Product Review: Aketta Cricket Powder

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Cricket Powder

It’s that time of year again! World Edible Insect Day was October 23rd! What? You forgot to celebrate this exciting event, you say? You’ve never even heard of it, you say? Eating insects is disgusting, you say?

It may be time to reevaluate our relationship to insects and entamophagy (the eating of bugs). The fact is, most of the world actually eats insects on a regular basis, and because they are cheap, easy to grow, and use infinitely less resources than any other form of protein, bugs may be the wave of the future for us all.

Thanks to Aspire Food Group, located in Austin, TX, I was able to try my hand at using their finely milled cricket powder in my everyday cooking. The product is pure cricket, ground to a powder comprised of 68% protein. I was pleased to find out that these insects enjoy a better diet than most humans. Aspire’s crickets feed exclusively on local, organic fare, and drink only reverse-osmosis filtered water. Reverse osmosis, people. Let that sink in for a moment.
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Halloween Candy Exchange Ideas

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No thanks!

Our girls are a little young to be trick-or-treating, but that hasn’t stopped me from thinking about what we’ll do with all that candy once we do! Last year we wrote about our decision to stop giving out sweets and giving out alternitives to candy. We’ve actually been blogging about non-edible Halloween treats for years, which leads me to believe we’re not the only parents figuring out what to do with all that candy.

I was about to write up my own list of organizations that accept Halloween candy and other uses for the candy, but it looks like Kid’s Health has already done it for me.  One of the most well known and best organized programs is Operation Gratitude that encourages you to send your kids’ candy to our Troops. Find out how on their website.
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Recipe: Roasted Beet and Cashew Salad with Feta

Roasted Beet and Cashew Salad with Feta

Roasted Beet and Cashew Salad with Feta

We’re pretty on the fence about beets at our household.  We don’t hate them, but we don’t exactly love them either.  When ever we’d find them in our CSA box, I’d usually shred them and add a tiny bit to our go-to house salad each night.

Then our friends brought over a delicious salad full of roasted beets, and we all loved it! I’ve actually made this several times since, and still can’t believe how good the beets taste in it.  It must be the salty feta and crunchy cashews.

This is a great lunch salad, since the cashews and cheese make it filling enough to be a meal on its own.
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Recipe: “I Can’t Believe They’re Not Refried” Beans

Not-Refried Beans

Not-Refried Beans

I have been making this recipe for a few years now and it’s still my favorite Mexican bean recipe, refried or not. It’s super fast and easy, and I’m asked for the recipe just about every time I’ve served it to guests. The cooked beans freeze great, pureed or whole, and they are perfect as a side or just in a quesadilla with cheese.

Just last week, we made these beans for a group of 40 for a Mexican buffet and there wasn’t a bean left in the pot. The proof is in the leftovers!

“I Can’t Believe They’re Not Refried” Beans

“I Can’t Believe They’re Not Refried” Beans

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 lbs pinto beans, rinsed (or any other dried beans)
  • 1/2 jalepeño, roasted and seeded (or use a whole one if you really like spice)
  • 2 tbs minced garlic
  • 4 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 8 C water

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in crockpot and stir to combine
  2. Cook on low for 10 hours
  3. Process beans in a food process until they resemble refried beans. Alternatively, you can leave them whole or just mash it up a bit with a potato masher.
http://greenbabyguide.com/2015/07/24/recipe-i-cant-believe-theyre-not-refried-beans/

Product Review: Bitty Foods Cricket Flour

Bitty Foods Cricket Flour and Cookies

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1lb bag of baking flour blend

Ever since the United Nations published a report in 2013 touting the massive benefits of edible insect consumption and urging Western Nations to get on board, interest in the subject has surged. You are probably thinking “Has it?  I hadn’t noticed”.  As a former biologist and insect lover (aka:nerd) I have definitely noticed this particular trend and apparently so has Bitty Foods.

Bitty Food’s mission, according to their website, is simple. “We make delicious foods with cricket flour”. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some of their products. The idea of eating insects as a source of protein is something I have been interested in and excited about for some time now and I was delighted to receive a bag of baking flour blend and a package of cookies from Bitty Foods. At $20 per pound for the flour blend and $10 for a bag of cookies, it’s not cheap. I was curious to find out if their products were worth the money.
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Recipe: Peanut Butter Almond Date Balls

Snacky Goodness

Snacky Goodness

Now that Allison has started solid foods, Franci has become more open to trying new things and has even become a huge fan of foods she refused to eat for the last year and a half, such as avocado and sweet potato.

Although I don’t want to complain about the fact that she is eating a wider variety of vegetables, and even meat, than her baby days, there is still one challenge we have yet to overcome: daycare lunch. It seems that no matter what I pack as the main course, it comes back untouched. Even if it is something she will eat at home, such as grilled cheese or the aforementioned sweet potato.
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Recipe: Wholesome Organic Peanut Butter Banana “Milkshake”

Healthy "Milkshake"

Healthy “Milkshake”

I’ve been trying to find ways to sneak protein into Franci’s diet since she stopped eating the super-purees I used to make her.  She won’t eat tofu, fish or beans, and only keeps meat in her mouth long enough to suck out all the flavor before spitting out the fibers.

After doing a little research on non-dairy milk, I decided Non-GMO organic soy milk was a good source of protein to begin incorporating into her diet. Then I decided to add a little of this, a little of that, and the High-Protein Peanut Butter Banana “Milkshake” was born.
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Product Review: Mary’s Gone Crackers

Mary’s Gone Crackers Review

Mary’s Gone Crackers, started by Mary Waldner, sells organic, gluten free, kosher, non-GMO, nut-free and vegan crackers, “twigs” and cookies. If you’re hosting a get-together, you can rest assured that even your special-diet guests will be able to enjoy Mary’s Gone Crackers products.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

marys-chocolate-chip-cookiesI recently had the opportunity to try her chocolate chip cookies, which somehow managed taste buttery while using no dairy ingredients at all. They are to overly crumbly or too dense like lots of gluten free cookies and have a good texture, taste and consistency. They are not low in fat. Two cookies have 15% of your daily saturated fat intake but they are chock full of wholesome nutritious ingredients like chia seeds, carob powder and organic dark chocolate. Which is good because I was not able to stop at two.
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Fun With Paleo

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Fun With Dating

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