Winning recipe: Turkey Dog Sushi

We recently asked our fans to share their favorite toddler-friendly recipes with us. We got some great ideas to try with our own kids and selected 2 winners to be featured here. Find the previous feature here: Easy Peasy Mac ‘n Cheesy
The second recipe we would like to share is form Kate Corbett.
We loved how this easy and kid-friendly meal gets our kids acquainted with the idea of eating “sushi”. We strongly believe that the littles will often dismiss a certain meal simply because they are convinced that they couldn’t possibly like something called “sushi”. So by serving them “sushi” they love at home might make them be more open to try it next time you order them a California Roll at the local sushi place.

Turkey Dog Sushi

Turkey Dog Sushi

Ingredients:
1 Turkey dog or regular hot dog
1 Six-inch (whole wheat) flour tortilla
1/3 c. Shredded Mozzarella

Spread the cheese evenly on the whole wheat flour tortilla, then take the turkey dog and starting at one end of the tortilla roll it up into the tortilla – ensuring the end flap is tucked under so it won’t come unrolled. Then cook in the microwave for 45-60 seconds. Let it cool for a few minutes. Then with a knife cut into half inch slices to create little Turkey Dog Sushi Rolls!

Courtesy of my husband & stay-at-home-dad to our boys

Recipe winner: Easy Peasy Mac n Cheesy

We recently asked our fans to share some easy and delicious toddler-friendly recipes with us. We enjoyed reading all your submissions and will definitely try some with our own picky eaters at home. We chose 2 winners from all the submissions to be featured on our blog. Here is the first one from Carrie Lee.
Thank you Carrier, we loved this healthy yet deliciously creamy adaptation of the traditional Mac ‘n Cheese! (And so did my 5 year old…)

Easy Peasy Mac n Cheesy

Easy Peasy Mac 'n Cheese

Ingredients:
whole wheat noodles
1 small butternut squash
5 cups of vegetable broth
3/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cups shredded cheese

Instructions:
Cook noodles as directed. Remove skin and seeds from squash and cut into small cubes. Bring the broth to a boil and add the squash. Cook for 5-7mins until it’s fork tender. Drain and save 1/2 cup of broth. Place the squash in blender and add the broth, salt, milk and purée until smooth. Pour the puréed sauce on the noodles and add the cheese on top and mix to melt the cheese.
You can add extra milk if necessary to get to desired consistency and voila😋

Cocktails and Mocktails

One of the hardest things about being pregnant can be socializing. Something about the coziness of pregnancy, not to mention the tiredness, can mean that a Saturday night at home with a take-out and a good movie sounds much more attractive than a night out – especially when everyone else will be enjoying a cocktail or two! Stone cold sober, with tipsy friends can leave you feeling a little left out!

We asked around the office and the consensus was – Mocktails are the way to go.  Simply using a wine glass or a martini glass could help a little with at least feeling like we are still a part of the party – add to that a yummy and healthy Mocktail and you’ll be back!

Here is the recipe for one we tried recently.

CUCUMBER MOCKTINI

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Ingredients:
(Makes 2 large Mocktails)
4 small Japanese cucumbers
Simple syrup (1/4 cup sugar with 1Ž4 cup hot water, allow to cool)
A squeeze of fresh lemon juice
Fresh mint or rosemary

Directions:
1.     Slice 4 thin pieces to use for garnish
2.     Peel the skin
3.     Cut in half and scoop out the seeds
4.     Finely chop
5.     Using a metal sieve (or cheese cloth if you have it) press the juice through into a bowl. You will be surprised how much juice they yield – keep pressing, stir and press again. You should expect around 4 oz of cucumber juice.
6.     Add juice, simple syrup, lemon juice and ice to a cocktail shaker
7.     Strain and serve in a martini glass
8.     Garnish with the cucumber slices and a sprig of mint or rosemary

Adding a fine Vodka to this recipe takes it from Mocktail to Cocktail very easily – be sure to garnish a little differently so you don’t mix them up!

It’s Organic Week! Here is a great recipe to try.

Happy Organic Week!

Eating organic and buying local is important to us and healthy and educational for the whole family.
However, going to the farmers market and picking up meals that even the picky eater in your clan will enjoy can be a tall order.
Here is a simple recipe that includes three staple ingredients that you can pick up at your local farmers market and that every family member is bound to enjoy again and again.

 

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