Monday, March 4, 2013

Salad Ideas

It's a pretty common thought that salads are a great meal option when you are trying to eat healthier (as long as you aren't loading them up with cheese, creamy dressings, or fatty fried crunchies!) But a big ol bowl of lettuce can get monotonous if you start to do it for a while.  So I just wanted to share some of my recent salads with you all in case you needed some fresh ideas!  Disclaimer:  I do not like salad dressing, so none of them have any!  

Lettuce mix, cucumber, sweet peppers, grapes and left over baked chicken strips.

Lettuce mix, sweet peppers, cucumber, strawberries, shredded mozzarella and Tyson Grilled and Ready Chicken Breast.

Lettuce mix, grapes, carrot chips, shredded cheddar, Tyson Grilled and Ready Steak and leftover roasted squash. 

Lettuce mix, sweet peppers, cucumber, kiwi and Tyson Grilled and Ready Chicken Breast.
Any other inventive salad ideas out there?  I'm always looking for new ways to mix it up!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Healthier Cupcake Trick

Idea from Hungry Girl

So of course the boxed cake mixes come with directions on them, those directions telling you to load up this already sugary mix with fat and cholesterol!  No thank you!  Did you know there are a variety of things you can mix in and still have cake-like goodness come out?  I've tried a few of the ways but right now my favorite has been to mix in diet soda because it's so easy.  One can of soda + one box of mix, stir and bake! And you can mix and match flavors to make all kinds of fun things!  What I like about it as well is that it makes 12 cupcakes instead of 24.  I almost never have a need for 24 cupcakes, so the 12 works much better for me, but it is something to keep in mind if you need to make a lot of cupcakes for something.

My second trick is more of a timesaver - the new Cool Whip Frosting.  So much better for you than the canned stuff in the cake mix aisle.  This stuff can be found in the freezer and I actually think is more tasty.  You just have to thaw it before you want to use.  It's fluffy and light and yummy!  You don't even need an entire container to frost these cupcakes generously!

This is all you need for the cupcake part!
Put together in large bowl.
Stir it up!
Into the oven per box baking instructions!
This is how they look when done, they look more like muffins but they still taste like cupcakes!

Frost and decorate and fool all your friends! :)

I also tried this with Funfetti and Fresca with vanilla frosting, delicious!