Skinny No-Bake Cookies & BBQ Chicken Pizza Pot Pies

I spotted this recipe on SkinnyTaste last week, and I instantly knew that I would make these. Kevin’s really more the cookie person, but I’m crazy for no-bakes!!! I think it’s more like eating the cookie dough, which really is the best part anyways!!! I madea few little tweaks because of what I had on hand, and they turned out beautifully!

Skinny No-Bake Cookies (via Skinnytaste)
Servings: 20 • Size: 2 cookies, 1 tbsp each • Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 3 pts
Calories: 105.9 • Fat: 2.3 g • Carbs: 18.8 • Fiber: 2.3 • Protein: 3.1 g • Sugar: 7.9
Sodium: 12.2 mg 
 
Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tbsp Smart Balance Light butter   —-> I subbed the butter substitute Melt
  • 1/2 cup fat free milk
  • 2 1/2 cups quick oats (for gluten free, use gluten free oats)
  • 3/4 cup Better’n Peanut Butter   —-> I used PB2, the regular flavor
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • powdered sugar, cocoa powder (optional)

Directions:

Combine the first 4 ingredients (sugar through milk) and boil in a small sauce pan for 2 minutes.

Remove from heat and mix in oatmeal, Better n’ Peanut Butter and vanilla.

Drop by tablespoons onto a wax paper or roll into balls with slightly moist hands and refrigerate overnight.

The next day you can roll them in powdered sugar or cocoa powder if desired. Keep refrigerated if storing for several days.

Did they taste like regular no-bakes? Not exactly. It definitely cut the sweetness factor, but I totally don’t mind that. Kevin was a huge fan of them as well.

By the way, have you tried Melt?

I think I saw it first in a blog somewhere. I filed it away, and the other week I insisted on buying it a the grocery store. We’ve used it for paninis and a few other things, and I really like it. And it worked great in this recipe. I guess it’s made of coconut oil. That makes it cool, right? :)

Here I am sweetly exclaiming to Boyd that dogs are allergic to chocolate. Naa naa a booo booo!!! I said that part too. Lol.

Kevin has been stuck at work late this week because of projects. That means I’m stuck too!! I think there was only one other person left on the 12th floor by the time we got out of there today!! We totally missed our class at the gym. I’ve been wanting to take this Sports Training class. They do it in the gym and they do all sorts of drills and stuff! It looks fun!! But we totally missed it. I don’t understand how people make it to 5:30 classes. We’re super close to the gym and we can barely swing it!

We got home so late that Kevin needed to get cracking on his homework so I hit our apartment gym solo. I ran 4.14 miles @ 8:18 pace and did a 30-minute NTC circuit workout called the Curve Carver.

I had this idea to make BBQ Chicken Pot Pie Pizzas. I made a little pizza crust and then layered mozz cheese, bbq chicken, onions, and spinach on the bottom of the ramekin. The crust went on top.

But when the moment of truth came…  I did not like them. It was something with the chicken or the onions. Or maybe the overwhelming smell in the kitchen just made me hate it. I don’t know. I had a little taste which totally grossed me out.

And then I did what any cool kid like me would do.

I made some mac ‘n’ cheese.

It always pays to have some Annie’s on hand. Kevin’s going to eat my pot pie for leftovers tomorrow. Yay!! He liked it. I think he actually really loved it. Lucky for me!! This time I forced Kevin to eat some of the mac ‘n’ cheese so I wouldn’t eat the whole box again.

What’s your back-up food? Mac ‘n’ cheese every time. Or it would be McDonald’s back in the old days. :) I still say that like if I have to go to someone else’s house for dinner. Like,”If I don’t like it, can we get McDonald’s afterwards?” Haha. It’s rough being a picky eater.

Do you ever not like what you cook? Usually I can get a good idea and make things a way I’ll like them, but there was just some flavor tonight I couldn’t get over. I’m definitely a lot more judgmental of my cooking than Kevin is. Which is typical. And nice.

Try making those skinny no-bakes! You won’t regret it! I think this is where I first saw Melt — Love from the Oven made White Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Oatmeal Cookies with it!

 

Pros, Cons, & Towel Thievery

I always think it’s amazing when I see these ungodly hours so I can’t help but snap a photo. Kevin and I are on Day 2 of our trial at Gym Prospect #2. I need to scope out all times of day for busyness levels and possible group fitness classes. One of the things I’m most excited about is dragging Kevin with me to group fitness classes. It’ll be like a “free” date.

This was my first time ever in a spinning class in English! I’m going to have to admit that it was way less entertaining.  Also nobody clapped, danced, or really seemed very awake. In fact, somebody turned the lights off so it was pretty dark. I guess we kind of got to watch the sun rise. I got a really good workout – mostly because my legs are totally NOT adjusted to the biking motion (see Tina’s fascinating post on the principle of specifity… it really IS fascinating). The instructor was really sweet, but the music was b-oring! In the end, I enjoyed it. And I know an evening class would be more lively! It also made me want to be a spin instructor because I would be cracking the whip!

I stole a towel. Walked right out the front door with it. I’ve never stolen anything else in my life, but I’m a total klepto when it comes to gym towels. I probably stole one daily when I went to the Cielo gym, and I never remembered to take them back either so they all got left in the apartment when we moved out.

For lunch we had some Healthy Choice Steamers. Those things aren’t too shabby. We just happened to have some because they were part of this big promotion at our grocery store. And Kevin ate all the leftovers! If we’re going to stick to our grocery budget, we’re going to have to stop eating so much! I really only plan dinners and buy a few odds & ends (flatout wraps, avocados) for lunches. It usually works.

Greek yogurt is the best 4PM desk food ever. I think you guys should know that today I made my very own Excel spreadsheet. That’s right. I had Kevin teach me a few tricks during lunch so I could look like an Excel wizard and totally wow my boss! :) He got all excited and wanted to teach me some other stuff, but I had to cut him off. I can only spare so much of my brain for that nerdy accounting stuff.

I resisted the urge to turn my pros & cons list into an Excel spreadsheet. The red pen was close enough!! I wanted the membership consultant to look at my list and convince me that it was the gym for us. She failed miserably. Sorry to say it. Her ultimate fail was when she asked if we had looked at other places. I mentioned the other option we have in mind and she said,”Oh, that is going to be WAY more expensive.” When she showed us the brochure, I pointed out as nicely as I could that it was $10 cheaper per month. It’s still in the running, however, because the “pros” are pretty good and it’s not like I have to workout with the membership consultants.

Kevin James left me all alone to watch football with some guys from church. I decided to get a few miles in on our apartment treadmill since I don’t know my way home from our trial membership gym. I ran 4 miles plus .6 before spin class.

And then I ate an entire box of Annie’s mac ‘n’ cheese. Minus a noodle or two I lovingly sacrificed to Boyd. His begging totally annoys me, but I’m totally fueling the fire with all the human snacks I give him. I can’t resist. Also, I’m a very messy cook so he gets scraps anyways!

My next-up book: (if I ever get around to reading!)


I hope it doesn’t actually talk about the details of being a midwife…. Scary. They didn’t have any of my other picks available at the library. Maybe they know I have $1.60 in fines and are just hiding all the good ones until I cough it up.

Have you ever inadvertently stolen something? At least 15 towels. Okay. At least 10 though!!

Have you ever eaten an entire box of mac ‘n’ cheese? Just confess. I don’t think I could actually scarf a whole box of Kraft, but the Annie’s just seems smaller. It could be my imagination. It’s been a long day. :)

 

 

 

 


Marvelicious Mac ‘n’ Cheese + the Power of Smell

I’m going to have to say, these were NOT worth the 20 minutes of sleep that I’ll never get back!

In the mix: eggs, (mine had 1 egg + 1 egg white), red pepper, green and red onions, skim milk, and jalapeños. Kevin enjoyed it, but I think maybe I’m just not an egg breakfast person. I’m like Uncle Ken. I’d rather have a few cups of coffee before I start with the solid food. But I want to eat breakfast with Kevin before he goes to work, so that’s that.

Here’s the Boykin. 8A.M. Hoping against hope that I won’t be dragging his sorry self around the lake today. No such luck! Boyd and I seized the day and pounded out 4.25 miles in 32 minutes – that’s a 7:34 pace. Boyd was honestly struggling to keep up. He’s really slowing me down so I’m going to have to go out without him one of these days, but I want to keep training him. He’s doing really well with heeling (although I’m pretty sure it’s just because he’s RUNNING FOR HIS LIFE), but he’s very rude when we get back home. He just wants to go inside so badly he can’t contain himself. But I refuse to let him drag me into the yard so we probably have to try 15 times each day until his behavior is acceptable. Today he was so he tired that his stomach was skimming the ground as he slunk around the yard. He’s been sleeping ever since…. Lucky dog!

I spied this organic mac ‘n’ cheese during last night’s Target expedition. Kevin grabbed the amazing original Kraft version and we did a little compare and contrast on the nutrition facts. Annie’s was looking pretty good so we decided to give it a try. I absolutely love mac ‘n’ cheese. It’s one of those foods I could eat every day. And I always have a serving or two when we hit up the Old Country Buffet.

You’re being subjected to this photo of me mostly because I was so proud not to be in sweaty workout clothes when Kevin got home from work today! Go me!!! :)

Here’s what my little lunch ended up looking like. I’m liking the amount of orange on my plate!

Kevin and I love these multigrain tortilla chips. The flavor is outstanding! I can’t believe how much better they are than the plain ole white ones. BUT! Last time we bought the scoops version. A serving size was “13 chips.” For this version, a serving is a measly “8 chips.” I was CRUSHED. I wasn’t even going to eat any, but I really wanted something salty. The chips ARE a little bit bigger, but 8 just seems like a pitiful number, right? That was a rough moment in my chip counting experiement.

Yesterday’s taco calzone dough became today’s garlic-jalapeño rolls.  I simply rolled out the dough, covered it with jalapeños, cheese, garlic, and butter. Then I rolled them up cinnamon roll style! I didn’t try them, but they smelled delicious!

Speaking of SMELLING. I was reminded of this picture. It’s from a few weeks ago, but I was showing Kevin about some research I’ve read. Apparently, simply SMELLING what you want can reduce your craving. I like to do it sometimes just for fun because I am a total nerdcake. Also chewing minty gum or brushing your teeth can help.

Do you think that smelling something could help you lose a craving? I feel like smelling something would make me MORE hungry for it.

What types of mac ‘n’ cheese have you tried besides the beautiful blue box Kraft original? I’d also like to try the internet famous cauliflower macaroni & cheese. I was also tempted by a recipe over on Carrots ‘n’ Cake for Cheesy Baked Shells and Broccoli. Although I’m not sure it’s advisable to mess with a classic by adding vegetables of all things.

Of Possible Interest:

*Broiled Healthy Blueberry Dessert in Ramekins

*Mini Apple Crisps in Ramekins

P.S. The title comes from a radio dairy commercial that I have never been able to erase from my brain. Some annoying kid singing about marvelicious mac ‘n’ cheese and cheesy quesadillas.