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Scallions Can Re-Grow!


So silly, so simple, but I can’t believe I’ve never done this before!!

Who doesn’t cook with onion?… ok, I have a friend who is allergic, so there are a few out there!  But for the most part, we all use onions in our cooking at some point.

One of my kids usually likes the onions in stir fry, rice or fish dishes, the other kid, will pull them out one by one!

What they both enjoyed was this small kitchen science experiment on the window sill.

We used our fresh scallions to make dinner,  but were sure to keep about an inch above the root, put them in a clear jar of fresh water just below the cut, and watched them grow!  Within a week, we had a new bunch of scallions!!

Eventually if you keep trying to re-grow from the same roots, they will turn pale green and yellow as their roots run out of nutrients.




Roasted Brusssels Sprouts

If you never try – you will never know!!

You really may not believe me – but I made this dish for my 9 & 11 year old the other night…. and all they said was, “you put too much salt on them!”

I knew that my 9 year old  & my husband would eat them… but I wasn’t sure if I would or my 11 year old would!  Why is that?  Well I never had them as a kid…. and therefore I’ve always been ‘afraid’ of  making them myself.   Recently, I ate them at a restaurant and couldn’t believe how good they were!! I definitely like them roasted better than steamed – but that is just my preference.

I used this recipe, (only because I honestly had never made them prior…)

I would recommend using less salt… they didn’t need it!!


Roasted Brussels Sprouts
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Prep Time:10 minInactive Prep Time: — Cook Time:40 min
Level: Easy     Serves: 6 servings

1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts
3 tablespoons good olive oil
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Cut off the brown ends of the Brussels sprouts and pull off any yellow outer leaves. Mix them in a bowl with the olive oil, salt and pepper. Pour them on a sheet pan and roast for 35 to 40 minutes, until crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. Shake the pan from time to time to brown the sprouts evenly. Sprinkle with more kosher salt ( I like these salty like French fries), and serve immediately.

Per Serving: Calories: 109; Total Fat: 7 grams; Saturated Fat: 1 gram; Protein: 4 grams; Total carbohydrates: 10 grams; Sugar: 2 grams; Fiber: 4 grams; Cholesterol: 0 milligrams; Sodium: 269 milligrams

Quick and Easy Ideas for a Healthy Breakfast: The Most Important Meal Of the Day!

I’m sure it’s something you have heard before…”Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!”

Everyone always has good intentions…this school year we are going to start off right!

No running out the door without anything to eat in the mornings.  But somehow,there are always days that we run out of time.


I can’t stress enough how important breakfast is for both kids and adults!!



1) It allows kids to be more focused and have better concentration in school

2) It will prevent your child from getting hungry early in the day which can be distracting and bring on moody behavior

3) Eating in the morning is the first step to developing healthy eating habits

4) Eating breakfast will help your child  to maintain a healthy blood sugar level and have more energy throughout the day

5) Sitting down to breakfast is a great way to start your day!

Talk to your kids…take them food shopping…pick out healthy breakfast options together…help them understand the importance of starting the day off right!

Here are some quick and easy ideas for breakfast…

Your favorite oatmeal topped with fresh fruit

(add a side of greek yogurt or a glass of low fat or skim milk)

Bowl of whole grain, low sugar cereal with low fat or skim milk and fresh fruit

Yogurt parfait…yogurt topped with whole grain, low sugar cereal and fresh fruit

(try a greek yogurt that is higher in protein…you kids may like Chobani Champions)


Breakfast Burrito

Whole wheat tortilla wrap with scrambled egg and shredded low fat cheese

(add a few veggies in too!)

100% Whole Grain French Toast

(top with fresh fruit and for a little variety…

sprinkle with cinnamon sugar or confectioners sugar and skip the syrup)