Celebrate Mom with Parmesan-Herb Zucchini Brunch Bites (Gluten-Free)

Disclosure: I was compensated by The General Mills Bell Institute of Health & Nutrition for my time to write this post. Recommendations and opinion are my own.

This May, celebrate Mom and all she does with a home cooked meal she’ll remember. This recipe was designed with my two little girls and their tiny hands and I hope you’ll try this recipe, one the whole family can help cook.

As both a daughter and a mom, Mother’s Day gives me the opportunity to tell my mom how much I appreciate her. It also reminds me to aspire to do my best for my own kids, and as a mom, my best almost always begins with a hug and a nutritious meal.

The Goodness of The Grain

Ready to eat cereal was one of the first foods I introduced to my girls. It’s a great way to start the day. In fact, people who eat cereal tend to take in more key nutrients that are essential to good health like calcium, vitamin D and fiber1.

Whole grain cereals also combine well with other healthy foods, such as fruits, vegetables, lean meats, eggs and dairy products.

Think Outside The Bowl

These savory muffins will hit the spot at your special Mother’s Day brunch or even breakfast in bed. The blend of zucchini, eggs and cheese make a flavorful way to incorporate more veggies into the day. These muffins take less than an hour to make, start to finish. It’s the perfect recipe suited for all moms alike. 

May is also Celiac Awareness Month, a disease we continue to recognize more in the culinary world. This recipe uses whole grain Rice Chexcereal, which are gluten-free. Chex is also free of artificial flavors and colors from artificial sources, and high fructose corn syrup so you can feel good about serving it to your family.

Make Ahead

These muffins can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days, or individually wrapped and frozen for up to 3 months. Reheat at 350ºF for about 8-10 minutes, until heated through.

Share Your Mom Memory

Happy Mother’s Day, to our mothers everywhere! Please share your family baking memories in the comments section below. I look forward to hearing from you.

Parmesan-Herb Zucchini Bites (Gluten-Free)
 
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Serves: 8 muffins
Ingredients
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini (about 2 medium)
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • ½ cup onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese (or your favorite), shredded
  • 1 cup crushed gluten free Rice Chex Cereal
  • 1 Tablespoons fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme, minced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • Cheese cloth
Instructions
  1. Lightly grease a muffin tin, and preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. Shred zucchini into a colander or large bowl. Once shredded, place zucchini onto square of cheesecloth and sprinkle with a pinch of salt to help release excess water. Allow to sit for 5 minutes before squeezing out excess liquid. After wringing out, zucchini in large bowl.
  3. Add the eggs, onion, garlic, cheese, Rice Chex Cereal, herbs, salt, and pepper to the shredded zucchini. Stir until evenly combined.
  4. Scoop the mixture into the greased muffin tin, filling each well to the top. Bake at 375ºF for 15-20 minutes, or until golden. Allow to cool slightly before removing to a wire rack to cool.

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Reference: 1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey Data. Hyattsville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, [2011-12] [http://cdc.gov/nchs/nhanes].

Recipe: Oven Baked Crab Cakes Anyone Can Make

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Have you ever been out to eat and ordered a costly crab cake, only to end up with too much filler?  There’s no need to be crabby with these cakes.  This recipe strikes the perfect balance of the crabmeat’s sweet and mild flavor that is sparked by the blend of tang and heat from Dijon, Old Bay and a kick of jalapeño

You Can Crabcake, It’s Not Too Bad

While I’m a fan of 5 ingredient and 5 minute meals, sometimes you just can’t leave something out. Don’t let the ingredients list get you down. These items are probably in your pantry or at your local store. Wether you’re hosting a cocktail party or looking to jazz up a week night dinner, this no-fuss spin on classic crab cakes will bring a taste of gourmet to your table at a fraction of the cost. They’re great to make ahead and freeze for later and will stay good frozen for up to 4-6 months.

Oven Baked Crab Cakes
 
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Serves: 6 cakes
Ingredients
  • 1 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs), divided
  • 1 pound of crab claw meat
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced, green and white parts
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, finely diced
  • ½ to 1 jalapeno pepper, finely diced and seeded
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons canola mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • ⅓ cup nonfat, plain Greek-style thickened yogurt
  • 1 lemon, quartered, reserve for serving
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine all the ingredients, reserving ½ cup Panko. Mix gently just until combined, avoid over shredding the crab. Place remaining ½ cup panko in a shallow dish. Using wet hands, shape crab mixture into 6 equal balls. Coat balls in panko. Spray the tops of the crab cakes with canola oil cooking spray to coat lightly.
  3. Bake the crab cakes until they are golden brown on the bottom, about 10 minutes. Gently turn them over and cook for 10 minutes on the other side. Serve with lemon wedges and cilantro leaves to garnish.

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Easter Fun with Food and Friends

Easter is just around the corner, so let’s hop to it! I have cute, tasty and creative ideas for your celebration to help serve up your best Easter yet. Check out my spread during my appearance on Let’s Talk Live DC.

Serving Up the Incredible Egg

Whether you’re decorating them, eating them, or both, there is no denying it: eggs are a huge part of the Easter season! You might be surprised to hear that American Egg Board, image1has been donating hard-boiled eggs to the White House for the annual Easter Egg Roll since 1977! This year, they’ll be donating more than 30,000 eggs for South Lawn attendees. Not only are eggs fun to hunt for (especially with cool decorating techniques using glitter or craft tape), but they are a nutritional powerhouse. One large egg has 6 grams of high-quality protein and nine essential amino acids, all for 70 calories.

Eggs are also one of the few foods that are a naturally good source of Vitamin D, with nothing artificial. Try these Bacon and Cheddar Deviled eggs for your Easter brunch. Just 83 calories per serving and 5 grams of protein. And the good news is that hard boiling eggs just got easier! The American Egg Board is introducing a new method to help make eggs easier to peel AND shave 30% of your time hard-boiling them. Check it out here.

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Easter Brunch Crowd Pleasers

We all know hummus makes a great dip, but it’s also a versatile ingredient in your Easter brunch dishes. Two heaping spoons of hummus a day will help you meet the Dietary Guidelines for beans – hummus is made with chickpeas and 2 spoons is about ¼ cup. For Easter Brunch you can go the extra mile – try serving these vegetarian Curry Roasted Eggplant Hummus burgers. Full of flavor, with garlic, curry, parsley and even oats. After roasting they come together in the food processor quickly. You can make them ahead and save some time. Get this recipe and more at Sabra.com.

Healthy Treats for Your Easter Huntimage3

The hunt for healthy Easter treats is over. Wonderful pistachios are a heart smart with nearly 90% of the fats the unsaturated type. There’s 49 nuts in a serving, compared to about 15 chips making them a great option to include as a snack for your guests. Try filling plastic eggs with pistachios for a healthy hunt. You can also serve Wonderful pistachios as a snack before the meal instead of chips.

Get Crafty with Wonderful Halos

For a family friendly craft, Easter basket fun, or even as a image1place setting, these are cute bunnies you can make with Wonderful halos. Wonderful halos are California grown mandarin oranges that’s an excellent source of vitamin C, naturally fat and cholesterol free. Halos are seedless and easy to peel and eat for the entire family. Visit Halosfun.com to learn how to make these adorable Halos bunny pouches.

Better for You Easter Basket Treats

For the Easter Baskets, youimage2 definitely want to toss some KIND in there. With 30 core flavor options KIND has something for everyone, and of course KIND is made with real, wholesome ingredients like premium nuts. KIND “Nuts and Spices” has 50% less sugar compared to the average snack bar, only 5-6g per bar, mostly from honey or dried fruits. And check out their 5 new flavors like BLACK TRUFFLE
ALMOND SEA SALT, DARK CHOCOLATE ALMOND MINT, and my fave DARK CHOCOLATE ALMOND COCONUT You can purchase this 30-bar pack, featuring the new flavors at Kind Snacks. Adults and kids would love a gift of KIND this Easter or thinking ahead to Mother’s Day in May.

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Savor the Flavor of Eating Right

March is National Nutrition Month and I’m thrilled to share some creative ideas for you to savor the flavor and eat well. The #1 influencer of our food choices is taste. Not surprising. We love delicious food. Here’s of few of my favorite tips on how you can add flavor to food that’s good for you and delicious!

Think Outside the Bowl with General Mills Bell Institute Health and Nutrition

Starting with cereal, which we all know about for breakfast. Cereal can be a smart choice, and offer good-for-you Whole Grains. Look for Whole Grains first on the ingredients list. With a think-outside-the-bowl mentality you can use cereal in so many dishes. Valentines Trail Mix pic_1I used Cheerios in this Nutty Chocolate Trail Mix – a smart snack, just add your favorite nuts and dried fruit and you have a satisfy treat. Looking for something a tad more unique? I used cereal to make a crunchy crust for fish. Fish is good for you, but it can lack flavor. I made this Crunchy, Asian-inspired Baked Fish with ginger and soy and Golden Grahams for a crunchy topping – this is baked, not fried.

fish picNo matter how you take your cereal, keep in mind that cereal can be a key source of vitamins and minerals, it’s cost effective, and you have lots of options in the store now, including gluten free, and whole grain cereals. You can find this recipe at my website www.RebeccaScritchfield.com.

Wonderful Halos

Bowls are a hot trend right now. Basically, you combine a bunch of good for you foods in a bowl, and make it taste delicious. This is a Mandarin Chicken and Quinoa Bowl. You can serve it “deconstructed” so you can see all the colorful parts. This bowl is loaded halo saladwith vegetables, whole grains from the quinoa, black beans which are great for digestive health, and Wonderful halos – a California grown mandarin orange that’s an excellent source of vitamin C, naturally fat and cholesterol free. Halos are seedless and easy to peel and eat for the entire family. Get them as a snack and include them in your meals for a boost of sweet flavor.

Sweet Scarlett’s

If you’re looking for a colorful and refreshing new side dish that will impress people with flavor and color, this Grapefruit and Carrot Salad is it – made with Sweet Scarlett’s, a Texas-grown red sweet scarlettegrapefruit. Compared to other grapefruits, Scarlett’s have a sweeter flavor and more vibrant red color. This salad can come together quickly with already shredded carrots, pumpkin seeds, feta cheese, parsley, and a Moroccan spiced vinaigrette with flavors of cumin, cinnamon and honey. You can make this ahead of time and eat it during your busy day too! You’ll get 100% of vitamin C in half a grapefruit so include them in your snacks or as a something sweet after a meal.

Wonderful Pomegranates

I’m not one to skip dessert. This is Pomegranate Fro Yo made with POM Wonderful 100% pomegranate juice. It’s so easy a 3-year-old can do it. (I know because my daughter helped me.) You combine Greek yogurt, pom fro yobuttermilk, lemon juice and POM wonderful, chill, and then you can freeze it in popsicle molds or run it through an ice cream maker and freeze. POM Wonderful is a little tart in flavor, contains powerful antioxidants, and has zero added sugars and nothing artificial. Perfectly cool with the warmer weather have been enjoying.

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Crunchy, Asian Inspired Oven Baked Fish

 

fish picDisclosure: I was compensated by The General Mills Bell Institute of Health & Nutrition for my time to write this post. Recommendations and opinion are my own.

This fun, Asian-influenced play on fish sticks was inspired by my humble box of cereal. Little did I know that it would become the secret ingredient for creating my next kitchen masterpiece. As a mom of two little ones, finding healthy and clever ways to make food taste great is a challenge I love.

When it comes to the creatures of the the sea, fish is a source of omega-3’s, an essential fat thought to reduce the risk of heart disease. Its mild flavor makes it a versatile lean protein that pairs well with a wide range of flavors from savory to sweet.

If you’re working with picky palates a good place to start is with a familiar food, like cereal and pair it with something less familiar and ta-da, you instantly have a new household favorite like homemade fish sticks that you can feel great about serving to your family.fish pic2

With a few extra ingredients and a think-outside-the-bowl mentality, you’ll find your
go-to cereal has far more range than you thought. This baked homemade fish stick recipe is made with whole grain cereal, making it a tasty addition to dishes where you’d never expect it.

Crunchy Asian Oven Baked Fish with Dipping Sauce
 
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Serves: 4 servings
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  • For the fish
  • 5 cups Golden Grahams cereal
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 1 1⁄2 lbs cod filets, cut into about ¾-inch strips (can use talapia or other firm white fish)
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley or 1 tablespoon fresh, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Seasoning salt and black pepper to taste
  • For the dipping sauce
  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice or rice vinegar
  • ⅛ teaspoon chili powder or Sirracha sauce
Instructions
  1. Set oven to 475°F (set oven rack to second-lowest position, or the middle rack).
  2. Process the Golden Graham cereal with a pinch of seasoning salt and black pepper in the processor until coarse crumbs form (avoid grinding into a fine texture). Transfer the crumbs to a large bowl. Mix in lemon peel, parsley, and chili powder.
  3. In a smaller bowl mix together the melted butter with 2-3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice. Stir until well combined.
  4. Season the fish with salt and pepper on both sides, then brush the fish on all sides with the lemon butter to coat.
  5. Dip the fish into the cereal mixture, coating completely on all sides.
  6. Arrange the fish on a lightly greased baking sheet, about ½ inch apart to all fish to crisp up on all sides.
  7. Sprinkle any remaining cereal mixture and place on middle oven rack.
  8. Bake fish for 7-10 minutes. Fish sticks should be firm to touch when fully cooked.
  9. While the fish is baking prepare dipping sauce by combining all ingredients in a small bowl and mixing until combine.

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