Main Course – Taco Cups – Weight Watchers

taco cup cake

  • 1 ½ t chili oil (found near the Asian ingredients)
  • ½ lb 95% lean ground beef
  • 1 T taco seasoning
  • ¾ c canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 16 wonton wrappers
  • 5 T + 1 t of queso dip or salsa con queso
  • 1 c chunky salsa
  • 1 c reduced fat shredded Mexican cheese

 

1. Pre-heat the oven to 375. Lightly mist 8 cups in a muffin tin with cooking spray and set aside

2. Heat chili oil in a sauté pan or large skillet over medium-high heat, add the ground beef and taco seasoning and brown beef, breaking it up with a spoon. Add black beans and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for a few minutes until warm.

3. Push a wonton wrapper into the bottom of each of the eight sprayed cups in the muffin tin. Spoon a teaspoon of queso dip into each wonton wrapper and spread across the bottom. Follow by spooning some of the meat/beans mixture into each cup (using about half the total mixture) and then splitting ½ cup of the salsa evenly into each cup. Sprinkle about half the shredded Mexican cheese evenly over the top of each cup. Press another wonton wrapper on top and repeat the layering steps with the remaining ingredients.

4. Bake for 18-20 minutes until golden brown. Let cool 5 minutes before removing from muffin tin.

Yields 8 taco cupcakes. Weight Watchers Points Plus: 4 per cupcake

Nutrition Information per cupcake from myfitnesspal.com: 164 calories, 12 g carbs, 7 g fat, 12 g protein, 1 g fiber

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Breakfast – On the Go Bacon Egg and Cheese Muffins

bacon muffins

Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit Muffins

Prep Time: 5 mins  Cooking Time: 20 to 25 mins

Ingredients:
1 package biscuit dough (10 biscuits)
3 eggs
3 tablespoons milk
1/3 cup of shredded cheddar
4 slices bacon (we used turkey bacon and veggie bacon)
salt and pepper

Cook the bacon in a pan or in the oven until it’s almost done. Chop into small bits and set aside. (Note: if using veggie bacon do not cook it ahead – simply defrosted it and chopped it up.) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Whisk together eggs and milk, a pinch of salt and some cracked pepper to taste and set aside. Meanwhile, roll out each biscuit until it’s slightly bigger than the circumference of your muffin tin. Grease the muffin tin with cooking spray and push one biscuit into each muffin cup being sure to push it all the way down and to the sides. Leave the ridge hanging over the edge. Divide the cheese evenly in each of the biscuit cups and then pour egg in, filling each cup only 1/2 way. They will look empty but resist the urge to top them off. You must account for the biscuits puffing up – otherwise you’ll have a mess on your hands. Sprinkle bacon atop of the egg and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until biscuits are golden and eggs are set. Use a butter knife to loosen each muffin and serve warm.

Note: if your egg does overflow, just let it bake the rest of the way and then remove the extra egg when you are loosening the muffins. They’ll still taste terrific.

– See more at: http://www.cookingwithmykid.com/recipes/bacon-egg-cheese-biscuit-muffins-veggie-option/#sthash.wJ21HRRN.dpuf

Main Course – Easy Stromboli

easy stromboli

This isn’t exactly a healthy recipe, but it is yummy and one that the family loves – though I’m sure I don’t make it for them as often as they like. To try and keep this recipe on the healthier side choose real, but lower calorie cheeses and more natural lunch-type meats without added preservatives, coloring’s, phosphates, etc. They will cost a little more, but it’s worth it. If you have children, this is a fun one (and less messy one) to let them help with!

Stromboli

  • Pre-made Pizza Dough
  • Cheese (Try: Provolone, Swiss, Mozzarella) (6-8 oz)
  • Meat (Try: Ham, Hard Salami, Turkey) (6-8 oz)
  • 1 Beaten Egg Yolk
  • Garlic Powder
  • Dried Oregano
  • Dried Parsley

Note: I make two of these to feed my family and there is usually enough left for lunch for the kids the following day.

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 375ᵒ. Get out your dough. If you are able to make your own dough that’s fantastic, but store bought is fine for this. Roll out your dough into a rectangular shape. Put a layer of meat over the entire surface, leaving about an inch of dough showing all the ends and maybe 1/2 an inch at the long sides. Put a layer of cheese over the meat, again leaving room all the way around.

Sprinkle a fine layer of each garlic powder, oregano and parsley, over the cheese.

Roll it up starting at one of the shorter ends. Pinch the ends closed and place it on an oiled baking sheet seam down. Use a brush to paint the entire exposed surface with the egg yolk. Sprinkle a little cheese and seasoning over the top and bake at 375ᵒ for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown all over. Let stand a few minutes before cutting to serve.

For a twist add a marinara sauce or greek yogurt ranch to dip it in!