Hashbrown, Spinach, & Tomato Pie

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We really liked this! My husband said it needed sausage or something, but I liked it the way it was!

Original recipe from http://www.diethood.com

Recipe makes 6 servings
1 serving = 4 weight watchers points+

Ingredients –
2 cups simply potatoes hashbrowns
2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup grape tomatoes
3 cups firmly packed fresh spinach
2 cloves garlic minced
1 cup shredded part skim mozzarella divided
1 cup egg beaters or better’n eggs
1/4 cup skim milk
Pinch of nutmeg
Salt & pepper to taste

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Spray a 9 inch pie plate with cooking spray. Press hashbrowns into pie plate. Sprinkle with salt & pepper. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 10 minutes.

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Once hashbrowns come out of oven sprinkle with 1/2 cup mozzarella.

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Heat oil in a pan & saute the tomatoes & spinach.

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Once the spinach has cooked down add garlic & cook another minute.

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Spoon on top of hashbrowns & cheese.

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Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top of the spinach & tomatoes.

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Whisk together eggs, milk, nutmeg, salt, & pepper. Pour evenly over hashbrowns, spinach, tomatoes, & cheese.

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Bake in the preheated 375 degree oven for 30-35 minutes.

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Let sit for 10 minutes before cutting & serving.

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Enjoy!

Apple Oat Muffins

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This recipe is a keeper in our house! They are easy to make, filling, healthy, & even the kids liked them!

Recipe makes 12 muffins
2 muffins = 5 weight watchers points+

Ingredients –
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
2 cups peeled & shredded apples
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup vanilla soy milk or skim milk (same amount of points)
1/4 cup truvia brown sugar blend

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Stir together dry ingredients. In a separate bowl stir together wet ingredients. Combine dry & wet ingredients in a large bowl.

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Spoon into muffin tin that has been generously sprayed with non stick cooking spray.

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Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 12-15 minutes.

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Enjoy!

Mango Peach Frozen Yogurt

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I have made this 2 nights in a row for dessert because everyone gobbled it up! I am pretty sure you could make it with any frozen fruit, but I stuck with mango & peach both times. It’s creamy, cold, sweet, & a real treat… that’s healthy!

Entire recipe = 5 weight watchers points+ (unless you are counting points for blended fruit which I am not)

Ingredients –
1 cup non fat greek yogurt
1 cup frozen diced mango
1 cup frozen sliced peaches
1/2 cup vanilla soy milk
1 tbsp truvia

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Blend all ingredients together in the food processor until smooth.

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Serve right away if you like it really soft.

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Freeze for a few hours if you want it firmer.

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Enjoy! Willa sure did!

Kale Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken

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I never thought I would love raw kale salads so much, but I am really loving them! This was pretty easy to put together & my husband & I both loved it!

Original recipe from http://www.bevcooks.com

Recipe makes 6 servings (I just eye it)
1 serving = 8 weight watchers points+

Ingredients –
8 cups chopped kale stems removed
2 cups cubed crusty french bread
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste
1 egg yolk
2 tsp dijon mustard
2 tsp anchovy paste
1/3 cup olive oil
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup shredded parmesan
1 lb chopped grilled chicken

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Heat 1 tbsp olive oil over medium high heat. Toss cubed bread into pan. Sprinkle with salt & pepper. Stir around & cook until nice & toasted.

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Remove croutons from pan & set aside. I couldn’t keep my fingers out of these! They are so good!

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In a small bowl whisk together egg yolk, anchovy paste, olive oil, dijon mustard, worcestershire sauce, & 1/3 cup olive oil.

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Once combined stir in parmesan cheese.

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Pour dressing over kale & toss until kale is well coated. Then toss in croutons & grilled chicken & serve.
Enjoy!

My Favorite Breakfast Scramble

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There are tons of different ways to make this, but this is by far my favorite combination!

Recipe makes 1 large serving
1 serving = 5 weight watchers points+

Ingredients –
Red onion diced
Green bell pepper diced
2 apple maple chicken sausage
Spinach
1/2 cup egg beaters or better’n eggs
1/4 cup shredded part skim mozzarella
Salt & pepper to taste

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I dice a whole onion & green pepper & keep them in the fridge so I don’t have to do it every morning.

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Spray a pan with non stick cooking spray. Saute onions & green pepper until tender.

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These are my favorite breakfast sausage. They make a country style one too.

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Toss sliced up sausage in pan & stir around.

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Pile as much spinach in the pan as you can. Once it starts to wilt slowly start to stir it into your sausage, onion, & pepper.

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It will cook way down.

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Once everything is pretty well cooked pour in your egg beaters. Season with salt & pepper.

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You can try to make it into an omelet, but there isn’t quite enough egg to hold mine together.

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Once the egg is fully cooked top with cheese. Once it starts to melt stir it in & serve.

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Enjoy!

5 Spice Roasted Butternut Squash

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Vegan, gluten free, & delicious! These have such a great combination of flavors. Sweet, spicy, & rich. They were a really great side dish. This was my first time working with 5 spice & I am positive it won’t be my last!

I didn’t realize that the 5 spice already had pepper in it so I used 1/2 tsp pepper & they turned out a bit too peppery. I will leave it out next time.

Original recipe from http://www.tasteloveandnourish.com

Recipe makes 4 large servings
1 serving = 2 weight watchers points+

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Ingredients –
2 1/2 – 3 lb butternut squash
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp pure maple syrup
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper (I would leave this out if I were you)
1 1/2 tsp 5 spice

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Remove seeds, peel, & cube your butternut squash. Place on a large baking sheet.

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Drizzle olive oil & maple syrup over squash & sprinkle spices on top. Using your hands mix it all up until all of the squash seems to be well coated.

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Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 30-40 minutes stirring once halfway through.

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Enjoy!

Skinny Chocolate Mousse

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If you read my post for skinny decedent chocolate cake this was actually the frosting… but as I was eating a piece the other day I found myself only wanting the frosting. It actually resembles mousse more than frosting anyways! It’s amazing… for real.

Recipe makes 4 servings
1 serving = 2 weight watchers points+ (doesn’t include chocolate chips)

Ingredients –
1 pkg light cool whip
3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

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Whisk ingredients together in a large bowl. That’s it!

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Enjoy!

Turkey Meatballs

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These were super easy & delicious!  I served mine over spaghetti, but they would work in a sub or even on their own!

Original recipe from http://www.skinnymom.com

Recipe makes 8 servings
1 serving = 3 meatballs = 4 weight watchers points+

Ingredients –
1 lb 93% lean ground turkey
3 tbsp olive oil divided
1 yellow onion diced
1 clove garlic minced
1/4 cup egg beaters or better’n eggs
1/3 cup italian seasoned bread crumbs

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Saute onion & garlic in 1 tbsp olive oil. Once onion is translucent remove from heat & let cool a bit.

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In a large bowl mix together turkey, eggs, bread crumbs, & cooled onion & garlic. Mixing with your hands works best.

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Press meat mixture firmly into a large cookie scoop. I was able to get 24 meatballs out of it.

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Spread 2 tbsp olive oil in a 13×9 pan. Place pan in oven while it preheats to 350.
Once preheated remove pan & place meatballs in the hot oil.

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Place pan back in oven & cook meatballs for about 30 minutes.

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Enjoy!

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Henry loved them!

Spinach & Artichoke Quinoa Bake

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If you like spinach artichoke dip then you are going to love this stuff. It’s a bit labor intensive, but it makes a ton & it is so worth it!

Original recipe from http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com

Recipe makes 12 servings
1 serving = 5 weight watchers points+

Ingredients –
4 cups cooked quinoa
1 tbsp olive oil
1 yellow onion diced
2 cloves garlic minced
9 oz fresh spinach
14 oz can quartered artichoke hearts chopped
3 tbsp butter ( I used Challenge light butter )
3 tbsp all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups skim milk
1/3 cup cream cheese ( I used Green Mountain Farms cream cheese & greek yogurt blend)
1 1/2 cups shredded part skim mozzarella divided
4 tbsp butter melted ( again I used Challenge light butter )
3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup shredded parmesan
2 oz crumbled feta

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Saute onion and garlic in olive oil over medium high heat until tender.

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Once tender add spinach to the pan.

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It will wilt & cook down pretty quickly.

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Stir in chopped artichoke hearts. Remove pan from heat & set to the side.

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In another pan whisk together 3 tbsp butter & 3 tbsp flour over medium low heat until a paste forms.

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Whisk in milk. Increase heat to medium high. Whisk constantly as it comes to a boil.

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It should thicken pretty quickly once it comes to a boil. Whisk in cream cheese.

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Gradually whisk in 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella until smooth.

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In a large bowl stir together cooked quinoa, spinach & artichoke mixture, & cheese sauce. Once combined stir in the remaining 1 cup shredded mozzarella.

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Spread into a greased 13×9 pan & sprinkle with feta cheese.

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In a small bowl stir together 4 tbsp melted butter, panko, & shredded parmesan.

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Sprinkle over the top.

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Cover with foil & bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.  Remove foil & bake for another 20-25 minutes.

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Enjoy!

Skinny Decadent Chocolate Cake

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I never thought I could eat so much cake & still loose weight!  I love it! This is so good! The cake was a bit drier than I expected, but the frosting made up for that.

Recipe makes 12 large servings
1 serving = 4 weight watchers points+

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Ingredients –
1 chocolate cake mix
1/4 cup egg beaters or better’n eggs
1 can coca cola zero or diet coke
1 container light whipped topping
3 tbsp cocoa powder

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Mix together cake mix, egg beaters, & coke until most of the lumps are gone.

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Pour into a greased 13×9 pan.

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Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20-30 minutes.

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While cake is baking whisk together whipped topping & cocoa powder.  Careful cause it can be a bit messy.

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Once the cake is cool top with chocolate whipped topping. I added some mini chocolate chips, but they aren’t necessary.

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Try to keep little fingers out of it if possible!

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Enjoy!