Thursday, March 18, 2010

Funky Monkey Souffles


I had a major chocolate craving the other day and I only had 3 points left for the day. I thought I was S.O.L but then, a miracle! I checked out my favorite weight watcher's cooking blog Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes and found my new favorite chocolate fix.

Chocolate Banana Souffles
! Which I had fun calling Funky Monkey Souffles:

Makes 4 servings.
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 egg whites
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • butter flavored cooking spray
  1. Preheat over to 400F.
  2. Coat 4 ramekins with cooking spray.
  3. Place on a baking sheet.
  4. In a medium bowl, mash bananas and vanilla together. Sift cornstarch and cocoa powder over bananas and stir well.
  5. In another medium bowl, beat egg whites with sugar until they form soft peaks. (NOTE: I didn't beat my eggs enough so the souffles didn't rise as they should have, however they were still delicious!) Fold 1/3 of egg whites into banana mixture. When incorporated, fold in the rest of the egg whites.
  6. Spoon mixture into ramekins.
  7. Wipe the top 1/4 inch “collar” of the ramekin to remove any excess batter so that the souffle will rise straight and place ramekins on a baking sheet.
  8. Bake at 400°F for 15 minutes.
  9. Serve immediately.
Points: 2.25

Probably the most delicious chocolate treat I've ever had!

ENJOY!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Low Fat Banana Muffins


Oddly enough, I love seeing when my bananas have turned brown. It lets me continue my search for the best banana recipes.

I have a huge weakness for banana bread so its necessary for me to find a low cal/ low fat option without sacrificing taste. I was google-ing yesterday and found this wonderful recipe on about.com. I was a little wary to try it because I've tried other recipes from about.com and was disappointing but I decided to give it a try. Turns out it's a fantastic recipe! Now, its not like I can't the difference between these and the fat charged balls of banana heaven I used to make. They're just a really nice alternative.

Low Fat Banana Muffins
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup splenda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2/3 cup nonfat milk
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 small ripe bananas, mashed
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a nonstick 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray or line with paper cups.
  2. In a large bowl, stir flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg together. Make a well in the center.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine canola oil milk, egg, vanilla. Add wet ingredient to dry mixture, followed by mashed bananas. Stir with a wooden spoon until just combined.
  4. Fill muffins cups two-thirds full. Bake for 18-22 minutes.

Taken from: http://lowfatcooking.about.com/od/bakedgoods/r/bananamuffins.htm

W.W Points= 3 per muffin (a little higher than a like for a snack but worth it!)

ENJOY!


Thursday, January 28, 2010

Lemon Pepper Chicken Ranch Wraps

I recently started Weight Watchers and was VERY happy to learn that while I had to learn new eating habits I don't have to give up savory food for rice cakes!

This was one of my first dinners and it was DELICIOUS. Unfortunately I didn't take any pictures but I'm sure you get the idea:
  • 4 tbs lemon pepper
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup lettuce
  • 10 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tbs chopped red onion
  • 2 tbs calorie-wise ranch dressing
  • 2 whole wheat wraps
  1. Heat a non stick pan to medium
  2. Coat each chicken breast in 2 tbs of lemon pepper
  3. Place chicken in pan, cook on each side for about 10 minutes. Then cut chicken breast in half and place back in pan until fully cooked.
  4. Place 1/2 cup lettuce, 5 cherry tomatoes, 1 tbs red onion and 1 tbs ranch dressing in whole wheat wrap.
  5. Slice chicken into strips and place each into the wraps
  6. ENJOY!
W.W Points: 6