Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

For the Halloween party we are attending, my daughter suggested baking and bringing Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (since the load of candy she will be getting is not enough sugar).

These cookies provide the perfect seasonal twist. I used pumpkin for one stick of butter and whole wheat flour instead of white flour for healthy swaps. These heavenly cookies turned out moist and delicious! Get messy! Have fun! And eat healthy!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe:
1 stick unsalted butter
½ 15oz can of pure pumpkin
2 eggs
½ cup white sugar
2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1 pinch of salt
2 cups chocolate chips
baking spray


1.)  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.)  Combine all ingredients and stir until smooth.
3.)  Bake for 12-14 minutes.


Cornflake Crusted Chicken Strips

Ingredients- serves 4

1 ½ lbs chicken breast- cut into strips (cooking scissors work easiest)
1 egg- beaten
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
3 cups corn flakes- crushed
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
olive oil spray


1.)  Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 
2.)  In a small bowl, combine egg, honey, and mustard. 
3.)  In another bowl, add crushed cornflakes. 
4.)  Salt and pepper one side of chicken.
5.)  Dip seasoned chicken into egg mixture and then cornflake mixture. 
6.)  Place coated chicken on sprayed baking sheet. 
7.)  Bake 25-30 minutes or until cornflakes are golden brown and chicken is cooked through.

            This easy chicken dinner was a hit. My son had so much fun putting the cornflakes in a plastic bag and mashing them with his fist. My children love hammering their food! Besides its entertaining factor, this recipe tastes delicious and way healthier than fried chicken strips! Get messy! Have fun! And eat healthy!


Double Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins

Looking for a healthy and fun recipe to stir up this weekend? These Double Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins make a great nutritious breakfast, snack or dessert!

My daughter couldn’t wait to make these. She utilized her math skills by counting the mini chocolate chips on top of each muffin and her tiny muscles by having her stir all the ingredients until smooth. Get messy! Have fun! And eat healthy!

Double Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins Recipe


            3/4 cup canned pure pumpkin
            1/2 cup light brown sugar
            1/4 cup white sugar
            2 large egg whites
            2/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
            2 Tablespoons coconut oil, melted
            1 teaspoons vanilla extract
            1/2 cup all-purpose flour
            1/2 cup whole wheat flour
            1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
            1/2 teaspoon salt
            1 teaspoon baking soda
            1 teaspoon baking powder
            1 and 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
            1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or nutmeg
            1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, plus ¼ cup for sprinkling on top


1.) Preheat oven to 425 F degrees. Spray 12-count muffin pan with nonstick spray. If using cupcake liners, spray those lightly with nonstick spray. Set aside.
2.) In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, sugars, egg whites, Greek yogurt, oil, and vanilla extract. Whisk them all together until smooth.
3.) Next add flours, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Blend in mini chocolate chips. The batter will be a little chunky and thick.
4.) Pour batter into the muffin cups to the top. If desired, sprinkle a few mini chocolate chips on top of each muffin before baking.
5.) Bake for 5 minutes at 425F. Keeping the muffins in the oven, reduce the temperature down to 375 and continue to bake for 13 more minutes. Insert a toothpick into the center of one muffin. If it comes out clean, they are done. If not, bake for 2 more minutes.
* These muffins are amazing warmed up with a scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt for a heavenly dessert or snack!


Easy Spaghetti & Meatballs

Not sure what to make for dinner next week? With cooler temps and darker days, here is a hearty yet healthy meal the whole family will enjoy!

My kids had fun making a gigantic mess with the ingredients and then rolling the beef into meatballs. Despite the mess, I was thrilled they ate their entire plate! Get messy! Have fun! And eat healthy!

Easy Spaghetti & Meatballs

1 1/2 lbs uncooked lean ground sirloin
1/3 cup seasoned breadcrumbs or panko crumbs
¼ cup Parmesan cheese- grated- plus extra for sprinkling on top
1 large egg
½ tsp salt
whole wheat or whole grain spaghetti- cook according to package directions
your favorite pasta sauce
¼ cup fresh basil- chopped


1.)  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.)  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil coated with cooking spray.
3.)  In a large bowl, blend beef, breadcrumbs, cheese, egg and salt.
4.)  Roll into about 1 inch shaped meatballs and place on prepared baking sheet.
5.)  Bake until cooked through, turning meatballs after 10 minutes and then continue baking for another 10 minutes or until cooked through.
6.)  While meatballs are baking, cook spaghetti according to package directions and pour pasta sauce in a pan over medium-low heat.
7.)  When meatballs are done, place meatballs in sauce and coat with sauce. Serve meatballs covered in sauce over spaghetti.
8.)  Garnish with fresh basil and Parmesan cheese.