I become easily bored with the same foods, so that is why you may have noticed that I am always trying new recipes. Lately,
I've been on a quest to find new breakfast recipes - smoothies, oatmeal, grits, french toast. Whatever I can find. One night I was doing a search for cottage cheese, trying to broaden its horizons, when I came across this cream cheese spread. What a find for
Cinnamon and Raisin Spread (I
figured 2 T = 1 PP) - I used fat-free everything, omitted the sugar for Splenda, and threw it all in the food processor. Then I spread it on a toasted Bagel Thin. Delicious!
Dominican Style Oatmeal (3.5
PP using skim milk and no sugar) - This is a creamy oatmeal which can easily be altered to suit your taste with more/less cinnamon, nutmeg, or sugar.
Carrot-Raisin Salad (Bunny
Salad) (less than 4 PP for half the recipe, with my changes) - I cut the recipe in half and used fat-free vanilla yogurt, decreased the cinnamon considerably (1/2 tsp.), and omitted the walnuts. I'm trying to eat more veggies. I ended up eating all three
servings for my lunch for about 4 PP! It reminded me of fall for some reason.
Chocolate-Banana Shake (maybe
3 PP) - a nice afternoon drink and a cold, creamy chocolate fix. I omitted the Splenda. It didn't need it.
Really Simple Rice (4 PP) - a
gourmet rice recipe
Green Bean Casserole (7 PP as written) - I would make this next time using fat free Catalina Dressing, and that would lower the points. In fact, I make something that tastes similar - Green Bean Bundles. I bundle up whole green beans using a half piece
of bacon. I secure each one with a toothpick. Then I put fat free Catalina Dressing over the top of each bundle. I bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. This is a fancy dish for special occasions, fit for company.
Annie's Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips (7 PP as written) - I love this salsa! I use Smucker's Simply Fruit All Raspberry Spread. I even use the left-over fruit on vanilla yogurt for breakfast or a light dessert.
Mexicali Pasta Salad (6 PP) - This is a
unique rotini salad that would be perfect to carry to a Mexican potluck. I made it about 6 hours before dinner, but it was even better the next day even though it was a bit dryer. I did use fat free Zesty Italian Dressing.
Smoothie (0 PP) - This is a personal recipe Baker Bee suggested to me in the comments section of my last blog. It's delicious, even though to me it's more like a thick dessert or a sweet fruit soup. Perhaps that's because I used a blender and not a Vitamix.
Even though fruit is zero points, I do realize I probably won't lose weight eating five of these every day! I wouldn't normally eat 4 fruits and 1 vegetable in one sitting, so I am being conscious of how many smoothies I drink.
Mini Ham and Cheese Rolls (4 PP) -
These little gems are delicious, and I didn't even use all the butter on the tops!
Mother-In-Law Eggs (2 PP) - I
loved these eggs and was hoping they would be my new go-to recipe. But my family prefers the ones with pickle relish that I've made for 38 years :(
Cream of Tomato Soup (3 PP)
- I'm always looking for EASY lunch recipes, and this one fits that description. It is a base recipe and needs help, but that's easy enough to do. I didn't like the onion bits, so I pureed them once the soup was made and also added some Splenda and garlic
powder. This soup was even better the second day.
Veggie Fajitas (1 PP) - My husband
and I went with friends for Mexican one night this week and had some beef and chicken fajita meat left over. So at home one night, he ate the left-over meat on his fajita, but I also supplemented with these veggie fajitas (I ate just the veggies on my fajita).
What an easy and healthy dinner! I even liked the lemon pepper seasoning on them.
This last recipe is one I made for a family dinner for 12 one night this week. I don't usually have dessert around, so I
wanted to make one, but I wanted it to be light. I decided to lighten up Vanilla and Chocolate Delight by using all fat-free and reduced fat items. I made the crust by
the recipe but used fat-free cream cheese, reduced fat Cool Whip, and sugar free instant vanilla and chocolate puddings in the other layers. It turned out good and surely fewer than 10 PP, which is what the original recipe is per serving!
Well, no weight lost this week, but I didn't gain either. So that's good. I decided to up my walking to 1.5 miles and my
husband and I are biking again. I'm going easy with that, though, and riding only 1.5 miles for now. I'm being consistent in my exercise and feeling better and better because of it.
Please let me know how you're doing, and as always, leave me some good recipes.