Mini-Mousse Pies

I’ve been working on being more healthy, and one of the things I’m doing is trying to make better, healthier food choices.  I don’t think it’s possible to keep up a fad diet.  But I do think it’s possible to make good choices most of the time, and to make changes that can last. It’s not easy, but getting creative can help!

That being said, sometimes, you just really want something sweet.  This weekend when we were grocery shopping, we came up with an idea that I think solves that problem without totally blowing your calories for the day.  Give these mini-mousse pies a try!

Ingredients:

Mini-Mousse Pies Ingredients

To Make:

  1. Follow the instructions on the chocolate mousse mix box.
  2. Divide the mousse into four of the mini pie crusts. (I just used a big spoon!)
  3. Refrigerate for 2 hours, and enjoy!

See how easy that is?  SO easy!  You only need three ingredients and three steps!  The finished product gives you four single-serving desserts that are under 200 calories… How awesome is that?  Not only that, but if you’ve already got milk in your fridge, the other two ingredients will only cost you about $5 total. (And the mousse comes with two pouches, so it’s enough to make this dessert twice.)  Even better, you can make these however you like.  Feel like topping with some fresh fruit?  Go for it!  Maybe some chopped walnuts, coconut, mini-chocolate chips, or almond slivers… Go crazy!  You can also use different flavors of mousse or even sugar free or low fat pudding mix (though the instructions, ingredients, and nutrition information will change).  So many possibilities, so easy, and so much better for you than going to Dairy Queen!

Do you have any healthy snacks or desserts you love to make?  Please share them in the comments!  I’m always looking for new ideas!

So cute, right?

So cute, right?

Chocolate Mousse Nutrition Facts

Chocolate Mousse Nutrition Facts

Pie Crust Nutrition Facts

Pie Crust Nutrition Facts

Signature Green Beans

This is one of my favorite things to make! My mom started making them years ago, and I’ve tweaked the recipe just enough to make them my own! My fiance and I love to pair them with any dish even remotely Italian… and sometimes not 🙂
  • Prep time: 2 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Total time: 17 minutes
  • Servings: 2
  • 2 cup(s) of Frozen cut green beans
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. of minced garlic
  • 1 pinch of black pepper
  • 1 pinch of season salt
  • 1 tsp. of Italian seasoning
  • 1 pinch of Onion powder OR
  • 1 tsp. of dried minced onion
  • 1 tbsp. of grated Parmesan (like you’d put on pasta)
Steps
  1. heat a skillet to high with the olive oil in the bottom
  2. add the frozen green beans
  3. add the black pepper, season salt, Italian seasoning, and dried minced onion. If you don’t have the minced onion, use the onion powder instead.
  4. cook on high, continuously stirring, until the green beans are cooked through and starting to get a little soft
  5. mix in the minced garlic and the Parmesan. Make sure you don’t do this until close to the end or they’ll burn!
  6. cook a little further until the garlic and parmesan are mixed in well and the green beans are as well-cooked as you like. My fiance likes them almost crispy on the outside, but I prefer them less done, do make them how you like!
  7. serve and enjoy!

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

Hello all!  So sorry that it’s been so long since my last post.  I recently moved from Las Vegas to Pennsylvania, so it’s been a bit crazy!  I’m finally getting settled in, and wanted to share this recipe to help get me back in the blog game!

 

This is a delicious way to make a chicken breast dinner more interesting! My good friend made a version of this for a girls’ night at her house, my fiance and I have made it for dinner many times, and I’ve even made it for my parents! It does take a little preparation, but it’s totally worth it!
  • Prep time: 25 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Total time: 55 minutes
  • Servings: 2 +
  • 2 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup(s) of breadcrumbs
  • 2 slices of provolone cheese
  • 8 – 12 stalks of asparagus
  • 2 pinches of salt
  • 2 pinches of pepper
  • 2 pinches of season salt
  • 2 tsp. of vegetable oil
Steps
  1. Trim the fat from the chicken breasts if there is any (I don’t know about you, but I hate getting a nasty bite of fat!)
  2. Layer each chicken breast between cling wrap or inside a zip top bag. Pound the chicken until it is flat, about 1/8 in to 1/4 in thick. Try to make it as even as possible.
  3. lay out a chicken breast on a flat surface (plate, cutting board, etc). Brush the chicken with vegetable oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and season salt.
  4. Place a slice of the provolone in the middle of the chicken breast
  5. put 4-6 stalks of clean asparagus on top of the provolone
  6. roll the chicken breast so that it surrounds the cheese and asparagus and place it “seam” down on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray
  7. Brush more vegetable oil on the top of the rolled chicken breast and sprinkle a bit more seasoning. Cover the top of the rolled chicken breast with breadcrumbs
  8. Repeat these steps for the second chicken breast (and any others depending on how many servings you’d like to make)
  9. Cook in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for a half an hour. At that point, check the chicken to see if it is thoroughly cooked. If not, put it back in for an appropriate amount of time. If so, serve and enjoy!

I hope that you enjoy this recipe.  PLEASE feel free to share any chicken recipes with me!  I am a huge chicken fan, but I get bored eating it the same ways every week!

Fourth of July Fun

Here are a few things that I did to enjoy this year’s Independence Day…

Sweet Treats:

Firework Marshmallow Pops

I got the idea from http://www.laurenconrad.com/post/sweet-tooth-last-minute-4th-of-july-treats.  I couldn’t find any red, white, and blue only sprinkles, so I used rainbow ones instead to make them “firework” pops.  You can find instructions at the link!

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

With the leftover chocolate from the marshmallow pops, I made some refreshing chocolate covered strawberries.  PERFECT use of the leftovers!  They were SO easy to make and turned out to be a great summer treat!

Funfetti Cupcakes

Straight out of the Pillsbury box, these turned out fluffy, festive, and delish!

Cool Photo Ideas:

I found the “firework” setting on my digital camera and had tons of fun making these!  It was a bit tough to juggle the sparkler in one hand and the camera in the other (you can’t have someone else take the photo unless you can write backward!), but it was totally worth it.  You can make pretty much any design, but these are a couple of my favorites…