Blood Orange Muffins



We  I have decided that our family needs a bit of a food overhaul.

Food rules have become a more relaxed,
snacks are appearing more frequently than I’d care to admit,
dinners are often left untouched
{mainly by the fussy one}

I decided to take charge.

Karen le Billion
{genius}
has written this incredible book about getting kids to eat everything

French Kids Eat Everything is the title

I could not put it down,
and it has changed everything for me.

The main idea is that meals are served on schedule
and there is absolutely NO snacking in between

Kids eat what the adults eat, no exceptions,
and if they don’t eat, they will be hungry.

While I don’t make separate meals for my children, I do, at times, cater to their likes/dislikes.

Planning is very important,
right down to the gouter
{the french equivalent to the after school snack}

No more rummaging ruthlessly through the pantry,
shoveling anything and everything into their mouths.

This “snack”
{that I will have planned}
will be enjoyed at the table,
together,
after school,
and then there will be nothing else until dinner is served.

That’s my plan

Now…what do I make for my first gouter?

I saw these delicious Meyer lemon muffins on BlogHer yesterday
the perfect little treat
only I didn’t have lemons at home.

I do have LOTS of blood oranges,
why not.

Don’t be alarmed by the WHOLE orange going into the muffin
they really were delicious,
and  so far we have not had any frantic cries for more snacks before dinner.

I’m calling day 1 a success,
except they haven’t seen what’s on the dinner menu yet:)

Spinach

Enjoy!

Blood Orange Muffins
adapted from these Meyer Lemon Muffins

2 cups of AP flour
2/3 cup of sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 blood oranges
2 eggs
1 cup of milk {I used whole}
1 stick of butter {melted}

Cut 1 orange into 8 sections {I removed the seeds – but you do not have to}
process until you have pulp

combine the flour, baking soda, and salt
blend the butter and sugar together
add in the flour
milk
eggs
and butter
mix until combined
stir in the orange pulp

spoon into a prepared muffin tin
{use liners or cooking spray}

slice the remaining orange into 12 very thins slices
dip one side of the orange in cinnamon/sugar {1 tbsp sugar mixed with 1 tsp cinnamon}
place one slice on each muffin

bake @400 for 18 – 20 minutes

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Comments

  1. says

    Oh, these are so pretty! I have to admit, I’m often guilty of catering to my 5-year olds food wants. He is so picky and cares so little about food that I just want him to eat! You’ll have to let me know how your new eating schedule goes. :-)

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