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Mini Eggplant Pizzas

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Mr. eggplant is back! Now, as Mini eggplant pizzas! It’s quick, easy, creative and delicious!

Eggplant Pizzas
Photo: closetcooking.com

Check out the recipe video from my fussy eater below. Enjoy!

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Balanced and nutritious lunch box idea:

  • Carbs: Brown Rice
  • Protein: Lean Beef (Eye of Round), Mushroom
  • Veggies and Fruits: Lettuce, Tomato, Beet, Grape
  • Dairy: Egg, Low-fat Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
  • Oil: Olive oil (good fat – rich in monounsatured fat)
  • Seasoning: Lemon juice, salt and black pepper.

 

10+ HEALTHY Halloween Food Ideas

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1. Mandarin Pumpkin from A Designer Life

Mandarin Pumpkins | 5 Easy Halloween Food Ideas

2. Witch’s Broomstick from Mom Foodie

Easy Witch's Broomstick Snacks

Want it healthier? Use low-fat cheese and remove the coarse salt from the pretzels (or substitute to low-salt/unsalted pretzels)

 

3. Witch’s Hand from Toni Spilsbury

Halloween DIY Crafts

Want it healthier? Substitute candies for dried fruits like prune pieces.

4. Jack-o’-Lantern Pepper with shredded chicken and rice from Everyday Jenny

Stuffed peppers with shredded chicken, black beans and Mexican rice. Great for a Halloween dinner. Recipe at everydayjenny.com

5. Apple Monster Mouths from Snixy Kitchen

6. Pumpkin Cheese Ball from Food Network

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Cream cheese mixture covered with nacho chip crumbs

7. Mini Spider Pizzas from Recipe Runner

Mini Spider Pizzas | Recipe Runner | Spooky fun mini pizzas using delicious black olives! #CalOlivesHalloween #CleverGirls

8. Deviled Ham Eyeball Sandwich from Food Network

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Want it healthier? Use whole grain bread and can also make it with tuna or shredded chicken instead of ham.

9. Carrot Pumpkins from Little Dairy on the Prairie

Carrot Pumpkins! A cute and healthy Halloween treat! Little Dairy on the Prairie

10. Halloween Tortilla Chips from Simply Designing

Homemade Halloween Chips ~ These would be yummy served with hummas or salsa!:

11. Frozen Boo-nanas Pops from Skinny Taste

Want it healthier? Dip the bananas in yogurt instead of chocolate.

12. Bat Bites from Food Network

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Cream cheese ball covered with black sesame seeds or poppy seeds and tortilla chips as wings.

13. Apple Spiders from Target

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Bonus: Ghost Cutlery from Food Network

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Check out: 10 NON-CANDY Halloween Treat Ideas

Pickled Radish Veggie Wrap (Korean Mussam)

 

How to wrap the veggie wraps:

Be creative and put any veggies and proteins as you like!

The Pickled radish can be found in Asian Supermarkets or you can prepare it yourself as shown on the video below.

How to prepare Pickled Radish:

For a healthier pickled radish:

  1. Thinly slice the radishes.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine vinegar and water (ratio 1:1 or lower), 1 tbsp (or less) of sugar and pinch of salt. Bring the mixture to a boil and let it cool down.
  3. Pour the brine over the radishes and refrigerate.
  4. The pickles will be ready in 1-2 days.

Easy and Healthy Tortilla Pizza

 

Download PDF: pizza_free_printable

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Summer Fruits – Strawberry

Hello!

As Summer is just around the corner, Summer fruits printables are here!

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Strawberries are so fresh, juicy and sweet!

You can eat them alone (which are delicious!), add them on salads, yogurt, sandwiches, etc.!

Here is an easy snack recipe of PB&S Sandwich!

Peanut Butter & Strawberry Sandwich:

  • 4-6 Strawberries washed
  • Peanut Butter
  • 2 slices of whole Grain Bread
  1. Cut strawberries in thin slices.
  2. Spread peanut butter onto one slice of bread.
  3. Top it with the strawberry slices.
  4. Place the other slice of bread on top of strawberries. Enjoy!

Tips & more:

– Replacing Jam with Fruits like Strawberries improves our nutrition and health by reducing the intake of high amounts of sugar in jams and eating more fiber and nutrients like Vitamin C and Manganese present in strawberries.

– Peanut butter has “good” fats – mono and polyunsaturated fats – and protein that can contribute to our diet. When buying, look for “natural” peanut butters as they don’t have unhealthy saturated fats like palm oil, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils in it. Companies usually add these fats for the convenience of “no-stir” by avoiding oil separation. Also, check if peanut butters have sugar added or too much salt. The ingredient list should be peanuts (and salt).

Basics: How to Make Asian Brown Rice (in a Pan)

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Brown rice is a whole grain and a great substitute for White rice because it has more nutrients and fiber which are essential for our health.

Fiber helps in our digestion process, normalizing our bowel movements and preventing constipation. When eating more fiber, we stay full longer and eat less, helping us control the intake of other caloric foods.

The main types of Asian rice are short grain (like sushi rice) and glutinous rice (also known as sweet rice which is sweeter and stickier than short grain and its flour is used to make mochi and korean ddeok).

This recipe is for those who doesn’t have a rice cooker (or your rice cooker is broken) and want to make Asian brown rice with your pan!

How to:

6-7 servings – Time: 50 min

  • 3 cups of mix of short grain and glutinous brown rice (or just one type of rice) – you can find them at an Asian grocery or supermarket.
  • 6 cups of water

1) In a pan, rinse the rice by scrubbing it with your hands and drain it. Repeat this step one more time.

2) Add 6 cups of water in the pan.

3) Bring it to boil over medium high heat without the lid.

4) When water has evaporated and is close to the surface of the rice, reduce the heat to medium low.

5) Let it cook for a while until the surface of rice is dry and you cannot see any water, then close the lid and turn off the heat.

6) Let it steam (in other words, “just wait”) for 10 minutes. Open the lid (be careful because the steam is hot!) and serve.

Tips & more:

– 1 cup of rice usually yields 2 to 2.5 cups of cooked rice.
– For this type of rice and cooking method, the amount of water is two times of rice.
– You can serve about 1 cup of cooked rice per person per meal.

Enjoy!

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