Sunday, December 1, 2013

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Krispy Treats, gluten free

My mom makes these amazing treats with peanut butter Captain Crunch cereal, melted white chocolate, and peanuts, and they are amazing!  Everyone always loves them at parties.  Well, I wanted to make a gluten free treat very similar.  These turned out so yummy!  You can modify the amounts to your liking.

Ingredients
24oz package white chocolate almond bark
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
4 cups Gluten Free Rice Krispies (no, regular ones are not GF due to malt in them)
2 cups dry roasted peanuts

Directions
In a extra large microwave safe bowl, microwave white chocolate and peanut butter on high for 1 minute, stir, and continue microwaving at 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until chocolate is fully melted.  Immediately stir in rice krispies and dry roasted peanuts.  Drop by 2 Tbsp "blobs" onto wax paper or aluminum foil.  Make sure the blobs stay together and do not touch the ones next to them.  When fully cool, about 2 hours later, store in an air tight container.

Flourless Oatmeal Cookies

 
I made these cookies with my girls since I am trying not to eat gluten, so I needed a flourless cookie.  These were very yummy!  I made one batch with mini chocolate chips and one batch, I made with walnuts and craisins....

Ingredients
2 1/4 cups oatmeal (GF if needed)
1 Tbsp cornstarch
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking powder (GF)
1/4 tsp salt
8 Tbsp unsalted butter (I used salted and it was fine) at room temperature (or use dairy free if needed)
6 Tbsp granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg (or use flax seed option on right)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup chocolate chips OR....
1/3 cup craisins & 1/3 cup chopped walnuts

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a blender or coffee grinder or food processor, process 3/4 cup oats into a fine meal. Mix together ground oats, cornstarch, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.
  2. In a large bowl, using a mixer, beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. With mixer on low, gradually add oat mixture, beating until combined. Fold in chocolate chips or craisins and walnuts, and remaining oats.
  3. In batches, drop dough in 2-tablespoonful mounds onto a baking sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake until cookies are golden brown at edges, 15 to 18 minutes. Let cool before serving.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Apple Craisin Salad

When I had my very first baby, Craig, one of the meals that was brought to us included this delicious apple salad.  I had to have the recipe.  Unfortunately she doesn't write down the amounts so I had to do it by taste.  I usually make this with walnuts as well, but it's delicious without them too.  You can add more sugar or less lemon juice to make it sweeter if you like, but I wanted to keep this lighter and with the sweet apples and craisins, it balances out well.  This recipe is for a single serving, but I have made it for a large group and everyone loves it.  You could use different apples as well.

Ingredients
1 apple (I like gala)
3 Tbsp craisins
1 -2 Tbsp walnuts (optional)
1/2 cup Kraft mayo made with Olive Oil (or another mayo if you prefer)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp cloves

Directions
Cut up your apple into small chunks and put in a bowl.  Add craisins and walnuts.  In a jar or small bowl, mix together mayo, sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, and cloves.  Pour 1 Tbsp of mixture over apple salad and put the rest in the fridge.

WW points/Calories:  3 points for the whole salad or 174 calories (without walnuts)

Monday, October 28, 2013

Goulash

My mother in law made this a few weeks ago after getting the recipe from her co-worker.  I have memories of when my mom would make goulash growing up and enjoying it, and I really like this recipe.  You can easily half this for a smaller family.

Ingredients
2-3 lbs ground beef or turkey
1 large onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups water
2-15oz tomato sauce
2-14 1/2oz tomatoes, diced (I like the petite diced)
2 cans corn, drained (optional)
3 Tbsp soy sauce (use GF if needed)
2 tsp oregano
2 tsp basil
2 bay leaves
1 Tbsp salt or seasoned salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 cups macaroni (use brown rice noodles for GF)

Directions
Brown ground meat, onion, and garlic.  Add everything else except the pasta.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer, stirring occassionally for 20 minutes. Stir in pasta and cook for another 25 minutes uncovered.  Remove bay leaves.

OR crockpot version:
Brown ground meat, onion, and garlic and add to crockpot. Add everything else except the pasta. Turn on high 4-6 hours or low 8 hours.  Stir in pasta, turn crockpot on high, and cook last 20-30 minutes until pasta is tender.  Remove bay leaves.  Or you could leave out the 3 cups of water and just boil the pasta separately and add to the crockpot before serving.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Pudding Yogurt

I started experimenting with different pudding mixes and yogurt.  I love how creamy it comes out and with a higher protein content, they are more filling than a regular pudding made with milk.  I have tried pistachio, white chocolate, and cheesecake so far, and they are all yummy!  This picture is of the white chocolate pudding yogurt.

Ingredients
2 cups nonfat plain yogurt (I like Dannon all natural)
1 box sugar free, fat free pudding mix (so far I like white chocolate, cheesecake, and pistachio)

Directions
Using a whisk, mix yogurt and pudding mix together very well until blended.  Divide into 5 individual containers evenly.

Weight Watcher Points: only 1 point each!

Pineapple Pistachio Pudding

My mom came up with this recipe and it reminds of a watergate salad, or as my family always called it, "Green Junk."  :-)  It is a healthier, creamy option.  It is yummy and satifying.

Ingredients
2 cups nonfat plain yogurt (I like Dannon all natural)
1 package sugar free, fat free, pistachio pudding
1 can crushed pineapple in juice, drained

Directions
Combine all ingredients well.  Divide into 5 containers equally and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Weight Watcher Points: 2 points each serving!

Cherry Pie Pudding

This is so yummy and creamy and delicious!  I came up with it from the original Cherry Pie Fluff recipe, just using yogurt instead of cool whip.  I like this this is thick and has a higher protein level to keep you feeling full longer. 

Ingredients
1 can lite cherry pie filling (could use sugar free if you want)
2 cups nonfat plain yogurt (I like Dannon all natural)
1 box sugar free, fat free, cheesecake (or white chocolate) pudding mix

Directions
Combine all ingredients and mix very well until all blended together.  Divide into 7 different containers and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Weight Watchers Points: 2 points per serving!