Sweet Potato Sloppy Joes

With all this pureed baby food I’d been making and buying for Charlee I got to thinking…
while Trey (2 years) is a great eater, wouldn’t it be cool if he was eating even more fruits and veggies?!  Well, it dawned on me that why not “hide” it into our normal foods.  Kind of like my Mr. Grinch Smoothie and Black Bean Brownies.

Anyhow, the other month I was making sloppy joes and had opened a can of organic sweet potato puree for Charlee.  As I stirred my cooking meat I thought…..”why not?” So I scooped about 1/2C into the sloppy joe meat and viola, “dinner’s ready boys!” 😉  I waited till J’s and Trey’s servings were half gone to let them know of my new recipe….I don’t think either heard me has they continued to clean their plates!  Success!
A few days later I pureed cauliflower and added it to Trey’s, Annies Organic Mac & Cheese.  Another success!
A great resource for more ideas is Deceptively Delicious.

Until next time…
Look good, feel good, do good
Sara B.

Makeover Gooey Chocolate PB Cake

I wasn’t planning on posting this recipe as it certainly isn’t the best for you. However, after sharing the cake with others I received several requests for the recipe.  So with a few modifications this recipes has a least been a little “healthified.”  Otherwise, it’s just plain good and deserves to be enjoyed in moderation. 

Makeover Gooey Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake
from healthy cooking and www.tasteofhome.com
Ingredients

  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar

Directions

  • In a large bowl, beat the cake mix, egg, oil and applesauce on low speed until combined. Press into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray.
  • In a another large bowl, beat cream cheese and peanut butter until smooth. Add the butter, eggs, egg whites and vanilla; beat on low until combined. Add the confectioners’ sugar; mix well. Pour over crust.
  • Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes before cutting. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 24 servings.

Nutritional Facts 1 piece equals 228 calories, 11 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 38 mg cholesterol, 255 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.

Until next time…
Look good, feel good, do good
Sara B.

Making baby food is a Brezza

Making baby food is simple and affordable! 
Awhile back I was fortunate enough to receive a Baby Breeza to test and blog about.  With Charlee (7months) now at the age to eat solids it has become a countertop staple.  It is so incredibly easy to throw whatever produce I am prepping for the week into the Baby Breeza and have baby food ready in no time.  The all-in-one steam and blend feature allows for less mess which us moms can agree is a bonus! However, the best feature is you can set the “steam/blend” mode and walk away, go change a diaper, put a kid down for a nap, or go finish your game of Candyland. 

I’m a big fan and so is Charlee!

So far we have made broccoli, potatoes, cauliflower, sweet potatos…all organic. 

Here is my baby food post from Trey.

Just last month a new study came out about starting solids. ” Currently, the AAP recommends waiting until 6 months. Until that time, the AAP recommends breast milk as the sole food for infants (along with necessarily vitamin supplements).” Check out the Huffington Post article here.

Until next time…
Look good, feel good, do good
Sara B.

Crock Pot Taco Chicken

As you can see my recipes have gotten fewer and shorter 🙂  My time to blog has definitely taken a back seat with the birth of Charlee. However, it does not mean that my passion for healthy meals has gone to the wayside.  I now look for super convenient, healthy fixins…the crock pot has become my best friend.  Therefore, when my pal and mom of twins shared this “way-to-easy-to-be-true” recipe, I knew I had to try.  It has now become a weekly staple and I love to pass along to other busy moms and dads. 
Crock Pot Taco Chicken
Ingredients:
2-3 frozen chicken breast
about half a package of taco seasoning
about 1/3-1/2 C salsa
Instructions:
Place chicken in crock pot.  Cover with seasoning and salsa.  Set crock pot on low and cook for about 6 hours.  The chicken will just fall about when done. 

I use this chicken all week to make tacos, taco salad, on top quinoa, enchiladas…the possibililies are endless 🙂
I hope you enjoy as much as we do! 
Cheers to healthy and convenient meals! 

Until next time…
Look good, feel good, do good
Sara B.

Roasted Veggies

One of my go-to recipes during winter Supersized Sundays is roasted veggies. Turning the oven on warms up the house and the aroma of the spices fills the air. 
I LOVE LOVE roasted veggies as a side for any meal and a quick snack that I can leave on the counter and munch on throughout the day. 

The basics are easy:
1. Gather your veggies (cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, carrots, Brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes, squash. parsnip…to name a few).  Cauliflower is one of my favorites as roasting brings out a sweetness in it!
2. Slice them to relatively even pieces.
3. Drizzle with Grapeseed oil or coconut oil (a healthy oil that cooks well at high heat)
4. Sprinkle spice over top.  I often use rosemary (fresh or dried) and dried thyme.  I also use a premixed seasoning that has various spices already mixed in.  You can play around with the amount and flavor. 
5. Mix with hands so all veggies are covered with oil and seasoning.
6. Cook at 425F for about 45min or until a fork can easily go through veggies. 
Enjoy!

Until next time…
Look good, feel good, do good
Sara B.

What’s in Your Pantry?

New Year means new pantry!

Here is another great resource from http://danielplan.com/  Check out this 15 minute video on how to clean out your pantry.  Start small if you need to with a handful of items to ditch or donate.  Head to the grocery store and add back in some healthy, “clean” options to stock up with. 
What’s in Your Pantry?

Until next time…
Look good, feel good, do good
Sara B.