Thursday, October 30, 2014

Salisbury steak with mushroom gravy Simply Filling

I found this recipe and decided to tweak it to be Simply Filling

Salisbury steak with mushroom gravy Simply Filling style :)

1 lb of extra lean ground beef
2 medium onions thinly sliced you could use 1 but I love onions
2 tsp olive oil divided became part of my daily healthy oils
1/4c of bread crumbs made from bread that is a power food for me that was Ezekiel bread that had been dried out before making into crumbs
2 Tbsp egg substitute
1 cup of low sodium beef broth plus 2 Tbsp for the steak patties
salt and pepper to taste
1 package of mushrooms thinly sliced you could use less but I love mushrooms as well :)
1 Tbsp flour
1 Tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp vinegar
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp mustard I used dijon
2 Tbsp water

Saute the onion in the olive oil until browned and caramalized. Take out of pan and divide into 2.

Mix half the cooked onions with the ground beef, bread crumbs, 2 Tbsp of egg substitute, 2 Tbsp beef broth. Divide into 4 patties and brown in the same pan as the onions were cooked. Just brown on both sides as they will cook more later.

When browned remove from pan and put the mushrooms, salt and pepper in the pan and cook for 4 or 5 minutes.

In a bowl mix the rest of the beef broth, flour, tomato paste, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and water and the 1/2 cooked onions together.

Put the browned patties on top of the cooked mushrooms. Pour the broth mixture over the patties and mushrooms and cover and simmer on low for 20 minutes stirring every now and then.

The flour/tomato paste when divided between the 4 servings are equal to 0pp so it keeps it Simply Filling!

Serve one patty with 1/4 of the sauce.

Makes 4 servings

Pina colada pancakes Simply Filling

Pina colada pancakes Simply Filling

1/2c of quick oats
1/4c egg substitute or 1 egg or 2 egg whites
1/4c light yogurt I used Astro 0% pineapple passion
1/2 tsp baking powder
2g unsweetened coconut I put 1/2 in the mix and half sprinkled on top 0pp
1/4c chopped pineapple which is all I had next time I'd use crushed pineapple
1/4 tsp coconut extract
If you use plain yogurt you might want to add some sweetener

Mix all together saving a little coconut and pineapple to put on top.

Cook as you normally would cook pancakes

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Polenta hash browns Simply Filling

This is what the polenta I used looks like but there are many brands which would work

Polenta hashbrowns

Polenta sliced into thick 1/2" slices then cut into hash brown sized chunks.
I had some peppers cut up in the fridge so I chopped a few
chopped onion
olive oil I used 2 tsp for my daily healthy oils
sea salt, garlic powder and whatever other seasoning you like I used this

It's important that you start with a hot skillet.
Heat your oil until hot but not smoking :)
Add the polenta cubes and let sizzle for a few minutes before tossing them over to coat the other sides with a bit of oil.
Sprinkle seasonings over it.
Cook till it's starting to brown a bit.
Add the peppers and onions.
Continue to cook until polenta is starting to get crispy and peppers and onions are cooked.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Slow cooker black bean soup simply filling

Thanks Ida for passing along this Weight Watcher recipe! The only change I made was that I threw it all in my slow cooker :) Items in the red were add in's that I added but weren't in the original recipe

Black bean soup

  • 1 med onion, chopped
  • 29 oz chicken or vegetable broth (reduced sodium)
  • 15.5 oz black beans, drained and rinsed next time I'd add 2 cans of black beans
  • 11 oz corn
  • 15.5 oz tomatoes with green chilies 
  • ½ c uncooked brown rice I just used leftover cooked brown rice that I added just a bit before I served it
  • garlic I added 3 cloves chopped
  • cilantro to taste which I added
Red pepper flakes (Optional)
Sauté onion in broth. Add all ingredients. Bring to boil. Cover and simmer for 50-60 minutes until rice cooks. I just threw everything in the slow cooker
6 servings. 3 pts each.  If you are counting points

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Cheesy scalloped potatoes simply filling + 1pp

Cheesy scalloped potato Simply Filling +1pp for the cheese
I used a small individual dish that was oven proof.
First I sprayed non stick spray in it.
Then in a small saucepan I melted 1 tsp calorie reduced becel margarine. Then I sprinkled in 1/2 Tbsp whole wheat flour and stirred letting it bubble for a couple of minutes.
Stirred in 1/2 cup of skim milk, sea salt to taste, pepper and parsley.
Cooked on medium until it comes to boil whisking constantly till it thickens. When it was thick enough I stirred in 1 tbsp ultra light cream cheese. Put aside.
I used a medium potato that I sliced with my mandoline very thin.
Now take the dish and put enough sauce in just to cover the bottom.
Put 1/2 the sliced potato in.
Cover with 1/2 the remaining sauce.
Put the other 1/2 of the sliced potato in.
Cover with the last of the sauce.
Now put foil over the dish and put into the oven for 20 minutes.
Take the foil off and put bake into the oven for 10-15 minutes or until the potato is soft.
Sprinkle on 15g of very finely grated light cheese and put in the oven till melted.

Multigrain peaches and cream hot cereal simply filling

This is definitely not like instant peaches and cream oatmeal it's better :) It's a stick to your ribs chewy bowl of amazing!!

I tried making this in the microwave and I would definitely make this on the stove top. You could make double or triple and put extra in individual dishes either in the fridge or freezer to heat in the microwave a different day!

I also wouldn't buy containers of the grains but go to your bulk section or health food store bulk section and buy a cup of each for a dollar or two. That will make many breakfasts.

Multigrain peaches and cream hot cereal simply filling

2 tbsp bulgur
2 tbsp pearl barley
3 tbsp old fashion rolled oats
3/4c water
1 tsp vanilla
if the brown sugar doesn't make it sweet enough add a bit of sweetener of your choice
1/2 peach chopped
1-2 tbsp fat free cream I just used 1
1/2 tbsp brown sugar 0pp

Put the bulgur, barley, oats, water, vanilla and optional sweetener in a saucepan and cook on medium heat until boiling then keep stirring until thickened. It will still be chewy but cooked. Add the peach and cook for another minute or two.

Put into bowl. Sprinkle brown sugar and pour cream on top :)


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Copy cat Panera's autumn squash soup

From Nicole Fritter Stone

1 butternut squash
1 medium onion
2 medium apples
olive oil or olive oil spray
15oz can of pure pumpkin
2 cups of vegetable broth
1/2 cup of skim milk or 1/2c  light coconut milk if you use the coconut milk add 2pp/serving
2 Tbsp honey
1/4 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Spray 13x9 inch baking pan with olive oil spray
Peel, seed and cut up squash into cubes
Peel and quarter onion
Peel, core and cut up apples
Place chopped squash, onion and apples in pan
Spray with another spray or two of olive oil spray
Cook for 20-30 minutes or until all are tender
Let cool for 15 minutes or until cool
Put cooled cooked squash, onion and apple into food processor and puree
In a large pot put puree, pumpkin, broth and milk
Blend and bring to low boil over medium heat.
Add honey and spices.
Simmer for 10 minutes.

My copy-cat Panera Autumn Squash Soup turned out so darn good, I must say! The honey is dispersed over about 10 one cup servings, but could be subbed with sweetener. (I like the sweetness of the honey mixed with the full flavors of the squash, onions, and apples.)
I'm choosing not to count the one point the WW recipe maker states when I plug this all in, because the amount of honey is not enough for me, personally, to worry about. You may choose to count it towards your daily 7/weekly 49. If so, it is 1 point for 1 cup.
(If you wanted an even creamier version, sub skim milk with light unsweetened coconut milk. According to the recipe maker, the addition of unsweetened light coconut milk makes each cup 2 pp's)
Thank you Suzanne for your help and suggestion of plain apples instead of apple cider!