Tuesday Tots ~ Fruity English Muffin

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2 English muffins, split

1 (8 ounce) container pineapple yogurt

3/4 cup sliced fresh strawberries

3/4 cup drained crushed pineapple

Directions

Lightly toast the English muffin halves in a toaster. Spread each half with pineapple yogurt. Top each half with strawberries and pineapple. Serve while English muffins are still warm.

Tuesday Tots ~ Cheesy Turkey Tortilla

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2 whole grain tortillas

2 eggs

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 cup of thinly diced turkey (cooked)

1 cup steamed broccoli

Wheat germ – sprinkled as desired

Scramble 2 eggs in a frying pan with extra virgin olive oil. Add broccoli and turkey when the eggs are almost cooked. Cook until the eggs are no longer runny and are firm.

Warm tortillas in a toaster oven or in your regular oven.

Place tortilla on a plate and cover with the egg scramble. Sprinkle the cheese over the eggs and then sprinkle wheat germ on top. Roll up the tortilla or fold in half. Serve warm with cottage cheese and diced fruit dices.

Foodie Friday ~ Yummy Granola Bars

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2 cups rolled oats

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup wheat germ

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup raisins (optional, try using Golden Raisins)

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup honey

1 egg, beaten

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Generously grease a 9×13 inch baking pan.

In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, flour, raisins and salt. Make a well in the center, and pour in the honey, egg, oil and vanilla. Mix well using your hands. Pat the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until the bars begin to turn golden at the edges. Cool for 5 minutes, then cut into bars while still warm. Do not allow the bars to cool completely before cutting, or they will be too hard to cut.

Tuesday Tots ~ Cream Cheese & Jelly Finger Sandwiches

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Need a new sandwich idea for your little love? Here is something my kids always, and still do, adore.

1 slice of whole wheat bread

Low fat cream cheese

Jelly (I buy the sugar free strawberry)

Directions

Cover the bread with cream cheese. Add a thin layer of jelly. Fold the bread over, and slice into bite-sized pieces for little hands to hold.

Great for on the go, or an easy afternoon snack!

Tuesday Tots ~ Whole Wheat Pumpkin-Apple Muffins

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2 cups whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

2/3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed

1/3 cup white sugar

1/4 cup canola oil

1/2 cup applesauce

1/2 cup canned pumpkin

1/3 cup buttermilk

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1/4 cup golden raisins (optional)

Directions

Preheat an oven to 400 degrees. Grease 12 muffin cups, or line the cups with paper muffin liners.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice; set aside. Combine the brown sugar, white sugar, oil, applesauce, pumpkin, buttermilk, and beaten eggs and mix until well blended. Pour the pumpkin mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Fold in the raisins, if desired.

Divide the batter evenly in the prepared muffin pan. Bake in the preheated oven until the tops spring back when lightly pressed, 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool the muffin pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes before removing the muffins from the pan.

**These are delicious treats for not only kiddos, but for parents alike. Great for breakfast, or an afternoon snack!

Foodie Friday ~ Sliced Strawberry and Spinach Salad

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2 tablespoons sesame seeds

1 tablespoon poppy seeds

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 cup distilled white vinegar

1/4 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon minced onion

10 ounces fresh spinach – rinsed, dried and torn into bite-size pieces

1 quart strawberries – cleaned, hulled and sliced

1/4 cup almonds, blanched and slivered

Directions

In a medium bowl, whisk together the sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sugar, olive oil, vinegar, paprika, Worcestershire sauce and onion. Cover, and chill for one hour.

In a large bowl, combine the spinach, strawberries and almonds. Pour dressing over salad, and toss. Refrigerate 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Foodie Friday ~ Homemade Granola

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8 cups rolled oats

1 1/2 cups wheat germ

1 1/2 cups oat bran

1 cup sunflower seeds

1 cup finely chopped almonds

1 cup finely chopped pecans

1 cup finely chopped walnuts

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup maple syrup

3/4 cup honey

1 cup vegetable oil

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

2 cups raisins or sweetened dried cranberries

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment or aluminum foil.

Combine the oats, wheat germ, oat bran, sunflower seeds, almonds, pecans, and walnuts in a large bowl. Stir together the salt, brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, oil, cinnamon, and vanilla in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then pour over the dry ingredients, and stir to coat. Spread the mixture out evenly on the baking sheets.

Bake in the preheated oven until crispy and toasted, about 20 minutes. Stir once halfway through. Cool, then stir in the raisins or cranberries before storing in an airtight container.

Foodie Friday ~ Homemade Grape Nuts

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3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 cups buttermilk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper.

Combine flour, brown sugar, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Stir in buttermilk and vanilla extract; mix well. Pour mixture into prepared baking sheet and spread evenly with a spatula.

Bake in the preheated oven until browned and firm, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool patty in the baking sheet for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

Preheat oven to 275 degrees.

Break cooked patty into chunks and put through a meat grinder, using a coarse blade. Divide crumbs over two baking sheets.

Bake in the oven until dry, stirring every 10 minutes, about 30 minutes. Allow crumbs to cool completely and store in an airtight container.