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Handy and delicious? What else can a mom ask for when feeding her kids…plus its fun for the kids to eat! Check out this Mac ‘n Cheese Cupcake recipe.

Macaroni and Cheese Cupcakes Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pound baked pasta (rotini, bowtie, or macaroni is perfect!)
  • 1/2 cup hot water, saved from the water you boiled your pasta in
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1 (8 oz.) package 1/3 less fat cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon onion salt
  • Ground pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the cream cheese and hot pasta water until softened.
  2. Whisk in the egg, then stir in the cheddar cheese, onion salt, and pepper.
  3. Spoon into muffin tins prepared with cupcake wrappers.
  4. Bake in an oven preheated to 400 degrees for 15-18 minutes or just until the tops of each ‘cupcake’ have been lightly browned.
  5. Serve warm and enjoy!

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It’s Thursday, the work week is drawing to a close, and you are probably EXHAUSTED. Forget ordering in Chinese food and make it yourself! Never cooked Chinese food before? Save some calories and a little cash with this DIY makeover of a popular Chinese takeout meal. Many Chinese recipes are quick, easy to make, or both. Some can be made with ingredients that are available at most local supermarkets, while others may require a trip to a Chinese/Asian market or using a substitute. Whether you’re new to Chinese cooking or just looking for a recipe that doesn’t require spending too much time in the kitchen, you’ll love this recipe! Skinless chicken breasts, a light batter, and just a bit of oil for pan-frying yield the right texture with less fat for “Lighter General Tso’s Chicken.”


Prep Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Serving: 4 peeps 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/4 cups long-grain brown rice
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 pound snow peas, trimmed and halved crosswise
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated and peeled
  • 3 tablespoons light-brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 2 large egg whites
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, such as safflower

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Cook rice according to package instructions. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir together 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 1/2 cup cold water until smooth. Add snow peas, garlic, ginger, sugar, soy sauce, and red-pepper flakes; toss to combine, and set aside.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together egg whites, remaining 3 tablespoons cornstarch, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add chicken, and toss to coat.
  3. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high. Lift half the chicken from egg-white mixture (shaking off excess), and add to skillet. Cook, turning occasionally, until golden, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate; repeat with remaining oil and chicken, and set aside (reserve skillet).
  4. Add snow-pea mixture to skillet. Cover; cook until snow peas are tender and sauce has thickened, 3 to 5 minutes. Return chicken to skillet (with any juices); toss to coat. Serve with rice.

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What is better than something delicious, creamy and cool on a hot summer day? Vanilla pudding pops for your kiddo! Check out this great recipe!

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Looking for a quick and patriotic appetizer for this upcoming Fourth of July? Check out my Patriotic Nacho Recipe! Cheap, easy, quick…my kinda way to get these done and still have some fun! Voila!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 bag blue corn tortilla chips
  • Cooking spray
  • Aluminum foil
  • Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • Salsa
  • Sour cream

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Place blue corn tortilla chips on a foil-covered baking sheet coated with cooking spray.
  2. Sprinkle the chips with shredded Monterey Jack, then bake at 350° for 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Top the nachos with salsa and sour cream.

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Easter is just around the corner, and why not make a sweet treat for your sweet children. Bring the Easter Bunny to the table with these rabbit-shaped treats! Enjoy this easy-peasy recipe.

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I just recently came back from St. Barths from my fiancé’s family vacation…it’s a French colony and of course, there were croissants EVERYWHERE, and EVERY morning! Not exactly a meal at the top of my healthy radar for kids, BUT I came back to New York craving croissants (I have a weakness for chocolate! I am human!). My nieces loved them and I thought to myself, “What about just once-in-awhile making mini chocolate croissants as a special breakfast treat? SURE!” 🙂

Here is a 20-minute recipe anyone can do and they are DE-LISH!

Yes, you can make croissants in just 20 minutes. You’ll only spend five minutes assembling them from refrigerated crescent rolls and chocolate chips before popping them in the oven to bake.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 8-count tube of refridgerated crescent rolls (buy at your nearest grocery store)
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or chopped semi-sweet chocolate 

DIRECTIONS:

1.    Heat oven to 375° F.
2.    Unroll the dough and separate it into 8 triangles. Place about 10 chocolate chips on the bottom third of each triangle and roll the dough up around the chocolate.
3.    Transfer the croissants to a baking sheet (lined with parchment paper, if desired, for easier cleanup). Bake until golden brown, 12 to 14 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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One of my favorite (and nostalgic) things about Christmas is waking up as a child (and still now when I go home to see my family) and having Christmas morning breakfasts.

Here is a delicious breakfast recipe that is sure to have your kids drooling and ready to eat before opening their stockings and Christmas gifts from ‘Ole Saint Nick!

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