These Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies are my favorite to make when I need a snack and don’t have much in the pantry or much time to bake. Those seem to be two things that I’ve been short on lately. Short on time equals short on food in the pantry because, well…grocery shopping is one of my least favorite tasks so it’s the first to go. ;)

It’s not that grocery shopping is that bad. It’s the putting the groceries away part – it’s a beast. It’s like torture for me.

I’ve started bribing myself to get it done. I choose to think of it as more of a reward than a bribe because people my age shouldn’t have to be bribed. Rewards are perfectly acceptable though.  My Meijer has a Starbucks and that’s the best kind of reward there is. It’s right by the entry so I stop there first and get an iced coffee. I stroll around and fill my cart and get another refill before I leave. Gold card, baby…free refills.

(In case you are worried for my caloric intake: I drink it with no sugar basically so it’s also almost calorie free – about 30 calories. And I’m working that off speed walking through my daunting chore. Ha. Okay, I don’t really speed walk. I’m way to cool for that.)

I discovered last week that they know me and how I like my coffee there. Grande Iced Coffee – 1 pump classic & light 2%. Yikes. Embarrassing, right? Like maybe I hit up the Meijer Starbucks too often? It’s nothing new…I’m known at my other Starbucks too.  I should be used to this by now.

Lets get back to these cookies and stop focusing on my grocery shopping laziness and addiction to coffee. It’s embarrassing. And I’m going to stop before I embarrass myself too much.

These cookies! THESE COOKIES! They are gluten free and full of peanut buttery deliciousness. You can whip up a batch in no time and they will make your family so happy! I don’t even miss the flour in them. Yum!

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a medium sized bowl - mix the peanut butter, egg, sugar and brown sugar until smooth. Add in baking soda and mix to combine. Stir in desired amount of chocolate chips. Roll into balls and place on a cookie sheet - flatten slightly.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes or until done. You don't want to over bake them.
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Menu Plan Monday

by Katie on March 23, 2015

I haven’t done a MPM in quite some time. I haven’t blogged much at all either. We were on vacation two weeks ago and were out of town visiting family part of last week. And other than that…it’s just been crazy busy!

We are going to the beach soon and it’s time to get control of the diet and cut out the unhealthy things that have found their way in due to convenience. I’m not doing a particular diet, just keep things healthy and getting back to the gym. That swimsuit will have to be put on all too soon. :)

menu planning

Breakfast: Green Smoothies or Overnight Oats

Lunch: Salads with Chicken, Leftover Soup, Roasted Veggies with Sausage

Dinners:
Monday- Out to eat
Tuesday- Heirloom Bean Soup with Italian Sausage, Salad
Wednesday- Spaghetti (with Spaghetti Squash), Steamed Broccoli
Thursday- Fajita Chicken with Lettuce Wraps
Friday- Out to eat
Saturday- Family Easter
Sunday- Lemon Chicken over Quinoa with Veggies

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This post is sponsored by HoneyBaked. All opinions are my own.

 

Easter is early this year and will be upon us in just a few weeks! Things have been really crazy around here and I feel like I’ve constantly been behind on everything this year. Ever feel that way? If so, you may be overwhelmed with the thought of planning a big Easter celebration and the work involved.

Here are my 3 tips for how to host a non-stressful Easter dinner!

1. Decorate practically and use what you have!

Of course, decorating is optional. But to me, it’s kinda not. ;) Keep things simple and use what you have. I change things up every year, but pretty much always use the same things with maybe just a new addition or two each year.

Lately I’ve discovered what I like to call the “practical centerpiece” – and I love the double duty it provides. I use the tray below and always keep it filled with things that are practical and useful for a dining room and just add a little seasonal flare. I keep forks, napkins and stainless straws (they are an oily water must) and then add in a few pretty things.

This time I added in a mason jar with some eggs, little bunnies, and some flowers sprays I had in my Easter bin. Easy peasy and done in less than 5 minutes. It’s nothing that’s going to be on the cover of a magazine, but I really like it.

HoneyBaked Easter - Easter Centerpiece

2. Don’t stress. People have more fun when you are relaxed.

Everything doesn’t have to be perfect. It’s taken me a LONG time to get this one through my head.  I’m a perfectionist and I’m trying to let some of that go because nobody really cares if everything is perfect…so you might as well just let it go!

It’s okay if you don’t throw a grand Pinterest party or celebration – we don’t always have the time (or desire) to create a super elegant party with custom decorations. Don’t put that pressure on yourself – I promise if you relax and have a good time that your family and guests will too.

HoneyBaked Full Table

3. Outsource what needs to be outsourced. It’s all good.

This is another one that is a super difficult for me. I love to cook, after all. Sometimes, though, if I can be honest…I don’t feel like cooking a big meal!

honeybaked-ham

Easter is a busy time and HoneyBaked makes a great ham and turkey so why not leave it to them – they have a great $5 off coupon right now. They also have delicious sides and even desserts.  Or why not grab some buns and their fabulous sauces and make sandwiches this year?!  It’s easy, delicious and you can sit back and relax!

We did the whole HoneyBaked thing last year and the whole family LOVED it! It left a lot more time to love on this little nephew of mine and Easter egg hunt with him.  He’s going to have even more fun now that he’s almost two!!!  I will pick Ezra-time over cooking ANY day – he’s the best.

Ezra and Kate

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I mentioned the other day in my menu plan that I had a new favorite meal that I just couldn’t get enough of. Well, this is it! And the good news is that it’s healthy – which is awesome since I can’t get enough of it!?!

Healthy – check!
Easy – check!
Delicious – double check!

I can’t get better than that, can it?

Sweet and Spicy Roasted Veggies and Chicken Sausage - the easiest dinner ever! www.cuttingbackkitchen.com

To start you just line a baking sheet with foil and preheat your oven. Chop some veggies, or even easier…buy them already cut, and throw them in a bowl. Slice up your chicken sausage and add it too. Season and stir and spread on the sheet. Bake until roasted to your liking and you have dinner done. Easy as that.

Since it’s so easy I’ve been making it for lunch.  The recipe below is written as I make it just for myself.  It’s super adaptable, so you can make it to feed as many as you want.  Just up the amount of veggies and sausage.

I don’t always use real measurements either…I just toss it together and it’s always good!  If you are looking for an easy, healthy dinner you have to try this. Roasting vegetables is hands-down the best way to eat them – you are missing out if you haven’t tried it.

If you are new to the whole chicken sausage scene – you really should try them. I buy mine at Costco because we eat a lot of them (like for this breakfast) and they come in a big pack, are gluten free, and are a better price. You can also occasionally get them at Aldi.

Sweet and Spicy Roasted Vegetables and Chicken Sausage - the easiest dinner every!  www.cuttingbackkitchen.com

Sweet and Spicy Roasted Vegetables and Chicken Sausage

Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch of broccoli, cut into pieves
  • 1/2 bell pepper, large chunks
  • 1 small sweet potato, cubed into 1" pieces
  • 1 apple chicken sausage, sliced into 1" pieces
  • olive oil, just enough to lightly coat the veggies
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper, less if you really don't like spice
  • salt/pepper

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with foil. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Combine the broccoli, bell pepper, sweet potato in a bowl. Add just enough olive oil to barely coat the pieces. Add in the maple syrup, chipotle, salt and pepper. Toss to coat.
  3. Spread on the baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, stir and add the sausage. Bake 15 minutes more.

Notes

I mix up the veggies all the time to use what's on sale or what we have (cauliflower, brussels sprouts, etc). I also just scale the recipe to how many servings I need. It's a very adaptable recipe.

http://www.cuttingbackkitchen.com/2015/03/04/sweet-and-spicy-roasted-vegetables-and-chicken-sausage/

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Menu Plan Monday

March 2, 2015

I’ve found a lunch that I really love and want to eat every day. I do this from time to time. I find something awesome and healthy (or not so healthy) and I just stick with it and eat it all the time. It’s roasted veggies and chicken sausage. I will post the recipe here […]

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Freezing Chipotle Peppers – A Great Way to Spice Up Any Meal

February 27, 2015

I love cooking with Chipotle Peppers and add them to all kinds of Mexican meals. The chipotle flavor just adds so much depth and such a unique flavor to meals. I used some last week and had most of the can leftover. They are awesome, but not something you would add to all of your […]

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Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches

February 24, 2015

Thanks to the slow cooker I put a fabulous meal of Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches on the table.  Where would I be without my trusty sidekick? I’ve had my slow cooker for many years. My Mamaw got it for me…it was like THE wedding gift I had to have. I was not looking forward […]

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Flourless Chocolate Cake

February 18, 2015

Flourless Chocolate Cake – it doesn’t get much better for the chocolate lover!  It’s my go-to dessert when we go to a nice restaurant and they have it…I just love it. But it’s not something I make very often at home. I’ve always felt like it was a grand dessert that took a lot of […]

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Remember The Lilies by Liz Tolsma {Book Review}

February 18, 2015

About the book: Can Irene and Rand stave off starvation until the American troops bring freedom? Interred by the Japanese, missionary Irene Reynolds comes across a mysterious note while working at the censor’s office. She memorizes the parts she must black out and delivers it to wealthy nightclub owner Rand Sterling. Before she knows what’s […]

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Menu Plan Monday

February 15, 2015

Did you have a great Valentine’s day Saturday? Me? It was just a normal day. I’m not really into Valentine’s day…it’s just not a big deal to me. It’s so little of a deal, in fact, that we don’t even exchange cards. I told my husband a few years ago to not worry about buying […]

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