Monday, June 27, 2011

- quick recipe of the week -

I am so so excited about this week's post! First of all, this is a double recipe post. Yep, double the recipe fun today! Both of these recipes compliment each other so well. And even more exciting for me, both of these recipes are totally toddler friendly...Oh, and perfect for the summer! Have I mentioned how excited I am for these two recipes?

Let's start off with a great smoothie recipe from Kristal over at Mama at Home . I have been following Kristal's blog for quite a long time now. Her son Isaac is adorable, and Kristal is quite the amazing mother! They just recently moved and have a new house that Kristal is busy making their home. Kristal has an amazing garden and they even have their own family chickens that give them fresh eggs! She describes herself as "A SAHM with one amazing husband, a perfect little boy (that has become quite the dare devil lately), and one adorable dog. Check out her blog to meet her and her family!

This is a great recipe for your picky kiddos that aren't fans of veggies. A great way to "sneak" in those greens!

Green Smoothie
1.5 cups of frozen fruit - suggestions- combo of strawberries, peaches, blueberries, and blackberries, depending on what you have on hand.
1 ripe banana (if you aren't a fan of banana, just use half.  It serves mostly to sweeten the smoothie)
1 cup of milk (more or less as needed, depending on how thick you like your smoothies)
a large handful of either spinach or kale

Toss it all into your blender and blend until smooth.  Serve with a big straw!

(Image credit Kristal)

(Image credit Kristal)
Printable Recipe

 So refreshing for the summer! And so healthy for your kiddos!

After you are done making your fruit and veggie packed smoothie, it's time to make some sandwich kabobs brought to us by Tomi over at Three Boys and an Old Lady. Tomi is a fab mommy who loves trying new products and sharing her views and reviews with her readers! And she has some fun recipes on her blog that you have to go check out! These sandwich kabobs look like so much fun for toddlers, especially for a summer time picnic!

Sandwich Kabobs
1 pkg cubed cheese
1 pkg cubed or rolled meat (deli meat, grilled chicken, etc.)
8 slices favorite bread (use a variety for color & taste)
8 grape tomatoes
If desired: pickles, lettuce, or any other sandwich toppings

Stack bread and slice into cubes. Slide bread cube onto skewer and then allow kids to pick cheese, meat and veggies. Slide onto skewer. Repeat until skewer is filled (about 1 in from either end).
Try preparing dipping sauces like BBQ sauce, honey mustard, ketchup and mustard and let the kids dip away. 
Serve with fresh fruit and let the kids use skewers to pick up fruit for extra fun.

(Image credit WholeFoods.com)


 Thank you so much Kristal and Tomi for these fun summer recipes!


4 comments:

Ro @ MommyMindSpa.com said...

hmmm ... my kids love smoothies ... but I never thought of hiding spinach in them! I wonder if they would notice?? I think I'll have to try ...
Thanks for visiting my site! Returning the follow!
Ro :)
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Kristal said...

Those sandwich kabobs are awesome! What a cool idea.

S. Greiner said...

Thanks for dropping by Always Just A Mom! I love the sandwich kabob idea...so fun!!!

Hope you have a great week! I'm returning the follow!

Steph,
www.alwaysjustamom.blogspot.com

Damaris said...

Hey - just wanted to invite you to the Lucky Wednesday Blog Hop at http://lifeaccordingtodamaris.blogspot.com - Hope to see you there. :)

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