Carmel Mountain Preschool Blog

CMP Organic Recipes

Banana Pancakes

By: Annie Emery Easiest, healthiest, most versatile, kid- loved breakfast yet. Fruit and protein packed, gluten free, this might just be your next go- to breakfast for the whole family using simple kitchen staples. With just two ingredients to start and make delicious, it’s your choice from there what you want to add in! Ingredients: […]

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Interview with Andrea Racca of Bobboi Organic Gelato

Finn’s 1st Gelato My husband, Massimo, is from Florence, Italy, so food plays a big part in our life. Anyone who knows me also knows that I am super anti-sugar but I make exceptions for amazing specimens of sugar, for example real Italian gelato. When my first son, Finn, was born I had a goal […]

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Roasted Pepita Dip

By: Annie Emery This is a snack that started off as a variation of the all- familiar hummus (simply replace half the chickpeas with roasted pepitas in a classic recipe), then got tweaked to perfection and landed somewhere in between traditional hummus and nut butter. Best part is it lasts in the fridge for weeks, […]

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Sweet Saucy Berries

By: Annie Emery The markets are flooded with strawberries and blueberries right now, they are SO good by themselves, but even better with this five -minute recipe. You can use them fresh or even a little overripe, as they get soaked in sauce. This is a great simple something to bring to a barbeque with […]

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Cheesecake Dip is a fun snack

Mint “Chocolate Chip Cheesecake” Dip Cheesecake Dip is a fun recipe for parties or just an after school snack.  The kids loved it, saying it looked like ice cream, and ate it all up. As a 90’s kid it reminded me of dunk-a-roos…but not nearly as bad for you.  These actually have a decent amount […]

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The Only Kale Chip Recipe You Should Have

By: Annie Emery Kale chips really can be an easy delicious salty snack that kids love, if you know the tricks. The main trick is to keep it simple, but follow directions correctly. While they won’t stay crisp for much longer than an afternoon, the leftovers make an amazing salad base. Give it a go… […]

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Cowboy Bars

When you’re looking for a chewy, salty, chocolatey, gluten free, energy boost, these are just the thing! Done in just 20 minutes, start to finish, you may want to make a double batch because they while they keep long, they go fast. Ingredients 2/3 C + 1/2 C oat flour (blast oats in a food […]

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5-Minute Avocado Dip

By: Annie Emery Let me share with you a kid-friendly, time-friendly alternative to traditional guacamole. This is so low-key, delicious, and healthy, lucky us our official state fruit is none other than the buttery textured, nutrient dense, amazing avocado. It was devoured at school as a side for quesadillas and can make a wonderful spread […]

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Real Good Honey Granola Bars

By: Annie Emery Packaged granola bars are a great grab and go snack, but unfortunately many of them have so many preservatives and sugar that they look more like a candy bar. If you have 35 minutes you can prepare a week’s worth of bars, just double the recipe I have here. Ingredients 2.5 Cups […]

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Secret Brownies

By: Annie Emery This summer I worked at a bakery in a small town in Alaska, where I first had the luxury of a delicious gluten free brownie. Later, I found how the fudgy consistency was made…black beans! You honestly could not taste them. The owner was not giving up her recipe, so I set […]

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Chocolate Chia Pudding

By: Annie Emery Chocolate Pudding that Wins! What makes this a winner? Chia! Chia is a serious powerhouse of sustainable energy. Just 2 tablespoons contain 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and some minerals, essential for bone health, including calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. This delicious […]

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Spiced Orange Date Bread

By Annie Emery Ingredients 1-3/4 Cups flour 1/4 Cup flaxseed meal 1 Tbs chia seed 1 Tbs baking powder 1 Tbs baking soda 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp allspice 1 tsp vanilla 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 Cup canola oil 3/4 Cup yogurt 3/4 Cup pitted dates 1/3 Cup brown sugar 1/2 Cup orange juice Welcome […]

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Mango Chutney

By: Annie Emery Expanding taste buds at a young age is a great way to develop appreciation for exploration. I love using spice to flavor and pushing the boundaries of how far I can eventually go without adding sugar. I think Indian cuisine takes the cake on this. For morning snack, I served mango chutney […]

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Berry Breakfast Cookies

By: Annie Emery Good day everyone! I am pleased to share with you a recipe that is super easy, super healthy, and the kids really liked! It’s well rounded, yummy hot or cold, and you most likely already have the ingredients in your pantry. Preheat oven to 350*F Ingredients 2 very ripe mashed bananas 4 […]

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Asian Carrot Salad

By: Annie Emery This dish is quick, versatile, and sweet with a low glycemic load. One of my favorite combinations! If you own a food processor, large organic carrots are the tastiest. If not, shredded organic is a time saver and a close second. So gather an armful’s worth of ingredients and let’s get started. […]

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Passion Fruit Simple Syrup

“Passion Fruit Simple Syrup” Annie Emery Hello All! I think it is amazing the things we can find right in our backyard. For this month’s blog post, I would like to share with you the deliciousness of passion fruit. This citrus can be picked at different stages for various flavors. If the fruit’s outer layer […]

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Pumpkin Banana Oat Bake

Hello All! My name is Annie and I am the new chef here at CMP. I came from a small island in the Caribbean where fresh, organic produce was quite scarce, so I am truly excited to take advantage of everything California has to offer. One thing we were able to grow well on my […]

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