Meatball and Spaghetti Soup

*This is comfort food at it’s finest. Meatball and Spaghetti Soup is the perfect combination of two comfort foods, soup and pasta, mixed into one! It’s a quick and easy dish, and it’s hearty and filling. Your kids will love slurping up the noodles! And maybe adults too ;)*

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Here’s the deal. I know reading blogs is a thing of the past. So 2012. 2010? Either way, we are a visual world. I know that most of you might just scroll past this and not even read what I’m writing, look at a few of the pics, and go right down to the recipe. You will check the ingredients and then, “Hmmm that sounds doable…I’ll have to remember that, Oh wait! I have a new Instagram notification!”

 Meatball and Spaghetti Soup from The Diva Dish 

So basically, I could really say whatever the flying fargin bastage I want. I could tell you the most embarrassing story about my husband, and no one would know. Except my mom, because I think she still reads my blog? Maybe.

Meatball and Spaghetti Soup from The Diva Dish

So for now, mom, and maybe some random person from France, thank you for getting to this point. I know it was painful, and excruciating. Have you ever typed out excruciating? It’s excruciating.

I’m sorry there is no clever hilarious story, but I’m going to be honest. This day light savings thing has me screwed up and Real Housewives of Atlanta is on. I am not thinking straight.

Here is the recipe you’ve all been waiting for….The End.

Meatball and Spaghetti Soup from The Diva Dish

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Meatball and Spaghetti Soup
 
Ingredients
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, diced
  • 2 TB. olive oil
  • 3 TB. tomato paste
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 3 c. marinara sauce (jarred or homemade)
  • 4 c. vegetable broth
  • 1½ TB. dried basil
  • 1½ TB. dried parsley
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 12 oz. thin spaghetti, uncooked
  • 18-20 cooked meatballs, I used the following recipe:
  • http://thediva-dish.com/dinner/hubby-meals-simple-turkey-meatballs-over-spaghetti-squash/
  • (Can sub for vegetarian meatballs)
  • Parmesan cheese, for topping
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, add the olive oil.
  2. Then add in the onions and garlic. Stir and cook down the mixture until the onions are translucent.
  3. Next add in your tomato paste. Mix it around for about 30 seconds, then add in your crushed tomatoes, marinara sauce, broth, spices, and spaghetti.
  4. Cover and cook soup until the spaghetti is al dente.
  5. Add in the cooked meatballs, cook for an additional 5-10 minutes on low heat, covered.
  6. Serve with parmesan cheese on top, and enjoy!

 

Meatball and Spaghetti Soup from The Diva Dish

A little about this soup. It’s the perfect combination of 2 comfort foods, soup and spaghetti. It makes a lot of leftovers if you have children who eat like birds, which makes for a perfect mommy/daddy lunch!

Don’t forget a side salad to add some veggies to this heavier carb dish, because you also can’t forget the garlic bread! If you make your own meatballs, I LOVE this recipe. It’s my go-to every time. I made the meatballs while the soup was cooking, and then threw them in at the end! It also has veggies in the meatballs, tomato veggie soup, and if you include a side salad, you are on track! It’s the perfect Sunday dinner meal or when you are having guests over. This is a really long paragraph, so hopefully you get my point :).

Meatball and Spaghetti Soup from The Diva Dish

If you made it this far, go ahead and eat some chocolate. You deserve you unique one of a kind son of a gun! Bonjour! xo

The BEST Acai Bowl

From the age of 16 through 20 I worked at smoothie businesses.

One might think this is where my love of ‘healthy living’ developed…But when a pizza place next door starts exchanging you breadsticks for smoothie, well…

The BEST Acai Bowl from The Diva Dish

Also, did you know the majority of smoothie chains make their smoothies with sugary juice and frozen yogurt ice cream? It makes them taste oh so delicious! But it also kind of cancels out the fact that drinking a smoothie is a healthier option.

Does that mean pizza bread sticks could have been a healthier choice?!

I’d like to think so.

The BEST Acai Bowl from The Diva Dish

Hands down one of my ALL TIME favorite smoothies are Acai bowls, which are becoming quite popular.

(Let it be known that I totally like Acai Bowls before they were cool.)

But unlike so many others, I won’t toss my beloved smoothie bowls to the curb when it gets popular. I won’t think of it any different even though it has become quite the media whore.

No. I will love them forever. Why? Because when Acai Bowls are tomorrows news and another health craze becomes the star…I’ll still be there. Just like I was for Kale.

The BEST Acai Bowl from The Diva Dish

One smoothie place I worked for used apple juice and strawberry juice with acai ice cream.

Another used almond milk, vanilla ice cream, and acai smoothie packs.

With the knowledge I have and for the love of all things healthy, I came up with is what I think the BEST Acai Bowl ever.The BEST Acai Bowl from The Diva Dish

But seriously, what makes them so popular? Besides the looks, it’s a great way to make a meal out of a smoothie. You can add fruit, crunchy granola, and a drizzle of funny and eat it all up with a spoon!

It’s mad I tell you, MAD. But once you do it, you won’t be able to stop thinking about it. Then before you know it, you will dream about it, and then well…

The BEST Acai Bowl from The Diva Dish

Then you will make an acai bowl i guess.

Or you will drive to the nearest juice bar and have them make it for you because most likely they will know you by name and exactly what you want. So in order to avoid that embarrassment you will have to make it at home sometimes.

You’re welcome.

The BEST Acai Bowl from The Diva Dish

The BEST Acai Bowl
 
Ingredients
  • 1 acai smoothie packs, I found mine at Costco
  • Handful of frozen strawberries and blueberries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • a little bit of non dairy milk-I used cashew or almond
  • (opt. a little bit of apple juice)
  • 1 TB. agave
  • handful of ice
  • Toppings:
  • chopped fresh strawberries, frozen blueberries, sliced bananas, and a drizzle of honey
Instructions
  1. Add all smoothie ingredients into a blender and add a splash or two of liquid (milk and apple juice.) The less milk, the creamier.
  2. Blend until creamy.
  3. Add toppings to smoothie and dig in with a spoon!

The BEST Acai Bowl from The Diva Dish

The BEST Acai Bowl from The Diva Dish

Would I trade this acai bowl for a box full of breadsticks now a days? I mean…No, but I love bread sticks so…halfsies?

Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts

*My kids request donuts often, and I love baked donuts that I can make from home as a healthier alternative! These are made with pancake mix, so half the work is already done for you! Enjoy these Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts with your kids anytime without the sugar overload!*

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We live somewhat close to a donut shop, and every so often on a  Saturday we will walk over with the kids and get them their favorite chocolate donuts! There is also a green juice place next door, so usually I’ll grab my breakfast there and then stare them down with jealousy as they eat.

It’s a wonderful family tradition.

Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish

I’ve made quite a few baked donuts at home, but I always seem to have a problem with the texture. Especially if I have used bananas in the batter, then I just feel like I’m eating a circle sized banana bread. But lately I’ve been baking with pancake batter, and for some reason the texture has been just perfect!

Light, airy, but still cake like. All that’s missing is a rich chocolate frosting with 1/4 cup of chocolate sprinkles on each donut.

Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish

Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish

Even better, these things bake up in a little over 10 minutes, and you don’t have to wait in a long line only to find out the parent in front of you took the last chocolate donut that would have belonged to your 4 year old. Thank goodness for a game of rock, paper, scissors with your husband to see who has to relay the message to her…#firstworldtoddlerproblems

Speaking of my husband, he ONLY eats glazed donuts. I just. I can’t. It’s all about the cake donut my friends. Am I right?

Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish

Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish

Also, I’ve talked about my love for Kodiak Cakes before, and I swear they aren’t paying me to say this, but they have been my favorite pancake mix to use! I just LOVE the ingredients, so if you haven’t ever tried it, definitely do so!

And while you are at it, drizzle some good quality melted chocolate over the top of your donuts. When the chocolate hardens on the soft donut it’s OH SO GOOD!

Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish

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Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts
 
Ingredients
  • 1 c. pancake mix-I used Kodiak Cakes
  • 2 TB. cocoa powder
  • ¼ c. coconut sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 TB. melted coconut oil
  • ½ c. milk of choice
  • ¼ c. mini chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Whisk the pancake mix, cocoa powder, and coconut sugar together.
  2. Then add the egg, coconut oil, and milk and whisk until combined.
  3. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Grease a donut pan.
  5. Add the batter in a large plastic bag, and then cut the corner off.
  6. Pipe the batter into each donut, filling almost all the way to the top.
  7. (This should make about 5 regular sized donuts.)
  8. Bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes.
  9. Let cool and then remove from the pan.
  10. Top with desired toppings~I drizzled some melted white chocolate over and it was delicious!

 

Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish

Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish

In the spirit of Valentines, feel free to sprinkle a touch of pink love on each donut. It appeals to little eyes even more! No pink box needed ;).

Breakfast Ice Cream!

I’m always trying to get creative with food for my girls, but with the least effort possible. That’s ok right?

Healthy Ice Cream, For Breakfast! Two Ingredients, Protein Packed, Mom Approved! the diva-dish.com

Healthy Ice Cream, For Breakfast! Two Ingredients, Protein Packed, Mom Approved! the diva-dish.com

Morning rolls around and frankly, I’m just not in the mood to be creative. I stayed up way too late the night before watching The Bachelor and Google-ing things like, “How come I’m so hormonal at 36 weeks pregnant?”

Then the sun rises and I hear the little pitter patter of feet come to the side of my bed and little tiny voices saying, “Mom…Mom…Can we watch Princess Videos on your phone?”

Yes babies. Until 10:30, then wake Mommy up my sweethearts.

Healthy Ice Cream, For Breakfast! Two Ingredients, Protein Packed, Mom Approved! the diva-dish.com

Healthy Ice Cream, For Breakfast! Two Ingredients, Protein Packed, Mom Approved! the diva-dish.com

I love morning time with my girls, but as they get older I’m seeing how our morning routines are getting shorter and ending quicker. What used to be roll out of bed and watch Mickey has turned into…Run down stairs and eat, grab your clothes and let’s head to school. (And not be late again for the 56th time.)

As hard as some days are, I can’t help but get emotional (no seriously, I can’t help it) knowing that the first thing they want in the morning is to come and see me. Or my phone.

But let’s just go with me.

Healthy Ice Cream, For Breakfast! Two Ingredients, Protein Packed, Mom Approved! the diva-dish.com

Healthy Ice Cream, For Breakfast! Two Ingredients, Protein Packed, Mom Approved! the diva-dish.com

So we’ve been trying new things for breakfast, and not turning it into such a ho-hum, let’s go rush to school kind of morning. Making it just a little more special than a smoothie or a quick bowl of cereal, but still the same amount of time!

Healthy Ice Cream, For Breakfast! Two Ingredients, Protein Packed, Mom Approved! the diva-dish.com

And this breakfast can be made at 6 a.m. when the sunrises, or at 10:30 when your kids have watched 3 movies and let you sleep in…

It taste delicious no matter what time it is!

Healthy Ice Cream, For Breakfast! Two Ingredients, Protein Packed, Mom Approved! the diva-dish.com

Breakfast Ice Cream
 
Ingredients
  • 1 c. plain greek yogurt
  • Honey to taste
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Toppings of choice
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, mix together yogurt and honey to taste. (It all depends on how sweet you like it.)
  2. Using an ice cube tray, add yogurt to individual cubes.
  3. Freeze yogurt cubes for at least two hours or until frozen. (Overnight is perfect, so that way it's ready in the morning.)
  4. When ready, add yogurt to a food processor or blender, plus vanilla.
  5. Turn on the machine and let the yogurt come to ice cream consistency. If needed add a few splashes of milk. (Careful, too much milk will make it not so thick.)
  6. Eat immediately, or store in an air tight container in the freezer until ready to eat. (If you store the ice cream in the freezer, allow it to thaw a few minutes before eating.)
  7. Top with your favorite breakfast toppings and enjoy!!

Made with Love using Chobani :).

Healthy Ice Cream, For Breakfast! Two Ingredients, Protein Packed, Mom Approved! the diva-dish.com

What I love about this breakfast is that it’s full of protein, naturally sweetened, and it makes for a sweet and unexpected treat in the morning. You can dress it up any way you like, even with colorful sprinkles!

To make this quick in the morning, freeze the cubes the night before so all you have to do is pop it in a food processor or blender in the morning and you are ready to go!

Healthy Ice Cream, For Breakfast! Two Ingredients, Protein Packed, Mom Approved! the diva-dish.com

Healthy Ice Cream, For Breakfast! Two Ingredients, Protein Packed, Mom Approved! the diva-dish.com

Healthy Ice Cream, For Breakfast! Two Ingredients, Protein Packed, Mom Approved! the diva-dish.com

I swear, Greek yogurt is one of my favorite foods right now! It’s just so versatile, and you can create so many fun recipes with it! Not to mention it’s full of amazing benefits, including protein, which is sometimes hard to get kids to eat enough of!

Healthy Ice Cream, For Breakfast! Two Ingredients, Protein Packed, Mom Approved! the diva-dish.com

Healthy Ice Cream, For Breakfast! Two Ingredients, Protein Packed, Mom Approved! the diva-dish.com

Healthy Ice Cream, For Breakfast! Two Ingredients, Protein Packed, Mom Approved! the diva-dish.com

Healthy Ice Cream, For Breakfast! Two Ingredients, Protein Packed, Mom Approved! the diva-dish.com

Cheers to Ice Cream for Breakfast!

 

Orange Rolls

It’s not December is it? Because my girls are still wearing their Halloween Costumes, and I think my husband just threw away out our pumpkins last week.

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Although, I feel like it is December because we’ve had treat after treat being dropped off at our house and I’ve been consuming more than enough peppermint, eggnog, and gingerbread sugary treats.

I’ve learned that being pregnant in December is just cruel, because you already have food aversions to healthy foods, and carbs and sweets are the ONLY thing that sounds good. Throw in the cold weather, which equals sweat pants and oversized sweaters and well…

HOLY CRAP. I now have a baby bump in the front….

And in the trunk.

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Fast forward to cinnamon rolls.

My daughter and I have this cooking bond, which is my most favorite thing in the whole wide world. She will watch cooking shows, look at food pictures, and be right beside me in the kitchen.

Lately her and I have been recording every episode of The Pioneer Woman. Boo loves her show the most, and I think because a lot of her food looks.so.good!

That and she has horses, dogs, a farm, and usually dessert ready to eat when desired. Every 4 year olds dream right?!

And mine.

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During one episode she made these delicious orange rolls that seemed SO easy to make. I loved how she made everything in a pot, and I could let the dough sit in the fridge for two days and pull it out when we needed.

Of coarse her rolls are amazingly delicious as is, but I decided I wanted to play around with the ingredients to see if I could make them using coconut oil and sugar.

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I’ve made cinnamon rolls before using those ingredients, so I was excited to try this version with a citrus twist! I think cinnamon rolls are the perfect Christmas morning breakfast, and Orange rolls seem even better!

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My little helper. She snacked on blueberries while spreading the marmalade. And by snacked I mean ate the entire thing.

She’s currently at a pack a day. I’m worried.

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One thing I’ve always done with cinnamon rolls is cut them using dental floss. It’s something my high school boyfriends mom taught me. (HI!!)  She was a great cook, and I would often try and help her in the kitchen.

Then we would all joke how I was a horrible cook.

And now I have a food blog.

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The great thing about these rolls is that the dough can sit in the fridge for at least a day or two, so if you want fresh warm rolls in the morning, you don’t have to start the rising process at 3 a.m. All it requires is about an hour of rising, so now you can start at 5 am. (Because who sleeps in on Christmas morning?!)

Oh yea, my husband.

Ba Humbug.

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I’m so glad that Christmas morning is only two weeks away, because I don’t think I can wait any longer to have something sweet!

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Oh wait…Is that the doorbell?

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5.0 from 1 reviews
Orange Rolls
 
Adapted from The Pioneer Woman's Orange Rolls
Ingredients
  • 2 c. full fat coconut milk, regular milk, or milk of choice
  • ½ c. coconut oil
  • ½ c. coconut sugar or maple sugar
  • 1 pkg. active dry yeast
  • 4 cups, plus ½ c. extra reserved, flour. (You can do half whole wheat half all purpose)
  • ½ tsp. heaping baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ TB. salt
  • Melted coconut oil for the inside
  • coconut sugar for the inside
  • orange marmalade (a natural brand)
  • cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves for the inside
  • sprinkle of salt for the inside
Instructions
  1. To make the dough:
  2. In a pot over the stove, heat milk, oil, and sugar.
  3. Whisk together and heat just until the mixture begins to boil. Then remove from heat and let cool until the mixture reaches 110 degrees. I use a candy thermometer.
  4. When it's cooled down so it's warm but not hot, sprinkle the yeast over the top.
  5. Let it sit for a few minutes.
  6. Then add in the four cups of flour, and stir together with a wooden spoon. Be careful not to over mix too much.
  7. Let the lid sit on top of the pot in a warm place and let it rise for at least an hour. You want it to almost double.
  8. Once that happens, then add in the remaining ½ flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir together.
  9. You can make the rolls immediately, or cover and put in the fridge for the next morning, or a day or two later.
  10. When you are ready to make the rolls, get the dough out of the fridge and roll it into a large rectangular shape.
  11. Spread a layer of orange marmalade over top the dough, followed by some melted coconut oil to coat the entire surface. Then sprinkle on some coconut sugar, followed by a sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves. (I didn't measure, I just kind of sprinkled over the top until it was coated. (Not heavily with spices, but just enough.)
  12. Begin to roll the dough, starting with one side and working your way to the other.
  13. Cut the rolls and place on a baking sheet.
  14. Let the rolls rise for at least an hour. (If the dough isn't cold from the fridge it might not take that long.)
  15. Bake the rolls at 375 for 15-18 minutes, or until desired. (We like ours a little under cooked.)
  16. Top with the glaze or frosting of choice immediately.
  17. For the glaze I used the pioneer woman's recipe, only because my husband insisted, but you can use a healthier recipe by using cream cheese, some honey, orange juice, vanilla, and orange zest!

For the original recipe go HERE on the Pioneer Womans site.

For a healthy frosting recipe, check this out HERE on Naturally Sweet Recipes.

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My husband insisted if I was making the rolls ‘healthier, (as if I was putting kale in them), he wanted the original frosting. He was in charge of pouring it on and well…they were swimming in it.

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I removed the rolls onto a separate tray so they didn’t become soft little pillows of sugar. Although, that sounds good.

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I promise I’ll post a non-sweet recipe next time. Something with kale. 🙂

 

Mini Pancake Muffins (Pumpkin)

Who doesn’t love pancakes in the morning?! What if we turned them into Mini Pancake Muffins perfect for those little hands! (And not to mention, perfect to eat when time is short!) Keep reading for the recipe!

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I’ve never understood people that don’t eat breakfast, or aren’t very hungry in the morning. I feel like they can’t be trusted…

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I go to bed thinking about what I’m going to have for breakfast, I wake up in the middle of the night wanting that breakfast, and I get up in the morning rushing to go eat that breakfast. Almost before I do anything, like put my glasses on. Or get my children out of their bed.

Luckily for me, my girls are just as excited about breakfast, and usually remind me at 6 in the morning it’s time to get up RIGHT THIS SECOND and make it for them because they might pass out of starvation.

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My four year is the most particular about the foods she eats, so I usually get asked every morning if she can have Cheerios, water, and five pounds of blueberries. As easy as it is to sometimes let her get her way, I’m trying my best to offer her different suggestions. (And let’s be honest, blueberries aren’t cheap when you buy them by the pounds…)

I usually can do pancakes with her, but not waffles. Unless I lie and tell her it’s a pancake, then I’m in the clear. But don’t add blueberries to the batter because she will react as if you cut off all her hair in the middle of the night while she was sleeping. Dramatic? No, total reality. She definitely doesn’t get it from me…

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So I took a big leap of faith and decided to make muffins out of pancake batter. I thought it would be fun to make them bite because for some reason kids LOVE mini foods! I added a few chocolate chips on top, which was a risk, but it definitely went over well. I also thought about making these banana muffins, which you could do, but I bought 47 cans at the beginning of pumpkin season so I’m trying my best to use those up!

Oh boy…these were good!

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My girls dipped theirs in pure maple syrup, but you could definitely drizzle it on top as well! Even adding a little melted butter or coconut oil on top would be heavenly!

These, my friends are 4 year old dramatic princess approved!

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Mini Pancake Muffins (Pumpkin)
 
Ingredients
  • 2 c. pancake mix, I used kodiak cakes protein pancakes because they have the best ingredients
  • 1 c. milk of choice
  • 1 chia egg=1 TB. chia seeds mixed w/ 3 TB. cold water. (let sit for 5 minutes.) OR one egg
  • ½ c. coconut sugar
  • ¼ c. melted coconut oil
  • 1 c. pumpkin puree-Can sub mashed banana
  • 1 TB. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 TB. pure vanilla extract
  • Chocolate chips to top muffins with
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk until combined. (Leave out the chocolate chips.)
  2. Spray a mini muffin pan with oil, or use mini muffin liners. Add batter to the pan, filling about ¾ full. Top with a few chocolate chips.
  3. Bake in the oven at 350 for 18-20 minutes, or until they are done.
  4. *If using an egg, these may cook faster than if using a chia egg, so watch muffins carefully!)

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Just looking at these muffins makes me hungry for 2nd breakfast!

Wait, what? You don’t have 2nd breakfasts? Oh…It must be a 29 weeks pregnant thing than right?

Right????!!! 😉

Hint of Coconut Overnight Baked French Toast

With the holidays approaching, that means a lot of family will be staying together and spending lots of time with each other! So I love the idea of having an Overnight Baked French Toast ready in the morning for everyone to enjoy together!

Unless being around a lot of family is overwhelming and you are perfectly fine waking up at 445 to eat a bowl of cereal quietly to yourself with no one disturbing you…I’ve never done that.

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Speaking of family, my parents came for the weekend! (You aren’t overwhelming mom, I promise!) They cleaned my house, fixed things here and there, hung pictures, washed and folded my laundry, gave us food, and babysat my kids. I just sat all weekend, it was lovely.

My parents always leave my house so exhausted, I don’t understand..

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I wanted to do something nice for them, since I basically turned everything over to them, and the one (only?) way I know how to say thank you is through food. I wanted to have homemade cake, muffins, dinner ready, and fresh bread on the counter for when they got here. But I forgot how much energy it takes for me to find the flour in my pantry and I had to go with plan B.

Breakfast.

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I didn’t want to be slaving over a hot stove making pancakes for everyone, because no one gets to eat together, especially the one ‘slaving’ :). So I love the idea of baked french toast, because it’s ready all at once and we can all enjoy it together!

Speaking of love, have you tried this vanilla paste? I swear it has changed the way my baked goods taste! Can I drink it? No, because it’s like $15 a bottle and I wouldn’t want to waste it…

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You can also change up the flavors and make it however you and your family would like, especially the syrup! Homemade syrups are the best!

And while everyone is happily enjoying your homemade breakfast, you can sneak away and go back to bed and no one will know. Unless your 4 year old finds you…

Busted!

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Hint of Coconut Overnight French Toast
 
Ingredients
  • 1 loaf whole wheat french bread, cinnamon french bread, etc. (Stale is good!)
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • ¾ c. buttermilk (non dairy if needed, add 1 tsp. vinegar to non dairy milk)
  • ¾ c. milk (non dairy if needed)
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 TB. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 TB. vanilla extract
  • 1.4 c. coconut sugar or honey
  • ½ c. unsweetened coconut
Instructions
  1. Tear apart bread and place into a greased 9x13 baking dish.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients until combined. Pour liquid over the bread cubes, and toss just a little bit to make sure all of the bread is coated.
  3. Cover and place in the fridge overnight to make in the morning. (I left mine in for two days, and it still turned out fine!)
  4. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 and bake un-covered for about 30-35 minutes.
  5. Serve warm with a drizzle of melted coconut oil, maple syrup, and more coconut!

 

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Do you have a favorite holiday breakfast? Share with me in the comments below, I would love to hear your family traditions!

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

We are basically in the fall/holiday season and I’m fully ready to embrace boots and sweaters. I’d also like to sip hot chocolate at the same time, while eating pumpkin & apple pie, with a pumpkin spice candle burning in my kitchen while listening to Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer.

Also..I’d like it snow.

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread, http://thediva-dish.com

Unfortunately my kids are still pant-less and wearing T-shirts around the house, and my air condition is on full speed. And the larger I get, the more I desperately want to wear oversized comfy clothes, but I sweat like a sinner in church…

Would this be considered complaining?

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread, http://thediva-dish.com

(Side note: I just love that little face!)

But of coarse I have so much to be grateful for, and this afternoon when my little peanut woke up from her nap I decided we would do our best to bring the Fall season to us. And since it’s the season of..giving? (Isn’t is always?) We decided that sharing a piece of Fall with someone else would be best!

This pumpkin bread is the perfect recipe for when you feel like giving. It makes enough to make one loaf for you and one loaf for someone else.

Or 4 smaller loaves for you and 3 special friends.

Or even muffins for lots of friends if your popular.Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread, http://thediva-dish.com

You can use canned pumpkin, or if you are feeling creative you can make your own FRESH pumpkin puree! (There is also a really embarrassing video tutorial too! Win win!)  I usually try and make a large batch every season and then bathe in it.

HA! I mean, not bathe…BAKE!! Oh my gosh…so awkward. 

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread, http://thediva-dish.com

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread, http://thediva-dish.com

And of coarse, save the mixer spoon and a few chocolate chips for those little mouths. Leave the bowl for yourself…

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread, http://thediva-dish.com

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread, http://thediva-dish.com

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread
 
Ingredients
  • 3 c. white whole wheat flour
  • 1½ c. coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ tsp. ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 c. melted coconut oil, cooled
  • ⅔ c. water
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 c. pumpkin puree, canned or fresh
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 bag chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, and spices. Set the bowl aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add the oil, water, eggs, pumpkin, and vanilla. Mix until combined, and then with the mixer on low add in the dry ingredients until combined.
  3. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Grease two large bread pans, and divide the batter between the two.
  5. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 45-50 minutes. Let the bread COMPLETELY cool in the pans before removing.
  6. Enjoy!

Recipe slightly adapted from this lovely and delicious Pumpkin Bread from What’s Gaby cooking!

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread, http://thediva-dish.com

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread, http://thediva-dish.com

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread, http://thediva-dish.com

Make sure you wrap up the loaf nicely with a sweet note and a burlap ribbon! Then grab your flip flops, sunglasses and 50 SPF as you head out the door to make your delivery…

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread, http://thediva-dish.com

Also, run the air conditioning in the car so the chocolate chips in the bread don’t melt…

#Immelting

 

Kids Macaroni & Cheese

Since the beginning, I’ve always been a ‘food based blog’. I started out as cupcakes, next was just desserts, and then I went healthy. All.Over.The.Place. Right?

Kids Mac n' Cheese! Secret ingredient is CARROT puree to up the nutrients for your kiddos! Recipe from The Diva Dish!

I love blogging about food and healthy meal ideas, but recently I’ve been thinking of ideas of how I want to do more than just blog about food. Obviously food is a huge part of living a healthy lifestyle, but I also believe so many other aspects go into health, and happiness. I want to stretch this blog a little more and focus on the idea of ‘health & happiness’ as a whole…and not just food.

(Did I repeat myself?)

I haven’t fully decided what that means, but I am hoping that over the summer The Diva Dish will be able to find it’s voice. Whether that means more of this or that I don’t know…But food will always be a big part of this, so don’t worry. 🙂

How many times can I say the word food in this post?

Kids Mac n' Cheese! Secret ingredient is CARROT puree to up the nutrients for your kiddos! Recipe from The Diva Dish!

 

A small part of that change will be sharing more of a reality as to what my kids really do eat. Pretty recipes and “true stories” can only convince you guys so much right?! I mean…Do my kids REALLY eat healthy? Have they ever even had boxed Mac n Cheese?!

Yes and Yes.

Kids Mac n' Cheese! Secret ingredient is CARROT puree to up the nutrients for your kiddos! Recipe from The Diva Dish!

 

Sometimes I get worried to post a recipe that has cheese or a high amount of calories because it may not be considered “completely healthy” and then the world will think I’m a FRAUD!! But here right now, I will tell you my kids eat cheese. And some of their meals are probably high in calories…

One important thing I’ve learned with my kids is that they are growing and their body needs food and it’s nutrients to grow. Their body doesn’t need fat free, calorie-less foods. They need the fats, proteins, carbs, etc. to help their brains and bones!

Kids Mac n' Cheese! Secret ingredient is CARROT puree to up the nutrients for your kiddos! Recipe from The Diva Dish!

 

Mac N’Cheese is always a kid favorite, and I’m not going to lie, making it from a box can save a lot of time. But on the days where I have a little more time, I love to make homemade mac! It last us for the next couple of lunches, which is one of the things I love about it!

Switching up the pasta shapes is always fun for kids, but I love adding in orange-colored pureed veggies to really up the nutrients! This dish has carrot puree, which brings out a subtle sweetness to it! And, carrots are orange, fake cheese is kind of orange…soooo….

Win Win!

Kids Mac n' Cheese! Secret ingredient is CARROT puree to up the nutrients for your kiddos! Recipe from The Diva Dish!

 

Kids Macaroni & Cheese
 
Ingredients
  • salt
  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • 12 ounces pasta of choice
  • 1 TB. butter or coconut oil
  • 1½ TB. flour (can use whole wheat, spelt, all purpose, etc.)
  • 1 tsp. ground mustard powder
  • 1 12 ounce can evaporated milk (or other milk of choice)
  • 2 c. sharp cheddar cheese
  • ½ c. mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • For the Topping (optional)
  • 1 TB. coconut oil
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • ½ tsp. tumeric
  • ¼ c. bread crumbs (fresh)
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Cook the carrots until tender.
  2. While the carrots are cooking you can make your topping.
  3. Melt the oil in a pan, then add the rest of the ingredients for the topping. Whisk together for a minute or so then remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Remove the carrots when they are done with a slotted spoon and transfer to a blender.
  5. Add the pasta to that same pot/water. Cook pasta until tender. Reserve 1¼ cup of pasta water, then drain the pasta. Add the water to the carrots in the blender.
  6. Puree the carrots until smooth.
  7. In a sauce pan melt your butter/oil on medium heat. Whisk in the flour and mustard powder and continue to whisk for 1 minute.
  8. Then whisk in the evaporated milk and carrot puree until smooth.
  9. Simmer the mixture until it has slightly thickened.
  10. Remove from heat and stir in the cheese until it has melted. Fold in the pasta!
  11. Serve into individual bowls and top with crunchy topping!

 

Kids Mac n' Cheese! Secret ingredient is CARROT puree to up the nutrients for your kiddos! Recipe from The Diva Dish!

 

As for us parents, don’t be ashamed to eat a little mac n’ cheese! Serve this along side fresh veggies and a large salad and you are great!

Kids Mac n' Cheese! Secret ingredient is CARROT puree to up the nutrients for your kiddos! Recipe from The Diva Dish!

For the record, Carrots > Fake Cheese.

 

What would you like to see more of on The Diva Dish?! I Would LOVE your input!!

 

Footage Friday: Chocolate Greek Yogurt Popsicles

Here is the deal my friends….

I’m trying reeeeallly hard to post a Footage Friday video every friday. Buuuut, I’m also really trying to focus more on quality than quantity. So if I don’t have a video up, it’s most likely because I don’t have anything I’m super proud of to show you!

It’s because I love you guys so much ok?!

And it’s also because I have two arms, and  somehow have to film, make two kids happy, entertain in a video, and make it work…

I need a 3rd arm, seriously! My life would be ALOT easier :).

So today’s video is a recipe for Chocolate Greek Yogurt Popsicles! Yeaaa! It’s already too hot for me here in Las Vegas, and It’s only going to get hotter…Remind me why I live here again?

Happy Popsicle Making & Happy Weekend!