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Broccoli Chicken Meatballs

It’s a miracle, my two-year-old likes meatballs!

Every single time I take her to the doctor for a wellness visit I am drilled about her diet, and asked if she is getting enough meat. Admittedly, her consumption is spotty at best so I am thrilled that she’s taken a liking to a variety of healthy meatballs. I previously created a recipe for Kale Turkey Meatballs with her in mind and my latest rendition is for Broccoli Chicken Meatballs.

Broccoli Chicken Meatballs

As a vegetarian, I honestly don’t stress a lot about her meat intake, but I do want her to have a well balanced diet and if she choses to be a vegetarian later in life than by all means. This recipe in particular is very simple to make and was created for the toddler/family palate {a.k.a. not a tremendous amount of exotic flavors for my picky eater}. Also, I love when I can seamlessly combine veggies and protein – one less dish to clean!

Broccoli Chicken Meatballs – Ingredients List:

1 lb. ground chicken
1 egg
1/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
1/4 cup parmesan cheese {I prefer Parmigiano-Reggiano}
1 cup shredded broccoli
pinch of salt & pepper
1-2 cups of tomato sauce {optional}

Broccoli Chicken Meatballs

When preparing the broccoli for this recipe, I first steamed it {1/4-1/2 head of broccoli} then let it dry, and finally shredded it in a blender {or food processor} in several batches. The goal of “blending” the broccoli is to break it down so it spreads evenly throughout the meatballs – the texture will be course, but no large chunks of broccoli should remain.

The complete cooking instructions and ingredients are listed below. I hope your family enjoys this recipe as much as mine has!

Anna

 

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Healthy Sweet Potato Pancakes

Feeding a toddler can be a challenge. One day she squeals for yogurt and the next, even a bite is a painstaking endeavor. As her palate has continued to mature by experimenting with different flavors and textures {when she’s interested}, the one food she has never stopped loving is sweet potato. Sweet potato puree was her favorite food for many months when she began eating solids and now she eats them in roasted bite-size chunks.

So, what’s a mamma to feed her carb and sweet potato loving babe? Healthy Sweet Potato Pancakes of course!

Healthy Sweet Potato Pancakes

Healthy Sweet Potato Pancakes – Ingredient List

1 cup white whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon organic cane sugar
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
1 cup almond milk {I use unsweetened Vanilla}
1 egg
1 tablespoon coconut oil
3/4 cup sweet potato puree

Healthy Sweet Potato Pancakes

Sweet potatoes are delicious and great for you, they are high in vitamin B6, vitamins C and D, and are high in carotenoids {like beta carotene}. If you’ve tasted sweet potatoes before you know that they are relatively sweet, hence the name, and so this recipe doesn’t include a lot of additional sugars. I incorporated ground flaxseed in the recipe to increase the fiber and omega-3 essential fatty acids.

For this recipe, I kept the sweet potato puree very plain. On a foil lined baking sheet, heat the sweet potato in a 400 degree oven for approximately 45 minutes or until tender. Once cooled, transfer to a food processor or high-powered blender, add a bit of water {1/4 – 1/2 cup} and puree.

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The sweet potato pancakes are fluffy and moist, don’t be surprised if they seem a bit undercooked {not to be confused with a raw pancake, no no} – the sweet potato puree creates a very creamy texture. I cooked these on 350-400 degree griddle for 3-4 minutes, but go until you see bubbles and the pancakes are completely cooked through. The pancakes photographed above are relatively small, cooked from approximately a tablespoon of batter – perfect for those toddler tummies any time of day! For freezing instructions, follow this great tutorial.

Enjoy!
Anna

PS. If you have any questions about the recipe, leave them in the comments!

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Healthy Carrot Zucchini Apple Muffins

I am always on the lookout for new muffin recipes, one of my favorite breakfast items and the perfect portable toddler snack. I’ve written about this before on the blog, muffins can be deceptively healthy-looking but loaded with fat and sugar – don’t be fooled by the added fruits and vegetables. I previously created a recipe for Zucchini Apple muffins, and now I’m back from the test kitchen with Healthy Carrot Zucchini Apple muffins – an entirely new and fresh recipe. Oh, and my fiercest food critic, my two-year-old daughter, loves them.

Healthy Carrot Zucchini Apple Muffins

Healthy Carrot Zucchini Apple Muffins – Ingredient List

1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
1/2 cup organic cane sugar
1/4 tsp kosher salt
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup milk {2 %}
1 egg
1/3 cup coconut oil {or a coconut/canola oil blend}
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup shredded zucchini
1/2 cup shredded apple
1 tbsp coconut flakes

Healthy Carrot Zucchini Apple Muffins

I’ve seen a lot of carrot muffin recipes floating around the internet lately and was inspired to create a new spin on my go-to muffin recipe, Blueberry Oat Muffins.

I really enjoy baking with white whole wheat flour – it has essentially the same nutritional value as whole wheat flour, just with a lighter taste. For this particular recipe, I rotate between using a coconut and canola oil blend, and just plain coconut oil. The blend is easier because it doesn’t require melting and I think it produces a moister muffin. Additionally, if you don’t have white whole wheat flour, substitute that for 1 cup whole wheat with 1/2 cup all purpose flour – it won’t taste exactly the same of course, but it works. One last note, I’ve also made these muffins with just 1/3 cup sugar instead of 1/2 cup and while they taste totally fine, I’m sticking with 1/2 cup – I’m only mentioning it incase you are cutting back on sugar, you can modify this recipe to work!

Healthy Carrot Zucchini Apple Muffins

Healthy Carrot Zucchini Apple Muffins

Enjoy,
Anna

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Peanut Butter Banana Oat Muffins

Peanut butter and banana is one of my all-time favorite flavor combinations. My go-to breakfast is a whole wheat english muffin with peanut butter and sliced banana, what’s not to love? Maybe a little fat and calories from the peanut butter, but who’s really keeping track besides my jeans? In an attempt to combine all things I love – peanut butter, banana, and muffins, I created a recipe for Peanut Butter Banana Oat Muffins!

Peanut Butter Banana Oat Muffins

I stumbled upon all-natural peanut butter chips while perusing the baking aisle recently and knew I had to figure out a way to incorporate them into a recipe. It’s not an easy feat keeping a peanut butter recipe healthy, but I did the best I could by using coconut oil, white whole wheat flour, and oats. The ingredients are as follows:

Peanut Butter Banana Oat Muffins

1 cup white whole wheat flour {regular whole wheat flour works as well}
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cane sugar
1/4 tsp kosher salt
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup oats
1/3 cup melted coconut oil
1 egg
1/2 cup milk {1 or 2%}
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-natural peanut butter chips
1 cup mashed banana {1 1/2-3 bananas depending on their size}

*Scroll down for full recipe instructions

Peanut Butter Banana Oat Muffins

I used white whole wheat flour for this recipe, but it is completely interchangeable with traditional whole wheat flour. The  “white” version is milled from white wheat kernels and produces the same nutritional value as whole wheat but has a milder flavor and lighter color. If you don’t love the taste of whole wheat, give the white version a try.

A tip for mashing the bananas, don’t skimp. The bananas I used at one point were uncharacteristically skinny and I only used two – it wasn’t enough. The muffins aren’t bad, but the sweetness of the bananas is what balances out the taste of the peanut butter and whole wheat flour. Additionally, the gooeyness of the banana produces a deliciously moist muffin. Bottom line – don’t skimp.

Peanut Butter Banana Oat Muffins

These muffins are perfect for breakfast-on-the-go, for school lunch boxes {kids get a little protein from the peanut butter}, or as an afternoon snack.

If you wish to sweeten up this muffin even more, try adding in a handful or two of chocolate chips. I purposely left them out to avoid a sugar rush first thing in the morning, but to each his own!

Enjoy!
Anna

PS: If you are looking for additional muffin recipes try these Blueberry Oat and Apple Zucchini Oat muffins.

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Blueberry Oat Muffins

I am really excited to share with you one of my favorite recipes, Blueberry Oat Muffins. This is my go-to recipe for a quick and delicious breakfast. The recipe includes coconut oil, whole wheat flour, oats, and organic cane sugar. The muffins are not entirely guilt free {sorry}, but they are much more nutritious than your average blueberry muffin and make a great snack for the kids.

Blueberry Oat Muffins

Blueberry Oat Muffins – Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup cane sugar

1/4 tsp kosher salt

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup oats

1/3 cup coconut oil {melted}

1 egg

1/2 cup milk {2 %}

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup blueberries {fresh or frozen}

Blueberry Oat Muffins

Blueberry Oat Muffins

Blueberry Oat Muffins

This recipe, inspired by Inspired Taste, renders between 9-11 muffins. For even cooking, fill empty muffin tin spots with 1 tbsp water.

When baking with coconut oil, be sure to melt the oil on low heat and remove immediately – cool before adding to egg and milk mixture. For best results, the egg and milk should be at room temperature – this will help prevent the coconut oil from hardening up when mixed together. Lastly, expect the muffin mixture to be thick and produce a bread-like consistency when baked.

Blueberry Oat Muffins

Enjoy!

Anna

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Kale Turkey Meatball Recipe

In my house, I am the Queen of combining meals. For example, instead of making a side dish of kale with a turkey meatball, I would very much prefer to put the two together – less dishes! My desire to simplify life and spend less time in the kitchen led me to create the healthy and delicious Kale Turkey Meatball recipe below!

Kale Turkey Meatballs

Regular readers will know, I struggle at times to get my toddler to eat enough protein. Maybe it’s the consistency or the taste, but she’s not a big fan of most meats. However, she will occasionally eat a meatball slathered in tomato sauce with a side of whole wheat or protein plus pasta – yay! In the case of this recipe, if I could sneak some nutrient packed kale into the mix, all the better. This recipe is more family friendly than most meatball recipes, no heavy seasoning, salt or pepper.

Ingredients {20 small-medium sized meatballs}:

1 lb. lean ground turkey
1/4 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
1 egg
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
half a shallot
1 tsp. olive oil
1 cup tightly packed kale {stems removed}
1/4 cup basil {approx. 5 leaves}
tomato sauce for lining the baking dish – approx. 1/2 cup

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat the bottom of your baking dish with tomato sauce.

Mix 1 cup of tightly packed kale, 1/4 cup basil {approx. 5 leaves}, 1 tsp. olive oil, and half a shallot in a food processor. Add the kale mixture with the remaining ingredients to combine {except for the tomato sauce}.

Kale Turkey Meatballs

Time to get dirty – make sure you wash those hands afterwards 🙂

Kale Turkey Meatballs

Kale Turkey Meatballs

Pop these bad boys into a 350 degree oven covered with tin foil for 30-35 minutes. The meatballs will last for approximately 3 days in the refrigerator and 2-3 months in the freezer – enjoy!

Anna

 

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