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Frico {Italian cheese crisps}

There are two things that are abundant in my kitchen right now.

1. Garden greens (My husband apparently did a great job amending our new soil.)

2. Parmigiano Reggiano (A friend gifted me an obscenely large chunk, which I am determined to use for more than just grating.)

Since we’re leaving on vacation tomorrow, those are about the only two things in my kitchen right now. Those, and half a bag of organic potatoes. So, in my quest to create something out of nothing, I decided to create some crispy, crunchy little treats known as frico (or is it fricos?)  Continue reading

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2-Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

Imagine it:

You come home from a long, tiring day at work, not feeling well and desperate for sleep. You have to cook dinner, get your toddler bathed and tucked into bed, and get everything ready for the next early morning. Then you remember with horror: you signed up to bring muffins to school tomorrow.

It happened to me, the night before my son’s first Halloween party. Why, oh why, didn’t I just sign up to bring juice boxes!? (This is my first child, so I’m still learning…)

I knew they had to be pumpkin, and they had to be cute. So I sat down to do some quick Googling and find something I could pull off by morning. That’s when I found it: the 2-ingredient pumpkin muffin recipe (visit Sweet Verbena for the post I found.)

Is it possible that I’m the last person in the world to know about this fabulous recipe? If so, color me humbled. If not, I hope you love it as much as I do!

Here’s what you do:

2-Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

  • 1 cake mix (white, yellow, spice or carrot)
  • 1 15-oz. can of pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix both ingredients in a large mixing bowl until well blended (batter will be thick).

Line muffin pan with paper liners; fill liners 2/3 full with batter. Bake 20–25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Makes about 18 muffins.

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That’s right – no eggs, no oil, nothing. You don’t add anything to the mix but the pumpkin. It’s ingenious, and it’s delicious. The perfect cross between a moist, dense muffin and a yummy cupcake – and you’ll still get to bed on time. ;)

I knew I had to decorate these, and lately I’ve struggled with how to make things fun for kids without using tons of awful, yucky dyes. I’ve come up with a solution that seems like a good compromise to me (at least until I find affordable, natural dyes that actually work.)

I whipped up a quick batch of cream cheese icing with real ingredients (butter, 10x sugar, almond milk, cream cheese and pure vanilla.) I piped a small rosette on the top of each cupcake, then topped each with a mini Nutter Butter/Hershey’s Kiss acorn. (Thanks to the hubby for running to the store!) …and voila! A perfect little fall accent that can be eaten or popped off, depending on dietary preferences.

 

They received a resounding thumbs up from my coworkers (who affectionately nicknamed them “muffcakes” and the kids at school loved them. The director even texted me for the recipe! Now I just have to decide if I really want her to know how easy they were… ;)

A few side notes:

  • This recipe is a great way to add a healthy dose of nutrient-rich pumpkin to a fun treat, AND it’s easy enough that your toddler can help with the mixing!
  • Depending on the price of the cake mix and pumpkin you find, these cupcakes are very affordable. (Mine were organic and worked out to .16 each before decorating.)
  • It’s the perfect time of year to cook up some fresh pumpkin to store in the freezer. Just premeasure into 15 oz containers, and you’ll have a nice stash to whip up easy muffins all year long. (This is our plan, since we try to avoid cans whenever possible.)
  • This also works with chocolate cake mix, although I haven’t tried that one yet. I hear it’s heavenly, though!
  • These are especially good for folks like me, who use few eggs and little dairy and often don’t have them on hand.
  • If you prefer to use an organic cake mix, you may have trouble finding a spice-flavored variety. If you choose to use white or yellow, add 1 Tbsp cinnamon and 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice so you don’t miss out on that yummy, spicy pumpkin flavor.

Have you ever made 2-ingredient muffins?

 

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Who wants to win some of my favorite oats?

***Giveaway Closed***

My lucky winner, with comment #94, is MamaChocolate! Congrats, and happy oat-making! :)

Original Post:

You might remember my recent review of Tropical Traditions organic oats.

Well, now Tropical Traditions wants to offer one of my readers the chance to win a bag of their own! :)

These oats are no longer just a review product for us – they are officially a product we purchase for use in our home.  We liked them so much, we’re currently waiting for another bag to arrive!

Why am I so excited about some simple oats? Because they’re anything but. I love the fact that Tropical Traditions thick rolled whole grain oats are not only certified organic, but they’re also thick, dense and chewy, and add a great hearty texture to our overnight oats.

One of the main reasons I love a bowl of morning oats so much is that they are never the same twice. There are so many ways to enjoy them! I’ve even seen people prepare savory oats with ingredients like cheese and eggs! My daily breakfast usually differs based on what’s in season and what I happen to have on hand.

Here are a few of my favorite combinations:

  • Banana, chopped dates, cardamom and a drizzle of honey
  • Shredded coconut and cacao nibs or dark chocolate chips/shavings
  • Artisana Cacao Bliss and fresh black cherries
  • Blueberries, almond slivers and lemon zest
  • Raisins, dried cranberries, cinnamon and granola (like an oatmeal raisin cookie!)
  • Chopped banana and Tierra Farm Chocolate Hazelnut butter (Nutella who!?)
  • Pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and crumbled graham crackers or granola
  • Granola, almond butter and Crofter’s Superfruit spread (hits the spot like a PB&J!)
  • 1/2 oats, 1/2 cooked millet with cardamom, coconut milk, toasted coconut and lime zest.
…and nothing tops off ANY bowl of oats better than one big, plump Medjool date. My favorite!

If you’d like to enter to win your own 5 lb. bag of Tropical Traditions Certified Organic thick rolled whole grain oats, just sign up for the Tropical Traditions email newsletter! I promise you’ll be glad you did (the email is where I just found the free shipping code for the bag I ordered!)
Signing up for the TT email is the only mandatory entry. Just leave me a comment below letting me know you signed up, and you’re entered! 
Bonus entries:
  • Subscribe to my blog via email.
  • Like ABCGP on Facebook
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  • Follow @ABCGP on Twitter
  • Tweet about this giveaway (please include a link to this post in your tweet. Limit one tweet per day. Leave a comment with a link to your tweet.)
  • Tell me your favorite way to top a bowl of oats. I’m always up for new ideas! :)
Entry period will remain open until May 15th. I will then choose a winner via Random.org. Winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to confirm or a new winner will be chosen. Open to US and Canada.

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Mommy and Me Recipe: Curry-Sprinkled Roasted Cauliflower

Sharing this recipe never occurred to me before, mainly because it didn’t really seem like a “recipe.” Three ingredients and simple prep didn’t really seem worth sharing, I guess. But this easy side dish has become a weekly favorite in our house, and I found myself thinking, Isn’t every parent looking for easy, healthy vegetable recipes?

Yes! And this one is totally toddler-friendly. :D

So, here it is:

Curry-Sprinkled Roasted Cauliflower

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • curry powder, to taste
  • Olive oil, for drizzling

->Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

->Rinse cauliflower and cut into bite-sized pieces. Spray large baking dish or baking sheet with non-stick spray (We use olive oil in a Misto sprayer to avoid using an aerosol can.)

->Arrange cauliflower in a thin layer in pan. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle generously with curry powder (we tend to be very generous…)

->Toss to coat.

->Roast at 350 degrees approximately 20-25 minutes (stirring occasionally), or until tender and nicely browned.

->Serve. It’s as easy as that! (*Note: Warmer weather is coming! If you’d rather not heat up your oven, try this in a foil packet on the grill!)

We’ve started making this with 2 heads of cauliflower because we all like it so much.  The Dada and I like to add a little sea salt to ours, but Little Man digs it just the way it is. Sometimes we even have to take it away from him because he tries to eat it by the fistful!

Tonight’s batch was served with baked sweet potato sticks and a cold cup of coconut water.

I say it every time: A toddler belly full of veggies makes my heart skip a beat! :) <<sigh>>

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Don’t forget: My Yoreganics Organic Soap Nuts Laundry Set Giveaway, sponsored by Blissmo, is OPEN until 4/25! Enter now!

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It’s a Pleasure to Meet You…

Wow! The Blogtastic Extravaganza event has been a HUGE hit, and I’ve picked up several hundred new subscribers in the past 4 days! :D Don’t forget – you can still enter until midnight tonight, 1/22. The winner will be announced on Monday, 1/24.

To all of my readers who have been with me for the past year, I just want to say thanks so much for hanging with me! (You know I love ya, right?)

And to all my new subscribers, I’d like to introduce myself!

I’m Wendy, and this is my little man.

I know you probably get a million emails a day, and I am SO grateful that you’ve allowed me to occupy some of that precious space in your inbox!

But I have to admit, I’m a little intimidated. I mean, now I guess I have to come up with something interesting to say, huh? 8O

Haha. I’ll do my best to keep things interesting…discussion is welcome here, so please chime in with your thoughts and suggestions often!

Here’s a quick idea of what you can expect from ABCGP:

I’ve always been a little bit crunchy, a little bit foodie. It’s a combination that makes life a constant learning process, especially with a baby in the mix! Once I found out I was expecting back in 2009, my desire to surround my baby with all things clean, pure and natural kicked into high  gear. I quickly realized that you really can’t “green” your baby’s environment without doing the same for yourself, so we’ve challenged ourselves to examine all aspects of our life as a family, learn as much as we can, and make the changes it takes to make ourselves healthier, day by day…and that’s what this blog is about. (With a healthy dose of toddler mayhem thrown in, of course.)

You won’t get an email from me every day, but I try to update a few times a week. Things you can expect to see include:

  • Journal-type entries about our day-to-day life
  • Attachment Parenting topics
  • Garden updates
  • Eco-friendly lifestyle tips
  • My favorite recipes (mostly healthy, whole foods)
  • Product reviews and giveaways – several coming up SOON! Always easy entries.

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Again, thanks for stopping by…I look forward to getting to know you all.

(…and feel free to leave me a link if you’d like me to visit your blog!)

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