sexta-feira, 31 de janeiro de 2014

Game day bbq drumsticks & sweet crepes buffet!

Super Bowl is coming!!!
I confess, I am in a different country and 90% of the population here doesn't even know what Super Bowl is, we just enjoy soccer a lot more so the recipes (yes TWO RECIPES TODAY!) I will post here today were made for a huge soccer even we had here a few months ago.

Today I bring you: oven roasted barbecue chicken drumsticks & skinny-fast plain crepes you can top with anything you like!
Both recipes are fairly easy to produce and only the drumsticks need a little more time because they need to marinate (preferably overnight but morning till evening is fine too.)
Recipe for the drumsticks makes 8 and for the crepes makes 11 but both are very easy to double ad accommodate all your friends and family wanting to crowd up in your house for Super Bowl :-)

Let's start with the crepes!

- 80g all purpose flour;
- 1 whole egg + 60ml egg whites;
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract;
- 2 tbsp Stevia Sweetener;

How to:
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl, spray a pan with non-stick cooking spray and pour batter into it until it forms a sweet thin layer;
- Wait until it's cooked (you can see it is because it starts cooking on the upper side too) and flip it;
- Repeat until you are out of the batter, top with goodies and enjoy!

And now moving on to what really matter... Barbecued chicken!

- 8 chicken drumsticks;
- 150g tomato sauce;
- 150g bottled barbecue marinade;
- 3 tbsps mustard;
- 1 tbsp salt & 1 tbsp black pepper;
- 2 tbsp garlic powder;

How to:
- In a bowl mix all ingredients (except drumsticks, obviously);
- Place drumsticks in a ziplock bag and pour in the sauce, close the bag, shake veeery well and rub until drumsticks are fully covered and place in the fridge overnight;
- When it comes time to cook before the game turn on the oven to 400ºF, place drumsticks on a baking tray and pour the rest of the liquid marinade on top and place in the oven for about 30/40 minutes giving them a shake every now and then;
- When ready place in serving platter and use a bowl to place the remaining sauce, we can't let all that goodness go to waste!
- Eat and enjoy!

Lu *

quinta-feira, 30 de janeiro de 2014

Skinny chocolate mousse: 2 ingredients ONLY & 60kcal per serving!

My boyfriend LOVES chocolate mousse. He really does, it's his nr. 1 favorite dessert of all time, so I thought I'd come up with a recipe he can eat all he wants of and won't get obese afterwards... And this was the result.

This consists of only 2 main ingredients and takes just about 15 minutes to prepare (+ at least 2 hours to refrigerate) and is definitely chocolaty and delicious and the texture is amazing!
All you need are eggs & cocoa powder, period. Then there's water and sweetener too but the main thing here are just eggs (1 yolk & 4 whites) and cocoa powder (I use dark because I like it better but you can use one to your liking, or even chocolate chips!).

You won't be missing out on all the butter or heavy whipped cream chocolate mousse usually consists of because this is equally as chocolaty and the whipped egg whites give it that smooth but bubbly texture you are looking for in a mouse, and it's so simple!

Here goes the recipe, try it out and let me know how you liked it!

- 1 whole egg, separated;
- 3 egg whites (+ the one from the whole egg = 4) or 1 cup packaged egg whites;
- 70g (3/4 of a cup) unsweetened cocoa (or chocolate chips);
- 50g (1/4 cup) sweetener OR for a less skinny version 100g (1/2 cup) confectioner's sugar;
- 65ml (1/4 cup) room temperatura water;
- 1 bowl of ice cubes;

How to make it happen:
- In a medium saucepan combine cocoa powder or chips, water, sweetener or sugar and the egg yolk, whisk until combined and leave on low heat to simmer for about 10 minutes (do not let it boil) whisking every now and then;
- In a large bowl whip your egg whites until hard peaks form (do NOT over mix or your mousse will turn out runny);
- Inside the bowl of ice cubes place a clean bowl and pour into it the chocolate mixture after it's heated and let sit until it's cool;
- Pour egg whites into chocolate mixture and fold in with a spatula (do not use a mixer and do not mix to energetically or the air in your whites will be lost!);
- Pour into 6 separate little bowls or into 1 big one and chill for at least 2 hours.

Nutrition (for 1 serving - recipe makes 6):
2g Fat
2.5g Carbs
6g Protein

Hope you enjoy it!

Lu *

domingo, 26 de janeiro de 2014

Mega munchies XXL cookie: super easy AND super delicious!!

So i was just browsing around food blogs (all I do actually, I love looking at food) and I came across a XXL cookie on Sally's blog and decided I just had to try it and tweak it and boy did I ever... I have been making one a day every day since I first made it to test it... In fact, I am having one right now!

(Yes, hardcore Zelda fan here!)

They take about 3 minutes to prepare and 10 or 15 to bake and are just YUMMY.
You can make one super large one or divide the dough into 4 smaller ones and enjoy them throughout the day instead of all at once (I am more of an all-at-once kind of person).

These are not particularly low in calories but hey, they're a dessert, they are awesome and one's gotta live every now and then, right?

I have been trying lots of different variations and will be posting them but for now I'll stick to the basic chocolate chip version :)

Here goes the recipe, enjoy!

Servings: 1

- 1 tbsp (15g) softened butter;
- 1/3 of a cup (45g) self-raising flour;
- 2 tbsp packaged egg whites (or 1 egg white or 30ml egg whites);
- 1/2 tsp (5ml) vanilla extract (opcional);
- Toppings to taste (chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, Reese's Peanut butter cups, etc!)

How to:
- Preheat oven to 400ºF and prepare (grease or place parchment paper) baking tray or silicone mat; 
- Place all ingredients except a portion of the toppings (for example if using 2 tbsp chocolate chips only add 1 tbsp into the dough and save the rest to top it) in a bowl and mix very very well, it should form a very thick dough;
- Place dough into tray or mat and top with remaining toppings as you wish;
- Bake for about 10 minutes or until edges are brown and enjoy!

Nutrition (plain cookie no toppings!):
33g Carbs
4g Fat
8g Protein
(1g Fiber)

sábado, 25 de janeiro de 2014

Sweet potato & Chicken Shepherd's pie : 400kcal per serving!

Hello hello!
I am back and today I bring you a main course recipe that's just A-MAZING.
It's a small serving (serves 2) but can easily be doubled or tripled!

This healthy & low calorie shepherd's pie tastes amazing as well as is very filling and has only 4 ingredients: 1 large sweet potato, 300g shredded chicken, 50g cheese & 100ml skim milk (or any milk of choice).

It is also very very fast and easy to make to yourself & a loved one or a dinner with friends!

Here's the recipe, happy weekend!

- 1 large sweet potato (±400g);
- 300g shredded chicken;
- 100ml skim milk;
- 50g light cheese;

How to:
1 - Boil the sweet potato until soft (test with a fork) and then (when cool enough to handle) remove the skin;
2 - Put in food processor along with 100ml of skim milk & some (about 1 tsp) garlic powder and salt and process all until smooth;
3 - Make a layer on the bottom of the tray with the mash, add all shredded cooked chicken on top of that, top with the rest of the mash & some low fat cheese and put in the oven pre-heated at 350F for just 5 minutes or until the cheese is melting/brownish & EAT!

Serves 2, per serving: 
57g Carbs
5g Fa
34g Protein

terça-feira, 21 de janeiro de 2014

Little 55kcal lemon sheet brownies with strawberry & chocolate sauce: YUM!

Long time no post!
Lately I haven't had enough time to cook, final week of final exams is ending... And I am SO relieved!
Today I woke up craving something lemony so I spent the entire morning thinking what should I whip up to post for you guys... Then when I was I the gym it came to me: skinny brownies! But I knew I had to include chocolate somehow (we all know I am a HUGE chocoholic)...

And also, today I am celebrating my first blog partnership! A local traditional items shop decided to support me and my blog by supplying the porcelain dishes, trays, and all things kitchen for me to make beautiful pictures, made me so excited to see my blog / page(s) growing :D

Anyway, about the brownies!
I was thinking about making them tall and fluffy and filling them with the strawberry-chocolate sauce but then I thought otherwise and decided to make them kind of like a sheet cake and instead top them with the sauce and YUM, best idea ever!!
The texture is amazing and that lemon flavor... Delicious! I love the chocolate-lemon combination and the strawberries in the sauce give it just a little bit of texture that's just marvelous.

If you make them "sheet" like the recipe is good for about 20 of them, but if you want them taller just use a smaller taller baking tray and it'll probably make 12 or 16 :-)
My math was done for 20 sheet-like brownies and the 55 calories are INCLUDING the sauce!!

Here goes the recipe, enjoy!

Little 55kcal lemon sheet brownies with strawberry & chocolate sauce:

- 180g (1 1/2 cups) self-raising flour;
- 20g (1 tbsp) baking powder;
- 10g (2 tsp) cornstarch;
- Itty bitty pinch of salt (like 1/2 tsp);
- 1 egg;
- 100g (3/4 cup) egg whites (or another whole egg);
- 1 tsp vanilla essence;
- 1 fat free sugar free yogurt (125g = 1 cup);
- Zest of a lemon;
- Rind of half a lemon;
- 50ml (3tbsp water - room temperature);
- 100g (3/4 of a cup) sweetener (or 200g (1 1/2 cups) confectioner's sugar) : Taste it before it goes in the oven because your lemons may be too sour compared to mine and the mix will be acid so you can add some more sweetener/sugar to taste!

For the strawberry filling:
- 250g (2 cups) fresh strawberries;
- 50g (1/2 cup) sweetener (or 100g (1 cup) sugar - may differ, depends on the cocoa you are using: add a little bit and then go by taste);
- 10g (2 tsp) cornstarch;
- 20g (1tbsp + 1tsp) cocoa powder;

How to:
- In a large bowl mix together flour, baking powder, cornstarch, salt & sweetener and mix well;
- In a smalled bowl mix all remaining ingredients and mix well;
- With a spoon make a well on the ry ingredient mix and pour in wet ingredients;
- Mix with stand mixer until light & fluffy & making small bubbles;
- Put in the pre-heat oven at 375ºF for about 30 minutes;
- While it's in the oven put strawberries & 1 cup of water into a saucepan and then add in cocoa powder, cornstarch & sweetener;
- Let this simmer until it starts to thicken and then turn off the heat and leave to cool a little until brownies are ready to come out of the oven;
- Pour sauce all over the brownies or serve separated and enjoy!!

Nutrition (16 servings using egg whites and 0kcal sweetener):
1g Fat
10g Carbs
2g Protein

Come back again for an amazing recipe for homemade chicken burgers: 90kal each & packed with protein!!

Lu *