Taste Testing Tuesday #70 – Stir Fried Veggies

I’m back with another round of Taste Testing Tuesday! This could be the trick to getting your kids to eat more veggies! It’s at least worth of try, right?! 😉 I’m talking about stir frying some vegetables.

There are many vegetables you can use in your stir fry or make a combination of them. You can stir fry some meat too or just go for the veggies. For this post, I used a little bacon to add some flavor but kept it mostly to the veggies. Here’s how I cooked ours: I started out frying a few pieces of bacon in a large skillet. I made a large batch so I needed to use our large electric skillet.

Remove the bacon after it has cooked till its nicely browned and crunchy. Place it on some paper towels to let the grease drain away. When it’s cool enough to handle, crumble it into small pieces. We’ll add it in at the end.

Here are some suggestions of veggies you might like to try but the list is almost endless!

Onions, chopped

Garlic, chopped

Raw broccoli and/or cauliflower.

Raw cabbage and/or raw carrots, chopped into small pieces

Raw mushrooms, sliced, and sugar snap peas. I broke the peas into 2 pieces for a nicer size.

A package of broccoli slaw.

I used the bacon grease that was in the skillet after cooking the bacon and then I added a large chunk of butter. Once the butter was melted, I added the onions and garlic and cooked them for a few minutes before adding the other veggies.

I added the broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, cabbage and broccoli slaw next.

I cooked that for a little while and then added the mushrooms and sugar snap peas. We like the peas to still have some crunch to them and the mushrooms don’t take as long to cook up.

We like to add some soy sauce to our stir fried veggies. There are other sauces you might want to try like teriyaki sauce. I would like to add some pineapple tidbits too the next time we make some. Kids might like the pineapple too as it will add a bit of sweetness to the mixture. Remember to stir in your bacon pieces when the rest has finished cooking.

Yum!

I hope you’ll try stir frying some veggies for your kids and you will find another successful way of getting them to eat something healthy! The struggle is real, isn’t it?? LOL Been there, struggled through it too! You’ve got this! 🙂 Hugs!

Yummy Roasted Broccoli

Do your kids turn their noses up at steamed broccoli? If so, here’s another way of cooking it that might appeal to them more…roasting it in the oven. You can use fresh broccoli that you wash and cut up yourself or buy already washed and cut broccoli pieces from the grocery store or you can even use frozen broccoli. Today I used a bag of frozen broccoli because that’s what I had on hand. If you use frozen broccoli, you’ll want to thaw it and allow it to sit on a towel or paper towels to absorb some of the moisture.

Melt some butter in a bowl.

Add the broccoli pieces and stir to spread the butter.

Spread the broccoli on a cookie sheet covered with aluminum foil or parchment paper.

Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. You can also add salt and pepper or whatever spices you enjoy.

Heat your oven to 400 degrees and bake (roast) for 15 minutes. Check for desired doneness. I cooked mine about 25 minutes because I like to let the broccoli brown some for extra flavor.

Serve immediately as the broccoli will cool off quickly. The broccoli and the cheese will both brown and will be so yummy together!

Hope this will turn into a favorite dish for your family! 🙂

Taste Testing Tuesday #69-Healthy (Mostly) No Bake Cookies

For today’s taste test, we’re bringing you some Healthy No Bake Cookies! It says “Mostly” healthy because the cookies themselves are pretty healthy, but then it depends on what you add to them how healthy they end up. 😉 For instance, if you add raisins, you’re all good. If you add mini M&M’s, well, not quite so good. Lol My daughter shared this recipe with me after her kids gobbled up a batch in record time. (Thanks, Megan!) Their batch of cookies looks awesome!

Here is the ingredient list:

In order to make this a taste test and to have some different types of cookies to choose from I made 4 kinds. But I’m getting ahead of myself! First, let’s gather up the ingredients.

Add everything to a medium sized bowl. Remember to melt the coconut oil.

Mix the ingredients together with a spoon. I didn’t add the “goodies” to begin with, but just mixed up the cookie dough.

I divided the dough into 4 small bowls and then added a different special ingredient to each bowl.

Mix the dough in each bowl and then make 3 or 4 cookies from each bowl by using a teaspoon to scoop out the dough onto a plate.

#1.) I added raisins.

#2.) I added mini M&M’s.

#3.) I added mini chocolate chips.

#4.) I added candy sprinkles.

Put the cookies into the fridge for a little while to help the cookies set up. I wonder what things you will add to your cookies? You could try some chopped nuts, peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips or maybe some tiny candies that match the season or holiday.

What type of cookie is your favorite? How about which one is your least favorite? I hope this will spark some ideas and fun for your family! 🙂 Happy Taste Testing Tuesday to you!

Taste Testing Tuesday #67 – Ways to Make Cabbage Yummy

Cabbage may not be on your child’s list of favorite foods, but let’s talk about a couple of ideas that might change their minds. Yep, it’s Taste Testing Tuesday once again! 🙂

Cabbage is a super food which means it’s super good for you. When we have a head of cabbage, I like to use half of it in a recipe where the cabbage is cooked and the other half I use the cabbage raw. Let’s start with a cooked cabbage recipe…

Do your kids like bacon? (Yes, this recipe uses bacon! Yum, right?!) Start by frying several pieces of bacon in a skillet. For half a head of cabbage, use at least 6 pieces of bacon.

While the bacon is frying, cut the cabbage into small to medium-sized pieces.

When the bacon is done cooking, drain it on some paper towels and then crumble it into small pieces.

Leave the bacon grease in the skillet and add the cut up cabbage.

Add a couple slices of butter and cook on a medium heat.

Allow the cabbage to begin to brown some as this will add a scrumptious flavor to it.

Cook the cabbage until it is a soft as you like it. Then sprinkle the bacon pieces on top and stir to mix. Eat it while its nice and warm.

Now let’s look at some ways to eat cabbage raw. Fixing cabbage this way is often called Coleslaw, BUT Coleslaw has gotten a rather bad name over the years. There are different ways you can adjust the ingredients for Coleslaw that is more to your family’s liking. First chop or grate the cabbage into very small pieces.

One way to make Coleslaw is to mix in a little mayonnaise, a tiny bit of milk, a pinch of sugar and some dried fruit like raisins.

My husband likes it best with just some Italian dressing mixed into the raw cabbage.

Try grating or chopping some raw apple in with the cabbage and mixing in your favorite salad dressing, like Ranch. Top it with a little cinnamon.

If Coleslaw has a bad name in your family try calling it something else…like maybe Apple Salad. 😉 There are many many cabbage recipes online that you could test out on your family. Good luck! I hope you find some ways to eat cabbage that makes your kids grin and ask for more! 🙂

Taste Testing Tuesday #53 – Raw Tomatoes

Welcome to another round of Taste Testing Tuesday! Its that time of year again when the tomatoes are getting ripe and there is usually an abundance of them. And tomatoes are so good for you! So for today’s taste test, let’s look at some ideas for eating tomatoes raw.

#1.) Try them plain with nothing on them. If it’s a ripe tomato, you might just like it as it is.

#2.) With salt and pepper. This is how I used to love them when I was a kid. (Yes, the little eggs are my salt and pepper shakers.) 😉

Doesn’t that look yummy?

#3.) With some sugar sprinkled on top. My grandmother used to fix sliced tomatoes this way.

#4.) Sprinkled with basil or even a little oregano.

I’m drooling looking at this picture!

#5.) With some taco seasoning added. This smells delicious!

#6.) Top the tomato with your favorite salad dressing. I used Ranch dressing.

#7.) Sprinkle some grated mozzarella cheese on top. Mmmm! 🙂

Of course, raw tomato is great sliced and added to a sandwich or chopped up and tossed in with a salad. I hope these suggestions will give you some ideas to try and you’ll find some new ways to enjoy raw tomatoes! 🙂

Taste Testing Tuesday #40 – Raisins

It’s Taste Testing Tuesday time once again! Gather ’round for another exciting tasting adventure! 😉 Let’s checkout raisins today and some delicious ways to eat them. So what is a raisin? A raisin is just a dried grape. They can be used raw or in cooking and baking. Raisins come in a variety of sizes and colors, but the most common are the brown raisins and the golden raisins. You can buy the general type of raisins or you can buy organic raisins. So how do people like to eat raisins? Straight from the box is a great way!

There are vanilla yogurt covered raisins.

And even Chocolate yogurt covered raisins.

Have you ever tried “Ants on a Log”? It’s simply a banana sliced in half lengthwise, topped with peanut butter and then a few raisins added on top for the “ants”. 😉

Trail mix is a popular way people like to eat raisins. You can pretty much mix together whatever nuts and dried fruit and candies that you like and call it Trail Mix. The one I made has walnuts, pepitas (pumpkin seeds), almonds, pecans, dried cranberries, raisins and M&M candies. It’s a nice mixture of sweet and salty, crunchy and chewy, and (minus the M&M candies) fairly healthy.

Here are a few other ways to use raisins…my mom used to bake them in cookies; some dry cereal has raisins in it, like Raisin Bran; oatmeal is really good with raisins; they are great in salads, especially in a broccoli salad; and cinnamon raisin bread is a favorite of mine! A funny story my husband tells from when he was a little boy is that he used to stuff his cheek full of raisins and then spit the juice on the ground like he was chewing tobacco. Haha! (Ok, so that’s kinda yucky, isn’t it?!)

Here’s our little plate, ready for taste testing!

I hope you’ll have fun doing a taste test with raisins and maybe you’ll find a new fun way to eat them! Leave a comment and tell me what is your favorite way to eat raisins! 🙂

Taste Testing Tuesday – #21- Oatmeal Toppings

We’re back for the latest episode of Taste Testing Tuesday! Are you ready to see what we’re taste testing this time? It’s oatmeal! Ok, ok, I know oatmeal can be REALLY bland and boring, but it doesn’t have to be! There are many, many ways to liven it up and please your taste buds! We’re going to look at 5 toppings you can try adding to your cooked oatmeal and I’ll mention several other ways you might try it.

Mmmm! Now don’t those look worthy of a taste test?! 😉

#1.) Oatmeal with butter and maple syrup. Those are two of the best ingredients ever, right? I’m guessing you’ve eaten them on pancakes or French toast, so why not on oatmeal?

#2.) Oatmeal with brown sugar and cinnamon. These are two more top ranking foods, am I right?? They are scrumptious on oatmeal!

#3.) Oatmeal with raisins and honey. This is probably my husband’s favorite way to eat oatmeal. If you don’t care too much for raisins, try some other kind of fruit. Think about other dried fruit like blueberries, cranberries, cherries, etc. Or even fresh, frozen or canned fruit. Do your kids have a favorite fruit? Try adding it to oatmeal.

#4.) Oatmeal with your favorite type of jam. This is strawberry jam and it was very tasty!

Do your kids love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches? Add some peanut butter to the jam on the oatmeal. 🙂

#5.) Oatmeal with a dollop of yogurt on top. Try your kids favorite yogurt flavor. This one is greek yogurt with peaches. (Though you can’t even see the peaches.)

There you have the taste tests that we did at our house to find some yummy ways to liven up oatmeal. Some other things you can add to oatmeal are nuts or seeds, applesauce, apple butter, chai tea, granola, etc. I read some suggestions to add vegetables to your oatmeal, like pumpkin, butternut squash and carrots. I was surprised to see some suggestions that I’ve never thought of using before like salmon, a fried egg or a soft-boiled egg, avocado, feta cheese or sausage and onions. Oatmeal is so versatile that I hope you’ll give some of these ideas a try and find something new to go in/on your oatmeal. 🙂 Happy Taste Testing!

Taste Testing Tuesday – #11

We’re back with another Taste Testing Tuesday! Today let’s see if we can figure out what your kids’ favorite type of salad is! A salad can be fixed in sooooo many ways that I can’t begin to list all the options, but here’s a few suggestions. Let’s start off with the main ingredient – lettuce!

We like to eat romaine lettuce but there are so many types of greens and lettuce you can try. Like fresh spinach, kale, iceberg lettuce, arugula, boston lettuce, swiss chard, green and red leaf lettuce and the list goes on!

Now let’s talk about “toppings” to include in your salad. Here’s some chopped onions, chopped celery and chopped red and orange (or green) bell peppers.

Next we have chopped fresh mushrooms, chopped apples and grated carrots.

More ingredients you might try could be chopped avocado, crumbled cooked bacon and dried cranberries.

More goodies might include croutons, chopped hard-boiled eggs, roasted cashews and roasted pecans.

Some grated cheese sprinkled on top adds a great touch. Here we have grated mild cheddar and finely grated Italian cheese mixture.

Set all the ingredients you’ve chosen for this salad out on the countertop or table. It’s nice to set it out like it’s a salad bar at your local restaurant. Start out with the lettuce and greens. If your child thinks they aren’t a fan of the greens, try to get a few small pieces in on the bottom layer that can be mixed in with the toppings and not noticed as much. 😉 Then let them heap on the toppings! Having toppings of various colors can help make the salad more appealing to the eye. Last but not least, have a little variety of salad dressings to top off the salad. Here we have Country French, Ranch and a make-it-yourself Italian.

Perhaps make your child’s salad in small amounts in case they don’t like some of the ingredients they pick. That way the whole salad isn’t ruined because of one unpleasant ingredient.

Look how nice and appetizing a salad can be!

The things you can put on a salad are almost endless! Think about things you see on a salad bar at a restaurant. Google salad ingredients. Add some chopped meat to up the amount of protein. Another fun part to eating a salad could be letting your child help shop for the ingredients. Ask them what they think would be good to include. Then let them help prepare the ingredients. The more they are included and the more praise they get for helping, the better the salad will look to them. 🙂 It’s ok if they don’t like every item, but compliment them on the ones they do try. Adding a comment on how much bigger and stronger their muscles will grow, might help too! Lol 😉 Have fun on your salad adventure!!