I understand that all any mother of a picky eater wants is peace at the dinner table. With Sneaky recipes you can be sure your kids will love what they are eating while knowing they are getting the vitamins and nutrients they need to grow big and strong.
Here are some deliciously simple recipes that your husband and kids will be able to "surprise" you with.
Banana Berry Breakfast Crumble (20 minutes / 4 servings)
Dessert for breakfast? Sounds decadent, doesn’t it? Rest assured, this fast, fruity, and fun dish is healthier than it appears. Plus, it cooks itself so it is a perfect recipe for kids and non-cooking husbands.
2 instant oatmeal packets, any flavor, sweetened
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
2 cups frozen mixed berries (such as blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and/or raspberries), unthawed, no added syrup or sugar
1 banana, sliced
4 teaspoons butter, diced
Optional topping: low-fat vanilla or blueberry yogurt
Preheat oven or toaster oven to 400 degrees. Spray 4 individual ramekins with oil, or for one large crisp, spray the bottom and sides of an 8-inch or 9-inch square baking dish.
Empty the oatmeal packets into a mixing bowl and mix in the flax. Place about 1⁄2-cup of berries in each individual ramekin, or place all the berries in one baking dish. Add banana slices.
Sprinkle the oat mixture evenly on top of banana and berries, then dot the tops evenly with butter and lightly spray top with cooking spray oil. Bake 15 to 20 minutes until topping is golden brown.
Serve warm, with a dollop of yogurt if desired.
Tropical Breakfast Ice Cream ( 10 minutes / 2 serviings)
Yes, you read that right, ice cream for breakfast. The name alone will will send you right back to your childhood and is easy and fun to make for all! Try other frozen fruits for additional flavors.
Your food processor is the only way to puree the frozen fruit without having to add a lot of liquid — and for these small quantities, a three-cup mini food processor works best. These recipes can be quickly converted to a thinner smoothie by adding an extra ½ cup of milk to all the variations below and then mixing them in the blender.
1⁄2 cup frozen mango, no added syrup or sugar
1⁄2 cup frozen strawberries, no added syrup or sugar
1 banana, peeled and chopped frozen or fresh)
1⁄2 cup low-fat milk
1 to 2 tablespoons honey or sugar
4 wafer ice-cream honey or sugar
Fill bowl of food processor with frozen fruit and pulse several times to start the puree. Add banana, milk, and sugar and puree on high until smooth, stopping if needed to scrape down the sides of the bowl and push contents to the bottom. Ice cream will be soft—fill cones to just below the top, cover with plastic wrap, and freeze to further harden (or fill cones and serve immediately).
Hot Apple Pie Parfait (5 minutes / 2 servings)
Nothing beats the aroma of apples sautéing in butter and cinnamon on Mother's Day morning, especially if you are not the one cooking it!
2 teaspoons unsalted butter
1 large apple, cored, and thinly sliced, ideally unpeeled or 1 packet of presliced apples, such as Mott’s®
2 teaspoons brown sugar
Pinch of cinnamon or apple pie spice
1⁄2 cup low-fat granola
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed and/or wheat germ
1⁄2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
Add butter to saucepan and melt over medium heat. Mix in the apple slices, brown sugar, and cinnamon or spice, sautéing for about 5 minutes. Add a tablespoon of water to pan if apple mixture gets too dry.
In parfait or serving glasses, layer granola/flax/wheat germ, yogurt, and apples as desired, and serve.
Strawberry Short Shake (2 minutes / 2 servings)
We all love strawberry shortcake, so why not put that flavor in a glass? I hung a mini waffle (the “cake” part) off the side of a tall glass and stuck in a straw for extra flair.
1⁄2 cup low-fat milk
1⁄4 cup low-fat cottage cheese
1⁄4 cup low-fat strawberry yogurt
8 strawberries (about 1⁄2 cup fresh or frozen), no added syrup or sweetener
Handful of ice, if not using frozen strawberries
2 whole-grain mini waffles, toasted
Optional: whipped cream and honey or sweetener, to taste
In a blender, combine all ingredients except the waffles. Blend until smooth. Pour into tall glasses. Make a small cut in each waffle and hang off the side of each glass. Serve with straws and top with a squirt of whipped cream, if desired. Add honey or sweetener to taste, if desired.
I hope you enjoy my Sneaky Mother's Day Recipes. If you happen to try one or more, I would love to hear from you. Please share on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter if you have an account, #SneakyChef.
Keep it Sneaky!
Missy Chase Lapine
The Sneaky Chef