Posted in Bake, Breakfast, Easy, Quick Breads, Side Dishes, Uncategorized

Apple-Raisin Bread


Serves: 8

Preheat Oven 400o

Estimated calories per serving: 175

Fat grams: 2

Ingredients:

1 ½ cup flour

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon nutmeg

½ teaspoon allspice

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

1/3 cup brown sugar

¼ cup egg substitute

¾ cup buttermilk

2 Tablespoons low calorie/fat butter spread

2 Tablespoons unsweetened apple sauce

½ cup raisins

1 large apple – cored, peeled and chopped

Directions:

  1. Spray loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Stir in brown sugar.
  3. In a mixing bowl, mix buttermilk, egg substitute, apple sauce and butter spread.
  4. Fold dry ingredients into buttermilk mixture, then mix in chopped apples and raisins.
  5. Bake 45 – 50 minutes until browned and a toothpick comes out clean when inserting.
  6. Let bread cool for 5 minutes, then remove from loaf pan and serve warm.
Posted in Appetizers, Bake, Breakfast, Easy, Eggs, Main Courses

Sausage & Spinach Frittata Squares


Sausage & Spinach Frittata Squares

Serves 6

Preheat oven 350o

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Bake Time: 45 – 50 minutes

Estimated Values per Serving:

Calories: 300                                                Fat: 8 grams

Ingredients:

½ tablespoon olive oil

1 onion – chopped

½ pound frozen spinach – thawed

3 Italian turkey sausage links

2 cups egg substitute

2 whole eggs

½ cup light sour cream

¼ cup grated parmesan cheese

1 cup grated mozzarella cheese

1 teaspoon dried basil

Directions:

  1. Heat skillet on medium heat, coat with cooking spray and add olive oil.  Add onions to the skillet and sauté for 3 – 5 minutes until tender and slightly browned.  Spoon onions into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Squeeze excess water from spinach and add to the bowl with onions.
  3. Remove sausage from their casings.  Heat skillet on medium high heat, coat again with cooking spray and add sausage meat.  While sautéing, break up sausage into small pieces.  Sauté sausage for 5 – 7 minutes until browned.  Add sausage to the same mixing bowl.
  4. Whisk together egg substitute, eggs and sour cream until well blended.  Pour egg mixture into bowl and add the cheeses and basil.  Stir ingredients together until well blended.
  5. Coat a 9X13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.  Pour egg mixture into baking dish and bake for 45 – 50 minutes until firm and browned.
  6. Remove from oven and cool for 5 – 10 minutes.
  7. Cut into squares and serve.

 

Posted in Bake, Beef, Breakfast, Dessert, Easy, Fruits

Apple Bread with Maple Syrup Glaze


Apple Bread with Maple Syrup Glaze

Preheat oven 350o

Serves 12

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 55 -60 minutes

Estimated Values Per Serving:

Calories: 195                                                Fat: 2 grams

Apple Bread with Maple Syrup Glaze

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups flour

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

1 cup sugar

1 cup cored, peeled and grated apple

2 tablespoons cooking oil

2 tablespoons unsweetened apple sauce

¼ cup egg substitute

Directions:

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, baking powder and nutmeg.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together sugar, grated apple, cooking oil, apple sauce and
    egg substitute.
  3. Add flour mixture to apple mixture and stir until combined.
  4. Coat a 8X4X2-inch loaf pan with cooking spray and spoon batter into pan.  Bake for 55 – 60 minutes or until an insert
    toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Spoon on maple syrup glaze after apple bread has cooled.

Maple Syrup Glaze:

1 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar – sifted

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

Skim milk (1 – 2 tablespoons)

 

  1. In a bowl, combine confectioners sugar and vanilla.
  2. Gradually whisk in maple syrupand enough milk to make a coating consistency.

 

Posted in Bake, Breakfast, Eggs, Spices

Southwest Breakfast Cups


Southwest Breakfast Cups

Preheat oven 375o

Serves 6

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Estimated values per serving:

Calories = 120                      Fat = 3 grams                        Points: 3

Ingredients:

3 cups egg substitute

½ cup salsa

1 cup low fat grated Mexican blend cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

2 -3 dashes Tabasco sauce (optional)

Directions:

  1. Coat a 6-cup large muffin pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together egg substitute, salsa, cheese and salt and pepper and Tabasco sauce if using.
  3. Spoon egg mixture into muffin cups.
  4. Bake for 40 – 45 minutes until puffed and browned.

    Southwest Breakfast Cups
Posted in Bake, Breakfast, Eggs, Vegetables

Greek Breakfast Cups


At the beginning of every year, Dean always goes on a low fat/reduced carb diet to lose the pounds he had packed on during the holiday season (which for Dean starts in October with Halloween).  I always start the year with giving my liver a vacation by cutting out meat, poultry fish and gluten.  I then follow it up with a low calorie diet to lose a few pounds.

The next few weeks of recipes will be the inspired by our current life style shift from just low fat to also eating in a more healthful way.  Hopefully, you will also be inspired and check out how tasteful a healthy meal can be.

Greek Breakfast Cups

Preheat oven 375o

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Estimated values per serving:

Calories = 135                      Fat = 4.5 grams                     Points: 3

Serves 6

Ingredients:

1 (10 ounce) package of frozen chopped spinach – defrosted

3 cups egg substitute

½ cup green onions – chopped

½ cup low fat Feta cheese – crumbled

½ cup low fat large curd cottage cheese (pot cheese style)

½ teaspoon dill

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Coat a 6-cup large muffin pan with cooking spray.  Squeeze the spinach to remove excess water and place in a large mixing bowl
  2. Add egg substitute, green onions, Feta cheese, cottage cheese, dill and salt and pepper to the spinach and mix well.
  3. Spoon spinach mixture into muffin cups.
  4. Bake for 40 – 45 minutes until puffed and browned.
Posted in Bake, Breakfast, Casserole

Baked Apple French Toast


Baked Apple French Toast

Serves 8

Preheat oven 375o

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Estimated values per serving:

Calories = 215                      Fat = 2 grams                        Points: 3

Ingredients:

6 cups Challah bread – cut into 1-inch pieces

2 large cooking apples – cored, peeled and chopped

¼ cup sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ cup raisins – chopped

1 ¼ cup egg substitute

½ cup skim milk

¼ cup maple syrup

½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

¼ teaspoon ground allspice

Directions:

  1. Coat a 9X12-inch baking pan with cooking spray.  Add bread and toast in the oven for about 10 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool.
  2. Heat a large non-stick skillet with cooking spray, coat with cooking spray and add apples, sugar and cinnamon.  Sauté apples until soft for about 7 – 10 minutes.  Remove from heat and toss with toasted bread and raisins.
  3. In a mixing bowl, whisk together egg substitute, milk, maple syrup, nutmeg and all spice.  Pour on top of apple/bread mixture.  Press down on bread until it is completely moistened.
  4. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until set.

    Baked Apple French Toast
Posted in Breakfast, Main Courses, Omelets

Crazy Day


It was a crazy day so the only meal we ate at home was breakfast.  On the weekends, we often make open-faced omelets for breakfast and is what we did this morning.  Since, the chives in our herb planter have sprouted I included them in the omelets today but you can have fun and use whatever herbs or seasonings you like.  To keep it low fat but still get the omelet to “puff”, I use 2 eggs with about ¾ cup of egg substitute.  This morning I made individual omelets for each person so that we can add what we like to them but you can also make one in a large oven safe skillet and cut it into wedges as well.

Open Egg Omelets

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Preheat oven 425o

Serves 3

Ingredients:

2 eggs – beaten

¾ cup egg substitute

1 tablespoon chives

Salt and pepper to taste

2 ounces farmer’s cheese – crumbled

Directions:

  1. Beat eggs, egg substitute, chives and salt and pepper in a large measuring cup.
  2. Heat 3 oven safe omelet pans (or one large oven safe skillet) on medium high heat and spray with cooking spray then pour equal amounts of egg mixture in each.
  3. Add equal amounts of farmer’s cheese on top.
  4. Nick’s omelet: cut small pieces from 1 slice of low fat American cheese and add on top.
  5. Dean’s omelet: add crumbled goat cheese on top.
  6. Dina’s omelet: spoon about 2 tablespoons of salsa on top.
  7. Allow omelets to “set” on the bottom of each pan then transfer them to the oven and bake for about 10 minutes until cheese is melted and egg mixture does not move when you shake the pan.
  8. Remove from oven, and, using a spatula, transfer onto individual plates and serve.

Estimated Values per serving:

American cheese omelet calories = 190                 Fat = 9

Goat cheese omelet calories = 220                           Fat = 11

Salsa omelet calories = 170                                          Fat = 5