Skinny Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

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I have been obsessed with everything lemon lately, & you can’t even tell these are skinny! They are so good! I made mini muffins cause my little ones love muffins. The whole recipe is 45 points so if you make regular size muffins you will just have to do some calculations to figure out how many points they are. I am guessing they would be 2-3 points.
Recipe makes about 4 dozen mini muffins
1 mini muffin = 1 weight watchers points+

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Ingredients-
1 lemon cake mix
1 chobani lemon greek yogurt
1 cup water
1 tbsp poppy seeds

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Mix all ingredients together until most of the lumps are gone.

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Divide into greased muffin pans.

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Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes (for mini muffins).

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Enjoy!

Creamy Zucchini Rice Soup

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This a rich, creamy, & healthy soup that is perfect for a cold wintery day!

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

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

Ingredients –
1 tbsp olive oil
1 yellow onion diced
1 1/2 lbs zucchini 1/4″-1/2″ slices
4 cups chicken stock
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup uncooked brown rice
1/4 cup fat free half & half

Heat the oil in a large soup pot. Saute onions until translucent & slightly golden around the edges.

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Add zucchini & stock & cook for about 15 minutes until the zucchini is tender.

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Once zucchini is cooked transfer in 3-4 batches into blender & puree the mixture. Once pureed put back in the soup pot over medium high heat. Add rice & salt. Bring to a boil & then turn down to low & simmer for 45-60 minutes until rice is cooked.

Once rice is cooked stir in half & half.

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I served mine with fresh homemade whole wheat bread.
Enjoy!

Chopped Kale Greek Salad with Parsley Lemon Vinaigrette

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Delicious & healthy too! It’s a win-win!

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

Recipe makes 8 servings
1 serving = 2 cups = 250 calories = 7 weight watchers smart points

Salad Ingredients –
5 oz fresh kale rinsed, dried, & chopped with any large stems removed
15 oz can chickpeas drained & rinsed
2/3 cup kalamata olives pitted
1 cucumber seeded & diced
1 pint cherry tomatoes halved
1/2 red onion thinly sliced
3.5 oz reduced fat feta cheese

Dressing Ingredients-
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped very fine
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
3 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 cloves garlic finely minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

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Once kale has been rinsed, dried, & chopped place it in a large bowl.

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Top kale with the remaining salad ingredients.

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Whisk together all the dressing ingredients & pour over salad. (The second time I made this I blended all the dressing ingredients together in a food processor & i liked it much more)

I served it with grilled chicken & sesame breadsticks.

Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Dog Treats II

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I tend to be pretty intimidated when it comes to roll out cookies, but this dough was really pliable & easy to work with!  The dogs loved these!

Recipe make 24 large treats

Ingredients –
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup oats
1/3 cup peanut butter
1 1/4 cups hot water

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Mix all ingredients together until soft dough forms.

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Knead several times on a flour covered surface.

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Roll out dough to about 1/2 inch thick.

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Use cookie cutters to cut out different shapes.

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Place treats on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

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Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.

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Hope your pups enjoy them!

Turkey Chili

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This recipe is pretty basic & I even cheated & used the store bought mild chili spice mixes. It’s really good though so I thought I would share!

Recipe makes 8 servings
1 serving = 8 weight watchers points +

Ingredients –
2 lbs lean ground turkey
1 tbsp olive oil
1 yellow onion diced
1 green bell pepper diced
15 oz can dark red kidney beans drained & rinsed
15 oz can canillinni beans drained & rinsed
15 oz can great northern beans drained & rinsed
2 – 28oz cans diced tomatoes (not drained)
2 mild chili spice mixes

Heat olive oil in a large soup pot. Stir in ground turkey, onion, & green pepper. Cook until turkey is no longer pink & onion & green peppers are soft.

Stir in the remaining ingredients.

Bring to a boil & then turn down to low & simmer on stove top for at least 1 hour stirring occasionally. I let mine simmer for about 3 hours.

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I served mine with cornbread muffins.
Enjoy!

 

Roasted Tomato, Avocado, & Smashed Chickpea Sandwiches

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My husband was quite skeptical of this but he ended up really liking it! The original recipe was vegan & called for “cheesy” tofu, but I didn’t have all the ingredients for that so I used laughing cow light swiss cheese.

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

Recipe makes 4 sandwiches
1 sandwich = 8 weight watchers points+

Ingredients –
8 slices Arnold Seedless Jewish Rye Bread toasted
1 avocado smashed
1/2 cup chickpeas drained, rinsed, & smashed
4 Laughing Cow Light Swiss Cheese wedges
4 roma tomatoes
1 tsp garlic powder
Salt & pepper
2 tbsp olive oil

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Slice your tomatoes into 1/2 inch slices. Lay slices on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.  Drizzle olive oil over tomatoes & sprinkle with salt & pepper. Roast in a preheated 350 degree oven for 35 minutes.

Add garlic powder & some salt & pepper to your smashed chickpeas.

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To make each sandwich lay out 2 slices of toasted bread. Spread 1/4 of the smashed avocado on one slice. Spread 1 cheese wedge on the other slice of bread. Top the cheese covered side with 2 tbsp smashed chickpea mixture. Lay the roasted tomatoes on top of that and press the avocado covered side on top.

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Slice in half & enjoy!

Crunchy Asian Salad with Peanut Dressing

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This was so good! It was healthy but had quite a bit of points to it due to healthy fats.

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

Recipe makes 8 servings
1 serving = 4 weight watchers points+

Dressing Ingredients –
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1/2 tsp powdered ginger
1 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp honey
3 tbsp toasted sesame oil
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp creamy peanut butter

Salad Ingredients –
6 cups fresh spinach
1 large carrot shredded
1 red pepper thinly sliced
1/2 large cucumber thinly sliced
1/4 red onion thinly sliced
8 oz sugar snap peas
1/4 cup roasted peanuts
1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

Put all dressing ingredients in food processor & pulse several times. Set aside.

Bring about 2-3 cups water to boil & add sugar snap peas. Boil for about 5 minutes. Rinse with cold water & set aside.

Combine spinach, carrot, cucumber, pepper, onion, & peanuts in a large bowl. Add cooked & cooled sugar snap peas.

Pour dressing on top of salad & toss to coat. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

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I served mine with grilled chicken.
Enjoy!

Hearty Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

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I have been making the same chicken noodle soup for years so I decided to switch it up a bit & try a new recipe. This one turned out really good! Perfect for a cold winter day!

Recipe makes 9 large servings
1 serving = 3 weight watchers points+

Ingredients –
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts (I used chicken breast tenders)
3 large carrots chopped
3 ribs celery chopped
1 yellow onion chopped
8 cups fat free chicken broth
1 can Campbells low fat cream of chicken soup
2 cloves garlic minced
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp dried dill
1 tsp salt
4 oz no yolk noodles

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Whisk together chicken broth & cream of chicken soup. Place all ingredients other than the noodles in a large crock pot. Cook on low for 8 hours.

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After 8 hours take chicken out of soup & shred it using 2 forks. (I leave it pretty chunky)
Return chicken & 4 oz noodles into crock pot.
Cook for another 15-20 minutes or until noodles are done.

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Enjoy!

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This little guy loved it!

Skinny Pumpkin Muffins

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These are really good & super easy to make! Every time I have made them both my kids eat them up so fast!

The first time I made them I didn’t add the egg beaters & they seemed a bit doughy even though they were done. I tweaked the recipe a bit & we can’t get enough of them!

Recipe makes 24 muffins
(I usually make 1 dozen regular size for me & 2 dozen mini muffins for the kids)
1 regular size muffin = 3 weight watchers points+

Ingredients –
1 box spice cake mix
15 oz can pumpkin
2 tbsp egg beaters
1 tbsp cinnamon

Mix all ingredients together & spoon into greased muffin tin. You can also use cupcake wrappers.

Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes or until tooth pick inserted into the center comes out clean.

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Enjoy!

Cauliflower Chowder

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We are in the middle of an ice storm so I thought a good hearty chowder & grilled cheese would be perfect for dinner! Not only was this easy to make & healthy, but it was also delicious!

Original recipe from http://www.damndelicious.net

Recipe makes 4 large servings
1 serving = 4 weight watchers points+ (only 3 if you don’t use the bacon garnish!)

Ingredients –
2 tbsp butter
1 yellow onion diced
2 carrots chopped
2 ribs celery chopped
2 cloves garlic minced
1 head cauliflower chopped
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup flour
4 cups fat free chicken broth
1 cup 2% milk
Salt & pepper to taste (I used about 2 tsp salt & 1 tsp pepper)
4 slices turkey bacon fried & chopped up for garnish

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Melt better in a large pot. Once melted add onion, carrots, celery, & garlic. Cook until tender.

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Add cauliflower & bay leaf. Cook for about 10-15 minutes or until cauliflower is tender.
Slowly stir in your flour 1 tbsp at a time. Once flour is incorporated stir in your broth & milk.

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Bring to a boil & simmer for about 15 more minutes stirring occasionally.

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Top with crumbled bacon.
Enjoy!