Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pies

One of my favorite things about the Instant Pot is the ability to cook something without having to watch it. Once you get it going, it does the work for you! Unfortunately with this recipe, you will need to put the pot pies in the oven to crisp up the crust, but the majority of the work will be done for you by the pressure cooker.

Ingredients

2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed

4 cups chicken broth

2 chicken bouillon cubes

3 tbsp butter

1 diced yellow onion

2 cups chopped carrots

2 cups cubed yellow potatoes

1 14-oz. package frozen pearl onions

1 10-oz package frozen peas

1/4 cup heavy cream

3/4 cups all purpose flour

3 tbsp dried parsley

Salt and pepper, to taste

2 packages Pillsbury Crescent Rolls

1 egg (for egg wash)

Directions

  1. Set the Instant Pot to “saute mode.” Add in butter and allow to melt. Once melted, add in onions. Stir.
  2. Add in cubed chicken and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook chicken until browned on the outside (not cooked through yet).
  3. Add in 2 cups of chicken broth, and make sure there are no bits of chicken stuck to the bottom of the pot. If there are, scrape them up with a wooden spoon.
  4. Add in carrots, potatoes, and frozen pearl onions. Close and lock the lid. Set to “sealing” mode.
  5. Set on high pressure mode for 8 minutes. Allow some time for the pressure to build.
  6. Once time is up, quick release to allow pressure to release.
  7. Depending on how much liquid you have, add in additional chicken broth. Add in frozen peas.
  8. Next, add in heavy cream. Determine the consistency you would like for the pot pie mixture. If serving as a soup, you may not need to thicken it. If serving as a pot pie, add flour until thickened to your liking.
  9. Ladle mixture into individual pot pie bowls on a baking sheet (this recipe makes about 8 servings).
  10. Open the crescent rolls and place two crescents over each pot pie.
  11. Beat 1 egg and mix with 1 tbsp water to create an egg wash.
  12. Brush the egg wash over each pot pie and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and parsley.
  13. Bake at 375 degrees F for 10-14 minutes.
Veggie mixture before going in!
Cook the outside of the chicken a bit on saute mode before pressure cooking.
Before cooking!
Enjoy!

Weight Watchers Freestyle SP: 12 points per pot pie. Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the WW app.

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Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Category: Entree

Yield: 8 pot pies

Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pies

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 diced yellow onion
  • 2 cups chopped carrots
  • 2 cups cubed yellow potatoes
  • 1 14-oz. package frozen pearl onions
  • 1 10-oz package frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp dried parsley
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 packages Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
  • 1 egg (for egg wash)

Instructions

  1. Set the Instant Pot to “saute mode.” Add in butter and allow to melt. Once melted, add in onions. Stir.
  2. Add in cubed chicken and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook chicken until browned on the outside (not cooked through yet).
  3. Add in 2 cups of chicken broth, and make sure there are no bits of chicken stuck to the bottom of the pot. If there are, scrape them up with a wooden spoon.
  4. Add in carrots, potatoes, and frozen pearl onions. Close and lock the lid. Set to “sealing” mode.
  5. Set on high pressure mode for 8 minutes. Allow some time for the pressure to build.
  6. Once time is up, quick release to allow pressure to release.
  7. Depending on how much liquid you have, add in additional chicken broth. Add in frozen peas.
  8. Next, add in heavy cream. Determine the consistency you would like for the pot pie mixture. If serving as a soup, you may not need to thicken it. If serving as a pot pie, add flour until thickened to your liking.
  9. Ladle mixture into individual pot pie bowls on a baking sheet (this recipe makes about 8 servings).
  10. Open the crescent rolls and place two crescents over each pot pie.
  11. Beat 1 egg and mix with 1 tbsp water to create an egg wash.
  12. Brush the egg wash over each pot pie and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and parsley.
  13. Bake at 375 degrees F for 10-14 minutes.
https://aspoonfulofsimple.com/2019/06/18/instant-pot-chicken-pot-pies/
Note: Nutrition information may not be exact. Ingredients were estimated and entered using verywellfit.com’s Nutrition Calculator.
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Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins

I’m always looking for tasty, healthy, and filling breakfasts, but many things fall short. Granola bars or protein bars are always more Weight Watchers points than I want them to be, and they don’t keep me full. Eggs and nuts are great, but don’t satisfy my morning sweet tooth. That’s why when I made these Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins using Kodiak Cakes Buttermilk Pancake Mix, I was so pleasantly surprised with how delicious they were for only 4 Weight Watchers Freestyle Smartpoints!

Ingredients

2 cups Kodiak Cakes Protein Pancake Power Mix – Buttermilk

2 very ripe bananas

1 egg

1 cup plain almond milk

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp salt

(not pictured: salt)

Directions

  1. Measure 2 cups of the Kodiak Cakes Protein Pancake Power Mix – Buttermilk into a large mixing bowl. Add in the salt.
  2. In a separate mixing bowl, mash up two overripe bananas. Mix in the egg, almond milk, vanilla extract, and maple syrup. Mix well to combine. (Add a little extra maple syrup for more sweetness).
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and combine. Fold in chocolate chips, saving some to sprinkle on the top of each muffin.
  4. Grease a muffin tin with butter or nonstick spray. Pour batter in, filling each muffin area 3/4 of the way up. Sprinkle the tops with some chocolate chips.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 22-26 minutes. Use the toothpick test to make sure muffins are fully cooked through.
  6. Let cool for 5 minutes in muffin tin. Then, transfer to a wire cooling rack. Wrap individually to eat the next day!
Before
After!
Delicious and moist!

Weight Watchers Freestyle SP: 4 points for one muffin. Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the WW app.

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Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Category: Breakfast

Yield: 12

Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Kodiak Cakes Protein Pancake Power Mix – Buttermilk
  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup plain almond milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Measure 2 cups of the Kodiak Cakes Protein Pancake Power Mix – Buttermilk into a large mixing bowl. Add in the salt.
  2. In a separate mixing bowl, mash up two overripe bananas. Mix in the egg, almond milk, vanilla extract, and maple syrup. Mix well to combine. (Add a little extra maple syrup for more sweetness).
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and combine. Fold in chocolate chips, saving some to sprinkle on the top of each muffin.
  4. Grease a muffin tin with butter or nonstick spray. Pour batter in, filling each muffin area 3/4 of the way up. Sprinkle the tops with some chocolate chips.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 22-26 minutes. Use the toothpick test to make sure muffins are fully cooked through.
  6. Let cool for 5 minutes in muffin tin. Then, transfer to a wire cooling rack. Wrap individually to eat the next day!
https://aspoonfulofsimple.com/2019/05/05/banana-chocolate-chip-protein-muffins/
Note: Nutrition information may not be exact. Ingredients were estimated and entered using verywellfit.com’s Nutrition Calculator.

Beef Stuffed Peppers with Cauliflower and Broccoli Rice

I’ve just recently tried stuffed peppers for the first time since I grew up without thinking I liked peppers (I was an incredibly picky eater!). I love how easy they are to assemble and how the peppers don’t only provide a container for the meat, but they provide an edible container. Kind of like a bread bowl…but without the guilt!

Ingredients

3 green bell peppers, cut in half lengthwise

1 lb ground beef, 90% lean, 10% fat

1 yellow onion, diced

Cauliflower & Broccoli rice mixture (I found mine pre-made in my local grocery story, but you can usually find cauliflower rice on its own in the freezer veggie section and just use that!)

1 tsp olive oil

28 oz. tomato sauce

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Salt and pepper, to taste

Cheese, to sprinkle on the peppers before cooking

Directions

  1. Set oven to preheat at 400 degrees F.
  2. In a skillet, heat olive oil and saute onions until translucent.
  3. Add in ground beef, and cook until fully brown.
  4. Sprinkle in salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and paprika and stir to combine with all meat.
  5. Stir in half of the tomato sauce (about 14 oz.) and heat until just starting to bubble. Add in the cauliflower/broccoli rice and stir to combine. Add in a little more salt and pepper or seasonings, to taste, if desired.
  6. Place the peppers, cut in half lengthwise, into a 9×13 baking dish. Spoon the meat and rice mixture into each pepper carefully.
  7. Pour a little extra sauce on each one. Then, carefully top with about 1 tbsp shredded cheese of your choice (I used a Mexican blend).
  8. Next, take the remaining can of tomato sauce and mix with water until it has a thinner consistency. Carefully pour about 1/2 inch of liquid into the bottom of the baking dish.
  9. Cover dish tightly with aluminum foil and place in the oven for 45 minutes.
  10. After time is up, take the dish out and uncover it, allowing the peppers to cool a bit. Serve two at a time!

Weight Watchers Freestyle SP: 3 points for one serving (1 full pepper per serving). Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the WW app.

Beef Stuffed Peppers with Cauliflower and Broccoli Rice

Category: Dinner

Yield: 3

Beef Stuffed Peppers with Cauliflower and Broccoli Rice

Ingredients

  • 3 green bell peppers, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 lb ground beef, 90% lean, 10% fat
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • Cauliflower & Broccoli rice mixture (I found mine pre-made in my local grocery story, but you can usually find cauliflower rice on its own in the freezer veggie section and just use that!)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 28 oz. tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Cheese, to sprinkle on the peppers before cooking

Instructions

  1. Set oven to preheat at 400 degrees F.
  2. In a skillet, heat olive oil and saute onions until translucent.
  3. Add in ground beef, and cook until fully brown.
  4. Sprinkle in salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and paprika and stir to combine with all meat.
  5. Stir in half of the tomato sauce (about 14 oz.) and heat until just starting to bubble. Add in the cauliflower/broccoli rice and stir to combine. Add in a little more salt and pepper or seasonings, to taste, if desired.
  6. Place the peppers, cut in half lengthwise, into a 9×13 baking dish. Spoon the meat and rice mixture into each pepper carefully.
  7. Pour a little extra sauce on each one. Then, carefully top with about 1 tbsp shredded cheese of your choice (I used a Mexican blend).
  8. Next, take the remaining can of tomato sauce and mix with water until it has a thinner consistency. Carefully pour about 1/2 inch of liquid into the bottom of the baking dish.
  9. Cover dish tightly with aluminum foil and place in the oven for 45 minutes.
  10. After time is up, take the dish out and uncover it, allowing the peppers to cool a bit. Serve two at a time!
https://aspoonfulofsimple.com/2019/05/01/beef-stuffed-peppers-with-cauliflower-and-broccoli-rice/
Note: Nutrition information may not be exact. Ingredients were estimated and entered using verywellfit.com’s Nutrition Calculator. Calories reflect one serving of dip only.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

One of my favorite tailgate / pot luck dishes of all time is a warm, creamy buffalo chicken dip. It always looked and tasted so good that I was sure it was probably a complicated process to make it so good. That was until I tried making it. SO easy! And so good. The most difficult part is just waiting for the time it takes to cook before you can dig in!

Ingredients

1 rotisserie chicken, shredded

2 8-oz. packages cream cheese

1 cup ranch dressing

3/4 cup original Frank’s Red Hot sauce

Shredded Mexican cheese

Tortilla chips and celery, for serving

Directions

  1. Set oven to bake at 350 degrees F.
  2. Shred rotisserie chicken into a medium bowl.
  3. Mix with Frank’s Red Hot and ranch dressing until fully coated.
  4. Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Combine hot sauce covered chicken with cream cheese until fully melted and combined (forms a creamy consistency with very little full white spots left!). Stir frequently to combine and avoid burning.
  5. Once fully combined, turn the stovetop off and transfer the mixture to a oven safe casserole dish. Sprinkle the top with a layer of shredded cheese.
  6. Heat in oven until cheese is melted to your liking (about 8-10 minutes).
  7. Remove from the oven and serve!
Dip should look like this on the stovetop before transferring to the oven!
Out of the oven! Love that cheesy top. Broil for a minute if you want the cheese to brown even more!
Dig in!

Weight Watchers Freestyle SP: 11 points for one serving (about 12 servings total). Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the WW app.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

1 rotisserie chicken, shredded
2 8-oz. packages cream cheese
1 cup ranch dressing
3/4 cup original Frank’s Red Hot sauce
Shredded Mexican cheese
Tortilla chips and celery, for serving

Directions:

1. Set oven to bake at 350 degrees F.
2. Shred rotisserie chicken into a medium bowl.
3. Mix with Frank’s Red Hot and ranch dressing until fully coated.
4. Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Combine hot sauce covered chicken with cream cheese until fully melted and combined (forms a creamy consistency with very little full white spots left!). Stir frequently to combine and avoid burning.
5. Once fully combined, turn the stovetop off and transfer the mixture to a oven safe casserole dish. Sprinkle the top with a layer of shredded cheese.
6. Heat in oven until cheese is melted to your liking (about 8-10 minutes).
7. Remove from the oven and serve with chips and veggies!

Note: Nutrition information may not be exact. Ingredients were estimated and entered using verywellfit.com’s Nutrition Calculator. Calories reflect one serving of dip only.

2 Ingredient Bagels – Two Ways!

Since starting to track my food and points with the Weight Watchers app, I noticed what a difference eating bread made in my daily points intake. Now, there are two solutions to this problem. 1. Stop eating bread (which didn’t seem like a viable option to me) or 2. Find a great alternative.

Enter the 2 ingredient (and 3 WW points!) bagel. When looking for a recipe, I noticed a lot of variations with boiling / not boiling, baking/ air frying, etc. So, I decided to give them all a whirl! This was my first try at making this dough, and while I know next time I’ll tweak a few things, I definitely found an easy favorite!

Ingredients

1 cup self-rising flour

1 cup Greek yogurt OR plain nonfat regular yogurt (also 0 points) – I used Stonyfield – the less watery the better!

1 egg (for egg wash)

Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel seasoning

Amazing – this is literally all you will need to make this dough! Again, most recipes call for Greek yogurt, but since I had this on hand, I figured I would give it a try. And it worked!

Directions

  1. Mix together the self-rising flour and the yogurt. Stir it with a spoon for about 4-5 minutes until well combined and not so sticky. If it feels sticky, just add a little more flour to handle it!
  2. Form it into a ball and cut it into 4 equal parts.
  3. Roll each ball into a small log and form into bagel circles (should make 4).
  4. Create an egg wash (take one egg, whisk it and mix it with a small amount of water –this will create a nicely browned bagel).
  5. For oven:
    • Preheat to 375 degrees F.
    • Brush egg wash on bagels.
    • Pour Everything But the Bagel Seasoning on (or leave plain)
    • Baked for 20-22 minutes or until nicely browned and cooked through. Turn baking sheet halfway so bagels cook evenly.
    • Broiling a little at the end adds an even nicer crispy top!
  6. For air fryer:
    1. Set temperature to 360 degrees F.
    2. Brush egg wash on bagels.
    3. Pour Everything But the Bagel Seasoning on (or leave plain)
    4. Air fry for 10-12 minutes, or until cooked through and crispy!

NOTE: I tried boiling the bagels before baking / air frying, and it required a lot more cooking time and not as good of a texture / flavor, so in my opinion, not worth it!

The two that were not boiled turned out the best in the shortest amount of time. The ones that required boiling needed a little more time and effort. Didn’t find it to be worth it in the end!
This is the baked final product. So tasty! See below for the dough cut in half.
Inside of the baked bagel.
Air fried bagel — our favorite variation!! (not boiled before)
A bit fluffier on the inside than the baked counterpart. If you have an air fryer, these are the way to go! If not, the baked are almost as good.

Weight Watchers Freestyle SP: 3 points for one serving (about 4 servings total). Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the WW app.

Two Ingredient Bagels

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

1 cup self-rising flour
1 cup Greek or plain nonfat yogurt (not a watery brand, like Stonyfield)
1 egg (for egg wash)
Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel Seasoning

Directions:

1. Mix together the self-rising flour and the yogurt. Stir it with a spoon for about 4-5 minutes until well combined and not so sticky. If it feels sticky, just add a little more flour to handle it!

2. Form it into a ball and cut it into 4 equal parts.
Roll each ball into a small log and form into bagel circles (should make 4).

3. Create an egg wash (take one egg, whisk it and mix it with a small amount of water –this will create a nicely browned bagel).

For oven:
-Preheat to 375 degrees F.
-Brush egg wash on bagels.
-Pour Everything But the Bagel Seasoning on (or leave plain)
-Baked for 20-22 minutes or until nicely browned and cooked through. -Turn baking sheet halfway so bagels cook evenly.
-Broiling a little at the end adds an even nicer crispy top!

For air fryer:
-Set temperature to 360 degrees F.
-Brush egg wash on bagels.
-Pour Everything But the Bagel Seasoning on (or leave plain)
-Air fry for 10-12 minutes, or until cooked through and crispy!

Note: Nutrition information may not be exact. Ingredients were estimated and entered using verywellfit.com’s Nutrition Calculator.

Tate’s™ Copycat Chocolate Chip Cookies

One staple in my parents’ pantry in the last few years has been Tate’s Chocolate Chip Cookies. Whenever I am over there, it take a lot of self control not to snack on a whole bag for dessert. The crispy, thin, buttery tasting cookie is unlike any other I’ve had before.

So I figured I would see how I could replicate it! After a little research, here’s the best I found, and they came out pretty spot on!

Ingredients

2 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 cup salted butter (2 sticks)

3/4 cups sugar

3/4 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed

1 tsp water

1 tsp vanilla

2 large eggs

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

I ate an unsafe amount of cookie dough before baking…

Directions

1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2.  Grease 2-3 cookie sheets, depending on size. This recipe makes about 4.5 dozen cookies, so plan accordingly!

3.  In a large bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and salt.

4.  In another large bowl, cream the butter and sugars, then add the water and vanilla.  Mix until combined.  Add eggs and mix lightly.

5.  Stir in flour mixture.  Then, fold in chocolate chips.

6.  Drop 2 tbsp of dough 2 inches apart on cookie sheets.

7.  Bake from 12-17 minutes or until the edges and centers are golden brown.

Perfectly crispy goodness!

Tate's Copycat Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Servings: 4.5 dozen cookies
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup salted butter (2 sticks)
3/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
1 tsp water
1 tsp vanilla
2 large eggs
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350

2. Grease 2-3 cookie sheets

3. In a large bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and salt

4. In another large bowl, cream the butter and sugars, then add the water and vanilla. Mix until combined. Add eggs and mix lightly.

5. Stir in flour mixture. Then, fold in chocolate chips.

6. Drop 2 tbsp of dough 2 inches apart on cookie sheets.

7. Bake from 12-17 minutes or until the edges and centers are golden brown.

Makes about 4.5 dozen cookies (my batch made 57).

Weight Watchers Freestyle SP: 4 points for one cookie (this recipe makes about 4.5 dozen cookies). Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the WW app.

Note: Nutrition information may not be exact. Ingredients were estimated and entered using verywellfit.com’s Nutrition Calculator.


Oven Baked Breaded Ravioli

I don’t know what it is about being home, but I always feel guilty at the thought of deep frying things myself. If I’m the one cooking, I better make it worth it, good for me, and tasty. But my mind always drifts to my take-out favorites, one of which is fried ravioli. So how can I recreate this delicious treat without frying? By oven baking them!

Ingredients

1 bag frozen ravioli (spinach or regular cheese–I used spinach and cheese)

3/4 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

2 eggs

1 tsp butter

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

1.  Preheat oven to 450 degrees

2.  Boil a pot of water for the ravioli

3.  When water begins to boil, pour the frozen ravioli into the pot and boil them for 2 minutes

4.  After 2 minutes, drain the ravioli and let the 1 tsp of butter melt on them to avoid sticking

5.  Crack the two eggs into a bowl and beat lightly

6.  Combine the bread crumbs and cheese in a separate bowl

7.  Cover each ravioli with the egg and then with the bread crumb mixture

8.  Place each breaded ravioli on a metal rack which is placed on top of a baking sheet covered in foil (this will make for easier cleanup of any fallen breadcrumbs)

Breaded ravioli before baking

9.  Bake for approximately 15-18 minutes

Breaded ravioli after cooking…check out that crunch!

10.  Serve with marinara sauce and enjoy!

Oven Baked Breaded Ravioli

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

1 bag ravioli (spinach or regular cheese–I used spinach and cheese)
3/4 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 eggs
1 tsp butter

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
2. Boil a pot of water for the ravioli
3. When water begins to boil, pour the frozen ravioli into the pot and boil them for 2 minutes
4. After 2 minutes, drain the ravioli and let the 1/4 tsp of butter melt on them to avoid sticking
5. Crack the two eggs into a bowl and beat lightly
6. Combine the bread crumbs and cheese in a separate bowl
7. Cover each ravioli with the egg and then with the bread crumb mixture
8. Place each breaded ravioli on a metal rack which is placed on top of a baking sheet covered in foil
9. Bake for approximately 15-18 minutes
10. Serve with marinara sauce and enjoy!

Weight Watchers Freestyle SP: 9 points for one serving (this recipe makes about 4 servings). Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the WW app.

Note: Nutrition information may not be exact. Ingredients were estimated and entered using verywellfit.com’s Nutrition Calculator.

Easy Chocolate Chip Muffins

I was getting tired of my usual bowl of Cheerio’s before work, and decided it was time to mix up my breakfast for tomorrow.  I looked through a few recipes, and came across this one for Sinfully Rich Chocolate Chip Muffins.  Let’s just say for once, I can’t wait to get up tomorrow morning!

Ingredients (yields 12 muffins):

2 cups flour 
1/3 cup sugar 
1/3 cup brown sugar 
2 teaspoons baking powder 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
2/3 cup milk 
1/2 cup butter, melted 
2 eggs, beaten 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper cups, or grease the pan. 
2.  In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients. 
3.  In another bowl, mix melted butter, beaten eggs, milk, and vanilla. 
4.  Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until just combined. 
5.  Stir in chocolate chips. 

6.  Divide into 12 muffin cups. 
7.  Sprinkle a little granulated sugar and extra chocolate chips on top of each muffin for a little sparkle and crunch (optional).

8.  Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into middle of muffin comes out clean.

Enjoy!

Easy Chocolate Chip Muffins

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
2 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper cups, or grease the pan.
2. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients.
3. In another bowl, mix melted butter, beaten eggs, milk, and vanilla.
4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until just combined.
5. Stir in chocolate chips.
6. Divide into 12 muffin cups.
7. Sprinkle a little granulated sugar and extra chocolate chips on top of each muffin for a little sparkle and crunch (optional).
8. Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into middle of muffin comes out clean.

Weight Watchers Freestyle SP: 13 points for one muffin. Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the Weight Watcher’s app.

Note: Nutrition information may not be exact. Ingredients were estimated and entered using verywellfit.com’s Nutrition Calculator.

Baked Beef Empanadas

When there is endless college basketball on, you need to have some finger foods ready to go! Check out these awesome (and easy) baked empanadas.  Cut some calories with these delicious snacks that will be gone in seconds.

Ingredients

12 empanada wrappers (I used GOYA)

2 lbs ground beef

1 medium onion

4 tbsp sofrito (I used GOYA)

GOYA Adobo seasoning, to taste

Olive oil

1 egg, whisked, for egg wash

Directions

1 . Coat large skillet with olive oil.  Saute onions and add in ground beef.  Make sure all ground beef is thoroughly cooked through and browned on all sides.

2.  Add in 4 tbsp of sofrito seasoning to coat beef and let simmer.
3.  Generously sprinkle GOYA Adobo seasoning on all of meat and mix in thoroughly.  Add more or less to taste.

4.  Once meat is cooked and seasoned, take an empanada wrapper and fill one half with beef mixture.  Fold it over and press and seal with a fork.
5.  Crack and whisk one egg.  With a pastry brush, coat both sides of each empanada with the egg wash to help it crisp up in the oven.
6.  Baked on an ungreased baking sheet at 375 F for 15-20 minutes, or until empanada wrappers look cooked and crispy.
7.  Serve and enjoy!! 

These seriously went so fast.  Next time, I will definitely make two batches!!

Baked Beef Empanadas

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients
12 empanada wrappers (I used GOYA)
2 lbs ground beef
1 medium onion
4 tbsp sofrito (I used GOYA)
GOYA Adobo seasoning, to taste
Olive oil
1 egg, whisked, for egg wash

Directions
1 . Coat large skillet with olive oil. Saute onions and add in ground beef. Make sure all ground beef is thoroughly cooked through and browned on all sides.
2. Add in 4 tbsp of sofrito seasoning to coat beef and let simmer.
3. Generously sprinkle GOYA Adobo seasoning on all of meat and mix in thoroughly. Add more or less to taste.
4. Once meat is cooked and seasoned, take an empanada wrapper and fill one half with beef mixture. Fold it over and press and seal with a fork.
5. Crack and whisk one egg. With a pastry brush, coat both sides of each empanada with the egg wash to help it crisp up in the oven.
6. Baked on an ungreased baking sheet at 375 F for 15-20 minutes, or until empanada wrappers look cooked and crispy.
7. Serve and enjoy!!

Weight Watcher Freestyle SP: 8 per empanada. Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the Weight Watchers app.

Note: Nutrition information may not be exact. Ingredients were estimated and entered using verywellfit.com’s Nutrition Calculator.