Archive | July 2012

Today’s Gluten Free Finds from My Favorite Place to Shop

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I actually found these items a couple of days ago, but thought I should wait to post a blog until I’d actually tried them.

Let’s start with the marshmallow treats. While edible, these were not all that great. That being said, I believe it was the flavor; peanut butter caramel. Had they they stuck to one or the other, peanut butter OR caramel, these probably would have tasted better. As you can imagine, they are not as sticky and mashmallowy (yeah, I just made that up) as your typical marshmallow treat, either. Neither of my kids were too fond of them, although my son’s friend thought they were tasty.
Consensus: Likely to not purchase again. (Luckily I found them at the discount store for cheap.)
Now on to the crackers. I actually really like these crackers. They have a very different, distinct taste that I just love. They are super crunchy, which is extremely important and the serving is 40 crackers! At 120 calories I’m pretty happy with this product. My daughter, on the other hand, does not like the flavor. I believe “weird” was her word of choice in describing them.
No one else has tried them.

I have to tell you, I LOVE having a discount store nearby! It has been a great help to our food budget and introduced us to many different things that we wouldn’t have otherwise tried because it’s just so expensive in the grocery stores. There’s also a bonus that comes with ours, they carry fresh produce, eggs and other locally produced goodies like honey, jams & jellies and salsas!
They just celebrated their 1 year anniversary last month and I hope they get to celebrate many more! DWP’s Facebook page keeps us updated on new arrivals, produce days and specials. Go check them out!
I encourage you all to find some place similar where you live.
Support small business, buy local!

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Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Bake

This recipe is an unexpected blog post. I figured it’d taste good, I had no idea it would be THIS good!
The original plan was grilled chicken on the Foreman, roasted red potatoes and broccoli. Grilled chicken just wasn’t sounding appealing to any of us so I decided to go a different route. Leave it to SparkRecipes to lead me in the right direction. (I’m becoming addicted to that site for healthy recipe ideas.)
We (my daughter and I) decided on mashed red potates instead of roasted, leaving the oven now open for baking the chicken rather than grilling. The idea of baking lead me to the option of a broccoli and chicken casserole type of dinner.
I try to stay away from using condensed soups because of their sodium content, but I decided tonight I’d make an exception. Besides, not adding rice or pasta to the casserole means you only need one can!
As I said in the opener, this blog post was not planned which is usually the case with recipes. If you haven’t guessed, this means there are no photos to go along with the recipe. 😦 I even had a thought to snap a couple of photos, but I ignored my instinct and finished preparing dinner. Of course, now I’m regretting that decision.
Here it is, my Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Bake:

Ingredients (makes 6 serving)
1 1/2 pounds boneless/ skinless chicken breasts
1 pound frozen broccoli florets
1 can Campbell’s Healthy Request Cheddar Cheese soup
1/4 of a 1 pound block mild cheddar cheese, finely shredded

1) Clean any fat off chicken and cut into cubes.
2) Preheat oven to 375*.
3) Cook broccoli until fairly soft. Drain, set aside. (Reserve some water.)
4) Saute chicken until no longer pink. (I seasoned mine with garlic powder and used non stick cooking spray.)
5) Mix cooked chicken with cheese soup until pretty evenly coated. Add about 1/4 cup broccoli water and stir. Add a couple tablespoons of the shredded cheese, stir.
5) Gently stir in cooked broccoli until nicely coated.
6) Spray baking dish with non stick cooking spray.
7) Pour chicken and broccoli mixture into dish. Spread evenly.
8) Top with shredded cheese.
9) Bake for 20 minutes, until cheese is slightly browned.

Here’s a screenshot of the nutrition facts per serving from my Lose It! app:

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Nutrition Facts for Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Bake

New Facebook Page & Twitter

I’ve created a Facebook page for the blog! You can find it at this link.
Here you can find my Twitter page!
I’m totally new to Twitter so you may have bear with me there. I have some learning to do!
I’m excited to start reaching even more people!
(As soon as I figure it out I’ll be adding the Facebook and Twitter buttons to the blog.)

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Back-to-School Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Bars

Why buy prepackaged bars when you can make these?! This is a super easy, super fun, and super tasty recipe.
My daughter starts high school this year and I’ve been looking for ideas to help ensure she gets some nutrition in the morning. I understand how hard it can be to eat so early. I wanted something she could grab on her way out the door and eat when she was ready (probably on the bus).
After browsing lots of recipe sites, and coming across Udi’s Granola at the local discount foods store, I put this recipe together to test out before school starts next month.
This one is definitely a winner! May I present you with:

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Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Bars

Ingredients:
1 package Udi’s Natural Artisan Granola (I used Hawaiian)**
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 bananas, mashed
1 tsp vanilla (optional)
1 tsp honey (optional)
pinch of cinnamon (optional)

Set oven to 350*F.
Remove nuts and fruit from granola mix and crush/ chop, return to granola.
Mix peanut butter and mashed bananas until well blended and paste-like.
Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
Spray muffin tin (12) with non stick cooking spray. Fill each cup with mixture.
Bake for 18 minutes.
Cool completely, then wrap individually in plastic wrap. Keeps in refrigerator for about a week.

** You can create your own mixture with oats, dried fruits, and crushed nuts. Just make the mixture amount to 3 cups. I’d use at least one cup of oats, but I’d prefer more oats to fruit/nuts.

If you make these let me know with a comment! I’d love to hear others’ additions and substitutions!

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