Kids In the Kitchen: Smiley Eggs

Summer break has commenced and that gives a lot more time to get in the kitchen with the kids. What better time to start teaching them the basics of measuring, mixing, chopping, cutting and general lessons on staying safe in the kitchen? My son would normally want to choose cereal, but given the opportunity to make his own breakfast, he was super excited and asked too cook his own smiley eggs.

A great idea is to head to your local library and pick out a recipe book just for kids to allow your child to choose simple recipes that you can supervise them in making. My 8 year old has absolutely LOVED cooking from Kids Cook 1-2-3, a cookbook for children that has lots of recipes with only 3 ingredients. It is a pretty cute little book.



Print Kids In the Kitchen: Smiley Eggs


1-2 teaspoons butter 2 eggs 1 tablespoon milk or water salt and pepper to taste 2 tablespoons pesto (easily sub in freshly chopped basil with olive oil, garlic and parmesan cheese)


Crack 2 eggs in a bowl, adding milk and salt and pepper to taste. Stir with a fork until well combined. Make sure to mix well so your face doesn’t have streaks. Heat a medium skillet of about 6-7″ over medium heat and melt butter until butter is bubbly. Pour in egg mixture and cook for about 2 minutes. Spoon on pesto to form eyes and a mouth. Cover pan and cook an additional minute or until egg is cooked through. Do not overcook.Schema/Recipe SEO Data Markup by ZipList Recipe Plugin2.2http://thischickcooks.net/2013/06/29/kids-in-the-kitchen-smiley-eggs/

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25+ Strawberry Recipes for Strawberry Lovers and Non-Strawberry Lovers

Strawberries are so delicious! Not only are they one of the tastiest delicacies when fresh, they also pack a great nutritional punch. According to WHFoods:

“Many foods commonly consumed in the U.S. are valuable sources of antioxidants. But researchers have recently ranked the 50 best antioxidant sources among commonly eaten foods and found strawberries to be quite exceptional.”

Strawberries are an awesome source for antioxidants, but they are also an excellent source of calcium and flavonoids and a good source or folate, potassium and dietary fiber. 8 strawberries provide more vitamin C than an orange! (source)

Here is a collection of recipes for strawberry lovers and some recipes to sneak some in for those who aren’t a fan.

Strawberry Basil Ice Cream from Baked Bree Strawberry and Arugula Salad with Grilled Halloumi from The Healthy Foody Black Bean and Feta Tacos with Strawberry Mango Salsa from Eats Well with Others Strawberry Kombucha from Cultures for Health Chicken and Strawberry Salad from Cooking Light Blueberry, Strawberry, Jicama Salsa from Two Peas and their Pod via Eat your Books



Strawberry Sauce from My Food Book (serve atop Grandma’s Whole Wheat Pancakes)


Strawberry Almond Butter Soup from Oh She Glows (I’d use regular milk and honey to sweeten as agave is highly processed)


Strawberry Ice Cream from My Whole Foods Life (dairy free)

Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries from The Nourishing Gourmet


Strawberry Lemon Iced Tea from Curry and Comfort Strawberry Basil Lemonade from Kitchen Meets Girl 10 Minute Strawberry Jam from Splash of Something


Quick Strawberry Spring Salad from Cheerios and Lattes (would be awesome with sweet onion poppyseed dressing or 5 minute candied nuts)

Grain/Gluten Free Strawberry Almond Flapjacks from Just Eat Real Food

The Best Dessert Ever from GNOWFGLINS


Follow This 1 Tip for a Ton of Organic Strawberries in the Garden from Whole Lifestyle Nutrition


Strawberry Lemon Zest Mousse from Apron Strings

Strawberry and Rhubarb Compote with Honey Custard from Nourished Kitchen


Strawberry Water Kefir from Our Nourishing Roots

Strawberry Fool from The Nourishing Gourmet


Strawberry Refrigerator Oats from This Chick Cooks (me) Organic Strawberry Fruit Leather from Whole Lifestyle Nutrition


Yogurt Covered Strawberries from This Chick Cooks

And more…

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If you’re looking for more creative ideas for using strawberries you should check out The Flavor Bible. It is one of my favorite books ever. It gives suggestions for pairing foods. Simply look up an food and it gives you a long list of other ingredients that will compliment it!


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Cream Puffs {Nourishing Style}

Is there such a thing as a nourishing cream puff? I suppose its not as good for you as a glass of milk from grass fed cows or a cup of homemade bone broth, but birthdays are a time of celebration and a bit of splurging . We try to eat whole foods a majority of the time. Maybe 80 or even 90%? These cream puffs were an exception to the norm, but are made with the best ingredients we could get, and a whole lot of love. Plus, the amount of sugar in cream puffs is actually very minimal, and they have a serving of cream and butter (which are good fats), so they can almost count as healthy, right?

Have you ever been afraid to make a dish because it seemed like it would be too complicated? Cream puffs always seemed like that dish- as if they would be too much work to make. But, surprisingly it is SO simple. Mix up dough, heap spoonfuls on a tray and bake. Then once the poofs are cool, simply fill them with your favorite filling such as whipped cream, chocolate pudding or ice cream.

This recipe yields 6 large cream puffs, or about 25 minis. They freeze really well so you can always keep some on standby to whip up a fancy schmancy dessert or extra special breakfast in a matter of minutes :)

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25+ Avocado Recipes for Avocado Lovers and Non-Avocado Lovers


Avocados are such an amazing food. Did you know that avocados are also known as alligator pears? Cute :) A serving has about 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. According to webmd.com:

“Avocados are a good source of fiber, potassium, and vitamins C,K, folate, and B6. Half an avocado has 160 calories, 15 grams of heart-healthy unsaturated fat, and only 2 grams saturated fat. One globe contains more than one-third daily value of vitamin C, and more than half the day’s requirements of vitamin K.“

Here is a collection of amazing recipes for avocado lovers and some sneaky ways to serve up more avocado for those who aren’t a fan.

Bacon Avocado Egg Cups from Kirbie’s Cravings Avocado & Feta Dip from Mom on Timeout Chocolate Pudding (with avocado) from This Chick Cooks Avocado Mozzarella and Bruschetta Chicken from Iowa Girl Eats Gluten & Grain Free Avocado Fries from This Chick Cooks Bacon Wrapped Avocado from Sweet Basil Creamy Avocado Milkshake from The Traveler’s Lunchbox (Instead of using canned condensed milk I’d use this healthy version) Avocado Dip from Skinny MS Avocado Blueberry Smoothie from This Chick Cooks Chocolate Avocado Milkshake from Meaningful Eats (I’d use raw milk instead of almond milk) Avocado Egg Chop from Tartine and Apron Strings Chilled Avocado Soup from Martha Stewart (I would use full fat buttermilk) Avocado Chickpea Salad from Avocado Pesto Egg In Avocado from Apron Strings Bacon Egg and Avocado Salad from The Nourishing Gourmet

Creamy Chicken and Corn Soup with Avocado from This Chick Cooks Avocado, Corn and Mango Salad from The Comfort of Cooking Simple Guacamole from This Chick Cooks


Caesar Avocado Dressing from Lauren’s Latest

More mouth watering avocado recipes- plus a recipe for homemade hand salve using avocado oil!: Lemon Dill Avocado Dressing from Edible Perspectives Avocado Ranch Dressing from The Well Nourished Home (this one includes probiotic benefits for a healthy gut!) Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad on Avocado from Food Renegade BLT & Avocado Salad from Whole Lifestyle Nutrition Strawberry and Avocado Salad from Whole Lifestyle Nutrition Chocolate Avocado Pudding Pops from Real Food Freaks Avocado and Beeswax Hand Salve from Frugally Sustainable Chilled Cucumber Avocado Mint Soup from Cheeseslave

What is your favorite way to serve up avocados?


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