Hi all thanks for taking a peek at Lotta Love Home Recipes Blog. We are going to try and post recipes when ever possible, some will be from the web that we have tested and loved. Others will be our family recipes or recipes we've come up with on our own. There will be all kinds, from Gluten free, diabetic, diet, heart healthy ect. From beverages, appetizers, Main course, desserts and Holiday recipes from near and far.

Do you have a recipe you'd like to share with everyone. Maybe a fav family recipe. Please feel free to email me at: Sunshines_creations@verizon.net with Recipe in the subject along with:

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We will try and get it posted as soon as we can..

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Kaela * Sunshines Creations*
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Super yummy Fall Time Cupcakes

Pumpkin spice Cupcake with Cream Cheese frosting and Gingersnap Crumb Topping

1 box of yellow cake mix
1 15 oz can of pumpkin (no spices added if it does omit the spice)
2 tsp Pumpkin pie spice
Eggs, oil and water per the cake mix directions.

Follow the cake mix directions, add the pumpkin and spices in with the eggs. Line your muffin cups and fill each  ¾ the way with batter. I was able to get 18 cupcakes. Bake in a 350 oven for 20 to 25 min until done. Use a toothpick inserted in the cakes, should come out clean when done.
Allow to cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.

Canned frosting is fine this is what I used. But if you have a favorite homemade cream cheese recipe go for it. :)
Frost your cooled cupcakes and top with crumb topping, recipe below.

Gingersnap crumb topping:
¼ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup brown sugar lightly packed
¼ cup graham cracker crumbs, about 3 sheets
2 tbs. all purpose flour
2 tbs. melted butter
¼ tsp pumpkin pie spice

Combine all ingredients until moistened with butter.  Line a sheet pan with foil and spread the topping pressing it to no thinner than 1/4” thickness. Bake in a 350 oven for 12-15 min until golden brown. Take out and allow to cool. Once cool break up to crumb size bits (less than a pea size)
There may be left over topping, use it to top oatmeal or yogurt.
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Chicken Sausage Stuffed Zucchini

This came out yummy. I've made this in the past with butter, Jimmy dean Sausages, bread and it was higher in fat and calories. You'd think it's zucchini come on I'm eating lighter right LOL.. Well now you can. This was 287 cal and 8 g of fat. I had mine with rice and broccoli and it was about 505 cal and 8 g of fat.

This serves 2 people you could serve 4 with it if you wanted a smaller meal.

2 medium Zucchini
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup Betty Crocker Homestyle stuffing mix (turkey flavor)
1/2 cup water
2 Al fresco Chicken sausage Roasted Garlic (You can use another sausage as long as it is under 140 cal &   8g fat)

Preheat oven to 375

Cut zucchini in half lengthwise and scoop out the center leaving a well for the stuffing. Put the scooped zucchini into a frying pan on high with the onions and sausage that has been quartered and sliced into 1/4 slices. Cook until sausage is done or if using fully cooked sausage just until the onions are translucent. Turn off the heat and add the stuffing mix and water, stir until moistened and let sit till water is absorbed. Place zucchini in a pan cut side up and divide the stuffing mix with the 4 halves. Cook for about 25-30 min. or cooked to your liking. Some people in my family like it a little on the crunchy side and others like it mushy. So it all depends on your taste. Serve this with some rice and broccoli for a complete meal under 505 cal and 8 g fat.
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Homemade Version of McDonald's Southwestern Chicken Salad

Now this wasn't exact to taste but pretty darn close I say. I'd say you could make a few of these salads in advance for the week if you wanted this for lunches etc. You can lower the calories and fat too if you can find a light or fat free Southwest Dressing. I just used what we had (hidden valley)  Which was 100 cal and 10g of fat. No pics this time will have to make again and take a  photo. But here's the recipe for ya!!

1/2 tbs lime juice
1/2 tbs honey
1/2 tbs yellow mustard
1/4 tsp cilantro
1/8 tsp chili powder

4 oz chicken breast

3 oz spring salad mix
1 1/2 tbs chopped pablano pepper or green pepper
1 1/2 tbs black beans
1 1/2 tbs corn
1/4 cup chopped/diced tomatoes
2 tbs fat free cheddar cheese
3 Lays santitas tortilla chips ( can substitute for baked Doritos)
2 tbs Hidden valley Southwest chipotle salad dressing 

1. Grill or broil chicken using cooking spray (only spray lightly)

2. Make marinade lime juice, honey, yellow mustard, cilantro and chili powder in a small mixing bowl, set aside. Once chicken is done slice into strips and let sit while working on the rest of your salad.

3. In a small frying pan lightly spray with cooking spray and char the corn and tomatoes. You can also do this in the broiler but you must keep close eye the corn will burn and dry out.

4. Layer your salad in a large bowl, add black beans, tomatoes, corn, pepper, cheese and chips (broken into smaller pieces) Then toss the chicken in with the marinade and top off salad with that and the Southwest dressing.

This is
403 calories 
15 g fat 
Like I said if you take out the dressing and use fat free or light ranch with a dash of hot sauce, 1/8 tsp chili powder , 1/8 tsp cumin it would be less. If you can find Newmans Own Southwest dressing it would be 120 cal and 6 g of fat. You will just need to subtract 100 cal and 10 g of fat from the meal and add in your own choice of dressings calories and fat.
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Chicken Pasta Primavera for 1 or 2 light lunches

I made this dish tonight and it is very filling  lower in fat was a bit high in calories but this can be either cut down my reducing the pasta to half. This is for one person or 2 for a light lunch.

1 cup red and yellow peppers
1/2 cup frozen broccoli
1/4 chopped onion
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup sliced thin 1/8 carrots
4 tbs fat free cream cheese
2 tbs shredded ramonao cheese (or parm cheese fat free works cuts the fat down 3 g so 4 total)
1/2 to 3/4 cup water
1 4 oz chicken breast
1/8 tsp garlic powder
3 oz penne pasta  or 1 1/2 servings
salt and pepper to taste
Cooking spray

1. In a frying pan spray with cooking spray, sautee mushrooms for about 3 min or until just cooked. Remove from pan. Add sliced carrots and add some water cook for about 5 min or until slightly crunchy. Strain water and remove carrots from pan.
2. Spray chicken with cooking spray and cook through in the frying pan. Take out from pan and slice into 1/2 inch slices.Set aside..
3. In a saucepan cook pasta for 5 min less than cooking time. Drain and add pasta, chicken, mushrooms, carrots, broccoli, onion, pepper, cream cheese and 1/2 cup water cook for about 5 min just until pasta is cooked and broccoli should still be slightly crunchy. If it seems like the sauce is too thick add a little more water stirring occasionally while cooking.  Add garlic salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the 2 tbs of ramano and serve.

Like I said this makes a lot it can be used for 2 people or for 2 meals. Very yummy and filling. Would be great with a side salad too.

694 Calories
7 g Fat 
You can cut the cal down by ommiting the chicken and cutting back the pasta to 1 serving. Still yummy and filling.
439 calories
4.5 g fat

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Herbed Chicken and mushroom dinner

This dinner was very yummy. The original recipe called for sherry but I used water or chicken broth.

Single serve Herbed Chicken and Mushroom Dinner

1 4 oz chicken breast
dash of salt
dash of pepper
Cooking spray
1/4 cup sliced onions
2 oz of sliced mushrooms
1 -2 tbs fat free low sodium chicken broth or water
1/8tsp oregano dried
1 cup frozen broccoli
1/3 cup instant mashed potatoes
1/3 cup water
1 Tbs skim milk
salt and pepper if needed

  1.  pound chicken to 1/3-inch thickness using a meat mallet or small heavy skillet. Sprinkle chicken evenly with salt and  pepper; coat with cooking spray. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken to pan; cook 5 to 6 minutes on each side or until browned.
    2. While chicken cooks, cut onions into slices. Remove chicken from pan. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add mushrooms and onions to pan. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in water or chicken broth with oregano. Return chicken to pan; cover and cook 3 to 4 minutes or until mushrooms are tender and chicken is done. Transfer chicken to a platter. Pour mushroom mixture over chicken; sprinkle with freshly ground pepper, if desired. Serve immediately.

Cook broccoli in microwave bowl with a little water to steam for 4 min.

Cook instant mashed potatoes (i do this in the microwave too) boil 1/3 cup water for 2 -2 1/2 min. Remove from microwave add skim milk and potatoes, fluff with a fork and let sit a min.

310 calories and 6 g fat (this made a good size dinner filled my plate)
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The Dreaded four letter word DIET dun dun dunnnnnn!!!

Been trying to eat healthier lately need to shed some pounds so far 5 pounds in 2 weeks with just eating healthy. But come on who can manage on healthy foods alone when Chocolate and candy and goodies Omy were part of ones life for so many years WAHHHHH!!!! LOL.. But I digress, it's been going well. I haven't cut out junk foods altogether I mean What sane person could! RIght?!?!  I have though found several new recipes to help me get some of the sweet I need in my life without over indulging as I have in the past. Right now I just enjoyed a Brownie sundae and it was yummy under 200 cal and 6 g of fat. WHOOOO!!!! So anywho  I have found a few recipes that I have been testing out, some sweets others mostly revamping for fat and calories or cutting down recipes for 1 person. You'll find some of those here. Right now here is the brownie recipe for y'all....
All mixed up!!

Cooked up not a pretty sight but it is very yummy!!

Microwave Single Serve Brownie
1 tbs all purpose flour
3/4 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbs sugar
1/2 tbs semi sweet chocolate chips
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 tbs unsweetened applesauce

Mix all these ingredients into a microwavable mug and mix well. Microwave for 45 sec to 1 min depending on your microwave.
 This was 114 calories and 3 g of fat. (sorry I don't have all the other nutritional values)

You can top this with fat free Cool whip, low fat ice cream or frozen yogurt.

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