No matter how old you are, it’s always nice to have your mom around. To chat, to giggle with or to help with laundry (I can’t help it, my inner child emerges and I forget how to do all my chores!). My mom came out last week to visit me for my 30th birthday (still working on the post) and has another few days to go before she heads back to Ireland. It has been such a pleasure to have her at home. She and Harper have been having a blast together. They spend all day playing with toys, coloring, reading books and going for walks. I think my mom wins hands down for being the best “Amma” in the whole entire universe. I hate to see her head back over to the Emerald Isle, but am so grateful that she came out to visit for a while (ooh…I made up a rhyme!)
So what does all that have to do with food? Well, let’s just start with the first meal of the day…
Homemade Pumpkin Oatmeal
My mom makes the best oatmeal. I can remember when I was growing up, she would always make a big batch and keep it in the fridge for an easy breakfast to grab before school. This morning, I woke up to a fresh bowl of homemade pumpkin oatmeal. Yep…mama’s in town and it’s beginning to feel a lot like fall :) ps: recipe coming soon…
Apples and Cheese
There is something about the combination of apples and cheese that makes my tummy smile. The sweetness of the apples paired with the saltiness of the cheese is a match made in heaven. And this snack was even more special because the apple actually came from a friend’s family farm. My mom brought it with her on her 36 hour journey (planes, trains and automobiles) and it is the best I have ever had. Yum!
Homemade Turkey Ricotta Meatballs with Tri-Colored Quinoa
Last night I made another batch of my favorite meatballs (they also happen to be a great toddler meal). The leftovers make for a great lunch (in fact, they might even taste better the second day). I love how they are packed with fresh spinach and bathed in homemade tomato sauce. Hits the spot every time :)
After Lunch Treat:
Remember last week when I raved about these little guys? Well, I am at it again. Tooting their little horn (or is it quacking their duck?) Anyways, Harper and I enjoyed a few handfuls after lunch to satisfy our sweet tooth.
Low Fat Vanilla Yogurt with Almonds
It’s no secret, I LOVE all things Trader Joe’s. And this week, I am hooked on their sidecar yogurt. They offer 3 different flavors (including mango and pomegranate) but this vanilla with almonds is a winner. I love the crunch that the almonds bring to the silky yogurt. It was the perfect pick me up before music class.
Whenever I get the itch for a burger, I love to whip up a batch of these veggie packed patties. I dress them with some avocado, white cheddar cheese and a tad bit of ketchup and suddenly In-n-Out’s got nothing on me. The carrots and zucchini not only help to add moisture to the burgers but also help to sneak in a few servings of vegetables.
After Dinner Treat:
Believe me when I tell you I am not a coconut fan, but both of these products have me head over heels in love with coconut. I recently picked up these coconut chips on one of my many Trader Joe’s shopping sprees and now I am hooked. They are a great way to help take the edge off a sweets craving.
Your turn: What are some of your favorite spooky snacks and healthy Halloween treats? Looking forward to reading your responses :)