Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A Family Favorite: Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

"Healthy" Chocolate Chip Cookies

Weight Watchers Points Value: 2 pts. (per cookie)
Servings: 16

1/2 C. Sugar
1/4 C. Brown sugar
1/4 C. margarine, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg white
1 C. flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 C. mini chocolate chips

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, mix sugars, margarine, vanilla and egg white. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop dough by using a rounded teaspoon about two inches
apart on an un-greased cookie sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes. Tip: To get soft-centered cookies, don't over-bake.

*I quadruple this recipe for my family. That way we have LOTS of cookies to stick in the freezer for easy snacks throughout the month.

Sneak Peak at Hy-Vee ad for 5/12/10

A big thanks to Kiley for pointing out that the Jordan Creek Parkway Hy-Vee  in West Des Moines puts out their ads from Tuesday to Tuesday. That means that if you go to the Hy-Vee website and choose that location, you can view the ads a day early! It seems like Wednesdays are a good shopping day for me so it is nice that I can look through the ad on Tuesdays and get my list ready to go. Here are some noteworthy deals that I see for this week:

Cottonelle, 12 double rolls, $5.00
-various MFC out there

Boneless, skinless chicken breast, $1.88/lb.

Dubuque plumper franks, $.99

Betty Crocker brownie mix, $1.00
- there may be coupons out for this

Sunbelt granola bars - 3/$5

Sara Lee bread, rolls and buns, $1.88

Dole bagged lettuce, $.97

Bananas, $.44/lb.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Meal Plan Monday - 4/26/10

Monday - Red beans and rice, green beans (in freezer)
Tuesday - Hamburgers, oven baked onion rings
Wednesday - Pasta Bake and bread (in freezer)
Thursday - Dinner at the McCarter's house :)
Friday - Scrambled eggs, hashbrowns, sausage
Saturday - Church night (sandwiches in the car)
Sunday - ? (I need to make next  month's menu plan!)

Monday, April 19, 2010

Meal Plan Monday - 4/19/10

Monday - Hamburgers, baked potato
Tuesday - Burritos, refried beans and rice (all three in freezer)
Wednesday - Steak, corn, cornbread muffins (muffins in freezer)
Thursday - Spinach salad and sandwich
Friday - PLC Volunteer Dinner (a night out for mom and dad - yay!)
Saturday - Sloppy Joes and baked zucchini fries (sloppy joe in freezer)
Sunday - Popcorn/leftovers

I'm wondering if anyone has some Weight Watcher-ish, freezer friendly meals that they'd like to share? I'm looking for something new for next month's freezer cooking day! 

Monday, April 12, 2010

Meal Plan Monday - 4/12/10

Monday - Broccoli and Beef stir-fry and brown rice (steak cooked, veg and rice in freezer)
Tuesday - Scrambled eggs, hashbrowns, toast and jelly
Wednesday - Spinach and rice casserole and cooked carrots (in freezer)
Thursday - Sloppy Joes and oven-baked onion rings (sloppy joes in freezer)
Friday - Tuna Melts and green beans
Saturday - Chili and cornbread muffins (in freezer)
Sunday - Homemade pizza (in freezer)

Thursday, April 8, 2010

OAMC for April is DONE!!!!

I finally finished up my OAMC list this morning, thank goodness! I'm not sure that I could've handled standing on my feet much longer and I have some serious dish-pan hands that need some TLC right now. The kids helped me make a quadruple batch of blueberry pancakes (WW recipe) and I baked up the cookie dough that we mixed up yesterday afternoon.  Just a side note here about the pancakes: I had some fat-free vanilla soy milk in my freezer that I used in this recipe and it was SO GOOD! It gave the pancakes such a yummy flavor and from now on, whenever I see this stuff on sale I'm gonna stock up for my baking projects! Yum!

Here are the kids enjoying the blueberry pancakes. The way they were putting them away I wasn't sure we'd have any left but thankfully after THREE, they decided their tummies were finally full!

Even Tade got to have a pancake this morning and boy, did he enjoy it! Just look at that smile!

We ended up with about four dozen cookies and enough blueberry pancakes to last us another two or three breakfasts for the kiddos. I am thankful to have a fully stocked freezer but I am even more thankful to be DONE! (Until May anyways when I'll tackle this seemingly impossible task yet again!)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

OAMC: Day Two (and still not finished!) Results

Holy smokes! After about 10 hours on my feet in the kitchen, I am ready to sit down and relax for a bit! Wow - next time I am wearing my Asics while I cook so these poor feet don't hurt so bad!

I started off around 9:00 this morning cooking up some sausage and hamburger for use in breakfast burritos and sloppy joes.

Then I got out my breakfast burrito ingredients and assembled 14 burritos with egg whites, sausage, onion, green peppers and cheese. Yummy!

Macy got home from preschool and wanted to help in the kitchen. Seriously...do you see that mess??? I think I did dishes almost as long as I cooked food! 

Anyway, Macy helped me whip together our healthy chocolate chip cookie dough. We didn't get the cookies made yet, but the dough is ready and we plan to bake them tomorrow morning. 
She is such a good little helper!

Along with cookies I also did up 3 batches of baked brown rice,

cooked up two boxes of whole wheat pasta for my Spinach pasta bakes,

and made another batch of crockpot refried beans. I let these cool and then put them in the food processor to make really yummy, really healthy and really cheap refried beans to use in burritos and as side dishes.

To finish off the day I made 30 bean, rice and cheese burritos and did a whole counter full of dirty dishes. All in all I'd say that today was a pretty big success. Tomorrow morning Macy is going to help me make two batches of blueberry pancakes and we'll bake our chocolate chip cookies. That will complete our April OAMC!! Yippee!! Check out my final results below:
30  - bean, rice and cheese burritos
14- egg and sausage breakfast burritos
3 - 1.5 lb. bags of sloppy joe meat
8 - 4 cup bags of brown rice
16- cups of refried beans

2 - Spinach pasta bakes
4- batches of "healthy" chocolate chip cookie dough