Category Archives: Recipes

4th of July Dessert!

Hello everyone! I hope you have a safe, fun and (mostly) healthy holiday weekend! I just tried a delicious new recipe from Skinnytaste that would make a great dessert for 4th of July or any time! It is very easy, very light, and very delicious!

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The recipe is for Red, White, and Blue Fruit Skewers with Cheesecake Yogurt Dip. They use the dip for skewers made of fruit and angel food cake. I used it as a dessert topping and added a low fat whipped topping to it. I think it works either way, and would be great for a party or any time. Go to Red White and Blue Fruit Skewers with Cheesecake Dip to check it out! Thanks, Skinnytaste!

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Spaghetti Squash = Awesome!

Hello everyone! I hope you enjoyed your holidays! If you REALLY enjoyed your holidays, a new year is a great time for a fresh start!

Let’s start off this year with a new recipe! My new go-to food is spaghetti squash. For those of you who have never had it, spaghetti squash is magical! All you have to do is cut it in half lengthwise, rub a little bit of olive oil on it, turn it face down on a cookie sheet, and put it in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Something miraculous happens in that oven. When it comes out, use a fork to pull it apart, and it mimics the texture of pasta! Amazing! A zero point food that is delicious and can become anything you want it to be. You can put your favorite marinara sauce on it (1-2 points, depending on the sauce and whether you add cheese), or you can add a little butter and Parmesan cheese (5 points). Today, I decided to try something new, and being the healthy food nerd I am, the results were really exciting! Ladies and gentlemen, I bring you…MEXICAN SPAGHETTI SQUASH!

Mexican spaghetti squash

Approximately 1 cup cooked spaghetti squash (You really don’t have to measure it if you are on Weight Watchers. Most veggies are zero points.)
1 oz shredded cheese
1/4 cup black beans
Salsa to taste (Another magical zero point food, unless there is something creamy, cheesy, or starchy in it.)
A couple of dollops of fat free Greek yogurt (For Fage brand yogurt, which is the kind I use, anything under 1/4 cup is ZERO points!)
1 tbsp. Bolthouse Farms Salsa Ranch Dressing

Put the cheese, black beans, and salsa on the spaghetti squash and microwave it for about 1 minute. Add the yogurt and dressing. That’s it! Yummy deliciousness will follow! You’re welcome.

I hope you enjoy this recipe! Let me know if you experiment and try your own combinations! The possibilities are endless!

NOTE (2-17-14): I have recently discovered that the size of the spaghetti squash you are cooking affects the necessary cooking time. You may need to leave it in the oven anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the size. If you take it out, and it is not tender yet, just flip it over and put it back in!

Chicken + Brussels Sprouts + Potatoes = Yumminess!

Tonight we experimented a little to try out a new recipe and the results were delicious!  We made pan seared chicken with roasted Brussels sprouts and potatoes. I am so excited to share this with you!
 

Let me give you a couple of disclaimers first.  1.  Some of this will not be a “recipe” in the traditional sense, because that isn’t how I cook.  I will do my best to give you an idea of what I put into everything.  2.  There are differing opinions about whether to use the Weight Watchers Recipe Builder, or put individual ingredients into the tracker.  I personally think that if I eat a cup of cooked Brussels sprouts, it is 0 points.  The recipe builder thinks it is 2 points.  There is a very long explanation to this, which I won’t go into here.  Research it on Google a little and choose for yourself what is best for you.  This blog is based on my own experiences and opinions.  I think 0 points is 0 points, so for the purposes of this post, points calculations are my own and based on individual ingredients.  Whew…that was a long explanation itself!  Moving on…
 

The first portion of the meal was pan seared, boneless, skinless chicken thighs.  We seasoned the chicken with our preferred seasonings (dill and salt for me, Cajun seasoning for my family), sprayed a little olive oil in the pan with a mister, and cooked until it was done.  I believe it was about 35 minutes.

 

Chicken is in the pan!
Chicken is in the pan!
Then, I adapted an Ina Garten Brussels sprouts recipe.  It made about 3 1/2 servings once it was cooked.
 

1 pound raw Brussels sprouts, cut in half
6-7 oz. raw baby carrots
3 tbsp. light (That’s light in texture, not calories) extra virgin olive oil
Seasoning (I used seasoning salt and garlic powder.  Have fun!  Experiment!)

 

Combine Brussels sprouts, carrots, olive oil, and seasoning in a bowl.  Mix with your hands (or a spoon…but I use my hands!).  Spread onto a baking sheet, bake at 400 degrees for 35-40 minutes.

 

My points calculation:  4 per cup
 

The veggies go in the oven!  So pretty!
The veggies go in the oven! So pretty!

 

Next, roasted potatoes!  For this one, we just cut up some fingerling potatoes and onions.  We had enough to fill a square baking pan, and once it was cooked, it looked like about 8 servings.  I added 2 tbsp. of light extra virgin olive oil, and seasoning (again garlic powder and seasoning salt).  This was also baked at 400 degrees for 35-40 minutes.

My points calculation:  3 for 4 oz.
 

Potatoes go in the oven!
Potatoes go in the oven!

 

This was a delicious meal, and it was nice to try something different.  I personally had never had Brussels Sprouts, and now I think I will be addicted to them!  The leaves have such a crispy goodness when you bake them, and the centers are so buttery.  I highly recommend that you try it!

The finished product...yummy deliciousness!
Yummy deliciousness!

I hope this will inspire you to try new things and get creative in the kitchen!  That is how you can make this a lifestyle and not a short-term quick fix, which is the key to losing ALL of the weight and keeping it off.  Let me know if you try these ideas, or if you have new ideas of your own.  Eating healthy can be fun if you let it be!

 

Mexican Pizza!

We had some leftover taco meat, and were trying to figure out what to do with it.  Another flatbread pizza recipe was born!  This one does have more points, because it has beans, ground beef, and full fat cheese.  The version you see here was 9 points per serving, but you can adapt it to lower the points value.

 

Mexican Pizza

Serves 2

1 Flatout Flatbread, Light Original

3 wedges Laughing Cow Light Queso Fresco & Chipotle flavor

4 oz. 85% lean ground beef

Your choice of taco seasoning

1/2 c Fat Free Refried Beans

1/4 c Kirkland Signature Mexican Blend shredded cheese

Chopped onions

Your favorite fat free salsa, to taste

Cook beef in your choice of taco seasoning, according to the directions.  Spread 3 wedges of Laughing Cow cheese on the flatbread.  Spread refried beans over the Laughing Cow cheese.  Then, spread on salsa.  Top with ground beef, shredded cheese, and onions.  Bake at 375 for 10 minutes.  Enjoy!

As I said, you can make all kinds of adaptations to lower the points.  The possibilities are endless!  Replace the beef with chicken, or remove the chicken and make a veggie pizza.  Replace the cheese with a variety that is lower in fat, or remove the cheese.  Let me know what kinds of pizza you make!

 

 

 

Easy Baked Potato

I posted a photo of my dinner last night, and got a request for the recipe.  Here goes!  It’s really easy and so delicious!  This is 8 Weight Watchers points for the amount I ate, so that is the size I will post here.  If you want to lower the points, you can always make adaptations.

BBQ Ranch Chicken Baked Potato

6 oz. baked potato

3 oz. Rosie Organic Chicken Breast Strips

2 tbsp. Bullseye Kansas City BBQ sauce (or your favorite sauce)

2 tbsp. homemade ranch with Greek yogurt (find the recipe here:  http://healthybeautifulblessed.com/pizza-for-dinner/)

1 tsp. olive oil or cooking spray

Bake a potato in the oven or microwave.  Saute onions in a tiny amount of olive oil or cooking spray.  Mix BBQ sauce with the chicken, and heat it.  Spread chicken and sauce over the potato.  Drizzle with ranch dressing.  Top with grilled onions.  Enjoy!

Baked potatoes are very healthy, if you choose the right toppings!  This is a great way to create variety in your diet.  Experiment and have fun!  Let me know what baked potato toppings you try!

 

 

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