I LOVE crepes.
They are just so easy to whip up with kitchen staples you likely already have on hand! I’m about to take the ease one step further, by whipping them up using NO mixing bowl. Yep, you read that right! No mixing bowl needed – the only supplies you’ll use are a clean recycled plastic water bottle, a funnel, a frying pan and a spatula.
If you’re a camper, you’ll want to keep this recipe handy as it would PERFECT for camping! Simply add all the ingredients to the bottle and store in a cooler until breakfast time for super easy, low-maintenance crepes!
- 2/3 c. flour
- 2 eggs
- 1 c. milk
- 1/3 c. sugar
- 1/2 c. vegetable oil or melted butter
- Optional: Powdered sugar, Nutella, whipped cream, fruit
Place the funnel to the bottle nozzle and start adding the flour, eggs, milk, sugar and butter or oil. Screw the lid back onto the bottle, and shake until the ingredients are well mixed. (This would be a great job for a kiddo to help with!) Butter your frying pan and place on medium heat, then pour enough of the batter to coat the bottom of the pan in a thin layer. Let cook for 1-2 minutes on each side, flipping when it reaches a golden brown color. Put the crepe on a dish and add your choice of toppings (Nutella with lots of berries is my favorite!) fold in half or roll, then top with powdered sugar.
SO simple, and SO yummy.
I’m always looking for healthy, kid-friendly recipes. But seems that one of my new year’s resolutions every year is to find more varied recipes for our family, especially for more kid friendly foods. Since I just got a good deal on some organic potatoes, I wanted to make something (besides the same ol’ baked French fries) with the potatoes. I found a recipe that was close enough to ensure that they’d like them but different enough to be, well, different. It’s a flavorful version of fries that is sure to please palates of all ages at your dinner table.
I had to adapt a recipe I found because of the ingredients I happen to have on hand. So, here’s what I did:
4 medium potatoes (I used Yukon Gold, but any potato will work)
1-2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
¾ tsp salt
¼ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp paprika
1/8 tsp pepper
2-3 tbsp avocado oil (use the oil of your choice)
1. Pre-heat oven to 400° F
2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
3. Prepare your potatoes. I didn’t peel ours. But some children prefer them peeled.
4. Cut potatoes into 1 inch cubes
5. Mix your seasoning in a small bowl.
6. Toss cubed potatoes with the seasoning.
7. Spread in single layer on baking sheet.
8. Roast in oven for 35 – 40 minutes or until potatoes are crispy on outside but soft inside.
My husband and I had to work very hard not to eat them all as soon as they were out of the oven. My children ate them with ketchup but I guarantee you won’t. They are a delicious version of fries. Close enough to be familiar but different enough to feel like a treat.
What variation of kids favorites foods do you make?
It’s an issue I hear lots of parents talking about. How to get your children to eat vegetables. Broccoli, spinach, beets are on the forefront of my mind when I ask the question. We have some success with steamed broccoli and one of my children will eat beets in a salad I make. But, I have discovered the easiest way to feed them those green veggies…
This is the problem. How to eat these?
Step 1: Toss a bunch of fruit into a blender. I use frozen berries. Sometimes, I’ll have frozen mango or cherries. Add in a banana and milk or yogurt.
Step 2: Add your steamed green veggie. In this case, it’s broccoli. But, sometimes it’s spinach or beet greens (or some combination).
Step 3: Add in any other food that you want to sneak in. I like to add ground flax for a little Omega 3 in the mix. You may also need a little honey, depending on the sweetness of your fruit.
Step 4: Blend!
Step 5: Pour into an ice tray and add popsicle sticks. I have little helpers for this part 😉 (Please excuse the messy counter. Making coleslaw was next on my list.)
Step 6: Enjoy!!!
How do you get your children to eat veggies?
I follow several health and health food blogs and I confess that when I first heard about gelatin, all I could think is “Jello Brand Gelatin.” I suppose that dates me. But, I’m just being honest!
I did a little research once I realized that there was a bit of a trend among health food “experts” that we should all be including gelatin in our diet. I was amazed to learn a few things about the benefits of gelatin:
– It supports skin, hair and nail growth
– It is good for joints and can help joint recovery
– It can help tighten loose skin (Two babies later, I sure hope so!)
– It can improve digestion since it naturally binds to water and helps food move more easily though the digestive track
– It is a source of protein–specifically, amino acids that can help build muscle
There are other benefits, some rumored (like helping remove cellulite) and others verified. There are enough verified ones that convinced me to incorporate it into our family’s diet. I never feel like my children get enough protein. So, that alone was reason to start using it!
Here is my children’s favorite gelatin recipe thus far. We call them chocolate bars. I wouldn’t recommend calling them that if your children are already familiar with actual chocolate bars. Chocolate squares or chocolate gelatin squares might work because I do believe that expectations matter. My children love them and consider them a treat and I’m thrilled for them to have them!
Here’s the recipe:
Chocolate Gelatin Squares
1 (13.5oz) can coconut milk
4.5 Tbsp pure cocoa powder OR 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (if you use chocolate chips, you won’t need as much sweetener)
1/4 cup + 2 tb organic cane sugar OR honey
¼ cup gelatin
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
If you use chocolate chips (which I have done recently), use a little butter or oil to melt the chocolate chips. Then, add all the ingredients except for the gelatin into a blender. Then, gradually add the gelatin until well blended.
Pour the mixture into a greased glass pan. Refrigerate overnight. Cut into squares and enjoy! (Keep refrigerated.)
What healthy treat do you make for your children?