Have an Eggcellent Mother's Day!

There is no greater joy than spending time with the kids on Mother's Day, though every day I laugh and smile with the kids feels like Mother's Day.   We recently enjoyed a wonderful family breakfast adorned with wild flowers my daughter and I picked on a walk with our dogs. 

My keikis (kids) are getting old enough that they want to help in the kitchen.  It might be a little messy, but cracking eggs for cheesy omelettes are one of their favorite activities.  While I can't get them to let me put diced veggies in there - YET - I have been adding ground ginger, which I talked about in our Quinoa Salad with Chicken recipe

As a pregnant mama, I loved ginger for nausea; as a post-pregnant mama I loved it for pain and inflammation as I was trying to get my body back in shape; and as a mama of three, I love it for treating colds and flus in the family.  It's also great for anyone suffering from arthritis or gout.

The best part about adding this to scrambled eggs or omelettes is that you can put it in and it doesn't change the flavor, so even the pickiest of kids won't notice it. 

Wishing you all a Happy Mother's Day!

Fancy Fake-Out

Just because I have three kids aged four and under doesn't mean I don't have time to think about just means I usually don't have time.  I love this edible salad bowl that I've been making for years because even if you don't have time, you can make this in less time than it will take you to read this blog.  Seriously fast makes this a fancy fake-out and it even got an 18-month-old to eat some salad- a winner for dinner parties or just making the weekly meal something new and enticing.

Edible Salad Bowl 

Shredded parmesan, romano, and asiago cheeses

Coconut oil

Note: I've used just parmesan cheese before, so whatever you have on hand is fine.  Just make sure it's shredded and not grated.  You can also use olive oil instead of coconut oil, but you know me, whatever excuse I have to add coconut oil to my family's diet, I do.

1) Heat ~ 1/2 tsp coconut oil in a small frying pan over medium heat.

2) Once the oil is melted and spread over the pan, sprinkle the shredded cheese in an even layer to coat the pan.

3) The cheese will start to melt and bubble and you will start to see the edges turn brown. 

4) Once all edges are turning brown, remove the pan from heat and place a small bowl in the middle of the pan.

5) Cover the bowl with the top of a plate that is larger than your frying pan and flip over, setting the bowl and cheese on the plate to dry.  (Be careful when flipping.  If you used too much oil, it may drip down, which is why it's important that your plate is larger than your frying pan)

6) Let the edible cheese bowl dry on your bowl for a few minutes and then remove the cheese bowl.  Looks a little like coral in the ocean, doesn't it?

7) Fill with your favorite salad.  Holds up well to salad dressing, but it's best if you plan to serve the salad right away.  Unlike the below picture, you probably don't need extra cheese on the salad.  My kids just love cheese.

~Have fun and live healthy!