Archive for May, 2013

Holiday Fruit Skewers

Holiday Fruit Skewers

May 24, 2013Cat Lady No Comments »
FILED UNDER :Sides and Extras , Treats

Slow Cooker Balsamic Roast Beef

Slow Cooker Balsamic Roast Beef

Slow Cooker Balsamic Roast Beef:

 

3-4 pound boneless roast beef (chuck or round roast)
1 cup beef broth
½ cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon honey
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
4 cloves garlic, chopped

 

(4 hours on High or 6-8 hours on Low)

 

May 24, 2013Cat Lady No Comments »
FILED UNDER :Crockpot , Dinner

Banana Muffins No Flour

Banana Muffins No Flour

Banana Muffins – NO FLOUR, OIL, BUTTER!!

 

Ingredients
2.5 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup plain low fat greek yogurt
2 eggs
… 3/4 cup sugar {or sweetener of choice – Stevia is best or splenda}
1.5 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 ripe bananas

 

Let the Baking Begin!
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray tin with non-stick cooking spray or line 12 muffin tins with silicone or foil liners.
2. Place all of the ingredients, including bananas in a blender or food processor, and blend until oats are smooth. {I added the oats a cup at a time and blended in between}
3. Divide batter among cupcake liners, and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
**Be sure to watch them closely in the oven, because depending on altitude, baking time may be a little less**
4. Most importantly: Enjoy & try not to eat them all at once!!!

 

May 24, 2013Cat Lady No Comments »
FILED UNDER :Breakfast

Lemon Crinkle Cookies

Lemon Crinkle Cookies

Low Fat Crinkle Cookies

 

Ingredients

 

1 box lemon cake mix (any kind)
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 cups Cool Whip, thawed (8 ounce container)
½ to 1 cup powdered sugar

 

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350.
In a large bowl, combine cake mix, egg, and Cool Whip. The batter will be sticky!

Form dough into tablespoonfuls and roll in powdered sugar.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until the edges are golden. Allow to cool 1 minute on baking sheet; then remove to wire rack to cool completely.

May 24, 2013Cat Lady No Comments »
FILED UNDER :Treats

Pancake Bites

Panckae Bites

Pancake Bites!

 

Mix up your favorite pancake mix and pour into muffin tins. Add fruit, nuts, chocolate chips or sausage! Bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes.

 

May 24, 2013Cat Lady No Comments »
FILED UNDER :Breakfast

Banana Oatmeal Smoothie

Banana Oatmeal Smoothie

Great, filling and healthy!!

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Smoothie Recipe
serves 2

2 bananas sliced and frozen
1/4 cup oats
1/4 cup natural peanut butter
3/4 cup skim milk or almond milk

Put oats in blender and blend until they’re powdery. Add remaining ingredients and blend until there are no more chunks of frozen banana. Garnish with fresh banana slices if desired.

*note: you can add flaxseed or chia seeds for extra nutrition!!

May 24, 2013Cat Lady No Comments »
FILED UNDER :Flavored Water , Treats

Two Ingredient Cookie

Two Ingredient Cookies

Two Ingredient Cookie

TWO (yes that’s it) INGREDIENT COOKIES

Ingredients

2 large bananas (can be a few days old for easier mashing)
1 cup quick-cooking oats

HINT: This basic recipe tastes great on it’s own but you can also change it up by adding mix-ins of your choice here are some suggestions

milk, white or dark chocolate chips and a pinch of cinnamon (as in picture)
Apple and sultana
Raisins or Cranberries
Walnuts, Almonds, Peanuts
The combinations are endless and only limited by your imagination, try experimenting and add your own suggestions in the comments section, I would love to hear what you come up with

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Mash the bananas in a medium bowl. Add the oats and whichever mix-ins you choose and mix.
3. Shape into balls with your hands and place on a baking pan covered with parchment paper (I used parchment instead of greasing the pan). Press down into a disc shape if desired.
4. Bake for 12-15 minutes (mine were done after 12).
5. Enjoy!
Yield: 12-16 cookies
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 12-15 minutes

May 24, 2013Cat Lady No Comments »
FILED UNDER :Treats

Cookie Dough Bites

Cookie Dough Bites

No flour, no oil, no white sugar.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip

Cookie Dough Bites

Ingredients:
1 1/4 cups canned* chickpeas, well-rinsed and patted dry with a paper towel
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons (165 grams) natural peanut butter
1/4 cup (80 grams) honey (agave would be amazing too!)
1 teaspoon baking powder**
a pinch of salt if your peanut butter doesn’t have salt in it
1/2 cup (90 grams) chocolate chips

* My can was a 400 gram can, 240 grams without the water, and I used all but a few tablespoons

** If you need grain-free baking powder, you can use 1 part cream of tartar + 1 part baking soda + 2 parts arrowroot.

Directions:
Preheat your oven to 350°F / 175°C.

Combine all the ingredients, except for the chocolate chips, in a food processor and process until very smooth. Make sure to scrape the sides and the top to get the little chunks of chickpeas and process again until they’re combined.

Put in the chocolate chips and stir it if you can, or pulse it once or twice. The mixture will be very thick and sticky.

With wet hands, form into 1 1/2? balls. Place onto a piece of parchment paper. If you want them to look more like normal cookies, press down slightly on the balls. They don’t do much rising. Bake for about 10 minutes.

Yields about fourteen 1 1/2? cookie dough balls.

 

May 24, 2013Cat Lady No Comments »
FILED UNDER :Treats

Sweet Potato Baked Chips

Sweet Potato Baked Chips

SWEET POTATO BAKED CHIPS WITH ORANGE AND THYME

2 sweet potatoes
4-5 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon of blood orange zest (if you like the zesty flavor add more! you can also use a regular orange too)
1/2 cup of orange juice
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon of thyme

 

1. preheat oven to 325º
2. using a mandoline slicer slice the sweet potato into thin rounds
3. in a small bowl mix olive oil, thyme, orange zest + juice together.
4. toss sliced potatoes in olive oil mixture – make sure pieces are evenly coated.
5. on a baking sheet, place potato slices in a single layer – you will need multiple baking sheets for all of the potatoes or wait till one rack is clear
6. sprinkle with salt and bake until edges are golden brown, about 20 mins.
7. allow chips to cool and serve!

 

May 24, 2013Cat Lady No Comments »
FILED UNDER :Sides and Extras

Fruit Salad

Fruit Salad

The Best Fruit Salad

1 (29 ounce) can peach slices
1 (20 ounce) can pineapple chunks
1 (3 1/8 ounce) box dry vanilla instant pudding mix
… 1 lb of strawberries, (quartered)
1 banana, (sliced)
1/2 pint blueberries
1 bunch grapes (I use the red ones)
1 -2 tablespoon sugar (optional)

 

Directions:
In a large bowl, combine peaches, pineapples, and vanilla pudding mix. This includes the juices from the cans. Mix well until pudding is dissolved. Stir in strawberries, banana, blueberries, grapes, and sugar if desired. Chill.

 

May 24, 2013Cat Lady No Comments »
FILED UNDER :Sides and Extras , Treats