Monday, June 01, 2009

Meta Meat Loaf

I'm not a big meatloaf fan but I found this recipe in a book called "The Metabolism Advantage". It's packed with flavor, high in protein, and low in WW points. You'll have to calculate yourself depending on what you use meat wise and the type of pan.

1 lb extra lean(96%) ground beef or ground turkey
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 omega-3 egg, beaten
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 cup low fat cottage cheese
1/2 cup oat bran (could probably substitute with Fiber one cereal crushed)
1/4 cup chopped seeded green bell pepper
2 tablespoons whole flaxseed or 4 tbsp ground flaxseed
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper

preheat the oven to 350'F. Coat a 9"x5" loaf pan with olive oil cooking spray.(I used a loaf pan). In a large bowl, combine the beef, celery, egg, onion, garlic, cottage cheese, bran, bell pepper, flaxseed, salt, and pepper. Spread the mixture into the baking dish and bake for 45 minutes. It was more like an hour.

The recipe says it makes 2 servings but I got at least 6 servings out of it.
Per Serving: 548 calories, 69g protein, 32g carbs, 9g fiber, 8g sugar, 19g fat.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Biggest Looser Mini Blueberry Bran Muffins

I was thumbing through the Biggest Looser 30 - Day Jumpstart book at Target and found this recipe and came home and googled and found it on-line. Just made them last night and already a fan. The best part is they are only 1 point.

Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups unprocessed wheat bran or oat bran
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup fat-free milk
1/3 cup honey
1 ripe medium banana, mashed with a fork
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup fresh blueberries or other berries

Instructions: Makes 24 (1 Muffin) Servings

Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 400°F. Lightly coat 2 nonstick miniature muffin pans (12 mini-muffin tins per pan) with olive oil cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, combine the bran, flour, flaxseed, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside. In another medium bowl or a blender, combine the milk, honey, banana, egg, olive oil, and vanilla extract until smooth.

Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in one third of the liquid mixture. Using a spoon, stir until smooth. Add the remaining liquid mixture and stir until well combined. Add the blueberries and stir again, but don't overmix.

Spoon 2 tablespoons of batter into prepared muffin cups. Bake for about 8 minutes, or until the tops spring back when pressed gently in the centers. Do not overBake. Cool the muffins int he pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes before removing from the cups. Serve warm, or allow them to cool completely on the rack.

Per Serving(makes 24):
70 calories; 2 g protein; 13 g carbohydrates (6 g sugars); 2 g fat (0 g saturated fat); 10 mg cholesterol; 3 g fiber; 85 mg sodium.
WW = 1pt