Clean Oatmeal Banana Muffins

Happy first Saturday of the New Year! This morning I whipped up a quick batch of the healthy, delicious, clean muffins! This recipe makes about 20 muffins and freeze beautifully!

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Here’s what you will need:
2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats or 3 cups quick oats
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 eggs
1/2 cup honey
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 Tbls flaxseed
1 tsp vanilla
2 ripe bananas
Optional add-ins: chocolate chips (my favorite!), nuts, dried fruit, etc. the possibilities are endless!

What to do:
Place oats in the food processor and run for 10 seconds. If you food processor is large enough you can toss the rest of the ingredients (except add-ins) in and blend. If not, toss all the ingredients in a bowl and mix with mixer. Stir in add-in and spoon into a muffin pan. Bake at 2
350 until the edges are brown. In my oven, it’s about 10-15 minutes.
Store them in the fridge and reheat when ready to eat, or toss in a freezer bag and freeze.
These have been my ‘go to’ breakfast for all my out of town doctor appointments. Delish!
Enjoy!

Original recipe found here!

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Pre-Baby Freezer Cooking – The Menu

So I finally finished the menu and went shopping for my mad freezer cooking session I’m having before the baby hatches. Here’s the plan:

Breakfasts

Pancakes: Eggnog, Vanilla and Oatmeal

Muffins: Banana Oat, Banana Chocolate Chip and Pumpkin

Breakfast Burritos

Lunches

Uncrustables

Quesadillas

Dinners

Beef Tips and Rice

Chicken Spaghetti

Sour Cream Enchiladas

Lemon Chicken

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Orange Chicken

Chili

Chicken Pot Pie

BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

Chicken Strips and Nuggets

Meat Loaf Muffins

Sour Cream Noodle Bake

 

So there’s the menu and I will post the recipes that go with them as I cook! Hopefully I can get a lot done this evening.

 

I’m Back….Kinda…

First off I want to apologize for not posting as regularly as I had wanted. On Father’s day, I got to tell Rooster Brown that a new chick would be hatching in February! It was quite an exciting day considering he was in Alaska on a mission trip! I just couldn’t wait any longer to tell him! Thank goodness for facetime! ūüôā Anyway, little did we know the complications that would come along with this pregnancy. Multiple trips to the doctor (1 1/2 away) every week, labs, ultrasounds, the works. I’m happy to say we are on the home stretch at 33 weeks and anxiously awaiting the safe arrival of our new chick.

So with delivery coming quickly and the gift of a new deep freeze (eek!), I am compiling freezer recipes from my own cookbooks along with some submitted by friends. Get ready for a new post coming soon with some amazing freezer recipes!

My posts might still be far between, but I promise, I haven’t forgotten!

 

Homemade Alfredo Sauce

I found this really simple recipe on Pinterest, and decided I had to try it. Oh my was it delicious!!!! I will never buy jarred sauce again!

    Here’s what you need:


3/4 cup butter (please don’t use the fake, almost plastic stuff. Use real ‘made from cream’ butter!)
12 oz of light/low fat at cream cheese
3 tsp garlic powder
3 cups skim/fat free milk
9 oz reduced fat grated Parmesan
Course black pepper to taste

    Here’s what you do:


Melt butter in sauce pan over medium low heat. Add in cream cheese whisking until melted and smooth. Add in garlic powder and milk. Don’t worry if its runny, the Parmesan will fix that. Once thoroughly mixed, whisk in the Parmesan stirring until smooth. Add pepper to taste and serve over your favorite pasta!!

See how easy that was! This recipe said it served 6, but they must have been serving giants!! I didn’t measure it out for sure, but it could easily serve 8-10.

Enjoy!

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What’s on the Menu Monday!

I’m sorry this is late! I have been running around like a mad woman the past few weeks, so my posts have been a little irregular. ūüė¶ I do have a menu for you this week! I hope you get a lot of great ideas!

Breakfast

  • Oatmeal Pancakes x2
  • Yogurt¬†¬†& Fruit x 2
  • Banana Muffins
  • Cheese Eggs x 2

Lunch

  • Lunchables x2 (No, I don’t spend money on the premade ones. I slice up some cheese and ham and serve it on some town house crackers.)
  • Lunch out
  • Grilled Cheese
  • Mac & Cheese with veggies x2
  • Hot dogs

Dinner

Snacks

  • Pears & Nuts
  • Goldfish with grapes
  • Popcorn and Apples

Freezer

Breadmaker

  • Honey Wheat Bread

Crock Pot

  • Yogurt
  • Chicken Stock (from the bones of the whole chicken)

 

What’s your menu like this week? Are you following mine or making your own?

Happy Eating!

Quick Lunch for Mom

How many of you moms are currently on the “Mom Diet”? This diet doesn’t involve counting point or calories. This diet involves carrying the laundry basket to the washer, but on the way spying the abandoned PB&J crust on the plate. In a split second battle with yourself, you cave and eat the crust….this becomes your lunch. Sad, I know, but I have done it.

I was recently reading the Bikini Body Mommy and found an amazing recipe for tuna & avocado! It was become my go to lunch.

What You Need
1 large Avocado
1 small can of Tuna
Seasoning of choice (mine is Tony’s)
Wheat thins

Mix it all together and serve with wheat thins.

A simple lunch that is healthy for you! Enjoy!

30-day House Cleaning Challenge Day #22

Whew! Such a busy morning already! How was your weekend? I know it’s Monday, but are you ready for today’s challenge? Courtesy of¬†Money Saving Mom¬†our challenge today is….

Surface Clean the bedrooms.

For me that will include:

  1. Picking up everything that doesn’t belong.¬†
  2. Make the beds.
  3. Last Vacuum.

Pretty simple for a Monday!

Follow along with my facebook page or use the twitter hashtag #Cleanin30 to see how others are doing! And feel free to link up your progress on your own blog in the comments!

Happy Cleaning!

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Whip it up Weekend Recipe – Mini Lemon Pies

I know I haven’t done a Whip it up recipe in a while, but I made these this morning and had to share! I found the recipe here and after some tweaks, I got it just right.

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Isn’t it so cute!

Here’s what you will need:

1 package of mini graham cracker pie crusts (they come 6 to a pack)

Lemon Curd filling:

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup cold water

6 tablespoons cornstarch

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

Lemon Fluff topping: (this makes enough for 12 pies, so double the curd recipe if you want to make all 12)

1 small box of sugar free instant lemon pudding

1 cup of skim milk

1-8oz tub of lite cool whip

Lemon zest

What you do:

Lemon Curd:

In a saucepan, mix together the sugar, water and cornstarch.  Bring it to a boil on medium heat and stir constantly.  This mixture needs to get fairly thick Рalmost like a pudding consistency.  When the mixture thickens, reduce your heat to low and stir for another minute.  Remove the mixture from the heat, place in a non-metallic bowl and add lemon juice and zest.  Allow your lemon curd to cool and thicken at room temperature.  At this point mine had not thickened up, so I poured it back into the pot and brought it to a boil again. Perfection! Then, store in your fridge for up to a few days.

Lemon Fluff topping:

Mix together pudding, milk and a little of the lemon zest. ¬†(Save the rest of the lemon zest for garnish.) ¬†Allow the pudding to set for 30 seconds – 1 minute. ¬†Fold in Cool Whip and be careful not to over mix. ¬†Now you can get fancy and pour the mixture in a piping bag fitted with a star tip, but I don’t have any of those. So, I poured mine in a gallon baggie and snipped the corner. Works great!

How to Assemble:

Divide the lemon curd into the pie shells. Then swirl the lemon fluff on top, sprinkle with lemon zest and garnish with a lemon wedge. Oooo! (after thought) A light sprinkle of yellow sugar instead of the zest would be pretty too!

Refrigerate until time to serve!

Super simple and so cute a summer-y! It only took me 30 minutes to prepare these sweet bites.

Enjoy!

30-day House Cleaning Challenge Day #20 & 21

It’s the weekend! Yay! Only 10 more days left of the challenge! Has this challenge helped you get on a better cleaning schedule or will you be returning to your normal cleaning routine? I will more than likely go back to my schedule with some small alterations. So, are you ready for this weekend’s challenge? It’s pretty simple!

Surface Clean the living room and kitchen/dining area and bathrooms.

For me that will include:

  1. Picking up everything that doesn’t belong in each room.¬†.
  2. Wash all the dishes (if any) and wipe down all the counters and surfaces in the kitchen.
  3. Clean off the counters in the dining area.
  4. Last Vacuum and sweep the living room, kitchen/dining & bathrooms .

Follow along with my facebook page or use the twitter hashtag #Cleanin30 to see how others are doing! And feel free to link up your progress on your own blog in the comments!

Happy Cleaning!

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