Category: Breakfast/Breads


Garlic Cheddar Biscuits

These are so freaking good!

2 Tbsp butter, melted

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 Tbsp fresh chopped parsley

2 cups Heart Smart Bisquick

3.5 oz sharp Cheddar cheese (Cabot 50% reduced)

2/3 cup fat free milk

Preheat oven to 400. 

Melt butter in a small frying pan, add half the garlic and saute on low heat about 1 minute.  Remove from heat and add parsley.

In a large bowl, combine biscuit mix, cheddar cheese, and remaining garlic.  Stir in milk and mix.  Drop batter by heaping tablespoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheet.

Bake for 10 minutes.  Brush or drizzle biscuits with melted butter.  Bake for 5 more minutes.

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Stonyfield Oikos Caramel

I know Greek yogurt is all the rage now.  I have tried the plain yogurt and can’t find a way to make it taste good.  I use it in place of mayo and sour cream in some recipes and that is about the only way I can eat it!  But then I tried the Oikos Caramel.  Wow!  I found it in the 4 pack.  I’m not sure if it is available any other way.  It has the caramel on the bottom that you stir into the yogurt and is sinfully delicious.  It is only 2 ww pts or 3 pts plus per container.  I highly recommend it 🙂

Breakfast Muesli Bars

I got this recipe from the Red Mill website.  They have some pretty good recipes on there.  You can find their products in the whole foods section.

Ground flaxseed meal mixed with water acts as a binder and egg replacer in these moist, cholesterol-free breakfast bars. 

1/4 cup honey

3 Tbsp orange juice concentrate

2 Tbsp walnut or canola oil

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 1/2 cups Muesli-Old Country style

1/2 cup oat flour

1 tsp Baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/3 cup cranberries

3 Tbsp brown flaxseed meal

2 tsp orange zest

Preheat oven to 350.  Spray an 8 inch square baking pan.

In a 3 quart pot, bring 1 cup of water to a boil.  Turn off the heat and blend in the honey, orange juice concentrate, oil, salt, and cinnamon.  Stir in te muesli, oat flour, baking powder, baking soda, and dried cranberries.

In a small bowl, mix the flaxseed meal and 1/4 cup water until the mixture becomes thick, gummy, and slightly frothy (use a fork to vigorously stir as if you were beating egg whites).  Fold the flax-seed mixture and orange zest into the muesli until well blended.

Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and even off the top.  Bake uncovered until the sides and bottom are golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 40-45 minutes.

Cut into squares.  Each square is 3 pts.  I don’t have the info to calculate points plus.

Overnight Oatmeal

This crock pot breakfast turned out really good.  The original recipe didn’t call for any sugar and I was hesitant to try it out.  Then I finally realized I could just add some brown sugar to it… DUH! LOL  Be sure to use Steel Cut oats (sometimes labeled Irish oatmeal) and not the old-fashioned oats.  They will become too soft during slow cooking.  Steel-cut oats are toasted oat groats – the oat kernel that has been removed from the husk that have been cut in 2 or 3 pieces. I really enjoyed having a hot breakfast ready and waiting for me after my workout.

 

8 cups water

2 cups steel-cut oats

1/3 cup dried cranberries

1/3 cup dried apricots, chopped

1/4 tsp salt

 

Combine all ingredients in the crock pot.  Cover and cook on low 7-8 hours.

Makes 8 servings of 1 cup each for 3 pts or 4 pts+

I added 1 Tbsp brown sugar and 3 Tbsp of skim milk to my bowl for extra points.  YUM!

I made this today with some zucchini that needed to be cooked.  It is so sinfully delicious!  Tastes like chocolate cake.

2 ½ cups all purpose flour

1 ¾ cup sugar

½ cup unsweetened cocoa *I used dark chocolate cocoa

1 ½ tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

½ cup vegetable oil

1/3 cup plain fat free yogurt *I used greek yogurt

1 egg

2 tsp lemon rind

3 Tbsp lemon juice

2 ½ cups shredded zucchini (about 2 medium)

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

3 egg whites

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients in a large bowl, stir.
  3. Combine oil and next 4 ingredients in a small bowl; add to flour mixture, stirring just until moist.  Fold in zucchini and chocolate chips.
  4. Beat egg whites with a mixer at high speed until stiff peaks form.  Gently fold egg whites into the zucchini mixture.
  5. Spoon batter into loaf pans coated with cooking spray and lined with wax paper.
  6. Bake at 350 for 50 minutes or until bread springs back when touched lightly in center.  Let stand in pan 5 minutes.  Remove from pan, and remove wax paper; cool completely on a wire rack.  Yields 24 servings for 4 WW points or 5 ww pts +

Sausage and Cheese Strata

I plan on making this for Christmas morning brunch.  You put it together the night before, refrigerate overnight, and pop it in the oven the next morning.  Who wants to be cooking Christmas morning?  NOT ME!  I plan on playing all day with my kids!

2 cups fat free milk

2 large eggs

2 egg whites

2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley

2 tsp Dijon mustard

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp cayenne

1 (8oz) loaf whole wheat French bread, cubed (about 4 cups)

1 (7oz) pkg frozen fully cooked turkey sausage links, thawed and sliced

1/2 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese

Spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with nonstick spray.

Whisk together the milk, eggs, eggs whites, parsley, mustard, salt and cayenne in a large bowl.  Stir in the bread and sausage.  Let stand, stirring occasionally, until the bread is moistened, about 10 minutes.  Transfer to the baking dish and spread evenly.  Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight.

Preheat the oven to 400.  Remove the strata from the refrigerator; uncover and let stand 10 minutes.

Sprinkle the strata with the cheese and bake until golden and a knife inserted into the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes.  Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Yields 8 servings of 3/4 cup each for 4 pts or 5pts+

Pump up the veggies in this casserole by stirring in 2 (10oz) frozen packages chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry, with the bread and sausage in step 2.

Breakfast Cake

Cake for breakfast?!?  Thats what my kids said this morning!  Heck yeah!

This is so good 🙂

1 cup low fat buttermilk

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

2 eggs

2 Tbsp canola oil

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup quick rolled oats

1/2 cup ground flaxseed

2 tsp cinnamon

1 1/4 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

Topping:

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup flour

2 Tbsp butter, melted

In a large bowl, beat the buttermilk, sugar, applesauce, eggs and oil until well blended.  Combine the flours, oats, flaxseed, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and baking soda.  Add to buttermilk mixture and combine until well blended.

Coat a 13×9 pan with spray.  Add batter.

Mix topping ingredients and sprinkle over batter.  Bake at 350 for 25t030 minutes or until done.  Cool for 10 minutes.  Serve warm.

20 servings for 4 points each

I got this recipe from Fitness magazine.  It is so so so good!

2 cups all purpose flour

3/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup sugar

1/3 cup buttermilk

1/4 cup canola oil

2 Tbsp dark rum

3/4 cup chopped dried figs

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

2 eggs

2 large ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)

Heat oven to 350.  Coat a 9×5 inch loaf pan with spray.

Sift together flour, baking soda and salt.  In a large bowl, beat eggs, sugar, banana, buttermilk, oil and rum until evenly blended.

Beat in flour mixture until just blended.  Stir in figs and walnuts.

Pour into pan and bake 60 minutes or until done. 

Makes 16 servings for 4 ww points each, 191 cal and 5g fat

Pigs in a “Bran”ket

I got this recipe from www.eatbetteramerica.com .  They have some good ideas.  This was a hit with the whole family (which is not an easy task!).

1 pkg (14 oz) turkey breakfast sausage links (14 links)

1 cup Fiber One original bran cereal

1 Cup all purpose flour

1 Tbsp sugar

2 tsp baking powder

2 Tbsp canola oil

1 egg

1 3/4 cup skim milk

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup reduced calorie syrup

Cook sausages as directed on package.

Finely crush cereal in a bag, or use food processor.

In a large bowl, mix cereal, flour, sugar and baking powder.  In a small bowl, beat oil and egg with whisk.  Add egg mixture, milk and vanilla to the flour mixture.  Stir with whisk until blended.

For each pancake, pour about 1/4 cup batter onto hot griddle.

To serve, wrap each sausage in a pancake; secure with a toothpick.  Drizzle with syrup.

One serving is 2 pancakes, 2 sausages, and 2 Tbsp syrup for 6 ww points, 320 calories, 10 g of fat, and 4g of fiber.

Fran’s Granola

One of my running friends gave me this recipe and it is great for fueling a run!  I have no idea what the nutrition facts are, but when you are running 16+ miles at a time, it really doesn’t matter!

2 cups of oats

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup wheat germ

3/4 tsp cinnamon

1 cup flour

1 cup raisins/craisins/chocolate chips (any combination or all 3)

1/2 cup honey

1 egg

1 cup applesauce

2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350.

Combine all ingredients.  Pour into 8×8 dish and bake for 18-22 minutes.  Adjust the amount of applesauce if you like them a little more moist.