12/23 Menu Planning and Another Cookie Recipe

I almost decided not to menu plan during the holidays but I probably need it more now, so linking up with Jill and Laura

Pumpkin Egg Nog pancakes
Monday- Christmas Eve
Quinoa Mac N Cheese (plus food from the ILs that I won’t be able to eat)
Tuesday- Christmas
GF Veggie Lasagna, GF Garlic Rolls, Salad, Pumpkin Pie
Run Night- Sandwich and fruit
?? Dinner Out or Leftovers

The holidays wouldn't be complete without more cookie baking. I have always loved these cookies my grandmother made but have stayed away the past few years due to my dietary issues until now. I am so happy to have adapted them to our needs!
Ready to make cookies

Cutting them out= the best part!

Date/ Nut Filled Cookies
The result of a toddler cutting and filling cookies!
1 1/2 cups raisins - ground up
1/2 cup dates - ground up
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/4 to 1/2 cup walnuts - chopped fine
1/2 cup water
Boil until thick and set aside

Cookie Dough 
1/2 cup organic sugar
3 1/2 cups all purpose Gluten Free flour (Whole wheat would work)
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 cup applesauce
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 egg
1/2 cup almond milk (or other)
1 tsp vanilla
Mix dough ingredients, chill about 1 hour. Roll thin and cut with cookie cutter. Put a spoonful of filling on each cookie. Put another cookie on top. Pinch edges together.

Bake on prepared baking sheet in 350F preheated oven for 15 minutes until golden

Happy Holidays to all! What are your favorite Christmas cookies?  

Week in Workouts
Sunday: Long Run in am + Weights in afternoon
Monday: Spin class in am + ? Short afternoon run
Tuesday: Morning Run + Weights in afternoon
Wednesday: Run + Pilates
Thursday: Morning weights with Trainer + Evening Run
Friday: Morning Spin
Saturday: Morning Run

How are you sticking with workouts during the holiday?


  1. She is too cute! Those cookies sound really good, too... we might have to try them this week. And we're also making the quinoa mac and cheese on Monday! Have a great holiday, Jen!

    1. Happy Holidays Laura :) The cookies are good, but turn out interesting when a 2 year old helps!

  2. So cute! My girls love to help me bake too, except their ideas of helping are just licking the bowl. I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

    1. Oh yes, she asks the entire time "can I lick the spoon now?!"

  3. Awe she is too cute :) -I am a sucker for Sugar cookies!

  4. What a cutie! My kiddos have been loving the baking part of Christmas. I think they ask to make cookies everyday. Might have to make you recipe after nap today. They sound yummy!

    1. Hope you like it :) We have baked 3 days in a row, must stop this pattern!

  5. I stick to my workouts during the holidays for sanity sake...and an occasional holiday cookie :)

    I tweaked the recipe just a bit but the spaghetti squash pad thai is awesome!

    1. Same here workouts are my holiday stress relief :)

      I think we have made the pad thai before and I remember it being really good with a few changes (that I can't remember)!

  6. Do you have a recipe for quinoa mac & cheese I can borrow/steal?? Cheers, Tara

    1. Here is the link , hope you like it :) http://runnershoe.blogspot.com/2012/12/menu-planning-1216-quinoa-mac-n-cheese.html

  7. That Quinoa mac n cheese sound tasty! Hrrmmmm...I don't think I have a favorite Christmas cookie, but my favorite cookies have always been chocolate chip! Looks like you had a great week in workouts too! Merry Christmas!

    1. The Mac n Cheese was a hit at dinner last night with non-veg people, good overall dish :)

  8. love the menu planning that is something I'm working hard on and yours looks mmmm tasty!

    1. Thanks Amanda, planning really helps me on busy nights :)

  9. What a sweet little cutie in those pictures! Your cookies sound YUMMY! Got them tweeted and pinned!


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