Patriotic Krispies {Rice Krispy Treats}

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I love these Patriotic Krispies! They are the perfect treat for patriotic holidays such as Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day. Most all kids love Rice Krispy treats which make them a great treat for a cookout or get together. Best of all for my family, it’s a safe dessert for my daughter’s nut allergies. They are also so easy to customize for most any holiday. I have to admit, no matter how old I am they are still one of my favorite desserts. In fact, I can’t be trusted with an entire pan of them. [Read more...]

Easy Summer Salsa Recipe (Great for Cookouts!)

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Easy Summer Salsa Recipe

Jamie here, my husband’s favorite words that come out of my mouth are probably “I think I’ll make Salsa today!”  His face lights up, as do the boys’, with unadulterated joy.  It’s an understatement to say that my whole family loves Mexican food – so when I make my salsa recipe, I usually do a triple batch.  That way I can use it over the next few days in any other Mexican recipes I wind up cooking.  Plus – it tastes even BETTER the second day…

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Baked Cheese Sticks

Cheese Sticks Final 5   Cheese sticks are so yummy, but since they are deep fried we usually avoid them. This recipe for a healthier version of baked cheese sticks will even please the pickiest kids. With the yummy crunch on the outside and hot melted cheese on the inside it’s a perfect afternoon snack or appetizer. Plus, they are easy to make! Give it a try and see how much you’ll love them! For more healthy recipes click here.   Ingredients Ingredients:

  • 12 sticks of string cheese in your choice of cheese – I used mozzarella
  • 2 tbsp of flour
  • 5 tbsp of bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp of parmesan cheese
  • a tad of olive oil, or cooking spray

In Process 1 Cut the cheese sticks in half, making 24 slices, then freeze the slices in the freezer until completely frozen. In Process 2 Beat the egg in a small bowl. Use a separate bowl to combine the bread crumbs and parmesan cheese. To bread the cheese sticks: First dip the frozen cheese stick into the flour, then into the egg, then into the bread crumb mixture. In Process 3 Once all of the cheese sticks are coated, place them on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil coated with a few drops of olive oil or sprayed with cooking spray (this helps keep them from sticking). Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for about 4 minutes, or until crisp. Watch them closely so they don’t melt completely! Serve with marinara sauce and enjoy!

Baked Cheese Sticks
 
Ingredients
  • 12 sticks of string cheese in your choice of cheese – I used mozzarella
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp of flour
  • 5 tbsp of bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp of parmesan cheese
  • a tad of olive oil, or cooking spray
Instructions
  1. Cut the cheese sticks in half, making 24 slices, then freeze the slices in the freezer until completely frozen.
  2. Beat the egg in a small bowl. Use a separate bowl to combine the bread crumbs and parmesan cheese.
  3. To bread the cheese sticks: First dip the frozen cheese stick into the flour, then into the egg, then into the bread crumb mixture.
  4. Once all of the cheese sticks are coated, place them on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil coated with a few drops of olive oil or sprayed with cooking spray (this helps keep them from sticking).
  5. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for about 4 minutes, or until crisp. Watch them closely so they don’t melt completely!
  6. Serve with marinara sauce and enjoy!

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Mexican Chicken and Quinoa Recipe

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My family absolutely loves Mexican food, but often times Mexican food can be pretty unhealthy so I’m always looking for a healthy alternative. As I was meal planning this week I remembered this recipe video that I saw on Facebook for Mexican Quinoa however, my husband does not enjoy vegetarian meals so I knew he’d be less than happy if I made it for dinner. To keep my man happy, I made several adaptions to the recipe to better suit my family’s taste and I must say that it turned out amazing! An added bonus, as a one pot meal it was so easy to make and clean up was a snap! [Read more...]

Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Boats

Spaghetti Squash Lasagna
Spaghetti Squash is my favorite new vegetable. It’s so versatile and healthy. I especially love how I can substitute spaghetti squash for noodles to create a healthier Italian dinner for my family. After making spaghetti sauce with spaghetti squash I thought I’d go a step further and make spaghetti squash lasagna. It was really easy to make and so yummy! It made enough for left overs that I had for lunch all week. I’ve included pictures below with each step and the complete recipe at the bottom of this post. [Read more...]

Super Easy Spaghetti with Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti with Spaghetti Squash

One of my favorite new vegetables is spaghetti squash. It has such a yummy peppery flavor, completely not what I expected. In fact, the first time I made it my husband and I were very apprehensive and figured we’d end up trashing it after a couple of bites. We were pleasantly surprised that it was so delicious. I also love that it’s easy to prepare and doesn’t require a ton of complicated steps. Spaghetti squash pairs perfectly with one of my favorite easy go-to meals, Super Easy Spaghetti. Now we’ve just found a way to make it a little healthier. I serve with a big garden salad full of fresh veggies for a delicious healthy meal for my family.

Click here for 5 easy steps to how to roast spaghetti squash.

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How to Roast Spaghetti Squash

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I admit, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I kept seeing all these recipes on Pinterest with spaghetti squash instead of noodles and I thought surely these people had lost their minds. There is no way that spaghetti squash is good, much less as good as noodles. But, in our quest to eat healthier I was willing to give it a try. I have to admit I was very pleasantly surprised. I actually loved it! Spaghetti Squash has a rich peppery flavor and is so easy to roast. I’ve included step-by-step directions below. [Read more...]

10 Mother’s Day Easy Breakfast Ideas (For the hubby & kids to make!)

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Mother’s Day weekend is (or should be!) a day for mom to sleep in and get breakfast-in-bed, but if the rest of your family is cooking-challenged they may need a push in the right direction.  Since we leave for church pretty early on Mother’s Day, we sometimes start celebrating on Saturday morning. My sweet husband and big kids let me sleep in a little while they cook breakfast. It’s such a nice treat to not relax while they are doing all the work!

Even though we normally eat very healthy, Mother’s Day is an all out cheat day where I treat myself with whatever I want and I enjoy every single bite without once ounce of guilt. In case your hubby might need some inspiration, here are 10 breakfast recipes that Jamie and I have posted over the years you might enjoy.

  1. Banana Nut Muffins with Streusel Topping and Chocolate Chips
  2. Easy Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
  3. Homemade Whole Wheat Pancakes
  4. Homemade Granola Bars with Fruit & Nuts
  5. Ham & Egg Breakfast Cups
  6. Christmas Morning Breakfast Casserole
  7. Night-Before Breakfast Casserole
  8. Apple Cinnamon Freezer Pancakes
  9. Microwave Bacon
  10. Homemade English Muffin Bread