3-Ingredient Candy Cobwebs

Boo! It’s Halloween, and we here at Neurotic Mom hope you’re looking forward lots of fun activities with your little ones this creepiest of evenings. Even if your trick-or-treating already happened this weekend, there’s still time for a spooky, edible craft that will delight big and little diners alike, with none of the commitment of cupcakes or other more involved baked goodies. You don’t even have to turn on the oven.

As you can see, these don’t have to be perfect to look positively adorable and delicious!

Grown-ups: are you headed to a party empty-handed? These whimsically sweet spider webs come together in ten minutes (just leave a half hour for them to firm up). With only three ingredients, they can be ready in a flash. 

For the easy HOW TO head to our sister site Neurotic Kitchen (the place for easy and elegant recipes for the busy home cook with a day job!).

Sweet Potato Waffles

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What: Delicious Waffles that help get healthy veggies into your kids. Also, since we are family dealing with several food allergies, these have a reasonable amount of Egg in them, so they’ve been a useful vehicle to get our son to, slowly but surely, tolerate it in a baked format.

What makes these extra wonderful is that they are free of added sugar and just one Waffle is quite filling so they make for a comparatively low-calorie adult breakfast. Just pop in the toaster or toaster oven. I have to thank my coworker, Lara, for sharing her recipe adaptation of these tasty and very satisfying waffles. I admit it – I love them as much as my son does!

When: Whenever you’ve got about 30 minutes to make a big batch – 6 waffles, just over three minutes each on the waffle iron.

Why: Because you don’t want to miss a chance to sneak more nutrients into the foods your kids already love. These Waffles freeze well and can be toasted up from frozen in just a minute or two. They’re a great portable work breakfast for moms and dads on the go!

How: All you need is a preheated waffle iron and the below, easy to find ingredients. If you cannot find BPA-free Canned Organic Sweet Potato, you can always prepare and mash your own Sweet Potato ahead of time. Alternately, canned pumpkin makes a great substitute.

Healthy Sweet Potato Waffles

Recipe Yields 6 Large Waffles which can be split into four quadrants (24 pieces)

One 15 Ounce Can Organic Sweet Potato Purée

1/2 Tablespoon Melted Unsalted Butter

2 Medium Egg Whites Lightly Beaten

1.5 Cups 2% Milk

1/2 Cup Flour

1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour

2 teaspoons Baking Powder

1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt

1/4 teaspoon Real Vanilla Extract

1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon

Nonstick Vegetable Spray (or extra Butter for greasing iron)

Maple Syrup, for serving

Method:

Preheat waffle iron. In large bowl combine Sweet Potatoes, Butter, Egg White, Milk. Beat well with a whisk until well blended. Add both kinds of Flour, Baking Powder, Salt and Vanilla Extract and Cinnamon.

Grease waffle iron  with spray or Butter and pour batter on. Cook until golden, crispy, and easily removable from the iron.*See note below.

*Note: We had the best results cooking these longer but on lower heat on the waffle iron- Exactly 3 minutes and 30 seconds on a moderate heat – (position 3 on a Cuisinart Iron). Cut Waffles into quadrants for your little ones, serve and enjoy!!!

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Pizza, Baby

What: Mini pizza slices for the 1-year-old and up set

When: When the spoons fail them, and your little rebels pause long enough from their meltdown to eat something nutritious and handheld

Why: Much of the angst we parents experience around toddler feeding comes from the ever-popular toddler food strike. When faced with such indomitable opposition, there’s only one place to turn – everyone’s favorite and unexpectedly healthy food, pizza.

How: Using pre-packaged (ideally organic) flatbreads, we have a durable base (perfect for little hands to grab) from which to build our easy toaster oven pizza. Remember english muffin pizzas from your college dorm? Same idea. I like to mince in fresh greens like baby spinach or arugula for sprinkling to pack an extra nutritional punch.  While I don’t love the idea of “hiding” extra veggies in food (why must they lurk in the shadows when kids should be learning to love them?), adding them on top of a food kids (and adults) naturally love, is a great way to let your little one get better acquainted. So let your spinach fly free and watch as your tantrum thrower tastes this.


Four Ingredient Flatbread Pizzas

Ingredients:

Organic Flatbread Round or similar pre-made Pizza Crust (whole grain, if you prefer). We like Rustic Crust Brand, cut into small triangles (carefully slice them in half width-wise if your feel the bread is to thick for your child to bite – but it should still be stiff, ideally)

Strained Organic Tomatoes, Jarred (Canned tomatoes are one of the most notorious sources of BPA). If you cannot be sure that your tomatoes are packed in BPA-free cans, buy them in glass jars or cardboard packages. We love Bionaturae Brand Bottles, and their cans are also BPA-free.

Provolone Cheese, sliced into thin strips, we like Organic Valley (we use Provolone over Fresh Mozzarella because it melts at a lower, more toddler-friendly heat and it is very flavorful too!)

Minced Fresh Baby Spinach or Arugula, we like Earthbound Farms

Method:

Easy! Prep your flatbread as above. Spread with about a teaspoon or two of Strained Tomatoes. Add a few thin slices of Provolone (or Mozzarella) and pop in the toaster oven.

As soon as the cheese has melted, remove and allow to cool to a reasonable temperature for you baby. Always check first!

Serve and watch as they enjoy. Hands off that pizza, mom!

Almond Butter & Fruit Waffle Fingers

Snack time is everyone’s favorite. Today’s healthy bite is kid and adult friendly. Just be sure to leave some for your little one!

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What: A healthy and fun finger food that’s hard not to love

When: Snack time, breakfast time, anytime – it’s ready in minutes!

Why: Kids love to be independent and these Waffle Fingers are easy for little hands to grab.They’ll love the taste too! Almond Butter is a healthy alternative nut butter. Be sure to check label to be sure it is made in a peanut free facility if peanut allergies are an issue.

How: Frozen Whole Grain Waffles are great to have on hand. Spread the Almond Butter very thinly (it can be a choking hazard if too thick). It makes a great “glue” to stick your child’s favorite, seasonal minced fresh fruit. Pears are great right now, so that’s what we chose.


Almond Butter & Fruit Waffle Fingers

Ingredients:
Organic Whole Grain Waffles

Almond Butter

& Minced Red Pears

Method: 

Lightly toast the frozen waffle. Thinly spread almond butter and press in minced fruit. Slice into fingers and serve!