Sunday, May 1, 2011

Three Great Recipes!

last nights meal was fantastic!  making all three for one meal was far from my normal lazy cooking style, but it was worth it!  i will definitely make all three again......just not at the same time! :) 

saturday, april 30, 2011
Coffee (1/4 cup fat free half & half, 2 tsp organic turbinado raw cane sugar, 6 cups black coffee)
Honey Nut o's (1 large banana, 1/2 cup trader joe's organic vanilla soy milk, 1/2 cup cascadian farms organic honey nut o's cereal)
Subtotal 4
1  serving(s) Trader Joe's Creamy Corn & Roasted Pepper Soup
Subtotal 3
Baked Macaroni & Cheese (see recipe below)
Honey Mustard Pork Chop (see recipe below)
Brussel Sprouts w/Bacon & Syrup (see recipe below)
Subtotal 16
4 1/2 cup(s) Healthy Pop® Kettle Corn, Popped
1  serving(s) Edy's Slow Churned Thin Mint Ice Cream
1  Chocolate Marshmallow Madness (see recipe below)
Subtotal 9
Food PointsPlus values total used 32

baked macaroni & cheese
2 oz trader joes organic penne, about 2/3 cooked
1/4 tbsp canola oil
1/4 tbsp flour
1/2 cup skim plus
1/4 cup trader joes reduced fat mexican cheese
  • preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • heat oil in saucepan over medium heat.  add flour and cook, whisking constantly for 2 minutes.
  • slowly whisk in milk until smooth.  increase heat to medium high and bring to boil.  boil for 1 minute.
  • remove from heat and whisk in 3 tablespoons of cheese until cheese is melted.
  • stir pasta into sauce.  pour into pyrex sprayed with trader joe's italian olive oil spray and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  • bake for about 15-20 minutes.  let stand 5 minutes.

it was wonderful but could use a little more flavor.  i am going to look at baked macaroni & cheese recipes to see what other people do.  regardless, it was delicious!!

honey mustard pork chop 
1 tbsp mustard
1 tsp honey
1/4 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 trader joes butcher shop boneless center cut pork chop
  • whisk mustard, honey, and vinegar
  • pour over pork in a tupperware and cover (make sure both sides of pork are covered).
  • chill for at least 4 hours shaking tupperware occasionally.
  • broil pork chop for 20-25 minutes; at least 10 minutes each side. 

i had all the ingredients for the marinade but they were expiring within the month!  talk about perfect timing!  im more than happy to replace them though because i loved this recipe!  im going to use dijon mustard next time too.

brussels sprouts w/bacon & syrup
1 cup frozen brussel sprouts, defrosted and halved
1 slice trader joes center cut seasoned uncured bacon, cut into small pieces
1/2 medium shallot, cut into small pieces
1/8 tbsp trader joes evoo
2 tbsp spring tree sugar free low calorie syrup
  • preheat oven to 425 degrees
  • combine brussels sprouts, bacon, shallots, and oil in a bowl.
  • spread mixture in a pyrex sprayed with trader joe's italian olive oil spray with cut side of brussels sprouts down.
  • roast for 10 minutes.  add syrup and stir well.
  • roast another 5 minutes or until brussels sprouts are tender.

there is not one thing i would change!  this recipe was superb!!!  

i got each recipe from the january/february 2011 issue of weight watchers magazine.  i made a few modification to each recipe, but nothing drastic.  i hope you enjoy them as much as i did! :)

here is the link to the chocolate marshmallow madness cupcakes.  i love these cupcakes!!!  i took a picture of them because they look as great as they taste!!

hope you enjoyed the weather this weekend!!  have a great week with no guilt!! :)

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