Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Blueberry Muffins - 3 Smart Points

These are standard size muffin tins.
These measured 2 1/2" in diameter.  They're a nice size.

You could always lower the total points by using applesauce in place of the butter.  I prefer the butter.  Most things I've baked using the apple sauce don't keep more than a day before getting quite dry.

Makes 12
Total Smart Points 34
3 Smart Points per muffin

1 cup frozen blueberries
2 T. melted butter
1 3/4 cups flour
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
3 T. Truvia (next time I'll use 4 T. so the dough will be sweeter)
1 egg white
1 cup skim milk

Combine dry ingredients.  Whisk together the milk, egg, and melted butter.  Add to dry ingredients and mix well.  Fold in blueberries.

Divide equally into 12 muffin cups that have been sprayed with Pam.  Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes.

Smart Points
Butter          10
Flour           21
Milk             3

Metal Die Storage

Using a 3 ring binder and some sheets of magnetic material from The Dollar Tree I made a quick storage solution for my metal dies I use with a Cuttlebug.

The magnetic sheets were cut to 8 1/2 x 11" using a rotary cutter and ruler.  Then, using a We R Memory Keeper's punch I added holes to fit the binder posts.

This will keep my dies organized and easy to remove and use.  I don't know why I'd never thought to put the magnetic sheets into a binder.  I've always stored my dies on magnetic sheets but they were laying flat in a plastic craft storage box. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Cheesy Onion Casserole --10 Smart Points

I modified the original recipe and cut the total Smart Points per serving in half without losing any of the flavor.  This is the original recipe which has a whopping total of 83 Smart Points.  My modified recipe has 37 Smart Points.  This makes 4 generous servings.  I rounded the points up to 10 per serving.

Original recipe
This is the original recipe; the modified one is listed below.

Cheesy Onion Casserole
Makes 4 servings - 83 Smart Points for entire recipe

    2-3 Tbs butter or margerine
    3 large sweet onions or 4 medium white or yellow onions
    2 c. shredded swiss cheese (8 oz.)
    1 can cream of chicken soup, undiluted**
    2/3 c. milk
    1 tsp. soy sauce
    8 or so slices of French bread

Melt butter in a saute pan over medium heat, and add onions.
Saute onions until clear, a little brown is ok. In a shallow 2 qt.
casserole pan, layer onions, 2/3 of cheese and pepper to taste.

In a sauce pan, heat soup, milk, and soy sauce, stirring to blend.
Pour soup mixture in a casserole and stir gently to mix. Top with
 bread slices. Bake at 350 uncovered for 15 minutes. After
15 minutes, top of bread should be nice and toasted.

Push bread slices under the sauce and top with the remaining cheese.

Bake for 15 more minutes and you are done!

Smart Points
Butter                   15
Cheese                  32
Bread                    24
Soup                       7
Milk                        5     

This lighter version of the recipe still tastes great and is much less oily since the butter is omitted and less cheese is used.  You'll never miss either of them!

Cheesy Onion Casserole
Makes 4 servings - 37 Smart Points for entire recipe

3 large sweet onions, coarsely chopped
8 slices Sargento Aged Swiss cheese
1 can Cream of Chicken soup
2/3 cup skim milk
1 tsp. soy sauce
4 slices Sourdough or French bread

In a non-stick skillet, “sauté” the onions with a little bit of water until lightly browned.

While onions are cooking, combine soup, milk and soy sauce in a microwave safe bowl and heat thoroughly.

Place cooked onions in a greased 8” square pan.  Lay 4 slices of the Swiss cheese on top of onions and pour heated soup mixture over the top.
Top with the 4 slices of bread.  Using a spatula, gently press the bread down into the soup mixture until bread is covered.

Bake at 350° for about 15 minutes, until hot and bubbly.  Place the remaining 4 slices of cheese on top and bake an additional 10 minutes until the cheese is nicely browned.

Smart Points

Cheese        16
Milk             2
Soup             7
Bread          12