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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Weight Watchers Recipes & an ACE special!

Welcome back, summer! I am so excited it's here.  Yesterday we finished our first year of schooling at home with  My son excelled and I'm so proud of his success. We went ahead and registered him for 5th grade!

One big bonus - not one day missed due to illness! He was not sick at all this entire school year.  That is HUGE! I give credit not only to him being out of the germy school environment, but also to our starting a regimen of Saba's Colloidal Silver at the first sign of any illness, sniffles or allergies. I did have a few days with sneezes and stuffiness, but overall I have been illness free as well, with the exception of a 24 hour tummy bug in October.  Just take a few drops orally, or place in a sore ear, sore throat, pink eye, etc - Saba's Colloidal Silver is another product I will never be without again! We love our Saba products!! You can order the silver directly from the company by clicking the link above - I don't keep it in stock as it's expensive to ship.  They do an excellent job shipping it! :)

 I started exercising again this week, and cooking healthier meals.  Here are a few recipes we really love.    All recipes are from my mom's old Weight Watchers Quick and Easy Menu Cookbook, 1987 - I pulled it out of my kitchen cookbook cabinet and dove in!

Apple Cheddar Turnovers (p 48) 

I did make a big change by cooking these in individual muffin cups, making an open topped muffin instead of rolling them out and making little turnovers with each biscuit.  You can do either way! I think mine is easier and faster.

1  tsp margarine (I used butter)
1 small apple (about 1/4 lb)  cored, pared and diced
1 tbsp chopped onion (I used shallot)
dash ground cinnamon
2 ready to bake refrigerated buttermilk biscuits 1 oz each
2 oz shredded cheddar cheese (I used 2% milk cheddar)

***To make them all at once, I multiplied all ingredients x4 since the biscuits I bought had 8 biscuits per can.  I prefer to cook them all at once and then you have enough for the week, ready to re-heat!

In small skillet, heat margarine until bubbly and hot.  Add apple and onion and saute until soft, about 3 minutes.  Sprinkle with cinnamon, stir to combine. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Roll each biscuit between 2 sheets of wax paper, forming two 5 inch circles. Spread half of each circle with half the apple mixture.  Top each with 1 oz cheese.  Fold circle in half, enclosing filling, and using the tines of a fork, press edges to seal; transfer turnovers to sheet of foil or nonstick baking sheet and bake in middle of center oven rack until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Makes 2 servings, 1 turnover each,  246 calories each.

For the times you just have to have something chocolate:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups (p 225) 

2 Tbsp chunky peanut butter
1 oz semisweet chocolate chips

In small heatproof bowl, combine peanut butter and chocolate.  Place bowl in medium heatproof bowl and fill the medium bowl with boiling water.  Let stand, stirring frequently until mixture is melted and well combined.  Set 8 fluted paper candy liners on serving platter, using a teasponn, spread 1/8 of chocolate mixture into each liner.  Cover platter with plastic wrap and refrigerate until candies are firm.

Makes 4 servings, 2 candies each - 84 calories per serving.

*** I just melt them together in the microwave for one minute, then stir, and then continue for 30 seconds at a time, stirring well, until both are combined. What can I say? I like making things easier - my time is precious!

Bacon Quiche sans Crust  (p 163) 

6 eggs
1 c lowfat milk (2%)  (I use skim)
6 oz Swiss or Gruyere cheese, shredded
8 slices crisp bacon, crumbled
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
dash salt, pepper

Preheat oven to 375.  Spray pie pan with nonstick cooking spray, set aside.
In medium bowl, beat together eggs and milk until blended.  Stir in remaining ingredients, pour into pan and bake in middle of center oven rack for 40 -45 minutes.  (until knife, inserted in center, comes out clean).  Remove from oven and let stand for 5 minutes before cutting.

Makes 4 servings:  With Swiss cheese - 382 calories.  With Gruyere - 398 calories.

Try these and let me know what you think! My son loves the breakfast items - we will be having them often. I'm aiming to eat more carbs in the morning, and less after 5 pm. We made the candy cups one night and they were so good!

We've got a few more recipes from this cookbook to try this week, and I'll add them in another post if we like them too!!

Have a wonderful weekend, and remember the reason for this holiday.....

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