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Mighty Fuel for Mighty Kids – Plum Organics Fruit Pouch Pound Cake Recipe

07/22/2014

Let’s face it, toddlers are notorious for not wanting to eat the things they should to grow up healthy and strong. Try as we might, they scrunch up their faces and simply refuse to eat the healthy things we put in front of them.

I can’t really blame them though, even I am not partial to some fruits and vegetables, even though I know exactly why I should be eating them.

plum organics logoPlum Organics is a brand that aims to bridge the gap between a parents desire to offer healthy food for their kids and the kid’s refusal to eat it.

Plum Organics offers a complete line of organic baby foods including fruit puree, toddler snacks & more. Plum Organics’ newest line of products aimed at toddlers is called Mighty and features pouches, bars and snack puffs full of nutrition yet packaged in a way that even the pickiest toddler will find appealing.

The Mighty line-up is packed with healthy, organic, and delicious ingredients like Greek yogurt, chia, whole grains, fruits, and veggies and has been specially formulated to help fuel mighty tots and their mighty imaginations.

My daughter is 6 and isn’t considered a toddler anymore, but much like her former toddler self, she still uses her imagination to fuel her day. Back then, she wanted nothing more than to be a ladybug.

Not much has changed, she actually still has that costume and can still manage to get into it, although she does need some help getting out of it now because it is a bit tight. She has a better understanding of the world and now realizes that she can’t actually be a ladybug, but that doesn’t stop her from pretending.

Toddlers do have amazing imaginations. Take a look at the video below from Plum Organics where they ask a toddler “What will you do when you grow up?”

To help us experience their new Mighty products, Plum Organics sent us a Mighty Tot kit filled with goodies!

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My daughter showed off how mighty she is and how much she enjoyed the Plum Organics products. She also announced that we should bake a cake with one of the pouches, which I thought was rather creative (fueled in part, I’m sure, by the Mighty Tots she had been sampling) , so we did!

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We decided to make a pound cake with the Mighty 4 Spinach, Kiwi, Barley and Greek Yogurt pouch. My daughter did most of the work mixing ingredients and pouring the batter into the pan.

It turned out surprisingly good!

Fruit Pouch Pound Cake recipe

Fruit Pouch Pound Cake Recipe

4.9 from 10 reviews
Fruit Pouch Pound Cake Recipe
 
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Serves: 10-12
Ingredients
  • 1 cup almond meal or flour
  • 1 cup tapioca flour
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 4 large eggs
  • ¼ cup raw honey
  • 2 tbsp softened coconut oil
  • 4 oz pouch of fruit puree
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease a loaf pan (I love my Lodge Cast Iron loaf pan) with coconut oil (you can also cut a sheet of parchment paper to place in the bottom of the pan to help keep the cake from sticking).
  3. In a medium bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients together until evenly combined.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk all of the wet ingredients together until almost smooth. The coconut oil will solidify slightly, but that's ok, it will melt back down while baking.
  5. Slowly pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until blended well.
  6. Pour batter into greased loaf pan and bake for about 35-40 minutes.
  7. Bake time will vary based upon your oven, it should be done when a toothpick comes out almost clean. If you wait until it comes out clean, the rest of it may end slightly over cooked.

Who’d have thought such a great tasting pound cake could have so much goodness baked inside! Potassium, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and more! This cake is surprisingly moist and just the right amount of sweet.

Gluten-free Pound Cake made with a kids fruit pouch

In the words of my daughter AND my 5 year-old niece “I love it!”

We can’t wait to try this recipe with the Plum Organics Mighty kale, strawberry, amaranth & greek yogurt variety and top it with fresh strawberries. YUM!

And by the way, she hasn’t taken the cape off yet, spending her time running through the house yelling “super Abby to the rescue”.

You can purchase Mighty products at PlumOrganics.com, find a local store near you that carries them, or from Amazon.com.

Fuel YOUR Mighty Kid with Plum Organics!

Enter to win a Mighty Tots kit for your Mighty kid – one winner will receive the kit shown below:

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Note: This is part of a sponsored campaign with Plum Organics, opinions are my own.
Brand Campaigns, Drinks, I Said So, Recipes

Toasted Coconut & Fig Almond Milk Smoothie

07/08/2014
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Silk for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

When it comes a healthy breakfast, or any meal for that matter, I always try to maximize the nutritional value in what we eat. Sure, we like a treat now and again, but but when it comes to the things we already eat and drink, I love it when there is the opportunity to have some added benefits.

I don’t drink cows milk because of a recent new intolerance I have developed, so I have taken to drinking Silk Almondmilk®. Silk® is the only brand I buy because I like the ingredients list and love their commitment to the Non-GMO Project.

My favorite new variety of Silk® is the Silk Vanilla Almondmilk Protein + Fiber®.

About Silk Vanilla Almondmilk Protein + Fiber®:

  • 50% more calcium than dairy milk
  • Good source of protein
  • Excellent source of fiber
  • Excellent source of vitamin E
  • Absolutely no cholesterol or saturated fat
  • Free of dairy, lactose, gluten, soy, casein, egg and MSG
  • Enrolled in the Non-GMO Project’s product verification program
  • No artificial colors, flavors or funny business

Silk Protein + Fiber Almondmilk® is the perfect addition to an energy-packed breakfast smoothie!

Toasted Coconut & Fig Almond Milk Smoothie

This smoothie is thick and rich and is the perfect start to a busy day. It is chock full of protein and fiber and will fuel your day. If you don’t have time to mix up a smoothie, the vanilla flavored Silk Almondmilk Protein + Fiber® tastes great! I love to add it to my coffee and my son enjoys it straight up.

Toasted Coconut & Fig Almond Milk Smoothie

Toasted Coconut & Fig Almond Milk Smoothie

5.0 from 8 reviews
Toasted Coconut & Fig Almond Milk Breakfast Smoothie
 
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Serves: 3
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup dried figs with stems removed (about 5)
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp raw honey (optional)
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 2 cup almond milk (I used Silk Vanilla Protein + Fiber Almondmilk®)
  • ½ cup coconut (plus extra for garnish)
Instructions
Toast coconut
  1. Heat oven to 300 degrees
  2. Spread finely shredded coconut on a baking sheet
  3. Toast, stirring frequently until lightly golden brown (about 5 minutes)
Make smoothie
  1. Add frozen bananas, figs, cacao powder, honey, almond butter, vanilla and almond milk to blender (I use a Vitamix but any blender should work).
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Add in toasted coconut and mix until thoroughly blended.
  4. Serve topped with toasted coconut.
Notes
This made 3 very thick smoothies. You could still drink through a straw, but you could easily add more almond milk to thin them out and increase the servings.

If you don't have figs, you could use pitted dates as well.

Fig & Toasted Coconut Almond Milk Smoothie

This is my new favorite smoothie!

For more information about the new Silk Protein + Fiber® and to print out a coupon so you can try it for yourselves visit Silk.com. To find Silk Protein + Fiber® near you, check out the store locator.

What would you make with Silk Protein + Fiber Almondmilk®? Or would you drink it straight?

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Dinner, Paleo, Pork, Recipes

Paleo Grilled Asiago Stuffed Pork Chops

04/13/2014

Paleo Grilled Asiago Stuffed Pork Chops

Do you even care what’s in that?

It really tastes as amazing as it looks.

Paleo Grilled Stuffed Pork Chops with Asiago Cheese

Obviously the dairy is controversial with paleo, different people believe different things. We don’t have a problem with it so we eat it, buying raw dairy whenever possible.

5.0 from 3 reviews
Paleo Grilled Asiago Stuffed Pork Chops
 
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Serves: 4
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Instructions
  1. Divide Italian 3-cheese blend into 4 and stuff into pockets of pork chops.
  2. Season both sides of chops liberally with garlic pepper seasoning.
  3. Set aside and allow to come to room temperature, about 15 minutes.
  4. Melt butter in a small saucepan and stir in ground mustard and ground mustard seed. Add Asiago cheese and stir until blended.
  5. Light grill and sear pork chops about 2 min. each side.
  6. Continue to cook chops, turning frequently, until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees (or your preferred temperature).
  7. Remove chops from the grill and place in a cast iron skillet.
  8. Reheat butter & Asiago mixture and pour over chops.
  9. Broil on high in oven until golden brown and slightly crusty.
  10. Serve.
Notes
*The Spice House Back of the Yards Garlic Pepper seasoning is their custom blend. According to their ingredients list it is hand mixed from: Tellicherry black pepper, garlic, Kosher flake salt, sugar, red bell peppers, shallots, parsley.

 

There will not be any leftovers.

Trust me.

Paleo Grilled Stuffed Pork Chops

See that yummy cheese oozing out?

Paleo Grilled Stuffed Pork Chops

You might want to double the recipe, just sayin’.

Dessert, Grain Free, Recipes

Coco Java Pudding {grain-free, paleo}

03/04/2014

Ah pudding.

I remember a time when enjoying pudding meant pulling a plastic lid off of a plastic container, licking the lid, then devouring the pudding inside the plastic cup.

Not a care in the world, and certainly no concern about the ingredients.

Only 100 calories?

Fat free?

Sold.

I’ll take two.

SKIM MILK, WATER, SUGAR, MODIFIED CORNSTARCH, COCOA PROCESSED WITH ALKALI, CORNSTARCH, CONTAINS LESS THAN 1% OF SALT, SODIUM STEAROYL LACTYLATE (FOR SMOOTH TEXTURE), SODIUM ALGINATE, CALCIUM PHOSPHATE, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, ARTIFICIAL COLOR, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, VITAMIN D.

I challenge you to tell me what half of that stuff is.

So I made pudding. Well, it actually was supposed to be a filling for my grain-free, no bake pie crust, but it was not firm enough for that. So I now call it pudding!

Paleo Pudding Recipe - Grain-Free, No Bake Pudding

5.0 from 2 reviews
Coco Java Pudding {grain-free, paleo}
 
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Serves: 4-5
Ingredients
  • 1 can coconut milk (13.5 oz)
  • ½ cup brewed coffee (cold)
  • ¼ cup raw honey
  • ⅓ cup cocao powder
  • ¼ cup tapioca flour
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Heat coconut milk and coffee over medium heat until combined.
  2. Add honey and stir.
  3. Whisk in cocao powder and tapioca flour until blended and smooth.
  4. Stir in vanilla and salt and continue to stir for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and pour into individual containers (makes about 4-5 small servings).
  6. Let cool on counter, cover and chill until ready to serve. If you put it in the fridge immediately it may form a gross film on top that you will want to remove before eating.

 

It was bit less thick than regular pudding but my son and I really enjoyed it!

Grain-Free Pudding

Dinner, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Recipes

Honey & Pecan Pork Cutlets {gluten-free, grain-free}

02/15/2014

Sometimes I make something expecting it to fail.

And when it doesn’t fail I am then left with mediocre photos but a need to still share the recipe because I would be doing you a big disservice if I didn’t.

Huge disservice.

Cause this, my friends, was very good.

And extremely easy to make.

Well, my husband did the cooking that day, so of course it was easy for me. But in general, I promise it’s not difficult.

Honey & Pecan Pork Cutlets - Gluten-Free, Grain -Free & Paleo-Friendly

The pictures make it look like a brown pile of mush, but seriously there is no tastier brown pile of mush out there.

5.0 from 1 reviews
Honey & Pecan Pork Cutlets
 
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 to 2 lbs boneless pork cutlets (1/4-1/2 thick)
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped
  • ½ cup raw honey
Instructions
  1. Coat the cutlets with the almond flour by dredging in a shallow bowl. Coat each cutlet and set aside.
  2. Heat 2 tbsp of butter in a large skillet on medium heat. You may need to do this in 2 batches if your skillet isn't large enough. In that case, heat only 1 tbsp of butter at a time.
  3. Add the pork cutlets (all or half depending on skillet size) and brown 2-1/2 to 3 minutes each side.
  4. Add the remaining butter, pecans and honey to the pan and stir (if doing in 2 batches, only add half the remaining butter, half the pecans and half the honey). When blended, cover and simmer the cutlets for about 8 minutes.
  5. Remove cutlets and sauce from pan and serve (if doing in 2 batches, keep first batch warm and repeat instructions for 2nd batch).

 

Honey & Pecan Pork Cutlets - Gluten-Free, Grain -Free & Paleo-Friendly

Trust me, they taste way better than they look.

Breakfast, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Recipes

Grain-Free Maple Cinnamon Pancakes

02/05/2014

When it comes to trying to make traditional comfort food grain-free, we often are left feeling less-than-satisfied. Sure, it’s better than complete deprivation, but never have I said I would choose a grain-free version over the original food it was meant to replace.

Until now.

Until I made these pancakes.

In a word – delicious.

Grain-Free Pancakes with maple & cinnamon

4.5 from 2 reviews
Grain-Free Maple Cinnamon Pancakes
 
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Serves: 3-5
Ingredients
  • 1 cup arrowroot
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tbsp coconut oil (for greasing the pan)
Instructions
  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Mix together all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Whisk in the eggs, milk, vanilla and maple syrup until smooth.
  4. When pan is heated, add coconut oil to pan and coat pan thoroughly.
  5. Using a ladle or large spoon, pour batter into the pan and use the spoon to spread it out slightly. If you prefer thinner pancakes, spread it out more.
  6. Cook until light brown (about 1 minute) and flip and repeat on the other side.
  7. Repeat until all the batter is gone.
  8. Makes about 10 4-5 inch pancakes depending upon thickness.

Grain-Free Pancakes with maple & cinnamon

Eat one.

Eat the whole stack!

They taste great even plain but you can add your favorite pancake toppings. We did the traditional butter and maple syrup.

They had a great texture and and the flavor really was surprisingly good. My kids devoured them as they would “regular” pancakes.

Grain-Free Pancakes with maple & cinnamon

Health & Nutrition, I Said So

Deciding on Dinner Meal Planning Grain-Free Edition Dec. 2 – 8

12/02/2013

Wow Thanksgiving came and went FAST. I cleaned for three days straight to prepare for our guests and for my kids birthday party on Saturday. My house has never been cleaner – and I like it!

The food was amazing. We ate leftovers twice and I had totally forgotten with last weeks meal plan that we were having a caterer for dinner.

We ate those leftovers on Sunday.

So I recycled some of last weeks recipes.

Again.

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Monday

  • Paleo Pizza - Crust, sausage, mushrooms and cheese toppings.
  • Butternut Squash Fries

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

  • Lentil & Pumpkin Soup (from newspaper)
  • Grain-free chicken tenders

How was your Thanksgiving?

Did you eat too much?

I sure did but it was all a choice and I owned it and enjoyed it!

Make sure you check out Paula’s healthy family meal plan for more great recipes.