Ingredient: butter

Cocoa Fudge Cookies

cocoa cookies

It’s Friday night which means time for a treat. Nothing satisfies my sweet tooth more than chocolate. These little babies, satisfy my chocolate cravings without “breaking the bank” in the calories area. They take only minutes to make, are chewy and are under 80 calories each. My only complaint is that this recipe only makes two dozen cookies which can disappear in minutes around my house! Might need to double this recipe.

Cracker Chicken Strips

cracker chicken strips
If you have kids like me, you've seen your share of chicken strips. My kids are teenagers and still like a good chicken strip from time to time. The problem is, more often than not, they are packed with crap! In fact, there is only one brand "Rocky Range" chicken, sold at Costco that I feel okay about giving my kids these days. It is sustainable, organic, antibiotic free and so on - love it! However, when I have time, I prefer to make my own. One of my youngest boys favorite meals I prepare for him is my own homemade Chicken strips made with Cracker crumbs. They are a healthy, kid friendly alternative to store bought chicken strips. My son loves them because they are crunchy, I love them because I made them and know what is in them. Can you say "win, win?!"

Cinnamon Muffins

cinnamon muffins

So I have teenagers which means mornings are “fast and furious” around our house. Being boys, they want to sleep until the last possible second meaning that breakfast is either “grab and go” or doesn’t even happen. Since I’m already at work (I leave the house at 5:45 am), chances of them eating something is even less likely. My oldest loves a muffin or loaf bread because it is something that he can throw into a baggy the evening before. I of course would rather them eat something healthier, but I’m a realist after all, so rather than having them skip breakfast altogether, I make it my goal to find ways to make what they will eat just a little bit healthier. This week, my son asked to “Cinnamon Muffins.” Here is my healthier version.