Wednesday Wants: Back to School Apps via Parents.com

I thought this was a really cool article by Parents.com.  Apps are becoming a major part of our lives and are not just for our phones, but for personal computers, tablets, notebooks, and laptops (I’m sure a few more could be named).

I thought Easy Reader was a cool one, which allows your to browse through ebooks from libraries.

There are a number of really good suggestions from recipe finders, schedule helpers, brain boosters… make sure you check them out.

Parents.com even has one that is perfect for me a jax, Playgrounds, that allows users to look through, rate, and enter playground information so others can learn about them.

Do you have any apps you love using that help you and/or your family?

ash

Happy 4th!

Here are some pieces of our wonderful day!

Hope you had a wonderful holiday!

enjoy! ash, meg, dee, & jax

Monday Meals: Lime & Cilantro Quinoa Salad

Summer hasn’t really started here in Portland but that hasn’t stopped me from preparing summery dishes (even if it is a little cold for them – I can’t believe how long the cold has hung on here this year!).  This is one of my favorite recipes every summer because the flavors meld so well and it’s perfect served cold.  Quinoa is a superfood, full of 8 amino acids, gluten free and full of protein so it’s also perfect for the littles!

Lime, Cilantro & Black Bean Quinoa Salad

Ingredients: Yields 8 servings

  • 2 cups vegetable broth (chicken works great as well)
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed in cold water
  • 2T olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 2T freshly squeezed lime juice (I often do more because I like the zestyness but you can always add at the end to your own personal taste)
  • 1tsp lime zest
  • 1/2 cup of black beans(can is okay just rinse them)
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes, diced or halved
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions: In a small bowl, mix together olive oil, garlic, lime juice, lime zest, stevia and salt & pepper. Put aside. In a large pot, add quinoa to boiling vegetable broth, stir, turn heat down to low, cover and let quinoa cook for about 20min. Once cooked, fluff quino with a fork and place in a medium size bowl.

Add lime dressing, black beans, cilantro and tomatoes. Mix. I like this cold, but you can also serve warm.

Also, pair it with plain yogurt – so yummy and the flavors really compliment each other!  I hope this recipe helps contribute to some fabulous summer Bar-b-ques!

meg

Featured Etsy Shop: Spice of Life

If you’re a foodie then you’re probably obsessed with spices.  And high quality, organic spices can cost their weight in gold but Spice of Life provides these spices at a very reasonable price.  You’ll recognize this shop from our Father’s Day giveaway where one lucky winner will get to give their dad Spice of Life‘s magnetic BBQ Dry Rub Kit:

Summer BBQs here we come!

But you should really go and check out all of Tami’s fabulous herbs, teas, sugars and salts!  My favorite is the Chai tea kit (have I told you how obsessed Dee and I are with Chai tea? It’s a little ridiculous).

Ah I would just love starting my morning off with this set!

And of course since we spend half of our year in China the Asian herb and spices kit and the Flower Blossom Tea kit would be right at home with us in our Asian apartment:

I LOVE this picture, it really reminds me of the Asian zen gardens. Asian Herb & Spice Kit from Spice of Life.

Tea is a “go-to” in this house and we start off almost every morning with it. I love floral teas as dessert teas though! Yum!  Flower Blossom Tea Kit from Spice of Life.

Tami really does have something for everyone though.  You can get gourmet sugars and sea salts or even make your own kit from the spices she has available in her shop.

Sea Salt Kit from Spice of Life

And if you’re having troubles with what to make for dinner or how to use all these wonderful spices once you’ve bought them as a gift or for yourself, just hop over to the Spice of Life Blog for ideas.

So go buy Dad some special herbs from Spice of Life and if you weren’t our giveaway winner can I suggest the BBQ Dry Rub Kit?

meg

 

Monday Meals: Healthy Chicken Nuggets

It’s Monday Meals!

What makes these chicken nuggets extra healthy is that recipe has veggie puree (your choice) and flax seed meal (vitamin B, omega 3s, fiber, magnesium, manganese).

My nuggets came out a little dark looking because I used flax seed and not flax seed meal.  It really wasn’t that obvious that I used the seeds in stead of the meal, and they came out really good!  They were surprisingly easy to make.

I opted for sweet potato veggie puree, because I had it on hand.  The recipe:


Infused Chicken Nuggets

(serves 4)
Combine the following in a bowl/container:
  • 1 pound of chicken rinsed, dried, and cut into chunks.
Egg Batter (combine the following in a shallow bowl):
  • 1 cup veggie puree (broccoli, spinach, sweet potato, or beet)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

Breading (combine the following in a shallow bowl):

  • 1 cup whole-wheat, white, or Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup flax seed meal
  • 1 tablespoon Parmesan
  • 1/2 teaspoon each: paprika, garlic, and onion powder
How to cook:
  1. Place the breadcrumb mixture and egg mixture next to each other.
  2. Turn a skillet on medium-high heat and coat with nonstick cooking spray.  When the skillet is hot add 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  3. Dip your chicken chunks into the egg batter first and then into the breadcrumbs making sure they are completely coated, then toss in the skillet and cook about 4-5 minutes each side till golden brown.  Check a piece by cutting it half and making sure the chicken is cooked all the way through (I check the thickest piece).
NOTE: you can spice your chicken with some salt if you want before adding it to the egg/breadcrumbs, but I didn’t add any and they came out great.  Also, I kept the breadcrumbs to the side and added a little at a time to a plate.  I only used about half the breadcrumb mixture this way, which means I was able to store the rest in the fridge for the next time I make them.  I served them with some steamed organic peas.
recipe adopted from Deceptively Delicious

Wouldn’t it be fun to have green (broccolli or spinach) or pink (beet) chicken nuggets!

I would love to figure out how to bake these instead of fry.  Frying doesn’t appeal to me as a mother and I think popping these in the oven seems easier.

Hope you enjoy!

ENJOY! ash

Father’s Day Giveaway: Beer and BBQ (closed)

We have one of the best dads EVER in our household (love you Nate!) so when Father’s Day started looming on the horizon I decided we needed to ask Nate his opinion on what Etsy finds we should feature in a giveaway.  Though he suggested an apron that said “I’m one sexy daddy” or some such similar saying we couldn’t find one anywhere on Etsy so . . .  instead we put together this awesome selection of gifts!

To honor one very special dad we’ve pulled together beer and BBQ themed Etsy vendors who have donated some of their awesome creations to spoil your dad this year!  Here’s what your dad gets if you win:

  • A yummy set of naturally grown herb and spice rubs for back yard grilling from Spice of Life
  • One personalized Father’s Day custom 22oz etched beer glass with your children’s birth dates from Scissor Mill
  • A personalized beer opener key chain that read “My dad rocks!” from Pop Tag
  • In lieu of an apron we decided to go with a cool super hero dad t-shirt from REVOLUTION46R46
  • A sampler 6-pack of NW beers from the local PDX Trader Joe’s donated by Tumblewee

You know the drill, do any of the following for an entry:

  1. Tell us the best memory you have about your dad!
  2. Comment below on your favorite item from Spice of Life
  3. Comment below on your favorite item from Scissor Mill
  4. Comment below on your favorite item from Pop Tag
  5. Comment below on your favorite item from REVOLUTION46R46
  6. Comment below on your favorite item from Tumblewee
  7. Like us on facebook (make sure to comment that you did so!)
  8. Follow us on twitter
  9. Subscribe to our blog

If you’re not a WordPress member make sure to leave your email so we can contact you if you’re the lucky winner!

We’ll pick a winner Tuesday June 12th at 5pm. Open to Canada and US residents.

Good luck!

meg

Monday Meals: Veggie or Fruit Infused French Toast

It’s Monday Meals!

I thought this was such a smart idea – infuse your french toast (or just about anything) with veggie or fruit puree.

not the prettiest picture. i guess i need to work on my food presentation.

I have done this with pancakes (pumpkin) before, but I  had never thought about doing it with french toast.  French toast is our main go to in the morning.  I whip up the mixture and make sure to double the recipe so I’ll have extra for the week.  I mix it in a small, rectangular casserole container with a lid so that I can store the left over mixture in the fridge for use the next morning (think the size of bread slices).

I opted for sweet potato veggie puree, because Jax will always eat fruit so I don’t really need to “supplement” these into his diet.  The recipe:

Infused French Toast

(serves 4)

Combine the following in a bowl/container:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp veggie or fruit puree (banana, pinapple, sweet potato, carrot, butternut squash, pumpkin)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla (the recipe doesn’t call for this either, but I love vanilla in my french toast)
  • (the recipe doesn’t call for it, but I add a little milk too, about 1/4 cup.  That’s how my mom always made french toast)
  • 4 slices of bread
How to cook:

  1. Soak your bread in the mixture for about 30 seconds.
  2. Turn a griddle on medium-high heat.  When the pan is hot coat the bottom with butter (roll it around to melt all over).  When the butter melts, place your soaked bread slices on the griddle and cook till each side is golden brown.
  3. Serve with your pure maple syrup (I make sure it’s the real deal, not corn syrup with “maple syrup” flavoring) and/or these toppings; applesauce, peanut butter, fruit.
recipe adopted from Deceptively Delicious

Jax usually has 1/2 piece of french toast (I eat the other half), a 1/8 cup of fruit, with an egg.  I get both fruit and egg too.

Let me know what you think!

ENJOY! ash

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