Balsamic Pork & Apples in Crockpot

It’s that time year and autumn is officially here.  Apples are in full season by the bushels and they are a great addition to any pork dish.  And, I love using the crockpot.  It takes less than 5 minutes to prep and your meal is ready when you get home from work or when you are finished with your daily chores. I have to admit this recipe I threw together was absolutely delish!!!

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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 4 Boneless loin pork chops
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1-2 Tbsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. allspice
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 large apple

DIRECTIONS:

In crockpot, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil and garlic on high for a few minutes. Place pork chops in crockpot and season with black pepper, allspice and basil. Pour the balsamic vinegar over the pork. Cook on high for 4-8 hours until done. An hour before done place sliced apples on top.

NUTRITION INFO per 1 Pork Chop

  • 189 Calories
  • 7 g Fat
  • 1.7 g Sat Fat
  • 4.1 g MUFA
  • 53 mg Cholesterol
  • 12 g Carbohydrate
  • 1 g Fiber
  • 18 g Protein
  • 50 mg Sodium

 

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie

Craving a chocolate chip cookie; but don’t want to sabotage your healthy eating plan?  Try this healthy cookie!!  It super simple to make and it’s also gluten free!  Just make sure you use gluten-free oats.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 large bananas
  • 1/2 cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups dry old fashioned oatmeal

Directions:

In a large bowl, mash bananas. Add applesauce, milk, cinnamon and vanilla; mix with spoon. Stir in oats until well blended. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes. Stir in chocolate chips. Spray cookie sheet and drop by 1 tsp and bake @ 350 degrees F for 20 minutes. Cool on cookie rack. Makes 20 cookies.

Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size: 1 cookie
Servings Per Container: 20
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 53
Total Fat 1.1g
Saturated Fat 0.4g
Cholesterol 0.1mg
Sodium 1.5mg
Calcium 4.7
Potassium 58mg
Phosphorus 6.4mg
Total Carb 10.3g
Dietary Fiber 1.3g
Sugars 3.4g
Protein 1.4g

Skinny Chinese Vegetable Chicken And Noodles

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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 8oz chicken breast tenders, uncooked
  • 1 large red pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 10 oz package frozen chopped broccoli
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • garlic powder, ginger, black pepper, chili pepper
  • 3 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp. low sodium soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. honey
  • 4 oz dry spaghetti

DIRECTIONS:

Cook spaghetti according to package directions, drain and rinse.  Meanwhile, heat oil in large pan.  Stir fry chicken, vegetables and spices until chicken is well cooked.  Stir in rice vinegar and soy sauce; then stir in the honey.  Blend in the spaghetti.

NUTRITION INFO:

205 Calories; 8 g Fat; 1 gm Sat Fat; 11 mg Cholesterol; 350 mg Sodium; 26 g Carbohydrate; 3 g Fiber; 8 g Protein

Weight Watchers 3 Ingredient Pineapple Cake

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I stumbled across this Weight Watcher recipe a few years ago and it is fantastic.  It takes about one whole minute to whip together and it is low calorie and no fat!!

 

WHAT YOU NEED:

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  • 1- Angel Food Cake Mix
  • 1- 20 oz. Can Crushed Pineapple in juice
  • 1- Fat Free Cool Whip

 

 

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven  350 degrees F.  Mix package of Angel Food Cake Mix and one 20 oz. can of crushed pineapple.  Pour into an ungreased 9″x13″ pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes.   Let Cool.  Spread Cool Whip on top.  Makes 16 servings!

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NUTRITION INFO:

  • 120 Calories
  • 28 g Carbohydrate
  • 2 g Protein
  • 0 Fat
  • 130 mg Sodium

 

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookie

Healthy and only 4 ingredients.  Also, gluten-free if you use gluten-free oats and vegan if you use raisins in place of chips.  You may substitute any dried fruit, such as, dried cranberries or dates.  Either way, they are delicious!

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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 Cup Pumpkin
  • 1 Cup Oats
  • 1/4 Cup Chocolate Chips
  • Dash of Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Cup Raisins (Optional)

 

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together.  Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray.  Spoon mixture onto cookie sheet and press down. Bake for 15 minutes.  Let cool.  Makes 15 cookies.

NUTRITION INFO:

Serving Size = 1 Cookie (without raisins)

  • 40 Calories
  • 1 g Fat
  • 0 Cholesterol
  • 0 Sodium
  • 7 g Carbohydrate
  • 1 g Fiber
  • 2 g Sugar
  • 1 g Protein

Skinny Razz-a-Dazz Chicken

When life is hectic, I love simple and easy recipes that are actually healthy and low in calories.  This “Razz Chicken” recipe only needs 3 ingredient, yay!  It takes literally 2 minutes to prepare and throw it in the oven!  I actually used frozen chicken breasts which required longer baking time.

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As you can see from the above pic, I’m on a veggie kick.  Therefore, I had it with 2 veggies and left out the carbs.  It was very satisfying and I feel thinner!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 4- 4 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup fat-free raspberry vinaigrette
  • 3 tbsp. dried basil

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven at 350°F. Place chicken breast in baking dish. Pour raspberry vinaigrette over chicken and sprinkle basil on top. Cover and bake for 1 hour or until chicken is cooked through.

NUTRITION INFO:

1 Serving = 1 Chicken Breast

  • 140 Calories
  • 1.6 g Fat
  • 60 mg Cholesterol
  • 391 mg Sodium
  • 8 g Carbohydrate
  • 23 g Protein

Skinny Soft Taco

Here it is again, the skinny taco.  Perfect for a quick & easy healthy dinner.

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WHAT YOU NEED:

1 pound lean ground turkey
1 packet taco seasoning, low sodium
3/4 cup water
8 oz. low-fat cheddar cheese, shredded
2 roma tomatoes, chopped
2 cups lettuce, shredded
1 cup salsa
fat-free sour cream, optional
8 whole grain tortillas

DIRECTIONS:

Brown ground turkey in skillet until no longer pink; drain fat. Add taco seasoning and water; stir until blended. Simmer for 5 minutes. Layer meat, cheese, tomato, lettuce and salsa on tortilla.

NUTRITION INFO:

Serving Size = 1 Taco

  • 225 calories
  • 4 g fat
  • 34 mg cholesterol
  • 530 mg sodium
  • 26 g carbohydrate
  • 3.5 g fiber
  • 3 g sugar
  • 21 g protein