4.24.2016

tulip festival

Every year Thanksgiving Point has a tulip festival where you can walk through their gardens of 250,000 blooming tulips. Yes, that's a LOT of tulips and yes, it is amazing! I wouldn't consider tulips to be one of my favorite flowers, but when there are so many of them all jam packed together, it makes for one beautiful sight!

This was a field trip for the online school I work for, but the girls came along with me--job perks! They always get to tag along for the fun stuff! 

It couldn't have been a more gorgeous day either.

 It was a little tricky teaching Olivia not to pick them...so they may actually have a few under 250K flowers now...I tried.

 
 I love how much they are starting to play together recently! They want to be with each other 98% of the time and wherever Jillian goes, Olivia is sure to follow. Sisters are the best, I'd know. <3 nbsp="" span="">



After we walked (for forever), we finally made it to our picnic spot by the waterfall! By the end of lunch the girls were exhausted and whiny. I tried to get a group picture by the falls but Jillian was not having it. So like any excellent mother, I got them some treats so they'd quit crying and we could walk back to the car without creating (too) much of a scene. ;-)  

It was (mostly) a great time! I am so ready for summer weather and all the outside fun that comes with it! (Bribery ice cream cones and all!)

4.22.2016

egg & frittata recipes!

I try to balance my week with some savory breakfasts, and some sweet...okay maybe a couple more sweet, but I've love making frittatas for an easy, filling breakfast!

Traditionally these are made in a cast iron skillet, but since I don't have one and never actually think to buy one at the store, I found a way to make them without it! All you need is a 6" cake pan, parchment paper, and cooking spray. 

Also if I'm feeling lazy (happens often), I just make all of the same ingredients into an egg scramble or hash and it still tastes yummy!

Line the pan with parchment paper, pushing into the shape of the pan. Spray with cooking spray. You'll always add your veggies, meats, and cheese on the bottom then top with your egg mixture. Bake at 375 for 18-25 minutes (depending on how many eggs you decide to add!). It lifts right out of the parchment paper beautifully! I always lift the paper onto my plate, then use a spatula to slide it right off.

Now that you know the basics, you can put whatever you want in them!

My base egg recipe is 1 egg whisked with 1/3c egg whites (which is 2 WW smart points). If you want to beef it up, just add more egg whites! You can add up to 1 cup for only 1 smart point, so it's still a great point value! I usually add 2T of reduced fat feta, because it's only 1 smart point and I love feta! If I'm feeling fancy, I'll add in shredded gorgonzola or something else delicious! I love cheese.

Tomato, Spinach, and Feta Frittata 

 
1 egg
1/3 cup liquid egg whites
2T feta
1 big handful of spinach
2Tish diced onion
1 roma tomato, sliced
salt and pepper to taste

Saute the onions and spinach in a pan with cookie spray until the onions are soft and the spinach is wilted. Put in the bottom of your frittata pan (or cake pan like I described above). Add the feta. Whisk egg and egg whites together and pour over the veggies and cheese. Add the tomato slices on top. Add salt and pepper to taste. Bake for 18 minutes at 375, or until eggs are cooked through. 

WW Smart Points: 3



Ham, Kale, and Gorgonzola Frittata 


1 egg
1/3 c liquid egg whites 
1 bunch of kale leaves, removed from stem
3 slices canadian bacon (I use Land 'O Frost brand)
2T chopped mushrooms
2T diced onion
25gm shredded gorgonzola 

Saute the onions, kale, and mushrooms in a pan sprayed with cooking spray until veggies are soft and kale is wilted. Put them on the bottom of your prepared frittata pan (see top of post for directions). Add your chopped bacon slices cheese. Whisk the egg and egg whites, adding salt and pepper as desired and pour over the veggies and cheese. Bake for 18-20 minutes at 375 or until eggs are cooked through. 

WW Smart Points: 5

Sweet Potato and Spinach Hash with Avocado


 2oz sweet potato chunks
big handful of spinach
2 thin slices of black forest ham
egg
45gm avocado
1/2T reduced fat feta cheese

In a pan sprayed with cooking spray, saute the sweet potato until soft, add spinach and ham and let the spinach wilt. Plate the veggies and ham and top with feta cheese and sliced avocado. In the same pan, crack an egg and cook for a a couple of minutes on each side, leaving the yolk runny. Add salt and pepper as desired.

WW Smart Points: 6



Savory Egg Waffle


3oz shredded potato
handful of spinach
1 egg
1/3c egg whites
16gm shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients and cook in a well sprayed waffle iron.

WW Smart Points: 6 

4.21.2016

healthy pancake, french toast & waffle recipes!



Anything drenched in syrup is my favorite! I love a delicious, sweet breakfast! I prefer using sugar free syrups, and use Golden Griddle brand because it doesn't have aspartame. Here are some of my favorites:

Blueberry Cheesecake Protein Waffles

 
 For the pancakes:
1/3c Kodiak Cakes Power mix
1/4t baking powder
1/2t vanilla
3T egg whites, beaten until foamy
1-2T water

For the filling:
1T whipped cream cheese
2T nonfat vanilla greek yogurt
1/2 packet or scoop of Quest vanilla protein powder
splash of almond milk

For the blueberry sauce:
Handful of fresh blueberries
1-2T water
sprinkle of Truvia (or 1/4t sugar)


Mix pancake ingredients and pour a small amount into the pan. Before flipping, add a few fresh blueberries. Mix filling ingredients and layer between cooked pancakes. Top with blueberry sauce, 1T fat free cool whip, additional fresh blueberries, and sprinkle of graham cracker crumbs. 

WW Smart Points: 5


Banana Cream Pie Protein Waffle Stack



 For the pancakes:
1/3c Kodiak Cakes Power mix
1/4t baking powder
1/2t vanilla
3T egg whites
Dribble of vanilla
1/3 of a banana, mashed
1-2T water

Filling:
Banana cream Quest Nutrition powder
1/4c nonfat vanilla greek yogurt
Splash of almond milk for thinning

Layer pancakes with filling and banana slices, top with 1T fat free cool whip and sprinkle of graham cracker crumbs.

WW Smart Points: 4    




Raspberry Key Lime Pie Crepes


 For the crepes:
1/3c Kodiak Cakes power mix (you can also use 1/4c for 2 crepes which is 1 less WW point- but pictured is 1/3c mix which makes 3 crepes)

1/3c water
1t vanilla
1T cocoa powder 
1/4t baking soda
2T egg whites

Filling:
2T nonfat vanilla greek yogurt
1/2 packet or scoop vanilla Quest protein powder
2T Key lime juice 
1T whipped cream cheese
1T nonfat cool whip

Fill each crepe with filling, saving a plop for the top. Drizzle with 1T melted sugar free raspberry preserves and sprinkle of graham cracker crumbs.

WW Smart Points: 5    



 Peanut Butter Cream Protein Pancake Stack
 



1/3c Kodiak Cakes Power mix
1/4t baking powder
3T egg whites
Few tbs water
dribble of vanilla

Filling:
1/2 packet or scoop of Quest peanut butter protein powder
2T nonfat vanilla greek yogurt
Splash of almond milk for thinning 

Layer pancakes, peanut butter filling and banana slices. Topped with 2gm mini chocolate chips, 2gm walnuts, PB2 with 2T sugar free syrup.

WW Smart Points: 4

 Fruity Pebble Marshmallow Fluff Protein Pancake Stack
 

    1/3c Kodiak Cakes Power Mix
1/2t baking powder
3T egg whites
dribble of vanilla
Few tbs water
 1T fruity pebbles
 
Filling:   
2T marshmallow fluff
2T nonfat vanilla greek yogurt
1/2 packet or scoop of vanilla Quest protein powder
Bit of almond milk to thin it out

Layer pancakes with fluff and banana slices. Topped with another tablespoon of fruity pebbles, 1T nonfat cool whip, 1T melted sugar free raspberry preserves, and fresh strawberries. 

WW Smart Points: 6
     








Peach Crisp French Toast


  2 pieces of Sara Lee 45 calorie bread
3 egg whites
1T unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2t vanilla
1/2t cinnamon

Topping:
2T oats
1t butter, melted
cinnamon
1/2t brown sugar
2gm chopped nuts

Peach slices
cinnamon  
 1T fat free cool whip

 
Heat the oven to 400. Mix topping ingredients and bake in a small dish for about 10 minutes until the oats begin to crsip. Meanwhile, mix egg whites, almond milk, vanilla, and cinnamon in a shallow dish. Dip each piece of bread into mixture on both sides and cook in a well sprayed pan. Toss fresh peach slices with cinnamon and microwave for a minute or two in 1-2T of water until softened. Top french toast with oat topping, peach slices, and 1T of fat free cool whip.


WW Smart Points: 5


Sweet Potato and Apple Chocolate Chip Pancakes:


4oz sweet potato chunks
3/4 of an apple
1t vanilla
1/2t cinnamon
1/2 baking powder
1/4t baking soda
3 egg whites
2T oats
2-3T water

Toppings: 2T sugar free syrup, 2gm mini chocolate chips

Cut the sweet potato and apple into chunks. Place in a bowl with a bit of water (like a tablespoon or two) and microwave for a few minutes until soft. Place the sweet potato and apple in blender with all remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Spray a pan with cooking spray and cook on medium heat or a few minutes on each side. They won't bubble up like regular pancakes, just check the underside for done-ness! Topped with 2T of sugar free syrup and 2gm of mini chocolate chips.

WW Smart Points: 6


Sweet Potato and Apple Pancakes with Marshmallow Syrup and Cinnamon


4oz sweet potato, cooked and mashed
3T unsweetened applesauce
3 egg whites
1t vanilla
1/2t cinnamon
1/2t baking powder
1/4t baking soda
Topping:
2T marshmallow fluff
1T hot water
7gm Chopped walnuts

Combine all ingredients, or blend, until smooth. Spray a pan well and cook on medium heat. These won't bubble like regular pancakes, so check often for done-ness. Cook 2-3 minutes each side. To make the topping, mix marshmallow fluff with 1T of very hot water. Pour the fluff over the pancakes and top with walnuts and cinnamon.

WW Smartpoints: 6


Berry and Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast 



2 pieces of bread (I use Sara Lee 45 calorie bread)
1T light cream cheese
1/4t sugar
1/4c. frozen mixed berries, thawed
1 egg
3T egg whites
2T unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2t vanilla 
1/2t cinnamon
2T sugar free syrup

Make the egg dip* by mixing the egg, egg whites, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon. Assemble the bread by spreading the cream cheese on one side, sprinkling on the sugar, adding the berries, then the other piece of bread like a sandwich. Dip one side of the sandwich in the egg mixtures, then flip it and dip the other side. Cook in a sprayed pan over medium heat for a few minutes on each side. Top with syrup!

*This egg mixture makes enough for 4 pieces of bread, or two sandwiches. I also use this as a base french toast recipe for 3 smartpoints (2 for the bread, 1 for half the egg mixtures)--you can include whatever toppings or stuffings you want!)

WW Smart points: 4


Banana Egg Waffles (Grain Free)        



These are commonly made as pancakes on the interwebs, but I make them as waffles because 1) it's a lot easier..flipping them as pancakes requires some practice! and 2) it cooks faster!

2 eggs
1 banana
1t vanilla
1/2t cinnamon
1/2 t baking powder

Blend all ingredients until smooth. Pour into a well sprayed waffle iron and cooke for a few minutes until done. Top however you like! My favorite toppings are mixed berries with cool whip, peanut butter and banana, sugar free syrup, or toasted coconut!

WW Smart Points: 4 (not including additional toppings) 

 

Salted Caramel and Peanut Butter Protein Waffles



 2 eggs

1 banana, divided in half
2T unsweetened applesauce
1t vanilla
1/2 t cinnamon
1/2t baking powder
1/2 packet or scoop of Salted Caramel Quest protein powder
1/2T Jif salted caramel whipped peanut butter
2T sugar free syrup
1T fat free cool whip

Blend all ingredients (minus the peanut butter and syrup) until smooth. Pour into a well sprayed waffle iron and cook for a few minutes until done. Makes 4 thin waffles. Top with salted caramel whipped peanut butter, remaining half of the banana, syrup, and a dollop of fat free cool whip!

WW Smart Points: 5


Lemon Strawberry Kodiak Power Cake Waffles



1/3c Kodiak Power cakes mix
3T egg whites
2T nonfat plain greek yogurt
1/4t baking soda
lemon zest
juice of 1/2 lemon
strawberries
2T sugar free syrup
1T fat free cool whip

Mix first 5 ingredients until well incorporated. Spray a waffle iron with cooking spray and cook each waffle for a few minutes until done. Makes 2 thin waffles. Top with strawberries, cool whip, more lemon zest, syrup, and another squirt of lemon juice!

WW Smart Points: 3        


Pina Colada Kodiak Power Cake Waffles



1/3c Kodiak Power Cakes mix
3T egg whites
2T nonfat vanilla greek yogurt
1/4t baking soda
1/4c crushed pineapple in juice
2T sugar free syrup
1T fat free cool whip
1T unsweetened coconut flakes, toasted

Mix first 5 ingredients until well incorporated. Spray a waffle iron well with cooking spray and cook each waffle for a few minutes until done. Makes 2 thin waffles. Top with syrup, cool whip, extra pineapple, and toasted coconut!

WW Smart Points: 4



Cinnamon Apple French Toast



 2 pieces of Sara Lee 45 calorie bread

1 egg
3 egg whites
1T unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2t vanilla
1/2t cinnamon
1/2 apple
1/2t brown sugar
4gm butter
6gm chopped pecans
2T sugar free syrup
1T fat free cool whip

Make the egg dip by mixing the egg, whites, milk, vanilla and cinnamon (this makes enough for 4 pieces, so I count it as 1 smart point for 2 pieces in this recipe). Slice 1/2 an apple and sautee in a pan with the butter, brown sugar, and another sprinkle of cinnamon. Dip each piece of the bread in the egg mixture and cook in a well sprayed pan for a few minutes on each side. Top with cooked apples, pecans, syrup, and cool whip!

WW Smart Points: 5



 Nutella and Banana Stuffed French Toast






 2 pieces of Sara Lee 45 calorie bread

1 egg
3 egg whites
1T unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2t vanilla
1/2t cinnamon
1/2T Nutella 
1 banana, sliced
2T sugar free syrup
Optional- tiny sprinkle of powdered sugar


Make the egg dip by mixing the egg, whites, milk, vanilla and cinnamon (this makes enough for 4 pieces, so I count it as 1 smart point for 2 pieces in this recipe). Assemble your "sandwich" by spreading the nutella on one piece of bread, and laying out your banana slices. Top with the other piece of bread and dip each side in the egg mixture. Cook for a couple minutes on each side in a well sprayed pan. Top with the rest of your banana slices, syrup, and sprinkle of powdered sugar!

WW Smart Points: 5


Carrot Cake Kodiak Cake Crepes



For the crepes:
 1/4c Kodiak Power Cakes mix
1/8t baking soda
1/4t cinnamon
1/2t brown sugar
pinch of ginger
1 heaping Tbs finely shredded carrot
1 heaping T crushed pineapple
3T egg whites
1/4c water
1/2t vanilla

Filling:
1T fat free cool whip
2T nonfat vanilla greek yogurt
1T whipped cream cheese

Mix crepe ingredients and cook on medium heat in a well sprayed pan. Remove and let cool slightly. Mix filling ingredients and fill each crepe with cream mixture, saving an extra spooful for the top. Sprinkle with 2gm chopped pecans, tiny sprinkle of toasted coconut, cinnamon, and extra shredded carrot- to be fancy. ;-)

WW Smart Points: 4  


Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Crepes


For crepes: 
1/4c Kodiak Power Cakes mix
1/4c water
1t vanilla
1T cocoa powder 
1/4t baking soda
2T egg whites

For the filling:
2T nonfat vanilla greek yogurt (I use Danon Light and Fit brand)
1T fat free cool whip
1T whipped cream cheese


Heat a small pan to medium heat and spray well with cooking spray. Mix crepe ingredients- the batter will be very thin. Pour in crepe pan and cook a couple minutes on each side. Makes two thin crepes. Mix filling ingredients and split the filling between each cooled crepe. Top with sliced banana, 1/2T melted peanut butter, and 2gm of mini chocolate chips.

WW Smart Points: 5



Strawberry Cream Cheese Crepes
 

For crepes: 
1/4c Kodiak Power Cakes mix
1/4t baking soda
1/4c water
1t vanilla
2T egg whites

For the filling:
1T nonfat vanilla greek yogurt (I use Danon Light and Fit brand)
2T low fat strawberry yogurt
1T whipped cream cheese

Heat a small pan to medium heat and spray well with cooking spray. Mix crepe ingredients- the batter will be very thin. Pour in crepe pan and cook a couple minutes on each side. Makes two thin crepes. Mix filling ingredients and split the filling between each crepe. Top with strawberries and 1T melted sugar free strawberry jam.

WW Smart Points: 5 


Chocolate Cream Cheese and Raspberry Kodiak Crepes



For the Crepes:
1/4c Kodiak Power Cakes mix
1/4c water
2T egg whites
(=2 smart points)

For the filling:
2T nonfat vanilla greek yogurt (I use Danon Light and Fit brand)
1T fat free cool whip
1T whipped cream cheese
1/2T-1T cocoa powder, to taste
(=2 smart points)

Topping: 1T sugar free raspberry preserves, melted 

Heat a small pan to medium heat and spray well with cooking spray. Mix crepe ingredients- the batter will be very thin. Pour in crepe pan and cook a couple minutes on each side. Makes two thin crepes. Mix filling ingredients and split the filling between each crepe. Top with melted raspberry preserves and tiny sprinkling of powdered sugar, if desired.

WW Smart Points: 4


Chocolate Kodiak Crepes with Raspberry Cream Cheese Filling



For the Crepes:
1/4c Kodiak Power Cakes mix
1/4c water
2T egg whites
1T cocoa powder
(=2 smart points)

For the filling:
2T nonfat vanilla greek yogurt (I use Danon Light and Fit brand)
1T fat free cool whip
1T whipped cream cheese
1T sugar free raspberry preserves, melted
(=2 smart points)

Heat a small pan to medium heat and spray well with cooking spray. Mix crepe ingredients- the batter will be very thin. Pour in crepe pan and cook a couple minutes on each side. Makes two thin crepes. Mix filling ingredients and split the filling between each crepe, then spread with melted raspberry preserves. Top with a tiny sprinkling of powdered sugar, if desired.

WW Smart Points: 4


Black Forest Kodiak Cakes Waffle 



1/3c Kodiak Power Cakes mix
1T cocoa powder
1/4t baking powder
1/4t baking soda
1/2t vanilla
2T egg whites
1/4c water
about 1/3c dark sweet cherries (I used frozen, so when defrosted they made their own juice)

Mix all ingredients, except for a few of the cherries and cook in waffle maker. Top with remaining cherries and juices, 1/4c fat free cool whip, and 2gm of mini chocolate chips.

WW Smart Points: 4     


Chocolate Waffle with Cookies and Cream Protein Fluff





For the waffle:
1/3c Kodiak Cakes Power mix
1T cocoa powder
1/4t baking powder
1/4t baking soda
2T egg whites
1/2t vanilla
3-4T water

For the filling:
1/4c  nonfat vanilla greek yogurt
1T whipped cream cheese
1/2 packet or scoop of Quest Nutrition protein powder
1T water or milk

Mix all waffle ingredients and cook in a well sprayed waffle iron. Mix the filling ingredients and layer between each piece of waffle. Topped with 2gm mini chocolate chips, just a few white chocolate chips, sprinkle of chocolate graham cracker crumbs, and drizzle of chocolate syrup (all 0sp worth). 

WW Smart Points: 6