Hope Wissel

Tasty Tuesday – Fudge Brownies

Today’s recipe is courtesy of Hungry Girl. The actual name of the brownie is “secret-ingredient” fudge brownie BUT I figured you would’t check it out if you knew there was a secret ingredient. LOL.  I’m trying to get back on track but I do love my sweets.  I never remember craving them this much but lately it has been really bad!  The best part about this recipe is I can make it gluten free with almond flour.

NUTRITION FACTS:  1/9th of pan (1 brownie): 107 calories, 2g total fat (1g sat fat), 190mg sodium, 23g carbs, 5.5g fiber, 4g sugars, 5.5g protein

FreestyleSmartPoints® value 2*  MAKES: 9 servings

Prep: 10 minutes     Cook: 30 minutes    Cool: 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • One 15-oz. can cannellini (white kidney) beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup canned pure pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup (about 2 large) egg whites or fat-free liquid egg substitute
  • 1/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup Truvia spoonable no-calorie sweetener (or another natural brand that’s about twice as sweet as sugar)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 tbsp. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8” X 8” baking pan with nonstick spray.
  2. Place all ingredients except chocolate chips in a food processor. Puree until completely smooth and uniform.
  3. Fold in 1 tbsp. chocolate chips. Spread mixture into the baking pan, and smooth out the top.
  4. Evenly top with remaining 2 tbsp. chocolate chips, and lightly press into the batter.
  5. Bake until a toothpick (or knife) inserted into the center comes out mostly clean, 25 – 30 minutes.
  6. Let cool completely, about 1 hour.

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Tasty Tuesday: Cinnamon Muffin Recipe

Thank you to “The Staten Island Family” for today’s recipe.  These yummy muffins are only TWO points on the Weight Watchers (WW) program.  You are definitely going to want to give them a try.  I’m still working on a gluten free version.  I need to find a Kodiak-like mix which is gluten free.  If anyone knows of one, please let me know!

Despite the newest health struggle and the restriction AGAIN to more things, I am trying to stick with my points.  My goal is to get back to Weight Watchers soon (maybe by mid-June).

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes Protein packed whole grain buttermilk flapjack and waffle mix 19 Points
  • 14 tsp table salt 0 Points
  • 12 tsp baking powder 0 Points
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon 0 Points
  • 1 cup Sugar-free syrup, maple flavor Point
  • 3 eggs 0 Points
  • 1 cup plain unsweetened almond milk 1 Points
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 0 Points
  • 5 sprays Cooking spray 0 Points

Directions 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 
  2. In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients.
  3. Spray muffin tin with cooking spray.
  4. Pour batter evenly into the 12 muffin cup tins
  5. Bake for 17 minutes.

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Tasty Tuesday – Super Bowl Treats

SUPER BOWL PICTURE

Well, my main team – the J-E-T-S, may not be in the Super Bowl but I will be cheering on the Carolina Panthers.  If you are wondering why – my daughter lives in North Carolina so it is on my list of favorite teams even if I don’t claim to be their Number 1 cheerleader.

Here are some YUMMY Super Bowl snacks courtesy of the Food Network:

Hot Crab Dip Mix 3 ounces cream cheese, 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, and hot sauce and chopped parsley to taste; fold in 1/2 pound crabmeat. Spread in a baking dish, top with breadcrumbs (preferably panko) and bake at 425 degrees F until golden, about 15 minutes.

Mustard-Beer Dip Simmer 12 ounces pale ale until reduced by half. Stir in 1/2 cup yellow mustard, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 tablespoon each mustard powder and cider vinegar, and 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce; cool.

Cauliflower Hummus Toss 4 cups cauliflower florets with olive oil and 1 teaspoon curry powder; roast at 425 degrees F, 20 minutes. Puree with 1 drained can chickpeas, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 tablespoons tahini, 1 garlic clove, and salt to taste. Blend in 2 tablespoons olive oil

Latin Chip Mix Combine 3 tablespoons melted butter with 1 teaspoon each ground cumin and chipotle chile powder. Toss with 3 cups black bean chips, 1 cup corn nuts, 1 thinly sliced jalapeno and 2 teaspoons lime zest. Bake at 400 degrees F, 10 minutes, stirring once.

Kettle Corn Put 3/4 cup popcorn kernels and 3 tablespoons each sugar and vegetable oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot. Partially cover and cook over high heat, shaking, until the popping stops. Season with salt.

Tex-Mex Shrimp Cocktail Mix 3/4 cup ketchup, two 4-ounce cans chopped green chiles, and 2 tablespoons each lime juice, horseradish and chopped cilantro. Serve with chilled cooked shrimp.

Breaded Pork Sliders Boil 1/2 cup ketchup, 1/4 cup each sake and Worcestershire sauce, 2 tablespoons each sugar and mirin, and 1 tablespoon each minced garlic and ginger, 5 minutes. Pound 1/2 pound pork cutlets until thin. Coat in flour, then beaten egg, then breadcrumbs (preferably panko); fry in hot oil. Slice and serve on 12 mini buns with the ketchup sauce.

Breaded Veggie Sliders Make Breaded Pork Sliders (No. 41), replacing the pork with cremini mushroom caps and/or sliced Japanese eggplant. Add shredded cabbage and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.

Shrimp Sliders Combine 2 tablespoons each mayonnaise and whole-grain mustard, 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, and minced parsley and hot sauce to taste. Season 1 pound butterflied shrimp with salt and cayenne. Dip in buttermilk, coat in cornmeal and fry in hot oil. Serve on mini seeded buns with lettuce, pickles and the mustard sauce.

Mini Veggie Pockets Warm 12 mini pitas. Cut off the tops and fill with hummus, crumbled feta and chopped olives, cucumber, lettuce and tomato.

What will your Super Bowl snack table look like?  Share your favorite recipes with us..

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