Mini Skinny Chocolate Cupcakes

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This recipe is similar to my skinny decedent chocolate cake but that one was a bit high in weight watchers points+ so I made them into mini cupcakes & just used cool whip for the frosting. They helped with my chocolate craving & it made a ton so I froze most of them so that when I have another craving I can just thaw a few.

Recipe made 4 dozen mini cupcakes
1 mini cupcake = 1 weight watchers points+ (it’s actually a bit less than 1 point but I just count it as 1)

Ingredients –
1 Pillsbury chocolate cake mix
1/4 cup egg beaters or better’n eggs
12 oz coke zero or diet coke
8 oz fat free whipped topping/ cool whip

Stir together cake mix, egg beaters, & coke zero.

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Fill greased mini muffin pans.

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Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes or until tooth pick inserted into the center comes out clean.

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Once cool top with 2 tbsp cool whip.
Enjoy!

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Henry sure did!

Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili

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I know it’s time to put away the soup & stew recipes until fall, but I made this tonight & had to share. The combination of flavors is really good!

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

Recipe makes 5 servings
1 serving = about 2 cups = 5 weight watchers points+

Ingredients –
1 lb sweet potatoes peeled & chopped
1 yellow onion diced
1 green bell pepper diced
1 tbsp olive oil
4 cloves garlic minced
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
2 tbsp chili powder
2- 15 oz cans black beans drained & rinsed well
28 oz can diced tomatoes  (not drained)
2 cups vegetable broth
Salt & pepper to taste

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Saute onion, green pepper, & sweet potato in olive oil until onion is tender (about 5 minutes).  Stir in garlic & spices & continue to cook for another minute.

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Next stir in black beans, tomatoes with juice, & vegetable broth.
Bring to a boil & simmer for 30 minutes or until sweet potatoes are tender.

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Enjoy!

Apple Banana Quinoa Breakfast Cups

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Sweet, filling, healthy, & delicious!

Original recipe from http://www.pumps&iron.com

Recipe makes 12 servings
1 serving = 3 weight watchers points+

Ingredients –
1 cup cooked quinoa
2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats (I ran out & had to sub some quick oats)
1 tsp cinnamon
3 mashed bananas
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/2 cup honey or agave syrup
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup vanilla soy milk
2 apples cored, peeled, & chopped
1 banana sliced

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Stir together mashed bananas, applesauce, milk, honey or agave, & vanilla extract.

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In a separate bowl stir together cooked quinoa, oats, & cinnamon.

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Slowly stir together the wet & dry ingredients.

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Stir in chopped apple.

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Spoon & lightly press into a greased muffin pan. Top with banana slices.

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Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.
Let cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan.

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Enjoy!

Turkey Bacon Cheeseburger Crustless Quiche

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If you are craving a bacon cheeseburger this is great healthy alternative!

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

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

Ingredients –
3 slices turkey bacon cooked
1/2 lb extra lean ground turkey
1 tbsp olive oil
1 small yellow onion diced
1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
3 tbsp ketchup
1 cup 2% shredded cheddar cheese divided
1 1/2 cups egg beaters or better’n eggs
1/2 cup 1% milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp ground mustard

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Chop the turkey bacon up into bite sized pieces & set aside.

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Heat oil in a pan & cook turkey & onion together in it. Once the turkey is fully cooked & onion is tender remove from heat & stir in worcestershire sauce, ketchup, & bacon.

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Spread evenly in a greased 9″ pie plate.

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Sprinkle with half the cheese.

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Whisk together egg beaters, milk, salt, pepper, & ground mustard.

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Pour egg mixture over top & then sprinkle with remaining cheese.

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Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 30-40 minutes.

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Enjoy!

Mini Skinny Key Lime Pies

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It’s been warm & sunny here the last couple days so I thought some key lime pie would be perfect. They are scrumptious!

I followed the original recipe closely but according to that recipe it was supposed to produce 12-15 of them & I only got 6. Because I only got 6 of them they ended up high in weight watcher points.  I can’t imagine how high they would have been if I hadn’t skinnyfied them.

I think next time I will make them in a mini muffin tin so I get more out of the recipe & they are lower in weight watcher points. 

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

Recipe made 6 pies
1 pie = 9 weight watchers points+

Crust Ingredients –
6 low fat honey graham crackers (1 1/2 cups crumbs)
5 tbsp Land O’ Lakes light butter melted
1 tbsp truvia
1 tbsp lime zest

Filling Ingredients –
1/4 cup whipped cream cheese & greek yogurt blend
1 tbsp lime zest
1 14 oz can fat free sweetened condensed milk
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup key lime juice (almost a full pound of key limes)
Pinch of salt

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Crush up your graham crackers. I used my handy dandy mix & chop from pampered chef, but you could also crush them in a zip lock bag or in a food processor.

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Mix together graham cracker crumbs, truvia, melted butter, & lime zest.

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Press 2 tbsp of graham cracker mixture into each muffin tin. I suggest using papers in them.
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 8 minutes. Set aside to cool afterwards.

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Stir together softened cream cheese & lime zest.

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Using a mixer blend cream cheese & lime zest mixture with sweetened condensed milk, egg yolk, salt, & lime juice.

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Once graham cracker crusts have cooled spoon 1/4 cup of filling into each muffin paper.
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes. Put in fridge for at least an hour to set.

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Enjoy!

Roasted Red Pepper, Tomato, & Arugula Pasta

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We really liked this! I do think next time I will use less pasta & more veggies. It came together pretty quickly & was easy to make.

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

Recipe makes 6 large servings
1 serving = 5 weight watchers points+

Ingredients –
8 oz barilla white fiber mini shell pasta
2 tsp olive oil divided
1 clove garlic minced
1 shallot minced
1 1/2 cup grape tomatoes halved
1/2 cup roasted red peppers chopped
1/4 cup fresh basil
3 cups fresh arugula
3 oz fresh mozzarella
1/4 cup shredded parmesan
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Prepare noodles according to package directions.

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Heat 1 tsp olive oil in a pan & saute garlic & shallot in it until softened.

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Add tomatoes, red peppers, basil, smoked paprika, salt & pepper to the pan. Cook until tomatoes are softened.

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Add arugula, drizzle with remaining 1 tsp olive oil, & stir .

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Once the arugula has wilted stir in mozzarella.

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Add noodles & stir until combined.

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Top with shredded parmesan.

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Enjoy!

Mini Applesauce Muffins

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I love muffins… like so much. These turned out really good! I didn’t take many pictures while making them because I had a little “helper” & if I took my eyes off the bowl who knows what would have ended up in there!

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

Recipe made 3 dozen mini muffins
1 muffin = 1.25 weight watchers points+

Ingredients –
1/2 cup Land O’ Lakes light butter softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup egg beaters or better’n eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt

Topping –
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

Using a mixer cream together butter & sugar until fluffy. Add eggs & vanilla & continue to beat until combined. Stir in applesauce.

Add dry ingredients & stir until combined.

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Spray a mini muffin tin with non stick cooking spray. Fill 3/4 full with batter. Stir together cinnamon & sugar for topping. Sprinkle on top of each muffin.

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Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes or until tooth pick inserted into the center comes out clean.

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Enjoy!

Lemon Asparagus Couscous Salad with Tomatoes

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This was a really nice side dish! I couldn’t find pearl couscous so I just used whole wheat couscous. I felt like it needed a spice but I couldn’t figure out what spice to add to it. We still really liked it though.

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

Recipe made 6 servings
Entire recipe = 7 weight watchers points+

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Ingredients –
3/4 cup cooked & cooled
whole wheat couscous
1 lb thin asparagus tough ends trimmed
1 1/2 cup grape tomatoes halved (I quartered any large ones)
1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped
1/4 cup red onion diced
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste

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Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Place asparagus in boiling water & cook for 3 minutes. After 3 minutes pour into a colander & rinse with cold water. Once cooled off cut into 1/2″ slices.

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Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Serve cold.
Enjoy!

Coffee Fluff

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This is a vintage Weight Watchers recipe from 1966.

I am super addicted to strong coffee… just like most Momma’s to little ones are. This was such a yummy little afternoon treat that gave me a boost of energy! 

This is technically 0 weight watchers points+ per serving, but it does have sugar in it so I am counting it as 1 point per serving.

I suggest using strong brewed coffee, but not espresso like I used. It was almost a little too strong.

Ingredients –
1 1/2 cups strong brewed coffee or espresso
1/2 cup cold water
1 packet unflavored gelatin
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Dash of salt
Fat free whipped topping  (I used Reddi Whip)

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Pour gelatin into 1/2 cup cold water to soften in & then pour it into hot coffee. Stir until dissolved. Add vanilla, sugar, & salt. Place in fridge for 2 hours. It will get thick & syrupy.

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Blend in blender until it doubles in size. Pour into 6 small dessert dishes.
Place in fridge for another hour or until it firms up.

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I was worried mine was going to firm up but it did! It got so fluffy!

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Put whipped cream on top & enjoy!

Apple Cinnamon Energy Bites

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I love energy bites. It’s great to be able to grab one out of the fridge whenever I need a pick-me-up. These are delicious!

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

Recipe made 13 energy bites
1 bite = 2 weight watchers points+

Ingredients –
1 cup dried apples (not freeze dried)
5 medjool dates pitted
1/2 cup oven roasted almonds
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1 tbsp maple syrup
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp all spice  (I used pumpkin pie spice )
2 tbsp water

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Soak dates in hot water for 10 minutes.

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Put all ingredients in a food processor & blend until a thick dough forms.

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I used a large cookie scoop to make sure they were all about the same size. Roll into balls. Store in an air tight container in the fridge.

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Enjoy!