Abracadabra! The Granola Bar is Now Cereal! Part 1

Yesterday I attempted to make homemade granola bars. Have I told you I can cook but I can not bake? If not, now you know. I thought these would be easy.

First let me clear up some confusion; its hard to go to the store and buy granola. Being new to being healthy I did not realize with the oats and honey and such you are actually making the granola. Boy did I feel dumb when I looked up the definition of granola. Anyways, I looked at several recipes and found I did not have this or that for each one. UGH! I did not feel like a trip to the store so I got creative! I took a little but from 4 different recipes and combined it while crossing my fingers.

Just like with the ingredients my cooking methods were a combination. To start with I mixed my wet ingredients and my sugar in a pot and cooked it on medium till it was runny. I had to do this twice, so remember STIR! The first time I put my ever handy Robostir  in to the job. Typically this works great to stir things for me but the mixture was too thick and burnt. The second batch came out much better!

I went to line a pan with wax paper only to find out my only option was tin foil. Oh well, I figured maybe it would give them some crisp. The trio of recipes all had different “cooking” methods; bake , refrigerate, and just let sit. I mixed my dry ingredients and mixture in the pan by hand. I did as all three recipes said and packed it down tight. My bars got topped off with some chocolate chips and tossed in the oven an 1/2 hour. I thought it wont be long and I will have a yummy and gooey treat. Wrong! After allowing it to cool it still fell apart.

Methods 2 and 3 now needed to be tried. I covered my creation and let it sit a few hours only to see it crumbled. This time I had hubby pack it really tight and it found a home for the night in the refrigerator. This morning was like Christmas for a kid untill I saw my still crumbling “bars.” I was sad but this failure was no shock. As I said I cannot bake. Hubby got smart. He tossed all the crumbles – big and small –  in a bag and told me we had cereal. Hmmmmmm. Just maybe we was right.

The girls LOVED it. All three ate every bite and did not complain about being hungry an hour later. Overall it cost about the same as a bag of cereal and I know whats in it. We will be making Granola Cereal more often with different varieties! Tomorrow I will post a recipe and a picture!

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Hubby’s Pizza Thins

He even took his own picture

I have to give my husband credit for this post. I am writing it but he inspired it. He came home from work (he works till 10 pm) and it was just not a day i wanted to cook so he was left to fend for himself. He got creative and made us a yummy dinner-Pizza Thins. I call them pizza thins because they start off sandwich thins. In this recipe I will put the brands I used but f course your may vary.

Makes 4 pizza thins ** Serving Size is 2 pizza thins ** Calories per serving 195

  • 2 Orowheat Multi-Grain Sandwich Thins
  • 1/2 packet of Boboli Original Pizza Sauce ( I buy a pack with three packets in it and only use 1/2 a packet)
  • 2 ounce of fresh mozzarella cheese, shredded.
  1. Take each sandwich round apart and lay all four thins flat on a pan.
  2. Spread pizza sauce on thins.
  3. Sprinkle cheese on thins.
  4. Bake on 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
  5. ENJOY!

My husband is very proud of his healthy dinner. I hope you enjoy.

Note: These could most likely be made in microwaves, I do not own one so I am not sure. This is also a great snack for teenagers.

I Got Pictures of the Chicken Cordon Blue Pockets

  1. As you read I did not get to take a picture of these because my hubby ate them first. The kids wanted them for dinner too, so I made more. This time I got pictures! You can go here for the recipe. See below for the pictures.

 

Step 1: Get the ingredients together.

2 slices of ham, 4 oz of chicken, and 1 oz of mozzarella

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2: Put the ingredients on a flatten crescent.

Ingredients on a flattened crescent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3: Pinch the side closed and place in over for 25 minutes for 350. Flip halfway through.

Pinch sides closed and bake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 4: Enjoy a yummy meal!

Hope you like the pictures!

Spinach, Ham, Cheese, & Egg Muffin

Tonight we got home from the grocery store to late to thaw out meat. I needed a quick and easy dinner and did not want to resort to sandwiches, so I got creative. I made egg muffins and added my girls favorite items. They gobbled them up. I was going to try to freeze the extra but they ate them all. Egg Muffins are less messy alternative to regular eggs. G (who is 1) was able to eat eggs and not feed the floor. These would also be great to pop in the oven one morning when you are running behind because the kids could eat them in the car. Don’t like the ingredients? Just like an omelet you can change it up.

Makes 10 muffins ** Serving size = 2 muffins ** Calories 156  Per Serving

  • 8 medium eggs
  • 1 oz spinach, finely chopped
  • 2 oz cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 slice of 97% Fat Free Great Value Ham Lunch Meat (thick cut), finely chopped
  1. Mix everything together in one bowl.
  2. Pour a little less than 1/4 cup of mixture into greased muffin cups.
  3. Bake on 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until firm.

Simple, easy, cheap, and can be made with just about anything! Hope you enjoy!

Money saving tips for this recipe:

  • Buy cheese on a block and shred it yourself.
  • Buy muffin/cupcake liners after the holidays on sale. My kids love having their Egg Muffins in heart liners.
  • Use what you have already and change it up.