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Welcome to Tweaked at Chez Jan de la Dayton....translated to 'tweaked at Jan's house in Dayton'! Sounds fancy, but it's not. If you choose to share a recipe, be kind and give me kudos for it. The pictures are NOT to be taken off this blog unless used in a direct link to this blog. Once upon a time I was a Weight Watchers leader....that chapter is closed. But I still like to eat and bake and don't like the weight that finds its way to me too easily. So I go find delicious-sounding recipes and tweak them. Some recipes, however, just don't turn out right if they're tweaked. I've not posted anything....so far.....that isn't WW friendly. That might change, and I'll warn you if I post something with 'scary' P+ values. For those who don't use substitutions, the ratio for Splenda granulated/sugar is 1:1 and the ratio for egg substitute/eggs is 1/4 cup of egg sub = 1 egg. Now.....let's have some fun in the kitchen!!!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Banana Brownies

Rainy day......very ripe bananas.....bored =

BANANA BROWNIES
Makes 24 Servings
1 Serving = 4 PointsPlus™


2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup light butter, softened
1/3 cup Splenda granulated
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup mashed bananas
1/4 cup fat-free egg substitute
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate morsels

Preheat oven to 350º. Spray a 13x9x2 baking pan; set aside.

Don't forget to spray your pan in your dishwasher to avoid an over-spray mess.
In a large mixing bowl, mix butter, egg substitute, Splenda and brown sugar until fluffy.  Add vanilla and mashed bananas.



In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, salt & cinnamon. Add to butter mixture. Add chocolate morsels.



Spread evenly in the sprayed pan. Bake @25 minutes.

Cool on rack. Cut into 24 pieces.

Now for the 'legal mumbo-jumbo' to keep me out of court!!   *** The PointsPlus™ value for this recipe was calculated by me (Jan Gomes) and is not an endorsement or approval of this recipe by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the PointsPlus™ registered trademark. ***

Later!
Loving Life(time)!
Jan


Saturday, April 27, 2013

Lemon-Lavender Custard

I feel like I've been on a seek-and-find mission for dried lavender buds for quite a while.  I knew they weren't expensive so I didn't want to order them online and have to pay shipping (ok, I'm cheap!).  I found what I thought would work today and it was less than $1. This recipe is outstanding!!!! If you served this at a 'fancy dinner party', your guests would truly be impressed. The next one I enjoy.....I think I'll just sprinkle a little nutmeg on top.

LEMON-LAVENDER CUSTARD
Makes 6 Servings
1 Serving = 2 PointsPlus™


2 cups fat-free milk
2 TBSP Splenda granulated
1 1/2 tsp dried lavender buds
3/4 cup fat-free egg substitute
1/3 cup lemon curd
1 tsp vanilla


This is a close-up of the lavender I found.
Preheat oven to 325º. Put a pot of water on to boil.

In a medium saucepan, combine milk, Splenda and lavender buds. Cook & stir over medium-low heat just until the mixture starts to simmer on the edge. Remove from heat & strain through a fine sieve; discard lavender.



In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg substitute, lemon curd & vanilla.


Gradually whisk the hot strained milk into the egg mixture.


Place 6 6-ounce custard cups in a 3-quart rectangular baking dish. Place on the oven rack. Divide the custard mixture among the custard cups. Carefully pour boiling water into the baking dish to a depth of 1-inch.


Bake 40 minutes or until edges are set and the centers appear nearly set when jiggled. Remove cups from baking dish and cool on a rack for 1 hour. Cover and chill for 2 hours.



To serve, run a thin metal spatula or knife around the edges of custard. Invert onto dessert plates.


Now for the 'legal mumbo-jumbo' to keep me out of court!!   *** The PointsPlus™ value for this recipe was calculated by me (Jan Gomes) and is not an endorsement or approval of this recipe by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the PointsPlus™ registered trademark. ***

Later!
Loving Life(time)!
Jan

Friday, April 26, 2013

Vegetable Tian

Here's another recipe that seems to have gone viral on Facebook.....and another recipe that people keep posting/sharing but no one seems to make! Well, once again, I did!!! This is really good. I asked my husband to rate it.....1 being 'yucky' and 5 being 'scrumptious'......he rated it a 4! I rated it a 5!!!

VEGETABLE  TIAN
Makes 6 Servings
1 Serving = 2 PointsPlus™

1 TBSP olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, finely diced
1 tsp minced garlic
1 medium zucchini, thinly sliced
1 medium yellow squash, thinly sliced
1 medium potato, thinly sliced
1 medium tomato, thinly sliced
1 tsp thyme
salt & pepper to taste
1 cup shredded Italian cheese

Preheat oven to 400º.

Saute' onion & garlic in olive oil until softened, @5 minutes.

 
Spray the inside of an 8x8” baking dish. Spread the onion/garlic in the bottom. Place the other veggies vertically in the dish, alternating to look 'pretty'. Season with thyme, salt & pepper.




Cover with foil and bake 30 minutes.

Remove foil, top with cheese and bake uncovered for 15 – 20 minutes more or until the cheese is golden brown.


MY SPIN: I used a red onion because that's what I had on hand. I discovered that I didn't have any thyme so I used Herbes de Provence. I would use a lot more garlic....but that's a personal preference. I think I would also put some Italian seasoning on the cheese.

Now for the 'legal mumbo-jumbo' to keep me out of court!!   *** The PointsPlus™ value for this recipe was calculated by me (Jan Gomes) and is not an endorsement or approval of this recipe by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the PointsPlus™ registered trademark. ***

Later!
Loving Life(time)!
Jan

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Facebook Cucumber Salad

I'm calling this 'Facebook Cucumber Salad' because it seems to have gone viral on Facebook.  A friend of mine was going to make it.....but I had to do it because she wasn't going to share with me! (sorry Stefanie!!!)  

FACEBOOK CUCUMBER SALAD
Makes 2 quarts
It's Pointless!!


7 cups unpeeled pickling cucumbers, thinly sliced
1 cup thinly sliced onion
1 cup thinly sliced red, yellow or green bell pepper
1 tsp salt
1 cup white vinegar
2 cups Splenda granulated
1 tsp celery seed
1 tsp mustard seed


Mix cucumber, onion and pepper slices in a large bowl. Sprinkle with salt; set aside.


Put vinegar, Splenda, celery and mustard seeds in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool for 1 hour.


Pour liquid over the veggies and stir. Spoon/pour into 2 quart jars. Store jars in fridge for up to 2 months......if they last that long!!

 
MY SPIN: The original recipe called for 1 TBSP salt.....way too much in my opinion! The next time I make this, I'm going to use a few more of the cucumbers to fill the jars completely. Also will use more vinegar......these taste a lot like Bread & Butter Pickles and think more vinegar will give them more of a cuke salad taste. They're good this way, tho!!!

Now for the 'legal mumbo-jumbo' to keep me out of court!!   *** The PointsPlus™ value for this recipe was calculated by me (Jan Gomes) and is not an endorsement or approval of this recipe by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the PointsPlus™ registered trademark. ***
 
Later!
Loving Life(time)!
Jan


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Lemon Shortbread Cuppies

I was in dire need of some Kitchen Therapy!! I originally planned on doing something with bananas but needed 3 really ripe bananas and I only had 2. So, instead, I went to the store and bought 4 lemons because this just sounded delicious. And guess what.....it is!!! This went to my Weight Watchers meeting tonite and I was told it's a "keeper"! Yay me!  So go get some lemons and try this!

LEMON SHORTBREAD CUPPIES
Makes 24 Cuppies
1 Cuppie = 2 PointsPlus™


CUPPIES:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 cup powdered sugar
3 TBSP finely grated lemon peel (3 or 4 lemons)
3/4 cup light butter, softened
1 TBSP lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla

 
GLAZE:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 TBSP lemon juice
1/2 tsp vanilla
(more lemon juice as needed to give it a 'drizzle' consistency)

 
Preheat oven to 300º. Line a mini cupcake pan with papers. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, stir together the flour and cornstarch.

In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar and lemon peel. Using a wooden spoon, press the sugar and lemon peel against the side of the bowl unil the sugar is yellowish and very fragrant; set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the butter, lemon juice, salt and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on medium until combined. Gradually add the powdered sugar mixture, beating until combined. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the flour mixture.


 
Press dough together to form a ball. Divide into 24 equal portions. With lightly floured fingers, press the dough evently into the bottom of each papered cup.



Bake 20 – 24 minutes until the edges are lightly browned. Cool on a rack for 5 minutes in the pan and then remove the cuppies from the pan.


While the cuppies are cooling, combine the glaze ingredients. Immediately spoon a little bit of the glaze onto the cuppies and spread evenly. Cool completely.



Ready to go to my Weight Watchers 'Stay & Sample' meeting!
 
Now for the 'legal mumbo-jumbo' to keep me out of court!!   *** The PointsPlus™ value for this recipe was calculated by me (Jan Gomes) and is not an endorsement or approval of this recipe by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the PointsPlus™ registered trademark. ***

Later!
Loving Life(time)!
Jan

Friday, April 19, 2013

Vegan Chocolate Cake With Frosting

Today, 4/19/13, I had to do my last Weight Watchers meeting at Rhea Medical Center.  This is the meeting I went to when I began my weight loss journey on 9/19/07 and then in April 2008 I 'took over' as Leader for this meeting. So many memories were going through my mind at today's meeting. I've been baking and sharing at this meeting for 5 years and thought I would do the same for the last meeting.  This recipe was given to me a few years ago from my friend, Cathy H.  I've made it before and it's already on here, but this time I've added pictures and the most delicious frosting. I used White Chocolate Pudding mix in the frosting......but you can use whatever flavor tickles your tongue!

VEGAN CHOCOLATE CAKE
Makes 12 Servings
1 Serving = 3 PointsPlus™

 
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
5 TBSP unsweetened baking cocoa
2 cups Splenda granulated
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tsp vanilla
2 TBSP white vinegar
2 cups water

Preheat oven to 350º.

Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Make a 'well' by pushing the ingredients to the sides of the bowl.
 
 
Add liquid ingredients into the well and mix together.
 

 
Pour the batter into a 9 x 13-inch pan or two 9” round cake pans that have been lightly sprayed with non-stick spray.
 
 
Bake for 30 minutes.


Again....thanx Cathy Huff for the most delicious cake recipe!!!

This is the frosting recipe I used this time:

WHITE CHOCOLATE PUDDING/COOL WHIP FROSTING

1 (1 oz.) box Jell-O brand White Chocolate sugar-free/fat-free instant pudding mix
1 cup fat-free milk
1 (8 oz.) tub of fat-free whipped topping, thawed


Whisk together the pudding mix and milk until it begins to thicken.
 
 
Fold in the whipped topping.




Frost the cake.
 
 
Not enough of the frosting used is enough to add any PointsPlus™ value to the cake because it made so much that I had some leftover. But if you use all of the frosting, add 1 PointsPlus™.

Now for the 'legal mumbo-jumbo' to keep me out of court!!   *** The PointsPlus™ value for this recipe was calculated by me (Jan Gomes) and is not an endorsement or approval of this recipe by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the PointsPlus™ registered trademark. ***

Later!
Loving Life(time)!
Jan