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Mom Monday {Kitchen Hacks}

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As parents, we are always looking for the quick way to get things done, the simplest. I thought I would start sharing some of my kitchen hacks that I use regularly to get things done quick without compromising on health and nutrition. This is one I just recently started doing and it’s a total game changer. We get a CSA basket every 2 weeks and we always end up with an excess of greens. I typically throw away the beet greens, because I know I just won’t get to using them. Well the beet greens a few weeks ago were so pretty I couldn’t bear to throw away so I threw them in the vitamix with some water, froze them and voila, instant smoothie cubes. They are so easy to add to our morning smoothies, without having to worry about washing and trimming the greens on top of everything else that has to get done in the morning. The perfect short cut. I also have kale and swiss chard cubes now in the freezer. So great!

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Easy Green Breakfast Muffins

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I discovered green muffins from The Tribe a few weeks ago, and have slowly been perfecting my own spin on them. Infusing them with superfoods and adaptagens. They are so delicious and both my kids LOVE them. They are great to make ahead and then have a quick grab and go breakfast, especially on those mornings when you are short on time. We had a super late morning today in fact, and I just grabbed a few of these and we ate them in the car on the way to school drop off. Not picture perfect, but we do our best, right mamas? What i love about these is that the greens are raw, so you don’t have to cook anything in advance, and they are super easy to throw together. I love that they have so many health properties and a great way to start your morning. Here’s the recipe, adapted from The Tribe, with my own superfood twist.

Health properties include immune support, stress relief, digestive health, heart health, energy boost and tons more. With the combination of the Reishi, Tocos, Chia and Flax you have a winning combo here my friends!

 


The Perfect Baked Fries

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Ok confession time… I have tried too many times to count, to make baked french fries in the oven, only to be utterly disappointed. They came out soggy, stuck to the baking sheet, and, let’s be honest, were not very good. Who’s with me? I finally discovered the trick to the most perfect, crisp, fabulous fries every time, without fail. Here are 3 easy steps to making these delicious fries that the whole family will love, trust me!

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In the Kitchen {warm lentil salad}

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I have been finding new ways to use all the persimmons I have been getting in our CSA basket lately. This is by far one of my favorites. I served it warm, but it totally works room temp too. Start with the perfect lentils recipe. You can make a big batch ahead of time to use throughout the week, just reheat and toss with persimmon and shallot and you are good to go.

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Mom Monday {5 easy party ideas}

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I thought I would share my favorite ideas to kick it up a notch the next time you throw a party. Whether it be a shower, a birthday party or you are just entertaining, these ideas are super simple and can really make a big impact.

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1. Try decorating your wooden utensils with washi tape, paint or glitter, photo via Sugar & Charm

2. Serve food in mason jars or weck jars, photo via Camille Styles

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3. Serve your drinks in fun glasses like mason jars or copper moscow mule mugs.

4. Use kraft paper as a table runner. Try chalk pens to personalize each seat or decorate the paper with a pattern.

5. Create unique spaces to eat or lounge. Think pillows on the ground with low tables.

 

 

Mom Monday {A new normal}

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It always encourages me and helps motivate me when I learn about people like Helene of French Foodie Baby. As I was feeding miss Piper her favorite new food discovery, fresh figs and blue cheese, I realized Helene’s mention of “a new normal” was not only exciting but I think possible. Here is a blurb from her great post : “I guess my point is that by practicing this in your home with your family, by giving thought to mindful eating, making it a parenting priority to give your children a lifelong love of a good meal, by embracing the process of cooking as something that ultimately, and in many different ways, makes our lives and that of our families better, by not giving up in the face of societal pressures, you are part of this movement as well. Your children might just consider any other way to nourish oneself an abnormality.” I love that she mentions societal pressures, because those are definitely my biggest obstacles. But knowing that what you are doing for you and your family is invaluable to their health and well being makes it worth it. I hope you will be inspired to try a few new recipes with your family this week like these delicious fig bites.

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To make these fig bites cut the top step off the figs. Slice an “x” on the top and then use your fingers to pinch the sides of the figs to open it like a flower. Place a bit of soft blue cheese such as Cambozola inside and serve immediately or even better, bake them for a few minutes so the cheese gets nice and oozy! Enjoy!

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