New Feature of BDL!

Thanks to Gina, I found and I love it!  The best feature is that you can enter recipes and it will give you an individual grade on how well that recipe is – and tell you what the good and bad parts are about it.  I still haven’t figured out how to cut and paste the label in my post yet (help Gina!), but I’ll have nutritional info on all my recipes going forward.  It’s also Gina’s birthday tomorrow so click on her name to wish her a happy birthday!

First up?

Whole Wheat Blueberry Pancakes

Makes 8 servings

So filling – 2 is plenty!


1 cup flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
12 ounces fat free half and half
1 egg
1/2 cup blueberries


  1. Mix dry ingredients in one bowl. Liquid in a second bowl. Mix until combined then add 1/2 cup blueberries.
  2. Let batter sit for AT LEAST 15 minutes to let the baking powder do its thing.
  3. Pam fry over medium low heat – you don’t want the outside getting done before the inside.

158 calories per pancake - it gave it a grade of B+

these blueberries were so sweet!

it's key to let the batter sit to let the baking powder do its work - you'll be rewarded with fluffy pancakes!

with 1/4 cup sugar free syrup and a shmere of peanut butter between each pancake

I ate these around 9:00 a.m. yesterday and I didn’t end up eating lunch until 2:00!  Very filling!

Lunch was leftovers of sorts.  I sliced some of the turkey breast we had last week and made a Rachel – 1 point WW pita on the bottom, 4 tablespoons of sauerkraut (squeezed dry), 4 ounces sliced turkey and 1 ounce of muenster cheese – I heated it in the toaster oven.  On the side was “mystery” chili – not sure when I made this one, but I tossed a few pickled jalapenos in the mix for an extra kick!

Dinner was yet another version of Cincinnati Chili – I think my third?  I adapted it from Cooks Illustrated, of course leaving out the onions! 😀

Makes 8 servings

2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons cocoa
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
1 teaspoon brown sugar
2 cups tomato sauce
1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce


  1. Bring 2 quarts of water and 1 teasoon of salt to a boil. Add the ground beef, stirring vigourously to separate the strands. As soon as the foam from the meat rises to the top (about 30 seconds) and before the water returns to a boil, drain the meat into a strainer and set it aside.
  2. Rinse and dry the pan. Add oil and garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Stir in the chili powder, oregano, cocoa, cinnamon, cayenne, allspice, black pepper and the remaining 1 teaspoon salt. Cook stirring constantly, about 30 seconds. Stir in broth, water, and tomato sauce.
  3. Add blanched ground beer and increase the heat to high. As soon as it comes to a boil, reduce and simmer for up to 1 hour.
  4. Chili 3-ways: cooked spaghetti on bottom of plate, chili on top and add cheese, kidney beans or diced onions.

Tony loves that there are no beans!

My plate:  a bed of baby spinach, 4 ounces cooked pasta, 1 cup chili and 1/2 ounce of cheddar cheese.

226 calories a cup and a grade of A-

The one thing I need to figure out on caloriecount is that I don’t see where I can print out a report of my day with all my stats, not just the calories – my total calorie intake was 1,403, but I don’t see how many grams of fiber, etc.  Anyone know?

A big thank you to my MIL for sending me Florida grapefruit from their backyard!!  Can’t wait to try some!

Don’t forget – there is still time for BSI  this week – check it out here!   I love tofu and am trying to come up with a recipe for a spicy orange tofu with broccoli and brown rice – does that sound good?

Eek – its getting late, I need to jump in the shower – thank God I am low maintenance! 😀  HAPPY FRIDAY!

26 thoughts on “New Feature of BDL!

  1. I’ll have to try that site! I’ve been using and just dividing by the # of servings. Which works, of course, but this way looks way savvy! 😉

    Have a great weekend, Biz

  2. A beanless chili, my sons will love this!

  3. Your wrap with the muenster cheese looks so good – I love bubbly cheese!

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  4. I’ve used that site, too. Just be sure to double check your items, after it calculates, by clicking on the “view” link next to the item, because I’ve noticed that sometimes it gets it wrong/too general.

    Your pancakes look AMAZING!

  5. Oh those pancakes look great! I have learned so much from you with regard to letting things rest (batter, meat) – it’s really made a difference in what I cook!

  6. Thanks so much for the link and the birthday shout out!! That was so nice of you. I’m glad you are enjoying the calorie-count label maker. I don’t know what kind of computer you have, but if you have a Mac you can press Shift, Apple, 4 (all at once) and then highlight the label on your computer and do a screen shot. It will save to your desk top and then you can upload it onto your blog. That’s what I do.

    Also, if there is ever an ingredient that you can’t figure out how to “name” just find it on calorie count first, then use the numbers at the end of the HTML code, and put it in brackets (they explain this to you in the help section).

    The pancakes look SO AMAZING. Nick is making me breakfast tomorrow and I’m hoping for something even half as good as those pancakes.

    Have a great weekend!

  7. calorie looks so neat! I always get so confused trying to figure out the specific calorie counts of things when I make a big batch.

  8. That is a great tool!

    How smart of you to add a bed of spinach to your chili to bulk up the serving size/nutrition!

  9. Biz, I think you love pancakes more than anybody else I know. And, you always make me want to cook some.

  10. When you are on caloriecount, near the top of the page you will see a bar with things to click on like Food Log, Activity Log, etc. After you have input all your data on your food log for the day, hit Analysis and it will bring up the complex stats. Also from that Analysis stats page, you can hover over the date and it will give you an even more detailed breakdown. Hope this helps.

  11. Those are great pancakes… surprised how low the cal’s are

  12. I would eat the spicy organe tofu. That sounds fab. I used to use the back in the day but I think it is only a 30 day trial. i kept it open on my screen for all of a year of college so it never ran out. I was such a silly college student.

  13. Gina, I have a Mac, so thanks for that info about calorie count!

    Biz, your pancakes look awesome! Were they frozen blueberries??

  14. Did you know yesterday was Nat’l blueberry pancake day?! I’d say you celebrated in style!

    I’ve never made chili from scratch. J likes the hormel from the can. hehe

    yummy grapefruits! My grandparents live in FL and their backyard has orange, lemon, grapefruit, banana, and pineapple! Lucky ducks! They mailed a bunch of oranges and grapefruits to my parents, who then brought some to us Christmas. We only have one orange left! 😦

  15. i’ve been loving pancakes lately 🙂 I can’t wait for berries to be in season again!

  16. Doing this – love the ingredients. Love the points. One of these days swimsuit weather will return and noy will I be in trouble!

  17. you’re inspiring me to make pancakes tomorrow, those look incredible! and i love the chili on spaghetti. happy weekend my friend!

  18. Did you know it was Blueberry Pancake day on Jan. 28?? I love them so very much. Yummm!! 🙂

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  20. Yum, everything you made looks so good!

    Thanks for the heads up on calorie count!

  21. Thank you for passing on the info on that site! I am definitely going to be using it now that I am cooking more recipes 🙂 It must be so much easier than by calculating it all by hand, which is what I’ve been doing!

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