Monday, August 26, 2013

Sour Cream Half Whole Wheat Dark Chocolate Chip Muffins for 230 Calories

I don't love most muffins. Blueberry, okay. Lemon poppyseed, whatever. Bran, who even invited you? But I DO deeply love chocolate chip muffins. Really chocolate chip anything can get it in my book. I adapted this recipe from Bakerella and I really love the not-too-sweet-but-instead-tangy element the sour cream brings to the table. As I have mentioned numerous times before, baking is not my forte. So you know if I'm bringing you a baked good recipe, it's pretty damn easy and reliable.

I try to reduce the amount of white flour I consume, and from what I've read you really can't bake with 100% whole wheat without everything going awry. So instead I use a 50/50 mix of white and whole wheat to at least get part of the way to a healthy option. I also swapped in some lower calorie, lower fat dairy options and switched the chocolate to dark to reduce the baked goods guilt even further.

You'll need:
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour 
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 
  • 1/2 tsp salt 
  • 3/4 cup light sour cream
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 melted butter
  • 6 oz dark chocolate chips
Recipe makes a dozen muffins, at 230 calories a muffin

Set the oven to 350 degrees. Mix together both flours, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, stir together the sour cream, almond milk, eggs, vanilla and butter until everything is evenly mixed. Add the flour mixture and fold in until there are no dry patches. Add the chocolate chips. Evenly divide the batter into a lined muffin baking tray. Bake for 18-20 minutes.

I recently made these for a friend's baby shower I hosted and everyone else was obsessed with them as I am. And honestly, for 230 calories with half whole grains and dark chocolate, you're not going to ruin your whole day with this warm, fluffy treat.

I recommend serving with mimosas because that's just what I always do. Life is better with mimosas. I dare anyone to suggest otherwise.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

200 Calorie Asian Turkey Meatballs

I love doing meatballs in the oven. It's such a quick, easy dinner. You only really have to clean one bowl and everything is done in under a half an hour.

You'll need:

  • 1/2 pound ground lean turkey
  • 1 egg 
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat panko crumbs
  • 1 tbs ginger paste or freshly grated ginger
  • 1-2 tsp Sriracha sauce, depending on how spicy you want it
  • 2 tbs diced green onions 
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced 
200 calories a serving

This makes about 10 meatballs and is enough for two as a meal. Double or triple accordingly.

A couple of notes - I think we all know Sriracha makes everything better, so feel free to add or cut back on the magic rooster sauce depending on how spicy you want your meatballs. In a pinch, you can substitute regular onions for green onions and garlic powder for cloves. Do you, work with your pantry, etc.

Lastly, as previously I have sung the praises of Gourmet Garden's tube o' basil, I'm also obsessed with their ginger paste. Let's be real, fresh ginger is kind of a pain to grate and work with, but this ginger paste is crazy flavorful, keeps forever, and you only need to squeeze. It's usually in the produce section of the grocery store by the fresh herbs.

I am in no way sponsored by the Gourmet Garden corporation. BUT I WOULD LOVE TO BE.

Set the oven to 350. In a large bowl, take all the ingredients and hand mix (like really, get your hands in there) them together until you've got an even mixture. On a baking sheet covered in parchment paper or tin foil, roll ping pong ball sized meatballs of the turkey mixture and spread them out so they're not touching. Bake for 22-25 minutes.

I like to serve these with edamame for a quick weeknight dinner.