Showing posts from January, 2014

SkinnyMini Corn Dog Muffins

Are you ready for some football?!?!! I mean, I'm totally not, but who doesn't love Superbowl Sunday?! Even I do. Maybe it's the commercials... maybe it's all the football butts... but more than likely, it's the food.
We have a busy little weekend ahead, but the mister literally has me planning events around the "are you gonna have enough time to cook?" thought process, including the "I'll just drop you off at home, so you can start cooking, and I'll run back out"  -- I'm flattered, really. 
So what I'll do for you tonight, is share what's on our Superbowl Super Menu that I am trying to keep at least halfway WeightWatchers conscious. First up... these little delights. Hotdogs + Cornbread... say what?! I'm totally making chili too, so that makes these even more exciting.

Stay tuned for what else is on tap.
SkinnyMini Corn Dog Muffins Recipe courtesy of Pinterest, of course, but originated from Simply Nourished Living

Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Man oh man. Now just forming the thought of cornbread and chili got my tastebuds working. Next up as a new little appie is this concept that I heard about on TFN's new show "The Kitchen" {which I find hilarious, b-t-dubs}

Anywho, what is your first reaction when I say: Buffalo Cauliflower? Really, I'm curious to know. Because my insides did a little dance. Maybe that's because I am mildly obsessed with buffalo anything, and to know that there is a higher being out there that would allow me to eat a spicy Superbowl snack that is not a deep-fried chicken wing, makes me so happy. {Note: I heart deep-fried chicken wings. A lot. They don't love me or my scale}

So they started talking about this as an app on this past weekend's show, and I couldn't find it anywhere on their site... so I had to do a little digging. Thankfully, came to my rescue {obvs} - and I am super stoked to make these, and tt actually didn't turn his nose up! Score!

Kale + Quinoa Superfood Salad

Jamaica is 5 weeks away... and that number on the scale is not going down. Probably because I'm not doing anything overly zealous to make it happen. That's all about to change. I'm hunkering down and making a real commitment to healthy living: eating clean, no drinking {eek} and actually working out {eek even more}
We made a plan for the week, breakfast, lunch and dinner along with snacks. And this little guy is going to be filling up our bellies at lunchtime, and I'm pretty excited about that. I came across this recipe a while ago.. no idea where I found it, probably on or in one of the emails I get from them. I've been holding onto it, waiting for the right time, and to tell you the truth, it really does feel like the right time! I haven't tried the whole combo together yet, but that dressing...oooh baby. I pretty much wanted to drink it. 
So without further ado... Kale + Quinoa Superfood Salad ingredients:For the salad    1 cup quinoa    1 bunc…

Spaghetti Pie

What is the first thing that pops into your head when you hear the words "spaghetti" and "pie" in the same sentence? For me, I instantly go back to the first meal I made for tt! Very special memory for me. I also associate it with being somewhat of a treat, although my slightly lightened up version didn't add up to be an obscene amount of points, luckily. 
It's oh so easy to make, and oh so easy to enjoy. My only caveat is that you must use frozen meatballs. I know, that sounds gross.. but trust me, as I trust my mother, on this one. {she has made it using real meatballs, and apparently it was a complete disaster- I forget what actually went wrong but in my distant memory, it was greasy and never set up the way it's supposed to. Either way, I remember that fresh/homemade meatballs are a BIG no-no for this recipe.. which ultimately makes it way easier}

Spaghetti Pie
1/2 box/8 oz spaghetti {lighten up! use whole wheat pasta} 2 Tbl butter, mel…

{WeightWatchers} Filet Mignon with Bearnaise

Date night is a special night in our house. For two people who are go go go all the time, while I typically do cook every night, we can usually be found eating in front of the TV, bent over the living room coffee table. This drives me crazy on a day-to-day basis, but apparently not enough to start forcing myself to eat at the table. I have a gorgeous new dining room table, and I think it has been used maybe 3 or 4 times in the course of the last few months. Hopefully that will change, and if I had meals like this one to eat on a regular basis, I can tell you I would spend much less time on my couch!
In my family, there is a New Years tradition that involves Filet Mignon. The tradition was created by accident a million years ago. My dad, the amazing man that he is, braves the elements at any time of year to grill. In blustery upstate NY, you can imagine what the weather is like on New Years. Long story short, the glass on said grill exploded while the steaks were being cooked. My gues…

{WeightWatchers} Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

I love potatoes. I particularly love fingerling potatoes because they are just totes adorbs. Even more adorable, if you could believe it, are the mixed or "confetti" fingerling potatoes.. a super fun mix of little red, yellow, and gorgeous purple potatoes makes your dish look as lovely as it tastes. 
What I enjoy most about fingerling potatoes, is how quickly they cook up, even if they are left whole. I usually halve or quarter the bigger ones, to make sure they cook evenly, but either way. This particular recipe only takes 30-35 minutes from start to finish, based on how big/small your potatoes are. Of course, the larger the potato, the longer they will take to cook. Science!
I started with the general concepts of a WeightWatchers recipe called Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Herbs and Garlic, and added my own twist. Hopefully the link brings you to the original recipe, although I think my jazzed up version is probably better and adds 0 PointsPlus+ to the recipe ;o)

These …