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Mexi Mac n Cheese

I love mac ‘n’ cheese.

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Well pretty much anything with cheese and you can sign me up 🙂

But unfortunately most mac ‘n’ cheese is not very diet-friendly.

We are talking butter, lots of lovely butter, add to that a ton of cheese, buttery breadcrumbs and bake it until everything is melty, gooey and ahhmazing.

Doesn’t that sound lovely?

But unfortunately just thinking about it and I went up in pants-size.

But this mac ‘n’ cheese is actually pretty light.

It’s still as fab as the full-fat version except you won’t want to run on the treadmill for an hour afterwards.

And it has a slight spicy kick that I definitely appreciate! As you might know I love anything and everything spicy 🙂

Stars: 5

Level: Easy

Comments: Very flavor Mexican spin on mac n cheese! I loved it! The best part is that you cook the milk with the pasta so you have less bowls to clean 😉

Negatives: None

Will I make it again? Yes I’ve made it a few times already.

Mexi Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Servings: 2-4

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 2 cups macaroni shells
  • 1 tbsp light butter
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 1 cup reduced-fat cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions:

  1. Rinse the shells under cold water for a second.
  2. In a saucepan combine the milk, shells and butter.
  3. Bring to a medium heat, but not a boil, stirring constantly.
  4. Once reached medium heat, turn to low and cook stirring occasionally until the mixture has thickened and the pasta is cooked al dente.
  5. Turn the heat off and add the cheese and taco seasoning.
  6. Stir until cheese is melted and serve 🙂

Source: Tablespoon

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Cheddar Steak Quesadilla

 

One of my guilty pleasures is Taco Bell’s steak quesadilla.

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I love it. I don’t care if it’s not real meat and how it has a thousand calories. I just love it.

But since it’s horrible for my diet, I decided to make a lighter version to satisfy my cravings.

There’s 3 reasons why I love their steak quesadillas:

1) Steak. Love it. Can eat it every day and could never be a vegetarian.

2) Cheese. Melted. Gloriuos cheese.

3) Their mild sauce. Perfect in this. Just perfect!

So for my steak quesadillas I used lean beef filet, low-fat cheddar and for the sauce a simple fry sauce (lite mayo+ketchup+a pinch of cayenne) and well it turned out ahhmazing! For the tortillas I found 100 calories whole wheat tortillas in the store and they worked and tasted great!

So if you’re craving some quesadillas but don’t want to ruin your diet, go ahead and make these I promise they’re just as good!

And did I mention they take 20mins to make? Yep, do it.

Stars: 5

Level: Easy

Comments: Cheesy, beefy goodness. Nuff said.

Negatives: None

Will I make it again? Yes! I think I will cook extra steak next time and put it in the freezer so I have it ready at my fingerprints when cravings kick.

Cheddar Steak Quesadillas

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb lean beef filet
  • 1 cup low-fat cheddar, shredded
  • 4 whole wheat 100 calorie tortillas
  • 3 tbsp light mayo
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • a pinch of cayenne pepper

Directions:

  1. Spray a heavy skillet with cooking spray and heat up over high heat.
  2. Season the steak with salt and pepper and add to the hot skillet.
  3. Cook on each side until browned and rare to medium-rare.
  4. Let rest on a cutting board for 10mins. Slice thin.
  5. In a small bowl combine the mayo, ketchup and cayenne.
  6. Heat a skillet to medium-high heat and spray with cooking spray.
  7. On half of the tortilla spread 1 tbsp of mayo spread, top with sliced steak and 1/4 cheese. Fold over. Repeat with remaining tortillas.
  8. Cook the quesadilla in the preheated skillet until golden brown on both side and the cheese melts.
  9. Slice and serve with salsa and sour cream.

steak quesadillas nutrition

Best Skinny Chocolate Chip Cookies

Who said that if you’re trying to lose weight you can’t eat cookies?

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Well definitely not this girl! I strongly encourage it 🙂

There’s a million chocolate chip cookie recipes out there so why choose this one?

Well because it’s super easy to make and it’s swimsuit friendly 🙂

Each cookie has only 124 calories! So go ahead, indulge and grab 2!

Only 33 days until the sunny beaches of Puerto Vallarta! Can you tell how excited I am! 🙂

I bought 2 new swimsuits and 5 dresses! And I’ve been working out like a maniac…

And I finally went tanning yesterday! It feels soo good to finally have some color 🙂

So after a long workout, go ahead reward yourself with a skinny cookie! You earned it 🙂

Stars: 5

Level: Easy

Comments: This cookies rock! They are lightened up with the applesauce but are still just as yummy!

Negatives: None.

Will I make these again? Yes. I will make extra dough, shape it into balls and freeze it and then bake cookies as I crave them 🙂

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Best Skinny Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes: 15 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (I used regular dark chocolate chips because I was out of minis)
  • a sprinkle of sea salt

Directions:

  1. In a bowl with electric or hand mixer, beat the butter and sugars until fluffy.
  2. Add the egg, vanilla and applesauce and beat to combine.
  3. Slowly add the flour and baking soda, beating until combined.
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Refrigerate the dough for at least 2hrs or preferably overnight.
  6. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350F.
  7. Drop the dough by rounded tbsp on a cookie sheet.
  8. Sprinkle each ball of cookie dough with sea salt.
  9. Bake for 9-11mins.
  10. Let cool completely before digging in 🙂

chocolate cookies nutrition

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins with Glaze

Hello my little muffins 🙂

So today we are talking breakfast.

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You know that first meal of the day you are suppose to eat but usually skip because you woke up late (again) and need to get to work asap?

Well I know that sure happens to me on most days.

Well they don’t call breakfast the most important meal of the day for no reason, right?

It gives you energy to get through your busy, starts your metabolism and studies show that people who eat breakfast do tend to lose weight (and keep it off) quicker! So here is a great choice for breakfast-on-the-go!

These are super chocolaty, almost like dessert (dessert for breakfast anyone!?), the bananas and applesauce make them very moist and they will give you all the energy you need to start your day 🙂

Just grab ém and go!

Stars: 5

Level: Easy

Comments: Chocolate for breakfast? Sign me up! These are very moist from the banana and actually pretty healthy 🙂 Winner for sure!!!

Negatives: After the muffins are baked let them cool completely before topping with glaze…trust me… Also they will stay good in an airtight container for a few days but be warned the glaze will sink into the muffins. Still as yummy though!

Will I make these again? Oh yes!!! Though these are rich enough that they don’t need the glaze so I will just eliminate it next time 🙂

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Chocolate Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins with Glaze

Serves: 12

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 4 small ripe bananas, broken into pieces
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup unbleached flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. In a large bowl with a hand mixer beat the butter and sugar until fluffy.
  3. Add the bananas, applesauce, egg and vanilla and beat to combine.
  4. In a bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and beat to combine. Don’t overmix.
  6. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  7. Transfer the batter to 12 muffins tins.
  8. Bake for 30mins or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  9. Cool muffins before glazing.

Glaze:

  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1/4-3/4 tsp water

Directions: Combine the powdered sugar and water in a bowl and whisk to combine. Add more water to reach desired consistency. Glaze the cooled muffins.

Very Slightly adapted from: SkinnyTaste

banana muffins

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Pie

This.will.blow.your.mind.

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Peanut butter and chocolate pie that’s actually only 300 calories per satisfying slice.

High in protein.

Made in 5mins.

And the main component is.

Wait for it.

Tofu!

Insane right?

Who knew tofu could be this fab?

And by the way am I the only one who gets freaked out by tofu?

Not sure why, it just looks weird to me and it kind of smells funky.

And although supposedly it doesn’t have a taste, to me it totally does. And it’s not a very pleasant one at all.

But in this, I can eat tofu all the long, no problem 🙂

So now that we are hiding tofu in our pie let’s talk about something that really weirds me out.

Avocado in pudding!? I’ve been seeing it all over the blogosphere and just can’t get on board… Has anyone tried it?

Does it taste like well…avocado? Because I completely despise avocado. Like absolutely hate it.  So maybe this will change my mind 🙂

Now back to tofu.

Stars: 4

Level: Easy

Comments: Tofu in a pie? Weird but it doesn’t taste so! Healthy, and packed with protein 🙂

Negatives: I would add some more peanut butter to it next time!

Will I make it again? Yep.

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Pie

Serves: 8

Ingredients:

For the filling:

  • 16 oz silken tofu
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips, melted
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions: Combine all the ingredients in the food processor or blender and blend until smooth.

Crust:

  • 1 low-fat graham crust

Directions: Bake the crust at 350F for 7-9mins. Let cool completely

Assemble: Pour the filling into the cooled crust. Cover and refrigerate until set (at least 4hrs).

Serve with a dollop of cool whip, if desired.

peanut butter pie nutrition facts

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