Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Weight Watcher Wednesday ~ Nilla Yogurt Freeze

I'm here....I'm here!! Where have I been?? Busy....busy with life....busy with our family....I have no excuses....I have just been sooo busy!! I am back though {hoping} I can keep up with my blog as I miss all of you. I miss your words, your comments, your emails....and I miss reading YOUR blogs!! :)

So, I am back with Weight Watcher Wednesday. Today I am making a cute little treat. I think you will love it!


Nilla Yogurt Freeze

To make one this is what you need....you of course will want to make MORE than one...so just adjust your recipe accordingly.

2 Reduced Fat NILLA wafers
2 Tbsp. thawed COOL WHIP LITE topping
2 Tbsp. Strawberry low-fat yogurt {use your favorite flavor}

Place one of the wafers on the bottom of one paper-lined muffin cup; top with combined whipped topping and yogurt.

Put remaining wafer on top of yogurt...however you see fit!! :)

Freeze one hour or until firm.

DONE!!

Now, take them out of the freezer and hand them out to your family--they will love this sweet, simple treat!!

Thanks for stopping by....please leave me a comment...as most of you know....I LOVE your comments!! I am hoping to be visiting soon.

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Weight Watcher Wednesday ~ Pasta with chicken and shrimp

Are you looking for a special Valentine meal to serve to the special people in your life? This dish is a healthy meal and it tastes and looks fabulous too! :)

PASTA WITH CHICKEN AND SHRIMP


Angel hair pasta or other pasta of your choice
3/4 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 green onions, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) Italian diced tomatoes, undrained
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley, divided
1 tablespoon each minced fresh basil, thyme and oregano
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
3/4 pound cooked large shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 plum tomatoes, diced
1 small can sliced olives

Cook pasta according to package directions. In a large nonstick skillet, saute chicken in butter and oil until no longer pink. Add onions and garlic; cook until translucent. Stir in the canned tomatoes, parsley, basil, thyme, oregano and pepper.
Combine cornstarch and broth until smooth; stir into the pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened. Add the shrimp, plum tomatoes and olives; heat through. Drain pasta; serve with chicken mixture. Grind fresh black pepper and grate parmesan on top of each serving.

Since Valentine's Day is on a school night we plan to stay home and have a special meal together. To me, Valentine's Day is all about being with the ones you love. :) What are your plans for Valentine's Day?


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Monday, February 7, 2011

Warm and comforting hot cocoa :)

What's better than steaming hot cocoa on a cold day? It was -10 below when I got up this morning so I think that anyone that has to bear those temps deserves a yummy, comforting cup of hot chocolate....don't you agree? I knew you would. Since it is close to Valentine's Day I decided to add a cute heart marshmallow to the garnish....sweet isn't it? I think I will serve this yummy cocoa to my sweethearts (family) as they sit around the fire tonight. {because I love them so much} You could serve this to your sweethearts on Valentine's Day or it would be cute to serve at Valentine's Day party too :)



Hot Cocoa
6 cups milk
9 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
3 ounce milk chocolate, chopped
3 teaspoon granulated white sugar, or to taste (optional)

Whipped Cream:

1 cup cold heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoon granulated white

Place the milk, semisweet chocolate, milk chocolate, and sugar (if using), in a saucepan over medium heat and whisk periodically until the mixture just reaches the boiling point.Pour the hot cocoa into cups and garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and since it is close to Valentine's Day I used a cute marshmallow heart.

Whipped Cream: In your mixing bowl, place the whipping cream, vanilla extract, and sugar and stir to combine. Beat the mixture until stiff peaks form.

Come back Wednesday for Weight Watchers Wednesday and as always....leave me a comment. I LOVE to hear from each and every one of you!! :)


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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Weight Watcher Wednesday ~ No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls

I know, I know....it is THURSDAY but Wednesday was full of snow and trying to break through snowbanks on our road to get our kids from school! So, needless to say....I ran out of time!!




NO-BAKE PEANUT BUTTER BALLS

1/3 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup nonfat dry milk powder
1/3 cup quick-cooking oats
2 tablespoons graham cracker crumbs

Directions
In a small bowl, combine the peanut butter, honey and vanilla. Stir in the milk powder, oats and graham cracker crumbs. Shape into 1-in. balls. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Yield: 15 treats.

Nutrition Facts: 1 treat equals 70 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 1 mg cholesterol, 46 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

On one batch I added 2 tablespoons of milk chocolate chips. Just add the additiona nutritional facts to the original recipe!! :)
Total Calories 70
Total Fat 4.5 g
Total Carbohydrate 9 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g

I am hoping to come back either Friday or Saturday....so check back, please. Don't forget to leave me a comment so I know you were here!! :)

Have a great day everyone.

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