Saturday, January 28, 2012

Healthy Version of Peanut Butter Balls

A friend of mine sent me the link to this recipe. I am glad I  tried it! The kids loved them! Thanks Leah, for the link!

1 - cup honey 
1 1/2 - cups creamy peanut butter 
2 - cups dry powdered milk 
3 - cups quick or old fashioned oatmeal, uncooked 
1 - 2 - tablespoons wheat germ 
(I used a wheat germ flax seed mix) 
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (optional) or 
graham cracker crumbs (optional) 

Mix all together with hand mixer. Form into balls with hands and freeze on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper until firm. Remove from freezer and store in a large zip lock bag in the refrigerator. 

Optional: If using chocolate chips add them with all the ingredients and roll into balls. If using graham cracker crumbs. After rolling into balls , roll into graham cracker crumbs and then freeze. I have always used either or but not both, my little guy loves the chocolate chips and my dd doesn't. 
You can also leave out the wheat germ if you do not have any one hand. It wont alter the texture or taste. It was just a perk I added to sneak in some goodness. 

Recipe from: Mommy's Kitchen

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Spinach Tomato Soup

I am not sure where I originally saw this recipe, but after trying it, I knew it was a keeper! The problem is I do not have the exact recipe! I have searched the internet and have found different versions (some with pasta added), but I loved the original so much I knew I had to try to duplicate it. This is how I make it to my liking, you can adjust the herbs and seasonings to your taste as well.

It is so quick and delicious...not to mention healthy!

1 can great northern beans
1 can diced tomatoes
16 oz chicken broth
3 or 4 oz of frozen spinach
chicken breast, cooked and shredded  (optional: I have eaten it both ways and loved them both!)
small onion, diced
1/2 tsp basil
1/4 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste

Combine in sauce pan, simmer for 10 - 15 minutes.

Quick and delicious!