Monday, July 30, 2012

Meal Planning Monday

This week we are sticking with healthy eating recipes.  Trying to limit processed foods and keep the sugar to a minimum.  Let's hope we stick to it!

Monday: Chicken and Peaches

Tuesday: Chicken Enchilada Casserole (leftover chicken taco meat from Sunday)

Wednesday: Slow Cooker Beef Brisket

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: Dinner at Parents

Saturday: Eat out

Sunday: Cocoa Crusted Pork Loin

Sunday's recipe is new, so I will review it after.  I will also be reviewing Skinny Monkey cookies later this week.

Happy Eating Everyone!

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins (low sugar)

It's been a bit since I posted last and I have a really good excuse I promise...VACATION!  We had wonderful time boating, fishing, swimming, roasting marshmallows and just generally relaxing.  Little A caught his first fish, we went on a 4 seater airplane thanks to my uncle's friend and A even got to drive the boat (while I panicked lol!)

While vacation was fun, what eating all the vacation food did to my Weight Watchers plan was not so fun.  This week has been all about detoxing from vacation.  We tried to really limit sugars and processed foods.  I have a bunch of recipes to share with you over the next few days, but for today I wanted to share a delicious muffin recipe we are using to satisfy the weekend sweet tooth that won't quit no matter how hard we try :)

Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins
1 large egg, beaten
1.5c white whole wheat flour (or other flour of your choice)
1/4c honey
1/8c Truvia (original recipe called for 1/2c honey, but I didn't want that much sugar)
1/3c applesauce
1/2c fat free milk
2tsp baking soda
1/2tsp salt (can reduce salt if you want, but I didn't taste it at all)
1tsp cinnamon
1c blueberries

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Pour beaten egg into large bowl.  Add applesauce, honey, Truvia and milk and mix well.
3. Add baking soda, salt and cinnamon and mix well.
4. Add flour 1/2c at a time and mix well.
5. Fold in blueberries (you can also add Craisins, nuts, diced apples.  Really any mix in you want, just don't add more than 1c total! See note below.)
6. Grease (or use muffin liners) 12 muffin cups.  Fill 2/3 full with batter.
7. Bake for ~20 minutes.

Note: Batter will be thick and sticky, it is even okay if it is lumpy.  If you use more than 1c total of mix-ins, the batter will get too thick and the muffins may not hold when you bake them.

WW Point Plus= 3 per muffin

These are really delicious and filling.  The whole wheat flour makes them pretty dense, which is nice when you are looking for a filling muffin. 

Happy Eating!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Cookies for breakfast?

Why yes I think I will :)  I am putting together snacks for our trip to northern Minnesota (we leave tomorrow and I have yet to pack...yikes!)  However, if you know anything about road trips with a 3 year old, you know the only things that really matter are the snacks and the DVD player for the car!  Most of our snacks are fruits and veggies in portioned packages so they are easy to eat in the car, but I knew we would all want something sweet and I didn't want to get sucked into the sugary deliciousness of rest area food so I am making us some healthy cookies.  Yes, that's right, I said healthy cookies!  The best part is they are actually meant to be eaten for BREAKFAST!  Can you believe it, an excuse to eat cookies for breakfast,

The recipe is really easy and can be found on my pinterest board, but I will list it below as well.

1.5c Rolled Oats
2-3 ripe bananas (mashed)
1/4c dried cranberries
1/4c unsweetened, shredded coconut
1c unsweetened applesauce
1/4c diced dried apples
1/4c chunky peanut butter
1tbsp cinnamon (more or less to taste)
Optional add ins: slivered almonds, honey, dried fruit  

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl (Note: I suggest mixing the applesauce and bananas first to create a base and then mixing in the other ingredients).
3. Using a teaspoon, drop spoonfuls onto a baking sheet.
4. Bake for 30-35 minutes (depending on your oven).
5. Enjoy cookies for breakfast!!
**Cool completely and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator**

Makes 24 medium sized cookies You can pretty much mix in any fruit, nut, type of nut butter to suit your families tastes. WW 2 Points+ per cookie-but who can eat just one! :)

Hope you enjoy and happy eating :)

This recipe is being shared on Shrinking Kitchen's Cook and Tell board!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

It's Gooptastic!

Today's recipe isn't one I would suggest you eat unless you are my 3 year old son who eats pretty much anything!  Yesterday I had 3 boys all age 3 for the morning and knew I needed some activities in my arsenal, so I searched my recipes and found something perfect: GOOP!  Not sure if you are familiar with goop, but it is an amazing creation that is solid when left sitting but becomes liquid when you touch it (I think it has something to do with the heat and oil on your skin but I'm not positive.)

The recipe couldn't be easier:

1. Pour 16oz cor starch into a pan and spread it evenly of the bottom of the pan(I use 9x13 tin foil baking pans so I can throw them away if they don't come clean).
2. Pour 2c water over the corn starch.
3. Mix and explore!

You can also add food coloring if you are brave, I wasn't lol!  I would suggest making this recipe outside so if it spills you can just hose it away.  Clean up is pretty easy since it just dissolves off of skin, clothes, concrete, etc...

You can see all the fun we had yesterday here!

Happy cooking!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Blog Re-boot!

Hi all!

It has been a REALLY long time since I have written.  Do you ever feel like time is somehow running past you and you can't keep up?  That's how the past few months have felt for me.  However, in the break I have taken from blogging, I did spend a lot of time thinking about this blog and it's purpose for me.  I feel like the identity of the blog previously was least for me anyway.  Was it a personal blog? parenting blog? philosophical blog? food blog? healthy lifestyle blog?  As you can see, I had no idea lol!  In my reflection, the conclusion that I have come to is that my favorite thing to blog about is food!  So, "Food Lovin Momma" was born :)  On the blog now, expect to see healthy, Weight Watchers friendly recipes that I will do my best to keep kid friendly.  I will also include weekly meal plans with links to recipes.  My new favorite tool is Zip List for creating the recipes (see below).

So here is my test post with a delicious recipe I made last week that was only 6 WW Points+ per serving!

Chicken and Peaches

Hope you enjoy...Let's Eat!!

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