“Chips” and Dip: 200 calorie snack!

A few days ago mum was watching Rachel Ray and the segment was about swapping typical snacks out for more healthy choices.
One of the things they offered was for potato chips and the french onion dip.  A typical serving of chips and dip is about 500 calories!  But lets face it, eating a serving of chips is a JOKE!
Get real, people grab a few handfuls of chips and I’d guess double the serving size of dip, so if we get real about this a snack of chips and dip is well over 1000 calories!  YIKES!

Rachel Ray showed a low calories swap using sweet potatoes and non fat greek yogurt!  AMAZING!

One average size sweet potato has about 110 calories, and a small cup of nonfat greek yogurt has about 100.

Directions!

Preheat your oven to 450.

Cut up the sweet potatoes in thin strips or slices.  The thinner you slice them the more chip like they will be.  Mum said she sort of likes them like fries so she leaves them a little thick.  Spray them with cooking spray. Mum put a little kosher sea salt on her potatoes.  This is optional.

Sweet Potato, cooking spray, kosher salt

Sweet Potato, cooking spray, kosher salt

Cook in preheated oven for 30-45 minutes.
Rachel Ray recommended putting them on a wire baking sheet so they crisp on both sides.  If you don’t have a wire rack you can just turn them halfway through cooking.

Meanwhile make your “onion dip”  All Mum did was add a few dashes of onion powder and garlic powder.  She also cut up a few green onions and added it to the yogurt.

Greek Yogurt French Onion Dip

Greek Yogurt French Onion Dip


When your chips are finished cooking, pull them out and enjoy!  The dip really has the same flavor as the higher calorie onion dips.  You could use this with so many things!

Chips and Dip

Chips and Dip

Chips and Dip

Chips and Dip

Chips and Dip

Chips and Dip

Do you have a low calorie swap snack?  If so, Mum would love to hear about it.  She’s  a HUGE snacker and is in need of these easy, quick, and most of all tasty go to snacks.

xoxo


 

What’s for dinner Wednesday! Easy corn on the cob, potatoes, and Chicken

I decided to start doing weekly theme posts.  The first series will be “What’s for dinner Wednesday?”

I don’t know about your family but it seems as if by Wednesday, Mum hits a midweek rut.  She’s trying to stay away from fast food but it is hard when both Mum and Dad work, kids come home from school and it is just a mad house.

So she usually plans her weekly meals and by Wednesday it seems as if a struggle for something quick and easy ensues.  Plus Isabelle has ballet practice at such a weird odd hour, that it makes it even harder not to cave to the convenience of something readily available at a drive thru window.

These meals will be fast, easy, and kid friendly!

The first one is  something so quick and easy, there is no excuse not to enjoy this meal.

One of Mums favorite places to shop is Sam’s Club.  When she is there she always grabs a fully cooked whole rotisserie chicken.

This past week they also had a special on corn on the cob and russet potatoes.

Now usually making corn on the cob is a hassle for Mum, dragging out the HUGE pot, boiling the water, it takes so LONG!  However, she’s recently discovered a super easy, fool proof way to cook corn on the cob that takes literally minutes.

She has a Pampered Chef deef covered Roaster, found here.  There is so much you can do with that pan it is simply amazing!  One thing is steam corn.

All you do it put about 1/2 a cup of water in the roaster and add the corn, microwave for 15 minutes and bam. DONE!

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Along with this corn I also chopped up some potatoes and sprinkled them with corse black pepper and some sea salt.  Wrap them in foil and pop in the oven for about 45 mins.  oh so good!

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Along with the two carbs, I also cut up some cucumbers and used this wonderful spicy Mexican powder and some lime juice!

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Cut up that whole cooked rotisserie chicken and there you have it!  A Wednesday dinner, fast, simple and delicious!

 

Cinnamon Roll Waffles

Mum saw this pin….. yea we know what happens next right? haha  What starts out with good intentions usually ends in a complete failure, a PinterestFAIL, if you will.

Well, this one turned out great and was so super easy she said this will definitely be made several times over again.

All you do is get some canned cinnamon rolls and pop them in the waffle maker!  The great thing about making them this way is that you can do 1 or 2 at a time and save the rest of the can, lets say if you are craving a snack but don’t feel like cranking up the oven to make just ONE cinnamon roll.  Another awesome thing is that you don’t NEED your oven, so in the summer here in Florida where it can be 90+ already by 8am, this would be a great way to keep the home cool and still enjoy cinnamon rolls!  So exciting!

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Cinnamon Roll Waffles

Long Time no SEE!

Sorry its been a few months since I’ve updated you on our life here.  We are all doing fine just crazy busy with the holidays,  Finally got some time to blog again.  Mum says wait until the kids go back to school but I’m going to try to get a little post up before they wake for the day.

First a little tidbit.  This year mum is doing something called Project Life so I’m going to take some snapshots of her album each week and blog it.  Hopefully that will keep me current on the goings on in our life to share with you guys.  Second she is again participating in a Project 52 from My Four Hens.  She did one two years ago and had a great time.  Since it will be more personal images vs her business shots she convinced me to blog them for her.  I think it will be fun!!  That’s all for now!  I hope everyone has a great Sunday and week ahead!  woof!

I’d love to catch everyone up on November real quick.  This month was crazy fun.  We all got together and went to Panama City.  We rented some rooms on the beach and despite the freezing temps, abnormally cold for this time of  year, dipping into the 30’s!!  I believe we had a great time!

Here are a few images from that trip.

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Chicken Soup with Rice and Pico!

I thought I’d share a little staple in Mum’s cooking rotation.  Chicken Soup.  Its good for the soul, good for the tummy, and good for the budget!  Now this isn’t some dinky chicken soup, this soup is loaded with layers of goodness.

serve over rice with pico and french bread!!

serve over rice with pico and french bread!!

Ingredients:

Soup:

Carrots and Zucchini

Carrots and Zucchini

Potato and Onion

Potato and Onion

Chicken Legs/drumsticks (or whatever you have in the freezer)
Chicken Stock (Mum uses homemade from the organic chicken she gets at the farmers market)
Onion
Potato
Carrots
Zucchini

Rice:

Rice Ingredients

Rice Ingredients

Knorr seasoning

Knorr seasoning

Rice (white)
Frozen Peas and Carrots (found at walmart, great value brand)
Knorr Tomato Bouillon with Chicken Flavor

Butter
Bread

Pico:

Pico de Gallo

Pico de Gallo

Pico de Gallo Ingredientes

Pico de Gallo Ingredientes

Pico de Gallo ingredients

Pico de Gallo ingredients

Jalapeño Optional

Jalapeño Optional

Tomatoes
Onion
Jalapeño Pepper
Lime
Cilantro
Black Pepper
Salt
Garlic Salt
What I usually do:

SOUP:

1. Boil the chicken parts for about 20 minutes in chicken stock and some water, salt and pepper.
2. Take out Chicken
3. Bring stock to boil, add potatoes and carrots
4. Boil for 10 minutes
5. Add Zucchini and Onion
6. Boil for another 10 minutes
7. Add chicken back in and keep on low

For the RICE:

1. Heat up a little butter
2. Fry the rice for about 3 minutes or so
3. Add the Knorr Spice
4. Add the peas and carrots
5. Cook Rice per directions on bag/box

For the PICO:

I use this chopper thingy my grandma gave me, It makes the pieces all the same size and pretty but it isn’t needed.

1.  Cut tomatoes, onion, and jalapeño.
2.  Mix together
3.  Squeeze juice of lime
4.  Add a bit of pepper
5.  Add some salt
6.  Add some garlic power
7. Add Cilantro.

Then you have yummy noms soup that is so good and gets even better the next day!  I usually make double the rice and then have fried rice with egg in the morning or for lunch the next day!!  so good!

Duncan Hines Apple Crisp

My mum stumbled across this recipe a while back when she was having a “fall” desert craving.  Searching the allrecipes.com ingredients on hand, it pulled up this apple crisp recipe.  It is super easy to make, or at least I assume so because she makes it often and again, remember she’s NOT a baker!  lol

The recipe is as follows

  • 1 can (21 oz.) Duncan Hines Comstock® More Fruit Apple
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • ¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • ¾ cup flour
  • ¾ cup oats (old fashioned or quick cooking)
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 6 tbsp. butter or margarine, softened
  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. In 8″ square baking dish, place apple pie filling. Top with lemon juice.
  • In medium bowl, combine brown sugar, flour, oats, and cinnamon. Add butter; mix until crumbly. Sprinkle evenly over apple mixture.
  • Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until topping is browned and apple mixture is bubbly. Serve warm with ice cream or heavy cream as desired.

You see it is really super easy.  I see the brothers and sisters eating it for desert, breakfast, or a snack.  Sometimes she serves it with ice cream but usually it is like a last resort desert since the ingredients are usually at hand, so ice cream is not always available.

Are there any foods which you crave in fall?  What are they and have you made them yet this year? Fall is here, but I live in Florida where Fall is not really a season, more like a relief from 100+ degree temps

Duncan Hines Apple Pie Filling and Fresh Strawberries

Duncan Hines Apple Pie Filling and Fresh Strawberries

Ingredients

Ingredients

Apple Crisp with Strawberries

Apple Crisp with Strawberries

Apple Crisp with Strawberries

Apple Crisp with Strawberries

Banana Bread.

So a few weeks ago my human mom came across a meme that she thought was so very true, at least here in Florida.
She waits for the bananas to turn yellow and then she turns around five seconds later and they are brown and squishy!!

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Well  a comment on the photo that suggested making them into banana bread!  What an amazing idea!  Only, she don’t bake. folks.  She can cook, She’s an excellent cook, I think, well she has not killed anyone yet so…… but as far as baking that requires measuring stuff out and being fairly accurate when doing so, meh I don’t think she’s ever gotten into all of that.

So by googling easy banana bread, it brought her to this recipe.  http://allrecipes.com/recipe/the-best-banana-bread/  seems easy enough!  oh and she has all the ingredients…. except for dang baking soda.  She has baking powder?  oh not the same thing?  crap ok.  Off to the store she went, mission in her head to use these bananas and not waste them.  Yes, I realize she probably spent more in gas to get to the store and back compared to the two bad bananas she was trying to save, but so what, she had a redbox to return anyways (which she forgot!!!!! ugh) . Off to the Hell also known as walmart!!

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The ingredients don’t look so scary!  She can do this!!!

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Here is the teaspoon of baking soda she made an extra trip to Hell-Mart for.  le sigh, I guess people have done more drastic things for a bit of white powder?  ;)~

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All mixed up!!!  I promise I didn’t get any doggie hairs in there, no biggie.

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….and 350 degrees and one hour later….

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The bread is the bee’s knees!  To hear her screaming, “It’s edible!  I can eat this!!  It is sooooo YUMMY!  I’m so glad I stumbled across that meme on facebook.  This will be one for the recipe folder that is fo’ sure!” Really made me smile in the bestest doggy way.
Remember folks, She’s not a baker so the fact that this is edible in any way shape or form, and not hard as a hockey puck and sitting her  tummy and not in my doggie bowl is super amazing!!  She’s on a high right now, the good kind, not the illegal kind (refer to other white powder for that…..)

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Look at that yummyness!  And the squishy raspberries added in on a whim really do enhance the flavor!  She can’t wait for the bananas to turn brown now!

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Add a cup of O.J. and some butter and this made her one amazing lunch!!!!  whoot whoot!

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