Peanut Butter Banana Honey Granola Blondies – Fill the Cookie Jar

Peanut Butter Banana Honey Granola Blondies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Oh my gosh, is it almost fall???  And where the heck did summer go?  I spent most of my summer broken.  Literally.  I broke my little baby toe on a baby gate the morning of my oldest son’s 6th grade graduation!!!  I literally hobbled around on crutches with my toe buddy-taped until the ceremony was over so I could get to the doctors.

Peanut Butter Banana Honey Granola Blondies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And then, wouldn’t you know, they just buddy taped it again.  Of course, after they “set” the bone.  Did you know they could do that for a toe?!  Then after a week of it feeling a bit better, I finally get to see the podiatrist, only to hear I had to have surgery on it because it was that bad!

So ten days after this little toe stub, which led to a darn LETTER L toe, which led to a reset toe and then surgery, I had a pin sticking out of my toe.  It was broken AND fractured in 3 places.

Peanut Butter Banana Honey Granola Blondies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I’m all better now.  But my toe is a bit crooked.  And it swells randomly.  And then I remind myself that at least I have a toe.  So I basically went from the end of the school year to the beginning of the school year, with no fun to be had all summer.

Peanut Butter Banana Honey Granola Blondies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I’ve been missing my kitchen and baking, and I may have lost some of my creative mojo.  Hey, I said some.  These Peanut Butter Banana Honey Granola Blondies had my kids returning to the kitchen over and over and over and over and …well you get the picture.

Peanut Butter Banana Honey Granola Blondies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And the icing on top (literally the icing on top-badumcha!) tastes like a peanut butter cup.  So much so, that my oldest decided to have more bars after school with a side of actual peanut butter cups.  Boy, I hope he runs that off tomorrow during gym class.

Peanut Butter Banana Honey Granola Blondies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I had one of these after they came out of the oven and they were so tender and moist.  I especially love how the icing sets up on the top. I decided on these bars because I really just wanted to make something with brown sugar and brown butter. And then I had ripe bananas. And I love peanut butter. And I have lots of granola from last year’s winning of Golden Girl Granola. (I’m in the top 8 again this year!) And of course fall brings school lunches, which brings PB sandwiches and granola bars. So yea, that’s what I came up with.

Peanut Butter Banana Honey Granola Blondies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

But today my son let me have a nibble of them straight from the fridge.  Oh-my-word!  The banana flavor was insane!  After a night of sitting in the refrigerator, that banana really took center stage.  So delicious!!!  I could eat these warm or cold, but either way I gobble it up, I’ll take it with a cold glass of milk.

Peanut Butter Banana Honey Granola Blondies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And now, my contribution to this month’s Fill the Cookie Jar, led by the lovely Cynthia.  Check below for more fall cookie and bar recipes from other bloggers too!

Pour browned butter mixture over brown sugar.

Peanut Butter Banana Honey Granola Blondies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Number of servings: 16

Per Serving 226 calories

Fat 10 g

Carbs 31 g

Protein 4 g

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Peanut Butter Banana Honey Granola Blondies

Ingredients

    For the Blondies

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (one stick)
  • 2 Tb creamy peanut butter
  • 1 Tb honey
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 large over ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup honey granola
  • For the Peanut Butter Icing

  • 2 Tb creamy peanut butter
  • 3 Tb milk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 8"×8″ baking dish with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. In a small sauce pan, melt the butter with the peanut butter and bring to a low boil, stirring constantly. Stir in the honey and continue to stir until golden brown, about 5 minutes, over medium low heat.
  3. Add the brown sugar to a large bowl and stir in the butter mixture. Mix well. Add the bananas and mash well with a fork to incorporate. (A few chunks are okay.) Stir in the egg and vanilla and mix until smooth.
  4. Add the flour and granola and stir until combined. Pour the batter into the foil lined pan and bake for 25-30 minutes until set and golden just around the edges. Remove from oven and cool slightly.
  5. In a small bowl melt 2 Tb peanut butter in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir in 3 Tb milk. Whisk in the powdered sugar until smooth. Spread onto slightly cooled bars. Cool completely before cutting into 16 bars. Note-lift foil out of pan to cut easily.

Notes

Store in refrigerator up to one week, in a covered container.

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark Have you gotten into the spaghetti squash fad yet? So many people that are on gluten free or low carb diets are eating spaghetti squash by the truck load. While I’m not in that crowd-yet-I am watching a lot of my gluten intake lately.

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

As a person with IBS and chronic bloating, I’m trying a lot of low FODMAP (Google it-it’s a mouthful) foods lately. Basically foods that don’t make you bloated or gassy or…well you get the picture.

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This past weekend I made the family steak and potatoes. They also requested baked beans. Those are on my No-No list. So opting for another veggie I pulled out my leftover spaghetti squash flesh I made earlier this week. I wanted to make an easy to plate fritter. I added spinach and onions.

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

My baby girl polished off her portion. My boys said to leave out the onions. They really give them amazing flavor so use onion flakes if you have them. I’m not supposed to have onions, but in moderation, it’s okay.

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I love the crispy outside and tender inside of these fritters.

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This dish is also perfect for vegetarians and those giving up meat this time of year. You can serve it as a side dish for 4, or as a main dish for 2! And I love that it’s quick, easy and tasty!

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

A bit of greek yogurt or sour cream is just lovely with these. If you have lactose intolerance, you can certainly leave it out.

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

These are so easy to throw together. Especially if you already have leftover spaghetti squash. If you don’t, it’s really simple to make. Check out the notes portion in the recipe below for directions.

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I finally bought myself a really good waffle maker about a month ago. I love it!

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Check out how to make this recipe below!

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Number of servings: 4

Per Serving 76 calories

Fat 3 g

Carbs 7 g

Protein 5 g

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Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked and stranded spaghetti squash
  • 1 cup baby chopped spinach
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion (or 1 tsp onion flakes)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 Tb coconut flour
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp tarragon
  • Dash chili powder
  • 4 Tb nonfat greek yogurt (optional)
  • 2 Tb chopped parsley (optional)
  • Cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Combine the ingredients in the order listed and mix gently.
  2. Spray a preheated waffle iron (with 4 sections) with cooking spray. Spoon half the mixture into the waffle iron and close. Bake for 8 minutes, or until golden and crisp. Repeat with remaining vegetable mixture.
  3. Serve with a spoonful of greek yogurt and chopped parsley. Make 2 main dish or 4 side dish servings.

Notes

To cook spaghetti squash, cut in half lengthwise, scoop out seeds. Place flesh side down on baking sheet. Prick with fork in several places. Bake at 375F until flesh pulls away from shell, 45-90 minutes, depending on size of squash. Or microwave, pricking all over first, then heating for 10-15 minutes. Cool slightly then cut open, scoop out seeds and then flesh.

Powered Up Peanut Butter Cookies

This year marks a year of health. A year of happiness. A year of fulfillment. Cooking with a variety of colors in the kitchen will bring us health. Eating as a family and enjoying each other’s company will bring us happiness. And all that combined will bring fulfillment.

Powered Up Peanut Butter Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Now this is just food focused. Of course, family time, God time and play time add to the mix as well.

But I decided to make my first post of 2016 for the Fill the Cookie Jar, a healthy option. This was my second attempt at experimenting with coconut flour, and researching a variety of recipes, from breads to cookies, to muffins to cakes, to understand the ratio other cooks used. There is a science to baking you know!?

Powered Up Peanut Butter Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Coconut flour is dry, but absorbent, so less is more. Protein powder is the same. In this recipe I used MRM Veggie Meal Replacement in Vanilla Bean, which is gluten free, whey free, and soy free and all veggie based. It is so good!

I swapped some of the butter fat in typical peanut butter cookie recipes for fat free greek yogurt. (I have a healthy obsession with this stuff!) And I added honey for moisture and natural sweetness as well. And I love the flavor of molasses in the brown sugar. I’m sure you can make these with raw unrefined sugar, but I don’t have any in my house. If I want to go total organic next time, I’ll be sure to use that.

Powered Up Peanut Butter Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The end result with these cookies is a peanut buttery, fluffy and chewy cookie, with a hint of honey and a burst of vanilla.

Powered Up Peanut Butter Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

My kids couldn’t stay away from these. And when my husband and I came home from dinner after leaving the kids with a tray of cookies and a babysitter, all I found when we returned was a few crumbs and a half a cookie (at least I only made half a batch!).

But I must point out, that after a couple hours, these cookies did not harden, did not flake, did not crumble, and were still irresistibly chewy. (Because I ate those crumbs and half a cookie when I walked in the door-shhh.)

Powered Up Peanut Butter Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Score! I succeeded with my first gluten free cookie recipe! And yes!! I can give this to my finicky shark when watching his gluten levels!

My five-year-old made these his dinner. I didn’t mind since they are a healthy cookie option, packed with protein.

Powered Up Peanut Butter Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

If you are looking for a new slightly guilt free cookie to satisfy your cookie cravings, give these a try. Nobody ever said, “I wish I didn’t bake those cookies!”

May God bless your 2016!!!

Powered Up Peanut Butter Cookies

Total Time: 45 minutes

Number of servings: 45

Per Serving 56 calories

Fat 3 g

Carbs 5 g

Protein 2 g

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Powered Up Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients

  • 4 Tb butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup, plus 1 Tb creamy peanut butter
  • 3 Tb honey
  • 1/4 cup fat free plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vanilla bean vegan protein powder (MRM Veggie Meal Replacement-gluten free, soy free, whey free)
  • 1/2 cup, plus 2 Tb coconut flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • pinch Himalayan pink sea salt
  • 1/4 cup roasted peanuts, optional

Instructions

  1. In a stand mixer or large mixing bowl, combine the butter and brown sugar and cream together until fluffy. Add the peanut butter and mix well. Add the honey and fat free greek yogurt and mix well.Stir in the egg and vanilla and mix until combined.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the coconut flour, protein powder, baking soda and pinch sea salt. Whisk together.
  3. Add the dry mixture to the peanut butter mixture and mix thoroughly until combined. Let batter rest a few minutes.
  4. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto a silicone lined baking sheet spaced 1-2 inches apart. Top each cookie dough mound with a peanut before baking, if desired.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes until lightly browned on the bottoms. Let cool on baking sheet about 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
  6. Enjoy cookies within 5 days, stored in a covered container. No need to refrigerate.

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German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars #Choctoberfest with Imperial Sugar – Giveaway

German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I’ve come to the conclusion that natural date and nut energy bars can be quite addicting. I don’t know how many flavors of Lara Bars I tried when I was pregnant with my little girl, but that was one food that would settle my stomach and fill me up.

German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

When I found out Just Hemp Foods was one of the sponsors for Choctoberfest, I decided date and nut bars were perfect for showcasing the healthy hemp seeds and delicious chocolate.

German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Enter German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars. These bars are bursting with semi-sweet chocolate chips and rich cocoa, heart healthy pecans, hemp seed protein powder, fiber full hemp seeds and omega rich hemp seed oil. Sweetened flake coconut rounds them out, but if you are not a fan of coconut, you always skip it!

German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And what’s better than dipping these bars in even more semi-sweet chocolate and sprinkling them with flaked coconut and salted toasted hemp seeds?

German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I personally can’t think of anything better! And they are so simple to make! All you need is few ingredients and some Just Hemp Foods products-and a food processor.

Gather your ingredients, including Just Hemp Foods hulled hemp seeds, toasted hemp seeds, hemp protein powder and hemp seed oil.

German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars (12)

In go the dates, chopped pecans, hemp seeds, flaked coconut, cocoa powder and hemp protein powder.

German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars (11)

Next is the vanilla bean paste, hemp seed oil and mini chocolate chips. Add more hemp seed oil if it’s too dry!

German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Squish tightly into a brick and slice into 8 bars.

German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Tighten and pack each bar individually if they start to “crumble”.

German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave dip half of each bar. Lay on wax paper to dry.

German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Sprinkle on toasted hemp seeds and coconut to your hearts desire!

German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Refrigerate until ready to serve, wrapping in plastic wrap to store after chocolate is set.

German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

These bars are so amazing. Unfortunately you can’t find them in the store–you’ll have to make them. 😉

But the best part is, they are fun to make. You can even have your kids make them!

German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars #Choctoberfest with Imperial Sugar – Giveaway

Prep Time: 27 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Number of servings: 8

Per Serving 531 calories

Fat 26 g

Carbs 78 g

Protein 7 g

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German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars #Choctoberfest with Imperial Sugar – Giveaway

Prep time includes chill time.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cup dates
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans
  • 1 oz Just Hemp Foods hulled hemp seeds
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 Tb sweetened flaked coconut (optional)
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 Tb unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 Tb Just Hemp Foods hemp protein powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1/2 - 1 Tb Just Hemp Foods hemp seed oil
  • 1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 Tb Just Hemp Foods toasted hemp seeds
  • 2 Tb sweetened flaked coconut (optional)

Instructions

  1. Put the dates, chopped pecans, hemp seeds, flaked coconut, cocoa powder and hemp protein powder in a food processor and process until very well combined.
  2. Add the vanilla bean paste, hemp seed oil and mini chocolate chips. Pulse until combined and mixtures sticks together when squeezed, adding more oil if needed.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a gallon sized zip tight bag or wrap in plastic wrap. Squish tightly into a brick and slice into 8 bars.
  4. Tighten and pack each bar individually if they start to “crumble”.
  5. Melt the 3/4 cup chocolate chips in the microwave for 30 seconds intervals and dip half of each bar. Lay on wax paper to dry.
  6. Sprinkle on toasted hemp seeds and coconut to your hearts desire!
  7. Refrigerate until ready to serve, wrapping in plastic wrap to store after chocolate is set.

Don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY!

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*This post was sponsored by Just Hemp Foods. I received free product from the sponsor for participating in #Choctoberfest with Imperial Sugar. No additional compensation was received by me. All opinions, text, images, and recipe are my own. Feel free to substitute the branded ingredients as needed with a like for like product.

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Cheesy Chili Tots – #SRC

Cheesy Chili Tots | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

My finickiest shark has been on a chili fry kick since the beginning of summer. Yes, I know these are a bit on the fatty side, but he’s a bit on the thinner side, a nasty side effect of his ADHD medication. But a plus to chili fries is they are typically gluten free, and therefore autism friendly. Win, win, and happy mom!

Cheesy Chili Tots | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Another happy note: I got to review Amy’s blog over at Amy’s Cooking Adventures this month for Secret Recipe Club. It’s this super cool recipe where a group of us food bloggers sneak onto another’s blog, explore it, cook it and share it. I love Amy’s blog. I’ve actually been stalking her blog for awhile, as I’ve actually linked with her on other events before too!

But Amy, when I saw these Chili Tots…Oh I immediately thought how perfect it was for Finicky Shark! Gluten free, meaty, cheesy, potatoey (is that a word?). And this was her dinner! How much more personal to Amy can we get than that! I love to share my secret bloggers’ more personable recipes. It really gets to the gut of their blog.

Cheesy Chili Tots | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Amy started her blog almost like me, inspired by her picky child, her oldest boy Dude. Amy loves to read and sew and would be a school teacher had she not made the respectful decision to stay home with her kiddos. Amy’s reference to her home as “organized chaos” rings true to me too! So funny!

Cheesy Chili Tots | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Of course I could have made her Homemade Egg Noodles which called to my inner child, but nagged at my lazy self. Amy’s super Easy Slow Cooker Risotto is definitely in my make later book. I did base my chili for this recipe on her Hearty Garden Chili here. I swapped veggie for veggie and added canned chili instead of beans. I also swapped ground beef for ground turkey sausage. Either way, it was delicious and even more delicious the very next day!

Cheesy Chili Tots | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Now let’s cook!

Cheesy Chili Tots | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Add the mushrooms to the browned meat.

Cheesy Chili Tots | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Stir in the tomatoes and red wine.

Cheesy Chili Tots | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Stir in the canned chili with beans.

Okay, now stuff your face, as Amy says. 😉

And check out the other SRC recipes below.

Cheesy Chili Tots | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Cheesy Chili Tots

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Number of servings: 6

Per Serving 763 calories

Fat 48 g

Carbs 50 g

Protein 33 g

6


Cheesy Chili Tots

Ingredients

  • 1 32 ounce bag potato tots or rounds
  • 1 lb ground turkey breakfast sausage
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, diced
  • 1 roma tomato, diced
  • 1 cup sweet red wine
  • 1 Tb canola oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 15 oz cans spicy chili with beans
  • 5 oz cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 5 oz monterrey jack cheese, shredded

Instructions

  1. First bake the potato tots as directed on the packaging, (approx 425F for about 12-15 minutes).
  2. In a large skillet set over medium heat, brown the ground turkey and diced onion in the canola oil. Cook 5 minutes, breaking down the sausage. Add the minced garlic. Season with salt.
  3. Stir in the mushrooms and saute 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and red wine and reduce heat slightly. Cook down wine about 5 minutes. Stir in the canned chili and simmer about 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally until heated through and flavors have combined.
  4. Serve chili ladled over potato tots and sprinkled with shredded cheese.

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Chai Curry Chicken Kabobs and Garden Cilantro Rice – #HotSummerEats

Chai Chup Chicken Kabobs and Garden Cilantro Rice | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I’ve been grilling it up indoors for #HotSummerEats. I must admit, I get a little envious when my husband barbecues on the outdoor grill for the family. The cool calmness of babysitting food over a wild flame is the epitome of summer.
But lo I am tied to my indoor griddle as our backyard grill must be put to rest.
Chai Chup Chicken Kabobs and Garden Cilantro Rice | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
But I like it! I feel like I have power over the food. “I rotate you this way and you cook that way.” It’s still soothing.
And I had a lot of fun photographing this meal too! The bright summery colors and hearty bounty were extremely photogenic.
Chai Chup Chicken Kabobs and Garden Cilantro Rice | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
And I thank Intensity Academy for their unique Chai Curry Chup! When I opened the bottle and sampled a taste it immediately reminded me of spice and salt covered fruit on a hot day. These kabobs were meant to be basted in the sweet and spicy sauce.
Chai Chup Chicken Kabobs and Garden Cilantro Rice | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
And Gourmet Garden’s wonderful line of herbs and spices were perfect for mixing in the heart brown rice accompaniment!
This event has given us the opportunity to share our summer favorites and giveaway some goodies, so after you print out the recipe, don’t forget to enter the giveaway here, and check out the other bloggers as well!
Happy grilling!

Chai Chup Chicken Kabobs and Garden Cilantro Rice | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

 Some prep images.

 

 

Chai Chup Chicken Kabobs and Garden Cilantro Rice | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

A beautiful bounty.

 

Chai Chup Chicken Kabobs and Garden Cilantro Rice | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Easy squeeze convenience.

 

 

Chai Chup Chicken Kabobs and Garden Cilantro Rice | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Basting on some beautiful Chai Curry Chup.

 

Chai Chup Chicken Kabobs and Garden Cilantro Rice | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

*Brown rice derived from Back to her Roots right here.

Chai Chup Chicken Kabobs and Garden Cilantro Rice

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Number of servings: 4

Per Serving 908 calories

Fat 30 g

Carbs 137 g

Protein 31 g

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Chai Chup Chicken Kabobs and Garden Cilantro Rice

Ingredients

    For the Chicken and Fruit Kabobs

  • 1.25 lb chicken tenderloins
  • 1 mango, peeled, pitted and cubed
  • 1/2 large papaya, seeded, scooped and cubed
  • 1 whole pineapple, peeled, cored and cubed
  • 1/2 cup Chai Curry Chub, plus more for brushing
  • For the Garden Cilantro Rice

  • 1 Tb butter
  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice
  • 2 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp chicken bouillon
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 Tb Gourmet Garden cilantro paste
  • 1 tsp Gourmet Garden garlic paste
  • 1 Tb Gourmet Garden lightly dried cilantro

Instructions

  1. For the rice, melt the butter in a medium pot over medium heat. Stir in the brown rice, lemon juice, lemon zest, water and chicken bouillon. Bring to a simmer, cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer, covered for 30-35 minutes until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and let rest 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the cilantro and garlic pastes. Garnish with light dried cilantro and lemon slices if desired.
  3. For the chicken, cut the tenderloins into 16 equal pieces. Place the chicken in a shallow dish and cover with 1/2 cup Chai Curry Chup.
  4. While the chicken is marinating, prepare the fruit, removing peels, seeds or cores as needed and cubing into bite sized pieces.
  5. Skewer the chicken and fruit on each of 8 skewers, alternating the chicken and fruit. Skewer the remaining fruit on each of 4 skewers.
  6. Prepare an indoor or outdoor grill with non stick spray. Grill over medium low to sear the chicken, then cover with foil to cook through, 10-15 minutes total. Use additional Chai Curry Chup to baste the chicken and fruit, rotating the skewers as needed to cook evenly.
  7. Keep covered until ready to serve.

Notes

Serve with Cilantro Rice. Makes 4 Servings, 2 chicken and fruit and 1 fruit skewer per person.

This post was sponsored by Intensity Academy and Gourmet Garden. I received one bottle of Chai Curry Chup and a variety of Gourmet Garden products from the sponsors for participating in #HotSummerEats. No additional compensation was received by me. All opinions, text, images, and recipe are my own, unless otherwise noted. Feel free to substitute the branded ingredients as needed with a like for like product.

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Sensory and Teething – Chew-Choos #SweetPea Silicone Teething Necklace Review and Giveaway


Chew-Choos #SweetPea Silicone Teething Necklace | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I’m a busy mom on the go. Always in a rush. We barely made it to church this Sunday in time for the service (hello-4 kids!). But I’m grateful we did make it-just barely after the worship music! Darryl Strawberry preached about falling away from God. Yes, Darryl Strawberry! No I didn’t get an autograph. I went to church for the message. And it was beautiful.

And I took my beautiful baby in service with us. She stayed distracted with my newest Chew-Choos necklace, Sweet Pea. She is at that age where her hands go just about everywhere!
Chew-Choos #SweetPea Silicone Teething Necklace | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
I absolutely love this one. It’s fashionable for the mommy with no time for fashion (remember “busy mom on the go”). It’s smooth flat silicone beads are pleasant for chewing and it doesn’t get caught in my hair. Win win!
Chew-Choos #SweetPea Silicone Teething Necklace | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
And would you believe I received a compliment on this necklace while shopping at the mall-I let the woman know it was for my baby. It’s so cute!
Chew-Choos #SweetPea Silicone Teething Necklace | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
I even let my Jesse bear borrow it in lieu of nail biting. He has big sensory issues. He loved it too. That’s why I chose a black one. Fashionable for mommy and suitable for autistic boys. Because flat beads are great for kids with teeth too-mild biters only!
Chew-Choos #SweetPea Silicone Teething Necklace | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
The smooth silicone surface of the beads and satin comfort breakaway “chain” are soap and water friendly too, which makes sharing and swapping easy and convenient.
Chew-Choos #SweetPea Silicone Teething Necklace | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
Would you like to win one of these Sweet Pea Silicone Teething Necklaces by Baby Pinch Boutique?
Chew-Choos #SweetPea Silicone Teething Necklace | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
Enter the contest here! And for more options from Chew-Choos, click here!


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*This post was sponsored by Baby Pinch Boutique. I received a complimentary teething necklace by the sponsor for an unbiased product review. No additional compensation was received by me. All opinions, text, and images, are my own, unless otherwise noted. *This post contains affiliate links.

Blue Mushroom and Onion Egg White Frittata and Fractionated Coconut Oil

 


Blue Mushroom and Onion Fritatta | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

We’ve all heard of the term, “You are what you eat”. What you eat shines through on the outside. Well what if you can shine on the outside and the inside with the same product?

Coconut oil is all the rage these days and it’s no wonder due to its many health benefits, and it has wonderful skin benefits too!

Blue Mushroom and Onion Fritatta | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

My son and I had a “Muffins with Mom” breakfast event at his school and of course, rushing out the door, I wore no make up. After a regimen of Rahda Beauty’s Fractionated Coconut Oil, my skin was glowing with youth that I could have been mistaken for an older sister to my 10 year old. I felt confident in my face.

Blue Mushroom and Onion Fritatta | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Coconut oil is also a great carrier oil for an infant or special needs child calming massage with lavender oil. Great for fussy babies and finicky sharks with autism!

Of course, I also had to try out the internal health benefits of this product and made a scrumptious egg white frittata loaded with grilled mushrooms and onions and showered with tangy blue cheese crumbles. Delicious!

Blue Mushroom and Onion Fritatta | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Eat your beauty.
Blue Mushroom and Onion Egg White Frittata
Ingredients:
2/3 cup egg whites
1/2 yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 cup mushroom slices
1 oz crumbled blue cheese
1 Tb coconut oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 Tb chopped fresh parsley

Blue Mushroom and Onion Fritatta | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Directions:

In a medium nonstick skillet, heat the coconut oil over medium heat. Toss in the onions and sauté 5 minutes. Season with dash salt and pepper. Add the mushrooms and sauté 3 minutes more until onions and mushrooms are tender.

Blue Mushroom and Onion Fritatta | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Pour the egg whites over the vegetable mixture.

Cover and continue cooking until eggs are cooked through, about 4 minutes.

Blue Mushroom and Onion Fritatta | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

To serve, cover the skillet with a large serving plate and carefully flip the frittata over the plate.

Top with blue cheese crumbles and sprinkle with chopped parsley. Slice into 4 slices and serve. Makes 2 servings.

Blue Mushroom and Onion Fritatta | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

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Blue Mushroom and Onion Fritatta | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Blue Mushroom and Onion Egg White Frittata and Fractionated Coconut Oil

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Number of servings: 2

Per Serving 175 calories

Fat 11 g

Carbs 6 g

Protein 14 g

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Blue Mushroom and Onion Egg White Frittata and Fractionated Coconut Oil

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup egg whites
  • 1/2 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup mushroom slices
  • 1 oz crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 Tb coconut oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Tb chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a medium nonstick skillet, heat the coconut oil over medium heat. Toss in the onions and sauté 5 minutes. Season with dash salt and pepper. Add the mushrooms and sauté 3 minutes more until onions and mushrooms are tender.
  2. Pour the egg whites over the vegetable mixture. Cover and continue cooking until eggs are cooked through, about 4 minutes.
  3. To serve, cover the skillet with a large serving plate and carefully flip the frittata over the plate. Top with blue cheese crumbles and sprinkle with chopped parsley. Slice into 4 slices and serve.

Happy 6 Months Anneliese!!! Chew-Choos #Playdate Silicone Teething Necklace Review and Giveaway


Chew-Choos #Playdate Silicone Teething Necklace | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Happy 6 Months Birthday to my Anneliese!!! This little girl has no idea how much we love her!

We had a lovely long weekend celebrating her half birthday. We spent Friday night at home watching movies, Saturday at the buffet and running errands and Sunday we took her to get her ears pierced. Such a big girl! She even got them pierced at her Tio’s tattoo parlor like the tough cookie she is. And we celebrated with enchiladas and fried ice cream after.

Chew-Choos #Playdate Silicone Teething Necklace | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I had an awesome realization as we celebrated at the Mexican restaurant too. Our baby girl was born on our 14th wedding anniversary. We went to the same restaurant chain for her half birthday as where we were married. So cool!

We finished off the long weekend at my baby’s 6 month check up, entailing 3 shots, and at the movies watching Dreamworks newest movie, Home. Our baby girl loves the movies!

Chew-Choos #Playdate Silicone Teething Necklace | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

During our long weekend I had many opportunities to share my new Chew-Choos “Playdate” Silicone Teething Necklace with my baby.

  • Distracting her while getting her ears pierced. At the restaurant to have something to hold.
  • At her check up with mom for something to munch on while waiting for the doctor.
  • And at the movies for spelling to hold.
  • And during many diaper changes in between.

She even loves to wear it herself. With supervision of course. I love the easy breakaway clasp for safety. This prevents strangling.

Chew-Choos #Playdate Silicone Teething Necklace | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And Anneliese loves the soft, easy to clean and gum soothing silicone beads.

Chew-Choos #playdate #teething #necklace #babywearing #droolybaby

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My finicky shark loves it too! This necklace is great for kids with sensory needs-whether fidgeting or biting-and safe for them too.

Chew-Choos #Playdate Silicone Teething Necklace | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

 

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Lemon Pepper Chicken and Asparagus Hollandaise over Grits Cakes – Healthy Solutions Spice Blends 2015 Recipe Challenge Entry

Lemon Pepper Chicken and Asparagus Hollandaise over Grits Cakes | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I love a challenge, especially when it comes to food. So I took the Healthy Solutions Spice Blends Blogger Recipe Challenge. Boy was it fun! I got to pick through the many selections of spice blends from their website. I chose Lemon Pepper Scallops seasoning that can be used on seafood, chicken and vegetables.

Lemon Pepper Chicken and Asparagus Hollandaise over Grits Cakes | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

What a treat, as at first I was going to make a seafood dish, then I decided to make something that my whole family would enjoy, including my finicky shark. So I opted for a gluten free, autism friendly meal that included his favorite vegetable-asparagus and protein rich chicken breast and egg yolk hollandaise. The whole family loved this meal!

Lemon Pepper Chicken and Asparagus Hollandaise over Grits Cakes | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The grits cakes were raved about and the lemon pepper hollandaise paired well with everything. My husband loved the spice blend so much that I actually ordered more, because he told me to “put it on everything”. This is definitely a “make again” meal with my family and I hope you try this out in your kitchen too!

Lemon Pepper Chicken and Asparagus Hollandaise over Grits Cakes | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

For this delectable meal, you’ll want to make the grits in the morning, perhaps while making breakfast for the family. When you come home, the grits will be well chilled and you can have dinner done from start to finish in just 30 minutes! You can easily substitute polenta too!

Lemon Pepper Chicken and Asparagus Hollandaise over Grits Cakes | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Lemon Pepper Chicken and Asparagus Hollandaise with Grits Cakes

Ingredients:
-Grits cakes-
1 1/2 cups lowfat milk
1/2 cup plus 2 Tb grits
1 tsp garlic paste, or 2 cloves garlic mashed with the side of a knife
1 Tb Lite House salad herbs or dried chives
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 tsp salt
1 3/4 cup seasoned Panko bread crumbs (use a gluten free version for the finicky portion)
canola oil for frying
-Chicken and Asparagus-
1.25 lbs chicken breast
1 1/2 Tb lemon pepper seasoning
Cooking spray
1 lb fresh asparagus
dash salt
-Hollandaise-
3 egg yolks
1 tsp lemon pepper seasoning
Dash salt
1 Tb lemon juice
10 Tb unsalted butter

 

Lemon Pepper Chicken and Asparagus Hollandaise over Grits Cakes | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, warm milk and herbs to a simmer and slowly whisk in grits. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally until thickened, about 5 minutes. Spray a plastic container, preferable the size of a loaf pan, with cooking spray. Stir shredded cheddar cheese into the grits and pour into greased container. Cover and refrigerate until ready for use, at least 4 hours and no longer than 48 hours.

Lemon Pepper Chicken and Asparagus Hollandaise over Grits Cakes | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

 

To prepare meal…

Lemon Pepper Chicken and Asparagus Hollandaise over Grits Cakes | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Slice the chicken breasts on the bias, about 1/2″ thick.

Lemon Pepper Chicken and Asparagus Hollandaise over Grits Cakes | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Trim the woody ends of the asparagus.
Turn the grits out onto a cutting surface and slice into 12 servings.

Lemon Pepper Chicken and Asparagus Hollandaise over Grits Cakes | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

*Remember to sanitize your cutting surfaces between each ingredient.

Heat canola oil in a skillet over medium high heat.
Heat a griddle over medium heat.
Press each piece of grits cake carefully into seasoned panko bread crumbs and set on a platter until oil is ready. *Oil is ready when a bit of Panko is dropped in the oil and it sizzles.
Using a flat turner, carefully place each grits cake into the hot oil. Cook about 4 minutes on each side or until golden, turning carefully halfway through. Transfer to drain on paper towels or a brown paper bag.

Lemon Pepper Chicken and Asparagus Hollandaise over Grits Cakes | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Meanwhile season the chicken with 1 1/2 Tb Lemon Pepper Scallops Seasoning
Transfer the chicken to the preheated griddle that has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray.
Cook chicken about 5-7 minutes per side, until no longer pink.

Remove chicken to a plate and keep warm under foil until ready to serve.

On the same griddle, add the asparagus. Sprinkle with dash salt.
Cook until desired tenderness, about 3-7 minutes, turning occasionally.

Lemon Pepper Chicken and Asparagus Hollandaise over Grits Cakes | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

For the hollandaise, separate the egg yolk from the whites using an egg separator. Set aside. (Save the egg whites for breakfast!)
In a small saucepan, warm the butter just until it begins to bubble on the edges. Remove from heat.
In a blender, combine the egg yolks, 1 tsp Lemon Pepper Scallops Seasoning, dash salt and lemon juice.
Blend on low speed about 30 seconds.
With the motor running, carefully stream in the butter in the top of the blender until the hollandaise has reached thick consistency.
Taste. Add additional lemon juice or salt to taste, if desired.

Lemon Pepper Chicken and Asparagus Hollandaise over Grits Cakes | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

To serve, plate 2 grits cakes on a plate and top with 1/6 of the chicken pieces and 1/6 of the asparagus spears. Drizzle with 2 Tb lemon pepper hollandaise.

Lemon Pepper Chicken and Asparagus Hollandaise over Grits Cakes | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Your family will think you slaved all day, but you know it only took about 45 minutes. Healthy Solutions Spice Blends low sodium and all natural seasoning is the secret! Enjoy!

This post was sponsored by Healthy Solutions Spice Blends. I received free product from the sponsor for participating in their Blogger Recipe Challenge. No additional compensation was received by me. All opinions, text, images, and recipe are my own. Feel free to substitute the branded ingredients as needed with a like for like product.

Lemon Pepper Chicken and Asparagus Hollandaise over Grits Cakes – Healthy Solutions Spice Blends Recipe Challenge Entry

Prep Time: 4 hours, 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours, 45 minutes

Number of servings: 6

Per Serving 979 calories

Fat 86 g

Carbs 23 g

Protein 31 g

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Lemon Pepper Chicken and Asparagus Hollandaise over Grits Cakes – Healthy Solutions Spice Blends Recipe Challenge Entry

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®:

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

    For the Grits cakes

  • 1 1/2 cups lowfat milk
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tb grits
  • 1 tsp garlic paste, or 2 cloves garlic mashed with the side of a knife
  • 1 Tb Lite House salad herbs or dried chives
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 cup seasoned Panko bread crumbs
  • canola oil for frying
  • For the Chicken and Asparagus

  • 1.25 lbs chicken breast
  • 1 1/2 Tb lemon pepper seasoning
  • cooking spray
  • 1 lb fresh asparagus
  • dash salt
  • For the Hollandaise

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp lemon pepper seasoning
  • dash salt
  • 1 Tb lemon juice
  • 10 Tb unsalted butter

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, warm milk and herbs to a simmer and slowly whisk in grits. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally until thickened, about 5 minutes. Spray a plastic container, preferable the size of a loaf pan, with cooking spray. Stir shredded cheddar cheese into the grits and pour into greased container. Cover and refrigerate until ready for use, at least 4 hours and no longer than 48 hours.
  2. To prepare meal, slice the chicken breasts on the bias, about 1/2″ thickTrim the woody ends of the asparagus. Turn the grits out onto a cutting surface and slice into 12 servings. *Remember to sanitize your cutting surfaces between each ingredient.
  3. Heat canola oil in a skillet over medium high heat.
  4. Heat a griddle over medium heat.
  5. Press each piece of grits cake carefully into seasoned panko bread crumbs and set on a platter until oil is ready. *Oil is ready when a bit of Panko is dropped in the oil and it sizzles. Using a flat turner, carefully place each grits cake into the hot oil. Cook about 4 minutes on each side or until golden, turning carefully halfway through. Transfer to drain on paper towels or a brown paper bag.
  6. Meanwhile season the chicken with 1 1/2 Tb Lemon Pepper Scallops Seasoning.
  7. Transfer the chicken to the preheated griddle that has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Cook chicken about 5-7 minutes per side, until no longer pink. Remove chicken to a plate and keep warm under foil until ready to serve.
  8. On the same griddle, add the asparagus. Sprinkle with dash salt. Cook until desired tenderness, about 3-7 minutes, turning occasionally.
  9. For the hollandaise, separate the egg yolk from the whites using an egg separator. Set aside. (Save the egg whites for breakfast!)
  10. In a small saucepan, warm the butter just until it begins to bubble on the edges. Remove from heat.
  11. In a blender, combine the egg yolks, 1 tsp Lemon Pepper Scallops Seasoning, dash salt and lemon juice. Blend on low speed about 30 seconds. With the motor running, carefully stream in the butter in the top of the blender until the hollandaise has reached thick consistency. Taste. Add additional lemon juice or salt to taste, if desired.
  12. To serve, plate 2 grits cakes on a plate and top with 1/6 of the chicken pieces and 1/6 of the asparagus spears. Drizzle with 2 Tb lemon pepper hollandaise.