Delicious 100 Calorie Lemon Ricotta Cupcakes

I found this recipe for Low Calorie Lemon Riccotta Muffins. I found it on the same site as the Fettuccine Alfredo recipe I made on Friday. Again though, I found their calorie information to be incorrect; this time it was too high!

I followed her recipe almost exactly and it made 12 delicious 100 calorie muffins but I am calling them cupcakes. To me, these seemed much more like cupcakes and I love the word cupcake! I used all white flour for mine; maybe that’s why. Like a comment mentioned on her post, the cupcake/muffins were fantastic with some jam; I used Strawberry (jam icing!).

I will be making these again and again. Next time I am going to add more lemon and vanilla extract though, I did find these to be a tad bit bland. Also, I wouldn’t try muffin wrappers – they are VERY hard to get off these muffins, after a day they need to be cut off; just grease your muffin tray well.

And there weren’t little tiny half cupcakes either, my muffin pan was over-flowing with cupcake good-ness.

Once I get the recipe how I like it; I will post it here. Below is the calorie information for her recipe (all white flour).

100 Calorie Lemon Ricotta Cupcakes – Nutritional Information
    1 cupcake
      96.3    calories
      2.6      grams of fat
      13.4    carbohydrates
      0.4      grams of fiber
      3.5      grams of sugar
      4.7      grams of protein

Simple, Low Calorie Fettucine Alfredo

I really had a craving for fettuccine alfredo, after a lot of googling I found this recipe for Light, Low Calorie Creamy Fettuccine Afredo (with or without chicken).

300 calories for a serving of fettuccine alfredo? Unbelievable! Actually it is unbelievable, my serving was more around the 700 calorie mark, but it was a fair size serving. I only changed one thing, I fried a bit of garlic with my chicken.

The original recipe had 4 servings, I made mine into two – I like big portions. One of my biggest beef with “low calorie” recipes – they are only low calorie because the portions are so damn small!

I made the sauce from the recipe exactly the same and it came out to 153 calories for half a serving, not too bad.

Low Calorie Fettuccine Alfredo Sauce – Nutritional Information
    1/2 of recipe
        153     calories
        2.3      grams of fat
        5.3      carbohydrates
        0         grams of fiber
        13.2    grams of protein

I found that knowing the calories for the sauce separate was easier, because they I could adjust my calories accordingly. I had 1.5 servings of whole wheat fettuccine (405 calories) and approximately one small chicken breast (90 calories) and half a tablespoon of oil (60 calories). Bringing my total to 708 calories for a generous portion of fettuccine alfredo. That’s not a lot of calories for fettuccine alfredo, but it’s a lot of calories for one meal I think.

It sure looked good.

But honestly it wasn’t that fantastic. It was good, but not that good – not 700 calories good anyway. I found the sauce kinda lumpy and not that flavorful. I might make it again, but I sure wouldn’t make it often. I think next time I want fettuccine alfrado, I will just go all out.

Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken


The Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken was a success! It was delicious!

Only a couple things I wasn’t sure about. Main thing was how liquidly it was – there was a lot of liquid in the bottom of the crock-pot – I drained the beans but not the tomatoes… wonder if I should of done that. Next time I think I am going to use less liquid, just use chicken soup mix and splash of water and the can of tomatoes – or drain the tomatoes – anyway, I will play around with it.

The extra liquid did not effect the taste!

We ate it on top of a brown rice – it was really good, but I wonder if it would be better on it’s own with a buttered whole wheat roll or something instead. Or maybe even on a sandwich – like a Pulled Santa Fe Chicken Sandwich! Hmm, that sounds like a good idea.

before toppings

But it will still fantastic! Even my man said it was good. (two thumbs up!)

You couldn’t even taste the black beans! I am not a very big black bean fan, but I will use them if a recipe calls for them. Sometimes you can really taste them – but in this, I did not notice them at all. A HUGE plus!

I have never used my crock pot much but after this I can see how handy it really is. Come home from work to nice, low point, cooked meal. No excuses to eat take-out when dinner is already done! It was also quick to get ready in the morning before work.

I will be making this again!