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Overnight oatmeal

We are on the tail end of our 2014 summer road trip. In all honesty, it has not been an easy adventure. Elijah is struggling more than ever. The (un)perfect storm has been brewing in his little mind/body, making him act in ways I have never seen. If I had known this scenario would have transpired, I never would have left Minnesota. But here we are, on the back side of our journey, good and bad memories under our belts. We have a day and a half left in North Carolina, a day of driving, a night in Kentucky, another looong day of driving and then we will be home! It has been wonderful to spend time with friends and family, but we are excited to sleep in our own beds and most of all we are excited to see Dan. We have missed him a lot.

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Fruit and spinach smoothie

Before I get to the winner of the $25, t-shirt and other goodies, I have to tell you that I am disappointed in myself for not sharing this smoothie with you sooner. It's one that I make regularly. Almost daily in the summers. It is fantastic, versatile, healthy and packed with total good-ness. My boys love it, too, so I always pour them cups before I pour my own. It's a guaranteed serving of veggies and a couple servings of fruit for their little bodies to start their day!

Onto the winner from my Strawberry Muffins post! I loved all of your comments so much, truly, but I just had to choose the one written by Melinda. Congrats! Please use the Contact button to send me your mailing address and t-shirt size (unisex) and I'll get your goodies in the mail!


My measurements are never exact, but here is what I throw into my blender. Honestly, I rarely add the strawberries, but they add a nice touch if you have them on hand. The OJ is optional, too, as you can get plenty of flavor with the almond milk. Don't be afraid to PACK it with spinach!

Puree it all up, pour into cups and start your day off feeling good! 

Fruit and Spinach Smoothie

This fresh and healthy smoothie is a great way to start your day!

Serves: 1

Total time: 10 min

Fruit and Spinach Smoothie


  • 5 ice cubes
  • 1 banana
  • 1 mango, peeled and pitted
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup orange juice (optional)
  • Handful or two of fresh spinach
  • 5-7 strawberries, hulled (optional)
    Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Serve immediately!




Baked oatmeal

My sweet oldest boy was sent home early from school two days last week due to an icky tummy. We cannot figure out why his stomach (seemingly) randomly becomes so upset. We have removed so many of the "bad" things from his diet, so what else could it be? Is it reacting to the adjustment? Or is it something we're not thinking of? At any rate, I'm on a mission to feed him nothing but goodness as we figure out the culprit.

I threw this baked oatmeal into the oven last night for the boys' dinner and they were so excited about the idea of having breakfast for dinner. BREAKFAST FOR DINNER?! Mama, that's sooo silly! But guess what. Elijah, my very very picky eater, ate two HUGE bowls of it. He loved it, and that is one big, gigantic endorsement. No joke.

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Coconut grilled chicken with mango salsa

Unless you, too, frequently drive along Viking Drive in the city in which I work, you might not believe me when I say that there is still a 10-foot pile of dirty snow that sits on the ground across the street from my place of employment. Every time I see that disgusting pile of slop, I let out a defeated sigh and instantly start dreaming of a tropical vacation. My husband and I started planning a tropical vacation a few months back, right after we learned that our oldest son would need to have his next surgery sooner than we expected. We weren't able to find childcare, though, so our tropical vacation never transpired. And I find myself sadly dwelling on that missed opportunity a lot these days.

So I have found that I have to do little things to trick myself into thinking that I'm sitting on a beach, enjoying my husband's company in WARMTH and with no large piles of snow in sight. When Kelapo contacted me and asked me to try their coconut oil, I knew it was meant to be. Coconuts = beaches = sunshine = no snow. Can I tell a quick story? Five years ago when my wonderful husband and I were on our honeymoon in Nassau, Bahamas, lying on the beach, absorbing the hot sunshine, we listened to a beach vendor repeat, "Fresh COCONUTS, tropical DRINKS, this is not a CEMETERY, let's get the pah-ty STAH-TED!" Over and over and over. But we didn't mind the repetition because, well, we were in the Bahamas. And he was talking about drinks and parties, and oohhhhh, I hate that stupid pile of snow. I often wonder if it will be July when it finally disappears.

The first thing that came to my mind when concocting a coconut-oil-related recipe was a light, fresh, fruity, delicious chicken meal that would make me think of a tropical vacation. First, though, I'd like to tell you how delicious coconut oil is. It can be such a great replacement for olive oil in a variety of dishes. I highly recommend it, and especially the Kelapo brand, which is now available in the Minneapolis area at Lunds and Byerly's. There are nutritious benefits to consuming coconut oil, as well. Check out Kelapo's website for details.

I wanted to create a sweet-spicy marinade for the chicken. My goal was to keep it simple because what I had in mind for the salsa was a little bit more complicated.

In a medium bowl, combine:

2 jalapeno peppers, sliced

4 green onions, sliced

Juice from 1 lime

2 tablespoons coconut oil

Salt and pepper

Place 4 chicken breast halves in a shallow dish and cover with the coconut oil-jalapeno mixture. Cover and let sit in the refrigerator overnight, turning the chicken occasionally.

Discard the large chunks from the dish and grill the chicken over medium heat until meat is no longer pink, about 15-18 minutes.

In the meantime, add the following ingredients to a medium bowl:

1 mango, peeled and diced

10 strawberries, stemmed and diced

1/3 cup dried cranberries

Juice from 1/2 a lime

1/2 red onion, chopped

1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

2 tablespoons coconut oil

Salt and pepper

By the way, I used these delicious Orange Flavored Cranberries from Trader Joe's, and I loved the citrus flavor they added. Yum. Yum. Yum. TJ's rocks.

Mix well.

Spoon the salsa over top the grilled chicken. Close your eyes and pretend you are near the ocean. Someone in the distance is talking about fresh tropical drinks.

I have to say, this is a fabulous little meal. I love the underlying coconut flavor that peeks through, mixed in with the assortment of other light flavors that danced around inside my mouth.

The next day for lunch, I shredded the chicken and put it atop a piece of flatbread. I topped it with the mango salsa and a little extra fresh cilantro.

It was a delightful lunch, once again bringing me back to an imaginary tropical location. And making me forget about that wretched pile of snow.

Click here for a printable recipe!