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Yay!  A new recipe!  It’s only been over a year since I have thought about food.  Being pregnant and then having a bouncing baby boy has slightly put me off food, preparation and coming up with new recipes that everyone will eat.  So, that’s my excuse! With the new school year starting next week (yikes!),  I have been doing lots of testing of recipes that the kids will eat and love.  Of course these have to be nut-free (there goes ALL my yummy, filling treats for the kids!) because we go to a nut-free school.  So…in the search to replace my chocolate balls with something that the kids can take to school…we created apple pie balls this morning!  I should clarify that while they don’t have any added sugar, they do use dried fruit so fructose levels are up.  Saying that, they are deliciously sweet so you don’t need more than one or two.

Apple Pie Balls (nut-free)

1c. apple rings (look for ones without preservatives!)

1c. apple crisps

1tsp. cinnmon

1c. dates

1c. unsweetened coconut

2Tbsp + hot water

Combine everything in a food processor and add hot water until it starts to form a ball.  Take 1 1/2 tsps of the mixture and roll into balls.  Roll the balls in some extra coconut . I have no idea how long they will keep since these types of things never stick around for more than 2 days, if that, at my house.  I suppose they would keep longer in the fridge.IMG_0838.JPG (2)

Apple Pie Balls

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It’s all about Texture

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I have been asked the question many times:  what are the children eating and HOW on earth do you get them to eat all of those (varied) vegetables including those greens?!?

My answer:  I changed the texture of the veggies.

It takes a while to work out what everyone likes and how they like it.  My advice is don’t stop at carrot sticks.  Your child might hate them raw because they are too hard to chew (my daughters complaint). However, try making them into strings, grating them over cheese slices to make a cheese and carrot sandwich or diced up tiny in chicken noodle soup.  Let them tell you how they like their veggies therefore you will have to get creative on how you present them.

We too often assume that kids don’t like how veggies taste (I’ll come to that in a minute) but since they were babies, our little ones still rely on how things ‘feel’ in their mouths.

I know that raw fruits and veggies are the most nutritious way to have them.  However, we might to take a bit of time to get the kids used to how they taste and feel before going back to raw foods.

Confession time:  I don’t like kale.  It’s bitter, leaves an after taste in my mouth that is less than desirable and it is just not something that I like nor like to eat.

On the flip-side:  kale is the one of those wonder foods that no vitamin or any other food can complete with.  It has more iron than beef, more calcium than milk and 10% more vitamin C than spinach.

Hmmm…a pretty good food to eat (seeing that I don’t eat a whole lot of beef!)

Right.  How on earth was I going to make this bitter, leafy-green palatable?

I changed the texture and added a few flavours:)  Kale chips!  I also added it to a veggie soup and we love it!  It lost its bitterness but kept its texture in the soup.  Normally I would put spinach in this soup but the kale didn’t wilt and dissolve into oblivion like the spinach usually does.

So, it might take a while before I am brave enough to add it to our Green Drinks or eat it raw but we are well on our way to loving this nutrient-packed superfood!  Did I mention that it lowers the risk of heart disease and because it is a dark leafy-green, it reduces the risk of cancer as well.  How could we not eat it??

The Best Falafel

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This dinner was just divine and the kids loved it!  I think they love anything in a wrap or pita pocket.  It’s great to watch them try to stuff their own.

Ingredients

olive oil
1/2 red capsicum (red pepper)
1 onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 425g cans chick peas, drained (or soak 2 cups of dried chick peas over night in a bowl of water)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 egg
5 tablespoons flour
1 cup parsley, chopped
Pitas

Directions

In medium fry pan over medium heat, add about 1 Tbsp oil and gently fry onion and peppers 2 to 3 minutes then garlic and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.

In a food processor, pulse together chick peas, cumin, and egg until very coarse.  Add the flour and parsley. Process or pulse until mixture starts pulling from the sides of the food processor and starts to form a ball.  You might have to add the smallest amount of water to get it to all mix together.  Add the onion mixture and pulse until combined.

To make it easy for the kids and to use less oil, make the falafel into smallish patties.  Small enough that you could fit two in a pita pocket.

Carefully oil your fry pan not using too much oil.  Just lightly greased is fine.  Cook the falafels until golden brown on both sides.  Ensure that they do not stick to the pan by moving them around and using a bit more oil if necessary.

Let them cool slightly on a paper towel to absorb the oil.

Top with the best tabbouleh or simply some sliced tomatoes, lettuce and hummus.

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Can I have that recipe?

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It is inevidatble that every day I end up talking about food with someone.  Nearly every day I am asked to share a recipe especially about food that I feed my kids.  I love sharing recipes because I believe in GOOD food, not processed, no sugar, no additives, just good clean and real food.

Saying that, it is really hard to cook, prepare and serve good, clean food.  Unless you live on a farm and are removed from the supermarkets and packaged ‘food’ then it’s a bit hard to decipher what is good and what is actually bad.  Anyway you put it, it ALL tastes yummy, especially to kids!

I always try to remember:

If I feed my kids junk, they will eat it.

If I feed them real food, they will eat it.

I think I have found a way to make it easier…

Making good, clean, food for the whole family is a lot easier than it sounds.  If you have cooked with my recipes already, you have already eliminated a lot of sugar and processed flours, you have added fruits and veggies and it all tastes good probably without realising it.  It was just a new recipe to you.

That’s the beauty of eating these recipes.  Don’t think about it, just make it.  Incorporate these recipes into your food routine and eventually they will become the norm of what you are eating.

Don’t try to start from scratch.  I’ve tried it.  It doesn’t work.  You throw out everything from your pantry and cupboards (then you feel guilty for wasting money on the food that you just threw out) and then what are you left with?  Confusion!!!  What do I cook now??

It’s hard enough trying to decide what to make for dinner that everyone will eat but with empty cupboards, it’s even harder.

This is what I suggest:  Don’t throw anything away.  Start replacing things.  When you finish that bag of chips or biscuits, don’t put it back on your grocery list.  Find something else that can replace it.  That way you are changing a little bit at a time and no one is going cold turkey off of their favourite processed foods.  Gradual changes in your eating habits will not be noticed by the rest of your family that easily.  And…you are only replacing one thing at a time, not your entire food repertoire which you have cooked for years and are most familiar with.

In another post, I will tell you why I need to feed my family the best food for them.  It isn’t because it is ‘fashionable’ or the hippy thing to do.

Yes, I will add the recipes that are requested the most and I will post EXACTLY what my kids eat for their school lunches!