Granola bites– again!

I have made these before, well I actually make them about once a week. A very healthy homemade snack!

What you need:
1 cup peanut butter
2/3 cup honey
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 cup rolled oats
1 1/2 cup flaxseed
1-2 tsp vanilla
pinch salt
1 cup add-ins (optional– chocolate chips, dried cranberries, nuts etc..)

What to do:
Mix it all together, lay out as thin as you desire on a flat pan and place in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
Once they have hardened, flip the pan upside down and remove the mixture.

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Cut mixture into bite size bars.
Store in the refrigerator.

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I had a helper 🙂

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Enjoy!

Apple and banana cupcakes with Greek yogurt frosting

This was from valentines day.. Little treats for her little party. My Lucy did approve, after all she is the taste tester!

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Frosting:
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup powder sugars
1 tsp vanilla

Cupcakes:
1 cup all purpose flour
½ cup whole wheat flour
2 ripe bananas
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 eggs
½ tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt

What to do:
Mix up frosting and put aside in the refrigerator to keep cool.
In a mixer blend all other ingredients.
Pour into lined muffin tins. (I used mini tins)
Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes or until done.
After cooling frost and top with fresh strawberries or blueberries!

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Baked oatmeal cups

Always getting creative for my Lucy. No milk sub rice milk. No eggs. the usual is Lucy’s world!
She can only eat so many bananas and bowls of oatmeal in the morning so here we go… Lets try something new! Extremely healthy, filling and something new!

What you need:
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups of applesauce (or four small baked apples)
1 mashed banana
5 cups oats
1/4 cup flaxseed
1 tbl cinnamon
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 3/4 rice milk

*top with fruit of your choice!

What to do:
Mix vanilla, applesauce, and banana
Add oats, flax, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and mix with wet ingredients.
Pour in rice milk and combine.
Spray and pour evenly into muffin tins.
Top with fruit if you choose.
Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees

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Enjoy!

Baby Pancakes…Vegan style!

So my sweet Lucy has a little allergy and/or sensitivity to milk. Imagine that, I was the queen bee allergy kid! So last weekend we stayed at my parents house, and my mom made us breakfast one morning. Cole (my nephew) picked out pancakes. Well, we did not want to leave miss Lucy out…so here goes the vegan pancake experiment!

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What you need:

1 cup flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 cup of the dairy free milk of your choosing–I substituted with formula.
1/4 cup applesauce, or banana.

Mix together, and cook as you would a normal pancake.

Top with blueberries!

It was a success….and a very messy one 🙂

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A week behind. Life happens.

A week late, sorry for the delay. Last weekend was tax free weekend which meant my normal cooking day was moved and therefor a few days late which turned into a week behind. So yes, life does happen!! Here is the menu for this week. Next week: baby food!

Breakfast:

Egg and Spinach Casserole

Lunch:

Chicken salad sandwiches

Dinners:

Buffalo Chicken Tacos (my husband’s fav!)

Macaroni and cheese–added spinach. This is my attempt to make mac and cheese healthy!

Green enchiladas

5 minute Italian Chicken

***Fun note: I bought one bag of frozen chicken tenders and used it for four meals! thrifty right??

Lucy watching me cook…and munching on a green bean 😉

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Egg, Spinach and Egg Casserole

Great pre made breakfast! It is also good heated in a tortilla! Top with salsa or sour cream for a little more flavor.

What you need:
8-10 large eggs
1 package of baby spinach
1/2 package of shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 package of shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper

What to do:
In a greased baking dish place spinach as the bottom layer.
Next top with cheese.
Then add beaten eggs on top. Mix slightly.
Bake in oven @375 for 15-20 minutes or until fully cooked.

Enjoy!

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A little Italian on my mind..

Well Italian with a little Mexican that is… Here is our week!

Here is the menu:

Breakfast:

Granola bars

Mini Quiche

Lunches:
Turkey and cheese sandwich– I premake about 5-7 sandwiches with turkey, cheese, lettuce and tomato. Leave the dressing off so it does not get soggy! Put them in baggies and they are ready to go for the week!
Old fashion PB&J– put in the freezer and by the time they are ready to eat, it is still cold but thawed!
Avocado & cranberry salad

Dinners:
Green chili burritos
Turkey meatball sandwiches
Baked ziti
A fun snack:

Corn chips

Grocery list:

Dairy:

butter

eggs

half and half

cottage cheese

Deli:

shredded cheddar cheese

crumbled goat cheese

crumbled feta cheese

lunch meat

sliced cheese

1 package shredded mozzarella cheese

parmesan cheese (fresh is the best)

Produce:

1 potato

basil

parsley

1 bag of spinach

1 yellow onion

1 small tomato

2 avocados

5 garlic cloves (I buy a jar of minced garlic so it does not go to waste)

dried cranberries

pine nuts

fresh fruit–always easy to cut up and add to each meal

Frozen:

Box:

bread crumbs

1 penne pasta

Can:

1 green enchilada sauce

1 Ortega chilies diced

1 refried beans

2 tomato sauce

1 diced tomatoes

Sauce:

salsa

ranch

peanut butter

jelly

honey

Meat:

1 package breakfast sausage

1 pork shoulder

1 pound ground turkey

1 italian sausage

chicken breast (if wanted for salad)

Baking:

flaxseed

oatmeal

vanilla

chocolate chips

sugar

cornstarch

Spices:

Olive oil

salt

garlic powder

pepper

red pepper

oregano

Bakery:

corn tortillas

flour tortillas

hoagie buns

Off to cook!

Lucy herself… She seems to be bored with cooking. Reading will do!

Enjoy!

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Granola Bars

A quick and easy on the go breakfast…grab a granola bar. The ones at the grocery store are loaded with sugar and preservatives, plus costly. Lets make our own!

What you need:

2 cups of oatmeal

1 cup of peanut butter (or any nut butter)

2/3 cup of honey

1 cup of ground flax-seed (flax-seed is low in carbs, and is a combination of healthy fats and high in fiber)

1 cup of chocolate chips (or a dried fruit works great too)

1 teaspoon vanilla

What to do:

Mix it all together in a mixer

place in suran wrap and put in fridge for about an hour.

Cut into bars, or roll in balls. Wrap individually.

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Quiche bites

Seriously amazing! I made these for the first time on Easter this year with friends. Each time they get even a little better, and they look fancy 🙂

 

What you need:
2 tbl melted butter
1/2 bread crumbs
4 large eggs
1/3 half and half
1/2 tsp salt
1 small potato- cooked, cooled and diced
6 oz breakfast sausage- cooked and crumbled (4 patties)
1 tbsp of chopped basil
1 cup shredded cheese
2 oz crumbled goat cheese
Pepper

What to do:
Heat oven to 350 degrees
Cook breakfast sausage on medium heat
Dice and peel potato; boil until soft

Spray muffin tin and put approx 1/4 tablespoon of melted butter in each tin

Pat about 1 tablespoon of breadcrumbs in each tin to create the crust

In a mixer combine: eggs, salt, half and half, sausage, potatoes, and basil

Spoon into muffin tin evenly and top with goat cheese

Bake on the lowest rack for 15-20 minutes

Top with chopped green onion

After cooling put in freezer bag and label. You are set for a quick breakfast this week!

Enjoy!

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