Shrimp Fettucine Alfredo

In cleaning out the freezer on Sunday, there was a bag of frozen shrimp in there, and I thought, well I need to do something with this before it’s forgotten in the back of the freezer (you know how that goes). Thanks to Danielle of Joseph’s Wife for reminding me of the Laughing Cow Alfredo recipe that is talked about frequently on the Weight Watchers forums. I used to make this as a quick fix in college when I did Weight Watchers, but I forgot about it…it’s a wonderful recipe but I make it a slightly different way than mentioned in the posts. I prefer a thinner sauce, because this turns out extremely rich.

Ingredients:
16 oz. shrimp (deveined and peeled)
1 bunch of green onions
1/2 small yellow onion
1 clove garlic
7 wedges of Laughing Cow cheese (I used Light Garlic and Herb)
1 cup lowfat milk
1 tbsp margarine (I used Smart Balance)
1 tbsp parmesan cheese
1 tsp garlic powder
Pam spray
4 cups cooked whole wheat pasta
Pepper to taste

Dice green and yellow onions, along with the garlic clove. Place in a Pam sprayed skillet and cook for a minute. Add shrimp and cook for a couple minutes, until the shrimp is done.

In a small pot, place LC cheese, milk, margarine, parmesan cheese and powder together. Keep on low until it melts, mixing ever so often. You may want to start the sauce first because it takes the longest.

In a larger pot, boil spaghetti.

After the spaghetti and alfredo are done, add to the shrimp and combine together (either in the skillet or the pasta pot…wherever it all fits). Add pepper to taste! ENJOY!

Serves 6.

Nutritional Info: (includes pasta, shrimp and sauce)

Calories 276.7
Total Fat 5.2 g
Dietary Fiber 4.7 g

Points Value: 5 points and a VERY hefty serving at that!! Enjoy :)


Some fun things…

Why I need to take a Wilton class…

Here is a picture of my mom’s bday cake. I’m not posting the recipe for it, since the actual cake taste is questionable…I messed up on baking. However, it’s white with strawberry filling! Well, I tried…at least I put lots of love into it!

Also, thanks to jessesgrl from the What’s Cooking forums. I’d link to your blog, but I couldn’t find it on the forums. Anyways, this girl loaded me up with tons of goodies…see below!!



Savory Chicken and Potatoes..

This diet thing isn’t so bad right? I love my George Foreman grill. It’s one of the best purchases towards kitchen stuff I have ever made. I got it at a Black Friday sale, so the price was right! This thing didn’t disappoint me tonight. I wanted chicken badly tonight but I wanted a healthy recipe. I remember a month or so back when Katie from Good Things Catered made grilled chicken and since grilled chicken is as diet friendly s it comes, I decided to give this recipe a go. I ended up doubling the recipe and making some substitutions for a couple things. This chicken, let me tell you, was sooo moist, tender and savory (and easy to boot!!). Thanks Katie for a great recipe!!

Ingredients:
1 pack chicken breasts
2 Tbsp olive oil
3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp coarsely ground pepper
Montreal Chicken seasoning

Preheat the Foreman grill. Mix olive oil, vinegar, garlic salt and pepper together in a bowl. Pound chicken down to about 1/2 – 3/4 in. thick to tenderize and make the chicken faster to grill. Dip chicken in mixture on both sides, and place chicken on the grill (for me, one piece fit at a time. Then, sprinkle the Montreal seasoning on top of the chicken and put the grill top down. Grill for 5 minutes, or until done. Repeat for the rest of the chicken.

The spread..

Yum! Time for my closeup!

And just one more stab to make sure it’s still indeed dead!

Serves 6 (cut breasts in half for a correct portion size)

Nutritional Info:
Calories 176.3
Fat 6.0 g
Fiber 0
Points: 4

Now, onto another easy dish, which is a favorite of mine. This is off the Lipton Onion Soup mix box. I made oven roasted potatoes. Here is the recipe…never fails and once again, easy and good!

1 pack Onion Soup mix
1/3 cup olive oil
5-6 medium Yukon Gold potatoes (use whatever potatoes you want…these are just my favs)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cut the potatoes into 4-6 pieces (depending on potato size) and place in a 9×13 baking dish. Drizzle olive oil and soup mix on top and mix together (best done with hands I find!). Place in oven for about 30 minutes or until done. YUM!

Zoom in of that starchy goodness!

I could just sit with a fork and eat it all!! Can’t wait for lunch tomorrow now :)

Serves 9-10 ppl

Nutritional Info:
Calories 183.2
Fat 8.0 g
Fiber 3.1 g
Points: 4

Do you like Spring stuff? I sure do!!

I absolutely love my Google reader! I’ve been inspired by so many people who share a passion in the kitchen like I do, and it’s great to brag on a few people :). I added Megan from Megan’s Cookin’ to my subscriptions today since Abby from Abby Sweets gave her a shout out, and her blog just looks great!

Megan is giving away free spring kitchen/baking stuff! Who can hate free? All you have to do is reply to her blog to gain an entry, subscribe to gain another entry, and then if you post in your blog about this giveaway you get 5 more entries! 7 chances to win cutesy spring stuff? Heck yeah!!

Here is a pic of the prize :) Have fun!!

Green Bean Casserole (with a twist)

I love Green Bean Casserole! When I was making diet coke chicken, I realized I needed a side item. I found 2 cans green beans and the onions, however, no mushroom soup! So, I improvised. I figured broccoli cheese, being a creamy soup, would take its place, and boy did it! I found it to be better!! I usually use the recipe off the French’s bag.

Here it is!

Ingredients:
1 (10 3/4) oz. can CAMPBELL’S® Cream of Mushroom Soup (I used broccoli cheese soup)
3/4 cup milk
1 1/3 cups FRENCH’S® French Fried Onions
4 cups cooked whole green beans (I used 2 regular cans)

Directions:
1. MIX soup, milk, 2/3 cup French Fried Onions, and beans in 1 1/2-qt. baking dish.
2. BAKE at 350°F for 30 min. or until hot. Stir.
3. TOP with remaining onions. Bake 5 min.

Take a whole spoonful!

Diet Coke Chicken Revisited!

I’ve made this before on my blog, and it’s a favorite. However, last time there were no pics so here they are!

Diet Coke Chicken

Source: Aimee’s Adventures

1 cup ketchup (I do half ketchup, half bbq sauce)
1 can diet coke
1 pack of boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Put chicken in a non-stick skillet with some olive oil. Brown chicken on both sides for a couple minutes. Then, pour ketchup (and bbq sauce) and diet cola over the chicken. Turn heat to medium high and cook chicken for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cover, reduce heat to simmer and cook another 15-20 minutes. Remove lid, and cook until sauce thickens and sticks to chicken. Sauce will taste like BBQ and the chicken is very tender.

Simmering away!

Zoom in on that BBQ yumminess!

Finished product..

Blake Makes! PBDDL!

The wonderfulness that is peanut butter dulce de leche (otherwise known as PBDDL) came in earlier this week, and let me tell you how excited I was! How do you get it? Go to Blake’s website and sign up to be in Soopz! He is a foodie like many of the bloggers that are Soopz members, and he has a new product, which is PBDDL. In order to get the word out, he has giveaways of his products, and now I’m pretty sure many people are all anxiously awaiting it’s selling debut! (mmm)


Another bonus? He is a fellow NOLA-ian. Represent f’real!

With my PBDDL, I made cupcakes! Weight Watchers friendly cupcakes! Now these were flimsy, but there was nothing bad to say about the richness and taste of it…just take a spoon and go crazy! Mmm…

Recipe

10 oz. diet coke
1 box Chocolate cake mix
1 egg white

Bake according to the box recipe. However, halfway in the middle of the baking time, I placed mini Reese’s cups inside, and then let it bake the rest of the time.

The real fun is here…thanks to Allrecipes!

I 1/4ed the recipe though since I only had 1/4 cup of peanut butter to work with :). Delicious though!!

INGREDIENTS

* 1/8 cup butter, softened
* 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter (used PBDDL)
* 3/4 tablespoons milk, or as needed
* 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

DIRECTIONS

1. Place the butter and peanut butter into a medium bowl, and beat with an electric mixer. Gradually mix in the sugar, and when it starts to get thick, incorporate milk one tablespoon at a time until all of the sugar is mixed in and the frosting is thick and spreadable. Beat for at least 3 minutes for it to get good and fluffy.



Happiness = New Apron!

I went to Etsy and bought this, because I’m all about supporting fellow crafters! It’s more cute than I thought it would, so this girl rocks!

Thanks again to indulgeaprons

Packaging is SO cute!

The happy chef!

Steak Sandwich Delight!

I had been craving beef for quite some time and let me tell you, it was well worth the wait! My dad brought home tons of hamburger buns, leftover from a concession stand at the rec park he coaches at, so this used them quite nicely. This recipe was yum! I would recommend tenderizing the meat more than the marinade does though. It was a slight bit tough!

Enjoy this with some grated cheese…I had pepperjack..yum!

Source: Cooking Light

Ingredients

Steak:
3/4 cup cola (used diet cola)
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar (used balsamic)
1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper
4 garlic cloves, crushed
1 bay leaf, crushed (didn’t have this)
1 (1 1/2-pound) flank steak, trimmed

Remaining ingredients:
Cooking spray
6 (1/2-inch-thick) slices Vidalia onion
6 (2-ounce) Kaiser rolls (I used hamburger buns)
12 (1/4-inch-thick) slices tomato

Preparation
To prepare steak, combine first 7 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic bag. Add steak; seal and marinate in refrigerator for 2 hours, turning bag occasionally. Remove steak from bag, reserving marinade. Pour marinade into a microwave-safe bowl; microwave at high 2 minutes or until mixture comes to a boil. Set aside.
(forgot to do this step…may have played a huge factor in tenderizing the meat!)
Prepare grill.

Place steak on a grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 8 minutes on each side or until steak is medium-rare or desired degree of doneness. Remove steak from grill; cover and let stand 5 minutes. Place onion slices on grill rack; grill 4 minutes on each side, basting occasionally with reserved marinade. Place rolls on grill rack, cut sides down; grill 2 minutes or until lightly browned.

My trusty Foreman!

Basting…

*Drool*

Cut steak diagonally across grain into thin slices. Spread 2 tablespoons dressing on bottom half of each roll. Divide steak, tomato, and onion evenly among bottom halves of rolls. Top with top halves of rolls.

Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 1 sandwich)
Nutritional Information

CALORIES 417(24% from fat); FAT 11g (sat 3.3g,mono 3.8g,poly 2.2g); PROTEIN 30.5g; CHOLESTEROL 38mg; CALCIUM 104mg; SODIUM 747mg; FIBER 3.2g; IRON 3.9mg; CARBOHYDRATE 49.1g

Chewy Thin Mints

These came out really rich but good. Remind me SO much of the taste of girl scout cookies but really chewy. I left about 8 at home with the fam and brought the rest to work. They were gone in minutes!

Chewy Thin Mints
Source: Cooking Light

Ingredients

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons butter, softened
3 tablespoons applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 large egg white, lightly beaten
Cooking spray

Preparation
Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, cocoa, and baking soda in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk.

Combine the brown sugar and next 5 ingredients (brown sugar through peppermint extract) in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed for 2 minutes. Beat in the egg white. Add flour mixture; beat at low speed until well-blended.

Coat your hands lightly with cooking spray. Shape the dough into a 6-inch log. Wrap log in plastic wrap; freeze 1 hour or until firm. ** For me, firm was after 24 hours, and it wasn’t really firm but it was enough to manage with! **

Preheat oven to 350°.

Cut the log into 24 (1/4-inch) slices, and place 1 inch apart on baking sheets lightly coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool on wire racks.

** I then melted white chocolate and drizzled that on top of the cookies with sprinkles. Added food coloring for a fun look :) **

Would you like a bite?

Makes 2 dozen cookies (serving size: 1 cookie)

Nutritional Information

CALORIES 76(22% from fat); FAT 1.8g (sat 1.1g,mono 0.5g,poly 0.1g); PROTEIN 1.2g; CHOLESTEROL 4mg; CALCIUM 8mg; SODIUM 33mg; FIBER 0.2g; IRON 0.7mg; CARBOHYDRATE 13.7g