Have I mentioned how much I enjoy Afternoon Tea? The tradition, the rituals, the sheer decadence of it?
…Do I even have to mention how the concept does not mesh with Nutrisystem or watching one’s weight?
I’ve been flirting with an idea I call Mini Teas. The idea is that I can still sit down and enjoy both sweet and savoury items with a lovely pot of tea, while sticking to the my diet…excuse me: my new eating patterns!
My intent is to put together a collection of recipes which I can use for snacks or “mini meals” that:
- consist of at least 2 items – one sweet and one savoury;
- are 250 calories or less; and
- don’t take more than 30 minutes (not counting baking time) to put together.
Sticking with the idea of small portion recipes that I’ve started looking into in anticipation of eventually weaning ourselves off of Nutrisystem, I’ve been poking around for ‘from scratch’ recipes for use in kid’s EasyBake Ovens®. I’ve adapted a few for use in a toaster or standard oven using mini bakeware and double-checked the nutrition using MasterCook to make sure the calories per portion are acceptable.
This is the first such recipe that I’ve had the opportunity to test, and it turned out beautifully! Try it as the SmartCarb portion of of a snack, or as a Flex Meal dessert.
Ingredients (for 4 servings)
1 tablespoon butter, melted
2 tsps brown sugar
1/32 tsp Salt* (use 1/16th tsp if you are using unsalted or sweet butter)
1/4 cup flour
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons instant oats, dry
1 1/2 tablespoons milk
2 tbsps marmalade (lemon is nice! try ginger, too!)
* I actually have a measuring spoon labelled a ‘smidgen’ which works out to 1/32 tsp. You can see an example of the set here. Watch out, though, I’ve seen a similar set labelled as ‘Spice Spoons’ which had 4 pieces, but it was pretty obvious in comparing it to a standard 1/4 teaspoon that set didn’t include the same 1/8, 1/16 and 1/32 tsp that mine has! And yes, there is a use for such sets beyond novelty mini bakeware – I’ve seen recipes for 4 or 8 servings calling for ingredients such as Asafoetida where you wouldn’t want any more than a 1/6 or 1/32 of a teaspoon…
- Preheat oven or toaster-oven to 350F. Lightly spray 2 mini loaf pans (mine are about 11 x 6 x 3 cm) with cooking spray;
- Mix butter, sugar and salt until creamed. Add flour, baking soda, oats, and milk. Mix well until it forms a soft dough;
- Place 1/2 of mixture in each greased pan. Press down in pan with fingertips or back of spoon
- Spread half of the marmalade on top of base in each pan.
- Bake about 16 minutes. Let cool and cut each into 2 pieces.
Here’s Today’s Mini Tea: Twining’s Lady Grey tea, Feta and Tomato bites with fresh Basil Leaves, and an Oatmeal Square.
Categories:30 Minute Meals, Afternoon Tea, Desserts & Sweets, Dish for 1 or 2, Fruit, Husband-Approved, Jams & Jellies, Milk, Mini Afternoon Tea, Mini Meals (< 250 calories), Oats, Oatmeal & Rolled Oats, SmartCarbs
According to MasterCook, Per Serving: 97 Calories; 3g Fat (29.9% calories from fat); 1g Protein; 16g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 9mg Cholesterol; 119mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1/2 Grain(Starch); 0 Non-Fat Milk; 1/2 Fat; 1/2 Other Carbohydrates.
By my calculations, each serving counts as 1 SmartCarb OR 1 NS Dessert.