breakfast · Healthy Eating

A Healthier Granola

How easy it is to get into a breakfast rut! I’m not a huge fan of the typical breakfast foods, so an option with a crunchy granola sprinkled over Greek yogurt and fresh fruit makes my morning happy!

I enjoy trying different granola recipes, and while I love my old standby recipe, my new find from Skinny Ms is a delicious addition to my granola choices! This one has no dried fruits in order to keep it lower in sugar, but I didn’t miss them! I did add walnuts, though it’s not in the original recipe.

This has a nice toasty flavor and a good soft crunch! We love it!

So good over yogurt and fruit!
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Brunch · Healthy Eating · Make-Ahead · Weight watchers

Crustless Quiche

When I make up my weekly menu, I look at what I have on hand and look for recipes that use those items. Last week I had fresh broccoli in the fridge and I had some ham slices in the freezer. When I was looking at my Pinterest boards for healthy recipes, I came across a pin for a Ham and Cheese Crustless Quiche on Skinny Taste’s site. She has such delicious, healthy recipes! This one joined the ranks of favorites!

I used Swiss cheese as my cheese option and it was so good with that ham! Steaming the broccoli just a couple of minutes gave it tenderness without being super limp or soggy. This whole recipe is just delicious! I also prepped the ingredients ahead of time because I was working outside on my back porch and wanted supper to be easy to complete.

To make ahead, I chopped the broccoli and ham and grated the cheese and then set all that in the fridge. I mixed up the custard ingredients and set that bowl in the fridge. All I had to do 45 minutes before suppertime was assemble it in my pie plate.

Here’s Skinny Taste’s recipe:

Ham and Cheese Crustless Quiche

INGREDIENTS

  • cooking spray
  • 1 3/4 cups diced ham steak or leftover ham, 9 oz
  • 1 cup chopped steamed broccoli, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup fresh grated Swiss cheese
  • 2/3 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup half & half cream
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • pinch of nutmeg

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat the to 350F degrees. Spray a pie dish with oil.
  • Evenly spread the broccoli in the dish and top it evenly with the ham.
  • Make the custard mixture by whisking together the milk, half and half, eggs, salt, black pepper, and the nutmeg.
  • Pour the custard into the dish and top with Swiss Cheese.
  • Bake 35 to 40 minutes, until the center is set.
  • Cut the quiche into 6 pieces and serve.

I served this at supper with a side salad, toasted bread and fresh fruit. It would also be perfect menu item for brunch!

This recipe is 5 points on the Blue WW plan and 6 on the Green Plan.

Enjoy!

Fast meal · Healthy Eating

Two-Ingredient Pizza Dough

I love eating a healthy diet, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to deprive myself of good food! Last Friday I decided we were having pizza for supper. One slice of a Thin and Crispy pizza from Pizza Hut is 6 points on the Weight Watchers plan. However, a recipe I found on WW is only 7 points for a whole personal pizza.

Here is a 2-Ingredient Pizza Dough with ground turkey, red onion, sun-dried tomatoes, Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. It was so delicious! You may remember that I made 2-Ingredient Bagels with this same dough..

bagel 7

Those bagels were good, but I think the pizza dough is the best use of that recipe! The pizza dough was crispy and really tasty! This recipe came together so fast, too. Usually a homemade crust takes lots of early prep, but not so with this recipe! About 30 minutes is all it took to mix up the dough, roll it out and top it with my toppings. They only baked for about 15 minutes! Don’t let the fact of the dough containing Greek yogurt scare you – you won’t even taste it!

Turkey Pizzas with 2-Ingredient Dough
1 Cup fat free Greek yogurts
1 Cup self-rising flour (or add 1 1/2 tsp. baking power & 1/4 tsp salt to all-purpose flour)
1 Cup Canned tomato sauce
3/4 Cup Shredded part-skim Mozzarella Cheese
Turkey Pepperoni or Browned Ground turkey
4 Tbsp Grate Parmesan Cheese
2 Tbl. slivered Basil
Instructions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place yogurt and flour in a large bowl; stir well with a wooden spoon until just combined, and then keep mixing dough in bowl with your hands until smooth (about 2 minutes of kneading). If dough is too sticky to knead, add more flour, 1 Tbl at a time until no longer sticky.

Place a large piece of parchment paper on a work surface and sprinkle with flour; place dough on paper. Use a knife to cut dough into 4 equal pieces.
Use a rolling pin to roll each piece of dough into 6-7 inch oval. Place on prepared baking sheet, bake until dough is beginning to turn lightly golden, about 18 minutes.


Remove from oven and top each with 1/4 C sauce, 3 Tbl Mozzarella cheese and turkey. Return to oven and bake a few more minutes until dough is cooked through and cheese is melted.

Serve each sprinkled with Parmesan and basil.

Of course you can add other toppings as you wish. I added red onion and sun-dried tomatoes.

We each had one the first night I made it, and then the next night we ate the other two that were left over. I popped them back into the oven and they reheated beautifully.

If you’re hungry for pizza but don’t want all the calories, I urge you to try this recipe. I think you’ll be genuinely surprised how delicious it is!!

Refresh your healthy diet with PIZZA!!!

Cookies · Healthy Eating

Low-Fat Chocolate Chip Cookie

We all know you can’t have too many recipes for Chocolate Chip Cookies, right? I went on the search for one recently that was reduced in fat, since I’m trying to stick with my healthy eating. (You can read about our recent weight loss here). I found this recipee on Skinny Taste’s site and they were soft, moist and chocolate-y!

As many low fat recipes do, this one uses apple sauce in place of some of the butter. You truly can’t even tell! I will definitely be making these again! For those of you on Weight Watchers, these count as 4 points each.

Here’s the easy recipe:

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unpacked brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350°F; line two baking sheets with parchment paper or use a silpat.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  • In a large bowl, with a mixer, cream together the butter and the sugars on medium speed.
  • Add the egg, followed by the applesauce and vanilla extract.
  • Working by hand, stir in the flour mixture and the oats until just combined and no streaks of flour remain; stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Drop heaping tablespoonfuls (approx 1 tbsp each) of the dough onto prepared baking sheets, flattening each cookie slightly (I forgot to do this).
  • Bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until cookies become light brown at the edges.
  • Let cool on baking sheet for 3 or 4 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container or in the freezer.

You don’t have to be afraid that these will taste weird, I promise! I think you’ll be surprised how delicious, soft and chocolate-y they taste! Add a glass of milk and you are set!

If you need a lighter cake this Carrot Cake is perfection! This Chocolate Pie doesn’t taste like it’s light, but it’s truly reduced in fat and is fabulous!

With love from my country kitchen,

Healthy Eating · Lightened Up Recipe · Refreshment

We Lost Weight and Feel Great!

I begin this post today with a little trepidation because I was warned that if I ever shared about weight loss on my blog, I would get some hard hits and ugly comments. I’m not sure why that would be the case, but I’m confident that anyone who disagrees will do so kindly. =) I’m sharing this personal subject matter because it refreshed my husband and me in helping us feel better, and I thought it could encourage and refresh someone who may be feeling as we did early this summer. How is that? In need of taking off excess pounds.

Shepherd’s Pie

I mentioned on Monday that my husband and I decided this summer that it was time to take charge of our health. I had a high cholesterol report and we both had felt uncomfortable in our clothes and at the sight of the scale. I’m only 4’9″, so if I gain a few pounds, it looks like a lot more. We had been eating whatever we felt like, and it was beginning to show. But what to do? I had tried before to simply “watch what I eat,” to no avail. After a day or two, I’d give up and cave into my old habits, so I looked around a bit at our options…

  1. We could do one of the diets where you order their food, drink their drink and eat strange things like cauliflower everything. While I’m happy for those that are helped by these plans, this option just didn’t work well for our lifestyle. We are with people in many settings that involve food and we didn’t want to have to bring our own meal along just to accommodate a diet.
  2. We could bite the bullet and sign up for tried and true Weight Watchers. I checked out their prices and found I could initially get 3 months for around $21. I liked the fact that :
  • We could eat “normal” foods.
  • Weight Watchers would give us an amount of “points” to follow for weight loss.
  • We could track every meal on the WW app, making it super simple.
  • We could save up extra points for the times when we would be celebrating with family or friends and going a little off the diet path.
  • We could find delicious recipes not only from Weight Watchers but also other sites that tally WW points.
  • We would not be hungry because they have a long list of “Zero Point foods” that keep you snacking if you need something to eat.
  • The WW app lists tons of restaurants and the points of their menu items, making eating out a simple choice of what we could enjoy and what we needed to avoid.
  • The WW app is so easy to use and also encouraging as you use it to track your foods and also weigh in each week.

When I contacted WW to begin, they asked for my height, age, current weight and how much I wanted to lose. My goal was ten pounds; my husband wanted to take off 30. They then gave me my number of points to use each day, along with a list of Zero point foods and access to all the great recipes right on the app.

My recent post of Turkey Meatloaf in the crock pot is a WW recipe!

One benefit of having the app was that I could search for a particular food and see the point value before I indulged. It was amazing to me how high some of our “normal” foods were. Seeing the point value gave me the option of choosing to lighten up a recipe, or even have just a bite of that dessert instead of a whole piece…which, by the way, always satisfied my sweet tooth!

Here’s a photo of my app one day. I had 23 points each day. The “Weekly remaining are the “rollovers” – the points that I hadn’t used that were accumulating for a day when I might need more than the 23 points.

In three month’s time, we had both reach our goals! It came off slowly and wisely and we ate so well we never felt like we were really dieting. Oh sure, we weren’t snacking on tortilla chips at the Mexican restaurant anymore or eating sweets each day, but we had delicious and nourishing foods at every meal. I lost track of how many watermelons I purchased this summer. That was our treat with zero points!

We’re both in maintenance mode and feeling terrific. We’ve really changed the way we eat are thankful for the Weight Watchers plan that made it so easy to get on track! I’m still using the app, just to keep up with our daily points. I think it’s going to help us with the upcoming holidays and all the gatherings and wonderful foods that come with them. Again, it’s not that we won’t be indulging, but we’ll know how much to have and when to replace it with something more healthy. I’ve learned that portion control is also key. You can have that bowl of cheddar popcorn for a nighttime snack, but make it a smaller bowl. As they say, all things in moderation.

I get no kickback from my promotion of Weight Watchers, I just wanted to share it with others who might wonder how to take off unwanted pounds easily. If that’s you, I’d encourage you to at least check it out. They’re always offering start-up deals that are quite reasonable. Since your health is involved, it’s a wise investment.

If you have questions about Weight Watchers, feel free to leave it in the comments!

Some of our favorite Weight Watcher recipes:
Pork Chops with Mustard Sauce
Shepherd’s Pie
Four-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
Smoky Tilapia Tacos

Refresh yourself by taking care of the body God gave you; it’s His temple.