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Life Strategies: How to Survive an Airplane Flight full of food!

Life Strategies: How to Survive a Long Airplane Flight Full of Food

Short flights are Easy….they don’t even offer much more than drinks and maybe a tiny, easy to resist snack bag of salty trail mix…but a long flight is a different story!

Now, let me share what I ate after takeoff on a 5 hour flight to Las Vegas from NJ…and this flight was through dinner time so I planned to have a ‘snack dinner’.

😊I started to eat the snacks I brought from home (SmartPoints listed in parentheses):
✔️Homemade Kodiak Banana Chocolate Chip muffin (4)
✔️Big Bag of sliced Green peppers (0)
✔️Homemade bag of air fryer wrap chips (2)
✔️1 Laughing Cow Wedge (1)
✔️Clementine (1)
Current On-The-Plane total at this point is 8sp.
And at this point, I had approximately 3 hours of plane time left…⏰✈️

📲I brought plenty to do, but was bored…our takeoff was delayed an hour, so that was an extra hour on the plane…then, my TV thing didn’t work….but that was ok as I had many non-tv things to do: New Book to read, 2 magazines, I downloaded 2 magazines on my iPad, I had a small notebook for ideas, to do lists, doodles, etc. I had a variety of posts to work on for my blog. I had PLENTY to do that didn’t involve the internet…but eating can be so comforting in some ways when you are a bit bored…

😜Then, the Flight Attendants started to serve the food selections…and this airplane went from a transportation vehicle to a food court!
My resolve momentarily weakened…
With eager anticipation, I realized I could buy myself:
🍔a hot cheeseburger on a pretzel bun!
🌯tiny chicken wrap!
🍭a candy pack of sweets!
🍴chips!
🍫chocolate!
🍝a warm pasta and meatball plate!
🧀an artesian cheese and 🥜 nut assortment!

🤔But would I actually buy food on the plane when I brought a big bag of carefully planned snacks from home??

I would say a majority of the people on the flight were eating at this point and about half purchsed food or ate the food they brought with them. Imagine hearing the popping sound of many soda cans….the rousing rustling of food bags opening…the sounds of people chatting about food…the smells of all kinds of food filled the plane instantly! No more ‘plane smell’, just a menagerie of food sounds.

💥💥It was honestly, a FOOD and DRINK FEST! 💥💥

😩Everywhere I looked, there was food! 😳

>Some had brought yummy fast food on the plane…
>I saw a FAMILY-sized bag of Peanut M & M’s being passed around a group of 6 people. (I actually had to stare at this bag my entired flight as I was on the aisle and it was just 2 rows up!)
>Colas and Alcoholic drinks were being poured for almost every passenger.
>Bad coffee being served. (If I wanted coffee, I would have whipped out one of my Starbucks Via Packets or the Trader Joe’s 3sp Coffee with Sugar and Creamer added instant packets and asked for hot water)…but I didn’t want coffee at this moment.
>This one couple directly in front of me had seemingly endless bags of chips and snacks and food they brought onto the plane…I think they ate for most of the 5 hours of plane time.
>Across the aisle from me were 3 men…probably a bachelor party (this was a plane to Vegas)…who had many drinks and many cans of soda and lots of snacks. They never got rowdy, but boy, were they hungry and thirsty.
>Every TV screen that wasn’t on a movie was showing commercials (It is Direct TV on the plane) and I felt that there was FOOD everywhere I looked!

💫Luckily, as I was ‘weighing’ my options, I asked myself a few questions:

❓Did I really want a hamburger from a PLANE menu? No.
❓If I was home right now, would I be eating snacks every 20 minutes? No. It would be close to 8pm and I’d be closing down the kitchen.
❓Was I actually hungry at this exact moment? No.
❓Was I feeling full? Actually, yes. Very full.
❓Was I thirsty? No, but I had a bottle of water 💦 if I needed it.
❓Did I just want something to munch on? No, but I still had a Bag-O-Snack choices I brought from home.
❓Did I just need chocolate at this exact moment? Well, I always need chocolate, but at this moment, no, I did not…and I had some with me if I absolutely wanted some.

So…..
NO! I did NOT buy anything from the lovely friendly flight attendants pushing convenient 🛒 carts of convenience food & drink around the aircraft.
THIS story is part of the reason travel days can be SO hard…

I did NOT need to overstuff myself.
I stopped myself before I made a decision I would totally regret.

FYI: I always travel with a small toothbrush and tooth paste and floss. I figured that another deterrent would be to go brush my teeth (although not ideal in a plane bathroom!…..I also had mint gum 🌱, so that was a better option, but I didn’t end up needing it.)

🎰I was on my way to Las Vegas for gosh sakes!
Plenty of wonderful food to be had there! I just needed to get there.
I planned. I had plenty to do and EAT…
I could resist the smells of fast food & coffee
I could resist the temptations of watching others in close proximity ingest chocolate covered pretzels, cookies, candy, hot chocolate, and more. I just had to stick to my plan…but it was NOT easy!

👍So, I stayed strong, paced myself, and ate the following snacks for the remainder of the 3 hours on the plane (SmartPoints listed in Parentheses):
✔️A Jayone Crunchy Rice Log (1)
✔️My single serving of Harvest Snaps (1)
✔️1 Cheese Stick (2)
✔️1 baggie of baby carrots (0)
✔️1 Laughing Cow Wedge (1)
✔️1 Clementine (0)
✔️Half bottle of water (0) – don’t want to drink too much on a flight😉
So, 5 SmartPoints for this half of the flight PLUS 8 from earlier made this a 13 SmartPoint flight…not too shabby, if I say so myself!!!

🌈On a brighter note, In our row of 3, I really did luck out a bit…the 3rd passenger in our row was obviously health conscious and brought her own bag-o-snacks from home, too….all healthy options. She had a bag of veggies like me. She ordered herself black coffee only. She brought an avocado on the plane. She rocked! I didn’t really get to chat with her much, but we both eyed each other’s snack haul with a pleasant, non-verbal seal of approval on both of our personal snack selections.

I kept reminding myself that this time will pass.
I would be on vacation for a few days soon enough
and this long flight would be a memory.
I could turn this very stressful food situation into a win instead of a defeat.
Yes. I. Could. Do. That.
I could and I did.

🏆Yay, Me! 🏆 Victory was mine!

*I thought this might be good to share because it is so easy to quickly forget what it is like to be on a plane for hours. It is easy to forget how frustrating it can be to be watching what you eat while many around are overindulging.  I wanted to write about my experience because I see that other people have challenges on travel days, too…Hope you found my experience useful. I fly a few times a year (or whenever I can) and I enjoy flying….and it’s much easier without extra pounds….no seatbelt extender…easier to get through the narrow aisles to use the tiny bathroom…fitting better in the tiny airplane seat….oh, yes…plenty of motivational reasons to not go hog wild on the airplane were all around me…✈️

Right next to the Peanut M & M’s. 😎

💥💥It was honestly, a FOOD and DRINK FEST! 💥💥

💥💥It was honestly, a FOOD and DRINK FEST! 💥💥

Air Fryer Chips: Turn your favorite wrap into a chip!

Air Fryer Chips: Make Your Favorite Wrap Into Your New Favorite Chip! 🌮

🌮Air Fryer Wrap-Chips🌯

Make Your Favorite Wrap Into Your New Favorite Chip! 🌮

⭐️ Add a healthier ‘chip’ to your weekly meal prep! Air Fryer Chips are not new, but they were new to me a few weeks ago….not sure why I didn’t make these when I first got my air fryer.

👍😁So easy! So delish! Add any seasonings you want to this base air fryer recipe.

SmartPoints Info: 2 (but would change based on the brand/type of tortilla/wrap you choose to use)

👉Always calculate your own points /calories based on the ingredients you actually use.

🌮🌮🌮

Air Fryer Wrap-Chips

Ingredients:

  • 1 soft 10-12 inch wrap / tortilla of your choice
  • (I like Toufayan Low Carb Low Sodium Wraps for 2sp each)
  • Olive Oil Spray or Brush with a few drops of Olive or any Vegetable Oil
  • Wire rack that fits in the air fryer

Instructions:

  1. Slice wrap into 12-16 triangle wedges
  2. Brush with Olive Oil & add salt or seasonings if desired (I do them plain most of the time)
  3. Spray bottom of Air Fryer Basket with non-stick spray or brush lightly with the same oil.
  4. Place about half of the wedges on the bottom of the basket.
  5. Place a wire rack on top of the slices to keep them from flying around and touching the heating element.
  6. Bake for 5-6 minutes at 390.
  7. Remove carefully and repeat steps again with other half of wrap.
  8. These chips last me all week in a sealed baggie or tupperware container.
  9. Serve with salsa or other dips. Crunch a few over 🥗 salads. Serve as a side with soups. Portion them out as a snack. Serve with ice cream.

😋The possibilities are endless!  Make your favorite wrap into your new favorite chip! YUM, easy, and fun-to-make! Let me know how they turn out!

 

♨️My preferred Air Fryer model is: 

Farberware 5L Digital Air Fryer, White – bought on Walmart.com for 99$ plus free 2 day shipping 

🔸The small wire rack I own is:

The Philips HD9905/00 Air Fryer Double Layer (Bought on Amazon for just under $30) It fits nicely in my Farberware air XL fryer.  It came with skewers, too.

 

Frozen Cashew Bites

🔹New Cashew Frozen Treats for You!🔹

🔹New Cashew Frozen Treats for You!🔹
Frozen Cashew Chocolate Banana PB2 Bites

The beauty of a homemade treat is that you know EXACTLY what you are eating. This helps you out from a calorie or SmartPoints perspective, but it is usually, a healthier choice for you as well. These treats lasted 2 weeks in my freezer, but I bet they would last even longer! Easy to make! Fun to create! How will you make this recipe your own?

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Freeze Time: 1 hour
Serves: 6 (depending on size of silicone cups)
Always calculate your own batch using the recipe builder.
SmartPoints: 2sp (for the way I prepared it)

🔹🔹🔹

Ingredients:

  • 1⁄4 cup cashews, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Toll House Mini Semi-sweet chocolate morsels, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp PB2 Powdered peanut butter
  • 2 medium bananas, mashed
  • 20-30 sprays Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Cooking Spray, Original
  • 1 tsp white sugar
  • 2 Tbsp water

🔹🔹🔹
Instructions:

  1. Chop nuts and chocolate chips.
  2. Mash Bananas
  3. Mix all ingredients together and spray with the I can’t believe it’s butter spray and mix again.
  4. Divide into 6 silicone cups (or spray mini muffin tin or ice cube tray with non-stick spray) and then spray the top of each treat with one final butter spray.
  5. Freeze for 1 hour or more.
  6. Store in silicone cups, in a Tupperware container once frozen.

Make these now and enjoy as a fun frozen treat on a hot day! Easy & Fun!

Air Fryer Chicken Kebabs

Air Fryer Chicken Kebabs 🍡 in 20 Minutes or Less!

Mmmmm. Kebabs are great on a grill, but how about the air fryer? Oh, yes! Totally possible & delish! Enjoy as an appetizer, side, or as the main meal! Easy to make & fun to eat!
🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹

Air Fryer Chicken Kebabs 🍡

🔹Prep Time: 10 minutes
🔹Cook Time: 15-20 minutes @370
🔹SmartPoints (per skewer): 3
🔹Serves: 4 (with 1 skewer each)

❇️Ingredients:

  • Thick Chicken Breast cut into 2oz. squares (approx 24 oz)
  • 1 large Red Onion cut into large pieces (approx 1 cup)
  • 1-2 Bell Peppers cut into large pieces
  • Olive Oil (or similar) spray
  • Optional: Any seasonings. I used garlic powder & a pinch of salt.
  • Optional: Your favorite BBQ sauce

❇️Instructions:
1. Spray skewers & wire rack with a quick spritz of olive oil spray (this can be done without the rack, but cooking time may need to be adjusted & you may need to flip them once.)
2. Add pieces to skewers. 3 pieces of chicken on each plus onions and peppers.
3. Brush or spray with olive oil & add your preferred seasonings. I used a pinch of salt & a few shakes of garlic powder.
4. Place on prepared rack & cook for 15-20 minutes at 370. No flipping or turning.
5. Remove rack and drawer when finished and let meat rest for 3-5 minutes.
6. Remove from skewers using tongs and enjoy with your favorite side dish or on top of a salad (cauliflower rice or brown rice or my sir fryer spicy zoodles)

Enjoy something that tastes almost like it was grilled, but without the actual grill!  Easy to make! Fun to eat!  Healthy meal!  This is my kind of dinner!

 

Double Up Super Juicy Air Fryer Chicken & Peppers

🔷 Double Up Super Juicy Air Fryer Chicken & Peppers 🔷

🤠Double Down or Double Up on your next air fryer batch!!! In a previous post, I shared my glee in making smaller chicken cutlets in the air fryer, but what about the big thick skinless chicken cutlets?  Would they be just as juicy?

😋Yep. Yes. For sure. Simply Amazing! 👍😍❤️

Chicken is a wonderful, lean meat, but I ALWAYS overdid my chicken…until NOW!  Once again, my air fryer is proving to be a real game changer in the kitchen!

  • Prep Time: 4 minutes
  • SmartPoints: 4
  • Air Fryer Cook Time:

Cook Both veggies and chicken at the same time using a wire rack: 20 minutes @ 380 for chicken and 10 minutes for the peppers .  Always put the meat on the bottom so the juices do not drip onto the veggies.

🔷Ingredients:

  • 7 ounces skinless thick chicken breast – 3sp for one (and I made 3 at one time!)
  • Baby Bell Peppers (about 9-12) – 0sp
  • Olive Oil / Canola Spray – 1sp
  • McCormick Salt-Free Garlic & Herb seasoning – 0sp

🔷Instructions:

  1. Quick oil spray of bottom of air fryer basket
  2. Lay 3 chicken breasts in basket, spray tops with oil, & add seasonings
  3. Add wire rack on top of chicken
  4. Place baby bell peppers on rack & spray with olive oil spray. Adding sea or kosher salt is optional. (I do not use the salt)
  5. Cook for approximately 10 minutes at 380. Thickness of chicken breasts affects the cooking time, so adjust time as needed.
  6. At the 10 minute mark, use oven mitt and remove rack with bell peppers. They will be super hot, so just let them rest a bit.
  7. Continue cooking chicken breasts for at least 10 more minutes at the same temperature (380) or until fully cooked.
  8. Remove basket & drawer from air fryer & let chicken rest for a few minutes.
  9. Serve & Enjoy oven roasted food in less time with your air fryer.

🔸The small wire rack I own is: The Philips HD9905/00 Air Fryer Double Layer  (Bought on Amazon) And it fits nicely in my Farberware air fryer.   It came with skewers, too.

♨️My preferred air fryer model is:  Farberware 5L Digital Air Fryer, White – bought on Walmart.com for 99$ plus free 2 day shipping

Try Doubling Up on your protein & veggies in one air fryer session!

 

Frozen or Fondue: It's up to you! Melt 1/2 tbsp chocolate chips, dip fruit, enjoy or freeze for an hour. 1 recipe, 2 ways.

Frozen or Fondue: It’s up to you!

Frozen or Fondue: It’s up to you! Want a quick way to get your chocolate fix?  Melt 1/2 tbsp chocolate chips, dip fruit (I used a few clementines ans banana slices), and enjoy as a fondue for 1 or freeze for an hour. 1 recipe, 2 ways.  Quick and easy, just like this post.

Two Treats One Recipe Warm Parfait or Frozen Crunch

One Recipe, Two Ways:🌷Warm Spring Parfait ♨️or ❄️Frozen Crunch Treat: Which way will you enjoy it?

Multitasking in the kitchen is always my preference, so having two options for this one simple banana almond chocolate chip cracker recipe totally works for me. 

Now, it can work for you, too!  Sometimes I want something warm and gooey, but other times, I want something frozen.  I hope this inspires you to create what you need to satisfy your sweet tooth!  I give the recipe for only one person, but you can easily multiply the ingredients based on how many of these you want to make.  I think these beautiful parfaits would look good on a holiday meal table, too!

🌷Warm Spring Parfait ♨️or ❄️Frozen Crunch Treat

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Serves: 1
  • SmartPoints: 4 (and worth every single one)

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp slivered almonds
  • 1/2 Tbsp Mini-Semi-sweet chocolate morsels (Toll House)
  • 2 Club Crackers (Keebler)
  • Salt, pinch
  • 1 banana, sweet and mashed
  • 1 green apple (granny smith) mostly diced, with a few slices

🍌🍫🥜Main Mix is the same for Both Treats:

  1. Prepare small baking pan (I prefer a silicone pan for this) by spraying bottom with non-stick spray or canola oil.
  2. Mash banana (leave a slice for garnish) and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, crush crackers into small crumbs, add almond slivers, and chocolate chips.
  4. Mix dry ingredients into the mashed banana and add pinch of salt.
  5. Dice up most of the green apple and make a few slices for garnish.

🌷Spring Parfait:

  1. Add mixture to baking pan and spray top with canola oil.
  2. Bake in air fryer at 400 for approximately 5-8 minutes until warm and slightly browned (can be baked in oven as well for same amount of time).
  3. Alternate layers of diced apples and warm banana chocolate nut mixture.  Garnish with apple slice, banana slice, and one chocolate chip.enjoy a warm, refreshing treat!  This can be served at room temperature, or chilled, but is rather tasty all fresh and warmed.

❄️Frozen Crunch:

  1. Add mixture to small. prepared baking pan, spray top and freeze for 1 hour or more.
  2. Frozen treat will pop right out of the mold.  Use diced or sliced apple as garnish for this crispy frozen treat and serve immediately.

Notes:

  • Always create your own recipe in the recipe builder for accurate point tracking.
  • The Orange Mini-Silicone Mold/Pan I used comes from Amazon.com X-Haibei Flexible 5″ MINI Round Cake Bread Mold Baking Pan Silicone Sandwiches Hamburgers Maker http://a.co/bPC4cH5
  • You could make this with pretzel bits, but you’ll need to recalculate the calories/smartpoints.
  • If this is made for Passover, substitute matzo for the crackers

Options are always great, so enjoy having options for this yummy, easy-to-make dessert for yourself OR your next gathering.

What recipes do you have that can be made in more than one way?  Let me know in the comments.

Snack Slam: 5 Minutes to Full with an Avocado Egg Snack Plate

Snack Slam: 5 Minutes to Full with an Avocado Egg Plate!

⏱5 Minutes to a Filling 5 SmartPoint Snack Plate!

🍳I love eggs!  Oh, how I love eggs! 🍳

Avocado Egg Plate

Avocado Egg Plate is worth 5 minutes of your time!

♨️Scrambling an egg takes about 30 seconds to scramble and then just a few minutes to cook on the stove or 20-30 seconds to microwave.♨️

Now, how about eggs 🥚 & 🥑 avocado? Oh, yes….a winning combo…Add some crackers?  Oh, yes..now, we are building something nibble-worthy!

🔷Recipe for my Avocado Egg Snack Plate🔷

(also known as my Avocado Egg Breakfast Plate)

  • Scramble one egg (2 sp)
  • Mash 1 oz of avocado (1sp)
  • Layer Egg & Avocado onto 4 Club Crackers (2sp)
  • Add a pinch of salt to the top of each layer
  • Garnish with carrots, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, and 🍇 grapes (for a bit of sweet)
  • Garnish with chives (not the grapes)

😍Savor each tasty nibble with your favorite beverage, mine is a 3sp cappuccino!☕️

Want more Egg-Info-Inspiration?  Click this link.

What is your favorite snack plate?

Chicken & Broccoli Omelette with minced garlic will leave you full for hours

🕰Want to Feel Full for Hours? Take the Time to Make a Filling Breakfast! 🍳

🕰Want to Feel Full for Hours? Take the Time to Make a Filling Breakfast! 🍳

🕰Want to Feel Full for Hours? Take the Time to Make a Filling Breakfast! 🍳

Mmmm. A great omelette & breakfast fills me up for hours! 🍳🍳🍳I always think I don’t have the time, but many days, I really do! I just have to nudge myself to nurture myself.

  • 4 oz liquid egg whites (1sp)
  • 1 tsp olive oil (1sp)
  • 2 ounces pre-cooked grilled skinlesschicken breast with herb seasoning (by my air fryer this weekend) (1sp)
  • Minced broccoli, onions, & 1 clove of garlic (0sp)

🍏Equals 3 glorious filling sp!

PLUS

  • Half serving of Air fryer Cauliflower (0sp)
  • Fresh Cauliflower tossed with 1 tsp of olive oil is 1sp for whole batch, but I only had half.
  • Bake at 400 for 16-20 minutes, tossing 2-3 times.

PLUS

A beautiful garnish of clementine, cherry tomatoes, and a few green apple slices (0sp).

EQUALS

👍A beautiful 4sp breakfast that leaves room for my 3sp cappuccino!☕️

🕰Total time in kitchen: 20 minutes from opening the fridge to sitting down to eat. And that includes making the coffee in my Nespresso maker.

😁Taking the time (on some days) to make a filling, fabulous breakfast is totally worth it!
YOU are worth making a great breakfast for!
Take care of YOU and enjoy that satisfied, full feeling for hours!  This is fundamental self-care!

Air fryer beef tips

10 Minute Air Fryer Beef Tips & Steamed Broccoli

Just a quick post for a quick meal!

Sometimes, you just want something filling, quick, and delicious!  How’s 10 minutes or less until a hot dinner sound to you?

🔹Air Fryer Beef Round Tips with onions🔹

▪️Prep Time: 3 minutes
▪️Cook Time: 8-10 minutes at 360
▪️Serves: 4
▪️SmartPoints: 5sp per serving (but always calculate your own in the Weight Watchers Recipe builder based on the ingredients you use)

🔸Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of uncooked top round beef cubes (but you can really use any cubed beef)
  • 1 tablespoon Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 diced yellow onions
  • 1 teaspoon of Olive Oil

🔸Instructions:
1. Spray bottom of air fryer with olive oil spray
2. Tenderize beef cubes (I usually do this in a plastic bag or under some plastic wrap) You can choose to cut them smaller depending on how you purchased them.
3. Mix all ingredients in a bowl until throughly combined.
4. Toss into air fryer and spread them out nicely.
5. Bake at 360 for 8-10 minutes. Time can vary based on your machine & how well you want the meat cooked. We like Medium Rare.
6. Enjoy! I like to serve meat with a steamed vegetable such as Steamfresh’s broccoli.

Divide into 4 servings.

The beauty of the air fryer is that you get so much flavor from the 1 teaspoon of Olive Oil. Also, I seem to be getting very consistent results instead of the varied results when I grill things myself. Cleaning the air fryer seems to go very fast. Sometimes, I do put a little dawn and water in the pot and let it soak before cleaning, but all in all, it has been quick and wonderful!!!

 

Quick and Cute Air Fryer Crustless Quiche

Quick & Cute Crustless Quiche (Made In 8 Minutes In Your Air Fryer!)

I have been making all kinds of eggs almost daily in my air fryer. I am going to try to share some of my favorites this week. I shall start with what I call a ‘fancy omelette’ also known as a crustless quiche. We do eat with our eyes first, so sometimes, it is nice to dress up your food. 

😊Oh-So-Good👍

🔹Air Fryer Ramekin Quick & Cute Crustless Quiche🔹

(You could make this as an omelette, too!)

Air Fryer Crustless Quiche for 2 Quick Reference Guide

Air Fryer Crustless Quiche for 2 Quick Reference Guide for easy ‘fancy’ eggs! 7-8 minutes at 400 in your air fryer.

(to make the above image bigger, click on the circle image on the bottom of this post)

You’ll need to adjust your ingredients, and possibly the cooking time, for the size and type of ramekin you use. My ramekins are big ones as I only wanted to buy them once.

(They were bought a few years ago from Sur La Table with Chocolate Lava Cakes in mind)

A traditional quiche would have a crust & I may try one in the future, but I wanted to try a fancier version of an omelette I have made many times. I suppose these could be baked in an oven, but I am not sure of how long I would cook it…besides, no preheating with the air fryer.

🍳Recipe Serves 2🍳

🔹Air Fryer Ramekin Quick & Cute Crustless Quiche🔹

  • Prep time:  5 minutes
  • Cook time:  7-9 minutes @400, but always adjust time and temp to your own air fryer.

Ingredients:

  • 🥚6 oz egg whites
  • 🧀1 tbsp pecorino romano cheese
  • ▪️1/4 cup diced fresh scallions
  • 🔸1/4 cup diced asparagus (cooked is ideal or warm them in the air fryer for a few minutes prior to adding them to the egg mixture)
  • 🔹Pinch of salt
  • 🔸1/2 garlic clove, minced
  • 🥔1/2 cup of simply potatoes shredded hash browns (or just shred potatoes)
  • 🧀1/4 cup of Sargento Reduced Fat Mozzarella Cheese (trader joe’s lite mozz is less points if you have it handy)
  • 🍅1/4 cup diced fresh tomatoes

Instructions:

  1. Spray 2 Ramekins with canola or any non-stick spray
  2. Mix up egg whites, vegetables, potatoes, cheese, & seasonings.
  3. Bake in air fryer 7-8 minutes at 390-400.
  4. Let them sit in the air fryer for a few minutes after the timer goes off.
  5. Ramekins get EXTREMELY hot, so use caution picking these up & out of the basket.

🍳SmartPoints:  Mine came out to 3sp each, but always calculate your own in the recipe builder of the Weight Watchers app or use a recipe builder such as the one found on www.myfitnesspal.com   (click on images below to make them bigger)

 

Baked Sriracha Onion Rings: The Recipe I didn't want to post

The Recipe I Didn’t Want To Post: Baked Sriracha Onion Rings

😜The recipe I didn’t want to post, but it is too tasty to keep to myself!

🌶Sometimes, you just want an onion ring or something ‘fried’!🌶

But as we all know, deep fried foods are not inline with a healthier diet, so I am always on the prowl for great taste at a lower caloric price.  Now, my newfound love of air frying jumpstarted my culinary creative juices into my own version of spicy onion rings.  You can buy pre-made onion rings/veggies & that is obviously easier, but if you want to have a little fun and make them yourself, then I am listing the recipe.

I was hesitate to post a healthier recipe for this (you can find a zillion online).

Why?  Because, unlike most recipes, the measuring and tracking of your ingredients used, for this will require an extra step every time you make it. Baked Onion Rings or Baked Vegetables are not new, but when your goal is to make every calorie truly count, then making them yourself is a really big deal.

Please see my explanation below:

⚠️Two things to note on this recipe:⚠️

> ➡️Please calculate your own ingredients and save in the recipe builder as the size, amount, and type of ingredients you use for your baked veggies will affect the points and ANYTHING breaded could add up very quickly in the calorie/SmartPoint department.  (There is a recipe builder on the Weight Watchers app as part of their membership, but other sites of recipe builders as well, such as http://www.myfitnesspal.com/recipe/calculator)

> ➡️You may need a little MORE of the ingredients than you’ll actually use, so if you want to be exact with your points/calories, you’ll need to measure what you have left over and THEN calculate the SmartPoints or calories.

Why? Because when you are ‘dipping’ the flour, egg, and breadcrumbs, you need a little more than you’ll actually use.  So, I would actually DOUBLE the flour and the breadcrumbs amount listed below and then, as I say above, measure what is left at the end for more accuracy.  This is how I always do recipes like this so I can be as accurate as possible with hard-to-calculate ingredients.  Yes, it takes more time, but if you like the recipe you create, you only need to spend that time once. (Time well spent in my opinion).

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