Healthy Peanut Butter Brownie Popcorn Balls

In the last few months I’ve been on an exercise and healthy eating journey.  I realized that I had a major snacking problem, usually going for something full of carbs that was leftover from what my kids didn’t eat.  So I cut that junk (and refined sugars) and started to focus on what was delicious and also good for my body.

One of my very favorite things to snack on is Skinny Pop popcorn, which is light and delicious and even if you happen to go a little overboard, it’s still not too bad for you.  It’s perfect when I have a salty craving, but I still struggle with that need for chocolate every once in a while.  So I grabbed some popcorn and threw it together into something that tastes like a peanut butter brownie popcorn ball….without any of the heavier stuff.

I love this recipe because it requires little time, no baking, and is totally kid friendly.  Not only did my kids inhale the final product and think it was a delicious dessert, but they also loved helping me throw things into the blender, crush up the popcorn and roll the balls out too.  And in the end if they think a healthy dessert is a yummy one, it’s a total win.


Healthy Peanut Butter Brownie Popcorn Balls
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Recipe type: Snack / Dessert
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Serves: 18-20
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups + 2 cups Skinny Pop Original Popcorn
  • 20 dried dates
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1 t pure maple syrup
  • 2 T natural peanut butter
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
Instructions
  1. Pulse 3 cups Skinny Pop in blender or food processor until broken into small pieces.
  2. Add dates, vanilla, maple syrup, peanut butter, and cocoa powder.
  3. Pulse until everything is broken up and combined
  4. Move into a medium mixing bowl. Crumble remaining 2 cups skinny pop over mixture and use your hands to combine.
  5. Roll into 1 inch balls and place on a parchment lined plate
  6. Eat immediately or refrigerate and enjoy for up to 3 days following.

Healthy Snacking On The Go with FreshyBag

Healthy Snacking On The Go with FreshyBag | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

I have a problem, and I’m just going to come out and say it.  I don’t like being at home.  It’s nice to lounge in your pj’s and read books for a little while but then I get super stir crazy.  Especially with two kids.  And I think I’ve passed this {and many other} neurosis onto my sweet girl because she’d rather be out of the house too.  The little guy has no chance.

So we end up eating a lot of our snacks, and sometimes even meals, on the go.  My girl is a snacker and I make sure I pack lots of healthy things to get us through teaching my fitness classes, playing at the park, running errands and doing whatever we’re up to.  As much as I’d love to just hand her a bag of goldfish crackers and call it a day, I just can’t.  This sweet girl will eat pretty much anything, so I make sure that she has fresh fruits and vegetables to eat before we get to any of the less healthy stuff.  Then if she’s not hungry for lunch later, I’ll at least feel like she got the basics.

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When the makers of FreshyBag asked if I was interested in checking out one of their insulated bags, I said yes without even thinking about it.  I mean, I always need another insulated bag.  We’re dragging them everywhere.

When it arrived, I was totally stoked.  The size is just perfect…not too small that I can’t fit my snacks without zipping it but not too big that it takes over my whole stroller.  And I love the two different compartments so that I can keep her cool food cold without making her seaweed and rice cakes a little soggy.  And the thick bag and strong zippers kept everything so nice and cold!  I was amazed that even my ice pack seemed a little less melty than usual at the end of the day.  According to FreshyBag, their technology can keep everything nice and fresh for 10 whole hours!  That’s a Disneyland day people.  No more worrying about whether or not your cheese sticks are still good at dinner time!

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Mamas, here’s one of my favorite parts.  FreshyBag is machine washable.  Honestly, everything else is just gravy on top of that.  Because I don’t even want to know what kind of grossness starts growing when my kid leaves the bag unzipped with half an unpeeled banana inside on a hot day and I don’t notice until an hour later {true story}.

Oh, and it’s simple, black and the toddler has decided it’s basically her purse full of goodies that she can carry around with her.  So it’s basically a toy too.

So if you’re tired of your old snack bag, give it a try.  You won’t be disappointed.

 

**Disclaimer: FreshyBag provided a bag for me to review but the opinions in this post are all mine.

Sweet and Spicy Honey Chicken | Slow Cooker

Sweet and Spicy Honey Chicken | Slow Cooker | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Sometimes you just need Chinese takeout.  When the baby isn’t sleeping and the toddler isn’t listening and you just want to hide in a bowl of something hot and fragrant and delicious and sweet and sticky and spicy and sweet.  I’m drooling just thinking about it.

But sometimes you really don’t need Chinese takeout.  Like any time that you realize that bathing suit season is just around the corner.  Literally.  Southern California has been playing tricks on us so it could be beach weather tomorrow for all I know anymore.

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You especially don’t need it when you realize you’re supposed to run a half marathon in a few weeks and there’s no way that’s going to happen with your lack of training due to non-sleeping baby and non-listening toddler and the only way you may keep from dying is maybe if you have less weight to carry for 13.1 miles.

So what do you do?  You put this in the crock pot.  And you feel satisfied.  But you don’t feel like you dove headfirst into a pot of MSG because you made it with real ingredients and it’s totally delicious.  By the way, you could totally throw some veggies into the pot in the last hour and make it much healthier.  But I didn’t.  Maybe next time.

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Sweet & Spicy Honey Chicken | Slow Cooker
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Asian
Prep time: 
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Serves: 4-6
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb chicken breasts, cut into bite sized cubes
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 t black pepper
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t ginger
  • 2 T sesame oil
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 4 T honey
  • 1 T preminced garlic
  • 1 T sriracha (more or less depending on how spicy you'd like it to be), plus more to top
  • 2 cups white or jasmine rice, cooked
Instructions
  1. Heat sesame oil over medium high heat in a large skillet
  2. Add chicken, cornstarch, salt, pepper and ginger to a large plastic bag and shake to coat
  3. Cook chicken in skillet until no longer pink, or 5-8 minutes
  4. Add chicken mixture to slow cooker
  5. Pour soy sauce, honey, garlic and sriracha over the top and stir to combine.
  6. Cook on low for 4-6 hours or high for 2-3 hours
  7. Remove and serve over rice, topped with sesame seeds and additional sriracha if desired

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Introducing Snuggle Up Buttercups

Introducing Snuggle Up Buttercups | Little Kitchen, Big Bites Guys, I’m so excited to be sharing this today.  There have been big things going on behind the scenes here.  And they involved stacks of cuddly fabric, lots of hours behind the sewing machine, and one tiny product tester getting a whole lot of snuggles.

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I temporarily closed my Etsy shop before little man was born.  I was still selling wine decor and signs, which had started to feel very much like something from my past.  There was no passion left in it for me.  And with a second baby on the way, I decided to take a break.  For months, I didn’t have the time, the energy or the desire to create.

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And then, one day, this second time mama discovered a problem.  And no amount of googling produced an answer or a product that could fix it.  So I decided to create one myself.

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Snuggle Up Buttercups was born.  It’s an innovative line of new blankets that are perfectly sized, simply designed, totally snuggly, mom-made and kiddo-approved.  Super soft and cozy blankets in patterns that moms love, that actually fit on carseats and in strollers without falling onto dirty floors, security blankets in darling patterns without random animal heads, and toddler blankets in chic prints that fit their laps in the stroller.

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We just opened and new items are being added regularly!  You can follow along on our Facebook and Instagram accounts for more fun.  Or shop today with code OPENED for free shipping this week only!

Taco Cornbread Casserole | Semi-Slow Cooker

Taco Cornbread Casserole | Semi-Slow Cooker | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

File this one under “yum,” mmmk?  I’m earmarking this recipe and using it over and over and over again through the rest of the winter.  There’s nothing like the combination of the spicy tacos and the hot, soft cornbread to fill you with warmth and happiness when it’s chilly outside.

Taco Cornbread Casserole | Semi-Slow Cooker | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Does this have to be a slow cooker recipe?  Probably not.  You could put everything together in a pan beforehand and just toss it in the casserole dish to finish it off.  But you guys know how I feel about my slow cooker.  And how I feel about keeping it easy in the evenings…I’d always rather get dinner mostly done around lunch time or while the kids are napping and be able to throw things together and enjoy family time at night.  And I’m a firm believer that using the slow cooker really coaxes the extra flavor out of your dish, especially in this case where you want to get that zesty taco seasoning deep into every single bite.

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I always like to include little S in the cooking process when I can, and for this one it was great to have her “help” with the cornbread…which was basically just stirring up the mix and scooping it on top of the casserole.  When cooking with toddlers, my favorite piece of advice is to keep the tasks quick and simple. They don’t have to do much to get the satisfaction from helping.

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Just a note…I browned the meat ahead of time, but it’s not necessary if you don’t have time.  The meat will just have more of a grey-brown color if you go straight from raw into the slow cooker.  And you should cook it on high for an hour or two to get it cooked if you do it this way.

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Taco Cornbread Casserole | Semi-Slow Cooker
Author: 
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6-8
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground beef, browned
  • 1 can pinto beans
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 small can sliced black olives
  • 1 small can green chiles
  • 1 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 cup salsa
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped, plus more to top
  • 1½ cups shredded cheddar cheese, plus more to top
  • 1 box cornbread mix, plus ingredients on box to make cornbread
  • Additional cheese, red onions and cilantro, and/or sour cream, bbq sauce or avocados to top
Instructions
  1. Brown beef and place beef, beans, corn, olives, chiles, onion, taco seasoning and salsa in the slow cooker.
  2. Cook on low for 3-4 hours.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  4. Add cilantro and 1 cup cheese and cook for an additional 10 - 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and combined.
  5. Drain excess cooking liquid and turn mixture into greased 9x11 pan
  6. Mix together cornbread mix and pour over the top of the beef mixture. Top with remaining cheddar cheese.
  7. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes, or until cornbread is cooked through and turning a golden brown.
  8. Enjoy hot and top as desired

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Felt Christmas Tree | Easy, Cheap Toddler DIY

Felt Christmas Tree | Easy, Cheap Toddler DIY | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Guys, I just couldn’t pass up sharing this one with you.  Even though I only have a couple lazy iPhone pictures and even though it proves that I’m slightly crazy and already putting Christmas stuff up around my house.  I mean, I started listening to Christmas music right after daylight savings time hit and I haven’t stopped since.  I just can’t help myself.  It’s my favorite time of year.  My husband was actually proud that I didn’t start listening to it in September this year.  So I guess that’s one step in the right direction.

Anyways.  This literally cost me $5 with my Joann coupons (they are not sponsoring me to say this or anything but you must get their app or at least visit the website on your phone if you’re shopping there…they always have coupons that you can layer on top of each other and it’s just silly to pay full price for anything), plus the extra $10 on ridiculous hot pink disney princess fabric that my daughter managed to find in the store.  She hugged the bolt of fabric so tightly with such a huge grin on her face that I couldn’t help myself.  So I guess if you’re a sucker like me, it’ll cost you a little more and take a little longer because you’ll also find yourself stuck speed sewing a blanket and re-teaching yourself how to make mitered corners during nap time.

Felt Christmas Tree | Easy, Cheap Toddler DIY | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Seriously anyways.  Focus.  In addition to being cheap it was also the easiest thing I think I’ve ever done.  Grab scissors.  Cut tree.  Cut ornaments.  Move on.  Felt sticks to felt with a little press and it’s great coordination skills for your toddler.  I’ve also seen great “walls” of felt like this that aren’t Christmas trees were you can cut a bunch of shapes, colors, and even letters or numbers to work on all of those skills with them.  Sadly for my toddler, I’m a super lazy mom and she gets this.  The “shapes” that aren’t circles or stars are just the triangles that I cut from the corners that were leftover pieces of felt.  Half the time she calls it a pepperoni pizza.  I totally see it, kiddo.

But honestly she could care less that mama didn’t decorate the bulbs or do fancy shapes because she loves this thing!  Not only does she love taking off and rearranging the shapes, but she’ll also pile, count and line them up on the ground.  So she’s learning even though I’m lazy.  #supermom?!? #iwish

Felt Christmas Tree | Easy, Cheap Toddler DIY | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Supplies
1 yard green felt
1/8 yard of 2-3 other colors of felt
Sharpie or some other pen that will write on felt
Scissors
Painters tape or some other way to secure to your wall

How To…
1) Fold green fabric in half
2) Draw half of a Christmas tree on it
3) Cut out Christmas tree
4) Tape to the wall (you can also wait to do this until the end…as you can see from the photo below, my toddler loved playing with it on the ground as I worked on the shapes too)
5) Cut other colors into 1/8 yard x 1/8 yard squares and use these squares to cut other shapes in piles of 3-4 pieces.  If you’re really creative you can cut tons of fancy shapes and even decorate the felt, but we kept it low key

Enjoy!

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12 Freezer Friendly Slow Cooker Meals

12 Freezer Friendly Slow Cooker Meals | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

When I was pregnant with my toddler, I put together some freezer meals for the slow cooker for those first few weeks of parenthood from recipes that I found on my blog and online.  And, boy, was I glad that I did it.  The first few weeks were such an adjustment with sleep deprivation and getting into a schedule…I honestly barely remember a lot of it, but I do remember being happy that I had food in the freezer that I could pop in the crock pot, throw over some rice at the end of the day and be done with.

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So naturally, with baby #2 right around the corner, I went back through my recipes and came up with some favorites for this time around.  Some I used last time and loved so much that I wanted to do them again.  Others are some of my new recipes that are freezer friendly and are perfect for our little family {the pics throughout this post are the finished product from some of my favorites that are included on the list}.

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12 Freezer Friendly Slow Cooker Meals | Little Kitchen, Big Bites I made sure that all of them would be happily eaten by my toddler this time around too.  And that, for the most part, they’re relatively healthy or at least well rounded with protein and veggies to keep her going in the midst of this transition too.

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In terms of modifying the linked recipes to become freezer friendly, I put everything in the freezer bag that would normally go into the pot at the beginning of cooking time.  Then, I put a note on each bag listing what I needed to finish it off, which is what was added in the last hour of cooking or what the dish was served over…most of the time this is dairy, more delicate produce like cilantro, and rice or quinoa.

12 Freezer Friendly Slow Cooker Meals | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

This way I can either plan ahead, go to the market, and grab the extras for a couple recipes for the week, or can pop the food into the crock pot in the morning and make a quick stop at the grocery store for whatever I need through the day to top it off at night.

12 Freezer Friendly Slow Cooker Meals | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

The best part about this time around?  I’ve got mom friends who were totally into this idea too and due around the same time.  I may have looked like a little bit of a nut in the Target line {see the below picture of my kitchen pre-assembly…} buying enough cans of beans for each of us, but it was worth it.  They came over, the kids played {i.e. created complete chaos in our house}, and we put our bags together.  They all came together in less than two hours, which was a major accomplishment.  It was a total blast and I’ve got some more fun brewing about the freezer meals and parties coming soon!  But for now, here’s a list of some of the recipes that were easily converted to freezer meals this round.

12 Freezer Friendly Slow Cooker Meals | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

12 Freezer Friendly Slow Cooker Meals For New Moms

Cheddar, Potato & Asparagus Soup
Chicken Taco Soup
Jalapeño Black & White Bean Chicken Chili
Russian Chicken
Honey Balsamic Chicken Sliders
BBQ Buffalo Meatballs
Coconut Vegetable Curry
Sweet & Sour Meatballs
Veggie Quinoa Tacos
Thai Peanut Butter Cashew Chicken
Beef Lettuce Wraps
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Baby Boy Nursery Gallery Wall | Free Printables

Baby Boy Nursery Gallery Wall | Free Printables | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Our little guy’s nursery just wouldn’t be complete without some cute prints for the gallery wall.  I’ve mentioned before that I’m a bit of a print-a-holic, and I’m especially partial to the free printables that pop up on Pinterest {follow me here}.  Because, free.  How often does free home decor happen?  Not very often, people.

At first I pinned around casually and then scoured the internet until I found the perfect additions to our baby boy’s grey and blue room.  I wanted them to be sweet, but also a little masculine and boyish.  There was only one that I felt the need to make myself, and I’m pretty stoked with how that one turned out too.

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I spray painted these frames white because I had the paint and Target only had one of the white ones after I checked a million times.  I love the look of non-uniform frames in most of my other rooms, but for some reason the vision I had for this room was more clean and I wanted everything to match.  And once I get something weird like that in my head, there’s no turning back.

The letters came from Jo Ann back in the summer when they had all of the nautical stuff, but I’m sure you could replicate something similar with some unfinished wood letters and a nice stain.

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Links to download each of the free prints are below, and I pinned a bunch more on my baby boy Pinterest board if you need others too!

I’ll Eat You Up I Love You So
Initial Print {customizable!}
Be Brave Little One
I’ll Love You Forever
Feathers
ABC’s Eye Love You
Let Him Sleep
Little Love
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Hospital Bag Essentials from a Second Time Mom

Holy smokes my due date is sneaking up fast!  Life always feels like it’s on fast forward in September to me, and with this baby on the way, it’s even quicker than usual.  Summer slowly draws to a close and all of a sudden you’re thinking about pumpkins and Halloween costumes and Thanksgiving dinner and then it’s Christmas.  I’m going to be taking lots of pictures this year because I have a feeling baby boy’s first holiday celebrations are going to come and go quickly, especially with his big sister starting to really understand them this year.

Ok, focus.  Hospital bag.

Guys, I look back on when I checked into the hospital with the princess and it was honestly a little comical.  I had a carry on size rolling bag, a pillow or two, and a birthing ball stored in the car.  And that was just my stuff.  I also had a huge, packed to the brim diaper bag and Hubby had a backpack of his own {as much as I’m a chronic overpacker, he is a chronically light packer, thank goodness}.

I researched and researched and packed every little thing I might need for labor, delivery and recovery for me and my sweet new baby.  And you know what?  I opened that rolling bag once.  And I used nothing out of the diaper bag until we really started getting out of the house days later.

So this time around, I’m doing things a little differently.  Here are the essentials that I’ll be bringing with me to the hospital.  And by the way, this bag is getting packed when I go into labor, not two weeks ahead of time.

I should mention that our plan is to get out of the hospital and home to the princess and the pug as soon as possible.  Hospital beds are the worst and everyone sleeps better at home in our family.

Also, on the first go round, I stuck with the hospital issued gown and all because I just didn’t want to ruin my stuff and I was too tired and overwhelmed to think about putting other clothes on.  If you’re really passionate about these things, you may want to bring some comfy, loose fitting clothes too.  But in the utterly exhausting first moments of parenthood, it might all go out the window.

Hospital Bag Essentials from a Second Time Mom

Hospital Bag Essentials 

1) My Going Home Outfit  Depending on the weather I’ll either have maternity leggings and a nursing tank or a big ol’ maxi dress with a built in bra.  I’m also planning to wear shower friendly sandals to and from the hospital that I can use to walk around the room in, and in the shower if necessary.  No panties?  No problem.  Hospital provides them and you’re not going to want to ruin yours.

2) Baby’s Going Home Outfit  We haven’t picked it out yet, but it’ll probably be some kind of comfy, cute sleeper with a zipper closure and a little hat.  Because snaps or anything too fancy are the enemy with a newborn.

3) Toiletries  I’m planning to bring my toiletries bag with contacts, glasses, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, deodorant, and prenatal vitamins.  I may also fit in shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion and a little makeup if I’m feeling ambitious.  But honestly, I’d like to get out of there as soon as possible so I’m ditching the shower stuff if I can help it.

4) Other Essentials  I’ve got a little clutch that I’ll pack with my phone, charger, keys, insurance card, drivers license and credit cards.  Also a copy of our {very loosely put together} birth plan.  We may or may not bring our fancy camera.

5) Snacks  Labor and nursing made me ravenously hungry so I’m packing some healthy and splurge-worthy snacks to get me through between those nasty hospital meals.

6) Bonus!  Things to Leave in the Car  Most of the above will fit in a small tote that I’ll bring when I check in.  I’m planning to leave a few bigger things in the car for Hubby to bring in once the baby is here and we’re in the recovery room.  These essentials include my nursing pillow {the Brest Friend is the only way to go people.  Bad name, excellent product}, my pillow from home and the sibling gift for big sister.  Also, make sure that infant carseat {we loved the Chicco Keyfit 30 for our little girl and will be using it again for #2} is there and installed!

Hospital Bag Essentials from a Second Time Mom

PS a couple of the above links are Amazon affiliates, so I make a small amount of money if you click and purchase.  The rest are just the links to the image of the product that I use or love if you want to go shopping!

Healthy Baked Salmon Cakes with Sriracha Yogurt Guacamole

Healthy Baked Salmon Cakes with Sriracha Yogurt Guacamole | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

I’m not going to lie to you and tell you this is the easiest recipe I’ve ever made.  But they turned out great and not only did my two year old eat every bite of hers, but she asked for more.  And more.  And more.  And Hubby and I eat had our fair share too.  And you want to know what the majority of the ingredients were?  Salmon and vegetables.  So, overall win.

Healthy Baked Salmon Cakes with Sriracha Yogurt Guacamole | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

These would also be a great one if you have leftover salmon laying around that you want to do something with.  You could probably throw any extra veggies that you have in there too.  It’s kind of a kitchen sink type recipe, like meatballs, where if you chop it up small enough, cook it with some garlic and make it into a patty, they won’t know any better.

Healthy Baked Salmon Cakes with Sriracha Yogurt Guacamole | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

And this made for a ton of cakes, which means leftovers for lunches and dinners.  I even threw one of them on top of a salad for the next two days and it was absolutely scrumptious.  Healthy + delicious + kid friendly + leftovers = quite a happy mama.

Healthy Baked Salmon Cakes with Sriracha Yogurt Guacamole | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

The guacamole was a little something extra for the adults, because you can’t have a salmon cake without something creamy to top, but the little one loved it too {you can adjust the heat by adding more or less of the sriracha}.  And it was super simple and really healthy so there’s no guilt there either.

Healthy Baked Salmon Cakes with Sriracha Yogurt Guacamole | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

I made some big ol’ burger sized cakes, but you could also make little tiny ones and serve them as a killer app with a big bowl of the guacamole.  Yum.

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Healthy Baked Salmon Cakes with Sriracha Yogurt Guacamole
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Recipe type: Entree, Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 16 large cakes
 
Ingredients
  • For Salmon Cakes:
  • 1 lb salmon
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t pepper
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 large zucchini, diced
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 2 cups spinach, chopped
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • 1 T basil
  • 1 t parsley
  • ½ T chili powder
  • 1 t black pepper
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 T dijon mustard
  • 3 T greek yogurt
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • For Guacamole:
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 4 T greek yogurt
  • 2 T lime juice
  • 2 t - 2 T sriracha {more or less depending on how spicy you'd like it to be}
  • 2 t garlic salt
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place salmon in an oven safe dish, drizzle 1 T olive oil, 1 t salt and 1 t pepper.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until cooked through. Set aside to cool.
  4. In a large skillet, heat 1 T olive oil and minced garlic over medium high heat.
  5. Add onion, bell pepper, zucchini, celery, basil, parsley, chili powder, 1 t pepper and 1 t salt and cook for 8-10 minutes, or until softening.
  6. Stir in spinach, until wilted.
  7. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. Drain any excess cooking liquid, if necessary.
  8. Place salmon in a large ziplock back and flake into pieces.
  9. Add dijon, yogurt, bread crumbs and eggs, and knead gently to combine.
  10. Add vegetables and knead gently to combine.
  11. Place in the refrigerator to set for about 5-10 minutes.
  12. Reset the oven to 400 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper
  13. Form into patties of desired size {I made them burger sized} by forming a ball in your hand and pressing gently onto the baking sheet until it's about ½ in thick
  14. Bake for 10-12 mins on one side, flip and bake for 10-12 minutes on the other side
  15. While the cakes are cooking, combine all guacamole ingredients in a small bowl and use a fork to smash and combine. Chill until use.
  16. Remove cakes from oven and serve hot, topped with guacamole.

Healthy Baked Salmon Cakes with Sriracha Yogurt Guacamole | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

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