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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 […]

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.

Strawberry Heart Shaped Greek Yogurt Parfait Oatmeal Cups

These yogurt parfait oatmeal cups will definitely be in our regular breakfast rotation. It’s a nice change from regular oatmeal, and healthier than store bought granola for sure. The oatmeal base is made with just bananas and oatmeal with a little added cinnamon and vanilla. I also used organic greek yogurt and topped it with strawberries. If you want it sweeter and less tart, you can add honey into your yogurt, but since I made the raspberry compote to go on top, I decided to skip that step. My daughter also loves tart yogurt.

Strawberry Heart Shaped Greek Yogurt Parfait Oatmeal Cups

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I used mini fruit and vegetable cutters to cut out the cute strawberry I placed on top. And a heart-shaped muffin pan for the oatmeal cups. As you can probably tell, I LOVE my heart-shaped muffin tin. Check out our popular heart-shaped, no sugar added oatmeal muffins and healthy heart-shaped egg muffins, too.

Strawberry Heart Shaped Greek Yogurt Parfait Oatmeal Cups

The raspberry compote on top was the special kicker. If you have frozen raspberries in your freezer, that’s all you need. Sprinkle some chia seeds on top, spread some compote and munch away. All in all, today was a good day. Because we started it first thing with these.

Heart-Shaped Yogurt Parfait Oatmeal Cups with Raspberry Compote

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Breakfast

Yield: 6 cups

Heart-Shaped Yogurt Parfait Oatmeal Cups with Raspberry Compote

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 3/4 cup of rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
  • greek yogurt
  • strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  • honey (optional)
  • chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 tsp of raw cane sugar for the raspberry compote - If you want it sweeter you can add more sugar.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, mash the banana with a fork.
  3. Add the rolled oats, vanilla and cinnamon.
  4. Place about a tablespoon of oat mixture into each muffin cup -- I used a 6 cavity heart shaped muffin pan
  5. Smush the oats with your fingers to lay it flat and into a cup form.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes.
  7. Once cooled, pop out the oatmeal cups and layer with yogurt, strawberries, chia seeds and compote.
    For the Raspberry Compote (Just a small amount, enough for 6 oatmeal cups)
  1. In a small saucer, bring a little bit of water to a boil. Then add the raspberries and sugar and let simmer for approx 5 minutes. Let cool for few minutes.
  2. Serve with a spoon over yogurt parfait oatmeal cups!
http://bebeandbear.com/2018/02/11/heart-shaped-yogurt-parfait-oatmeal-cups-raspberry-compote/

Recipe adapted from: Buzzfeed Tasty

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Happy Valentine’s week!

Heart Shaped Yogurt Oatmeal Parfait Oatmeal Cups

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

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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. Besides the quinoa pasta salad I made the other day, this is going up as one of our favorites.

Quinoa Patties with Parmesan and Chives

The problem with quinoa, I think, is that it can be pretty flavorless. I don’t blame my daughter for not liking it. Even I have to muster up the mojo to eat quinoa sometimes. But these quinoa patties are different. They are so full of flavor. And deliciously crispy on the outside. You can’t just have one!

The garlic, chives and parmesan give it that extra flavor boost. My daughter likes them because she can eat them with her hands and dip it in ketchup, soy sauce or sour cream. (All three ways are good, by the way.) Healthy Quinoa Patties with Parmesan and Chives. Great way to get kids to eat quinoa!

I like them because it’s full of protein. Quinoa is already full of protein and the 4 eggs on top of that make it protein-packed. For more bite sized meal ideas, check out our heart shaped egg muffins! And pesto parmesan egg in baskets, too!

Quinoa Patties with Parmesan and Chives

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 20 small patties

Quinoa Patties with Parmesan and Chives

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups of cooked organic quinoa
  • 1 white onion (finely chopped)
  • 3-5 cloves of garlic ( I like mine more garlicky)
  • 1/3 cup of chives (finely chopped)
  • 1/3 cup of parmesan cheese (freshly grated)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup of whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 4 eggs (beaten)
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • Sour cream, ketchup or soy sauce (optional for dipping)

Instructions

  1. Cook 1 cup of dry quinoa in 2 cups of boiling water. Bring to a boil and then let simmer for 15 minutes with lid closed.
  2. Get the quinoa to room temperature.
  3. Prep your onion, garlic and chives by finely chopping them.
  4. Grate the cheese.
  5. If making your own bread crumbs - toast 3 pieces of whole wheat bread and chop in a food processor until ground into bread crumbs.
  6. Beat the eggs in a small bowl.
  7. In a large mixing bowl, add into the quinoa, all the ingredients. Start with the eggs, salt, pepper, onions, garlic, chives, cheese then bread crumbs.
  8. Heat a large pan just a tad below medium with olive oil. Take a heaping tablespoon of the batter and mold in your hand a small sized patty and place on pan. Do not overcrowd.
  9. Cook with the lid on for approx 7 minutes. Flip to the other side for another 7 minutes with the lid off.
  10. Serve right away, plain or with dipping of your choice.
  11. Also great for lunch the next day!
http://bebeandbear.com/2018/01/16/quinoa-patties-parmesan-chives/

*This recipe was given to me by a friend of mine a LONG time ago. I wish I had made it sooner, but at least I made it, right?!

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Quinoa Pasta Salad with Roasted Chicken

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Best Slime Recipe: Clear Glue Fine Glitter Slime

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Avocado Toast with Garlic and Over Easy Egg

Avocado Toast with Garlic and Over Easy Egg

There’s so many reasons why avocado toast is so good. It tastes delicious. You can make it in so many different ways. It’s healthy. Full of good fats, whole grains and protein. It’s a great last minute breakfast, lunch or even dinner idea. It comes to the rescue when you have absolutely nothing to make. It also comes in handy when you’re feeling super lazy to cook. And both kids and adults like it. Need I say more? Avocado toast is amazing.

Mommy and Me Avocado Toast with Garlic

And it’s not just for hipsters. It’s for mommy and me, too.

Easy Avocado toast with Garlic

My favorite way to make it, is this way. Garlic rubbed on toast, with mashed avocado, topped with an over easy egg. Salt and pepper to taste. And HOT SAUCE.

Easy Avocado toast with Garlic

We used a special leftover sourdough bread for this one, but normally, we use a full of healthy seeds whole wheat bread. Both ways are delicious. For more lunch ideas, click on the side under categories under ‘bento lunchbox!’ And healthy breakfast muffin ideas, too.

Avocado Toast with Garlic and Over Easy Egg

Ingredients

  • Whole wheat bread
  • One clove of garlic
  • Avocado
  • Egg

Instructions

  1. Toast the bread in the toaster.
  2. Peel garlic, rub garlic on toast generously.
  3. Peel and mash avocado and spread on top of toast.
  4. Fry an egg just under medium heat until bottom gets crispy. Flip over for 30 seconds to a minute depending how runny you want the egg.
  5. Carefully place the egg on top of the avocado toast. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  6. Add hot sauce if desired.
http://bebeandbear.com/2018/01/11/avocado-toast-garlic-easy-egg/

Happy avocado toast, making!

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Healthy and Simple Yogurt Parfait Breakfast

Healthy and Simple Yogurt Parfait Breakfast

When I wake up in the morning, I need a good hour (or two) before I can eat or do anything. Unless it’s coffee. But first, coffee. Right? My husband and daughter on the other hand, need to eat as soon as they wake up. […]