Friday, December 8, 2017

December 8th Friday Frenzy Food & Craft Link Party

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Whole wheat squash & cranberry muffins


Hearty muffins full of winter squash puree, whole wheat flour, fresh cranberries, and warming spices are a delicious breakfast treat or snack with a steamy cup of coffee or tea. These are also a tasty muffin for toddlers. I've been working on some healthier muffins for my kids who are now 16 months old. They love things like pancakes and muffins, so I try to make them with overall less sugar and less oil/butter and to incorporate fruits and vegetables into them. I've posted many muffin recipes in the past including these banana spinach oat blender muffins and these applesauce barley infant cereal muffins for toddlers. Since our twins have been really loving cranberries lately, I bought up a few bags of fresh ones while they are available. I know I wanted to make them a muffin with some of the cranberries. And, since we have a bunch of winter squash, I thought that would make a nice seasonal combination. I based these muffins off of my pumpkin streusel muffins recipe. These muffins make a terrific breakfast with some scrambled eggs or they make a delicious portable snack. Let's just say they were a hit with all of us! Slightly sweet with a touch of spice and tangy pops of cranberry.

This recipe will make one dozen muffins. They are a festive addition to a holiday breakfast - fall or winter!


Friday, December 1, 2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Turkey, sweet potato, & quinoa chili


Ground turkey, sweet potatoes, peppers, corn, beans, and quinoa all come together in this super hearty and healthy dish! This 'chili' is something I threw together once to use up some odds and ends of produce and it has turned into an almost weekly staple meal in our home now. It's full of so many good-for-you ingredients and is very hearty and flavorful. What I also love is that my 16 month old twins will eat it. Their least favorite part is probably the turkey, but they love sweet potatoes, corn, and beans, so they will usually eat everything else in it -- especially if I give them a bit of cheese or a dollop of sour cream. I swear I could put sour cream on pretty much anything and my son would gobble it up!

Another thing about this chili is that it is flexible. These are the ingredients and flavors I most commonly use, but you can switch them up with delicious results. For example -- use chicken or ground beef or extra beans instead of turkey; sub pinto beans for the black beans; green onions instead of red onions; poblano peppers instead of bell, butternut squash instead of sweet potato; vegetable broth or water in place of the chicken stock; add jalapeno or cayenne pepper for a kick (I would do this for just my husband and I, but not the toddlers)... This recipe will make about 6 servings. I like to serve it with grated cheddar or jack cheese, sour cream, cilantro, and even some corn chips if you have them.


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Cranberry custard pie


This year I was looking for a new pie recipe for Thanksgiving to change things up a little bit. My twins and I love cranberries and as I noted in my last recipe post, I'm trying to make use of cranberries more in my recipes. I've made a cranberry apple pie before, but I wanted cranberries to really be the star of the pie. I also didn't want it to be overpowering with the tartness of cranberries. I found this recipe and I used it as a guide for the below recipe. The sweet custard off-sets the tartness nicely and provides a tasty way to hold the cranberries all together. My family enjoyed it a lot and because cranberries continue to be a part of the holidays, I'm posting this for a lovely and different Christmas or other winter holiday dessert. The cranberries make the color perfect for the holidays! Plus it's a really easy pie to put together. Everyone was remarking about how pretty the pie looked. I'd definitely include it with any holiday meal or whenever I have an excuse to make pie throughout cranberry season.