Yogurt-Filled Chocolate Cups

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Dessert. Chocolate dessert. Healthy chocolate dessert. Who would ever say no to that? My love for all things sweet and miniature inspired me to create these tiny fruit-and-yogurt filled chocolate cups. They’re super easy to make and only require four ingredients!

Yogurt-filled Chocolate Cups

Ingredients

Dark chocolate (I used the Taste of Inspirations chocolate squares)
Low fat vanilla yogurt
1 Kiwi, chopped
Blackberries

These dark chocolate squares are only 28 calories each! One chocolate cup is made out of approximately one and a half of these squares.

Directions

1.Mix the vanilla yogurt with the kiwi (or fruit of your liking) in a bowl. Place aside.
2. Melt the dark chocolate in the microwave for about 1 minute.
3. Pour the chocolate into mini-cup molds (you can purchase them at Michael’s, Target, etc. for $2) and place in the fridge for 2 minutes.
4. Take the molds out of the fridge, scoop out the chocolate from the middle, and leave a thin layer of chocolate sticking to the mold. Put back in the fridge for 3-4 minutes and wait for the chocolate shell to set.
5. Pop the chocolate cups out of the molds, fill them with the yogurt-fruit mix and top with fresh blackberries!

Enjoy!

Onion and Tomato Crustless Quiche

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Ever been to La Madeline? It’s one of my absolute favorite cafes. From the elegant and appetizing dishes to the quaint French decorations, it would be impossible to find something to dislike about it. I could probably create hundreds of recipes, inspired and adopted solely from La Madeline. Actually, I would gladly drop out of school and devote an entire year to do that. Too bad that isn’t one of my most realistic dreams. Anyways, I’m completely in love with their quiches. They all somehow have this perfect balance between a fluffy body, mouth-watering filling, and melted cheese on top.

If I could, I would probably have five of their quiches a day, but something tells me that isn’t the healthiest idea. So what’s my solution? Create my own healthy quiche of course! I lightened it up by making it crustless, using fat free milk, and sticking to vegetables for the filling.

Onion and Tomato Crustless Quiche

Ingredients

½ cup fat free milk
3 egg whites
1 egg
half of a tomato, chopped
half of an onion, sliced
¼ cup dill, chopped
1.5 tablespoons chives, chopped
1 mozzarella stick, chopped
pinch of salt and pepper
cooking spray

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 375°.
2. In a bowl, whisk together the fat free milk, egg whites, egg, chives, salt and pepper. Set aside.
3. Add cooking spray to a pan, wait for it to heat up, and sauté the onions for about 2 minutes.
4. Add the tomatoes and dill to the pan and cook for about 4 minutes.
5. Slightly grease a muffin pan with cooking spray, evenly fill the individual muffin cups with the cooked vegetables, and pour in the liquid mixture from your bowl on top.
6. Sprinkle the chopped mozzarella on top of each quiche.
7. Bake for about 35-40 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes before eating.

Nutrition: Servings: 5 three-inch quiches, Serving Size: 1 quiche, Calories 54, Total Fat 2g, Cholesterol 36mg, Sodium 93.4mg, Carbs 3g, Protein 6.7g

At 54 calories per quiche, I wouldn’t even feel guilty about eating all five! The quiches were really light and tasted delicious on their own, even though I’m thinking about using them as side-dishes for my dinners as well!

Hope everyone has been having a wonderful week- it’s almost friday!

Sweet Chicken with White Wine

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Sweet pineapple. Fresh dill. Tender chicken breast. Aromatic white wine….mmm….hungry yet? Last night, I was in the mood for a light dinner, but I still wanted it to be really filling and exploding with taste. I love eating chicken, but (let’s be honest) it can get old pretty quickly if you don’t spice it up once in a while. I was standing in the middle of my kitchen (holding my chicken), trying to figure out what to do with it for what seemed like an eternity. I ended up casually throwing together a bunch of ingredients from the fridge and hoped for the best. What resulted has officially become one of my favorite dishes: Sweet Chicken with White Wine. The best part? It only took about 20 minutes to prepare and cook the entire thing. And it included one of my favorite fruits, pineapple!

Sweet Chicken with White Wine

Ingredients

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 (4-ounce) chicken breasts, cut into small pieces (I used Nature’s Promise)
½ medium onion, sliced
7 ounces pineapple, diced
¼ cup dill, chopped
1 tablespoon chives, chopped
2 ounces white wine

Directions

1. Heat olive oil in a pan, add the onion and cook for about 2 minutes.
2. Salt and pepper the chicken and add to the pan to cook for about 4 minutes
3. Add the pineapple, dill, and cilantro and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring continuously.
4. Add the white wine, cover the pan, and let everything cook for 5 minutes.

Nutrition: Servings: 2, Serving Size: Half the recipe, Calories 250, Total Fat 8.5g, Sodium 88.6mg, Carbs 14.9g, Sugar 10.2g, Fiber 1.7g, Protein 26.7g

I think this was my first time adding pineapple to a main course, but I immediately fell in love with the sweet and unexpected taste it added to my meal!

I had my portion with a side of brown rice, but spreading it over some whole grain pasta sounds just as delicious. And don’t forget that huge side of fresh vegetables either!

What did you have for dinner last night?

Chocolate Fondue

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Your life is your own adventure. Regardless of the ways in which you approach it, don’t hesitate to fill it with excitement, enchantment, and passion. Simply said, do the things that make you happy – no matter what. For some, that means cozying up in a big leather chair with a worn-out book and a cappuccino. For others, it means traveling to the most exotic and distant places on the globe. Sometimes, it might just take a little bit of chocolate and the summer sunlight to fill your day with that kind of love and happiness.

A Lazy Sunday Afternoon Delight

Bananas and chocolate are amazing complements!

And what kind of fondue doesn’t include strawberries?

To create the most incredible chocolate fondue: melt some bittersweet chocolate chips and combine with a touch of fat free Reddi Wip and a drop of cognac. (adapted via yummly)

Just call it the perfectly balanced indulgence.

Martini Yogurt Parfait

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Yogurt is wonderful enough by itself. And so is fruit. But when combined together, they seem to blow up your taste buds with a light and filling flavor that keep you happily satisfied for next couple of hours. That’s exactly why I decided to put together this little Martini Yogurt Parfait.

Before you get any ideas – nope! It doesn’t have any alcohol in it. I just really wanted to use a martini glass!

Martini Yogurt Parfait

Ingredients

1 Dannon Oikos Nonfat Greek Yogurt
2 tablespoons Fat Free Redi-wip
Blueberries
Banana
Kiwi
Raspberry

After cutting up the blueberries, banana, and kiwi, create alternating layers of yogurt and fruit in your glass. Top it off with some Fat Free Reddi-wip and a raspberry! It’s a little hard to see the layers but the banana is right there in the middle, just above the blueberries!

Nutrition: Servings: 1 parfait, Serving Size: 1 parfait, Calories 135, Total Fat 0g, Carbs 19.8g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar 11.7g, Protein 15.6g

Even though I ate it for dessert, I think it will work perfectly for breakfast as well! I chose to use these fruits because they are some of my absolute favorites, especially the kiwi. I hadn’t eaten a kiwi in so long, so including it in the parfait was a must. It turned out incredibly delicious.

Which fruits would you absolutely want in your own parfait?? There are so many fruit combinations that’s it’s almost impossible to choose! My only solution is to make (and eat) all the ones that I can think of!