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Vanilla Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting For Two

Vanilla Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting For Two

Sometimes it is virtually impossible for me to exert any will power when it comes to eating. I am not sure what weird creature takes over, but I just know from the time I wake up that if I am not careful, this monster will likely consume hundreds of extra calories. On those days I rely on recipes like this one to get me through – built in portion control becomes a life saver. Even in the worst case scenario, I eat an extra 160 calories. You know, when I eat both cupcakes. Not too bad in my book given what could happen when this monster comes to play.

On a side note, this vanilla cupcake recipe was inspired by a wonderful reader, Jenny, who has been hoping for a vanilla cupcake recipe. Topped with a delicious, lemon cream cheese frosting it makes the perfect, low calorie treat. I also cannot stop obsessing over buying dozens of adorable cupcake liners…I’m worried about what’s about to happen.

Vanilla Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
Servings: 2 servings
Serving Size: 1 cupcake
Nutritional Info: 161.9 calories, 4g of fat, 26.8g of carbohydrates, .5g of fiber, 5.4g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 (4 without frosting) * (more…)

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Sunday Slow Cooker: Black Bean Soup

Sunday Slow Cooker:  Black Bean Soup

I love a good bowl of soup. It can warm you up from the inside out and make pretty much any situation feel comfy and cozy. Literally I can feel my body relax whenever I eat soup, especially when I am curled up on the couch catching up on hours of recorded TV. Rain helps as well to wash away the guilt of squandering a day doing nothing.

This soup is a take on a classic black bean soup, made with just a few simple ingredients. Adding boiling broth eliminates the need for soaking the beans and I love the addition of some heat. I prefer this soup blended until it is nice and smooth, but you can also leave it chunky or just blend half for a thicker soup that still has some texture. Top with your favorite garnishes and you are ready for anything – or preferably ready to snuggle into your couch for a day or evening of relaxation.

Crockpot Black Bean Soup
Servings: 8 servings
Serving Size: 1 cup
Nutritional Info: 152.3 calories, .4g of fat, 41.6g of carbohydrates, 20.4g of fiber, 13.4g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 *

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Friday Five: St, Patrick’s Day Eats

Friday Five:  St, Patrick’s Day Eats

Let’s celebrate St Patrick’s Day! What are your planning on making this weekend?

1. Crockpot Corned Beef and Cabbage, 9 P+

This classic corned beef and cabbage couldn’t be easier to make. Just add your corned beef, carrots, cabbage, potatoes, and some Guinness to the crockpot and 8 hours later you have perfectly tender, delicious Corned Beef. The leftover beef also makes a great pressed sandwich with pickles, some Swiss cheese, and whole grain mustard. It also makes an out of this world corned beef hash for breakfast the next morning, just fry up the shredded beef and potatoes with some fresh onions and top with a fried egg.

2. Skinny Shepard’s Pie, 6 P+

This is one of my favorite comfort foods when I want something warm and hearty. The traditional Shepard’s Pie recipe is lightened up by cutting out most of the butter, using cauliflower to replace some of the potato, and using milk and light sour cream instead of heavy cream. For an even more traditional pie, use lean ground lamb in place of the beef.

3. Hearty Beef Stew, 5 P+

I am not sure if beef stew is traditionally Irish but it seems like the perfect meal to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. It’s warm, hearty, and tastes like “stick to your ribs” comfort without all the fat. Want even more Irish flavor? Consider substituting one cup of beef broth with 1 cup of Guinness or Irish ale.

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Hippie Hash

Hippie Hash

Have y’all heard of Hippie Hash before? I hadn’t until a couple weeks back and have had a vat (literally) in my fridge since. Hippie Hash started at the Fleetwood Diner, a popular diner near the University of Michigan, and basically is a hash packed with veggies, traditionally served with a heap of feta cheese on top. It’s warm. It’s hearty. It’s delicious. And topped with feta cheese or a poach egg – incredible.

I learned about Hippie Hash after my friend Stephanie whipped some up and brought it to a girl’s dinner with a Breakfast for Dinner theme. She is an incredible cook and the beautiful face behind CookingForLuv, an awesome LA based service that helps people cook a delicious meal at home in preparation for a big date night or any special dinner. She also posts lots of delicious recipes, so head over and check her out.

Hippie Hash
Servings: 5 servings
Serving Size: 3/4-1 cup
Nutritional Info: 153.4 calories, 3g of fat, 29.4g of carbohydrates, 6.2g of fiber, 4.3g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 * (more…)

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Crispy Shrimp Burgers

Crispy Shrimp Burgers

Who doesn’t love a good burger?

I almost stopped writing after that sentence due to a combination of writer’s block and sometimes just believing less is more. There really isn’t too much to say about this burger or about my genuine love/obsession with all things burger. I recommend serving this one on a nice hearty wheat roll with a smear of chipotle peppers and some sliced avocado. Guacamole, a quick cole slaw, or a touch of Sriracha are all also delish. Whip it up this week and begin getting ready for spring.

Crispy Shrimp Burgers
Servings: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1 burger
Nutritional Info: 194.7 calories, 6.7g of fat, 6.9g of carbohydrates, .7g of fiber, 25.3g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 *

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Mac and Cheese Balls

Mac and Cheese Balls

This is a story about how I turned leftover Macaroni and Cheese into my favorite indulgent snack around. It all started with a vat of leftover macaroni and cheese and a wonderful suggestion from a boy to make Macaroni and Cheese balls, inspired by a delicious diner we used to frequent. They deep fry their Mac and Cheese into crispy crunchy balls filled with gooey, rich mac and cheese. Amazing…with a chocolate malt, I am in heaven. This version is lightened up made with Carrot and Cheddar Mac and Cheese then baked until they get nice and crispy. Delish.

Cheddar and Carrot Mac and Cheese
Servings: 12 servings
Serving Size: 1 ball
Nutritional Info: 140 calories, 3.7g of fat, 22.4g of carbohydrates, 2.8g of fiber, 6.8g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 3 *

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