A nice warm and very easy to make meal that will be sure to please your family AND your flock!

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Start by gathering your ingredients. Use what you have on hand and vary it up each time. This time I used chopped fresh mini peppers, pre baked sweet potatoes, organic baby food pouches, pomegranate juice, two eggs, millet, whole wheat flour, cornmeal, and a bunch of frozen veggies.

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Bring frozen veggies (peas, green beans, okra, and yellow squash to a boil for 3 minutes. Drain water, set aside and cover.

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Cook the frozen collared greens in the microwave. Add enough water to cover the frozen greens cook for five minutes and do NOT drain when done. (Save the water to add to the dry mix. )

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Smashed pre-baked sweet potatoes and baby food together( it actually broke my smasher,lol)

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Add all cooked veggies together. In order to not dirty every dish in the house, I just mixed them in the glass baking pans I was going to bake them in.

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In a big bowl I added the eggs(with shell) baby food, pom juice, and the reserved spinach water( go slowly, finding the right consistency by a little at a time to the dry mixes-whole wheat flour and yellow cornmeal

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* as a note while making this it was pointed out to me that the jiffy mix I was planning on using has such a high sodium content, it was not a healthy choice. So we substituted it for yellow cornmeal. Here’s a pic I took comparing the two ingredient labels, check out the difference in the sodium levels! The jiffy mix has 340mg of sodium, while the yellow cornmeal has 0mg!! Bye bye jiffy.

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Almost ready to bake. Add the bread mixture on top of your mixed veggies.

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Add some millet on top (and yes, there is a difference in bird millet and human millet. LOL,and no, I did not always know this)

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Bake at 350 for 40 minutes until done. You can insert a toothpick to test it, if it comes out clean its done. Will be a golden brown on top and your whole house will smell GREAT;)

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Close up of our servings

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Serving up the flock

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Bottoms up, lol 😉

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Bailey our blue and gold macaw deciding its its a hit or a miss….

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To see her reaction, check out our YouTube video of her: http://youtu.be/R1wAehpJncc

** I LOVE ROUND TWO FOODS!! So I always save a little of my fresh stuff to use in another meal. This time I saved a little of the veggies so that the next morning I could microwave them and add them to some pellets for a quick easy quieter…. Err, I mean meal, lol.

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Ok guys, after many requests, and quite a few demands too… We made it again and this time paid attention to how we did it, so we could share, lol. And it was just as yummy second time around 😉

Quinoa pizza muffins ( people AND parrot approved)

Ingredients

1 cup uncooked quinoa
1 cup frozen collared greens
2 large eggs
1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped (or 2 tablespoons dried)
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, diced
Chopped or food processed carrots, bell peppers, or ?? Get creative here;)
Cheater, i know: 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Pizza sauce for dipping (optional)

Directions

Place the quinoa, frozen collared greens and two cups of water in a pot.
Bring to boil, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes or until quinoa is tender.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix together all ingredients, except pizza sauce, in a medium mixing bowl.
Distribute mixture into a greased (mini) muffin tin, filling each cup to the top, and press down gently to compact. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Allow to cool slightly.
Serve warm with sauce for dipping. Makes 24 mini muffin bites or 10-12 regular muffins

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Quinoa is one of my new favorite foods! Super nutrient packed and a complete source of proteins, this ancient grain should be a modern day diet staple (for people and for our parrots!) It’s just as simple to make as rice, and it’s easy to throw some frozen veggies (I prefer collared greens) in while the water and quinoa are coming to a boil, and 20 minutes later, when you remove the lid, you have a pan full of yummy and healthy goodness that can be made into to a multitude of delicious (and nutritious) meals and snacks. Such as this one 😉

For the birds special treat, we wanted to make them a spin on ice cream sundaes, so we made them quinoa sundaes in whole wheat waffle cups. It was easy, fun, and all nine birds loved them!

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First gather all the ingredients you want to use. Look ariund, get creative, use what you have( that is bird safe) I used: 2 cups preprepared quinoa and collared greens, baby carrots, a handful of celery stalk and leaves, two organic baby food pouches, a cucumber, and whole wheat waffle cones.

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It was so easy and fast to get served up as the quinoa and collared greens were already prepared (see, I told you to make a big batch beforehand!) and since had been in the fridge overnight was nice and cold (a new and different way to serve it to the flock, and perfect for this dish) We mixed in a pouch and a half of organic baby foods and the mixture into pretty little scoops inside the whole wheat waffle cones (found at Sprouts) For this one, I decided carrots and celery would be great “sprinkles” if chopped up in the mini food processor.

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Then to top it off and make it look pretty, we garnished it with a slice of cucumber, celery leaf and a squirt of the rest of the baby food pouch.

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Sunday March 10, 2013

This is our first official weigh in. Not everyone will be needing to lose weight, but this will also be a great way to get the birds comfortable with weekly weight checks.

Megan ~ 5’2″ 138 lbs (Ugh I can’t believe I’m posting this!!)
* Goal- I’d like to tone up, slim down and fit in my size 6 clothes by summer. I am currently “living” in workout clothes, but honestly, don’t actually work out.

Seth ~ 6′ 163 lbs ( he’s a sexy guy already, I’m not gonna lie)
*Goal- to become more physically in shape, and to hike more.

Jordan ~ 4’11 86lbs (she’s a healthy beautiful girl)
* Goal- learn new healthy habits and maybe even help manage my asthma by learning yoga.

Bandit~ hyacinth macaw~ 1500g

Bailey~ blue and gold macaw~ 1240g

Embers~ shamrock macaw~886g

Leia~ blue throat macaw~ 620g

Solo~ congo african grey~ 514g

Romeo~ goffins cockatoo~366g

Nyah~ great billed parrot~388g

Chewey~hahns mini macaw~146g

Vader~hahns mini macaw~134g

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Lets face it… Life with birds is pretty much all consuming. Who has time, energy (or money) left for themselves. And truthfully, when we do happen to have any extra of anything around I feel pretty selfish if I use it for myself. However for as many needs (and wants) that the birds have, I’ve realized that our family has plenty of things too that need improving- our diet, exercising consistently and teaching our children to make healthy life choices, quality family time (this means making our time together really count, not just watching a show together) and making sure that all our animals are still included in everything (just as they are accustomed to it being. Lol) just to name a few…

So, now my personal challenge is to do MORE for EVERYONE ( the nine birds, three dogs, toddler, teenager, my spouse, the elderly woman we care for, and myself ) in our home – I just need to figure out how to do it without any extra money, or extra time, easy right?!

So that for me that means: no gym membership, no fancy mail order diets, dragging the dusty old elliptical up from the basement and then dragging myself on to it a few days a week. It means nature walks with my son and a couple of the dogs on nice days and playing Wii Fit with them indoors if it’s kind of crummy outside. It means walks around the neighborhood pushing the wheelchair, doing lunges when I hope no one is looking. It means dancing like a fool in my living room to all my belly dancing DVD’s again because I love and miss the way it makes me feel so confident and sexy – and I love the way it makes my husband look at me! I wonder how our Hyacinth is going to like the hip skirt… It means making time for quality time every day with my daughter; teaching her to value her body and mind and the importance of caring for them, so we will be beginning yoga together, probably with the birds climbing on top of us and her little brother treating us like a playground, but will be doing it -Together 😉

It means making meals that will have my entire family wondering if what’s cooking is for them, or for the birds, and having it be meant for everyone! Because our kitchen always has a variety of fresh fruits, veggies, squashes, and grains, everyone assumes we eat like kings. C’mon guys, what does assuming do? LOL (everyone thinks that we just joke about how the birds eat better than we do… it’s not joke, people. They really do eat that great!)

It’s time to change that. It’s time to change a lot of things. And So join me here a few times a week for ideas, tips, recipes, lots of photos and videos, updates, and so much more! Maybe even a few of you will find some inspiration for you to make any needed changes too as I get my life (and my butt) in shape!

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