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Apple “Cookies” | Healthy Toddler Snack

Check out these delicious Apple "Cookies". They are a healthy snack you can eat yourself or make for your kids. It has been a total hit with both my three and one year old, and its one that I know won't keep me up all night with mom guilt. Yes Mom guilt; It's a thing! And I know i'm not the only one who suffers from it.

As many of you may already know, I have some pretty picky eaters on my hands. If you didn't, the struggle is totally real and you can read some of my tips with dealing with it here.

This recipe is super easy and incredibly yummy.

Apple "Cookies"
Serves 1
A healthy snack you and your kids are sure to love!
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. Apple
  2. Peanut Butter
  3. Chocolate Chips
  4. Dried Cranberries
Instructions
  1. Cut the apple into thin slices
  2. Spread Peanut Butter on each slice
  3. sprinkle chocolate chips & cranberries
  4. Enjoy!
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Easy Bolognese | Quick and Easy Healthy Dinner

Here’s an easy dinner for ya’ll. Pasta always seems like my go-to meal as I’m sure that is the general consensus. As most of you may know, we struggle with a picky eater in our house. Any meal I make, I’m trying to find where I can add in some good veggies. Any type of pasta sauce is perfect for this! I typically add carrots, peppers, and mushrooms to my sauces after putting them through my food processor.

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Meal Planning Made Easy | Terra’s Kitchen

I recently was invited to attend an event hosted by Terra's Kitchen in downtown Raleigh. I don't get many nights out these days, so I took the opportunity and boy am I glad I did! It actually was the first time I have heard about Terra's Kitchen, as it is a relatively new company. If you're not familiar with Terra's Kitchen, it is a meal-kit delivery service; but has a philosophy that really stood out to me against its competitors. (Blue Apron, Hello Fresh, Etc.) One of their main goals is focused on bringing families back to the table; by taking the stress and time spent in planning and prepping dinner, ultimately leaving more time for the family.

I wasn't too sure what to expect at the event, but I left feeling more excited than ever to try more of their meals. The meal that we were served was their sweet potato tacos. Sweet potatoes being an ingredient I wouldn't typically run to when trying to put together a taco night. I was really surprised at how much I loved them and it put sweet potatoes in a totally new light for me.

I know I'm not alone when I say that when it comes to trying to put together a meal plan, I often default to a handful of the same meals. For me, my biggest struggle lies in the creative department. I can pin and pin recipes for days, but they usually are left forgotten.

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Terra's Kitchen has so many meals you can choose from and they are always changing and adding more. Unlike it's competitors, you can choose each individual meal instead of a pre-selected meal plan for the week. If you have any type of dietary restrictions, you can filter out meals that don't meet those restrictions. (gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, paleo, etc.) You also have the option to add extra ingredients, snacks, and even smoothies to your vessel. GIVE ME ALL THE HUMMUS! I love how if you really enjoy their meal service, you can set up a weekly delivery and based on your past meal choices and any dietary needs or restrictions, they will automatically choose some for you. If you want anything changed, it's easy to edit your meals before they are sent out.

One thing they pride themselves on is their quality of ingredients. Terra’s Kitchen uses ingredients that are antibiotic- and hormone-free, as well as non-GMO and even sometimes organic. I noticed that when I I ordered our meals for the week, it ended up being the same amount, if not cheaper than if I had gone to the grocery store for a week of dinners.

So, now on to my first vessel! (Yes you get your own refrigerated vessel.) When I first heard about this, I was excited but also unsure how it would work. Literally, all you have to do is unload the ingredients into your fridge, and peel the address label off. Underneath is a return label and you just put it right outside your front door. A pickup is scheduled the following day and is gone the next morning. The best part? These vessels are recycled and are used over and over a bunch of times. No more big wasteful boxes and ice packs!

Here is what I ordered.

GRILLED STEAK WITH CHIMICHURRI AND CRISPY POTATOES

BEEF RAGU WITH SPINACH-PARMESAN POLENTA

BALL HAWK SLIDERS

I also ordered the Grilled Chicken Tacos with Avocado Goat Cheese Sauce ( Not sure why they don't offer this anymore because it was my favorite!)

From start to finish, each meal took me about 8 minutes or less to put together; and about 30 minutes to cook.

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Having the ingredients already chopped and ready to go was a HUGE time saver and gives you the option to let your kids help with the process without the chaos. (Normally, by the time it takes to get everything chopped and set up when my son wants to help, he's already over it.)

I was extremely impressed with not only the quality of the ingredients, but how fresh they all were. Each meal was incredibly unique by using simple and healthy ingredients. If you're constantly struggling to fill your table with something delicious and healthy, give them a try. It's worth it.

Healthy eating has never been so easy.

 

I would like to thank Terra's Kitchen for reaching out to me and my family. I love knowing that if I'm having a tough week and uninspired in the kitchen, my family doesn't have to suffer. Terra's Kitchen has my back.

If you're interested in trying Terra's Kitchen, save some money and enter MESSYHAIR30 for $30 off your first order! Let me know what ya'll think!

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Eat Family Dinners Recipes

Quick and Easy Breakfast Casserole

This Easy Breakfast Casserole is sure to be a hit in your home. It is the perfect meal for any time of day. I usually make this recipe for dinner because I love breakfast for dinner nights in our home. (I always make extra so we can have some for breakfast the next day. It’s quick, easy, delicious, and my picky eater toddler scoffs it down! (This recipe is even better with fresh spinach or mushrooms and your favorite cheese)

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Hidden Veggie Cheddar Bacon Turkey Meatloaf

Do you know what it’s like dealing with a picky toddler? I feel like I have constant anxiety that my little man isn’t going to get the nutrition he needs. At least once a week, I make a dinner that is packed with veggies and this happens to be my all time favorite. It has so much flavor and after processing the fresh veggies, my son eats these little meatloaf’s with a smile (and so do I!). The bacon and cheddar on top are the icing on the cake to this delicious mini turkey meatloaf recipe. This recipe can also be made into meatballs or burgers. I hope ya’ll enjoy as much as me and my little family do!

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Tips on Dealing with a Picky Eater

 

This was a post I had written for the Raleigh Moms Blog.

It took me 18 years to start trying foods other than chicken fingers and pizza. When I think back on my youth, I find myself blaming my parents for being too nice. How could they not have known I was bringing my carrots to the bathroom and spitting them out in the trash in the middle of dinner?! They definitely were turning a cheek towards my unhealthy eating habits. Although it was always offered at meal time, I’d usually get away with not having any or taking the smallest helping possible and not even eating it. Now that I have my own children, I refuse to accept that picky eating can run in the family. Even if it does. When my son was just starting to eat solids. I wanted to save him from becoming a picky eater like I had always been. I read every Pinterest article and book imaginable on how to raise a child to not be a picky eater. Unfortunately none of that worked. He didn’t start these picky habits until he was about a year old; but it’s been a struggle ever since. Where did my sweet baby go that would open wide for his mashed veggies? I’ve gotten a handful of advice from friends and family saying, “Give him healthy foods, he won’t starve himself.” Clearly they haven’t had to deal with my stubborn (yet sweet) little boy.  I never wanted to hide veggies in my child’s food, but sometimes, a Mom’s gotta do what a Mom’s gotta do! Just imagine what it would be like to spray Windex in your child’s mouth and that would be an accurate re-enactment of what happens when we have him try a vegetable. (I honestly think he would enjoy Windex more than he would a green bean.) Here are some tips I’ve acquired in the past couple years after dealing with my own picky eater and having been a picky eater my whole life.

Let them Help

I’ve noticed that my son is way more apt to eating something if he helps make it. Sometimes it can get messy, but the outcome is definitely worth it.

Get Saucy!

The only way I could stomach a vegetable or something I didn’t like, was to drench it in BBQ sauce. Hey, whatever works, right? This is literally how I started eating seafood and vegetables, and I can honestly say it helped bring me to be the adventurous eater that I am today. Getting your child to eat veggies can be tough, start by mixing them in dishes like casseroles, or pastas. They eventually will acquire a taste for them. Ranch can and will be your best friend; and I’m pretty sure its meant to be dipped by veggies. Just keep an eye out for your child using a vegetable as a vessel to just eat the sauce. This usually happens and will need to be corrected immediately. Hey, I don’t really blame them!

Add seasoning!

In my opinion, there’s nothing worse than an under-seasoned vegetable. Even just a little bit of salt and pepper and butter can be your best friend when getting your child to take a bite.

DO NOT offer alternatives.

If your child is saying no to the meal you have made for them. Don’t force them to eat it. If they leave the table and come back because they are hungry, one of the worst things you can do is offer them something you know they’ll like, just to fill their tummies. It will be hard, but stay strong Mama! Just offer them their meal again. If they still refuse, then they will unfortunately have to go to bed hungry. Enough of these nights, they will eventually start trying new things. Who knows? Maybe they’ll like it next time!

Use your food processor.

When in doubt, whip your food processor out! If your child just wont budge, try some hidden veggie recipes. I saved this for last because if the other tips work, stick with those. Sometimes, children can be very stubborn. ESPECIALLY if you’ve dug yourself a hole and have caved in to their terrible eating habits over time. Just know, you are not alone! It can happen to anyone. Even our pediatrician recommended hiding the veggies until our son would start saying yes to nutritious foods. You can find my favorite weeknight recipe, Hidden Veggie Cheddar Bacon Meatloaf here. You can also blend veggies and add them to a smoothie. I usually make one for myself, and one for my son in the morning. If you do hide the veggies in a recipe, the next time you make it, try having your child help. That way you won’t feel bad about being sneaky and your child will realize that veggies can taste good!

Remember, it takes time. Your picky eater will not start eating his vegetables overnight. Good luck!

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Chocolate Chip Chia Mini Muffins

Hey guys! It’s been forever! Life has completely taken over and I have been so extremely busy that this pregnancy has been flying by! This past week, I decided to make my little one a treat and they actually came out so good, I had to share them with ya’ll. He has a little sweet tooth as do I so I decided to make something we both could indulge in. These are mini Chocolate Chip Chia Muffins made with Vanilla yogurt and I would like to give you a warning. [They are addicting!]

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Farmhouse Chowder

Hey guys! So now that it’s started to get really cold out, that means its officially SOUPS, CHOWDERS, and CASSEROLES season. My favorites! I’ve got a super easy recipe for ya’ll to try this winter. And even better, It’s completely homemade! No junk in this one. It reminds me of chicken pot pie but as a chowder. It’s soooo yummy and will give you tons of leftovers that you can even freeze! Let me know in the comments below how you liked it! Have a great week 🙂

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Blender Bottle Baby Pancakes

Are any of your other Messy Haired Moms out there sick of doing loads and loads of dishes everyday? I do at least two loads A DAY and there’s only three of us. I am always trying to find new ways to cut back on doing so many dishes and this recipe was perfect for that! I call these Blender Bottle Pancakes! A few months back, I had a goal to get in really good shape. Of course as soon as I joined a gym i found out I was pregnant the next week. I know you can work out while pregnant, but already not being much of an exerciser, I was afraid to put too much strain on my body. (maybe that was just my excuse) I bought two 28 oz blender bottles off Amazon for protein shakes. My husband still uses them at least once a day, but I wanted to find some kind of use for them at home other than my chocolate milk making addiction.

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Sweet Potato Smoothie



One last recipe today! This was to die for. So glad I tried it. I was a bit apprehensive to put a sweet potato in my smoothie for some reason. WHAT WAS I THINKING? While Cal has been sick this week, I wanted to get him some extra vitamin C. I forgot to pick up some OJ from the market so my friend Patty suggested a sweet potato to give him his vitamin c. Who knew sweet potatoes were packed with vitamin c? Oranges get all the credit!