Greening up the kitchen is Robinson Home Products, who have recently introduced their new line, Green Street® Cooking Tools. Made from 100% recycled materials, their tools are all created from approximately 2 -3 recycled (PET) water bottles. “Mom” was fortunate to receive samples of their large patterned turner and solid spoon for review, and can affirm that the tools are well-made and extremely durable for kitchen use!

This new collection includes both a solid spoon and a patterned spoon, which is handy when spooning items that need draining into a dish! In addition, there are 2 turners, as well, one large patterned turner and a small turner. Both feature a perforated edge which can be used to cut through food, and an ergonomic handle for a secure, comfortable grip. Made in the USA, the turners and spoons are dishwasher-safe and heat resistant to 425 degrees F.

The best part is that the new Green Street® Cooking Tools won’t break the bank, either! Each item retails for $3.99, and can be found at 300 Kitchen Collection stores as well as Le Gourmet Chef stores nationwide.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this review.*

Cheese, veggies, pasta – this is definitely a family-pleasing recipe from Aviva Goldfarb’s SOS! The Six O’ Clock Scramble to the Rescue. Ready in just 30 minutes, it is filling, nutritious and fast.

Broiled Cheesy Zucchini Pasta

Ingredients

12 oz. ziti or other short pasta

1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

1 large zucchini, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced

1 1/2 tsp. minced garlic, (2 – 3 cloves)

15 oz. diced tomatoes, with their liquid, or use 3 large tomatoes, diced

1/2 cup white wine, (or substitute chicken or vegetable broth)

1 1/2 tsp. dried basil, or 2 Tbsp. fresh sliced basil

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, (or use additional mozzarella)

Preparation

Preheat the broiler. Cook the pasta according to package directions, removing 1/4 of the pasta (about 1 1/2 cups) for another use (or for picky eaters) if you make a 16 oz. package.

While the pasta is cooking, heat the oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add the zucchini and garlic and cook them for 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes and their liquid, the wine (or broth), and basil. Simmer the sauce, stirring it occasionally, until the pasta is done, 10-15 minutes. (Slice the cucumbers, if you are serving them.)

Drain the pasta well and add it to the skillet with the tomatoes and zucchini, stirring the mixture together. Cover it with the cheeses and put the skillet under the broiler for 3-4 minutes until it is browned (but not burned — watch it carefully!) on top.

Scramble Flavor Booster: Add 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes to the skillet with the zucchini and garlic. Serve it with additional crushed red pepper flakes at the table.

*Cover image provided by SOS! The Six O’ Clock Scramble to the Rescue. For more recipes, or to order a copy, please visit www.thescramble.com.

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You may have seen the delicious energy bars by Kardea Nutrition Bars featured on Tiny Green Mom, but have you checked out their healthy recipes on the Kardea Gourmet? Nutritious, heart-healthy and inspired cuisine, the Kardea Gourmet offers unique recipes for discerning tastes. The following salmon cakes spiced delicately with curry will delight the taste buds and excite the senses!

Curry-Spiced Salmon Cakes with Lemon Caper Dressing

Ingredients

Salmon Cakes
14.5oz Canned No-Salt Added Salmon without bones or skin
1 Cup Whole Wheat Bread Crumbs (you can make this from 4 slice whole wheat bread-see below)
1 Large Egg
½ Medium Red Pepper, Chopped Fine
½ Medium Onion, Chopped Fine
¼ Cup Parsley, Chopped
½ Teaspoon Mild Curry
2.5 Tablespoons Olive Oil

On a medium heat, sauté the chopped red peppers and onion in ½ tablespoon of olive oil for approximately 5 minutes.

Drain the salmon. In a large bowl, add salmon, whole wheat bread crumbs, the egg, the spices and the sautéed vegetables. With a fork or a potato masher, blend together. Place in refrigerator for at least ½ hour. Remove from refrigerator and shape about 10 cakes. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Heat a pan large enough to fry about 5 cakes at a time. When hot, add one tablespoon of olive oil to the pan and immediately add the cakes. Cook on both sides for about three minutes. Place on baking tray. Repeat with the other five cakes. Place all ten cakes in preheated oven for 10 minutes (if starting with a fresh salmon, leave in oven for 15 minutes).

Plate two cakes per person. Spoon on about ½ tablespoon of dressing (see below) onto each salmon cake.

Lemon Caper Dressing
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Tablespoon Finely Chopped Capers
1 Tablespoon Finely Chopped Parsley or Dill

Place lemon juice, olive oil and capers into a medium sized bowl. Whisk together vigorously. Shortly before serving, stir in your choice of fresh parsley or dill.

Making Whole Wheat Bread Crumbs
Place 4 slices of whole wheat bread in an oven on low heat for approximately 15 minutes. When you remove, the bread should be crunchy but not toasted. Let cool in the open air. When cool, simply dice into small pieces. Then break these pieces down further into crumb size – a few larger pieces are ok too.

*Image and recipe courtesy of Kardea Gourmet.*

With ‘back to school’ almost here, parents are always on the lookout for easy ways to make their child’s lunchbox more exciting and healthier at the same time. From simple sandwiches to sweet desserts, Snikiddy Snacks® co-founder Mary Schulman offers these five lunchbox ideas designed for kids to celebrate healthy eating on school days.

5 Lunchbox Ideas to Celebrate Healthy Eating

By Mary Schulman

1. Team up with your child in making lunch boxes healthier. Giving them choices allows them to grow up and take charge and ownership of what’s packed into their lunch boxes. I love to ask, “What would you rather have for lunch tomorrow… red peppers, carrots or cucumbers? Not a tough choice for them! (Many of us already use this strategy at bedtime: “Would you rather go to bed at 8:30 or 8:45?” Again let them make the choices, it’s so empowering!

2. Use eco-friendly bags instead of the plastics. More than 20 million plastic sandwich bags go into U.S. landfills daily. There are now dozens of companies that make eco-friendly lunch box sets, containers, and cloth alternatives to lunch baggies that can be re-used over and over again without the waste. Be sure that you also explain to your kids how packing healthy lunch boxes in eco-friendly ways also helps plants and animals be healthier, too.

3. Wean your child from lunch box sugar. Rather than packing a juice box filled with sugar, fill a thermos with 1/2 juice and 1/2 water. As the school year goes on, reduce the amount of sugar in the mix, and before they know it, just a splash of sugary juice will do.

4. Create ‘Fun Bites’ using healthier bread. Use different cookie cutter shapes to cut their whole wheat bread sandwiches into fun shapes. My favorite this year was a snowman that I put currants on for buttons and eyes and a cucumber ring around his neck for the scarf. (Other great shapes are cars, busses, and hearts.)

5. Skip the cookies and candy. Make a mix of nuts and add just enough chocolate chips to satisfy their sweet tooth. They will love this dessert and will get some Omega 3’s in the mix.

About Snikiddy

Founded in 2006 by Janet Owings and Mary Schulman, (a mother/daughter team) with a passion for children’s health, Snikiddy produces Snikiddy Snacks® – great tasting, family-friendly snacks including Cheese Puffs and Baked Fries available in a variety of flavors and developed for kids and families. Made with the highest quality, simple and wholesome ingredients including real cheese and potatoes, Snikiddy Snacks® are perfect for lunchboxes, after school, and on-the-go snacks. They are available in Sharing Packs®, which contain four to five servings per container and leading varieties are available in Multi-Packs (bag of 6 snack packs) and/or individual snack packs. Snikiddy Snacks® are sold in natural and conventional grocery stores across the country and Toys“R”Us, as well as online through Amazon.com and PeaPod.com. Founded in Bethesda, Md., the company also operates out of Boulder, Colo. For more information, visit www.snikiddy.com.

*Images and tips provided by Snikiddy Snacks®.*

Looking for a satisfying, all-natural snack? Snikiddy Snacks® offers a printable $1.00 off coupon when you join their newsletter online. Click here to join and print out your own coupon. Enjoy!

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Finding healthy snacks that kids will enjoy can be challenging, which is why the mother and daughter dynamic duo behind Snikiddy Snacks® created their line of simple, wholesome and real (ahem, real tasty!) snack foods. From their popular Mac n’ Cheese Puffs or Pizza Puffs to their Parmesan Garlic Fries, Snikiddy Snacks® offers something for everyone in the family. These snacks are perfect for packing in lunch boxes as the kids head back to school, too!

All of Snikiddy Snacks® are gluten and wheat-free, contain no hydrogenated oils, preservatives, or trans fat. At just 90 calories per serving, these all-natural snacks leave the guilt behind, too!

Pictured here is “Mom’s” favorite snack from Snikiddy – the Mac n’ Cheese Puffs. They are light, airy, and make a satisfying crunch sound when eaten!

To learn more about the Snikiddy story, click here. To locate a retailer near you, or to order online, please visit their website.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this review.*

There is nothing as refreshing as a popsicle made in the comfort of your own home! Easy to make, this recipe was found on the Eden Foods website. For those with little ones at home, this makes a fun afternoon activity that is healthy, too!

Apple Cherry Freeze Pop

Ingredients

2 cups Eden Organic Apple Juice

2 cups Eden Organic Cherry Juice

4 freeze pop molds with wooden craft sticks

Preparation

Combine the juices and fill each mold with the apple cherry juice. Insert the wooden craft sticks and freeze until solid, about 2 hours.

*For more delicious and organic recipes, visit Eden Foods*

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