Baking, Light and Healthier, Recipes, Weight Watchers

Cherry Almond Crisp – 3 WW Points Per Serving

I was craving something sweet tonight – and with not much in the way of bad for me stuff in the house – I put on my thinking cap and came up with a Cherry Almond Crumble.

Maddie and I had a cherry crisp at a local restaurant this summer that was to die for – while that was probably sugar laden and full of butter, I thought I could recreate a close facsimile with sugar substitute and some ingenuity.  This is totally worth it.  if you cut the “pie” into 8 servings its 3 PointsPlus per serving.

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Light and Healthier, Menu Planning, Recipes, Weight Watchers

Chicken & Bean Enchilada Stuffed Shells – 7 SP WeightWatchers

I am back on the Weight Watchers bandwagon because I have to do something – and the macro-whatsit thingy my personal trainer had me on sucked – and did basically nothing.  Not a body builder, fella – not looking to get “swol” – already “swol”- and not in a good way.

I had a recipe similar to this bookmarked but it was something like 17 SP per serving – so I tackled it with my trusty recipe calculator and got it down to 7 SmartPoints when you calculate the ingredients and points at WW.com – if you use the nutrtion on the recipe it comes out completely different – FYI.  I’m going with what WW says.  I Hope you like it!

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Light and Healthier, Recipes, Veggies and Fruit

Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

We try – and sometimes succeed – to make Monday a meatless Monday when dinner time rolls around.  When I described this meal to my kids they wrinkled their noses – but – they liked it!  you could add in veggies if you like – I kept it simple for the first try.

I roasted my red peppers on my new pellet grill.  They don’t “char” like they do on gas, but they sort of melt into this roast-y gorgeous deep red/brown color that peels wonderfully and tastes amazing.  Once they’re suitably cooked down on the grill and squished, put them in a sealed bowl (cover with plastic wrap) for about 20 minutes – the skin just slides right off.  Cut off the tops and take out the seeds and voila – roasted red peppers.  If you use your grill and they get black, it’s okay – that works too!

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Budget Friendly, Recipes, Weeknight Favorites

Chicken & Veggie Lo Mein – 1 Chicken Breast Recipe

I had one chicken breast hanging out in the fridge that I needed to use up, but there are three of us for dinner so what to do with it was sort of haunting me.  I could have thawed out some more chicken, but time got away from me this week so that wasn’t an option.  I did some searches for “1 chicken breast recipe” and found quite a few stir fry options.  It’s a great way to make a small amount of protein feed a few people.  Budget-friendly recipes are always great to have in your repertoire!

I’m a big fan of those fat KA-ME udon stir fry noodles and always have them in my pantry – so I put this together!  Hope you enjoy! Continue Reading

Light and Healthier, Menu Planning, Recipes, Weeknight Favorites

20 No Cook Dinner Ideas – Beat the Heat!

It’s June.  It’s Hot.  Our A/C is not working and the repair guys wont be here for another 3 days.  I am not getting anywhere near the oven, stove, microwave or any other form of heat until it’s fixed.

I know I’m not the only one suffering from lack of cool air, albeit temporarily.  This made me think of some ideas for no-cook dinners for days when even plugging in the toaster is too much.  If you have anything to add, I’d love to hear your no-cook ideas!

  1. Turkey Sandwich with Potato Chips.  Okay – this is a no brainer, but I think we forget this can be dinner, too.  There’s no reason this has to be that complicated.  Make a sandwich, add some chips, carrot sticks or a salad and voila – yum.  The key to making this dinner-like is the toppings – dont just slap some meat and cheese on a piece of bread, get creative.  Thin sliced cucumbers, alfalfa sprouts, shredded carrots, jarred or deli red peppers and/or pepperoncini.  Make it awesome!
  2. Wrap it up!  Make a salad, add some diced ham or turkey and wrap it up in a tomato basil or spinach wrap.  Serve with chips or store-bought potato salad.  I have a weakness for the redskin potato salad from City Market (Kroger.)  You can also make yummy Cucumbers with Lemony Dressing to go with it.

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Budget Friendly, For the Freezer, Menu Planning, Recipes

Ground Chicken & White Bean Green Chile

Hubby requested chili for dinner – but I had 2 lbs of ground chicken that needed to be used up – so I whipped this chilE up, which was a conglomeration of my Pueblo Green Chile and white chicken chili recipes.  It’s pretty dang tasty and ground chicken is fairly economical.  If you don’t have ground, or don’t want to grind your own in your food processor or meat grinder, diced chicken breast works great as well.

Season to your taste – we like chili powder and cumin along with S&P in our chili.  Some people like oregano or Mexican oregano in their chile – it’s all to what you like.  This recipe will also freeze very well – have some on hand for smothering burritos or adding to eggs or potatoes. It’s freezer friendly for sure!

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