As a new year has arrived I am sure lots of you have set/ are setting goals for the year. A common one is to eat healthier. My family and I start this journey a few years ago and now we mainly eat a Whole Foods Plant based diet. For more info on a Whole Foods Plant based diet checkout this site
I know when most people eat “healthier” they miss baked goods and treats and eatting these and not have enough time derail their healthy eating. To save time I highly recommend getting an electric pressure cooker like an Instant Pot that is how I cook all my beans, most of my grains and also occasionally veggies, squash and sweet potatoes. For baked goods I am going to share below some of my family's favorite healthy goodies.
8 oz dates in 2 C measuring cup, fill with 9 oz water, microwave 1 min
2 tsp vanilla
100g Flax, finely ground in blade grinder
1 C walnuts + ¼ tsp salt in food processor
5 C rolled oats + ~1C of almond pulp (or 6C oats)
~250 g chocolate (8x35g green and black bars)
In food processor put drained dates (save water for later), walnuts and salt grind until smooth add some of the saved water if necessary. Add Vanilla and mix more.
In separate bowl combine ground flax, oats and almond pulp. Add in the date/nut puree and mix then mix in chocolate. We bake them in oiled muffin tins (easy portion control) at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Makes 24.
1/2 C coconut flour
1 C cashews
8 oz dates
1 1/4 C cocoa
~100 grams of dark chocolate (3x1.2 oz bars Green & Black 70 chocolate)
1 TBS vanilla
1 C water
1/16 tsp salt
In food processor grind cashews and dates until smooth adding water as necessary. Add in the chocolate and vanilla blend until smooth. Then add rest of ingredients and blending adding rest of water slowly until smooth. Spread out cake in 8 inch oiled (or parchment paper on bottom) cake pan. Bake 15 mins at 350 degrees. Cool then refrigerate for at least an hour before slicing.
Chunky Monkey Cookies
Adapted from myrecipe.com
3 bananas nice and ripe
2 cups oats
1/4 cup peanut butter or almond butter
1/4 cup cocoa
1 tub of unsweetened applesauce (about 1/2C)
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 °F. Beat bananas in a large bowl until smooth, then stir in remaining ingredients. Let batter stand for approximately 20 minutes, then drop by teaspoonfuls onto parchment paper covered cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes.
Adapted from Whole Foods Market recipe
1c almond pulp
6oz dates soak in 3 oz of water
4 oz pecans
4 oz walnuts
39g ground flax
Drain dates and add the water to the ground flax; let sit for 10 minutes. In food processor grind drained dates, and nuts until smooth. Add the rest of ingredients and grind until smooth. Press batter into silicone muffin liners and refrigerate or freeze until set and you are ready to enjoy them.
Makes 12 about 2oz brownie cups
Variations use a cup of oats or coconut flour instead of a cup of almond pulp or a cup of nuts.
What good healthy recipes help you to keep eating healthy?
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Tasty Tuesday Monkey Bread
I have made this awesome, definitely not from scratch, monkey bread a few times for birthday parties, gatherings and holidays and it has always been a huge hit! What I love especially about this recipe is that it is super easy and you can get up early, throw it on and it will be done by the time you are ready to eat! This is a staple in our house every year on Christmas morning or on snow days!
Please note that because everyone's crock pot is different, you will need to monitor it the first time towards the end to ensure you don't overcook the edges. By uses a spoon starting at 30 minutes prior to being done, you can separate the dough from the edges to ease any burning that may occur.
Tasty Tuesday Banana Bread
Tasty Tuesday Banana Bread
I am always in search of tasty and somewhat healthy recipes to help incorporate into our daily meals. This banana bread that we made using healthier options really hit the mark for us! We hope you enjoy!
I am so excited to begin blogging as part of the Cape Cod Moms team! I hope to share some tasty healthy recipes as well as other fun things along my journey. We recently made this delicious homemade chicken soup with our own broth and it was a huge hit not only for our family, but the friends we shared it with as well. Whether we are experiencing cold temperatures or the unusually warm and sporadic El Nino temperatures, this soup is sure to be a tried and true go-to meal when you need some comfort food! Hope you all enjoy!
Tasty Tuesday: Spaghetti Pie
We have found one of our favorite new types of pie: Spaghetti Pie! This Cape Cod Moms Tasty Tuesday recipe has us super excited for a new twist on an old favorite. A huge bonus.... the kids love it especially since they can dip it! Make it plain or add your favorite ingredients, either way you can't go wrong! We had plenty of leftovers for lunch and a dinner or two after, so this meal is the perfect weeknight recipe to use!
Let us know what you think and what your favorite extra ingredients are!
These cinnamon roll pancakes are absolutely amazing and sure to be a breakfast treat that are added to your menu! We discovered these rolls had multiple recipes across Pinterest. We took a look at a few and then tweaked them for our use. We found that by making these more like silver dollar pancakes, we were able to get way more and they were easier to flip! As a side note, these pancakes are just as delicious without the glaze as they are with it. For parents with smaller children, we suggest only smearing a tiny bit of the glaze as it may cause high energy and ten thousand questions ;-) Enjoy!
We love trying new spins on old favorites and we are always looking for ways to make meal time a little fun! We decided to slice up some of our fresh apples that Grandy (my grandmother and Tiny One's great grandmother) had picked herself from an orchard this season.
We sliced up 2 apples into flat circles and then dipped each one in the pancake batter we had prepared. Then put them on the skillet and cook them up. The heat will soften the apple and they will be coated in a nice pancake batter. Sprinkle a little cinnamon and sugar (or brown sugar) on top as they finish cooking and then top with some butter and serve them up! The kids will enjoy this special pancake treat plus it will help you get rid of some of those bushels of apples you have laying around! Enjoy!
Tasty Tuesday Fall Harvest Pizza
This past weekend we threw a birthday party for the Tiny One after we moved to our new home on Wednesday. Yes, we moved and turned the house over, unpacked and threw a party in the span of 3 days, we are really that insane! Because we had so little time we kept the theme simple with a harvest/fall/Halloween theme. Got to love those October babies, they keep it simple for us! We needed a good simple idea for food and we came up with a variety of our version of gourmet pizzas. This Fall Harvest Pizza was definitely one of the favorites and it was scarfed down pretty quickly forcing me to have to make another for the party and forcing me after many demands of the family to make it again this week. I won't complain though because it really is that good!
Pizza dough (I used store bought pre made Boboli crust to make my life easier)
2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
Fresh vegetables-we used sweet potato, squash, red onion, whole garlic cloves
1-1 ½ cups of ricotta cheese
1-2 Rosemary (if fresh better if not sprinkle the spice like we did)
1.) Preheat the oven to 450 degrees
2.) In a saute pan on the stove use some olive oil and then cook up your vegetables sprinkling with rosemary. We use enough vegetables to cover the medium to large saute pan.
3.) Lightly spread olive oil over the crust and then spread the ricotta over the pizza. Spread half the mozzarella on top.
4.) Top the pizza with your roasted vegetables.
5.) Top with the remaining mozzarella and sprinkly again with some rosemary.
6.) Cook for about 12 mins (for Boboli or premade crusts only. For fresh dough approx. 20-25 mins)
Serve and enjoy!
What's your favorite Fall Pizza? Share it with us below!
Tasty Tuesday ~ Fruit Juice Popsicles Are Sure to Be A Hit With All Cape Cod Kids and Moms!
With warmer weather finally hear and the snow a distant memory (for now), we have decided to do a new spin on an old favorite Tasty Tuesday recipe.
Although we just love our watermelon juice Popsicle recipe, we found that there were some Cape Cod kids that were not a fan of watermelon juice (probably 3 year olds). This past weekend we went to work creating another version which uses pineapple juice as the mix, but you can use whatever you choose.
The result was the perfect refreshing and healthy version of the favorite summer treat, which made this Cape Cod Mom very happy and I know it made these two kids even happier!
This time we were a bit wiser. We let the kids pick their favorite 4 fruits to include in their refreshing treats. These two chose: Pineapple, Blueberries, Cherries and Strawberries. Mom chopped up all the fruit and displayed it on a plate. Before we began, we washed our hands thoroughly. I explained this is because we would be eating the popsicles and no one wanted germs in their popsicles right?
We brought everything outside and discussed the fun treat we were about to create. I gave each child 4 molds, told them to fill them (I should have said put some in each as they immediately tried to fill only one of course) with the fruit of their choice.
They quickly went to work, filling the molds with fruit. When we were done I gave them little cups to fill up the molds with the Pineapple Juice. Then the kids placed the sticks in to the molds. This presented a slight challenge as they fit snugly however the kids managed after a few attempts to get them on (yay for gross motor skills!)
After some rest time the kids woke up begging to see if their treats had frozen. They couldn't wait to try them!
They ran around the back yard singing all about their popsicles and how "delectable" they were. Yes, they actually used that word-who knew making popsicles would lead to a fun vocabulary lesson!
Later that night, the Tiny One enjoyed another frozen treat while taking a bath-probably one of the best places to enjoy these!
Do you have an Awesome Summer Recipe or Activity? Share with us, we would love to hear about it and we might just feature you on our blog for a future Tasty Tuesday!
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