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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Healthy Snacks: Mom Approved

How often do we hear our children say, "I'm hungry"?. But nowadays we are more concerned with healthy snacks, but how healthy are the ones we buy in the stores? Sure the packages say " natural", "healthy", but are they really? If you was to check out the labels on these " healthy" snacks, you will still see that chemicals have been added. Preservatives is one of the biggest chemical that is added in every prepackaged foods.
The two snacks in which I'm about to introduce to you, are completely 100% healthy, 100% chemical free. But most of all, 100% delicious and mom approved.

Strawberry Dumplings

4 potatoes, peeled and cubed
20 strawberries, whole or halved
1/2 c. Flour
1/2 c. Breadcrumbs
7 tbsp. Sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten

Boil potatoes until tender, drain and let cool. When cool enough, mash it into a puree. Mix with beaten eggs, flour and salt. Thoroughly knead the dough to combine the ingredients.
Roll dough out flat to desired thickness and cut into squares about 3X3 inch squares. In each square, coat with sugar and place strawberry in the centers. If you are using canned fruit, it is not necessary to add sugar. But I have a sweet tooth so I add the sugar.
Now bring up the edges neatly. Turn them over and give them a little crush to finally close them up.
Now melt butter, add sugar and breadcrumbs. Cook until browned.
In a separate pot, add water and bring to a boil. Let boil on low heat. You can then toss in 5-6 dumplings at a time. As soon as they emerged to the top, cook for 5 minutes and remove. Continue this method until all the dumplings are cook. 
As you take the dumplings out of the water, drain excess water and the roll them immediately in the breadcrumbs with the sugar and butter.
Serve and enjoy.
Chef's note: For the filling, you can use any fresh or canned fruit you desire.


Spiced Apple Chips

Spiced apple chips are easy and quick to make. It is also far more healthier than store bought snacks. It is even healthier and better than the store's version of the apple chips.

Here is all you need:

Apples, doesn't matter what kind or how many
Cinnamon, enough to coat the chip
Nutmeg, just a dusting on each chip will do

Preheat oven to 220. Line 2 large cooking sheets with parchment paper.

Using a knife or a slicer (a mandolin works wee), slice the apples as thin as you can get them, remember they are chips. Lay them out side by side, don't overlap the.
Gently and carefully sprinkle a thin coating of cinnamon on each chip and then lightly dust with the nutmeg.
Bake for 1 hour, flip them over and bake for another hour. Remove and place on cooling rack. Chips will crisp as they cool.

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