Healthy Muffins Chocolate Blueberry Qi’a

Teaser: the following healthy muffin recipe is fantastic. And easy. Check out my recipe for Healthy Muffins Chocolate Blueberry Qi’a  (and new breakfast favourite here!).  Introducing Nature’s Path Qi’a Superfood – it’s a new and a must-buy to add to breakfast, baking, and smoothies…

Healthy Muffins Chocolate Blueberry Qi'a

What is Qi’a?Nature's Path Qi'a

Qi’a (pronounced Kee-ah) is our NEW Superfood Cereal made with Chia, Hemp and Buckwheat. This power trio of seeds and grains is chocked full of plant-based protein, fiber and Omega-3’s.

 

  • Certified gluten free
  • Vegan
  • No added sugar or salt
  • High in protein (6 grams per serving)
  • Heart healthy
  • Certified organic
  • Non GMO Project Verified

(Aside: as sometimes-writer-of-French I keep wanting to type Qui’a)

For a quick and healthy breakfast you can mix 2 Tbsp of Qi’a cereal with 5 Tbsp of milk (wait 5 minutes and the Chia seeds soak in goodness).

You can also sprinkle this superfood cereal on top of cereal, in yogurts or smoothies or into salads for an added boost.

I decided to develop a kid-friendly baking activity with Qi’a; making it a boredom buster and snack in one. And proof it was a hit?…my son ate FOUR Healthy Muffins Chocolate Blueberry Qi’a in a day!

This recipe is bookmark/print worthy!
Healthy Muffins Chocolate Blueberry Qi'a

Healthy Muffins Chocolate Blueberry Qi’a
 
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Healthy Muffins Chocolate Blueberry Qi’a are packed with goodness and super easy to make. Great for breakfast, school lunch, and afternoon snack!
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Serves: 24 muffins
Ingredients
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • ⅓ cup Nature’s Path Qi’a
  • ½ frozen blueberries
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • egg substitute equivalent to 2 eggs
  • 300 ml of applesauce (I used 3 individual snack size applesauce containers)
  • **use organic ingredients wherever possible
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cocoa and Qi’a in large bowl. Mix well.
  3. Add in chocolate chips.
  4. Add in egg substitutes and applesauce.
  5. Mix well.
  6. And in frozen blueberries and mix.
  7. Pour into lined muffin containers. Makes 24 muffins or one 9 x 13 pan.
  8. Bake for 30 min at 350 degrees. Great for breakfast, school lunch, and afternoon snack! Kid friendly recipe!

 

 

 

Steak, tomato, and lettuce wrap

Too hot to cook and too much fun to want to leave the back yard to spend even an hour in the kitchen..I had an idea to bbq dinner with a twist…this Steak, tomato, and lettuce wrap. It was easy, healthy, and oh so yum! They are so good…you will want to eat at least two!

steak tortilla 2

Oh and I strongly recommend adding my Easy Vinaigrette Recipe as the sauce to this wrap. It. Is. So. Good!

It was kinda fun to eat a hands-on dinner (the kids LOVED it). And it was fast. From bbq to table it really took minutes. That’s the kind of summer dinner I need. Less cooking. More play.

Steak, tomato, and lettuce wrap
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Sirloin Steak
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Vinaigrette (see link in post for easy recipe)
  • Dempster’s Tortilla Wraps
Instructions
  1. bbq steak (I like medium rare)
  2. Cut steak into strips
  3. Cut lettuce into strips
  4. Cut grape tomatoes in half
  5. Lay out Dempster’s Tortilla Wraps and assemble wrap (steak, lettuce, tomatoes, and vinaigrett). Roll and enjoy.

Assembly turns into a family activity as everyone gets to build their own dinners. Tender steak, crisp lettuce, soft tortilla (I crave carbs so the tortilla is a great alternative to rice, pasta, and potatoes). I will make this again and again.

Steak, Tomato, Lettuce Wrap

For other wrap ideas…this Black Bean, Corn and Quinoa Wrap look delish – it uses all the staple ingredients I have sitting around my kitchen.  Black beans (always have a tin for last-minute salads), corn (the #2 fav vegetable of my kids), Quinoa (right next to the corn in the freezer, and Dempster’s Tortillas (’cause I’ve told you how my kids love Breakfast Wrap Ideas).

Tortilla

 Disclosure: #spon and the steak wraps were a true hit. As always, the opinions in this post are my own. 

Party Planning Tips

From kids’ birthday parties to formal get together (think holidays!) I am a planner. Yes, I admit to writing notes and making a party checklist to ensure I don’t forget a thing. And this is where I share my Party Planning Tips. Tried. True. And shared here with you to make life a little easier…

Party Planning Tips

Isn’t that train cake fabulous?! I made it for my son’s last birthday. Party Planning Tip #1 – give yourself permission to make your life easier. A frosted, double layer, exquisitely decorated cake might have made June Cleaver proud but do I really need to do that to have a great party?! Nope. Boxed cake mix + chocolate pudding + Wilton train cake mold + royal icing + smarties + licorice for tracks. AND I let my three kids decorate the cake themselves  the day of the party (kid activity + giving Mom one less thing to do!). So what if you take a short cut in party prep – will anyone but you know?!

Party Planning Tip #2 – make a party planning checklist. I do (and it really helps you keep party organized).

cheese and broccoli strata2 Weeks Before

  • Set date
  • Invite guests
  • Set theme (birthday, weekend bbq, holiday meal or wine & cheese)

Week Before

  • Confirm r.s.v.p’s

Spaghetti Pie RecipeWeek of Party

  • Set the menu (be mindful of your guests food sensitivities and food likes and dislikes)
  • Grocery shop for party food (bonus points if you can incorporate make ahead foods)

Day Before Party

Slow Cooker Mac n' CheeseDay of Party

  • Clean bathrooms (June Cleaver would)
  • Hide toys (everyone does)
  • Prep food
  • Decorate party area (table cloth, napkins)
  • Run the dishwasher (and then empty the dishwasher!)
  • Put out the dinnerware (plates, cups, forks, knives, spoons, serving spoons)

And add a signature “something” which makes for an unforgettable party…my suggestion…

kidtinis Mocktail Recipe

And that Kidtinis Mocktail Recipe is a huge hit. Every. Single. Party.

And don’t forget that a smudge-proof kitchen makes life easier…Frigidaire Full Induction Freestanding Range

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Smudge-Proof™ Stainless Steel is available on all Frigidaire Gallery® and Frigidaire Professional® products – see the collection here:http://www.frigidairekitchen.ca/en/smudge-proof/index.html

The How: How does the technology work? Frigidaire® uses high-grade stainless steel coated with layers of polymers, resulting in a sleek, beautiful stainless steel finish that is both durable and resistant to fingerprints. As a result, homeowners can have the look of stainless steel without the traditional maintenance typically experienced with standard stainless steel.

Disclosure:  I am part of the Frigidaire Canada Ambassador program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group.  The opinions on this blog are my own

Kidtinis Mocktail Recipe

Born from a kid-version-martini (sans alcohol of course) my kids and I developed this fantastic (and super easy) Kidtinis Mocktail Recipe. It’s fresh, yummy, and a fun kid drink to serve at any party or get together. You’re going to LOVE this…

kidtinis Mocktail Recipe

Aside: We served our Kidtinis Mocktail in margarita glasses. The kids were thrilled to sip from fancy glasses.

Kidtinis Mocktail Recipe

Kidtinis Mocktail Recipe
 
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Think martini – without booze – for kids. This Kidtinis Mocktail Recipe is easy, yummy, and a treat at any party.
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Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup sprite
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • maraschino cherry
  • Ice cubes
  • Glass
  • Shaker
Instructions
  1. Pour equal parts sprite and orange juice in a shaker. Add in ice. Shake well.
  2. In glass put in one ice cube. Pour sprite/orange juice mixture into glass. Add in one maraschino cherry.
  3. Enjoy!

This drink would go great not only as a beverage but as one of your birthday party activities (think: birthday kid gets to do the shaking and serving making him/her the hostess with the mostess – or host with the most).

Even as a grown up – I love this mocktail recipe.

#WW w linky Sangria

Warm, sunny, days…inspires a little #WW w Linky Sangria n’est pas?…

Sangria

and perhaps a little melon?…

Melon

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Protinis Complete Protein Snack

These is a new way to make lunch easier and full of protein. I stumbled on the NEW Protinis Complete Protein Snack at my grocery store a few weeks ago…and they have fast become a staple in our fridge. So much so, that when grocery shopping with my teen, she asked to buy Protinis by name…and that never happens…Oh, and there is a FLASH GIVEAWAY below!

Protinis

So my kids prefer the Protinis oven roasted chicken + cranberry. But there are other choices available: oven roasted chicken + superfruit (cranberries & blueberries), sweet Thai Chilly chicken, mild salsa chicken, oven roasted chicken + mango, honey garlic chicken (I bet my family would like that one too!), oven roasted chicken + apple, and oven roasted chicken.

What I have found it that these Protinis are easy and healthy snack choices. From adding it to a green salad to putting it in school lunch to a before karate class power snack – Protinis are simple but fill the nibble cravings.

Protinis Complete Protein Snack

A “complete protein” contains all of the essential amino acids your body needs. Examples of foods with complete protein: milk, eggs, fish, meat and poultry, like the delicious chicken bites in PROTINIS™!

Protinis Complete Protein Snack

I love that Protinis come two to a pack – so that my tween can take one for lunch and I can serve the other to my toddler (with crackers of course…he eats everything with crackers these days).

TIP: I recommend re-using the Protinis package for a Boredom Buster. It can be easily be cleaned and re-purposed as a paint pot – super handy for kids’ art activities!

FLASH GIVEAWAY!

Enter for your chance to win 5 Protinis coupons to give this new complete protein snack a try.  Enter via rafflecopter form below. Two winners will be chosen at random. This giveaway is open to residents of Canada, excluding Quebec. 

Deal: Get your $2.00 off Protinis coupon here!

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Parent Club w linky – Brownies

This weeks #WW w linky inspiration: Brownies!

Not just Mom-made brownies…but brownies made by kids and only supervised by Mom. #boredombuster #kids #baking!

brownies

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Breakfast Wrap Ideas

Some mornings breakfast wraps just make life easier. Grab-n-go, we are late, I’m hungry, weekday morning solution! One of my daughters actually has a wrap practically every morning (her choice). This is the post where I share my easy Breakfast Wrap Ideas…

Breakfast Wrap Ideas

Breakfast Wrap Ideas

The #1 pick chez moi is our chocolate hazelnut breakfast wrap on a Dempsters Tortilla. As a Mom, I feel good that one Dempsters Tortilla provides 15%, respectively of my kids’ daily intake  of Folate and Selenium.

A granola, yogurt, strawberry breakfast wrap is my #2 choice. Crunchy, sweet, and a little creamy.

I just bought almond butter to try out a Almond butter breakfast wrap on my toddler tomorrow (he doesn’t have a nut allergy – and is a tough guy to eat breakfast – hoping this breakfast wrap is up for the challenge!).

A bacon, lettuce, and tomato breakfast wrap would hit the bacon lover spot.

Peanut butter and banana breakfast wrap might appeal to some (I’m not a PB lover so I’ll pass but I recognize the nutritional value).

Scrambled eggs and spinach breakfast wrap. Ham and swiss breakfast wrap. Apple and cinnamon breakfast wrap. I love how you can switch up a tortilla (something I normally only think about when it comes to Quesidilla dinner night!) and turn it into part of a healthy breakfast.

breakfast wrap ideas

And any of my breakfast wrap ideas can be after-school – or on the way home for *insert sport* game snack.

We all have busy family lives…and deserve to find ways to make life a little easier.  A portable breakfast can sometimes make or break your day…but I don’t think you should have to give on nutrition in order to get out the door. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it fuels your mind and body for the day ahead. Don’t be the parent who just has coffee. Don’t have the kid who goes to school without breakfast. Make breakfast. And make breakfast work for your life.


Disclosure: #spon and yes, my daughter eats a breakfast wrap almost every morning. As always, the opinions in this post are my own. Visit Dempster’s on Facebook and follow@Dempsters on twitter.

Homemade Garlic Croutons

This week I decided to be a bit daring and create my own Homemade Garlic Croutons. See, my kids LOVE the garlic goodness but I wanted to see if I could make a healthy version. The result: an easy, inexpensive, delicious Homemade Garlic Croutons recipe. You gotta try this…

Homemade Garlic Croutons

What made my Homemade Garlic Croutons healthy? I used Demptser’s Garden Vegetable Bread (vegetables in bread?! yes, there are carrots and pumpkin in it…but I assure you it doesn’t have an overbearing “veggie” taste).

Homemade Garlic Croutons Recipe

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Making Homemade Garlic Croutons is easy, inexpensive, and yummy! Great for salads, snacks, and cheese plates.
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 6 slices of Dempster’s Garden Vegetable Bread
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • garlic powder (to taste)
Instructions
  1. Heat over to 375C
  2. Place 6 slices of Dempster’s Garden Vegetable Bread on a cookie sheet
  3. Brush melted butter over each of the bread slices
  4. Sprinkle garlic powder on each bread slice (to taste)
  5. Place cookie sheet in oven and bake for 12 minutes.
  6. After baking (turn off oven), place toasted garlic bread slices on a cutting board and cut into cubes.
  7. Then, return garlic bread cubes to cookie sheet.
  8. Next, return cookie sheet to hot oven (which is turned off) for 3-5 minutes.
  9. Serve warm immediately or store in an airtight container for 2 weeks.

Homemade Garlic Croutons Ideas

These Homemade Garlic Croutons are great for after-school snack (and in the lunch box too). They are also crunchy additions to any green salad. Oh I realized a grown-up switch up when I stumbled upon my husband munching on my Homemade Garlic Croutons…

Garlic Toast with Brie and Salami

Homemade Garlic Croutons

I know what I’m putting out for the guests the next time we do a wine & cheese!


Disclosure: #spon and these Homemade Garlic Croutons were truly a hit with the Brie. As always, the opinions in this post are my own. Visit Dempster’s on Facebook and follow @Dempsters on twitter 

Spaghetti Pie Recipe

This hearty pasta casserole is delicious! I know – you are thinking – spaghetti?! – pie?! Yes, dear readers…Spaghetti Pie! And this recipe makes enough for a family dinner (plus lunch the next day). I would also flag this spaghetti pie recipe for class lunch and potlucks. Oh, I did I mention this is totally make-ahead and freezable?! This is print-worthy…

Spaghetti Pie Recipe

 

Spaghetti Pie Recipe

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This Spaghetti Pie Recipe is super easy, make-ahead, and freezble. Makes a 9×13 and an 8×8 – perfect for a big family dinner, make-ahead meal, or potluck.
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 900 g spaghetti
  • 28 fl oz spaghetti sauce
  • 500 ml sour cream
  • 1 bag shredded ozzarella cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Heat over to 375F.
  2. Grease 9×13 and 8×8 casserole pans.
  3. Cook spaghetti according to package directions and drain.
  4. Beat eggs.
  5. Combine sour cream, eggs, and parmesan in bowl. Stir in cooked spaghetti.
  6. Place spaghetti mixture in greased casserole dishes. Layer ½ the mozzarella cheese over both casserole dishes of spaghetti.
  7. Next, spread spaghetti sauce over top of both casseroles.
  8. Sprinkle remaining mozzarella cheese over both the 9×13 and 8×8 spaghetti pies.
  9. NOTE: You can cover the casseroles and freeze at this point.
  10. Bake 25-30 minutes or until heated through. Let stand 10 minutes before serviing. To serve spoon onto plates. Serves 10-12.

I made this spaghetti pie recipe this week for guests (huge hit!) and along side of it was a basic garden salad with my Easy Vinaigrette Recipe, Italian sausages, and baguette. I made the spaghetti pie without meat (should a guest be vegetarian) but you could certainly add cooked ground beef or cooked sausage.

Madeleines Recipe – Recette Madeleines

Madeleines are a favourite in my house. It’s a great little cake to eat with coffee or tea (think breakfast or afternoon snack). Also pretty perfect as a homemade school lunch treat. You have to try my Madeleines Recipe – Recette Madeleines…

Madeleines Recipe - Recette Madeleines

Yes, I have fancy silicone molds from France for baking Madeleines – but you could use a muffin liners and a muffin pan and create the same yumminess.

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This Madeleines Recipe – Recette Madeleines is easy enough to make with kids and yummy enough to serve to guests!
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Serves: 12-14 Madeleines
Ingredients
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • Dash of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ oil
  • 1 cup of milk
  • Drops of lemon or orange juice (and zest makes it better)
Instructions
  1. Measure, pour, and stir together dry ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Measure, pour, and stir together wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
  3. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix well (until there are no lumps).
  4. Spray Madeleine silicone mold or muffin pan and spoon mixture in.

 

This Madeleines Recipe – Recette Madeleines is easy enough to make with kids and yummy enough to serve to guests. You have to try these…

And I would totally serve these on the table next to my Red Fruit Salad :-)

Twice Baked Potatoes Recipe

This easy (and delicious) Twice Baked Potatoes Recipe is the favourite side dish of my daughter. It’s a great make-ahead dish which also freezes. Serve it as a side dish for your next family meal or as a main dish when you add bacon….my daughter even eats it as an after-school snack…

Twice Baked Potatoes Recipe

Twice Baked Potatoes Recipe

Twice Baked Potatoes Recipe
 
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Twice Baked Potatoes are delish! Make ahead, freeze, or prep, cook, and serve! Recipe can easily be doubled and tripled for a crowd.
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 baking potatoes
  • ½ cup sour cream (or 2% milk)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 garlic clove
  • pepper
Instructions
  1. Pre-cook baking potatoes (9 minutes on high in microwave).
  2. Allow to cool.
  3. Using a knife, cut baked potatoes lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop out the potato insides (be careful not to break skin) and put in bowl. Set potato skins aside on a cookie sheet.
  4. Mash potatoes. Add sour cream (or milk), garlic, ½ of the shredded cheese, and generous amounts of pepper.
  5. Spoon potato mixture into potato skins.
  6. Cover with remaining shredded cheese.
  7. Bake in a pre-heated oven (350C) for 15-20 minutes (or until cheese is melted).

Check out my ideas for other Easy Side Dishes. And if you love cheese like I do…you have to try my Slow Cooker Mac N’ Cheese (yes, you read that correctly SLOW COOKER!).