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Foodies Freebie: February 2015 Wallpaper Collection

New Month, New Wallpaper! How was this first month for you all? Here it was all about getting back into our routines. Between work, school… and traffic! It took a month or so, but traffic is back to normal after the end-of-year school vacations. We have more new recipes coming out soon, this week look for Sesame Noodles, a weekday favorite from Helga!

Have you subscribed to our newsletter Notes from The Foodies’ Kitchen? We are sending it out next week so you’re just in time to subscribe! As usual, we have our February 2015 Wallpaper Collection. For this months’ wallpaper collection, we feature quinoa. You can find quinoa in some of our recipes like Sweet Corn & Quinoa with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette or Quinoa and Apple Salad with Curry Dressing. How do you like to eat your quinoa? Comment right here, reach us through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or email.

So here you go, below you can download the February calendars for your desktop, laptop, tablet or phone. We hope you enjoy them!

Helga & Kitty

 Foodies Freebie: February 2015 Wallpaper Collection

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Lunchbox Ideas and Whole Wheat Mini Banana Date Muffins

In Guatemala, January means the kids go back to school, so moms have to start thinking about what to pack for lunch which means many of us have been looking for lunchbox ideas. I have to pack Kristen a menu for snack time and another one for lunch at school. I don’t send actual lunch foods, like meat or rice. She eats those things when she gets home, and then has a very light dinner before going to bed.

I like to use silicone muffin cups to divide snacks inside her containers, so for snack time I send her things like one slice of whole wheat bread with Nutella, and make a little sandwich out of it, a few pretzels or saltine crackers, sweet cookies like chocolate chips or Oreos, and a cheese stick. For her lunch time snacks, I pack things like mini baguettes with cream cheese and ham, carrot sticks with cream cheese dip, any type of fruit I know she likes, and I always include something salty, like saltines or bread sticks, and a cookie for something sweet.

To vary her menus, I keep a list of lunchbox foods she likes on my bulletin board, and I also keep homemade baked goods in the freezer.  I can’t be inventive at 6AM, I need to know what I am going to pack, so I check the list the night before and leave out the items I want to pack for the next day.  No sandwiches with little smiley faces made out of blueberries here!  Really, who has time?

One of the items I pack for her are these mini banana muffins. I wanted them to be healthy, so I made some substitutions like using honey instead of sugar. You’ll notice I also used yogurt instead of butter. I’ve found that you can substitute Greek or plain yogurt instead of using oil or butter when baking. I’ve done it with pancakes with excellent results. I kept the oil in this recipe, since I didn’t want to risk the consistency of my muffins, but I think I’ll try using only yogurt the next time and I’ll let you know how it goes. If you don’t want to make mini muffins, you can use a regular muffin tin. This recipe yields 12 regular-sized muffins. The results for my adapted recipe were fluffy, moist banana muffins that are ideal for your little kids to take to school.

Helga

Mini Banana Muffins

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Blog Love: January 2015

We love this month’s Blog Love. Since we all are in the healthy bandwagon, it this recipe collection is perfect to kick off the year. We have Quinoa Veggie “fried” Rice, Steamed Salmon & Veggies and an idea for a Meatless Monday: 4 Different ways to have Salad in a Jar. Like Helga mentioned before, she is approaching weekly cooking differently, so ç we are sharing a Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken and a 1-Pot Wonder Chicken Lo Mein. Have you wondered if you are storing food in the correct way? Food52 has a great post on How to Store Your Food Better in 2015.

For those with a sweet tooth, we can’t wait to try this Frostbitten Raspberry Cake and this Lazy Mary’s Lemon Tart. Oh, and we are curious on overnight oats… so here is a recipe for an Energizing Overnight Oats Recipe to test out.

Do you have a favorite site you’d like to see featured here? Write a couple of lines and let us know, we would love to add them to our frequently visited sites!

Helga & Kitty

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