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Homemade Taco Seasoning

18 May

So, the taco seasoning I usually use in an envelope, contains 120 calories per envelope!!! This taco seasoning, contains 40 calories in the same serving size. I don’t know what’s in that store bought stuff that makes it so caloric (spices are typically really low cal, right?) So, here’s my version, which is just as delicious, but lower in calories. I also like that i can control the ingredients to make it hotter, milder, or however I like it. This version is a little on the spicy side, but I wouldn’t call it quite “hot”.

 

This Recipe makes seasoning for 3 lbs of ground meat.

Ingredients:

 

  • 2 beef bullion cubes, crushed
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp salt

 

Mix all ingredients together. Use 2 Tbsp seasoning for 1 lb of beef. After cooking beef, add 1/2 cup of water and 2 tbsp seasoning, and cook down until liquid has evaporated.

1/2 tbsp (4 oz of beef)= 10 cal per serving
0 weight watchers points plus

 

If you like this recipe, try it out with some of our other recipes!

Weight watchers Mexican Chicken

Nachos!

 

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Classic crock pot pork loin

7 Mar

This is as simple as it comes, but it’s so yummy. Make the gravy to go with it for an extra rich flavor.

Ingredients

– 2 lb pork loin
– 2/3 cup water
– 1 envelope Lipton onion soup mix

Directions

1. Place frozen or thawed pork loin in crockpot.

2. Add water, and sprinkle onion soup evenly over top of pork and also around the pork, into the water.

3. Cook on low 6-8 hours.

To make gravy:

After cooking pork, remove liquid to a small saucepan.

In a separate cup mix 3 tbsp water with 1 tbsp corn starch and stir until smooth.

Stir this mixture into liquid in saucepan, and heat over medium heat, stirring until gravy thickens.

5 servings without gravy= 220 calories

5 servings with gravy= 234 calories

With gravy, appx 6 weight watchers points plus

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Ham and cheese Stromboli

1 Mar

This one was a big hit with the husband. I’m excited to try it again with turkey pepperoni too.

Ingredients

– 1 roll of pillsbury French bread
– 1/4 lb sliced deli ham
– 1 cup shredded mozzarella
– 1/2 tbsp melted butter
– 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
– garlic powder to taste
– 1/4 cup flour

Directions

1. Sprinkle flour in a clean, flat surface.

2. Roll bread dough flat into a 12×16 rectangle. If you look carefully you can find a seam in the dough which will allow you to simply separate the layers to “unroll” inflat.

3. Sprinkle cheese evenly over dough. Top with Italian seasoning, and sprinkle with garlic powder.

4. Place a layer of ham on top of cheese.

5. Rolling longways, begin to roll the dough and ingredients into a tight roll.

6. Place roll seam side down on a baking sheet, which has ben coated with nonstick spray.

7. Brush melted butter generously over top of roll and sprinkle with garlic powder.

8. Bake at 375 for 25 minutes.

Makes 4 servings- 293 calories per serving

Appx 8 weight watchers points plus per serving

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Lower Calorie Breakfast Casserole

14 Jan

I’ve tried the full fat version of this, and then I took that recipe and turned it into the low calorie version below. I actually prefer the low calorie version, and although it’s a little more calories than I’d eat at breakfast, you could either have a smaller portion, or a lighter lunch. I, on the other hand, like to make breakfast for dinner…so this works out great for us.

Ingredients:

– 8 reduced fat pilsbury crescent rolls
– 12 oz (1 roll) reduced fat breakfast sausage- Jimmy Dean
– 1 cup 2% cheddar cheese
– 1/2 cup part skim mozzarella
– 2 cups egg beaters (1 small carton)
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 1 tsp oregano

Directions:

1. Brown sausage in a skillet.

2. Roll crescent rolls out across the bottom of a 13X9 pan, sprayed with nonstick spray. (see photo)

3. Spread sausage evenly across crescent layer, and spread cheeses over sausage.

4. Mix egg beaters, salt, and oregano. Pour evenly over the top of the casserole.

5. Cover with foil, and bake.

ceramic pan: bake at 400 for 15 minutes. Uncover and continue to bake 10-15 minutes, or until middle of casserole is springy, and bounces back when you touch it.

Glass pan: cover with foil and bake at 350 for 25 min. uncover and continue baking additional 15-20 min.

Note, I’ve made this several times, and the cooking time has been a little different each time. Keep an eye on it to be safe.

Editors Note: Try adding some mushroom, tomato, onion, spinach, etc for something different.

6 Servings= 370 Calories per serving (appx 10 ww points plus)
8 Servings= 277 Calories per serving (appx 7 ww points plus)

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Jambalaya

8 Jan

So, I originally forgot to take a picture of this one, but i have great friends who take my word and try my recipes without photo evidence that theyre good. this picture is courtesy of my friend Robin, who, incidentally, loved the recipe!

My daughter is already asking when I’m going to make this again. Was great leftovers too.

Ingredients:

– 1/2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast. Cubed into about 1/2 in x 1/2 in.
– 12 oz of turkey smoked sausage, cut into 1 inch slices.
– 1 can of beef broth (14 oz appx)
– 1 onion, diced
– 2 ribs of celery, sliced into 1/2 inch slices
– 1 can of diced tomatoes, undrained (14 oz appx)
– 1/3 cup tomato paste
– 3 tablespoons of minced garlic
– 1 tbsp. dried parsley
– 1 1/2 tsp dried basil
– 1 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
– 1 tsp salt
– 1 tsp pepper
– 1 tsp dried oregano
– 12 oz cookied shrimp, peeled and deveined
– 2 1/2 cups of cooked rice

Directions:

1. Place everything above, starting with chicken, and ending with oregano, into your crockpot. If you have a textural issue with somewhat crunchy onions… throw those into the microwave for 25 seconds in a bowl before adding them.

2. Cook on low 6-8 hours, stirring periodically.

3. Cook rice according to package.

4. 15 min prior to serving, stir in cooked rice and shrimp. When it’s all stirred up, cover, and allow to cook remaining 15 minutes before serving.

Makes 6 healthy sized portions= 345 Calories per serving

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Pork Tacos

7 Jan

I made these today, and they arefar more yummy than I expected. They were very delicious on day 1, but we used the leftovers in another recipe the next night, and this pork was AWESOME on day 2. I will eat this 2 days in a row from now on. I might even make it a day ahead to begin with. Enjoy 🙂

Ingredients:
– 2 lbs pork roast
– diced onion
– 1 red pepper, chopped
– 1 can of verde enchilada sauce (or 1 1/2 cups salsa verde)
– 2 tbsp. lime juce
– 1 tsp cumin
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 1/4 tsp white pepper
– 2 tablespoons minced garlic
– 1/4 tsp dried basil
– splash of hot sauce (optional)
– 16 flour tortillas- soft taco size (90 calories each)

Directions:

1. Place the onion, pepper, salsa verde and lime juice into crockpot.
2. Add pork sirloin.
3. top with all listed spices.
4. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours (until meat shreds easily with a fork)
5. Shred pork with 2 forks.
6. Either use tongs to remove pork for tacos, or, I prefer to place the mixture in a skillet and cook on stovetop until extra juice evaporates. I think it gives better flavor.

TOP IT!

Here’s how I topped each taco.

lettuce
1 tbsp shredded cheddar
1 tbsp sauce (equal parts sour cream and salsa. delicious!)
1 tbsp sour cream

Editors Note: I actually only made 8 tacos with this, and saved the other half of the recipe for another dish the next night. Would make a great BBQ sandwich mixed with spicy bbq sauce. I used it in place of the beef in my nacho recipe from this site. Click here.

8 Servings (2 tacos each):
With Toppings: 470 Calories
Plain: 400 calories

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Pork filling

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Sweet and Tangy PorkChops

21 Sep

Ingredients:

-1 1/4 lbs bone in pork chops
-1/2 cup beef broth
-3 tbsp. brown sugar
-1/4 cup ketchup

Directions:
1. Heat a non stick skillet on med-high heat, and cook chops 3 min per side, until browned.
2. Mix all 3 remaining ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
3. Add sauce to chops, reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered 10-15 min.
4. Remove chops, and keep warm.
5. Cook down sauce until about 1/2 cup remains.

Serve Chops with Sauce over top.

4 Servings= 275 Calories per serving