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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Easy Beef and Broccoli

I love to eat Asian inspired dishes, but do to some crazy food allergies I have, I unfortunately don’t get to enjoy very many of them. Here is one dish that my family and I are able to enjoy at home.
So here is my take on Beef & Broccoli:
beef broccoli
First you need about 1 to 1 ½ lbs of flank steak, sliced into thin strips.
Then marinate the meat in this for at least an hour:

-1/2 Tsp Baking Soda

-1 Tsp Sugar

-1 Tbsp Cornstarch

-1 Tbsp Soy Sauce (low-sodium)

-1 Tbsp Water

-2 Tbsp Veg. Oil

For the sauce:

½ Cup Soy Sauce (low-sodium)

2 Tbsp Brown Sugar

4 Cloves Garlic, minced

2 Tbsp Flour

3 Tbsp Veg Oil

2 Heads of Broccoli, crowns only

In a small bowl stir together: soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic and flour. Set aside.

In a large wok or saute pan, heat 2 tbsp of veg oil over high/medium heat. Add broccoli and saute for about 3 minutes stirring frequently. Transfer broccoli to plate.

Add the remaining tbsp of oil to the hot pan. Add the marinated meat and half of the sauce mixture and saute for 3 to 4 minutes, stir often, cook until meat is cooked through. Stir in the broccoli and remaining sauce. Cook for about 1 minute then serve over rice.

Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread

I have made this cinnamon pull apart bread every Christmas morning for 8 years now and it’s become such a family favorite they won’t let me not make it Christmas morning!
It is luckily a very simple recipe and I layout most everything I need to make it before “a long winter’s nap” ☺
cinnbread

Ingredients:

¾ Cup Sugar

1 Tbsp Cinnamon

2 Cans of Refrigerated Biscuits (buttermilk or flaky)

½ Cup Butter or Margarine, Melted

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut the biscuit dough into quarters with scissors.

Mix the sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Roll the dough quarters in the cinnamon sugar mix.

Place half of biscuits into a greased 12 cup fluted tube pan (bunt pan). Drizzle with ¼ cup of the melted butter. Top with remaining biscuit quarters and melted butter.

Top unbaked loaf with remaining cinnamon sugar mixture. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes until golden. After baking let loaf stand for 5 minutes before inverting onto a plate.

Easy Basil Balsamic Salad

Summer comes along and so does a change in the menu at my house.  We like salad, like most people, but man did it get boring after a while.  Then my mom told me about a salad she used with all basil and no lettuce.  To be honest it sounded a little gross and overwhelming at first to me.

Don’t get me wrong, I love basil, I put it into any pasta dish I make and more. I was worried that it would be a little “basil over kill” for it to be the main base of a salad.

Anyway, she made some one night during a  visit…and I was hooked. ♥

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The items you need to make it are:

-Basil

-Fresh Mozzarella Cheese

-Greek Olives

-Croutons

-Balsamic Vinegar

-Olive Oil

Now you can put the ratio for these ingredients however you like. I use 4 oz of basil, 1/4 cup cut Greek olives, about 4 oz of fresh mozzarella cut in small cubes, 1/2 croutons, 1 tbsp olive oil and about 2-3 tbsp balsamic depending on how strong you would like the flavor. Just make it anyway you like.

Now I get all my ingredients (except the balsamic vinegar, tell you later) for this salad at Trader Joe’s.
They are they only store I have found to carry a large enough package of basil with out me freak’n out in the produce section, can’t believe what some store charge for the stuff. So go to Trader Joe’s, you will $ave a bundle…
Up here in Washington at my Trader Joe’s it’s a 4 oz package of organic basil it’s $2.79 and regular $2.29.
imageThe other ingredient that really makes this salad so awesome is the balsamic vinegar. I have made this salad with the balsamic vinegar from Costco many times but my absolute favorite is to use an 18 year aged balsamic vinegar I found here locally and I don’t think I can ever go back!
It’s so flavorful and a little thicker than your run-or-the-mill balsamic.
My husband is hooked on it, my family and extended family all fell in love with it during a visit a few years back. Now every time they come they have to get a bottle or two to take home!

This is what it is:image…yes you can order it online if you aren’t here in WA 🙂

This stuff is so good I have even put the Strawberry Balsamic one this company makes on steak…I know weird right?

But it’s that good people!