Being a busy mom, I am constantly in search of recipes that are quick and easy, but still healthy and tasty! There is nothing I love more than make ahead marinated meals that can sit in the fridge for days if life gets in the way and thrown on the stove at the last minute for a quick and healthy meal. That is why I love this recipe! It takes 5 minutes to prep and 15 minutes to cook when you are ready. How is that for simple!
The first date that I ever had with my husband over 24 years ago was a homemade meal at his house. I remember it clearly. He plopped a big steak and some canned corn on my plate and asked if I wanted some ketchup. Romantic right? Well, I thought it was. That is about the most cooking he has done over the passed 24 plus years with the exception of his one and only signature meal, spaghetti. It is a family recipe passed down from his mom who isn’t much of a cook herself although she makes some tasty dishes.
However, in fairness my husband never really needed to cook because I love to and his mom always made sure he had something to eat. He’s a simple man with “meat and potato” taste who happened to marry a women who loves to cook. In fact, if you ask him why he married me, he’d probably say “because she’s a great cook!”
While I love to cook and do the majority of cooking, that doesn’t mean that I don’t think that a husband shouldn’t be able and willing to cook. Due to my hectic schedule I often have “fend for yourself nights.” Those are nights when I simply have prepared nothing and everyone is expected to eat leftovers (we always have good leftovers) or prepare something on their own. And then from time to time, I tell my husband he is in charge of making dinner. His Spaghetti is his “go to meal” and for good reason. On this one night only, I promise myself to step back, bite my tongue and let him have at it.
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.
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!
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.