60 Calorie Triple Chocolate Chunk Muffin

You have read correctly! One muffin = 60 calories. If you like chocolate, try this recipe. You will definitely get your chocolate fix after eating this muffin. Check out the recipe at Power Force Apparel.

In this blog, I promised the good, the bad, and the ugly. This recipe was neither of those things. Here is the catch! This recipe was “okay” (a quick chocolate fix) but half of the muffin stuck to the cupcake liner which was annoying!!! So realistically you only eat 30 calories of the muffin because the other half is stuck to the liner. Ugh. Grease your pan instead of using liners.

The recipe is worth a try if you follow a diet and need a chocolate fix once and a while. I will put the muffins in the freezer and take one out when I have a chocolate craving.

Fast forward to the next day…..

So,  I took a muffin out from the freezer and the liner pealed off beautifully! Happy! I ate the muffin when it was still quite cold and truly enjoyed it better than when it was hot.  In the end, this recipe did turn out quite well and I do recommend it!

 

Here are the step-by-step pictures of this recipe. If you are a visual person, you will love the extensive amount of pictures that follow…
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Soooo the recipe asked for 1/2 cup of plain greek yogart or plain low fat yogart. My yogart went bad, so I had to improvise…therefore 1/3 cup of vanilla yogart and a few spoonfulls of fat free cottage cheese. I could not taste either or in the finished product.
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Sugar….wishing I had splenda…
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Ready to bake…
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All done (first batch)…
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Done for the night…
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Pulled Pork

This is an original baby! I primarily love pulled pork because of the juicy flavors you taste in each bite that you take, but also because it is so easy to make. It definitely is a win-win situation!

Checkout my easy, yet very tasteful recipe of pulled pork that I have created.

Pssst – Your kitchen is going to smell divine! Enjoy!

Ingredients
– 1 bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce
– 1 cup of Root Beer
– 6.15/kg of pork shoulder blade
– 1 onion, cut up
– 2 tsp of garlic
– 1 tsp hot pepper flakes
– 1/2 tsp of pepper
– 1 tbsp of brown sugar
– 1 tsp of Worcestershire sauce
– 1 tsp of paprika

Directions
– Put all ingredients in the crock-pot and cook on high for 6 hours.
– After 6 hours, pull the pork apart with a fork. You will know it is ready when the pork is falling apart.
– Serve the pork on a bun.

Check out my pictures…You can almost smell the goodness : )

Root Beer and BBQ sauce
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The hunk of meat
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Onion, garlic, pepper flakes, and pepper
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Paprika, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce
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All ingredients are in the crockpot, ready to be cooked on high for 6 hours
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3 hours later, this is what it should look like….
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6 hours later, this is what it should look like – easy to pull apart
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I added some more pepper flakes and a bit of hot sauce. We like it hot!
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I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as Andrew and myself do! Let me know what you think.

T’ill next time : )

Quinoa Granola Bars

I have always wanted to make homemade granola bars and today was that day! I found the perfect site, Super Healthy Kids, that had the granola bar recipe that I was looking for.

If you have always wanted to make homemade granola bars too, check out this recipe. These bars are worth the attempt!

Check out my pictures of the step-by-step process of making these fantastic bars.

Enjoy!

Oats and Quinoa – bake in oven
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Dried fruit and nuts
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Add oats/quinoa and nuts/fruit and coconut
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Mix well – it will get very hard to mix
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All cooked – now cool off for 2 hours
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Two hours later – cut the bars however you like and place on parchment paper
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Place the bars on parchment paper and sprinkle the chocolate over the bars
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I will definitely be making this recipe again. Next time, I will add more dried fruit an melt less chocolate. I did not use all of the chocolate that the recipe asked for.

T’ill next time : )

 

Tortellini Soup

It was a snow day, so that meant I got to sleep in, drink my coffee at a peaceful pace, and cook! Aaaaand of course, workout, mark, and plan, but those daily routines were not as enjoyable and only happened later in the day.

Today I made a weight watcher friendly tortellini soup. If you follow Weight Watchers or if you just want to try a new and tasty recipe, I strongly suggest that you check out this recipe at This Mama Loves .

Bellow are my step-by-step pictures. Enjoy the soup! We sure did! : )
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Apple Crisp Cupcakes

Wow! All I can say, wow!

This recipe may not be the most health-friendly recipe, but it is so easy and so worth the attempt! Before you read any further, this recipe is a must to check out. Read about it on Inspired Taste and then make it! I dare you!

I made this recipe for a dinner date night and everyone enjoyed this dessert. The first bite was the best! Yet from the second bite until the last bite, they were all thoroughly enjoyed as much as the first! : )

These cupcakes are made with store-bought cinnamon rolls that have been flattened into discs and placed into cupcake cups, then filled with sautéed apples, and topped with a streusel topping. *I used the large cinnamon rolls (go big or go home, baby!)

Fun Fact: When chopping your apples, it can be helpful to spritz them with a little bit of lemon juice, (tsp or so) so that they will not brown or discolor.

*Please note: Ignore the embarrassing/gross muffin pan AND the non professional pictures.

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 Thank you for chopping Andrew!
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Ouuf.  I need a new pan.
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Bake for 10 minutes – until lightly browned.
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Fini! : ) Enjoy this decadent dessert! I served it will fat-free vanilla frozen yogurt….like the “fat-free” really matters at this point.
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Orient Express

Linguini chicken, broccoli and bell peppers in a light, sesame-ginger vinaigrette is a recipe that asks for a lot of ingredients, but well-worth the effort of going out to buy each one to make this tasty recipe. This recipe is found in Janet and Greta cookbook. Their cookbook is called “The Looneyspoons Collection” and it is worth a buy! It is one of Canada’s best sellers and one of my favorite! You can buy this cookbook at Cosco for only 10-15 dollars. What a deal! It is definitely worth the buy! They not only have great recipes (such as this one) but they also have some really unique tips. Buy it today!

I have made this recipe a few times, each time being a success! Check it out:

This recipe serves 4 adults (large servings).

Ingredients
-1 box of linguini or fettuccini (whole wheat)
-2 tsp of olive oil
-1 cup of chopped onions
-2 tsp of minced garlic
-1 cup of low-sodium of chicken broth
-1/4 cup of low-sodium soy sauce
-1/4 cup of ketchup
-3 tbsp of rice vinegar
-1 tbsp lemon juice
-1 tbsp of sesame oil
-1 tbsp of grated gingerroot
-2 tsp liquid honey or brown sugar *I used brown sugar
-1 tsp hot pepper sause *I used Frank’s hot sauce
-1/2 tsp of pepper
-2 tsp of cornstarch *I used flour
-2 cups of chopped cooked chicken
-1 1/2 cup of broccoli florets
-1 cup of thinly sliced red bell peppers
-1 cup of carrots (cut into julienne strips

Directions
-Prepare pasta according to directions.
-While pasta is cooking, prepare sauce. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onions and garlic. Cook and stir until veggies begin to soften, about 4 mins. Add broth, soy sauce, ketchup, vinegar, lemon juice, sesame oil, gingerroot, honey or brown sugar, hot pepper sauce, pepper. Mix well and bring to a boil. Blend flour in mix (to thicken the sauce). Cook and stir until sauce is bubbly and has thickened, about 1 min.
-Add cooked chicken, broccoli, red pepper, and carrots to sauce. Mix well. Cook 3-4 mins until veggies are tender. Mix sauce and pasta together. Serve hot! : )

These are all of the ingtedients for the sauce. The sauce has some “zip!” A bit spicy and a bit tangy.
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Heat oil in pot.
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Add onions and garlic. Cook until softened.
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Add broth, soy sauce, ketchup, vinegar, lemon juice, sesame oil, gingerroot, brown sugar, hot sauce, pepper. Mix well.
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Add flour – to thicken sauce.
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All of the veggies cut up.
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Add veggies to sauce.
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Add chicken to sauce.
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Mix all ingredients well.
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These are the additional ingredients I decided to use as toppings for the pasta.
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Voilà! Time to eat! Best served with a salad, fresh bread, and of course, a glass or red wine.
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This recipe is from the Looney Spoons Cookbook:

Podleski, Janet & Greta. “Orient Express.” The LooneySpoons Collection. Kitchner: Ontario, 2012 Granet Publishing Inc. Print.

Vegetarian Chili

This is an original, baby! It was a beef chili last weekend, therefore this weekend it is a vegetarian chili. Is Andrew happy about this? Not so much, but I think he will be happy with the health benefits. I used quinoa as a subsitute for meat.

**Did you know that quinoa has a high-protein content and that it is a great source of iron and fiber. Great news!

Note: Like a few other recipes I have conquered in the past, I combined different recipes to create this vegetarian chili. Enjoy!

Ingredients
– 1 1/2 cups of quinoa (uncooked) *I used this much because I wanted leftovers. I only put 2 cups of cooked quinoa in the chili
– 3 cups of low sodium chicken broth (to cook the quinoa with)
– 2 cans of diced tomatoes (chili flavour)
– 1 can of kidney beans
– 1 can of black beans
– 1 can of tomatoe paste
– 1 can of tomatoe sauce
– 1 cup of corn
– 1/2 cup of onion
– 1/3 cup of green onion
– 1/2 cup of cilantro * fresh
– 1 cup of green pepper
– 1 tbsp of cumin
– 1 tbsp of chili powder
– 1 tbsp of chili flakes
– 1 pack of taco seasoning
– dash of salt and pepper

The directions are simple: Gather all ingredients and put into the crockpot for 6 hours, on high.

This is the Quinoa I used – I buy it at Cosco.
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I always rinse my quinoa
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I enjoy cooking my quinoa in a low-sodium chicken broth – It gives it so much flavour
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2 cans of dices tomatoes
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1 can of black beans, 1 can of kidney beans
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1 cup of corn
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1/2 cup of onions
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1/3 cup of green onions
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1/2 cup of fresh cilantro
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1 cup of green pepper
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Add all veggies, beans, and tomatoes
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These are the spices I used
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And these too…
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I added two cups of cooked quinoa and the spices to the mix
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Mix all together, cover, and let cook for 6 hours on high. Mix the chili, once and a while. Your kitchen is going to smell fabulous!
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I quote Andrew: “That chili smells crazy good.”