Sheet-Pan Sausage & Pepper

Thank you Hungry Girl for this yummy recipe….. I usually do sausage and peppers on the stove top butI figured I would give this a try.  I’m cooking lots more meals right now since hubby is off work for 2 weeks.  Trying new versions of old things so I have yummy dinners with some leftover to freeze for when he goes back to work.

1/2 of recipe (about 1 3/4 cups): 299 calories, 14g total fat (3g sat fat), 648mg sodium, 27.5g carbs, 4.5g fiber, 7.5g sugars, 17g protein  FreestyleSmartPoints® value 8*

Prep: 10 minutes     Cook: 30 minutes      Makes:  2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz. (about 2 links) fully cooked chicken sausage with 8g fat or less per 3-oz. serving (like the kinds by Al Fresco), sliced into coins
  • 6 oz. (about 3) baby red potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 2 cups sliced bell peppers
  • 1 cup sliced onion
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. chopped garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • Dash ground thyme

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
  2. Combine all ingredients and seasonings in a large bowl. Toss to coat.
  3. Spread mixture onto the center of the baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes.
  4. Flip/rearrange mixture on the baking sheet. Bake until veggies have softened and potatoes are tender and lightly browned, 10 – 12 minutes.

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Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Tasty Tuesday: Chocolate Eclair Cake

Check out this YUMMY and very simple Weight Watchers dessert.  Believe it or not,  even the people not doing WW (formerly Weight Watchers) love it.

Just a few simply ingredients and you have a yummy dessert for any party.  Bet you might even have all of the supplies in your pantry already….

Ingredients:

  • 121 Box Reduced Fat Graham Crackers
  • 2- 3 oz boxes sugar-free instant vanilla pudding
  • 4 1/2 cups skim milk
  • 1 container fat-free cool whip
  • 1 -3 oz box sugar-free instant chocolate pudding

Directions:

  1. Mix vanilla pudding with 3 cups of milk as per directions.
  2. Stir in 1 cool whip.
  3. Place 1 package of graham crackers in the bottom of 13 x9 pan.
  4. Top with half of the pudding, more Grahams, rest of pudding.
  5. Top with last of Grahams.
  6. Mix chocolate pudding with 1 1/2 cups of milk.
  7. Spread on top of graham crackers.
  8. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Nutritional information per serving: Calories – 48; Sodium – 61mg; Fat – 0.53g; Protein – 3g; Carbs – 7g; Fiber – 1.0g

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Tasty Tuesday: WW Mini Cinnamon Rolls

Thank you  “Skinny Diet Recipes” for today’s post.  This awesome website is chock full of recipes for those who are Keto eating, just watching calories or on Weight Watchers (the new WW).  Be sure to check them out.  I’m trying to get back to staying on track with my points so this has been a huge help.

READY IN:  23 mins     SERVES: 12

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter  , melted
  • 1 (11 ounce) package refrigerated breadstick dough
  • 1cup low-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel)
  • 1teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1cup confectioners sugar

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F Spray a 9×13 inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Combine brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter in small bowl, set aside.
  3. Separate breadsticks into 12 strips. Sprinkle tops with brown sugar mixture and roll each one into a spiral, pressing to seal the ends. Arrange in baking pan 1 inch apart. Bake until lightly golden, about 15-18 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes.
  4. To prepare frosting, combine confectioners sugar, cream cheese, and vanilla in a small bowl, adding a few drops of water if needed to make a smooth, spreadable glaze. Drizzle over the tops of the warm rolls and let stand a few minutes to set. Serve warm.

I’m looking for gluten free dough so if anyone has any suggestions on how to make this gluten free friendly, I would I would love to hear them!!!

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Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

 

Tasty Tuesday – Fudge Brownies

Today’s recipe is courtesy of Hungry Girl. The actual name of the brownie is “secret-ingredient” fudge brownie BUT I figured you would’t check it out if you knew there was a secret ingredient. LOL.  I’m trying to get back on track but I do love my sweets.  I never remember craving them this much but lately it has been really bad!  The best part about this recipe is I can make it gluten free with almond flour.

NUTRITION FACTS:  1/9th of pan (1 brownie): 107 calories, 2g total fat (1g sat fat), 190mg sodium, 23g carbs, 5.5g fiber, 4g sugars, 5.5g protein

FreestyleSmartPoints® value 2*  MAKES: 9 servings

Prep: 10 minutes     Cook: 30 minutes    Cool: 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • One 15-oz. can cannellini (white kidney) beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup canned pure pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup (about 2 large) egg whites or fat-free liquid egg substitute
  • 1/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup Truvia spoonable no-calorie sweetener (or another natural brand that’s about twice as sweet as sugar)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 tbsp. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8” X 8” baking pan with nonstick spray.
  2. Place all ingredients except chocolate chips in a food processor. Puree until completely smooth and uniform.
  3. Fold in 1 tbsp. chocolate chips. Spread mixture into the baking pan, and smooth out the top.
  4. Evenly top with remaining 2 tbsp. chocolate chips, and lightly press into the batter.
  5. Bake until a toothpick (or knife) inserted into the center comes out mostly clean, 25 – 30 minutes.
  6. Let cool completely, about 1 hour.

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How To Energize Your Business

It’s HUMP Day and I am trying to get energized! I’m in a slump with my business. I’m not sure if it is MS related or if I am in-between “why” or if I just need a jumpstart!  What is a girl to do?

When all else fails go back to what worked in the past.  So I pulled up an article on the DSW website entitled “Seven Ways to Energize Your Business“.  I need some motivation.  I need to find a purpose.  I need to figure out what it is I really want to do (when I grow up! LOL)

Here are some of their suggestion which I tweaked just a little.  I mean a girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do, right?  
  • Establish priorities. I used to be a multi-tasker, trying to tackle everything at once. MS has changed that AND I usually forget what I am doing without a list.  I’m looking at things now through my recovery eyes.  Just One Day (or step) at a time.  So, list all your priorities (or to dos).  Then focus on one or two items at a time. I have lots of ideas squirreling away in my head but once I get them on paper, it is easier to put them in perspective.  I keep a list on my planner so I can cross it off when done.  I love seeing the pink lines which mean I have accomplished something for the day.  Prioritizing takes the stress off. I helps you  to focus on one thing at a time with the comfort of knowing you will stay on the right track.
  • Be as efficient as possible.  What are your time suckers????  Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, binge watching on Netflix?  A time sucker is anything which distracts you from your daily goals.  I have been known to put a picture of a “security camera” in front of me as a gentle reminder I have work to do.  Don’t have a lot of time to “work”, grab that list of two of three things and set aside some time to get them done TODAY.  You will be amazed at how accomplished you feel when you cross them off the list as done.
  • Combine your work with different areas of your life.  No matter what kind of work you do, you can combine it into other areas of your life.  If you truly love what you do, this will be easy.  I am struggling with my purpose lately so some days this is a little bit more difficult.  As a Thirty One Director, it is an easy!  I use and carry our bags every where I go. People comment about them and I share how awesome they are. As for “The Angel Connection“, this is a no-brainer too.  I always have an angel on.  I am learning to change up my angel so it POPS when I wear certain shirts.  Seems basic enough, right?
  • Actively manage your time and stop wasting it.  Time management may be easy for some but for me it is a struggle.  I am getting better with the help scheduling things in my planner.  Color blocking used to work but now it confuses me.  I still set aside time for family, work, my Thirty One and Angel Connection business and time for me (ok, so maybe sometimes this gets pushed to the side).  Manage your time when it comes to activity or exercise.  Add it to your calendar so it becomes a part of your every day life and you aren’t wasting the small amounts of time doing nothing when you could be active.  I know, I need to practice this one myself!
  • Commit to learning new things.  Lately, it seems like I am learning something new every day.  The struggles with MS has made this an ongoing process.  I invest in my professional development because it helps my business and my team.  You can learn new things in a variety of ways like reading a blog, watching a video, listening to a conference call, a networking meeting or a formal conference/ training.  And a way that works for you.
  • Don’t sweat the small stuff.  There are going to be bumps in the road but you can learn from them and then you MUST let them go.  Sometimes it is easier said than done – whether it is in business or in life.  Just because you hit a bump or deal with a little negativity, it doesn’t diminsh all the positive work you have done.
  • Laugh more. I am learning to laugh at myself.  I feel like this was so much easier before MS.  The truth is sometimes I just don’t get the pun or joke.  It kills the punchline when someone has to explain it to you.  In recovery, I am learning to laugh again.  It is a process but one I am enjoying.
The lesson is simple – we tend to look at our lives as separate compartments – business, family, work, spiritual, etc. – which very seldom merge together.  When they do, it is often in a negative way – why not take the positive lessons we have learned in each part of our life and apply them to every part of our life as we take this journey through life.
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!