What’s for dinner – Jan. 14

Another week has come and gone and it’s once again time to plan for the next week’s dinner.

Breakfasts this week:

waffles with strawberries and blueberries, cheese stick
apple jack smoothie, cheese stick
sausage apple quiche cups, fruit
Power up smoothie, cheese stick
oatmeal with fruit and chia seeds

Lunches this week:

Everyday I’ll have a Chobani Greek yogurt, crackers or air popped popcorn, veggies, and fruit with either a sunbutter sandwich or a cup of soup.

Dinners this week:

tilapia, rice, broccoli
chicken in pita bread, roasted greek potates, salad
raspberry pork tenderloin, garlic mashed potatoes, green salad
chicken scampi, spinach and pear salad, bread
taco, Spanish rice, refried beans


hard boiled eggs, tangerine, Larabar, Greek yogurt bar, or nuts


Buttermilk Doughnuts

Who doesn’t like a good doughnut?  As part of my resolution to keep making healthy choices, doughnuts don’t fall into that category.  However, I healthified (my new catch phrase – I guess) them a little bit and Snow from Finding Joy in my Kitchen is excellent about providing food that is healthy and fulfilling.

The Imaginative One took one taste and declared it as no taste.  However he only took one small taste so his opinion doesn’t count.  My mother-in-law and father-in-law tried them and told me they were delicious.

These would be great baked and then frozen for easy breakfasts.  If you freeze them, don’t put any topping on them until you serve them.

P.S.  You need a doughnut pan like this or this.  I used the second so my doughnuts were smaller.

Buttermilk Doughnuts

Finding Joy in My Kitchen


Stars of the recipe:

  • 2 c. white whole wheat flour
  • 4 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 c. sugar (I used 1/4 c. Truvia baking blend instead.)
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg (I used Chinese 5 spice.)  Use more depending on your taste
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 c. buttermilk (Or 3/4 c. milk with a 1 Tbsp. vinegar)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. melted butter (I used 1 1/2 tsp. unsweetened applesauce.)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Measure out the flour into a mixing bowl.  Remove 4 Tbsp. of the flour and put back in flour container/bag.  Replace that 4 Tbsp. with 4 Tbsp. of cornstarch.  Using either a flour sifter, wire whisk, or a mixer (put mine on low), blend the cornstarch and flour.  It becomes whole wheat cake flour.
  3. Add the sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt to the flour.  Sift or whisk together.  (I used the mixer on low.)
  4. Pour in the buttermilk and butter (or applesauce).  Add in the eggs and vanilla.  Beat the wet and dry ingredients until combined.
  5. Fill the doughnut molds, 1/2 full with the batter.  (I sprayed mine down with cooking spray before putting batter in the mold.)
  6. Bake at 375 for 10 -12 minutes.  After letting cool for about 5 minutes, remove them to a cooling rack to completely cool.
  7. Add toppings.
  8. Enjoy!

Possible toppings:  Make a simple glaze of powdered sugar, vanilla, and water, chocolate frosting, spray with a butter mist and then add either cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar.

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What’s for dinner? January 7

As I’ve said before, as soon as I walk in the door, the boys will ask me those three words over and over again.  I sometimes give them silly answers and sometimes I will tell exactly what we are having.  They will then ask me again and again “What’s for dinner?”

I sometimes think I need to have a tape recording of my answer and then press play whenever they ask me those words.

Another question that drives me absolutely bonkers is What’s in the soup, dinner, etc. . .?  Hubby will just tell them to eat it and not to ask any question.  The Imaginative One will sit there and dissect his dinner before choosing to pick at it, complain about it, or eat it.  It gets so frustrating.  He likes familiar foods for dinner and sometimes I trick him up.  The Wee One is better at trying new food.  Sometimes he likes it and sometimes he doesn’t like the dinner.  It all depends.  At least he tried it.

The one menu item the Imaginative One is tired of is soup.  It’s probably because I have been putting things in the soup that he can’t figure out what they are.  His response when I say soup is “Not again.”  I don’t let his response influence my decisions for supper.

Without further ado, I’m going to answer those three simple words – What’s for dinner?


B – hard boiled egg, oatmeal, fruit
L – sunbutter sandwich, Greek yogurt w/ granola, fruit, veggie
D – steak, mashed potatoes made half with potatoes and cauliflower, veggie
S – Larabar, nuts


B – green smoothie, hard boiled egg
L – soup, Greek yogurt w/ granola, fruit, veggie
D – pork stir fry, brown rice, salad
S – Kashi cereal bar, nuts


B – hard boiled egg, oatmeal, fruit
L – pizza veggie burger, Greek yogurt w/ granola, fruit, veggie
D – bow tie pasta w/ sauce, salad
S – Larabar, nuts


B – green smoothie, hard boiled egg
L – soup, Greek yogurt w/ granola, fruit, veggie
D – monte crisco sandwich, chips, veggies
S – Kashi cereal bar, nuts


B – hard boiled egg, oatmeal, fruit
L – sunbutter sandwich, Greek yogurt w/ granola, fruit, veggie
D – eat what ever you want night
S – Larabar, nuts


B – whatever the boys ask for breakfast
L – ???
D – homemade pizza night, salad
S – ???

Wilted Spinach


My hubby does not like raw spinach or lettuce. He calls them rabbit food. I’ve gradually started having him actually like eating cooked spinach. This recipe is one of the ways.

It’s a simple side dish and is quite tasty.

Wilted Spinach

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2-4 c. baby spinach
  • 1 clove of garlic (more if you like garlic) or 1-2 Tbsp. minced garlic


  1. Heat a skillet on medium heat.
  2. Add the extra virgin olive oil and garlic. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Add the spinach and cook until it’s wilted. (It only takes a few minutes.)
  4. Enjoy!

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Biscoff Mug Cake

biscoff mug cake

When I participated in Elf 4 Health, one of the challenges was to make a mug cake. Some of the participants gave recipes or web sites with mug cake recipes. I was intrigued when I saw this recipe so I decided to try it. Delicious!

Oh, I made some adaptations to make it a little bit healthier. I will list the adaptations when I give the Stars of the recipe so you can make it either way.

P.S. Biscoff is also known as Cookie Butter if you get it at Trader Joes. It is made from Biscoff cookies and sort of reminds me of graham crackers with a hint of cinnamon.

Biscoff Mug Cake

Kirbie’s Cravings

Stars of the recipe:

  • 4 Tbsp. all purpose flour (I used white whole wheat flour.)
  • 3 Tbsp. white granulated sugar (I used Truvia instead.)
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbsp. Biscoff or Cookie Butter (I used 2 Tbsp. instead)
  • 3 Tbsp. milk
  • 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil (I used 1 1/2 tsp. unsweetened applesauce.)


  1. Combine all ingredients in an oversized coffee mug. (I sprayed mine with cooking spray.)
  2. Whisk well with a fork until it is all combined.
  3. Microwave on high for 1-1/2 minutes and then take out to check if it’s done.
  4. If need be, continue microwaving it in 30 second increments.
  5. Don’t overcook it!
  6. Enjoy!!!

This is what it will look like when finished:


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Healthier Mac and Cheese

What is it about comfort food that warms your soul? The day after Christmas brought us lots of snow. We were under a winter storm warning but the counties around us were under a blizzard warning. The day after the storm, I decided to go grocery shopping. I still have to walk around snow piles to bring the groceries in. So I was craving some comfort food.

This macaroni and cheese warms your soul and is also healthier then the boxed stuff. So I was happy to serve it to my family. 🙂

The Imaginative One said it was good. Hubby went and took a second helping so that must mean he loved it.


Healthier Mac and Cheese

Skinny Taste

Stars of the recipe:

  • 12 oz. high fiber pasta (I used Ronzoni Smart Taste rotini. You can use whole wheat pasta if you want.)
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 c. flour (I used white whole wheat.)
  • 1/4 c. minced onion
  • 2 c. skim milk
  • 1 c. chicken broth (I used 1 c. water with a chicken bullion cube.)
  • 2 c. shredded cheddar cheese, reduced fat
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 c. baby spinach
  • 1/4 c. panko bread


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cook pasta in salted water according to package directions.
  3. Meanwhile spray a baking dish with butter flavor cooking spray.
  4. In a large, heavy skillet, melt the butter.
  5. Add flour and cook over low heat stirring with a whisk. Add the onion and cook for about 2 minutes.
  6. Add milk and chicken broth and continuing whisking. Raise the heat to medium heat until it begins to boil and becomes smooth and thick. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Once the milk mixture becomes thick, remove the skillet fro the the heat, add the cheese and mix until cheese is melted.
  8. Drain the macaroni and put back in the pot. Add the spinach and cheese sauce. Stir to combine.
  9. Pour into baking dish. Top with breadcrumbs.
  10. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
  11. Take the dish out, spray with a little more butter flavored cooking spray on the top.
  12. Broil for a few minutes to get the breadcrumbs golden.
  13. Enjoy!

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Top Clicks of 2012

According to my stats counter, these are the top 10 recipes that were clicked on.

Taco Crescent Bake was #1 – It was published in February of  2011.

Sloppy Joe Pizza was #2 – It was also published in February of 2011.

Watermelon Cookies was #3.  These continue to be my kids and students favorite cookies.  It was published in July of 2010.

Watermelon Cookies
Watermelon Cookies

Makes It Own Crust Apple Pie was #4.  It was published in November of 2011.

Makes It Own Crust Apple Pie
Makes It Own Crust Apple Pie

Baked Spaghetti was #5.  It was published in January of 2012.

Baked Spaghetti
Baked Spaghetti

Homemade hamburger helper was #6.  It was published in October 2010.

Homemade Hamburger helper
Homemade Hamburger helper

Charleston Cheese Dip was #7.  It was published in January 2012.

Charleston Cheese Dip
Charleston Cheese Dip

Ranch Chicken Legs was #8.  It was published in March 2011.

Peanut Butter Blossoms was #9.  It was published in October 2010.

Peanut butter blossoms
Peanut butter blossoms

Green beans, potatoes, and ham was #10.  It was published in April of 2012.

Green beans, ham, and potatoes
Green beans, ham, and potatoes

Here’s to a successful 2013!