I had a wonderful Christmas! It was full of family, good food, resting and celebrating the birth of our Savior. I made the oatmeal chocolate chip cookies for Christmas Eve. I could pretend that they are healthy. I could tell you about how oatmeal has soluble fiber that is good for your heart. I could tell how chocolate has flavonoids. I could tell you how it is trans fat free, but this time I won’t. I will just tell you that they are delicious.
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 cups oatmeal
Semisweet Chocolate Chips (mini or regular), mini M&M, butterscotch chips or a mixture of the above to taste.
Cream sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla. Add dry ingredients and mix. Add chips after your mixture has come together. Drop 1 Tbsp of batter onto cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes, or until slightly brown. Cool one minute and then remove to wire rack for crisper cookies. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.
I am sorry you haven’t heard from me in a few weeks. Christmas season has caught up with me! We have been busy every weekend, and most nights after work. Most people struggle over the holidays with having to cook for multiple parties. This week alone I have to take a dish to 4 parties! One of my new favorite dips is a very, very simple pesto dip. It is only three ingredients plus items to dip in it. I love easy dips because it helps me get in more raw veggies. Greek yogurt can be used in place of sour cream to get in a little more protein. This dip turns out to be a beautiful festive color especially if you use red bell peppers and broccoli for dippers. While two of the ingredients are higher in fat, using a low fat sour cream or Greek yogurt in place of mayonnaise helps to cut a lot of calories. Basil is loaded with beta-carotene and also has some anti-inflammatory properties. Enjoy!
1 cup reduced fat or fat free sour cream or Greek yogurt
2 TBSP pesto (store bought or homemade)
¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
To Dip: Sweet peppers, crackers, tortilla chips (Beanitos are one of my new favorites), carrots, celery, broccoli, etc.