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Skinny Frozen Hot Chocolate

A dreamy, icy blend of chocolatey goodness, without the guilt! Today’s recipe is a guest post from my dear friend Brandi. She’s blogs over at BranAppetit[1], please welcome her!

Hi guys! This is Brandi from BranAppetit[2], and I’m so happy to be here, sharing a recipe with you.

If you’re anything like me, you have families that love to eat and drink super high calorie foods during the holidays. I’m guessing it’s like this for everyone, really, but it doesn’t have to be! I definitely indulge in some foods that I only get during the holiday season like my mom’s fudge pie or my Mammaw’s ham gravy, but there are some easy ways to make great holiday treats a little more figure friendly.

Take this frozen hot chocolate.

A normal recipe would set you back hundreds of calories, but you can slim this down easily by swapping in skim milk and adding a touch of rich unsweetened cocoa powder for even more intense chocolate flavor.

My favorite way to have this is to add in a drop or two of peppermint or coconut extract, but it’s just as delicious without it, too. And with the warm December we’ve been having in Virginia, a frozen hot chocolate has been my go-to treat this year.

Hope you all have a great holiday season!
 
Skinny Frozen Hot Chocolate
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings: 2 • Size: little over 1 cup • Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 3 pts
Calories: 111 • Fat: 1 g • Carb: 20 g Fiber: 1 g • Protein: 7 g • Sugar: 18 g
Sodium: 166 mg 

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups fat free milk
  • 1 cup ice
  • 4 tbsp Ovaltine Rich Chocolate (or Chocolate Malt flavor)
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp fat free whipped topping (optional)
  • drop of peppermint extract (optional)

Directions:

Pour the milk and ice into your blender. Add in the ovaltine, cocoa powder, and whipped topping (optional – you could also leave this for the top instead).

Blend  3-4 minutes until the ice is completely chopped and the mixture is thick and icy.

Pour into two glasses, and serve immediately.

References

  1. ^ BranAppetit (www.branappetit.com)
  2. ^ BranAppetit (www.branappetit.com)

Sweet Honey Cornbread

Sweet Honey Cornbread

by Pam on December 11, 2012

This is seriously the very best cornbread I have EVER had. I found a recipe on The Gourmand Mom[1] for cornbread that is sweet, moist, and so delicious. I loved how quick and easy it was to make and how amazing it smelled while baking. My whole family gobbled up every last drop of this cornbread and my son told me that it was REALLY GOOD. I served this cornbread with the Black Bean Soup with Bacon[2] and the tossed salad with the Creamy Cilantro Dressing[3] for a comforting and tasty meal that my whole family enjoyed.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat a small 8×8 baking dish with canola cooking spray.

In a bowl, mix the flour, corn meal, baking powder, sugar, and salt together until well combined.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, honey, melted butter, and beaten eggs. Pour the flour mixture into the egg mixture and mix until they are just combined. Do not over mix. Fold in the corn kernels. Pour into the prepared baking dish.

Place into the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, until a tester inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Allow the bread to cool for about 10 minutes before cutting and serving. Enjoy.

 



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Sweet Honey Cornbread




Yield: 9-12 pieces

Prep Time: 10 min.

Cook Time: 30-35 min.

Total Time: 40-45 min.



Ingredients:

1 cup flour
1 cup corn meal
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup honey
1/2 stick melted butter
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup frozen sweet corn, thawed

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat a small 8×8 baking dish with canola cooking spray.

In a bowl, mix the flour, corn meal, baking powder, sugar, and salt together until well combined.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, honey, melted butter, and beaten eggs. Pour the flour mixture into the egg mixture and mix until they are just combined. Do not over mix. Fold in the corn kernels. Pour into the prepared baking dish. Place into the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, until a tester inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Allow the bread to cool for about 10 minutes before cutting and serving. Enjoy.



 

References

  1. ^ The Gourmand Mom (thegourmandmom.com)
  2. ^ Black Bean Soup with Bacon (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  3. ^ Creamy Cilantro Dressing (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  4. ^ Print Recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  5. ^ Save to ZipList Recipe Box (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

Vegetable Lo Mein

Vegetable Lo Mein

by Pam on October 31, 2012

I found this recipe on MyRecipes[1] and thought it would pair perfectly with the Orange-Ginger Shrimp Skewers[2] and the Garlicky Green Beans[3].  It was easy to make and a great way to use up the extra veggies I had in the refrigerator.  I used whole wheat spaghetti instead of Chinese egg noodles so this dish would be a bit healthier and I really loved the nutty flavor the noodles gave to the dish.  My children, on the other hand, said they liked the dish but they didn’t like the noodles as much as the noodles their favorite Chinese restaurant used.  I told them that they were MUCH healthier than the other noodles but they didn’t seem to care about the health benefits – weird.  Anyway, I loved this side dish and thought it went really well with the rest of the meal.

Cook noodles in salted water per instructions.  Drain and mix with the sesame oil.  Combine the hoisin and soy sauce together in a small bowl then set aside.

Heat 1/2 tbsp into a large skillet over medium high heat.  Add the mushrooms, carrot, bell pepper, red onion, and green onion, and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 2-4 minutes.  Add the ginger and garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.  Remove from the skillet into a bowl and set aside.

Add the other 1/2 tablespoon of canola oil to the skillet and add the noodles.  Cook, stirring often, for 3-5 minutes or until light brown.  Pour the hoisin  mixture onto the noodles followed by the veggies, sprouts, and half  of the cilantro.  Stir until evenly coated and well combined.  Pour into the serving dish and sprinkle with the remaining cilantro.  Serve immediately.  Enjoy. 

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Vegetable Lo Mein




Yield: 4

Prep Time: 15 min.

Cook Time: 20 min.

Total Time: 35 min.



Ingredients:

8 oz Whole wheat spaghetti noodles, cooked per instructions
1/2 tsp sesame oil
2 tbsp hoisin sauce
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp canola oil (divided)
1 cup of mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup of shredded carrots
1/2 cup of baby bell peppers, sliced
1/4 red onion, sliced
2 green onions, chopped
1/2 cup of mung-bean sprouts
1/2 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped (divided)

Directions:

Cook noodles in salted water per instructions. Drain and mix with the sesame oil. Combine the hoisin and soy sauce together in a small bowl then set aside.

Heat 1/2 tbsp into a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the mushrooms, carrot, bell pepper, red onion, and green onion, and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 2-4 minutes. Add the ginger and garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Remove from the skillet into a bowl and set aside.

Add the other 1/2 tablespoon of canola oil to the skillet and add the noodles. Cook, stirring often, for 3-5 minutes or until light brown. Pour the hoisin mixture onto the noodles followed by the veggies, sprouts, and half of the cilantro. Stir until evenly coated and well combined. Pour into the serving dish and sprinkle with the remaining cilantro. Serve immediately. Enjoy.



Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking
Original recipe by MyRecipes

References

  1. ^ MyRecipes (www.myrecipes.com)
  2. ^ Orange-Ginger Shrimp Skewers (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  3. ^ Garlicky Green Beans (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  4. ^ Print Recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)