2.09.2015

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2.03.2015

Do you love chocolate?


We hope you love chocolate as much as us! With Valentine's Day less than two weeks away, we are dedicating most of our recipes this month to chocolate! In Chicago, February brings cold, snow, MORE SNOW and chocolate! 

With chocolate on our minds, we came up with the Ultimate Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe. It will warm your belly and heart, even if you are not living somewhere cold (LUCKY!). If you like chocolate, you will LOVE this chocolate cookie at first bite.

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Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe:

Ingredients:

½ lbs semi sweet chocolate
1 cup flour
½ cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
3 Tbsp unsalted butter
¼ cup applesauce
¾ cup brown sugar
½ cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp instant-coffee granules
1 tsp vanilla
2 packs or 1 cup Jolly Oak Good For You Granola in either Chocolate flavor

Directions:

1.)  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.)  In a microwave safe big bowl, melt chocolate chips in the microwave, about 45 seconds.
3.)  Add in butter, applesauce, both sugars and vanilla. Stir.
4.)  Beat in eggs, coffee, flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Stir until smooth.
5.)  Blend in Jolly Oak Granola.
6.)  Cover bowl and let stand on counter 35 minutes to give chocolate time to set.
7.)  Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
8.)  Roll dough into even size balls and keep 2 inches apart.
9.)  Bake 10-12 minutes or until cookie edges are set but centers are soft. 

1.28.2015

Skinny Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins


For an afternoon activity, my daughter begged to bake muffins. Not any kind of muffin but with LOTS of chocolate! I found a recipe from Pinterest and changed some of the ingredients: white sugar to coconut sugar, white flour to whole wheat flour, butter to applesauce, and milk to almond milk. Feel free to make the original version, but my kids declared they were great, even the healthier way.



Skinny Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins- yields 12 muffins

Ingredients:

¾ cup coconut sugar
1 egg
 1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup almond milk
1 Tbsp Greek yogurt
2 Tbsp canola oil
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 ¾ cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

1.)  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2.)  Combine all ingredients and stir until smooth. Add chocolate chips last.
3.)  Bake 20 minutes.

1.26.2015

Sesame Quinoa with Chicken and Broccoli


Looking for something different to cook this week? Here is a healthy and easy chicken quinoa dish that your kids will love! My daughter was excited about making the sauce, and my son gave it a thumbs up at dinnertime.



Sesame Quinoa with Chicken and Broccoli

1 cup uncooked quinoa- cook according to package directions (you can also use brown rice instead of quinoa)
2 cups bite size broccoli pieces
1 lbs chicken breast cutlets- cut into bite size pieces – use cooking shears (Thanks Elana!) this makes cutting the chicken so much easier.
1/8 tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper
2 tsp rice vinegar
2 tbsp dark sesame oil
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp creamy PB
2 tsp sesame seeds
1 tsp brown sugar
¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
3 green onions, chopped
cooking spray- I prefer olive oil or coconut oil sprays

Directions:

1.)  Cook quinoa and steam broccoli. Set aside.
2.)  Season chicken with salt and pepper and then add cut pieces to pan with cooking spray on med high heat.
3.)  While chicken is cooking, in a bowl, mix together vinegar, sesame oil, PB, 1 tsp sesame seeds, sugar and red pepper flakes.
4.)  In a large bowl or pan, combine cooked quinoa, steamed broccoli, cooked chicken and pour in mixture and stir.
5.)  Sprinkle with 1 tsp sesame seeds and green onions.