Friday, October 30, 2009

Home Cookin’

I’m homebound today with big daughter who is sick.  We are keeping our fingers crossed that it’s not Swine, but it’s likely since every kid in school is dropping like flies.  We were able to get her vaccinated early last week, so hopefully that will keep the worst of it at bay.  We’ll see…

So when I’m hanging around the house, I always get the urge to bake!  After yesterday’s wrestle with the bag of Halloween candy, I decided to bake something healthy.  I’ve been thinking of a new Breakfast Cookie idea and wanted to try it out.  I loved it!  This one is a keeper…

Ginger Apple Oat Breakfast Cookie

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup oat bran
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, unpacked
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 egg white, beaten lightly
  • 2 tbsp. molasses
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  1. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients (flour through cinnamon).  In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients.  Add to oat mixture and mix until fully incorporated.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Using a 1/3 measuring cup, scoop batter and place mounds on lined cookie sheet.
  3. Bake 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.

Makes 5 BIG cookies.  Each cookie is 171 calories, 1 gram fat, 4 grams fiber (calculated using

These were a cross between a soft oatmeal cookie and a gingersnap…


I had to have one right away.  It was soft and warm with a nice bit of spice.  Perfect with a cup of joe…


Yeah, I’ve fallen off the “no coffee” wagon.  I’m trying to keep it to a minimum though, and if my stomach or throat acts up, I’ll break up with it again.  But, for now, it’s making me happy.  Speaking of joe and happy, I got some fun mail that I won from my friend, Danica


Looking forward to trying these :)  Thanks, Danica!

Since I was around the house, I had plenty of time to get creative for lunch.  This actually was a quick meal to put together.  It was another take on breakfast – Fried Egg with Polenta Toast over sauteed spinach…


I used some of the leftover Cheesy Polenta which I had spread in a baking dish and refrigerated until firm.  I cut the polenta into 2 triangles and broiled until “toasted” on each side.  Meanwhile, I sauteed a heaping bunch of baby spinach until wilted (down to nothing – how does that happen?).  I pan-fried the egg in nonstick spray and plated it all.  I garnished with 2 slices of crumbled center cut bacon cooked in the micro and a shaving of parmesan.  How fancy is that?


Later, I needed a hearty snack…


Kidding, kidding :)  A hearty, healthy snack…


Dinner was low-key.  The husband had to work late and the daughters were up for an easy meal (aka sandwiches).  I dug through the freezer and found some shrimp, so I decided on a quick Shrimp Fajita bowl – frozen shrimp(no need to thaw – they cook to perfection when cooked from frozen), sauteed red and green peppers, onions, taco seasoning and salsa…


Love easy and tasty dinners:)

Time to tend to the sick!  Hope you all are staying well!

ONE GOOD THINGGinger Apple Oat Breakfast Cookies!  Cookies for breakfast are a great way to start the day :)


Diane, Fit to the Finish said...

That breakfast cookie sounds and looks great! Yum - and perfect with coffee. I've been on and off the coffee wagon more times than I can count. Currently I'm on! But it's mostly decaf.

I hope you have a great Friday!

FatFitnessFood said...

Good for you on experimenting with the cookie. I have always wanted to try polenta but haven't yet. Yours looked delicious.

My husband is drooling over your shrimp fajita bowl picture.

Graze With Me said...

That cookie recipes sounds great, thanks! I still haven't bought any candy, thank god. It would be gone within a day. Last year I had my husband hide it and made him promise to only give me 3 pieces max per day! (Unfortunately, I still searched the house for them. Found his hiding spot!)

*Naomi* said...

great idea with the breakkie cookie it loosk amazing!

apple pie lara bar is one of my fav flavorsss! that and the banana bread!!

Heidi said...

Those cookies look great! It would also be a great fall breakfast if you replaced the applesauce with pumpkin puree and made a kind of pumpkin pie cookie.

Mrs.Ballou said...

I always thaw my shrimp under running water and they always seem...well, watered down! I didn't know you could cook them from frozen, I may have to try that. :) Thanks for the tip! The recipe for the cookies look fantastic. :)

I hope your daughter gets well soon!

Jack Sh*t, Gettin' Fit said...

Sorry about the sick kiddo.

I lol'd on your "snack"

superbecca said...

Well it looks like you have already put your home sick time to good use. About VIA...when I make it I generally add more water than it says...up to twice so that it's not too strong. It also mixes hot or cold so you can mix it up cold and use it for baking or shake it into a chocolate milk after the gym. I made apple cinnamon and greek yogurt for breakfast but now I want those "cookies"

Angie All The Way said...

Oh I hope your daughter(s) are feeling better! :-( Not fun to be a worried mom!

It all looks absolutely devine (as usual).

(Thanks for your comment. You are an absolute sweetheart ;-) )

Diana said...

That cookie looks and sounds so good!

I hope your daughter gets well soon!

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

The cookie looks and sounds great! And I love the polenta dish!

I hope your daughter gets better real soon!

Sunny said...

those breakfast cookies look awesome!! hope your daughter feels better soon and doesn't "share" with the rest of your family!

Tasty Health Food said...

Yum, those cookies look great. :) I love seeing recipes on these blogs because they're so different than anything you find in cookbooks.

Susan said...

Those breakfast cookies look amazing ! Gotta try them !

TJ said...

Everything looks good...well almost everything-Im not a candy kinda girl. lol Can I have an extra plate of your lunch? :)
I love those starbucks instant coffees! They dissolve even in ice water- love it!

Mary :: A Merry Life said...

Your blog is making me hungry! Experimenting is fun especially when it churns out yummy looking cookies like that breakfast cookie! Good job. :)

Tamara said...

Off to buy oat bran and parchment paper. I have all the other ingredients and I MUST have these cookies. I'm already imagining it with peanut butter spread on top.

La la la, skipping out to the store smiling.

Hope the illness passes!

Jocelyn said...

mmm I love the ginger apple oat cookies. Anything that tastes like gingersnaps = beautiful to me! Gingersnaps are my favorite cookies :)

Hope your daughter starts to feel better soon!

Reen said...

Marisa, that polenta with egg looks SO GOOD! Never made polenta myself. Must try.

So how's daughter? Hope she's feeling better!

Joanna Sutter said...

Ok, that does it! I'm making breakfast cookies today! You sold me!

Marisa (Trim The Fat) said...

Thanks, everyone!

Hope you try the breakfast cookies!

Anonymous said...

Breakfast cookies looks delicious. We passed out the exact same bag of candies. =) Couldn't help myself, I snuck in a couple of those delicious Reeses PB cups.

Graciela said...

Dang those cookies look GOOD! YUM! I think I'll try this recipe.

Hope your daughter is feeling better soon.

MizFit said...



Im on the roadside by you as well.
the wagon has passed me by and Im clutching a mug of java.

Danica's Daily said...

Yeah you got your Starbuck's!! I can't wait to see you get all creative with it making Mock Frappucino's and such :D

Your food always looks so good - LOVE the Fried polenta and shrimp fajita bowl.

Fingers crossed DD is better soon!