Sunday, March 21, 2010

Banana Soft Serve Ice Cream

Sometimes you just NEED ice cream. Not just ANY ice cream. HEALTHY BANANA SOFT SERVE!

All you need are three ingredients and a food processor.

2 frozen bananas, frozen in chunks.
2 tablespoons of unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze (or milk of choice)
3 drops of vanilla custard Capella Drops (of you can use vanilla extract)

I scrapped, blended, scrapped, blended for maybe 5 minutes and it was perfect. The texture was super creamy and delicious. I topped it with a bit of coconut flakes and granola. HEAVEN IN A BOWL I tell you. HEAVEN!

ENJOY!!! ;)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Healthy Pumpkin Pudding

This may possibly be the easiest dessert in the world. If you like pumpkin pie, you will LOVE this rich little concoction!! You only need 4 ingredients.
  • 16 oz can Pumpkin Puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 box instant, fat free vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Splenda to taste (or sweetener of choice)
Mix all of these ingredients in a bowl until well blended. That's it. No, this is not a joke. The flavor is very similar to pumpkin pie in my opinion and the texture is super rich and creamy. I like to top mine with fat free whip and granola or crumbled graham crackers for a little crunch. Sometimes I even toss in a banana.

I hope you enjoy this one as much as I do. I could eat this stuff every single day!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Spicy Cabbage Soup

Ahhh, my beloved cabbage soup. How I love thee. You're low calorie, low fat and filling ways simply sweep me off my feet.

In your largest pot, add ALL of the ingredients listed below. Simple enough right?
  • 1 head green cabbage, chopped
  • 1 large purple onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 can black beans (new addition)
  • 1/2 cup uncooked brown jasmine rice (new addition)
  • 2 Trader Joe's Jalapeno Chicken Sausages, chopped into small pieces (new addition)
  • 16oz can pureed tomatoes (new addition)
  • 32oz can tomato sauce (new addition)
  • Enough low sodium, low calorie chicken stock to cover everything
  • 2 tbs black pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp sweet basil
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 bay leaf
Give this all a good stir, turn the burner to low-medium heat and covered it. It's safe to let this sit and simmer away for about 2-3 hours. Just give it an occasional stir.

I like my cabbage soup SUPER SPICY but if you prefer a milder version, just add less black pepper and skip the cayenne.

This soup has a lot of depth, flavor and texture. ENJOY! ;)

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Banana Soft Serve

Okay, this one is SUPER simple! Peel two bananas, cut them into chunks and toss them in the freezer in some tupperware for a few hours. Once they are nice and frozen toss them into a food processor (blenders don't work very well unless you have a very powerful one) and mix until smooth and creamy.

And there you have it, banana soft serve fluffy goodness in a bowl. You can top it with fresh berries or even some granola for crunch. Or just have it plain because it tastes delicious!

Add 1 Weight Watchers point for each banana you add. Simple enough right? :)

Black Bean Burger

This is a simple, filling and delicious all bean burger that both me and boyfriend love! It's super easy to make and full of fiber and healthy goodness. Here is what you need for 2 MASSIVE or 3 medium burger patties.
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed,
  • 3 tbs corn meal,
  • 2 egg white,
  • 2 green onions, chopped fine,
  • 2 tbs red onions, diced fine
  • 2 tbs corn, (from can)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • dash cayenne
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
I rinsed and drained the beans, added the cornmeal and mashed the heck out of them with a fork. This will take a few minutes of effort but it's well worth it. Don't over mash. Leaving bigger chunks of bean here and there helps add great texture to the burgers.

Now add ALL of the other ingredients.

Mix and mash the mixture with your hands until it's well mixed and form your patties. You can make 3 nice size burgers or two MASSIVE ones like I did below.

While you are forming the patties start heating a skillet on medium heat. Spray the pan with Pam (or you can use olive oil) and make sure it is well coated.

They will need roughly 8-10 minutes on each side. You just want to make sure that they brown enough of both sides so that they don't fall apart when you flip them.

I like to top mine with fat free cheese and ketchup. Also good would be fresh avocado slices or sauteed onions. YUM!!

Hope you like it! :)

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