Monday, August 19, 2013

Cupcake Brownies

On Sundays, I like to make dessert.  I found a great recipe that is awesome because one cupcake is only 77 calories!!!!  Seriously, how great is that?  The little dollup on top of canned whipping cream only adds about 15 calories.  Cupcake Brownies won't ruin the diet, but will fix a sweet tooth!



3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar, plus
1 tablespoon brown sugar, firmly packed
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons margarine, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350°.

In a bowl, stir together flour, brown sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt.

In a second bowl stir together remaining ingredients.

Pour water mixture over flour mixture and,.

Stir until batter is smooth.

Pour into a nonstick 12 hole muffin tin coated with cooking spray.

Filling until half full.

Bake until toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes.

Remove from oven.

Let stand 5 minutes then turn out onto rack to cool.

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Weight Watcher's Chicken and Cheese Casserole

I am so excited about some of the really great recipes I have found from Weight Watchers.  As I have said before, if it tastes diet, I don't want it!  I came across this Casserole that you would never guess is a Weight Watcher's recipe.  Chicken and Cheese Casserole is warm, delicious comfort food.  We had this for dinner tonight, and it was another hit.  Yea for healthy, low calorie meals that fill you up!!


2 cups cooked macaroni
2 cups chicken breasts, chopped
2 cups cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
2 cups skim milk
8 ounces low-fat cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large casserole, combine all ingredients, mixing well.

Bake,covered, 35-45 minutes.

Remove cover; bake 10-15 minutes longer.

Serve immediately

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Parmesan Vegetables

Are you wondering what to do with all those summer vegetables you have growing in your garden?  These Parmesan Vegetables are delicious!  All you do is slice zucchini, and yellow squash, place on a foil lined baking sheet that has been lightly sprayed with no-stick spray, lightly spray your vegetables with olive or canola oil, and sprinkle Parmesan on top.  Broil until cheese has melted.  If you want them crispy, keep under the broiler until lightly browned.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Chicken Spaghetti

We tried this recipe tonight for dinner.  It is called Chicken Spaghetti and it was fabulous.  Really, this doesn't taste low calorie at all, yet it is.   The entire 9 x 13 pan was 1570 calories...and between 4 of us we only ate half the pan.  Ryan's friend was over and wanted seconds!  This is another recipe that I will definitely make again...and not just when we are watching our calories.  Believe me, I hate recipes that taste low fat and low calorie...I would rather not eat.  This was so full of flavor!!!  It will be great for lunch tomorrow.

Chicken Spaghetti 
*8 ounces cooked chicken shredded
*3 cups cooked spaghetti- 4 1/2 oz dry
*4 ounces Velveeta Light
*1 can of rotel
*1 can 98% Fat Free Cream of Mushroom Soup
*1/2 cup chopped onions
*1/2 cup green bell pepper chopped

1. Cook chicken. You can either use rotisserie chicken or boil your own. Shred after cool. Cook spaghetti noodles according to box directions but add the chopped green pepper in the saucepan with the noodles while cooking.

2. In a large sauce pan over MEDIUM heat mix Velveeta, soup, and rotel. Make sure not to turn on too high because the velveeta will burn on the bottom of the sauce pan. Add the remaining ingredients after the cheese has melted in with the soup and rotel.

3. Pour the mixture into a 9x13 pan, cover with foil and cook until heated through (about 10-15 min at 450.)

Mexican Casserole

I know this is a pretty horrible picture...but it was taken with my phone, and it's not a "smart" phone, so no fancy pics.  We have started "healthy eating" AGAIN.  I personally would rather eat a little bit of something that tastes filling and rich, than a lot of something that has that "diet" taste.  I have been trying out some healthy, low calorie, and low fat meals that I think (by looking at the ingredients) will have the real food taste. This recipe for, Mexican Casserole was delicious!  Everyone in the family enjoyed it and it was very filling.  It also tasted great heated up the next few days for lunch.  This is definitely a keeper and I would actually make  this when we aren't trying to shed a few pounds.