Buffalo Quinoa Bites

I love wing sauce!


Buffalo Quinoa Bites
1 cup vegetable broth
½ cup quinoa, uncooked (I used red quinoa)
2 eggs, beaten
2 tbsp reduced fat Bisquick
Dash garlic powder
¼ cup Frank’s hot sauce
2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a mini muffin tin with cooking spray. Bring broth and quinoa to a boil in a medium pot. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer (covered) for about 15 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed. Set aside to cool.
In a large bowl, combine eggs, Bisquick, garlic powder, hot sauce, Parmesan, and the cooked quinoa. Stir well to combine. Spoon batter into mini muffin tin. Bake for 20 minutes. Serve hot.
Yield: 18 bites. Per bite= 41 Calories; 1g Fat (27.0% calories from fat); 2g Protein; 5g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 21mg Cholesterol; 203mg Sodium.

Beer Cheese Fondue

This tasted great, but didn’t melt creamy in the crock pot. It was kind of curdled or something.

Beer Cheese Fondue
16 oz shredded sharp cheddar
8 oz shredded mild cheddar
16 oz sliced Swiss, chopped
12 oz 55 cal beer
Dash garlic powder
1/2 tsp black pepper

Combine all ingredients in 3 quart slow cooker and cook on low 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally.
Yield: about 6 cups. Per serving (1/4 cup)= 188 Calories; 15g Fat (70.9% calories from fat); 12g Protein; 1g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 47mg Cholesterol; 225mg Sodium.

Apple Sausage Puffs


Apple Sausage Puffs
½ lb. pork sausage
1 apple finely chopped
4 oz. light cream cheese
2 tubes reduced fat crescent rolls

Brown sausage and apples together, drain and stir in cream cheese. Unroll one tube of crescent rolls, separate into eight triangles. Place one tbsp. of sausage mix on long sides and roll up starting with the long side, pinch seams to seal. Repeat with the other crescent rolls. Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes.
Yield: 16 servings. Per serving= 181 Calories; 12g Fat (61.3% calories from fat); 2g Protein; 14g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 14mg Cholesterol; 368mg Sodium.

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs


Pepperoni Pizza Puffs
3/4 cup reduced fat Bisquick
2 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
½ c. skim milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
½ c. shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, reduced fat
21 slices turkey pepperoni
8 oz tomato sauce with oregano and basil (for dipping)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 24-cup mini-muffin pan. In a large bowl, whisk together the Bisquick, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes; whisk in the milk and egg. Stir in the mozzarella and Parmesan, let stand for 10 minutes. Stir the batter and divide among the mini-muffin cups. Chop pepperoni and press into batter. Bake until puffed and golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Meanwhile, microwave the pizza sauce until warmed through. Serve the puffs with the pizza sauce for dipping.

Yield: 4 servings. Per serving (6 puffs each)= 211 Calories; 7g Fat (31.3% calories from fat); 14g Protein; 22g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 71mg Cholesterol; 1022mg Sodium.

Easy Chickpea Dip

This was very hummus-like and tasty!

Easy Chickpea Dip
15 oz can chickpeas, drained
1/2 c. mayo, reduced fat chipotle flavored
1 TB peanut butter

Combine all ingredients in food processor and process until smooth. Serve with pita chips or vegetables. (I used carrot chips.)
Yield: 8 servings. Per serving (1/4 cup)= 110 Calories; 5g Fat (37.3% calories from fat); 3g Protein; 14g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 293mg Sodium.

Poppy Seed Chicken Dip

I made a small version of this. You could certainly double the recipe for a large gathering. This can be used as a dip for crackers or made as little appetizer sandwich filling or even served in a wrap.

Poppy Seed Chicken Dip
1 c. diced cooked chicken breast
3 oz light cream cheese
½ tsp poppy seeds
Dash onion powder
Dash garlic powder

Mix all ingredients together until well-combined. Place into an airtight container and chill until ready to serve.
Yield: 4 servings (1 cup). Per serving (1/4 cup)= 146 Calories; 8g Fat (48.4% calories from fat); 17g Protein; 2g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 52mg Cholesterol; 154mg Sodium.

Cream Cheese Sausage Balls

Wow! 900 blog posts! These sausage balls are delicious!

Cream Cheese Sausage Balls
1 lb pork sausage, uncooked
8 oz light cream cheese, softened
2 cups reduced fat Bisquick
½ c. shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese
2 dashes cayenne pepper
Water, as needed

Preheat oven to 400^. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray and set aside. In medium bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Form into balls. Add water if needed, 2 tablespoons at a time. Bake 400F for 20 minutes, or until lightly browned.
Yield: 40 balls. Per ball= 87 Calories; 6g Fat (65.1% calories from fat); 3g Protein; 5g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 12mg Cholesterol; 193mg Sodium