Low Calorie Monkey Bread

Sometimes Cooking Light magazine makes me wonder. I thought it was weird they wanted me to add in warm orange juice to a dough mixture. I’ve never seen those directions  in a recipe before. The recipe also said to add in some melted butter to the dough. I  left out the butter and used that with the cinnamon sugar mixture. Sometimes, with their recipes you can make them even lighter if you wanted too. I’ve noticed that with some of their baking recipes anyways.

Most monkey bread recipes use canned biscuits but this recipe called for making your own dough. I don’t mind doing that actually. The only hard part was waiting for this recipe to get done. I’ve seen low fat versions of monkey bread that uses fake everything and in this one you get to use real butter and real sugar. SCORE! I’m not going to put some syrup that has chemicals in it, in my food at all. No thanks. If you don’t mind waiting for dough to rise then by all means go and make this recipe. It was pretty tasty, and maybe next time I’ll try adding in the orange to the dough mixture.

Servings: 16

Calories: 234 | Fat: 3.4g | Carbohydrate: 47.2g | Fiber: 1.9g | Protein: 4.5g

Points Plus: 6

Ingredients from Cooking Light

13 1/2 ounces all-purpose flour (about 3 cups)
4 3/4 ounces whole-wheat flour (about 1 cup)
1 teaspoon salt
1 package quick-rise yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
1 cup very warm fat-free milk (120° to 130°)
1/4 cup very warm orange juice (120° to 130°)
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons butter, melted
Cooking spray
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
4 1/2 tablespoons fat-free milk, divided
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Weigh or lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flours, salt, and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer with dough hook attached; mix until combined. With mixer on, slowly add 1 cup milk, juice, honey, and 2 tablespoons butter; mix dough at medium speed 7 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in size. (Gently press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, the dough has risen enough.)

2. Combine granulated sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a shallow dish. Combine 3 tablespoons milk and 2 tablespoons butter in a shallow dish, stirring with a whisk.

3. Punch dough down; divide into 8 equal portions. Working with one portion at a time (cover remaining dough to prevent drying), roll into an 8-inch rope. Cut each dough rope into 8 equal pieces, shaping each piece into a 1-inch ball. Dip each ball in milk mixture, turning to coat, and roll in sugar mixture. Layer balls in a 12-cup Bundt pan coated with cooking spray. Repeat procedure with remaining 7 dough ropes. Sprinkle any remaining sugar mixture over dough. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until almost doubled in size.

4. Preheat oven to 350°.

5. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until golden. Cool 5 minutes on a wire rack. Place a plate upside down on top of bread; invert onto plate. Combine powdered sugar, remaining milk, and remaining ingredients in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Microwave at HIGH 20 seconds or until warm. Drizzle over bread.

Chipotle Cheesy Gravy Fries

I tried melting some Laughing Cow cheese in the microwave to make these fries. Let’s just say, I probably won’t be melting that kind of cheese again. The cheese didn’t stay melted long and you have to pour them over the fries pretty quickly.

I think the cheese sauce would have been better if I had  made the laughing cow alfredo recipe for this. If you haven’t tried that recipe it’s pretty darn good. The fries were still very tasty. It’s fun to experiment with food and different recipes and try to come up with some of your own.I could have probably eaten this whole plate of fries which would have not been bad calorie wise either.

Nutrition Info: Calories 228 | Total Fat 5.28g | Total Carbohydrate 37.17g | Dietary Fiber 2.3g | Protein 8.48g

Points Plus: 6

Serves: 2


1 serving cooking spray
2 servings laughing cow cheese
1/2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp flour
1 cup low sodium beef broth
1 dash pepper
1 dash salt
2 small russet potatoes


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Using a mandoline slice potatoes into fry wedges. Spray with Cooking spray and season with salt and pepper.
2. While there’s 10 minutes left melt butter in a non stick pan over medium high heat. Add flour and whisk for about a minute. Add in beef broth and cook until thickened. Season with Salt and pepper. I used about a teaspoon of Worstechire Sauce.
3. While the gravy is cooking, heat up two wedges of Chipotle laughing cow cheese in the microwave until you can pour it over the fries. It cools up really fast so you got to be fast pouring it over the fries.

Strawbery Frozen Yogurt Recipe

I have fallen in love with frozen yogurt, ever since I went to Tutti Frutti. It’s a new frozen yogurt store here in town and they have all sorts of different flavors. Mango, Lychee, Taro Bly (my favorite), coconut, acai, etc… So good.

In honor of our new kitchen, I decided to make us frozen yogurt for a treat. Strawberry that is. I tried making frozen yogurt in my food processor, and I think my blade didn’t like it, because it ended up breaking. This tastes much better made in an ice cream maker. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, I’d suggest getting one now, and make this!  Instead of  just plain vanilla, I added in some pureed fresh strawberries.

Here is our new kitchen. It’s still in the progress of being worked on, but at least I can finally work in it, thanks to Ben’s brother. We still have to pick a paint color and back splash. I’m also thinking about adding in rack above the stove to hold some pots and pans. :) Don’t mind the yellow and blue paint on the walls too.


Nutrition Info: Calories: 240 | Total Fat: 2.75 | Total Carbs: 41.66 | Fiber: .8 | Protein: 13
Points Plus: 6
Servings: 4

Ingredients from Allrecipes.com

  • 3 cups Greek yogurt (I used NonFat Plain)
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Mix together the yogurt, sugar, and vanilla. Refrigerate the yogurt mixture for 45 minutes.
  2. Pour the yogurt mixture into the bowl of an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s directions

Southwest Egg White Sandwich

Nutrition Info: Calories: 249 | Total Fat: 3.25g | Total Carbs: 32.32g | Dietary Fiber: 5.6g | Protein: 25.6g
Points Plus: 6
Servings: 1

I was thinking about making a list of food that you can make, if you’re remodeling your kitchen like we are.  All we’ve got is a microwave and toaster. We’ve been fine dining on a lot of tv dinners lately and going out to eat at places like Subway and Little Ceasar’s. I’m getting really tired of it too, and have many other recipes that I want to try making myself. Like Baked Alaska.

This is one really simple recipe that you can make if you don’t have any of the things I mentioned above. I cut the peppers and onions on a paper plate with knife, and  mixed up the ranch and chipotle mixture in a dixie cup. The egg whites and ham I warmed up in the microwave, and well you can probably figure out what I did with the English muffin.

I really like Subway’s Southwest Egg white and Cheese Sandwich with Ham. It’s good with some red onions, bell pepper and chipotle sauce. This is my own version of it, and it sure beats waiting in line and having the employees there ask you if you want the “works” on your sandwich or if you want it toasted. Much better tasting too. :)


Ingredients (Recipe Diaries Original)

1 English Muffin (I used Thomas whole wheat, with 9 grams of fiber)
2 egg whites
1 tablespoon of cheddar cheese
thinly sliced onions
thinly sliced peppers
1 slice of lean ham
1 teaspoon of chipotle en adobe sauce
2 tablespoons of light ranch dressing

1. Toast English muffin in toaster.
2. White English Muffin is toasting cook egg whites in ramekin covered by a plate. (Beware it explodes) for a minute. Cover with ham and cheese.
3. Thinly slice onions and Bell peppers.
4. Mix together chipotle and ranch dressing. Esemble sandwich however you like and serve.