Friday, August 24, 2012

Bisquick Complete Whole Grain Fluffy Goodness

Product under review: Bisquick Complete Simply Buttermilk with Whole Grain
First Impression: I hope this tastes as good as normal Bisquick
Verdict: YUM.  Fluffy pancakes and filling whole grains!

So I had some blueberries to use up before they went bad and some Bisquick in my pantry... seems like a no brainer!
blueberries in my berry strainer
the pancake mix (looks sophisticated, doesn't it?)
 My favorite thing about "complete" pancake mix... it's so easy to just add the water!  Add a little more if it's too thick, add a little more mix if too thin.  No ratios or anything to worry about.  Just stir it right up!  If you are also adding blueberries, make sure to add them right before cooking, and stir gently, burst blueberries can make for funny-looking pancakes.

added water and blueberries to mix!  
I always make dollar sized pancakes, so they are small.  But you can make big ones the same way!  And just put on a greased medium-high heat griddle or skillet.

so nice and thick!

browned and puffed up really nicely.
 Flip pancakes after they start to puff and bubble, and they are golden brown and fluffy!  I put both servings on my plate because I was feeling hungry, but it was not necessary.  Half of what I made filled me up and kept me full for quite some time after.  This mix is definitely a keeper for me!

two servings (the smallest "recipe on the box"
Just a note, I used to use the Fiber One pancake mix, but I've stopped being able to find it.  These might be lower in fiber, but they are fluffier and if I find the F1 again I'm not sure I'd switch back.  These are definitely worth the calories and great for that pancake craving while still keeping full after breakfast!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Spaghetti Squash - Yum.

Super Sauce Spaghetti Squash 

So there's no link for you to go check out some recipe on this one, because it's something I pulled together after about a year of experimenting with spaghetti squash (which is an amazing vegetable that you should certainly try if you haven't yet).

Prep time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 

What you need
1/2 small-medium spaghetti squash 
2/3 cup meatless burger crumbles (I like Morninstar Farms)
1/2 cup marinara sauce
1 wedge Laughing Cow Light Swiss
2 tsp parmesean topping

Microwave safe bowl
Saran Wrap
Cooking Spray
Saute pan

2 slices sandwich thin/light wheat bread
1/2 tablespoon light butter substitute

1. Cut squash.  I try to buy smaller squashes so I typically just cut it in half.  This happens to have been the last one, so it was bigger than I'd like... I cut it into awkward thirds.  Then you put it into a microwave-safe bowl with a bit of water, cover with saran wrap and cook for 7-10 minutes.  

Cooked!  Caution, this is HOT after this step.  I try to do it a little in advance, makes it easier to scoop out the goods.
2. Use fork to magically transform squash into spaghetti-like goodness. (Just scoop it out into a bowl)
3.  Bring a pan to medium-high heat, spray with cooking spray.  Add burger crumbles.  Once they start to cook, add the sauce.
Mmm now things start smelling delicious!
4. Once everything in pan is hot, add Laughing Cow wedge (this is my secret trick!) It gives the whole dish a more creamy texture and makes it taste more like it's full of naughty calories, although it's still completely healthy!  Stir it around until it melts and mixes in to everything. 

You don't want it to look like this... get that mixed.
5.  You now have two options.  A) Add spaghetti squash to pan and sautee until all mixed and covered.  B) Dump sauce onto bowl of spaghetti squash.  Both are good options, depends on how much time you have and when you microwaved your squash.

Squash-in-pan approach
All stirred up!
6. (Optional) Pop bread in toaster and top with butter.  Saucy spaghetti squash is a great toast-topper.

7. Serve and top with parmesean cheese.
Sauce-on-squash approach.
Maybe not as pretty, but just as delicious!

The whole dish is super filling and clocks in around 500 calories (with toast!) depending on the brands and types of certain things you use.  It's one of my favorite things to make because it's quick and easy and chocked full of veggies and vitamins.  It also is a pretty good pasta swap if you are trying to watch carbs.