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Wendy See Wendy Do: Cinnamon Sugar Pull Apart Muffins. Skinny Baked Mozzarella Sticks. Part-skim mozzarella sticks coated with crispy seasoned breadcrumbs and baked until hot and golden. Serve them with my quick marinara sauce and you have yourself an appetizer everyone will love. Hot mozzarella sticks, I can't think of a more popular finger food with both kids and adults alike! I mean, what's not to like? Baking them as opposed to frying and using part skim cheese doesn't effect how good these are. The cheese still melts, see for yourself! Of course, you'll want to serve them hot right out of the oven, because like any cheese, as they cool they harden. It actually took me several attempts to get these perfect. These are freezer friendly, in fact these MUST be frozen before you bake them or you will have one big cheesy mess in your oven!

Skinny Baked Mozzarella SticksSkinnytaste.comServings: 12 • Serving Size: 2 pieces • Old Points: 1 pts • Points+: 2 pts*Calories: 86.8* • Fat: 4.8 g • Protein: 7.4 g • Carb: 3.5 g • Fiber: 0.2 g • Sugar: 0.2Sodium: 168.6 Ingredients: Healthy Chicken Nuggets {Baked} Basically, to reiterate the compliments flying around the dinner table the night I served these, I would simply have to state: Mom rules!

McDonald’s drools! {Insert fist pump} A light, crunchy, flavorful breading envelopes tender, juicy pieces of chicken, which are baked not fried. From the children who aspire to live beneath the golden arches (despite their mother’s attempts to brainwash them otherwise), these chicken nuggets were so well-received that I nearly got contracts signed in blood that they will never ask to eat at you-know-where again. One Year Ago: Lemon Berry TrifleTwo Years Ago: Slow Cooker Maple Brown Sugar HamThree Years Ago: Honey Mustard Chicken Healthy Chicken Nuggets {Baked} Ingredients Directions Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Printed from Mel's Kitchen Cafe (www.melskitchencafe.com) Recipe Source: inspired by a recipe at Skinny Taste. Apple Stuffed Chicken Breasts. The components of this meal may seem a bit odd (apples and cheese stuffed inside chicken…come again??) But it is truly delicious. And guess what? It is quick and easy. Basically a good, old-fashioned boneless, skinless chicken breast gets a major makeover by being stuffed with a simple mixture of crisp apples, creamy cheese and a few other helpful ingredients. Browned and simmered in chicken broth until cooked through, the stuffed chicken stays deliciously moist and is complimented by an extremely wonderful and simple sauce. Talking about chicken for dinner leads me to my next question which I’ve been curious about for a while.

One Year Ago: Guacamole SaldTwo Years Ago: Simple Orzo PilafThree Years Ago: Raspberry Lime Rickey Apple Stuffed Chicken Breasts Ingredients Directions If the chicken breasts you are using are on the thicker side, slice a pocket in the center of the thickest part to use for stuffing in the apple mixture (similar to this method). Salt & Turmeric: Cheesy Garlic Biscuits. Best Baked Macaroni Cheese Recipe | Macaroni and Cheese. Add to Recipe Box This really is the best baked macaroni cheese recipe. One of the reasons I love it is that it’s one of the easiest recipes to put together – just layer the ingredients and pop it in the oven.

Ingredients 1 - 8 ounce package of macaroni1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese2 tablespoons flour1/2 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon pepper2 tablespoons butter1 3/4 cups milk2/3 cup soft buttered crumbs* Method Step 1 Preheat oven to 350°. Step 2 Cook macaroni in salted boiling water until almost soft (al dente). Step 3 Grease a large shallow casserole and place a layer of macaroni on the bottom, sprinkle with cheese, butter, flour and seasonings. Step 4 Pour milk over all. Step 5 Bake at 350° for 40 minutes. To make buttered crumbs: Combine 2/3 cup of bread crumbs with 2 tablespoons of softened butter and mix.

Variations: As I suggested above, try this recipe using different cheeses. Did You Know? I have used several mixes of my favorite cheeses and many work very well. Chicken Alfredo Roll-ups. Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said... This looks DELICIOUS, Chelsea and Cody! I hope you don't mind my asking: Can you join Pinterest and 'Pin' your delicious recipes???!! Please email me, and I will send you an invite (or you can ever go there yourself to join: www.Pinterest. com) --And did you ever think of putting up a "Followers" box on your right-hand side bar? I became a Follower of your blog(s) by going to the tippee-top 'follower' button and clicking on, but it would be easier for others to follow you if you had the button on your side bar.

January 20, 2012 at 4:12 PM Chelsea and Cody said... This comment has been removed by the author. January 20, 2012 at 6:31 PM Gloria- Thanks for your thoughts! January 20, 2012 at 6:36 PM Kelly at My Colorful Cottage said... I just started following your blog, found out about you via pinterest and can't wait to try some of your delicious looking recipes! January 23, 2012 at 9:59 AM Jennifer said... March 19, 2012 at 10:27 AM. Easy Garlic Chicken Recipe - Food.com - 5478. Melt In Your Mouth Chicken Breast Recipe - Food.com - 37336. Today in Culinary Erotica: Bacon Pancakes. Carb Free Cloud Bread Recipe - Food.com - 411501. Can't Wait to Bake / Apple Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes.

Pan Roasted Chicken And Veggies Recipe - Food.com - 78707. No-bake energy bites. I probably should have poured a nice stiff drink recipe for you all on this loveliest of lovely tax days. Especially for my fellow small business owners who just gave half of their revenue back to the government. Good grief, I won’t even go there. Instead though, I thought I’d offer my idea of a more comforting alternative. Pasta. When life is good, and when life gets crazy, I turn to pasta. And this pasta recipe is one of my all-time favs. I actually posted it on the blog about 4 years ago when I was a brand-spankin’ new blogger, and my photos were a lovely shade of neon. And just as it has for years, this one hit the spot. Read more This past Friday night was meant for celebrating.

The weather was sit-out-on-the-deck-in-the-cool-evening-breeze perfection. And a very special birthday girl turned the big 3-0. Friends, meet Stacey. Read more TGIF, friends. Hope that you all have had a lovely week, and that a relaxing weekend lies ahead. Read more Read more Read more Read more Happy day, friends! Homemade Calzone. I wanted to make something to take on the road, but the contents of the refrigerator were saying PIZZA. Hmmm... pizza is not so portable. Then I remembered CALZONE! Calzone is basically the same as pizza but with a much prettier appearance. If you want to impress your family, make your regular pizza into a calzone, and watch them "ooh and ahh. " Roll pizza dough into a rectangle the length of your baking sheet. Put sauce on the center half of the dough. Just like pizza, add your toppings (our favorites are pepperoni, olives, and mushrooms). Then add cheese. Now comes the special part.

This is what it looks like when all the cuts are made. Then "wrap the baby. " Here is the calzone ready to bake. Uh oh... don't do what I did. For the second one, I remembered to start with my rectangle of dough ON a baking sheet. By the way, the same dough wrapping technique can be used for sweet fillings too. Spaghetti with Sauteed Chicken and Grape Tomatoes. This recipe was inspired by the abundance of tomatoes and basil in my garden. These grape tomatoes are so sweet and addicting. Toss them with some low carb pasta and diced chicken and you have a delicious, healthy meal in less than 20 minutes. Perfect for a busy weeknight! Spaghetti with Sauteed Chicken and Grape Tomatoes Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups • Old Points: 5.5 pts • Points+: 9 ptsCalories: 329.7 • Fat: 6.8 g • Carb: 48.3 g • Fiber: 7.2 g • Protein: 25.0 g Ingredients: 2 skinless chicken breast halves, diced in 1 inch cubescooking spray1/2 tsp each of dried oregano and dries basilkosher salt and fresh pepper8 oz spaghetti (high fiber or low carb) I used Ronzoni Smart Taste2 cups grape tomatoes, halved6 cloves garlic, smashed and coarsely chopped4 tsp extra virgin olive oil4 tbsp chopped fresh basilDirections:Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.

Season chicken generously with salt, pepper, oregano and basil. Fruit-Filled Puff Pastry Donuts with Lemon Glaze. Fruit-Filled Puff Pastry Donuts with Lemon Glaze There seems to be this sudden craze for homemade donuts in the food blogging world, and it’s got me craving them BAD. But since I don’t have any of the fancy equipment needed to bake or fry them properly, I wanted to try to make these decadent little breakfast treats in a different way. These soft, flaky puff pastry donuts with a filling of sugared fresh fruit and a lemon glaze were so good. And I mean, someone-please-help-‘cause-I-can’t-stop-eating-them good. And since there’s fresh fruit in there, that means they’re good for you, right? I’d say yes. Let’s go with that. Though these donuts don’t require anything more than a baking sheet, the warm and gooey taste still give you the same satisfaction as your everyday donut. Great for feeding hungry guests, or just a small family who wants something different and decadent with their morning coffee, these lemon-glazed fruit donuts will be sure to hit the spot!

Print Save Ingredients: Ingredients. Cheesy Garlic Sticks. All righty. Cheesy Garlic Sticks. I make them all the time. They are delicious, they only take a handful of ingredients, and often they are filling enough to make a meal out of on the cheap. I've tried a bunch of little tweaks to come up with what I think is the most delicious recipe for Cheesy Garlic Sticks. Ready for the recipe? I don't make my own pizza dough. When you get your dough, it may need to be 'proofed', which just means it may need to rise. Next up for me to decide on was the type of cheese. After that, I grabbed a spoon and my jar of minced garlic from the fridge (I know, I know, but I love that stuff), I drizzled just a little bit of the garlic infused oil on the pizza, as well as some of the minced garlic itself. I've also added dried garlic powder to this, in addition to the garlic oil / minced garlic, to make it extra potent.

All in all, I thought it tasted fantastic. Cheesy Garlic Sticks Makes 1 pizza Ingredients. Recipes.

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Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps. Update 6/2012: Taken after the model of these delicious wraps, I threw these together for dinner one night nearly three years ago in a frantic attempt to feed my hungry family and use ingredients I already had on hand. And the result was such a smashing success that we’ve continued to enjoy this recipe at least monthly since (and that’s saying a lot coming from the lady who doesn’t repeat many meals).

Full of flavor, these wraps are a snap to make. The method turns out a delightfully crunchy tortilla that is filled with rice, chicken, beans, spices and cheese. And they make great leftovers. I just love it when a meal happens to fit all the criteria I love: healthful, fast, delicious. Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps Note: This is one of the most adaptable recipes on here (reading through the comments will prove that – your variations sound amazing!).

Ingredients Directions Mix rice together with chili powder, cumin and garlic salt. Printed from Mel's Kitchen Cafe (www.melskitchencafe.com) Downtown Bakery and Creamery’s Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins « Just Baked. I was watching The Best Thing I Ever Ate- Snacks and the owner of Sprinkles Cupcakes, Candace Nelson, said her favorite snack was the donut muffins at Downtown Bakery and Creamery. They looked amazing! Besides, I figured if she would eat these muffins instead of her own cupcakes, they must be fabulous. I remembered saving a recipe awhile back for cinnamon donut muffins and that it was from some bakery. I found the recipe and sure enough, it was written by the owner of Downtown Bakery and Creamery! These are supposed to be giant muffins, but I read the reviews and most people suggested they be made mini to increase the cinnamon sugar to cake ratio (brilliant!)

And because they are so rich. Downtown Bakery and Creamery’s Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins Yield: 24 standard size muffins (52-56 mini muffins) For dipping: 8 oz. (16 Tbs.) unsalted butter; more as needed 2 cups sugar 2 Tbs. ground cinnamon Put a rack in the middle of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F. Helpful Hints: Like this: Wow! Lasagna Roll-ups. Lasagna is a pretty classic comfort food, but not one that I would normally make for a weeknight dinner. With just the two of us eating, an entire pan of lasagna is enough food to eat for a week so unless we're expecting company, lasagna is a rare treat. If you are like me, lasagna roll-ups are the solution. You can make as many servings as you need and you can do it in less time. The process starts out the same, boil the noodles, brown the meat and make a sauce.

Make a ricotta mixture and then you just roll it up. Depending on how many you are making you can bake them in a loaf pan, an 8x8 pan or whatever you need. I generally swap whole wheat pasta for regular pasta and use ground turkey instead of ground beef to lighten up the recipe. Lasagna Roll-ups 8 lasagna noodles 1/2 pound lean ground turkey 1 T olive oil 1 clove garlic 1/2 onion 1 can crushed tomatoes 1 egg 1/2 cup ricotta cheese 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 1/2 T fresh basil, chopped 1 1/2 T fresh oregano, chopped.

Mini Fruit Pizzas Recipe from Pillsbury. Homemade Protein Bars. I mentioned last week that one of my current goals is to challenge myself to make more things from scratch. As we’re eating lots of protein bars as part of P90X, I wanted to see if I could create a yummy, healthful and nutritious protein bar from scratch. After scouring the internet for recipes, I ended up tweaking a recipe I found on the P90X forums. The result was the following recipe, which every single person in our family has dubbed as delicious. Homemade Protein Bars 1 mashed banana1 1/2 cups dry oatmeal2 Tablespoons flax seed, ground2-4 scoops protein powder1/4 cup peanut butter1/4 cup shredded coconut1/4 cup coconut oil or butter, melted1/4 cup raisins1/4 cup water1 large chocolate bar (I used organic dark chocolate) or 1/2 cup chocolate chips Mix all ingredients but chocolate together well (mixture will be somewhat sticky).

Place the pan in the freezer for at least 2 hours. Thaw slightly before serving.