Weight Watchers Friendly 2 Ingredient Dough

It’s the beginning of a new year and many of us have probably been reflecting on our lives; ourselves, wants, goals and projects etc. Many of us, seriously a lot of us, are always making new goals that involve our bodies. Whether that goal is to lose weight, get into shape, eat better or maybe all three of those . I myself am one of those people, but not as a “New Year Resolution”and not as a “goal for 2018”. Since early December I’ve been doing some soul searching, thinking of my “whys” and “is this where I want myself to be”. A voice inside my head piped up and said, “No way, get your shit together and be better for you”. And better sounds good…and achievable.

In the spirit of “a better me” I am follower of a group on Facebook called “No Finish Line Nation”, and it’s pretty cool. I can honestly say it is one of the most positive, supportive, helpful and interesting groups on FB that I’ve come across. Many people who are in the group are following a Weight Watchers program but many also are not.

Lately, a hot topic on the NFLN FB group has been “2 Ingredient Dough”. Everyone has been asking how to make it, what to make with it and “does it taste gross” (seriously).

Well over this weekend I made it for the first time. I made three different items using the dough recipe and had my family as taste testers. I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was, how few weight watcher smart points it is and how many family begged me to make more!

The recipe is basically one part plain non-fat Greek yogurt and one part self-rising flour.

For two bagels for a total of 5 WW smart points:

1/2 Cup Plain Non-Fat Greek Yogurt

1/2 Cup Self-Rising Flour

Mix both ingredients, knead on floured surface for about 1 min (dough will be sticky so spray your hands with cooking spray). Shape dough into two rings.

Now top with egg wash (if you like), and your favorite toppings/seasonings, the possibilities are endless!

I used Trader Joe’s (I love TJ’s) Everything But The Bagel Seasoning on my two bagels.

Bake at 350 degrees for approx 22-25 min then Broil for 2 minutes, DONE.

I have to say I was so surprised at how easy this all was and how good they really tasted! My daughter and my husband (who is very picky) really enjoyed these. The the flavor kind of reminded my husband of a sourdough bread. It was a hit!

After making the bagels, I was ready to try something else. So figured I would try small cinnamon rolls.

For 8 Small Cinnamon Rolls – 2 WW Smart Points each

1 Cup Plain Non-Fat Greek Yogurt

1 Cup Self-Rising Flour

1/4 Cup Stevia

1 Tbsp Cinnamon

Same directions as before.

Then roll out dough, top with Cinnamon and Stevia. Then roll the dough up into one large log and cut pieces out onto baking sheet.

Bake at 350 Degrees for 21-25 min (depending on your oven).

When baked you can add an icing of your choosing, but I didn’t (more points)

So the cinnamon rolls turned out fine. My daughter loved them and kept wanting to eat them all. I thought they were just ok, I wish they had icing but…I didn’t want to use any points on that😜

Personal Size Pizza – 5 WW Smart Points (for the whole thing👍) 1/2 Cup Plain Non-Fat Greek Yogurt

1/2 Cup Self-Rising Flour

Mix both ingredients, knead for a minute (I added some seasonings and garlic into my dough), then let dough rest for about 10 minutes.

Spread dough out into desired shape onto lined baking pan.

Add desired sauce and toppings (don’t forget to track your toppings if you are following WW)

Bake at 450 degrees for about 14-16 minutes.

These pizzas were AMAZING!!! My daughter, husband and myself each made our own personal pizzas for dinner tonight with our own topping choices. We were honestly shocked at how delicious our pizzas turned out! First thing my daughter said was, “Mom, this so super good, way better than Papa John’s! Wow!”. My husband loved how the pizzas turned out so much he asked when an we make them again and we should add it into the weekly meal shuffle… Seriously folks, these pizzas were just too good!

I hope this has helped you in taking the plunge and making the “2 Ingredient Dough”.

I can’t wait to make more and experiment with what it can do!

Please feel free to share this post on FB, Pinterest or with your fellow peeps at your next WW meeting😉

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Weight Watcher/Low Calorie – Cool Whip Cookies

Lately I have been in such a cooking rut…
I look at the upcoming week on the calendar and stare blankly, always thinking “I need to try to make some new stuff”.
April was, and still is, such a busy month for my family and I haven’t been the greatest, so motivation has been semi-low.  I have been looking everywhere for some inspiration for great new low calorie and weight watcher friendly ideas, I don’t mind tweaking a recipe to make it fit better for me and my family.
After looking at Pinterest (for way too long), old magazines and cookbooks I decided to just do it and dedicate about 20 minutes a day to find something new to try for the next coming week….we will see how long I can stick with this👍

I’ve seen so many recipes for cakes that use the cake mix, some cool whip and another wet ingredient such as pineapple, soda etc.  I think I have finally found a great cookie recipe! It’s only 1 wwpts+ and about 50 calories each!😉

**6/29/16 UPDATE-4 Smart Points per cookie or 3 Smart Point per cookie if made with no powdered sugar**
So here is all you need and what to do:
1 Box Chocolate Cake Mix
2 Eggs
16oz Fat Free Cool Whip
1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar
Preheat oven to 350.
Combine cake mix, Cool Whip and eggs in bowl and mix until well combined.
Place in refrigerator and chill for at least one hour.
Drop by using small cookie scoop into powdered sugar and roll to coat.
Place on greased cookie sheet. Bake for about 12-14 minutes.
Enjoy!

Easy Fall Cookies

photo 1Fall seems to be when things really start getting busy for everyone. In the hustle and bustle you might need (or just want) a fast and easy treat…so this is the recipe for you. This recipe for “Fall Cookies” is great because you use a box of cake mix with just 3 other items.

Now if you have seen some of my other recipes I have posted around here you will come to find out I love to make use out of a good old box of cake mix. They are ever so handy, cheap with coupons (especially right now, like$0.30 a box cheap) and can be made into more than just cake…

What you need:

1 Box Spice Cake Mix

2 Eggs

½ Cup Oil (Veg, coconut, etc)

½ to ¾ Bag of Heath Bar Pieces

So this is all you have to do, no mixer required:

Dump in cake mix, eggs, and oil…mix it up…then throw in the heath bar pieces…mix it again.

Scoop using a small cookie scoop, bake at 350 degrees for about 8 to 10 minutes…done!

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Rainbow Cupcakes (very fun to do with the kiddos)

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Last summer my daughter and I were trying to do a new project or activity that we could do at home everyday using stuff we already had in the house. (summer fun on a tight budget)
We came across this recipe in the Family Fun magazine. Many times this particular magazine has some good ideas but they are too often to difficult for my little one. Anyway, we found this great idea for cupcakes and it was easy enough for Little Diva to help me the whole time.

I have to say that the cupcakes came out looking pretty cool!

What you’ll need

  • White cake mix (we used an 18-1/4-ounce box)
  • Food coloring (red, blue, green, and yellow)
  • Baking cups

How to make it

  1. Prepare your favorite white cake mix, then divide the batter evenly among six small bowls. Following the chart below, dye each bowl of batter a rainbow color.
    RAINBOW COLOR DROPS OF FOOD COLORING
    Purple 9 red and 6 blue drops
    Blue 12 drops
    Green 12 drops
    Yellow 12 drops
    Orange 12 yellow and 4 red drops
    Red 18 drops
  2. Line 16 muffin pan wells with baking cups. Evenly distribute the purple batter among the cups, then the blue, and so on, following the order shown. As you go, gently spread each layer of batter with the back of a spoon to cover the color underneath.
  3. Bake the cupcakes according to your recipe directions. Before serving, remove the paper wrapping.

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Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cake Cookies

Through out the year, during my coupon ventures, I grow what I like to call is my “stock pile”.  And in my stock pile is many boxes of different cake mixes that I purchased for almost nothing. I always keep an eye out on how to use them for different recipes besides just the one on the box…boring.
Anyway, here is a recipe that uses a box of strawberry cakes mix and a handful of ingredients that most people have in their pantry all the time.

These cookies can out so good, so light and soft. Surprisingly they aren’t overly sweet, and there is no added butter or sugar ☺

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  • Ingredients:
  •    1 Box of Strawberry cake mix
  •    1 Tsp Baking powder
  •    2 Large Eggs
  •    1/3 Cup Vegetable oil
  •    1/2 Tsp Vanilla extract
  •    1 & 1/4 Cup Chocolate chips

-Preheat oven to 350. Line cookie/baking sheet with silicone mat or parchment paper.

-In a large bowl mix the dry cake mix and baking powder. Set aside.
In a smaller bowl wisk the eggs, oil and vanilla my hand with wire whisk.
Mix with the dry ingredients. Sir quickly to make sure all the dry cake lumps are broken and mixed well. Then gently mix in the chocolate chips.

-Drop rounded balls of dough, approx 2 tablespoons each in size.

-Bake at about 9-10 minutes, watch closely to make sure they don’t brown on top! Allow to cool on baking sheet approx 2 minutes(they will be soft), then move to cooling rack to cool completely before storing.

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Yummy cake that isn’t that bad for you! (And only 2 ingredients)

This recipe is one that I’ve known for years and I haven’t come across one person who doesn’t like it yet. I don’t know what the official name is for this but we just call it “Sprite Cake”.

My favorite things about this cake recipe are:

  • weight watcher friendly (approx 2 points)
  • very inexpensive
  • kids love it
  • 2 ingredients to make the cake
  • my husband loves it
  • so easy to make!

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All it takes is one can of diet 7UP or diet Sprite, one box of French Vanilla or Yellow cake mix* and one tub of fat free cool whip.

Mix the can of soda with the pack of dry cake mix. Pour into a greased 9 x 13 pan. Bake at 350 for about 28 to 30 minutes. When the cake has cooled completely spread the cool whip over the top like frosting and that’s it!

*Tip: I have found that the Betty Crocker Super Moist cake mix works the best.