No Bake Flax Seed Energy Bites

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The best part of these Flax seed energy bites, was they were 100% made by kids. Oh, it is a glorious day when they can make their own food.
 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed meal
  • 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

Combine all ingredients together in a bowl; form into 1" balls using hands. Arrange bites on baking sheet and freeze until set.

Spanish Rice Made Easy And Healthy

Anytime I see the ingredient "natural flavoring" I know to run the other way. I learned pretty early on in my life that certain ingredients in processed food would bring me migraines. All the flavored, boxed rice in the store would give me a migraine immediately. Any flavored chips or canned soups also would give me headaches. I am actually thankful, though, because it forced me to learn which ingredients were the culprit and I learned how to cook things from scratch.

This is my favorite Spanish rice recipe. It is super easy, quick and full of good ingredients. My homemade chicken stock is one of my favorite ingredients to incorporate with other meals. It is so versatile, cheap and full of healthy nutrients that you can't get with store bought chicken broth. It's great to support bone health, teeth health, gut health and our immune systems. Which is so important during the winter season. Even picky kids love this rice. It's a great way to get bone broth into my kids, who don't always like to eat soup.

Make sure a read my tutorial on how to make Homemade Chicken Stock before you make the Spanish rice. I promise it makes a HUGE difference in flavor. For rinsing my rice, I use a measuring cup with a lid to strain the water out, like this one.

Homemade Pizza Dough

Not to brag... BUT.... my pizza dough is the bomb diggity. Haha. (at least according to my 4 kids). We've been making pizza dough for years and this recipe is our favorite.  I don't remember how exactly this one came to be, a mish-mash of a few recipes I found, I'm sure. Which, pretty much sums up how all my recipes come to be.

We make pizza every Friday night, as a family tradition. Even though, I don't always eat pizza myself, see my Zuchinni pizza alternative here. The kids love to help me make the dough and put the toppings on. If they learn to cook anything from me, they will know how to make their own pizza dough. Ha!

Homemade Pizza Dough:

2 tsp yeast
2 cups warm water
1 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp salt
5 cups Organic Flour
1/2 - 1 cup Olive Oil

yields: 2 large pizza doughs

Here's what you do: In a small bowl or measuring cup add yeast and sugar to 2 cups warm water and stir.

In a separate large bowl add flour and salt, then mix together. Once yeast has bubbled a bit, pour into flour mixture.

Knead dough until it forms a round ball. Add more flour if too sticky. Pour olive oil to the outside of the dough. This gives it lots of flavor and helps the crust to get that golden brown color that makes my mouth water just thinking about it. (Mmmmmm... golden brown) Cover and let dough rise for at least 30-minutes. Longer is great, the Pioneer woman makes her pizza dough, several days in advance and let's it rest in the fridge. Great option.

Divide dough into two pieces. Roll out dough into a large circle. Precook dough at 450-475 degrees (depending on how crispy you like your pizza) for 5 minutes. This helps set the dough. If you have a pizza stone, you can skip this step.

Remove pizza dough from oven and add your sauce and toppings. Put back in the oven again for 10-13 minutes. Remove from oven when cheese and crust is golden brown.  Slice and enjoy!

Super simple, and super delicious

Check out my video tutorial of this on my Periscope. ***Correction*** In the video I say that we buy Archer Farms pepperoni. The correct brand is Applegate NOT Archer Farms.

Do you make your own pizza? Do you have a family night each week?