Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with Zucchini and Carrots

I was craving cookies last week and since we are trying to eat healthy, I decided that adding veggies to cookies makes them healthier.

Am I right?

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with Zucchini and Carrots

Please tell me that I’m right because these Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with Zucchini and Carrots are delicious!  So delicious that you won’t be able to eat just one.

I’m pretty sure I at at least four just moving them from the cookie sheet to the cooling rack.

Oatmeal Cookies with Zucchini and Carrots

I had no idea that adding carrots and zucchini to oatmeal raisin cookies would be such a great combination!  And since I will take cookies over cake any day, these might just be my new favorite dessert.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with Zucchini and Carrots

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 3 cups oatmeal
  • 1 cup zucchini, grated
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup raisins

Instructions

  1. Step 1: Cream butter and sugar together in large bowl.
  2. Step 2: Add eggs and vanilla and continue mixing.
  3. Step 3: Mix dry ingredients together in separate bowl. Add to creamed mixture.
  4. Step 4: Stir in zucchini, oatmeal, and raisins.
  5. Step 5: Roll balls of dough and place 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheet.
  6. Step 6: Bake at 350°F for 10-12 minutes.
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I think I could justify eating these every night!

Have you tried adding veggies to your favorite dessert?

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3 Ingredient Recipes Perfect for Game Day

Many thanks to Sam’s Club for sponsoring today’s story and getting me ready for tailgating.

Football season has begun and you can’t watch the game without snacks. Since I’m all about easy recipes, I’ve put together a list of 20 3-ingredient Game Day Recipes that are sure to please everyone.  Whether you’re watching the game at home or tailgating, all of these recipes are prefect for watching football.

3 ingredient game day recipes

All of these recipes look and sound AMAZING and since they only require 3 ingredients, you won’t spend all day in the kitchen.

I’m warning you all right now – you will be hungry after looking through all these recipes!

3 ingredient game day recipes

Sweet and Sour Meatballs by Tablespoon

3 Ingredient Sweet Pulled Pork by Mommy on Demand

3 Ingredient Mac and Cheese by She Makes and Bakes

Zesty Grilled Wings by Home Cooking Memories

Baked Ham and Cheese Rollups by The Comfort of Cooking

3 ingredient game day recipes

3 Ingredient Chili by Yellow Bliss Road

Sausage Cream Cheese Pinwheels by Life, Love and Sugar

Cheesy Monkey Bread by Brit & Co.

Chili Cheese Dip by Love Grows Wild

Buffalo Ranch Slow Cooker Chicken by Pillsbury

3 ingredient game day recipes

Mini Potato Skins by iVillage

Crescent Cheese Dogs by Sarah ‘n Spice

3 Ingredient Pizzas by True North

Bacon Wrapped Smokies by Delectable Darlings

3 Ingredient Buffalo Potato Wedges by My Mommy Style

3 ingredient game day recipes

Chili Dog Puffs by Mr. Food

Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos by Blended Kitchen

Grilled Cheese Rolls by She Knows

Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders by Hip 2 Save

Taco Dip by Paints and Paws

 And since we’re talking about football and tailgating, I’ve put together a list of Tailgating Essentials.  My husband would say you can’t watch football with a big screen, food, and beer.

tailgating essentials

1.  65″ Samsung LED 1080p 3D Smart HDTV  / 2.  Wolfgang Puck 10-cup Digital Multicooker / 3.  Caravan® Sports Elite Quad Chair / 4.  Portable Stainless Steel Gas Grill / 5.  Plastic Cups / 6.  Igloo 36 Can Max Cold Cooler / 7.  Paper Plates

What are your favorite tailgating essentials?

Do you have a delicious and easy game day recipe that everybody loves?  Please share!!  You can never have too many game day recipes.

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Cheddar Ale Dip with Pico De Gallo

This post brought to you by CHA! by Texas Pete. All opinions are 100% mine.

A new restaurant opened up near our house and they have the best Cheddar Ale Dip.  The best part is the Pico De Gallo they add to it.

Hubby was having a few friends over Sunday for the Giants game and I decided it would be fun to try and recreate the Cheddar Ale Dip with Pico De Gallo.

And I must admit – the dip tasted AMAZING and was so easy to make.

Cheddar Ale Dip with Pico De Gallo

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle of ale beer
  • 2 tablesppons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 4 oz Neufchatel cream cheese (cut into pieces)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
  • 1 tablespoons CHA! by Texas Pete
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Pico De Gallo (homemade or store bought)

Instructions

  1. Step 1: Pour beer into bowl and stir to reduce carbonation.
  2. Step 2: Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and stir constantly for 2 minutes.
  3. Step 3: Slowly add beer and continue to stir.
  4. Step 4: Increase heat to medium high and slowly add cheddar cheese, cream cheese. Whisk until all cheese has melted.
  5. Step 5: Continue to stir and add mustard, CHA! by Texas Pete, salt, and pepper.
  6. Step 6: Pour into small bowl and add Pico De Gallo. Serve with soft pretzel bites, pita chips, carrots, etc.
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The guys kept asking what was in the dip and  I showed them the bottle of CHA! by Texas Pete.  They all started pouring more of the sriracha sauce on every bite they took because they said it tasted so good.

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Peanut Butter and Banana Protein Pancakes

This post brought to you by National Peanut Board. All opinions are 100% mine.

Are you in search of a nutritious and filling breakfast recipe?  Then I’ve got the perfect recipe for you.

September is Better Breakfast Month so I figured this was the perfect time to share this easy recipe for Peanut Butter and Banana Protein Pancakes.

My friend shared her protein pancake recipe with me over the summer and I’ve been making them ever since.

I added peanut butter and bananas to her recipe and made these delicious Peanut Butter and Banana Protein Pancakes.  We all love bananas and having Peanut Butter for Breakfast is a great way to add eight grams of protein and more than 30 essential nutrients and phytonutrients to your meal.

Peanut Butter and Banana Protein Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 1 cup of cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • 4 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients in blender.
  2. Spray a nonstick griddle with cooking spray and place over medium heat. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter onto griddle. Flip pancakes over when edges look cooked and tops are covered with bubbles.
  3. Serve warm.
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Peanut Butter Banana Protein Pancakes

Woohoo to a nutritious and easy breakfast recipe!

Not only do they taste great but I make a whole bunch every Sunday and breakfast is ready for the entire week.  Our mornings are so hectic that we need things that we can just grab and go.  Hubby and I eat ours in the car and Connor eats his while waiting for the bus.

Plus, studies show that people who enjoy a higher protein breakfast (35 grams) felt fuller, had fewer cravings and ate fewer high-calorie snacks at night compared to eating a lower protein cereal or skipping breakfast.

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Clean Eating Chicken and Spinach Slow Cooker Recipe

I have a slow cooker recipe that is easy, delicious and healthy.  Does it get any better than that?  And if you are making the switch to clean eating, like we are, than you will love this Chicken and Spinach Slow Cooker Recipe.

Chicken and Spinach - Clean Eating and only 5 Ingredients

I kind of threw this all together the other day for dinner and my husband and I were both surprised at how good it was.  The best part is – it only requires 5 ingredients!!  Plus, throwing everything in the crock pot makes it so easy.

Chicken & Spinach Slow Cooker Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3-4 chicken breasts (boneless)
  • 1 package of frozen spinach (16 ounce)
  • 1 jar of organic marinara sauce (I found mine at Trader Joe's)
  • 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese
  • spaghetti squash or whole wheat pasta

Instructions

  1. Add chicken, spinach, and marinara sauce to slow cooker. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Before serving, prepare spaghetti squash or pasta.
  2. Serve chicken, spinach, and sauce over noodles. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
  3. Enjoy!
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I must confess that this was my first time ever buying and cooking spaghetti squash.  I’ve been wanting to try it for awhile now and I’m so glad we finally tried it.  I might never eat pasta again.  It was so easy to make and I love the way it tastes.  I also love that it’s way healthier than pasta.  But if you are a fan of pasta than this recipe will still taste great.

I made sure that I could read and understand all the ingredients in everything before preparing the meal which makes it clean.  All the ingredients in the marinara sauce are organic and I read that parmesan cheese is ok in moderation when eating clean.

Spinach and Chicken - 5 Ingredient Clean Eating Recips

And even thought the picture might not look that great, this recipe is amazing.  I hope you try it.  Then come back and let me know what you think.

If you are trying to eat healthy than I’m pretty sure you will love this recipe.  Oh, and there will be plenty left over for lunch which is a win-win in my book.

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Homemade Snack Mix


I’ve got an easy and convenient Homemade Snack Mix that is sure to please everyone!  #SnacktoSchool #LoveYourRaisins #CleverGirls

Homemade Snack Mix

Connor and I both come home from school hungry so I’m always looking for healthy snack ideas that will hold us over until dinner.  This snack mix is super easy to throw together and tastes great.  Plus, it’s healthier than other snacks and makes a great snack for homework time.

Are you looking for a healthier after school snack?  This snack mix includes clean products which means everything in the mix contains ingredients that I can read and understand.  My favorite thing about this recipe is that it’s the perfect combination of sweet and salty.  The addition of California raisins add just the right amount of sweetness and I love that they are all-natural, dried-by-the-sun fruit you can feel good about eating.

Did you know that raisins have ZERO fat, no cholesterol and no added sugar?  Convenient and portable, California Raisins are a great choice for wholesome, healthy, on-the-go snacking.  And they are a great value, too!  We love adding raisins to muffins, cookies, oatmeal – and, of course, this snack mix.

Homemade Snack Mix

And, the best part – Connor can help me make this homemade snack mix!

Homemade Snack Mix

Ingredients

  • 1 cup California raisins
  • 2 cups Kettle Corn (clean with no preservatives)
  • 1 cup Almonds
  • 1 cup Organic Pretzel Crisps

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a ziplock bag and seal. Gently shake bag until ingredients are mixed together.
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Homemade Trail Mix

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What’s your favorite recipe that includes raisins?

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S’mores Brownies

I’m just gonna start by saying Oh My Goodness – these S’mores Brownies are delicious!!

And since Sunday was National S’mores Day, it was the perfect reason to make them.

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Now I’m not saying they’re better than toasting marshmallows and making s’mores while sitting around a bonfire but they’re pretty darn close.  The only thing I would do different next time is add more marshmallows.

I do have to admit that it was nice to eat a s’mores brownie this morning while drinking my coffee:)

Are you suddenly craving some?  Here’s how easy they are to make:

s'mores brownies ingredients

First, print out these awesome Kraft coupons so you can save money on the graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate and head to Walmart for everything you need.

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Make your favorite brownie recipe.  I used a chewy fudge brownie mix from a box.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spread half of the brownie batter in a greased pan.  Then add a layer of graham crackers, chocolate pieces and marshmallows.  I added about a cup of marshmallows but next time will probably add 2 cups.  Pour remaining brownie batter over marshmallows and bake.  Baking times will vary depending on the pan that you use.  Since I used an 8 x 8 pan, my brownies took about 30 minutes to bake.

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After they cool, it’s time to dig in!  I’m sorry to tell you but it’s going to be hard to eat just one so be prepared.

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Buffalo Chicken Wonton Cups {Easy Appetizer using Kraft Printable Coupons}

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I’m all about easy recipes and today I have an easy appetizer recipe that is sure to be the hit of any party!

Football season has already started in our house.  My husband is a huge NY Giants fan and he never misses a game including preseason games.  Saturday night we had a few friends over to watch the Giants  play the Steelers and I made these delicious Buffalo Chicken Wonton Cups.

buffalo chicken wonton cups

My husband is a HUGE fan of anything that includes Buffalo Chicken so I knew these were going to be a big hit with him.  Everybody loved them and I loved that they only required 6 ingredients.  Plus, I recently discovered that Walmart offers printable coupons on their website so I was able to save money when it came time to shop for most of the ingredients.

Who doesn’t love saving money?!  I have to admit that I’m not a fan of clipping coupons.  We don’t subscribe to the paper so I never have any coupons but Walmart makes it so easy to print and use their printable coupons.

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And I was so excited to see that Kraft is offering a lot of awesome coupons for products that I already buy on a regular basis which means I can stock up on things that I actually need.  Kraft’s printable coupons are only available for a limited time, so make sure you print them out soon to take advantage of these savings.

Now it’s time to show you how easy these Buffalo Chicken Wonton Cups are to make.  I was a little nervous about using the wonton wrappers but they were easy to figure out and now I feel like I’m a pro at it.

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First, I printed out my coupons.  Way easier than clipping coupons!  Just select the coupons you want and print them out.  Then, I headed to Walmart to get everything I needed.

buffalo chicken wonton cups

Saturday evening, before the game, I assembled the Buffalo Chicken Wonton Cups and they were ready when the game started.

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Buffalo Chicken Wonton Cups

Ingredients

  • 1 (8 ounces) package of cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing
  • 1/2 cup buffalo wing sauce
  • 2 cups cooked and shredded chicken
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 package of wonton wrappers

Instructions

  1. Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Step 2: Spray mini muffin tins with cooking spray. Add one wonton wrapper to each muffin cup. Spray wrappers with cooking spray and bake for 5 minutes.
  3. Step 3: Add cream cheese, ranch dressing, buffalo wing sauce, chicken and 3/4 cup cheese to mixing bowl. Stir ingredients together.
  4. Step 4: Add a spoonful of chicken mixture to each wonton.
  5. Step 5: Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  6. Step 6: Bake for 15 minutes.
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Now are you suddenly craving Buffalo chicken?

Print out your Kraft Coupons so you can save money the time you shop at Walmart.

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Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs {with a 3 Ingredient Marinade}

I’ve got another delicious recipe for you today.

We love grilling in the summertime and I love kabobs.  I was looking everywhere for an easy marinade recipe and couldn’t find one so this is what I came up with.  The marinade only requires 3 ingredients which is what I love the best about this recipe.

Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs

These Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs are perfect for warm summer nights and you’ll have plenty left over so go ahead and invite your neighbors for dinner.

Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs

Ingredients

  • I can of Pineapple Chunks
  • 3-4 boneless chicken breasts cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup less-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large green pepper
  • 1 large red pepper
  • 2 zucchini
  • 2 squash
  • bamboo or metal skewers
  • brown rice cooked according to package
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. 1. Drain pineapple juice and reserve 3/4 cup of pineapple juice. Set pineapple aside.
  2. Step
  3. 2. Mix pineapple juice, soy sauce, and brown sugar in bowl. Add chicken and let marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  4. 3. While the chicken is marinating, cut zucchini, squash into 1/2 inch chunks and cut green pepper and red pepper into 1 inch chunks. Also, soak skewers in water if you are using bamboo skewers.
  5. 4. Thread vegetables, pineapple and chicken on skewers. Pour left over marinade over kabobs and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  6. 5. Set your gas grill to medium-high heat and arrange kabobs on grill. Cook for 10-12 minutes or until chicken is cooked through, turning often.
  7. 6. Serve with brown rice.
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hawaiian chicken kabobs

 

Happy grilling!

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Refreshing Lemonade Cocktail with Stoli

This post brought to you by STOLI® Vodka. All opinions are 100% mine.

Summer is the perfect time to relax on the deck with a delicious cocktail in hand.

Today I’m sharing a simple and refreshing summer cocktail with you.  This summer, Stoli® Vodka is celebrating a fresh twist on the classic summer cocktail.  The smooth grain taste of Stoli pairs perfectly with the tart and sweet notes of a crisp, cold lemonade and can be made with Stoli Premium Vodka or one of the Stoli flavors for an added twist.

Stoli lemonade

Stoli Lemonade is the perfect drink to make.  It’s easy and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients which means it’s my kind of drink.

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Stoli Vodka
  • 4 parts lemonade

Directions:

  • Build in an ice-filled Mason jar or highball glass and stir. Garnish with lemon wheels.

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lemonade fruit ice

I also made ice cubes using lemonade and fruit so my drink doesn’t get watered down.  Now when the ice melts, it leaves behind fresh fruit in my drink.  So refreshing and delicious!

 

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