Crispy Cauliflower Buffalo “Wings”

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These can easily be made gluten free by using garbanzo bean flour & vegan by using earth balance in place of the butter.

According to my husband these aren’t quite a replacement for wings, but I don’t like wings and I thought these were good! They are pretty spicey, but with a little of my skinny ranch dressing they were a tasty treat!

Original recipe from http://www.mindbodygreen.com

Recipe makes 4 servings
1 serving = 3 weight watchers points+

Ingredients –
1 head of cauliflower
1 cup flour
1 cup water
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp butter melted
2/3 cup hot sauce (I used Franks Red Hot)

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Chop your head of cauliflower into bite size pieces.

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Whisk together flour, water, garlic powder & salt.

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Toss your cauliflower in the batter & pour onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 15 minutes.

Melt your butter and stir together with hot sauce.

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After your cauliflower comes out of the oven toss into the bowl with the hot sauce mixture and evenly coat.

Pour back onto parchment paper lined baking sheet & bake for another 20-25 minutes.

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Serve with your favorite creamy dip.
Enjoy!

Mini Deep Dish Pizzas

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These are super cute & tasty too!

Original recipe from http://www.dashingdish.com

Recipe makes 12 servings
1 serving = 1 weight watchers points+

Ingredients –
4 whole wheat tortillas
15 oz jar pizza sauce
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp italian seasoning
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup part skim shredded mozzarella
Mini pepperoni,  diced ham, or whatever toppings you want

Using something round cut 3 circles out of each tortilla.  I used a large mason jar lid, but a biscuit cutter would probably be ideal.

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Spray a muffin pan & press each tortilla round into the bottom of each muffin spot.

In a small bowl mix together your pizza sauce, parmesan cheese, italian seasoning, garlic powder, & salt.

Scoop 1 tbsp of sauce into each tortilla round.

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Evenly distribute the mozzarella cheese over all of the pizzas. Add your toppings.

Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 10-15 minutes.

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Enjoy!

Easy & Healthy Fried Rice

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This was so easy that I wasn’t sure how good it was going to be but it was actually really good! It could be even healthier and lower in weight watchers points if you use brown rice & egg beaters, but I decided to just follow the recipe I had and I was not disappointed!
Original recipe from http://www.keyingredient.com

1 serving = 3/4 cup = 3 weight watchers points+

Ingredients –
3 cups cooked white rice
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup green onions chopped
1/2 cup frozen peas thawed
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 large eggs lightly beaten

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First cook the eggs up in your pan. Once fully cooked set aside.

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Lightly spray a pan with cooking oil spray & toss your carrots & all but 2 tbsp of your green onions into the pan. Cook on medium heat until carrots are softened a bit. About 2-3 minutes.

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Next put your cooked rice, peas, & soy sauce in pan and cook for a few more minutes.

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Lastly stir in your eggs & remaining green onion.

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Enjoy!

Healthy Chicken & Vegetable “Lo Mein”

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There aren’t any actual lo mein noodles in this but I didn’t miss them one bit! If you cut the cabbage just right they can kind of take the place of the noodles.
The combination of flavors in this is absolutely amazing!

Original recipe from http://www.primalpalate.com

Recipe makes 4 large servings
1 serving = 5 weight watchers points+

Ingredients –
1 lb chicken breast cut into bite size pieces
2 cups broccoli chopped
1/4 cup almonds chopped
1/2 cup water chestnuts
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp minced ginger root
1/4 cup celery chopped
1/4 cup green onions chopped
1/2 cup shiitake mushrooms chopped (I don’t like shiitake mushrooms so I just used more broccoli in place of these)
2 cups shredded cabbage
2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tbsp sesame seeds

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Heat sesame oil in a wok or skillet over medium high heat.  Once hot toss your chicken in and cook for about 5 minutes or until mostly done.

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Next toss your broccoli, water chestnuts, celery, & mushrooms & cook for a few more minutes.

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Next toss the cabbage, garlic, almonds, ginger, green onion, & coconut aminos into skillet or wok. Cook a few more minutes or until cabbage softens. Remove from heat & garnish with sesame seeds.

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Enjoy!

Sausage Egg & Cheese Hash Brown Cups

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These were really good however there are a few things I will do differently next time I make them.

Recipe makes 12 servings
1 serving = 3 weight watchers points+

Ingredients-
1 20 oz pkg hash browns
1 pkg fully cooked chicken breakfast sausage
1 1/2 cups egg beaters or better n’ eggs
3/4 cup low fat shredded cheese (cheddar would be best but all I had was mozzarella)
Salt & pepper to taste

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Generously spray a muffin pan with non stick cooking spray. Evenly distribute hash browns to fill all 12 spots. Next time I will press down and make them into a nest to put the sausage in. Add salt & pepper to each one.

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Cut your sausage up into bite size pieces. I didn’t cook mine this time because they are fully cooked already, but I think next time I may fry them up a bit to bring out the flavor.

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Slowly pour 2 tbsp of eggs over each one. If you pour too fast they will over flow.

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Sprinkle 1 tbsp shredded cheese on top of each one.

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Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 15-20 minutes.

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Enjoy!
I served mine with fruit salad!

Cheesy Baked Tomatoes

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Yum… These are so good. I wasn’t very prepared & didn’t have any fresh herbs on hand & I couldn’t seem to find low fat shredded parmesan or low fat shredded provolone. I ended up using full fat shredded parmesan & just chopping up some provolone slices which were also full fat. I also only had 3 tomatoes.  Mine were 3 weight watchers points+ for 2 tomato halves as opposed to the 1 point they should have been.

These were kind of difficult to eat so I think next time I will use thick tomato slices instead of half a tomato.

Original recipe from http://www.laaloosh.com

Recipe makes 4 servings
1 serving = 2 tomatoes halves = 1 weight watchers points +

Ingredients –
4 large tomatoes halved
1/4 cup low fat shredded parmesan cheese
1 oz shredded reduced fat provolone cheese
1 tsp chopped fresh basil
1 tsp chopped fresh oregano
1/2 tsp salt

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Mix your cheeses, herbs, & salt together in a small bowl.

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Evenly distribute your cheese mixture over your tomato halves.

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Bake in a preheated 450 degree oven for 10-15 minutes.

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Enjoy!

Turkey Burgers

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These were the best turkey burgers I have ever had. If you are not big into onions then you will want to use much less, but I have really been liking the flavor of red onions lately! These would be amazing on the grill, but it was freezing out today so I just fried them up on the stove.

Original recipe from http://www.userealbutter.com

Recipe makes 6 turkey burger patties
1 burger = 2 weight watchers points+ (does not include cheese, bun, or condiments)

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Ingredients –
1 lb lean ground turkey
1 red onion diced
1/2 cup parsley chopped
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
Sliced cheese

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Mix your turkey, onion, parsley, & spices in a bowl with your hands.

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Shape into 6 burger patties.

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Grill or fry in a pan over medium/ high heat. If using cheese place on burger patty just before it is done cooking.
I served mine on whole wheat buns (3 weight watchers points+) with lettuce, ketchup, & mustard.
Enjoy!

Salt & Pepper Zucchini & Squash Chips

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I had a bunch of thinly sliced zucchini & yellow squash left over from a recipe I made a few days ago so I decided to try to make some healthy chips!

These are pretty good but they get a little soft once they cool so eat them up while they are hot!

Because these shrink so much in the oven you won’t need much salt & pepper on them. I over seasoned this batch.

These are 0 weight watcher points+ as long as you use a fat free cooking spray. If you don’t care about fat content you could toss them in some olive oil instead of spraying them.

Ingredients-
Zucchini or yellow summer squash very thinly sliced
Salt & pepper to taste
Fat free cooking spray

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Lay your zucchini & squash slices out in a single layer on parchment paper lined baking sheets.

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Spray with cooking spray & sprinkle with a tiny bit of salt & pepper.
Bake in a preheated 250 degree oven for 1 1/2 hours flipping halfway through cook time.

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Enjoy!

Spinach & Cheese Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers

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These would make great appetizers or even a snack! I made them to go along with my oven chicken fajitas last night. They are very cheesy & flavorful!

Original recipe from http://www.justapinchrecipes.com

Makes about 20 pepper halves
2 pepper halves = 1 weight watchers points+

Ingredients –
About 10 mini sweet peppers
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 cup finely chopped spinach
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
1/4 cup shredded parmesan
Salt & pepper to taste

Cut the stems off the peppers. Slice them lengthwise & scoop out the seeds.

Mix together remaining ingredients. Spoon cheese mixture into pepper halves.

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Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 20 minutes.

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Enjoy!

Banana Oat Protein Muffins

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I was majorly craving a donut or buttery muffin this morning so I decided to try to find a recipe for some healthy muffins. I wouldn’t say these are the best muffins I have ever had, but they are filling, a little sweet, and got rid of my craving.

I wouldn’t eat more than 2 in a 24 hour period unless you are used to very large amounts of fiber in your diet… I think you catch my drift.

My bananas weren’t very ripe and all I had was applesauce baby food. I am sure they would be much sweeter if I had the proper ingredients, but I knew if I went to the store the fresh donuts would be calling my name & I may have not had the willpower needed to resist a warm apple fritter.

Original recipe from http://www.ambitiouskitchen.com

Recipe makes 12 muffins
2 muffins = 3 weight watchers points+

Ingredients –
2 ripe bananas mashed
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract (I used 2)
2 large egg whites
1 2/3 cup oat bran
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (all I had was chocolate…oh darn)
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon (I used 1 tbsp)

In a medium bowl stir together your mashed bananas, applesauce, yogurt, vanilla, & egg whites.
In a separate bowl whisk together oat bran, protein powder, baking powder, baking soda, & cinnamon.
Stir wet ingredients into dry. Let sit several minutes for batter to thicken.

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Disperse evenly into 12 greased muffin tins. I used muffin papers & they stuck to them really bad.

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Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 15 minutes or until tooth pick inserted into the center comes out clean.

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Enjoy!