Spinach & Turkey Mini Pasta Muffins

ground turkey mini muffins

Sharing a new mini muffin recipe with you today! I know I am a little obsessed with these mini muffins especially in the meat form or the veggie form but they are just so easy and so great to have on hand for Charlotte and myself for the week. It’s a great way to have her experience many flavors in one meal too. I usually give her one or two for lunch or dinner a few times a week and now in the freezer, I currently have these, the chickpea veggie version and the spinach, oat, banana version. For these, I used up some spinach and mushrooms that I had from the week before so they wouldn’t go to waste. I also added a bit of red onion, egg and feta cheese, as well as garlic and orzo pasta which I had on hand already too. So all I had to buy for these was the ground turkey. I bet you have a lot of that stuff in your fridge too!

Here is what you need:

1 egg

1 lb ground turkey (or any other ground meat)

2 cups spinach leaves

1 cup mushrooms

1/4 cup red onion

1 clove of garlic

1/2 cup uncooked orzo noodles (mine were whole wheat) you will cook them and then add to the mixture

1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

How to:

Cook the pasta according to the directions

Take the onion, garlic, mushrooms and spinach and chop in food processor until evenly finely chopped and then add to a large bowl

In the large bowl mix in the cheese, egg and the ground meat and combine with a spoon, spatula or your hands until all ingredients are evenly distributed

Pre-heat oven to 350

Spoon in and press down the mixture into mini muffin tray (or a full size one) to the top as these won’t rise

This made enough for 4 regular size muffins and 24 mini’s

Bake on 350 for about 28 to 30 minutes for the mini’s and 35 minutes for the full size

Let cool and then store some for now and some for later! These would even be great for a bite-size party food /appetizer for the holidays coming up (especially if there is going to be little ones there). Also, I didn’t season these with anything because Charlotte doesn’t need it and they are pretty flavorful on their own anyway but you certainly could!  I hope you can see these are really versatile and can be made with just about anything.

Happy baking! Happy feeding! Happy eating!

 

xo-Adrienne

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Baby Blender Mini Muffins

 

 

I am so excited to share these with you! I was searching for a really easy muffin recipe for Charlotte and none of them were appealing to me. She (and I) love spinach and banana so I knew I wanted those to be two of the ingredients. I also wanted to be able to put all of the ingredients quickly into my Ninja Blender that I make my smoothies in. So I have been experimenting and came up with this super-duper easy mini muffin baby recipe that is perfect for baby led weaning/table foods because the texture is spongy so not dry and crumbly. She can hold onto it easily. It sticks to her little fingers and it has big flavors that she is already used to like spinach & banana. 

What you need:

1 egg

2 handfuls of fresh spinach

1/2 cup oats

1 ripe banana

4 oz unsweetened applesauce or another fruit puree of your choice

1/2 tsp  baking powder

That’s it-I repeat-That’s it. Just 6 simple things to throw in

  • place all ingredients into the blender or Ninja and pulse until smooth

This will look like a smoothie when you are done blending

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  • pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  • pour batter into mini muffin baking pan pretty much all the way up as these are not going to rise (I sprayed with coconut oil spray first) 
  • set timer for 18 min 
  • Check them with a toothpick for it to come out clean
  • Let them cool for a half hour and then store in the fridge or freeze-I warmed Charlotte’s once refrigerated for 5 sec in the microwave before she ate some the next day 

cc mini green muffin

 

 

Try this version also by just swapping the spinach for 1/2 cup of roasted butternut squash. It is delightful!

rbns mini blender muffins
Roasted butternut squash version on blender mini muffins

Enjoy! xo-Adrienne & Charlotte

Banana, spinach & kiwi for baby

Let’s talk healthy first foods for baby. I started Charlotte on purees at 6 months and she has now tasted about 28 different foods in the past almost 3 months. Everything from mango to avocado and basics like oats, rice and berries. She is so far a really good eater. She likes it and is eager to try new things and play with her food. Here is a simple puree that she loves that has a banana as a base.

 

Spinach + kiwi + banana:

2 kiwis peeled

1 ripe banana

1 handful of fresh or frozen spinach

Makes approx five 2 oz. servings

Blend until smooth {you will see the black specs of the kiwi and the little bits of the spinach and that’s ok} Also, I didn’t add any water to this one as it has no problem creating its own with the juice from the kiwi. Kiwi is so power packed and good for you and that’s why I love this particular blend! Freeze some and have some now and the next day…

I also made her another banana combo with strawberries +cantaloupe (pictured below) that she adored as well! For this combo I used:

1 ripe banana

2 TBSP water

3/4 c strawberries

3/4 c cantaloupe

Makes approx nine 2 oz servings

 

 

Remember, this phase is about having them try different foods and textures to set them up with good eating habits in the future as well as wean them off of breastmilk or formula eventually. So 1 bite or 10 consider your effort worth it! Have fun with it and they will too!

 

xo, Adrienne

 

Red Cabbage Smoothies

 

These magical drinks will have you feeling awesome and energized!

I have been using red cabbage in my cooking and in my smoothies over the past two months and I know it is aiding in my overall health. I can feel it! It is very affordable. extremely nutritious and can be used in salads, casseroles or smoothies 😉 I buy one head of cabbage and use 1/2 of it fresh in salads or dinner dishes and then cut and freeze the rest.

Some of you may be thinking gross….it has such a strong taste so how can THAT be good? When you add kale and spinach you can’t taste it so it is the same theory. Trust me.

I will prove it to you!

Smoothie Recipes:

Powerful purple smoothie!
1/2 c shredded raw Red cabbage (I keep some frozen in my freezer)

1/2 c Mixed frozen Berries (blackberries/blueberries/strawberries/raspberries)-any combo

1/2 of a large Apple

1 c Milk (I used unsweetened coconut/almond milk blend by Silk)

1/2 c Greek yogurt

1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder

1 tsp honey

2 tsp Hempseeds, ground flaxseeds or chia seeds

Blend and enjoy!

red cabbage 2

Pretty Purple smoothie:
Small handful of kale or spinach
Small handful of shredded raw Red cabbage
1 cup milk
Ice
2 tsp hempseeds
1/2 of a ripe banana
1/2 of a ripe avocado
1 tsp honey
1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
Blend

IT IS DELICIOUS!!

red cabbage 1

I hope you guys will try one or both of these.

Don’t be afraid to leave your comfort zone!

xoxo

Adrienne

Market Mondays Week 3

market mondays in may

I just LOVE the market by my house! I love just being around fresh whole natural ingredients! Usually I go on Mondays but I skipped this week and went today so I didn’t get my 10% off for my reusable Harvest Valley bag but none the less I still left happy 🙂 

Let’s start with last week where I got Chocolate tomatoes and radishes, spring mix, eggs, bananas, green beans, fingerling potatoes…etc.!  (bottom picture) and then move to this week where I will still use some of those ingredients along with what I bought today…lemons, avocados, mushrooms, cookies, more bananas, spinach, basil and mint…etc! (top picture)

Last week I made pork tenderloin that I ate pretty much all week…..

pork tenderloin and roasted veggies

I used the red onion, radishes, tomatoes and potatoes to roast along side this and it was delish!!

I also made this salad and topped a pork sandwich with it and ate it as a side dish….

tomato salad

All ingredients from the market including the cucumbers that week!

I always have spinach and bananas on hand and usually have a smoothie everyday including both of those ingredients!

green smoothie

One day I had this for breakfast with a little bit of left over pork….

breakfast

Isn’t it pretty!!?? (And that reminds me I didn’t take my supplements today or yesterday!)

Okay now this week I went for some pears as I sometimes use them in my smoothies over bananas and eat with nut butter for snack, avocados to make a cucumber (one left over from last week) pineapple (had some frozen), avocado salad, bananas for smoothies, spinach for Max’s turkey sandwiches and my salads and smoothies, mushrooms and tomatoes for salad and pasta sauce, fresh herbs to plant in pots outside and use as garnish for meals, salad and flavored waters. Oh, also a delicious spinach dip and black bean tortilla chips because I love them and we will eat them over this Memorial Day weekend!! And lastly cookies for the kids and the mommies after school today 🙂 Remember it is all about balance! Move your body, eat fresh and love yourself >>>>recipe for a life full of muscles, love and good energy!

avocado cucumber pineapple salad

Avocado, cucumber & pineapple salad pictured above:

1/2 avocado chopped

1 cup pineapple

1/2 cup scliced seedless cucumber

Sprinkle with sea salt and dress with 1 tsp grape seed oil or oil of your choice and garnish with fresh mint if you wish!

Tonight I plan on making meatballs and pasta for Max and myself and a colorful salad with carrots, green beans, spring mix, spinach, mushrooms, red onion and tomatoes!

Remember one thing when everything feels wrong, not going the way you wanted to with life or your weight loss, etc.., whole fresh foods heal your body and your mind and most importantly: GRATITUDE HEALS EVERYTHING!!

gratitude

xoxo, A

5 balanced snack ideas for you!

5 delicious snack ideas

“What should I eat for a snack?”

I am asked this question often so I put together this post to show you 5 examples of some healthy delicious snacks that I often have. A typical day for me is breakfast, lunch and dinner with 2 snacks in between, But, every day is different and sometimes it is breakfast, 2 snacks, pre workout, dinner and then another snack or breakfast, lunch, pre workout snack, dinner. It just depends on what I am doing that day. Most days I have a smoothie at some point either as a meal or a snack.

A lot of folks freak out about eating too much or too little and count calories but you know what? I strongly believe that is not the way to go.  I think that if you stick to these rules you will end up satisfying your mind and body as far as eating goes. (not to mention your sanity)

Eat when you are hungry (make sure it is actual hunger and not a result of being bored, dehydrated or tired) I have heard people say if you are truly hungry you will eat an apple>>point being it is not a craving or being bored or tired. If you are hungry you will want to devour that apple. Think about it.

Make sure you are drinking half of your bodyweight in oz of water daily-more if you sweat for 20 to 30 minutes or more or drink alcohol that day.

Balance your meals and snacks-each one should include carbs/fiber, protein and good fats.

After a workout get protein in your system within 30 min of finishing. Your muscles are begging for it and that is why protein powder comes in handy but if you plan accordingly you don’t have to use it.

Don’t feel guilty about certain foods. Just keep it positive and make sure you are getting your carbs, protein, fats and water balanced throughout the day. If you have a grilled cheese or some chicken wings-enjoy them and don’t punish yourself the rest of the day because you chose to enjoy those foods. You have a choice with everything you eat so don’t think good vs bad, I fell off the wagon with that meal, etc. Just be aware and chose what makes you feel healthy, alert, alive and energetic.

Focus on building muscle and the fat will go away. You are an athlete so act like one. Make your goal to be stronger, faster, lift heavier, squat lower, run/walk longer, jump higher….this is what will change your body.

Ok-finally, some snack ideas!!!

#1. A smoothie with spinach, banana, protein powder, ice and milk or water

#2. Apple slices or rice cakes or seed crackers with nut butter (1 to 2 TBSP) Right now I have cashew and sunflowerseed butter on hand.

#3. 1 cup Greek yogurt with 1/2 cup fruit-sprinkle with cinnamon, yumm!

#4. Nutritious bar-when you really are on the go this is a good option. If you are sitting at a desk or home all day then chose something from the fridge or pack from home. I do try to limit bars so that I can get more fruits and veggies in too throughout the day.

#5. Avocado and orange salad-dress with a bit of sea salt and dash of oil-whatever kind you like to use.

I would love to hear back from you on your favorite snack ideas that help you live a balanced & happy lifestyle!

xo, A

5 delicious snack ideas

Superfoods Rockstars Challenge

Hello friends!! Ok, I have a great challenge for you this month and on-going! Can you be a Superfoods Rockstar??

All you have to do….eat Superfoods!

superfoods rockstar challenge

I have listed below 15 Superfoods-there are many more but this is a good and not so scary place to start!

Kale

Spinach

Nuts

Berries

Lemons/Limes

Broccoli

Apples

Beets

Avocados

Bell peppers

Cherries

Eggs

Flax

Kiwi

Quinoa

Your mission is to EAT them often, everyday…several times per day at each meal and snack!

Below is a recipe for Sausage & Peppers with Kale:

Please note: it is delicious and packed full of nutrition!!!

kale and peppers

kale peppers and sausage pasta

kale and pasta plate

What you will need:

Brown rice and Quinoa pasta-2 cups cooked (or some other healthy pasta-not white)

2 hot or sweet sausage links or chicken or no meat if you prefer (about 6 total oz)

Green, yellow, orange or red bell peppers-pick at least 3 colors and you will need 1/4 of each pepper cut into thin strips

1/4 small onion or 1/4 c chopped

Aprox. 1 large handful of kale leaves or more if you want

1 tbsp. pesto

dash of hot pepper flakes and ground pepper

sprinkling of parmesan cheese

1 tbsp. olive, safflower, canola, coconut oil-pick one

How to prepare:

In one larger skillet start your pan with the oil on med heat-add onions and peppers

Start to boil your water for pasta in another pot-add pasta when the water is ready

Start to cook your sausage or chicken in 3rd smaller skillet-cook thoroughly

While the meat and pasta cooks your veggies will be ready

Add 2 spoonfuls of the pasta water to the veggie pan and 1 tbsp. of the pesto

Add the kale (tear the leaves into smaller pcs)

Let sit and stir for 3 min.

Drain the cooked pasta and meat

Add the pasta and meat to the veggie skillet

Top with grated parmesan cheese, dash of pepper and red pepper flakes if you wish.

Mix gently and with love

Serves 3

ENJOY AND CHECK IN WITH ME ON Facebook! Show me your SUPERFOODS!!!

xo-A

Tropical Green Smoothie

tropical green smoothie

What you will need:

heaping handful of spinach leaves (I keep a bag in the freezer)

juice of one lemon

a few of the following: dark cherries, peaches, watermelon and pineapple

TBSP flaxseed

1/2 c unsweetened  almond milk

Blend until smooth

Bounce around with energy!

Enjoy!!

xoxo-A

 

Green means GO Smoothie

green means GO SMOOTHIE

Green smoothies are a REAL ENERGY booster!!

Green means GO and GO and GO!

This morning at 5 am (I don’t have time for excuses therefore neither do you) I made this green monster!

1/4 of an avocado

1 c or 2 handfuls of fresh spinach leaves (or kale)

1/4 c frozen or fresh pineapple

1/4 c frozen banana or 1/2 small fresh banana

1/2 c plain Greek yogurt (like Chobani or Fage brand)

1 tbsp. chia seeds

1 c unsweetened almond milk

3 tsp. oats

A few fresh cilantro leaves and fresh parsley leaves (basil and or mint would also work)

1 tsp. lime juice

3 ice cubes

Blend very well and enjoy!

Remember you need fuel first thing in the morning!

Smoothies are great source of balanced nutrients!

In other words please put down the Diet Coke and granola bar-that is not AWESOME.

Smoothies are AWESOME!

A