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Skinny Baked Mozzarella Sticks

Skinny-Baked-Mozzarella-SticksOur youngest son has a love affair going on with mozzarella cheese sticks.  As they tend to be not only expensive but very bad for us I was excited when I received this post from my friends over at http://www.budget101.com.  They posted it from  http://www.skinnytaste.com.

If you have a membership to Sam’s Club, they are by far the cheapest place to buy string cheese.  Make my friend Jen’s marinara sauce (or pull it out of the freezer, if it is already made) and you have one amazing snack or appetizer.  Now we can enjoy this yummy snack with a little less guilt.  Gotta love that!!!

Skinny Baked Mozzarella Sticks
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 12 • Serving Size: 2 pieces • Old Points: 1 pts • Points+: 2 pts*
Calories: 86.8* • Fat: 4.8 g • Protein: 7.4 g • Carb: 3.5 g • Fiber: 0.2 g • Sugar: 0.2
Sodium: 168.6 

Ingredients:

  • 12 sticks part-skim, reduced sodium mozzarella string cheese (Sargento)
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 5 tbsp Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 5 tbsp panko crumbs
  • 2 tsp parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • olive oil cooking spray (I used my misto)

Directions:

Cut cheese in half to give you 24 pieces. Place cheese in the freezer until cheese is frozen.

In small bowl, whisk the egg. Place the flour on another small dish. In separate bowl,combine bread crumbs, panko, parmesan cheese and dried parsley.

Dip the frozen sticks in flour, shaking off excess, then into the egg, then coat with the crumbs.

Repeat this process with the remaining cheese placing them on a tray with wax paper. Place cheese back into the freezer until ready to bake (this is a must or they will melt before the crumbs get golden).

When ready to bake preheat oven to 400° F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly spray with oil.

Place frozen cheese sticks on baking sheet. Spray the tops of the mozzarella sticks with a little more oil and bake in the bottom third of your oven until crisp, about 4 to 5 minutes. Turn and bake an additional 4 – 5 minutes watching them closely so they don’t melt.

Makes 24 pieces.

* There will be extra crumbs and flour after breading, I’ve deducted them from the nutritional info.

Wool Dryer Balls

Here is a really awesome idea I cannot wait to try.  For the cost of a skein of wool yarn and a drop or two of essential oil you can eliminate the cost of fabric softener or dryer sheets.  This comes from One Good Thing By Jillee

How would you like to never buy another fabric softener product again AND cut your laundry drying time in half???

Would you believe me if I told you these little woolen gems can do that?

Wool Dryer Balls save you moneyenergy and time by cutting the dryer’s drying time and by eliminating the need to buy softeners. When you use 4 balls in your dryer, you can cut your dryer time by 25-50%!

HOW IT WORKS:

The balls circulate and separate the clothing and get the warm dry air right down to the core of the laundry load! The more balls you add, the faster the drying time. They also soften your clothesthrough gentle friction of the felted wool fibers against your clothing fibers. And as if that weren’t enough…..they LAST for YEARS!

They couldn’t be simpler to make (all you need is some wool yarn, and a pair of pantyhose) and I just LOVE howPRACTICAL they are! I actually think these would make a wonderful gift! (Making mental note.)

HOW TO MAKE A WOOL DRYER BALL:

Start with a skein of 100% WOOL yarn. (This cost me about $5 and I got four balls out of it.)

 

To start your ball, wrap the yarn around your fingers about 20 times and then slip it off and wrap the yarn around the middle of that circle you just made about 20 more times.

wool dryer balls

Now pinch the beginnings of your yarn ball together and keep wrapping! Make sure you wrap it nice and tight.  Pretty soon you will have something that looks like this. Tuck the end of the yarn under some of the other strands of yarn to secure.

Repeat above steps until you’ve made 4 or more balls.

Now you are ready to give them the “felting” treatment. You are going to need one leg ofwool dryer balls a pair of pantyhose or tights. Put the first ball into the toe of the pantyhose and secure it there with a piece of embroidery floss or acrylic yarn. Do NOT use wool yarn, you don’t want this to felt.

Toss the pantyhose “snake” into the washer (the hotter the water the better) and then into the dryer (again, the hotter the better. Speeds up the felting process.  After the first felting. The fibers have fused and it’s much smoother and tighter.

At this point you can do another layer of yarn and “felt” again if you want a larger sized ball. I chose to leave mine as is. Keep in mind they will get slightly smaller over time as they continue to felt.

 

You just made your own wool dryer balls! Go ahead, give them a spin! If you want, you can even add a couple of drops of essential oil to the balls before you throw them in the dryer. I used 1 – 2 drops of lavender on each one and my clothes came out smelling sooooooo nice!!!  I think the scent should last through several loads!

Chicken Pot Pie

chicken pot pieHere is a chicken pot pie recipe I have made for years, thanks to my awesome mom.  I grew up eating this yummy dish.  It is so very economical to make and super easy.  Like many of the recipes I share, this can so easily be doubled or tripled and put in the freezer for another time, making your life a little less stressed on a busy day 🙂

Chicken Pot Pie (printable version)

Chicken Mixture                                                                  Biscuit Mix

  • Pre-cooked shredded chicken                           1 1/2 c. flour
  • Potatoes, cubed and par-boiled                        1/4 c. shortening
  • Diced Onion                                                          2 tsp. baking powder
  • Frozen Mixed Vegetables                                  2/3 c. milk
  • Chicken Broth                                                      1/2 tsp. salt
  • Corn Starch/Water                                              chopped onion, (opt.)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Heat broth and thicken with cornstarch

Biscuits:  Mix all ingredients together and water mixture.  Add all ingredients gently.  Place on a floury Heat thoroughly.  Place in a greased pan.   Place on a lightly floured surface.  Pat to approx. 1/2 inch thickness.  Cut out biscuits.  Place on top of hot chicken mixture.

If you prefer, you can always top with a pie crust.  My family just happens to love to pour the chicken mixture of the fluffy biscuits.

Bake at 425 º for 15-20 minutes or until golden.

$$ Saving Tips

Money Saving Tips

  • Make a monthly menu plan
  • Shop loss leader items
  • Stock up on sales
  • Make your own laundry soap and cleaning products
  • Cook and de-bone your own chicken breasts in a crock pot.  Add onion, garlic, carrots, celery and whatever herbs you like and make great healthy stock at the same time
  • Prepare your own mixes: spices, biscuit/Bisquick, muffins, cookie dough, marinara sauce
  • Blanch/freeze diced vegetables once a month for economical, fast and healthier options when cooking.
  • Buy meats on last sale date, big savings
  • Buy cheese in bulk store, grate in food processor and freeze (much cheaper and healthier than buying pre-shredded)
  • Share a membership to a warehouse store with a friend.  Every membership has two access cards.  Split the cost and reap the savings.
  • Make it a practice to double  your recipes and put 1/2 of each in the freezer for another day.
  • Get together with some friends and each of you make a few of the same recipe and then swap them out so everyone takes home a few new dishes to try.
  • Shred zucchini in the summer and fall months, bag and freeze for making breads, muffins and cakes with in the winter and spring.  Do the same for bananas as the start to brown for same purpose.
  • Got picky eaters, cook vegetables and them puree them with the some of the liquid cooked with and pour into ice cube trays.  Once froze, place in freezer storage bag.  Add to recipes and your loved ones will be none the wiser but will receive the nutritional value.
  • Take chicken broth from cooking chicken in crock pot and place in ice cube trays.  Once froze place in storage bag/container.  You will always have broth at the ready that is health and very low in sodium but high in flavor.
  • Cook big batches of rice and place in containers and freeze.  You can pull it out and thaw before usage.  A great time saver.  DOES NOT WORK WELL FOR PASTA.
  • Precook hamburger with onions, garlic and peppers, then freezer in serving size baggies/containers for quick usage.
  • Grow your own vegetables/herbs either in a garden or in containers
  • Turn the heat down when not at home or at night
  • Sign-up for daily updates on free or reduced e-books (if you are a Kindle app reader) my favorites are http://www.gospelebooks.net and http://www.vesselproject.com for Christian books.

 

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