Thursday, February 11, 2010

A Few Updates!

Hey everyone! Yep, I got to spend the day at home on Tuesday, yet again! One HUGE perk to my job!! :)

I got the text notification around 5:45am that we were going to be closed and I went back to sleep! :) Kyle and I slept in till 8:30am and then got up to survey the “damage” the storm left!! In total we got 10+ inches and the wind is whipping it ALL around today! We got our driveway blown out, as well as our neighbors and Kyle headed off to work for the day.

I came in and wanted to figure out something new & fun for breakfast! I knew just the thing…a new & fun blog I have been reading, Chocolate Covered Katie, had an amazing looking post yesterday. Pancake Roll Ups! While I reading through her post I stumbled over this, Brownie Batter Pancakes!

So I thought I wanted the pancake roll ups, but this quickly derailed that idea and I went for the chocolate!! :) I had to modify her recipe to use things I already had on hand. So my modified version came out to be Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes! Thanks for the inspiration Katie, I love your blog!! :)

1/2 c pancake mix
1/2 mashed banana (slice other half on top)
1 TBS chocolate chips
1/3-1/2 c water (depending on how thick or thin you want your pancakes…personally I like thin!!)
1 tsp cocoa (i might trying using more next time or maybe chocolate protein powder!)
1 TBS lite chocolate syrup
Serves 1 - 8 points.

I spent the afternoon in the kitchen! I've been wanting to make my own granola. Many of the options in the store are very high in fat and calories and I knew there had to be an option out there that was better! Yep, there was and I tested it out!!

Here is the recipe I used:
Weight Watchers Granola
Makes 12 Cups
1 cup = 4 points
• 4 cups old fashioned oats
• 1/2 cup sliced almonds
• 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1/4 cup oil
• 1/4 cup honey
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 1 1/2 cups raisins or dried cranberries

1. In a bowl, mix oats, almonds, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon. In a sauce pan, warm the oil and honey. Whisk or stir in the vanilla. Carefully pour liquid over the oat mixture. Stir gently with wooden spoon, finish mixing by hand.
2. Preheat oven to 300°F Spread granola in a 15x10x1” pan. Bake 40 minutes, stirring carefully every 10 minutes.
3. Transfer granola-filled pan to a cooling rack. Cool completely.
4. Stir in raisins or dried cranberries. Seal granola in an air-tight container or self sealing plastic bags.
5. Store at room temperature for 1 week or the freezer for 3 months.

I couldn't wait to test it out! I mixed 1/4c with yogurt and LOVED it!! This is definitely going to be a staple in our house from now on!!

Supper was filled with new trys also! I made green bean casserole (ww friendly, of course!), baked herbed potatoes, and crunchy baked fish!

Green Bean Casserole - Serves 4 (3 points each)
1 can green beans (I'm going to use 2 next time)
1 can ff cream of mushroom soup
1/2 c fried onions
3 oz lite Velveeta

Spray 8X8 baking dish. Mix beans, soup, cheese, and 1/4c onions together. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Top with remaining onions and bake for 5 minutes.

Crunchy Baked Fish - Serves 4 (3 points each)
1 lb fish fillets
1/4 c lemon juice
1 tsp pepper
1 c corn flakes (crushed into 1/3 c crumbs)

Wash & dry fillets and cut into serving size pieces (3-4oz). Pour lemon juice into a shallow bowl. Add fish and let marinate in juice for 15 minutes. Drain fish. Coat with cornflake crumbs. Arrange in one layer in sprayed baking dish. Bake for 10 minutes at 475 degrees.

There wasn't anything special about the potatoes. I just sliced up a few potatoes, drizzled melted butter over them, and added basil, salt, & pepper. I baked them for 20 minutes covered and the remaining 15-20 minutes uncovered. Delish!

No big updates for Wednesday. I was back at work, busy as ever! And I left my camera on the kitchen table so I didn't get pictures of 75% of my food for the day. :( I'll be back to my normal posts tonight!!


Weight Watcher Wannabe said...

Thank you for the recipe... I will for sure make this. It looks yummy and crispy not all sticky like mine usally turns out...

Syl said...

Those pancakes looks sooooooooo good!

Thank you for posting your eats, they always look great and give me ideas!

TJ said...

did you have all of these ingredients in the house or did u have to run to the store in that weather? lol Silly question but I guess when you live in California you think about having to drive in that miserable mess! lol

I want to make that granola again, its been a while since I last made some. Its way better than store bought and better for ya! :) All of the food looks good!!! YUM!

Marisa (Loser for Life) said...

I love Katie's blog, too! She does have some interesting pancake creations! I always figured they were way out of my league (POINTS- wise), so I'm glad to see your version and the POINTS. Not bad for a fun dinner one night or a brunch!

Kelly said...

Yum yum yum! Now I'm hungry again. Your food always looks so good!

What a nice treat to stay home again! All we're getting is rain and more rain. Boo!

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Cammy said...

Thank you for sharing your granola recipe! I might have to try that!

Also, thanks for the nudge on the crunchy fish. I'm going to try that with crushed Fiber One cereal. I'll let you know how *that* goes. :)

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. M said...

Yum! Those pancakes look great!

Olivea said...

Everything you make always looks so amazing!

I have an award for you on my blog!

Mae Flowers said...

All of these recipes look so good! I'm going to make green bean casserole tonight after seeing this! YUM! Have a great weekend!

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