Different name, same blog

I have changed the name of my blog so click here to see the new blog and the new posts.

Fries For Dinner

We love the Alexia frozen potatoes! Tonight, I made the waffle fires for the kids, and Scott and I tried the spicy sweet potato fries seasoned with chipotle pepper- YUM! Visit the Alexia Foods website and get a coupon for $1.00 off one of their products.

“I Can” through Christ

A devotional about victory – “All of God’s Girls Have Issues”

Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs

I love making meatballs because everyone in my family loves them! I make a batch and then freeze the leftovers for spaghetti on another night or for meatball subs. I use store bought sauce (Newman’s Own Marinara for tonight’s dinner) and add a bay leaf and a splash of balsamic vinegar. I also add 2 small jars of baby food to the sauce. It is usually sweet potatoes or squash. It adds a little extra sweetness, and my family gets the additional veggies without even knowing! I serve the meatballs over a bed of whole wheat pasta. As you can see, dinner was well received tonight!

Turkey Meatballs
1 lb lean ground turkey
2 Links of Italian turkey sausage (sweet or spicy)
1/4 onion, chopped
1 Medium zucchini, peeled and shredded (this adds some moisture and nutrients!)
1 Tablespoon garlic, minced
1 egg
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup fresh Parsley, chopped or 1 Tablespoon Dried Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon sea slat
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Preheat oven to 350. Heat 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil over medium heat in sauce pan. Add onion, zucchini, and garlic and saute 5-7 minutes or until tender. In a large mixing bowl, combine turkey and sausage. Add sauteed veggies into meat and then the remaining ingredients. Mix well and form into golf-ball sized balls. Place on foil-lined cookie sheets (easy clean up!) and bake for 15 min. This makes about 30 meatballs.

Chicken In Paradise

Thanks to my Uncle Chris, I had a craving for avocado and so I made this simple lunch today…grilled chicken breast topped with sliced tomato and avocado. The best part is that Joel gobbled it up!

Kiwi Magazine- Great Deal!

Here is a great deal on Kiwi magazine subscription from Mamapedia. This is a magazine filled with nutritious recipes and fun activities to do with your kids. Get a year’s subscription for $2 with the code 1YEARKIWI2 or a 2 year subscription for $4 with the code 2YEARKIWI4. This deal expires on the 18th. I love good deals!!

Eating Whole and Clean

I approach eating using a whole or clean foods approach. This truly is a simple lifestyle to understand and follow.  Clean/whole foods basically includes fruits and vegetables, whole grains and legumes, lean proteins, low-fat dairy, and good fats like nuts and olive oil. I try to avoid processed foods as much as I can. Processed foods are, more often than not, stripped of nutrients and have additives to ensure long shelf-life. I much prefer to keep the nutrients in my body and the chemicals out!
One of my family’s favorite places to go is Whole Foods Market. I love the booklet they put out every other month. The present one has some great ideas on how to eat clean. Check out their Four Pillars of Health and explore some of their other great suggestions too.

Publix Healthy Deals 1/13-1/19

Here are some of the deals at Publix this week on healthy items – A great way to eat healthy and save!

Starkist Chunk Light Tuna in Water, 4 pk.
Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Multigrain Cheerios
Planters Cashews Halves and Pieces or Mixed Nuts
Thomas English Muffins – whole wheat
Arnold Sandwich Thins
Power of Fruit All Fruit Bars – a great treat for kids
Egglands Best Large Eggs
Kraft Shredded Cheese, 2%
Organic Valley Milk
Friendship Cottage Cheese
Flatout Bread (Top with pesto and  sprinkle with shredded mozzarella  then bake for 10 min. or so- yummy!)
Back To Nature Nuts
Smart Balance Microwave Popcorn
Newman’s Own Pasta Sauce
Newman’s Own Cereal
Newman’s Own Salad Dressing
Nestle Toll House Morsels – Dark Chocolate is the best choice!
Extra, DoubleMint or Juicy Fruit 15 stick gum – A great way to  curb that sweet craving
Flank Steak – a lean cut of beef
Mahi Fillets
Salmon  Fillets

For all Publix deals, and links to matching coupons, I use www.iheartpublix.com or www.southernsavers.com

Heart, Soul, Mind, & Strength

One of the main reasons I strive to maintain a healthy lifestyle is because, as a follower of Christ, I must be obedient to Jesus’ command to love the Lord with all of my heart, soul, mind, and strength. (Lk. 10:27) In order to serve Him and others, I need to be physically able to give Him all that I am. It takes a lot of energy to keep up with all that a woman and/or mom is called to do, whether within her household or within the community. I recently began reading the daily devotionals from the Proverbs31 website, and this particular one titled “Honestly” was the one that catapulted me into finally beginning the blog which I had put off for too long. God spoke, and I listened.  I hope you enjoy reading it and find the time to read some of the other posts on there too!

Breakfast “Cookies”

This recipe came from Publix’s Greenwise magazine. I have found several recipes in this publication that I really like. This is the first one I tried and we all love them! My kids can have cookies that are both delicious and nutritious! You can actually scoop them out onto a cookie sheet, slip it in the freezer, and then pop them in a freezer bag. Then you can bake them whenever you need them 🙂

I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

1 large banana, mashed (½ cup)
½ cup natural peanut butter
½ cup Honey or Agave Nectar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats
½ cup chickpea or whole wheat flour
¼ cup nonfat dry milk powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1 cup raisins or semisweet chocolate chips or a mix of both
ONE Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly coat two cookie sheets with cooking spray; set aside. In a large bowl stir together banana, peanut butter, honey and vanilla. In a small bowl combine oats, flour, milk powder, cinnamon and baking soda. Stir the oat mixture into the banana mixture until combined. Stir in raisins or chocolate chips.

Mixing the wet ingredients

TWO Using a scant ¼-cup measure, drop mounds of dough 3 inches apart onto prepared baking sheets. With a thin metal or small plastic spatula dipped in water, flatten and spread each mound of dough into a 2¾-inch round, about ½ inch thick. Once baked, each cookie will be about 3½ to 4 inches in diameter.

Final mix!

THREE Bake, one sheet at a time, for 9 to 11 minutes or until browned. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Store in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 2 months; thaw before serving. Makes 12 breakfast cookies.

The Finished Product!

Nutrition Facts per cookie: 227 cal., 6 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 77 mg sodium, 37 g carb., 4 g dietary fiber, 6 g protein. Exchanges: 2.5 starch, .5 fat. Carb choices: 2.5.

Let me know if you get a chance to make these. You won’t be disappointed!