Saturday, July 30, 2011

Leading by Example and Blueberry-Peach Cobbler/ Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipes

Right now I'm reading a library book called "One Year to an Organized Life with Baby" by Regina Leeds.  We are expecting our second child (a boy!) in November! My husband, daughter and I are very excited.  So every weekend, we are organizing and tackling one room or closet!  Fun stuff! 

This book has been a great motivator and it's given me some great advice that can be applied to daily life.  The author wrote, "...the best way to create change is not to try to convince others to change but to change ourselves..."  This statement can apply to almost every facet of our lives.  If we want our kids to eat healthy, then we have to eat healthy.  If we want our children to be active and positive, then we ourselves should be active and positive.  So try to incorporate healthy habits and exercise into your family routine.  Even taking a walk together after dinner is a great way to bond with your children and spouse.  Or plan to participate 5-K run/walk or 1 mile fun with them. It's usually for a great cause and it'll teach them awareness and kindness towards others. Plus running a race or participating in a walk is incredibly fun and rewarding!  If you aren't a run, then you can go swimming with your kids or ride your bikes together. 

As I approach my third trimester, my sweet tooth is kicking in! Uh-oh!! :) So I've tweaked some of my favorite recipes to satisfy my sweet tooth in a healthy way and not feel guilty!

Blueberry-Peach Cobbler (prep time 5 minutes/ bake time 20 minutes)
1 Carton of washed Blueberry
3 Large Peaches
4 T Orange Juice
3 T Sugar or Agave or Honey
1/2 t Cinnamon
Crescent rolls 
8 inch glass cooking dish

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees In a medium sauce pan, simmer the first five ingredients on medium heat until the blueberry start to burst and the sauce begins to boil (usually takes 5-7 minutes). You can taste the fruit filling to make sure it's somewhat sweet.  Feel free to add more sugar or honey if the blueberry-peach filling is really tart.

Spray canola oil into the cooking dish to grease it.  Pop open the crescent rolls, use half the rolls to line the cooking dish. I simply unroll the crescent rolls. It doesn't have to be perfect.  Pour the warm blueberry-peach mixture on top and then use the rest of the rolls to make the crust. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the crust is golden brown!!  This tastes great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or vanilla soy cream from Trader Joe's! Enjoy!

Chocolate Chips Cookies (prep time 10 minutes/bake time 12 minutes)
Preheat over 375 degrees
2 C     100% whole wheat flour 
1/2 C  Unbleached All-purpose flour (or use all whole wheat flour)
3/4 C  Sugar
1 C     Applesauce
1/2 C  Canola oil
3 T     Water
2 T     Vanilla
2 T     Crushed Flaxseed (optional)
1 t      Baking Soda
1 t      Salt
1 C     Semi-sweet chocolate chips 
Canola Oil Spray 

Mix all the ingredients (except chocolate chips) in a large bowl. Once the the mixture is well blended and sticky, add the chocolate chips.  Since these cookies have no butter or eggs, they are much healthier.  The applesauce makes the cookies more fluffy and cake-like.

Use a cookie sheet or a spray canola oil a flat baking dish (or even a pizza pan). Take a spoon and scoop out a generous portion on the baking dish.  Make sure to give the cookies a little space to spread out.  Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes until they brown on top.  This recipe makes 18 medium-size cookies. Your house will smell amazing while these bake!

This recipe is so easy that your kids can make them! So get them in the kitchen and have them help out!  
Have a great weekend!

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