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Healthy Baked Oatmeal Recipe

healthy baked oatmeal recipe

I am so not a happy person in the morning.  I’ll admit it: I’m just a different person before 10 a.m. than I am later in the day.

That’s what drove me to create a healthy baked oatmeal recipe.  Not only does it make the morning less stressful, but it also tastes great.  Maybe even a little too great.

If you are like many other people who skip breakfast because the mornings are just too busy to cook a large spread for breakfast, consider making something healthy on the weekends that is very convenient during the week.

Also, it is true that breakfast is such an important part of your day.  Your body has gone many hours without food and needs to be re-fueled in the morning. (Sidenote: if you find that you just are not hungry in the mornings, take a look at your lifestyle and be sure you aren’t eating too much late at night!)

It uses the good old fashioned oats, honey, cinnamon, butter and whatever other things you may want to get creative with (like raisins, dried cranberries or other fruit).

healthy baked oatmeal


This could also be used as a snack for yourself (or your kids!) and is wonderful in that it uses whole foods.  As always, with anything that is real tasty, it may be beneficial to pre-portion these into individual ziplock bags to avoid turning it into a high calorie snack!

Here’s What You’ll Need:

3 cups old fashioned oats (rolled oats)

2/3 cup honey

1 tsp salt

2 tsp ground cinnamon

2 tsp baking powder

1 cup milk (you could certainly use almond or soy milk)

2 eggs

6 tablespoons butter, melted

2 tsp vanilla extract

(*optional ingredients: chopped nuts or dried fruit)

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Mix together all of the dry ingredients while melting the butter.  Next, beat in the wet ingredients (milk, eggs, melted butter and vanilla).  Once mixed, stir in any other optional ingredients (nuts or fruit).  Pour into a lightly greased 9×13 baking dish.

Bake for 25-35 minutes.  I strongly recommend checking at 20 minutes and keeping a close eye on it.  I wanted mine more on the “crispy” side, but it could quickly get too crispy.

 

cinnamon baked oatmeal

This healthy baked oatmeal could be made even healthier by cutting back even further on the honey.  I did use the 2/3 cup when I made it, but next time I will definitely be trying it with 1/2 cup of honey.  Also, substituting part of the butter with applesauce is another way to save on some fat!

This baked oatmeal is delicious warmed in the microwave and can be served with milk poured over it!   Before you know it, your plate will look like this:

 

baked oatmeal with honey


Hope you enjoy!  I’d love to hear what your favorite quick breakfast foods are!

 

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Homemade Hummus

Surely I’m not the only person out there who has a hard time paying good money for store-bought hummus, knowing that around our  house it will not last long.  Right?

Though we occasionally buy hummus when it’s on sale, for a long time now, we have made our own with our Vita-mix.   It is super-easy, much cheaper, and you can make it taste just the way you want it to taste.

Nutritionally speaking, it’s a wonderful little snack (that is, unless you eat too much of it — which is kind of easy to do!).  The chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) are not only high in fiber (6 grams per 1/2 cup serving to be exact), but also have a decent amount of protein (6 grams per 1/2 cup) and also give you a little calcium and iron.

The other nice thing about making a big batch of this stuff, is that once it’s made, it’s made.  There is not much prep for a nice healthy snack!  I love stuff like that, especially when the Little Stinker is having a meltdown when I’m ready for a snack (which happens quite often these days).

Here’s the recipe I use, but feel free to play around with it and make it to suit your tastes!

What you’ll need:

2 15-oz cans of chickpeas

1 clove of garlic OR 1 tsp minced garlic

1/4 cup lemon juice

4 Tbsp raw sesame seeds OR 4 Tbsp sesame tahini

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 tsp cumin

Directions:

Drain one can of chickpeas and pour into Vita-mix or other food processor.  Then empty an undrained can of chickpeas into food processor.  Add all remaining ingredients and run food processor until smooth (takes about 1 min with Vita-mix).

Store in container with lid in refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts: (Serving size: 1/4 cup) Calories: 99, Fat: 3 g, Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 4 g

 

The  key to keeping this homemade hummus healthy is portion control.  It’s so good that you have to pre-portion it out before you start eating.  As you can see from the picture below, I started eating it while I was taking pictures!


Pair it with some homemade pita chips or carrots!  Enjoy!

 

 

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Pesto Pasta Recipe

pesto pasta recipe What could be better than a recipe that includes pesto and pasta?

A pesto pasta recipe that includes feta cheese!

I decided to combine my favorite ingredients to make a delicious, healthy and simple (that’s my favorite part!) dish.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Pasta (I use Barilla Plus multi-grain pasta — did you know it’s higher in protein and fiber?)

Pesto (I use my homemade fresh pesto)

Feta cheese

Cherry or grape tomatoes

Salt and pepper

1. First, cook your pasta and drain.

pasta for pesto pasta recipe 2.  Rinse, drain and cut cherry or grape tomatoes in half.

pesto pasta tomatoes 3.  Mix the pesto in with the pasta.

pesto pasta mixture 4. Add tomatoes and feta cheese.  Salt and pepper to taste!

pesto pasta

pesto pasta blessing

Even the Little Stinker enjoyed this dish (after he asked the blessing)!

This is a meatless meal that is quick and easy to prepare.  If you keep pesto in the freezer like I do, then just thaw it in the microwave while the pasta is cooking.

This pesto pasta recipe is good for those days when the boys are right under my feet in the evening (or running in circles around me squealing!).

{Linking up to Mouth Watering Monday & This Chick Cooks!}

 

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Healthy Quiche Recipe

healthy quiche I love quiche.  And not just for brunch.

I began searching for some quiche recipes to try…but I didn’t want just any quiche.  I wanted it to be a healthy quiche recipe that I could have as a backup plan for those days that I did not want to have to fool with cooking meat.

My favorite-tasting quiche is one that uses bacon and swiss cheese (yum!), but I wanted a lower-fat version.

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Easy Mexican Casserole

This quick and easy Mexican casserole is one of those recipes that has come to my rescue many times when I needed a healthy dinner that is simple yet very tasty.

Since it is a meatless meal, it does not take very long to get it to the table of a hungry family! Which is why I love it.

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Freezing Pesto

Freezing pesto is super easy and will save time and money later!

If you grow your own basil and make large amounts of pesto at one time, freezing pesto will allow you to enjoy this flavorful sauce even in the winter months.

One of the easiest ways to freeze pesto is to use ice cube trays.

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