Healthy Banana Cookies

Clean eating cookies -- kind of an oxymoron if you ask me, but you may have seen similar cookie recipes floating around on Pinterest. So I just decided to call them Healthy Cookies, because they are! It took me a long time to make these, because I have been rather let down by some of the banana based desserts, like "banana ice cream"... I have some friends that love it, but nope, didn't fool me and in fact I don't like it at all. But that's just me and I do love bananas, so maybe its just that I can't get past the fact that it isn't really ice cream! Any how, I finally made these a few months ago and my 6 year old went crazy for them. Basically, he ate the whole batch single handedly in 2 days.
 

 

My Morning Workout Routine and Cherry Bomb Shake!

Hi guys! The Fresh Mama Fitness  page is growing quickly and I'm pleased to say you will be seeing fitness related posts here. I receive many fitness related questions daily, so I think it makes sense to address some of the questions here.

Getting a PiYo workout in, no equipment needed! (Photos courtesy of my 8 year old)

Meal Plan of the Week September 21, 2014-September 27, 2014

Another week, another meal plan! Today I realized we are coming up on the one year anniversary of my my very first blog post and it got me thinking how truly thankful I am to have started this. To all my friends and family who encouraged and literally pushed me to share my recipes and cooking techniques with the virtual world -- Thank You! I blog for many reasons, but mostly, just to show how easy it can be to incorporate farm fresh ingredients into a busy family life. I hope that those of you who follow me have learned something here -- I certainly have learned many, many things from interacting with you guys on facebook, instagram, twitter, and of course emails! With so many food blogs out there, many with better photos (yes, still working on this...), I thank you for taking a little time out of your days each week to read my recipes. I know many of you come here for the meal plans, so here you go... this week's meal plan!


Crockpot Recipe Roundup

I love my crockpot. There. I said it. What's not to love? In a perfect world I would be in the kitchen cooking a delectable dinner from scratch every night, however, in reality I need all the help I can get and the crockpot is a lifesaver! Plus, one pot to clean? -- I'm all for that! To be honest, I am very picky about what I cook in the crockpot and I'm the first to admit there have been a few terrible crockpot experiences in our house (as in straight-into-the-garbage experiences .. blech!) -- so I promise I will only share the best here. These recipes are tried and true, made on a regular basis in my house and loved by many. Enjoy!

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Looking for an easy clean-eating recipe chock full of veggies, flavor, and delicious for days in the fridge? Here you have it -- my Mediterranean Quinoa Salad. I based it off an orzo salad I have been making forever. It is a favorite with many of my friends and one of my go-to recipes for potlucks, but I wanted to go the gluten-free route, so I decided to mix it with quinoa instead of orzo. Just as delicious and so filling. I use it as a side-dish with dinner, but bring leftovers for a complete vegetarian lunch. Yum, yum, yum!


Meal Plan of the Week September 14th-20th

Super excited to report I am finally feeling back in the swing of things! Last week's meal plan went off without a hitch and we stayed on track. Aaaahhh - as much as I love summer, I have welcomed the routine of fall with open arms. Are you guys meal planning?

This week's CSA Delivery was full of organic, yummy goodness including this pink watermelon. Ev declared it "the best watermelon ever!", but then again he rarely meets a watermelon he doesn't like. Since it was organic, it did have seeds, but a few seeds never hurt anyone and it was soooo sweet and juicy. Special items like this make me so thankful I belong to a local CSA. You won't find these at the grocery store!

Parmesan Roasted Fall Veggies

This recipe is dedicated to all the home cooks out there who are intimidated by fall/root vegetables. When I tell people I do a year-round CSA, they always ask what I get in the fall/winter time and often comment that they don't know what to do with the cooler weather veggies. As you know, my favorite method of cooking most veggies is to throw them on a baking sheet and roast away...Once again, I use this basic method to enhance the flavors of these fall veggies. The cauliflower gains a nutty edge, the radishes and kohlrabi sweeten up, and don't even get me started on the fennel --Soooo delicious!  Throw the Parmesan on there and it is just a party in your mouth.
 
These veggies make a great side dish or topping for salads. So, if you are stumped by kohlrabi, radishes, cauliflower, and fennel - give this recipe a try and make sure to use a good quality Parmesan, no Kraft in a shaker, please!!!!! 
 

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