Lighter Grilled Ham and Double Cheese

Lighter Grilled Ham and Double Cheese | Mimi's Fit Foods

Ham and cheese . . . one of those combinations that are just meant to go together on a sandwich.  Here is a version that comes in with much less calories and fat than a typical grilled Ham and Cheese sandwich.  I used a thick slice of lean ham, and then I used Sargento’s Ultra Thin sliced cheeses.  You can play around with the cheese flavors, but I used my two favorites that I love with ham . . . Swiss and Sharp Cheddar.

I added Dijon mustard to my sandwich because I love the grown-up taste that it offers to the sandwich.  You get a nice tang and I think it compliments the ham beautifully.  That being said, it can totally be optional.  If you’re not a mustard fan, or if you’re making sammies for little kiddos, feel free to leave it off.

I just grilled mine in a nonstick sauté pan with a lid on it (to trap in the heat so that the cheese would melt and the ham would warm through).  There are a couple of other easy ways to grill/toast your sandwich and if I was going to make several sandwiches at once, I would probably use another method.  You can quickly toast both sides of your sandwiches on the stovetop in a nonstick skillet and then put them on a baking tray, throw them in a 350-degree oven and let them warm through in there (about 5 minutes).  Another option would be to use a toaster oven if you have one.  And lastly, you can use a George Foreman grill or a panini grill to get the job done.

Any way you look this, the sandwiches come together in just a few minutes and they taste great, are nice and gooey, and you get the satisfaction of having a classic comfort food without all the extra calories and fat!

Lighter Grilled Ham and Double Cheese
Mimi’s Fit Foods

Ingredients:
2 slices whole-wheat bread (I used Orowheat’s 100% whole-wheat bread/90 calories per slice)
2 ounces lean ham
2 slices Sargento Ultra Thin slices cheese (I used Swiss and Sharp Cheddar)
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, optional
butter-flavoried nonstick cooking spray

Directions:
Heat a nonstick saute pan over heat.

Meanwhile, assemble your sandwich by starting with laying 2 slices of bread on a work surface. Place 1 slice of cheese on one slice of the bread, lay the ham on top of the cheese, and then place the last cheese slice on top of the ham. Spread the mustard, if using, on the remaining slice of bread. Place that slice of bread, mustard side down, on top of the cheese.

Away from the stove, spray the sauté pan with cooking spray. Spray both sides of the sandwich with cooking spray, and place the sandwich in the pan. Cover with a lid. Brown each side of the sandwich, about 5-8 minutes per side.

Serves 1.

Nutritional Information Per Sandwich:
334.6 Calories | 23.3g Protein | 36.7g Carbs | 10.8g Fat (5g = Sat.) | 6g Fiber | 9g Sugars

Orange-Infused French Toast

Orange-Infused French Toast | Mimi's Fit Foods
We LOVED this French toast!  I mean, we already love French toast, but add some tang and sweetness from an orange and we’re ALL in.

This takes typical French toast up a notch and gives it that wow-factor. You start with the usual French toast batter (milk and eggs), but sub milk for evaporated milk.  This gives it a hint of richness without sacrificing calories/fat.  Then, you’ll end up adding orange zest to that batter.  And, to really make this French toast even more awesome, it gets topped with an orange-maple syrup.  We are seriously in love over here with this breakfast.  While there’s only three of us to feed, I made the entire batch, threw the leftovers in the fridge, and we’ll be warming them up in the toaster for breakfast for the next couple days.  Love, Love, Love!!

Orange-Infused French Toast
Mimi’s Fit Foods
Adapted from Rocco Dispirito’s “Now Eat This! Diet”

Ingredients:
1 large navel orange (zest included)
1/2 cup sugar-free pancake syrup
1 cup liquid egg substitute
1 (12-ounce) can evaporated skim milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
10 pieces stale or sturdy whole-wheat bread (I used Jack Spratt)
nonstick cooking spray

Directions:
Using a rasp or grater, remove zest of the orange and set aside for the bread. Cut off the top and bottom of the orange. Position the orange so that the flat bottom end is resting on the cutting board. Using a sharp paring knife, cut the skin and white pith off in a downward curving motion. Continue cutting around the orange so that it is no longer surrounded by the skin and pith. Cut the orange crosswise into 1/4-inch slices, and then cut the slices into quarters.

Transfer the orange quarters to a small sauce pan over low heat. Add the pancake syrup, and stir to combine. Simmer for 5 minutes, and then turn off the heat and set aside.

In a large, shallow pan (I use a deep pie plate), add the egg substitute, evaporated milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and orange zest. Stir with a whisk or fork until well combined. Dip the bread slices into the egg mixture; turn to coat both sides and allow mixture to soak bread.

Head a griddle or large nonstick sauté pan over medium heat. When hot, coat it with cooking spray. Add the bread slices and cook, about 2 minutes each side. Repeat with remaining slices.

Serve with the orange syrup.

Serves 5.

Nutritional Information (Per Serving = 2 Slices):
276.6 Calories | 17.3g Protein | 51.3g Carbs | 1.2g (0.1g Sat) Fat | 10.9g Sugars

Greek Yogurt & Mixed Berry Parfait

Greek Yogurt and Mixed Berry Parfait | Mimi's Fit FoodsGreek Yogurt and Mixed Berry Parfait | Mimi's Fit FoodsGreek Yogurt and Mixed Berry Parfait | Mimi's Fit Foods

Thank you for being patient with the new site conversion.  I know it has some bugs, and I’m working on getting those fixed.  I’m also still learning how to navigate and use the new site.  Thus . . . the continued slow down of posting.  But, I’m getting MUCH closer to getting this under control, and then you’ll get some more consistent posts.  Yay!

Today I’m bringing you a delicious breakfast idea for Mother’s Day.  Of course you can make this for any day, but I also think it would be so great for Mother’s Day.  It seems like we’re always looking for great breakfast/brunch ideas for this sweet day, and I decided that a parfait is at the top of my list this year.  Not only do I love me a good parfait, but this definitely reminds me of my sweet mom.  My momma loves her some good granola stirred right into her yogurt.  While a parfait is pretty much that idea, it sure looks a lot prettier.  And, don’t you think your moms deserve “pretty” on Mother’s Day?  I certainly do.

These parfaits come together in a flash. All you do is layer your favorite non-fat Greek yogurt, Fit Granola, and chopped berries.  Easy, delicious, and oh-so-yummy!  As you can see, I made my own granola so that I could watch the calories here.  (Granola is a tricky food that sometimes makes us feel like we’re eating healthy, when really we’re eating oats covered in sugars.  If you click over to my Fit Granola, you’ll see a lighter version that is much better for you than most varieties you’ll find at the store.)

Being a mom myself, I might just throw in a Mother’s Day request to my hubby for this parfait.  He’ll be glad I want something so easy for my Mother’s Day breakfast.

Greek Yogurt & Mixed Berry Parfait
Mimi’s Fit Foods

Ingredients:
5.3 to 6-ounce container of non-fat Greek Yogurt (I used Yoplait’s Strawberry/Raspberry)
1/3 cup Fit Granola
1/2 cup mixed berries, chopped (I used strawberries and blackberries)

Directions:
Using a clear drinking glass (or ice cream dish, or other container of your choice), put 1/3 of the Greek yogurt in the bottom, layer with 1/3 of the granola, and then 1/3 of the chopped berries. Repeat these layers two additional times.

Serves 1.

Nutritional Information:
306 Calories | 14.4g Protein | 45.3g Carbs | 8.1g Fat | 5.1g Fiber | 28.8g Sugars
Greek Yogurt and Mixed Berry Parfait | Mimi's Fit Foods

Fit Veggie Omelet Cups

Fit Veggie Omelet Cups | Mimi's Fit Foods

First things first!  Posting has been happening a tad-bit slower than usual.  There is a VERY GOOD reason for this.  I’m updating the website.  Wahoooo!  I’ve been wanting to do this for a VERY LONG time, and it’s finally happening.  Thus, I’ve been running into a few time bumps due to IT/Computer/Domain/Website stuff that I cannot entirely avoid.  BUT, it’s gonna be worth it.  It’s gonna be worth it.  The new site is going to be so pretty and so easy to navigate.  I’m quite certain you’ll love it.  So, get ready for the new look coming oh-so-soon.  Yay!

Now on to these delicious babies.  I’m really not sure why I haven’t shared this great idea with you sooner.  It’s soooo awesome and soooo good.  If you love a good veggie omelet, you’re going to love these Fit Omelet Cups.  And, they’re so super fit that they only contain eggs and veggies (and a smidge of milk).  The veggies are pretty much free calories, so you’re looking at a high-protein, low calorie breakfast option.  We’re talking 23 calories per omelet cup.  Awesome!

Really, to make these, you can choose any veggies your heart desires.  I will list the ones I chose in the recipe here, but feel free to add/delete whatever ones you’re craving at the moment.  The base for these consists of an equal amount of whole eggs and then egg whites (you’ll see that I used a total of 10 eggs, but I only used the whites in 5 of them).  It cuts fat and calories, but still is huge on flavor.  You’ll note that I didn’t put a lick of cheese in these.  I think they are super tasty without it.

These come out of the oven with a fluffy texture (think the perfect omelet texture) and they taste so incredibly fresh thanks to all of those fresh veggies found within.  As an added bonus, these stay good for 2-3 days in the refrigerator and they reheat fabulously.  So, for those of you who need a quick and healthy breakfast fast . . . make the entire batch and simply reheat in the morning before you head out the door.  I also love eating these for snacks.

Give ’em a try.  They are seriously so super awesome!

Fit Veggie Omelet Cups

5 whole eggs
5 eggs, whites only
1/2 cup low fat milk (I used 1% Organic)
salt and pepper, to taste
2 green onions, chopped
1/2 cup fresh spinach, chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 – 3/4 cup mushrooms, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine all 10 eggs in a medium-sized bowl with milk, salt and pepper (I used about 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper).  Whisk until combined and eggs are broken up and slightly beaten.  Set aside.

Lightly spray a 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray.  Fill each muffin cup approximately half to three-quarters full with various chopped veggies.  Then, taking your egg mixture, pour it in each muffin cup, leaving a tiny amount of space at the top of each one (the omelet cups will rise a little in baking).

Bake for 18-20 minutes.  Enjoy!

Serves 12.  (I usually eat 3 of these to get the serving of protein I want/need.  But, I’ll break it out per Omelet Cup, so you can eat as many as you personally need/want.)

Nutritional Information (Per Omelet Cup)
Calories:  23.3
Protein:  3.6g
Carbs:  1.6g
Fat:  0.2g (0.1g = Sat.)
Fiber:  0.4g
Sugars:  1.2g

Chicken and Tabouli Gyros

Chicken and Tabouli Gyros | Mimi's Fit Foods

As promised . . . here’s a yummy and healthy idea of ways to use that delicious Whole Wheat Flatbread!  These Gyros are sooooooo easy and they taste great.  All you do is make the Quinoa Tabouli, whip up some Whole Wheat Flatbread, throw in some shredded chicken, and you’ve got yourself a delicious Gyro!

Like I’ve mentioned several times before, I love cooking up a big batch of shredded chicken in my slow cooker so I can assemble meals at the drop-of-a-hat.  That’s what I had done here.  I had made the Quinoa Tabouli the day before, I already had shredded chicken sitting in my fridge, so really all I had to do for dinner was make the flatbread.

These taste super fresh and they’re very filling.  The only thing I think that would make these even better would be to add Tzatziki (you can make your own or buy it).  If you can spare a few extra calories, add it in!  It would take these from delicious to super delicious!

Chicken and Tabouli Gryos

1 Whole Wheat Flatbread
1/4 cup Quinoa Tabouli
3 ounces cooked and shredded chicken breast
Tzatziki, optional

To assemble place shredded chicken down the center of the flatbread.  Evenly top with Quinoa Tabouli.  If desired, top Tabouli with Tzatziki.  You can either fold in the sides of the flatbread and roll it up.  Or, you can fold it half like a taco.  Enjoy!

Serves 1 (but can easily be multiplied).

Nutritional Information per Gyro
Calories:  279.3
Protein:  25g
Carbs:  32.7g
Fat:  6.8g
Fiber:  4.6g
Sugars:  3.2g

Whole Wheat Flatbread

Whole Wheat Flatbread | Mimi's Fit Foods

I’ve been on the search for a good flatbread recipe that uses 100% whole wheat flour.  I found a keeper, you guys!  I found a keeper!  This flatbread is SO similar to the homemade bread I make, that I figured it would turn out delicious.  The lovely thing about these is that they are incredibly soft and chewy (without any reference of imitating cardboard) and they have a hint of sweetness thanks to that honey.  These are WAY easy to make and take VERY little time.  Seriously.  You’ll be amazed of the simplicity of making your very own flatbread.  Besides that, it tastes WAY better than what you’ll ever buy at the store.

Oh, the things you can do with flatbread!  Think pizza, wraps, gyros, pita chips, etc.  I’ll be sharing some fun and healthy things to do with these wraps in some upcoming posts.  Stay tuned!

Whole Wheat Flatbread
Recipe slightly adapted from The Taste Tester

1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup warm water (110 degrees)
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons vital wheat gluten
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 cups whole what flour (plus or minus 1/4 cup depending on heat and humidity)

Mix yeast with warm water and honey.  Let sit for five minutes.  In the meantime whisk flour, gluten, and salt together.

When yeast is ready, stir in the olive oil first and then the flour mixture until well combined (I did this in my mixer and then removed it to do the kneading).  Knead dough twenty times.  It should be soft but not sticky.  Add more flour while kneading as needed.  Let dough rest for 20 minutes.

Divid dough into eight equal portions.  Shape each piece into a ball and then roll into an oval, circle, or rectangle on a greased surface (I just spray my countertop lightly with cooking spray).  The dough should be thin.  Heat a pancake griddle to 350 degrees.  When grill is heated, place two-three flatbreads on it.  Cook for 1-2 minutes on each side or until lightly browned.  They will bubble up slightly.  Remove to a plate and repeat with remaining pieces of dough.

Serves 8 (but can easily be made to serve 10, with the rounds being slightly smaller).

Nutritional Information (Per Flatbread)
Calories:  163
Protein:  6.7g
Carbs:  27.2g
Fat:  4.2g
Fiber:  4.1g
Sugars:  2.2g

Quinoa Tabouli

Quinoa Tabouli | Mimi's Fit Foods

I must admit.  I’m not a pro when it comes to knowing much about Middle Eastern cuisine.  However, I have had Tabouli (or Tabbouleh) before and LOVED it.  It is traditionally made with bulgur wheat.  That being said, I ran across this version with quinoa instead of bulgur and knew I would love the simple exchange.  It’s still a healthy grain, yet I tend to have quinoa on hand much more often than bulgur.

Tabouli is naturally healthy.  There is nothing found in this salad that isn’t clean.  It’s PACKED with flavor because it’s made with gobs of fresh herbs (mint and parsley to be exact). It’s seasoned beautifully with a dressing made primarily of olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice.

The great thing about this little salad is it is quite versatile.  You can eat it as is, you can add chicken to it, you can made a vegetarian wrap out of it, etc. In fact, stay tuned because I have a post coming up where I actually stuff this yummy Tabouli in a wrap/gyro.  It’s so good!

Quinoa Tabouli
Adapted from Nutritious Eats

1 cup dry quinoa, rinsed, drained & cooked to package instructions
2 cups chopped cherry or grape tomatoes (about 1 pint)
1 1/2 cups chopped cucumbers
1/2 cup chopped onion (can substitute green onions)
1 cup fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
2 cups fresh Italian parsley, finely chopped

Dressing:
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/3 scant cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 2-3 lemons)
1 garlic clove, grated
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon Koser salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Combine quinoa and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until all water is absorbed. Transfer to a large bowl to cool while you prep other ingredients.

Add chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and fresh herbs to cooked, cooled quinoa.

In a small bowl, whisk together ingredients for dressing. Pour over quinoa salad and toss to combine. Refrigerate for a couple hours to chill slightly. Serve room temperature or cold.

Serves 10.

Nutritional Information (Per Serving)
Calories:  124
Protein:  2.8g
Carbs:  16.4g
Fat:  5.5g (0.6g = Sat.)
Fiber:  1.6g
Sugars:  3g

Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken and Pears

Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken and Pears|Mimi's Fit Foods

Ok.  Ok.  I know this is not the most glamorous looking dish.  However, it is so darn easy, so darn healthy, and so darn good.  I just have to share!

The balsamic vinegar yields a nice tang, while the pears balance that out with a hint of sweetness.  You’ll also find that by cooking the chicken in the slow cooker you get some natural chicken broth that mixes with the balsamic vinegar and this gives the perfect low-calorie sauce.  We ate this dish with Baked Brown Rice and the sauce poured over the top was deeeeeelish!

Oh, and the slow cooker does all the work?  Awesome!

Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken and Pears
Adapted from Laa Loosh

1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts
2 medium sized pears, cored and sliced thick
3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

Place all ingredients in the slow cooker and let cook for about 4-6 hours on low, or until chicken falls apart easily.

Serves 6.

Nutritional Information (Per Serving – Approx. 4 oz.)
Calories:  146.8
Protein:  23.2g
Carbs:  11g
Fat:  1.1g (0.0g = Sat.)
Fiber:  1.4g
Sugars:  8.6g (mostly from pears)

Guiltless Fudge Cookies

Guiltless Fudge Cookies|Mimi's Fit Foods

These cookies are oh-so-good!  They have a nice, crisp exterior, but have a soft and fudgey center.  It took all I had to not eat the entire batch!

These are made without butter or eggs and I mixed them up in one bowl (my food processor actually).  The cookie dough ends up being really thick.  I first tried to mix it in a mixing bowl with a spoon, but was having a hard time pulling the dough together the way I wanted.  So, I dumped it all in my food processor, gave it a few pulses, and the dough came together quickly and perfectly!  It was so easy to scoop onto the baking sheet.

We’ve been eating pretty darn clean around our house and we were just itching to have a sweet treat.  I’ve had these on my mind, and with them being healthier than a traditional cookie, I whipped them up.  These certainly took care of our sweet tooth without breaking the calorie bank.

That being said, the cookies are SO good that you might not believe they are as low-cal as they are.  These are sinfully chocolatey.  They are a chocolate-lover’s dream.  Next time you’re craving chocolate or something sweet . . . give these a try instead of the typical full fat cookie.  I can about guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

Guiltless Fudge Cookies | Mimi's Fit Foods

Guiltless Fudge Cookies
Adapted from Taste, Love & Nourish

1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
5 tablespoons melted coconut oil
1/3 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat liner.

In the bowl of your food processor add the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt, sugar and brown sugar. Pulse a few times to combine.  Add the coconut oil, yogurt and vanilla extract. Pulse a few times until the dough comes together.  (Alternatively, you can do this all in a bowl.  You would whisk the dry ingredients to combine and then add the wet ingredients to the dry.  Using a sturdy spoon, stir to combine the wet and dry ingredients, but do not overwork it.)

Drop level tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes or until the edges just begin to set.

Cool on the pans for about a minute, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes 24 cookies if dropped by level tablespoons.
Makes 16 cookies if dropped by a 1 1/2 tablespoon cookie scoop.

Nutritional Information Per Cookie (Based on yield of 24)
Calories:  71.8
Protein:  1.1g
Carbs:  11.7g
Fat:  3.1g (2.7g = Sat.)
Fiber:  0.7g
Sugars:  7.4g

Fit Banana Oatmeal Muffins with Coconut Oil and Honey

Fit Banana Muffins with Coconut Oil and Honey | Mimi's Fit Foods

I love me some goooood banana bread!  However, nutritionally I hate that banana bread is essentially “cake” since it’s made with oil and sugar (which again, is why it tastes so darn good!).  I had a couple of bananas that had spotted and gone more ripe than we care to eat, so I went on a major search to find me a tasty AND healthy banana muffin.  With a few adaptations, I definitely came up with a winner!  I mean, looking at this picture at this very moment has me salivating.

These muffins are made with coconut oil (instead of butter or vegetable oil) and are sweetened with honey (as well as the natural sweetener you get from the bananas).  There’s something about that coconut oil that adds an extra subtle sweetness as well.

Of course, I didn’t have a “typical” banana muffin sitting right here to compare with, but I don’t think I would even hesitate to choose this muffin over the other.  They are SOOOOO good.  The oatmeal helps boost the texture, and they are super moist.

The only regret I have is that I didn’t double (or triple) the recipe.  I totally could have frozen the extra muffins and had them available at the drop of a hat.  Next time . . . next time!

Fit Banana Muffins with Coconut Oil and Honey - Mimi's Fit Foods

Fit Banana Oatmeal Muffins with Coconut Oil and Honey
Adapted from Beauty and Bedlam

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (I used white wheat)
1 cup rolled oats
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted (organic extra virgin tastes best)
1/2 cup honey
2 ripe bananas, mashed (about 2/3 cup)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Stir together oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix egg, milk, oil, honey and mashed banana together well. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients. Gently stir until moistened. Fill greased muffin pans 2/3 full (evenly dividing batter amongst 12 muffins). Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown.

Serves 12.

Nutritional Information Per Muffin
Calories:  190
Protein:  3.6g
Carb:  30.3g
Fat:  7.5g (5.7g = Sat.)
Fiber:  2.9g
Sugars:  13.3g (Mostly from Honey and Bananas)