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Pumpkin Dessert Bars

Rustic and homey – these pumpkin bars with pepitas are a great dessert for those who like desserts a little less sweet.

Pumpkin Dessert Bars
Pumpkin Dessert Bars

8 servings
264 calories per serving

½ c whole wheat flour
1 c rolled oats
½ t baking soda
½ t cinnamon
½ t allspice
¼ t salt
½ c canned pure pumpkin
1 egg
¼ c canola oil
1 t vanilla
¼ c sugar
¼ c raw,. shelled pumpkin seeds (Pepitas)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8×8 square baking pan with Pam. Combine flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice and salt. Whisk together pumpkin. egg, oil, vanilla and sugar then stir pumpkin mix into the flour mix and stir in pumpkin seeds. Spread evenly into prepared pan and bake 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool and then cut into 8 bars. Wrap bars individually and store in the refrigerator.

Butterscotch Bars

Sweet, chewy, yummy Butterscotch Bars that the whole family will love !

Butterscotch Bars
Butterscotch Bars

36 servings
148 calories per serving

1 c packed brown sugar
5 T butter, melted
1 t vanilla extract
1 egg, lightly beaten
9 oz. flour
2 1/2 c quick oats
1/2 t salt
1/2 t baking soda
3/4 c fat free sweetened condensed milk
1 1/4 c butterscotch morsels
1/2 c finely chopped walnuts, toasted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix sugar and butter with a mixer until light colored and then stir in egg and vanilla. Mix flour, oats, salt and baking soda then add this mix to the sugar mix stirring with a fork until combined. Spray a 13×9 baking dish with Pam and then take 3 c of the oat mix and press it into the pan making a crust. Heat morsels and condensed milk until morsels are all melted and then stir in nuts. Spread this mix over the crust and then sprinkle with the rest of the oat mix. Bake ½ hour or until golden brown. When it comes out of the oven, loosen the edges with a knife and then let cool completely before cutting into bars.

Good and Healthy Meatloaf

Pulling another oldie for my Retread week – – hope you enjoy !!

This is a really tasty meatloaf – it is packed with flavor, moist and all the things meatloaf should be 🙂 If you don’t have the individual pans, either make the individual loaves and just set in a baking pan, or make one big loaf. But if you make one big loaf then you will need to increase the baking time so that the center gets done.

Good and Healthy Meatloaf
Good and Healthy Meatloaf

4 servings
205 calories per serving

1 lb. extra lean ground beef
1/4 c ketchup, divided in half (2T and 2T)
1/3 c old fashioned oats
1/4 c skim milk
1 carrot in chunks
½ of a small green bell pepper, sliced
1 c fresh parsley, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 c egg beaters
1 T Worcestershire sauce
1 T steak sauce
¼ c cold water (or more)
1/4 t salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix milk and oats and let sit a few minutes. Put carrots, peppers, onions, parsley and garlic in a food processor or blender and mince. Add oat mix, eggs, Worcestershire, steak sauce, 2 T ketchup and salt. Add beef and mix well. If dry, add some cold water. Spray 4 small individual sized meatloaf pans (I use the disposable ones available in all grocery stores) with Pam. Divide meat mix among the pans and spread 2 T ketchup over each. Place all the mini pans on a baking sheet. Bake 40-45 minutes and let stand at least 5 before serving.

Meat Loaf in the Raw
Meat Loaf in the Raw

Mushroom Meatloaf

Another day. Another meatloaf 🙂 There are so many variations and I just have to try them all 🙂 So far my favorite is still Good and Healthy Meatloaf. But this one works too – it does not look so full of veggies, so it might do better with kids 🙂

Mushroom Meatloaf
Mushroom Meatloaf

6 servings
265 calories per serving

8 oz. assorted mushrooms (or all button mushrooms is fine too)
1 T oil
1 t garlic clove, minced
½ c parsley, chopped
½ c pureed diced tomatoes (canned)
8 oz. lean ground beef
8 oz. ground pork
1 c quick oats
½ medium onion
¼ c Egg Beaters
1 T Worcestershire sauce
1 t kosher salt
½ c ketchup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and coat a baking dish with Pam. In a food processor, pulse the onion until minced and then add the mushrooms and process until minced and then sauté them in a hot pan with the oil about 5 minutes. If they remain wet, drain the liquid out of the pan. Add garlic, parsley and tomatoes and then set aside.

Mix meats, oats, egg, Worcestershire, and salt into the mushroom mix. Shape into a loaf and set in baking dish or a loaf pan. Spread ketchup over the top and bake an hour or until done. Let rest 5-10 minutes before slicing.

Apple Crisp

This is so low cal on its own that there’s plenty of room to add a nice scoop of light vanilla ice cream 🙂

Apple Crisp
Apple Crisp

9 servings
132 calories per serving

3 medium apples, cored and sliced thin
1 t cinnamon
2 T sugar
2 T flour

1 c quick oats
1 t vanilla
1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 c brown sugar
2 T margarine

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix first four ingredients and place into a 9 inch square baking dish. In a small bowl mix topping ingredients and sprinkle over the apples. Bake until apples are soft, about 30 minutes.

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