You know what happens when you’re pregnant? You want to drink smoothies all of the time! At least that’s what happens to me. Hence when I started having smoothie cravings a few months ago, I should have known that baby number three was right around the corner.
It all started with pangs of hunger for loads of frozen berries, bananas, milk, spinach and a dash of yummy chocolate smoothie powder (to make it taste more like dessert than something good for me) all tossed in my blender. Then one morning I was in such a rush to get my kids to school that I put my untouched smoothie in the freezer to enjoy when I got home and later discovered that it’s the most decadent morning treat. Almost like having dessert for breakfast. I knew I was on to something with this recipe and even took a picture of it here.
I’ve been getting headaches this pregnancy and learned that the fastest way to get rid of them is by eating plenty of protein, so I searched high and low for a protein powder that...
It’s ridiculously easy to whip up Avocado Toast, but I just made this quick video for the recipe after sharing it with you last week to give you a few simple tips for making the best version of it possible.
It all starts with good quality bread which you make really crispy. You want to toast it for longer than usual so that it’s nice and golden and stands up to the naturally creamy, lime-infused avocado puree which you slather all over the top. Our family loves making it with olive bread or a good crusty artisanal loaf sliced thin, but you can totally use sandwich bread or anything else you’ve got on hand including bagels, English muffins or naan.
I view avocados as the golden food. They provide 20 essential nutrients including fiber, potassium, vitamin E, B vitamins plus all those good fats you and your family need. Besides the fact that avocados taste like some kind of fruity, nutty vegetarian butter, I rarely meet a kid that doesn’t love them. Served up in this Avocado...
Given their choice of spreads, my kids would probably opt to live on Nutella over peanut butter, apple butter, hummus or anything else. My apples didn’t fall too far from the tree as Nutella has always been one of my favorite guilty pleasures as well. It’s actually impossible not to love. Even people I know who aren’t fans of hazelnuts will find themselves diving into a jar of this Italian chocolate spread like nobody’s business.
It’s a massive bummer that my kids can’t have Nutella at their nut-free school, so I cooked up the idea for this uber-simple sunflower butter chocolate spread and used it to make Chocolate Sun Butter Pancake Sandwiches to add to their school lunches as a special twist every once in a while. They’re total decadence — so darn good they border on being dessert, but since they have a lot of protein I let them pass for a middle of the day lunch treat.
You can also use the chocolate sunflower butter spread on sandwich bread, rolled...
It’s funny how some of the simplest pleasures in life become the ones we embrace the most. Over the past months we have been making avocado toast at least twice a week, sometimes more. It’s the perfect breakfast, lunch, snack or even light dinner to fill your belly it’s when grumbling away.
On the weekends when we would rather be doing an art project or play a board game then be in the kitchen I’ve been toasting up tons of olive bread purchased from our favorite bread vendor at the farmers market, mash tons of ripe avocado with a touch of salt and lime juice (preventing the avocado from browning) and top with a few sweet halved cherry tomatoes. Not only is the end result filled with eye appeal from all of the colors and textures, but it only take minutes to prepare. I would try to get your hands on a few ripe avocados for this recipe as I guarantee everyone will be asking for seconds and even thirds!
When we have a party with a big group I almost always make a big platter of Greek or Healthy Nachos. As much as I adore chips and gobs of sauce and melted cheese on top, we tend to pay for it later feeling heavy and weighed down. When I started thinking about vegetable inspired recipe ideas for Bolthouse Farms UnBake Sale I realized that you don’t have to have chips with all the amazing array of toppings in traditional nachos, why not make your own All Veggie Nachos. You could still include a handful of grated cheese for flavor and make a luscious topping of plain greek yogurt with lime. The bulk of the dipping comes from bright bell peppers cut into triangles and all of our other favorite toppings like cubed cucumbers, avocado cubes for a nutrient boost and cherry tomatoes to pick up in every bite.
Just look at how gorgeous the finished product turns out. Can you imagine how everyone would grab at plates of these at your own UnBake Sale? Just the fact that you can eat them the...