2017 Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

Yea! Thanksgiving is ALMOST here!

As I was compiling the list on my site of all the best Thanksgiving style recipes I realized I didn't have that many. Things will have to change! In the mean time, below are 22 recipes that you can bring to your Thanksgiving dinner and wow your guests! 

Just click the picture or link below the pictures to get the recipe!







{Healthy} Blueberry White Chocolate Popcorn

(To see the 'Happy' version of this recipe, click HERE) This was no easy task my friends. I had many attempts at trying to make a popcorn coated in vibrant purple chocolate healthier, and many failed.

There were many popcorn ideas that could have worked, and that I could have very well eaten...But when I put it to the test against my family, a lot of times they just said...No. Actually more like no way, gross, disgusting, is that coconut oil??

(Healthier) Blueberry White Chocolate Popcorn via The Diva Dish
(Healthier) Blueberry White Chocolate Popcorn via The Diva Dish

I still wanted it to be coated in white chocolate, because after all, that's what the Happy version of the recipe was. (Actually, I don't think that candy coating is real chocolate...)But I knew that I had to makeover that purple color, use REAL ingredients, and still leave it tasting delicious...if not better!

Healthier Blueberry White Chocolate Popcorn via The Diva Dish
Healthier Blueberry White Chocolate Popcorn via The Diva Dish

I could have easily added purple food coloring to the white chocolate, but I wanted to take it one step further and NATURALLY color the popcorn. The secret to the popcorn color was freeze dried blueberries. I blended them up into a fine powder and mixed it with the chocolate, which naturally tinted it!

Healthy Blueberry White Chocolate Popcorn via The Diva Dish
Healthy Blueberry White Chocolate Popcorn via The Diva Dish
Healthier Blueberry White Chocolate Popcorn via The Diva Dish
Healthier Blueberry White Chocolate Popcorn via The Diva Dish

The best part was that my kids and husband ate it without any complaints!

Don't worry, they had a few things to say about the dinner I made later that night...Glad they are back to their normal selves...

Healthier Blueberry White Chocolate Popcorn via The Diva Dish
Healthier Blueberry White Chocolate Popcorn via The Diva Dish

Healthier Blueberry White Chocolate Popcorn

Serves:

9 cups

Ingredients

  • 9 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 c. good quality white chocolate
  • 1/4 c. freeze dried blueberries
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil
  • eye sprinkles
  • bug sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Add your popcorn in a large bowl.
  2. Melt the white chocolate in the microwave, 30 second increments.
  3. While the white chocolate is melting, add the blueberries to a blender.
  4. Blend until fine crumbs,
  5. Add the blueberry dust to the white chocolate and mix together. Add the coconut oil to the chocolate and melt in the microwave for an additional 10 seconds.
  6. Pour the chocolate over the popcorn, and fold until its completely coated.
  7. Pour popcorn on prepared baking sheet. Add sprinkles, pressing them into the top of the popcorn so they stick to the chocolate.
  8. Put in the fridge for about 10 minutes to set.
  9. Store in sealed bags.

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Healthier Blueberry White Chocolate Popcorn via The Diva Dish
Healthier Blueberry White Chocolate Popcorn via The Diva Dish

(Someone is totally ready for pumpkin and Halloween season, don't you think?)

Healthier Blueberry White Chocolate Popcorn via The Diva Dish
Healthier Blueberry White Chocolate Popcorn via The Diva Dish

SO! What do you guys think, how did I do?!

Are there any recipes you would like to see a Happy version and Healthy version of! Let me know in the comments!

If you are looking for freeze dried blueberries, there is a link below: (affiliate link)

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{Happy} Purple Monster Popcorn

It's no secret that I LOVE to indulge when it comes to eating, especially dessert. I've always been a dessert maker by heart, but I do my best to strive and eat healthy majority of the time. Over the years as I've been a 'Healthy Lifestyle' blogger, I've been finding that I don't always want to focus solely on healthy food. My goal has always been to help others build a happy and healthy life, in all aspects. A part of that is not always eating the healthiest food. I know, I know...But let me explain.

Purple Monster Popcorn via The Diva Dish
Purple Monster Popcorn via The Diva Dish

Food is definitely a love language, and it brings people together. We get together to go out, vacation, spend holidays, and spend time with the ones we love eating delicious food that we will talk about forever. We all know that one place that made the best "such and such", and we dream of going back there again.

To me, that's 'Happy'.

That doesn't mean that healthy food doesn't make me happy, because it does. But when you allow yourself to indulge every once in a while, I truly believe that It brings forth a different kind of Happiness!

Which is why this next series that all about Happy Food vs. Healthy Food!!

Purple Monster Popcorn via The Diva Dish
Purple Monster Popcorn via The Diva Dish

Since I love to make 'Happy Food' every so often, I knew I wanted to share this with my readers. I decided to introduce a series where I will make a recipe 'Happy' and then a few days later a 'Healthy' version of the 'Happy' recipe will be posted!

Make sense?

So today is a 'Happy' chocolate covered popcorn, and in a few days, I'll have a healthier/cleaner version of this same recipe, which will be the 'Healthy' recipe!

I'm really so excited and already have a lists of recipes that are going to get Happy and Healthy makeovers!

So here is our first Happy recipe:

Purple Monster Popcorn, Happy Edition via The Diva Dish
Purple Monster Popcorn, Happy Edition via The Diva Dish

{Happy} Purple Monster Popcorn

Cook time:

5 mins

Total time:

5 mins

Serves:

9 cups

Ingredients

  • 9 cups popped popcorn*
  • 1 c. purple candy chocolates, I used Wilton
  • 2-3 TB. mini candy eyes, sprinkles
  • 2-3 TB. halloween sprinkles
  • *Use a popcorn that is lightly salted and little to no butter. If it has too much butter, the candy coating won't stick.

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, add your popcorn.
  2. Prepare a large baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.
  3. Melt you chocolate in the microwave, 30 seconds at a time, until melted.
  4. Pour chocolate over the popcorn and gently fold using a spatula until chocolate has evenly coated the popcorn.
  5. Pour the popcorn on the baking sheet, and then sprinkle the sprinkles on top. You can press them in a little so they stick to the chocolate.
  6. Allow the chocolate to harden, about 30 minutes.
  7. Break it apart and store or place in decorated bags or cups!
  8. Enjoy!

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Links to the products I used:

Purple Monster Popcorn via The Diva Dish
Purple Monster Popcorn via The Diva Dish

I'm so excited to share the Healthy Version of this recipe for you! See you in a few days!

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Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts

*My kids request donuts often, and I love baked donuts that I can make from home as a healthier alternative! These are made with pancake mix, so half the work is already done for you! Enjoy these Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts with your kids anytime without the sugar overload!* ********************************************************************************************

We live somewhat close to a donut shop, and every so often on a  Saturday we will walk over with the kids and get them their favorite chocolate donuts! There is also a green juice place next door, so usually I'll grab my breakfast there and then stare them down with jealousy as they eat.

It's a wonderful family tradition.

Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish
Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish

I've made quite a few baked donuts at home, but I always seem to have a problem with the texture. Especially if I have used bananas in the batter, then I just feel like I'm eating a circle sized banana bread. But lately I've been baking with pancake batter, and for some reason the texture has been just perfect!

Light, airy, but still cake like. All that's missing is a rich chocolate frosting with 1/4 cup of chocolate sprinkles on each donut.

Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish
Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish
Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish
Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish

Even better, these things bake up in a little over 10 minutes, and you don't have to wait in a long line only to find out the parent in front of you took the last chocolate donut that would have belonged to your 4 year old. Thank goodness for a game of rock, paper, scissors with your husband to see who has to relay the message to her...#firstworldtoddlerproblems

Speaking of my husband, he ONLY eats glazed donuts. I just. I can't. It's all about the cake donut my friends. Am I right?

Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish
Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish
Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish
Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish

Also, I've talked about my love for Kodiak Cakes before, and I swear they aren't paying me to say this, but they have been my favorite pancake mix to use! I just LOVE the ingredients, so if you haven't ever tried it, definitely do so!

And while you are at it, drizzle some good quality melted chocolate over the top of your donuts. When the chocolate hardens on the soft donut it's OH SO GOOD!

Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish
Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish

Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts

Ingredients

  • 1 c. pancake mix-I used Kodiak Cakes
  • 2 TB. cocoa powder
  • 1/4 c. coconut sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 TB. melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 c. milk of choice
  • 1/4 c. mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Whisk the pancake mix, cocoa powder, and coconut sugar together.
  2. Then add the egg, coconut oil, and milk and whisk until combined.
  3. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Grease a donut pan.
  5. Add the batter in a large plastic bag, and then cut the corner off.
  6. Pipe the batter into each donut, filling almost all the way to the top.
  7. (This should make about 5 regular sized donuts.)
  8. Bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes.
  9. Let cool and then remove from the pan.
  10. Top with desired toppings~I drizzled some melted white chocolate over and it was delicious!

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Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish
Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish
Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish
Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish

In the spirit of Valentines, feel free to sprinkle a touch of pink love on each donut. It appeals to little eyes even more! No pink box needed ;).

Preschool Lunch Ideas

When my oldest started going to preschool, one of the things I was most excited about was packing her lunch. And maybe the break too.

Toddler School Lunch Ideas, The Diva Dish
Toddler School Lunch Ideas, The Diva Dish

I loved the idea of packing her food that she would be excited about and all the other kids would be...I don't want to say jealous, but I kind of want to say jealous.

Her first year of preschool when she initially started I remember going ALL out. Like cutting things in shapes, making themed lunches, and putting a lot of effort into her lunch.

But then my youngest at the time was becoming more needy, life became more busy, and I just became too tired.

Toddler School Lunch Ideas, The Diva Dish
Toddler School Lunch Ideas, The Diva Dish

(Sidenote: Isn't she the most beautiful think ever? We are in trouble.)

After that I had to have a realization with myself that her lunches didn't have to be fancy/time consuming (or PIN worthy), but they could still be quick, simple, healthy, and toddler approved.

Fast forward to now I'm a busy mom of two with one on the way, which technically makes me a lot slower. I have a hard working husband and bags under my eyes.

Most likely I haven't prepared anything the night before, and we are running late because a certain someone refuses to change out of the Elsa pajamas.

So lunch prep has to be quick.

Toddler School Lunch Ideas, The Diva Dish
Toddler School Lunch Ideas, The Diva Dish

Here is my lunch DISCLAIMER :) :

My oldest is SUPER picky, so I try to appeal to her taste/preferences when she has lunch at school because I'm not there to monitor how much/what she eats.

I try to add one new thing a week, just letting her slowly try different foods.

Her lunches don't always have vegetables. It all depends on what I have on hand, and if I don't pack a veggie she likes, then I will make sure to incorporate veggies later on that day. (Snack/dinner time.)

I pack sweets. Some are homemade, and some aren't. She LOVES chocolate/which chocolate chips, so that's usually her 'treat'.

Here are 12 lunches that I prepared at the start of this school year. Again, nothing fancy. Just simple/quick/healthy/toddler approved.

1- Grapes, Carrots + Dip, White Chocolate Chips, Nut mix, PB + J Sandwiches

Toddler School Lunch Ideas, The Diva Dish
Toddler School Lunch Ideas, The Diva Dish

2-Sunflower seeds, Hummus Sandwich, Grapes, Raspberries, Fig Bar, Blueberry Greek Yogurt

Toddler School Lunch Ideas, The Diva Dish
Toddler School Lunch Ideas, The Diva Dish

3- Turkey, Mozzarella Cheese, Baby Tomatoes, Crackers, Berries, White Chocolate Chips

Toddler School Lunch Ideas, The Diva Dish
Toddler School Lunch Ideas, The Diva Dish

4- Grapes, PB+Honey+Banana+Cinnamon Sandwich, Shredded Mozz. Cheese, Carrots + Dip

Toddler School Lunch Ideas, The Diva Dish
Toddler School Lunch Ideas, The Diva Dish

5- Dehydrated Snap Peas, Shredded Chicken, Salad w/ tomatoes and croutons, Blueberries, White Chocolate Chips. (My daughter LOVES salad!)

Toddler School Lunch Ideas, The Diva Dish
Toddler School Lunch Ideas, The Diva Dish

6-Apples, Blueberries, Sun Chips, Bagel w/ PB +Honey+ Cream Cheese + Cinnamon, Tomato slices, White Chocolate Chips

Toddler School Lunch Ideas, The Diva Dish
Toddler School Lunch Ideas, The Diva Dish

7- (Halloween Theme), Peanut Butter Spider Crackers, Tortilla chips, Bat cheese, Blueberries, Candy Corn, White Chocolate Chips, Carrots + Dip. (I wanted to use guacamole but my avocados were bad when I opened them!)

Toddler School Lunch Ideas, The Diva Dish
Toddler School Lunch Ideas, The Diva Dish

8- Cute Oranges, Homemade Biscuit Turkey + Cheese Sandwich, Carrots, Dehydrated Snap Peas, Craisins, Sugar Cookie

Toddler School Lunch Ideas, The Diva Dish
Toddler School Lunch Ideas, The Diva Dish

9- Dehydrated Snap Peas, Hazelnut Butter, White Chocolate Chips, Cutie Oranges, Turkey

Toddler School Lunch Ideas, The Diva Dish
Toddler School Lunch Ideas, The Diva Dish

10- Blueberries, Plain Greek Yogurt + Honey, Chocolate Chips, Dehydrated Snap Peas, Pretzel Sticks, Cucumbers +Dip

Toddler School Lunch Ideas, The Diva Dish
Toddler School Lunch Ideas, The Diva Dish

11- Blueberries, Shredded Chicken, Chocolate Chips, Ants on A Log, Pretzels

Toddler School Lunch Ideas, The Diva Dish
Toddler School Lunch Ideas, The Diva Dish

12- Berries, Chocolate Chip Cookie, Cream Cheese + Crackers, Applesauce

Toddler School Lunch Ideas, The Diva Dish
Toddler School Lunch Ideas, The Diva Dish

Like I said, nothing fancy :)!

What do you pack your kids for lunch? This coming fall I'll be making two lunches, I'll definitely have to post more of those experiences because my girls have WAY different food preferences :)!

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Excuse me if this post doesn't make any sense. That Frozen movie is on in the background, and well, I'm repeating line for line in my head along with trying to type this up. Do you wanna build an artichoke dip?

Protein Packed, Veggie Full, Kid Approved Spinach Artichoke Dip (Made Healthier!) From The Diva Dish, http://thediva-dish.com
Protein Packed, Veggie Full, Kid Approved Spinach Artichoke Dip (Made Healthier!) From The Diva Dish, http://thediva-dish.com

Where was I?

If you are new here to The Diva Dish I'll fill you in a quick bit on my family. I have two little daughters, who some how have become WAY smarter and sassier than I ever could be. I love them so much it hurts! I also have another daughter on the way this February!! I'm married to the hardest working babe I know, and he could eat every single day of his life LOVES McDonalds.

And...This is a healthy lifestyle blog.

Protein Packed, Veggie Full, Kid Approved Spinach Artichoke Dip (Made Healthier!) From The Diva Dish, http://thediva-dish.com
Protein Packed, Veggie Full, Kid Approved Spinach Artichoke Dip (Made Healthier!) From The Diva Dish, http://thediva-dish.com

I get a lot of emails and comments from parents who feel like they don't know what to do because their little one "just won't eat healthy", or "only loves macaroni and cheese!" They wonder how on earth I do it, and why I am so lucky to have kids who love vegetables and are disgusted from fried food and cheesy noodles.

All I have to say is...

Dang! I must be a good liar! ;)

Protein Packed, Veggie Full, Kid Approved Spinach Artichoke Dip (Made Healthier!) From The Diva Dish, http://thediva-dish.com
Protein Packed, Veggie Full, Kid Approved Spinach Artichoke Dip (Made Healthier!) From The Diva Dish, http://thediva-dish.com

I'm here to break the news to you my friends....My kids are NOT good eaters.

Their picky-ness and my desire to raise my family living a healthy lifestyle is why I started this blog in the first place. I knew that there were others out there struggling with the same issues I was, and I wanted to share my successes and well..my fails.

Protein Packed, Veggie Full, Kid Approved Spinach Artichoke Dip (Made Healthier!) From The Diva Dish, http://thediva-dish.com
Protein Packed, Veggie Full, Kid Approved Spinach Artichoke Dip (Made Healthier!) From The Diva Dish, http://thediva-dish.com

So here's the deal, Let it go. OMG, sorry...Frozen.

But seriously, I've learned to ease up a little. If I stress and cry and force feed, it never ends pretty. If I spend 75 minutes making this healthy incredibly stressful dinner, I most likely will have each child take two or three bites and then they are done. SO I keep it simple.

I've made a wide range of food for them, but I've paid close attention to which types of 'foods' and healthier foods they prefer/enjoy.

For example, my oldest doesn't like things too salty, too sweet, mushed together, or funny looking. My youngest is the opposite. She likes flavors and will try almost anything. But she eats like a bird, so when I feed her I try and make sure it's filling and full of fats/proteins/etc.

Doing that has allowed me to play with their food preferences and make some of the food they love and prefer a little healthier.

Protein Packed, Veggie Full, Kid Approved Spinach Artichoke Dip (Made Healthier!) From The Diva Dish, http://thediva-dish.com
Protein Packed, Veggie Full, Kid Approved Spinach Artichoke Dip (Made Healthier!) From The Diva Dish, http://thediva-dish.com

So WHY artichoke dip?

Protein Packed, Veggie Full, Kid Approved Spinach Artichoke Dip (Made Healthier!) From The Diva Dish, http://thediva-dish.com
Protein Packed, Veggie Full, Kid Approved Spinach Artichoke Dip (Made Healthier!) From The Diva Dish, http://thediva-dish.com

A while back we were eating at a restaurant with family when someone ordered spinach artichoke dip as an appetizer. When it came I joked with my 4 year old (the flavor/mushed together food hater) if she wanted to try some. She shockingly did, and ate bite after bite.

Now here's the deal.

Spinach artichoke dip at restaurants are most likely not healthy. There is probably a lot of butter, cream, unhealthier fats, and lots of cheese stuffed in there. So do I stop her from eating it?

NO.

She's not on a diet. She's a growing girl, and a picky eater. Are some fats and a lot of butter going to just RUIN her? Of coarse not.

Protein Packed, Veggie Full, Kid Approved Spinach Artichoke Dip (Made Healthier!) From The Diva Dish, http://thediva-dish.com
Protein Packed, Veggie Full, Kid Approved Spinach Artichoke Dip (Made Healthier!) From The Diva Dish, http://thediva-dish.com

I think we tend to get too 'healthy crazy', almost to the point where we forget that our kids are growing and NEED substance. I've had a hard time in the beginning because I was trying to watch what I ate, and keep things light not super heavy. But kids can't survive off salads, smoothies, lettuce wraps, chicken and veggies.  (Honestly, I can't either. I need chocolate!)

So here is my 'healthier' version of spinach artichoke dip. It has healthy fats, veggies, protein, etc. Everything our growing kiddos need! And, adults with chipped red nail polish too, of coarse!

Protein Packed, Veggie Full, Kid Approved Spinach Artichoke Dip (Made Healthier!) From The Diva Dish, http://thediva-dish.com
Protein Packed, Veggie Full, Kid Approved Spinach Artichoke Dip (Made Healthier!) From The Diva Dish, http://thediva-dish.com

Spinach Artichoke Dip (Healthier)

By The Diva Dish

Ingredients

  • 3 TB. coconut oil
  • 3-4 TB. minced fresh garlic
  • One 10 ounce packaged frozen spinach, drained and thawed (Can use fresh spinach)
  • 1 can artichokes, drained and roughly chopped
  • 3 TB. coconut oil
  • 3 TB. flour
  • 1 can light coconut milk (13-14 ounces)
  • 1 c. plain greek yogurt
  • 1 c. grated parmesan cheese (can experiment with 1/2 c.)
  • salt & pepper
  • Parmesan cheese grated for the top (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a sauce pan add your 3 TB. coconut oil and melt.
  2. Then add in your garlic and cook over medium heat for a couple of minutes.
  3. Next add in your spinach and toss into the garlic/oil mixture.
  4. Cook over medium/high heat for about 3-5 minutes.
  5. Add the cooked spinach to a strainer and strain the juices back into the pan. (Press the spinach to get it all out.)
  6. In the same pan, add your artichokes.
  7. On medium/high heat, cook the artichokes for a few minutes until they have some color on them.
  8. Remove the artichokes from the pan and place on a plate and set aside.
  9. In the same pan, add the other 3 TB. of coconut oil and flour. (Reduce heat to medium.)
  10. Whisk together until a paste forms.
  11. Then slowly whisk in the coconut milk.
  12. Continue to whisk on medium heat, or a little higher, until the mixture becomes thick.
  13. Next whisk in greek yogurt and combine until creamy, followed by the parmesan cheese.
  14. Stir until everything is melted and combined.
  15. Sprinkle a little bit of salt and pepper in.
  16. Next, fold in the spinach and artichokes.
  17. Pour mixture into a greased baking dish, 9x9 or which ever size you prefer.
  18. Eat immediately, OR top the dip with a little extra shredded parmesan and bake at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes.

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Protein Packed, Veggie Full, Kid Approved Spinach Artichoke Dip (Made Healthier!) From The Diva Dish, http://thediva-dish.com
Protein Packed, Veggie Full, Kid Approved Spinach Artichoke Dip (Made Healthier!) From The Diva Dish, http://thediva-dish.com

I served this at my parents house and everyone ate them with baked pita chips, but my 4 year old loves them with salty tortilla chips! Who knew?! You could easily dip carrots or cucumbers in this too, which I think would be a great alternative to the bread.

But...Bread is so good.

Protein Packed, Veggie Full, Kid Approved Spinach Artichoke Dip (Made Healthier!) From The Diva Dish, http://thediva-dish.com
Protein Packed, Veggie Full, Kid Approved Spinach Artichoke Dip (Made Healthier!) From The Diva Dish, http://thediva-dish.com
Protein Packed, Veggie Full, Kid Approved Spinach Artichoke Dip (Made Healthier!) From The Diva Dish, http://thediva-dish.com
Protein Packed, Veggie Full, Kid Approved Spinach Artichoke Dip (Made Healthier!) From The Diva Dish, http://thediva-dish.com
Protein Packed, Veggie Full, Kid Approved Spinach Artichoke Dip (Made Healthier!) From The Diva Dish, http://thediva-dish.com
Protein Packed, Veggie Full, Kid Approved Spinach Artichoke Dip (Made Healthier!) From The Diva Dish, http://thediva-dish.com

I probably should go fix my nail polish while my girls are napping huh? That's right. The girls are asleep and Frozen is still on. I don't even know who I am any more...

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I'd love to hear about your kiddos, their food preferences, and if they are picky or not and what you do with them to encourage them to eat!

Mini Pancake Muffins (Pumpkin)

Who doesn't love pancakes in the morning?! What if we turned them into Mini Pancake Muffins perfect for those little hands! (And not to mention, perfect to eat when time is short!) Keep reading for the recipe! *********************************************************************************************************

I've never understood people that don't eat breakfast, or aren't very hungry in the morning. I feel like they can't be trusted...

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I go to bed thinking about what I'm going to have for breakfast, I wake up in the middle of the night wanting that breakfast, and I get up in the morning rushing to go eat that breakfast. Almost before I do anything, like put my glasses on. Or get my children out of their bed.

Luckily for me, my girls are just as excited about breakfast, and usually remind me at 6 in the morning it's time to get up RIGHT THIS SECOND and make it for them because they might pass out of starvation.

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My four year is the most particular about the foods she eats, so I usually get asked every morning if she can have Cheerios, water, and five pounds of blueberries. As easy as it is to sometimes let her get her way, I'm trying my best to offer her different suggestions. (And let's be honest, blueberries aren't cheap when you buy them by the pounds...)

I usually can do pancakes with her, but not waffles. Unless I lie and tell her it's a pancake, then I'm in the clear. But don't add blueberries to the batter because she will react as if you cut off all her hair in the middle of the night while she was sleeping. Dramatic? No, total reality. She definitely doesn't get it from me...

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So I took a big leap of faith and decided to make muffins out of pancake batter. I thought it would be fun to make them bite because for some reason kids LOVE mini foods! I added a few chocolate chips on top, which was a risk, but it definitely went over well. I also thought about making these banana muffins, which you could do, but I bought 47 cans at the beginning of pumpkin season so I'm trying my best to use those up!

Oh boy...these were good!

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My girls dipped theirs in pure maple syrup, but you could definitely drizzle it on top as well! Even adding a little melted butter or coconut oil on top would be heavenly!

These, my friends are 4 year old dramatic princess approved!

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Mini Pancake Muffins (Pumpkin)

Ingredients

  • 2 c. pancake mix, I used kodiak cakes protein pancakes because they have the best ingredients
  • 1 c. milk of choice
  • 1 chia egg=1 TB. chia seeds mixed w/ 3 TB. cold water. (let sit for 5 minutes.) OR one egg
  • 1/2 c. coconut sugar
  • 1/4 c. melted coconut oil
  • 1 c. pumpkin puree-Can sub mashed banana
  • 1 TB. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 TB. pure vanilla extract
  • Chocolate chips to top muffins with

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk until combined. (Leave out the chocolate chips.)
  2. Spray a mini muffin pan with oil, or use mini muffin liners. Add batter to the pan, filling about 3/4 full. Top with a few chocolate chips.
  3. Bake in the oven at 350 for 18-20 minutes, or until they are done.
  4. *If using an egg, these may cook faster than if using a chia egg, so watch muffins carefully!)

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Just looking at these muffins makes me hungry for 2nd breakfast!

Wait, what? You don't have 2nd breakfasts? Oh...It must be a 29 weeks pregnant thing than right?

Right????!!! ;)

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Balls

We've all heard about those kind of kids... Messy Hands

The ones whose pictures float across the internet of them covered in diaper cream while standing in a gallon of spilled milk. Or THAT kid who flush wallets, watches, and other valuables down the toilet...Or worse yet, swallows them.

Or how about that kids who screams like a baby piglet when they don't get their way in the store...seriously? Whose child is that?

Before I had kids, I remember thinking to my self, "How on earth did that child end up in THAT situation?! Wasn't anyone watching the kid?" (For example; diaper cream switch.) Or, "Seriously, those parents are the WORST parents ever to have that screaming kid! If that was my child..."

And then one day, I birthed THAT child.

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The child who finds her self in the most unbelievable messiest situations when I run to the bathroom. The child who shoves a pearl in her ear. The child who screams like a piglet when she wants G-U-M at the store...

The child who whenever they see a glass full of liquid HAS to dump it all over my open and perfectly working computer...And then play with it.

AND THEN, when you take that computer to the store to get fixed, said child throws a major tantrum on the floor because she wanted G-U-FLIPPEN-M.

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I love THAT child.

I love that child's multiple kisses and hugs. I love her funny phrases, songs, and noises, (most of them.)

I love that child's bubbly, bright, and silly personality. That sneaky smile and the way she closes her eyes, bows her head, and folds those chubby arms when she says her prayers.

I love that child more than life it self...

Even if she cost me $234983749.98 to fix my dang computer. (And all my pictures, videos, programs...etc.) #yup

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Dear child,

Please continue to be THAT child. And I promise I'll continue to be one of THOSE parents.

xo-

Mommy

Now...For some much needed cookie dough balls ya?

(I shared a picture of these cookies on my Facebook page and the results were outstanding! I knew I had to share the recipe with all of you! xo)

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Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Balls
These don't last long in our household! They are perfect for a quick pick me up, since they are full of protein! They also work great for treats in kids school lunches! Either way you eat, enjoy!
Ingredients
  • 1 c. raw peanuts
  • 1/2 c. oats
  • 2 TB. honey
  • 2 TB. maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c. chocolate chips (or more if needed)
Instructions
  1. In a food processor or blender, add peanuts and blend until a fine flour comes together to form a dough. (Don't process after that or you will get peanut butter!!) Note: Don't process all ingredients together because the mixture won't turn out. You will get a cookie crumble, which is totally fine, but it won't form into balls!
  2. Next add the rest of the ingredients, besides chocolate chips, and blend until combined. (Not too much blending!)
  3. Add the chocolate chips and pulse a few times to mix.
  4. Using a small cookie scoop, make balls and keep in the fridge or freezer!
  5. Makes 14-16 small balls!

 

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THAT child loves these PB cookie dough balls.

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And THAT child makes a huge mess when she eats them, and then dumps her milk all over the place to top it off...

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I love that child.

Mexican Style Salad Naan Pizza

Often times I try and make dinners that can please the whole family, and everyone will enjoy. That's in a perfect world though...In reality, my husband wants Del Taco, one daughter is screaming for a popsicle, and the other is eating crumbs off the kitchen floor...And I just want to make peanut butter and honey sandwiches for everyone and tell them to suck it up. (And then I'll go out and have myself a nice dinner.)

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Nothing's worse than making this huge dinner to have one person try it, and the rest of the family dabble at it. So glad I spent 45 minutes making dinner for everyone to not eat it.

AM I RIGHT MOMS?!?!

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I've learned that effort is good when making dinner, but going all out crazy just isn't worth it. No matter how many sauces, dips, spreads, spices, and methods I used making that dinner, there is a chance that 50% will eat only a few bites. And then I feel bummed because all the work I put into dinner, so I finish off everyones plate to make up for it.

It's not pretty.

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So when it comes to dinner, I try and think simple. I remember that I have two kids under 3, and a husband that has the flavor palate of a 15 year old. I also usually try to stick with dishes that can easily be adapted for my kiddos. That means that I can take different parts of that dish and serve them separately to my one year old. For example, this pizza.

I made it so I can serve her the chicken separately, along with the corn, and I can make a quesadilla out of the rest of the ingredients.

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The sauce is so easy that it took 2 minutes to make, just the way I like it! It's vibrant and green due to the cilantro and avocado, which goes perfectly for a mexican style pizza! I also added this in my girls quesadillas!

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Let's not forget about the "crust" in this pizza. It's garlic naan bread, which just took a few hours off my dinner prep. On days where I don't have the will or time to make homemade dough, naan bread is the perfect sub. It's fluffy and flavorful, and when you broil it in the oven it has a nice little crunch just like pizza dough would!

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Then there is my husband and I who have completely two different food preferences. So for my pizza, I opted for no cheese to keep it a little lighter.

But for my husbands pizza, I added a little bit more chicken, lots or cheese, and a few dashes of hot sauce!

After the pizzas are baked, I drizzled cold plain greek yogurt on top, which brings it all together!

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Mexican Salad Naan Pizza

Ingredients

  • For the Pizza
  • Garlic Naan Bread
  • Avocado Cilantro Sauce(Recipe to follow)
  • romain lettuce
  • Cooked chicken
  • corn
  • tomatoes
  • peppers
  • cheese
  • plain greek yogurt
  • hot sauce
  • (For the Avocado Cilantro Sauce)
  • 2 small avocados
  • 2 small limes (juice)
  • 1 small bunch cilantro
  • 1/4 c. chopped white onion
  • 1-2 gloves garlic chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • salt/pepper

Instructions

  1. Make the dressing by combining all of the ingredients into a blender, and blending until creamy. Adjust salt/pepper to preferred taste.
  2. To make the pizza, get the naan bread. Spread the sauce on top of the bread.
  3. Then top with chopped romain, corn, diced tomatoes, diced peppers, cooked chicken, and if desired, cheese.
  4. Turn the oven on HI broil, and cook pizza for about 5 or so minutes, until the naan bread is a little crisp and the cheese is melted.
  5. Drizzle with greek yogurt.
  6. Enjoy!

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My husband said this was his favorite dish from me. But he totally says that all the time because I'm such an amazing cook so...

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This is what the girls dinner looked like. It wasn't as colorful, but they enjoyed it! Their quesadillas had cheese and the avocado sauce.

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Don't worry, tomorrow night I WILL serve peanut butter and honey sandwiches.

Almond Butter Granola Bites

Ok so I've been trying to step up on my blogging, and make this blog a more 'full time' thing.... I had this idea that I would post every Monday/Wednesday/Friday. And Friday's would be a video!

So today is Monday. And I posted a video.

So far so good.

Almond Butter Granola Bites via The Diva Dish
Almond Butter Granola Bites via The Diva Dish

Today's video is a favorite quick and easy snack that your littles can help you make! A lot of times during snack time it's easy to scarf down a bucket of Pirate Booty, but to me they are just empty calories. (And purely delicious ones.) I hate to admit it but it doesn't keep you or your littles full until the next meal.

I've made date/nut balls before, and honestly these are one of our favorite grab and go snacks to eat around the house. Whether we are running out the door, or I need a little something to hold them over before dinner!

Almond Butter Granola Bites via The Diva Dish
Almond Butter Granola Bites via The Diva Dish

Almond Butter Granola Bites

Ingredients

  • 3/4 c.- 1c. dates (pitted & dried)
  • 1/4 c. almonds
  • 1/4 c. oats
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 1/3 c. almond butter
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Blend the dates and almonds in a food processor until fine crumbs. (This will take a few minutes.)
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients until the mixture comes together, and sticks together. If the mixture is too dry, add a little more liquid such as nut butter or honey.
  3. Roll into mini balls, press into a mold, or place in a pan fitted with parchment paper.
  4. Place in the fridge or freezer to let harden.
  5. Store in the fridge in a closed container.

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Almond Butter Granola Bites via The Diva Dish
Almond Butter Granola Bites via The Diva Dish

But don't worry. I won't judge if you serve your kids pirate booty...Or you eat it yourself. It's basically like eating air right?