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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

20 broccoli inspired recipes

20 Broccoli Inspired Recipes 


Whether your child is a broccoli lover or a broccoli hater, broccoli is high in Vitamin C, beta carotene and Vitamin A so it is worth adding broccoli into your meals.

Here are a list of our favorite broccoli recipes for you. If you have to, chop broccoli into small pieces and add to these recipes. This will help those broccoli haters take it slowly!

Broccoli Cheese Casserole
Roasted Broccoli
Chicken and Broccoli Quiche
Stuff Broccoli in chicken cordon bleu recipe
Fettuccine Alfredo with Broccoli
Ham and Vegetable Broccoli Soup
Broccoli Bites
Broccoli, Chicken and Rice Casserole
Chicken Broccoli Braid
Ham and Broccoli Casserole
Cream of Broccoli Soup
Green Smoothie
Stir Fry
Potato skins with chopped broccoli on top
Vegetable Lasagna
Broccoli Salad
Broccoli Frittata

Roasted Broccoli and Bacon

Ingredients:
6 bacon slices, cut into small pieces
2 heads of broccoli, separated and cut into small florets
5 large cloves of garlic, minced

4-5 Tablespoons canola or other cooking oil
2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Sea salt, to taste
Ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:
Preheat an oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and place a sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil in a rimmed baking tray.

Cut the broccoli into small florets and wash well.  Dry the broccoli florets by blotting the florets gently with paper towels.

Transfer the broccoli florets to a large zip lock bag and add the chopped bacon pieces, the avocado oil, balsamic vinegar, ground black pepper, sea salt and minced garlic cloves to the broccoli florets in the bag.

Seal the bag nicely and properly and toss the ingredients around in the bag to coat the broccoli and bacon pieces nicely with the seasonings and the oil.

Transfer the coated broccoli florets and bacon to the baking tray and roast in the oven for 30-35 minutes or until the vegetables and the bacon pieces are browned from all sides.  Flip the contents of the baking tray every 10 minutes to ensure even browning.



Broccoli Tart

1 package frozen chopped broccoli thawed and drained
1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
9 inch pie shell
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In bowl, add eggs and milk until blended. Stir in chopped broccoli and shredded cheese. Stir together and spoon into pie crust. Bake 40 minutes until knife inserted in middle comes out clean.
Serve with a fresh fruit salad.



Beef and Broccoli

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound beef sirloin steaks
1 package frozen broccoli thawed
onion soup mix
1 1/4 cups water
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
Heat oil in pan and cook steak until done.  Set aside. Add soup mix to 1 1/4 cups water. Pour into pan and add broccoli, brown sugar and soy sauce. Bring to a boil. Cook several minutes then add steak to the pan. Cook until broccoli is tender. 
Cook over cooked rice or noodles.
 
Learn some food facts about broccoli.


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Friday, February 19, 2016

10 healthy snack balls

10 Healthy Snack Ball Recipes and Ideas

Do you have an afterschool cooking class or a class party that has no kitchen or baking facilities? You'll love these no bake recipes!  Snack balls are easy for kids to put together so include them for children's snacks or lunchbox items.

 

Carob Balls

Servings: 12-15 truffles
Preparation time: 15-20 minutes

Ingredients
1  banana
1/3 Cup coconut oil
1/4 Cup cacao powder (gluten free)
2 Tablespoons of flax seeds
1/4 Cup carob powder
3 Cups shredded coconut
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 Cup pitted dates
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
2 Tablespoons chopped almonds

Directions:
Drop the pitted dates in half a Cup of water and boil until the dates melt and turn pasty.
Dump flax seed, cacao powder, coconut oil, banana, almonds, melted dates, carob powder, shredded coconut, ground cinnamon and sea salt in a food processor. Process the mixture until it becomes smooth and pasty and starts sticking.
Form the mixture into medium sized balls and roll in coconut to finish off the preparation.

See more gluten free recipes here.


Mini Cheese Balls


Make Mini Cheese Balls - Create your favorite cheese ball recipe using a low fat or fat free cream cheese. Create mini size cheese balls with it. I made them the size of a nickel and added them to an olive tray for Christmas and they were a big hit.

Banana Balls

Banana Snack Balls- A few simple ingredients that you can make as healthy as you want


Coconut Chicken Balls


Coconut Chicken Balls- Chicken salad wrapped up in a ball and rolled in coconut! Yummy and easy  for the kids to make and put in their lunchbox. This could be made for a lunch or snack depending on the size you make the balls.


More Yummy Snack Ball Recipes

Coconut Truffle Balls
Minty Chocolate Balls
5 Minute Granola Balls
Mango Balls

Don't forget the simple ideas like using a scoop to make fruit balls.


More Snack Ideas

Kids Healthy Snacks
List of snacks- print off and add to your fridge for a quick reference
Preschool snacks
Snacks with 6 or less ingredients
More snack recipes and ideas blog posts


Easy Kids Snacks kindle or paperback
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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Teaching Life Skills to Kids

Teachers of Family Consumer Science, or Life Skills, often have to compress several lesson plans on a wide subject in a short amount of time or in one semester.  Parents often try to incorporate these basic skills at home when there is time in life's busy schedule. Homeschool families and co-ops add family consumer science lessons through their homeschool curriculum.

 Here are some of our favorite resources on teaching life skills to kids wherever you are:

Kids and Money Management

Teach kids to manage money in games, worksheets and lesson plans.
Resources available are beginning simple money games to practice counting coins up to a Kids Money Lessons Curriculum Set.





Cooking with Kids

Kids Cooking Activities- Teaching kids to learn and grow up in the kitchen through fun activities, recipes and ideas. Along with teaching basic cooking skills, incorporate food safety, nutrition, meal planning and fun cooking experiences in your cooking lessons.

Resources available are kids cooking lessons available online, theme cooking units or a complete Teachers Curriculum Set.





Sewing with Children

Kids Sewing Projects- Teach kids how to sew through beginning sewing lessons and projects to learn step by step.
Theme camps available as well as a Kids Sewing Curriculum Book.




Fashion Design

Kids Fashion Design- Step by step projects and drawing tips. Depending on time frame of your lesson plans, you can include the actual sewing of a project they created.

 

Interior Design

Students can design their own room or a room in their house to their specification. Project should include collecting samples of carpet, wallpaper, paint colors and furniture colors as well as drawing the dimensions to scale.

Other Life Skills to Cover:

Time management
Problem Solving
Communication Skills
Gardening



What life skills have you taught your kids?




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Friday, February 12, 2016

Frugal Family Fun in the Kitchen -Part 5 Smoothie Game Night

Today is our last day in this frugal family fun in the kitchen series. We are bringing it home with a family game night and making smoothies.
 


Smoothie and Game Night

Smoothies can be a healthy and delicious dessert option.  Whether it be banana, strawberry, blueberry, pineapple, or coconut, just about all fruit blended together with a little milk and some ice is bound to taste delicious.


Have each member come up with their own recipe and have small paper cups available. Each member of the family tastes everyone's smoothies and gives it a rating.


If you need some smoothie recipe ideas and directions see our making smoothies page.

The winner gets to pick a board game or card game to play.

Frugal Living Resources

Leftover recipes
Frugal Grocery Shopping Tips
Tips on Frugal Living 
$5 Meal Cookbook

Frugal Family Fun series:
Part 1 -Pizza Time
Part 2 -Breakfast Chefs
Part 3- Bouncy Balls
Part 4- Cookie Marathon
Part 5- Smoothies 











Join our Family Deals, Giveaways and Ways to Save Emails and we'll send you our Frugal Family Fun Ebook.



frugal family fun
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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Valentine's Day Fun Kids Food Ideas

Valentine's Day can be a great holiday for making homemade food fun for the kids.


Try a simple but elegant dessert with yogurt and berries in pretty glass dishes.


Or create simple lovebirds for their lunch!

Wait there is a whole lot more Valentine Recipe Ideas for you

Valentine Kids Recipes
Family Dinner for Valentine's Day
Kids Valentine Dessert Ideas
Breakfast Valentine's Ideas
Valentine Desserts
Make it a healthy Valentine's Day
Simple Valentine's Meal Ideas
Simple touches for a fun kids Valentine meal
10 Homemade Valentine Food Ideas

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Frugal Family Fun in the Kitchen part 4- Cookie Marathon

In our frugal family fun series we have talked about different ways to have fun in the kitchen with your family.
See more in this Frugal Family Fun series:
Part 1 -Pizza Time
Part 2 -Breakfast Chefs
Part 3- Bouncy Balls

Cookie Marathon

Who doesn’t love homemade cookies? Let everyone in your family choose a different cookie recipe. Work as a team to make each recipe as best as you can. There are endless cookie recipes to choose from, and with a family of different personalities, each member is certain to have a different sweet treat in mind. Not only will your house smell delicious, but helping your children bake is an important skill that they can carry with them as they grow. Not to mention that they’ll be more than happy with mounds of cookies in front of them!

Make plates and give them to neighbors, teachers and friends.

See our favorite cookie recipes here.


Stay tuned for Part 5, our final post, in our Frugal Family Fun in the Kitchen Series


Frugal Living Resources

Leftover recipes
Frugal Grocery Shopping Tips
Tips on Frugal Living 
$5 Meal Cookbook

Frugal Family Fun series:
Part 1 -Pizza Time
Part 2 -Breakfast Chefs
Part 3- Bouncy Balls
Part 4- Cookie Marathon
Part 5- Smoothies 











Join our Family Deals, Giveaways and Ways to Save Emails and we'll send you our Frugal Family Fun Ebook.



frugal family fun
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

15 finger foods for kids

There is something about finger foods that have kids run to the table to join. I know my kids always enjoy them because it is like party size food. Here are my top 15 finger foods for kids.


Vegetables combined with a Dip. Think of ways you can combine dip with your vegetables; mini peppers with dip inside, small vegetable sticks inside a mini glass and dip on the bottom or these cucumber cups.



Fruit Kabobs- give kids cubed fruits and let them build a fruit stick.



Cheese Cubes Kabob- build a ham or turkey kabob with this non reader recipe



Banana Pops- roll bananas in a tasty treat.


Spider Crackers- make crackers more fun with creating them into spiders.


Chicken Drumsticks- add a tasty marinade to chicken legs and grill or bake and you have a kid friendly finger food for dinner.

Rice Cakes- An easy snack that kids can eat with their hands and create how they like is to add a spread to rice cakes and top with diced fruit.


Mini Hamburgers- anything miniature size means kids can eat it as finger foods as well as have a lot more fun eating.


Add a fruit dip to sliced fruit and kids just might be more willing to dip and eat.


Bruschetta- You can make a fruit bruschetta with cheese (cottage or cream) and chopped fruit or jam. Another method is to try a Tomato Bruschetta recipe


Meat Kabobs- Marinade meat. Shred meat and vegetables on metal skewers and grill.


Ham Roll Ups- You can make lunch meat roll ups easily by adding different fillings.


Mini Quiches- Take your favorite quiche recipe and bake little quiches with a mini muffin pans.


Homemade fruit leather- with the right equipment you can create fruit leather homemade easily. 


Deviled Eggs- Most kids will love deviled eggs for snack or lunch time.


More Kid Friendly finger foods and dips

 

What are some of your families favorite finger foods?



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