Kid Friendly

Healthy recipes that even the young ones will enjoy.

Cheddar Guacamole Cups

If you’re still looking for game day snacks for Sunday, here’s a great low-carb snack that you can also serve as a tasty appetizer. While definitely not low calorie, it is delicious, wholesome, and very filling. Click for the recipe

Cheese Balls

These mini cheese balls make a very tasty appetizer. Ideal for any party, perfect for game day. Click for the recipe

Coconut Flour Pizza Crust

OMG OMG OMG! You have to make this coconut flour pizza crust!

I’ve been making cauliflower pizza crust regularly for a couple of years now, and we’ve been very pleased with it taste-wise, but texture-wise, it’s a bit too flimsy. I tried replacements: almond flour pizza crust was good but a bit too crunchy, and definitely too calorie-dense. Shirataki pizza crust was pretty good, but I’m no longer a fan of shirataki noodles, as I’ve leraned they can cause serious gut distress in some people.

I’ve been wondering about coconut flour pizza crust for a while now, but I assumed it wouldn’t work, since coconut flour is quite sweet. However, this recipe from Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist, convinced me to give it a go. And I am so glad that I did!

This coconut flour pizza crust is the best gluten-free pizza crust I’ve ever tried. It’s soft, but not too soft, so you can easily hold it with your hands. But the best part: it’s delicious! Sarah is correct – the seasonings mask the inherent sweetness of the coconut so the result is a pleasantly savory crust that goes wonderfully with the toppings. And while it’s a bit more calorie-dense than cauliflower pizza crust, the better texture is worth it. Click for the recipe

Peanut Butter Bars

There’s something addictive about peanut butter. And when paired with dark chocolate, it’s even more dangerous. But these amazing peanut butter bars are quite intense, so a little goes a long way. My husband and I have been enjoying one square, each night after dinner with our coffee, taking small bites, savoring, prolonging the pleasure. I guess peanut butter is one reason why I could never adopt a full Paleo diet – well, that and aged cheeses. :) Click for the recipe

easy shepherd's pie

Shepherd’s pie is a simple, hearty casserole of ground meat (usually lamb), browned with vegetables and seasonings, then topped with mashed potatoes and baked. My very flavorful version departs from tradition by using spinach, tomato paste, and nontraditional seasonings such as smoked paprika and cumin, which I love for their depth and warmth. I also top the beef with mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes.

To speed things up, I skip the traditional step of adding broth to the beef then reducing the broth, and I also skip baking the casserole for 30 minutes – I just broil it for a few minutes, so it’s ready fast – and it’s just as good.

Try to resist the temptation to make this shepherd’s pie recipe lighter or healthier by skimping on the butter or egg yolk for the mashed cauliflower. Both add incredible flavor and creaminess. I’m sure it would be “fine” with just 2 tablespoons butter, but it wouldn’t be “great.” And why wouldn’t you want to eat something great? :) Click for the recipe

Sticky Drumsticks

Sticky drumsticks! An irresistible combination of savory and sweet. Naturally a kids’ favorite, but I freely admit it- the grown ups loved it too. Click for the recipe

Pasta Bake

Like many other of my recipes, the idea for this pasta bake came out of necessity. I had some leftover pasta sauce in the fridge that I wanted to use up, and also some shredded mozzarella. So I thought, why not make my baked macaroni and cheese, substituting pasta sauce for the yogurt and mozzarella for the cheddar?

The result is a delicious, gluten-free pasta bake that my kids love and is very easy to make. While it’s a bit too high-carb for my husband and for me, I do feed my growing teenage kids a higher-carb diet, and this is perfect – tasty, easy and filling. Click for the recipe