Candyland Pie


Hungry Girl is a website that offers healthier recipes and their suggestions are OUTSTANDING!   A recipe I made for a potluck was Candyland Pie.  It was a home run and I would recommend using this as a conscientious desert alternative.  I mean really -just because I want to loose weight I shouldn’t have to be limited to vegetable sticks during the”eating” season.

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  • 4 Sheets chocolate graham crackers (16)
  • 2 T Light whipped butter or butter spread

Filling Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup fat-free sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 small (4-serving) box Jell-O Sugar Free Fat Free Vanilla Instant pudding mix
  • 3 cups Cool Whip Free, thawed
  • 3 tbsp. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 standard-sized peppermint candy canes, lightly crushed, divided
  • Optional topping: Fat Free Reddi-wip

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

To make the crust, crush graham crackers in a food processor or blender (or place in large sealable bag and crush with a meat mallet). Transfer crumbs to a bowl and set aside.

Place butter in a small microwave-safe bowl and microwave until melted, about 15 seconds. Add to the bowl of graham cracker crumbs and mix until uniform.

Spray a pie pan with nonstick spray. Evenly distribute crust mixture along the bottom of the pie pan, using your hands or a flat utensil to firmly press and form the crust. Press it into the edges and up along the sides of the pan.

Bake crust in the oven until firm, 8 – 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.

To make the filling, combine condensed milk, milk, and pudding mix in a large bowl. Mix well. Fold in Cool Whip until smooth. Gently stir in chocolate chips and about 3/4 of the candy cane pieces.

Once crust has cooled completely, evenly pour filling into the pan.

Refrigerate until firm and chilled, at least 2 hours. (Overnight is best.)

Sprinkle pie with remaining candy cane pieces. If you like, top with Reddi-wip just before serving. Dig in!

MAKES 8 SERVINGS
Serving Size: 1 slice (1/8th of pie)
Calories: 202
Fat: 4.5g
Sodium: 250mg
Carbs: 37g
Fiber: 0.25g
Sugars: 24g
Protein: 2.5g

PointsPlus® value 5*

Of course I can’t follow a recipe exactly so rather than using frozen cool whip – I used heavy whipping cream and made the whip cream. Rather than using sugar to flavor the whip cream, I used pulverized puff peppermints. Oh yes, I used puff peppermints rather than hard candy canes – they crush up really nice and blend really well. ALSO substituted 1c of cinnamon Graham’s and 1c of chocolate Cheerios for the crust. Actually could have done all chocolate Cheerios and I might try chocolate Special K cereal or if they have a chocolate fiber one cereal that would be a great alternative too. Everyone really liked this and even with my substitutions it still is a “low-guilt” holiday treat!

So have a healthy, happy Christmas and enjoy some guilt free eating. My focus will be portion control and increase those activity points! God Bless and keep working the Weight Watchers Program.

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Trying to get prepared to eat right next week so that I can maintain my weight loss and continue towards my goals.  We had a great lesson at our meeting this week.  We “created” a plate and then were to guesstimate the points for each item on our plate.  I have always been conscious of what I’m willing to “blow” weight on.  My thing in the last few years has been that I am making choices about what I am willing to exercise to eat.  If something isn’t wonderful then why would I want to eat it and pay the consequences for something less than FABULOUS.foodquad

The thing that I’ve fallen in love with about Weight Watchers is that they have the same concept.  We are all their because we love food.  The thing we have to learn is what is worth eating and how much extra effort are you willing to pay in order to eat some of those favorite foods.

So this coming Thursday – yes I will be eating my weekly extra points and walking for several hours to pay for the wonderful foods I love.  Mostly dessert because normally I opt to not pay for those foods regardless how much I like them.  If they aren’t fabulous, I will only take a bite – the chickens can have the rest – the points don’t bother them at all.

strudelIf you need something to take to friends or family consider Cranberry-Apple Relish which is only 6 points for a 1/2 cup serving and worth every one of those points.   I have cut back to using 1/2 the sugar that is called for in the recipe which would drop your points in half also because literally sugar is the only ingredient with points in that recipe.   AND every other ingredient is a power food so you are really giving your meal a filling boost.

Ramp up that Cranberry Apple Relish by using it as the filling for a homemade strudel.  The recipe  can be whipped up in the bread maker, beat together the cream cheese filling, and add 1 1/2 cups of cranberry apple relish – deliver it as the perfect pairing for the Thanksgiving feast.  This elegant and tasty treat is only 7 points (10 servings of strudel).

Pecan Cranberry Chicken Salad


The pecan cranberry chicken salad from Bob Evans is one of my all time favorites.  I like it so much that I went out Saturday afternoon and treated myself to the savor portion.  I couldn’t believe that it cost me 16 points for the little bowl of salad.  So I decided to try and re-make the salad at home and see how many points it was going to cost me.

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  • 4 c lettuce
  • 2 T blue cheese crumbles
  • 3 T dried cranberries
  • 3 T chopped pecan
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 3 oz roasted chicken (no skin)
  • 3 oz Fat Free Italian dressing

Add-ins

  • 1 c sliced mushrooms
  • 2 boiled egg

Weight Watchers points for all this food – 19 points.  This could EASILY be 2 meals.  I took the pecans out because I didn’t have them in the house which saved me 3 points – this is why I added the boiled eggs, plus I always have PLENTY of eggs.