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HEALTHY Banana Oatmeal Apple Muffins

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I found this recipe at http://www.rockrecipes.com. I wish I could make a pretty link, but it isn’t letting me. I love this recipe because it is quiet healthy. Next time I think I might take the oats and just give them a quick toss in the blender. The oats are a little large when you don’t do this. Otherwise, I can tell you Cooper really enjoyed this for his breakfast. It seems like most of the muffins I’ve made lately calls for banana. The nice thing about this particular recipe is this muffin has a lot of healthy benefits, including fiber.

cups large rolled oats

1 cup whole wheat flour

3 tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

tsp cinnamon

½ tsp nutmeg

2 eggs

4 tbsp vegetable oil

6 tbsp sugar

cup milk

1 cup mashed ripe banana

1 cup grated unpeeled apple (approximately one large apple)

Mix together the oatmeal, whole wheat flour, baking powder, salt,cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside. Beat together the eggs. oil and sugar until fluffy. Blend in the milk. Fold in the dry ingredients and when the flour is almost incorporated fold in the mashed banana and grated apple. Do not over mix. Fold in only until the fruit is mixed through the batter. Spoon into greased or paper lined muffin tins and bake at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Best served warm.

 

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Chicken Parmesan Mini’s

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I was inspired by a recipe I seen on Pinterest the other day. The blog poster made their own chicken patties and used a hamburger bun to finish it off. I didn’t have time for all of that for lunch yesterday. What I did was I had a bag of chicken strips in the freezer. Score! I had left over rolls from dinner the night before. Score 2! I had cheese in the fridge. That’s just a common staple for me. I keep us loaded on cheese. It’s my favorite. What really helped was I had spaghetti sauce in the pantry! Score 3! I cooked my chicken. Heated my sauce and threw this gem together. It was really good. The boys ate it up pretty quickly. I love that it didn’t take me very long to make. I need recipes like that. I’ve realized I make a lot of things that require time. I’d really like to start including some speedy, cheap, and easy recipes in my blog. What do you guys think? I just have days where I’m so busy and I run out of time to do things. It’s definitely important to have these things too.

Spaghetti sauce

rolls

chicken strips

Mozzarella cheese

Cook chicken strips according to the directions. Heat the spaghetti sauce up. Cut rolls in half and place the chicken on top of them. Add a little bit of sauce and top with cheese. Heat in oven until cheese is completely melted. Serve.

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Baked Spaghetti

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I get so tired of Cooper begging for spaghetti. It gets so old. I decided to make what he wanted, but to give it a twist, just so my palate thinks I’m eating something different. What I did was I used my favorite sauce, noodles, and mozzarella cheese. Cooper loved it. So did the husband. They ate it from dinner and turned around and ate it for lunch the next day. We had no waste at all. Sometimes having left overs can really be beneficial, especially if you really like.

Every time I make spaghetti I think of my sister, Shae. Shae was always my baby when she was little. There was a huge age difference between us, but I was old enough to be her mother myself. My mom and I would make spaghetti and Shae LOVED it. I have a picture of her with spaghetti all over her face, in her hair, up her arms. It was even on her eye lids. It was so funny and so cute. We’d dig spaghetti out of her hair forever LOL.
Spaghetti, made with sauce of choice.

Mozzarella Cheese

Layer Mozzarella cheese and spaghetti in a glass baking dish. Bake in oven at 350 until hot and bubbling. Serve.

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Review: Krusteaz

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My new favorite product. I really love their pancake mix too. During the school week I use the premade mix or frozen pancakes. I generally use the Krusteaz brand though, because it’s just the best. I can say this is definitely my go to muffin mix too, just like their pancake mix. The thing about this brand is it uses real blueberries. However, the downfall is that you have to follow directions to a T because the blueberries are in a can. I usually do that first thing, to get all the extra liquid out. If you don’t, you’re muffins are actually purple. Sometimes that’s pretty cool, but not always. The thing that I dislike about other brand is that the berries are like fake berry pieces. It’s not a deal breaker, and it’s not going to stop me from buying other brands, but it definitely pushes me to like this brand more. The bread part is also pretty darned good. It’s not overly sweet. It’s just how I like it!

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Chicken Red Beans and Rice

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I’ve always been fascinated with Cajun type food. I’ve been to New Orleans once. I didn’t get to do a lot there though. We did have dinner there, but I didn’t get to eat any real New Orleans food. Instead we just headed over to a popular off the interstate restaurant. I wish I had the ability to have some good ol’ Cajun authentic food. We were on our way to Houston, TX. My at the time boyfriend has family that lives there. I wont ever forget how nervous I was. It was the first time I was going to be meeting his family.  It turned out ok, even though the relationship didn’t. It ended. I moved on and I forgot all about them, but my desire to do Cajun food continued. This is definitely not a real Cajun recipe, but it’s a fast recipe to give you that quick fix when you need it.

3 cans red beans

1 lb smoked sausage

4 tablespoons butter

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning

1/4 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1-2 chicken breasts roasted and shredded

rice

Melt butter in a skillet. Add sliced up sausage and brown lightly. Add all remaining ingredients and simmer. Serve over rice.

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BBQ Pork

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Mondays. The day I dread. It’s long. It’s rough. It’s Cub Scout Monday. I know this isn’t Monday, but this was Monday’s dinner. It’s a throw it in the crockpot, go about your business kind of day. I need meals that are quick. Throw that stuff in the crockpot and go. Generally, if I don’t use the crockpot we either have to eat out or do stuff like hot dogs or chicken nuggets. Something that’s frozen. If those aren’t options, then we have to go out to eat. Most of the time I am not a fan of eating out, especially if it’s a school night. It seems like a quick option, but it really isn’t. By the time we go get food, get home, get it ate, it’s really just late. We’ve been trying to eat before scouts here lately. We’ve realized since there is snack time at the end of scouts that we can just eat before scouts. It’s working so far!

Pork roast

BBQ Sauce

1 cup water

Take roast, water, and about 1/4 cup BBQ sauce and put in crockpot. Cook for 7-8 hours. When done shred and then mix with bbq sauce. Serve on a hamburger bun.

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Cherokee Fry Bread

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My family is from all over. I’m literally a mixed mutt. Most of us are these days. My mom’s family are Cherokee. My dad’s family has Cherokee too, but most of it comes from my mom’s side. Most of the time my great grandmother said she was black dutch. This is because most times back in those days, you didn’t want to be associated with being any type of black or native American. Native American’s that lived outside of the reservation usually said they were white if they could get away with it, or if they couldn’t, they’d claim black dutch. It’s better than being an Indian in their minds. People treated you differently. I recently learned to make fry bread. It’s not something I grew up with, unless I was in Cherokee. This recipe is pretty authentic. It could have been changed over the years, but I know not of this. I received it from someone I know on the reservation.

2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup water

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 cup instant dry milk

2 cups shortening

Add all the dry ingredients. Add water until a soft ball forms. In your deep frying pan heat shortening until flour bubbles. Pull off a palm sized mound of dough. Roll into a ball. Flatten into a disk shape. Cook until brown. Turn with tongs.