Our 2nd Miracle From Heaven

Adoption - Birth Mom BellyI know I have completely been missing from the blog for months!  Let me explain.  Our second little miracle came into our lives on December 30, 2014.  And, for the four months prior to her arrival we had been meeting with her gorgeous birth momma and working towards this baby girl’s delivery.  I suppose my priorities were focused on getting my second beautiful daughter to my family and the blog took a back seat.  I sure hope you’ll forgive me because this little miracle is so darn beautiful I can hardly stand it!  (And, it might be just a smidge longer before I seriously get back to blogging recipes.  In my eyes, my babies are only this little once and I don’t want to miss out on these precious days.  But, I do have a post that will be coming shortly on make-ahead freezer meals that I can’t wait to share with you.  So, stay tuned!)

Adoption - Open Adoption Birth

 Adeline Joy weighed 7 lbs., 14 oz., and was 19″ long.  As with our first amazing miracle, we also chose to have an open adoption with Addie’s birth mom and she was gracious enough to allow me and my husband in the delivery room during Addie’s arrival to this world.  Words cannot explain the amazing experience of this grand event!

Adoption - Miracle #2

When little Adeline was discharged from the hospital 48 hours later we loaded her in her car seat and headed home.  This is when Evie met her baby sister for the first time.  Evie was THRILLED and literally jumped up and down with excitement when we walked through the door.  She adores her baby sister and it’s SO sweet to watch her interact with Addie.  I am so grateful these sisters have each other!

Adoption - Sisters

We are seriously head-over-heels in love with this beautiful baby girl.  She is so sweet and such a mild-tempered baby.  We cannot get enough of her.  If we didn’t have to do anything else (you know . . . like laundry, eat, shower, etc.) then we would NEVER put her down.   

Adoption - Mommy & Baby

Adeline’s birth mom has one of the biggest hearts I have ever witnessed.  She knows how to truly love better than most.  She loves our little Addie so much and we are grateful that she had the strength and the GREAT amount of love to break her own heart (and trust me, she did!) to give Addie a better life than what she can currently offer.  Addie’s birth mom is one strong, courageous, brave, faithful, and loving woman.  There are no words to describe the amount of gratitude and love we hold in our hearts for this beautiful woman.  We are grateful to have an open adoption with her and welcome all of her love in our family.  I mean, can there ever be too much love?  I think not.

Adoption - Adeline's Birth Mom

We feel like Adeline is truly “home” and, like Evie, was always meant to be in our family.  Our “new” family of four is, without a doubt, a miracle in our lives.  We love our little family and the way it has come about.  I feel like we are just walking through each day with a big giant heart wrapped around us.  The love is indescribable and I am madly in love with our sweet family.  

Adoption - New Family of Four (I obviously love adoption, and open adoption in particular.  I am happy to answer questions, offer advice and/or explanations if desired. Don’t hesitate to leave a comment or send me a private email.)

Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing

Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing || Mimi's Fit Foods

This is for all of you Ranch Dressing lovers!  I recently made this to go on our taco salads.  I usually make my Ranch Dressing with cottage cheese (you can check that out here), but this is a good alternative . . . especially if you’re looking for more of the “right” consistency.   

I throw everything in a Mason Jar and shake it up.  It turns out beautifully!  Make sure you use the Ranch Dressing packet (not the Dip packet).  

This is a GREAT alternative to making the typical Ranch Dressing with full-fat sour cream and buttermilk.  It can be used for everything you love to use Ranch Dressing with (salad, veggies, snacks, etc.).

Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing | Mimi's Fit Foods

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Fit Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (3 Ingredients Only!)

Fit Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies | Mimi's Fit Foods

It’s officially Autumn so why not throw a pumpkin recipe your way?  Even better, a pumpkin cookie recipe with chocolate!  And, even better than that . . . a pumpkin/chocolate recipe cookie that only takes three ingredients and is ONLY 70 calories per cookie (remove the chocolate chips and you’ve got yourself a pumpkin cookie for ONLY 42 calories!).  Yah . . . pretty awesome wouldn’t you say?

I’m not really sure where I got this recipe.  I’ve seen it circle around Pinterest lately, but I’ve been making it for years.  It seems like my hair dresser told me about it years ago, but I can’t remember exactly.  At any rate, I’m so glad it’s in my recipe files and it should be in yours too (in my humble opinion).  

All you do is take a spice cake mix, mix in one can of pumpkin, and then fold in some chocolate chips.  That’s right . . . no added oil, butter, or eggs!  This makes for a low fat/low calorie cookie.  Bake them up and you’ve got yourself some fluffy, distinctly flavored pumpkin cookies with melted chocolate found throughout.  I think they are as good, if not better, than any Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookie you can buy in a bakery.  And, that’s kind of a big deal considering that similar cookies found in the bakeries can total anywhere from 175 to 300 calories per cookie!  Oh dear!

Fit Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies || Mimi's Fit Foods

So, if you’re needing a little Autumn treat that won’t break the calorie bank, these are the ticket!  They’re easy to make, super delicious, and much lower in fat and calories than the traditional cookie.  Nobody will ever know they aren’t the “real” thing either.  I’ve taken these to parties, pot-lucks, given them to friends, etc.  They are LOVED by ALL.  And, don’t be afraid to let your toddler help you mix, bake, and eat these cookies.  Mine loved the fun in making them and she DEFINITELY loved the fun in eating them. Happy Autumn!

Fit Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies Toddler Helps | Mimi's Fit Foods

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Fresh Herb Sweet Potato and Zucchini Baked Fritters

Fresh Herb Sweet Potato and Zucchini Baked Fritters

I haven’t shared one zucchini recipe with you this year.  That is kind of ridiculous considering it’s a staple at our house starting mid-summer.  We still have zucchini growing like crazy and, unlike many others, we are STILL loving it.  For those of you who are looking for another creative and delicious way to use zucchini I must share one of my new favorite ways to use to use it.  These fritters make such a delicious side dish and go with just about any main course.  And, they look pretty fancy to boot!

They are seriously easy to prepare, especially if you have a food processor.  I like using the food processor to shred my sweet potatoes and zucchini for two reasons.  1 – It’s fast.  2 – Everything turns out to be the same size.  However, if you don’t have a food processor you can totally use a hand grater and your fritters will turn out just fine.

Shredded Sweet Potatoes & Zucchini | Mimi's Fit Foods

I looked at several fritter recipes and, based on previous experience/knowledge of zucchini, I found it pretty essential to get as much liquid out of the zucchini as I could before cooking up my fritters.  There are several ways to do this, but the easiest and most mess-free way of accomplishing this task is to place your shredded zucchini in a colander, salt the zucchini, and then let it sit for about 30 minutes (you’ll want to place the colander over a bowl or simply in a sink to catch the liquid).  This magically pulls the liquid out of the zucchini and all you have to do is gently press it with a spoon to get any extra liquid out.  (Another popular method is to squeeze the zucchini with a towel, paper towels, or cheese cloth.  While this works, I still find it hard to get as much liquid out of the zucchini and then I have a dirty, wet, green towel to deal with.)  

Also, if you’re a bit salt-sensitive, then I recommend rinsing your zucchini after the 30 minutes.  This will take some of the salt off the zucchini.  I slightly rinsed mine and then just used a wooden spoon to gently squeeze the zucchini against the colander to remove any excess water. 

You’ll find that I used a combination of fresh Thyme and fresh Basil.  You can really use just about any combination of fresh herbs you desire.  I found these to be delicious and well-balanced and . . . I happened to grow them in my little herb garden this year.  The herbs really help elevate the freshness of these fritters.  Soooo yummy!

Most fritters are typically fried, however that’s not really a great option when looking for healthy ways to prepare foods.  So, I went with a baked option and we loved the way these turned out.  

You seriously should add these to your zucchini recipe files.  These fritters are a keeper and we totally love them at our house.  Plus, having one more way to mix up the zucchini is a huge bonus when we practically eat it every day.  

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Spartan Race Giveaway Winner

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I hope you all enjoyed the chance to win a free Spartan Race this past week (via the blog and Facebook)!  If you’re not following me on Facebook and/or Pinterest, you should!  I would love to connect with you there too!

Now for the drumroll please!

I’ve randomly selected a winner and the winner is . . . . 
Bob who said, “I like the banana blender muffins.”

Bob, you have one week to contact me at mimisfitfoods@gmail.com.  I will then send you the information you need to register for the race you wish (any open heat in any Spartan Race in the continental US).

For those of you who didn’t win, but still have your eye on a Spartan Race . . . well, I have a special promo code you can use to get 10% off.  Use the code:  SPARTANBLOGGER and it’ll same you some cash.

As for the cruise . . . Spartan will contact you directly if you’ve won.  

Keep working out and I’ll keep sending you yummy and healthy recipes to fuel that awesome body of yours!  

Spartan Cruise & Race Giveaway


Hey folks!  I know I have totally been MIA lately.  It’s been a crazy couple of weeks that consisted of family coming to town, several family birthday parties, a husband going out-of-town, potty training a toddler, and much more.  I’ve hardly had time to wash our clothes, let alone blog.  But, the “rush” of events has calmed down and I have more to share with you.

And, to beg for forgiveness, I am coming back in full-swing with a giveaway!!  YAY! 
Please notice that there are TWO giveaways going on here.  Check them both out and be sure to enter both of them!

This is so amazing!  First off, Spartan is putting together a cruise to the Bahamas that also includes a Spartan Sprint.  (If you’re not fully aware of Spartan, you should be.  They are the world’s premier obstacle race company.  They orchestrate obstacle races at different levels with different lengths . . . all over the world.  What’ super cool is that the Spartan Race World Championship Race is on September 20th in Killington Vermont.  It’s so cool that you can watch it on NBC Sports.  Spartan is legit, my friends.  Totally legit!) 

There are Spartan Races in 17 countries, and there are themed cruises, but never a themed Spartan Race cruise – until now!  Spartan Race, the world’s premier obstacle race company, will host a deluxe Caribbean cruise from the Port of Miami to a private island in the Bahamas on March 6 to 9, 2015.

This awesome experience will feature an all-inclusive Norwegian Cruise Line cruise, a 3+mile/15+ obstacle Spartan Sprint on a private island in the Bahamas’ Great Stirrup Cay, live music, dancing, all meals, and what’s considered best of all: a $50,000 prize pool for Elite racers.

Does this not sound like a blast!?  The good news is that you can enter to win a giveaway for 2 including airfare and the cruise out of Miami (US residents only)!  

Spartan Cruise Giveaway


Spartan Race Giveaway Entry Form

All you have to do is go fill out the entry form and a winner will be chosen in one week on September 22.  If you’re the winner, you will be directly contacted by Spartan. Hurry!  Go enter!  We’re talking about a Caribbean cruise . . . all paid for! (This is a giveaway hosted directly by Spartan.  I’m just making sure you all know about it because I think it’s incredibly awesome!)

You can find more information about the cruise here.  





On top of that, I’m personally giving away an entry to a Spartan race.  It’s your choice as you can use it for any open heat in any Spartan Race in the continental US.  You can head on over to the Spartan Website and you’ll see how many races you can choose from.  You have one week to enter and I’ll announce the winner (who will be chosen at random) here on my blog next Monday, September 22.  All you have to do to enter is to make a comment on this post telling me what your favorite Mimi’s recipe is or one you want to try soon.  Easy Peasy!

Want an additional entry?  Go to my Mimi’s Fit Foods Facebook Page, like my page (if you haven’t already), find the Spartan Giveaway announcement there and also leave a comment with your favorite Mimi’s recipe (or one you want to try).  

So, there you have it!  Two giveaways right here!  I hope this will make up for my lack of posts lately.  I’ve got some real good recipes in the upcoming line-up, so get ready and make sure to come back and check them out.  

Good luck with the giveaway!  I can’t wait to see who wins!



Gluten Free Blender Banana Muffins

Gluten Free Blender Banana Muffins | Mimi's Fit Foods

These muffins are seriously killer!  I mean, I usually get a little skeptical with some of these “gluten free” baked goods recipes.  But, these are a real keeper.  They are way moist (and there isn’t even any butter/oil in the recipe), full of banana flavor, and so dang easy!  All you do is throw all the ingredients in the blender, blend, then pour into muffin liners.  

Besides just making these for breakfast because they are so awesome, they also make for a quick grab-and-go breakfast, an easily portable snack, or a delicious after school snack for the kiddos!  

As soon as your bananas get ripe and start getting those brown spots on their peels . . . .  make these.  Make these fast! 

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