Weight Watcher’s Blueberry Scones

Weight Watcher's Blueberry Scones

I was trying to think of ways I could get more people to come to my website this weekend. Then, I realized that there’s hardly any breakfast recipes on this site and in the morning I rarely get a lot of traffic. Most of my site traffic comes at night when everyone is home and that makes sense. What type of recipes do people search for in the mornings? Probably breakfast ones, so I”ll be adding more breakfast recipes on this site. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day.  Also thought about trying different Ethnic recipes, chocolate covered crickets, and adding random curse words to my blog. Like these mother bleeping scones are the bleeping best. Not sure what my readers would think of that. :)

These scones are the bleeping best! The dough was a bit sticky to work with, but make sure you flour the surface and the top of the scones when you roll them out. I just kept on adding the milk in the food processor until the dough came together. Used some fresh blueberries. This is a good scone recipe considering the fact that it is a Weight Watcher Recipe. It calls for only 2 tablespoons of butter where as a normal scone recipe calls for about a stick of butter. Add in whatever fresh fruit you like!

Weight Watcher's Blueberry Scones

Weight Watcher's Blueberry Scones

Weight Watcher's Blueberry Scones
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp table salt
  • 2 Tbsp regular butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 cup of fresh bllueberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Mix in butter until mixture is size of fine crumbs. Stir in buttermilk and then stir in berries.
  3. Shape dough into two 7-inch circles on prepared baking sheet. Cut each circle into 6 wedges and coat with cooking spray.
  4. Bake until cooked through and golden, about 20 minutes. Yields one wedge per serving.
Notes
Points Plus: 3
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 12 Calories: 121 Fat: 2.3g Carbohydrates: 22.1g Fiber: 0.9g Protein: 2.9g

 

Honey Roasted Peaches

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This shot took two different tries. The first time I tried to photograph these peaches, I tried using whipped cream on top of the peaches and that just ended up melting all over the peaches. Not a pretty picture. This would not look very appealing in front of a Chopped judge either.

 

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I thought of what else I could use that would hold it’s shape better and I knew I had some cream cheese in the fridge.  The second time I had to take this shot pretty fast before the cream cheese melted. This worked way better.   The cream cheese just has a little bit of vanilla flavoring in it, and that is pretty much it.

Roasted Peaches only have around 100 calories per serving, so they’re a healthy dessert. Not to mention fancy looking too. You’d really impress your dinner guests with these Honey Roasted Peaches the next time you have friends over for dinner.  This almost reminds me of a peach crisp or cobbler but with out all the fuss of making that streusel topping for the fruit. Super easy to make. This only requires 4 ingredients and takes less than 5 minutes to throw together. All you have to do is sit and wait for the peaches to get done cooking in the oven.

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Recipe adapted from Alina Loves

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Ingredients
  • 2 peaches
  • 4 teaspoons of butter
  • honey
  • ¼ cup of cream cheese
  • flaked almonds
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Slice the 2 peaches in and remove the pit. Place the peaches on a baking Sheet. On each peach, place 1 teaspoon of butter and drizzle each peach with some honey.
  3. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes.
  4. When the peaches come out, decorate them them with about a tablespoon of cream cheese and the almonds. Enjoy!
Notes
I used 1 peach to figure out the Nutrition Info. Does not include cream cheese or nuts on top.

Points Plus per 1 peach: 3
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 Calories: 102 Fat: 5.88g Carbohydrates: 13.33g Fiber: 0.8g Protein: 0.54g

 

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Chicken Fruit Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

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I was at the lake cabin this weekend and found this wonderful Poppy Seed dressing in one of the fridges called Brianna’s Homestyle Poppyseed Dressing. WOWSAS! Is this salad dressing ever good.  Had it on some chicken, fresh spinach, and strawberries. I was so excited about this dressing, I had to add it to my grocery list and got it at the grocery store . All Natural Ingredients like the bottle says. Just vinegar, olive oil, poppy seeds, etc. No added extra junk like fillers. That is pretty awesome. Sure you can go ahead and make your own poppy seed dressing, but why, when you have this delicious dressing already made for you? If you plan on taking a drug test soon, do not eat this dressing by the way.

This salad dressing on fruit is to die for or on top of any kind of salad is great. I cut up some strawberries, peaches, and blueberries and topped it with some fresh parsley and I was in heaven eating this. I kind of debated on what to call this post since there were two different salads.  You decide which one to make or make both.

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This is the chicken salad I made. Just rotisserie chicken, blueberries, strawberries, peaches, spinach, and chopped almonds. YUM!

 

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Chicken Fruit Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup of fresh spinach leaves
  • 5 strawberries, sliced
  • ½ cup of shredded chicken
  • ¼ cup of blueberries
  • 1 peach, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons of sliced almonds
  • 1 bottle of Brianna's Home Style Poppy Seed Dressing
Instructions
  1. Prepare fruits and vegetables. Slice the strawberries and peaches. Chop the almonds. Layer some spinach on the bottom of the plate and top with all the rest of the ingredients. Enjoy this flavorful salad!
Notes
For the fruit salad with 1 peach, 1 cup of sliced strawberries, and ½ cup of blueberries the points plus comes to 3.

Not really sure if fruit still counts as 0 on the new program?
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 Fat: 7.7g Carbohydrates: 38.2 Fiber: 7.5 Protein: 2.9

 

Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dip

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Make sure you have the recipe with you if you ever bring this dip to a party, because people will be asking for it left and right. I’ve brought this to a pot luck at work and I had many people asking for the recipe. Although that dip was made in the slow cooker and it wasn’t a skinny version. This dip is for people watching their waste line or maybe just trying to eat a little healthier.

I had a lot of shredded rotisserie chicken leftover from the day before. I just love buying those chickens. They’re so flavorful and juicy. You can keep the chicken in the fridge and use it on top of pretty much everything. Yesterday I was making a strawberry and spinach salad with chicken on top and poppy seed dressing. Today I really wanted buffalo chicken dip and had everything but the buffalo wing sauce. Use light sour cream, cream cheese, and cheese for this to make it lighter. Or opt the other way out and go on the full fat versions of every ingredient in this. Dip with pretzels, corn chips, carrots, or celery. I’ve even used the leftovers for this dip to make a casserole with it. I don’t like blue cheese at all, so I jut used low fat mozzarella cheese.

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Recipe adapted from http://stepable.com/

Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dip
 
Ingredients
  • ½ block (4 ounces) ⅓ less fat cream cheese
  • ¾ cup plain Greek Yogurt
  • ½ cup hot sauce
  • ¼ cup light blue cheese crumbles
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken
Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients in a medium saucepan, over medium heat. Stir constantly until thoroughly heated and cheese is melted. About 15-20 minutes.
  2. Serve warm with tortilla chips and fresh veggies. Enjoy!
Notes
Weight Watcher Points Plus: 3 per serving
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 9 Calories: 107 Fat: 3.9g Carbohydrates: 5.3g Fiber: 0.0 Protein: 11.2

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Weight Watcher’s BLT Pasta Salad

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This fun Weight Watcher’s BLT Pasta Salad is the perfect side to bring to your next 4th of July gathering.  A lighter version of a pasta salad with a spin on the classic BLT sandwich.

For the 4th of July the husband and I are packing it up and going to the lake. Just like all North Dakotan’s and Minnesotan’s do around this time of year. You’ll get eaten alive by mosquitos and stay awake all night listening to never ending fireworks being shot off. We did not go out and buy any fireworks at all, hopefully there’ll be some people shooting some off around the different parts of the lake. I’m definitely bringing my camera and trying to get pictures of that. Hopefully a star trail picture too. I love night time photography.

I’m bringing this pasta salad recipe I found on pinterest and let me tell you something about pinterest. If you see a recipe that keeps on getting repinned and repinned  over and over again it’s usually a good recipe. This one did not disappoint either. I mean c’mon it’s a BLT pasta salad in a sauce with light mayo, vinegar and mustard and it’s topped with BACON. You can still eat bacon and be Healthy at the same time.

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Weight Watcher's BLT Pasta Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 3⅔ cup large macaroni shells pasta, cooked
  • 4 cup tomatoes, diced
  • 4 slice bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 3 cup lettuce, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp cider vinegar
  • ½ cup fat free mayonnaise
  • ⅓ cup light sour cream
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 salt
  • 1 pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, mix pasta, bacon, tomatoes, and lettuce.
  2. In a small bowl, mix sugar, vinegar, mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard, and salt and pepper to taste.
Notes
Weight Watchers Points: 3 points per 1 cup
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 6 Calories: 86.0 Fat: 4.7g Carbohydrates: 9.6 g Fiber: 2.1 g Protein: 2.5 g

If you like pasta salads try this Mexican Pasta Salad

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Skinny Frozen Hot Chocolate

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Am I  the only facebook page owner out there that is completely pissed off with how many of my actual fans can see my posts? Before the new change, I’d say about a good 80% of my fans saw my posts and now it’s only 25%. There were a few good posts of mine like the sausage and potato recipe that went viral on facebook and had over 100K in shares and that peanut butter brownie pizza recipe that was pretty much the same deal. Now I’d be happy if I got over 50 shares! It’s kind of sad. Maybe one day when enough page owners complain to facebook how nobody can see your posts anymore, they will change it back to the way it was.

Well, enough with the ranting…. I have been thinking about putting drinks/beverages on my site for quite some time now. I like to make my own cocktails at home, yep those types of drinks and have seen so many different kinds of slushy recipes out there. I posted a pink lemonade slushy recipe on my page that did pretty well. Going to try that one soon, so we’ll give this first one a shot.

Have you ever tried the frozen hot chocolate drink at dairy queen? I kind of laugh whenever I  read frozen hot chocolate because it is an oxymoron. If you don’t know what an oxymoron is google it, because google is your friend. It’s basically hot chocolate mix that has ice in it. Kind of like how they make ice cold coffee. It’s a treat especially during the summer. This is a lightened up version of their Frozen Hot Chocolate. A small frozen hot chocolate has 260 calories and 29 grams of fat. This version only has only 111 calories and 1 gram of fat. Which version would you rather have? If you go to Dairy Queen, make sure to try the S’mores Blizzard. It is the flavor of the month now, and it is pretty awesome. Highly recommended. Infact, you could have some Frozen Hot Chocolate and a S’mores Blizzard. Use the hot chocolate as a chaser after your blizzard. :)

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Skinny Frozen Hot Chocolate
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups fat free milk
  • 1 cup ice
  • 4 tbsp Ovaltine Rich Chocolate (or Chocolate Malt flavor)
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp fat free whipped topping (optional)
  • drop of peppermint extract (optional)
Instructions
  1. Pour the milk and ice into your blender. Add in the ovaltine, cocoa powder, and whipped topping (optional – you could also leave this for the top instead).
  2. Blend 3-4 minutes until the ice is completely chopped and the mixture is thick and icy.
  3. Pour into two glasses, and serve immediately.

 

Recipe adapted from Skinny Taste

Servings: 2

Points Plus: 3

Calories:
Fat: 1 g
Carb: 20 g
Fiber: 1 g
Protein: 7 g

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simple Cucumber Salad

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I hope everyone is having a great Memorial Day weekend so far! I did a lot of bird watching and star gazing at the cabin this weekend.

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On top of that, when the husband and I were coming home on Sunday night we ended up getting a flat tire and had to drive back to the cabin. He changed the tire all by himself which was pretty impressive. On the way back, we ended up hearing another hissing sound coming from one of the tires, so we thought it was another flat tire. Anyways we are back at home. Had some Mcdonald’s for lunch and I just love their new Bacon Club burger. I get the grilled chicken.

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Since we had such a heavy lunch at Mcodnald’s, I decided to make this cucumber salad. I had to go back to the grocery store for a second trip to get the cucumbers. I got the tomatoes and onion, but the main ingredient missing were these cucumbers. Don’t you just hate it when you end up forgetting something on your list? Especially a main ingredient like that? Argh, that drives me crazy. I really liked the oregano with the cucumber and tomatoes, next time I’m going to try using some fresh oregano or rosemary with the salad.

Simple Cucumber Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 2 large English cucumbers
  • ½ onion
  • 2-3 tomatoes
  • {For the dressing}
  • 3 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • ⅛ tsp. salt
Instructions
  1. Make the dressing: add all ingredients to a small bowl and whisk to combine.
  2. Slice the cucumbers and onion. Dice tomatoes, removing excess juice. Place in a bowl.
  3. Add the dressing and toss to coat. Salt/pepper to taste if needed.
  4. Best if refrigerated for at least an hour to let the flavors combine.

Servings: 4

Weight Watcher Points Plus: 3

Calories 105
Fat 7.12g
Carbohydrate 10.51g
Fiber 2.1g
Protein 1.92g

 

Orange Fluff

Since the pumpkin fluff post has been really popular lately, I thought I’d make Orange Fluff. I think I like it better than the pumpkin fluff actually. It’s kind of amazing what instant jello will turn into when you add in a box of instant pudding mix an some cool whip. There’s many possibilities with this, look for more “fluff” recipes coming soon!

To make this all you do is dissolve the orange jello in a cup of water. Once the orange jello is completely dissolved, add in a cup of cold water and let that sit for 5 minutes. I set my microwave timer to let me know when it was done resting. Fold in the cool whip, and add in the mandarin oranges. I added in some marshmallows to mine, to make it more decorative. Hope you like this! This orange fluff is best served cold. And it’s Weight Watcher friendly. :)

Recipe from Sparkpeople.com

Servings: 4

Calories: 138.8, Fat: 0.0 g Carbs: 29.2 g  Fiber: 0.6 g Protein: 0.7 g

Points Plus: 3

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