Thursday, January 27, 2011

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

I've been trying to include a couple of new recipes into our monthly menu planning. I love Hungry Girl and have been trying out a few of her recipes lately. Here's the latest one - buffalo chicken pizza. It certainly didn't fulfill my pizza craving but it was still a yummy dish. My hubby loves anything spicy - especially if it includes hot sauce - so this one was a keeper in his book!

1 entire pita pizza - 6 Weight Weight Point Plus Points

This recipe is for 1 serving:


1 high-fiber or whole-wheat pita
1/2 tsp. dry ranch dressing/dip mix
1 wedge The Laughing Cow Light Original Swiss cheese
2 oz. cooked and chopped skinless lean chicken breast
1 tsp. Frank's RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce
1 tbsp. reduced-fat Parmesan-style grated topping
1 tbsp. chopped scallions


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray. Place pita on the sheet and set aside.

3. In a small bowl, combine ranch mix with cheese wedge and mix. Spread evenly onto the pita.

4. In another small bowl, toss chicken with hot sauce. Scatter chicken over the ranchy cheese layer, and sprinkle evenly with Parm-style topping.

5. Bake in the oven until hot and toasty, 10 - 12 minutes.

6. Sprinkle with scallions, slice into quarters and, if you like, top with a little extra hot sauce.


Sunday, January 9, 2011

Chipotle Panini Chicken

Panera Bread ReMake - Chipotle Chicken Panini

I love Hungry Girl. Her show starts soon and I'm excited to see what it's like! In the meantime I've been receiving her emails for awhile now and have just now started trying some of her recipes. My absolute favorite part is that ALL of the nutrition facts are included - and she even calculates the Weight Watcher Points - love this girl!!! A dream come true for all Weight Watcher fans :)

When I saw she was doing a remake of something from Panera Bread I knew I had to try it! That place is definitely one of my all time favorite places to eat. Click here for the recipe and sign up to get her emails too!

This one is for sure a keeper - even the hubby has asked me several times how to make it so he can do it himself!!!

Weight Watchers - 6 Points on the new Points Plus Program

This recipe is for ONE serving. So double, triple, etc. accordingly to make it work for your family!

1 1/2 tbsp. fat-free mayonnaise
1/2 tsp. adobo sauce (from canned chipotle peppers) or chipotle hot sauce (like the kind by Tabasco)
2 dashes onion powder
2 dashes garlic powder

One 100-calorie flat sandwich bun (like Arnold Select/Oroweat Sandwich Thins)
2 oz. cooked skinless lean chicken breast, shredded or pulled into pieces (we even used canned chicken the second time - just make sure to drain it REALLY well)
1 tbsp. roughly chopped fresh basil
2 thin slices red onion
2 slices plum tomato
1 stick light string cheese, shredded or pulled into pieces

1. In a medium bowl, combine ingredients for the sauce and mix well. Set aside.

2. Split bun in half and lay the halves flat, split sides up. Evenly spread half of the sauce onto the bun halves, leaving half of the sauce in the bowl. Set aside.

3. To the bowl with the remaining sauce, add chicken and toss to coat. Set aside.

4. Evenly top one bun half with basil, onion, tomato, saucy chicken, and cheese. Place the other half on top, sauce side down.

5. Bring a grill pan sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat on the stove. Place sandwich in the pan. Using a spatula, press down gently but firmly to seal the sandwich. Grill until hot and lightly browned, about 2 minutes per side, flipping carefully and pressing down with the spatula to seal. (We don't have a grill pan or a panini press - but our George Foreman grill works perfectly!)

Cut in half (or not) and enjoy!


Friday, January 7, 2011

Cinnamon Swirl Cake

Cinnamon Swirl Cake

My friend Kiertse makes some of my favorite baked treats - check her out at Sweetpea Recipes. This one is definitely a keeper - a super yummy warm cake with a cinnamon buttercream frosting. We made this on Thanksgiving and it didn't last too long!


3 c. flour
1 c. sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 c. milk
1 stick melted butter
1 stick melted butter (yes, 2 total!)
2/3 c. brown sugar
1 T. flour
1 T. cinnamon


1. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
2. Add eggs, vanilla, milk, and melted butter, and mix well.
3. Pour into a sugared (sprayed with cooking spray, and coated with sugar) bundt pan.
4. Melt the second stick of butter, then stir in the brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour.
5. Pour on top of the cake, and with a butter knife, swirl it through the cake.
6. Bake at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting


8 T. butter, room temperature
3 3/4 c. powdered sugar
3-4 T. whole milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tsp. ground cinnamon


1. Place the powdered sugar in a large mixing bowl.
2. Add the butter, and 3 T of milk.
3. Blend with the mixer on low speed until the powdered sugar is incorporated, then add the vanilla and cinnamon.
4. Increase the speed to medium, and beat until fluffy.
5. Add more milk if the frosting seems too stiff.
6. Melt it in the microwave for 30 seconds, or until you can pour it over the cake.