which consist of – you guessed it, Mickey Mouse! Everything from Mickey Mouse Waffles, to Mickey Mouse Pancake Poppers, and Mickey Mouse Pizzas.

DSC_0161DSC_0524

It all started a few years ago, during one of my Black Friday Shopping trips. I came across a Mickey Mouse Waffle Maker, which quickly became a huge hit. So, this past year I was on the hunt for another kid-friendly kitchen appliance. Insert Mickey Mouse Cake Popper, which quickly became a Pancake Popper breakfast staple!

IMG_1345IMG_1346

In betweens these two purchases I was trying to come up with a Mickey Mouse lunch option, so she would quit begging for waffles at every meal! That’s when I came up with my Mickey Mouse pizza recipe!

Ingredients:

Minnie/Mickey Sandwich Cutter (found at Wal-Mart for $2)

Whole Wheat Tortilla Shells

Pizza Sauce (When I am in a pinch I grab a jar. Otherwise I grab some tomatoes and make a basic homemade sauce.)

Spinach (or whatever veggie your toddler enjoys)

Pepperoni (I prefer to purchase slices from the deli, but boxed ones work just fine.)

Shredded Cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Use the sandwich cutter to cut out the amount of Mickey Mouse heads needed from the tortilla shells. Spray the same number of muffin tins needed with cooking spray. Place Mickey Mouse ears up in the muffin tins. Spoon on pizza sauce. Layer with cut up pieces of spinach and pepperoni. Top with cheese and place in the oven for 12 minutes. Remove and let cool for 5 minutes before removing them from the pan!

Eat. Enjoy. Mickey Mouse!

What foods are your toddlers currently obsessed with? How do you make food fun?

Copyrighted By: Boldly Bravely You

   IMG_1779DSC_0147DSC_0148DSC_0173

 

 

Macaroni & Peas : Toddler Approved

If you have been following my Facebook page then you know one of my toddlers favorite meals is Macaroni and Peas. Actually it’s probably her favorite meal to date. She has resorted to asking for this meal every. single. day. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner! As you know, toddlers are notorious for fixating on one thing for long periods of time. This can make it very challenging when my daughter is having a tear satined emotional fit over the fact that I made waffles for breakfast instead of Macaroni and Peas…

While having a a toddler lying on the floor, crying at 8am is not the most desirable option – I do consider this a mommy win! I mean, what mom doesn’t want their child to enjoy a healthier version of the traditional boxed Macaroni & Cheese!? We are even at the point where she is refusing to eat almost all restaurant versions because their are no peas.

Macaroni & Peas

Ingredients:

1 box Whole Wheat Macaroni

1 block Cheddar Cheese (cubed)

1 Bag of Frozen Peas (I prefer the bag I can throw in the microwave to save time)

Options: 

1/2 to 1 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt – (For an even healthier version)

1/2 to 1 Cup Milk and/or 2 to 3 TBS butter/margarine – (For a more traditional version)

(Honestly – I use whatever we have on hand, whether its yogurt or milk. Either way, the butter itself is not necessary – its purely based on personal taste. I do try to omit it when my toddler isn’t watching.)

Directions:

  1. Cook about half the box of pasta according to directions on the box.
  2. While the pasta is cooking put the bag of frozen peas in the microwave and cook according to directions on the bag.
  3. Drain pasta and place back in the pot.
  4. Add cubed cheese and either the yogurt or milk. (optional: 2 to 3 TBS butter)
  5. Cook on low heat. Stirring regularly until cheese and butter are melted.
  6. Add more milk/yogurt depending on your desired consistency.

Eat and Enjoy!

Batch cooking:

As you can see from my photos, half a box of pasta makes a large batch. I place this dish in a large tubber ware bowl and store in the refrigerator for the next four or five days worth of lunches.

What are your toddlers favorite meals? How do you work to make them healthier?

Copyrighted By: Boldly Bravely You

942268_1156100131100957_6960364823210867029_n 12963418_1176251545752482_2583458112200748178_n1917059_1157638557613781_8440996237608371339_n

Breakfast For Dinner

Over the weekend I was watching the Food Network Channel, as I often do in the evening. Honestly, I don’t even remember what was on and it probably had nothing to do with breakfast. But seeing all the delicious foods got me thinking about breakfast. I love breakfast!

As a kid my mom would make breakfast for dinner on a regular basis. So naturally, when I got married I had visions of doing breakfast for dinner with our children. It was at the mention of this, that my husband informs me he doesn’t like breakfast for dinner. What’s more, he likes very few breakfast items. No pancakes, eggs, or waffles. Just bacon, sausage, and biscuits with gravy. Sausage gravy to be specific.  So, up until a few nights ago we had never done breakfast for dinner in our nearly 7 years of marriage.

Anyway, as I was watching the food channel I began dreaming up breakfast recipes. That ‘s how I came up with Breakfast Egg Rolls! I love a nice crispy, golden egg roll wrap. So of course, the obvious solution would be to make egg rolls stuffed with scrambled eggs, bacon, and cheese with a good bacon gravy dipping sauce. Then, I thought, if  I am making a bacon gravy, I may as well grab a can of Pillsbury Biscuits. Yum!

Breakfast Egg Roll Ingredients:

4 – Egg Roll Wraps

4 – Eggs (Scrambled)

About 1/4 Cup – Shredded Cheddar Cheese

1-2 Slices – Bacon (cooked and crumbled)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Place cooked scrambled eggs in the center of the egg roll wraps. Layer with a handful of shredded cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon. Wet the four corners of each wrap and fold into a burrito.

(I placed the biscuits in the oven first for the recommended amount of time. Then, I placed the eggs rolls on a separate greased cookie sheet along side the biscuits during their last five minutes of cook time. This was a mistake for two reasons. First – it took fifteen minutes for the egg rolls to golden. Second – I love a crispy wrap. Baking them does not give the desired affect. Next time I will fry them in olive oil. It will only take a few minutes and give it the texture I like.)

Overall, I loved the breakfast egg rolls, but I definitely recommend frying them in a skillet on the stove versus baking them in the oven.

Bacon Gravy Ingredients:

Bacon drippings

2-4 Tablespoons -Flour

1 -2 Cups – Milk

Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

(I mostly just eye ball this recipe, as I watched my mom make it for years!) Slowly add flour to the pan of bacon drippings over medium heat and whisk continuously. Begin adding milk as need to thin out the gravy so it doesn’t become lumpy. Add flour and milk as needed. Continue whisking. Add salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat and serve.

Breakfast for dinner was delicious! What creations are you cooking up in the kitchen?

Copyrighted By: Boldly Bravely You

DSC_0841

DSC_0847

DSC_0848

DSC_0849

DSC_0850

DSC_0860