Apr 20, 2013

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies

Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies

Several weeks ago I saw a cookie/brownie mix from Nestle.  That sounded absolutely amazing! Putting two of my favorite things together!  However the mix tasted dry and they were crumbly.

I then found a recipe on pinterest where you make your own brownie and then put cookie dough without eggs on top and put in the fridge.  The recipe had almost 2 cups of butter and 2 1/2 cups of sugar.  I thought there had to be a healthier way to make this sweet treat!  I also thought like those would be more fudgy than soft and chewy,which is what I prefer.  So I thought I would use these two ideas as inspiration to make my own Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies.

I made brownies from a box mix.  I used Duncan Hines, but you could use anything.  I then wanted to make the chocolate chip cookie part somewhat healthy, so I used the recipe for Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies.  I’m sure you could use another cookie recipe, but why not make it taste great and be healthier!  I cooked the brownie mix for 2 minutes less than what the box called for as the least time.  For example, the time was supposed to be 27-30 minutes, I cooked it for 25 minutes.  I then put the cookie dough on top of the brownie mix and cooked it for 6 more minutes.

These turned out sooo gooey and delicious! I need to have it with a tall glass of milk!

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Apr 19, 2013

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Oat flour pancakes

Oat flour pancakes

I recently discovered how to make oat flour.  I have used it so far in cookies, chewy granola bars, and now pancakes.  It has worked great in these recipes. I believe it could work for other recipes as well!  If so, that would be great for all my friends who are gluten free, just make sure to use gluten free baking powder!

Oat flour is very simple to use.  All you do is use a food processor, I have a Cuisnart SmartStick and it works great! To make oat flour put in about 1/3 more oats than the flour you need.  For example if you need 1 cup of oat flour, you should use about 1 1/3 cup oats.  That is just an estimate- play around with it until you get the amount you need.

I used the basic pancake recipe I always use from my mother-in-law, but just used oat flour instead of all purpose flour.

They turned out great!  I feel as if they weren’t quite as filling as other pancakes, but still very good!

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Apr 18, 2013

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Get Honey smooth again

Get Honey smooth again

We bought a large bottle of honey from Sams Club because it was great to get it in bulk.  We use it on toast, in recipes as the main sweetner, and just eat it plain! :)

Honey sticking to bottomNear the end of the bottle, the honey was getting thick and I had a near impossible time trying to squeeze it out!  I had microwaved honey before, but the bottle specifically said not to microwave it.  I researched it and found that in the microwave, it may make it smooth for a little bit, but it will become hard again.  I found a way to make the smoothness last longer.

Heat some water in a pan that is less than boiling. Remove from stove then place the honey bottle in the pan without touching the bottle on the bottom for about 20-40 seconds. It will be soft very quickly and last longer than if you were to microwave it

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Apr 17, 2013

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Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies

Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies

So at first I did not want to try these cookies because I thought “A healthy chocolate chip cookie?  That will probably not taste very good.”  But oh I was so wrong!  These are delicious, delicious, delicious!  (I thought if I said it 3x you would know I meant it!)

These are not just “oh for a healthy cookie they’re good” they are just GOOD because they are yummy! This is another recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie.

These don’t have any butter in them or shortening for that matter.  They also don’t have any eggs, so if you want you can just eat the cookie dough!  I may have had less cookies than I could have because I ate several cookies worth of dough! :)

The recipe makes less than a dozen, so the first day I made them Peter and I ate them all!  The second time I made them, I omitted the white sugar as well as doubled the batch- we also ate all of them in a day! These are so addicting and delicious!  I am craving them again as I write this.

Update: After I posted this, I wanted some more, so I just finished making another batch and I used oat flour (just grind up oats) and no oil (I added another tbsp of milk). Without the oil they don’t stick together as well, but good enough to eat! It would be a good idea to refrigerate them before cooking.  Plus without the oil they were only 25 calories I just ate 3! yum yum!

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Apr 16, 2013

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Sweet potato chips

Sweet potato chips

My favorite go to snack has become sweet potato fries! I eat them at least once every other week!  Peter likes them too, but he likes variety and so I decided to try and make some chips!

These turned out pretty good and had a little kick to them because of the cayenne pepper.  Peter liked these more than I did.  Next time I’ll try them with cinnamon!  I like sweeter things rather than spicy! :)

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Apr 15, 2013

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Tuna and Noodle Casserole

Tuna and Noodle Casserole

I am trying to get better at using what I already have on hand.  I had in mind to make something else for dinner, but I knew I had noodles and tuna in the pantry, so I looked up something to incorporate these two things and found a recipe on Betty Crocker.

I did not have alfredo sauce, so I found a recipe to make my own!  It basically is just butter and cheese!  Not the most healthy- no wonder I’ve always loved alfredo sauce vs regular tomato pasta sauce.  I think from now on I will limit my alfredo sauce and stick to the tomato pasta sauce!

This casserole turned out good and gave us a lot of leftovers!  Since it’s not the healthiest we’ll limit the number of times we make this in the future!

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Apr 14, 2013

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Alfredo Sauce

Alfredo Sauce

A recipe I was making called for alfredo sauce and I did not have any on hand.  I decided to look up online and find my own.  I came to find it is very easy to make as well as not very healthy!

I used it for the recipe, but I think I’ll plan to stick to regular tomato pasta sauce from now on- get my veggies in the sauce! :)  Or fruit, whichever tomatoes are! :)

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