Light and easy meal ideas and recipes.

Breakfast

  • Toasted Almond Banana Muffins

    Toasted Almond Banana Muffins

    Calories: WW Freestyle Points: 3

    These tasty muffins are a breakfast you can enjoy at home, or take on the go. Be sure to use non-stick liners for these (the foil liners are good). And after you sprinkle the topping onto the batter, gently press it in with a knife or fork to be sure you don't lose half the topping during baking (smile here). See video for quick demonstration.

     

    Recipe makes 12, nicely puffed muffins. 3 WW Freestyle Points per muffin (or 7 Points for 2 of them). 

     

    For my friends outside the US - you can use regular self-rising flour in place of the Bisquick for this recipe. It will come out close enough.

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  • Scrambled Eggs with Ham and White Cheddar

    Scrambled Eggs with Ham and White Cheddar

    Calories: 389 WW Freestyle Points: 4

    My brother said I make the best scrambled eggs so for you Frank, here are the eggs. BTW, Frank is 21 years younger than me. He is the best kid brother in the whole world.

     

    These eggs have diced ham and shredded white cheddar cheese. But the more important part of making these is to not overcook the eggs. I swirl the eggs in the pan, and when they are still a bit wet, turn off the heat and place them on the plate. Serve with fruit or whatever else you like.

     

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  • Waffle Cone Bowls

    Waffle Cone Bowls

    Calories: 252 WW Freestyle Points: 3

    These smothered waffle cone bowls make a good breakfast, or a snack. The waffle bowls are just 50 calories - or 2 points each. I filled it with non-fat greek yogurt, topped with blueberries and bananas that I warmed in a small sauce pot, and sprinkled it with a teaspoon of pumpkin seeds.

     

    If you find that plain non-fat greek yogurt is very tart, the sweetness of the fruit and waffle cone in this recipe balance it out nicely.

     

    Note that the photograph makes the waffle bowl appear larger than it actually is (just being honest). I didn't try to exaggerate this, it's just how the photo came out. The actual size is similar to that of a regular cupcake.

     

    You can find and purchase the mini waffle cone bowls here.

     

    Recipe is for 1 serving. 252 calories - barely even 3 points with 1 tsp of pumpkin seeds.

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  • Bagels

    Bagels

    Calories: 225 WW Freestyle Points: 3 (each)

    To get a chewy, tasty bagel, I boil these in water with a little bit of brown sugar. You can skip the boiling part - but I like them better boiled. Use Fage yogurt - that is fresh out of the container. If there is any liquid sitting in the yogurt container, pour it out. I try to get a smooth skin when I'm rolling out the shape of the bagel dough. The smoother they are in dough form, the smoother the bagels will be when they come out of the oven.

     

    The brown sugar used in this recipe may add calories to the bagel. I'm not 100% sure how much of the sugar is actually absorbed into the bagel when boiling. Recipe makes 8 bagels.

     

    You can find and purchase a Dough Cutter here.

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  • Soft-boiled Egg Bowls

    Soft-boiled Egg Bowls

    Calories: WW Freestyle Points: 3

    My gram always made me soft-boiled eggs as a kid and I still love them. I used Aldi brand Chicken Breakfast sausage here, and 2 "bagel holes" (1 point for 2 of them). 

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  • Lemon Squares

    Lemon Squares

    Calories: 96 WW Freestyle Points: 3

    These are light, cakey and moist. Almost like a lemon coffee cake. And so easy to make. I usually have one with scrambled eggs for breakfast. Or as an afternoon snack with some tea and fruit.

     

    These are 96 calories, or 3 points each (7 points for two). Recipe makes 18 squares.

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  • Bacon and Eggs

    Bacon and Eggs

    Calories: 185 WW Freestyle Points: 1

    I used 2 slices of Butterball Thin and Crispy turkey bacon, chopped up with a little scallions, fresh dill, salt and pepper. 1 point for the 4 halves shown here. You can have this as a snack or breakfast.

     

    To get the middle of the eggs slightly soft and undercooked, submerge them into a bowl of cold water immediately after boiling (more detailed directions below).

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  • Banana Bread

    Banana Bread

    Calories: 135 WW Freestyle Points: 3 (per slice)

    This is good with a little spread of peanut butter or PB2. Store in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. Recipe makes 16 slices. 3 points per slice, or 5 points for 2 slices.

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  • Artichoke Frittata

    Artichoke Frittata

    Calories: 119 WW Freestyle Points: 1 per quarter

    Whip this up in about 15 minutes. This delicious frittata is just 1 point per quarter, or 4 points for the whole thing (if you can finish it). I get the frozen artichoke hearts at Trader Joe's. Reference video for demonstration.

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  • No Bake Snack Bars

    No Bake Snack Bars

    Calories: 117 WW Freestyle Points: 4 per bar

    A tasty, chewy grab-and-go snack or breakfast. You can whip these up in less than 30 minutes. To prevent burning, melt the marshmellows the same way you would chocolate. Place a bowl on top of simmering water and place the marshmallows in the bowl. See video for demonstration. Recipe makes 8 servings.

     

    You can buy the Puffed Corn Cereal here and the Puffed Wheat Cereal here

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  • Mini Apple Pies

    Mini Apple Pies

    Calories: 212 WW Freestyle Points: 3

    These delicious mini apple pies make a good breakfast, snack or dessert. You can serve them at parties and no one will suspect they are lightened up. The apples need a little head start in cooking because the pie crusts bake rather fast. Recipe makes 12 mini apple pies.

     

    You can find and buy the Bisquick Heart Healthy Mix here.

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  • Stuffed Bagels

    Stuffed Bagels

    Calories: 406 WW Freestyle Points: 4

    I used scrambled eggs and light mozzarella in this batch, but if it's your first time making these, pre-cooked turkey bacon and shredded cheese is a little easier. Do not put too much stuffing in these, because the skin will likely break and make a big mess in the oven. Recipe makes 4 stuffed bagels.

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  • Oatmeal Bars

    Oatmeal Bars

    Calories: 185 WW Freestyle Points: 4

    These oatmeal bars are very easy to make. They have a very soft gooey texture because of the oatmeal. You can make these in advance - store them in the refrigerator, then heat them up. But they are best if you eat them the day you make them. If I'm on the go, I'll pack this up with a hard boiled egg or some fruit. For the apples in this recipe, Granny Smith is good or another type of baking apple. Recipe makes 8 bars using an 8" x 8" square pan.

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  • Carrot Cake Muffins

    Carrot Cake Muffins

    Calories: 178 WW Freestyle Points: 5

    These are super moist, soft and delicious. Not quite sweet enough to be considered a cupcake though. No artificial sweeteners used. Recipe makes 20 muffins. I have one of these with eggs and fruit in the morning to make it a more filling breakfast.

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  • Blueberry Lemon Cream Breakfast Bombs

    Blueberry Lemon Cream Breakfast Bombs

    Calories: 166 WW Freestyle Points: 4

    No artificial sweeteners used here. These are super creamy and light. I recommend using "Skim Plus" skim milk for these because it's creamier than regular skim milk, but regular skim milk is fine. Be sure to use Bisquick for the flour on the crust. If you use regular self-rising flour, they will taste like lemon cream calzones. Recipe makes 12 Breakfast Bombs.

     

    You can find and purchase the Bisquick Heart Healthy Mix here.

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  • Eggs & Turkey Bacon Sandwich

    Eggs & Turkey Bacon Sandwich

    Calories: 342 WW Freestyle Points: 4

    I make the bagels for this on meal-prep day. Sometimes I assemble the sandwiches and freeze them so I can just heat them up and go. Other times, I freeze just the bagels, and defrost on the day I'm eating it - then add the eggs and bacon that day.

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  • Sausage, Spinach and Cheese Egg Bakes

    Sausage, Spinach and Cheese Egg Bakes

    Calories: 185 WW Freestyle Points: 3 (for 2 portions)

    Recipe makes 12 Egg Bakes in total.

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  • Breakfast Cones

    Breakfast Cones

    Calories: 135 WW Freestyle Points: 1 - 2

    These make a cute hand-held breakfast for the kids. Nutrition info based on 1 cone with Canadian bacon.

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  • Blueberry Banana French Toast Sticks

    Blueberry Banana French Toast Sticks

    Calories: 244 WW Freestyle Points: 3 points (for 2 sticks)

    I was racking my brain trying to figure out grab and go breakfasts that aren't eggs. These are really good and only 3 points on WW for two of them. Recipe makes 12 sticks. You can freeze these and pop them in the toaster oven when you're ready to eat them. They freeze and re-heat well.

    Nutritional information based on a 2-stick serving.

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  • French Toast

    French Toast

    Calories: 243 WW Freestyle Points: 2

    This is just like french toast you would normally make, but I skipped any butter, oil and syrup. Instead I just heated some blueberries on the stove top to bring out the sweetness in the berries, so it acted as a type of syrup on the French Toast. 

     

    Recipe and nutritional information based on 2 slices.

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  • English Muffin with Scrambled Eggs

    English Muffin with Scrambled Eggs

    Calories: 271 WW Freestyle Points: 4

    Nothing revolutionary here. But it beats the drive-through version. I keep this in my breakfast line up because it's a tasty, quick option for busy work-day mornings. Hopefully one day I can quit my day job and just cook and manage this blog for a living instead. Until then, I'll be packing this up in a brown bag and eating it in the car when I'm running late.

     

    Nutritional information excludes banana.

     

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  • Waffle Iron Hashbrowns and Eggs

    Waffle Iron Hashbrowns and Eggs

    Calories: 153 WW Freestyle Points: 2 points per quarter

    To get these hashbrowns crispy, I let the water drain out of them. It takes a little inactive waiting time, but the hashbrowns come out too soft otherwise.

     

    You can find and purchase the waffle iron I use here.

     

    Nutrition information based on 1/4 waffle hashbrown (excludes eggs).

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  • Eggs and Avacado on Crusty Sourdough

    Eggs and Avacado on Crusty Sourdough

    Calories: 162 WW Freestyle Points: 6

    I make my own sour dough bread, but you can purchase a nice crusty rustic loaf from your local bakery. You can pair this with any fruit of your choice for a more filling meal.

     

    Nutrition information estimated based on 1 medium slice of rye bread.

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