How to make Peanut Butter Cookies with less ingredients(Tasty Tuesday Tip)

Hey Everybody!!!! So I decided the other week to make some peanut butter cookies. It was a rainy Saturday and of course kids were around and my husband always asking for something sweet so my plan was to make some “vegan” cookies just to do something different, but these are not vegan because I was literally missing like one ingredient, nevertheless these were so good! Many times you get a taste for something sweet, but at the same time, you want watch your calorie intake…guess what?? It’s possible!!!

The key is just taking those foods you enjoy and making a few changes here and there. Don’t be afraid to get in the kitchen and take those small steps that can lead to BIG changes for you.

This recipe is super duper easy and takes minutes to prepare.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar (I used brown sugar)
  • 6 tablespoon whole milk
  • 1 cup flour (all purpose0
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, add peanut butter and sugar and mix until creamy. Stir in the milk and vanilla. Next, add flour, baking soda and combine. Roll and flatten. Scoop our dough and roll into balls and place balls on baking sheet. Use back of folk, flatten in a crisscross pattern. Bake for about 10-13 minutes and let cool few minutes then transfer off baking sheet.

Enjoy~

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Homemade Chocolate Chip Granola Bars (Tasty Tuesday Tip)

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Hey Everybody!!! So the other day I decided to make some homemade granola bars. If you are like me and have small kids and try to have healthier snack options on hand, then you understand that “kids love SNACKS”. My 17 month old always says, “I want a snack”. Keep snacks on hand is a must. One of the snacks that my kids enjoy are granola or fruit grain bars. Why not make your own? I also look for ways to save money and making them yourself is a STEP toward saving a little pocket change. Granola bars are easy to put in your bag, store in the fridge and grab for a quick snack and energy booster.

If you think you don’t have time, these are super simple and don’t take long to prepare. Make a large batch and store for later use. No, you don’t have to kids to make these, but if you are looker for a snack to make yourself and control your ingredients, these are for you. One thing I like about granola bars is that you can be very creative and add or take away ingredients. No store-bought bars needed.

Do you think these were a hit for my hubby and kids? Hmmm…we will find out!!!

Let’s get to the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 cups instant oats(not old fashion oats)
  • 1/4 cup flax seed
  • 1 3/4 cup rice crispy cereal
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips(can use raisins, dried cranberries, etc)

Instructions:

In a large pot, combine butter, brown sugar and honey. Bring to a boil.

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After bringing to boil, lower the heat and let simmer and it will slightly thickened. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and salt. I did use rubber spatula.

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Add oats, rice cereal and flax seeds. Fold with spatula and transfer mixture to a pan and use spatula to press firmly to even out mixture.

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I added some chocolate chips on top of my mixture and set in refrigerator for about 2 hours until firm. If you do not like chocolate chips, feel free to use dried cranberries or raisins. Be creative!!!

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Cut and store. So what did my kids think of these bars??

 

I got two thumbs up!! My husband loved them as well!!! If your family approves, you have a winner!

Enjoy♥♥♥

 

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How make a healthier Sloppy Joe!! (Tasty Tuesday Tip)

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Hey Everybody! I came across a recipe for a light Sloppy Joe! If you were anything like me, growing up we always made Sloppy Joy from a can–get some ground meat and add sauce right?? This right here is “taste good“. It is packed with flavor and on top of that, are getting more nutrients. The variety of vegetables offers more color to your plate! Sometimes making changes with your kids can take time, but my husband and I loved these. Remember, Small Steps Equals BIG Change!! Take small steps to add more veggies to your favorite dishes and be a great way to start!!

 

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3 cups raw spinach, 1 cup of navy beans, diced celery and onion, 1 cup of tomato sauce, 8 oz can diced tomatoes w/green chilies, 2 tsp grainy mustard, 4 tsp ketchup, 1 cup shredded carrot

 

 

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The first thing you want to do is brown your meat, it can be chicken or turkey. I chose ground chicken. Guess what?? If you want to go meatless, omit the meat and just do a veggie Sloppy Joe. I did season meat with lite salt and garlic powder.

 

Next, add shredded carrot, chopped spinach(I did end up chopping after taking this picture. Stir together.

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Next I added the navy beans to the dish!!

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Add remaining ingredients–tomato sauce, ketchup, mustard, tomatoes w/chilies, celery, onions.

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Enjoy!!! Yummy!! Oh yea, coleslaw mix(no mayo) was also added to bottom of bun before topping with mixture!!!!!!!

This is just another way to take a dish you enjoy and make it your own. Be Creative and take Steps to a Healthier you!!!

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Homemade Fries (Air Fryer Style)

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Hey Everybody! So it has been a minute..yes, but I am back. Homemade fries are something that I make all the time, but we got this Air Fryer for a gift during the Christmas season and I wanted to try some fries to see how this thing works. Fries can be very unhealthy and full of fats, but you can always make them yourself. My kids love them. So I decided to let this be the first thing I try in my new Air Fryer. My parents had just gotten one and were very happen with results they had gotten. So let’s get to them super simple dish.

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Of course you need an air fryer. Here it is. There are variety of sizes that you can choose from and some much bigger than the one we have so it’s up to you.

 

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Of course you need a potato and do potato fries!!!!! Rinse and pat dry.

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Next I cut the potato lengthwise.

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Then I cut potato again to cut into julienne type pieces!!

Next I placed my potatoes in a plastic container..and seasoned. I also used some lemon seasoning(not pictured) and I sprayed with canola oil. You can also use a little canola oil and thoroughly mix in container along with seasoning to make sure they are covered.

Add to your Air Fryer. No deep frying!!!! And let the fryer do its job. 325 degrees for about 20 minutes! At about 10 minutes in..open fryer drawer and shake fries a little and let continue to cook for additional 10 minutes.

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Enjoy

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Tasty Tuesday Tip(Banana Oat Muffin)

Hey Everybody!!! If you follow my blog, you know that I use oats in a lot of my snack ideas!!!! Here is another recipe idea that is too easy to do!!! Keep some oats on hand and some honey and you can make your own creative snacks!!! These muffins are a healthier option for you especially when you need a breakfast on the go!!!!

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium bananas
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 1/2 cup oats
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First take your bananas and smash them with a folk!!!

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It should look something like this when done!

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Add your oats to the mixture!!!

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Add 1/3cup of honey to mixture.

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Continue to stir until thoroughly mixed!!!!

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I used muffin liners..this mixture makes about 6 muffins! Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

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Bake about 8-10 minutes and that’s it! Taste good warm!!!!!!

Enjoy these muffins!!!

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Tasty Tuesday Tip (Banana Peanut Butter Muffins w/no flour, sugar or butter

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Hey Everybody! So who doesn’t like muffins. I am sure we all eat them from time to time or have in the past, but what we don’t need is all those extra calories. Many times muffins are easy to eat and grab while on the go, but most of the muffins are packaged with lots of sugar and fat!! This is a recipe that I came across the other day and figured it was a good one to try for the family. I have two kids and you know how it can be to get them to eat something new or healthier. These muffins are a great snack idea and also good for breakfast on the go!!!!! 

My kids actually enjoyed them!! I believe that there are always ways to make something that is usually not so healthy, healthier. Only thing you need to do is be creative and explore with recipes or just try something new!!! My motto, “small steps equals big change”. Take small steps to being healthier and see what changes you will see. 

Let’s get to the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup mashed bananas (2-3 large)
  • 2 lightly beaten eggs
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tsp real vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups old fashion oats
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place bananas, eggs, honey, milk, peanut butter and vanilla in blender or in bowl and use hand mixer and puree until smooth. (I used my mixer). Add oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix until smooth. (can use a blender also) Line 12 muffins tins with liners. 
Bake in oven for 30-40 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean when inserted in center. 

Take out and enjoy!!!!

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Tasty Tuesday Tip (Homemade Granola Bars)

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Hey Everybody! Today I decided to share my homemade granola bar recipe. This is too easy to make. If you love granola bars and want a healthier snack options..this is the way to go!!!! You can make these in 5-10 minutes and freeze them and eat at a later time. Your kids will love them!!! Let’s get to the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of oats
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed

In a medium-sized bowl pour all ingredients one at a time. Next stir until well blended. Once done stirring, place in a 9×9 inch pan lined with wax paper. Place in freezer for 30 minutes or until ready to eat. Cut in squares and enjoy!!!

Remember small steps equals BIG change!!!

Monica ♥♥

 

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My Story- Hyperthyroidism “Update”

Hey Everybody! Here is an update about the diagnosis I was given about Hyperthyroidism/Grave’s Disease last year. This is part two from the video I posted on YouTube a few months ago. Check out this video update and also the first video I posted!!! Hope it is an encouragement to you!!!! 

 

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Crunchy Peanut Butter Clusters (TASTY TUESDAY TIP)

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Hey Everybody!!! I have been very BUSY!!! Just had a new addition(baby) to the family, but things are going well. I wanted to share this quick recipe while I have a little time!!! This was something that I thought would be a quick and easy idea to make when you want something a little sweet. My husband really likes them and so do I. I made this recipe before using rice crispy cereal, but wanted to try corn flake because I figured they would add a little more CRUNCH!!! Guess what?? They actually do provide more of a crunch than the rice crispy cereal!!! Remember making healthy snacks doesn’t have to be hard to do, but can be really easy!!! These clusters can be prepared and store in zip loc bags and eaten for later. Great treat!!! Let’s get to this simple recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup crunchy peanut butter (any brand)
  • 3/4 c honey
  • 2 cups corn flake cereal

Instructions:

Use a medium sauce pan and use low to medium heat. Add honey and peanut butter. Stir. Next add cereal and stir together until mixed well.  Remove from heat and get a baking sheet and line with wax or parchment paper. Spoon out mixture in clusters and place on prepared pan. Once complete, place in freezer for about 30-45 mins. Take out and enjoy!!!

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Aluminum Baker’s Half Sheet

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Tips for Digestive Health!

Taking care of our gut is important. This is your NUTRITION in 90 second video. In this video I share just some easy, quick tips for gut health. Digestion deals with how our bodies break food down. Many times the foods we eat can hinder this process and cause issues such as gas, diarrhea, constipation, irritable bowels, etc… Sometimes changing ones diet can help relieve some of these digestion problems!! Check this book (Digestive Wellness) or others for more information on digestive health. 

 

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Tasty, Tuesday, Tip ($30 grocery haul)

Hey Everybody! Tips for feeding your family on a low budget and still provide good meals. We all know that it can be challenging preparing meals for a growing family. We are a family of 4 and soon to be 5 and you can imagine how it can be. You find yourself trying to cook something the kids will enjoy, but also that is healthy. It can be hard, but it is not impossible. Many people struggle with the cost of healthy foods and not being able to afford it, but in this video I will give you a few tips on how to buy foods and meal ideas that you can have with those particular foods. Quick and simple meals are key. You may not have time for a gourmet meal all the time, but keeping it quick and easy can do wonders for your busy life!!

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Tasty, Tuesday, Tip (Rice Crispy Oven Fried Chicken)

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Hey Everybody! You know what today is… Tasty Tuesday Tip!! So on today’s menu is oven fried chicken…yes I said oven fried chicken!!!! It is not fried chicken, but if you like to have a little crunch…this is the recipe for you!!!! I came also this recipe in a book a couple of years ago and I had to try it. I made it several times before, but wanted to make this again. I found that rice crispy cereal offers a nice crunch as opposed to cereal such as corn flakes! Remember when trying to eat healthier, there are always small things that can be done that will allow you to keep taste in your food, but also reduce the fat.

My daughter had some last night and she was like, “I don’t want cereal on my chicken”. After she ate it, she wanted some more and said, “Mom this taste like regular chicken”. You know how it is with kids, when you try something different they may or may not like it, but this was a winner!! So let’s get to this recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast (4)
  • 4-5 cups of rice crispy cereal
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Lite Salt, Pepper
  • 1/2 c melted butter (land o lakes)

Instructions:

Set oven for 350 degrees. Place rice crispy cereal in a pan or some type of bowl. Add salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese to cereal and set aside. Next melt butter in microwave safe bowl. Take chicken breast and season. Next take one chicken breast and dip into melted butter on both sides, then placed in cereal and coat on both sides. Place on a baking dish pan. Prepare the rest of the chicken breast the same as you did the first and bake in oven for about 35 minutes. Chicken should have a nice crunchy texture and coat. Enjoy!!!!

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Tasty , Tuesday, Tip(Cheerio Peanut Butter & Honey Bars)

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Hey Everybody! I wanted to share this quick and easy snack idea. I made this before but decided to make it again. Your kids would probably love them and so would you. Getting healthy snacks can be difficult at times for some, but you can make these in literally minutes! Contains fiber & protein so it should keep you satisfied.

***For the bars you see in the picture above I used 1 cup of plain cheerios, 1/2 cup of honey and 1 cup of crunchy peanut butter!!!

Enjoy!!!!

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Tasty, Tuesday, Tip (Pasta Skillet Dinner)

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Hey Everybody! Today I am coming to you with a skillet dinner that is very easy to prepare! If you buy those frozen skillet meals……I would recommend that you make it yourself, it will taste much better and is healthier. If you are familiar with my Tasty Tuesday Tip blog, you know I always try to find ways to increase vegetables in my recipes, but at the same time offer quick and easy meals that can be made even if you are busy! This is another recipe that you can be very creative with by adding different vegetables. Remember eating healthier doesn’t have to be hard, just change what you already eat by adding or taking away a few ingredients. As we all know, pasta is very inexpensive so if you are on a budget, try a pasta dish as your base and build from there. Let’s get to the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 fresh chicken breast
  • 1/2 box rotini garden pasta
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 c water
  • Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 c zucchini (diced)
  • 1/2 c yellow squash (diced)
  • 12 oz frozen broccoli florets
  • pepper
  • garlic salt/powder

Instructions:

Prepare pasta as directed. In the meantime, dice a yellow squash and zucchini and set to the side. Place frozen broccoli in microwave and heat for about 5-6 minutes and set to sided. In a skillet, add 1 tbsp olive oil and season chicken breast and cook until done. Once chicken is done, shred chicken with hand and place back into skillet. Take drained pasta and add to chicken in skillet and then add veggies(broccoli, squash, zucchini). In a small saucepan, open one can of cream of mushroom and about 1/2 c of water and stir occasionally. Then add cream of chicken mix to skillet and stir until well blended. Add seasoning as needed per taste. Top with Parmesan cheese and enjoy!

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Tasty, Tuesday, Tip (Blue Corn Chips & Ground Chicken,Veggies, Salsa)

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Hey Everybody! How are you doing? If you follow my blog you know that I always try to prepare quick and easy meals that doesn’t require lots of work in the kitchen. Being now that I am 8 months pregnant and have a 6 and 3 year old, you can imagine!!! I still try to prepare healthy meals when I can. This particular meal is what I made the other day for lunch. I had some left over ground chicken (uncooked) that was previously used for ground chicken burgers in the refrigerator and decided to whip up something quick for lunch time. It can be time consuming at times and feel overwhelming when you are trying to plan meals ahead of time, but it can be done. Everyday is not the same, but there are times when I can easily whip something up just looking at what I have in my kitchen!!!! 

In this particular Tasty Tuesday Tip, you will see that I used Blue Corn Chips!!! My husband bought some organic blue corn chips one day and they were not bad and I decided to try them out again, but I think I got a different brand than he did because the taste was slightly different, but they do contain about 2g of fiber per serving. You can go to your local store and give them a try. I usually keep salsa on hand, so some type of tortilla chip is most likely always in the pantry!!! However let’s get to this recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Blue Corn Chips
  • Ground Chicken 1/2 lb
  • Yellow and Orange Bell Pepper 1/4-1/2 cup each diced
  • Onion (1/4 cup) diced
  • Mild Salsa 1/4 cup
  • 1 1/2 -2 cups of Raw Spinach
  • 1/4 cup yellow squash
  • Cumin (1 1/2 tsp)
  • Garlic Salt (1 tsp)
  • Black Pepper (1 tsp)
  • olive oil (1 tbsp)

Instructions:

Take a medium saucepan and turn on medium heat and add olive oil. Next add ground chicken, cumin, garlic salt and pepper and let cook until no longer pink. (Stir Occasionally) Add all vegetables except raw spinach to meat and stir (reduce heat if need). Vegetables should be tender(5-8 minutes). Next add raw spinach and stir and let simmer with chicken and other vegetables (about 5 minutes). Take a bowl and add some blue corn chips and place meat mixture on top of chips. Add salsa and enjoy!!!!!

Note: If you want to omit the chicken, you can and make this a vegetarian meal!!!!

 

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How to make homemade Oatmeal Banana Honey & Almond Butter Muffins! (Tasty Tuesday Tip)

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Hey Everybody! I know that title sounds long, but that is the only name I can give it! I decided to come up with a healthy recipe for a muffin with ingredients I had on hand so that is what I came up with. Many times we like to grab something quick for breakfast, especially if you don’t have a lot of time, but grabbing those already packaged, large muffins can pack on sound unwanted calories. If you are trying to take steps to a healthy you, it is important to prepare more foods at home yourself. I always say, you can still enjoy foods you love, but make some adjustments to them! Simple right? It may not seem simple, but it can be. You have to let your creative Juices flow! Recently we have been doing a 10 day no meat, 1 gallon of water, no dairy challenge!!! As I result, it has helped me be even more creative with meal ideas.

Remember my motto, “Small Steps equals BIG Change”. Take some type of small step and see what happens. Let’s get to this recipe!

Here is what I used:

  • 2 Bananas
  • Oatmeal(used NutriBullet to grind it up into a flour like consistency)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 oz Almond Butter (had a small pack I bought from the store)
  • 1/4c of honey
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I used my NutriBullet..love this thing. If you don’t have a blender..I highly recommend a NutriBullet.

**Blender ideas products: NutriBullet or Magic Bullet!**

 

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Left out banana picture, but I mashed my bananas and then add the oats!

 

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Honey was added to mixture.

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Next a little almond butter.

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Then added my vanilla extract!

 

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Stir until well blended!! Yummy!

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You can use liners for this but I used some canola spray and placed batter in pan!!! But liners are fine of course. Bake at 350 degrees for maybe 15 minutes!

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Warm and out the oven!!!! Homemade Oat Banana Honey Almond Butter Muffins!!

Enjoy

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Homemade “Chili”

Hey Everybody! So for today’s Tasty Tuesday Tip I will show you how I made chili. It was very simple.  I did not use “chili powder”… I wanted to but I didn’t have any (and I didn’t know that). However, we all know it is getting cold so doing chili or other soups is always a good idea and a meal that can “stretch”. Here is what I used:

1 lb ground turkey

2 can of pinto beans

14 oz of crushed tomatoes

1/4 c of green & red peppers

diced onions

cumin & garlic powder

shredded cheese (optional)

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So first, I browned my ground turkey in my pot!! It’s all ready to go!!!

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Next I add my diced green & red peppers. Oh yea also my diced onions. Gave them a stir!!!

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Crushed Tomatoes were then added and stir that in. I chose crushed tomatoes but of course you can use diced tomatoes if you like :).

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Beans, Beans, Beans  (I don’t think I drained them). Stirred beans in with other ingredients.

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Doesn’t this look yummy!!!!!!!!! Nice pot of hot chili!!!! LOL

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Topped it with some shredded cheese. Optional of course but it was good!! Enjoy!

Remember smalls steps equals big change. Try this yummy dish. Remember you can be creative. Let me know what you think!!!! Enjoy!

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Easy Chicken & Brown Rice

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Hey Everybody! So how many people you know struggle with preparing healthier meals for their families!!! (Probably you and most people you may know) It can be difficult at times but what I have noticed is that you just have to kinda think outside of the box. Cooking meals at home most days of the week does not mean you have to prepare a 5 STAR meal, it just means that whatever you eat, you are preparing it yourself. So yesterday I was in the kitchen and needed to make something kinda quick and was not sure what to fix.

**Quick Tip** If you have pasta or rice at home, that is a good way to start. So build around that.

So I knew I had some boil in a bag brown rice in the pantry and I had some chicken breast in the freezer!!! Need vegetables right? I had some raw carrots in the refrigerator and some cream of chicken in the pantry as well. There you have it!!! A VERY QUICK MEAL.

Let’s get to this recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 large chicken breast
  • 1 10.5 oz can cream of chicken soup
  • 2 bags of “boil in bag” brown rice
  • 1 raw carrot stalk (diced)
  • 1/2 c diced onions
  • **you can add more veggies such as broccoli, etc..**

1.  Boil rice bags based on instructions. While rice is boiling, take a saucepan and add your onions and carrots to your pan. I did use canola oil to coat my pan. Let veggies soften. (Make sure oven is on 400 degrees)

2. Next, I cut my chicken breast into medium sized cubes and added them to the vegetable mixture. I added a little lemon pepper seasoning and lite salt. Used rubber spatula to stir and let mixture cook.

3. Once rice was done I took out of the boiling water and opened the bags and poured rice into a large pot. Next, the chicken mixture was done so I added that to my rice along with the can of cream of chicken soup and gave it a good stir and mix. Making sure everything was coated.

4. Finally I got a pan 9 x 11 pan and poured the rice mixture into the pan and put in the oven for about 20 minutes. Took dish out the oven and it was ready to serve!!

Enjoy!!

I knew it was a winner when my 5 year old son, ate it and was like “mom I was some more, it’s good!” You know how picky kids can be at times!!

 

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How to make a healthier Sloppy Joe!! (Tasty Tuesday Tip)

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Hey Everybody! I came across a recipe for a light Sloppy Joe! If you were anything like me, growing up we always made Sloppy Joy from a can–get some ground meat and add sauce right?? This right here is “taste good“. It is packed with flavor and on top of that, are getting more nutrients. The variety of vegetables offers more color to your plate! Sometimes making changes with your kids can take time, but my husband and I loved these. Remember, Small Steps Equals BIG Change!! Take small steps to add more veggies to your favorite dishes and be a great way to start!!

 

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3 cups raw spinach, 1 cup of navy beans, diced celery and onion, 1 cup of tomato sauce, 8 oz can diced tomatoes w/green chilies, 2 tsp grainy mustard, 4 tsp ketchup, 1 cup shredded carrot

 

 

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The first thing you want to do is brown your meat, it can be chicken or turkey. I chose ground chicken. Guess what?? If you want to go meatless, omit the meat and just do a veggie Sloppy Joe. I did season meat with lite salt and garlic powder.

 

Next, add shredded carrot, chopped spinach(I did end up chopping after taking this picture. Stir together.

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Next I added the navy beans to the dish!!

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Add remaining ingredients–tomato sauce, ketchup, mustard, tomatoes w/chilies, celery, onions.

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Enjoy!!! Yummy!! Oh yea, coleslaw mix(no mayo) was also added to bottom of bun before topping with mixture!!!!!!!

This is just another way to take a dish you enjoy and make it your own. Be Creative and take Steps to a Healthier you!!!

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How to make Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Cookies(Tasty Tuesday Tip)

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Hey Everybody! So today I decided to post this great tasting recipe. I made these cookies last week and they were really good and my kids really love them. Guess what?? There is no flour or butter in this recipe!! Who doesn’t love a good cookie? But how about a cookie that has a few changes in them and can be a better option for you and your kids. There is a secret ingredient in side… shhhhh! This recipe literally takes minutes to prepare and your whole family will enjoy. Let’s get to it:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of natural or regular peanut butter
  • 1 banana but into chunks
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare your baking sheet and line with parchment paper. I did not have any parchment paper, but you can use nonstick liner.

2. In a bowl, use an electric mixer and beat together peanut butter, banana, sugar, whole egg and egg whites until smooth. Spoon by tablespoon onto a baking sheet about 1 inch apart.

3. Bake for about 14-16 minutes or until cookies are puffed and brown on edges.

4. Remove from oven. Leave on pan for about 5 minutes. While hot, place 4 chocolate chips on top of each cookie.(It will melt)

5. Transfer cookies and as chocolate melts, spread chocolate over top of cookies. I used a butter knife to just spread chocolate over cookie as they melt.

That is it!! Did you figure the secret ingredient out??? Comment and let me know

Enjoy!!

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The Better Chip (Beet Chips) Product Review

 

Hey Everybody! How many of you like tortilla chips!! I do!! So my husband picked these “beet chips” up the other day and I must say they were good!! With only 4 ingredients, they are simple and easy enough. Including healthier options are always something I am looking into so this was another product that I wanted to give a try. They are low in sodium and fat!!! Check these out!!!

What do you think?

 

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Tasty Tuesday Tip “Product Review” Way Better Snacks

 

Looking for healthier options. Try this snack out! Way Better Snacks!! I was in Dollar Tree and noticed they had new snacks options so I decided to give it a try.  If you are looking for a crunch, but don’t want all the fat as other chips, this can be an option for you. The brand is “Way Better”, I never heard of this brand before, but the chips were actually good with a nice texture.  My husband really loved it so you can find small ways to eat healthier but at the same time, enjoy flavor!!!

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Woman of Purpose & Destiny Gathering!!!

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Hey Everybody!! I really enjoyed the Woman of Purpose & Destiny Gathering held in Tunica, MS!! God is always doing great things. This was started to help encourage, motivate and inspire women to be who God has called them to be. I believe that different generations of women can help build each other up. The theme for today was, Dangers of Conforming!! It was coming from Romans 12:1-2. I believe that we live in a society where it is so easy to conform to the ways of the world, but God is calling us to have transformed minds and to be more like Him. It is important that we lose the attitude of this age and adapt the ways of God. God wants to create something beautiful in you, but you first must take the step and give Him your life and allow Him to  change your way of thinking and lifestyle. I was so amazed at how the presence of God filled the room. People are in need of healing (physically, mentally and emotionally) and I believe today was a great start for many!!!!

We started off with a great Ice Breaker!! Everyone got to know each other and I believe it was fun for all!!!

 

 

We paired up with someone we didn’t know and asked questions!!! It was fun, exciting and it was great to meet new people. (Left) Jessie Haynes and Beritha Washington got to know each other better!!! (Right) Janautica Pollard got to know her partner and I think that enjoyed themselves.

 

 

It was selfie time! Everyone loves to take selfies, so we decided to have a little fun and snap it up!! These ladies have purpose and destiny. We were all inspired to continue to move forward in our purpose.

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Zenobia Jackson who is the founder of the Butterfly Project gave some great information on what it means to conform and to be transformed. She shared that your true identity is only found in Jesus Christ. She said that it is important that you be comfortable with who you are. She stated that, “We miss out on what God has for us,” when we conform. She encouraged the people that we must be more like the church in ACTS!!

Anna Jones who is the author of the book, Learning to Love (My Story, God’s Glory) shared an awesome word and portion of her testimony from her book.  (Click link to purchase). She discussed how in college she began to conform and wanted to do it her way. She talked about how she drunk at this party and got alcohol poisoning and should have been dead, based on the doctor. She shared how God changed her life and how God had someone to speak to her and tell her that “God Loves You.” She has a really powerful testimony, but for more of her story, GRAB THE BOOK!!!

Many things were shared from the teens and the older women that truly was an encouragement. We laughed, cried, prayed and just spoke life into all that attended. Understand that we have a job to do and people need real help. I cannot share everything that was said, but I will say that healing is needed for many. Let’s make it our business to do our part and take STEPS to help someone else. I wrote a 10 Day Devotional Book called, One Day At a Time and if you need more daily encouragement, grab your copy (go to http://www.steps4change.net or get the e-book below!!

 

Remember you have purpose & destiny! God is calling you. So be encouraged and if you like to be apart of future STEP events, don’t hesitate to join and tell others!!!!!!!! Share with those you know need additional encouragement.

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