Friday, April 18, 2014

{Recipe} Zucchini Bites

I had a couple of zucchinis in the fridge and was looking for a different way to prepare them (I usually roast or saute them).  
This recipe sounded good and looked easy.
 Start by shredding 1 cup of zucchini (I used most of a medium sized zuke).  Squeeze out the excess moisture from the shredded zucchini with paper towels.
 Mix the zucchini with 1/4 of a chopped onion, 1/4 cup of bread crumbs, 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese & 1 egg. Stir well to combine. Add salt & pepper to taste.
 (If you're not using a silicon pan like mine, spray a mini muffin pan with cooking spray first).
 Scoop the mixture into the mini muffin pan and press down each one with the back of a spoon. 
 Bake at 400F for 15-18 minutes until golden brown on top.
Serve immediately.
 Makes 12 bites.
Each one = 1 WW P+ (but so are two). :)  Three = 2P+
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas For Kids & Teens

Easter is almost here (it's on Sunday!) and Easter baskets are getting ready to be filled. Here are some non-candy ideas for the Easter Bunny.  Everything can be found at Target unless noted otherwise.
For Kids:
Spring is (usually) happening so some new outdoor activities are always welcome. 

Sidewalk chalk

A new jumprope or outside toy.  
(The Easter Bunny has been known to leave a hula hoop near the baskets).
Summer will be here soon so some new swimming related items would be fun like this stripe-y beach towel.
My kids seemed to go through goggles like crazy so they'd need a new pair every year. 
I love this fun polka dot style.

A new bathing suit.

Some fun sunnies.
Brightly colored flip flops look cute sticking out of the basket.

A new dvd, cd or book.

Easy to grow seed packets like Forget-Me-Nots.
When  my kids were really young they used to get Fruit Loop necklaces.  

For  Tweens, Teens & Older:
My kids aren't big sweet eaters so they appreciate some salty/savory snacks in their baskets.
Fancy almonds.

Fancy nut butters

 A nice big jar of raw almonds.

Other crunchy snacks

Some new hot tea.

Nail polish and/or make up

Hair ties

Gift cards are always welcome!
Of course, a little bit of sweet is a nice treat so they'd always get some candy too.
What's your favorite Easter basket treat?
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Scavenger Hunt Sunday 4.13.14

Late again for the hunt....we visited College Girl this past weekend so most of my photos are college related.
All Iphone photos.

 The streets of campus look very neglected on Sunday morning.

Signs of Spring

Last Thing You Bought
A venti iced coffee.

Touring the campus.

Four Things
A sculpture we discovered on an early morning walk.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

{Recipe} Quick & Easy Tofu Scramble

This is one of those super quick meals that can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or even breakfast for dinner like we did the other night.  Both of my daughters have made this dish before but this was the first time I made it myself.
1 block of Extra Firm Tofu (I used Trader Joe's organic), drained
Veggies of your choice: I used red onion, spinach, red bell peppers, shredded carrots, canned mushrooms & leftover green beans)
Spices: I used Garlic (one clove minced), Onion Powder, Parsley, Tumeric, Salt & Pepper
Soy Sauce (I used Braggs Amino Acids)
Nutritional Yeast (optional)
Olive Oil 
 I didn't measure but used about a handful of each veggie.
 Drizzle olive oil in a pan, heat on medium heat and add the vegetables.  Saute for 5-7 minutes.
 Cut tofu into chunks and add to pan.
 Break up the tofu with a spoon, stirring mixture as it cooks (about more10 minutes total).
 Add garlic and other spices to taste.
 The tofu takes on whatever you season it with so go with what you like. The tumeric gives it a lovely golden color.  Splash in some soy sauce and sprinkle a few tablespoons of nutritional yeast* into the pan, stirring to incorporate it all.   Hot sauce is also good in this if you like it spicy.
*Nutritional yeast is optional if you're making this vegan. It gives it a slightly, cheesy, nutty taste.*
 Most of the time we eat it just like scrambled eggs.   It's so versatile, you can roll it into a breakfast burrito, serve it on toast or English muffins, stuff it in a pita or layer it over a bowl of brown rice.   
The cold leftovers are great in a salad too.
Enjoy this high protein, low fat and colorful meal any time!

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