Smoothies are still the #1 way to get green veggies into my kids. All three of them slurp them up and come back asking for more. Give them a little cooked spinach on their plate at dinner and you would think I had served them liver. With the kids love for smoothies, I thought I would try kale again to see if could find a recipe that was kid-friendly.

Connor went into the kitchen the other day and pointed at the yogurt and then made a sound like “whirrrr whirrr.” He was talking smoothie. It was adorable and he then went to the cabinet where we store our Blendtec Blender and pointed at it. Clearly he loves an afternoon smoothie too.

Green smoothie baby fan!

The first round we tried did not include the pineapple. While Connor still drank it, I didn’t care for it. I need a little bit more sweetness to cute the strong taste of kale. Round two recipe was a winner! The Coconut and Kale Smoothie was born.

Kale smoothie with coconut flakes

COCONUT KALE SMOOTHIE

A healthy green smoothie that is kid-friendly.
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Keyword: smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup Stonyfield Vanilla Yogurt
  • 2 cups kale leaves only, no stems
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 2 tablespoons shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 peeled orange optional to make it even sweeter

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients in the order listed above.
  • Blend until greens are smooth.
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 WILL YOUR KIDS EAT THEIR GREEN VEGGIES? HOW ELSE DO YOU MAKE THEM APPEALING TO THEM?

I am a Stonyfield Clean Plate Club Ambassador and yogurt was provided for this smoothie recipe. All opinions are my own. 

Memories of St. Patrick’s Day as a child always included a dinner at my Nana’s house. It was the traditional corned beef dinner with boiled potatoes, onions and cabbage. I loved it then and still do now. But my favorite part of the holiday feast is the Irish Soda Bread. I still remember the first time I made this recipe for a family party, forgot to pack it, and then enjoyed it with our own family and noticed how much the kids like it too.

Delicious Irish Soda Bread for Saint Patrick's Day

Irish Soda Bread Recipe

IRISH SODA BREAD FOR ST. PATRICK’S DAY

Easy Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick's Day
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: bread

Ingredients

  • 3-1/4 cups flour
  • cup plus 1 Tbsp. sugar, divided
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ cup 1 stick cold butter
  • 1-1/3 cups buttermilk
  • ½ cup raisins optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Whisk flour, ⅓ cup of the sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl.
  • Cut in butter with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Add buttermilk and raising; mix just until moistened.
  • Place dough on floured surface; knead until fully combined.
  • Shape into a loaf in an oval shape.
  • Place on parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Cut deep ½-inch "X" in top of dough.
  • Sprinkle with remaining 1 Tbsp. sugar.
  • Bake 50-60 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Cool completely on wire rack.
  • Enjoy.
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It’s nearly Dr. Seuss’s birthday and how about a serving of Green Eggs and Ham to celebrate! We hosted a fun Dr. Seuss party last year and shared a bunch of our party pictures, including the one for Green Eggs and Ham. Everyone has been asking for the recipe how-to. Here is the easy answer to pull off a cute dessert for the kids. You can also do this with all green for St. Patrick’s day, red and green for Christmas or red and white for Valentine’s day. Have fun baking and include your kids in this easy to make recipe. Dr. Seuss’s birthday is March 2nd and there are lots more party ideas here for home or school.

Dr. Seuss party recipe for Green Eggs and Ham

Dr Seuss party Green Eggs with Ham chocolate pretzel snack

A RECIPE FOR GREEN EGGS AND HAM

A fun dessert for a Dr. Seuss party or another holiday event.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pretzels

Ingredients

  • Waffle pretzels
  • White Chocolate Melting Discs
  • Green Sixlets or Green M&M's

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spread out waffle pretzels in rows on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Place one melting chocolate disk on top of each pretzel.
  • Bake in oven for about 1-2 minutes until chocolate is soft. Remove from oven.
  • Quickly place a sixlet (or M&M) into the center of each disk.
  • Let cool at least one hour, or place in refrigerator to cool faster.
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Generally you can find most ingredients in your local grocery store, plus the candy at Michaels. I have also had luck ordering the specific colors I need off of Amazon (both affiliate links, no cost to you to support this site {thanks}).

Sixlets Lime Green Candy 1lbWilton White Candy Melts, 12-Ounce

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It’s easy to make the same smoothie once you find a favorite recipe. I have a go-to green smoothie that the whole family loves, but we are ready to get creative again. So many magazines this month are talking about the health benefits of smoothies I thought it would be fun to highlight a couple of ingredients you may want to add to your smoothies.

We have been using one of the high speed blenders for two years now. It makes a HUGE difference in the quality of your smoothie. On my wish list is the new Vitamix 750 series (sounds like a car doesn’t it?)

Williams-Sonoma carries this blender and seeing that it’s 40% quieter draws me in. I always want a smoothie mid-afternoon…during the kid’s quiet time. Nothing ruins the quiet like a super loud blender. A girl can dream right?

Here are 5 ingredients to try in your next smoothie! Happy blending.

BEETS

If you lean towards mostly fruit smoothies, try to add beets next time around. You can buy them canned (easiest) or you can roast them in the oven in tinfoil to soften them up (not as easy.) Beets are high in vitamins A, B and C; iron, beta-carotene and more. You can even wash up those beet greens and toss them into your smoothie for even more health benefits. Beets can also help reduce inflammation so it’s a great choice post workouts. Add them to a berry based smoothie to start and you may not even notice the taste!

Create a Kale Smoothie for awesome health benefits

KALE

This leafy green is one of the most searched terms in the month of January as everyone knows it’s good for you. If you haven’t tried it yet, switch your spinach up for kale in a smoothie. It’s high in fiber, Vitamin K (and A and C), iron, antioxidants and is an anti-inflammatory. We tried out kale instead of spinach in some of our favorite green smoothie recipes. The kids still loved them!

GLUTAMINE

This is a powder that can be added to any smoothie. It helps keep your gut healthy which is always a good idea, especially when our system is taxed during the winter season. Make your smoothie first then add the glutamine powder in. Blend on the lowest speed possible so you don’t destroy the health benefits in the delicate powder.

Rehydrate goji berries for smoothies

GOJI BERRIES

Some people claim goji berries to be the fountain of youth. What’s not to love about that? Did you  know they have the highest protein content of any fruit? Generally you will find them as dried fruit. Soak them for awhile and then add both the water and rehydrated fruit to your smoothie. Tell the kids it’s a “Wolf” Smoothie since goji berries are also know wolfberries.

Try Matcha in your smoothie

MATCHA TEA

This is one for the adults in house, since this does contain caffeine. (My kids already have enough energy!) Matcha is like green tea, but it’s the actual tea leaves ground up. You get more of the health benefits by drinking matcha tea than just a cup of brewed green tea. Matcha helps detox the body, boosts your energy and may help improve your metabolism.  Add 1 teaspoon to nearly any smoothie to boost the nutritional benefits.

 

 What’s your favorite smoothie ingredient? 

 

Smoothie photo sourceGoji berriesMatcha, and Kale photo source

Holiday baking season is in full swing! Cookies, bars, candies and more are hopefully filling your kitchen, and your bellies. I’m off to a Cookie Swap tonight and I’m excited to share the recipe for Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies today. This recipe has been in my holiday rotation for a few years now and the smell of the dough is amazing. It doesn’t require a lot of ingredients and is fairly quick to pull together.

I ran out of ground nutmeg and had some real nutmegs to use. Using freshly ground spices is a sure fire way to create some delicious cookies! You can get whole nutmegs in the Whole Foods bulk section if you want to try just a couple. Use a microplaner to grate the nut.

CHEWY MOLASSES SPICE COOKIE

The perfect holiday cookie
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups All purpose flour
  • teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • cup sugar
  • ¾ cups unsalted butter softened 1½ sticks
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup molasses

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  • In an electric mixer, beat butter and 1 cup of sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg one at a time and then molasses until combined. Reduce speed to stir/low and slowly mix in the dry ingredients until a dough forms.
  • Create balls with the dough, about one tablespoon each. (slightly smaller than a ping pong ball)
  • Roll ball in a small bowl of the reserved ¼ cup of sugar.
  • Arrange the balls on baking sheets, 12 per sheet.
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for one minute before transferring to racks to cool. Cool completely and store in an airtight container.
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Easy cookie swap recipe-- Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies

Now it’s your turn! What is your favorite holiday cookie recipe? Leave a note in the comments.

Happy Thanksgiving week to all my American readers! It is one of my favorite holidays, being food-centric and all. Thanksgiving is such a special time to plan for a lovely meal and sit and relax with family. We are hosting for the second time and it’s so fun to map out all the pieces of the puzzle for the week ahead. Today I’ll share my menu for Thanksgiving Day, a couple recipe favorites, plus some tips to make it all come together.

GET YOURSELF A TURKEY

Either a full size bird, or a smaller turkey breast, now is the time to pick it up. We get ours from Owen’s Poultry Farm in Needham. It’s fresh and just delicious! Last year I read a tip to cook a turkey breast in the slow cooker overnight so you have extra white breast meat for dinner and leftovers. It also give you some broth to work with to make gravy ahead of time. Win win.

PLAN YOUR MENU

Trust me when I say write it all down. Then write down what others are bringing. If you have guests, it’s always appropriate to ask them to contribute in some way. It’s a huge undertaking to make a Thanksgiving feast so get some extra hands. Or at least they can bring the wine. The second step is to gather all the recipes and make the master shopping list. I’m having the big grocery load delivered today and then I just have a couple of specific things to grab on Tuesday.

PULL OUT THE PLATTERS

If you have space, gather your serving pieces on Monday. This includes the platters, casserole dishes, serving utensils and make even the fine china you got at your wedding can make an appearance. If there are any holes, get the needed items on Tuesday. My turkey baster broke this past year so I’m grabbing one of those this week.

Fun Give Thanks printables

PLAN THE TABLE

Some people go all out for the Thanksgiving tablescape. In our house, space is at a premium so we need to have breakfast and serve the kids a light lunch at the same table before guests arrive. This year I’m going to layer the table with butcherblock paper and decorate it with some printable menus and name cards from TomKat studio. The kids table will also get a paper cover and they will get some fun activity placemats to keep them occupied too. You can find tons of other ideas on Pinterest–> I’ve been collected recipes and ideas in this Ultimate Thanksgiving Day Board to get you started.

IF YOU CAN DO IT IN ADVANCE, DO IT

It might make Tuesday and Wednesday a bit of a crazy time, but in the end you will be happy to have a bunch of items already crossed off the list. I’ll be making pie dough on Tuesday, Cranberry Sauce on Wednesday, Stuffing Wednesday night, set up bread maker Wed night, and get out all the turkey pans and ingredients needed for Thursday morning. Also, since our kitchen is a little tight, I bring in an extra banquet table to give me a little more working room. It gets repurposed as an appetizer table with fresh linens once guests arrive.

ENJOY THE DAY

Sometimes this can be a hard one when you are in the thick of cooking and organizing. Remember it’s okay if dinner is a little delayed and there are hiccups along the road. Hospitality is not about making it all perfect, but to bring everyone together in a welcoming space. Listen, love and laugh throughout the day and everything will get done. If not, make sure your desserts are awesome and there is plenty of wine to go around.

Thanksgiving Menu

You can see a snapshot of this menu over on Instagram too. Here is a link to the Corn Pudding recipe, a Roach family tradition. The cranberry sauce is via Martha Stewart’s classic cookbook. The turkey will be cooked via this super simple method from Simple Bites. 

What’s your favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner? Have a wonderful holiday!

 

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For more inspiration, see my past menus here, or the Pinterest board here, or OrgJunkie for a link-up of meal plans.

Kiwi Crate Holiday

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As the temperature drops, it seems like my kids want to eat all the time. After packing two snacks and a lunch for my daughter, I’m doing round three of snacks come 4:00. I started playing around with some new recipes using root vegetables in season and came up with a healthy Squash Muffin recipe that is kid-friendly and easy to make.

When the kids saw the butternut squash, I was quickly told they do not eat it. I corrected them and said they don’t like it plain, but we are trying something new. They helped with the prep work and because this is an egg-free recipe, I agreed when they dove in to lick the bowl when we were done. (Although truth be told, I often don’t say no when it’s fabulous cookie/brownie/cake batter either.)

Dreamfarm steamer is easy and convienient in the kitchen

I had picked up squash at my local farmers market, but you can grab it peeled and cut up at the supermarket which makes this come together even faster. Steaming the squash preserves the most nutrients so I used my new Dreamfarm steamer, which the kids thought was very cool and “squishy.” It’s made of silicone and fits in a variety of our pots, which is key for my busy kitchen.

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If your kids, like mine, enjoy these mini muffins, I encourage you to try to find other muffins that incorporate veggies instead of always relying on fruits. In October, we also cooked up some Frankenstein-muffins, courtesy of some spinach. It was also a winner!

 

Healthy Squash Muffins

Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: muffins

Ingredients

  • Dry Ingredients
  • 1 cup ground oats blend rolled oats in a blender to make a "flour"
  • 1/3 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1 Tbl sugar
  • Wet Ingredients
  • 6 oz plain whole milk yogurt I recommend Stonyfield Plain or Vanilla
  • ¾ cup steamed Butternut Squash
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup milk
  • Instructions
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You can win your own new Dreamfarm kitchen tool, the Vebo strainer. The names are super silly so take a look and see what would be a great addition to your kitchen. PLUS– some coupons for free Stonyfield Yogurt. All entrants must be US residents. Contest ends Nov 21st at midnight.

LEAVE A COMMENT WITH YOUR FAVORITE SNACK TO MAKE TO BE ENTERED TO WIN!

 

Disclosure~ I am a Stonyfield Clean Plate Club Ambassador and received a Dreamfarm kitchen tool to help develop a new recipe. All opinions shared here are my own, or my kids. 

What do pirates and fairies have in common? They are often a part of my kid’s world of imaginative play, complete with pretend swords, fairy wings and silly stories. When I heard about the new Disney DVD coming out called The Pirate Fairy, I was pretty sure my kids would love it. Today I’m sharing this recipe inspired by the movie adorned with Blue Pixie Dust. Did you know fairies can’t fly without Blue Pixie Dust? 

Our own all-natural vegetable colored blue pixie dust is decorating Coconut Vanilla Ice Cream. It’s a diary-free ice cream, which is great for so many people who are lactose-intolerant. It’s great to have a couple of recipe ideas for when you have guests over that dietary restrictions, which is often the case when we have play dates these days. It’s also vegan friendly.

Easy Coconut Ice Cream. Just three ingredients needed!

The Pirate Fairy DVD/Blu-Ray will be available for purchase at Walmart on April 1st, so the recipe I created includes ingredients that can also be found there. It’s simple with only three ingredients needed. Decorate your own ice cream with some blue pixie dust! Plus, there is also an exclusive Pixie Hollow Bake-Off DVD at Walmart, and my favorite chef Giada de Laurentiis plays the head baking fairy Gelata. 

Blue Pixie Dust from the Disney movie The Pirate Fairy #ProtectPixieHollow

Coconut milk is the star ingredient in this recipe. Sometime you can find one that is “low-fat” and I would choose that one as it’s easier to work with. The one here from Walmart worked perfectly as the whole thing was liquid, even though it wasn’t specifically call low-fat. Cane sugar is often sold as Sugar In The Raw. The recipe was developed for use in an ice cream maker. (We use the Breville one.)

Walmart Shopping Supplies

Walmart Baking Aisle Supplies! Plus some fun decorative toppings in the Easter aisle.

Coconut Vanilla Ice Cream

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • 2 cans coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes optional
  • Instructions

Instructions

  • Combine coconut milk and cane sugar in a medium sauce pan.
  • Cook on medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Add vanilla and stir to combine.
  • Pour into a heatproof container, like a mason jar, and refrigerate for at least one hour.
  • Add contents to ice cream maker and let it run for about 30-40 minutes, depending on your machine.
  • Add in optional coconut flakes in the last few minutes.
  • Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in freezer.
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Check out what others were inspired to make with Blue Pixie Dust by finding the hashtag #ProtectPixieHollow on TwitterPinterest or Instagram. Again, the movie The Pirate Fairy is coming out April 1 but you can get a sneak peek at the trailer here.

Did you know it’s National Pancake month? My kids think it should be pancake day, everyday. During this cold, snowy winter I felt the need for something sweet and summery. Strawberry shortcake is one of my favorite desserts so I decided to create some strawberry shortcake pancakes!

This is a pretty easy pancake from scratch recipe. {I usually keep a batch of dry pancake mix on hand for when my little ones request pancakes. It’s a lot faster to just add one egg, one cup of yogurt and one cup of milk on a busy weekday morning.} The pancakes are a little on the thick side, kind of what you would expect from a strawberry shortcake dessert. Whipped cream is a must…my kitchen helpers love to do it themselves. Which means they put on way too much! I can’t help but laugh because I love whipped cream nearly as much as they do.

chopped strawberries for pancakes

I use a strawberry huller to save as much of the strawberry as possible. The kids like to help out with this task while I prep the ingredients. Then they take turns stirring- one stirs the dry ingredients and the other one stirs the wet ingredients.

kids in the kitchen

My kitchen helpers.

One new trick for cooking pancakes- brush the griddle with coconut oil to make it non-stick. It gives it a nice crisp finish and is healthier than a lot of the cooking sprays on the market.

whipped cream and strawberry shortcake pancake

The pancakes turned out delicious and everyone enjoyed overindulging in whipped cream. The strawberries went fast too…I can’t believe how fast the kids will polish off a box of strawberries.

Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 5.3 oz Stonyfield Strawberry Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • whipped cream

Instructions

  • Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and combine well.
  • Fold in strawberries.
  • On a hot griddle or skillet, brush with coconut oil.
  • Over medium-hot heat, drop rounds of batter and let cook until bubbles begin to pop in center of pancake, about 2 minutes.
  • Flip pancake and cook for an additional minute.
  • Serve immediately or cool on a rack completely before storing (or freezing.)
  • Serve with whipped cream in layers. {or syrup, or both!}

Notes

Yield: Makes 16 small pancakes
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I am a Stonyfield Clean Plate Club Ambassador and created this recipe for them using their Organic Greek Yogurt. 

stonyfield greek strawberry yogurt

As a Stonyfield Clean Plate Club Ambassador, I get to try new products sometimes, like Late July Organic chips. My kids are so lucky…delicious chips and a healthy yogurt dip?! All opinions shared here are my own, or my kids.

As Superbowl week arrives, some of you may be planning a little party. Some of you may be committed to healthy eating after the sins of holiday overindulgences. Today I’m sharing a healthy recipe for Cucumber Dill Yogurt Dip that is perfect to serve your guests. It has a lot of flavor, yet is healthy with a big dose of Greek Yogurt. It was a big hit with everyone in the family and we quickly polished off the dip and chips after lunch. Those lucky taste testers!

cucumber dill greek yogurt dip. Party dip appetizer.

While I wish our Patriots were going to be in the Superbowl, at least we will enjoy the game in sunny Florida with family. I plan to make the dip again down there as it will be light and refreshing, and pair it with the Dude Ranch flavor of Late July chips. Or maybe the Sea Salt to the Seashore because I just love the name. Fun fact~ Late July was started by the daughter of the guy who started Cape Cod Potato Chips. Clearly good taste runs in the family.

late july chip case giveaway

After the recipe, enter to win a case of Late July Chips (7 bags!) and also Stonyfield Yogurt. Leave a comment on this post and share whether or not you will be watching the Superbowl this year. Contest will be open until Feb 3rd.  US residents only please. 

cucumber dill greek yogurt dip. Party dip appetizer.

Cucumber Dill Yogurt Dip

Course: Appetizer
Keyword: Dip

Ingredients

  • 2 small cups of Stonyfield Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 of an English cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon chopped dill
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  • Peel English cucumber and use half. Cut lengthwise and scrape out the seeds.
  • Chop the cucumber and add to the yogurt in a bowl.
  • Add dill, garlic and salt.
  • Mix well and serve chilled.
  • This amount pairs well with one bag of chips. Increase the recipe as needed for a crowd.
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late july organic dude ranch chips