Category Archives: Recipes

Healthy Cookies from

healthy cookie made with just three ingredients! Mashed ripe bananas, oatmeal and walnuts.

The cookies are best right out of the oven, they are chewy and soft.  Good for breakfast or a snack at anytime.

Be sure your bananas are super ripe. I’ve only tested them with quick oats, so I’m not sure how they work with rolled oats. My gut tells me stick with the quick oats.

Quick breakfast to go; 5 cookies and a piece of fruit.  You can replace the nuts with mini chocolate chips.

Healthy Cookies
Servings: 8 • Size: 2 cookies • Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 2 pt
Calories: 93 • Fat: 3.5 g • Carb: 15 g • Fiber: 2 g • Protein: 2 g • Sugar: 4.5 g
Sodium: 0.4 mg


  • 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup of uncooked quick oats*
  • 1/4 cup crushed walnuts


Preheat oven to 350°F.  Spray a non-stick cookie sheet with cooking spray or use a Silpat.

Combine the mashed bananas and oats in a bowl. Fold in the walnuts and place a tablespoon of each on the cookie sheet.

Bake 15 minutes. Makes 16 cookies.


Bubble Up Enchiladas

Another old, easy favorite from my WW days.  I think each serving is about 380 cals if you make six large servings.

Bubble Up Enchiladas

1 pound ground turkey
1 (10 ounce) can enchilada sauce
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 can reduced fat refrigerator biscuits
1 ¼ cups shredded low fat Mexican Cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brown turkey and drain if needed. Mix in a can of enchilada sauce. Cut the refrigerated biscuits into fourths and stir them in the meat mixture. Then you just dump it all in a greased casserole and bake for 25 minutes. Take out of oven and sprinkle cheese on top. Bake an additional 10 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
You can make this into 6 or 8 servings.

Bubble Up Pizza Casserole

This is an old favorite from my WW days.  I have also just used a small jar of Ragu pizza sauce for a super quick and easy meal.
Bubble Up Pizza Casserole 
Yield: 8 Servings

1 lb Lean Ground Beef 90% Lean
2 t onion powder,or 1 onion, chopped
16 oz Tomato Sauce
1/2 t dried basil
3 ea clove garlic,minced
1 t Italian seasoning
15 oz Pillsbury Buttermilk Biscuits Refrigerat, (2-7.5 Oz Cans, 10 Biscuits per can @ 50 cals per biscuit)
1 1/4 c Mozzarella Cheese Part Skim Milk, Kraft 2%, Shredded
17 slices Hormel Turkey Pepperoni -Optional

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. In skillet, brown meat over medium high
heat until browned, stirring to crumble. Stir in onion powder, tomato
sauce, basil, garlic and Italian seasoning.

2. Add quartered biscuits; stir gently until biscuits are covered with
sauce. Spoon mixture into a 9×13 inch baking dish coated with cooking
spray. Bake for 25 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese; bake an additional 10
minutes or until biscuits are done. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

With pepperoni:
Per Serving: 298 Cal (30% from Fat, 30% from Protein, 41% from Carb);
10 g Tot Fat; 1 g Fiber

Without pepperoni:
Per Serving: 289 Cal (29% from Fat, 29% from Protein, 42% from Carb);
10 g Tot Fat; 1 g Fiber


Any new recipes out there?

I made a “lighter” version of lemon spaghetti last night. Maybe that’s why I didn’t lose as much – ha! But it was really tasty. Toss cooked spaghetti with a little olive oil, parmesan and lemon juice. Top with chopped fresh basil. Yum.

Where’s the beef???

Egg Mug Recipes (Hungry Girl)

Originally sent on January 13, 2013

Does everyone know about Hungry Girl Egg Mugs?  They are super easy, fast, yummy and low everything.  Here are a few.  There are tons more online. You can also just use what you have.

All-American Egg Mug

PER SERVING (entire recipe): 173 calories, 3g fat, 770mg sodium, 9g carbs, 1g fiber, 2.5g sugars, 26g protein — PointsPlus® value 4*

Sweet, cheesy, and full of faux sausage (just like you’ll be after enjoying this new HG b-fast)!

1 MorningStar Farms Original Sausage Patty(or another low-fat sausage patty with about 80 calories)
1 tbsp. sugar-free pancake syrup
1/2 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)
1 slice fat-free American cheese

Lightly spray a large microwave-safe mug with nonstick spray. Add sausage patty and microwave for 45 seconds. Use a fork to break patty into pieces inside mug, until mostly crumbled. Add syrup and toss to coat. Add egg substitute and microwave for 1 minute.

Gently stir and microwave for 45 seconds. Tear cheese into pieces and add to the mug. Microwave for 15 seconds.

Lightly stir, let cool slightly, and then dig in!


HG Sodium Tip: Shave about 100mg sodium off the stats by using the following products: Joseph’s Sugar Free Syrupand Smart Beat Fat Free American Flavor Non-Dairy Slices.

Eggs Bene-chick Mug

R SERVING (entire recipe): 160 calories, 2.5g fat, 781mg sodium, 15g carbs, 3g fiber, 2g sugars, 20g protein — PointsPlus® value 4*

tbsp. fat-free mayonnaise
1/2 tsp. Best Foods/Hellmann’s Dijonnaise
tsp. lemon yogurt (or plain yogurt with a drop of lemon juice)
1/2 tsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread (like Brummel & Brown), melted
1/2 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)
1 oz. (about 2 slices) 97 – 98% fat-free ham, roughly chopped
Half a light English muffin, lightly toasted

To ma
ke sauce, combine mayo, Dijonnaise, yogurt, and butter in a small dish. (Use a microwave-safe dish if you’d like to warm your sauce before serving.) Mix well and set aside.

Lightly spray a large microwave-safe mug with nonstick spray. Add egg substitute and microwave for 1 minute.

Gently stir and add ham. Break muffin half into bite-sized pieces and add to the mug. Microwave for 45 – 60 seconds, until set.

If you like, warm sauce in the microwave, about 10 seconds. Top your egg mug with sauce, give it a little stir, and dig in!


HG Sodium Tip: Shave about 140mg sodium off the stats by using reduced-sodium ham.

HG Special Egg Mug
RVING (entire recipe): 125 calories, 2.25g fat, 772mg sodium, 3.5g carbs, 0g fiber, 2g sugars, 19.5g protein — PointsPlus® value 3*

Turkey! French onion-flavored Swiss cheese! Eggy goodness! That’s all; nothing else. But SO satisfying. We sometimes make a double for dinner… Break out that ginormous latte mug, people!

1/2 cup
fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)
1 oz. (
about 2 slices) 98% fat-free turkey breast slices, roughly chopped
1 wedge The Laughing Cow Light French Onion cheese
: dried minced onion

spray a large microwave-safe mug with nonstick spray. Add egg substitute and microwave for 1 minute.

Gently stir and add turkey. Add cheese, breaking the wedge into pieces as you add it. Microwave for 45 – 60 seconds, until set.

If you like, add a little dried minced onion. Give it a light stir, and dig in!


HG Sodium Tip: Save about 250mg sodium by using cooked and sliced skinless lean turkey breast as opposed to packaged slices.

Usable Chicken (Crockpot)

Posted by Kerry on January 31, 2013

Crockpot Usable Chicken

1 whole chicken or package of your favorite parts
4 cups water
2 Tablespoons parsley
2 teaspoons garlic salt
1 or 2 bay leaves
1 Tablespoon minced onion or onion flakes
1 tsp Lawry’s seasoning salt

Place all ingredients on crock-pot. Cook on low 6 to 8 hours or on high 3 to 4 hours.

Chicken frozen? No problem. Just cover with warm water.

Pistachio Cinnamon Chicken Salad

Although I found this on Gina’s Skinny Taste site,, she credits Annie at for this recipe. I will definitely try Gina’s idea using the Greek plain yogurt instead of mayo.

Here’s the easiest chicken salad recipe that will impress even the pickiest of eaters. In this recipe, cinnamon and pistachios are used to healthfully brighten up the dish, while adding fragrance and flavor. Serve this chicken salad as an afternoon snack with whole grain crackers or sliced vegetables; or for lunch atop a bed of mixed greens and whole grain bread. I’ve used Greek plain yogurt instead of mayonnaise to cut the fat and a bit more protein and flavor to each bite!

Pistachio Cinnamon Chicken Salad
Servings: 6 Serving Size: 1/6 • Old Points: 4 pts • Points+: 5 pts
Calories: 177 • Fat: 5.5 g • Protein: 25.5 g • Carb: 6 g • Fiber: 1.5 g • Sugar: 3 g
Sodium: 178 mg


16 oz cooked shredded boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 1/2 cups Fat-Free Greek plain yogurt
½ cup pistachios, finely chopped
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp fresh lime juice
4 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
2 scallions, finely chopped


Shred cooked chicken breast using a fork; place in a large mixing bowl.

Add remaining ingredients; gently toss to combine. Transfer to serving bowls. Serve chilled or at room temperature. Sprinkle with additional scallions.

Thai Green Curry Coconut Shrimp; Smoky Rubbed Grilled Salmon; Avocado Egg Salad

From Lara on January 15, 2013

I drafted the email below on Sunday, but didn’t send! So, here are some of my favorite Gina’s Skinny Taste recipes… I have planned a whole week of Gina’s recipes for this week and will review later! Recipes we’re trying include Mushroom Stroganoff, Cilantro Lime Tilapia Tacos, Grilled Garlic Dijon Salmon and Asparagus, and Chicken and Mushrooms in Garlic White Wine Sauce. Hope everyone has a good day today!

***Sunday’s email:

I love Gina’s recipes and saved this queso recipe earlier this morning!

Our most often-made dinner recipe from her site is Thai Green Curry Coconut Shrimp with Basil (Sorry, Mom!): (If anyone tries this, just use 1 tsp of fish sauce instead of two unless you love fish sauce – it has a really strong flavor! Could also substitute soy sauce for the fish sauce. Speaking of soy sauce, do y’all know about Bragg’s Liquid Aminos? We have been using it in place of soy sauce for years. I actually like the taste much better and it has LOTS of awesome nutritional value and is gluten and GMO free:

Here is another of our dinner favorites: . I have substituted both tilapia and swai for the salmon and it worked well! Think it would be great with chicken, too.

And – I love this avocado egg salad for lunch: