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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!!!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Banana Pudding Pie

Who doesn't end up with very ripe bananas? I sometimes think they ripen quickly just to challenge me to find something to do with them!  This is a super easy recipe that's cool & refreshing.

BANANA PUDDING PIE
Makes 8 Servings
1 Serving = 4 PointsPlus®


1 (.9 oz.) pkg sugar-free/fat-free vanilla instant pudding & pie filling
1 (.9 oz.) pkg sugar-free/fat-free banana cream instant pudding & pie filling
2 ¾ cups fat-free milk
4 ripe bananas, sliced
1 9-inch reduced fat graham cracker pie crust
Fat-free whipped topping



In a large mixing bowl, combine the 2 puddings and milk.


Stir in the sliced bananas.



Spoon the mixture into the pie crust; smooth over with a spatula.


Cover with plastic wrap, pressing it down lightly to completely cover the filling. Chill 1 hour or until filling is set.


Remove plastic wrap and serve. This can be served 'as is' or with a dollop of fat-free whipped topping.



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!
Jan

Friday, May 23, 2014

Your Own Strawberry Cobbler

Well, I bought 2 quarts of Tidwell strawberries to take on our Memorial Day weekend/anniversary trip this weekend. However, Abe has to work tomorrow so camping is cancelled. How do you take a small edge off disappointment? Kitchen Therapy!!! You seriously have to make these. And I want to thank my friend, Susan B (who opted to move away from me), for these awesome covered cast iron ramekins! They're the perfect color for the perfect individual cobbler.

YOUR OWN STRAWBERRY COBBLER
Makes 4 Cobblers
1 Cobbler = 3 PointsPlus®


2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and chopped
¾ cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup Splenda granulated
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
¾ cup fat-free milk
½ tsp vanilla
Dollop of fat-free whipped topping, optional


Preheat oven to 375º. Lightly spray 4 (6 oz) ramekins. Place ramekins on a baking sheet.

Spoon strawberries into each ramekin.

In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the flour, Splenda, baking powder and salt until well combined.


Stir in the milk and vanilla until just combined.



Spoon mixture over the top of the strawberries.



Bake for 18 – 22 minutes.



Allow to cool for @2 hours and then serve either 'as is' or with a dollop of fat-free whipped topping.



MY SPIN: I added a few 'shakes' of cinnamon into the batter, but that's a personal choice. You can also top with a good vanilla bean ice cream. If you do use ice cream, you'll have to figure out the P+ for it.

It WAS good!
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!
Jan

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Banana Yogurt Muffins

Once again, I had bananas that got a bit too ripe before we had a chance to eat them. I have some frozen along with other fruits to use in my Yonanas, but STILL had some left! This is just another easy variation on Banana Muffins......and very low in P+!!!

BANANA YOGURT MUFFINS
Makes 12 Muffins
1 Muffin = 2 PointsPlus®


3 medium ripe bananas, mashed
½ cup fat-free egg substitute
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
½ cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
½ cup brown sugar, lightly packed
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup white whole wheat flour
½ cup all-purpose flour MINUS 1 TBSP
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
½ tsp cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350º. Either line a muffin tin with liners or spray lightly.

Don't forget to spray the muffin tin on your dishwasher door to save cleanup!

Place the bananas in a large mixing bowl and mash them with a fork.



Add the egg substitute, applesauce, brown sugar and vanilla to the mashed bananas; mix well


Add the flours, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; mix just until the flours are incorporated.



Spoon the batter evenly into the muffin tin. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until the tops of the muffins are golden brown and a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.




MY SPIN: Everyone knows I love cinnamon, so my ½ tsp was more like 1 tsp.


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!
Jan

Monday, May 19, 2014

Chicken Marengo

Every once in a while, a good story is behind a good recipe.  " Marengo is a city south of Turin in the Piedmont region of Italy; it was there that Napoleon defeated the Austrians in 1800. Not in the habit of eating before a battle, he was starving after the victory and commanded his chef, Dumand, to whip something up. Desperate for ingredients, he sent foragers out to search for food and what materialized was a scrawny chicken, a few crayfish, a handful of tomatoes, some eggs, garlic, and a frying pan. Dumand got to work. What he created left Napoleon begging for more, and he ordered that after each battle, this dish must be served." What has since evolved into Chicken Marengo follows.....at least my version of it!

CHICKEN MARENGO
Makes 4 Servings
I did NOT do the P+ for this.


3 boneless/skinless chicken cutlets, pounded to an even thickness and cut into bite-size pieces
Salt & pepper to taste
½ cup all-purpose flour
3 TBSP canola oil
1 medium sweet onion, sliced
½ pound mushrooms, sliced
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded & julienned
2 TBSP tomato paste
½ cup white wine
½ cup low sodium beef broth
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, drained
½ TBSP light butter


Season the chicken with salt & pepper; dredge in flour.

In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken. Saute' until a light golden color. Remove from the skillet to a plate; set aside.




In the same pan, add the onion, mushrooms and peppers and saute' until soft, about 5 minutes. Season with salt & pepper.


Stir in the tomato paste and cook for @2 minutes.



Turn up the heat and add the wine. Let it reduce for @3 minutes.


Add the beef broth and diced tomatoes. Once this begins to bubble, add the chicken and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook @3 minutes or until the chicken is heated through.



Turn off the heat and stir in the butter.

Serve immediately.

MY SPIN: I would serve this over either egg noodles or linguine. We ate so late last night that we opted to skip that part.  I didn't figure up the P+ on this recipe because it would depend on how many pieces of chicken you ate and/or if you served it over pasta and how much of that you ate. Every once in a while it's nice to 'throw caution to the wind' and just eat enough of something to be satisfied.

Later!
Loving Life!
Jan

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Pineapple Crumble

I know it's strawberry season, but it's nice to have something a little different now and then. I don't know why, but I have a couple of cans of pineapple chunks and needed to either use them in something 'creative' or just chill and eat them. This is just using pineapple instead of peaches.....or apples.....or blueberries. It's different.......and it's good!

PINEAPPLE CRUMBLE
Makes 9 Servings
1 Serving = 4 PointsPlus®

 
½ cup light butter, softened
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour, divided
1 cup Splenda granulated, divided
¼ cup fat-free egg substitute
1/3 cup light sour cream
1 ½ tsp vanilla
1 (20 oz) can pineapple chunks, drained


Preheat oven to 350°. Line an 8x8-inch pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray; set aside.


In a large bowl, add the butter, 1 cup of the flour and ½ cup of the Splenda. Using 2 forks or a pastry cutter, cut butter into dry ingredients until a 'gritty' mixture with pea-sized buttery bits form. Reserve ¾ cup of this mixture; set aside.



Transfer remaining mixture into the prepared pan and using your fingertips or the back of a spatula, lightly press into the pan to form a crust. Bake for 10 minutes.


While crust bakes, in the same bowl used to make the crust mixture, add the egg substitute, ½ cup of the Splenda, sour cream, vanilla and ¼ cup of flour. Whisk until smooth; set aside.



Remove crust from oven and evenly top with the pineapple chunks (the entire crust won't be covered).

Carefully and evenly spread the sour cream mixture over the pineapple chunks, being sure to get into the corners.

 
Evenly sprinkle the reserved crust mixture over the top.
 
 
Bake for 35 – 40 minutes. Allow to cool on a rack for at least 1 hour before cutting.


MY SPIN: This can be served 'as is' or with a dollop of fat-free whipped topping or a scoop of ice cream. If you use ice cream, be sure to figure in the P+ value for it.


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!
Jan