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Make Dinner Easy (Downloadable PDF!)

Being a homeowner and working full-time does not always leave time for Pinterest-inspired meals. However, with enough preparation, you can impress your parents, roommates or significant other. How do you prepare, you ask? With my handy dandy meal planner.

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Tried It Tuesday: Fiber One 90 Calorie Brownies

90 percent of the time, I crave salty snacks over sweets, but sometimes you just need some chocolate. My local grocer had the Fiber One 90 Calorie Brownies on sale this past week, so I went ahead and picked up a box for that chocolate craving at work. After all, that 90 calories is still 30 less than my mini-Reese’s Peanut Butter eggs.

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Fiber One 90 Calorie Brownies

WW+: 2

  • 90 Calories
  • 3g Fat
  • 18g Carbs
  • 5g Fiber
  • 8g Sugar
  • 1g Protein

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As you can see, you’re not getting a whole lot for those 90 calories, but the taste is good. It’s a rich chocolate flavor, but I could not taste the chocolate chips or the chocolate drizzle on top. It’s a good post-lunch dessert, but it’s not going to replace actual brownies anytime soon. I still prefer the Skinny Cow Heavenly Crisps for the same point value, but these are definitely worth a try!

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Nom Nom Nom: White Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing

Prior to starting my Drop 10 Diet for Self Magazine (Oh yeah, I started blogging for them Monday. You can catch up when the next issue arrives!), I knew I needed one last big indulgence, and what better time to indulge then Super Bowl weekend?

I picked up the original recipe from Recipe Girl, and let me tell you – it’s DELICIOUS!

Cake Ingredients: 

White Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing from Glatz & Glamour

  • 1 box white cake mix (the recipe called for an 18.25 oz box, but mine was less)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 large egg whites
  • Cupcake liners

1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Place cupcake liners in cupcake pans.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together cake mix, flour, sugar and salt. Add remaining ingredients and beat with hand mixer for 2 minutes, or until well blended.

3. Use ice cream scoop to fill prepared cupcake tins- fill about 3/4 full. Bake about 19 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

White Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing from Glatz & Glamour

Here’s my little secret – I waited 5 days to ice them!

Icing Ingredients:

White Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing from Glatz & Glamour

  • 3 cups powdered sugar (that’s a box and a half!)
  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons whipping cream
  • Pink gel coloring
  • Valentine’s Sprinkles

1. In a large bowl, with a hand or stand mixer, cream together sugar and butter on low speed. Mix until well blended. Increase speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes. You will be beating forever – seriously. It took SO long for me! 

2. Add vanilla and cream and continue to beat on medium speed for 1 minute more, adding more cream if needed for desired spreading/piping consistency. I added another tablespoon or so.

3. Scoop into a piping bag and pipe decoratively onto cupcakes, or spread onto cupcakes as desired.

The original recipe says this will ice about 12 cupcakes, but mine stretched to 24. It was my first time using a piping bag, and good lord did I over fill it!

White Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing from Glatz & Glamour

They went over incredibly well at our trivia night (WHICH WE WON) and Super Bowl Sunday!

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Nom Nom Nom: M&M Bars

For someone with 647 food-related Pinterest pins, you would think I cook more often. Unfortunately, I do not have the time or resources to become a master chef/baker just yet, but I’m still going to try. I made these M&M bars last weekend for my boyfriend’s family Thanksgiving/game night, and let’s just say they we’re half way gone before the rest of the family arrived.

M&M Bars (adapted from Fantastic Family Favorites)

Ingredients:

2 1/8 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 & 1/2 stick butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg white (the original said one egg yolk – i can’t read, and it tasted great)
2 tsps vanilla extract
1 12oz bag M&M’s, divided in half

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a 9X13-inch baking pan with foil, letting the excess hang over the edges of the pan by about 1 inch so you can grab those edges and pull the bars from the pan after they have baked. Spray the foil-lined pan with nonstick cooking spray. FYI – foil lining is gods gift to baking, because clean up was a BREEZE!

2. Mix the flour, salt, and baking soda together in medium bowl; set aside. Whisk the melted butter and sugars in a large bowl until combined. Add the egg, egg white and vanilla and mix well. Using a rubber spatula, fold the dry ingredients into the egg mixture until you can’t find any more dry ingredients. Fold in 1 cup of M&M’s and turn the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with the spatula. Sprinkle remaining M&M’s on top and press in slightly.

3. Bake until the top of the bars is light golden brown, slightly firm to the touch, and edges start pulling away from sides of pan, (mine took 26 minutes, but check after 24). Cool on a wire rack to room temperature. Remove the bars from the pan by lifting the foil overhang, cut into squares and serve.

And magic – super soft, chewy M&M bars! They reminded me of Schnucks’ sugar M&M cookies (which are delicious!)

You could definitely use Reese’s Pieces instead of M&Ms. I would even be interested to try it with the Pretzel M&Ms!

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Operation Skinny: Day 1

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m getting back into shape. Or at least trying. I hit Supplement Superstore last night and caved into the DB Goddess Prime Fast Pack. Luckily with my purchase came a buttload of knowledge. I’ll upload the forms later, but their certified sports nutritionist (ahem – all of them are.) helped figure out a plan for 6 small meals a day including a mixture of protein, carbs and veggies. As you can guess, 6 meals is a LOT. My biggest fear was how it would affect my Weight Watchers points, but I think I’m doing OK.

Seriously, I love taco night.DAY 1:

6:15am: Strawberry Milkshake Protien Shake, blended with frozen Strawberries – 3 points, Protein & Carbs. I don’t know about you, but I cannot stand the taste of protein shakes! Blending in the strawberries definitely helped. Andy picked out the flavor a few months back, but I cannot fathom spending $57 on powder, so it will have to do. If you have any suggestions to make it better, PLEASE let me know!

9:05am: Weight Watchers Egg Salad, 1 slice Whole Wheat Toast, Tomatoes – 5 points, Protein, Carbs & Veggies. This egg salad is bomb dot com. You mix 4 hard boiled eggs with 2 hard boiled egg whites (just cut them in half and remove the yolk). Add 2 tbsp of low-fat mayo (Hellman’s!), a tbsp of mustard (they suggested dijon, but I only had yellow), salt and pepper. It makes four servings, which is perfect for the week!

12:00pm: Ground Turkey, low-fat Mexican Cheese, Lettuce & Tomato on a Whole Wheat Wrap – 8 points, Protein, Carbs & Veggies. I’m obsessed with taco night. I always make extra meat for left overs!

2:50pm: Yoplait Low Fat Orange Sunrise Yogurt, Carrots, 2 slices of Lean Ham – 5 points, Protein, Carbs & Veggies

As far as dinner goes, we’re going to Blarney Stone with my parents, so we’ll see if I can (healthily!) get in my Protein, Carbs & Veggies. One of the most important things he said was to NOT have carbs in your final meal of the day. With all this food, I’m not sure I’ll want a 6th meal! As with most plans, you have to adapt them for yourself.

I had the great plan to workout this morning, however I got all the way to the office (we have a gym) just to realize my dress and blazer were sitting on the bar stool at home. BUMMER. I took my lunch hour to jump on the crossramp machine for 20 minutes, which might be my new favorite invention for the pure fact that you can control which muscles your working. I’ll keep you posted on how I do, as well as great work outs and recipes!

Wish me luck – I just signed up for the Glow Run 5K in October. 🙂