No-Bake Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats

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You can’t forget the pups! Not only are these easy to make, but they are actually good for them! Pumpkin aids in digestion, cinnamon is anti-inflammatory so it is great for senior dogs, oats are high in protein & fiber, & peanut butter is high in protein & dogs love it!

Recipe adapted from http://www.peanutbutterandpeppers.com

Recipe makes about 3 dozen treats (depending on how large you make each one)

Ingredients-
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 tbsp agave
1 tsp cinnamon
2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats

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Stir together peanut butter, pumpkin, agave, & cinnamon until smooth.

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Stir in oats. Place bowl in fridge for 30-60 minutes or until dough is firm enough to handle.

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Roll into balls. I did mine about 1 inch thick. Place on a wax paper lined baking pan.
Place in the fridge for 2 hours or until firm.

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Jasper thinks waiting is the hardest part…

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Let your pups enjoy!

Skinny Banana Zucchini Muffins

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I have a ton of shredded zucchini in the freezer from last year’s garden that I need to use up so I decided to whip up some muffins today! These turned out really good! The mashed bananas take the place of oil & add sweetness!

Recipe makes about 15 muffins
1 muffin = 3 weight watchers smart points = 100 calories

Ingredients –
1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini
2 ripe bananas mashed
1/2 cup egg beaters or better’n eggs
1/4 cup plain nonfat greek yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup truvia brown sugar blend
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 tbsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

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In a small bowl whisk together egg beaters, greek yogurt, vanilla extract, & truvia.

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Stir mashed banana & shredded zucchini into egg mixture.

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In a large bowl whisk together flours, baking soda & powder, cinnamon, & salt.

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Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients.

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Spoon into a muffin tin that has been sprayed with non stick cooking spray. Fill about 2/3 full.

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Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 20-25 minutes.

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Enjoy!

Chicken Cordon Bleu Bake

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This had really good flavor & was easy to put together. It seemed a bit soupy so I may use less milk next time I make it.

Recipe adapted from
http://www.77wwrecipes.blogspot.com

Recipe makes 10 servings
1 serving = 7 weight watchers smart points

Ingredients-
12 oz skinless boneless chicken breasts
16 oz John Hormel diced or julien cut ham (I used both)
1 pkg Stovetop Reduced Sodium chicken stuffing mix
4 tbsp Land O’ Lakes Light Butter
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup shredded swiss cheese divided
1 cup 1% milk
1 can 98% fat free cream of mushroom soup
Salt & pepper to taste

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Cook chicken & cut into bite sized pieces. I boiled mine & then stuck them in the fridge until I was ready for them.
Spread into the bottom of a 13×9 dish that has been sprayed with non stick cooking spray.

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Spread ham on top of chicken.

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Sprinkle 3/4 cup of swiss cheese on top of ham.

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Whisk together cream of mushroom soup & milk. Pour mixture over top of chicken, ham, & cheese.

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Make stuffing mix according to package directions using light butter & water.
Spread prepared stuffing over the top & sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup swiss cheese.

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Cover with foil & bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 35 minutes.
Remove foil & continue baking for another 10-15 minutes.

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Enjoy!

Strawberry Lemon Chia Seed Protein Mini Muffins

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Strawberries, lemon, & chia seeds? Yes please! These are delicious & healthy at the same time! The kids gobbled them up!

Recipe adapted from http://www.amyshealthybaking.com

Recipe makes 3 dozen mini muffins
2 mini muffins = 1 weight watchers smart point

Ingredients-
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp coconut flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp chia seeds
Zest of 1 lemon
1 tbsp mashed banana  (unsweetened applesauce would work too)
1/4 cup egg beaters or better’n eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt
1/4 cup truvia brown sugar blend
3 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2 scoops vanilla whey protein powder  (I used Designer Whey)
1 cup sliced strawberries

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In a small bowl whisk together coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, chia seeds, & lemon zest.

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In a large bowl stir together mashed banana, egg beaters, & vanilla.

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Stir in greek yogurt.

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Stir in truvia, lemon juice, & almond milk.

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Whisk protein powder into mixture until smooth.

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Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients.

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Fold in strawberries.

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Spoon into a mini muffin pan that has been sprayed with non stick cooking spray. Fill about 2/3 full.

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Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 12-15 minutes.

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Let cool for about 10 minutes before removing from pan.

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Enjoy!

Pan Seared Tuna Steaks w/ Lemon Dill Sauce

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Until a few years ago I thought the only way to eat tuna was from a can. I am not a huge fan of canned tuna & I usually have to mix quite a bit of stuff with it so I don’t actually taste the tuna. Tuna steaks however are absolutely delicious! I may have overcooked these a bit because I was scared of the pink center, but they were still really good!

Recipe adapted from http://www.wonkywonderful.com

Recipe makes 4 servings
1 serving = 4 weight watchers smart points

Ingredients-
20 oz Ahi tuna steak
2 tbsp olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tbsp chopped fresh dill
1 tbsp whole grain dijon mustard
1 tsp honey
1 Pinch of salt

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Generously salt & pepper both sides of tuna.

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Heat olive oil over medium high heat. Place tuna into pan.

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Cook for 2-5 minutes per side depending on the thickness of the steak.

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Meanwhile whisk together lemon juice, dill, dijon, honey, & salt. Set it aside.

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Once tuna is done place on a platter & pour sauce over top.
Enjoy!

Skinny Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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This was so good that the kids ran around licking the spatula like it was cookie dough! We all loved it!

Recipe makes 6 servings
1 serving = 2/3 cup = 4 weight watchers smart points

Ingredients-
3 medium sweet potatoes peeled & roughly chopped (mine totalled 1 1/2 lb after peeling)
3/4 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt
2 tbsp truvia brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tbsp cinnamon

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Add chopped sweet potatoes to a pot of water & bring to a boil. Reduce heat & let simmer until sweet potatoes are soft.

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Put yogurt, truvia, salt, & cinnamon in a large bowl.

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Drain sweet potatoes & add to the large bowl with yogurt. Beat on low speed until you reach desired consistency. I don’t mind lumps in mine.

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Enjoy!

Super Chocolatey Peanut Butter Protein Brownies

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I have been making my chocolate peanut butter protein bars a ton lately so I decided to switch up the recipe. These are even better!

Recipe makes 9 brownies
1 brownie = 2 weight watchers smart points

Ingredients-
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder  (I used Designer Whey)
1/2 cup pb2 (powdered peanut butter)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tbsp cinnamon
2 tbsp challenge light butter melted
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup egg beaters (equal to 2 eggs)
2 tbsp truvia brown sugar blend

In a large bowl stir together protein powder, pb2, cocoa powder, baking powder, & cinnamon.

In a small bowl whisk together melted butter, almond milk, vanilla, egg beaters, & truvia.

Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients.

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Pour into an 8×8 pan that has been sprayed with non stick cooking spray.

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Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 10-15 minutes or until center is firm.
Let cool before cutting.

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Enjoy!