Refreshing Strawberry Lemonade

In the summer I am always looking for a different option besides juice boxes for my kids.  This is a great option and the kids love to help make it with me.  And I notice when they help me make the recipes they are more likely to try new things because they are so proud of their work.

I have also used this recipe for brunches.  For the adults it is delicious if you add champagne to change this into a Strawberry Lemonade Mimosa, you can add Moscato wine for a delicious wine spritzer or just Vodka for a delicious cocktail. Relax and enjoy!

Refreshing Strawberry-Lemonade

Strawberry Lemonade

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 6-8 servings
Ingredients:
  • I bottle (59 oz) of Simply Pink Lemonade or plain Simply Lemonade
  • 1 pint of strawberries, cut and hulled.
  • 1 lemon
  • Agave nectar or simple syrup (1 cup sugar with 1 cup water boiled until dissolved and cooled) for sweetening
DIRECTIONS:
  1. In a magic bullet or blender fill with strawberries and add Simply Lemonade about 3/4 way up and blend.
  2. Repeat step 1 until all strawberries are blended.
  3. Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon into blended mixture
  4. May sweeten as desired with agave nectar or simple syrup if agave not available.

*If a frozen lemonade is desired freeze strawberries night before preparing and use the frozen strawberries in above recipe, serve immediately.

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Coconut Breaded Chicken Nuggets – Gluten Free and Dairy Free

I can not tell a lie.  My kids prefer to eat the typical toddler foods.  They love pizza, hot dogs, french fries and chicken nuggets. I had to spend ALOT of time to find a recipe for chicken nuggets that taste as good as their favorite frozen nuggets.  I played around and came up with a recipe that my kids love and that is also gluten and dairy free, YAY!  Hope you like it and let me know what you think.

Coconut Chicken Nuggets

Coconut Breaded Chicken Nuggets

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 2-3 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup flour mixture  (may use recipe provided for Gluten free flour or coconut or almond flour)
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut ( I get it from Whole Foods Markets)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp lemon pepper ( may substitute with regular back pepper if not available)
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Wash and cut chicken into bite size pieces.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients together and place in a large zip-lock bag.
  3. Beat the egg in a medium bowl.
  4. Add chicken to egg mixture and coat all chicken pieces with egg.
  5. Add chicken and egg mixture to the dry ingredients in bag and close.  Gently shake the bag to coat all chicken pieces with flour mixture. 
  6. Heat 2 tbsp of coconut oil in a large pan over medium heat.  Add chicken to pan.
  7. Keep moving chicken in pan until it is cooked through to a golden brown.  May need to add more coconut oil to pan as the chicken soaks up the oil.  However do not place too much oil as it will make chicken soggy and won’t allow them to brown.
  8. Allow to cool and serve.

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Sophia gives this a THUMBS UP!!  Let me know what your family thinks!!

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Pineapple, Strawberry, Kale and Passion Fruit Smoothie

Pineapple, Strawberry, Kale and Passion Fruit Smoothie


I am always trying to find ways to get fruits and veggies into my kids diets.  When my oldest daughter was 2 yo she would constantly drink my husbands smoothies.  After that we started making them at home instead of buying them and I would sneak in a veggie with the fruits.  Carrots, kale, spinach work great in smoothies and when mixed with other items my kids didn’t even notice they were in there.  They also loved being a part of making the smoothie and loved adding in the milk and fruit.  This is one of our favorites.  You can substitute the Kale for carrots if you prefer.  Also start with adding a little Kale at a time.  Kale tends to turn the smoothies very green which can be good or bad for certain kids.  😉  Hope you enjoy it and let your kids help out in the kitchen.  They love to help even with the little things.   When they are engaged in the prep they are much more likely to try out new foods and recipes.

Pineapple, Strawberry, Kale and Passion Fruit Smoothie

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 fresh pineapple, hulled and cut in pieces
  • 2 1/2 cups strawberries
  • 2 passion fruits, halved and seeds scooped out
  • 1/2 cup kale, stems removed and chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup coconut or almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons agave syrup

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Place all ingredients in blender. 
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy.  Serve and enjoy immediately.

Yummy Gluten Free Dairy Free Banana Bread

Many of the patients that I see suffer from Celiac Disease, which is an allergy to gluten.  I have started to modify some of my families favorite recipes so that my Celiac and Gluten allergic patients can enjoy them also.  This is my first recipe blog entry.

We love banana bread in our house.  Growing up we would make banana bread, especially around the holidays. I would use the ripest bananas, right before your would toss them in the garbage.  They are perfect for baking when they are almost all black and super ripe.  We would package up the banana bread we baked and give them as gifts to neighbors.  Here is a Gluten Free-Dairy Free version.Banana-Bread

Gluten Free Dairy Free Banana Bread

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time : 50 minutes

Yield: 1 loaf

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 3-5 large ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup gluten free flour mix ( be careful to not pack flour in measuring cups and level off)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp xanthum gum
  • chopped walnuts (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour bottom only of loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together sugar and oil.  Now add eggs, bananas, applesauce and vanilla to sugar mixture. Blend well.
  3. Add flour, baking soda, salt and anthem gum. Add nuts, if desired.  Stir until dry ingredients are moistened.
  4. Pour into prepared pan.
  5. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Cool for 5 minutes; remove from pan to completely cool.

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