Quick and Healthy Snacks

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As a stay at home mom with children, you know how important it is to make sure that your kids are getting healthy food to put into their systems. In today’s society, it is so easy to turn to unhealthy foods and get into bad eating habits. It’s your job as a parent to make sure that your child is eating healthy, because for them they may always want to turn to the chocolatey, sugary snacks which may be okay every once in awhile but not always.

You want to make sure that these snacks are high in nutrients also. Here are some simple recipes that you can follow to get your child on the track to snacking smart and healthy. You can easily have these ready for when they get home from school or when it’s most convenient for you.

 

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1.) Peanut-Butter Banana Smoothie

Make a deliciously healthy banana smoothie! These are simple and quick and your child may be sure to love it! All you need is one banana, 1/4 a cup of natural peanut-butter, 1/2 a cup of ice, and a cup of low-fat or soy milk. You can add however much you desire for thickness. For more flavoring you can add yogurt or even honey, but if not then you’re set!

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2.) Apple Crisps

Apple crisps are so simple and tasty, perfect for an after school snack! First off, you need to preheat your oven to 225 degrees fahrenheit. Then you’re going to mix 1/8 tsp of ground cinnamon and 1 tsp of sugar. Having a mandolin slicer is key into making these. If you don’t have one of these you can try to hand slice them but that may be tricky. So you’re going to slice apples as thin as you can with your slicer. You can use one apple, two apples, however many you would prefer. You don’t want the outside skin of the apple, just the inside. Then you’ll lay out all the slices on a cookie sheet. Next you sprinkle just a little bit of cinnamon sugar on the slices. It’s all up to you how much you use, but less is more. After this you put them in the oven and the whole goal is for them to dry out. You’ll leave them in the oven for an hour and then pull them out after the hour is up and flip them over. Then you will proceed to cook them for another hour and then let them cool before serving.

3.) Baked Kale Chips

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Baked Kale chips? It might be hard to introduce your child into such vegetable, but this is such a healthy choice. All you need is kale, olive oil, and salt. You’ll want to preheat your oven to 350 degrees F, and in the mean time, cut pieces of kale and wash them in a salad drainer. You’ll want the pieces to then dry off as much as possible before adding olive oil. You don’t want to overdue it with the oil though. Put the pieces of kale on a cookie baking sheet. After adding your oil you can sprinkle salt over the kale and then pop it in the oven. Leave it in the oven for a goo 10-15 minutes until the edges are brown and then serve.

4.) Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

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Strawberry Oatmeal bars are a healthy and nutritious after school snack. For this recipe you will definitely need 1 3/4 stick of butter that you can easily cut up, 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour, 1 1/2 cups of oats, 1 cup of packed brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 1/2 tablespoon of salt, and then one 12 oz jar of strawberry preserves. You’re going to want to preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. You’ll then mix all of your ingredients together, except for the strawberry preserves. Next, you’re going to spread HALF of the oats mixture that you now have across your baking pan, and then spread the strawberry preserves across that. Now that you’ve done this, you will still have the other half of the oat mixture, so you will need to lightly pat this down on top of the preserves. You will bake this then for about 30 minutes, until the bars are lightly brown. After this, you’ll let them cool off and then cut them into squares as large or small as you want. Enjoy!

5.) Peanut Raisin Granola

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Along the lines of granola, you will have a various amount of ingredients. You will first preheat your oven to 325 degrees. You will need 2 1/2 cups of rolled oats, cooking spray, 1 cup of dry-roasted peanuts, 1 cup of raisins, 1 cup of sunflower seeds, 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon, 1 14 oz. can of condensed milk, and 1 stick of unsalted butter that will then need to be melted. You’re going to mix all of these ingredients together and then use cooking spray to coat foil that you’ll put down on your pan. Bake until the bars a golden brown color, so it should take about 45 minutes until they’re done. Once they’re cooled, you’re going to peel them off of the tin foil that you had down and then cut the granola into little bars!


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Frugal Buffalo Chicken Wings

Before we jump into the recipe, let’s jump back into time to when buffalo wings were created.

You may be wondering why they are called “buffalo” wings. Buffalos don’t fly, right?

These party and dinner favorites are actually named after the city in which they were reportedly created – Buffalo, New York.

If simple chicken recipes were administered birth certificates, the certificate for the buffalo chicken wing recipe would read as follows:

Birthdate: October 30, 1964

Birthplace: Buffalo New York

Mother: Teressa Bellissimo

The story is that Bellissimo, owner of the Anchor Bar in Buffalo was trying to figure out the age old question that mothers of boys will eventually face: what to feed her son and his friends as a late night snack. She happened to have extra chicken wings on hand, so she concocted a sauce that was a blend of butter and spicy chilies, tossed the wings in the sauce, and then fried them up. She paired them with blue cheese dressing and celery sticks to help mollify the heat from the sauce. As you can guess, they were a success. The rest is culinary history.

Ok, so now we get down to the meat of this page – a buffalo chicken wing recipe that is not only tasty, but frugal. Look no further for this most simple of simple chicken wing recipes.

What You Will Need

  • 1 cup of flour (all-purpose)
  • ½ teaspoon of paprika
  • ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 20 chicken wings
  • Oil
  • ½ cup of butter
  • ½ cup of your favorite hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper

What to Do

Mix together the flour, paprika, cayenne pepper, and salt in a large bowl. Toss the chicken wings in the mixture until they are evenly coated. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 60 minutes.

Heat oil in a large pan or deep fryer to 375 degrees. There should be enough oil to cover the wings  in full.

In a small saucepan, mix the butter, hot sauce, pepper, and garlic powder. Heat on low and stir until the butter melts and the mixture is blended well. Remove the sauce from the heat and set it aside.

Fry the wings in the heated oil  until it begins to brown (10 to 15 minutes).  Remove from heat and transfer to a large serving bowl. Add the hot sauce mixture and toss the wings in it to coat them .

Serve with celery wings and blue cheese dressing (optional). Enjoy!

This is just one buffalo chicken wing recipe.
What is your favorite simple chicken recipe?

 

 

 


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5 Ways to Use Leftover Shredded Chicken

Looking for shredded chicken recipes to utilize your leftover shredded chicken? Look no further. Below you will find 5 shredded chicken recipes that are tasty, frugal, and simple to prepare. Bon appétit!

Shredded Chicken Recipes #1: BBQ Chicken Wraps

This quick and easy recipe utilizes a few ingredients (most of which are probably in your kitchen now).

What You Will Need

  • 2 cups of cooked chicken
  • BBQ sauce to taste
  • 4 slices of cooked bacon, cut into small pieces
  • Tortillas
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese
  • 1 cup of coleslaw (optional)

What You Will Do

  1. In a saucepan add your chicken, bbq sauce (enough to blend well) and bacon) and heat through
  2. Heat your tortillas according to the instructions on the bag if you prefer them hot.
  3. Spoon some of the chicken mixture in the center of each tortilla
  4. Add some coleslaw to the chicken mixture
  5. Top with cheese.
  6. Fold the bottom of each tortilla and the fold over the sides.
  7. Enjoy!

Shredded Chicken Recipes #2: Chicken Salad

This next frugal recipe will utilize leftover shredded chicken to yield a yummy chicken salad that you can eat on a sandwich, with crackers, or even on top of a garden salad.

What You Will Need

  • 4 cups of shredded chicken, cooked
  • 1 cup of mayonnaise
  • 4 whole dill pickles, chopped into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons of mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste

What You Will Do

  1. In a bowl, combine the chicken, the pickles, the mayonnaise, and the mustard. Blend well.
  2.  Add salt and pepper to taste. You may want to use more mayonnaise. It’s up to you!
  3. Refrigerate for about an hour and enjoy! As I mentioned earlier, chicken salad tastes great on sandwiches, on a fresh salad, or even just with crackers.

Shredded Chicken Recipes #3: Chicken & Cheese Flautas

Flautas are a Spanish dish named as such because the shape is similar to a flauta (Spanish for ‘flute’). They are quick and easy to prepare with the added bonus of being frugal as you probably already have most of the ingredients at home.

What You Will Need

  • 6 tortillas
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese
  • 1 cup of shredded chicken
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • Salsa
  • 4 teaspoons of vegetable oil
  • Toppings (sour cream, guacamole, etc.)

What You Will Do

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the shredded chicken, the shredded cheese, and the ground cumin.
  2. Place some of the chicken mixture on each tortilla and top with a tablespoon of salsa for each one
  3. Roll the tortillas tightly and use a toothpick to secure it. Brush each one with oil.
  4. Cook over medium heat in a skillet for about 5 minutes, flipping occasionally, until the tortillas are browned and crispy.
  5. Remove the toothpicks and serve with your favorite toppings. Enjoy!

Shredded Chicken Recipes #4: Chicken Macaroni Bake

This next leftover shredded chicken recipe is both family friendly and wallet-friendly.

What You Will Need

  • 1 cup of shredded chicken
  • ¼ cup of chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1 10 oz can of crème of chicken soup
  • ½ cup of evaporated milk
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese
  • 2 cups of cooked macaroni noodles

What You Will Do

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F
  2. In a pan melt your butter and then sauté the onions until they are browned.
  3. Add the cream of chicken soup, the chicken, the evaporated milk, and ¾ cup of cheese and heat this mixture until the cheese is melted.
  4. Pour this mixture over the cooked macaroni and then pour into a casserole dish that has been sprayed with non-stic0k0 co0oking spray
  5. Sprinkle the remaining ¼ cu
  6. P of shredded cheese on top.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until hot. Enjoy!

Shredded Chicken Recipes #5: Shredded Chicken tacos

This next recipe utilizes leftover shredded chicken to make killer tacos.

What You Will Need

  • 2 cups of shredded chicken
  • 2 teaspoons of taco seasoning, to taste
  • 10 taco shells
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro
  • ¼ cup of water
  • Preferred toppings (sour cream, guacamole, shredded cheese, etc.)

What You Will Do

  1.  In a skillet, add the chicken, the taco seasoning, and the water. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook for about 5 minutes until the sauce thickens.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in the cilantro.
  3. Place some of the chicken mixture in each taco shell. Top with favorite toppings and enjoy!

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What are your favorite uses for leftover shredded chicken?


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Homemade Pancake Syrup – How to Make Maple Syrup

Have you ever looked at the ingredients in maple flavored syrup?  They’re kinda scary and don’t pass the 75% rule (if you can’t pronounce 75% of the ingredients, you don’t wanna eat it).  But more importantly, maple flavor syrup is expensive! The kids love pancakes, which are pretty frugal, but they go through WAY too much syrup.

So I decided to make my own homemade maple syrup, and I’m going to show you how to make maple syrup! Simple follow the step-by-step video below.

You’ll need sugar, water, and mapleine, which is an imitation maple flavor that you can buy in the extract section of the baking aisle.  This recipe that I show you in the video is taken right from the bottle.  It’s simple, and surprisingly good!

Simply boil the water and dissolve the sugar.  Once that is done, add your mapleine flavor.  We like to serve ours hot over pancakes, but you can cool it in the fridge first if you prefer cold pancake syrup.

One thing: make sure you wait until the syrup is completely cooled before you try to put it into a recycled syrup bottle.  I was rushing things trying to get this video recorded, and stupidly didn’t wait.  What you don’t see in the video is me dashing off quickly with the syrup bottle and throwing the whole batch down the drain! The bottle melted very quickly!

While this doesn’t taste as good as actual maple syrup, you know, the real stuff, not the flavored stuff in squeeze bottles, it is affordable, and is SO much better tasting than the flavored syrup most of us are used to!


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