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Hi, I'm Estela. I'm a Registered Dietitian & stay-at-home mom living in Southern California. Weekly Bite is a lifestyle blog centered around food, life, & mommyhood. I hope you enjoy my recipes & adventures! Thanks for stopping by!

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Tips for Building a Healthy Easter Basket

April 16, 2014 9:55 am

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Easter is such a fun holiday for the age my kid’s are at. My four & two year old love reading books about Easter, what the holiday is about, and of course, the Easter Bunny. Growing up, I remember the joy and excitement when opening my Easter Basket. There was always a bag of jelly beans, a chocolate Easter bunny, and other fun things like coloring books, crayons, or a fun bow for my hair. Then we would go to the backyard and hunt for Easter eggs. Some were eggshells that we dyed with fun colors and others were plastic eggs to open with usually more candy.

With so many holidays centered around candy, I like to focus more on activity and non-food focused treats. For tips of building a Healthier Easter Baskets, head over to Produce for Kid’s for my latest article.

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Southwestern Turkey Chili

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April 14, 2014 9:51 am

Southwest Chili

I have been wanting to make this chili for several months. With our family moving from one side of the country to the other, I never got around to making it. With Spring finally making it’s arrival on the East Coast, I wanted to make this before the heat and humidity of summer arrived.

This chili is so good and very easy to make! I am so glad I finally made this. My family loved it so much that we will be making it again no matter how hot or cold the weather is.

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This recipe was made in coordination with NFRA & Easy Home Meals. The use of frozen & refrigerated foods makes this dish both convenient and nutritious. Head over to Easy Home Meals for more recipe ideas.

Southwestern Turkey Chili

  • one tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup frozen chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup frozen chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup frozen bell peppers
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 2 15-ounce cans black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 3/4 grated cheddar cheese

In a large saucepan, heat olive oil to medium heat. Add ground turkey to pan and cook until turkey is cooked through. Next, add frozen onions, carrots, bell peppers, and corn to turkey. Saute until vegetables are thawed. Add water and tomato paste to turkey mixture. Mix through. Add your black beans and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for twenty minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish each serving with  1-2 tablespoons of grated cheese. Enjoy!

 

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Bites of Life: A Favorite Corner Of Our Home…

April 4, 2014 6:26 am

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There are many parts of our new house that I love, but this little corner in our dining room happens to be my favorite. In a way, I guess it kind of represents how much work we did before the moving truck arrived. We were fortunate enough to have the kids spend a week with their grandparents while we got the house ready for our furniture to arrive. We love the house and it didn’t need too much work, but it needed to be painted from top to bottom. To give you an idea, the entire house was painted yellow. Every wall, room, ceiling, kitchen, bathrooms, EVERYTHING. While I have nothing against yellow, there is such a thing called ‘overdose’. We had an overdose of yellow. So, aside from a few upgrades, my hubby and I painted the entire house. We had very early mornings and worked straight through dinner for seven days.

Normally I’m a color girl, but for some reason I wanted a clean white living space. So, we white washed the entire main living area and I LOVE IT!! Our rooms are so bright and all of our colorful paintings and decor stand out.

One thing I came to love in our former San Diego home was indoor plants. Through trial and a lot of error, I learned how to take care of them and how much life they can bring to a room. Once the house was painted and our furniture was in place I headed to the local garden nursery and purchase a few plants, two of which our Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees. I heart this plant big time. It’s big, beautiful, and adds color and life to our home.

So, even though we went from sunny 89 degree weather in San Diego to 8 inches of snow our first weekend here, I loved sitting at the dining table working and staring at my pretty corner.

I know I’ve slacked on the recipes, but more will be coming soon! As with any new home, comes a new oven, and as most cooks know, every oven is different. Some cook faster than others while some take ages to cook. I think I finally figured it out :)

Stay tuned for more fun recipes and kiddie nutrition tips!

Have a great weekend!

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