Well Dined

11Mar/132

Light Pumpkin Cream Cheese Loaf

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We are finally getting into some Spring weather here but I am way behind on my posts, so I'm sorry if the cold weather stuff drags on a bit!  I actually made this Pumpkin Cream Cheese Loaf all the way back in October - yikes!  Put it uses canned pumpkin, so you can make it whenever that is available.  I found this recipe through Pinterest which advertized only 500 calories for a WHOLE LOAF!(!!!)  Oh-em-gee!  Can it be true?  Delicious and healthy?  The unicorn of pumpkin loafs?!  EDIT - Well, no in short - it is not.  It actually has more than 1000 calories per loaf and it doesn't taste that great.  But I will leave it on here in case someone has a use for it.  EDIT

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Okay, I wouldn't really call it healthy.  It's low calorie and low fat due to the use of low-fat cream cheese, egg whites vs whole eggs, and applesauce vs oil.  And it uses half fake sugar and half real sugar, but I'd still call that a sugary snack.

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As for deliciousness?  I'd call it okay.  You can definitely taste the fake sugar and it isn't as dense and luxurious as the real thing, but it's a pretty good substitute.  So all-in-all I'm going to call this decent but not amazeballs.

11Feb/130

Quinoa and Kale Crustless Quiche

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Here is a dish that is simple, easy, healthy, and totally delicious.

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All you do is mix together cooked quinoa, wilted kale, caramelized onions, eggs, and cheese; then bake until set.

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It sets up a bit like a frittata.  So simple!

Quinoa and Kale Crustless Quiche
adapted from Food 52
serves 4-8

1/2 cup quinoa
1 cup water
2 tbsp olive oil
1 bunch kale, stems removed and cut into ribbons
1 sweet onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 cup shredded white cheddar cheese (or whatever you like)
3 oz reduced fat cream cheese (or Laughing Cow), cubed
4 eggs
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 350 and prepare a 9" pie dish (either butter the dish thoroughly or spray with baking spray).

Rinse the quinoa.  Combine the quinoa and water in a pan.  Bring to a boil on medium-high heat and then reduce to a simmer.  This will take about twenty minutes.  Set aside.

Meanwhile, start to caramelize the onions.  Heat the olive oil in a large saute on medium heat.  When the oil is shimmering, add the onions.  Slowly cook until the onions are soft and browned.  Remove the onions from the pan, and place them in a large mixing bowl.

Add the kale into the hot onion pan.  On medium heat, cook until the kale is wilted and bright green, about two minutes.  Allow the greens to cool.  Squeeze out any extra liquid using a sieve or a clean dish towel.

Add the kale, quinoa, garlic, cream cheese and cheddar to the mixing bowl.  Stir the ingredients so that they are evenly distributed.

In a small bowl, whisk the eggs so that they are well combined.  Pour over the quinoa/kale mixture.  Stir until the egg clings to the greens.  Add salt and pepper.

Pour the mixture in the prepared pie dish.  Bake for about 45 minutes, until the top is golden and the pie has started to pull away from the edge of the baking dish.  This dish is delightful hot, but even better at room temperature.

13Nov/122

Skinny Pina Colada Cupcakes

In my ever-continuing quest to find healthier foods, I stumbled across this recipe.  Cupcakes, that are diet-friendly, in my favorite tropical flavor combo, made with only 5 ingredients!  Yeah - these are awesome.

For the cake part, you only need 2 ingredients (only 2!) - cake mix and canned crushed pineapple.  That's it!  The pineapple takes the place of the eggs and oil making these super low-fat.

7May/120

Classic New York Cheesecake

Creamy, rich, decadent cheesecake topped with sour cream and luscious cherries - yes please!

Press buttered graham cracker crumbs into the bottom and up the sides of a spring form pan (normally 9-inches, but all I have is 10).  By the way, they now sell pre-crushed graham crackers in the baking isle!

30Apr/120

Spinach, Artichoke, and Chicken Casserole

I am obsessed with all things spinach and artichoke right now, it must be Spring getting to me.  Tossed in a casserole with chicken, pasta, and cheese these veggies become instant comfort food (similar to my long time favorite Spring Shells casserole).  This comes together quickly and only needs to bake for 10-15 minutes, just enough to brown the top (all the ingredients are already cooked).

25Apr/127

Food and Flix – Big Night

Last week, I stumbled upon this really cool concept blog called Food 'n Flix that invites bloggers to watch a movie, make a dish inspired by the movie, then blog about it.  This month, the movie is Big Night (hosted by Spabettie) starring Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub as two hilarious Italian brothers that own a restaurant together.  In order to save the restaurant from bankruptcy, they risk everything they have on one extravagant dinner to impress a celebrity singer.

I loved the movie, it was cute and funny and well acted, and it made me SO HUNGRY.  It inspired me to make a Tricolore Lasagna in the colors of the Italian flag (green, white, and red).