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Healthy Pumpkin Cookies

Healthy Pumpkin Cookies
Healthy Pumpkin Cookies

I’m always trying to make sure that my healthy food intake is more than my “Not so healthy” intake.

Making sure I’m balanced and trying to go back to my 20 year old body seems to be my Theme for the last…um “few” years. So I’m always in the search of the best recipe or something different. Thanks to the online world there’s always something I can try out and make it my own.

I’d like to share my version of a Healthy “Fall Cookie” So yummy that you have to resist eating them all!! Here’s My version of a Spiced Pumpkin Cookie.

First off gather everything you need…..

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Now that you have your Ingredients and your baking tools enjoy making the fail-proof recipe. 

Cinnamon Pumpkin Cookies

Here’s a BAKING TIP I like to use an ice cream scoop to drop my cookies, that way they are all the same size and look nicer. With these cookies I used the back of the scooper to flatten them before baking.

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One important factor is that you have to consider your oven and how it usually bakes. I tend to like my cookies a little on the softer side so I tend to barely bake these for 20 minutes….However, my husband LOVES cookies extra crispy and borderline burnt at the bottom so I do make a batch that’s baked for about 25 minutes.

So Make it your own and Enjoy! Here’s to Making Life Memorable one healthy treat at a time…..

 

Coconut Balls Recipe…..

Coconut Balls Recipe…..
Coconut Balls Recipe…..

I had posted on my Instagram a late night picture of what I was going to make to tame my sweet craving….

Now i’m big on desserts and baking but at such a late hour i didn’t have the luxury of time and wanted to just have something sweet…. That takes less than 20 minutes to be devoured!

First Measure all the required ingredients…. You’ll need 

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Next step is basically Mix ALL ingredients in a food processor until it begins to fold in on itself creating a dough like look.

Using a tablespoon or a mini ice cream scooper ( My personal choice!) Drop the balls of the dough onto parchment paper. ( you could just eat scoops out just like that if you want too!! )

Optional Garnish: To fancy up the balls you can sprinkle the balls with more lime zest.

Freeze the balls for at least 5 minutes if you’re in a hurry….ideally 10-15 minutes will make them completely firm

At this point you have two choices…. Eat the whole batch (totally doable!!! I know) or be a little more sensible and have a few and store the remaining in a ziploc or air tight container in the freezer…..

** You can totally substitute Lemon for the lime!

 

Making Life Memorable with sweet bites

Thrive in Thrive

Thrive in Thrive
Thrive in Thrive

One thing I know to be true is that we’re always looking for the next best thing. From health, products, food, and even jobs, what’s in and what’s considered last year’s news.

I may have stumbled on something that is the new wave of the future….. Thrive Life products and it makes sense…..

Instead of dehydrating they flash freeze then freeze dry…… Up until I went to the Thrive Event I didn’t even know there was such a thing nor did I know the difference. I’m not going to go scientific but basically freeze dried packs in all the nutrients while dehydrating dissolves it all.

The advantages of the Thrive products is that they are cost effective (you don’t throw away spoiled food as much), tasty, quick (my personal favorite especially when it comes to chopping onions), quality, convenient and healthy.

So what’s the difference??? Well what you’re going to see next blew me away. To think I prefer fresh and get surprised by something like this was pretty shocking to say the least….

 So far you think yes that’s a process not so bad no real big issue until………

 Don’t get me wrong I still buy fresh produce but to have a few staples in my pantry is surely added value!

Join me in Making Life Memorable and staying healthy!

 

Get them Greens

Get them Greens

Every household has their eating habits and I must say I’m blessed that my children defy the norms of “kid food” habits. I’m not sure if its because that’s just what we as parents eat and so they follow or because I never prepared kid food for them to begin with. Never the less I’m grateful no matter how it happened.

So tonight by popular demand its baked Brussels sprouts & Zucchini. The easiest recipe EVEEEEEER!!! You can basically use this method for ANY vegetable. So choose your family favorite and get prepping!

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First off cut your veggies length-wise……

This is probably the most tedious part of the dish because after the first dozen you really get bored.

How people find cutting veggies relaxing is beyond me! Painfully time consuming!

 

 

Line a cookie sheet with parchments paper…now I’m not sure if there’s any baking purpose for this step but it for sure makes washing your cookie sheet a lot faster!! Another thing I can’t understand how people find washing dishes relaxing!

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Drizzle your veggies with olive oil. I also like to add Oregano and fresh ground black pepper. You can basically use what ever spice you like….. Paprika, dried parsley….etc Or some shredded Parmesan for an extra taste kick. Mix your veggies around to get them evenly coated.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in 400 degrees oven.  An vioala…. fancy baked veggies!

done

 

How’s that for Making Life Memorable one dish at a time!

Asian Dressing

Asian Dressing

We love salads in our household and try to be as creative as possible.

The hardest thing is the “dressing” you can be creative I. Vegetables but the dressing is a challenge.

One of my favorites and easiest is my Asian Dressing.

All you need is 3 ingredients soy sauce, vinegar and sesame oil.

Mix equal parts of each and enjoy it with any kind of salad. I often use shredded cabbages ( regular, red, bok choy) and shredded carrot.

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Easy recipe:
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 cup sesame oil

I often add Sesame seeds with the dressing to add a nice crunchy twist to it.

Here’s Making Life Memorable

Quick Fix Dinner

Quick Fix Dinner

There are times in every mother’s life where all she needs is a quick fix dinner because some activity ran too late and bedtime is approaching and there isn’t much time to prepare a “proper” Dinner.

On days like these I often turn to a simple mix & Match of veggies.

Those days I open up my freezer and it’s vegetables feast!!

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So the menu is:
Green Peas & Corn
Brussels Sprouts
“House” Salad with oil & vinegar dressing
Edemame
Cream of Mushroom Soup

Healthy, filling and quick dinner what more can a mom ask for after a hectic day?

So the next time you’re stuck and don’t have time remember Mix & Match what you have and concentrate on Making Life Memorable.

One Pot Meal

One Pot Meal

I am easily inspired on a daily basis by little things I come across to make this blog interesting to different type of moms.

When I say different kinds I mean not every mom is a crafter, baker or “busy body” like me.

But one thing is for sure is that EVERY mom always has the “what’s the meal of the day?”

One of the many E-newsletters I receive is that of Martha Stewart. I am also proud that I have been nicknamed “SAMartha” and hope to someday build an empire like her. But for the time being I’m happy being a mommy that gets to post what I love to do.

Last Friday there was a challenge for a “one pot” meal so I decided to share one of my own creations of a “one pot” meal on the blog since I’d probably not qualify for Martha’s challenge…. I am millions of miles away after all!

Easy Child-Friendly Chili

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons olive oil
250g Minced Meat
1 large Onion, diced (that means chopped reeeeeally small)
2 cloves Garlic, Crushed
1 Carrot, Diced
1 Green Pepper, Diced
1 Red Pepper, Diced
1 can chopped tomato, undrained
1 can Red kidney beans, undrained
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup water
Salt & pepper to taste

Directions:
In a large pot heat olive oil, add onion & garlic and fry until golden.

Add minced meat and cook stirring constantly until all browned.

Add all other ingredients except the water and combine well, stirring constantly until the carrots are slightly tender.

Add water, mix & let simmer 20 minutes. Stirring occasionally.

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All done!!

I hope that this has inspired you for your next meal!!

Enjoy Making Life Memorable your way!

Brunch Frittata

Brunch Frittata

I am no chef or culinary expert but I cook from the heart and have been fortunate that it turns out good.

My technique is probably like thousands of other moms around the world… See what we have on hand and make! Luckily with our Middle Eastern habits we tend to have lots of fresh veggies always on hand. So it makes it easy to whip something healthy.

Another habit of all moms is that we don’t have the luxury of time to spend hours in the kitchen. So I came up with a quick Frittata that can be prepared in advance and heated as needed. It’s also perfect for brunch.

Frittata

Heat Oven to 180 Degrees C (about 350F)

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup shredded Squash
1 cup shredded Carrots
1/4 Cup chopped Parsley
1/4 Cup shredded Parmesan
2 Tablespoons Flour
1/4 cup Milk
3 Eggs

DIRECTIONS:
1. Beat Eggs and Milk Together in a bowl.
2. In a larger Bowl mix all the other ingredients.
3.Add the Egg mixture and whisk all ingredients until mixed well.
4. Spray a baking Pan with cooking owl
5. Pour batter into baking pan. Bake for 25 minutes.
 

Here’s to Making Life Memorable in the Kitchen!