8 Ideas for No-Cook Camping Breakfasts

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Cooking while camping – some love it, and some just don’t. If you tend to be on the “don’t” side of things or are just looking for some simple early-morning meals, these no-cook camping breakfasts are perfect for your next adventure in the woods. Simplify your camping trip by leaving the eggs and frying pans at home for Sunday brunch. If cooking anything but hot dogs over an open fire makes you cringe, take these 8 great ideas and get your breakfast on!

 

1. Yogurt parfait bar

A container of yogurt and some sliced fruit are all you need for this light and healthy camping breakfast. Layer your favorite yogurt with your favorite fruits – try peaches, strawberries, or blueberries for starters – and top it with granola for a bit of crunch.

 

2. Fruit and make-ahead dips

It doesn’t get much simpler than fruit for breakfast. It’s light, healthy, satisfying, and you can always choose your favorites. If plain fruit doesn’t appeal, try making this easy cherry fruit dip to go with it or this even easier two-ingredient “Strawberry Fluff” dip from Oh, Sweet Basil.

 

3. Cereal and milk

You heard me. Throw a box of your cereal of choice in the camper and a carton of milk in the cooler and call it good. Or, if you’ve got a crowd, try the miniature boxes in a variety pack like this  that carries a little something for everyone! Oh, and don’t forget the spoons!

 

4. PB&J or other simple sandwiches

It might sound like more of a mid-day meal, but nothing beats the simplicity of a sandwich. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich can easily replace toast and jam on a campout, particularly where the kids are concerned. Even your favorite sliced meats and cheeses go great with fruit.

 

5. Make-ahead refrigerator oatmeal

Oatmeal doesn’t have to be cooked with this great idea! Whip up a batch of refrigerator oatmeal breakfasts with this recipe from Happy Go Lucky and pack the jars in the cooler. If your group of campers enjoys trying new meals together, you might consider simply bringing the ingredients and jars along and letting everyone mix up their own the night before.

 

6. Tortilla roll-ups

Grab a package of flour tortillas on your way out of town and give this simple breakfast a try! Spread a tortilla with peanut butter, hazelnut spread, or cream cheese, then add bananas, strawberries, or other fruits you like.

 

7. Bagels, donuts, or muffins

A store-bought breakfast should never be underestimated. When the campers are hungry and anxious to start the day, you can bet they’ll be ready for anything. Bagels and cream cheese, donuts, muffins with butter, and other quick breakfast options will be welcome in the campsite. Add in a side of yogurt or fruit to round out the meal.

 

8. Breakfast cookies

If you’ve got the time, a couple dozen of these breakfast cookies from Sally’s Baking Addiction can be made ahead and used for a quick meal while enjoying the great outdoors.  These compact finger foods are also great for hikers!

 

Looking for more great camping foods for your summer? Try these 8 Easy and Delicious Camping Food Ideas!

Featured image via Sally’s Baking Addiction.

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

11 Fast and Fun Summer Kebabs

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Feeding a large group at a barbecue or family gathering can get complicated quickly if you don’t have a few tricks up your sleeve! These 11 recipes are sure to make you the top chef with minimal effort, and with a kebab in hand your guests will come away happy too. Whether you’re looking for a skewer full of savory, filling meats, a tasty side dish, crowd-pleasing dessert, or even an easy breakfast for a family reunion, you can spruce up the eats at any party or picnic this summer with these fast and fun summer kebabs.

 

1. Easy Breakfast

The guests will never want to let go of this Eggo breakfast kebab. Waffle, fruit, and sausage all skewered and drizzled with syrup will be a breakfast to remember – with minimal cleanup!

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2. Easier Breakfast

Breakfast in a pinch? No problem. Run by the grocery store for some favorite fruits and a box of donut holes and pop it all on a skewer. Instant breakfast-for-a-crowd.

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3. Shrimp

Mmmmm… Lunch or dinner rolls around and it’s time to dish up something a bit more savory. These grilled teriyaki shrimp kebabs are nothing short of delicious, and you can’t beat a bite of juicy pineapple in between. Don’t forget to soak wooden skewers (up to 30 minutes) before grilling to prevent burning.

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4. Fish

A little spice goes a long way in this skewered salmon delight, and those tasty slices of lemon are sure to juice things up. Using two skewers to hold things together makes for easier turning and more even heating while on the grill.

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5. Chicken

This fabulous chicken and tomato kebab is a tasty and healthy addition to any summer meal. Whip up a simple pesto, marinate, and let the grilling begin.

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6. Beef

Steak, peppers, and onions just can’t be beat when it comes to kebabs. Make the classic fantastic with a savory marinade full of the good stuff – Dijon, Worcestershire, lemon juice, and more.

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7. Pork

Pure simplicity is the best way to describe this pork kebab recipe. If you’re worried about the lean loin pieces getting too dry on the grill, you may want to consider using pork shoulder as an alternative.

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8. Vegetable

Use this tasty vegetable medley as a side at a barbecue or dress it up for a vegetarian meal at home. And don’t feel like you have to stick with the veggies suggested here – eggplant, tomatoes, corn, and asparagus are other great options for grilling.

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9. Fruit

These handy kebabs will truly give you a taste of the rainbow, but if themed eats aren’t your thing, don’t be afraid to mix things up and try new fruity combinations. Kiwi, melon, mango, and other fruits that can hold up on a skewer can make a great addition to your “fruit salad on a stick.”

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10. Light Dessert

It wouldn’t be a party without a little dessert, and what’s better than dessert that doesn’t require utensils? These red, white, and blue themed shortcake bites can be eaten dipped, drizzled, or plain. Try the light “cheesecake yogurt dip” recipe for some real taste bud tickling.

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11. Indulgent Dessert

If you’re looking for a kebab dessert that’s a bit more… indulgent, this is the recipe for you. Chocolate, fruit, and marshmallows drizzled in more chocolate? Yes, please!

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Looking for more tasty recipes for a spectacular summer bash? Try these Top 30 Scrumptious Summer Salads!

 

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

6 Creative BBQ Side Dishes

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One of the best things about warm weather is all the barbecue parties we get to go. But do you stress over deciding what to bring to a BBQ party? Many people fall back on potato salad, but nobody wants to make a potato salad and then discover seven other potato salads already on the potluck table. Here are 6 creative BBQ side dishes to bring to your next barbecue party!

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1. Cheese-Stuffed Grilled Peppers

Three kinds of cheese in one sweet pepper? Sign me up! This recipe combines ricotta cheese, cream cheese, and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese into a luscious stuffing for small peppers, which are then cooked on the grill. Prep them at home and grill them at the BBQ party to serve them hot.

2. Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potato Bites

The combination of savory, salty bacon and sweet potato is out of this world; plus, this appetizer is super easy to prepare. Although there’s a bit of chopping involved, anyone could cook this BBQ side dish. These bites are such a hit that you can be sure that your dish will be empty way before the barbecue party ends!

3. Mexican Grilled Corn

Everyone loves corn on the cob straight from the grill, but have you ever tried Mexican grilled corn? A mix of mayonnaise, sour cream, cilantro, Parmesan cheese, and lime juice is slathered all over a freshly grilled corn cob. Sprinkle some chili powder on top and chomp down.

4. Easy Summer Quinoa

Jam-packed with veggies such as kale, zucchini, and sun-dried tomatoes, this summer quinoa is both healthy and delicious. Don’t forget the shaved Parmesan cheese on top!

5. Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint

This recipe is so easy but it will impress everyone! Pretty to the eyes and stimulating to the tongue, this watermelon salad might surprise some with it’s combination of the sweet fruit with feta and mint. It will be perfectly refreshing after eating lots of meat and other savory dishes under the sun.

6. Crazy Awesome Grilled Peaches

End the BBQ party on a great note with this simple but crazy awesome grilled peach recipe. Soak the halved peaches in a Ziploc bag filled with a cinnamon syrup and then throw them on the grill. Top off your hot peaches with cold vanilla ice cream. Your taste buds will thank you! I made this with unripe peaches and it came out perfectly. Definitely a BBQ dessert favorite.

With these 6 creative BBQ side dishes in your pocket, you’re now ready for the BBQ season!

For more recipes, check out 10 Better For You Muffin Recipes and 5 Recipes for Healthy French Fries.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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8 Easy and Delicious Camping Food Ideas

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Planning a few camping trips during the warmer months? Me, too! But I always get kinda stuck when thinking about camping food ideas. Hot dogs are fine, but I love to cook delicious food at home and I want to eat good food while camping. I did some research and found so much information out there on camping food ideas! I’m excited to share these ideas with you.

 

1. Foil Packs

These nifty camping meals that are cooked in foil are also called hobo packs or hobo stew. Basically, you add a little oil (or butter) in heavy duty foil, add meat, veggies, and then wrap it up and put it on hot coals. Open it after the meat is cooked and dig in! So easy.

You could use hamburger patties, ground beef, pounded chicken, meatballs, or even fish as your meat. Many campers add potatoes, but you could also add red pepper, onions, tomatoes, corn on the cob, zucchini, and whatever else that can be cut up and put in a foil pack. Bring along your favorite condiments to add to your hobo stew.

Looking for more information on foil packs? Here’s a very clear step-by-step on how to assemble a hobo pack and how to wrap the foil just right. And here’s a delicious-looking breakfast that’s cooked in a foil pack!

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2. Breakfast Tacos

If you don’t know what a breakfast taco is, it’s a tortilla packed with scrambled eggs and whatever else you like with your eggs: sauteed veggies, chorizo, bacon, potatoes, and/or cheese. A great camping food idea is to prepare your breakfast tacos ahead of time and wrap them in foil and put them in your icebox. When it’s time to eat breakfast, heat them up a little bit over hot coals and eat!

You can do the same method with breakfast sandwiches if that’s more of your thing.

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3. Campfire Quesadillas

Quesadillas are very kid-friendly, so this is one of my favorite camping food ideas. Prepare the quesadillas ahead of time with your favorite filings and wrap them in foil. Heat them up over the grill and then consume. This sounds perfect for lunches!

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4. Kabobs

Kabobs are great for grilling and fun to eat. These qualities make them a good addition to any list of camping food ideas. Put your chopped meat in marinade in a zip lock bag and toss in your chopped vegetables in another zip lock bag. Bring along bamboo skewers and assemble when it’s time to eat. Camping food ideas don’t get any easier than this.

 

5. Breadsticks On a Stick

Camping is fun and this camping food idea is definitely a lot of fun. Send everyone into the forest to search for the perfect stick and have them wrap a long strip of bread dough around their sticks. You can make your bread dough ahead of time or buy ready-made dough in a can that you pop open at the campsite.

Turn this appetizer into a sweet dessert by rolling the dough in some butter, sugar, and cinnamon. Mmmmm.

 

6. “Baked” Sweet Potatoes

Maybe you’re sticking with hot dogs and burgers for dinner, but you’re looking for a side that’s healthier than a bag of potato chips. Try grabbing a couple of sweet potatoes on your next trip. Around 20-30 minutes before you’re ready to eat, poke them a couple of times with a knife and wrap them with foil. Put them over hot coals and turn them every 5 minutes until they become soft to the touch. Then open the foil and cut them down in the middle. So good, without any seasoning needed!

You could bring precooked shredded chicken and an avocado and pile that on the top of the sweet potato. Delicious, filling, and healthy!

 

7. Campfire Cones

You just can’t go camping without gorging on smores, at least I think so. However, I have a toddler who would probably have a hard time eating a traditional smore. That’s why I really love this clever camping food idea: campfire cones! You put peanut butter, marshmallows, chocolate, and chopped banana in a sugar cone, wrap it in foil, and heat it until everything is melted and gooey. Okay, I’m officially hungry now.

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8. Easy Cobbler in a Dutch Oven

If you’re really serious about camping and go with your family often, you might want to consider investing in a dutch oven. There’s a lot of great information here and there’s also some recipes there for you to try.

Have a dutch oven already? Try this crazy easy cobbler! All you need is some fresh blackberries, a can of blueberry pie filling, classic yellow cake mix, and cut up butter for the top. Cook until it’s done and EAT.

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I’m officially ready for our next camping trip, food-wise. I hope you feel the same!

For more camping ideas, check out 25 Fun Camping Ideas for Families!

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

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Top 30 Scrumptious Summer Salads

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Don't like cooking in summertime?  No worries!  You don't have to turn on the oven to make these delicious dinners!  Here's 30 scrumptious summer salads - one for each day of the month!

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Ah, summer!  Sunshine!  Beach trips!  Pools!  And heat… oh the summer heat!  If the idea of turning your oven on in the summertime heat makes you want to jump in the car for a night out, this gallery is for you!  There’s no better summer dinner than a salad, and nothing better to take along to a summertime party or BBQ.  But let’s face it, there’s only so many ways you can dress up a head of lettuce… or are there?  Are you looking for healthy summer grub?  A unique take on the veggie classic?  A way to kick your BBQ side dishes up a notch?  Here we’ve rounded up the best, most delicious salads from around the web.  Before you eat out instead of in, try one of these top 30 scrumptious summer salads.

Veggie-based Salads:

Mid-Summer Italian Bread Salad

Asparagus, Feta and Couscous Salad

Brussel Sprout Salad

Summer Corn Salad

Cucumber Sunomono

Summer Squash and Red Quinoa Salad

Thai Cucumber Salad

Cucumber and Zucchini Carpaccio Salad

Perfect Picnic Salads:

Red Bean Salad with Feta and Peppers

Fresh Broccoli Salad

Estrellita Salad

Fresh Taco Salad

Cilantro Lime Slaw

Tortellini Picnic Salad

Fruit-based Salads:

Spinach and Mango Salad

Tropical Salad with Pineapple Vinaigrette

Blackberry Spinach Salad

Strawberry Poppyseed Salad

Summer Watermelon Salad

Avocado Pineapple Salad

Main Dish Salads:

Tuna Salad Stuffed Avocados

Spinach and Orzo Salad

Salmon Salad

Quinoa Tabbouleh

Summer Salad with Citrus Lavender Dressing

Summer Shrimp Salad

Cafe Rio Sweet Pork Salad Knockoff

Tangled Thai Salad with Peanut Lime Dressing

Thai Tuna Salad

Chinese Chicken Salad

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Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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What to Plant in May

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They say that you reap what you sow. Well, it’s May and it’s time to sow the seeds for a harvest to reap come summer! Here’s what to plant in your garden during the month of May. Since weather conditions may vary depending on where you live, this list of what to plant in May should apply to you if it’s consistently in the 50s during nights.

 

1. Cucumber

Cool down in the summer with cold cucumber dishes by planting cucumber seeds in your garden now! Cucumbers grow very fast; you should expect to see cucumbers show up in your garden within two weeks of planting. If you have a small garden, cucumbers will be a perfect fit since they can climb. Find an area in your garden that receives full sun and you’ll be enjoying cucumber salads (and cucumber facials) before you know it!

Here is some more information on growing cucumbers and learn how to prevent them from tasting bitter.

 

2. Cantaloupe

This sweet fruit is popular with kids and can be turned into a delicious cantaloupe milkshake! It’s important to ensure that your soil is warmer than 65 degrees before planting cantaloupe seeds, so if you live in a cooler climate you can cover the soil with black plastic for a few weeks to heat it up. Then cut out small holes and plant the seeds without removing the black plastic. Grow vines in raised rows for best results, but you can grow them on a trellis if you’re limited on space.

For more tips and tricks on growing cantaloupes, read this guide on growing cantaloupes.

 

3. Zucchini

The question of what to plant in May is often answered with the beloved zucchini. Your neighbors will love you if you plant zucchini in your garden. With proper care, you’re sure to get a bumper crop and end up giving some of your crop to others! At least, you’ll never run out of this vegetable all summer after you plant it in your garden this month. Zucchini, or yellow squash, should be planted in warm soil; use the black plastic method mentioned above when planting zucchini in May if needed. Grow zucchini in full sun and be sure to frequently water the seeds.

For more detailed information on planting summer squash in your garden, here’s a great guide.

 

4. Beet

If you salivate over the thought of a beet and goat cheese sandwich, plant beets in your garden in May. Soil that is at least 50 degrees is warm enough for beet seeds to grow. Beets are a long-season crop and you’ll be enjoying the red root vegetable until well into fall. If you live in an area where it’s dry and doesn’t rain very much, soak the beet seeds for one full day before you plant them. Then enjoy that beet sandwich!

You’ll find more helpful information on planting beets here.

 

Now that you know what to plant in May, what are you planning on growing in your garden this month? I’m leaning towards zucchini…

For more gardening tips, check out How To Grow Vegetables From Scraps and Tips for Winterizing Your Summer Garden.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

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10 Easy Appetizers for Any Event

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Keep your group’s bellies happy and their fingers busy. Choose one or two of these quick appetizers and you’ll start the party off right!

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Dinner party, birthday party, holiday party, superbowl party… if there’s a reason to get together and celebrate, we do it! And regardless of the occasion, the best part of an event is often the amazing food. As a host or hostess of a good party, you may have realized that one way to get your guests in the spirit of things while they wait for the main course is to start feeding them before the feast even begins, but who has the time for appetizers during the hustle and bustle of meal preparations? You do – because these 10 delectable easy appetizers are the fastest, easiest starter foods you’ll ever make, all with 4 ingredients or less!

1. Chicken Parmesan Bites (picture: slide 1)

2. Lime Yogurt Fruit Dip (picture: slide 2)

3. Salami Tomato Skewers (picture: slide 3)

4. Cranberry Brie Bites (picture: slide 4)

5. Bacon Wrapped Smokies (picture: slide 5)

6. Watermelon Ricotta Bites (picture: slide 6)

7. Ranch Bread (picture: slide 7)

8. Melon and Prosciutto Skewers (picture: slide 8)

9. Cucumber Sandwich Bites (picture: slide 9)

10. Bacon Ranch Chip Dip (picture: slide 10)

 

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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10 Better-For-You Muffin Recipes

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Muffins of all kinds make a great on-the-run breakfast or a tasty snack, but it can be hard to find muffins with healthier ingredients that are less like their sugary, fatty cousin the cupcake! Amp up your muffin arsenal with these 10 recipes that will fill you up without filling you out.

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1. “Best Ever” Healthy Muffin

This muffin recipe claims to be the best of the best, but we’ll let you decide! This one has a little bit of everything and is sure to get your mouth watering.

2. Skinny Banana Blueberry Muffin

A tried and true favorite at my house, you won’t want to miss trying a bite of these muffins. The oils typical to many muffin recipes is replaced with Greek yogurt and the sugar content is cut down by substituting honey and mashed banana. Eat up!  

3. Apple Muffin

It’s hard to go wrong with a five-star rated recipe, especially one full of cinnamon and applesauce. Add in pecans for a satisfying crunch.

4. Zucchini Muffin

The easiest way to get more vegetables in your diet is to hide them in something you really like to eat, right? This healthy muffin makes it all possible and is packed with fresh zucchini.

5. Cranberry-Citrus Muffin

Lemon and cranberry form the perfect marriage of flavors in this fabulous recipe, and with all that extra taste, the need for sugar and oils is trimmed way back.

6. Banana Muffin

You won’t believe that this muffin is healthy once you’ve had a bite. Chock full of bananas and whole grains, it’s sure to satisfy your both your sweet tooth and your inner health nut.

7. Coconut Pineapple Muffin

This recipe fits the clean-eating trend to a T. Full of naturally-occurring and flavorsome ingredients like honey and coconut milk, your taste buds will never miss your old muffin stand-by.

8. Chocolate Muffin

It seems that no matter the diet and no matter the health trend, someone is always in need of a chocolate fix from time to time. This health-i-fied chocolate muffin is less than 100 calories and can be devoured guilt-free.

9. Oatmeal Pumpkin Muffin

This muffin is full of healthy grains and soft swirls of pumpkin. Be prepared to leave a melts-in-your-mouth review for this recipe.

10. Peanut Butter Banana Muffin

Those bananas you’ve had sitting on the counter and turning brown for a week? Perfect for this healthier muffin snack. Peanut butter adds a bit of protein and that delicious nutty flavor to this recipe.

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

Beginning Paleo: 16 Food Replacement Ideas

Beginning Paleo: 16 simple food replacements for breakfast, lunch, and dinner | Tipsaholic.com


Interested in the Paleo way of eating, but not sure where to start? Replacing certain foods on your plate with paleo-approved ingredients is easier than you think. You can focus on one meal at a time when making changes to your eating habits. If you’re not entirely sure that you want to go 100% paleo, this is a good way to experiment with a new way of eating. One step at a time!

16 Beginning Paleo Food Replacements via Tipsaholic

Beginning Paleo Breakfast Ideas

  • Instead of white potatoes, use sweet potatoes. Eggs and bacon and chopped sweet potatoes make for a delicious breakfast. Add hot sauce for a kick.
  • If you love to start your day with a smoothie, use almond milk in place of cow’s milk. Add a half of a frozen banana to your blender to thicken the smoothie instead of yogurt.
  • Muffins are extremely convenient, but so are egg muffins. Mix up 12 whipped eggs with vegetables and meat (I like to add spinach, onions, and sweet potatoes along with a bit of chorizo). Pour the mix into muffin cups. That’ll give you 12 egg muffins that you can stash in the fridge and heat up in the microwave when you’re ready to eat.
  • Make Paleo pancakes with almond flour or coconut flour, bananas, eggs, and a couple of other ingredients. Here’s a good one.
  • In a pinch, eat your dinner leftovers! Don’t limit yourself to traditional breakfast food.
  • Love cream with your coffee? Try canned coconut milk instead. Give it a few days and you’ll never go back to cream.
  • Replace your toast or bagel with a side of fruit or a paleo muffin.

Beginning Paleo Lunch Ideas

  • Love sandwiches and tacos? Try rolling up your meat and veggies and condiments in a lettuce wrap. It is much more delicious than it sounds.
  • Put bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mustard in deli meat and roll it up!
  • There are also many recipes for tortillas made with coconut flour (try this one in this recipe) that you can use to fill with all kinds of things. For my toddler, I mix up avocado and tuna along with a splash of lime and put it in the tortilla.
  • Make a PB&J the Paleo way by spreading almond butter and honey on a coconut flour tortilla.
  • A big salad is obviously very Paleo friendly, but try adding roasted nuts (almonds, pecans, or walnuts) along with at least one serving of meat. Don’t be afraid to mix in lots of avocado — it’s full of very good fat!

Beginning Paleo Dinner Ideas

  • Swap out that rice/potato side with another vegetable. Many of our dinners consist of a meat entree, a vegetable, and another vegetable.
  • Cooking a stir-fry or a curry dish? Replace jasmine rice with delicious cauliflower rice. Here’s how, but I like to use coconut oil instead and add 1/2 cup of coconut milk and some minced garlic for extra flavor.
  • Grill a couple of burgers for everyone and forgo the buns. Add a side of healthy french fries to make a hearty dinner that’s also guilt-free.
  • Love a sweet finish to your dinner meals? Cut up a fresh mango for everyone or assemble a bowl of mixed berries and roasted nuts topped with whipped coconut cream.

Looking for more Paleo recipes? Check out 6 Delicious (and Easy!) Paleo Desserts and Four Quick 30-Minute Paleo Dinners in 5 Steps.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.” Please check out my blog What the Vita!

10 Quick-and-Easy Appetizer Recipes for March Madness

10 Quick-and-Easy Appetizer Recipes for March Madness

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On game day, we all know that the real star of the show is the food. Score some big points at your March Madness party with this crowd-pleasing line-up of all-star appetizers. These are all quick and easy to prepare, leaving you more time to enjoy the party — whoops, I mean the game, of course. Even better? Many of these appetizer recipes are actually healthy!

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  1. Roasted Red Pepper Cheese Spread

  2. Buffalo Chicken Dip

  3. Red Pepper Hummus with Baked Pita Chips

  4. Pizza Monkey Bread

  5. Low-Fat Ranch Dip

  6. Spicy Sausage Balls

  7. Cheese Straws

  8. Dill Pickle Dip

  9. Sweet Potato Hummus

  10. Badass Nachos

10 Quick-and-Easy Appetizer Recipes for March Madness - Tipsaholic.com

 

Julianne Puckett is the creator of Yankee Kitchen Ninja, a blog about what she calls “stealthy homemaking” — healthy recipes that are quick and easy to prepare, DIY gardening tips and the occasional craft project. A designer, writer and former suburban-dwelling IT professional, she lives in rural Vermont, where she struggles to balance the siren call of her inner farmer with her love of cute shoes and cocktails.

Dealing With Picky Eaters? Try These 7 Tips

7 Tricks For Dealing With A Picky Eater via Tipsaholic.com

Are your kids the toughest food critics you’ve ever encountered? Here are some suggestions that you can try with your picky eaters to encourage them to eat a wider variety of food.

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1. Take your picky eaters to the farmer market.

Walking around at a farmer market is a great way to spend a Saturday morning. Strike up conversations with the vendors about growing crop, how they cook their food, and how they feed their animals. Ask your children to choose the vegetables, fruit, or meat to purchase. This might help them gain a better appreciation of where the food on their plate comes from.

 

2. Ask your picky eaters to help you cook meals.

Involve your child in the preparation of food. With younger kids and toddlers, your kitchen will surely become very messy in the process, but it’ll be worth it in the long run. When they help with the chopping, the seasoning, and the baking, they might become more willing to try the food. Even if they still refuse to eat, at least they’ll understand the work that goes into making the meal and they’ll be more respectful of it.

There are several great books out there about cooking with kids. Kids in the Kitchen gives some great ideas of how to cook with with kids from 18 months to 9 years old. For older kids, try Kids’ Fun & Healthy Cookbook and The Kid’s Cookbook.

 

3. Identify the food on their plates.

A plate filled with unrecognizable food can be very scary for a young person. When you place the plate in front of them, make sure to identify everything on their plate. Tell them how you cooked it and what it will taste like (sweet, savory, salty, bitter, etc).

 

4. Don’t become a short order cook.

Don’t give up and cook another meal for them. This shows them that you’re willing to cook something else… so why should they ever eat what you offer if they can simply request their favorite meal instead? Just tell them that they don’t have to eat if they don’t want to, but you won’t be cooking anything else. If you’re concerned that they’ll go hungry, include a side dish that you know they’ll enjoy.

 

5. Dinner is a sit-down event.

Try to make time for a sit-down dinner at least a few times a week. This makes dinner an event into itself, a time for the whole family to just eat and talk. Try your best to make dinnertime a positive time for everyone, not a battle over food.

 

6. Offer it again… and again.

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Sometimes it takes a few tries and refuses before a child finally eats something new. Picky eaters need to get acclimated to the taste and smell and look of a new food before they finally embrace it.

 

7. Tell your picky eaters that they won’t always be picky.

Above all, don’t tell your kids that they’re picky eaters. They’ll probably take that label and run with it. They’ll believe that they’re picky eaters and that they can’t help it. They might be less wiling to change their eating habits. Instead, say things like, “I understand you don’t want to eat it right now, but someday you will like these food just like your parents! Your tongue will get used to the taste and you’ll love it.” Your kids DO want to be just like you, believe it or not.

 

Happy cooking! For some fast and easy dinner ideas, check out Four Quick 30-Minute Paleo Dinners in 5 Steps.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

Five Tips for Eating with the Seasons

 

Let’s be honest, it can be difficult to eat healthy while also maintaining a reasonable budget and cooking meals our families enjoy. An important first step in changing the way we eat is to eat with the seasons. Eating with the seasons means buying fruits and vegetables during the months in which they’re typically harvested. Not only is choosing to eat mostly in-season produce less expensive for you as a consumer, it’s also more environmentally friendly.

 

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Five Tips for Eating with the Seasons

Ready to reap the benefits of a bountiful harvest? Here are five useful tips to help you start eating with the seasons.

 

1. Know the Seasonal Fruits & Vegetables

The first step in eating seasonably is finding out which fruits and vegetables are available per season. Not only is in-season produce fresher, it’s also less expensive. Erika at Style Me Green has compiled a great, comprehensive list of produce to buy based on each of the four seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Want to look up a specific fruit or vegetable? Check out this Guide to Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables from About.com.

2. Buy Produce at the Local Farmers Market

Eating seasonally is more fun, cost effective, and environmentally friendly when you buy from your local farmers market. Choose a new recipe that incorporates a family-favorite seasonal fruit or vegetable and be sure to pick up the ingredients while you’re out. Not sure where to go in your area? Visit www.localharvest.org for a list of local farmers markets across the nation.

3. Learn How to Can

There’s no reason you can’t enjoy the sweet taste of peaches or twang of dill pickles during the barren winter months. Canning is the answer! Never canned before? No problem. Follow this step-by-step guide from Better Homes and Gardens. Already a canning artisan? Browse these creative canning recipes for some fresh inspiration.

4. Plant an Herb Garden

No matter your living situation—tiny apartment or spacious bungalow—planting an herb garden is a great way to live green and make sure you always have the necessary ingredients on hand to spice up your seasonal dishes. Andy and Kerry at Burritos & Bubbly created a cute, simple kitchen herb garden in less than a day. They chose to plant basil, cilantro, peppermint, rosemary, thyme and chives. View their finished project here.

5. Share the Bounty

Making a conscious effort to eat seasonally provides wonderful opportunities to practice the farm-to-table approach. Invite your family and friends over for a dinner party where you share your favorite seasonal recipes. Set the table outside if the weather permits and give canned jellies or preserves to your guests as gifts when they leave. Jump start your planning with this lovely post: How to Host a Farm to Table Dinner from Abby Larson at Style Me Pretty.

More great tips for living a healthy lifestyle.

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Clarissa Fidler is a 20-something trying to find her place in this world. She grew up in Seattle, attended college in Utah, and now calls Chicago home. In her free time you’ll find her reading the New York Times, cuddling with her cat Harper, catching up on her favorite blogs, running along Lake Michigan, or checking out a new restaurant.  If you’d like to read more by Clarissa, check out her blog West Hawthorne Place.