Sunday, January 23, 2011

Breakfast for Dinner

A really great way to stretch your grocery budget AND to make your family think they're getting a great treat is to serve breakfast for dinner. I do it once a week now. I was afraid that when I started Weight Watchers, I'd have to give up my breakfast for dinner routine. As a matter of fact, I thought I'd have to give up a lot of things.

As it turns out, I gave up nothing, except for 35 pounds so far (since mid-September). I still eat everything I used to eat. I just watch my portion sizes. I have never, not once, felt deprived, or "on a diet" since beginning with Weight Watchers. And that's key to sticking to a weight loss plan, isn't it? Feeling satisfied!

Last night, we had pumpkin waffles (two waffles each, for just 5 points!) and baked apples. It was delicious, satisfying, and belly-warming on that cold winter night. I want to share with you the recipe for baked apples. I modified it slightly from the original Weight Watchers recipe, but the Points Plus value remains the same.

Baked Apples
serves 6 (5 points each)

What You Need:
  • 6 apples (I used red delicious, because they were on sale!)
  • 12 Tbsp raisins
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup fat-free vanilla yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp chopped toasted pecans
How it's Done:
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut a small slice off the bottom of each apple, so that it stands up straight in your baking dish.
  3. Scoop out the core with a knife and spoon or a melon baller, but leave the bottom intact.
  4. Fill each apple with 2 Tbsp raisins. Sprinkle them with the cinnamon.
  5. Combine the cider and maple syrup. Pour this around the apples.
  6. Bake, uncovered, for about an hour. Baste the apples with the syrup/juice mixture every ten minutes.
  7. Top each apple with 1 Tbsp yogurt and 1 tsp chopped pecans. Serve immediately.


Yenta Mary said...

That looks so, so good! Especially in my current fruit-deprived state living with the Atkins diet ....

Michelle said...

Oh my! Life without fruit! I love fruit!

Jenn said...

At first I thought that was a muffin topped with ooey gooey frosting!! OMG it's an apple!!! :) That looks and sounds amazing, Michelle!
I love to hear about your success on WW so far! Keep it up!

Candace said...

Those apples look delightful! I am definitely going to have to try these.

SharleneT said...

I loved baked apples and will definitely try this recipe! It looks fabulous and the only I'd add is to soak the raisins in some wine/whiskey/rum (oh, heck, just drink the durn stuff and let the raisins get their own!)... Thanks for sharing... So happy about your weight loss...

Samara Link said...

Portion sized, huh? Yeah, I'm sure I'm not eating the portion sizes I should be. It's amazing what moderation will do. It's certainly something I should be working on. I'm so proud of you that you're making a switch and getting results!

This recipe looks delightful! I'm thinking it would work for dessert, too, right? Breakfast for dinner is a good idea, as well. I haven't done that in a long time. Maybe I'll do that this week. Thanks for the idea, Michelle.

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