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Mexican Tortilla Soup

This is probably our favorite at home dinner. It is insanely easy to make, delicious, and good for you. This is another recipe that I had posted once upon a time on my 101/1001 blog, but decided to repost here with some changes Shane and I have made over the past year.


we normally split this in 2 and maybe have a little left over

1 bag frozen pre-cooked shrimp (sometimes we use chicken)

1/2 white (or red) onion

1 can diced Rotel tomatoes (we use Mild)

1 tsp garlic

4 cups chicken broth

tortilla chips



green onion


  • Cook meat how desired and cut into bite sized pieces.
  • Simmer veggies (onion, tomatoes, garlic) in pot until soft
  • Add meat to pot.
  • Add chicken broth to pot.
  • Simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  • Garnish with crushed tortilla chips, green onion, cilantro, and avocado.


(if split in half – including shrimp and 24 bite size Tostitos chips)

  • Calories: 426
  • Total Fat: 23.4 g (mostly from the avocado)
  • Total Carbs: 42.2 g
  • Protein: 16.8 g

Apple Lemon Muffins

Yes, I made another batch of muffins. I can only assume that this baking streak (and the cleaning of the kitchen as soon as I’m done) is some kind of odd side-effect of meditation. It’s possible I’ve been replaced by a pod person. If I start cleaning the rest of the house, have tests done. That being said, these muffins are freaking awesome. I asked Shane what kind he wanted next and he said “lemon”. I happen to LOVEĀ  lemon. While I changed the original recipe a little to make it healthier (and because I wasn’t braving the snowstorm to get lemon juice), they still turned out really good. I kinda hope Shane doesn’t like them…


8 servings

    1 cup flour {I used whole wheat flour}
    2 tsp baking powder
    a pinch of salt
    a dash of cinnamon {optional – I did NOT use}
    2 tbsp Splenda Brown
    1 egg, beaten {I used two egg whites}
    5 tbsp apple sauce {I subbed unsweetened and added a little Splenda}
    0.5 tbsp lemon juice {I only had lemon extract in the house}
    0.5 cups milk {used skim}
    a dash of vanilla
    1 med. apple, peeled and diced {didn’t peal}


  • preheat oven to 425F, lightly grease muffin tin or line with papers
  • sift together dry ingredients, set aside
  • mix together splenda brown sugar, egg, apple sauce, and lemon juice {since I only had lemon extract, I put in around a 1/2 teaspoon – maybe a little more – and just tested for taste} then add milk and vanilla
  • add dry ingredients and mix until just moistened, being careful not to over mix; fold in apples; spoon into muffin tins
  • back 15 minutes, until golden and a toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean; cool 2-5 minutes in pan before removing to rack to cool completely


{following original instructions}

  • Total Calories : 101.5
  • Total Fat : 0.9 g
  • Total Carbs : 19.9 g
  • Protein : 2.9 g

{with my substitions}

  • Total Calories : 98
  • Total Fat : 0.3 g
  • Total Carbs : 19.7 g
  • Protein : 3.5 g

Donut Muffins

Muffins seem to be a great snack to have around the house for us. I love to grab one for breakfast. He takes them for a snack at work. So I decided to try to turn one of my favorite muffin recipes healthy. I’m really, really happy with how they turned out!


(I made 12, but I like smaller portions)

3/4 cup sugar (used Splenda)
2 egg whites
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
3/4 cup skim milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Lightly grease a muffin tin with vegetable oil or spray.
  • In a large bowl, beat together sugar and egg until light in color. Add applesauce, milk, and vanilla to sugar mixture and combine.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Then pour into liquid mixture and stir to combine.
  • Fill muffin cups 3/4 full, and bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 18-20 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the middle comes out clean.


(with my substitutions and 1 out of 12 servings)

  • Calories: 65
  • Total Fat: 0.3 g
  • Total Carbs: 12.3 g
  • Protein : 3.1 g

Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins

My mom came across this recipe via SparkPeople and after trying one of hers I had to make my own. These were fairly easy to make and are both tasty and filling!


12 servings

    1 cup old fashion rolled oats (not instant) {I used multi-grain oats}
    1 cup non-fat milk
    1 cup whole wheat flour
    1/2 cup brown sugar {I used 1/4 cup Splenda brown sugar}
    1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
    2 egg whites
    1 tsp. baking powder
    1/2 tsp . baking soda
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1 tsp. cinnamon
    1 tsp. sugar
    raisins or nuts (optional) {I did not add}


  • Soak the oats in milk for about one hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Spray muffin pan with cooking spray.
  • Combine the oat mixture with the applesauce and egg whites, and mix until combined.
  • In a separate bowl measure and whisk the dry ingredients together.
  • Add wet ingredients to dry and mix until just combined. Add nuts or raisins if desired. Do not over mix the batter or the muffins will be tough.
  • Spoon muffin mixture into muffin pan.
  • Combine the cinnamon and sugar and top each muffin with some of the mixture.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until done.
  • Remove from pan, cool and enjoy.
  • These can be frozen and reheated in the microwave for a quick breakfast.

Nutritional Facts

(Without my substitutions)

  • Calories: 93.5
  • Total Fat: 0.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.4 mg
  • Sodium: 196.2 mg
  • Total Carbs: 20.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.7 g
  • Protein: 2.9 g

(With my substitutions)

  • Calories : 90
  • Total Fat : 0.3 g
  • Total Carbs: 17.8 g
  • Protein: 3.4 g