Skinny Cini-minis

100_1202Last week, I joking said I would marry the pastry chef at Seasons 52 because their mini-indulgences are so big in taste and light in calories. I’ve set a weight loss goal that is going to take some serious changes in my eating habitats. I gave up caffeine and my candy bowl of M&Ms. I’m watching my sodium intake and increasing my potassium consumption. Less processed foods and more fresh fruits, veggies, and whole grains. I’m also working out six days a week again. Since February, I’ve lost 19 pounds but I still have a way to go to reach my ultimate goal.

Today, I’m sharing a Weight Watchers cinnamon roll recipe that might help you when you want a “mini-indulgence” to keep going. It’s very easy with just four ingredients and also tasty. Just make sure you don’t eat too many because each little cinnamon roll is 1 WW point.

Skinny Cinnamon Rolls from Pinterest
8 oz. can of reduced fat crescent rolls
4 tsp. of cinnamon
½ c. powder sugar
2 tsp. skim milk

Roll out crescent rolls into four squares – pressing together seams. Sprinkle each with cinnamon. Roll up length wise and cut into five pieces (20 total per container). Place on a baking sheet and cook at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Whisk together powder sugar and milk. Spoon over warm rolls and serve.

Sweet bread

I love bread but I never make it from scratch when the recipe requires yeast and kneading dough. But for some reason, banana breads never require yeast. Bananas are also a great substitute for oil. Check out this sweet bread recipe that does just that.

Cinnamon Swirl Banana BreadCinnamon Swirl Bread from Pinterest
1 stick of butter, softened
1 c. sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs, beaten
2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 bananas

Swirl
½ c. sugar
3 T. brown sugar
2 T. cinnamon

Beat together sugar and butter. Add eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, and cinnamon. Slowly add flour mixture to egg mixture. Fold in bananas. Pour 1/3 of batter into bread pan. Sprinkle with 1/3 of swirl mixture. Repeat two more times. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes.

No Fuss Chicken Dinner

Who doesn’t love a simple four ingredient recipe? This Crockpot recipe only takes about 5 minutes of your time to make.

Lemon ChickenCrockpot Lemon Chicken from Pinterest
3-4 T. butter
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 package of Italian seasoning
lemon juice

Cube butter and place on the bottom of a Crockpot. Top with chicken breast. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning. Drizzle with lemon juice. Bake on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.

Doritos x 4

Yes, this is another Doritos recipe. Apparently, I have so many on my blog that my coworkers bought Doritos to celebrate my b-day. But I have to tell you, it is my favorite of the casserole versions I’ve made. You can’t go wrong with crescent rolls as a base.

Doritos_Crescent BakeTaco Bake from Pinterest
1 lb. hamburger
1 package of taco seasoning
8 oz. sour cream
1 package of crescent rolls
1 (8 oz.) can of tomato sauce
1 c. diced tomatoes (optional)
1 c. shredded cheese
¾ package of crushed Doritos

Brown hamburger and drain. Add taco seasoning, tomato sauce, and tomatoes. Bring to a simmer. Line a 13 x 9 pan with crescent rolls. Top with hamburger mixture, sour cream, cheese, and Doritos. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Notes:

  • I used Wildtree taco seasoning.
  • I used reduced fat crescent rolls, fat free sour cream, no-salt added tomato sauce, and 2% cheese. You could use 93% fat-free ground beef or ground turkey to make it healthier.
  • I accidently add the whole can of Red Gold diced tomatoes (14.5 oz.). It still turned out fine.
  • I used a ½ bag of Doritos and it was more than enough. Another option would be to use Baked Doritos.
  • I baked the crescents for 7 minutes before adding ingredients. I do this to prevent a doughy crust.

Are You a Chocoholic?

Calling all chocoholics – this rich recipe is for you. Be sure to serve it warm with whipped topping or vanilla ice cream to help tame this chocolate dish. I could only eat piece once every couple of days.

Chocolate CobblerChocolate Cobbler from Pinterest
1 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
7 T. cocoa powder, divided
1 ¼ c. sugar, divided
½ c. milk
1/3 c. melted butter
1 ½ tsp. vanilla
½ c. brown sugar
1 ½ c. hot tap water

Stir together flour, baking powder, salt, 3 T. cocoa, and ¾ c. sugar. Stir in milk, butter, and vanilla. Pour into 8” baking dish. In a small bowl, mix ½ c. sugar, brown sugar, and 4 T. cocoa. Sprinkle over batter. Pour over water. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

Banana Oatmeal Muffins

Honey, bananas, and Greek yogurt are great healthy recipe substitutions. The recipe has all plus the low fat, high fiber quick oats. Throw in a little flax seed which is currently being researched to prevent breast cancer. You might be surprised to learn this recipe is actually pretty good. I would totally make it again.

Banana Oatmeal MuffinsBanana Oatmeal Muffins from Pinterest
2 ½ c. oats
1 c. low-fat Greek yogurt
2 eggs
½ c. honey
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
2 T. flax seed
1 tsp. vanilla
2 ripe bananas

Food process oats to a finer consistency. Add remaining ingredients and blend until mixed. Pour into 12 muffin cups and bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes.

Notes:

  • I halved the recipe and it still made 9 muffins.
  • I substituted low-fat vanilla yogurt because it was what I had on hand.
  • I added some frozen berries to a few muffins. Feel free to mix chocolate chips or nuts into yours. The plain muffins were also good.
  • I didn’t have any flax seed so I made it without.