I’ve been on the Greek yogurt bandwagon for a while (Fage is my absolute favorite) and recently went from buying the kind with the sweetened fruit to getting the plain versions and mixing in my own cereal, fruit, etc.. I’m always hearing that Greek yogurt is the perfect substitute for sour cream and can be used in many savory ways, but I had yet to find a good use until seeing C&J Nutrition’s recipe for Cucumber Salad in Self Magazine.
To 1/2 cup of plain Greek yogurt, add 1/2 cup diced cucumber, 1/2 cup diced tomatoes, 1/4 chopped avocado, and salt & pepper. That’s it. It tastes amazing and is a nice change from my normal sugary yogurt snack.
When I saw this recipe for Spinach Cake Muffins from weelicious.com, I had to try them. I know it’s not the same as eating a spinach salad, but even the small handful of spinach leaves that make up one mini muffin is more than my kids would eat on any other given day. My first thought was to add cocoa powder so the muffins wouldn’t be green…and then I decided this would be a great opportunity to show the girls how delicious baby spinach is (assuming the muffins actually tasted good). Luckily, these little green gems taste more like vanilla than anything else, and my kids gobbled them up. That’s not to say they didn’t twist up their faces and stick out their tongues when I first told them about the spinach, but they were sold after the first bite.
We did a “breakfast for dinner” meal with these muffins (scrambled eggs and fresh fruit), and the kids asked if we could have them for dinner again the next night, so this recipe will be added to the regular rotation for sure. It’s also a nice way to use up extra baby spinach, which I always have on hand. I have some ideas on other ways to spin this recipe, so I am going to play with it and I’ll definitely post the results.
For a smile, check out the video of the recipe author’s toddler making these muffins. I only wish I could be this relaxed with my kids in the kitchen!
Quinoa is a nice change of pace from rice, and I like that it is a ‘complete protein’ food. A friend sent me this recipe for Citrus Quinoa a year ago, but when she recently couldn’t find the recipe and went into a mild panic, I knew I had to try it. It is bright and refreshing with the zest of lemon, lime, and orange, and the honey is amazing with all this citrus. I decided to add the juice of the orange I had zested, and also reserved some of the zest to sprinkle on at the end.
I used Ancient Harvest Quinoa in this recipe, as you can buy it pre-rinsed.