HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!! My post tonight is going to be a “quickie” so I can get to the fun and games celebrating the New Year
Breakfast was a delicious 6 points+ Pumpkin Walnut Muffin with a Banana.
The Husband and I decided to be hard core “gamblers” by taking a road trip to Cache Creak (one of our local Indian Casinos) and we figured we NEEDED to beat the crowds by arriving at like 10 am .
Just a tall nonfat decaf latte for the road (2 points+)
I am totally the girl who travels with 0 Points+ Fruit in her purse at all times. I whipped out this delicious pear to go with my latte
We had fun playing slots, black jack and 3-card poker (quite possibly my FAVORITE game). We broke for lunch and headed over to the Café for “breakfast”
ONLY in CALIFORNIA can you order Authentic Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls (4 points+ for 1) and…..
An Egg Beater Mushroom, Pepper, Onion Omelet at the SAME RESTAURANT! (4 points+)
I didn’t eat the hashbrowns, but, I did eat both pieces of dry whole wheat toast (4 points+)
After “re-fueling” we decided that we needed to give it one more shot. I am so glad The Husband convinced me of that because I WON 10,000 PENNIES!!! AWESOME!
More snacks from my purse (Trader Joe’s Individual Cashews). I shared my bag with The Husband 3 points+ for half.
On our way home we were trying to decide what to have for dinner. We both agreed New Year’s is fun when you have BBQ and appetizers. So, we picked the best of both worlds. I have only made “stuffed” mushrooms one time before and I sorta cheated.
24 small button mushrooms, 2 containers
2 tablespoons butter
4 large garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
1/2 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
2 Tbsp. fresh basil, chopped
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
4 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg white
Sea Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1. Preheat oven to 350° F and spray a large cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté until softened, being careful not to brown. Add the breadcrumbs, chopped mushrooms, basil, crushed red pepper flakes, sea salt and pepper. Sauté until bread crumbs are slightly crisp and golden. Add the Parmesan cheese. Mix well.
3. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Mix in egg white. Spoon the breadcrumb mixture into the mushroom caps, packing in firmly. Place on baking sheet bake until mushrooms and stuffing are heated through, about 20-25 minutes. Serve hot or room temperature.
Makes 6 servings, 4 mushrooms each, 4 points+ (1 POINTS+ EACH)
Nutritional Information Per Serving
“Pop” your stems out of your mushrooms, reserving the stems and setting your mushrooms aside.
Chop the mushroom stems and basil.
Measure out your Italian Bread Crumbs and Panko Bread Crumbs.
Melt butter and add garlic.
Add mushrooms, basil, bread crumbs, crushed red pepper flakes, sea salt and black pepper. Cook until the bread crumbs are slightly golden.
Remove from heat, stir in 1/2 of the parmesan and allow to cool slightly. Stir in Egg white.
Then, use a spoon to “stuffed” your mushrooms, pressing them firmly.
Sprinkle with additional parmesan because you thought the CHEESE should be on the outside too
Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes until heated through. I honestly LOVED them…they were crispy on the top and the flavor of the garlic/butter/basil reminded me of garlic bread. The Husband said he isn’t used to “crunchy” stuffed mushrooms.
I had 5 for 5 points+
Veggies and ranch (2 points+)
2 oz grilled Tri Tip a la The Husband (2 points+)
It may seem like an odd mix, but, dinner was AWESOME and everything that sounded good.
I bought a HUGE container of organic blueberries for snacking all night long for ZERO points+. Oh and there may be some Berry POMTINI’s in the mix too!
Enter to WIN CHOBANI, the BEST Greek Yogurt on Earth if you haven’t already!
Let the celebrating begin ~ Have an awesome New Year everyone! I will catch up with you all tomorrow complete with my list of New Year’s Resolutions and goals.