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Pumpkin Yogurt Parfait

Pumpkin Yogurt Parfait

I know. I know. Really more pumpkin, already? Only one day has passed since the pumpkin cheesecake wontons. But I just can’t help myself. And this is pretty much a version of what I will be eating for breakfast for the next month or until I burn myself out. For about a week now every morning I find myself wanting nothing else but some take on pumpkin yogurt. It starts with some Greek yogurt (but try vanilla if you like things sweet), then pumpkin puree, then pumpkin pie spices, and some maple syrup. Then I layer on something for texture – cereal, oats, quinoa, nuts, a crushed up granola bar – you get the idea. And this morning, out of all my usual suspects for crunch, I used golden grahams and was it delicious. The graham taste is the perfect addition to pumpkin.

Pumpkin Yogurt Parfait
Servings: 1
Serving Size: 1 parfait
Nutritional Info: 233.8 calories, 1.2g of fat, 41g carbohydrates, 4.3g dietary fiber, 14g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 * (more…)

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Double Bean Burgers

Double Bean Burgers

I have officially decided to try and stop buying veggie burgers in the grocery store. I know try isn’t all that convincing of a word, but it’s a first step. Why you may be wondering? Well first of all, they are just expensive. Five dollars for four little burger patties seems expensive, especially since the patties are small so many times I end up eating two at a time. Secondly, it is so easy to make delicious veggie burgers at home and they taste much better. This recipe is one example – a simple, fiber and protein packed, double bean burger – and there are so many more options. They freeze great and make a perfect quick meal. So here’s to making my own veggie burgers? What things to you try to make at home instead of buying? Looking for more veggie burger ideas? Check out this great cookbook: Veggie Burgers Every Which Way. Next up in my kitchen are the Thai Carrot Burgers.

WDouble Bean Burgers
Servings: 6
Serving Size: 1 patty
Nutritional Info: 131.2 calories, 1.4g of fat, 17.9g carbohydrates, 6.2g dietary fiber, 8.9g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 * (more…)

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Wontons

Pumpkin Cheesecake Wontons

Happy Monday!

Normally I am not all that jazzed on Mondays. They always come too soon, screeching the weekend to a halt, and if you are anything like me their looming arrival haunts me for at least half of Sunday. But this Monday, things were different since I ate exactly four of these delicious little pumpkin cream cheese wontons for breakfast with some Greek yogurt and coffee. It changed my Monday. These are incredibly simple to make and bake up into crisp little bundles of yum complete with cream cheese and pumpkin. They make a great snack, dessert, or even breakfast and will remind you of delicious little warm, cheesecake bites.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Wontons
Servings: 40
Serving Size: 1 wonton
Nutritional Info: 31.3 calories, .4g of fat, 6.3g carbohydrates, .3g dietary fiber, 1g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 1 * (more…)

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Slow Cooker Sundays: Sloppy Joes

Slow Cooker Sundays:  Sloppy Joes

It’s funny how some things that you absolutely refuse to eat as a child – brussel sprouts, asparagus, meatloaf, and sloppy joes – become things that you enjoy, or even love, as an adult. As a kid I hated sloppy joes. Perhaps due to the Adam Sandler Lunch Lady song, anyone remember, Sloppy joe, slop, sloppy, joe or perhaps just because I thought it was weird to eat a sandwich for dinner. Either way, I am happy my taste buds have changed and am in love with this slow cooker sloppy joe recipe. I prefer mine with ground beef but ground chicken or turkey would work as well. Makes a quick and delicious meal that will last all week.

Sloppy Joes
Servings: 8
Serving Size: about 3/4 cup
Nutritional Info: 235.5 calories, 8.1g of fat, 14.2g carbohydrates, 1.2g dietary fiber, 28g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 * (more…)

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Friday Five: Fall Apple Dishes

Friday Five:  Fall Apple Dishes

After the incredible McIntosh apples (ugh I had two, ok, well three) I found in the market yesterday, all I am thinking about is apples. As a kid we went apple picking almost every year and I remember bringing home bags full of apples to enjoy throughout the fall. Then in college, my incredible Mom went through the trouble of mailing me my beloved Mcintosh apples since I couldn’t find them in Indiana. Definitely not the typical college care package, but I couldn’t have been happier. And now I sit dreaming of apple picking, apple cider, and delicious apple treats in California, love/hating that the grocery store carries them but charges me three times as much, here are some of my favorite apple dishes for fall. And although there isn’t a pie on this list, there will definitely be one coming since I just ordered these adorable mini pie plates. What are your favorite fall apple dishes?

1. Sausage, Sage, Apples, and Onions, calories and points vary
Generally I eat some type of sauteed chicken sausage and veggies at least once a week. It’s quick, easy, and tastes delicious. In the fall my favorite way to whip this up is with apples, some sage, and whatever veggies I have around. Cabbage makes a great addition, as do sugar snap peas, celery, onions, spinach, and more. For thos who follow the recipe above, there is no need for all the olive oil, just replace most of it with cooking spray and find a lower point sausage.

2. Apple Butter, 1 P+
One great way to preserve the wonderful fall apple flavors for the whole year is to make apple butter and it couldn’t be any easier to make at home. You can make it stove top or in the crockpot and combine any combination of apples, spices, and flavors you like. Consider infusing your apple butter with sage and a touch of salt for something more savory or using a mixture of apples and pears for a slightly different flavor.

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Oatmeal Protein Pancakes

Oatmeal Protein Pancakes

Breakfast for me is usually a pretty utilitarian meal. Not because I want it to be. I actually love breakfast food and would be the first to line up if a restaurant starting to serve a multiple course breakfast. Imagine breakfast appetizers, entrees, and desserts. I would never have to choose between savory and sweet again. It would be lovely.

But back to breakfast. I hear a lot from folks that breakfast can be a tough meal – you don’t want to use too many points but you definitely don’t want to hungry two hours after eating. That’s the worst – when your stomach begins growling in a work meeting and every body casually tries to ignore it but you know that everyone knows it is you. This won’t happen with these oatmeal pancakes. They are hearty, satisfying, and delicious. Top them with anything you love – blueberries, bananas, shredded coconut, maple syrup, or pumpkin butter.

Oatmeal Protein Pancakes
Servings: 2
Serving Size: 4 pancakes (1/2 recipe)
Nutritional Info: 258.8 calories, 3.1g of fat, 28.5g carbohydrates, 4g dietary fiber, 5.3g dietary fiber, 28g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 * (more…)

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