Kid Friendly Corn Dog Muffins

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The kids love hotdogs & they love corn bread so this was right up their alley! For some reason they were a little doughy right above the hotdog, but the kids didn’t care! Willa liked that the hotdog was hiding in her muffin!

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

Recipe makes 6-9 muffins

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I used Jiffy corn muffin mix & Harvest Farms beef franks.

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Mix corn muffin mix according to package directions. Fill muffin pan half full. Cut each hotdog into 3 pieces & place on top of each muffin.

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Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes. The hotdogs disappear!

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Enjoy! Serve with their favorite dipping sauce!

Grilled Chicken & Strawberry Kale Salad w/ Feta, Asparagus, & Candied Cashews

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Sweet, salty, savory, & a bit tangy all in 1 salad! This was so good! The thing I love most about kale salads is that you can mix up a huge salad, dressing & all, & eat on it for days without it getting soggy like most salads do.

Recipe makes 8 servings
1 serving = 2 cups = 8 weight watchers points+ = 7 weight watchers smart points

Ingredients –
1 1/2 lbs skinless boneless chicken breasts (I marinated mine in italian dressing for about 2 hours)
6 cups raw kale stems removed & torn into bite size pieces
2 cups sliced strawberries
1 large bunch of asparagus ends trimmed, blanched, & chopped
3 oz reduced fat crumbled feta cheese
1 cup candied cashews (recipe below)
1 cup strawberry balsamic vinaigrette (I used one by Maple Grove Farms of Vermont)

Candied Cashews Ingredients –
1 cup cashews
1 tbsp light butter
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp light brown sugar

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For the candied cashews melt butter in a pan over medium heat. Once melted stir in cashews, honey, & brown sugar. Reduce heat & simmer for about 5 minutes stirring occasionally.

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Pour out onto parchment paper to cool.

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Grill the chicken & let cool before chopping into bite size pieces. Stir together kale, chicken, feta, strawberries, blanched asparagus, candied cashews, & dressing.

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Enjoy!

Kid Friendly Cinnamon Bites

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These were tasty & super easy to make! The kids thought they were donuts!

Recipe makes 32 bites
1 bite = 1 weight watchers points+
= 2 weight watchers smart points

Ingredients –
1 pkg Pillsbury Grands Homestyle Biscuits (I used flaky layers butter tastin variety)
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Non stick cooking spray

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Cut each biscuit into 4 pieces & roll into balls.

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Stir together cinnamon & sugar. Spray bites with non stick cooking spray. Toss in cinnamon sugar mixture to coat.

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Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

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Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes.

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Enjoy!

Healthy Broccoli “Tots”

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Ok so mine are more like broccoli lumps, but who has time to stand there & shape each one into a tot? These were really good especially with some ketchup to dip them in!

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

Recipe made about 30 “tots” (if you actually form them into tots you will probably get way more)
1 serving = 2 tots = 1 weight watchers points+
= 1 weight watchers smart points

Ingredients –
1 lb uncooked broccoli
1/4 cup onion diced
1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
1/3 cup italian seasoned bread crumbs
1/3 cup 2% shredded sharp cheddar
2 eggs
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

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Chop broccoli up a bit. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add broccoli & cook for 1 minute only.

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Using a large slatted spoon remove broccoli from pan & immediately put into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain well.

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In small batches put broccoli & onion in food processor.

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In a large bowl mix together broccoli, onion, bread crumbs, cheese, eggs, salt, & pepper.

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I used a large cookie scoop & then formed them into a ball in my hand. I layed them out on a parchment paper lined baking sheet & then pressed them down a little. As a said before you can shape them into tots if you would like but this Momma doesn’t have time for that!

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Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 25-30 minutes.

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Enjoy!

Ginger Sesame Chicken Chopped Salad

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This is so delicious & healthy! I wasn’t sure I was going to like the raw cabbage but it was a nice change from the romaine, spinach, & kale I normally use in my salads.

Recipe makes 7 servings
1 serving = 2 cups = 6 weight watchers points+ = 6 weight watchers smart points

Marinade & Dressing Ingredients –
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup toasted sesame oil
2 tbsp minced ginger
2 tbsp hoisin sauce
1 tsp sriracha
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup chopped green onion

Salad Ingredients –
1 lb skinless boneless chicken breasts
1 lb cabbage chopped
2 cups matchstick carrots
3 chopped green onions
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1 tbsp sesame seeds

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Whisk together soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, hoisin sauce, ginger, sriracha, & salt.
Place chicken breasts in a large zip lock bag. Pour 1/4 cup marinade into bag. Shake around until chicken is coated. Let marinate for about 30 minutes outside of the fridge.

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Stir rice vinegar & 1/4 cup chopped green onion into the marinade. Set aside. This will be used as the salad dressing.

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Toast slivered almonds & sesame seeds in a pan over medium heat. Set aside & let cool.

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After 30 minutes grill your chicken. Let it cool for a bit & then chop it up.

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Toss together cabbage, carrots, green onions, toasted almonds & sesame seeds, grilled chicken, & dressing.

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Enjoy!

Kid Friendly Pizza Muffins

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These were so easy to make & the kids loved them!

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

Recipe makes 16 servings
1 serving = 1 pizza muffin = 4 weight watchers points+ (doesn’t include toppings)
= 5 weight watchers smart points

Ingredients –
1 pkg Pillsbury Grands Homestyle Biscuits (I used the butter tastin’ variety)
1 cup marinara or pizza sauce (I used Newman’s Own Marinara)
2 cups part skim shredded mozzarella
Toppings of choice (I added mini pepperoni to a few of mine, but my kids prefer plain cheese pizza)

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Spray 2 muffins tins with non stick cooking spray. Separate each biscuit into 2 & press each into the muffin tin. Spoon 1 tbsp sauce onto dough. Sprinkle 2 tbsp cheese on top. Add toppings.

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Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes.

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Enjoy!

Greek Chicken Salad

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This is my new favorite chicken salad. It can be used in a sandwich, wrap, on a salad, or on it’s own!

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

Recipe makes 10 servings
1 serving = 1/2 cup = 2 weight watchers points+
= 2 weight watchers smart points

Ingredients –
1 lb skinless boneless chicken breasts
1 cup grape tomatoes sliced
1 cup cucumber peeled & diced
1/2 cup diced red onion
1/4 cup kalamata olives pitted & chopped
3 oz reduced fat crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup non fat greek yogurt
1/4 cup fat free sour cream
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried dill
1 clove garlic minced
Salt & pepper to taste
1 tbsp lemon juice

Cook & shred your chicken. I boiled mine & then shred it once it had cooled.

In a large mixing bowl add shredded chicken, tomatoes, cucumber, olives, onion, & feta.

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In a small bowl stir together yogurt, sour cream, parsley, dill, garlic, salt, pepper, & lemon juice.

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Stir dressing into remaining ingredients in large mixing bowl.
Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa Tacos

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This had a very interesting combination of flavors. I liked it, but next time I will probably use a chuck roast because the top round roast was a little dry. This makes a ton so be prepared to have leftovers!
According to the original recipe this is a copycat Chipotle recipe.

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

Recipe makes 20 servings
1 serving = 1/4 cup shredded beef (enough for at least 1 taco) = 3 weight watchers points+
=3 weight watchers smart points

Ingredients –
2.5 lb beef top round roast
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 1/4 cup beef broth
3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
6 cloves garlic
1 1/2 tbsp ground cumin
1 tbsp dried oregano
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp ground cloves
3 bay leaves
1/4 cup fresh lime juice (I totally forgot to put this in!)

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Cut roast into 6 portions. Heat 1 tbsp vegetable oil in a skillet & cook 3 portions until browned on both sides. Place those 3 portions into your crockpot. (make sure it has been sprayed with non stick cooking spray) Heat 1 more tbsp of vegetable oil in the skillet & brown the remaining 3 pieces of beef.

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Try to make a single layer in your crock pot with the portions of beef.

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In a food processor blend chipotle peppers, 1/4 cup beef broth, & garlic.

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Once pureed whisk together with remaining 1 cup beef broth & remaining spices. (Don’t add lime juice or bay leaves)

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Pour mixture over beef, place bay leaves between pieces of beef, & cook on low for 8-9 hours.

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Remove beef & shred.

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Return shredded beef to the crock pot & set to warm for 30 minutes.

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Stir in 1/4 cup lime juice. (i forgot this step) Use a slotted spoon to remove shredded beef & serve! Make sure to find the bay leaves before you serve it.

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I served mine with carb balance tortillas, lettuce, tomatoes, fresh green tomato salsa, sour cream, & shredded cheese.

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Enjoy!

Kid Friendly Pancake Bites

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As a stay-at-home Momma I struggle to find new & different meals for the kids, but they get bored easily. This was a nice way to switch it up a bit. They look like muffins, but taste like pancakes! These were much less time consuming then standing by the stove waiting to flip each one also.

In case you are like me & can’t resist them they are 1 weight watchers points+ & 1 weight watchers smart point each if you make them with regular bisquik.

Recipe makes about 24 pancakes bites

Ingredients –
1 cup bisquik
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
Blueberries or any other fruit or filling you want to throw in.

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Mix up your pancake batter. Spray a mini muffin pan with non stick cooking spray. Fill each spot half full. I filled mine a little too much so I didn’t quite get 24. Add fruit or any other filling.

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Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes.

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Enjoy!
Serve with syrup for dipping or on their own!

Denver Baked Omelet

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This was delicious & so easy to make! I will definitely be making this again!

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

Recipe makes 6 servings
1 serving = 4 weight watchers points+
= 5 weight watchers smart points

Ingredients –
8 oz John Morrell diced ham
1 cup diced bell pepper (I used some green & some yellow)
1/2 yellow onion diced
1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup fancy shredded 2% sharp cheddar
2 1/4 cups egg beaters or better’n eggs
Salt & pepper to taste

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Spray a 2 1/2 quart baking dish with non stick cooking spray. Spread diced ham along the bottom.

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Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Toss diced onion & pepper in & cook for several minutes or until softened.

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Spread cooked onion & peppers over ham in baking dish.

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Spread shredded cheese over the peppers & onions.

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Pour egg beaters over everything in the baking dish. Season with salt & pepper.

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Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for about 30 minutes or until the middle barely has any jiggle left.
Let it rest for a few minutes before cutting & serving.

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Enjoy!