Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Pumpkin Yogurt Snacks!

I love the fall, especially the fall foods and flavors. Pumpkin is one of my favorites. Not only is pumpkin tasty, its actually really good for you too! It's incredibly rich in vital anti-oxidants and vitamins. It is very low in calories yet good source of vitamin A, flavonoid poly-phenolic antioxidants like leutin, xanthins and carotenes.

We all are familiar with the delicious fall pumpkin treats... pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin bread etc.... but what about something you feel good giving your kids (and yourself) as a healthy snack?.... try some pumpkin yogurt!

Pumpkin Yogurt Snacks

Pumpkin Puree (either from a can- or make yourself by baking a pumpkin until soft and pureeing the flesh)
Low fat or nonfat organic yogurt
Pumpkin Pie Spice
Honey- (I like raw and local)

Mix equal parts pumpkin and yogurt. Add in pumpkin pie spice and honey to taste. You can also top with granola or pecans for crunch!


Monday, September 19, 2011

Have You Tried a Ground Cherry Before?

Last Saturday Annie and I headed down into the city to meet a fellow foodie friend at the Green City Market. If you live in Chicagoland and have never been, you must simply try it out! The market is full of the most beautiful organic produce you've ever seen. Plus a variety of cheese, honey, salsas, baked goods, sandwiches and meats! It's a food lovers dream, plus the kids love it because there are a ton of samples and live music. 

As we were checking out the vendors we stumbled upon one of Annie's favorite fruits... the ground cherry.  Last summer she ate them by the pint-ful! We picked a pint and while we were paying Annie was jumping up and down asking for some. The farmer laughed and said he'd never seen anyone so excited over a ground cherry. But I actually think your kids might be too!

A ground cherry comes "wrapped" in its own little paper shell (on left in picture) and then when you peel it back, you can pop out the tiny marble sized fruit (right). Both of my kids absolutely loved them. I think because it's kind of fun to unwrap them, but they also taste great... sort of like if a pineapple and a tomato had a baby. Nice and sweet and so fun to eat! 

So head to the Green City Market next Saturday and grab some... or at least to your local farmer's market. It with be one healthy snack you won't have to fight your kids to eat!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Zucchini Pancakes!

Wow- its been a while since my last blog. Life sure gets busy this time of year!

I actually made this recipe a while back- figured I'd better post it before all that garden zucchini is gone. This recipe actually came from my neighbor who gave me a zucchini the size of a football! They turned out great and both of my kids (plus husband) loved them.

Zucchini Pancakes

Grated zucchini
Rolled oats
Whole wheat bread crumbs
Crushed garlic

Mix the zucchini and 1/2c to 1c rolled oats. Let sit for about 1/2 hour to absorb the liquid from the zucchini. Add in 1-2 eggs, garlic, salt and pepper to taste. Then mix in enough bread crumbs to make the mixture thick. I had to keep adding more as my pancakes started out pretty soggy. Pan fry in olive or canola oil. 

Serve plain or with sour cream. They are great with a salad, tomatoes or even mashed potatoes!