Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips

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These homemade baked tortilla chips are made with corn tortillas and take only 8 to 10 minutes to bake in the oven!

Today, I decided that I’m going to see if I can stop buying clothes for a whole MONTH. My closet has got to the point where there’s no more room left for hangers on it anymore. (Must get bigger closet) Some of my friends already know this, but my favorite store in the whole wide world is White House Black Market. Some of you are probably thinking, but aren’t they expensive?! Not when you wait until they have 25% off clearance item sales. I never buy stuff full price there either. In fact, my whole entire closet is pretty much from that store. I love their clothes because they aren’t cheaply made like Forever21 (sorry for Forever21 fans) and you can turn something you wear on a casual day and make it into an evening night out. Let’s not forget their dresses either, omg. They have this instantly slimming line where the dresses make you look super thin and I just want to buy every single maxi dress at that store. Everyone always compliments too whenever I wear something from that store. I’d post some pics of me all dressed up in their clothes but I don’t really have much. So yah, I’m going to see if I can stop myself from buying clothes for that long. It will be hard, but I can do it! Ok, enough about clothes, if you want to follow my fashion board on pinterest click here.

I’ve been wanting to utilize my fridge  because I’ll buy something at the grocery store, and just forget about it the next week. Like for instance, a bag of lettuce. By the time I want to use it or remember it, the lettuce has gone bad. My plan for that is to already have a recipe planned out, or just find a recipe to use it up before it goes bad. It’s kind of fun to come up with recipe ideas by just looking in the fridge and seeing what you have. Right now there is flour tortillas, cheese slices, and hotdogs in my fridge and I was thinking it would be fun to make pigs in a blanket.

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These corn tortillas have been in my pantry forever. What could I make with these? I know, baked chips. At work, all day long, I had taco mac and cheese on my brain. This is what happened instead. Baked tortilla chips are so easy. You cut the corn tortilla chips into four triangles, lay them out on a baking sheet, and spray them with cooking spray. Sprinkle some salt on them if you wish and then bake them in the oven at 400 degrees for about 8 to 10 minutes. I like mine a little golden brown on the sides. Use them to make nachos. That is what I did. :)

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Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips
 
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Ingredients
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • salt
  • Cooking Spray
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut the corn tortillas into 4 equal parts. Repeat for the remaining corn tortillas or just stack them all together and cut them into equal parts.
  3. Lay them out on a baking sheet so they aren't overlapping. Spray the chips with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt.
  4. Bake them in the oven for 400 degrees for about 8 to 10 minutes.
Notes
Weight Watcher Points Plus: 4
Divide chips equally among 4 people
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4 Calories: 157 Fat: 2.1 Carbohydrates: 32.1 Fiber: 4.5 Protein: 4.1

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Weight Watcher’s Fried Rice

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Weight Watcher’s fried rice is a lighter version of the classic, and uses cooking spray instead of oil to make it lighter. The soy sauce gives it it’s flavor. Add in some shrimp or chicken for protein.

All day long, there has been this sharp dull pain in my tooth that keeps on coming back. It would go away for an hour, and then come back and ibu profen has not helped the pain at all. The only thing that does help is a frozen pack of vegetables against my mouth and that is what I was doing at my desk all day long. Thankfully there’s a grocery store by us where we can get a frozen pack of vegetables. I had to get some for this fried rice.  It almost feels like the pain is coming from where I had a cavity filled the last time. If it continues tomorrow, I’m calling the dentist. Hoping to god they don’t say I need a root canal or anything. Tooth pain sucks.

There was some leftover rice in my fridge from making chicken cheese casserole the other night so I decided to make some fried rice. If you have leftover rice and use frozen vegetables this dish comes together in no time at all. Super quick and easy week night meal. Just add some shrimp or some chicken for extra protein!

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Recipe Adapted from Weight Watcher’s.

Weight Watcher's Fried Rice
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • 2 spray(s) cooking spray
  • 2 large egg(s), lightly beaten
  • 1 cup(s) uncooked carrot(s), shredded
  • 1 cup(s) uncooked scallion(s), sliced, divided
  • 3 cup(s) cooked white rice
  • ½ cup(s) frozen green peas, thawed
  • ¼ cup(s) low sodium soy sauce, or to taste
Instructions
  1. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; warm pan over medium-high heat. Add eggs; tilt pan so that eggs cover bottom.
  2. When eggs start to set, break them up into pieces with a heat-proof spatula or wooden spoon. Cook until eggs are cooked through, about 1 minute more; remove eggs from skillet and set aside.
  3. Off heat, recoat same skillet with cooking spray; set over medium-high heat. Add carrots and all but 2 tablespoons scallions; sauté until carrots are crisp-tender, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Stir in cooked rice, peas and soy sauce; cook until heated through, stirring once or twice, about 1 minute. Gently stir in cooked egg and remaining scallions; heat through. Yields about ¾ cup per serving.
Notes
1 serving is ¾ cup of rice.

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Watermelon Poke Cake

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The 4th of July weekend is almost over with. Thankfully, I took Monday off so I could have a 4 day weekend.  It’s the only way to recover from these 20 mosquito bites I got. Yep, you heard me, 20. Cortizone cream doesn’t really work to get rid of mosquitos. Calamine lotion does however. It’s in this pink bottle and even the lotion is pink. I itch all over but it was worth it. There were so many fireworks being shot off in every direction of the lake. Wish I had a panoramic pic to show you guys but these will have to do.

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I also got some shots of lilly pads.

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It was overall a fun weekend and summer is 1/2 ways over with. Hard to believe.

Watermelon poke cake was my attempt at making a cake taste like watermelon. If you have never made a poke cake before it’s pretty fun. You poke holes all over the cake and pretty much fill it with whatever you want. I chose watermelon, because I’ve been obsessed with the fruit lately. The jolly rancher watermelon flavor instant jello will give this cake it’s watermelon flavor. I was thinking of how I could make this cake look more like a real watermelon. Thought about putting some chocolate chips in for the black seeds but decided against that. Usually, I just buy seedless watermelon anyway. Chocolate chips and watermelon just sound weird together don’t they? For the green shell, I j used some green food coloring in the cool whip. If you love watermelon this cake won’t disappoint!

To make this cake lighter, use a can of diet soda in place of the ingredients it calls for on the box and use sugar free instant jello.

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Watermelon Poke Cake
 
Ingredients
  • 1 (18¼ ounce) box cake mix (any flavor, yellow and white is best)
  • 1 (1/3 ounce) box Watermelon jello (any flavor, strawberry is always good)
  • 1 (12 ounce) can diet soda (diet cream soda is great for this)
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 8 ounces fat-free whipped topping (typically half of the container)
Instructions
  1. Mix cake mix with diet soda and applesauce, mix until well blended.
  2. Pour batter into desired pan (I use 13x9).
  3. Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes until done.
  4. Cool cake and then poke holes in cake with knife or fork approximately one inch apart.
  5. Prepare jello as directed (typically this uses 2 cups of water, 1 boiling 1 cold).
  6. Pour jello over cake evenly.
  7. Place cake in refrigerator for 1-2 hours until cooled.
  8. Frost with cool-whip and enjoy!
Notes
Weight Watcher Points Plus: 4 points
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 8 Calories: 161.8 Fat: 4.7 g Carbohydrates: 27.0 Fiber: 0.3 g Protein: 2.8 g

It’s fun to see the different colors in this cake.

 

 

Skinny Bang Bang Shrimp

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I recently tried Bang Bang shrimp at the Ground Round. If you don’t have a Ground Round, it’s pretty much like a Ruby Tuesdays type restaurant. On their menu they had this appetizer called Boom Boom Shrimp. Boom Boom shrimp is similar to Bang Bang shrimp. And while we were eating the shrimp we pretty much made fun of the name the whole time. I know, talk about childish right? ha ha.  The shrimp was deep fried, and covered in this wonderful spicy hot sauce and underneath it was a bed of cole slaw that had a taco seasoning in it. The taco seasoning in the cole slaw was very different. I’ve never had any cole slaw like that before and it was super good. As Guy Fierri would say “It took me on the road to flavor town!”

I’m going to start keeping this sauce in my fridge at all times. It’d be good on burgers, or brushed on grilled corn.

My chives are in full bloom in my garden. They make for such a pretty garnish. Beats spending .89  at the grocery store for some green onions. :)

 

Skinny Bang Bang Shrimp

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Skinny Bang Bang Shrimp
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb shrimp (about 50 shrimp), cooked or uncooked. shelled or deveined.
  • 10 skewer sticks (optional)
  • 3 T chobani plain greek yogurt
  • 3 T chopped green onion, plus more for garnish
  • 1½ T sweet chili sauce (I used Franks brand)
  • ½-3/4 T sriracha sauce
Instructions
  1. (If you're grilling on a grill, be sure to soak wooded skewers a couple minutes in water to avoid burning)
  2. combine yogurt, onion, sweet chili sauce, and sriracha in a bowl and stir well. set aside. (if you want to make the sauce a bit thicker, do 2 T yogurt and 1 T light mayo)
  3. place 5 shrimp on each skewer
  4. If shrimp are raw:
  5. grill on each side for 5-8 minutes, until opaque and cooked through
  6. If shrimp are pre-cooked:
  7. Place shrimp skewers on a baking sheet and bake at 350 for 5-10 minutes
  8. Brush each hot skewer liberally with the sauce, on both sides
  9. serve immediately
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4 Calories: 122 Fat: 5.65g Carbohydrates: 2.79g Sodium: 435mg Fiber: 0 Protein: 14.4g

Recipe adapted from The Cookie Rookie

Weight Watcher’s Recipe Lemon Bars

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Weight Watcher’s lemon bars are only 4 points a piece. They even have butter and eggs in them and any kind of recipe that calls for butter and it’s a Weight Watcher recipe is sure to please anyone! If you are a fan of sweet and tart then you will love these. They are creamy and decadent.

I’ve been on a lemon kick lately. Made those lemon cupcakes last week and a dessert called Lemon Lust which is a layered dessert kind of like that Chocolate Lasagna recipe going around but it calls for lemon instead. These bars are almost like that dessert, but the only thing missing on them is the cream cheese layer, and some cool whip topping. Feel free to add that on top of these. That would only make them even better! For some reason my bars ended up cracking in the middle of it, almost like a cheese does. Does anyone know if that is normal?

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Recipe from Weight Watcher’s

Points Plus: 4

Weight Watcher's Lemon Bars
 
Ingredients
  • 1⅓ cup(s) all-purpose flour
  • 5 Tbsp packed light brown sugar
  • 8 Tbsp regular butter, cold, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 4 large egg(s)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1½ cup(s) powdered sugar, divided
  • ¾ cup(s) fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. To make crust, mix flour and light brown sugar using a food processor until fully incorporated. Toss butter into flour mixture and pulse to combine using short bursts of power until butter is cut into tiny pea-sized pieces and dough appears lumpy. Sprinkle crust mixture onto an ungreased 13 X 9 X 2-inch baking pan as evenly as possible; press down with a spatula to create a packed surface. Place crust in middle of oven and bake until golden, about 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, to make lemon topping, beat eggs in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until well blended. Add vanilla extract and ¾ cup of powdered sugar; mix well. Add lemon juice and remaining powdered sugar; mix until powdered sugar is completely dissolved and then add zest.
  4. As soon as crust is finished, remove from oven and reduce oven temperature to 300°F. Immediately pour lemon mixture over hot crust. Bake completely, about 30 minutes; cool, and cut into 24 bars. Yields 1 bar per serving.

 

 

Weight Watcher’s Marshmallow Bark

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Weight Watcher’s Marshmallow Bark is only 3 ingredients and the recipe is super easy to make. SUPER EASY. Measure masrhmallows in a bowl. Microwave all the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and butter. I actually left the butter out. Microwave the chocolate for 2 minutes until it has melted and pour it into the marshmallow bowl. Stir that together until the choccolate is coating all marshmallows. Pour the chocolate and marshmallows into an 8X8 pan covered in parchment paper. I let mine cool fridge so that I could eat them faster. Super easy and healthy snack. Did you know that eating dark chocolate every day can help reduce high blood pressure? Well, now you know! Was reading that in a list of foods that helped reduced blood pressure and was a long with bananas and avocados.

This is a nice little treat to have when you’re craving chocolate and need a little pick me up!

Points Plus: 4

Recipe from Weight Watchers

Weight Watcher's Marshmallow Bark
 
Ingredients
  • 8 oz bittersweet chocolate, finest quality recommended
  • 2 tsp regular butter
  • 3 cup(s) mini marshmallows
Instructions
  1. Line a 9- X 9-inch pan with heavy-duty aluminum foil.
  2. In a double boiler, melt chocolate and butter over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly combined; remove from heat and stir in marshmallows.
  3. Scrape chocolate mixture into prepared pan using a silicon spatula; smooth into a somewhat even layer. Refrigerate until chocolate sets, at least 1 hour; keep refrigerated until ready to eat. Cut into 12 pieces and serve. Yields 1 piece per serving.

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Creamy Grape Salad

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Thank God it’s finally the weekend! I saw this recipe on pinterest and one of the comments it had was make sure you have the recipe on hand because people will be asking you for it! Those type of comments when I see them drive me in. You know it’s going to be good if the recipe keeps on getting asked for over and over again. :)

Don’t know what to do or make with grapes? Grapes are an ingredient that are hard to find recipes for. This is the first grape recipe I’ve come across that I actually like. I like how creamy and sweet the grapes are and the nuts give it a nice crunchy factor. Don’t ever be afraid of textures in food! That is one thing food is all about and I just love it when I can find a dish like this that has all sorts of different textures in it.

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6 g fat
19 g carbohydrate
1 g fiber
2 g protein.

Points Plus: 4

 

Creamy Grape Salad
 
Ingredients
  • Ingredients
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 pounds seedless red grapes
  • 2 pounds seedless green grapes
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Directions
  2. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sour cream, sugar and vanilla until blended. Add grapes and toss to coat.
  3. Transfer to a serving bowl. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Sprinkle with brown sugar and pecans just before serving. Yield: 21-24 servings.

 

Weight Watcher’s Chicken Salad

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I’ve been on a chicken salad kick lately. I must admit, I have never really had chicken salad until now. Was searching for low sodium recipes and chicken salad was one of those recipes that had a low amount of sodium. I’ve been trying to watch my s odium levels too, and it is Soooooo freaking hard too because there’s sodium in everything. For breakfast, I’ll have a greek yogurt with some granola on top, and for a snack I’ll have 6 Triscuit crackers with some string cheese. Sometimes I’ll eat dried fruit, love cranberries!

This chicken salad has almonds, grapes, dried cranberries, and apples in it and it is just delicious! I use light mayo for my chicken salad and it’s pretty low calorie and very filling. I could eat this with out any bread!

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2 cooked chicken breasts, diced or shredded

1 apple

1 cup of grapes

1/2 cup of cranberries

1/4 cup of slivered almonds

1/3 cup of light mayo

salt and pepper to taste

1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder

Directions:

In a bowl add the cooked chicken, apple, grapes, almonds, cranberries, salt and pepper, and garlic powder. Mix everything together and serve over lettuce or make a sandwich with it.

 

Calories: 147
Fat: 4.52g
Carbohydrates: 17.15g
Fiber 1.8g
Protein 10.13g