July 25th, 2014

More pops! Chili-Spiced Strawberry Watermelon and Honey Roasted Peach Tamarind Popsicles

Honey Roasted Peach Tamarind Popsicle recipe | One Hungry Mama

So far on One Hungry Mama this week: ice cream, popsicles and, now, more popsicle recipes. Sometimes you just have to roll (pop?) that way.

The Kale Berry Pops and Mango Grape Pops from earlier this week were all about simple, kid-friendly flavors. I’m trying to do more of them this summer with a healthy, lower sugar twist since my little one is averse to basically everything else. But last summer was all about grown-up pops like these Chili-Spiced Strawberry Watermelon pops and Honey Roasted Peach Tamarind pops.

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July 22nd, 2014

{video} Healthy popsicle recipes: Kale Berry and Mango Grape Pops

In my house, popsicles aren’t just for kids. I’m a sucker for popsicles, too, which is how I end up with grown up flavors like Tarragon Blackberry Grapefruit Pops (delicious, but tart) or Chili-Spiced Strawberry Watermelon Pops (not typical kid fare).

Psh, kids.

Eye-rolling aside, my little one’s picky palate has reminded me of the joy of simple sweet flavors, especially when it comes to popsicles. His taste has forced me to figure out healthier ways to achieve his favorite kid-friendly combos without tons of added sugar. So this summer, with the help of my friends at Earthbound Farm Organic, I’m ditching the herbs and spices and making pops out of berries, grapes, mango and just a little bit of kale.

What? You didn’t think I was going completely soft, did you?

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July 20th, 2014

Celebrate National Ice Cream Day with these awesome ice cream recipes

OneHungryMama vegan chocolate coconut milk ice cream

Today is National Ice Cream Day.

National Ice Cream Day!!!

I cannot possibly let the day pass without paying my respect to everyone’s favorite frozen treat so, without further ado, check out my favorite ice cream recipes from One Hungry Mama and around the web, too.

Choose a favorite, eat, celebrate.

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July 18th, 2014

Grilled Lemon Oregano Lamb Kabobs

Grilled Lemon Oregano Lamb Kabobs | One Hungry Mama

The beauty of the grill is in the simplicity of the meals it makes. It doesn’t take much to grill something delicious, whether meat, fish, veg or even tofu. A good marinade and, if you’re feeling fancy, a special sauce to finish, are really all it takes. These grilled Lemon-Oregano Lamb Kabobs are a perfect example.

Quick and easy, they can make a weeknight meal alongside a simple salad and rice. They are also elegant enough to fit into a more elaborate weekend or celebratory meal like the one I made for my father-in-law’s birthday (you know, the one I made after serving the boys this pantry pasta dinner.)

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July 16th, 2014

Summer pantry meal: 15-minute Pasta with Zucchini and Chickpeas

Summer pantry dinner: 15-min Pasta with Zucchini & Chickpeas | One Hungry Mama

I almost never feed my boys a separate kids meal. I can’t lie: partly it’s on principle. Mostly, though, it’s about keeping things easy for me. It’s about doing and eating what I want. Every once and while, though, making a quick, separate kids meal works out better for me and, when it does, I go for it.

This weekend, I wanted to take my time to prep a big birthday meal that the grown ups would eat later in the evening with a special guest. Instead of cooking early and having the meal sit, I threw together a summer pantry meal for the boys, got them to bed, and then sipped on a Aperol Spritz while prepping lamb kabobs, pilaf, string beans with yogurt and pine nuts, and a spinach salad with dates, almonds and quick pickled red onion.

That was easier. That was what I wanted.

On occasions when I make separate meals for the boys, I rely heavily on my pantry. In the winter, that means digging through my cupboard and freezer like I did for this all-pantry dinner recipe. In the summer, when produce is abundant and easy to have on hand at all times (I’m looking at you zucchini), I can throw in some fresh produce. This Pasta with Zucchini and Chickpeas is a perfect example of a quick meal that I can make in 15 minutes, any night of the week, all summer long. And, by the way, it is delicious enough that the some of the late-dining grownups couldn’t resist a pasta appetizer, so don’t think this is just a kids meal.

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July 14th, 2014

How to make an Ice Cream Cake. (It’s as easy as pie!)

How to make an ice cream cake | One Hungry Mama

There’s something magical about ice cream cakes. Like “How’d they make that?” kind of magical. I allowed myself t0 believe that, like Santa, ice cream cakes just appeared bearing goodness. That is, until I decided to make one.

It turns out that making ice cream cake is really easy, even without a recipe. And homemade ice cream cakes are just as magical as Cookie Puss (where my East Coasters at?!). It’s just that now I’m the magician, choosing killer flavor combinations and decadent fillings.

I can get down with this.

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July 11th, 2014

Summer cocktails: Aperol Spritz

Aperol Spritz cocktail recipe | One Hungry Mama

Last summer it was a Pimm’s Cup. This summer I’m all about the Aperol Spritz. It’s THE drink of the summer. Or, at least, MY drink of the summer.

What can I say? I can’t get my trip to Italy out of my system.

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July 8th, 2014

{video} Baked Corn Dog Bites

Okay, I admit it: I have a weakness for carnival food. Get me onto fairgrounds or a boardwalk and all my talk of organic, whole foods flies out the tractor window as I beeline for funnel cake and corn dogs.

Thank goodness I only hit the fair scene once a year.

At home, I curb my corn dog cravings with these healthier, well portioned baked Corn Dog Bites. A slightly sweet corn muffin made with simple ingredients, including protein-rich Greek yogurt, with a just-right piece of hot dog on the inside, these bites are a perfect summer snack. They also freeze well. If you can keep from eating them all in one sitting, store a bunch to have on hand for summer camp or school lunch.

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July 7th, 2014

Mushroom and Lentil “Bolognese” Sauce

Mushroom and Lentil Bolognese Sauce recipe | One Hungry Mama

I’m on a serious Italian food kick. Ever since returning from Italy, we’ve been feasting on easy summer pestos, meatballs, fresh mozzarella and tomato salads, prosciutto sandwiches, and even fruit and mascarpone dessert pizza!

Having just been in Bologna, one of my biggest cravings has been meat sauce. Having just returned from an eating vacation, I’ve also been wanting to lighten up. So, unlike my restaurant-style approach with Chicken Marsala, I riffed on classic bolognese to make a healthier version.

This Mushroom and Lentil “Bolognese” sauce is not meant to taste like a stand in for real meat-sauce, but it is just as hearty and full of umami flavor as the real thing. Totally delicious and satisfying.

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July 2nd, 2014

(Any) Fruit & Mascarpone Dessert—or Breakfast—Pizza

Fruit & Mascarpone Dessert Pizza recipe | One Hungry Mama

If you follow me on Instagram or even Facebook you know that I was recently in Italy. And, you guys, I can’t get it out of my system. I want to go back. But, sadly, having just gotten the boys adjusted to NYC time and settled in camp—you know, among other things—I won’t be heading back to Italia anytime soon. So, for now, I’m bringing Italy to Brooklyn, and this weekend it was in the form of a dessert pizza that turned into a breakfast pizza. Because everyone in Italy knows that breakfast and dessert are interchangeable.

The Italians are so smart.

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June 30th, 2014

Sweet Cherry Muffins with Coconut Crumble

Sweet Cherry Muffins with Coconut Crumble Topping | One Hungry Mama

Holy bananas. (Or, uh, cherries?) We’ve been home from our trip to Paris and Italy for 4 nights and every single one has been a terrible sleep. As in being greeted at 3 a.m. with, “Good morning mama, I can’t sleep. It’s morning, right?” The good news is that I think tonight’s going to be a good one. The bad is that it comes just in time for our new camp schedule. You know, the one where one of us has to be out the door with one kid at 7:45 a.m. while the other one leaves at 8 a.m. take the other kid in a totally different direction.

Yea, that one.

I’ve prepared as much as I can. Backpacks are stuffed with towels, swimsuits and lots of other labeled shit (do you guys label each sock?). Lunches are prepped. Water bottles are stationed by the sink, ready to be filled. And so it will be every Monday through Friday for the next 5 weeks. It isn’t fun (for me), but with thoughtful preparation it is manageable. I wish I could say I felt the same about getting a healthy breakfast into my boys before we walk out the door.

You guys probably remember that back in March I took control over breakfast. I learned about how to choose a healthy cereal, what makes a better breakfast food, and created a healthy breakfast meal plan that limited cereal to 3 days a week. It’s been going great, but I’m a little bit worried about keeping it up with this new schedule. Yet, again, preparation will be the key.

For this week, I’ve prepped smoothie packets and have granola and yogurt ready to go. I also baked a batch of Sweet Cherry Muffins with Coconut Crumble since I suspect that on-the-go breakfasts are going to take on new meaning. And, of course, I hard boiled a dozen eggs. Can’t go without them.

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June 24th, 2014

{video} All-natural Red Velvet Pancakes for red, white & blue July 4th brunch

So, technically, these aren’t red velvet pancakes as much as they are red pancakes. The important thing, though, is that they are good pancakes. Great, even, thanks to an easy trick that will turn any old pancakes into fluffy diner-style pancakes. (Watch for my secret!) Tasty, pillowy, and a pretty red hue that comes from an all natural source, these pancakes make an awesome July 4th breakfast topped with strawberries, blueberries and whipped cream.

Red, white and blue pancakes for breakfast?

All-natural Red Velvet Pancakes - July 4th breakfast | One Hungry Mama

It doesn’t get more patriotic than that, people.

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June 23rd, 2014

An ode to Dojo: Ridiculously good Tofu Burgers

Dojo Hijiki Tofu Burger recipe | One Hungry Mama

Remember when I wouldn’t make Carrot Ginger Dressing at home because I didn’t think it would measure up to the version at my once favorite restaurant, Dojo? Well, thanks to Keepers, one of the cookbooks I keep right near the stove for weeknight meal inspiration, I got over that. And, now, thanks to this recipe for tofu burgers, inspired by the Hijiki Tofu Burgers at Dojo, I’m making Carrot Ginger Dressing all the time. Because these two things go together like vanilla ice cream and warm apple pie, like bacon, lettuce and tomatoes, like chocolate and peanut butter. These tofu burgers drizzled with Carrot Ginger Dressing are a combination not to be missed.

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June 19th, 2014

Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce

Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce dessert recipe | One Hungry Mama

I wanted strawberry rhubarb pie, but didn’t feel like making pie crust. So, instead, I made an easy cake—this Flourless Almond Cake, to be exact—and this Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce.

It hit the spot.

Strawberry Rhubarb Margarita recipe | One Hungry Mama

Plus, this sauce did double duty and made a batch of Strawberry Rhubarb Margaritas for the grown ups and Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade for the kids. So, yea, it really hit the spot. Twice. And the crazy thing is that there are a million other ways to use this sauce.

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June 16th, 2014

Flourless Almond Cake

Flourless Almond Cake recipe | One Hungry Mama

I’ve been wanting to make a Flourless Almond Cake for a while now and finally pulled the trigger. Maybe it’s because I’m traveling to Paris soon. Maybe because a light, fluffy flourless cake is the perfect way to end a summer meal. Maybe it was t was just time. Whatever the reason, this Flourless Almond Cake happened and I’m happy that it finally did.

The first time that I made this cake it seemed impossible that it would come together. A thick paste of egg yolks, sugar, and almond meal. No flour. No liquid.

But, then, magic.

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