And btw, your comments to others are always so kind and considerate. I need to experiment with the extracts again. Less mess and tastes better! Medifast also needs to have better promotions. I am almost ready to go into transition now. Snack on plan, and be happy!
You'll be surprised how much better they taste! Another really yummy way I like to make the oatmeal is oatmeal custard. If you like egg custard or bread pudding you will probably like this. It is so filling for breakfast or makes a nice final meal of the day because it is sweet. I made this recipe up and I think it's awesome. Set aside for 20 minutes.
Combine the prepared pudding and oatmeal. Divide the mixture into 2 small ramekins I used 5" glass round Pyrex dishes and sprinkle the tops with cinnamon. Swirl it into the surface with a spoon. Bake at degrees for 22 minutes.
When you move them they should wiggle a lot and look undone in the center, but more solid at the edges. Cool, and chill overnight or for several hours. I like to top this with 2 Tbsp fat free Reddi Wip, which only has 5 calories and I count as a condiment. The most common complaint about the pancakes is, "they were too runny!
I get better results when I mix the batter and then let it sit for 5 minutes while I get the pan ready. Use a nonstick pan. Get it hot medium heat. Use Pam if sticking is a problem. Pour the batter in you can do 3 small pancakes or one big one. Now leave it there! Don't mess with it.
Wait until it looks like it is starting to set, like real pancakes. When you can put a spatula under the edge to flip it, and the edge is solid and not runny, flip it. Let it cook another minute and you're done! Some people want their pancakes to be fluffier. You have several options to accomplish this: Let it sit for a few minutes before cooking. Eat open faced or fold in half. The peanut butter is an optional snack, and the jelly is a condiment.
You can use a plain pancake as "bread" for various sandwiches, but I find them too sweet for that and use the soup bread see recipe on this page instead. It won't set if you go overboard. Then you can use some of your Lean ricotta sweetened with Splenda or your Healthy Fat 1 Tbsp cream cheese sweetened with Splenda as a filling, roll it up and enjoy. Good with a sprinkle of cinnamon, too. The easiest way of all to enjoy the pancakes either the plain or the chocolate chip is to make them in a coffee mug in the microwave.
You can then dump it out and eat it by hand, or just grab a spoon and eat it from the mug. I usually top it with 1 Tbsp sugar free syrup right in the mug and eat with a spoon. I love how the chocolate chips pool at the bottom of the mug! My favorite "mug muffin" was suggested to me by a commenter on my blog, Lillabeth. Mix and nuke 55 seconds. This makes a fantastic lemon poppyseed muffin!
So good in the morning with a cup of coffee. I am not a fan of the "new" pretzels, which are very similar to little breadsticks. However, they taste better if you dip them in something. The bars are great as is, or for a change of pace, try microwaving a bar for seconds and eating it with a spoon. The chocolatey bars and the caramel bars are nice and soft and gooey that way.
You can also freeze the bars which is yummy and it takes a lot longer to eat them. Try cutting your bar into little squares and freezing them in a baggie for a longer-lasting snack. I also found a way to have "cereal" for breakfast using the bars. The almond milk counts as 1 condiment.
Salted caramel is delicious! You can also make cookies from your bars and they are awesome! See the recipe under "Brownies" and another under "Soft Bake" below. Or you can make the frozen "candy bar" recipe under "Puddings" above.
The brownies are pretty good as is. I personally like my brownies moist and fudgey, so here is how I make them in my high-powered microwave: Mix 2T water and 1T any flavor sugar-free syrup into the brownie mix in the included tray.
Then, you can do any of the following: Eat the warm brownie. Spread 1 Tbsp peanut butter on the brownie and let it melt and eat it. Freeze the brownie in its tray until it is solid. Then peel off the tray and eat it this is so good! You can create flavor variations by using sugar free syrups, diet sodas, or coffee in place of the liquid.
You can add extracts like peppermint or orange, or spices like cinnamon. You can also make cookies. Brownie Crunch Cookies Microwave 1 Crunch bar for 15 minutes to soften. You can use any flavor, but I like Caramel best and Peanut Butter second best. Add 2 packets of Brownie mix and 4 Tbsp water to the softened bar and use a spatula to mix thoroughly into a stuff dough. Divide the dough into 3 equal portions and place on parchment paper or a plate sprayed with Pam. Microwave for 2 minutes and 15 seconds or longer, based on your preference.
This makes 3 Medifast meals and they can be frozen and eaten frozen, too! Another thing that lots of people like is to just mix up the batter and freeze it for an hour or two. It tastes rich and fudgey. I have also tried putting the batter in the tray, microwaving it 15 seconds, stirring, microwaving 15 more seconds, stirring, and then freezing.
Fudgey and good but not as dense as raw batter frozen. Another great way to use the Brownie mix is to make a muffin! This is by far the best muffin I have come up with. Put the batter in a little custard cup sprayed with Pam and microwave it until just done. The Soft Bake chocolate chip cookie is good as is, but if you want a more cookie-like experience, just mix the batter with 2 Tbsp water and then plop it onto a sheet of Parchment paper NOT wax paper!
Microwave it for seconds until firm. You can also make delicious crunchy cookies like this: Microwave an Oatmeal Raisin Crunch bar for 15 seconds and smoosh it with a spatula. Add the cookie dough and smoosh it around until combined.
Form two cookies on parchment paper, smooth them with wet fingers, and nuke for 2 minutes both at once. Cooking it a little longer makes it more crunchy; I usually go 2: So good and crunchy when cool!
Soft Bake can also be just mixed with 2 Tbsp water and eaten "raw" like cookie dough. You can also make a fabulous shake out of it! You can blend the packet with 1 cup of cold coffee and some ice, or you can blend with 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, a handful of ice, and a spoon of instant coffee granules or a Starbucks Via packet to make a great, creamy Java Chip Frappuccino.
You can also make a little muffin from the Soft Bake using the muffin recipe under "Brownies" above. I am not a shake fan. I used almost no actual shakes in my Medifast journey. I strongly prefer shakes made from puddings see above or the Ready-to-Drink Medifast chocolate shakes, chilled.
But if you do have shakes, they are much better in the blender with the required amount of water plus a handful of ice. Some people "soak" the shakes by mixing them up with water an hour or more ahead of time, storing in the fridge, and then blending with ice when needed.
It takes some of the gritty texture out of them. I finally tried the "soak" method and what a difference! I always thought people were crazy saying their shakes were like actual milkshakes. Mine were more like thin drinks with crushed ice floating on top.
But once I tried soaking, I will never go back! Mix or blend the shake powder and water and then stick it in the fridge for an hour or two. Then add ice and blend. VERY thick and creamy, almost like a real shake! You can perk up your shakes by adding sugar free syrups for flavor or blending them with half the water, a handful of ice, and a half can or more of diet soda.
Try different combinations until you find one you like. My favorite shake is something I made up because I did not like the Vanilla shakes. This is very yummy! It really does taste like French toast! Another way to use your shakes is to make "shake cakes. Shake Cake Spray a small ramekin or custard cup with Pam or use a Medifast Brownie tray to cook this. Add 1 Tbsp Egg Beaters and 2 Tbsp sugar free syrup, any flavor vanilla is good, so is caramel.
Mix until it has a batter consistency. You may add cinnamon if you like. Put the batter in the dish or tray and let it sit for 5 minutes. Save effortlessly with paperless coupons! Link your store loyalty cards, add coupons, then shop and save.
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