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Nom Nom Nom: Banana Oatmeal Muffins

So, after completing my first 5K Saturday by walking over half (it wasn’t timed), I decided this week was ideal to pick up my dieting habits once again. I joined weight watchers a few weeks ago, and with a hefty goal of 25 lbs., I sought out some delicious, low-point recipes.

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I’m not a big fan of oats, but this banana oatmeal muffin recipe seemed easy enough, and I needed an excuse to wear my new belle apron. Plus, weighing in at only 4pts, it was a good replacement for my boring old cereal & milk.

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Ingredients
– 2 1/2 cup oats (old fashioned kind, not quick cooking)

– Single serving cup of plain low fat greek yogurt (I used 8oz of chobani)

– 2 eggs

– 3/4 cup sugar

– 1 1/2 tsp baking powder

– 1/2 tsp baking soda

– 2 bananas

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray tin with non-stick cooking spray. FYI – this will make the muffins look darker then they really are. don’t worry, you aren’t burning them!
2. Place all of the ingredients, including bananas in a bowl or blender. Mix on high until oats are smooth. I used a regular hand mixer, but if you have a strong enough blender, that would be easier!
3. Fill pan 2/3 full with batter and bake for 20-25 minutes. Mine took 21, but were a little done.

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Easy peasy, right?

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Nom Nom Nom: Avocado & Queso Tuna Salad

Let’s be honest – I’m definitely the type who would rather eat nachos and cheese for lunch then something healthy, but since I’m doomed to be in a bikini in two weeks (hello Florida!), I’m trying to keep it together.

I borrowed “The Flat Belly Diet” from the library this weekend, and while I’m not following the plan exactly, I definitely learned some tips! Most importantly, to include a MUFA (monounsaturated fatty acids) in every meal. These include avocado, nuts and seeds, oils, olives, and dark chocolate. So I picked up avocados (easily my favorite on the list!), sunflower seeds (if you have a trick to eating these, PLEASE comment. I look like an idiot!) and peanuts to snack on.

Looking through some of the recipes, I noticed tuna stood out a LOT. Mind you, I like fish, but mostly the cooked kind. But I gave it a try. And guess what? I liked it!

Ashley’s Tuna Salad (what, you think I have a special name for it or something?

  • 1 pack Starkist tuna in sunflower oil
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • 1 wedge, Laughing Cow Queso Fresco cheese
  • Two small tomatoes
  • 1 sandwich pita

Pour your tuna into a bowl (or tupperware container). Mix in avocado with a fork. Add cheese and mix in. (You’ll really have to mix it!) Spread on pita. Serve with tomatoes.

See? That’s easy!

Another recipe I’m loving (which is SO easy) is Sassy Water.

  • 2 liters of Water
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 cucumber, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger root, grated
  • 12 mint leaves

Put everything in a pitcher, refrigerate overnight. It’s SO refreshing!

What are your favorite “flat-belly” recipes? I’m totally making my Funfetti Cookies for a sweet! 

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Nom Nom Nom: Salsa Chicken

I’m not a master chef. But, every once in awhile I find something delicious AND easy! Yippee! This salsa chicken is delicious, simple, and only three ingredients!

Salsa Chicken

Ingredients:

  • Frozen Chicken
  • Salsa
  • Cream Cheese

Instructions:

Throw ingredients in the crock pot for 2 hours on high. Shred chicken, and serve!

See? EASY!

As far as how much of each – I used two big chicken breasts, half a container of cream cheese and just dumped salsa on top of it all! It was more than enough for two of us, with leftovers.

I served it as a burrito/taco thing with cheese and lettuce, but it’s also delicious on top of rice! (Yes, I used 90 second microwavable rice!)

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Nom Nom Nom: Buffalo Chicken Pizza

For me, the best recipes are those you can use over and over again. I absolutely love Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken, (seriously – three ingredients, 5 hours on low and magic!) but after my initial meal, I have SO many left overs! So, after a delicious grilled buffalo chicken & cheese sandwich (my classic grilled cheese with the chicken spread in between) and some delicious buffalo chicken rolls, I was left with a massive container of leftovers.

Since it was going to snow today, Andy suggested I make Buffalo Chicken Pizza. I figured sure, I’ve got the pizza crust and plenty of cheese (if you didn’t know, I’m somewhat of a cheese-a-holic). What I didn’t assume was how delicious it would be!

Buffalo Chicken Pizza:


For the chicken:

  • One bag frozen chicken breasts
  • One container hot sauce (I used Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Sauce, but I’m definitely trying Sybergs next time)
  • One packet Hidden Valley Ranch Mix

Dump all ingredients into the crock pot (the chicken can stay frozen!). Cook on low for 5 hours. After 5 hours, shred the chicken with two forks (it should fall apart) and cook another hour.

If you’d like, you can prepare this the night before since the chicken will be reheated later.

For the Pizza:

  • Pillsbury Thin Pizza Crust
  • 1/2 Bag Pizza Cheese (provel or a mix)
  • 1/2 Bag Kraft Triple Cheddar Cheese
  • Bacon Bits (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roll out dough onto greased pizza pan and precook for 5 minutes. In the meantime, mix your bacon bits with the buffalo chicken. Once the dough has precooked, layer chicken on. Add pizza cheese, then Triple Cheddar on top. Bake for another 6 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.

This is definitely a new favorite in our house, and hopefully it will be in yours, too!

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Nom Nom Nom: Funfetti Cake Batter Cookies

OK – I have an unhealthy addiction to baking. Cookies, cupcakes, brownies – you name it, I’ll pop it in the oven. But since starting Weight Watchers at the start of the year (down 6 lbs., might I add!), I’ve had to replace the Gooey Butter and Chocolate Chips for carrots and strawberries. So you can imagine my excitement when I found a recipe for Funfetti Cake Batter cookies that we’re a mere 1 point each! Plus, they’re absolutely delicious, and didn’t take a thousand expensive ingredients. Thanks to Cookin’ Cowgirl for the original recipe!

Funfetti Cake Batter Cookies:

  • 1 Box Golden Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Canola Oil
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 cup Sprinkles (NOTE: That is TWO containers of sprinkles! I messed up and only got one)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix cake mix and baking powder in large bowl.

Mix oil, eggs and vanilla in another bowl.

Combine egg mixture with cake mix and stir.

Stir in sprinkles.

Spoon teaspoon-sized balls onto your baking sheet (ungreased).

Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool for 5.

And poof – delicious cookies! How easy is that? I made them before dinner last night! And like I said – 1 Point Plus EACH!