Cooking

This morning I attended a school function for my son (it was fabulous until the teacher announced that the kids did not need to finish out the school day – it was 10:30am!!).¬† While at school, several moms approached me telling me how much they liked my blogūüôā¬†¬†THANKS!

They also asked what I planned on cooking for dinner tonight.  I had to think fast and strategize!  I was not sure what I had in the refrigerator, I now have both kids with me all day, my daughter’s nap to consider, my son’s basketball class later this afternoon, and I wanted to run for 30 minutes.

With all this on the itinerary today, tonight‚Äôs healthy family dinner is whole grain breaded tilapia with steamed broccoli on the side.¬† After naptime and before basketball, we took a field trip to the local fish store!¬†¬†Going to the fish store is always a fun activity.¬† My kids love watching the lobsters and crabs swim in the tank and the sleeping fish on ice (I don‚Äôt have the heart to tell them the truth about the fish).¬† My daughter walked out of the fish store whispering, “nighty night.”
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Ingredients for a family of 4:
Here is my Whole Grain Breaded Tilapia Recipe.  My family LOVES this delicious, fast (literally 15 minutes from start to finish), easy, and healthy recipe.

1 ¬Ĺ lbs tilapia (have the store take off the skin and cut the fish into 4 filets)

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp pepper- freshly grinded right onto the fish

1/3 cup whole grain bread crumbs or panko crumbs

2 tbsp olive oil

      1.) Season both sides of tilapia with salt and pepper.

      2.) In a medium bowl, pour breadcrumbs.

      3.) Dip fish into breadcrumbs and cover completely.

      4.) In a large frying pan, heat olive oil on medium high heat and add fish for 3 minutes on each side or until the fish is completely cooked through.

My son loves to dip the filets in the breadcrumbs. 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

¬ĺ 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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A quick note- my husband was not happy that he was not included in my blogging about our recent cooking, baking, and grilling.  He gets his hands dirty in the kitchen and on the grill too!  I can tell the kids are the happiest when we are ALL involved!

Home made pizza

Today, I am proud to say, my children ate a healthy dinner. ¬†My son’s usual request for dinner is pizza. ¬†Tonight we kind of made our own pizza:) ¬†With a healthy twist, of course!
We unwrapped the whole wheat crust, slathered on the sauce, sprinkled on some baby spinach, strategically placed shredded chicken breast, and loaded the pizza with mozzarella cheese.  Both my children took turns turning on and off the oven light and watched the pizza until the cheese bubbled.  My son ate three slices!

Easy Baked Halibut with Pesto

I wasn’t sure how my kids were going to take to fish tonight but not only did they both eat it, I almost fell off my chair when my son asked for seconds! I took them to the local fish store with me this afternoon, and they enjoyed watching the live lobsters. We chose halibut to bring home for dinner.

This recipe is super easy, quick, and healthy. More importantly, everyone liked it! Get messy! Have fun! And eat healthy!

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Baked Halibut with Pesto

4 4 oz skinless halibut filets- patted dry with a paper towel before putting in dish (ask them at the fish counter to remove the skin)

2 Tbsp olive oil

2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice or 1 lemon fresh squeezed

¬ľ tsp salt and pepper

¬ľ cup pesto (I bought prepared but feel free to make your own.)

Directions:

1.)¬†¬†Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray 9×13 inch baking dish.

2.)  Arrange fish side by side in dish.

3.)  Salt and pepper the top of the filets.

4.)  In a small bowl, combine oil and lemon juice. Pour mixture over each piece of fish.

5.)  Bake until just opaque in center, about 10 minutes.

6.)  Lightly spread pesto on top of each piece and cook another 2-3 minutes or until fish is cooked through.