Little Eats

Category: Little Eats

Meals and snacks for the little ones that have been tested and approved!

Cranberry Pecan Banana Bread

Cranberry Pecan Banana Bread-The most flavorful, moist and healthiest banana bread ever!  No butter or oil! It makes a perfect snack or breakfast for the holidays.
This whole wheat Cranberry Pecan Banana Bread is the most flavorful, moist and healthiest banana bread you’ll ever have! No butter or oil! It makes a perfect snack or breakfast for around the holidays.

Looking for a quick and easy recipe for those extra cranberries sitting in the refrigerator? I’ve got you covered! The Recipe Redux theme of the month is: A Food Memory for Which You Are Thankful. We were asked to share a favorite food memory and the healthier “redo” of the recipe.

I’m thankful for the amazing homemade banana bread my mom used to bake for us as kids. There’s just something so comforting about it. Warm, moist banana bread fresh from the oven.  mmmm.

I know everyone claims to have the best banana bread recipe…but this recipe is definitely the best, most flavorful, moist and healthiest banana bread! You’d never know it doesn’t have any butter or oil! I typically make it with just some chopped nuts but this time I decided to add some fall ingredients in honor of Thanksgiving. Cranberries and pecans!! It turned out so good!

Read more

Lightened Up Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

Lightened Up Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake Bars- You’d never know these rich, creamy delicious bars are lightened up with Greek yogurt and are butter free!
You’d never know these rich, creamy delicious bars are lightened up with Greek yogurt and are butter free!

It’s been a little while! We were visiting my brother in Austin, TX for a week and it’s taken some time getting back into the routine. We had so much fun hanging out with him, exploring Austin and eating our way through the incredible restaurants and food trucks! I bet you’ve never imagine a dietitian would eat Lucy’s Fried Chicken, a “Pumpkinator” cupcake from Hey Cupcake or Texas BBQ  When in Rome, right?  Seriously though, when you find food that is authentic, homemade and looks amazing you must give it a try! (or at least share!) It’s always fun to discover new places and cuisines that you’d never find at home.

Read more

Boo-nana Pops

Boo-nana Pops- A festive, fun and healthier Halloween treat for the kids.
A festive, fun and healthier Halloween treat for the kids!

Getting excited for Halloween? I know I am! I’m actually most excited for our trip the last week of October to visit my brother in Austin, TX. The city is already lively enough, so I can’t imagine what Halloween will be like! I look forward to seeing my brother who is there for PT school and of course all of the amazingly delicious restaurants they have there!!

Today I’m sharing a fun Halloween treat for the little ones. Well adults can have them too, if decorating bananas is your thing.  JK. But seriously I’m sure you won’t be able to resist these yummy and festive Boo-nana Pops if you make them with your kiddos!

Read more

Skinny Pumpkin Alfredo

Skinny Pumpkin Alfredo-Pumpkin + Pasta? Yes please!  These pasta noodles are tossed in a flavorful creamy pumpkin alfredo sauce.  Not only delicious but also healthier for you than the typical alfredo sauce.
Pumpkin + Pasta? Yes please! These pasta noodles are tossed in a flavorful creamy pumpkin alfredo sauce. Not only is it delicious but also healthier for you than the typical alfredo sauce.

“By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the National Pasta Association and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

‘Tis the season for pumpkin galore! Whether you like pumpkin or not, you pretty much can’t escape the frenzy.  For those of you who happen to be pumpkin obsessed like me and also happen to enjoy a comforting bowl of alfredo pasta, you will  this dish!

This is my all time favorite alfredo sauce. It’s so addictive, I could pretty much just eat it off a spoon 🙂  And better yet it’s much healthier then the typical high fat and salt alfredo sauce from a jar. It uses olive oil instead of butter to provide some healthier fats, non-fat milk and low-fat cream cheese (I think this is what really makes it yummy!). By adding the pumpkin puree and a few extra herbs, it makes a fantastic seasonal dish and provides an extra dose of Vitamin A.  Combine it with some fresh steamed veggies and grilled chicken to make it a balanced and wholesome meal.  

Read more

Easy Thai Peanut Noodles

Easy Thai Peanut Noodles-Seriously so simple to make, a unique way to use spaghetti noodles and delivers a scrumptious dose of vegetables, whole grains, protein and healthy fats.
Seriously so simple to make, a unique way to use spaghetti noodles and delivers a scrumptious dose of vegetables, whole grains, protein and healthy fats.

“By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the National Pasta Association and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”

National Pasta Month Logo

Happy National Pasta Month! I was presented with the opportunity to participate in a recipe challenge contest put on for Recipe Redux members by the National Pasta Association to share some pasta dishes that fit into my healthy lifestyle. So for the next week I will be sharing a few mouthwatering and nutritious recipes using pasta.

Today I’m excited to share my Easy Thai Peanut Noodles, one of our new favorite meals! For awhile now I’ve been trying to figure out how to make a tasty pad thai but with out the fish sauce, rice noodles and less common ingredients that I’d have to buy and probably use only once. Finally I came across this version I have adapted, which uses spaghetti noodles and other ingredients you probably already have in the kitchen. It is seriously so simple to make and is ultra flavorful. It is also a great dish for the little ones to try. Our little Noelle can easily pick it up as a finger food and its not too saucy/messy. Win-win!

Read more

Savory Butternut Squash Soup with Homemade Croutons

Savory Butternut Squash Soup with Homemade Croutons- The perfect bold and savory soup for fall time, and it’s so simple to make!  The croutons are the cherry on the cake ☺
The perfect bold and savory soup for fall time, and it’s so simple to make! The croutons are the cherry on the cake. ☺

What better way to start celebrating fall then enjoying a cozy bowl of Savory Butternut Squash Soup? And then top if off with the most amazing delicious homemade croutons! Yeah, I’m still pretending we’re having fall weather over here in Arizona (it’s still 100 degrees). But a girl can dream right? It was actually the perfect day for soup when I made this because we were having a cooler rainy day. Hence the light looking rainy-ish in my photos. Maybe it worked out in my favor though?

This soup has such an amazing flavor. With the onion, garlic, vegetables and herbs it has more of a bold and savory taste vs. a sweeter apple or pear butternut soup. Plus, the added chopped vegetables heighten the flavor and give it a little more texture.

Read more

Pumpkin Pie Granola Bars

Pumpkin Pie Granola Bars
Soft, chewy pumpkin granola bars with out any butter or oil. Your house will smell amazing like cozy fall spices when these are baking in the oven. 

Well it’s officially pumpkin season in my house, even though the first day of autumn is next Monday! It is my favorite season! Maybe because it follows our long hot Arizona summers. Wish we had a real fall season here in AZ with colorful leaves and chilly weather. But if it is at least cool enough to go outside, it’s all good with me! I suppose we can always take a 2.5 hr trip up to Flagstaff for some fall weather in a month 🙂

Read more

Energy Bites

Energy Bites
Nut butter, oats, nuts, dried fruit, honey and other mix-in’s of your choice rolled into a delicious yet healthy bite size treat. There’s just enough healthy fat, protein and fiber to give you long lasting “energy” and help curb your appetite. The perfect pick me up breakfast, snack or desert for both adults and the kiddos.

I am so addicted to these no bake energy bites! Imagine being able to eat peanut butter cookie dough without all the guilt 😉 Well this isn’t exactly cookie dough (no flour here), but they do have a similar nutty, sweet and scrumptious taste. These energy bites require no baking, can be made in minutes and put in the freezer for a quick snack when needed (or to help satisfy that sweet tooth). There’s just enough healthy fat, protein and fiber to give you long lasting “energy” and help curb your appetite.

They also make a great and healthy snack for your kids or babies. Our little Noelle just loves munching on them.  🙂  I typically give her some that are easier for her to chew with less nuts and she does great with them.   Easy to pack up in a snack bag and go! They’re also perfect for the lunch box and much cheaper than packaged bars. What makes them fun is how versatile they can be with whatever flavors and fillings you like. Get creative! I’ve seen some other recipes for Nutella, Almond Joy or Trail Mix energy bites. Yum yum!

Read more

Cheesy Chicken and Vegetable Quinoa

Chicken, broccoli, mushrooms and quinoa baked in an easy homemade cheese sauce and topped with toasted breadcrumbs.  A lightened up and fresher version of chicken casserole without all the salt and butter!
Chicken, broccoli, mushrooms and quinoa baked in an easy homemade cheese sauce and topped with toasted breadcrumbs. A lightened up and fresher version of chicken casserole without all the salt and butter!

Happy Labor Day! We are enjoying our weekend so far just relaxing around the house, visiting with family,  playing outside in the pool and eating lots of yummy food.  I love to cook on the weekends, especially big breakfasts.  This morning we had whole-wheat pumpkin pancakes. (yes I’m already getting my pumpkin fix- hah) Mmmm.

For dinner last night I made Cheesy Chicken and Vegetable Quinoa. We’ve had this meal plenty of times not only because it’s tasty and healthy, but also I can usually get little Noelle to eat it! It’s always a win when I can find a healthy vegetable dish she likes. It has just enough homemade cheese sauce and crunchy toasted breadcrumbs on top to make this a mouth watering yet nutritious comfort food.

Read more

Double Dark Chocolate Zucchini Brownies

Double Dark Chocolate Zucchini Brownies- Ooey goeey brownies given a healthy makeover with double dark chocolate, hidden zucchini, whole-wheat flour and no butter or oil!
Double Dark Chocolate Zucchini Brownies- Ooey goeey brownies given a healthy makeover with double dark chocolate, hidden zucchini, whole-wheat flour and no butter or oil!

Oh do I have a treat for you! Let me introduce you to these ooey gooey, double dark chocolate zucchini brownies.

 With dark chocolate being one of my favorite sweets, I knew I had to give this recipe a try! Plus it makes you feel a little better indulging in them when you know they’ve got some hidden zucchini, wholesome whole-wheat, dark chocolate and no butter or oil! Honestly I can’t even tell the zucchini is in there, although if I did I probably wouldn’t care because zucchini bread is delicious as well!

Read more