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If there is one thing we all need, it’s super easy recipes - the type a kid could pull together. You can also make these using regular flour or spelt flour and they’ll work fine.

2 cups oats

1 cup whole wheat flour

½ cup sugar

½ cup brown sugar

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ cup chocolate chips

1 tablespoon vanilla sugar or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs

½ cup oil

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a bowl, or directly in a greased 9- x 13-inch baking pan, mix dry ingredients first with a fork, then mix in the 2 wet ingredients.
  3. Bake for 25 minutes. Cut into squares while warm. Let cool and separate.

Note: If you cut this into 24 squares, each square is 80 calories.

The Easiest Creamiest No-Pot Ziti

When I first learned this no-pot trick for making ziti my first thought was, “Where was this dish my whole life?” Sure, ziti is easy enough, but no pot ziti is even better. Way better.

1 9- x 13-inch pan

1 teaspoon salt

1 pound penne pasta (raw)

1 (26 ounce) jar pasta sauce

¾ - 1 (26 ounce) jar water (after emptying the sauce)

12 ounces (about 1 ½ cups) cheese

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Add the pasta in an even layer to a 9- x 13-inch baking pan.
  3. Add salt and sauce. Fill the jar with water (either ¾ to completely full) and add to the pan.
  4. Add most of the cheese and mix to combine. Add more cheese on top (or mix all of it in). Cover and bake for 90 minutes (then leave the house and come home to a hot fresh dish!).
  5. If you like it crisp, uncover and bake a little longer to let the top brown and bubble and noodles crisp up a bit.

Here’s some pointers when preparing this no-pot creamy ziti:

*I used penne because I like the thinner noodle, but you can try it with actual ziti too.

*If you like your ziti soft, you can just mix in all the cheese, you don’t need to leave some on top. If you like it crispy, leave some on top, because then you can just crisp up the ziti for cooking it a little longer uncovered.

*We made this with both ¾ - 1 full jar of water. If you and your kids love a creamy ziti, a full jar is fine. If you prefer a firmer noodle, go with the smaller amount.