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Showing posts with label Recipes. Show all posts

Easy Healthy Desserts

I love trying new low calorie, low fat, and low sugar desserts while I'm trying to lose weight.
 I try to find easy dessert recipes that include fruit. Here are some I have tried and love and some I'm going to try and know I will love.

I can't wait to try these with  fresh blueberries from our blueberry bush.  I made them with frozen berries and they were good, but I know the fresh ones won't have the the tough peeling the frozen ones sometimes have.   Not all of them are tough but it is annoying to have to deal with the tough skins. 
 Also, it is a pain to dip each blueberry with a toothpick, so I put the blueberries in the yogurt, stirred,  and used two plastic spoons to make  small balls.  It worked like a charm.  I also did the same thing with strawberries. It's so refreshing and delicious.
I love these homemade ice cream sandwiches.  I made a batch tonight.  I take a fork and mash the strawberries up before adding them to the cool whip.  I squish the insides a little to help cover the whole cracker.  Then I take a spoon and even out all 4 sides,  and freeze. I saw these made with a little yogurt with the cool whip.  I think that would make them creamier.  If they get any better, it won't be a good thing.  Love them!
Oh my goodness I've had frozen grapes, but this is a twist I think I could really like grapes dusted with jello. Artificial sweeteners are getting alot of negative attention.  You could use sugar free, but it takes such a small amount of jello to dust the grapes, I don't think it would make a huge difference if regular jello is used.  This is a must try recipe.
Love this easy recipe for parfait.  It doesn't get any better than fruit and oatmeal.  Recipe can be changed to put your favorite goodies in this good for you dessert. 
Oh my goodness how I love caramel.  These look divine and that's why I can't make them.  I know my self control good enough to know these are dangerous. If you can pace yourself, go for it. It has marshmallow, graham crackers, and  skinny cow cookies.

Free Printable Recipe Cards

I love trying new recipes and I like having colorful recipe cards to put the recipes on. I have designed some cards to share with you.
 Free Printable 4 x 6 recipe cards. Click on image and save. Print on card stock paper and use for  your favorite recipes.  Enjoy!

Christmas Gifts in Jars

I had so much fun putting homemade cookies and candy in jars for gifts this year.  I made tags for them and hung them with twine.  I bought containers at the dollar store but then decided to use mason jars which were less expensive.
Next year I will make cut out designs for the tops. Of course I found the perfect paper for them after I finished the gifts. It was the Christmas wrapping paper sitting in a corner of my room.
Check out my buckeyes recipe I made for Christmas.  They looked great in the jars and everyone wants buckeyes at Christmas.
 This year I also made this white trash recipe and added whole pecans.  I will be putting it in jars too.

Apple Cinnamon Crisp Recipe

I always look forward to Autumn and the delicious apples that come with it.  I love the smell of my house when this apple crisp is in the oven. My family says it smells like home when they walk in the door.  As I'm writing this post, the smell is awesomeThere is something special about apples and brown sugar.

  I used canned apples (just because I had them) and fresh apples. Here is the recipe I came up with.

Mix the following ingredients: 

  • 1 can apple cinnamon fried apples
  • 3 fresh apples, small to medium size
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons flour or cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup raisins
Prep a 9x9 dish with a non stick spray and pour ingredients into the dish.


  • 1 cup steel cut oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 stick of butter melted
  • 1/3 cup flour
Mix ingredients together until they crumble.
Sprinkle crumbles on top of the filling and bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes.
 Great with a scoop of ice cream or cool whip.
This dish was not around very long.  My husband really loved it.

My Weight Loss Journey

I don't know why but I seem to be more successful at dieting when I start in the fall.  For 3 months I have been  the same weight.  This is both good and bad.  Good because I haven't gained weight and bad because I haven't lost weight.

This week starts another round of dieting and paying extra attention to what I eat.  I know that I will never be able to eat like I used to and I don't want to.  The thought of fried foods is nauseating, and sweets are too sweet.  These are positive signs that your eating habits are changing for the good.  

I have a beautiful dirt road to walk on,  but passing vehicles in  rural  areas make me very nervous, so I haven't been walking like I used to (and I haven't been losing like I used to).  Yesterday I decided to  walk a circle around my yard.  I timed myself for 30 minutes.  My pet babies always walk with me and sure enough they walked in circles with me.  They love running in and out of the woods as we walk.  It's amazing how motivated they keep me.

I've lost 43 pounds but it is time to move forward and get the rest of the weight off.  I just found a site with great recipes for weight loss.   They have a huge  section on salads, which I eat alot.  Their site is I Don't go to the Gym. I don't go to the gym either but I do believe in exercise and good eating. They have some very good tips to include movement in your day.

Owl Fruit Tray

My niece Krista has loved owls as long as I can remember.  I wanted to do something owl related for her wedding shower so this is what my son and I came up with.
 I owe him most of the credit because I wanted to leave the top on the pineapple and he talked me out of it.  He had a point when he said owls don't have all that going on, they just have two ears.  So he made ears with strawberries.
 I wanted to cut the watermelon into heart shapes but we couldn't find a small heart shaped cookie cutter anywhere. We ended up cutting the strawberries into hearts.
I found it works better to stick the toothpicks into the pineapple first instead of of sticking the fruit.  When you get the owl to his destination, you can easily add the fruit for the face. (I made the mistake of putting all the pieces in the same bag and the strawberries  bled on the lime).
I wouldn't take anything for Krista's reaction this this dish.  Her sweet smile made it worth every minute.

How to Make Lemon Cake Mix Taste Like It Came From The Bakery

Boxed cake mixes are easy to make but they leave something to be desired when it comes to taste.  I found a way to make cake mix taste like it came from the bakery.  Here's my secret:

  • Put Cake Mix in a mixing bowl.
  • Add 1 more egg than the recipe calls for(2 for more richness).
  • Use melted butter instead of oil.
  • Use milk instead of water.
  • Mix well and bake by directions.
  Best Icing Ever
  1. 1 packet Jello pudding ( I used lemon flavored for this cake).
  2. Use 1/2 milk the recipe calls for (whisk until it thickens).
  3.  Fold in one 8 oz container of cool whip.
You can make the icing with vanilla jello or play around with different flavors. It has way less sugar than the canned frosting and it is delicious. 
 I served this cake for my nephew and his family and it was definitely a hit.  

Healthy Crock Pot Recipes

        Crock Pot Chicken Stew

1 1/2 lbs. raw boneless skinless chicken breasts, halved
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
One 15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
One 14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes, drained
One 7-oz. can diced green chiles, drained
1 cup frozen sweet corn kernels
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped bell pepper
1 tsp. chopped garlic
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup light sour cream
1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat Mexican-blend cheese
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
Optional seasonings: salt and black pepper

Season chicken with cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, and onion powder.

Place chicken in a crock pot. Add all remaining ingredients except broth, sour cream, cheese, and cilantro. Top with broth, and stir well. Cover and cook on high for 3 - 4 hours or on low for 7 - 8 hours, until chicken is fully cooked.

Transfer chicken to a large bowl. Shred with two forks -- one to hold the chicken in place and the other to scrape across and shred it. Return shredded chicken to the crock pot, and stir well.

Top each serving with 1 tbsp. each sour cream, cheese, and cilantro. Enjoy!

 1/8th of recipe (about 1 1/4 cups): 234 calories, 4g fat, 713mg sodium, 21g carbs, 4.5g fiber, 6g sugars, 27.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 5* 
Source:  Hungry Girl 

  Healthy Crock Pot Cheeseburger Mac
5 oz. (about 1 1/4 cups) uncooked elbow macaroni with at least 2g fiber per 2-oz. serving
  • 10 oz. raw lean ground turkey
  • 2 tbsp. ketchup
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion (about 1/2 medium onion)
  • 24 oz. (about 6 cups) frozen cauliflower and low-fat cheese sauce (like the kind by Green Giant)
  • 3 wedges The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • Optional: salt and black pepper
In a large pot, prepare pasta very al dente, cooking for about half of the time indicated on the package. Drain well and set aside.

In a bowl, combine turkey, ketchup, and onion. Mix well. Add frozen cauliflower and cheese sauce and gently mix. Transfer mixture to a crock pot. (A 4-qt. crock pot is best!)
Add cooked pasta to the crock pot and gently stir. Cover and cook on high for 3 - 4 hours or on low for 7 - 8 hours, until the turkey is fully cooked.
Add cheese wedges and scallions, and stir until evenly distributed.
If you like, season to taste with salt and pepper. Dig in!
 PER SERVING (1/8th of recipe, about 1 cup): 179 calories, 5.75g fat, 512mg sodium, 19g carbs, 2g fiber, 3.5g sugars, 12.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 5*

Source:  Hungry Girl 

Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken

    12 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
    Kosher or sea salt to taste
    ¾ teaspoon pepper, divided
    2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
    1 lemon, sliced
    1 cup chicken broth (fat free, low sodium)
    2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
    ¼ cup flour, optional corn starch
    ½ teaspoon ground cumin
    ¾ cup pitted green olives


Sprinkle chicken thighs evenly with salt and ½ teaspoon pepper.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add half of chicken. Cook about 3 minutes per side, or until browned. Transfer to a slow cooker. Add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to skillet, and repeat procedure with remaining chicken. Transfer to slow cooker, and add lemon slices.

Combine broth, juice, flour and cumin, stirring with a whisk. Pour broth mixture over chicken.

Top with olives and remaining ¼ teaspoon pepper. Cover and cook on low heat for 6 hours.

Source: Crock Pot Lemon Chicken

           Healthy Slow Cooker Lasagna

    1 pound lean ground turkey, or lean ground beef
    1 large onion, diced
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    2 (25 ounce) jars pasta sauce, no sugar added
    2 cups low-fat cottage cheese
    8 ounces shredded (part skim) mozzarella cheese
    1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
    Pinch of salt
    12 whole wheat lasagna noodles, (break in half before adding to slow cooker)
    1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
    Fresh basil, for garnish


Add the turkey and onion to a large skillet and cook over medium heat until the turkey has lost its pink color. Add the garlic and cook for one additional minute. Drain any fat from the cooked turkey. Add 1 1/2 jars pasta sauce and stir to combine.

Combine the cottage cheese, mozzarella, Italian seasoning, and salt.

Add a 1/2 cup meat sauce to the bottom of the slow cooker. Next, add a layer of lasagna noodles and spread 1/4 cheese mixture over noodles. Repeat the layers until these ingredients are gone.

Cover and cook in slow cooker on low-heat until noodles are al dente and cheese is bubbly, approximately 4-6 hours. Remove the lid and add the parmesan to the top. Turn off the slow cooker and allow the casserole to sit for 15 minutes before cutting. If desired, serve garnished with the fresh basil and additional parmesan.
  Yields: 8 servings | Serving Size: 1 slice | Calories: 403 | Previous Points: 8 | Points Plus:  10 | Total Fat: 14 g | Saturated Fat: 5 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 78 | Sodium: 1015 mg | Carbohydrates: 33 g | Dietary Fiber: 7 g | Sugars: 8 g | Protein: 38 g |

Healthy Baked Pizza Rolls

I love pizza rolls but it's not worth the calories to indulge in them.  I made some today that are less fat, less calories, and are baked instead of fried. I found these very satisfying and filling.  There are only 4 ingredients and they are super easy to make.
  1. Egg Roll Wrappers
  2. Turkey Pepperoni
  3. Spinach and Cheese Pasta Sauce
  4. Mozzarella Cheese

 Turn the wrapper as shown  and put the sauce in the center.   I cut a pepperoni  in half and place on the sauce.  Next put the mozzarella on top and roll like an envelope style. Use a little water when folding  to make the wrappers stick together. The wrappers will usually have instructions  on how to fold your wrappers.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper for the rolls. Spray with Pam and bake at 400 degrees until golden brown.
My rolls said bake for 10 minutes but mine took a good bit longer.  

Turn them half way through.  For more even browning, start with the point side up first.  Serve with pizza dipping sauce or low fat sour cream.  Yum.

Weight Watchers Free Tools and Dessert Recipes

I stopped eating sugar eight months ago, but that doesn't mean I can't look.  Here are some luscious desserts that I would make if I did eat desserts.
Oh my gosh, my favorite dessert ever....cheese cake.  These are portion control sized weight watchers mini cheese cakes.
Calories 117 | Fat 4.23g | Carbohydrate 15.88g | Fiber 0.3g | Protein 3.6g
Servings: 12

Points Plus: 3

  • 3/4 cup(s) graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp light butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup(s) low fat cream cheese
  • 6 Tbsp fat-free cream cheese
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 large egg white(s)
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup(s) sugar
  • 3/4 cup(s) light fruit pie filling, cherry
Place 12 cupcake liners in a cupcake pan. Preheat oven to 375°F.
In a small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and butter; mix well. Spoon 1 tablespoon of crumb mixture into bottom of each liner and press down gently; refrigerate until ready to use.
In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat both types of cream cheese until fluffy. Add lemon juice, egg whites, vanilla extract and sugar; beat until Smooth. Spoon cream cheese mixture evenly into muffin liners; bake until set, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
Top each cheesecake with 1 tablespoon cherry pie filling. Yields 1 cheesecake per serving.

Source: Recipe Diary


Point Tracker
Calculates how many points you can eat to lose weight

 Weight Watchers Point Plus Calculator
Weight Watcher points of everyday foods

I love Key lime Pie and this one doesn't look anything like a low calorie dessert.

Weight Watchers Key Lime Pie Recipe

  • 1 reduced fat graham cracker crust
  • 1 (1/16 ounce) package sugar-free lime gelatin
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 1 (8 ounce) container fat-free whipped topping
  • 2 (6 ounce) key lime pie yogurt 

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water. 
  2. Stir in yogurt with wire whisk.
  3. Fold in whipped topping with wooden spoon.
  4. Spread in crust. 
  5. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Nutritional Facts for Weight Watchers Key Lime Pie
Serving Size: 1 

Servings Per Recipe: 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 73.8
Calories from Fat 57 
Total Fat 6.3 g
Saturated Fat 3.9 g
Cholesterol 21.7 mg Sodium 37.5 mg 
Total Carbohydrate 3.6 g
Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
Sugars 2.2 g
Protein 0.9 g

The following items or measurements are not included:

  • reduced fat graham cracker crust
  • key lime pie yogurt   
I don't know why the crust and yogurt were not added but use the info on the package to adjust the calories.  This was just too good not to share.

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Veggie Bar Recipe and Tutorial

I tried these veggie bars at a wedding a few months back.  I was surprised how delicious they were and I was on a mission to find the recipe.  The lady who made them said I could have the recipe but I was unable to to get with her.  I found this recipe and it is just like hers.  Here is the recipe:


Chop all veggies small
  • 1 tube crescent rolls
  • 1 cup chopped cauliflower
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 block cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/2 pack dry ranch dressing mix

Open the crescent rolls and make 2 large flat pieces.  Pinch the seams together or your bars will fall to pieces when you eat them.

  Next Mix the cream cheese, mayo, and ranch dressing in a bowl.  Spread this on top of the cooled bread.
  Add the chopped vegetables on top of the cream cheese, pressing them down as you add.  End with the cheese. 
I promise you these will not stay around long.  Everyone loves them.

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Easy Healthy Desserts Recipes for Weight Loss

                    Blueberry Fluff

  • 3/4 cup cottage cheese ( I used 2%)
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 tsp stevia
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend till smooth.
Garnish with a little Reddi Whip and a couple of blueberries. Enjoy! 

                        Chia Pudding
  • 2 cup unsweetened almond/coconut milk beverage (used Almond Breeze)
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries, blackberries or raspberries
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 2 Tbsp stevia (or sugar/honey to taste)
  • 1 tsp vanilla


Mix everything in a mason jar. Shake well and place in the fridge. Shake again after half an hour. Refrigerate overnight or at least 6 hours. Garnish with berries before serving.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Pudding
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp stevia or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp sugar free dark chocolate

Mix first 4 ingredients well. Stir in dark chocolate. Enjoy!!

  Stick it in the freezer for a little while to make ice cream!!!

Source: Skinny Fiber Plus
                  Fruit and Yogurt

  1/2 cup plain Greek Yogurt, fat-free
    2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
    1 tablespoon honey
    2 pears, cored, peeled, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
    1 cup sliced strawberries
    2 apples, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
    1 cup seedless grapes, sliced in half lengthwise
    1/4 cups raisins
    1/4 cup diced celery


In a small bowl, combine yogurt, lemon juice and honey. Cover yogurt mixture and refrigerate while preparing fruit. Best to eat 1-2 hours of preparing.

 Source: Skinny Ms Fruit and Yogurt

Serving size: 2 tablespoons | Calories: 40 | Previous Points: 1 | Points Plus: 1 | Total Fat: 3 gm | Saturated Fats: 1 gm | Trans Fats: 0 gm | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 6 mg | Carbohydrates: 2 gm | Dietary fiber: 0 gm | Sugars: 1 gm | Protein: 2 gm

  •     ½ cup Greek yogurt, fat free, plain
  •     ¼ cup natural peanut butter, crunchy recommended
Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl, refrigerate until ready to eat.
Serve with your favorite fruit or veggie
Source: Skinny Ms Fruit and Yogurt
 Yields: 10 servings| Serving size: 2 strawberries| Calories: 139 | Total Fat: 10 g | Saturated Fats: 6 g | Previous Points: 3 | Points Plus: 4 | Trans Fats: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 8 g | Carbohydrates: 14 g | Dietary fiber: 2 g | Sugars: 10 g | Protein: 2 g     Chocolate Covered Strawberries
  •     20 (1 pound) whole strawberries with
         leaves, rinsed, patted dry 
  •     1 cup dark chocolate chips
  •     1 tablespoon coconut oil

Add 1/2 cup water to bottom double boiler and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Add chocolate chips and coconut oil to the top boiler and stir until smooth and completely melted. Remove chocolate from heat and set aside.

Line a 15’x10’x1" cookie sheet with parchment paper. While holding strawberries by the leaves, dip into the chocolate, until all but the last 1/2", near the leaf, is covered. Lift and allow the excess chocolate to drip off. Set strawberries on parchment paper until all strawberries are covered.

For an extra special treat, immediately after excess chocolate drips from each strawberry, roll in dried coconut shreds or minced almonds.
The chocolate should set in about 30 minutes.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls
  • 32g (1 scoop) Chocolate Whey Protein Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Dark Cocoa Powder (unsweetened)
  • 32g (2 tbs) Natural Peanut Butter (no sugar/salt/oil added)
  • 42g (2 tbs) Honey (or maple syrup/agave)
  1. Put the protein powder and cocoa powder in a bowl and mix.
  2. Add the peanut butter and sweetener of choice and stir until moist and crumbly. Using your hands, form the mixture into one large ball and then divide that by how many servings you want. Eat immediately or refrigerate for later.
This recipe is: no bake, high protein, gluten free!

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