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Welcome to LittleLicious! A place for food, fashion, and fun for your little ones! I am a busy mommy and designer who is constantly looking for ways to make nutritious meals that don't take a lot of time! Here you will find great recipes and shortcuts, fabulous fashion, and fun activities to do with your kids! Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Broccoli Pasta


There are many vegetables that my little guy will eat, but for some reason he will not touch broccoli.  I think it is the texture- he just spits it out.  Needless to say, I was challenged to find a different way to get this superfood into his little belly.  So I just created a little sauce instead. It is SUPER easy and gets perfectly lodged into corkscrew pasta, which he gobbles up! 

Boil ½ box of whole wheat corkscew pasta

Steam a bunch of broccoili

Dice 1/4- 1/2 of a white onion

Put steamed broccoli, diced onion, and 1 Teaspoon chopped garlic, and 2 teaspoons olive oil into food processor with a couple of tablespoons of parmesean cheese (optional) 

Pulse until chopped finely

Mix together with pasta and serve!


Note:  if you feel like broccoli mixture is too dry and isn't sticking to the pasta, add a little more olive oil to make it more pasty

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Beach Bash Theme Party

For my son's 2nd birthday, I decided to do a casual beach party....until I went on Pinterest.  It was then that I realized that I do not often do things very casually, lol!  What can I say, I love color and decor!  Here are a few things we did that made the party so much fun!

Beach Cupcakes-  A little blue frosting and some crushed graham crackers made the beach and water.  Add a Teddy graham floating in a Life Saver and a drink umbrella, and viola!  instant cuteness!

I also did some "sun bathing bears"-Just a layer of frosting covered with crushed graham crackers.  The "towel" is Fruit By The Foot, which I anchored by sticking the umbrella through.  I put a dot of frosting on the back of the teddy graham to make it stick.

I carved a Watermelon Shark to house the fruit. You can watch a great step by step instruction video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTh64oFeyos


HAHA!

I wanted to make the other food pretty simply. I bought Chicken Meatballs at Costco.  They were pineapple teriyaki flavor, so I called them "island meatballs". I just warmed them in the crockpot ahead of time so they were ready to serve at the beach. I also got a platter of ready made sandwich rollups- "sand"wiches- haha ;0)



I got some grass skirts for the tables at www.orientaltrading.com and some paper lanterns bought at Party City for some colorful and festive decor.  I also got some beach balls for 97 cents at Target to have on the ground for kids to play with.



A kiddie pool and water table kept the little ones busy for hours!




Beach Buckets bought at the dollar store made the perfect party favors! I stuffed them with some bubbles and sunglasses which I bought in packs at Party City. 





Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Baked Brown Rice Broccoli Cheddar Bites

So my son has discovered carbs.  He loves all thing pasta, crackers, and rice.  He loves them SO much that he will sometimes forget everything else on his plate and sweetly say "MOMMA I MORE RICE! PEEEAAAASEE!"  So in my ongoing mission to try to get him to eat his veggies, I started googling ways incorporate greens into his carbo-licious tastes.  Lo and behold, I discovered Rice Balls- aka Arincini.
This recipe makes scrumptious cheesy bites loaded with healthy broccoli,  encased in brown rice, and rolled in yummy crunchy bread crumbs!  The best is that he now can PICK UP his own rice and eat it, instead of me having to find tiny grains of rice all over everything!



Ingredients

1 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
1 Tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 teaspoon powdered garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups steamed broccoli
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic
1 cup cooked brown rice
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

1. Mix Panko, oregano, basil, garlic, and salt on a plate

2. Steam broccoli until fork tender




3. Place steamed broccoli, 1 egg, and chopped garlic in food processor.  Blend until smooth




4. Combine broccoli mixture, brown rice, and shredded cheddar cheese into a bowl.


Mix until well incorporated



5. Take spoonfuls of rice/broccoli mixture and form balls.  Roll into Panko mixture, and place on greased baking sheet



6. Cook at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Finish on  broil for 2-3 minutes or until breadcrumbs are golden brown.


And there you have it.  Brown Rice and Broccoli that you can pick up and pop in your mouth! YUM!
Freeze the left overs and reheat in toaster oven or oven.