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Raspberry Pistachio Crusted Chicken

My daughter’s favorite fruit is the raspberry. Her birthday cake was filled with fresh raspberries and raspberry butter cream frosting! When we go to the supermarket, she has to eat them immediately from the container (Gross! I don’t even get to rinse them!). With summer around the corner, raspberries are abundant at grocery stores and farmer’s markets (and they are cheaper and taste better in season).

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One food that my daughter does not particularly like is chicken. I created a chicken recipe to appeal to her love of raspberries, and it worked! My raspberry pistachio chicken recipe is easy, delicious, and healthy (pistachios have been shown to help support a healthy heart and provide an excellent source of protein and fiber)!

My son had fun mashing the raspberries (utilizing his hand eye coordination), and everyone in my family gobbled up this berry delicious dish! Get messy! Have fun! And eat healthy!

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Raspberry Pistachio Crusted Chicken Recipe:

1 lbs chicken breast cutlets (I prefer thinner chicken when baking it. If your market does not sell cutlets you can split the breasts easily using cooking scissors or pound the chicken breasts)

1/3 cup or about 10 raspberries- mashed

2 tsp Dijon mustard

2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs or panko bread crumbs

2 tbsp pistachio nuts- crushed or pieces

1 tsp dried parsley

sea salt

pepper- freshly grinded

1.)  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2.)  In a separate bowl, mix together raspberries, mustard, and lemon juice until smooth.

3.)  In another bowl, combine breadcrumbs, pistachios, and parsley.

4.)  Salt and pepper both sides of chicken breast.

5.)  Dip seasoned chicken first into the berry bowl and then into the crumb/nut mixture until completely coated.

6.) Place coated chicken onto a baking sheet line with aluminum foil and bake for 32-35 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

Crispy Kale Chips

Undoubtedly, the second we get in the car and I turn the key, my daughter asks for a snack! I always have healthy snacks on hand like apple or cucumber slices, but sometimes all she wants are the adorable processed cheddar bunnies or goldfish! I crave salty snacks every now and then too, so she comes by it honestly!

For a fun surprise this morning at yoga, my friend handed me over a bag of fresh kale from her mini city garden. She said she had too much and did not know what to do with all her kale! I have so many fantastic and delicious ideas. One of them being, roasted kale chips. So yummy, crispy, and salty! The best part, they are super easy, and my kids helped bake them!

Processed snacks, step aside! Get messy! Have fun! And eat healthy!

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Healthy, Easy, and Crispy Roasted Kale Chips Recipe:

1 bunch kale- rinsed with cool water (my son can play with water for hours, I let him rinse!)

2 tbsp olive oil

about 1 tsp sea salt

about 1 tsp pepper- freshly grinded

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

1.)  Once kale is rinsed, pat kale dry with paper towel. (This is entertaining for kids. Let them pat it dry.)

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2.)  Pull off bottom stems and rip apart kale into bite size pieces.

3.)  Place kale pieces on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

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4.)  Pat kale dry again with paper towel (getting the kale as dry as possible is key to crispy kale).

5.)  Drizzle on olive oil and sprinkle on salt and pepper.

6.)  Bake kale 16-20 minutes or until desired crispiness! ENJOY!

Go Bananas

Sometimes I feel like I am going bananas, especially when the kids are home this week for spring break!

Today my daughter was whining for a banana while we were driving in the car (don’t you love when they are screaming while you are driving?).

When we got home, my daughter did not forget about the banana.  Unfortunately, all my bananas were rotten!  I have so many healthy and delicious recipes for bananas (you will have to check in periodically to read them all).

Here is the super simple and healthy banana recipe I quickly whipped up this afternoon while my kids were running around the house acting like monkeys.  Yes, they were actually jumping and making monkey noises!  They like to pretend our house is a zoo!

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Baking sprayBanana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe– bakes 6 cookies

1 cup applesauce

2 bananas- mashed (the more ripe the banana, the sweeter the cookie)

1 cup quick oats

½ tsp baking soda

4 child handfuls of chocolate chips

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1.)  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2.)  On a baking sheet, spray on baking spray.

3.)  In a mixing bowl, combine applesauce, bananas, oats, and baking soda.  Mix.

4.)  Drop in chocolate chips.  Mix.

5.)  With a tablespoon, place cookies 1 inch apart and slightly flatten each cookie with bottom of spoon.

6.)  Bake 13-15 minutes or until edges of cookies turn a slight brown.

     This healthy sweet treat tastes decadent when served warm.  Reheat cookies and enjoy for breakfast as a spin on classic oatmeal.  Get messy!  Have fun!  And eat healthy!

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Cookies

My son begged me to bake cookies with him after his bath last night.  Whenever one of my children wants to bake, it doesn’t matter what time it is, they know I am a sucker for baking. 

Realizing the late hour, I whipped up my fastest cookie recipe.  My peanut butter cookies are the healthiest, easiest recipe ever!  After gathering the four ingredients, measuring (peanut butter is a bit tricky to pour), and mixing the batter, the cookies were in the oven turning a beautiful golden color.  Twelve minutes to perfection and both my son and I were enjoying a late night healthy dose of protein with a touch of sugar before bed.  Sweet peanutty dreams!
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Here is the recipe for these healthy, super easy, and most delicious peanut butter cookies ever! BAKE AWAY!

Ingredients:

2 cups crunchy peanut butter

¾ cup white sugar

1 egg

1 tsp baking soda

Baking spray

1.)  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2.)  Combine all ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir until smooth.

3.)  Place 1 heaping tbsp of batter onto greased cookie sheet about 1 inch apart.

4.)  With the back of a fork, flatten slightly- about a quarter of an inch thick.

5.)  Bake cookies for 10-13 minutes or until cookies appear golden brown around the edges.

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Another night of cooking one quick healthy dinner for the entire family!  I am on a roll this week!  With the warm weather in Chicago, we decided to grill.  I threw together my favorite summer marinade on chicken breasts.  Both my children slipped on their crocs and headed out on the deck to barbecue.  They helped squeeze the lemons and flip the chicken.  My daughter who rarely eats any protein ate the chicken!  My son asked for seconds!  Grilled lemon rosemary chicken breast, lightly seasoned zucchini, and brown rice.  So delicious and refreshing!

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