Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Cookies In The House

It was a 2 hour delay for the daughters this morning, so we got to sleep in a bit and start slow for the day. I was able to get in a good 40 min. on the elliptical before getting little daughter off to school, too. Then, I dug into a breakfast egg sammie made with one egg white (the last egg!), baby spinach and a slice of 2 % cheese on a Weight Watchers Petite Bagel. I also had a bit of little daughter's sliced banana, all for 3 POINTS...

After that, I headed out to the grocery store for some much needed staple items (bread, eggs, oj). I'm always on the lookout for something new to try and I stumbled upon these...

After I got home and took a closer look, I seemed to remember trying these before and thinking they were just o.k. I decided to give them another whirl for lunch today. I popped one in the micro for a minute and instead of eating it "burger style", I made it into a wrap. I used a La Tortilla Factory Smart and Delicious Tortilla , cut the patty in half to fit on one side, topped it with a shredded lite string cheese, lettuce, tomato and wrapped it up! The nutritionals for one of these patties is 70 cal., 1.5 gr. fat and 3.5 gr. fiber which is 1 POINT. Can't beat that! To go with this yummy Boca Bruschetta Wrap, I had a serving of Soy Crisps and a sweet Fuji apple for 6 POINTS...

When the daughters got home from school, they requested chocolate chip cookies for a snack so I got to work making some while they did homework. I spent a minute "pumping myself up" for this task because I was a little nervous that I wouldn't be able to control myself with these guys. Not only do I love cookies, but I love cookie batter just as much!!! Big troubles were ahead! But, I decided to make the cookies more "user friendly" for myself by altering the recipe a bit. So, I took the Original Nestle Toll House Cookie recipe and revamped it to make it a My House Chocolate Chip Cookie! They came out great and the daughters devoured them! Here's what you'll need to make these:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 stick light butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unpacked brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  1. Beat the butter, sugars and vanilla until creamy. Add egg and applesauce beating well.
  2. Gradually beat in flour, soda and salt.
  3. Stir in chocolate chips *( I used the mixture of mini and regular b/c it's what I had on hand)
  4. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  5. Bake at 375 degrees for 9 minutes.
  6. Cool and store in airtight container.
  7. Makes 40 cookies 1 POINT each or 2 cookies for 3 POINTS

And of course, I had to have one two of these guys...

It felt so good to overcome that potential for disaster by remaking the recipe and the daughters were none the wiser! They loved them and when the husband came home, he commented that the house smelled sooo good :)

Well, good thing I buttered them up with the cookies because I had a very healthy (a.k.a. eeewwww that's gross) dinner planned! I made Tuscan Chicken with Spinach and White Beans and it was delicious! For this, I used:
  • 1 pound chicken tenders, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 (15 oz.) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tbsp. sundried tomato packed in oil, chopped
  • 3 large handfuls of baby spinach
  • 1 cup fat-free chicken broth
  1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Coat with cooking spray. Add chicken, sprinkle with thyme, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook chicken until browned.
  2. Add beans, sundried tomato, spinach and broth. Simmer for 10 min. or until chicken is done.
  3. Makes 4 servings at 4 POINTS per serving.

So much flavor! I love the creaminess of the beans, too. I served this over small pasta for the husband and daughters. I ate mine as is with a hearty whole wheat roll. A fabulous 6 POINT dinner in minutes...

I ended the day with 1/2 c. Breyers Fat Free Double Churn Caramel Swirl Ice Cream and another My House Chocolate Chip Cookie for 2 POINTS...

I also couldn't resist a nice hot cup of coffee with some cream for 1 POINT!
A great On Program day for me!! Yay! I love when that happens =)
Off to watch the Biggest Loser!


Lex said...

Your meals always look FABULOUS!
Come cook for me?? hehe

Nicci said...

The Tuscan chicken and spinach/beans looks great. I agree, your meals always look yummy.

Kelly said...

Oh those cookies are beautiful. I must have one..or two or three. :)

Biggest Loser was a little disappointing. I hate to be continued shows. >:0/ But wasn't that sweet of Mike to give Aubrey the groceries?

Love your blog. :)

Mom on the Run said...

Yummy day of food! I need to find those Boca burgers. That flavor sounds heavenly.

Anonymous said...

Grrrr my original comment didn't save! Well, what I said was that all of your eats are ROCKIN' :o) I've never seen that version of the Boca burgers, and that dinner looks so good!

Thanks for posting the cookie recipe, too! Sounds very manageable and oh so good!

Sharon said...

Oh wow, everything looks scrumptious. I wish I could find Boca products in Canada

Juliet said...

Yum. I want a "My House Cookie!". :)

todoni said...

gonna have to try your cookie recipe, yum!

Melissa said...

I know what you mean, I love it when a day turns out good too!! You supper looked really yummy!! How'd you like the way they left us hanging on Biggest Loser??!!

Sue said...

You did awesome today! And I love how you revamped the recipe for the cookies. I still think you showed tremendous control! Good work! :)

Me, Only Better said...

Baking is a hard thing for me too. Both the cookies and the dough! Good for you for finding a way to make it work for you! I find I allow myself to have a small pick at the dough, but not even one cooked cookie - that way it doesn't spiral out of control - where one becomes 10!

TJ said...

Great food choices! I've got some baby spinach that needs to be used. Will be making that chicken dish for supper.

Angie All The Way said...

That tuscan chicken looks like such a great meal! I'm stealing it, making it and gobbling it up sometime soon!

P.S. thanks so much for your comments, they really helped me out alot! ;-)

Kari said...

your food choices always look so simple yet so delicious! I've been thinking of trying veggie patties but haven't yet. Now that I see this I might pick some up.

d.fine09 said...

I have trouble keeping control with cookies in the house. Especially if I bake them before the husband gets home. I know bad. I have been trying to keep the baking to a minimum.

Thanks for the comment on eatfine09.blogspot.com

Marisa (Trim The Fat) said...

Lex - would love to!

Nicci - thanks!

Kelly - Mike is AWESOME for doing that; hard to find those "selfless" kids!!

Mom on the Run - I like the Boca's; this flavor needs a little doctoring up though!

eatingbender - so far the cookies have been "manageable"!!! Although, I put a bunch in the daughters' lunches today so they can "share" because I'm not sure how manageable they are gonna be for me later.... ;)I'll be strong!!

Sharon - drat; I didn't know you can't get them there:(

Juliet - come on over before I eat them all!!!

todoni - please do! Let me know what you think!

Melissa - hate cliff hangers!!!

Sue - I'm trying!!! ah, self-control... it is a virtue ;)

Me,ONly better - great idea! I will have to try that:)

TJ - awesome! enjoy!

Angie All The Way - you Rock!!

Kari - thanks! Give veggie patties a try; there are lots of cool brands out there - my faves are morningstar farms, gardenburger and boca:)