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Cranberry Orange Iced Oatmeal Cookies

Cranberry Orange CookiesFresh orange and dried cranberries add a zesty flavor to these chewy, whole wheat cookies.


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup plus 6 T unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  •  1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1 orange (for zest and juice)
  • 1 3/4 c whole wheat flour
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup dried cranberries*
  • 2 cups powdered sugar (for the icing)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, and mix well. Add vanilla and zest from 3/4 of the orange. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add to butter/sugar/egg mixture, and mix until well combined. Stir in oats and dried cranberries.

Scoop dough onto prepared baking sheet (I like to use silicone baking mats or parchment paper), about 1-2 tablespoons of dough for each cookie. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until golden. Allow cookies to cool on the pan for a few minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

While cookies cool, prepare the icing. Mix together powdered sugar, remaining orange zest, and juice from half the orange until smooth. Drizzle a generous amount of icing over cooled cookies, and allow to set.

*Commercially dried cranberries often have a good amount of added sugar. In this recipe I used home-dried cranberries with minimal sweetener added.


This article was written by Marta Nielsen, blog editor for Live Well Utah, marta.nielsen@usu.edu




Family Mealtime on Studio 5

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Join Live Well Utah blog editor Marta Nielsen as she talks with Brooke Walker of Studio 5 about Family Mealtime, and demonstrates some breakfast recipes from the Live Well Utah Cookbook, Family Mealtime Edition.


Did you see us on Studio 5? If you missed the show, you can watch the clip here. We have also posted the full recipes for the veggie frittata, granola, and overnight oats with all the variations.

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Family Mealtime // Overnight Oatmeal 3 Ways

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Looking for a make-ahead breakfast to streamline your family’s morning routine? Try overnight oatmeal, and spend your morning eating together instead of scrambling to cook breakfast.


Peach Overnight Oats

Adapted from the Live Well Utah Cookbook, Family Mealtime Edition

  • 8 oz. containers (pint sized mason jars work well)

Per container:

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup nonfat milk
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sliced peaches (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tbsp. honey, or other sweetener
  • sprinkle of cinnamon

 

To each container add oats, milk, vanilla, peaches, sweetener, and cinnamon in the amounts listed above, and cover with lids. Place filled containers in the refrigerator and let sit overnight. Oats will absorb the milk and some juice from the peaches. Enjoy in the morning!

Variations

Pumpkin Pie: in place of peaches, mix 1/2 cup canned pumpkin with 1 tablespoon maple syrup and 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice. Spoon desired amount into jar (1/4-1/2 cup) before refrigerating, and top with chopped pecans before eating.

Any Season Berry: sub 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries for peaches.

Other Ideas: Try adding in chia seeds or ground flaxseed to your oats, adding more liquid as needed. Try substituting nut milk or part Greek yogurt in the recipe, and add fruits, nuts and seeds as desired to customize the flavors.

 


September is National Family Mealtime month. Each Friday this month we’ll be posting on that topic — specifically from the Live Well Utah Cookbook, Family Mealtime Edition. This publication is available for free at your local Extension office, or available digitally here. It features some great tips on the importance of family mealtime and meal planning, plus 21 quick, inexpensive, and nutritious recipes that are sure to please even the pickiest eaters. 




Family Mealtime // Crispy Granola 3 Ways

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Family mealtime can be anytime- why not at breakfast? Mix up some delicious granola on the weekend for a fast and easy weekday family breakfast option. Use your family’s favorite mix-ins, or try one of our suggested variations.


Crispy Granola

Adapted from the Live Well Utah Cookbook, Family Mealtime Edition

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • dash of salt
  • 3 cups uncooked rolled oats
  • 1 cup shredded coconut (optional
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
  • 1/2 cup raisins, or other dried fruit (option)

 

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray. Put egg whites in a large bowl and whisk until frothy. Stir in honey, cinnamon, and salt. Add oats and all other ingredients (except dried fruit). Stir until ingredients are coated with egg mixture. Spread mixture on baking sheet. Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until golden brown, stirring every 5 minutes. Remove from pan, add dried fruit if using, and cool completely. Granola will continue to crisp as it cools. Store in an airtight container.

Variations

Pumpkin Spice: substitue pumpkin pie spice for the cinnamon, pure maple syrup for the honey, use pumpkin seeds for nuts, and add 1 tablespoon chia seeds.

Tropical Crunch: use macadamia nuts, yogurt covered raisins and/or chopped dried pineapple.

Cherry Garcia: use sliced almonds, dried cherries, and add semisweet chocolate chips when granola is cool.

 


September is National Family Mealtime month. Each Friday this month we’ll be posting on that topic — specifically from the Live Well Utah Cookbook, Family Mealtime Edition. This publication is available for free at your local Extension office, or available digitally here. It features some great tips on the importance of family mealtime and meal planning, plus 21 quick, inexpensive, and nutritious recipes that are sure to please even the pickiest eaters. 




Easy Eats // Putting the “Fast” in Breakfast!

Fast Breakfast

Start the day with healthy, filling and FAST nutrition!


The Breakfast Quest

If everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, why do so many people skip it? The number one reason people don’t eat breakfast is because they are too busy or don’t have enough time.

While it’s true that mornings can be crazy and hectic, there are also ways to sneak breakfast in without having to sacrifice your snooze button.

These breakfast ideas from Eat Well Utah are wonderful for everyone, but they are especially great for kids in grade school and high school. Helping kids start their day off right will help them stay energized and happy throughout the day. They will even perform better in school!

To learn more about the benefits of breakfast and how you can make a nutritious morning meal in SECONDS, click here!

To help you start your breakfast quest, here is a delicious recipe that is fast, easy and sure to get you off on the right foot.

Freezer Breakfast Burritos

Click here for 4 more delicious and easy breakfast recipes!