Nifty Mom

Vegan, Eco-conscious, Natural Parenting, Unschooling Wife and Mom

Avocado Brushetta November 22, 2008

YUMMMM is the best I can come up with to describe this very good appetizer. I found this in Vegetarian Times or Healthy Cooking magazine ( I can’t remember). But it is just sooo good, with the lemon and cilantro and chunck of avocado I try to make dishes that would be good with this just so I can make it! Hubby and I eat it like no tommorow but Punkyroo is on and off about it. But if anyone would like the recipe I can add it on here since I can’t remember what magazine I got it from.

Avocado Brushetta

Avocado Brushetta

Oky doky here is the recipe…

  • 2 tbs lemon juice
  • 2 tbs red wine vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (dried is fine too)
  • 2 avocados, peeled, pitted, and cubed
  • 1 loaf of whole-grain or ciabatta bread toasted (I use french bread and untoasted) sliced in 1/2 inch thick slices

Combine lemon juice, vinegar, garlic, salt, red pepper flakes, oregano, and black pepper in small bowl. Whisk in oil, then stir in cilantro and parsley. Fold in avocado cubes. Spoon avocado mix onto toast slices and serve.


Kiwi Berries?! November 1, 2008

Filed under: Snack,Vegan — niftymom @ 9:11 pm
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So I’ve heard of berries and heard of kiwi but never kiwi berries. While at our “bulk” store where we usually get our blueberries (that are from our northern side of the state) and sometimes strawberries and blackberries if they have a good selection we noticed KiwiBerries. They look exactly like they sound, mini kiwis the size of my husbands thumb also smooth and edible skin. We like to let Punkyroo feel included in the shopping errands and asked if she’d like to try some and the answer “yes”.

So we get home and wash 3 kiwi berries…POP, in the mouth they go… and …YUM! These are very sweet and tender like a Grape meets kiwi. These are 4th runner up for my favorite fruit under

  1. Huckleberries
  2. Blueberries
  3. Pomegranites

So I suggest if you spot these in the market take some home to try!


Monkey Bites October 10, 2008

It’s Monkey Bite time!!! Punkyroo LOVES these. They are so healthy and yummy, what more can a parent ask for in a snack?  I originally found these in a Family Fun magazine (that were titled Energy Balls) and I thought I’d give them a try and they were a complete hit with the family and they make a ton in just 20 minutes, less if you have more hands to help you roll!! Today I decided to let Punkyroo help me make them since Hubby was still at work. Of course as you can imagine she ate more than made but it was a blast. I think she actually made about 7 or so, unique shaped monkey bites! When I transfered the Monkey Bites into a container I forgot some of the ones Punkyroo made and so the next morning I woke up to a shock since I forgot about them…take a look at the pict closely, I turned to Hubby and said “oh my gosh..{cracking up} look at those…they look like poop”! I know not the best thing to say when sharing a recipe but it’s something that doesn’t phase me since having a baby. I felt like I was in elementary school, I was just cracking up for minutes over her unique yet oddly shaped snacks. Well I hope I didn’t change your mind on try this out..Lol!


Monkey Bites

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • crushed walnuts (or other preferred crushed nuts, shred coconut, etc)

Mash the banana, then stir in the peanut butter until blended. Then fold in the wheat germ. Form nickle size balls and roll them in the crushed walnuts. You can eat them right away or put them in a container in the fridge. * 2 parents and 1 two year old these don’t last more than 2 days in our house!