Hello to all my happy blog followers. I had to post about this new product I bought the other day and instantly fell in love with.
DANONE has created a new low calorie, zero fat, delicious stirred Greek Yogurt. The one thing I love most about this yogurt is that one serving contains 50 calories and 8g of protein. That’s a lot of protein in a tiny little cup. As everyone knows, I love DANONE’s Silhouette yogurts and I use them in my Basic Smoothie Recipe and my Amanda’s Special Breakfast Parfait recipes. This new yogurt by DANONE is just as amazing and can be used in the recipes just mentioned above as a great protein boost after your daily workout. Also, because it is stirred Greek yogurt, the texture is thick, much more thicker than the regular Silhouette varieties.
If I can encourage you to go out there and try something new, I would highly suggest this yogurt. If you do, please leave a comment letting me know if you liked it as well. I am just happy to share my new favorite treat and I am NOT being paid by DANONE to promote this.
OMG BAKED TRUFFLE FRIES!!! all credit for this recipe goes to my Hubby. About a year ago we were in Atlanta on a business trip and we ordered these Garlic Truffle Fries from a lounge in the hotel we were staying at (Ritz Carlton in Buckhead). We completely fell in love with these fries. It took us some time before we found the Truffle Oil and Truffle Salt. After a few months of searching we finally found a store in down town Edmonton (Evoolution) that carries an amazing selection of Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars. We are sill on the the look out for actual truffles, these are a lot harder to come by in Edmonton. For now we will just have to manage with out the actual truffles. Weight Watcher points? I am not sure, but they are baked and not fried in oil. If you share the recipe with the hubby and kids the calorie consumption will be a lot less. Sharing is caring.
2 medium russet potatoes (about 0.75 pounds)
1 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon truffle salt
2 finely diced garlic garlic
1 teaspoon drizzle of black truffle oil
1 teaspoon of fresh or freeze dried parsley
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (230 degrees C).
Slice potatoes into “hand-cut” size fries as pictured.
Place sliced potatoes in a gallon size Ziploc bag and add the spices (all ingredients except truffle oil, truffle salt and parsley).
Coat potatoes with the spices and oil by shaking bag well.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread potatoes out in a single layer.
Bake 20 minutes. Flip the fries over and crank oven up to 450.
Cook 10 minutes, flip again and cook 10 more minutes or until potatoes are crisp and not burnt. Watch carefully during the last 10 minutes.
Toss with truffle salt, garlic, parsley and drizzle with truffle oil before serving.
WARNING!!!!!!!!!!! These nuts are addicting. If you are making a batch of these nuts, may I suggest you make them for a group of people. Otherwise you will eat the entire batch to yourself they are that amazing. Weight watcher points? whose counting… these are nuts people.. they are high in points so eat moderately if you can.
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup blanched whole almonds
1/2 cup whole cashews
1/2 cup unsalted peanuts
1/2 cup whole pecans
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (add more if you’d like more heat)
Yum crispy and delicious Crab Cakes. As usual I was craving something different for dinner and this time is was Crab Cakes. So many recipes are super unhealthy, I stumbled upon a healthier version and then changed it to make it even more healthy. This recipe makes 4 servings which equals 2 crab cakes a person. One serving is 3 weight watcher points (old). I served this with a side salad and a toast with some non fat Miracle Whip. Yes toast it sounds weird but it was tasty. A side of rice would also be nice.
10 ounches of Crabmeat
1.5 cups of Panko
1/2 Red Pepper, minced
2 Scallions, sliced
3 tbls of non-fat Miracle Whip
3 large Egg Whites
10 dashes Hot Sauce
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground Pepper
Preheat oven to 450°F.
Coat a 12-cup nonstick muffin pan with cooking spray.
Mix crab, panko, bell pepper, scallions, miracle whip, egg whites, hot sauce, salt and pepper in a large bowl until well combined. Divide mixture evenly among muffin cups.
Bake until crispy and cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes.
I love all things banana especially Banana Muffins and Bread. These muffins are low fat and delicious. Instead of using milk and butter to make these muffins moist the recipe calls for apple sauce and mashed up banana’s. I have tried many recipes with applesauce and they usually turn out super dense, but these are light, moist and yummy. 3 mini muffins equals 1 Weight Watcher point. If your using a normal 12 cup muffin tin then one of those muffins would be 1 Weight Watcher point.
1 cup of Flour
1 tbsp of Baking Powder
1/2 tsp of Baking Soda
1/8 tsp of Kosher Salt
1 cup of mashed Banana’s
1/4 cup of Applesauce
1/4 cup Sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Grab two bowls and in one bowl mix together Flour, Salt, Baking Power, Baking Soda.
In the second bowl beat together Egg, Banana, Sugar, Applesauce and Vanilla.
Stir the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
Pour mixture into the muffins tins and bake for 18-20 mins.
Spinach and Cheese Frittata is one of those dishes you can enjoy at any meal of the day. I had this for dinner with a side of Turkey Bacon and fresh fruit and it was delicious. This dish makes 4 servings and one serving is 3 weight watcher points.
Hint:The Turkey Bacon is Low fat and two pieces is worth 1 weight watcher point. You can purchase this at superstore; it’s one of their blue menu items.
4 Large Eggs
2 Large Egg Whites
1 cup chopped Green Spinach
1/4 cup of Mushrooms
2 tbls chopped Green Onions
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 cup Low Fat Mozzarella Cheese
Small amount of Cooking Spray for pan
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
In a large bowl beat together all 6 eggs and add all ingredients except for the Mozzarella.
Coat a large non stick skillet or pan with cooking spray or oil and heat over medium heat.
Pour Egg mixture into the heated pan.
Cook uncovered for about 5 mins.
Cover with a lid and cook for another 5-10 mins until the top of the egg mixture is cooked.
Once the Egg mixture is cooked sprinkle cheese over top and cover for another 3-5 mins until the Mozzarella is just melted.
The title says it all and no I could not possibly post the point value for this. There are some food items that you just have to dig in and no worry about the calories. This is one of those items. We were in Jasper camping over the weekend and had to stop to get ice. While we were paying at the register I looked down and saw a Mint Aero Chocolate Bar and it spoke to me. Please squish me between some Graham Crackers and a Marshmallow and so the Chocolate Mint S’More was born. I will never have a regular S’More again these are that good.
Mint Aero Chocolate Bar
Prepare Graham Crackers on a plate.
Place one piece of the Chocolate bar on one side of the Graham Cracker on the plate.
Toast Marshmallow over the fire.
Place toasted Marshmallow on the Graham Cracker squish together.
Wait a few seconds so the chocolate starts to melt, eat and enjoy. Pure Heaven.
This weekend my hubby and I were camping in Jasper. I just love the mountains, something about that fresh, crisp mountain air just makes me smile. One of my favorite treats to make while camping is Bannock. Bannock is a flat bread or biscuit made with flour and is super yummy when served with butter, honey or jam. This is an easy and fun recipe to make while out camping with the family. It’s really fun if you use a stick to cook the Bannock. I could not find a good stick to use so I just fried it in a pan with a little bit of butter. You could also use a roasting stick to cook the Bannock, just make sure it’s kneaded tightly to the rod before cooking it. Points value if I had to guess would be about the same as a slice of bread 2-3 points for once piece. Add extra points for the toping you decide to use. Since I cooked mine in butter I didn’t add any extra toppings.
2 cups flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
2 Tbsp oil, butter or lard
1/3 cup warm water, add more if needed
Add all dry ingredients in a bowl.
Mix until crumbly.
Slowly add water and mix until dough feels soft.
Keep working the dough till it holds together.
Either make a small ball and flatten to fry in a pan with butter or take a small handful and wrap around the end of a green stick and knead it so it stays together on the stick.
Cook over fire for about 10 – 12 minutes, rotating to cook evenly.
Why is it I always find myself buying a ton of vegetables and then not eating them. If your like me and happen to have a head of Cauliflower in your fridge may I suggest this recipe to spice them up. This is a great side dish with your main meal or can be made for an afternoon snack. One fritter is 1 weight watcher point.
2 cups steamed cauliflower mashed
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 egg whites
1/4 cup low fat Mozzarella
1 tsp parsley
3 Green Onions chopped
2-3 tbls cup hot water
salt and pepper (or any other seasoning/herbs you wish)
A spray or two of oil to cook the fitters.
In a large bowl, combine cauliflower, flour, garlic, egg whites, grated cheese, parsley, salt and pepper.
Add water so that batter becomes slightly more dense than pancake batter.
On medium-low heat, add 1 tsp of oil in a 10 inch skillet coating bottom of the pan. Use a cooking brush to spread out the oil if needed.
Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to form fritters. You can fit 4 fritters at a time.
Cook until golden brown, turn and cook another few minutes. Add a bit more oil to the pan if needed.
Serve with your favorite sauce and enjoy. I dipped mine in a sweet chili sauce from the asian asile in most super markets.
When I was younger I used to make Cornmeal Muffins for the family and like all muffins they are super high in points some reaching as high as 6 points per muffin. I really wanted to find a good, easy, quick Cornmeal Muffin recipe and then tweak it to lower the fat and calorie content. Instead of oil I used apple sauce and instead of one egg I used two egg whites. These muffins came out super moist and yummy. Each muffins contains approximately 2 weight watcher points. Serve these up the next time you have stew or chilli or just for fun as an afternoon treat.
1 cup flour
1 cup cornmeal
1/3 cup sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1/3 cup Apple Sauce (room temperature)
2 Egg Whites
Stir dry ingredients together.
Add the wet ingredients and beat just until all ingredients are blended.
Fill well-greased muffin cups 2/3 full ( I used a square muffin pan)
Bake at 400º for 20 minutes. Immediately run a small knife around each muffin and pull out of muffin cup onto a cooling rack. Best served warm from the oven. Yields 12 Cornmeal Muffins.