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Baked Parsnip Chips with Olive Oil and Salt

Baked Parsnip Chips with Olive Oil and Salt

When I first started this blog, parsnips were in season, so I thought, I should make parsnip chips as one of my first blog posts. I went and bought the parsnips, sliced them, oiled them and baked them in the oven. And they came out […]

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins – Dairy Free

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins – Dairy Free

I’m not sure why I’ve never made lemon poppy seed muffins before. They’re definitely one of my faves. In fact, I’m loving everything lemon flavored lately. Hence, why I made these dairy free lemon poppy seed muffins today! This recipe makes 12 regular sized muffins, […]

Homemade Seed Crackers using only 6 ingredients

Homemade Seed Crackers using only 6 ingredients

Crackers will always be on my top 10 favorite foods list. I like eating crackers with cheese, crackers with jam, crackers plain, nothing on it – you get the picture. So when I first made cheddar crackers a couple weeks ago, I thought why stop there? I found this amazing seed cracker recipe and needed to share it with you guys. It is so so good. And super easy to make. It literally only has 6 ingredients.

Homemade seed crackers using only 6 ingredients.

Here are the ingredients:

Sunflower seeds. Sesame seeds. Chia seeds. Pepitas. Garlic. And salt. Also you will need water. That’s it!

I decided last minute to add some cut up dried cranberries to try and entice my little one. But it really doesn’t need it. They taste good both ways. I also next time will probably add some flax and different seasonings.

Homemade seed crackers using only 6 ingredients.

The consistency is like a crispy seedy cracker. It’s definitely got that savory factor with the added garlic. The trick is to spread it out thin, not too thin, but I made these ones a little too thick for my liking. But they still tasted amazing! Instead of grabbing a handful of crackers when I’m hungry, I can grab one of these and know I’m getting some good nutrients. They’re also great for kids for an after school snack!

Homemade Seed Crackers Using Only 6 Ingredients

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

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Yield: 8-10 servings

Homemade Seed Crackers Using Only 6 Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup of chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup of pepitas
  • 1/2 cup of sesame seeds
  • 1/4 tsp of sea salt
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup of chopped dried cranberries (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Put all the seeds and cranberries into one small mixing bowl.
  3. Add the water, garlic and salt next and mix.
  4. Let it soak for approx 2 mins until all the water soaks into the seeds.
  5. On a parchment lined sheet pan, spread 1/2 the mixture in a thin rectangular layer.
  6. Spread the other half of the mixture into another rectangular thin layer.
  7. Sprinkle more salt on top.
  8. Bake for 35 minutes.
  9. Carefully flip the rectangles one at a time and bake for another 30 minutes.
  10. Once they are done they should look golden at the edges.
  11. Let it cool for a few minutes and then take a pizza cutter and cut into small rectangular pieces.
  12. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks!

Notes

If the crackers lose its crispness, you can put them in the oven at 300 for 5-8 minutes and they will crisp back up again!

http://bebeandbear.com/2018/03/01/homemade-seed-crackers-using-6-ingredients/

Recipe adapted by: Oh She Glows

Enjoy!

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Homemade seed crackers using only 6 ingredients.

Dairy Free Blueberry Banana Muffins

Dairy Free Blueberry Banana Muffins

I’m always looking for ways to make muffins healthier, because if I could eat a muffin everyday I would. And these dairy free blueberry banana muffins with added oat bran are IT. I also feel good about giving one to my daughter for breakfast, or […]

Homemade Cheddar Cheese Crackers made with Chickpea Flour

Homemade Cheddar Cheese Crackers made with Chickpea Flour

Look what we decided to make today, bright and early. Homemade cheddar cheese crackers made with chickpea flour. I’ve never used chickpea flour before, but I’ve been seeing it all over on Instagram and thought I’d give it a try. These crackers did not disappoint. […]

Lemon Kale Pasta with Garlic and Parmesan

Lemon Kale Pasta with Garlic and Parmesan

Lemon kale pasta has been a staple in this house for a while. Actually, since we first discovered it a few years back, from a friend. I personally am a big fan of olive oil pasta.(Aglio et olio). I prefer it even over red. Just give me lots of garlic and olive oil with parmesan cheese and chili flakes, and I’m happy. Similarly, this pasta uses the same ingredients, but with added kale and lemon. The flavors combined, become this magical tangy, zesty, garlicky, tasty dish of pasta. And since there’s no such thing as making a separate meal just for your kid in this house, my daughter eats this too. Luckily, she loves it. If you haven’t introduced kale to your kids yet, this is it. Lemon Kale pasta, everybody.

Lemon Kale Pasta with Garlic and Parmesan

We usually use whole wheat spaghetti for this dish. But I’ve tried linguini and rigatoni with it too and even added some shrimp. It was superb. However, spaghetti is still our favorite.

Lemon Kale Pasta with Garlic and Parmesan

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Finally, just top it off with freshly grated parmesan cheese, chili flakes if you like some spice and you’re good to go! If you like these kid-friendly bowls, you can buy them here. They’re made of bamboo, eco-friendly and completely non-toxic. If you want to get the complete dinnerware set with cup and cutlery, which is the one I have, you can purchase it here.

There’s so many reasons why I like this meal. Firstly, it’s quick. Secondly, it’s easy. And thirdly, it’s delicious. It also makes a great weeknight meal, and it’s great as leftovers for lunch too. For more easy family weeknight meals, check out our pizza quinoa bowls and quinoa pasta salad with roasted chicken!

Lemon Kale Pasta with Garlic and Parmesan

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Lemon Kale Pasta with Garlic and Parmesan

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of whole wheat spaghetti
  • 6-8 pieces of garlic cloves, minced, depending on how garlicky you like it
  • 2 lemons
  • 4 cups of chopped fresh kale
  • 1/3 cup of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of pasta water
  • 2/3 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Red hot chili flakes (optional)

Instructions

  1. Boil spaghetti according to instructions in pot of boiling water until al dente. Drain and rinse.
  2. Prep your ingredients: mince the garlic, juice the lemons, and prep 4 cups of chopped kale
  3. In a large pan on low, pour in the olive oil. Add in the garlic, chili flakes, salt, pepper and half the lemon juice. Make sure not to burn the garlic. Let cook for about a minute or two.
  4. Add in the kale and let cook on med low for a few minutes.
  5. Then add in the drained pasta and toss with the olive oil and and kale mixture.
  6. Add in the rest of the lemon juice. And use the pasta water if the pasta feels a little dry.
  7. Add the parmesan cheese and mix until all combined and cheese slightly melted. Make sure to leave some parmesan cheese to sprinkle on top at the end!
  8. Serve and enjoy!
http://bebeandbear.com/2018/02/12/lemon-kale-pasta-garlic-parmesan/

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Heart-Shaped Yogurt Parfait Oatmeal Cups with Raspberry Compote

Heart-Shaped Yogurt Parfait Oatmeal Cups with Raspberry Compote

So, I got another oatmeal post for you guys! This time, I made healthy, heart-shaped yogurt parfait oatmeal cups. And they were absolutely delicious! Not to mention, super CUTE. Just take a look below. Perfect size for little hands, and good for you too. These […]

Quinoa Pizza Bowls : Healthy Pizza Alternative

Quinoa Pizza Bowls : Healthy Pizza Alternative

Ok, don’t boo me yet. I’m making these quinoa pizza bowls for Superbowl. I know it’s not as good as the real thing, but let’s face it: what is? In my opinion, not much is better than a slice of oo-ey gooey pizza. But these […]

How To Make Easy Sushi Rolls for You and Your Kids

How To Make Easy Sushi Rolls for You and Your Kids

Did you know that making sushi rolls is super easy? It looks daunting I know, but if you deconstruct it, like most things, it’s not as daunting as you think. You can use any filling you like, and just put it all together like so. Here, I used avocado and cucumber to make a super easy sushi roll for my daughter. It’s also Friday, so it was the only thing I had left in my fridge. Time to grocery shop, I know. In any case, just take a look at how simple this is below.

How to make easy cucumber and avocado sushi rolls.

If you have a rice cooker at home, then it’s even easier. All you need to do is make some white/brown or mixed rice and you’re halfway there. Make sure to always use sushi rice which is stickier and in my opinion tastier, too.

Make your own vegetarian sushi rolls for the kids and the whole family.

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Here are the 2 items you will need:

Rice cooker
Sushi rolling mat/kit

If you don’t have a rice cooker, you can also cook rice in a pot on the stove.

I tend to mix up what I put in my rolls. Usually, I make all vegetarian, like avocados, cucumber, carrots and spinach. But I also like to put in baked salmon or any kind of fish, crab meat, and tuna too. The options are pretty endless. Here’s a link to another easy sushi roll  I made with detailed instructions on it also.

In short, all I’m saying, is give it a try! I’m telling you, it’s not as hard as you think. And it’s a fun way to get your kids in the kitchen too! For the heart shaped avocados, I used these vegetable cutters and I love them. I especially like making these for my little one’s lunch. For more lunchbox inspiration, click on the side under ‘categories’ ‘bento lunchbox!’

Easy Avocado Cucumber Roll

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Japanese

Easy Avocado Cucumber Roll

Ingredients

  • White or Brown Sushi Rice
  • Dry unsalted roasted seaweed
  • Avocado
  • Cucumber
  • Sesame seeds
  • Rice Wine Vinegar
  • Salt
  • Soy sauce

Instructions

  1. Cook the rice in a rice cooker or in a pot according to instructions until fully cooked.
  2. Depending on how many rolls you want to make - scoop out rice into a mixing bowl and let cool.
  3. Add a little bit of rice wine vinegar, salt and sesame seeds into the rice (for about a cup of rice, I would add about 1tsp of vinegar, pinch of salt and generously sprinkle sesame seeds.)
  4. Slice cucumber (cutting out the middle wet part) and avocado evenly.
  5. Lay the roasted seaweed flat on top of the sushi rolling mat.
  6. Spread rice evenly onto the seaweed only half way (wet fingers to mash it down without it sticking to your hands).
  7. Layer the cucumber and avocado on top.
  8. Take both the rolling mat and seaweed and start rolling tightly until it gets to the end.
  9. Seal with a little bit of water at the end (like sealing an envelope.) I take a little water on the tip of my finger and glide it across the top end of the seaweed.
  10. With a sharp knife, slice into even sliced rolls. Or just eat as is dipped in soy sauce!
http://bebeandbear.com/2018/02/02/make-easy-sushi-rolls-kids/

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How to make easy cucumber and avocado sushi rolls.

 

Quinoa Patties with Parmesan and Chives

Quinoa Patties with Parmesan and Chives

If your kids don’t like quinoa, trust me, they’ll like these. Quinoa patties are the best thing of my 2018. Seriously! They are so so good. We can eat an entire batch in one sitting. Including my daughter, who claims that she absolutely ‘hates’ quinoa. […]