17 Day Diet: POWER COOKIES!

I’ve never been a fan of diets, mostly because of the lack of sugary sweets. If you ask me, dessert isn’t a special addition to a meal, it’s a part of the meal. Z shares my love of sweets, so it’s been tough for him to say BYE BYE BYE to that last part of our meal. Especially when he has to sit next to me while I eat straight from my pint of Ben and Jerry’s. I’m so mean.

BUT, he didn’t give up and went on a search of a diet friendly dessert. Enter Dr. Mike’s POWER cookie! They aren’t the average cookie but they are quite tasty and friendly to your waste line.

Its a lengthy and unique list of ingredients… on the pricier side but you only use small amounts of each so it will last you for a long while!

1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons almond paste
1 tablespoon flaxseed oil
10 packets of Truvia
¼ cup agave nectar
1 large egg
½ teaspoon vanilla
¾ cup whole wheat flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
½ cup vanilla whey powder
2 cups oats
1 cup dried cherries
½ cup sliced almonds

yum!

Mix applesauce, almond paste, flaxseed oil, Truvia and agave nectar.

Add egg and vanilla.

Combine flour, baking soda, salt, pepper and whey powder and slowly incorporate into egg mixture.

Stir in oats, almonds and cherries.

Spoon out evenly on non stick pan. its a sticky batter so don’t expect them to flatten to a ‘normal’ cookie shape.

Bake at 350 degrees for 16-18 minutes or until golden brown.

ENJOY!!! These are actually the right amount of sweet to finish off a meal and are even great as a breakfast treat. Me and my sweet tooth approve.

Any ‘healthy’ desserts you feel good about ending your meal with?

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17-Day Diet: Turkey and veggie stuffed peppers

Hello another yummy diet friendly recipe! Didn’t realize there would be so many healthy meals during the round up did you?!

These are turkey and veggie stuffed peppers and they are super tasty. You will need…

2 green bell peppers, tops removed, seeded
1/2 pound ground turkey
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 onion, chopped
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 zucchini, chopped
1/4 red bell pepper, chopped
1/4 yellow bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup fresh spinach
1/2 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
1-1/2 teaspoons tomato paste
Italian seasoning to taste
garlic powder to taste
salt and pepper to taste

You can obviously add or subtract any of the veggies, make it to your personal taste.

First,  preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Wrap the green bell peppers in aluminum foil and bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven then remove from heat. You can prep your pepper stuffing while the peppers are baking.

Cook turkey in a skillet over medium heat, until brown, and set aside.

Next cook onion, mushrooms, zucchini, red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, and spinach until tender.

Return turkey to the skillet and mix in the tomatoes and tomato paste. Season to taste with Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

Stuff the green peppers with the skillet mixture and return peppers to the oven, and continue cooking 15 minutes.

I added a little parmesan to the tops of each pepper when there was about 5 minutes left on the cook timer.

Another delicious and healthy meal that are great the next day too!

Until next time…

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Chicken Cordon PUFF

The puffs are back! You may remember my recent PUFF phase where I talked about how anything  can be made more delicious by wrapping it in some kind of pastry, particularly crescent rolls.  The pizza puffs were exhibit A… this is exhibit B {finally}.

It’s super simple and super delicious… as all the best recipes should be. Allow me to introduce chicken cordon puff.

Mix 1 can of cream of chicken soup with shredded, cooked chicken breast, and your choice of seasoning.

Use the same Pizza Puff technique of pressing the crescent triangles together to form rectangles {ain’t geometry grand?} and layer thinly sliced ham and swiss cheese. Regular deli ham and cheese work great. Feel free to opt for your favorite flavor {smoked, honey, etc} and use as much as you’d like. Just be sure you don’t OVERSTUFF the puffs.

Layer the chicken/soup mixture on top of the ham and cheese and fold to form the puffs!

Bake according to the crescent instructions and serve with your favorite side. Hopefully something green to help boost your health quota for the day.

Ooey gooey delicious puffness.

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17 Day Diet: Pepper and Mushroom Chicken

This is another tasty and easy recipe from our 17-day diet list.

STEP No. 1

Marinate two boneless, skinless chicken breasts in 1 tsp olive oil, the juice of one lemon, chopped garlic and black pepper.

STEP No.2

Prep your favorite veggies… I highly recommend onion, pepper, and mushrooms!

STEP No. 3:

Pan fry the chicken with non stick spray, dump the whole thing in the pan, juices, garlic and all.

STEP No. 4:

When chicken is done, transfer to plate, cover with foil and DO NOT clean pan, just add a bit of water to bring up the tasty browned bits from the bottom then add finely chopped onion and mushrooms.

Sautee until soft and the mushrooms release their moisture.

Season veggies with pepper and a dash of Worcestershire sauce.
Top your chicken with the mushrooms, add a generous side salad and enjoy!

Delicious!

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