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

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Super Moist Low Fat Chocolate Cupcakes

Do you LOVE cupcakes? Who doesn't LOVE cupcakes? These are wonderful little babies that I found off a really cool blog called Skinnytaste. They work wonderfully for Weight Watchers and they curb your cravings for a treat. They are made with very little ingredients and they are so moist. They are just yummy! I thought I would share. No need to give up everything when you are trying to lose weight, right? Give them a try. Your kiddos will love them and so will you.

Not many ingredients here. You can use any brand chocolate cake mix. The darker the better as far as I'm concerned but with prices the way they are you might have to buy what you can afford.

Mix the water and pumpkin. Add in the pudding mix and mix well. Dump in the cake mix and mix well. The batter will be pretty thick. No worries-these cupcakes will be really moist and yummy!

Fill the cupcake papers about 2/3 full. Use all the batter to make 24 cupcakes. Bake at 350* for 25-28 minutes depending on your oven. Cool.

Mix the glaze ingredients together with a fork. Put the glaze in a zip-loc bag and cut a tiny piece of the end off. Pipe the glaze onto the cooled cupcakes.

These little cupcakes are absolutely wonderful. Whether you are trying to lose weight or just want to eat more healthy, these help the craving for sweet and for chocolate without adding all the fat. Give them a try. Add mini chocolate chips if you would like but it will make them more points and calories. Sometimes you just have to go with it though. :) Have fun!!!

Super Moist Low Fat Chocolate Cupcakes (with Chocolate Glaze)

Servings: 24 • Serving Size: 1 cupcake • Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 3 pts
Calories: 104.6 • Fat: 2.3 g • Protein: 1.2 g • Carb: 20.2 g • Fiber: 1.4 g • Sugar: 12.3
Sodium: 288.5

• 18.25 oz Dark Chocolate Fudge cake mix
• 1.4 oz sugar free, fat free, instant chocolate pudding
• 1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
• 1 1/3 cups water
For the chocolate glaze:
• 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
• 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
• 1/2-1 tbsp 1% milk
• 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
• pinch of salt
Bake at 350* for 25-28 minutes. Cool. Drizzle with chocolate glaze.