Light Recipes

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1stOur home is trying to cut out sugar and eat more natural foods.
I found these and have done a bit of tweaking to make them our own.

2nd ingred

2 ripe bananas
2 cups of old-fashioned rolled oats
½ cup of frozen blue berries (thawed- I run them under warm water, so that they are not super plump)
½ cup of any kind of dried fruit. (I use dried strawberries, raisins, and mixed fruit- I buy in the bulk section at Winco)
½ cup of non-sweetened apple juice
4 tablespoons of finely chopped dates
2 tablespoons of chopped pecans (you can add walnuts-yet pecans are less expensive for us)
2 tablespoons of raw sunflower seeds
4 tablespoons of chia seeds. (if you do not use chia seeds-cut apple juice to ¼ cup- chia likes liquid- you can use flax seeds too)

Heat oven to 350°F.  Mash peeled bananas in a mixing bowl.  Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.  Spray 9 x 12 pan with pam.  Spread mixture in the pan. Bake for 25-35 minutes.  Cool and cut into rectangles.

Hint:  You can use any combination of seeds, nuts, or berries.  Mixture stores well in a sealed container.
3 bananasBlend ripe bananas well.
4 mixtureAdd the rest of the ingredients and blend well.
5 in the panPress mixture into the lightly greased 9 x 13 pan.
They store well in a sealed container.  We like to make a double batch and have them super thick!
Healthy Eating!


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Ingard here, ions ago I did Weight Watchers and came across this recipe for a

Fat Free delicious cake that was very low in WW points

(how many WW points you ask, sadly it is lost in the hamster wheel in my head now, LoL)

Ingredients are:

Angle Food cake mix (in my area prices ranged from $2.29 to $1.89 ~ you can use store or name brand)

1 can of crushed pineapple (20oz)

While the direction on the box don’t request a greased or even greased and floured Angel Food Cake Pan

pan preparation is optional (I have done it both ways)

dump crushed pineapple in cake mix and stir until well blended

(be sure to give yourself a bowl with room as it expands with bubbles :)

Bake as directed on package for your pan choice. Allow to cool then turn cake out of pan.

This could be made in a 13×9 pan as well and be just an delicious.


Now here is my confession.

I haven’t made this in several years and in my memory it was puffy like an Angel food cake can be.

You are seeing my 3rd attempt at getting this pretty and still flat fallen cake.

Now don’t get me wrong the other 2 cakes were happily consumed and were delish!

In fact this one fell as well and was also happily consumed (good thing it is Fat Free).

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Homemade Pesto Recipe

09/02/2013 7:00 pm · 2 comments

by Melissa

One of our favorite summer meals is cool pesto pasta.  When we have it, I use homemade pesto.  It is so easy to make and tastes wonderful, here is the recipe for you to try.

Pesto Recipe

5 or so Cloves of Garlic
15 Large Fresh Basil Leaves
1/2 Cup of Pine Nuts (a more frugal option will be Walnuts, Pecans, or Cashews and it works just fine)
Salt and Pepper to taste
7 or so Tablespoons of Olive Oil

  1. In a Blender, blend together the above ingredients, adding oil last slowly.

We mix with pasta, cut up cherry tomatoes and chicken for a cool summer salad.  Super Yummy!!!


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Coconut Quinoa with Spicy Vegetables, Money Saving Recipes, Recipes Using Quinoa, Vegetarian Recipes, Quick Dinner Recipes, 30 minute or less dinner recipes

Coconut Quinoa with Spicy Vegetables by Tiffany

My husband is a very strict vegetarian. He’s not mostly a vegetarian or even partly vegetarian, he’s a full on vegetarian- he’s almost a vegan.  It’s a diet conviction he has chosen for himself after battling cancer, twice. It’s fun coming up with new recipes for him, especially recipes that can be whipped up in a flash. Recently, we had a coconut cilantro flavored rice while dinning out. It was so stinkin’ tasty. I knew I wanted to incorporate that flavor with Quinoa. I came home and started experimenting. Coconut Quinoa with Spicy Vegetables was born. Enjoy, my spicy vegetarian friends!


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 heaping  tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 1/2 -2 teaspoon grape seed oil
  • 1/2 cup diced zucchini
  • 1/2 cup diced squash
  • 1 cup sliced portabella mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup diced orange bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup broccoli slaw
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes
  • approx. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated California garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayanne pepper


  1.  Rinse 1 cup quinoa under cold water. In a medium saucepan, combine quinoa, coconut milk, water and cilantro. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium, cover with lid and simmer for 15 minutes or until quinoa is tender.
  2. In a large non stick skillet, heat grape seed oil over medium heat. Add zuchini, squash, mushrooms, peppers and broccoli slaw; tossing frequently. Cook until zuchini is fork tender. Approx. 8 minutes.
  3. Now add diced tomatoes, salt, garlic and cayenne; toss just until tomatoes are heated through. Serve over quinoa.

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How to Roast Chestnuts

How to roast chestnuts

We all have heard the Christmas song – “Chestnuts Roasting on an open fire”. But have you ever actually roasted chestnuts? Every year my (Matt’s) mom would scavenge through the grocery stores to find the hard to find Chestnuts. Each Christmas she would cook them for our family. Chestnuts have a dry taste to them and are some what in need of a salt dip and a good cup of cider to go with it. If you are lucky enough to find these in your grocery store and have never had them, they are a fun way to spend time enjoying some Christmas music, a warm cup of cider, and your family making memories.


1 pound Chestnuts

Items needed:

  • Roasting pan or cookie sheet
  • Salt
  • some friends to share the Holidays

How to Roast Chestnuts

First lay them all out with the flat side down. With a large knife that is easy to hold and with some weight to it. Tap small “X” shapes into the top of the shell. Be careful not to slice down into the Chestnut inside. Chestnuts have a inner husk also that peels off after roasting.

Place on a cookie sheet and roast the chestnuts in the oven for about 15 mins. The main thing is to allow the shell X you cut to peel back.

How to Roast ChestnutsOnce the shells start to peel back you can take one out to try it out. The nuts are soft nuts and have a “chew” to them. They shouldn’t be hard. Some nuts in stores tend to be old or dried out so it is hit and miss on the year if you get good nuts or not.

How to Roast Chestnut

Now pour a little pile of salt on your plate, break up the soft warm roasted Chestnuts and enjoy. They are as some say – different, but it is always a fun event to remember and enjoy with my family and I know yours will love it too.

Merry Christmas

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Ice Cube Recipe

This is Matt and I wanted to share a recipe with you today,

There are so many pet peeves that people have. One seems to be the proper use of ice. Many do not realize that there is an etiquette to using ice from the ice trays. Just like when you remove the tire from your car to do something with it, once you are done you must put it back or the next person to use it will have a bad experience. Just like the car tire, when a person removes ice cubes from the tray, you must replace the empty spots with new ice so that the next user will have a pleasant experience.

So how do you complete this daunting task? It takes about 10 seconds of prep, and about 2 to 2.5 hours of cook time.


  • 1 tray of plastic or metal composition.
  • 3 cups of clean room temperature water (tap is preferred, but bottle water is an option)
  • 2 tablespoons clean water (optional depending on availability of empty ice tray)


  1. Remove Ice from tray for desired use
  2. Remove remaining ice from tray if desire for fresh ice is prominent
  3. Place empty or partially filled ice tray under tap water.
  4. Allow water to fill and roll over into all empty units of the ice tray
  5. Carefully return ice tray with water completely covering ice tray to the freezer
  6. Slide ice tray into ice tray holder in designated spot in freezer
  7. Close Freezer door and return to daily activities for 2 to 2.5 hours depending on appliance settings

I hope every one can attempt to make this wonderful recipe. It has become such a staple in our home and those around us. As we have enjoyed this delightful recipe, it has become easier and easier to make this for our family. I hope you enjoy it, and share your experience with us on how it went for you in your recipe test kitchen!

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