Friday, June 8, 2012

S'More Trifle Please!

Okay, is still calorie-laden but I made it about as skinny as possible and I needed a dessert for a crowd.  You can probably do better using Walden Farms products but this is what I did.

1 box cake mix, chocolate
1 14 oz. can pumpkin

2 small boxes of sugar free, fat free Instant Chocolate pudding
8 whole reduced fat graham crackers, crumbled
2 1/2 cups fat free milk, plus 2 Tablespoons
7 oz. Marshmellow cream
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 Chocolate bar for decorating
1 12 oz carton lite Cool Whip

Mix Box Cake mix with 1 can pumpkin and spread in sprayed baking pan and bake with time according to box directions.  Remove from oven, cool and cut in 1 inch squares.  Mix 2 packages pudding mix together with 2 cups of milk using a wire whisk.  Allow it to set for 2 minutes and fold in 8 oz. cool whip.  Melt chocolate chips, mixed with 2 TBSPs milk in the microwave fo 90 seconds.

Construct trifle:
Layer cake cubes topped with 1/2 pudding mixture.  Add crushed Graham cracker, drizzle with melted chocolate and spoons of marshmellow cream.  Repeat layers and top with rremaining Cool Whip and shaved chocolate. (I use a vegetable peeler to shave the edges of the chocolate bar.)
Assemble at least an hour in advance.  Serves 24.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Mark's Morning Frittata

Ooooooh, I love it when I wake up smelling this!  Mark gets up before me and I wake up to the most delicious aromas...yes, and he delivers coffe and breakfast in bed when I wish but I would rather have coffee in bed and breakfast at the table.  I am not a breakfast in bed sort of girl, you might be relieved to know, lol.

This recipe is a keeper, I is Mark, sorry, you can't have him!

First, you slice a few potatoes on a mandoline, or we use the Pampered Chef Simple Slicer. You lay them in a pan sprayed with Pam Spray and brown them in the oven at 350 until beginning to brown.

While they are browning, saute onion, asparagus cut in small pieces, a bit of cubed ham, and he tosses in a bit of frozen chopped up hot red pepper from the freezer.

Distribute evenly over the potato crust.

Add a small sprinkle of fat free cheddar.

In a blender, combine 4 eggs and 4 oz of Fat free Cream cheese.  Pour this over the vegetables.

Now bake for 1/2 hour or until set for the most delicious breakfast Mark will ever deliver to your bed and you will carry to the table to eat!  YUM!  Thanks Mark, kiss kiss x.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Fruited Jello

I know, Jello on my blog...IMPOSSIBLE!  I am the one who can't make Jello afterall.  I know you are thinking that.  Maybe you just are not caught up to date.  When I turned 50 I discovered how to make Jello. Okay, busted.  I did not make this one but I can make it now, um, well usually I can make it.

This is 1 box Sugar Free Strawberry Banana Jello
1 banana, sliced
1 carton Strawberries, sliced
 a handful of frozen dark sweet cherries
2 cups boiling water
1 cup of ice, then filled with water
2 1/2 oz fat free cream cheese
1 cup fat free Greek yogurt, unflavored

Mix Jello with hot water and dissolve well.  Blend cream cheese, yogurt, ice and water.  Then add hot mixture and blend.  Pour over fruit and allow to set in refrigerator.  It sets quickly.  The whole recipe has 2 syns and 1/2 A choice.  Very nice, thanks Mark!

Chicken Fiesta ala Alma!

It was so easy looking even my husband was motivated to cook it for dinner when Alma posted it on facebook.  Here it is,  because it was just that yummy and easy to make.  It would be a great filling for tortillas for a crowd also but we served it over rice.  I may try it over pasta next time and remember to add a nice big green salad!  Free plus 1 "A" choice if you eat half of it, but that is really alot of food!

Crock pot soup

1 can of rotel
2 cans of corn
1 can of black beans (drained & rinsed)
2 frozen chicken breasts (you could add a third)
8 oz fat free cream cheese
1 packet buttermilk dry ranch dressing
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon chili powder

Put all ingredients in crock pot and cook 6-8 hours. Shred chicken, and enjoy!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Thanks Avery!

Avery started losing weight about the same time our family did.  I would love this special little piggy to be the reason that millions of people get healthy and I know that if you want to lose weight and get healthy and KEEP that weight off the best way to do it is on Slimming World USA's weight loss program. 

I love that it has been the same plan for 43 years. 
I love that it is SO AFFORDABLE! 
I love that it has changed my life.
I love that all I have to do is make family meals and buy grocery store food. 
I love that they don't sell anything, no pills, no potions, no shakes, no supplements.
I love that our "losers are our real winners". 
I love that we don't pay celebrities who don't need to lose weight to represent us.
I love that every week people come off of their diabetic medications, even eating unlimited amounds of real food, fruits, veggies, lean meats, non fat dairy, pasta, potatoes and rice!
I love that a whole church can be a support system. 
I love that kids from 11-15 are FREE.
I love that Slimming World is about caring for people. 
I love that I can give hope to people who have given up a long time ago.
I love that you don't need to be hungry, it is a fully balanced healthy plan and you don't need to be deprived. 
I love that I get to tell everyone about it and you can to...because, together WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!  We can make the US the healthiest country in the world.  We have the resources.  Will you join me?  Will you take Avery's challenge?

It has made a difference in my life and it will make one in yours too, no matter where you live.  Will you let me help you?  It would make Avery one happy pig. Yeah, I know, my before picture looks like an old lady.  That's what it does to you.  I'm here for you, together we can...

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Benriner Vegetable Angel Hair!

As promised, here it is.  It is so simple really.  Three vegetables made into angelhair shapes with the help of the Benriner.  Got it from Amazon. I have only experimented with this one shape so far.
Benriner Cook Help, find it on Amazon.

Attach them to the gripper.

Cut some straight vegetables into three inch pieces.
Rotate the handle using even pressure.
Microwave for 5 minutes on high using your preferred seasonings.
They twirl right onto your fork.  They make a nice base for chicken or fish.

Vegetables should be fun and we need to eat more of them!  Bon Apetit!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Cowboy Mashed Potatoes

Simply one of the best things I have eaten.  Now we are talking comfort food.  You have got to be kidding, this is not diet food, right?  WRONG!  This is Slimming World diet food!  I love this recipe, oh, wait, did I say that already? Mmmmmmm. Just look at all the deliciousness. I am talkin' yummy flavor here people.

Okay, okay, I'll give you the recipe... but first I have to tell you that I got it from Brenda Layton.  She told me today on the phone that she has lost 90 pounds since seeing me on TV and trying Slimming World for herself.  She took a recipe she found and made it Slimming World friendly.  I want ALL her recipes!  Whoooooop Whoooooop Yay Brenda! You rock! Keep up the good work!

Here 'tis....
Cowboy Mashed Potatoes

1 pound red potatoes
1 pound Yukon Gold (yellow) potatoes
1 fresh jalapeno pepper, sliced
16 ounces baby carrots
4 cloves garlic
1 (10 ounce) package frozen white corn, thawed
Spray butter, spray it don't pour it!
1/2 pkg shredded fat free Cheddar cheese (1 A choice)
Salt and pepper to taste
Place red potatoes, yellow potatoes, jalapeno pepper, carrots and garlic cloves in a large pot. Cover with water, and bring to a boil over high heat.
Cook 15 to 20 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.
Drain water from pot.
Stir in corn and spray with butter.
Mash the mixture with a potato masher until butter is melted and potatoes have reached desired consistency.  I used a Kitchenaid mixer.
Mix in cheese, salt, and pepper.
Serve hot.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Vegetables made into Spaghetti Noodles!!!

Yes , REALLY!  And they are so very yummy!!!  I got the idea first of all by going to a local Italian restaurant named Patrizio's.  They served my fish on a bed of julienned vegetables and it was lovely even though I had the cream sauce on the side.  I remembered a friend of mine telling me that she had a gadget that made vegetables into long thin Christmas came along and Mark got me one!

It is really unbelievable.  I will do a whole blog post about the process, but here is the end result:

These are looooooong noodles, two feet long, sometimes!  You can twirl them on a fork like spaghetti!  I used McCormick's Perfect Pinch Vegetable seasoning and seved a slice of baked salmon over it.  I can't wait to experiment more.  This was a combination of carrot, yellow squash and zucchini. Can you imagine a two foot long noodle of carrot from a short 4-inch stub of carrot! I'll take pictures of this process, it is amazing!  I just left it all in this bowl and microwaved it!