Ginger Grape Chia Jam

Ginger Grape Chia Jam

I love Earth Day, because it means my Birthday is almost here!  Our Recipe ReDux theme this month centers around Earth Day and how we can reduce our food waste.

Instead of shocking you with a bunch of statistics about food waste, I’m going to bore you with my favorite nutrition joke.

What is the most expensive fruit or vegetable that you will ever eat?

Before I tell you the answer, I must tell you, I picture this as a really engaging clickbait with a headline like: “Girl buys most expensive fruit ever,” or “the 7 most expensive fruits and vegetables, you didn’t know you were buying” or my personal favorite, “Making this mistake with your fruits and veggies could be costing you over $100 per month.”  Then I start fielding calls from CNN or The Guiness Book of World Records. But in reality, it is just a REALLY bad joke.

I’ve made you wait long enough, the most expensive fruit or vegetable you will ever eat, is the one that you throw away!  Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Now on to more serious stuff: 

I’m the only fruit lover in my house, besides the occasional banana or raisin (remember I live in a household of picky eaters), so, if I don’t eat it, no one is going to eat it. Coming out of the winter fruit drought here in the midwest I ended up with an abundance of grapes. Rather than throwing away grapes or other fruits that are on their last leg, try them in my Ginger Grape Chia Jam. it is so simple and the hint of ginger seriously kicks it up a culinary notch. It’s great on toast, waffles, oatmeal, yogurt, or even just off the spoon.

 

Grape Ginger Chia Jam
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A fresh and fruity addition to anything you can dream up. It's almost as good as Grandma's.
Grape Ginger Chia Jam
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A fresh and fruity addition to anything you can dream up. It's almost as good as Grandma's.
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Wash grapes and remove the stem. Place them in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Use a wooden spoon to mash the grapes as their skin starts to soften. Depending on the stage of ripeness this should take about 10 minutes. Note: To speed up this process you can cut the grapes in half, which will release the juices quicker.
  2. Remove the grapes from heat and add lemon juice, honey, and chia seeds. Allow to sit for a few minutes to cool and slightly thicken.
  3. Add the grape mixture and ginger to a small food processor. Blend until smooth. Chill and serve on toast, oatmeal, yogurt or pancakes.
Recipe Notes

You can use any fruit for this recipe, and just adjust the additional flavorings to taste.

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Grape Ginger Chia Jam

Grape Ginger Chia Jam
Print Recipe
A fresh and fruity addition to anything you can dream up. It's almost as good as Grandma's.
Grape Ginger Chia Jam
Print Recipe
A fresh and fruity addition to anything you can dream up. It's almost as good as Grandma's.
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Wash grapes and remove the stem. Place them in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Use a wooden spoon to mash the grapes as their skin starts to soften. Depending on the stage of ripeness this should take about 10 minutes. Note: To speed up this process you can cut the grapes in half, which will release the juices quicker.
  2. Remove the grapes from heat and add lemon juice, honey, and chia seeds. Allow to sit for a few minutes to cool and slightly thicken.
  3. Add the grape mixture and ginger to a small food processor. Blend until smooth. Chill and serve on toast, oatmeal, yogurt or pancakes.
Recipe Notes

You can use any fruit for this recipe, and just adjust the additional flavorings to taste.

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Waffle Iron Eggs

Waffle Iron Eggs

I am notorious for doing about a billion things at once, anyone else with me?

Imagine this, I decide I want eggs for breakfast; as they are busy sizzling in the pan, I realize I have a few extra minutes while they cook, so I rush to change a load of laundry and I come back to a stuck to the pan, overcooked, egg hockey puck. Maybe you prefer your eggs like that… not me.

We recently moved, and my husband realized how many kitchen gadgets I have. So now I am on a mission to prove to him how essential all of these gadgets are in my life. In my last post, I shared an unconventional way to use your toaster.

Today, I am sharing another use for your waffle iron, to prepare eggs! My waffle iron isn’t anything fancy, but it does automatically turns off as soon as it is done cooking. Do you know how long it takes to cook an egg? Approximately the same amount of time it takes to cook a waffle.  The only hard part about this is having to clean out those little tiny squares, be sure to pre-spray your waffle iron.

  1. Just crack your egg in your preheated and pre-sprayed waffle iron. You could also try this with a scrambled egg.

IMG_54322. Wait until it is cooked to your preferred level of “doneness.” Mine was done as soon as the green light on my waffle iron came on.

IMG_54333. Serve it. Mine kind of turned out looking like a “McMuffin” egg, so I turned it into an open-faced sandwich.

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If you want another unconventional way to use a kitchen gadget, the toaster, be sure to check out my last post on sweet potato toast.

Sweet Potato Toast

Sweet Potato Toast

We all know that we don’t eat enough veggies! Some of the people I talk to say they don’t eat veggies because they don’t know HOW to prepare them. Some of the people I talk to say they don’t eat veggies because they don’t like them, which I would argue, is that they also don’t know how to prepare them.

I shared a recipe on KCTV 5’s, Better Kansas City, that is veggie-filled, easy, and almost fool-proof; in fact, it barely requires a recipe. Nothing should stand in your way of preparing and eating veggies, so I won’t even make you read a recipe, you can just watch the video on how to prepare it, that’s right, no reading required. You can watch it while you are lounging by the pool or shopping at the grocery store. #NoExcuses

Just saving the world one veggie at a time! 

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Sweet Potato Toast
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Ingredients

  • 1 Large Sweet Potato
  • 1 Avocado
  • 2-4 Eggs
  • Cheese (for garnish)

Instructions

  1. Wash and peel the sweet potato, cut into quarter inch slices.
  2. Place sweet potato slices in a toaster for about 2 rounds, or until it is tender and slightly browned.
  3. Meanwhile, in a hot skillet prepare an egg to level of preferred doneness.
  4. Place avocado slices on sweet potato and top with egg.
  5. Garnish with cheese, or other shredded veggies and serve immediately.
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https://www.kansascitydietitian.com/2016/06/sweet-potato-toast/

Sweet Potato
Veggie-Lovers Healthy Donuts

Veggie-Lovers Healthy Donuts

 

I originally shared this post on National Donut Day. As I have learned new things about feeding my picky eater, I have referenced this post for healthy donuts over and over.  I wrote this post when mug cakes were all the rage and the donut pan was not a thing you could order on amazon. Now, that donut pans are easy to find I’m sharing 2 easy ways to make these healthy donuts. You can make them in the oven with a donut pan, or individually as mug cakes in the microwave.  Whichever way you decide to make veggie donuts, I always top mine with my Healthy Chocolate Frosting, and then let the kids help decorate them. 

Donut Pan

If you’ve already jumped on the donut pan trend. Harness your donut pan for good by making a batch of veggie-filled healthy donuts! 

Veggie Lovers Healthy Donuts
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6 donuts
Servings
6 donuts
Veggie Lovers Healthy Donuts
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Servings
6 donuts
Servings
6 donuts
Ingredients
Servings: donuts
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray donut pan.
  2. In a mini food processor, or blender mix egg, milk, spinach or kale and banana until greens are finely shredded.
  3. Pour into remaining ingredients, except chocolate chips. Mix until incorporated, but do not over mix. Stir through chocolate chips.
  4. Pour batter into prepared donut pan. Bake 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before removing from pan.
Recipe Notes

Prepare the Healthy Chocolate Frosting and dip the cooled donuts in it.

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Mug Cake

If you don’t want to turn on your oven, try this mug cake variation of the healthy donuts. Your veggie-filled donuts are ready in less than 5 minutes for breakfast or a snack.  One recipe includes a full delicious serving of veggies.

Yields 1 mug cake, 2-3 donuts

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh spinach or kale, or 1/2 cup frozen spinach or kale
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Tablespoons vanilla unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut flour (If using whole wheat flour use 3 Tablespoons)
  • 2 Tablespoons rolled oats
  • 1 Tablespoon ground flax
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • dash of vanilla
  • Optional: 1-2 teaspoons maple syrup or honey*, mini chocolate chips, nuts
  • *highly recommend adding something sweet if you are using kale.

Instructions

  1. Place the spinach or kale in a small microwave safe bowl with 1 tablespoon water. Microwave for 30-60 seconds. If you are using frozen spinach or kale it should be thawed, if you are using fresh it should be slightly wilted.
  2. In a mini food processor, or blender mix eggs, milk, prepared spinach or kale (see step 1) and banana until greens are finely shredded.
  3. Pour into a medium bowl and add remaining ingredients. Mix until incorporated, but do not over mix. The texture should be very thick.
  4. Spray microwave-safe mug, or donut tins. Pour batter into mug or tins. If you are using donut tins it should be spread over 3. Microwave 3-4 minutes. The "cake" should be very moist, but no longer runny. If you are using donut tins you will divide the mixture over 3 tins, so the cook time will be about 1 minute each.
  5. Serve warm. Drizzle or glaze with melted chocolate for an extra pinch of YUM!
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The first time I post this recipe my daughter (photo on the left) was about 18 months, now my son, also 18 months is enjoying the same recipe. I’ve perfected my frosting a bit more though, so it’s a little messier. 

Veggie Tots

Veggie Tots

Veggie Tots

I have to admit I was pretty excited to try this recipe, the only thing I was more excited about was when my husband tried them and liked them!!! They were so good we ended up with only 1 left, so naturally I had to finish them off.

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices whole wheat sandwich bread torn into slices

Note: you can make this gluten-free by using oats and a little bit of cheese as a binder instead. 

  • 1/2 of a large head of cauliflower, chopped into florets (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 large head of broccoli, chopped into florets and stems removed (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • Add any of your favorite spices, I added a little bit of garlic, and some oregano.

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Place your bread and 1/2 cup water in a bowl and let soak for 15 minutes. (You can skip this step if you are making the gluten-free alternative).

3. Fill a medium pot of water about half-way and bring to a boil. Add the broccoli and cauliflower and return to a boil for 1 minute. Immediately remove from stove and run under cool water. Alternately you can steam the vegetables. You want them tender but crisp so that they don’t make mushy tots.

4. Combine the veggies, egg, and spices into a food processor. Strain the water out of the bread bowl and squeeze the bread. Add the bread to the veggie mixture. Pulse until the veggies are chopped but NOT pureed.

5. Scoop and place on a cookie sheet. After scooping I shaped mine into rectangular shapes so they looked like a tot.

6. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until they are slightly browned and firm. Serve warm.

These reheat great! So you can serve them as leftovers, but at my house we didn’t have any.

Optional: You can also add about 1/4 cup parmesan cheese to the mixture. It adds a little bit more flavor but also adds more calories. I didn’t think they needed it, but my husband preferred the cheesy ones.

You can also make them all the way up to baking and freeze them. Then you can just pop them in the oven on a busy weeknight for a healthy side.

Recipe adapted from: https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/cauliflower-and-broccoli-tots