Monday, August 20, 2012

Homemade Granola Bars

A friend of mine shared this recipe a few weeks ago and they are soooo good, we braved the heat from the oven to make them again. Let me know if you enjoy them!

1 cup honey
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup butter (you can use 1 cup of butter instead of the pb but the flavor is better with the 1/2 cup of each)
1 tsp vanilla
Cream together in large bowl.

Mix in:
4 1/2 cups oats
1 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or whatever kind you use for baking)
1 tsp baking soda

Once these are mixed you can add in any nuts, dried fruits or chocolate you want up to 2 cups

Press well into a 9x13 pan (the recipe says to lightly grease it, but I don't). Bake @ 325 for 20 to 30 min or until edges are golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes before you cut it and then let it cool completely before removing (if you can wait that long).

Add in ideas:
I use chocolate chips, flax seeds and raisins. You can also try almonds, walnuts, peanuts, chia seeds, cranberries, blueberries, m&m's and those are just off the top of my head. Use what you have!

My next thing to try is making these with coconut oil instead of butter. I'll let you know how they taste! Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Mexi-Casserole Recipe

I put this together last night and it was sooooo easy, I had to share. Oh, and it was family tested and approved! :D

1- whole chicken breast (both halves), cut in chucks, any size you like, and sauted in olive oil until cooked
2- 15 oz cans of black beans
24 oz jar of Pace medium chunky salsa
8 oz can of green chilies
2 cups of cheddar or Mexican blend cheese, grated
about 4 large handfuls of tortilla chips, crushed

Cut chicken and let it cook while you prep the rest of the meal. Crush enough chips to cover bottom of 9x13 glass dish. Mix beans, chilies and salsa in a large bowl and pour out over chips. Place chicken over bean mixture and top with cheese. Place in oven at 350 until cheese is melted, about 15 minutes. Top with sour cream or plain yogurt and enjoy! :D

Let  me know what variations you come up with and tell me what your family thinks!


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