Monday, July 16, 2012

Skinny Creamy Pie

I can't remember where I got this recipe but I found it while rummaging through my recipes the other day and thought I had better try it and blog about it. MMMMM. This was yummy. I chose to make peach flavored pie but you can make whatever your favorite flavor is. Just remember to put some fresh fruit with it to make it even more spectacular. This is definately a repeat recipe.
These are the players in this very easy, very tasty skinny pie.
Boil the water and add to the gelatin. Stir to dissolve. When it feels cool to the touch, add the yogurt and mix and then the whipped topping. This stuff if good!
Pour into the reduced fat graham cracker crust and chill for at least three hours if you can stand it. I actually licked the bowl and it is much better after it chills so wait-you won't be sorry.
I was in a hurry with this pie. If I had thought ahead better, I would have topped it with fresh peaches. MMMMMM. That would have been the best. I hope you will try this light and yummy dessert that won't break your points or your weight watching. You can make any kind of combination. Play with it and see what you love best. I know that I will be making this pie again. Good luck and have fun :0) Skinny Creamy Pie 8 Servings 3 Points+ 1 pkg. Sugar Free Jello 1/4 C. boiling water 2- 8 oz. Fat Free Yogurt 1- 8 oz. Fat Free Whipped Topping 1 Reduced Fat Graham Cracker Crust Boil the water and mix with the gelatin to dissolve. Whisk in the yogurt and the whipped topping. Pour into the crust and chill for at least 3 hours. Can top with more whipped topping but adjust your points. Enjoy!!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Frozen Peanutbutter Fluff

So as I struggle with keeping this blog going and doing my Weight Watchers (I tend to cook very basic things instead of trying new recipes-I need to turn over a new leaf and try new things -haha) I have dragged my feet in posting. So I have a couple of new things to share. I will do one now and one in a couple of days. This is just a two ingredient little piece of heaven when you are having one of those days. Why is it that sweet goo can turn any day into a special day. Anyway. These are super easy and super tasty. Hope you like them!!
Mix the peanut butter and whipped topping with a spoon until completely mixed together.
Divide evenly into 12 cupcakes and freeze. After you freeze them you can put them in a ziploc bag.
This is a perfect little bite of rich yummy bliss and the best part is that it is only 1 points+ Weight Watchers points. It really can satisfy on one of the days when you just need a sweet treat. Give it a try. Frozen Peanutbutter Fluff 3 Tbls. creamy peanutbutter 1 8 oz. fat free whipped topping Mix all together and divide into 12 cupcake papers. Freeze. Drizzle with a tiny bit of chocolate syrup and enjoy. *Note-you could add just a touch of vanilla to enhance the flavor of it all :)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Skinny Fresh Fruit Parfait

This fresh fruit parfait is yummy and is so easy to put together. I used vanilla flavored yogurt but I added some pure vanilla extract to pop the flavor. If you use fat free or sugar free whipped topping it saves you calories and tastes just as good. I used strawberries and blueberries but you could use any combination that you like. I was thinking that peaches sound wonderful and maybe even lemon flavored yogurt and the blueberries. Give it a try. You won't be sorry. Skinny Fresh Fruit Parfait 1 6 oz low carb vanilla flavored yogurt 1/2 tsp. vanilla 2/3 cup fat free or sugar free whipped topping, divided Mix the yogurt and the vanilla extract together. Mix in 1/2 cup whipped topping. Spoon into two goblets layered with the kind of fresh fruit that you love. Top with the remaining whipped topping. Enjoy This recipe equals 3 points+ Weight Watchers points

Monday, May 7, 2012

Creamy Basil Sauce over Parmesan Crusted Chicken

This is a Skinny Chicken recipe with a creamy basil sauce that makes you feel like you've had a feast. Make this recipe up when you want to impress.
The ingredients for the sauce are pretty basic except the fat free half and half. The sauce works up fast and easy and it tastes so so good over the parmesan crusted chicken.
The fat free half and half make this sauce very creamy. The best thing about this little recipe is you can have 1/4 cup of the sauce for just 2 points+ Weight Watchers points.
The chicken is about as easy as you can ask for but the sauce over the top makes it feel and taste a little extraordinary. I hope you will take the time to try this recipe out. It would rank up there with Skinny Baked Chicken but packs some impressive taste.
Yummy! And oh so easy. It actually seems a little fancy. I hope you will like it. It is definately a recipe I will be making again and again. Skinny Parmesan Crusted Chicken 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts (thawed and trimmed) 1/2 cup grated Parmesan Cheese 1/2 Tbls. Italian Seasoning 1/2 tsp. garlic powder 1/4 tsp. onion powder 1/4 tsp. chili powder Thaw the chicken and trim off any fat. Pat dry between paper towels. In a gallon size zip loc bag, mix the parmesan cheese and seasonings. Drop the chicken breasts into the bag two at a time and toss. Put in a pan that has been sprayed. Sprinkle the rest of the parmesan mixture over the tops of the chicken. Spritz if you want with one spray from a misto. Bake at 350* for about 40 minutes or until juices run clear. Serve with the Creamy Basil Sauce below Creamy Basil Sauce 3 1/2 tsp. corn starch 1 tsp. chicken boullion granules 1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup fat free half and half dash of garlic powder 1/2 tsp. basil (I made it with dried, you might have to experiment with fresh) a couple of twists from the pepper mill 2 Tbls. grated Parmesan cheese

Friday, April 27, 2012

Lemon Bar "Brownies"

So I have not posted in over a month. Sorry. My life has been a little crazy oh, and did I say, I did run away to Hawaii with my sweetie for a week. Anyway. I jumped off the Weight Watchers only recipe band wagon (Not Weight Watchers-I'm still doing that) I needed to make a treat for a little get together I was having and I was dying to make these Lemon Bar Brownies. So here you go. They are as good as they look. They are filled with plenty of calories and you can not just eat one. Beware! If you are trying to loose weight, only make these when you know people will be around to eat them or you might just eat the whole batch yourself. Anyway. I will be back with skinny recipes in the future but for now, enjoy these.
Wash your lemon and then zest it.
Mix the flour, sugar, salt and softened butter with the paddle on your mixer until it looks like little lumps. Mix in the eggs, lemon juice and zest (that you already mixed together) and beat it until it is fluffy - about 2 minutes. Spread into your sprayed pan. Bake!
Make the glaze by adding powdered sugar, lemon juice and zest. It will be runny. Pour onto the "brownies" and spread to the edge. Let set a bit if you can stand it.
These little gems are so yummy. They will fly right off the plate. The good thing is that they only make an 8x8 pan so if you are the one eating them, they will go fast. Enjoy! Lemon Bar "Brownies" Brownies 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened 2 large eggs 2 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest 2 tablespoons lemon juice Lemon Glaze 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 teaspoons lemon zest Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8-by-8-inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside. Zest and juice two small lemons; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixture fitted with the paddle attachement, beat the flour, sugar, salt, and softened butter until combined. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, lemon zest, and lemon juice until combined. Pour into the flour mixture and beat at medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Pour into baking dish and bake for 25 minutes, or until just starting to turn golden around the edges and a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before glazing. When brownies are cooled completely, make the glaze by whisking together all three ingredients. Spread over the brownies with a rubber spatula, cut into bars, and serve!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Skinny Baked Onion Rings

So I just love onion rings. I definately have a couple of favorite places to buy them and they are greasy and heavenly. Well, I need to leave the greasy yumminess alone and concentrate on weight loss. I found this recipe on a blog called Skinnytaste and it is really really good. It takes a little forethought and you can enjoy a big plate of these for not very many points. Try it out. It's a great little recipe.

Cut the onion into rings. Separate them and put them in the buttermilk. Let them soak for 1-2 hours in the refrigerator.

Dip the coated onion rings in the bread crumbs and place on a parchment or foil lined and sprayed cookie sheet. Spray the onion rings with baking spray or use a Misto with olive oil if you have one. Bake at 450 degrees for about 12 minutes. (Note: I think next time I make these, I might add just a little salt to the crumb mixture. I just thought they need a bit of salt) Serve them right up and completely devour them. Yummy!!!!

You know, when you are trying to lose weight but love to eat fatty stuff like onion rings, this is a really great recipe that helps to curb that craving. Give it a try. It's a tiny little bit of work but worth it.

Low Fat Baked Onion Rings
Adapted from Life as a Lofthouse
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 2 • Serving Size: 1/2 • Old Points: 1 pt • Points+: 2 pt
Calories: 74.7 • Fat: 0.6 g • Carb: 14.7 g • Fiber: 1.6 g • Sugar: 1.7 g • Protein: 2.9 g

• 1 medium onion, sliced into 1/4 inch rings
• 2 1/4 cups low fat buttermilk
• 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
• 1/4 cup Italian seasoned whole wheat bread crumbs
• 1/4 cup crushed corn flake crumbs
• salt to taste
• olive oil baking spray (I used my Misto )
Place slices of onion in a shallow dish. Pour the buttermilk over the top and let them soak for about 1 - 2 hours, refrigerated.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.

Combine panko, bread crumbs and corn flakes and place half of the crumbs in a large dish, season with salt. Reserve the rest for when the first batch is used up. This should help avoid clumping and they should stick better to the onions.

Dip each soaked onion ring into the crumb mixture; coat well. Place rings onto two cookie sheets. Lightly spray with oil. Bake about 12 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Spicy Oven Fries

I have loved making baked fries for my Weight Watchers diet. These are a spicy version of baked fries. As I mixed the spices together, I thought I might not like them very much-maybe too spicy. Actually, these turned out really good and very tasty. Try em. I think you'll like em!

After I cut the fries, I let them sit in cold water. They get rid of some of the starch that way. I then rinsed them really well and spread them out on a clean towel to dry them. Make sure you dry them well.

beat the egg whites just a bit and add your spices in a bowl or container that you can add the fries and stir so that they are well coated.

I put the fries in a gallon zip loc bag and added the egg whites. I just mushed them around in the bag and they coated really well. Next just put them in the seasonings and mix until they are all coated. I put them on a sprayed cookie sheet but part way through the baking I did add just 1 tsp. of olive oil. They were a little dry and I figured I could use some healthy oil to make the difference. If you are watching your fat intake, just use your misto or a little olive oil.

Well, here they are in all their yumminess. Give them a try! They are tasty and more healthy and satisfy the craving. Happy Eating!

Spicy Oven Fries

8 medium potatoes
2 egg whites
1 /12 tsp chili powder
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1 1/4 tsp paprika
2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 1/2 tsp salt

preheat the oven to 430 F (220 C).

Bakefor about 40 minutes or until tender and golden brown.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Cream of "SOMETHING" Soup - 3 points for the whole "can"

So how fun is Pinterst? This amazing recipe was there and then my daughter made it up and kept telling my how good it is. So here it is. It fits right into Weight Watchers and is opening new doors to my cooking. (I know, that's a little dramatic-but true). I used chicken boullion but you really could use any kind you like. In fact, make up a couple of different kinds just to have on hand. I hope you dieters will love love love this recipe-it really is YUMMY!

Mix everything together and store in an airtight container. I doubled the recipe so I wouldn't have to make it so often. YUMMY!

So I wanted to make up a batch of the soup so you could see it. It is fabulous!!! 1/3 cup makes the equivilant of 1 can of soup and the best thing is that I fed it into my Weight Watchers recipe builder and for this whole "can" of soup there are just 3, count them, 3 points. That means all of our favorite comfort foods are no longer completely taboo. Use your imagination and make up something you love. Good luck! and ENJOY!!!!

Cream of "something" soup recipe

1 cup non-fat dried milk
3/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup bouillon (if you have cubes you have to smash them up)
You can use whatever kind you like (ie, beef, veggie)
4 Tablespoons freeze dried minced onions (I used the minced onions from Sam's Club)
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried thyme (I couldn't find the thyme so I used dried parsley instead)
1 teaspoon pepper

(For the equivalent of one can of condensed cream soup, mix 1/3 cup dry mix with 1 1/4 cup water. Cook until thick)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Creamy LowFat Chicken Divan

So I really love creamy, yummy comfort food and as you know, when you are trying to lose weight those kinds of dishes don't fit into the diet. So, I made up this recipe as next to no fat and lower in calories. Then on my Weight Watchers online I fed in the recipe into the recipe builder and wah-la, it figured the points for me. This recipe is YUMMY! I am really proud of myself for coming up with it. Give it a try. You will probably like it too. I usually add a little more curry to mine cause I like it to have a kick! This recipe serves 4 and is only 6 points+ per serving.

The main ingredients. If you have never tried fat free half and half, you have to give it a try.

Mix the cornstarch with the broth and half and half. Stir over medium heat until it starts to boil, stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and stir in the cream cheese. Add the lemon juice and curry powder. Stir til combined.

Layer in a casserole the broccoli, the chicken and top with the sauce. Cover with foil and bake at 350* for 30 minutes or until it is hot and bubbly.

After sprinkling the parmesean cheese on top I turned the oven to broil just so it would start to brown a little. MMMM This recipe really hits the spot. Even if you aren't trying to lose weight, why not try something wonderful without all the calories. You can serve with noodles, baked potato or rice-Whatever you love. Give it a try.

Creamy Low Fat Chicken Divan

Weight Watchers 6 points+ per serving
Serves 4

1/4 cup cornstarch
1-1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup fat free half and half
2 Tbls. Neufchatel Cream Cheese
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1 to 3 tsp. curry powder (depending on how hot you like it)
2 cups frozen or fresh chopped broccoli. (If you use fresh you might want to cook it part way. If frozen just add it right from the freezer)
2 cups cooked chopped chicken
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Mix the cornstarch, broth and half and half together and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it comes to a boil. Continue to cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in the Neufchatel cream cheese, the lemon juice and the curry powder.

Layer in a casserole dish, broccoli, chicken and pour the Sauce over the top. Cover and bake at 350* for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Uncover and top with 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese. Bake until melted.

Serve with noodles, rice or a baked potato