A guide to eating naturally while staying classy

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Sopapilla Cheesecake


This dessert was my husband's request for his birthday.  He says it is the best dessert he has ever had.  I can't disagree.  A woman I work with made this and brought it into the office one day.  It tasted like she had spent hours making it.  When she shared the recipe, I was delighted to find it was so simple!  Enjoy!

2 8 oz packages cream cheese
2 8 oz packages refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
1 c sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c butter
1/2 c cinnamon sugar

- Preheat oven to 350F degrees
- In a 9x13 baking pan, spray with Pam
- Unroll one package of crescent rolls, flatten to line the bottom
- Mix together the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla
- Spread over the crescent rolls
- Unroll the other can of crescent rolls and place on top of cream cheese mixture
- Melt butter and pour over top of crescent rolls
- Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar
- Bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown

Garlic - Herb Roasted Pork Loin


I never realized how inexpensive and easy pork tenderloin could be!  This served at about $0.80 per person!  I also liked it because once I got it in the oven, I was free to do other things instead of having to keep checking up on the dish.

3lb Pork Tenderloin (boneless)
3 cloves Garlic, cut into thin slivers
2 Tbsp Rosemary, fresh, chopped
1 Tbsp Olive oil
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Black pepper

Preheat oven to 400F degrees.  With a small knife, cut about 25 slits into the pork.  Insert garlic slivers.  Spread olive oil, rosemary, salt, and pepper over, pushing some mixture into slits.  Line a large roasting pan with aluminum foil.  Place pork in the pan.  Roast, uncovered, until a meat thermometer reads about 160F degrees (about 1 hr).  Serve with unsweetened applesauce.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Turkey Dill Meatballs


This amazing WeightWatchers inspired recipe is the perfectly balanced meal between protien, carbs, and vegetables.  Whenever I make it I end up eating it for lunch and dinner the entire week!  My husband also likes it on a hoagie roll with some provolone cheese!  In addition, this recipe freezes very well.  A quick note:  When shopping for the bread crumbs, make sure you read the ingredients!  Even 100% whole wheat bread crumbs often have chemicals and preservatives added.  I like "Four Sisters and a Brother" Italian Bread Crumbs, found at HEB.

Serves 8 (5 meatballs & 1/2 c sauce per serving), ~6 WW PointsPlus 

2 lbs Ground turkey (93% lean)
6 TBSP Organic, natural bread crumbs
2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
2 TBSP Parsley
2 TBSP Dill weed
2 TBSP Dijon mustard (also read the ingredients!!)
1 TSP lemon zest, grated
Olive oil spray

2 TBSP Olive oil
2 Medium Zucchini, chopped
2 Medium yellow onions, chopped
2 Green bell peppers, chopped
2 28 oz cans of crushed tomatoes (check the ingredients!)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Mix the turkey, bread crumbs, egg whites, parsley, dill, mustard, and lemon zest in a large bowl.  
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Spray with olive oil (MISTO!). 
Roll the mixture into 40 meatballs (about golfball size).  Lightly spritz with olive oil.
Bake for XX minutes or until browned and cooked through.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
Saute zucchini, onion, and green bell pepper until softened.
Add tomatoes.  Bring to a simmer.
Cook for about 15 minutes or until all vegetables soft and cooked through.

I recommend serving this dish over rice.

Baked Oatmeal


I found this recipe on Pinterest a few weeks ago and am so glad I finally tested it out!  It is delicious and would be perfect for a brunch any time of year.  I made a few modifications when I baked it today.  The one modification I plan to make in the future and is included below is to use peaches or blueberries instead of bananas.  They get kind of brown and don't last quite as long.

Serves 10 (I calculated this is ~6 WW PointsPlus)

2 C Old fashioned rolled oats
1/3 C Light brown sugar
1 tsp Baking powder
1 TBSP Allspice
1 TBSP Cinnamon
1/2 C Walnut pieces, chopped (separated)
1 C sliced strawberries (separated)
1/3 C dark chocolate chips (separated)
2 C Skim Milk, organic
1 Large egg
3 TBSP butter, melted
2 TSP vanilla extract
1/2 C Peaches, chopped or blueberries

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Spray the inside of a 10.5 x 7 inch baking dish with olive oil (MISTO!).

In a large bowl, mix together the oats, sugar, baking powder, spices, half the walnuts, half the strawberries, half the chocolate chips.

In another bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, butter, and vanilla.

Add the oat mixture to the baking dish.  Arrange remaining walnuts, strawberries, and chocolate chips on top.  Sprinkle peaches or blueberries on top.  Pour the milk mixture over everything.  Gently shake the baking dish to help the mixture go through the oats.

Bake for 40 minutes or until browned and cooked through.