Light Recipes

I am sure you are like me in that making food for my family to eat has become the chore of my world!
The hard part is the decision for something delicious and appealing to the multiple senses.
I know I am not alone in this daily struggle.
Here are a collection of ideas for us all

Breakfast

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Protein Breakfast muffin cups

Dinner/Main dishes/Entree

Baked Chicken Strips, steamed asparagus and Quinoa

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Taco Soup and cornbread

Italian Chicken with Mushrooms, steamed broccoli, pasta

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Roast Beef Potato Rolls, with Brown Gravy and Green Tossed Salad

Cilantro Chicken and Beans, steamed rice and green beans

Dessert

FAT FREE ANGEL PINEAPPLE CAKE ~ Light recipes

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Ingard here, ions ago I did Weight Watchers and came across this recipe for a

Fat Free delicious cake that was very low in WW points

(how many WW points you ask, sadly it is lost in the hamster wheel in my head now, LoL)

Ingredients are:

Angle Food cake mix (in my area prices ranged from $2.29 to $1.89 ~ you can use store or name brand)

1 can of crushed pineapple (20oz)

While the direction on the box don’t request a greased or even greased and floured Angel Food Cake Pan

pan preparation is optional (I have done it both ways)

dump crushed pineapple in cake mix and stir until well blended

(be sure to give yourself a bowl with room as it expands with bubbles :)

Bake as directed on package for your pan choice. Allow to cool then turn cake out of pan.

This could be made in a 13×9 pan as well and be just an delicious.

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Now here is my confession.

I haven’t made this in several years and in my memory it was puffy like an Angel food cake can be.

You are seeing my 3rd attempt at getting this pretty and still flat fallen cake.

Now don’t get me wrong the other 2 cakes were happily consumed and were delish!

In fact this one fell as well and was also happily consumed (good thing it is Fat Free).

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DIY - make your own popcorn in paper bag with a microwave, how to make microwave popcorn in a brown paper bagWe posted this recipe 2 years ago but one of our readers asked me to post it again, I figured it was a great healthy snack idea for 2015.  Hope you enjoy it as much as my kids do!

Make your own healthy popcorn in your microwave with bulk popcorn kernels. It is a thrifty way to have healthy and very delicious popcorn.

All too often we grab those microwave popcorn boxes that are “butter” flavored because they were on sale. Have you ever seen the ingredient list? Arghh…

Make Your own microwave popcorn

To make this yummy and thrifty popcorn all you need is:

  • 1/4 cup popcorn kernels
  • 2 tsp Olive oil, or other healthy oil. (teaspoons)
  • 1/4 salt (optional)
  • one lunch sack size brown paper bag

In the paper bag, add the popcorn, pour the oil over the popcorn in the bag. Next add the salt, and fold over the top of the bag at least twice. Shake the bag to coat the popcorn. Place the bag on a paper plate, or napkin. Cook on high for 2-3 mins, or until there is a 2-3 second pause as the popcorn popping is slowing down.

Carefully pull out, and pour into a bowl… and enjoy healthy and thrifty Do It Your self popcorn in a microwave!

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How to Roast Chestnuts

How to roast chestnuts

We all have heard the Christmas song – “Chestnuts Roasting on an open fire”. But have you ever actually roasted chestnuts? Every year my (Matt’s) mom would scavenge through the grocery stores to find the hard to find Chestnuts. Each Christmas she would cook them for our family. Chestnuts have a dry taste to them and are some what in need of a salt dip and a good cup of cider to go with it. If you are lucky enough to find these in your grocery store and have never had them, they are a fun way to spend time enjoying some Christmas music, a warm cup of cider, and your family making memories.

Ingredients:

1 pound Chestnuts

Items needed:

  • Roasting pan or cookie sheet
  • Salt
  • some friends to share the Holidays

How to Roast Chestnuts

First lay them all out with the flat side down. With a large knife that is easy to hold and with some weight to it. Tap small “X” shapes into the top of the shell. Be careful not to slice down into the Chestnut inside. Chestnuts have a inner husk also that peels off after roasting.

Place on a cookie sheet and roast the chestnuts in the oven for about 15 mins. The main thing is to allow the shell X you cut to peel back.

How to Roast ChestnutsOnce the shells start to peel back you can take one out to try it out. The nuts are soft nuts and have a “chew” to them. They shouldn’t be hard. Some nuts in stores tend to be old or dried out so it is hit and miss on the year if you get good nuts or not.

How to Roast Chestnut

Now pour a little pile of salt on your plate, break up the soft warm roasted Chestnuts and enjoy. They are as some say – different, but it is always a fun event to remember and enjoy with my family and I know yours will love it too.

Merry Christmas

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Cookie Salad – Yummy Side Dish Or Dessert

I had a family bbq this weekend, and had to come up with a dish to bring with little notice.  Luckily, we have been making this salad for years, and it is always a hit wherever you bring it!

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Recipe

2 cups buttermilk

1 small box of vanilla pudding

1 small container cool whip

1 large jar mandarin oranges drained

3-4 medium bananas sliced

1 package pecan sandies cookies (If you have a nut allergy, you can get just sandies without the pecans)

Begin by mixing your buttermilk with your vanilla pudding mix and whisk until combined. Once combined add your container of cool whip.

Gently fold in your sliced bananas and drained oranges.

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Now crush your cookies in a ziploc baggie.  They don’t need to be super fine, it is ok for there to be some chunks.  Once they are crushed, pour them into the salad.

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Mixture will be fairly runny.  Cover and cool in the fridge to let it set up.  If you won’t be serving this soon, you can wait to put the bananas in until you are ready to serve.  Makes a large sized dish and serves several descent sized servings.  Can also be made lighter by using sugar free or light cool whips, and pudding mixes.

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Recipes shared over this week…. looks delish.

Don’t forget to pin them so you can find them later if you don’t want to try them NOW!

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