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Fruit Kid Friendly Recipes

Protein After-School Snacks

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When you’re stumped for a healthy Protein-based after-school snack that your kids will actually eat, try one of the suggestion below.  They’ve all been tested on kids and friends of kids, nephews and nieces and passed. By “passed” I mean that they ask for more. That’s the kid version of a “thumbs up”.

Scrambled Eggs

Serve plain or mix eggs with any of the following:

  • shredded cheese
  • cream cheese
  • try sneaking in some shredded or diced veggies or Fruit, just stir them into the eggs after removing from heat

Apple Sandwiches

Slices of apple topped with slices of any of the following:
cheese
nut butter
cream cheese sweetened with maple syrup, honey or agave nectar

Veggie Sticks

Serve any of the following as a dip:

  • any creamy Protein dressing
  • creme fraiche, sour cream or yogurt with a little of their favorite mulit-seasoning stirred in

Fruity Yogurt

Maple Pudding

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Thick & Fruity Yogurt

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For a thick and rich Fruity Yogurt, drain sugar-free yogurt overnight and up to several days, in the refrigerator. You can do this by placing the yogurt in a filter-lined coffee basket set over a bowl, or a cheesecloth lined sieve or colander. This step isn’t necessary, it just gives you a yogurt more similar in texture to commercial yogurts, without all the sugars and thickeners.

Some Fruits have more water content than others and will therefore produce a much thinner yogurt. There are several ways to make these Fruity Yogurts thicker:

  • freeze the finished yogurt for several hours, stirring and scraping every half hour until thick
  • before adding the Fruit puree to the yogurt, place it in a sieve set over a bowl (the reserved juice can be used in a Fruit smoothie)
  • stir in a tablespoon or two of finely ground flax seed or nuts and let sit overnight to thicken
  • stir in roughly ground or finely chopped dried Fruit and let sit overnight to thicken

Puree the Fruit of your choice. Stir Fruit into yogurt. Do not beat or use a blender as the yogurt will become very thin. Taste and add any of the following to taste:

  • unrefined sweetener
  • sugar substitute
  • vanilla extract or any other flavoring extract
  • fresh lemon or orange juice
  • dash of sea salt (brings out the flavors)
  • ground ginger

Fruits to try:

  • berries
  • bananas
  • peaches
  • apples (add cinnamon to the yogurt)
  • cantaloupe
  • watermelon
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Tarragon Waldorf Salad

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This salad is a grownup take on the traditional Waldorf Salad, suitable for a dinner party, the beach or a barbecue. If the salad will be sitting out for awhile you may want to use yogurt in place of mayonnaise.

In a bowl whisk together dressing ingredients:

2 tablespoons mayonnaise, or lowfat yogurt
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon unfiltered, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon unrefined sugar
1 teaspoon fresh tarragon, minced
sea salt and black pepper to taste

Add to bowl and lightly toss until coated with dressing

4 stalks celery, thinly sliced
1 medium apple, quartered & thinly sliced
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Amy’s Organics Saves the Day!

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semi-homemade meals

 

I always have a few of Amy’s Organics prepared meals in my pantry and freezer. I’ve tried many of the frozen and boxed brands and haven’t found them to be that tasty, but Amy’s Organics have been a hit every time I’ve served them. And it’s fabulous to know that all of the ingredients are organic, and most meals use whole grains. Many of the frozen items come in individual and family size. On a busy day all I have to do is pull one out, heat and eat. They’re great as is, but a few semi-homemade meal hacks such as adding frozen veggies or leftovers from the fridge I can up the veggie intake and stretch one meal into two.

And when they’re on sale I stock up on as many as my freezer and cupboard can hold.

Beans, refried

Amy’s refried beans are perfect for making a healthy burrito, nachos or a layered dip. I like to stir refried beans into broth with some of Amy’s salsa for a quick bean soup.

burritos and tamales

These burritos are all around 250 calories and delicious. I love to serve them with loads of salsa and call it a meal. For the little ones, I put them in a bowl and cut them up. They look like a mess but that doesn’t matter since they disappear real fast.

cereal

Amy’s has lots of great cereal choices. Perfect in the morning with nondairy milk and sliced fruit.

enchiladas

Another great quick and easy dinner. If you need a little somethin’ somethin’ to feed a hungry teen you can heat up a can of Amy’s refried beans to serve with the enchilidas.

kids meals

Your little darlings will love these healthy lunches and dinners. Serve them with sliced fruit or veggies on the side for a little extra nutrition.

Pasta & Ravioli

Much better for you than a can of orange spaghettios.

lasagna
There are several varieties to choose from.

macaroni & cheese
These meals have so much sauce that you can stir in up to a cup of cooked veggies.

pizza

So MANY varieties. May favorite is the Roasted Vegetable. Eat as is, or pile a salad on top and eat it like a sandwich.

Pizza Snacks

Kids, adults, everybody loves these. I heat up a cup of pasta sauce and serve it as a dip.

Sodium light

These are not my favorites but it’s nice to see that they offer this option

Soup

Love, love, love their soups. My fave? Any of the chilis. I eat the chili straight out of the can as soup, on hot dogs and hamburgers, and over eggs. If I want a light meal I’ll add some broth to the chili.

 

What are your fave Amy’s Organics hacks? Share in the comments.

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Beet & Roquefort Salad

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This recipe is from The Silver Palate Cookbook and doesn’t need any modifications to meet UnDiet guidelines.

This hearty salad is especially welcome in winter. It goes perfectly with a ham, grilled sausages or the like, and the color combination is striking on a buffet table. As a variation you may omit the Roquefort and sprinkle the salad generously with chopped fresh dill.

  • 8 to 10 medium-size beets
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons walnut oil
  • 1/2 cup shelled walnut halves
  • 1/4 pound imported Roquefort cheese
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Wash beets well, and trim stems and roots without piercing the skin. Drop the beets into a large kettle of boiling salted water and cook until tender, 20 to 40 minutes, depending on the beets. Drain, cool, and peel beets, and cut into julienne.

In a mixing bowl toss the beets gently with the vinegar and walnut oil. Taste and add more of either if you like; there should be just enough to coat the beets. Cover and chill until serving time.

To serve, toss the walnuts with the chilled beets and arrange in a shallow serving bowl. Allow to return to room temperature. Crumble the Roquefort evenly over the top and grind on black pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

6 to 8 portions

 

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Cocoa Banana Pudding

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This recipe makes either a creamy pudding or a delicious ice-cream.

Puree in blender:

  • 4 bananas
  • 1 & 1/2 heaping tablespoons cocoa or carob powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup.

 

Cocoa Banana Ice Cream

Freeze mixture, stirring every 30 minutes with a fork until it’s the desired consistency or just toss it into an ice-cream machine.

 

 

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Cinnamon Banana Pudding

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Puree in blender:

  • 2 bananas
  • 10.5 ounces or 2 cups soft tofu
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon.

Double this smoothie and use the extra to make Cinnamon Banana Sorbet for later in the day.

Cinnamon Banana Ice Cream

Freeze smoothie mixture, stirring every 30 minutes with a fork until it’s the desired consistency or throw it into an ice-cream maker.


Tip: an ice-cream maker transforms any smoothie into a healthy treat!

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Apple Pie Pudding

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apples

 

This is more like a rich and creamy apple sauce than a pudding. Puree the following ingredients:

2 apples, peeled and cored (use a sweet apple not a green apple) or 1 cup sugar-free applesauce
1/2 teaspoon apple or pumpkin pie seasoning
1/2-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 banana
1 small pinch sea salt

If you want the pudding thicker stir in cooked oatmeal, uncooked instant or 1 minute oatmeal, crushed cookies or graham crackers, crushed cereal, or chia seeds. For variety, stir in: raisins, or  toasted walnuts. One of our favorite ways to have this pudding is with crushed boxed cookies. Homemade cookies won’t work. They have to be crispy like a ginger snap or a Famous Amos style chocolate chip cookies.

Quick & Easy Apple Pie Pudding

Mash 1 banana in a small bowl.  Stir in 1 cup applesauce and 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon apple pie seasoning.

Apple Pie Pudding A La Mode

Stir either of the apple pie pudding recipes above into sugar-free vanilla pudding.

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Banana Apple Pudding

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This “pudding” is perfect for a raw or living food meal because it doesn’t use cooked fruit, but you’d never know it. Serve it straight from the blender or very gently warm it (so that the Fruit doesn’t heat above 115 degrees).

To adjust for diabetic or hypoglycemic diets simply use sugar substitutes in place of the honey or maple syrups and other unrefined sugars.

Mix in medium bowl

2 bananas, chopped
2 small apples, shredded
juice from 1/2 lemon
1 cup filtered water

Let fruit sit while grinding nuts or measuring nut butter, then drain.

In same bowl, mix fruit with

1/4 to 1/2 cup ground nuts or nut butter

Mound on a plate and sprinkle with

grated coconut
finely grated lemon or orange peel

Let stand for at least 15 minutes before serving.

If you want to save time on a hectic morning you can make it up the day before.