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Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

While waiting for our friends, Drew & Shannon, to come over for Pizza Night, I decided to make some cookies with the kids. We sampled these at a recent playdate at Mary Elizabeth’s house and she said she had found it Southern Living. There are only 5 ingredients – you gotta love that! Fast, easy, fun for the whole family and delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1  cup  firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1  cup  chunky peanut butter
  • 1  large egg
  • 1  teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1/2  teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • 1  cup  milk chocolate morsels

Preparation

1. Stir together first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl, using a wooden spoon. Stir in chocolate morsels.

2. Drop cookie dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

3. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes or until puffed and golden. (Cookies will be soft in the center.) Cool cookies on baking sheet 5 minutes. Remove to a wire rack.

Monday Dinner: Beef Daube Provencal

Ok, so in an effort to spend less time in the kitchen (both preparing and cleaning up), I went to Cooking Light for some slow cooker favorites and I found a winner! I’m not a big beef eater and I actually used my dutch oven instead of the crock pot, but this was great. I also omitted the red wine and bay leaf (only because I didn’t have it, but I used a combination of beef stock, worsterchire and balsamic vinegar instead). This had a little something for everyone and we served it over a pan seared then oven baked half of potato. Delicious!

Dinner Time: Chinese & Healthy Cookies

Honey Chicken and Lo Mein

Honey Chicken and Lo Mein

While the picture (actually of our leftovers!) doesn’t do it justice, I made Crispy Honey Chicken, Lo Mein and Fried Rice. We LOVE PF Chang’s and the kids love the honey chicken, so I thought I’d save money by doing it at home.

While it was a great idea and it was tasty, the time spent was not worth it. The process was quite labor intensive and multiple pots were used creating a heavy clean up process. However, the lesson is that you don’t always have to go out. Some of my favorite restaurant recipes I’ve recreated for a fraction of the cost simply by Googling the title of the dish, the place it came from and ‘recipe’. So often we sit somewhere thinking “I could make that” and it’s true! However in this case, I think will head to Pei Wei next time!

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

These yummy cookies were created from Jessica Seinfeld’s Deceptively Delicious cookbook and they include, drum roll, chickpeas! They were very easy to make (though a bit messy when you add the chickpeas to the mixer) and you really can’t tast them once they’re in there. Just don’t let the kids watch you as you’re making them (or your husband for that matter!)

Friday Dinner: Pasta Pillows in Brown Butter

Earlier in the week I made a Roasted parsnip and cauliflower soup that I thought was delicious, but was not as well received by the kids. I wanted to repurpose that into a healthy pasta, so I bought some wonton wrappers this week in the produce section. I took a cup of the soup (it was thick) and mixed it with one cup of ricotta cheese, some freshly grated parmesan, two cloves of garlic, kosher salt, pepper and some fresh (chopped) thyme and rosemary from our herb garden we just planted this week. I put a teaspoon of the ricotta mixture in the center of a wrapper, folded it in half to make a triangle and then folded the tips together to make a hat.

I placed the “pasta pillows” (as my kids like to call ravioli) in boiling water for three minutes in batches. Meanwhile, I made a brown butter sauce by placing a stick of butter and two more cloves of garlic in the pan with the butter. After it browned, I put the cooked ravioli in the pan with the sauce. I served it with some sauteed asparagus and crescent rolls. Though it took me awhile to fill the ravioli, it was light and fresh and allowed me to get some veggies into the kids they might otherwise not have eaten!

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Tuesday’s Dinner – Chopped Salad with Chicken

I don’t like lettuce.

Well, that may be a strong statement. It’s not that I don’t like lettuce persay, but it really irks me when I go somewhere for a salad and it ends up being a bowl full of lettuce with a cucumber and tomato flippantly tossed in for effect. UGH!
However, last year I discovered a new favorite – the Vegetable Chopped Salad at The Cheesecake Factory. I vowed that when I went back, I’d write everything down so I could recreate it at home, and in December I did just that. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to add it into my family’s menu, but tonight it happened! Essentially, it’s chopped (in cubes) cucumber, asparagus, edamame (not chopped), bell pepper, sharp white cheddar cheese, and tomato. Actually, I think the original omits the cucumber but adds apple, so really, I just made up what I wanted to! I added the Tyson’s Crunchy Chicken Tenders on the top for protein and to give the kids a little more sustenance. I also found a copycat recipe for the Cilantro Lime Viniagrette and it was wonderful.

The quick dinner also allowed me to get out in time to attend a grocery class last night. Yes, you heard me right. Kelly (www.faithfulprovisions.com) goes to our church and has turned this thing into a science. She went from spending over $1,000 a month on food to now spending $40 a week for a family of four! I’m definitely not there yet, but my past two trips I’ve spent $100 (mostly stockpiling deals on sale) and I’ve saved over $50 each time, so I’m well on my way. I’ll be sure to keep you posted on how it’s working out.