Cheesy Bacon Breakfast Biscuits

Having bacon in the house from making the Smoky Bacon Chili this week, I needed something to make with that leftover bacon… you just can’t let that stuff go to waste.

When it comes to breakfast, there are only a few things that I eat on the regular.  When I started to make my Lightened Up Biscuits and Gravy a few days ago, an idea popped in my head about how my friend Jen used to love a good bacon biscuit.  I was sure I could replicate this biscuit for breakfast… and lighten it up a little.  Here’s what I came up with…

Cheesy Bacon Breakfast Biscuits | No Thanks to Cake

The bacon matched with the creamy Laughing Cow cheese was the perfect combination, and (importantly) kept me full until midday…

Cheesy Bacon Breakfast Biscuits

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

Cheesy Bacon Breakfast Biscuits | No Thanks to Cake

1/3 cup Bisquick Heart Smart mix, plus more to knead with

2 Tbsp. skim milk

2 slices center-cut bacon

1 wedge Laughing Cow Cheese – Garlic and Herb flavor

INSTRUCTIONS

Cheesy Bacon Breakfast Biscuits | No Thanks to Cake

3.  Remove to paper towels and pat to remove excess grease.

Cheesy Bacon Breakfast Biscuits | No Thanks to Cake

4.  Meanwhile in a small bowl, combine your Bisquick and milk with a fork.  The texture will be slightly crumbly and doughlike.

Grilled Tomato Biscuits with Laughing Cow Cheese | No Thanks to Cake

Grilled Tomato Biscuits with Laughing Cow Cheese | No Thanks to Cake

5.  Knead the mixture 8-10 times just inside the bowl.  Adding more Bisquick atop the bowl to make it less sticky to the touch.  To knead, if you have never done it before, simple using a folding technique  where you are folding the dough in half and pressing down against the bowl firmly and repeatedly until you’ve folded it over 10 times.

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6.  Form your dough ball into a flat circular shape and place it on an unprepared baking sheet.

Cheesy Bacon Breakfast Biscuits | No Thanks to Cake

 

7.  Bake for 10-12 minutes until fully cooked.

Cheesy Bacon Breakfast Biscuits | No Thanks to Cake

8.  Split the biscuit with a knife, and top with Laughing Cow cheese.

Cheesy Bacon Breakfast Biscuits | No Thanks to Cake

 

9.  Add one slice of bacon per side, and breakfast is served!

Cheesy Bacon Breakfast Biscuits | No Thanks to Cake

 

Cheesy Bacon Breakfast Biscuits | No Thanks to Cake

Per entire recipe serving:

CAL 249; CARB 30g; FAT 9g; PROT 9g; FIB 1g; WW Points Plus: 6

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Cauliflower Red Pepper Soup

I’ve been going through a soup phase… as you’ll notice over the next few weeks.  With the weather getting cooler here in Colorado, it’s perfect time for a warm, soupy dinner!  My friend Jen posted this recipe on Facebook a few weeks ago, and I couldn’t resist trying it!

Cauliflower Red Pepper Soup

It’s my very first attempt at Cauliflower Soup, and I’m officially a fan!  It’s loaded with cauliflower, red pepper, and has a warm potato base.  It reminds me of a rich, flavorful mashed potato… and I love mashed potatoes.  Enjoy!

Cauliflower Red Pepper Soup

Adapted from this recipe

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

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1 Tbsp. olive oil

1 clove garlic, minced

1 red pepper, cored and diced

1 potato, peeled and diced

1/2 onion, diced

2 cups cauliflower, chopped

2 cups chicken stock

1 cup skim milk

1 bay leaf

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. coriander

1/4 tsp. cumin

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic, onion, and red pepper, cooking down until the pepper and onion is softened, 8 to 10 minutes.

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2.  Add potato, cauliflower, stock, milk, bay leaf, salt, and spices. Bring to a boil and then lower heat to a simmer, cooking for 10 to 15 minutes or until the potato and cauliflower are softened. Stir occasionally.

Cauliflower Red Pepper Soup | No Thanks to Cake

Cauliflower Red Pepper Soup | No Thanks to Cake

 

Cauliflower Red Pepper Soup | No Thanks to Cake

3.  Blend soup with an immersion blender, until smooth.  Note:  Add an additional splash of milk, if needed.

Cauliflower Red Pepper Soup | No Thanks to Cake

Cauliflower Red Pepper Soup | No Thanks to Cake

4.  Serve the soup with your choice of garnish:  black pepper, Williams-Sonoma Pizza Seasoning (my fave!), or parmesan cheese.

Cauliflower Red Pepper Soup | No Thanks to Cake

Cauliflower Red Pepper Soup | No Thanks to Cake

Per about 1 1/4 cup serving:

CAL 134; CARB 22g; FAT 4g; PROT 5g; FIB 4g; WW Points Plus: 4

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Creamy Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

I love mashed potatoes, especially with yummy gravy.  Mashed potatoes were always the dish at the holiday table that I wanted seconds and thirds of… that creamy goodness gets me every time!!!

When I found this recipe in a Weight Watchers cookbook, I knew I had to try it…

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Not only are these taters completely easy to make, but they’re incredibly tasty, cheesy, and beyond creamy!!

Creamy Cheesy Mashed Potatoes with Laughing Cow Cheese

Adapted from Weight Watchers

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

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1 (20-oz) package country style mashed potatoes

4 wedges Laughing Cow Cheese – Garlic and Herb flavor

1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper.

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Heat potatoes per package ingredients.  Once warm, move to a large bowl.

2.  Stir in the Laughing Cow Cheese and the pepper.

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Creamy Cheesy Mashed Potatoes | No Thanks to Cake

3.  Serve and enjoy!  Note:  My potatoes are shown below with Slow Cooker Turkey Breast and Gravy.  I’ve also made them with my Beef Tenderloin with Mushroom Gravy.

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Per 1/2 cup serving:

CAL 93; CARB 14.4g; FAT 2.9g; PROT 2.2g; FIB 1.6g; WW Points Plus: 2

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Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

We’re just a week out from Thanksgiving, and like the rest of America, you’re probably planning your Thanksgiving strategy.

To get you ready for the biggest meal of the season, I thought I’d share some of my favorite healthy options that you can incorporate into your festivities!  I’ve only made a turkey (breast) once, so I’m probably not your expert in that area… but, I have plenty of apps, salads, sides and desserts that you can make for your special feast.

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Click on any of the images below to see the full recipe, taste-tested and recommended by yours truly!

Appetizers

Appetizers tend to be a dangerous territory.  So, I always try to bring something that I can munch on.  Something that I know is somewhat safe.  Here’s a few of my top picks…

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Salads

Salads are another way to fill your plate.  I usually try to fill my plate at least half with salad and fresh, healthy veggie sides.  These salads will help you get to your goal of having a healthy Thanksgiving for sure!

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Sides

Other “sides” tends to be my danger zone.  That’s where you find the mashed potatoes, the sweet potatoes, the stuffing… all the things I want to load my plate up with.  These lightened up sides can be a great alternative.

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Desserts

The Thanksgiving meal isn’t quite finished until the desserts roll out… for years, I’ve gone with dessert “minis” as a way to control my portions.  I’m also including this year one decadent dessert… the oreo bars, because they’re just that dang good!

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Whatever you’re eating this Thanksgiving, consider how you can make it healthier… and consider your strategy before you step up to the buffet table.  You can do this!!

What food are you looking to enjoy most this Thanksgiving Day?

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