Low-Calorie Breakfast & Brunch Recipes: Cranberry Orange Muffins, Veggie Loaded Quiche

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Facing a kitchen full of hungry houseguests can feel a bit daunting first thing in the morning. (Especially before you've had your coffee.) Take a deep breath -- we've got b-fast/brunch recipes to feed the horde. Tell your cousin Tilly to get that coffee brewing...

Orange You Cran-tastic? Muffins

PER SERVING (1/12th of recipe, 1 muffin): 147 calories, 0.5g fat, 233mg sodium, 32.5g carbs, 3g fiber, 16.5g sugars, 4.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*

A batch of homemade muffins should put smiles on your family members' faces, whether they're morning people or not...

2 large oranges
2 cups whole-wheat flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt (like the kind by Fage)
1/2 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)
2/3 cup granulated sugar (or HG Alternative!)
1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries, chopped

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with baking cups (foil ones work best) and spray baking cups with nonstick spray.

Using a fine grater, zest oranges into a bowl (you'll need 1 tbsp.); set bowl aside.

Cut oranges in half. Over a mesh strainer, juice orange halves into a measuring cup until you have 3/4 cup juice. Discard oranges and set juice aside.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and ginger. Mix in 1 tbsp. orange zest. (If you like, save any remaining zest for another use.)

In another bowl, combine yogurt, egg substitute, and sugar. Add the 3/4 cup of juice from oranges and 1/2 cup water. Whisk to combine. Add wet mixture to flour mixture. Stir until just mixed and smooth. (Do not over-stir.) Sprinkle in dried cranberries (make sure they don't stick together) and gently stir.

Evenly spoon batter into the lined cups of the muffin pan. Bake in the oven until tops are light golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 20 - 25 minutes. Enjoy!


HG Alternative! Cut calories and sugar by using an equal amount of Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated) in place of the sugar. Then each muffin will have 110 calories, 22.5g carbs, 6.5g sugars, and a PointsPlus® value of 3*. 

Good Morning Mega Quiche

PER SERVING (1/8th of quiche): 215 calories, 8g fat, 779mg sodium, 19.5g carbs, 1.5g fiber, 6g sugars, 15g protein -- PointsPlus® value 5*

This dish is loaded with protein and veggies, plus it's larger than a standard quiche -- not to mention WAY less fatty. Maybe "rise and shine" isn't such a tall order after all!

1 package refrigerated Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations Seamless Dough Sheet (or HG Alternative!)
6 slices center-cut bacon or turkey bacon
2 cups chopped broccoli
2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 cup chopped onion (about 1 onion)
1 cup chopped red bell pepper (about 1 pepper)
2 1/2 cups fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)
1/2 cup light plain soymilk
3 wedges The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese, room temperature
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray the bottom and sides of a deep 9" X 13" baking pan with nonstick spray. Place dough sheet along the bottom. Firmly press dough into the bottom and corners of the pan. Pierce dough several times with a fork.

Bake until dough just begins to puff up, about 5 minutes. Remove pan from oven and set aside to cool. Leave oven on.

Meanwhile, prepare bacon in a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray or on a microwave-safe plate in the microwave. (Refer to package instructions for exact cook time and temperature.) Set aside.

Bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat on the stove. Add broccoli and 1/4 cup water. Cover and cook until broccoli becomes bright green, about 2 minutes. Uncover and cook until water evaporates, 1 - 2 minutes. Add mushrooms, onion, and bell pepper. Cook and stir until softened, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat, blot away excess moisture, and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine egg substitute, soymilk, and cheese wedges, breaking cheese wedges into pieces. Add garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Whisk until mostly smooth. Chop bacon and add to the bowl. Add cooked veggies and stir well.

Evenly pour contents of the bowl over the dough in the pan. Sprinkle with shredded cheese. Bake until egg mixture is cooked through, about 40 minutes.

Let slightly cool before slicing. Then serve and enjoy!


HG Alternative! If you can't find the Recipe Creations dough, go for Pillsbury Reduced Fat Crescent roll dough. (The products are nearly identical.) Then just pinch/seal up the perforations for a seamless sheet.

More Brunch-tastic Dishes for Four or More!

Recipes so good, you'll wanna make 'em for dinner too...

Cheesy-Good Breakfast Tartlets - If you've got a pack of table-grazers in the house, this recipe for handheld treats is the perfect choice.

El Ginormo Southwest Oven-Baked Omelette - Mega servings with mega flavor... but not-so-mega calorie counts!

Big Fat Blueberry Muffins - When in doubt, make blueberry muffins. You can't go wrong!

Big Southern-Style B-fast Trifle - A spoonable feast for the morning hours. Comfort food to the MAX!

Slow-Cooker Cinna-Apples 'n Oats - A hearty, wholesome pot of a.m. goodness that is sure to satisfy. Hooray!

Grab 'n Go Breakfast Cookies - Make a few batches ahead of time, leave a note that says "FOR BREAKFAST," and then go ahead and sleep in.


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December is National Fruitcake Month. Since classic versions have few fans and many calories, try our beloved and guilt-free Apple of My Cake recipe instead!

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