Ham and Cheese Biscuits

This month I am doing a series on after school snacks. There are two main types of after school snacks in my home. Snacks in my home fall into one of two categories.  Light snacks to get you to dinner and “mini meals” to fuel you through a practice or activity. 

These Ham and Cheese Biscuits are in the “mini meal” category. Pair them with some baby carrots or other sliced veggies for a mini meal with protein, fat, and carbs to get them to dinnertime.

These biscuits are super fast to put together and only take less than 15 minutes to bake. They can be made ahead and frozen and are best served warm. 

Ham and Cheese Biscuits

Ham and Cheese Biscuits

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

These simple cream biscuits are easy to assemble and are filled with cheese and ham. They make a great hearty after school snack or a savory breakfast.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Cups White Whole Wheat Flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspooons Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Cup (4 ounces) Chopped Deli Ham
  • 1 Cup (4 Ounces) Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 1/2 Cups Heavy Cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat Oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder. and salt.
  3. Add diced ham and shredded cheese. Mix to combine.
  4. Add Cream and mix to form a stiff dough.
  5. Using a #24 Scoop or a large spoon, Scoop the mixture into 12 round biscuits.
  6. Place each biscuit on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  7. Place baking sheet in the middle rack of the oven and bake for 12-14 minutes until biscuits are slightly browning.
  8. Remove from oven and serve immediately
  9. Unused biscuits can be frozen and reheated.

Notes

These hearty biscuits make a great after school snack or savory breakfast. The bits of ham sometimes get really brown on the outside of the biscuits.

These freeze well. You can reheat them wrapped in foil or parchment in the oven or wrapped in a paper towel in the microwave.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 164Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 194mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 4g

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and may not be completely accurate.

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Marie Fiebach is a married mother of four active kids. She helps busy families plan and execute weeknight dinner so they can recapture a little calm in the crazy. You can see her every week on KAKE TV’s Good Morning Kakeland or listen to the Feed Your Family Tonight Podcast.

Episode 94 Portable Snacks

Episode 94 Portable Snacks

School may look weird this year for many of us, but many of our kids still have activities. I know that our family still needs to get out of the house and that often means packing snacks.

Our family has a rule that when you get in the car you take a water bottle. Our favorite are the simple modern tumblers and water bottles. My sister had younger kids and really likes the kid’s Yeti water bottles because they have a handle, are dishwasher safe, and are super rugged.

When it comes to portable snacks, you can go with pre-packaged snacks. There is a time and place for just buying individual packages, but today we are going to focus on thinks you package yourself. I often wish I was the parent who has the cute reusable snack bags, but I’m not. I use a combination of plastic baggies. I prefer the fold top for most items, but do use zip top baggies too. My favorite reusable snack containers are the ½ cup round containers by GLAD. I haven’t been able to find them in my local stores, but have found them on Amazon. Check your local store. If they have them the containers are usually by the baggies and plastic wrap.

There are five basic snack categories:

Fruit

Veggies

Meaty/Higher Protein

Salty

Sweet

 

Fruit:

Cut up Apples -If you worry about them turning brown, dip them in a cup of water with a splash of lemon juice. The acid from the lemon juice will keep them from browning.)

Grapes -I like to wash and cut them into small serving size clusters.

Oranges/Cuties – My kids are big enough to peel them, but if your kids are little, you may want to peel the oranges and put them in a container.

Berries- Fresh or frozen berries are a favorite around our house. They tend to get squashed in biggies so I like to put them in a container.

Dried Fruit – I have found dried fruit does not make a very satisfying snack without adding something to it. I like to make my own “Trail Mix” with dried fruit, nuts, seeds, cereals, and sometimes chocolate. (Avoid chocolate in the summer if you worry about melting.)

GORP- Good Old Raisins and Peanuts – My mom would mix white and dark raisins, dry roasted peanuts, and sunflower seeds for a salty-sweet snack that fills you up.

 

Veggies

Baby Carrots – The easiest veggie ever. They are pre-washed and cut and all you do is open a bag.

Carrot Sticks – My kids prefer the taste and texture of carrot sticks that I cut from organic carrots. I like to keep cut up carrots in the refrigerator at all times.

Celery Sticks

Cucumber slices

Mini sweet peppers

Cut up Bell Peppers – My family prefers red, yellow, or orange over green. They seem to be less bitter.

Frozen Veggies – When my kids were little, they would eat defrosted peas and carrots. You can buy them in a blend in the frozen veggie section of the grocery store. Just put the bag in the refrigerator and let them defrost. Serve cold. This works really well for kids who do not prefer cooked veggies.

Smoothie Pops – My kids are not big smoothie fans, but if yours like smoothies, you can put them in silicone molds and they can eat them as popsicles.

 

Meaty/Protein

Hummus – You can buy single serving hummus cups or make your own and put them in single serving containers and use veggie sticks for dipping.

Peanut Butter- Great with crackers or my kids like to dip carrot or celery sticks in peanut butter.

Cheese – Cheese sticks, sliced cheese, cream cheese mixed with herbs or ranch dressing mix.

Summer Sausage

Deli Meat – cut up or rolled up

 

Salty

Popcorn – We like to pop plain kernels in brown paper lunch sacks in the microwave.

Party Mix – This is a special treat in our house.

Homemade Cheese Crackers – These are a special treat too.

Salty Snack Mix – I like to make mini mixes with all sorts of different things. Veggie straws, pirate’s booty, pretzels, goldfish, cereal etc.  You can mix anything you have on hand. It gives different flavors and textures.

Sweet

Brownie Batter Hummus – Chocolate hummus that I like to serve with graham crackers or apple slices.

Granola – I have two recipes. Chocolate Almond Granola and Chai Spiced Granola

Breakfast Cookies – These are super filling. I like to make a big batch and keep them in the freezer for quick snacks. Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Cookies and Breakfast Cookies (made with banana)

Nutty Energy Bars – These are like a homemade larabar, but they have more nuts.

Graham Crackers

 

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Marie Fiebach is a married mother of four active kids. She helps busy families plan and execute weeknight dinner so they can recapture a little calm in the crazy. You can see her every week on KAKE TV’s Good Morning Kakeland or listen to the Feed Your Family Tonight Podcast.

Episode 79 Let’s Talk About Snacks

Have your kids been begging for more snacks now that you are home ALL THE TIME?

This episode has lots of ideas and suggestions for how to handle snacks in your home. My hope is that you will find a nugget or two to try in your home.

Links from this episode:

Episode 16 Real Food on a Budget with Steph Jenkins

Episode 7 Help for Picky Eaters with Dietician Jennifer House

Chai Spiced Granola

Chocolate Almond Granola

Creamy Raspberry Popsicles

Creamy Orange Popsicles

Puppy Chow

Perfect Party Mix

Episode 65 Super Bowl Snacks

Super Bowl parties are all about the food and the commercials. Growing up I have lots of fun memories about Super Bowl foods, especially the blue and orange snowballs my aunt Rose sent me for the 1986 Denver Broncos.

My father loves appetizers and will spend weeks looking up new recipes to try on Super Bowl Sunday.  This year I will be bringing Bacon Wrapped Apricots.

Here are some of the Feed Your Family Tonight recipes that would be great for your Super Bowl party.

BBQ Beef for Kansas City BBQ

Bacon Wrapped Apricots

Cheeseburger Baked Potatoes

Cheese Crackers

Chili

Creamy Lemony Hummus

French Dip Sandwiches

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

Puppy Chow

Ultimate Chicken Nachos

Weeknight Brownies

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Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

My kids are always coming home from school and asking “what’s for snack?” Most days, I tell them to grab a piece of fruit or look at the leftovers in the refrigerator. On occasion I will make something just for a snack.  I don’t like to feed my kids lots of sweets right after school. These puffs are savory and satisfying and make a  perfect for lunch or a hearty snack.

They are very simple to make and pack lots of protein from the eggs and milk. I like to serve them with a little marinara sauce. (I usually use one from a jar.) They come together start to finish in under 25 minutes and are totally addictive!

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

Cooking Spray

5 oz Bag Turkey Pepperoni, chopped

1 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

1 Cup Milk (I use whole milk.)

6 eggs

1 Cup White Whole Wheat Flour

1/2 teaspoon Coarse Sea Salt

1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder

1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning

Marinara Sauce for dipping (optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 425.

Spray 24 muffin cups with cooking spray. Divide the chopped turkey pepperoni evenly among the 24 muffin cups. Then, divide the cheese evenly among the muffin cups being careful to keep it in the center of each cup. (If it touches the edges, it can stick and make the puffs difficult to release from the pan.)

In a blender, add the milk, eggs, flour, salt, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning. Blend for 20 seconds, scrape down the sides if necessary and blend another 10-20 seconds. Pour the batter over the cheese and pepperoni in each muffin cup.

Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. They will puff up and the edges will start to brown. Carefully remove from muffin pans and serve immediately with warm marinara sauce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 28: Summer Food Game Plan

Summer is upon us and with the kids coming home from school it is time to get a game plan to make feeding your family easier this summer.

Take some time to plan for:

                Lunches- I use planned leftovers and pantry staples like hot dogs and macaroni and cheese.

                Snacks- Do you need portable snacks for the pool or outings? I let my kids have 1 “packaged” snack per day and then it is fruit and veggies. Or follow Steph Jenkin’s snack rule of “fruit, veggie, nuts, or raisins.”

                Dinner- You will want some quick and easy meals for when you have had days full of activities. It is also a good time to try new recipes because the evenings are a little slower in the summer.

                Treats- Will you go for ice cream or ride your bike to the local pizza place? Our family has a tradition of “fry days” where I break out a deep fryer and make treats like corn dogs and funnel cakes

                Drinks- Make sure everyone in the family gets in the habit of taking a water bottle with them every time you leave the house.

Make a large shopping trip and stock up on staples so you can be ready for the summer.