Sunday, May 20, 2018

Black and White Cheesecake








     If you hate what you are eating in your quest for health, you are doing something terribly wrong.  Case in point, my Black and White Cheesecake.  Each of these 12~2 inch slices are 194 calories, 5g net carbs, 15g protein and 10g fat.  My goal is to make healthy food fun and nutritious.  Dessert can be on your menu everyday, all things are possible if you want them bad enough...and I do...so I am.  Follow me closely and see what I do, I never miss a day without dessert... and I'm a card carrying member of the clean plate club.  No frowny face on this healthy eater!


Ingredients for 8 large pieces~
8oz reduced fat Cream Cheese~softened to room temperature
3~6oz 0% Fage Greek Yogurt
1 cup Monk Fruit~ I used Golden Monk Fruit from Lakanto (Lakanto.com)
4 Jumbo Eggs
1/2 cup unsweetened Cocoa
1/4 cup ChocZero Chocolate Syrup (choczero.com)
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4oz reduced fat Cream Cheese~softened to room temperature
6oz 0% Fage Greek Yogurt
4 scoops unflavored Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
1/4 cup ChocZero White Chocolate Cocoa (choczero.com)
1/2 cup Monk Fruit~ I used Golden Monk Fruit from Lakanto (Lakanto.com)
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1/4 cup ChocZero Chocolate Syrup (choczero.com)
1/2 cup fresh Raspberries

     Mix first set of ingredients with beaters til well combined, pour in 10 inch Springform pan (I lined the bottom with Parchment Paper before snapping in place), bake at 325 for one hour.  Remove, cool and chill in fridge overnight.  Meanwhile, mix second set of ingredients with beaters til well combined and spread on cooled Cheesecake, garnish with Chocolate Syrup and fresh Raspberries.  Chill til set (I chilled mine for 2 hours).  Enjoy  :)


Black Bean Salad







     Hey mom, guess what, ...I made Black Beans from scratch, I soaked them overnight and everything.  I'm such a big girl now.  But seriously, this turned out GOOD!  My friend, Jennifer, was telling me about her favorite Black Bean Salad and that inspired me to try out my own version.  This perfect summer fare can be combined with pasta, meat, or just spoon to mouth.  Create your own, additions and subtractions are allowed and encouraged...be your own dog.  But, the only rule is to toss the can and soak the beans, it's a fun experiment that must be experienced!  Cheers to summer salads!

Ingredients~
Black Beans in bag, soak over night and cook per bag directions
Cooked Edamame
Diced Red Bell Pepper
Diced Green Bell Pepper
Corn
Diced Baby Carrots
Cilantro
Diced Red Onion
Diced Avocado
Tomato, optional
Cucumber, optional
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2 Tablespoons Sugar
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1/4 cup Red Cider Vinegar
Dash Salt, to taste
Dash Pepper, to taste
Dash Cumin, to taste
Dash Cayenne, to taste

     Combine first set of ingredients, minus Avocado.  Stir together second set of ingredient and pour over Salad til thoroughly coated.  Gently stir in Avocado after Salad is well combined.  Serve as desired.  Enjoy  :)

Spinach Artichoke Pizza




     Garden Lites has a product that really has me thinkin'.  Since I love Spinach Artichoke Dip, why not turn my fancy into a pizza topper.  Why indeed.  To make life easy, I used Garden Lites Spinach Bake to whip dinner together in a flash.  If you are like me and keep Cauliflower Pizza Crusts on hand in the freezer, this pulls together as soon as hunger strikes!  Hot tip...keep a few of these in the freezer at all times, so easy to make into a meal, search my blog for many ideas.  Try for a few meatless meals in the week, and put this one at the top of the list!

Ingredients~
Cauliflower Pizza Crust~http://foodfitnessbypaige.blogspot.com/2018/01/cauliflower-pizza-crust.html
7oz Garden Lites Spinach Bake~cooked to directions~www.gardenlites.com
Jar of drained and chopped Artichoke Hearts
Shredded Parmesan, Mozzarella, Swiss or Cheddar~desired amount
Diced Tomatoes

     Prepare Cauliflower Crust, bake as instructed.  Cook Spinach Bake according to directions and mix with diced Artichoke Hearts, spread on top of crust.  Sprinkle with Cheese and bake at 425 for 10 minutes, or til heated thru and Cheese melted.  Remove and garnish with diced Tomato.  Enjoy  :)

Everything Toast



     Sometimes the payoff with offspring is huge.  Such was the case when my oldest daughter, Courtney, surprised me at Mother's Day with a treat from Trader Joe's.  If you are looking for the hot new thing, might I suggest Everything Bagel Sesame Seasoning...it literally goes on everything!  From Avocado Toast, to Chicken to Vegetables to Popcorn...nothing is off limits!  Add a little spice to your life and get to shakin'!

Everything Toast~
Slice of Toast
Fried Egg
Everything Bagel Sesame Seasoning
Slice of cooked Turkey Bacon
1/2 sliced Avocado
Diced Tomatoes, for garnish if desired

     Toast your bread and lay on plate.  Fry Egg in Pam coated pan and sprinkle with Everything Bagel Sesame Seasoning, lay cooked Egg on Toast, and top with Bacon, Avocado and Tomato if desired.  Enjoy  :)


Sea Salt Peanut Butter Cups







     A little Salt, a little Sweet, a little Smile in my belly!  These Sea Salt Peanut Butter Cups come together lickety split, and will excite all your senses.  Even rational thought will be invited to join the party, because each of these 15 delights are only 40 calories, 1g net carb, 1.6g protein and 3g fat.  How's that for all around perfection!?

Ingredients for 15 mini Cups~
2.8oz Lily's Sea Salt Stevia Sweetened Dark Chocolate Bar
1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
1/3 cup PB Fit Peanut Butter Powder
2 Tablespoons Water, or enough to make Peanut Butter Consistency

     Melt Chocolate and Oil in microwave safe bowl, heat for 30 seconds and stir, repeat if necessary.  Drop 1 teaspoon of Chocolate in each well of a mini Peanut Butter Cup Silpat form.  Meanwhile, mix Peanut Butter Powder and Water to thick consistency, divide into 15 equal portions~should yield approximately a 1/4 cup, press in each cup til covered with Chocolate.  Chill til set in fridge.  Enjoy  :)

Father's Day Brownies







     What better way to show homage to Dad than with Chocolate, especially in Brownie form.  I think he would agree.  Even tho these are technically Father's Day Brownies, they are certainly worthy for any occasion, even no occasion...but only if you like really decadent, good for you, super satisfying desserts!?  And all 9 of these nicely portioned dreams are only 160 calories, 6g net carbs, 5g protein and 9.5g fat.  So let's celebrate Chocolate....(errr, I mean Dad), belly up to the kitchen, get your apron on and get to work!  You will be so glad you did!  :)

Ingredients for 9 Brownies~
1/4 cup Oats
1/4 cup melted Coconut Oil
1/2 cup/4oz unsweetened Applesauce
3 Jumbo Eggs
1/2 cup Cocoa
1/4 cup Almond Flour
1/2 cup Monk Fruit ( I use Lakanto Golden~Lakanto.com)
1 small ripe Avocado, approx 3oz~smashed
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
Dash Cinnamon
Dash Vanilla
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4 squares 50% ChocZero Dark Chocolate Squares, finely diced (Choczero.com)

     Add Oats to Magic Bullet or Blender, grind to powder and add to bowl along with remaining first set of ingredients.  Stir by hand or use beater to blend completely.  Pour in parchment lined 8X8 pan and bake at 375 for 28 minutes.  Remove and sprinkle with chopped Chocolate.  Store any leftovers in fridge.  Enjoy  :)

Cinnamon Toast Bagels






     If you are looking for a quick warm delicious breakfast to impress, I have some suggestions.  Cinnamon Toast Bagels will delight the senses, and all for 137 calories, 25g net carbs, 8g protein and 1g fat.  You can always buy your Bagels, but why do that when you can experience them right from the oven.  This recipe makes 4 Bagels, have two this morning and two more tomorrow!

Ingredients for 4 Bagels~
3/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons Flour
6oz 0% Fage Greek Yogurt
2 Tablespoons Milk (I used 2% in this recipe)
1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
3/4 teaspoon Lite Salt
1 Tablespoons Egg Whites
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Tablespoon Sugar

     Mix Flour, Yogurt, Milk, Baking Powder, and Salt til thoroughly combined.  Knead 20 times, then divide into 4 equal parts, should be about 2.75oz each (or just eyeball it).  Roll each piece into a long rope and connect into a circle and sit on Silpat lined cookie sheet.  Repeat with remaining dough.  Brush with Egg Whites, mix Cinnamon and Sugar and sprinkle on top of Dough.  Bake at 350 for 24 minutes, raise the heat to 550 for 4 additional minutes.  Remove and Enjoy  :)