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Spinach Pesto Dip

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Stonyfield and Late July Snacks as a Stonyfield YoGetter. All opinions are my own, as always.

How is it the last week of June? I just can’t handle it. You know I’ll be saying the same thing a month from now. And before I know it, September will be here and I’ll be thinking of boots, jeans and Fall running.

Seriously?

I don’t want to think about any of that yet.

I want an endless summer.

What’s not to love about summer? Warm weather and longer daylight hours means BBQ’s, picnics in the park and impromptu gatherings of friends and family on the deck.

With the 4th of July coming up this weekend, I know my summer days are limited. I’m committing to more picnics, deck sitting, beach days, cook outs, hikes and generally spending time enjoying the season.

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This Spinach Pesto Dip is perfect for all of that. With only three ingredients, it comes together in minutes, so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time soaking in the fresh air and good times. And using Stonyfield plain Greek yogurt instead of cream cheese, ups the nutritional value without sacrificing taste.

You know what goes good with dip? Chips. Late July Organic Sea Salt by the Seashore Multigrain Tortilla Chips are my new favorite. Perfectly crisp with just the right amount of salt. They are organic, gluten-free non-GMO and made with 100% whole grain. But to be completely honest, I’ve never met a chip I didn’t like. #ChipAddict

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Spinach Pesto Dip
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt ( I use Stonyfield)
  • ½ of a 10 ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed dry
  • ¼ cup pesto (store bought or homemade)
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, mix yogurt, spinach and pesto. Add salt and pepper to taste
  2. Serve with tortilla chips or fresh cut veggies.

 

For more Meatless Monday recipes, check out Tina and Deborah’s link up.

Cranberry Orange Muffins

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Happy Christmas Eve!

One of our family traditions is to always have a big breakfast Christmas morning after all the presents are unwrapped. It’s a way to stay in our PJ’s a little longer, let the kids play with their new toys and just relax. I personally love breakfast. It’s my favorite meal and one that I look forward to every single morning.

This year, I’m planning on baking my Cranberry Orange Muffins as part of the breakfast. We’ve been loving these muffins since before Thanksgiving. I had picked up a fresh bag of cranberries from the grocery store and Miss A. declared that we HAD to make muffins with them. My kids are huge muffin fans. Scratch that – the whole family is a fan. And the combination of tartness of cranberry with a subtle hint of orange is never a bad thing.

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Cranberry Orange Muffins
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup plain Stonyfield Yogurt
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup flour of your choice (I used white whole wheat)
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 cup fresh cranberries, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line muffin tin with liners or oil to prevent sticking.
  3. In large mixing bowl, combine yogurt and sugar.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla extract.
  5. In separate bowl, combine flours, baking powder and salt.
  6. Slowly add flour combination to yogurt mixture.
  7. Stir in chopped cranberries till just combined.
  8. Scoop batter into prepared muffin tins.
  9. Bake 25-30 minutes or until done.

 

I always like to use organic products as much as possible especially my yogurt. Choosing certified organic is a simple way to be sure your food was produced without the use of toxic persistent pesticides, artificial hormones, antibiotics, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), sewage sludge or irradiation. I definitely don’t want any of that!

I just wanted to share a great program that’s happening in January. My friend Laura (and fellow Team Stonyfield teammate) is offering a January Reset – 21 Day Challenge to help you start off the new year on the right foot. It’s designed to help you feel better, regain control of your cravings and practice eating mindfully. It includes:

  • A whole foods challenge to cleanse your body, mind and spirit
  • New, seasonal meal plans to energize and lighten you, while releasing stored toxins
  •   Learn and practice How to Eat Mindfully!
  •   Group support and tips to keep you motivated and committed
  •   Opportunities to share our challenges and work on more positive messages to ourselves

I’m actually doing it too. I feel like I need a little reset to kick off 2015 and Boston Marathon training the right way. Join me!

If you’re interested in signing up, use the code “happyfitmama” for $10 off!

Disclosure: As a Stonyfield ambassador, I am being compensated for this post. All opinions, as always, are my own.

Banana Bread Mug Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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I love banana bread.

The problem is that we never have enough ripe bananas in our house to make a loaf or muffins. I buy at least 15-20 bananas for the week and we still run out by Friday.

What can I say, we love our bananas!

Have you heard of the Chiquita Banana Cooking Lab Contest? Just create a unique recipe that includes this week’s 3 ingredients (every week is different), until Nov. 24th. The Grand Prize winner who will WIN $4,000 and have their recipe featured in Chiquita’s banana recipe collection.

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This week the 3 ingredients were Chiquita bananas, chocolate chips and cream cheese. It’s no surprise then that the first idea that popped into my mind was banana bread.

But, alas, we only had one ripe banana.

So the idea of a single serving Banana Bread Mug Cake came to mind. And to make it a little bit more decadent, why not add a cream cheese frosting?

I usually have a really poor track record with mug cakes. Exploding mug cakes are my specialty. But this one? I nailed it. So freaking good!

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Banana Bread Mug Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
 
Ingredients
  • 2 TB flour of your choice (I used coconut flour)
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp brown sugar (or sweetener of your choice)
  • ¼ Cup milk (I used Unsweetened Almond Milk)
  • ½ ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 TB nut butter of your choice (I used peanut butter)
  • Splash of pure vanilla extract
  • Sprinkle of mini chocolate chips
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 TB cream cheese
  • Sprinkle of mini chocolate chips (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine flour, baking powder and brown sugar in a microwavable mug or bowl. Stir till mixed.
  2. Add milk, stirring till no clumps remain. Add mashed banana and nut butter. Mix well. Add mini chocolate chips.
  3. Cook in microwave for 2½ minutes.
  4. Remove from microwave and allow to cool while making cream cheese frosting.
  5. For cream cheese frosting - In a small microwavable bowl, place cream cheese and mini chocolate chips.
  6. Microwave for 10 seconds to soften. Stir till combined.
  7. Frost cooled Banana Bread Cake.

 

Quick, easy, delicious and ready in 5 minutes. Perfect for anytime you want banana bread but don’t have enough ripe bananas.

Since it’s Sunday, it’s meal planning day.

What’s for dinner this week:

Sunday – Fish tacos + broccoli slaw salad

Monday – Chicken sausage, butternut squash pasta bake

Tuesday –  Crockpot Two Bean Veggie Chili

Wednesday – Lentil Tacos

Thursday – Simple Pumpkin Soup

Friday – Leftovers

Saturday – Dinner out

What’s your favorite quick bread?

What are you having for dinner this week?

I am promoting this contest as a member of the Moms MeetSM
program, May Media Group LLC,. As a Moms MeetSM blogger, I agreed to use this product and create an original recipe on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of
the product.

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