A Trio of Fun, Fast, and Delicious Cereal Bars

Can you believe it is finally summer? This past month has been a huge transitional period for my family; we finished the school year in Atlanta, Georgia then packed up all of our belongings and moved back home to sunny Long Beach, California. We made a 7-day cross country road trip that was nothing short of amazing and were greeted with a spectacular welcome home from all of our friends and family here on the West Coast. Although the transition has been a fun and exciting one, I have really been struggling to get back into the swing of things, find our routine, and build my pantry. So, a few days ago with the help of our daughter, we nailed our pantries snack stash dilemma by making a trio of cereal bars that fit every flavor profile our family could possibly hope for. We have been testing these bars out on every kid and adult that comes through our front door since we made them and they have all been a HUGE hit!
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Curried Carrot & Quinoa Soup

It’s the time of year where everyone is looking for a warm comforting bowl of *make my belly happy* soup. It is funny how our body works and craves food; in a few months I will toss nourishing soup aside for the allure of fresh crisp greens…but for right now, I want nothing more than warm, creamy, simple-to-make soups.

In the past, I have made carrot soup with cashews, to give it that added creaminess. However, now that my husband, son and I are unable to eat nuts, I needed to find a different source of protein for this soup. I wanted to make it more of a “One Pot” complete meal.

I chose to use Quinoa. Once cooked, Quinoa will puree nicely, leaving the soup with a nice creamy consistency. I have actually used cooked Quinoa in smoothies many times.
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Sweet Pumpkin & Apple Soup

Sweet Pumpkin & Apple Soup via Queen of Quinoa

Are you noticing a trend this month? From breakfast, to snacks, to dessert, to dinner even, we’ve been accompanied by a tasty friend. And perhaps that orange friend has made it to your family’s dinner table also (or breakfast, or dessert), and for very good reason. This beautifully colored squash is the highlight of the season.

Pumpkins are fabulous, in every meaning of the word. Not only are they completely delicious and add a rich color to your meals, but they’re super healthy and loaded with good-for you nutrients:

  • Pumpkins are high in fiber (with 3 grams in every cup) and low in calories (at around 50 per cup) – helping you stay fuller for longer
  • Like it’s orange counterparts, pumpkin is also full of the antioxidant beta-carotene which has been shown to reduce cancer risk
  • Full of potassium (1 cup has more than a banana!), pumpkins are great for refueling after a tough workout
  • A great source of Vitamin C, pumpkins may help you fight that nasty fall cold by boosting your immune system

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Soup’s On

Sometimes it’s a struggle for me to provide a diverse diet to my picky-eater family.  It’s easy to fall back on the same old standbys week after week.

Fall reminds me of an obvious trick for serving up a whole range of foods that would otherwise not make it past my little guys’ lips.  What’s the secret?  Soup!

For us, soup is any combination of vegetables (even ones that my kids would NEVER eat if served on the side of a dinner plate), whole grains and beans.  We add in herbs and garlic and sometimes bouillon for flavor and have any variety of truly nourishing meals on the table in under an hour. 
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