Posted on October 3, 2008 by Amanda
I don’t know how I lived this long before discovering pumpkin butter. I guess I shied away from it because it has “butter” in the name, and all things butter are high calorie and fat. Not pumpkin butter though. Two tablespoons of this delicious stuff has only 60 calories and 0 fat! Score! I got mine at Stonewall kitchen. Buy it here.
- 1/2c. Quick cooking oats
- 1c. Water
- 2 tbsp Pumpkin Butter
- 1 tsp splenda (optional)
- Sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice & cinnamon
- Slivered almonds (I used 8 grams)
Boil water and add oats, stirring until water is absorbed. Add the rest of the ingredients, stir and enjoy!
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Posted on August 9, 2008 by Amanda
Man, I am really procrastinating on my sisters slideshow (see previous post). I watched almost two hours of Olympic rowing and made scones to get out of it. Time to bite the bullet though now. Well after I finish blogging
Speaking of biting….these are worthy of just that. They are a-m-a-z-i-n-g!
For the recipe and step-by-step pictures head over to Mennonite Girls Can Cook!
Servings: 10 medium size scones
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Posted on June 19, 2008 by Amanda
Cola Pork & Apple Slaw
I’m doing this new thing with grocery shopping lately. Usually I would go to the store for a big shop once every two weeks. That worked OK except I have this big problem with keeping produce fresh. We also waste SO much food because things always come up and meal plans go out the window. So in order to correct these problems I’ve been going to the grocery store every other day on the way home from work and I pick up only what we need for the next few days. Because the store is right on my way home I don’t waste gas and so far it’s worked out great! Yesterday I stopped for the ingredients for Apple Slaw and Cola Pork. Two new recipes I’m trying out. And, may I say they both turned out amazing!
Click here for the printable version of: Cola Pork
Click here for the printable version of: Apple Slaw
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Posted on June 10, 2008 by Amanda
Adapted from Rachael Ray
- 1 large yellow onion, chopped
- 2 1/2c. Fat free beef broth
- 2 cloves of garlic, finely diced
- 1/2c. quick cooking barley
- 15oz small white beans
- 1/4c. flat leaf parsley
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Posted on May 10, 2008 by Amanda
This is probably not rocket science for most of you, but I was fishing around in the fridge today and came across red peppers and leftover Mexican casserole and thought..hey..stuffed peppers.
Easiest thing to make in history and oh-so-good.
Leftover Mexican Casserole
Low-fat Shredded Mexican Cheese (I use the WW variety)
Olive Oil Spray
1. Spray pan with Olive oil spray.
2. Cut red pepper in half and stuff with Mexican Casserole (1/2c. each side).
3. Top with shredded cheese.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
WWP: 4pts per half
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Posted on May 1, 2008 by Amanda
Granola French Toast
adapted from Rachael Ray magazine
- Light Whole Wheat Bread ( I used Country Kitchen Light)
- 1/4c. Egg beaters
- 1/4c. Light granola (I used Back to Nature Cranberry Pecan)
- Pam cooking spray
- Sugar free strawberry preserves (optional)
- Sugar free honey (optional)
1. Grind granola in a food processor until fine (to make two pieces of Granola French Toast I used 1/4c. of granola).
2. Beat 1/4c. egg beaters with 1 tsp of cinnamon.
3. Roll bread in egg mixture and then in ground granola.
4. Heat large skillet to medium low. Spray with Pam cooking spray and cook until light brown on each side.
5. Transfer to plate and enjoy!
6. Top with toppings or whatever you like (toppings not included in Point count). I like to use Sugar Free honey and Sugar Free Strawberry Preserves.
WWP: 4 PTS (for 2)
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Posted on April 4, 2008 by Amanda
I love comfort food. I grew up on stick-to-your rib dinners and homemade everything (homemade bread, oh my word the homemade bread). We were not the kind of family that ate many blue box dinners. Oh how I longed to be that kind of family when I was kid, but instead we were the kind of family that had rows of vegetable gardens. Super.
Unfortunately I’m no longer 10. I don’t ride my bike up and down the street anymore so I can’t eat like I used to. Especially now that I’m making a conscious effort to get rid of pounds not put them on (mmm pound cake).
Therefore my new mission is to transform my old favorites into healthy alternatives. Not the same, but similar.
This Shepherd’s pie recipe is a little heavy on ingredients and time, but oh so worth it! It’s the perfect thing to make for a weekend supper. I adapted it from a current issue of Rachael Ray magazine I “had to have” the other day. I’m a sucker for impulse purchases.
Click “read more” for the full recipe!
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Posted on March 19, 2008 by Amanda
I was first introduced to a whoopie pie in 6th grade. My best good friend Erica’s family is Mennonite (radical Amish) from the Pennsylvania Dutch area and her Mom made them all the time. I love her mom.
Since moving to Maine in ’05, I see them everywhere! Apparently (I googled it) whoopie pies are “one of Maine’s best known and most loved comfort foods”. You literally can buy them at any restaurant, gas station, florist or shoe store. They’re everywhere!
A whoopie pie is like a sandwich, but made with two soft cookies with a fluffy white filling. Traditional whoopie pies are made with big gobs of shortening! We frown on all that shortening over here. So I made a lighter, more figure friendly version and it came out great!
Click “read more” for the recipe!
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Posted on March 15, 2008 by Amanda
Every other Thursday night we have a group of close friends that come over for dessert and to watch LOST. Well, the guys watch it. We girls mostly cackle in the kitchen about the stupid thing(s) our husbands did or said that week. We talk about recipes, work, our hair, other people’s hair, the gym, running 5k’s (top on my list, not)…all the while shoving sweets into our mouths between breaths and fits of laughter.
Making dessert has been a bit of a challenge though because a) Figure friendly desserts are not always crowd pleasers, b) we have a friend who is fasting all sweets for Lent (gasp!) and c) three out of four of the girls hate chocolate (who are these people? why do I hang out with them?).
Needless to say we have resorted to savory desserts. This week my friend from Tennessee brought homemade salsa. It was To Die For. Southern girls can cook anything, I’m convinced of that. How is it they can stay so thin? The basic ingredient in every recipe is 2 lbs of butter!
Because of my incredible self restraint (cough) we had leftover salsa which inspired me to make Mexican Baked Egg Casserole the following morning for breakfast. I saw a basic recipe for baked eggs here and I tweaked it to my palate.
Continue reading for recipe and pictures!
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Posted on March 4, 2008 by Amanda
Ellie Krieger has got to be one of my favorite Food Network personalities. She not only makes healthy food, but it’s delicious and easy. My husband bought me her new cookbook The Food You Crave for Valentine’s Day this year and I haven’t put it down since. I can’t say the same for many of the other cookbooks on my shelf. Oh look, here is part of my shelf now…
Buy the green one! It’s Great!
This morning I flipped to dog-eared page 18, Blueberry Blast Smoothies. Hallelujah, Praise the Lord! We ate all our blueberries earlier in the week, so I substituted strawberries and added a little flax seed and it turned out amazing! Let me walk you through it…
Gather ingredients: FF yogurt, FF milk, Frozen Strawberries and Flax Seeds (optional), oh and honey! I always forget the honey!
Add 1/2c. FF yogurt and 1/2c. of FF milk to the blender
Add 1 rounded cup of Frozen strawberries
Measure out 1 tsp. of Flax seeds. Aren’t they pretty?
Add them to the blender
1 tbsp. honey
Blend until smooth. I let it run about a minute.
See the flaxies in it?
Recipe makes 1 serving (appox. 12oz)
Each serving is 3 pts/4pts with optional flax seeds
Filed under: Recipe | Tagged: 3 Points, 4 points, Breakfast Food, Ellie Krieger, Food Network | 2 Comments »