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.

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.

Mr. Grinch Smoothie

This has been my go-to snack lately. I am constantly looking for easy-to-make, high quality snacks as I’m usually juggling kids, lunch, toys, nursing, whatever. The key is to have all the ingredients on hand, close by each other and ready to go. 

Oh and the best part…Trey loves it too!
There are many variations of a “green” smoothie but here’s what I do…
Mr. Grinch Smoothie
Ingredients:
1 scoop NNW Healthy Whey Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Powder (found in HyVee Health Market)
large handful of organic spinach
1 frozen banana
spoonful of natural peanut butter (about 1-2 T)
scoop of chia seeds or ground flaxseed
about 8-10 oz skim milk
Instructions:
Blend and enjoy!

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