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If you have a garden or belong to a CSA, I am sure you have an over abundance of squash at this point! You can prepare squash for the freezer. I wrote a guest post on Mama Bzz this week about freezing vegetables. My favorite way to freeze zucchini is shredded for future zucchini bread. Cream of Zucchini is new recipe to me and I will give it a try!
Summer squash and zucchini squash are here. Both of these classic summer veggies are abundant this time of year and are quite inexpensive. Problem is…it is difficult to preserve them by freezing or canning since they tend to get soggy and lose that fresh-from-the-garden flavor once preserved. So, a friend shared with me a cream of zucchini recipe that I just love. It freezes beautifully, it uses 2 lbs of zucchini, doubles or triples easily, and it is tasty. Don’t skip the bleu cheese; it adds such a wonderful flavor to this soup. Try it even if you think you don’t like bleu cheese. To freeze, cool completely. Pour 4 cups of soup into a quart-size freezer bag. Seal and store flat in freezer. Give this recipe a try when you have plenty zucchini, freeze a batch, and you’ll be enjoying the fresh summer flavor all year long.
Plan a Father’s Day Breakfast to let Dad know how special he is!
Breakfast in bed isn’t just for Mother’s Day! Why not let your kids plan and create a special breakfast for Dad this Father’s Day? We’ve got tons of great breakfast ideas to choose from. These recipes are easy for kids to make and will taste great too!Continue reading
I love a big, green salad, especially in the spring. Romaine, arugula, mixed baby greens, spinach, escarole, even cabbages, and good ole iceberg make crisp and healthy salads with limitless possibilities. I decided to tell you how to make A spinach salad. Some of my favorite salad ingredients include something salty, something crunchy, something sweet, and something cheesy. Springtime calls for salad as an accompaniment or a main dish. You can top almost any salad with grilled chicken, thinly sliced beef, or even shellfish and you’ll have a filling and nutritious meal.
Spinach is plentiful right now, so spinach salad is quite popular in my house. There are quite a few ways to serve a spinach salad that satisfies both sweet and savory tastes. To indulge your sweet tooth, make spinach salad with sliced fresh strawberries, red onion, toasted slivered almonds, and crumbled bleu cheese. Toss with a raspberry pecan dressing just before serving. My friend, Kelly, brought this salad to me when I was under the weather and it was delicious. If you wanted to make a more savory salad, start with fresh baby spinach and add crumbled bacon, slightly steamed asparagus, feta or goat cheese, and a light vinaigrette. Either of these spinach salads is sure to please, and these salads are budget friendly since they are made with spring veggies and fruit.
My go-to spinach salad calls for ingredients I generally have on hand all year. My Spinach Salad has salty bacon, crunchy walnuts, sweet dried cranberries, and creamy bleu cheese. Give it a try and experiment with your own favorite toppings. Top with leftover grilled meats and fish for a more filling meal. Salad is never boring; it can change each time you serve those healthy, vibrant greens.
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If you are looking for some great kids smoothie recipes then you will love this Rooty Tooty Fresh and Fruity smoothie recipe! This recipe has all the yummy fruit flavor your kids will love with a full serving of veggies too! The best part is, your kids will never know that their fruit smoothie has leafy greens in it, and won’t even be able to taste it if they do know! Smoothies are great for breakfasts and snacks.
1 c fresh kale leaves
1 c frozen berries
1/2 c fruit juice
5.3 oz container Dannon Whole Milk Yogurt, any flavor
Put all ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth and serve immediately.
The key ingredient that you will find in every smoothie is yogurt. No matter which fruits, vegetables, juices, or supplements you add, if you don’t start with delicious, natural, whole milk yogurt your smoothie won’t be as healthy as it can be. We all want better more natural ingredients in our foods and I am happy to share that Dannon is listening. Dannon yogurt is now made with whole milk and all natural non-GMO ingredients.
In addition to yogurt made with whole milk, natural and non-GMO ingredients, Dannon has also pledged transparency and sustainability. Labels will indicate presence of non-GMO and GMO products which is a huge step to help consumers make better food chooses. They are sourcing ingredients sustainably by working directly with farmers they know.
If your like me, the main motivation behind making these smoothie is to get more fruits and vegetables into my kids. Trust me, they will have no idea you hid kale in this smoothie. But yogurt is also god for them (and you). The active cultures in bacteria help replenish the good bacteria in your gut. Those same cultures make yogurt easier to digest especially for folks who have trouble with lactose.
What are your favorite smoothie ingredients? Do you have any tips and tricks for sneaking extra fruits and veggies into your kids diet? Please, share your ideas in the comments below.
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Meal Planning can be overwhelming and stressful. Especially this time of year when we are trying to plan meals around a new budget, but at the same time, we want good, healthy options too! I got together with some friends, and we have a list of Easy Casserole Recipes for you to test from. Try all of these Easy Casserole Recipes and let us know what you like! You can not mess up a casserole. I can make dinner on Monday and reuse leftover for my casserole on Tuesday! Nothing gets wasted this way!
Baked Macaroni & Cheese Recipe-My kids would eats pizza and macaroni & cheese every day if I let them. I’ve experimented with a number of macaroni & cheese recipes over the years and I think I’ve found “the one”. A trick to making this classic Baked Macaroni & Cheese Recipe is constantly stirring the roux when adding the milk and then cheeses. You don’t want the heat too high or you will scorch the milk or cheese sauce, and that will ruin the dish.Continue reading