Month: October 2012

Kid Favorite Products–Chicken Nuggets, Mac & Cheese and more!

Kid Favorite Products–Chicken Nuggets, Mac & Cheese and more!

I would like to share some of my favorite food products for my kids, I get really giddy talking about them!  Or maybe I am just excited about sharing any product that I think is awesome.   I am ALWAYS looking for somewhat healthy, kid-friendly products.  […]

Spintastic Breakfast Cups!

Spintastic Breakfast Cups!

Even though I do not have to leave my house in a rush every morning and go to work, I STILL don’t have time to eat breakfast. Are you kidding me?  How does this happen?  The busyness of attending to my children is what life […]

Hey, Kids! Spider Web Pancakes!

Hey, Kids! Spider Web Pancakes!

The kids and I are in the Halloween spirit!  We made some Halloween crafts now lets make some festive food! I brought out my cake decorating tubes, placed some batter in the bag and got creative!   The first time I made these pancakes I could not keep up with production!  I felt good my kids could a enjoy a nutritious breakfast!



pancake ingredients

This is the first time I have used Chia® flour and it reminds a lot like ground flax seed, which you could in place of the flour, too.    Now for my picky husband I have to use all-purpose white flour and shhh, don’t tell him, but I also use ground golden flaxseed.  I have learned the golden variety is so easy sneak into pancakes.  They do not make the pancakes turn out dark like the brown flaxseed.  But he will still ask, “What’s in these?”  I guess you can say poor guy but I just tell him, “Honey, I want you live a long, healthy life”   Smile


Mix together “wet” ingredients: egg, oil and milk.

1 eggadd milk

Mix together “dry” ingredients: flour, chia flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar.

flourchia flour

Make a “well” and pour in wet ingredients and mix together.

well flourwet ingredients


Now it is time to have some fun!  Get my cake decorating bag, I used a size 5 tip.  Place bag in a tall glass to make this process a bit easier.

bag in glassbatter in bag

In a hot skillet pan place a drop of canola oil – this really makes the pancakes taste yummy! Make a dot and two circles.

spider web 1

Draw lines from the dot in the middle to the outside circle.

spw 2



cooper 1cooper 2


I used up the batter and made all kinds of different shapes.  Then I froze the leftover and now we have pancakes ready for the week!  I think this beats buying a box of frozen waffles.

heart pancakes

r and flower



Homemade Hearty Pancakes


1 cup whole wheat flour

1/4 cup chia flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tbsp sugar

1/4 tsp salt

1 1/4 cup milk

1 egg

1 1/2 tbsp canola oil


In a bowl, mix together flour, chia flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar and set aside. Combine milk, egg and oil. Next, pour wet ingredients into dry mixture and mix until well-combined. Place pancake batter into cake decorating bag or use a Ziploc® bag. Place a drop of canola in the pan. Drop batter into a variety of shapes of your choice and flip when ready. Have fun!

Fall Favorite!  Homemade Applesauce in the Crock-Pot

Fall Favorite! Homemade Applesauce in the Crock-Pot

I think fall is my favorite season of the year!  There is nothing better than wearing comfy jeans with a warm, cozy sweatshirt and warming up with a cup of coffee, oh yeah AND watching some college football.  Man, that screams fall to me, I […]

Monday Meal! Stuffed Cheesy Peppers! + Breadsticks!

Monday Meal! Stuffed Cheesy Peppers! + Breadsticks!

I will have to pat myself on the back for this meal, AND even my husband thought it was delicious! Seriously, he never gives me this good of props on a meal.  The only comment he made was adding more cheese throughout the pepper.  I […]

Kids, Let’s Cook!  Banana Muffin Poppers!

Kids, Let’s Cook! Banana Muffin Poppers!

My kids are suckers for a cinnamon roll or donuts for breakfast, I swear they test me even more just because I am a dietitian.  Well, these little banana muffin poppers turned out pretty darn good to satisfy their sweet tooth in the morning or anytime during the day!


It was another day of fun cooking with the cousins!  I usually just put everything in my Kitchen Aid but I think that was already dirty so we just put everything in the blender, no biggie.  When you cook/bake with kids remember to get everything and yes I mean EVERYTHING ready to go before you even tell them it is time to have some fun in the kitchen.  I should have known better, ha! 

in blenderreese and maddie

Oh boy, Mr. Cooper loves, loves to crack eggs.  When he was younger he thought they were balls and I had to bypass this section with him at the grocery store because he would throw a fit!  “Mommy, baaaaalllll!!!!!!!”   He also loves eating them.

coop cracking an egg

Bake away little guys!


Look at their excitement when we were finally finished!  Yay, let’s eat!

coopermaddie excitedreese excited


All done!


Banana Muffin Poppers


2 eggs

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 ripe bananas, mashed

1/2 cup applesauce

1/3 cup nonfat milk

1 tbsp vegetable oil

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1 cup whole wheat flour

3/4 cup ground flaxseed

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Spray mini muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray.  In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar until lightly fluffy, about five minutes. Bean in bananas, applesauce, milk, oil and vanilla.  Stir in flour mixture into banana mixture until well-combined. Pour batter into muffin pan.  Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly brown.


These little muffins are a good source of fiber.  We used a minimal  amount of sugar, added some extra flavorings and let the bananas take care of the rest!  Stick in the freezer and always have them on hand!  

Dinner Tonight? Buffalo Chicken Pizza!

Dinner Tonight? Buffalo Chicken Pizza!

I seriously despise the questions, “What’s for dinner tonight?” I don’t know, let me get my magic wand and whip something up for dinner, hmm . . .  I ask myself the same question, “What IS for dinner?”  Ugh, I so wish I had a […]