Orange Pumpkin Spice Muffins

I started to say these would be great with tea or in the morning…but then I thought WHEN WOULDN’T THESE MUFFINS BE GOOD?  They are delicious with just a hint of pumpkin and a spicy orange flavor.  Yum!

Orange Pumpkin Spice Muffins

1 can of Libby’s Pumpkin (15 oz)
1 box yellow cake mix , low sugar
1 egg white
1 T. ground cinnamon
1 t. nutmeg
2 t. orange extract
2/3 c. white chocolate chips

Combine pumpkin, cake mix, egg white, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange extract and water. Mix in white chocolate chips. Coat 2 muffin pans with cooking spray or use liners, then fill each muffin cup 1/2 to 3/4 full. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.

Yield: 24 muffins. Per muffin= 124 Calories; 3g Fat (24.0% calories from fat); 1g Protein; 23g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 178mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 Vegetable; 1/2 Fat; 1/2 Other Carbohydrates.

My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches. -Philippians 4:19

SW Bean & Bacon Soup

This soup is a spicy light lunch or drain a serving and put the bean mix in a tortilla for a tasty burrito.

Bean and Bacon Soup
1 ½ c. dried beans, mix or pinto or navy
5 c. water
¼ c. diced onion
3 slices cooked bacon, chopped
1 TB taco seasoning
14.5 oz can roasted tomatoes, undrained

Combine all ingredients in 3 quart slow cooker. Cook on high 6-8 hours.
Yield: 5 servings. Per serving (over 1 cup)= 239 Calories; 3g Fat (9.7% calories from fat); 14g Protein; 41g Carbohydrate; 15g Dietary Fiber; 3mg Cholesterol; 235mg Sodium. Exchanges: 2 1/2 Grain(Starch); 1 Lean Meat; 1 Vegetable; 1/2 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.

Party Sausage

Great for game day!

Party Sausage
14 oz turkey smoked sausage
¼ c. wine, red or white
½ c. barbecue sauce

Slice sausage into 28 pieces. Combine all ingredients into a 2 quart slow cooker. Cook on high 1-2 hours.
Yield: 7 2oz servings. Per serving= 100 Calories; 3g Fat (28.7% calories from fat); 7g Protein; 9g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 25mg Cholesterol; 637mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Other Carbohydrates.

Chile Cheese Quesadillas

These are easy and delicious! Great for a quick dinner or game day food.

Chile and Cheese Quesadillas
4 oz light cream cheese
1 cups shredded reduced-fat Mexican-style cheese
4 oz roasted green chilies, diced
2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
1 tsp taco seasoning
8 medium flour tortillas, low carb

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray. In a bowl, combine cream cheese, Mexican cheese, chiles, cilantro, and taco seasoning. Mix well. Arrange 4 tortillas on prepared baking sheet. Spoon cheese mixture evenly onto each tortilla, leaving a 1/4-inch border around the edges. Top each with second tortilla and press down gently. Bake until filling is hot and tortilla is lightly toasted.
4. Slice each quesadilla into 4 wedges and serve warm.
Yield: 8 servings. 2 wedges per serving= 158 Calories; 8g Fat (42.3% calories from fat); 8g Protein; 15g Carbohydrate; 7g Dietary Fiber; 18mg Cholesterol; 410mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 1/2 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.

This is a quick and easy dinner for two!

Smoked sausage Scramble
8 oz potato, cubed
1 tsp onion powder
1 cup torn fresh spinach
4 oz turkey smoked sausage
2 eggs
1 egg white
Salt & pepper

Spray large skillet with cooking spray. Cook the potato and onion powder until potato is tender. Add spinach and sausage. In a bowl, whisk the eggs, egg white, salt and pepper. Pour over sausage mixture. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until eggs are completely set. Serve immediately.
Yield: 2 servings. Per serving= 256 Calories; 7g Fat (25.6% calories from fat); 18g Protein; 29g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 212mg Cholesterol; 600mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 1/2 Grain(Starch); 1 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 1/2 Fat.

Beef Mushroom Wild Rice

This is a nice side dish. Mushrooms are not my favorite so I only used 1 can but if you like them, add more.

Beef Mushroom Wild Rice
10 3/4 fluid ounces fat-free beef broth
10 3/4 fluid ounces French onion soup
4 ounces canned mushroom slices
2 cups wild rice blend

Combine all ingredients in a 2 quart slow cooker. Cook on high 4 to 5 hours.

Yield: 8 servings. Per serving (about ½ cup)= 171 Calories; 2g Fat (9.3% calories from fat); 7g Protein; 38g Carbohydrate; 4g Dietary Fiber; 1mg Cholesterol; 450mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable.