Monday, April 18, 2011

Baked Oatmeal

1 1/2C of Old Fashioned Oats
1 1/2 Tsp cinnamon
1/4tsp salt
1/4tsp nutmeg
3tbsp splenda brown sugar
3tbsp maple syrup
1 banana, mashed
one large granny smith apple, diced
1/2C chopped pecans or walnuts
1 1/4 C milk(I use Soy milk)

Preheat your oven to 350. Spray a baking dish w/cooking spray. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl and mix together well. Pour and spread out into baking dish. I sprinkle a little more brown sugar on top to have a "crunch". Bake in oven for 20-25min until lightly browned.

This is where you can get creative. You can add yogurt, honey, more maple syrup, fresh fruit, warm milk, even your favorite jam. I like to warm up a half a cup of milk and pour over my oatmeal. If you've never had baked oatmeal, you have to try it. I have another recipe on here called "Amish Oatmeal" that is so so good. It's a favorite for my whole family. I serve it Christmas morning and it's the one time where there's complete silence in my house LOL. If you want to switch up, try adding diced pears instead of apples. Omit the banana if you don't have any or don't like them. Very comforting.

"Meatless" baked spaghetti

I know what you're thinking. Meatless? What is SHE thinking? However, we've been doing at least one meatless night a week and love it. You can basically take any "ground beef" recipe and make it "meatless" with a very easy solution.

This stuff is amazing. You will find it in the freezer section next to the Morning Star Veggie burgers. There is no need to defrost this like you need to do w/ground beef or ground turkey. Open the bag, add to large skillet and warm up and crumble as it heats up. Then you can add whatever you want to it. You will NEVER believe that this is meatless at all.

Now, in this recipe, you can make your homemade spaghetti sauce if you'd like. If you have time, by all means go for it. Homemade is always better, right? However, tonight, I wanted a quick meal. SO I used 2 jars of spaghetti sauce.

one bag (which equals 1lb of ground beef) of Morning Star Meal Starters Grillers Recipe Crumbles
2 jars of spaghetti sauce-I like one jar of a garlic and one of a mushroom and green bell pepper
1lb of spaghetti
one small onion, diced
1-2C of shredded cheese, any kind you like(I used Colby-Monterey Jack)
*you can also add veggies like baby spinach, egg plant....

Boil the spaghetti noodles until they are al dente. Heat up the Crumbles in a sauce pan with the chopped onion. After it's heated through, add the spaghetti sauces. In a 9x13 baking dish, spread a little sauce on bottom of pan. Then add half of the noodles, add half of the sauce, cheese then layer again. Bake for 25min in preheated 350 oven. Serve w/garlic bread and/or salad. Enjoy.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Better for you crunchy fish...


I can't tell you how many people I know LOVE fried fish and all the fixings. However, it's sooooo not good for you. THIS recipe is to satisfy that craving but not only that, it's so good. Give it a try, you won't be sorry, your belly and taste buds will thank you. Ours do every time we eat it.

You can use any fish you like, a favorite for us is Tilapia bc it's not a strong tasting fish. It's very mild so even you "I hate fish" folks may love it. Try Cod too bc when you use it, it taste very similar to a child hood favorite, fish sticks.

Fish Fillets of choice, tilapia, cod, catfish, even salmon would be good
no more than 1 Tsp of Old Bay seasoning
Panko Bread Crumbs

Mix the bread crumbs and Old Bay seasoning together then roll fish in it. Bake at 400 degree oven til fish is a golden color and flakes w/a fork. SO SO SO GOOD. This is all you do folks. It's not rocket science. You can make this up very fast. SO no more excuses about how cooking a healthy meal takes too long and how you don't have time to do it....NO MORE! ya hear? ;)

This is the bread crumbs that I use. They are Japanese bread crumbs. Not as fine as what you may be use to. They don't cost that much either and it just takes a little.