Saturday, February 5, 2011

Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies

2 cubes butter, softened
1 cup canola oil
1 1/4 cups white sugar
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 whole egg
2 egg whites
1 T. milled flax seed
3 T. water
2 tsp. vanilla
4-4 1/2 cups white flour
1 cup oats
1/2 cup whole wheat flour (I ground the white wheat into flour and then measure)
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking soda
white chocolate chips (add however much you'd like, I used about 1 1/2 to 2 cups)
pomegranite infused dried cranberries (add however much you'd like, I used about 1 cup)

Cream together butter, oil and sugars. Add eggs, egg whites, milled flax seed, water and vanilla and mix. Add dry ingredients and mix. Add chips and cranberries and mix by hand. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10-12 minutes. Do not overbake. Let cool on cookie sheet for 5-10 minutes.

Next time I will try eliminating some more of the white flour and using more wheat flour instead.

Lunches for the Picky Eaters

This is a typical lunch for my 6th grader.
-Fruits & veggies (this varies upon which produce is in season)
-Some sort of "non-sandwich" (this was made with wheat flatbread, then Laughing Cow cheese wedge spread on it and turkey breast). We also try things like soup, cold pizza, etc.
-Homemade Cookie (I bake these and stick them in the freezer as soon as they cool and pull out as needed each day)

My first grader is even pickier. He wants a protein bar in his lunch everyday and he likes to have "Fruitables" drinks (which have a variety of fruits and veggies, even sweet potato in there).

We save our little side-dish containers from KFC, wash them in the dishwasher and then use them to package a cookie in the lunch. It keeps the cookie from getting crushed.

Stuffed Celery

1 cup light cream cheese, softened (not fat free)
4 Tbsp crumbled blue cheese
1-2 tsp garlic salt
10 ribs of celery cut into 4 inch pieces
Hot pepper sauce (optional)
Chives (optional)

In small bowl, mix cream cheese, blue cheese and garlic salt until well-blended. Spoon cheese mixture into each piece of celery (divide evenly between the 40 (4 inch) celery pieces.

Drizzle with hot pepper sauce (or buffalo sauce) or put pepper on the side and let guests add it as desired.

Sprinkle with chives as desired.

2 pieces of stuffed celery = 1 Weight Watchers PointsPlus point
Serves 20

Friday, February 4, 2011

No Bake Cookies

No Bake Cookies (Makes 3 dozen) By Michelle Walton

2 cups white sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pinch salt
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
3 cups quick cooking oats

1.In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, cocoa, milk and margarine. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Boil for 1 minute, then remove from heat and stir in the vanilla, salt, peanut butter and oats.
2.Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto waxed paper. Allow cookies to cool for at least 1 hour. Store in an airtight container.