Saturday, March 10, 2012

Oreo Grasshopper Ice Cream Sandwich cake


Oh...my...GOODNESS this was heavenly and EASY. So I made some modifications to this recipe to make it 1. healthier, 2. tastier, and 3. more colorful. :) The original recipe called for regular ice cream sandwiches. I used grasshopper ice cream sandwiches to make it prettier and because I love mint chocolate chip ice cream! I will experiment in the future with different flavors.



  • 12 grasshopper ice cream sandwiches (Bluebunny)
  • 1 tub Cool Whip FREE
  • 1 package (4 serving size) sugar-free chocolate instant pudding
  • 1/4 cup Nutella, (I used Kroger brand because it's lower calorie)
  • 8 reduced fat oreo cookies, chopped into pieces (not ground into powder)
  • Optional: 2 drops of green food coloring
  1. Pour nutella into medium bowl. Whisk in 1 cup Cool Whip. Add dry pudding mix; stir 2 min.
  2. Arrange 4 ice cream sandwiches, side-by-side, on 24-inch-long piece of foil; top with half the Cool Whip/Nutella mixture. Repeat layers. Top with remaining sandwiches.
  3. If using food coloring, add it to the remaining Cool Whip. I did this to make the frosting match the ice cream in color. Frost top and sides with remaining Cool Whip; press chopped cookies into Cool Whip on top and sides of cake. Bring up foil sides; double fold top and ends to loosely seal packet.
  4. Freeze 4 hours.

Makes 12 servings

Nutrition
Calories 238
Fat 6g
Sat Fat 2.5g
Cholesterol 5mg
Sodium 234mg
Potassium 105mg
Fiber 1g
Sugars 19g
Protein 3.5g

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Sweet Potato Chips

  • 1 sweet medium potato, peeled
  • cooking spray
  • 1 tsp truvia
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
Preparation:
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. With a V-slicer or mandoline, cut the potato into very thin slices.
  3. Spray 2 baking sheets with cooking spray.
  4. Arrange the potato slices on the baking sheets in a single layer. Coat the slices lightly with cooking spray.
  5. Bake for 7 minutes, or until barely starting to brown. Turn the potato slices over and return to the oven. Bake until lightly browned, about 7 to 10 minutes (closer to 10, but watch because they burn easily)
  6. Let cool completely and the sprinkle or toss with cinnamon and sugar.

Makes 2 servings

Nutrition
Calories 69
Sodium 9mg
Potassium 133mg
Carbs 16g
Fiber 2g
Protein 1g

Pork Chops with Dijon Mustard Sauce

  • 4 boneless pork chops (about 4oz each)
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup (I used cream of chicken)
  • 1 small can sliced mushrooms (about 1 cup) or use fresh
  • 1 TBSP dijon mustard
  • 1 TBSP lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Directions

  1. Season the pork with the lemon pepper and salt.
  2. Heat a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat and spray with cooking spray. Add the pork and cook until well browned on both sides.
  3. Mix the remaining ingredients in a bowl to make mushroom dijon sauce.
  4. Add the sauce to the skillet. Reduce the heat to low.
  5. Cover and cook for 10 minutes or until the pork is cooked through.

Makes 4 servings

Nutrition
Calories 166
Fat 5.5g
Sat Fat 2g
Cholesterol 59mg
Sodium 600mg
Potassium 12mg
Carbs 5g
Fiber 1g
Sugars 1g
Protein 25g

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Oatmeal Craisin Breakfast Cookies

  • 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1.5 cup oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup craisins
  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Mix everything together in a bowl and scoop onto sprayed parchment paper. (I had 15 cookies)
  3. Bake for 30-35 minutes.

Makes 15 servings

Nutrition
Calories 56
Fat 1g
Potassium 92mg
Carbs 12g
Carbs 12g
Fiber 1.5g
Protein 1g

Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza

Crust
  • 1 can Homestyle Bicsuits
  • garlic powder
  • seasoning salt
  • cooking spray

Pizza

  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup fat free shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 lb extra lean ground beef
  • minced onion (i used dried-we hate onions, but you can use fresh)
  • 8 slices center cut bacon
  • 1/2 or so fresh tomatoes, sliced/chopped
  • dill pick slices (I took 2 baby dills and sliced them up)
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Spray a pizza pan with cooking spray, and then press the biscuits onto the pan, pressing them together to make one big round pizza crust. Mist top of crust with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt and garlic.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes (or until just starting to brown).
  4. Meanwhile, brown hamburger meat with minced onions. Drain and set aside.
  5. Cook bacon (I do it in the microwave) and set aside.
  6. Assemble the pizza as follows: spread tomato sauce on crust, top with shredded cheese, beef, pickles, tomatoes, and bacon.
  7. Bake an additional 10 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted.
  8. Cut into 8 slices.

Makes 4 servings. 2 slices per serving.

Nutrition
Calories 286
Fat 7g
Sat Fat 2g
Cholesterol 50mg
Sodium 1170mg
Potassium 386mg
Carbs 32g
Fiber 2g
Sugar 5g
Protein 27g