Breaking News…..Little Dinners for Little Ones!


 Breaking News!!!!


Just in from the office/kitchen of food blogger and nutritionist, Lisa, of  Smart Food and Fit. Lisa’s picky five year old son took the advice from Sam-I-Am of Green Eggs and Ham and decided to try her cornbread chili casserole in that cute bowl.

This was his reaction before the taste test.

I like mommy’s cornbread chili casserole !
I do! I like them,  in that cute bowl!
I do so like
Mommy’s cornbread chili casserole!
Thank you!
Thank You,
For making them in that cute bowl!


Before I share the recipe, yesterday my son’s cub scouts got a tour of our local news station. The Weeblos 1 scouts had an awesome opportunity to meet the morning crew at WZYZ channel 7 news. Gabrielle the intern was nice enough to give us a tour on her day off. We were all up and ready for the tour at 8:15 a.m. to watch segments of the morning show. Thanks Gabrielle and hope you enjoyed the no bake peanut butter protein balls we made for you!


I even had a chance to meet Malcom Maddox. He was nice enough to take a minute to strike a pose with me. One of the crew took a picture of me behind the news desk. He was coaching me to look like I was reporting something important. I fooled quite a few of my friends and family on facebook, they actually thought I did a nutrition segment on t.v.! Ha, ha!

Individual Cornbread Chili Casserole
Servings varies on ramekin size, for 7 oz. ramekin – 10 servings/ serving size: 1 ramekin (perfect for kids or those watching their weight)
Weight Watcher Pts Plus: 8
Calories:332 /Protein: 20 g/Fat: 6.5 g/ Carbs: 50 g/Fiber: 12 g
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Coat individual ramekins using my Misto spray bottle filled with olive oil.
  2. I filled the smaller ramekins with 6 ounces of chili and 2 Tbsp of cheese and 1/4 cup of cornbread mix; spread cornbread batter evenly ontop, you may need more.
  3. Place the ramekins on a baking dish (so the overflow will not spill on the bottom of your oven). Bake the individual casseroles until the top springs back when touched lightly, 20 to 25 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
  4.  This makes about 10 servings using the 7 ounce ramekins, means you’ll need 10 ramekins. I also like to use the larger bowls, the 24 ounce bowls, for a heartier filling meal ~ makes about 5 servings. Larger bowls, add about 2 cups of chili, 1/4 cup of shredded cheese and 1/2 cup or so of cornbread mix.
Lisa’s Cornbread:
Servings: 12 muffins/ Serving size: 1 muffin
Weight Watcher points: 2
Calories: 100/Protein: 3.5 g/ Fat: 2 g/Carbs: 17 g/Fiber: 2.5 g
  • 1 1/4 cup organic cornmeal or non-GMO cornmeal
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour or gluten free all purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp sugar or 1 packet of stevia ( I used sugar)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 large egg or 2 egg whites ( I used 1 large whole egg)
  • 1 1/4 cup of milk or milk substitute
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil, I used olive oil
  1. In a bowl, whisk cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk egg, milk ( I used skim milk) and oil. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.
  2. Evenly pour the cornbread batter into 12 top muffin pan, make 12 muffins or follow the directions above for the cornbread casserole.

18 Responses to Breaking News…..Little Dinners for Little Ones!

  1. Such a cute idea!! I just got ramekins at Christmas and haven’t tried them yet. Love this!

    • Hi Laura,
      Thanks! I just really started to use my ramekins the last six months! I love them! Let me know what recipe ideas or uses you come up with. Always looking for new ideas! Have a Happy Earth Day!

  2. You look really at ease behind the camera, maybe you can be an extra in the next Anchorman! i love individual meals. I’m not quite a little one anymore, but hey, it’s good for adults too, right?

  3. Oh, how fun! Love the Breaking News… and, I think you should do a nutrition segment on tv – why not? Did you run it by Malcolm? ;-) You look very official and how fun that your son’s troop got a grand tour… don’t they do the greatest things (mostly – oh dear…different topic) in Scouts? Our youngest is now at the stage where he goes weekend camping every month or so – just loves it! This recipe is so great Lisa – I love that you put the cornbread right in the chili bowl – I’ve never seen that before!! Small portions are so great for young ones; far less daunting :-) – Great work Mom!

    • My son’s troop had a blast as did I at the local news station. I did make some treats so hopefully they’ll like thema nd call me in for a healthy recipe segment!
      For some reason, if I come up with cute little presentations for my picky eater, he’s tempted to give the food a try! In this case, it worked!

  4. What a great idea! With the schedules you and so many other Mothers keep, I bet these individual servings are a life-saver. It must be something to step onto a TV set that you’ve only seen from the comfort of your home. Surreal.

    • Oh, yes making little meals that I can freeze in advance helps me out on those busy hectic days.
      As far as the t.v. segment, I just took photo’s sitting behind the desk. It was after the morning show, so it was never aired! Ha! I fooled even my parents! Maybe one day, I’ll do a healthy eating segment…..that would be awesome!

  5. So neat! I’d totally believe you’d done a segment. :) This meal looks great – and if your kids are going for it, I may have to give it a try. (And love your Dr. Suess take on it!)

    • Thanks Courtney! Let me know if your kids like ‘em. The Dr. Suess, “Green Eggs and Ham” is my son’s fav book. He is learning to read on his own that book, so I remind him how he likes it at the end!

  6. Definitely trying this on my nieces!

  7. Okay I think you fooled me. I was so happy for you because I thought you actually had a nutritionist segment too LOL. Of course that’s coming for you :). Loved the photos and these little meals are to die for.

  8. Hi Kelly, I love the look of these – I have some little “cocottes”… a bit like ramekins, but they’re a bit too small for something like this, so proper ramekins is something I need to pick up sometime. Beautiful little meals :)

    That tour looks like a lot of fun. I always wondered what it looks like from the other direction… is it just a brick wall with some cameras in front of it?

  9. You fooled me too! I thought you were on TV for your blog! :) This recipe looks like any kid would be a convert.

  10. I agree, you fit in a little too well behind that desk! I think you’d be great on TV. :) And what a fun experience, thanks for sharing some photos. Great idea to serve the casserole in mini form!

  11. LOL! I thought you were doing a segment too at first glance! Love it! :) And I’m definitely going to make this chili casserole for Mr. N. He will absolutely go crazy for this and I just love using ramekins.

  12. Hello, I was on Geni’s website and noted that your response stated you were hosting an event in Michigan. My home town is Michigan but now currently living in Hong Kong. Looking forward to keeping in touch. BAM

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