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Pumpkin Buttermilk Pancakes

15 Oct

Fall is finally in the air. Leaves are changing and the air has a chill in it. Front porches are decorated with pumpkins, mums, hay bales, and corn stalks. I love this time of year!

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There is something about the fall that makes me want to bake. I love to make pumpkin bread and muffins, but sometimes I want something less heavy. These Pumpkin Buttermilk pancakes are wonderful. They are soft, fluffy and slightly sweet. My children love them with pure maple syrup and butter. You will love this recipe. One bite and you will taste autumn. Enjoy!


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Freezer pancake mix!

24 Aug

With school on the horizon I know I will have to whip up some fast and healthy breakfasts for my 2 kiddos. I don’t usually have time to make pancakes from scratch on week days, but with this new trick, I can definitely do it!!! Take all the dry ingredients and put them in a freezer bag or large plastic container and mark the wet ingredients on the outside. This will allow you to cook up some healthy and delicious pancakes in a few minutes! I also froze tons of fruit on cookie sheets and then threw them in bags, so I have blueberries, sliced strawberries, sliced bananas, small chunks of apples etc at a moments notice. These are perfect thrown in your pancakes, as a topper or as a great snack for lunch boxes. Here is my basic pancake recipe broken down for you with variations. This will make 6 batches of 8 pancakes. If the dry mix is kept in the freezer it will last 4-6 months.

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Freezer Pancake Mix

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Lemon Blueberry Pancakes

14 Jun

I grew up eating Bisquick pancakes.  On weekend mornings my mom would whip together a pancake breakfast for our family and we would drench them in butter and syrup. But, when I had my first “from scratch” pancake at a restaurant in college, I was shocked how different the texture and flavor were. Ever since I have been on the search for a delicious, easy recipe that emulates those pancakes I had years ago. Since  blueberries are everywhere in the grocery store this time of year, I decided to make fresh pancakes for my kid’s breakfast this morning. They inhaled them and said they were the best ones I have ever made. I looked in my new favorite book “Wildly Affordable Organic” and used her recipe for pancakes, but I sweetened it up a little with extra sugar. They were awesome. Enjoy!!!!

Lemon Blueberry Pancakes

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Crock Pot Greek Yogurt

30 May

 

Yogurt!! Ahhh creamy, velvety deliciousness! We go through a lot of yogurt in our house. My kids eat it every day for snack and almost daily for lunch. I make a lot of recipes using greek yogurt, that are sooo delicious. It is expensive to buy yogurt constantly, but I think I found a solution – CROCK POT GREEK YOGURT!!! I was so excited when I found this recipe over at A year of slowcooking.

Here are some reasons why I love Greek yogurt!

  • It fills you up.
  • It has luxurious texture.
  • It’s thicker and creamier than regular yogurt.
  • My kids love it.
  • It is full of calcium and protein.
  • It’s good for the digestive system, because it has tons of probiotics.

9 Reasons why making it yourself is a great idea.

  • You can throw it in the crock pot at night and it is ready in the morning for breakfast or snacks.
  • It’s A LOT cheaper – a Greek yogurt from the grocery store is 1.59 each, this method is only .30 per yogurt.
  • You help our planet, by using glass or plastic reusable containers.
  • You can flavor it to your liking with fresh fruit, Agave Syrup, cinnamon, granola, sugar free Jam, pure maple syrup etc.
  • Because you’re growing your own cultures, you know they are active and what the length of the shelf-life is about 7 days from when you make it.
  • It will have a lot less Sugar:  Most yogurts have 5 teaspoons of sugar in a 6 oz. yogurt!  Flavoring yogurt yourself allows you to control the amount of sugar you add.
  • No Strange ingredients: Pectin, Artificial coloring/flavors, modified corn starch, high fructose corn syrup, Aspartame, gelatin, citric acid, and many other additives can be found on yogurt labels in your local grocery store.
  • You can choose a local organic milk source that you trust.
  • It’s VERY easy to make and the kids think it is cool!!

 

Homemade Greek Yogurt

Creamy delicious Crock Pot Greek Yogurt!

Crock Pot Greek Yogurt

 

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Granola Bites (1 point +)

15 May

Granola bars are a yummy and easy snack.  Have you ever tried to make your own? I have tried a few different recipes, but they always have a lot of oil and peanut butter, so they are not very low in points. I decided to create little granola bars today using my mini muffin tin and some of the cereals in my pantry. These were super simple to make and very good! My children love them and they are peanut free, so they are good for kids that have peanut allergies. Enjoy!!

 

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Granola bites!

Yum!

 

Granola Bites

Servings 24

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Puffed Brown Rice Cereal (I used Nature’s Path Organic Smart Bran Cereal)
  • 1 cup Low Fat Granola with Raisins (I used Trader Joe’s Low Fat Granola)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 very ripe banana smashed
  • 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract

 

Directions:

  1. Spray mini muffin pan with non stick spray and set oven for 350 F.
  2. Mix brown rice cereal, granola, sugar and banana together in a large bowl.
  3. Put almond butter, oil, maple syrup and honey in a bowl and microwave for 20 seconds. Add vanilla extract and stir well.
  4. Add honey mixture to the cereal mix and stir well.
  5. Fill mini muffin tins with mixture and press down well.
  6. Cook for 15 minutes.
  7. When still warm, press down each granola bite with a spoon to compact further.
  8. Let cool completely.

Eat as an easy snack or crumble over yogurt!

 

Calories 50, Total Fat 2.1g, Total Carbohydrates 7.8g, Fiber 2 g, Protein 0.6g

1 point + per bite

Southwestern Egg Cups – 2 points +

13 May

Hi everyone and happy Friday morning! I am enjoying some beautiful CT weather here and with one kid in school, one napping and one playing in the back yard “nicely” life is good!!! So I have been eyeing these taco egg muffins over at Danica’s Daily  blog and I thought maybe I would mix the recipe up a bit and add some different ingredients. I love southwestern egg rolls, like the ones you can find at Cheesecake Factory and California Pizza Kitchen. They are usually wanton wrappers filled with chicken, beans, avocado etc. So I decided to create my own egg cup version!! They are awesome and only 2 points + each! I used my favorite low carb Trader Joe’s tortillas!

 

Southwestern Egg Cups

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Tropical Protein Smoothie – 4 points +

22 Apr

Mornings are crazy at my house! I have to get my daughter ready for kindergarten, my son ready for preschool and my baby dressed for the day. After making breakfasts, packing lunches and waiting at the bus stop, I look at the clock and realize I have not eaten yet. I know my instinct is to grab a granola bar or a piece of toast, but that won’t keep me full. So I have started making smoothies for breakfast and quick snacks. They are super delicious and very filling. After reading about protein whey powders, I ventured to GNC and bought what they said was the best protein powder for a woman trying to lose weight.

 

 

 

Serving Size 2 scoops – Calories 200, fat 3, Carbohydrates 17, Fiber 8, Protein 25

4 POINTS +  for 2 scoops

 

 

I have noticed that since  I started having one of these for breakfast and as a snack each day, that my weight loss has really taken off. I think it has to do with all the extra protein and that I am fuller longer and don’t feel the need to snack constantly. I bought big bags of frozen fruit and those really help make it taste amazing, cold and fresh!

 

This makes on HUGE smoothie!!!Enjoy!

Tropical Protein Smoothie

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Lemon Buttermilk Baked Mini Donuts (2 points +)

13 Apr

After my first BAKED donut experience last week when I made my delicious maple cinnamon donuts, I knew I needed to try out my mini donut pan again.  I searched around my fridge for ingredients, I decided on lemon and buttermilk. I like to use buttermilk in my baking because it adds a wonderful tanginess to the food.  I still think that eating 3 mini donuts instead of one big one using this regular size donut pan makes you feel like you are eating more.  I tossed them in some powdered sugar and not only did they look adorable, but they were incredibly tasty. This recipe makes a lot (36) so adjust it as needed! Donut heaven here you come!


Mmmmmm Donuts!!!

Lemon Buttermilk Baked Mini Donuts

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Delicious Nutella, Banana Sandwiches (7 points +)

8 Apr

 

I have been enjoying my Julian Bakery bread the last few days and decided tonight to create a truly decadent sandwich……Nutella and Banana! As you know I love nutella. I bake cookies with it….remember my Dreamy cookies, I put it on bread and I eat it with a spoon. There is something magical about the combination of hazelnuts and chocolate that just make you happy: )

 

Banana (0 points +),

1 tbsp Nutella  (3 pts +)

2 slices of low carb bread (4 pts +)

Total – 7  points + for some delicious heaven!

 

I used the smart carb plain and it was REALLY good!!! The sandwich was awesome and I can see why the bread was rated the best low carb bread!!!

 


Amazing Maple Cinnamon Baked Donuts! (2 points +)

6 Apr

Most of us try and avoid donuts while we are trying to lose weight, but I have found a loop hole! These donuts are just as delicious, but they are BAKED! I saw a few recipes online and was intrigued, so I bought a mini donut pan on amazon. I figured I would rather eat multiple little donuts, than just one big one, but I love them so much that I may spring for the other pan too!!! I found a recipe at cooking with my kid and altered it with a little more maple syrup and I added some brown sugar. These were AMAZING! They tasted just like a donut and dipping them in butter and coating them in sugar, made them taste very naughty! They are best the first day you make them, but you and freeze them and pop them in the microwave. I plan on making many more mini donut creations, so get a pan on one of the links above and start baking!! Enjoy!

 


 

Amazing Maple Cinnamon Baked Mini Donuts

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