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Chicken Tamale Casserole

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I love Mexican food and this is one of my favorite, mid week, family friendly, lighter recipes. Just toss it all together, throw it in the oven and you are ready to eat. And it is even better the second and even third day.

Bailey’s Baked Chimichanga’s

Baked Chimis

My oldest son, like many teens, loves Taco Bell. I remember loving it as a teen. It’s inexpensive, easy and filling. Most importantly, it’s Mexican. While he prefers Chipotle or other higher end Mexican food, Taco Bell is within his budget, close by and fast. As a mom, while I can appreciate all those qualities, I’d prefer he’d eat something a bit healthier. Therefore, when I saw a recipe for baked Chimichanga’s on pinterest, I immediatley repinned it.

Of course as tasty as the original recipe sounded, I felt like it could use a little cleaning up. The original recipe called for cream cheese and pepper jack which adds too much fat and calories for my taste. I changed a few things to lighten it up and it was just as delicious, but much more nutritious! I make a big batch of these babies, wrap them up, freeze and my son has lunch anytime he wants.

Cocoa Fudge Cookies

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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.

Healthy Banana Bread

Banana bread

My kids and hubby are crazy picky! None of them are breakfast eaters but as they’ve aged and matured have realized that they need something in the morning. Mostly breakfast entails cold cereal if they’ve left enough time (they are teenagers after all) or a quick grab and go protein shake. I’ve learned that one way to make sure they eat more is to have things on hand that they can grab and go. You will almost always find a fresh baked from scratch item on my counter for my picky eaters. This way I know what is going into their bodies, can sneak in what I want and they will always eat something. This banana bread is moist, healthy and down right yummy!

Boka Dushi (Dutch West Indian Chicken Kabobs)

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There is something about meat on a stick that just makes me happy. Maybe it reminds me of all of my camping days trying to put anything and everything on a stick to cook or maybe it’s the simplicity of it, who knows! I love to grill indoor or out and this recipe is one of my favorites. I passed it onto my “Boot Campers” years ago and they love it too. My husband requests it frequently and my kids even like it because it has peanut butter in it. I love that I can marinate it a day in advance and then just throw it together at the last minute.