October 22nd, 2014

All-natural mini Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts

Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts | One Hungry Mama

Last week I did a round up of killer pumpkin spice recipes at Cool Mom Picks and one recipe has stuck with me. You know, the way it’ll stick on my hips (ha!). Regardless, I had to make it and my cozy, post-birthday party Sunday afternoon with the little one was the perfect chance to make these Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts. I’d like to say that the little one helped, but he was way too busy playing with all his new toys. It’s good being five.

All of the treats on my pumpkin spice recipe roundup look amazing, but I just got stuck on these Pumpkin Spice Pop Tarts at Southern Fatty. I think it was the Brown Sugar Cinnamon Frosting that got me. I was also interested in the Phillip’s approach to the dough.

The last time I made these Honey Apple Pie Pop Tarts (which, by the way, are basically hand pies), I used my regular pie dough recipe. Phillip takes a slightly different approach to get a sweeter and more layered crust. I adapted his recipe to include some whole wheat flour and it worked quite well, though the whole wheat flour worked against getting distinct buttery layers. It was delicious just the same. Regular pie dough will be delicious, too, but I liked the thicker, heartier dough shared here. It’s a great match the big spice of the pumpkin filling and cinnamon glaze.

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October 17th, 2014

Curry Roasted Cauliflower with Lentils and Greens

Curry Roasted Cauliflower with Lentils and Greens | One Hungry Mama
Remember my trip to California to visit Earthbound Farm Organic? It happened. It was blissful. I want to go back. Since I don’t think anyone will be arranging that anytime soon (the childcare arrangements alone!), I’ve been feasting on re-creations of the soul nourishing meals that I was so lovingly fed by Chef Sarah LaCasse, Earthbound’s executive chef.

Sarah is warm, funny, and a genius cook dedicated to super flavorful, natural cooking and, if you can’t tell, I love her. What she was able to put on the table given the group’s dietary restrictions is, alone, enough to make Sarah my hero. This Curry Roasted Cauliflower with Lentils and Greens may have helped solidify her super hero status, too.

 

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October 14th, 2014

Homemade Cheddar Crackers: The ultimate all-purpose recipe for school lunch, snack time, holiday parties, and more.

Every once and a while a genius recipe comes along that makes you wonder how you ever lived without it. It’s easy, you can make it for nearly any occasion and, most importantly, it’s totally delicious. This homemade cheddar cracker recipe, a hand-me down from a dear friend (I believe it was her mother’s recipe), is that recipe for me. It’s so good and works for everything: school lunch, cocktail parties, play dates, baking with kids, snack time, and more. Name an occasion that wouldn’t be better with homemade cheddar crackers. Go ahead: I dare you.

I was recently asked by a viewer at the One Hungry Mama YouTube channel for a good toddler finger food recipes. Another viewer had recently asked for make-ahead school lunch ideas and, at the time, I was also starting to think about holiday recipe videos. As ideas swirled around my head, it occurred to me that my go-to homemade cheddar crackers fit the bill across the board. Many birds, one recipe. Or, you know, something like that.

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October 10th, 2014

Recipes for cold and flu season

Loaded Miso Soup recipe | One Hungry Mama

Cold and flu season has arrived. (Sigh.) I’m not giving in: I’m armed with vitamins boosted with echinacea, elderberry syrup, and a steady diet of super foods that are natural preventative and cold remedies. My approach is no guarantee, but nothing is. I just like doing everything that I can to naturally help keep myself and my family healthy all winter long.

Some of my favorite foods for cold and flu season are chicken soup, citrus, carrot juice, ginger, tea, garlic, and miso. I rounded up 7 awesome cold-fighting recipes, from soups to smoothies, at Cool Mom Picks. I’m also sharing my favorite miso recipes below, including my Loaded Miso Soup (above).

Stock up, mamas. We’re going to make it through!

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October 8th, 2014

Pizza with Provolone and Caramelized Onions

Pizza with Provolone and Caramelized Onion | One Hungry Mama

If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed that in August I made a bunch of pizzas for a big family gathering. I’ve been crazy about making pizza ever since, experimenting with toppings, sauces, cooking temperatures, and cooking surfaces (sheet pans, pizza stones, etc). I’m still gathering all of my intel—though I can tell you that I haven’t convincingly disproven any of the common pizza-making wisdom—but I had to share this pie in the meantime.

I love a pie loaded with inventive ingredients, but sometimes you want just a slight variation of a plain pie. When that’s the case, you want this Pizza with Provolone and Caramelized Onions.

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October 6th, 2014

Make ahead recipe: Baked Ziti with Italian Sausage

Make-ahead recipe: Baked Ziti with Sausage | One Hungry Mama

It’s a funny thing being obsessed with cookbooks, but not often cooking from them. I guess, for me, cookbooks are inspiration: I look through them less for recipes and more for new flavor combinations and novel ways to approach cooking. Not that recipes don’t matter. They are the point of a cookbook, after all, and I can tell if one is good just by looking at it.

Every once and a while, though, the recipes in a cookbook draw me in. I know that I can make something similar without the recipe, but I’m moved to follow it exactly. This happened with Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sam Tamimi, and more recently with the The Make-Ahead Cook from America’s Test Kitchen.

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October 1st, 2014

Green Cardamom Smoothie

Green Cardamom Smoothie | One Hungry Mama

Everyone’s favorite: a green smoothie! Okay, I’m being facetious. I know that you’re tired of green smoothies. But I also know that you like them. Right? Right? You’re just bored with the same old formula and this one is fresh and new and irresistibly delicious.

I’m a huge fan of cardamom and, if you are, too, this is your new go-to green smoothie. Paired with shredded coconut, coconut water and lime, this has a bright, exotic flavor that will transport you to southeast Asia. Or at least that’s what it does for me.

The mango lends this smoothie a bit of sweetness, but not too much. My kids like this as is, but you can always add a touch of honey if your children need a little bit more. And don’t worry about the kale: you don’t even taste it. It just lends a gorgeous green color and nutrition boost.

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September 30th, 2014

Pesto Pizza Rolls: A perfect make-ahead school lunch or weeknight dinner

Remember pizza day at your school cafeteria? It was my favorite, which is amazing considering the icky frozen pizza that my cafeteria served! I’m giving pizza day a makeover with these awesome make-ahead Pesto Pizza Rolls that are perfect for the lunchbox or an easy weeknight dinner.

You all know I’m a sucker for scratch cooking, but it isn’t always possible to make a pizza entirely from scratch, especially when it’s for school lunch. It isn’t even necessary given that it’s pretty easy to find quality store bought ingredients for this recipe. You can also swap in pizza sauce (again, homemade or store-bought) for the pesto and ricotta to make traditional pizza rolls.

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September 29th, 2014

Sweet & Salty Chocolate Chip Cookies for Kids’ Cancer with OXO

Sweet & Salty Chocolate Chip Cookies with Potato Chips & Peanuts | One Hungry Mama

Well this is a no brainer. My friends at OXO have been busy raising money for pediatric cancer research as part of their pledge to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer and they’re asking us for help. All I had to do was come up with a delicious drop cookie recipe (and, oh boy, have I) and, in exchange for this post, they are going to donate $100 more dollars to their Cookies for Kids’ Cancer donation.

OXO Good Cookies: Cookies for Kids' Cancer campaign | One Hungry Mama

Your turn. All that you have to do is look for specially marked OXO products at participating retailers. For every stickered item sold, OXO will donate 25 cents as part of their $100,000 pledge* to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Don’t fret if you don’t want or need any of these items: there are other ways that you can help, too. (But, seriously, I know that you don’t have a cupcake corer and $7 is a small price to pay to help and have the proper tools to make these Banana Fluffernutter Cupcakes.)

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September 26th, 2014

The world is a big place & eating is the perfect way to take it in.

Parmesan dairy visit | One Hungry Mama

The boys at a Parmesan dairy in Italy

I can’t help but end travel week with a few thoughts on why I think travel—near or far, luxe or on a budget, by plane, train or automobile—is so important. And, yes, I realize that the timing for this may seem strange, but I wanted to reflect on travel at a time when you’re not likely to be busy traveling. Hopefully you have time to consider what you want travel to mean for your family before gearing up for the holiday travel season, when travel will mean decisions, logistics, and planning.

Difference is a big concept for little ones. It takes years for young children to understand that not every home is like their own. Friends and neighbors are our children’s first exposure to differences, but imagining diversity on a global scale isn’t something that children can start to do until they are at least 8- or 9-years-old. Travel is an amazing way to help young children picture the world’s many peoples, places, and cultures. It makes difference concrete and relatable, but it can also feel strange. That’s where food comes in.

Food is universal. It connects us all and, even when foreign food feels strange, it’s always a comfort to be fed. The food of another place or culture may be unfamiliar, but the drive to nourish and be nourished is a shared experience that connects us all; it is a reminder that we are more the same than we are different.

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September 24th, 2014

Travel Eats: To greener pastures (of organic salad) with Earthbound Farm

Earthbound Farm Organic: Salad Making Tips | One Hungry Mama

It’s travel week here at One Hungry Mama! Travel and eating go so well together, but there can be more to it than just experiencing new flavors. Our family trip to a Parmesan dairy in Italy this summer was a wonderful reminder of how powerful it is to connect with how our food is grown and made.

Day to day, meals can feel like a chore but—take just one moment to stop and think about this—the food that we put on the table is the stuff that goes inside our bodies and our kids’ bodies. What we feed ourselves and our family is the fuel that powers our day and our children through learning, growing, and playing. I know how easy it is to get lured in by processed food shortcuts that make kid-friendly dinners easy breezy, especially during the school year, but it’s a scary slippery slope. One look at most ingredients labels is proof.

The good news—no, the great news—is that there are a lot of socially-minded companies making delicious, wholesome food products that help make dinner fast and healthy. Earthbound Farm Organic is one of them. The company that revolutionized salad (they were the first to sell pre-washed greens!), is on the forefront of making organic produce accessible; their products are available in 75% of markets in America!

From greens that you can eat straight out of the package, to salad kits that save me from my lunch-avoidant ways on weekly basis, and frozen fruit that make it possible for my kids’ smoothies to be organic, Earthbound Farm Organic has been leading the sustainable charge for years.  So, yea, I’d say that I was pretty excited to be invited to visit Earthbound Farm Organic to see and learn more about how they are growing and making so many of the the products that I love using in my kitchen everyday.

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September 22nd, 2014

Travel eats: Feeding my Parmesan cheese obsession in Italy

All about Parmesan cheese | One Hungry Mama

I love cheese: stinky, mild, runny, or sharp, it’s all good with me. In fact, before my older son spent a year off of dairy, I would have been hard pressed to choose a favorite. After being deprived, though, my cheese allegiances became clear. I still love all cheese, but I’d missed some cheeses more than others and Parmesan was number one. Not only did I crave the taste, but I realized just how much I use it. Thankfully, my son can tolerate dairy again—Parmesan, in particular (thanks to a different lactose protein in Italian milk and also that Parmesan is naturally low in the proteins that irritate lactose intolerant tummies)—and just in time for us to tour a Parmesan dairy outside of Bologna, Italy.

Yes, seriously. And it was as amazing as it sounds.

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September 18th, 2014

Quinoa, Black Bean, and Mango Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

Quinoa, Black Bean, and Mango Salad | One Hungry Mama

I have it, hungry mamas and papas: your new favorite cookbook. I’m holding it in my hands. Okay, not really (since I’m typing), but it’s in my kitchen, already creased and stained. It’s a beauty, isn’t it? How can it not be with the promise of a 150 recipes that can be made and prepped ahead.

America's Test Kitchen Make-Ahead Cookbook | One Hungry Mama

America’s Test Kitchen has done it again, this time with The Make-Ahead Cook: More than 150 kitchen-tested recipes youc an prepare on your schedule. Prepping meals ahead saves me. I know that the planning required trips some of you up, but that’s where this book comes in. Instead of pulling a stack of recipes and having to organize what should be made when, the always-helpful folks at America’s Test Kitchen take care of it for you.

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September 16th, 2014

School Lunch Recipe: Make-Ahead Ham and Cheese Muffins

Someone one the One Hungry Mama YouTube channel recently asked me for more make-ahead school lunch recipes. You know I’ll never refuse you ideas when you ask for them (speak up and ask away!), so I whipped up these easy Ham and Cheese Muffins.

This savory muffin recipe is a fresh take on the classic ham and cheese sandwich. Not only is it tastier than a plain old sandwich, it can also be made ahead of time. How many sandwiches can you say that about?

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September 15th, 2014

Thai Chicken Burgers to die for.

Thai Chicken Burgers with Quick-Pickled Carrots | One Hungry Mama

You guys, I’m freaking out. These Thai Chicken Burgers with Quick Pickled Carrots are so good. Like eat them for dinner once a week good. And they are quick and easy, too.

Tasty, quick, and easy: the family dinner trifecta.

The flavors in these chicken burgers are quintessentially Thai—especially paired with my Thai-Style Quick Pickled Carrots (recipe below, too)—but mild enough that the kids loved them. Even my picky eater. I just skipped the carrots for the boys and served them on a potato roll with nothing more than a little mayo. In addition to a pile of tangy pickled carrots, I served the grown up burgers with Sriracha mayo. Perfect.

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