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Corn Bread and Apple Pies!

Apologies for the lack of recipes/posts these last few days! Thanksgiving kind of set me back a bit! Tuesday we had to clean out the fridge to make room for the turkey and all the leftovers. Wednesday I had to do prep for the big day (aka Thanksgiving) and Thursday was well, Thanksgiving.

Turkey day was just the boyfriend and I (my first holiday not with the family) so I had to make some wise choices! I decided (besides the turkey) I wanted a Weight Watchers Thanksgiving. Mike wanted a regular full-fat dinner. So we compromised. He picked two side dishes to have “regular” style (plus deviled eggs, but I don’t eat those anyways so that was easy) and I did the rest of the menu low-fat Weight Watchers “style”. I found a few great Hungry-Girl recipes that made perfect additions to make brand new Turkey day traditions!

First was Corn MegaMuffins! (Click the link for the recipe)

Holy Cow! These are NOT baked yet! Look how gigantic they are!

Yup, these ginormous MegaMuffins are only 3 weight watcher points each! Woot! Woot!

A close up, because I think its fun! (Apologies for the blurriness)

Taste: I love cornbread! I also haven’t eaten cornbread in over 5 years because they are so ridiculously high in fat and calories! These big guys are the perfect replacement for my favorite bread item! I honestly couldn’t even tell they were low-fat! 10 thumbs up! (What? I have 10 thumbs, so what?)

Texture: My first suggestion; make sure you let them cool down completely before consuming. When they were still hot they were a little gummy and seemed to be undercooked even though you could tell they were done. Second suggestion: Eat them the next day reheated for a few seconds with a little I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter spray! YUM! Loved the bits and chunks of real corn in them! Perfection!

Satisfaction: Needless to say throughout the course of the day I ate 3 of them!

I also wanted to make an apple pie for Turkey day (Since I don’t like pumpkin pie) and found: Awesome Apple Pie-lets! Whoops, I forgot to take pictures of this one! I was too pre-occupied with eating them and preparing the rest of our feast. If you click on the link you’ll get the idea of what they look like :)!

Texture: Using an egg roll wrapper as the shell: BRILLIANT! My only complaint is the crust edges, once the wrapper is rolled over to seal it, it gets a little tough and chewy. Just a little too much! Other than that, it was awesome!

Taste: Apple pie filling was so easy and fragrant and delicious! It really really did taste of apple pie! A little apple pie pocket! Best dessert we had at dinner! (Probably because I don’t like pumpkin pie.) Top it off with a little frozen Cool Whip Free and it’s Apple Pie A la Mode!

Satisfaction: 2 Weight Watchers points; yeah I’m sold! Holy wow, really? Only 2 points for a pie?

In slightly other related news: I lost 3.4 pounds last week! Yay! For a total of 8.4 pounds in 3 weeks! I’m hoping that I can keep this up. I’m also so super excited about the new Weight Watchers Points program to roll out on Monday. I’ve heard through rumors on the net that all fruit is gonna be zero points. And that they are actually going to take protein into account on calculating the points! This is so exciting! I am a protein junkie!

I should be back to doing recipes again on Saturday. I just need to find some fresh Ahi tuna. This is going to be a tough one. I don’t even know where to begin! Hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving and that you got to spend it with the ones you love!

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Three-Cheese-Bacon-Apple-Bella Frittata

If you look up the word Frittata on Wikipedia it basically says: a frittata is an egg based dish similar to an omelete or Quiche.  I like omelets, and even though I’ve never had a Quiche before, I know I would like it! If you’ve never had a frittata before I suggest trying out this recipe! With the holidays coming up and family possibly visiting from out-of-town, this would be a great breakfast or brunch to start out the day with!

THE RECIPE:

Three-Cheese-Bacon-Apple-Bella Frittata

PER SERVING (1/4 of the frittata): 157 calories, 3.25g fat, 506mg sodium, 12.5g carbs, 1.5g fiber, 6.5g sugar, 18.5g protein

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 cups fat-free liquid egg substitute

2 tbls. fat-free nondairy liquid creamer

2 slices 2% milk Swiss cheese, chopped (I could only find 2% milk Cheddar, so I decided on fat-free “white” cheese)

1/2 cup shredded fat-free cheddar cheese

2 slices center-cut or turkey bacon, chopped (I used turkey bacon, yum, turkey!)

1 cup chopped Portabella mushrooms

1 large apple, preferably Fuji, cored and finely chopped (I chose HoneyCrisp, it’s my fave!)

1 tbls. reduced-fat Parmesan-style grated topping

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat broiler.

In a medium bowl, combine egg substitute and creamer. Whisk together for 1 minute. (This step helps add volume to the eggs, I know it sounds like a useless step, but  it is important!)  Add Swiss cheese and cheddar cheese. Set aside.

Bring a large oven-safe skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat on the stove. Add bacon and mushrooms, and cook until bacon is slightly crispy and mushrooms have softened, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Beginning to smell good in my kitchen! Bacon and mushrooms, oh my!

Add apple and continue to cook until softened, about 1 minutes. (Just like in the AM Apple Scramble recipe, eggs and apple sound so bizarre together, hmmm….will this one work out well too?)

I hope my "finely chopped" apples are small enough!

Pour egg mixture into the skillet, and tilt the skillet back and forth to ensure egg mixture is evenly distributed. Make sure cheese is evenly distributed (This was not an easy task!) , as well, if needed, run a spatula along the sides of the skillet to help the egg flow underneath the bacon, mushrooms, and apple. Cook for 2 minutes, and then remove from heat.

The frittata before the broiler. See how I didn't move the cheese around very well, it was hard damn it!

Sprinkle grated topping evenly over the frittata. Place under the broiler for about 4 minutes, until the egg mixture has puffed up  and the mixture is set.

Tried to capture the height of the egg, can you tell that its puffy?

How bout now?

Allow to cool, and then cut into quarters. (Frittata may look runny, but it’s just all the cheese oozing out) Enjoy!

Sliced like a pizza, and resembling an omelete. Oh yeah, I'm excited!

Makes 4 servings.

THE REVIEW:

My first bite reaction: Appley! Sweet and salty, weird, good!

Mike was at work, I ate this alone! Let’s hope the left-overs are good! 🙂

Satisfaction: I am NOT a morning person at all! I don’t actually like eating right after waking up, but I force myself to do so and am rewarded by not devouring an entire box of donuts 3 hours after waking since by now I’m a starving mo-fo! I usually will pop a VitaTop into the oven, pour and drink a cup of coffee and by the time the coffee is coursing through my veins my VitaTop is ready to eat. (About 10 minutes). This recipe took me over an hour to make! (I’m really slow in the kitchen first thing in the morning, ok I’m really slow doing everything first thing in the morning.) I was so hungry I wanted to eat the whole thing! (Plus I burned more calories standing and moving in the kitchen than I would have with my usual sitting on my arse reading Facebook/twitter/google reader). This being 3 weight watchers points I should have been 100% satisfied! Instead, I was still hungry and wanted more! Instead I drank a huge glass of water and more coffee. Needless to say, if you are not a morning person I suggest making this the night before and re-heating it when you wake up!

Taste: In all honesty the apple was too overpowering and the cheese and bacon took a part way too far back in the background. Overall it was good, but some of the ingredients/calories I could have dealt without, seeing as how I couldn’t taste them! Would I make this again, yes! But I would only use half an apple and make sure the cheese was better distributed!

Creativity: I give this a big A+! The combo of all the ingredients for only 3 weight watchers points, hell yes! It’s a great breakfast for those who are sick of the same old same old boring breakfast!

Texture: The apple was too crunchy still, other than that, it was great! I wanted more cheese though, give me give me give me!

What do you eat first thing in the morning?

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Lucky Four-Leaf Salad with Feta and Apples

When it comes to cheese I’m not that finicky, I’ll eat whatever, whenever! I really like cheese, I even really like low-fat cheese! 🙂  Just a few years ago I discovered that I actually appreciate feta. It used to be one of those weird varieties that I steered clear of because of its texture (even though I liked the flavor) until I had some in a salad! I can’t actually figure out the logistics as to why it’s so good, but feta and lettuce= A+ in my book!

I can’t think of anything witty or even slightly interesting to say about this recipe besides: I like cheese, I like almonds, and when apple season comes along (fall time) I can’t get enough! Take all these ingredients and put them in a salad…voila!

THE RECIPE:

Lucky Four-Leaf Salad with Feta and Apples

PER SERVING: (entire salad) 213 calories, 8g fat, 552mg sodium, 29.5g carbs, 6.5g fiber, 16.5g sugar, 10g protein

INGREDIENTS:

1 Fuji apple (went with a Honeycrisp apple because they were cheaper and I like them better)

3 cups 3-lettuce blend bagged lettuce

1 cup spinach leaves

1/4 cup crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese

1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion

1 tbls. thinly sliced dry-roasted almonds (you know, the kind you find next to the bagged salads in the grocery store)

Optional: freshly ground black pepper, light vinaigrette dressing or another low-calorie dressing

DIRECTIONS:

Cut apple into quarters and remove the core, seeds, and stem. Thinly slice and then cut the slices in half widthwise.

Check out how big that apple is! I decided to go with just half because it was so big!

Toss all ingredients together in a bowl. Add some pepper and dressing if you like, but this salad’s so flavorful you may not even need ’em. Enjoy!

3 different lettuce leaves and spinach! (A la carte)

Apples, onions, feta and sliced almonds, oh my!

No caption needed! (Isn't it pretty?)

THE REVIEW:

(This review brought to you by the letter J! As in Jacque and not Mike, he was busy eating a pizza!)

My first bite review: Wow, it really doesn’t need dressing. Sweet!

Taste: When I was at the store I bought some dressing even though the recipe said it was unneccessary (I was reluctant) but I decided to try it first without it! It really was that flavorful and didn’t need it, I was shocked! The sweet apple and creamy feta merged so well with the lettuce/spinach that it seemed as though there was dressing. Loved it! (I did eat half of the salad with the sesame dressing just because I love Newman’s Own Lighten Up products that much, and it was good, but not necessary)

Texture: Crispy apples, rich feta, crunchy almonds, crisp spinach. When it comes to salads I need crunch. I need a lot of textures or it feels like I’m grinding my teeth together, this salad has all of that and more. I bet it would have been awesome with some glazed walnuts (but then the 4 Weight Watcher points would have been a lot more)

Satisfaction: I was gonna serve this with a side of chicken or left over pork roast, because it doesn’t feel like dinner without some sort of meat/protein. However, I was kind of hungry and just wanted to eat. I got this salad made in record time (about 5 minutes) and decided to just mow down and if need be, heat up the pork roast. After consuming the whole salad, I was stuffed! Best filling salad with no meat I’ve ever had!

Creativity: Reminds me of fall!  Apples and onions kind of do that to me. I’ve seen salads on restaurant menus with apples and feta before, so I wasn’t that blown away by the creativity. However because it was the first time I’ve ever had a salad with apples and feta I give this 4 stars! It’s new to my taste buds so therefore its creative! (I know, that doesn’t make sense when I put it on paper, but it makes sense in my head!)

When’s the last time you prepared dinner in 5 minutes? 🙂

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AM Apple Scramble

It’s a milestone day, my first recipe done and my first official weight in (again) for weight watchers.

The weight in, was horrible, but expected. I am so ready for this!

The recipe was easy, fantastic  and I am completely satisfied.

It’s not the first recipe of the book (I wanna try to keep them in order) it’s the second. But I will be posting the first recipe next. It made more sense for me to do the breakfast recipe first and the snacky type recipe second. The taste tester this round is just me, the bf is at work and unable to test this one. I’m pretty sure though I will be making it again tomorrow for him to try though. Its pretty damn good!

THE RECIPE:

AM Apple Scramble

PER SERVING: (entire scramble) 242 calories, 1.75g fat, 655mg sodium, 42g carbs, 6.25g fiber, 15.5g sugar, 17.5g protein

(pretty well-rounded for breakfast eh?)

INGREDIENTS:

1 slice light white bread (I used whole wheat)

1/2 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute

2 tbls light vanilla soymilk

1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. cinnamon, or more to taste (I went with exacts and didn’t add more)

2 no-calorie sweetener packets (splenda was my choice)

2 dashes of salt, or more to taste (I like salt, might have used a bit more but wasn’t actually paying attention)

1 cup peeled and finely chopped apple (not sure i chopped it finely enough)

3 tbls. old-fashioned oats

DIRECTIONS:

Toast bread. Set aside to cool. (My first dilemma, I don’t have a toaster. I improvised and toasted it in a pre-heated dry skillet. I think it turned out “toasty” enough)

In a bowl, combine egg substitute, soymilk, vanilla extract, cinnamon, sweetener, and salt. Stir in apple and oats. Set aside. (So, I didn’t read ahead and just kind of wasn’t paying that much attention. I chopped and peeled the apple first put it in the bowl and then put the rest of the ingredients on top of the apple and then stirred. Not sure it really made/makes that big of a difference, oops)

 

I cheated and used this apple peeler and corer to make this super easy

 

 

All ingredients combined minus the toasted bread.

 

Roughly tear bread and place in a blender or food processor. (I used my magic bullet, this recipe was too small to actually break out the food processor) Pulse until reduced to small pieces. (This was my second dilemma, how small is “small pieces”?)

 

This is what I considered "small pieces" hope it was small enough!

 

Add egg-apple mixture to the blender/food processor (or magic bullet) and pulse until just mixed. Do not over-blend. (I wasn’t sure what the consistency was supposed to be but I wanted to keep the integrity of the apple and didn’t pulse too long, at all!)

 

The scramble pre-cooked. See how you can still see the apple chunks?

 

Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Add mixture and prepare as you would scrambled eggs, stirring and cooking for about 5 minutes, until solid bits form and mixture is slightly browned. (Wasn’t really paying too much attention to how long I cooked it for, but it was probably longer than 5 minutes, it was kind of hard to tell when it was done as the texture never really changed.)

 

It's defiantly not a pretty dish. Kind of boring looking if you ask me. However the smells and the taste make up for the lack of color and 'blobbiness"

 

If you like add a few more dashes of cinnamon and/or salt. Enjoy!

The review: first, it says it takes 10 minutes prep and 5 minutes cook time. 15 minutes total. Uh, maybe I’m slow, but it took me about 30 minutes start to finish. A bit long for breakfast, I suggest preparing this the night before and cooking it in the morning. (In fact, I think that’s what I’m gonna do for tomorrow for the bf) It was super easy though, nothing too complicated and over whelming for a breakfast dish.

For creativity: I give this 5 stars. Combing apples with eggs is something I would have never thought to do! Adding fruit to breakfast in a creative way is always a plus for me! (I really do like fruit but find it a bit boring to eat just by itself and don’t actually do so on a regular basis, except for bananas, mmm…bananas)

Texture: a bit odd if you ask me. It had the same consistency as thanksgiving stuffing. I was slightly put off by that as I was expecting more of a scrambled egg with chunks of apple texture. It didn’t stop me from devouring the whole thing though, so it couldn’t be that odd right?

Taste: fantastic! As quoted from the recipe “Taste like scrambled french toast” and it really honestly did! The egg wasn’t overpowering, it blended well with the bread and made for a nice fluffy feel. I think if I tasted the egg and apples separately it would have been horrible. I could have used a bit more cinnamon, now I know! It wasn’t too sweet or salty. It really was a perfect breakfast!

Satisfaction: For 4 weight watcher points, it was good. Overly filling, no. Satisfying, yes. Was I still hungry after eating it, no. Am i hungry again now an hour later, kinda!

So, what do you think? Apples, eggs and bread? Weird? Genius? Are you gonna try it?

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