3 Point Granola

 

3 point granola

One of my favorite breakfasts has always been yogurt, fresh fruit, and homemade granola. I have made homemade granola for years, and some of my favorite recipes are on NJSD. It’s an easy and satisfying breakfast when you don’t have time to cook.

I recently came up with a 3 Point Granola that I can eat without sacrificing a day’s worth of points. It’s a two-tablespoon serving, but I prefer the taste of this homemade granola over anything I have found in the store.

If you aren’t looking for a lighter granola check out my two favorite recipes below.

Granola


3 Point Granola
 
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Serves: 40
 
Ingredients
  • 2 c. old-fashioned oats
  • 1 c. broken pecan halves
  • 1 c. sliced almonds
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • ¼ c. extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ c. honey
  • ¼ c. Smucker's Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300℉, Spray a large sheet pan with nonstick cooking spray, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl mix the oats, pecans, and almonds, set aside.
  3. In a saucepan mix the salt, cinnamon, brown sugar, olive oil, honey and peanut butter. Heat over medium heat until melted and combined. Remove from heat and add the vanilla. Pour over the oat mixture and toss to coat.
  4. Pour onto prepared pan, spreading to cover the pan. Cook in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and stir. Return to over and cook 10 more minutes. Remove for oven and stir. If the granola is nice and brown at this point, let stand outside oven to cool completely. If the granola has not browned nicely return to the oven, watching it very closely and bake a few more minutes.
  5. Store in an airtight container.
  6. Serving= 2 tbsp.
  7. tbsp. + 3 WW Freestyle Points

 

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Healthy Recipes in 2018

Healthy Recipes in 2018

I have heard of baseball players and other athletes having a slump.  A period when a player or team is not performing well or not up to expectations.  It is essentially a dry spell or a drought.  I feel like I’ve been going through a cooking slump for the past few months.  I’m sure you have been able to tell that my post has been off.  Yes, much of it was because of the holidays, but a lot of it was because I just did not want to cook! I have even considered that maybe it was time to stop Not Just Sunday Dinner.

Several weeks ago my cousin, Regina, told me about starting a new weight loss program.  Then I spoke with a friend at church who had started the same weight loss program.  Both are beautiful women, but you have to feel good on the inside, right?  I gave up on weight loss programs a few years ago.  I just started thinking that nothing would work for me so why try.  Besides, I always used my blog and newspaper articles as excuses for making food “everybody wanted.”

Talking to them this time intrigued me, and I started doing some research.  First I started looking at recipes.  I am not going to eat bland food, period. I need flavor and taste, and I typically enjoy cooking, so I knew prepackaged food or shakes were not for me.  However, the recipes I looked at sounded delicious and I thought I’d try a few. I’m now a good ten recipes in and except for a couple that I need to tweak I am totally impressed!

I have tried going in this direction in the past on NJSD, but it never lasted. It may not last this time. However, my attitude is nothing I’ve ever experienced before. I don’t have a weight loss number in mind. I don’t have a goal date in mind. I’d like the see the scales drop but most of all I feel good and I’m having fun. I am glad to be cooking healthier for the family and myself. I’ve always loved sharing my food discoveries with you, and I am now excited about sharing these new recipes that I try.

I hope you look forward to this new journey! I know for sure that I will post the Weight Watchers points for the new recipes. I have not decided if I will post nutritional values yet. If I can find a way to add them easily, I will.

I’d love to hear what you think about this?  Do you look forward to healthy recipes and if so, what kind of recipes would you like to see?  Main Dishes for the family, snacks, breakfast?  Please, let me know how you feel, because if I’m not sharing things you want to see I’m wasting my time.

Love,

 

Amye

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Mexican Seasoning Blend

Mexican Seasoning Blend 2

We recently moved Savannah home again. She will be doing an internship in January, and it was impossible to find a six-month lease near the college. So, for six-months, she will make the daily drive to college.

I questioned how living together would be after she has been on her own for so long. I’m trying really hard to remember she’s not a child any longer. It is coming with some benefits also. She has become very independent…she doesn’t want me doing her laundry, and she has become an excellent cook!

Fajitas is a specialty of hers, and I am using every excuse I can think of to have her cook them often. Her secret is this awesome seasoning blend that she makes. I even seasoned a roast with it, and it was delicious.

Savannah does not have an exact measurement for the meat and veggies. To feed two people, she typically uses one to two boneless, skinless chicken breast, two green bell peppers, one large onion, and two to three Roma tomatoes.

Savannah seasons her meat with salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder. Then saute’s it in a little oil until done. She then removes the meat from the skillet to saute green bell peppers and onions. Once the veggies are tender, add chopped Roma tomatoes and a heaping tablespoon of the fabulous seasoning, plus the juice of half a lime. Add the meat back to the skillet, stirring to combine and serve.

Try this tasty Mexican seasoning blend on burgers or grilled meats for extra wonderful flavor!

 

Mexican Seasoning Blend
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. Mexican oregano
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp. chili powder
  • ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl until combined. Store in a small jar.

 

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Update:  I have had some computer problems lately.   I had to have a few repairs done and picked it up yesterday. Problem is, when I got home, I realized they kept my power cord. It’s a 60 mile trip, one way, to the Apple Store. They promised to mail me one.  Hopefully I will be back in business soon!

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One Part Plant Cookbook Review

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☛ 256-page hardback
☛ Publisher: Harper Wave (February 21, 2017)

My mom is dealing with several health problems, and it seems that all of them require restrictions of different foods. However, fresh vegetables are allowed across the board.

One Part Plant by Jessica Murnane is filled with incredible plant-based recipes. I am not a vegetarian myself, but the amazing photography has me dying to try every recipe in the book.  I plan to use this cookbook to find healthy recipes for my family and me.

I have tried two recipes in this beautifully illustrated cookbook already. The Overnight Chai Oats are delicious with fresh fruit and a drizzle of my local honey on top. I also loved the Creamy Butternut Squash and Lentil Tacos, they are not only healthy but very satisfying.

Jessica is a wellness advocate and podcast host who changed her diet five years ago. She suffered from Stage 4 endometriosis and was in such severe pain that she could not get out of bed some mornings. After reading how a plant-based diet could help alleviate her pain and symptoms she skeptically gave it a try. She says her pain began to fade within weeks.

One Part Plant includes a “pantry essentials” section that gives a brief description of your “not so run of the mill” ingredients. The recipes are simple and easy to follow.

I will be visiting my mom in Atlanta later this week, and I can’t wait to try a few of these fabulous recipes with her!

 

About Jessica Murnane:

Jessica Murnane is a wellness advocate, podcast host, and creator of the One Part Plant movement. She has a certification in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and works to raise awareness for endometriosis and women’s health issues. Jessica has contributed to and appeared in countless magazines and websites, including Mind Body Green, The Coveteur, Food 52, PopSugar, and Chalkboard Magazine and has spoken at Apple and Taste Talks. She interviews some of the biggest names in food, lifestyle, and design on the popular One Part Podcast. Through her website (jessicamurnane.com), classes, and restaurant partnerships, she’s working to get everyone on this planet to start eating one plant-based meal each day. She lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, son, and lots of palm trees.
Connect with Jessica on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

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