Detox Water

As we start our New Year’s resolutions, many people want to lose weight and eat healthier. I found this great site that has some good recipes for different detox waters. I need to not drink so much pop, so I think these flavorful water will definitely help with that. I …

Strawberry Pie

If you live in Florida, you have been pretty hot lately. This strawberry pie will cool you down. it is so refreshing and light that you will want a second piece. This is a great dessert for any day of the week. It is a very easy recipe and would …

Stuffed Shells

I have been doing a lot of sweet recipes lately so I wanted to try one that cannot be eaten for dessert or breakfast (or I guess these could be if that is what you are into). Being part Italian, pasta has always been a staple in my diet. I …

Raspberry Crumb Bars

Happy Sunday! The weekend sure does fly by! Today I give you Raspberry Crumb Bars. I really enjoyed these and there aren’t a lot of ingredients. It is super easy to make and I think everyone will love them.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup rolled oats (old fashioned)
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup raspberry jam, seedless if preferred

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8 by 8-inch baking dish with aluminum foil, leaving a 2-inch overhang of foil on two sides. Grease foil. (I used parchment paper so I didn’t have to grease anything)
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Stir in oats and brown sugar, and use clean fingertips as needed to break up brown sugar clumps. Add butter, and using fingertips, work butter into mixture until evenly moistened.
  • Add 2 cups of the oat mixture to the prepared baking dish and press into an even layer. Spread raspberry jam into an even layer over oat layer, coming within 1/4-inch of all edges. Sprinkle top evenly with remaining oat mixture, then slightly press into jam layer.
  • Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 34 – 38 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before cutting into squares. Store in an airtight container.
  • Recipe Source: adapted from allrecipes

photo 1 (13)

I used All Natural Red Raspberry Jam from Smuckers. You can use seedless if you prefer. I cut mine into 16 pieces and for my friends out there on weight watchers, that would be 4 pts +. If you cut them into 9 pieces that would be 5 pts +.  I think you could eat it for breakfast or dessert.

Raspberry Crumb Bars

Enjoy!

 

 

Smart Ones Part 2

In my last post about the Smart Ones meal, I mentioned that I had also bought a Fish and Chips meal. This may surprise everyone, but I think the Fish and Chips were better than the Chicken Tenders! Sorry for the photo quality here, I forgot to take the pic before I cooked it. I was starving, it couldn’t wait!

Fish and Chips

When I first opened the package and there was only one fish, I was a little surprised. I don’t know why I thought there would be 2, but I guess my stomach was hoping for a bit more. It was good though. It made the work kitchen smell like fish sticks, so keep that in mind if you want to make this at work. It tasted exactly like a fish stick and these fries were so much better than the ones with the chicken tenders. It reminded me of when I was little and mom would make us fish stick sandwiches for dinner.

photo 1

It doesn’t look like much in the picture, in fact it looks a little sad. I enjoyed it and I would definitely buy this one again. I just have to make sure to bring a few snacks for lunch that day to accompany it.

Weight Watchers Smart Ones

Smart Ones

Saw this in the freezer section a few weeks ago and thought I would try it out. I also got a Fish & Chips one. It is definitely different then some of the other meals they have, and this one looked like I would actually like it. I will say I was a bit skeptic about how the fries would turn out since this is a microwaved meal. It looked good when I microwaved it, so that is a good start!

Chicken Tenders & Fries Smartones

Surprisingly the fries don’t taste too bad, but they aren’t crispy. It says the fries are seasoned with ranch, but they don’t really taste like anything. The look of the seasoning on them reminds me of Cool Ranch Doritos, unfortunately, they are not! The chicken tastes a bit like the freezer, but that could also be because it has been in my freezer for a few weeks. There wasn’t any freezer burn though, so it may not be my fault this time! It was still good and only a few bites tasted like that.

I decided to not eat these fries for dinner and I made a different batch of fries. Red Robin sells their fries in the freezer section, but unfortunately they come with the Red Robin seasoning, and I am not a huge fan of it. They are pretty good fries though, and for not having a Red Robin anywhere close to me, this is the best I can do. Don’t worry, we are getting a Red Robin near my work very soon! I also decided that since I am not actually on a diet I would put my chicken on a sub roll with some honey mustard.

Honey Mustard Chicken Sub

I would buy this again, but only if it is on sale. It is a good sized meal especially for a lunch at work, and it doesn’t taste bad. It is that comfort meal you may need during your stressful day. It is also cheaper then going out to buy your own chicken tenders and fries. I recommend you give it a try, especially if you are actually on Weight Watchers. (No Weight Watchers didn’t ask me to say that. If they did ask though, I would accept the offer, just saying)