3 Minute PB&B Choc-Oat Cookies – Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

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Tonight was all about getting yummy food in my belly! You know those days where you can’t stop thinking about the same food until you finally get to make it? That was me today. I made a super zesty Shrimp and White Bean Salad with Creamy Lemon Dill Dressing for dinner. That was fantastic! I’ll share that recipe soon ūüėČ

But for dessert…I had to¬†stay¬†with the healthy theme of dinner, and I had already promised my boys cookies. But I didn’t have much time. And I wanted a sweet contrast to my tangy dinner, without all the guilt of sugar. I had a ripe banana lying on the counter and could only think how awesome it would be to find a microwave banana cookie recipe.

Yep, I’m one of those moms that gives her kids¬†cookies right before bed…yea, they are a bit spoiled. I’ve even been known to sneak into their rooms after I’ve put them to bed, with a piece of freshly baked brownies and given them a bite. Oh I know the Tooth Fairy is frowning on me right now!

So I found a recipe on Pinterest¬†for some quick Oatmeal Cookies made with just¬†2 ingredients-Banana and Oatmeal! So I added Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chips. I mean, we have to go all out right!?!¬†And I only added 30 seconds to my¬†prep time ūüėČ

3 Minute PB&B Choc-Oat Cookies

Ingredients:
1 ripe banana
1 cup quick oats
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 Tb natural creamy peanut butter

In a large bowl mash the banana and then mix in all the ingredients really well to make a “dough”.

PB&B Choc-Oat Cookies

Using a cookie scoop or large spoon, portion the dough onto parchment paper or a heat proof pastry mat sprayed lightly with cooking spray.

Press the cookie mounds down lightly with your fingers.

PB&B Choc-Oat Cookies

Place the “tray” of cookies¬†in the microwave (I put mine on the wire rack) and heat on high heat for 1-2 minutes. Check after 1 minute. Mine took 2 minutes.

PB&B Choc-Oat Cookies

Remove from the microwave carefully and cool slightly before transferring to a platter to serve.

PB&B Choc-Oat Cookies

Makes 10 Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies.

PB&B Choc-Oat Cookies

Yep, those are good.

PB&B Choc-Oat Cookies

Nope, I don’t feel guilty. Don’t forget the milk!

*For peanut allergies, omit the peanut butter. For a vegan option, substitute raisins for the chocolate chips and add a pinch of cinnamon.

3 Minute PB&B Choc-Oat Cookies - Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Prep Time: 1 minute

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Number of servings: 10

Per Serving 146 calories

Fat 5 g

Carbs 21 g

Protein 4 g

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3 Minute PB&B Choc-Oat Cookies - Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Weight Watchers PointsPlus¬ģ: 3

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus¬ģ calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 Tb natural creamy peanut butter

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl mash the banana and then mix in all the ingredients really well to make a ‚Äúdough‚ÄĚ.
  2. Using a cookie scoop or large spoon, portion the dough onto parchment paper or a heat proof pastry mat sprayed lightly with cooking spray.
  3. Press the cookie mounds down lightly with your fingers.
  4. Place the ‚Äútray‚ÄĚ of cookies in the microwave and heat on high heat for 1-2 minutes. Check after 1 minute.
  5. Remove from the microwave carefully and cool slightly before transferring to a platter to serve.

Notes

*For peanut allergies, omit the peanut butter. For a vegan option, substitute raisins for the chocolate chips and add a pinch of cinnamon.

Do you have a quick dessert recipe you’d like to share? Please comment!

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20 Minute Lunchbox Lasagna-Cheesy Corn Alfredo

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I have some pasta addicts in my house! Do you have little critters with food addictions too? I actually made a huge pasta and pizza party for my finicky shark’s 2nd birthday years ago, because he loves both so much!

Nothing is better in a lunch box than pasta! It’s soft and chewy,¬†full of flavor, filling and delicious. I found a simple way to make my famished fish and finicky shark a special dish any day of the week. And it’s microwavable. And completely lunch box ready in 20 minutes!

First I heated up 6 lasagna noodles, all broken up, in 1 3/4 cups of water in the microwave for 12 minutes. Of course I put the noodles in a large 2 quart microwave safe dish. I stirred the broken noodles halfway through the cook time.

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Then I tossed in some simple ingredients: 3/4 cup of mozzarella cheese, 3/4 cup of cheesy alfredo sauce, and 3/4 cup of frozen corn kernels.

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I stirred it all those good things together.

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And drizzled it with an additional 2 Tb of alfredo sauce. Then I put it back in the microwave and heated the casserole on high for 3 minutes.

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Then I portioned the lasagna into 3 lunch box thermos containers and packed them in my 3 boys’ lunch boxes.

And viola-20 Minute Lunchbox Lasagna-Cheesy Corn Alfredo

And in case you were wondering, my kids came home with empty food containers today-they loved their lunchbox lasagna!

20 Minute Lunchbox Lasagna-Cheesy Corn Alfredo

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Number of servings: 3

Per Serving 35 calories

Fat 1 g

Carbs 6 g

Protein 1 g

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20 Minute Lunchbox Lasagna-Cheesy Corn Alfredo

Weight Watchers PointsPlus¬ģ: 11

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus¬ģ calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

  • 6 uncooked lasagna noodles, broken up
  • 1 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup, plus 2 Tb white pasta sauce (alfredo)
  • 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 cup frozen corn

Instructions

  1. In a 2 quart microwave safe dish, add broken lasagna noodles and water. Microwave uncovered for 12 minutes, stirring halfway through the cook time.
  2. Stir in 3/4 cup alfredo sauce, mozzarella cheese, and corn. Drizzle the 2 Tb alfredo sauce on top and microwave for 3 minutes more on high.
  3. Divide into 3 servings in heat containing lunch box containers.

What do you pack in your kid’s lunch?

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School Clothes Shopping

Every little boys wants to hear, “Time for school-clothes shopping!” Right? Well not my 9 year-old. As you can tell, he was thrilled to be trying on clothes this year. (Do kids nowadays ever put down their gaming devices?)
The difference about school clothes shopping this year is that Angel is going back to private school. Which means school uniforms. Yep, my husband and I are blessed to be able to re-enroll him in private Christian school. And what better timing than the 4th grade! I’m all for kids dressing to express themselves, but if school is anything like it was when I was growing up, kids only like other kids in designer clothes, and bullying is nothing to look forward too.
Another perk of private school-very hard to get bullied in a Christian based learning environment. Especially with the very small class sizes.
Look at that swag in the Old Navy fitting room! Just a few quick grabs of his size clothes, trying on one of each, then going back for more color combinations and we were done!

How do you cheer up a mopey-don’t-feel-like-trying-on-clothes attitude? You make some silly faces of course!

And by the end of our fitting room fun, we’ve tried on two pairs of pants, one pair of shorts and one shirt.
But we left with store with 2 pairs of shorts, 4 pairs of pants, and 7 polo shirts-all for only $98 including sales tax. How many times have you been able to shop for an entire back to school wardrobe for under $100? One of the many perks of private schools. All his wardrobe will need is a few more fresher choices in the Spring.
Now all we have left is one of his favorite Shawn White hoodies from Target and some fashionable name brand sneakers from our favorite Ross. I found some really cute Perry the Platypus Etnies from Ross for my son Jesse just two weeks ago for only $20!
A few school supplies and we are done.
Because no one likes the headaches of Back-To-School shopping right?
Where are your favorite places to shop for Back-To-School?

I Love You-Every Day of the Week

Being a full-time working mom, sometimes life gets me a bit frazzled. From helping kids with homework, getting papers signed, taking the boys to karate and soccer practice, getting everyone to doctor, dentist and eye appointments and barely finding time to get the house cleaned and laundry done, I’m surprised I find time for myself! ¬†(As I’m writing this, I’m sitting in the car with the boys waiting for daddy to get off work.)
But one thing I never forget is to nourish my family at meal times.  Food is a huge priority in our home.  It brings the family close and teaches us that keeping ourselves fed and fit leads to a long and healthy life.  And I love them.  
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and I fully encourage my kids to eat before beginning their day.  It jumps starts their metabolism, gives them energy for their day and keeps from over eating or becoming sluggish later in the day. 
But…being a working mom and getting the kids up and fed before it’s time to leave to take them to school is tough. I like them to get as much sleep as possible and I basically wake them to dress, wash up and head out the door.¬†
Here’s where these quick breakfasts come in. ¬†They all take less than 5 minutes to put together or cook. ¬†I have all my boys chug a glass of milk, then I pass these out in an assembly line and have them chow down in the car on the way to school.¬†
Breakfast Monday through Friday
 
Food: Apple jacks and a piece of banana. 
Nutrition: Vitamins and Minerals, Carbohydrates and Potassium 
Great for: A regular day at school

Food: Quaker Instant Oatmeal with 1 Tb ground flax
Nutrition: Iron and Fiber, Protein and Healthy Omegas
Great for: A busy day at school
 
Food: A lightly salted hard boiled egg, a couple apple slices and a frozen hash brown patty with a dab of ketchup.
Nutrition: Protein, Vitamin C, Iron and Fiber
Great for: An active day at school
Food: Multi-grain Cheerios, peanuts and apple slices
Nutrition: Whole grains and Fiber, Vitamins and Minerals, Protein and Iron and Healthy Omegas, Vitamin C
Great for: A test day at school
Food: A whole grain hot dog bun half topped with an omelette style egg, sliced deli ham, 1/2 Kraft Single cheese slice served with a frozen hash brown patty
Nutrition: High protein, Whole grain, Iron, Calcium
Great for: PE or Sports day at school
Some other quick options are:
  • Yogurt with granola
  • Pancakes from¬†the freezer stash (make extra on the weekend) with an applesauce
  • Chocolate milk and a granola bar
  • Whole grain toast or apples with peanut butter
You get the idea. ¬†Well that’s how we do breakfast every day of the week in our house.
You got this moms (and dads)!