Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Low Fat Gingerbread Muffins


I LOVE Gingerbread, and these muffins are awesome and only 4pp each!  I didn't put the sugar on top of each muffin, and I only had to cook mine for 15 minutes.  I would just check them after 15 minutes, and add more time if you need to.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

No-Noodle Vegetable Lasagna


I made this recipe last night and it was pretty good!  3/4 pound of ricotta is about 3/4 cup.  I used dried basil.  I just put all the Parmesan into the ricotta mixture instead of putting some on top at the end.  1/2 pound of mozzarella is about 2 cups.  I layered the ricotta mixture before the sauce; it just seemed to me that it would be easier to spread over the veggies than over the sauce since it is thicker than the sauce.  In the recipe, it says to "sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese", I think they left out the rest of the mozzarella, I just put the rest of the mozzarella on top.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Slow-Cooker Cheeseburger Soup


I made this recipe last night and it was awesome!  I added more garlic and a little crushed red pepper flakes just to add a little extra flavor.  I used 96%/4% beef, the lowest fat content I've found.  The soup was very filling and easy to make.

Y Spotlight


I have been working out at the Y for almost a year now, and they offered to do a spotlight on my progress.  Check it out!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Easy Rosemary Garlic Parmesan Biscuits


I served these last night with Super-Easy Cream of Broccoli Soup and they were amazing!  I used dried rosemary and grated Parmesan.  I added the butter, oil, garlic & rosemary mixture into the batter so that the rosemary and garlic were running all throughout the biscuits instead of just on top and it turned out great!  I only had to cook the biscuits for about 13 minutes.

Super-Easy Cream of Broccoli Soup


I made this recipe last night and it was awesome!  I bought the steam in bag in the microwave broccoli.  I did puree the soup after it was done, as it suggested as an option in the notes.  It was very filling and easy to make!  I served it with Easy Rosemary Garlic Parmesan Biscuits, recipe to follow.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Pumpkin Cheese Ball


I love making this recipe around Halloween and Thanksgiving!  It tastes awesome and is always a big hit!  I used 1/3 less fat cream cheese, 2% cheese or the WW Mexican cheese, and whole wheat crackers.  It is 2pp per serving of the cheese ball.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Low-Fat Gingerbread Men


My son kept telling me he wanted us to make gingerbread men.  I'm really not sure where he came up with that idea, maybe preschool?  I have made them before, and my recipe was really good, but the first ingredient was shortening, so I knew I needed to find a better WW version!  This is the one I found.  I did have to add a lot of flour at the rolling out step to get the dough to hold together and not stick.  I would probably lower the cooking time a little because they were a little crunchy.  These cookies are good, and definitely a good low fat version, they just aren't as spicy as I remember gingerbread being.  But, give them a try!  They are 3pp per serving.  I would say probably a big cookie would be 3pp, if you used smaller cookie cutters it would be more like 2 cookies per serving.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Make-Ahead Unstuffed Shells


I made this recipe last night and it was awesome!  I used whole grain pasta.  You could substitute 1/3 less fat cream cheese, but it will not change the pp.  I used dried basil, reduced fat Parmesan and 1 cup of part skim mozzarella cheese.  In the Kraft kitchen tips, it says you can add an onion and a pepper, which I did.  It also gives you the steps to bake immediately if you don't want to make it ahead of time.  I made it the morning that I was baking it.  After I stirred the creme, basil and Parmesan into the pasta, I added a little sauce mixture.  I put a little sauce on the bottom of the pan, topped it with the pasta mixture, put the rest of the sauce on top of the pasta, and then added the cheese on top.  It turned out great!!  The recipe suggests 6 servings, which is 13pp, which seems like a lot, but it is very filling, and would be great to serve if you had people over, and no one would ever know it was low fat.  If you divide into 8 servings, it brings it down to 10pp.  You could also serve this with a salad with fat free or light dressing.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Roasted Potatoes, Chicken Sausage and Peppers


This recipe is awesome, and so easy!  The cleanup was great, because you just throw it all in one pan!  I weighed my potatoes, because they were small, and ended up having to use about 6.  I used 2 onions.  I couldn't find the brand of chicken sausage that she used, but any brand you can find will work.  The brand I found was called bistro sensations, and they had a lot of different flavors.  I chose habanaro with monterey jack cheese.  I was hoping that it wouldn't be too hot, and I was right.  It had a great flavor, and was a little spicy, but it was not too overpowering.  If spice isn't for you, just choose a different flavor that appeals to you, or just plain.  There were only 4 links of sausage in the package.  I had to cook it for closer to 40 minutes to get my potatoes browned.  A serving is about a cup.

Twice Baked Mashed Potato Casserole

These are the best and easiest mashed potatoes that you'll ever eat!

8 medium or 12 small russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 8 oz. package of 1/3 less fat cream cheese, cubed
1 8 oz. container of light sour cream
1 stick of I can't believe it's not butter, cubed
salt and pepper to taste
1 bag of 2 % shredded cheddar, divided

Boil potatoes until tender, 15-20 minutes.  Drain and put back into pot.  Add the remaining ingredients, including about half of the package of cheese.  With a hand mixer, mix until smooth.  Pour into a baking dish sprayed with PAM.  Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top and bake on 325 for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and it is warm through.  I have made this the day before or the day of, and it is still really good.  You may need to cook it a little longer to get it warmed through if it's coming out of the fridge, maybe 30 minutes.  It is 5pp for 1/16th of the casserole, about 1/2 cup.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween Candy Stats


This an awesome guide to Halloween candy!!!  I was surprisingly shocked at how low in pp some of these things were!!  I really wanted to share this link yesterday, before all the candy consumption, but I figured everyone would probably have leftover candy around, or at least their kids candy from trick-or-treating to get rid of!