Monday, September 29, 2014

Lite BLT Pasta Salad

I love BLT salads, but they are often loaded with fat and calories, so I was happy to find this recipe. It says one cup is only 3 ww pts, and that's a pretty good deal. A cup of this is quite filling, leaves you satisfied, and is absolutely delicious!

Lite BLT Pasta Salad

3 2/3 c. pasta, cooked
4 c. diced tomatoes
4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
3 c. lettuce, thinly sliced
1 tsp. sugar
2 tsp. cider vinegar
1/2 c. fat free mayo
1/3 c. lite sour cream
1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
sliced green onions, optional

Combine the sugar, cider vinegar,mayo, sour cream, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper, Mix with the rest of the ingredients.

Serves 6 calories 86 fat 4.7 fiber 2.1 protein 2.5

Friday, September 26, 2014

Low fat Honey Pretzels

Yum! These are tasty. Sweet and salty, with a hint of cinnamon, they really are a fun, crunchy snack.

Pinned, tried, and liked it!

These are supposed to be 2 pt.WW for a half a cup, not sure if that is the old or new points, but either way, a nice size snack. They satisfy that craving for something sweet. I love cinnamon, so these were a real treat for me!

Brent loved them,too. He ate more than the half cup....I'm such a tattle tale....

Honey Pretzels

4 c. pretzels
3 Tbsp. honey
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. low fat margarine

Microwave the honey, cinnamon, and margarine. Pour over pretzels and toss to coat. Spread on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 10 minutes, stirring at 5 minutes. Spread on wax paper to cool and serve. NOTE: I used butter, so that changed the points some, and these didn't dry out like I expected. But they still stayed crunchy and delicious the next day!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Twix dip....pinned it and tried it

This was SO good, and so fun to eat. I pinned it, tried it ,and LOVED it!

Of course I knew that we would love it before I even made it. Just three ingredients...Twix, cool whip, and cream cheese..can't go wrong with that combo!

 AND we all know how Brent loves Cool whip...

It was a no brainer.

 I did just make a fourth of the recipe, for the two of us. Next time I need to bring a dish, though, I will be making the full recipe.

I'm off to Pinterest and see what else I can find to pin and try!

Twix Dip

8 oz. Cool whip
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 c. chopped twix ( save a few for the top)
caramel topping, to drizzle on top

Mix the cream cheese and cool whip, stir in the chopped Twix. Sprinkle a few chopped Twix on top and drizzle with caramel topping. 

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Turkey taco roll ups

Here's a quick and delicious appetizer....taco turkey roll ups. Just a few minutes and these are ready! Use finely shredded cheese, though. As you can see from the photo the thicker cheese made it harder to roll up!

Turkey Taco Roll-ups

1/3 c. sour cream
1 Tbsp. taco seasoning
3 tortillas (8 in.)
 1/2 c. shredded Mexican cheese (can use any kind..but use finely shredded)
1/4 lb. sliced deli turkey

Mix the sour cream and taco seasoning. Spread on tortillas, place turkey on top and sprinkle with shredded cheese. Roll up and cut in slices. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Caprese chicken and bacon

I made this dish the other night, after seeing it on allrecipes.
 I was looking for something with basil, since I had a bunch of fresh picked from the local Farmer's Market. 
This sounded good, and I had all the ingredients on hand. It took just a few minutes to put together, and before I knew it, we were siting down having a delicious dinner!

Caprese chicken and bacon

8 bacon strips
4 chicken breasts
1 Tbsp. Olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 plum tomatoes, sliced
 fresh basil leaves
4 slices mozzarella cheese

Place the bacon on a cookie sheet lined with foil and bake at 400 for 8-10 minutes until partially cooked. Remove and let drain on a paper towel.

Place the chicken in a baking dish, sprinkle with oil, salt and pepper. Top each chicken breast with sliced tomatoes,and wrap with 2 slices of bacon,  Bake at 400 for 25 minutes until chicken juices run clear. Top each with a slice of cheese and return to oven until melted. 4 servings

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Snicker doodle Bars..pinned it and tried it


I pinned it, tried it, and loved it!

These made the whole house smell so warm and inviting. Now that the weather is a bit chilly, it was nice to come in after our walk and have a fresh, warm, chewy bar with a cinnamon topping waiting for us on the counter. What a delicious treat!

The bars stayed soft and chewy for the couple of days that they lasted, anyway. They were hard to stay out of, so they didn't last long. I didn't try freezing them yet, but next time I will double the recipe and make  9 x 13 pan.. and see how they freeze.

So the word on this recipe off Pinterest's a keeper!

Snicker doodle Bars

1/2 c. butter,softened
1 c. brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 tsp.salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp.baking powder
1 1/3 c. flour

1/16 cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
Cream the butter and sugar, add the egg, vanilla, salt and mix well. Add the baking powder and flour, mixing well. Spread into a greased 8" pan. Sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar mixture over the dough and bake at 350 for 20 minutes, do not over bake.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Pecan Granola Yogurt Parfaits

Happy Sunday everyone!

This summer I went with some friends to hear a speaker at a local church. They served muffins and yogurt parfaits before it started. The parfaits tasted especially good, and we quickly figured out it was the granola that really put them" over the top" good.

The granola was full of toasted pecans, they were in every bite! I asked my friend if she could get the recipe for me. As soon as I had it in my hands...I made it!

It's really quite simple, and has few ingredients.  I think the added step of toasting the oats before adding the rest of the ingredients makes a big difference in the flavor,too.

I also like how healthy this recipe is, made with honey and canola oil. It's not overly sweet, and lets the toasted oats and pecans shine.

The recipe says it can be frozen, which would be a big plus when having company for breakfast or brunch. I may try that for over the Holidays this year. I usually serve a brunch before the kids head back to their homes. A yogurt parfait would be a fun addition!

I'm just going to list the recipe below for the granola. As for the parfaits, basically any type of yogurt or fruit can be used. We prefer vanilla Greek yogurt and any berries we have on hand. In the photo I used raspberries and blueberries. Frozen fruit would work well too.

Enjoy the day!

Pecan Granola 
Calvary Women in Ministry

5 c. rolled oats (old fashioned, not quick)
1 1/2 to 2 c. pecans, chopped in larger pieces

Mix the following in a small bowl:
1/2 c. honey
1/3 c. canola oil
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon

Directions: Heat oats at 350 on a heavy cookie sheet or cake pan for 10 minutes.( Watch carefully.) Add the the remaining ingredients and stir to coat. Bake about 15 to 25 minutes, stirring every few minutes to prevent burning. When toasty brown, remove from oven, and stir a few more times. You can add dried fruit, if desired. Makes 7 c. of granola. Store tightly covered for 2 weeks or freeze.

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