Category Archives: Food/Recipes

eMeals Adds Slow Cooker Meal Plans

eMeals.com, the leading online meal planner,  has launched a new slow cooker meal plan to make your life even easier when it comes to getting meals on the table! Each slow cooker plan will include 7 crockpot dinners, with some timesaving “cook once, eat twice” favorites. They have both a Slow Cooker Classic plan full of tasty comfort food as well a groundbreaking Slow Cooker Clean Eating Plan that serves up quick, simple, and healthy meals. Right now, you can use discount code LUNCHFREE for a free lunch meal plan with the purchase of a dinner plan.

I know what you’re thinking, slow cooker in the summer? Yes! Their are some really interesting recipes on offer like Wild Rice and Beef Stuffed Bell PeppersFive Spice Pork Ribs and Smokey Brussels Sprouts, and Peppered Salmon Fillets with Minty Sugar Snap. I don’t know about you, but my meal repertoire could definitely use some jazzing up, and if I can do it quickly by using the slow cooker, then I’m a happy mama.

Get all the benefits of Clean Eating with half the effort. Merge your busy schedule and a healthy lifestyle with the natural, fresh ingredients of the Slow Cooker Clean Eating plan.



Pumpkin Spice Pretzels with a Side of Apple Butter

I posted this picture over the weekend to the Mama Goes BAM Facebook page, and the obvious joy on my son’s face had a few people enquire as to what the recipe was. My boy is a big eater, but he’s never usually one to rave about my cooking. I generally make simple but tasty food, so when he said ‘Mom, these are really good! Can I have another?’ I knew I was on to something. Especially since he is normally to busy in his toddler life to actually sit still long enough to eat!

Pretzels are a very New York kinda treat, and is up there with the ways I think New York is cool. But, most New York pretzels that you can purchase in the park are often huuuuge, and way more bready goodness than I need. Also, even though a pretzel looks good its sometimes hard and tough, not quite how I like my bread. And since I’ve started on the Shaklee 180 program I rarely even eat bread, so I figured since it is now a sometimes treat, rather than an everyday staple why not give making pretzels a whirl!



Dannon Danimals Smoothies Just got a Whole Lot Better

I recently received an invite from Dannons to attend a luncheon about changes to the Dannon Danimals Yogurt Smoothies for kids. My interest was peaked, as I’d recently gotten into purchasing the packages of smoothies as a quick last minute drink for my 5 year old before he heads off to a long day at school. He is a biiiig eater and where he puts the food I don’t know! But I like sending him off with that extra boost of Vitamin D and calcium before he heads out the door (side note: this is after a bowl of cereal or porridge, 1-2 fruit and sometimes toast!). Since lunch is provided at school and I can only hope he eats it all, I feel better knowing that I have at least provided the best I can for the most important meal of the day – breakfast.

I thought I would be introduced to a completely new product from the Danimals line, so I was surprised when in fact we were being introduced to the same Danimals smoothie that my Mr P has come to love, only with 25% less of the sugar.



A Healthy Shamrock Shake Recipe

Healthy Protein Packed Shamrock Shake

A little while ago I posted a DIY shamrock shake recipe for all of you addicted to the seasonal McDonald’s drink. I have to admit that I had at least 3 in about a week and a half span. Two out of three were also topped with a generous topping of whipped cream and sprinkled in green sugar! No wonder I’m now a Shaklee 180 blogger 😉 So today I bring you a healthier version that you can mix up on St Patrick’s Day before you hit the St Patty’s festivities. You can use any protein mix that you have for pre or post workouts. I’ve had this smoothie after a run, and the best part is that the kids like it as much, if not more than the sugary alternative.



St Paddy’s Day Minty Shake Recipe

Wowsers, can you believe St Patricks’ Day is just around the corner? Back in the day, it used to be all about drinking green beer for the day and the St Patrick’s Day parade. The stores have already switched over to Easter mode and bypassed St Paddy’s, but for me it is a fun holiday! Last year was our first St Pat’s in the US and one of the themes that I really remember was when the Shamrock Shake came back to McDonald’s. We didn’t have these shakes in New Zealand, so I was intrigued.

I only had to check my Facebook stream to see people gushing about the limited time only green minty shake. And those who couldn’t find it were in absolute despair. It didn’t sound like anything much, but then…

We had taken the bus to a different part of Brooklyn just to scope out the area as we’d only been in Brooklyn for 3 months when we saw a large sign at McDonald’s proclaiming that the (in)famous Shamrock Shake could be found within. I told my husband about all the hubub the Shamrock Shake had created – limited time, limited locations and a yummy out of this world taste that had people dashing in just for a drink of one.

So in we went, tasted it and boy oh boy it was good. A milky, creamy green concoction topped with whipped cream. Let it  be known that I only had the one, mainly cause I could feel my hips expanding as I drank it.



The Easy Way to Make Colored Sugar

With so many holidays coming up and the kids being out of school for mid winter recess and soon spring break, this little craft is a quick easy one to have up your sleeve! Making colored sugar is so easy, depending on if you want to make sugar for an upcoming St Patrick’s Day treat (green) or several colors for  Easter, this recipe is sure to work. Best of all, if you have a little chef that likes to help out in the kitchen, this is a perfect DIY that they can help you with. Why do it yourself? Well, if you have sugar and food coloring laying around in the house, why not? The store bought stuff can be expensive, especially if you only need a couple of teaspoons.

I’m going to walk you through making green sugar since St Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. If you want to see my green sugar in action as the icing on a yummy treat, check out my Shamrock Shake copycat, the St Paddy’s Day Minty Shake. Though simple, don’t be fooled – a colored sugar can really make a special treat dazzle.

Ingredients

1/2 cup of white sugar

food coloring (see the box to make the color you desire, I used neon green)

Directions

Spread the sugar out in a shallow bowl, then drop food coloring in 2 drops at a time. after each 2 drops, stir the color into the sugar with a spoon. You can use your fingers as well as you’ll need to really work the sugar until you start to see the color you desire. I used 8 drops of the neon food coloring to get the color pictured above and in the St Paddy’s Day Minty Shake. Watch out for the chunks of color that form, work them out with the spoon or your fingers so that the sugar doesn’t clump.

Because the food coloring is wet, you’ll need to set it aside for about an hour to make sure that it is dry to use for whatever craft or dessert you are creating. Next, store your sugar in an airtight container so that it stays loose and fresh.