Monday, October 26, 2009

I've lost hope...


Sometimes, I try to hard.

I really miss brownies. So for the past few months, I have been trying out different brownie recipes here and there. And nothing is working for me. I would really like to find a band friendly-ish brownie. I substitute sugar for Splenda and applesauce for oil. I have even made them with zucchini. The brownies above are made with black beans. Nothing is working for me. So when I found these....


I got really excited... A semi friendly brownie with a cream filling! But sadly when I tried them, I was disappointed....once again. They tasted about the same as the black bean brownies...awful.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

I.Heart.Trader.Joe's

Tired of boring chicken? Well, dress it up!
Trader Joe's has some great options for dressing up plain chicken. I like their Cacciatore Sauce, Marsala Sauce and Punjab Spinach Sauce.

I love Trader Joe's! They have so many great products and really reasonable prices. They even have some recipes on their website. I have been meaning to try their Sweet and Sour Meatballs recipe. It looks really good.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Crockpot Pork chops

Crockpot Pork Chops

1lb tenderloin pork chops
fat-free Italian dressing

Place chops in the bottom of your slow cooker and cover with fat-free Italian dressing.
Cook on high for 4-5 hours and on low for 7-8.

Serves about 4 at 251 calories and 31 grams protein.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Crockpot Fajitas


Crockpot Fajitas

2 lbs chicken breast or tenders
1 pkg fajita seasoning
2/3 cup of your favorite salsa
2-3 large sweet bell peppers, cut into strips

Cut chicken into large chunks, place into crockpot. Mix fajita mix with salsa and pour over chicken. Cook on high for about 4-5 hours or on low about 7-8. 30- 60 minutes before serving place bell peppers on top. Once cooked, shred chicken with fork and mix in peppers.

Makes about 6 servings at 150 calories and 18 grams of protein per serving.

This dish was tasty topped with fat-free sour cream and cheese. It would be great on a salad, paired with some fat-free re-fried beans and rice for those non bandit family members.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Zucchini and Tomatoes

Zucchini and Tomatoes

1 small onion, sliced
1/2 small green pepper, chopped
1 garlic glove
1 can (14oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 zucchini, thinly sliced
1/4 dried basil
1/8t pepper
1/8t salt

First, spray pan with cooking spray and saute onion, garlic, and green pepper. Once onion and green pepper get soft, add tomatoes, zucchini and spices. Cover.
Cook on medium heat for 8-10 minutes. Then uncover and cook a few more minutes to cook of liquid.

Serves about 6 bandster portions with 47 calories and barely 1 gram of protein.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Last Night Dinner

Oven Fried Chicken

1/3-1/2 cup of flour
1/4 t salt
pepper to taste
1/8 t Cajun seasoning
1/3 cup of buttermilk
1/2 cup of crushed cornflakes
2 chicken breast halves

First, combine flour and all seasonings in a bowl. Set aside.
Pour buttermilk in a bowl and set aside.
Place crushed cornflakes on a plate and set aside.
Second, cut chicken breast horizontally, making 4 thin slices. To make chicken more tender, try beating it with a meat mallet.
Next, dip chicken into flour mixture, then into buttermilk, and finally into crushed cornflakes.
Place in a oven proof dish sprayed with cooking spray.

Bake at 375 for 25-30.
Serves 4 with 170 calories and 16 grams of protein per serving.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Onion Rings

Baked Onion Rings
Original Recipe found here

1/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp dry mustard
1/4 tsp salt
2 large onions, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rounds and separated into rings
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup bread crumbs

Spray baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Preheat oven to 400. Mix the first four ingredients together, set aside. Pour 1/2 cup buttermilk in a bowl, set aside.
Pour 1 cup of bread crumbs in a bowl, set aside. Dip sliced onion rings into flour, then buttermilk, then bread crumbs and then set on baking sheet. Bake 25-30 minutes turning once.

Makes alot...about 8 bandsters portions. For about 1/4 of an onion, there are 95 calories and 3.4 grams of protein.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Tortilla Soup

I took the left over chicken from the crockpot chicken recipe I just posted the other day and made a fabulous tortilla soup.


Tortilla Soup
Original Recipe found here

1 pound shredded, cooked chicken
1 (15 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, mashed
1 (10 ounce) can enchilada sauce
1 medium onion, chopped
1 (4 ounce) can chopped green Chile peppers
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups water
1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 bay leaf
1 (10 ounce) package frozen corn
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro

Throw everything in your slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours, on high for 4 hours, or do it on your stove top until everything is tender. Remove the bay leaf before serving.

Serve with tortilla chips, cheese, sour cream, lime, and avocado.

Soup (no toppings) makes 8 1 cup portions with 262 calories and 18 grams protein.

I used 1 1/2 -2 lbs chicken and 1 cup less water to make it less soupy. I always strain mine before eating.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Tuna Cups

Tuna Salad Cups
by Chicken of the Sea

80 calories
12 grams protein



Tuna Cups
by Chicken of the Sea

80 calories
18 grams protein

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Crockpot Chicken

I cooked a whole chicken in my crockpot for the first time ever. It turned out so good. I totally forgot to take a picture. It turned out so pretty. The recipe is simple and totally up to you and your family's taste.

First, I cleaned Melba...yup I named her. I took her insides out. Washed her off really good.
I stuffed her with a roughly chopped onion and 2 stalks of celery. Then I rubbed her down with my favorite spices. I actually used a rub from Grill Mates.

In the bottom of my slow cooker, I placed 3 aluminum foil balls. I really don't know why, but I was told it helps keep the bottom from burning... so I did it. Place the bird on the foil balls and then I poured a can of chicken broth in the bottom of the pot.

And that was it. 10 hours later on low, it was done and so tender!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Holy Cheese Cake

I have been searching for a good cheesecake recipe. I tried a recipe found here and it turned out really good!

2 packages of fat-free cream cheese, room temp
2/3 cup of splenda
1 pint heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla

Cream cream cheese and splenda. Then add vanilla. In a separate bowl, whip heavy whipping cream until you have soft peaks. Then fold cheese mixture with whipping cream. Refrigerate for 6-8 hours before serving.

Serves about 10 with 130 calories, 9.5 grams of fat, and 7.7 grams of protein per serving.

I got about 10 to 12 servings out of this. I ate it with fresh strawberries and blueberries.
You could add it to a pre-made crust. But the average calories per serving of pre-made crust is about 110.

This recipe does have quite a bit of fat. If you substitute heavy whipping cream for lite whipping cream, the calories jump from 130 to 80, 9.5 grams of fat to 2.3 grams, 7.7 grams of protein to 7.2. I am not sure how it effect the taste.

I difenately will be trying this recipe again. Next time, I will do the substitution.

Friday, October 2, 2009

String Cheese

Cow Pals Light
by Kroger

60 calories
8 grams of protein
20% daily calcium

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