Blackberry Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

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This is a perfect combination of sweet & spicy! It’s easy to make & delicious! I found myself wanting to make a bunch of this to give away as gifts!

Original recipe from http://www.thesandwichlife.typepad.com

Recipe makes 32 servings
1 serving = 2 tbsp = 1 weight watchers points+
= 2 weight watchers smart points

Ingredients –
2 cups ketchup
3 cups fresh blackberries
2/3 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
4 cloves garlic minced
2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tbsp bbq spice (I misread this & used bbq sauce but it is still delicious )

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Put all ingredients in a saucepan & simmer for 20-40 minutes.

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Pour into a food processor or blender & let cool for about half an hour.

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Blend until smooth.

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Pour through a fine mesh strainer to remove seeds.

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Let cool for a few hours before putting lids on. Store in the fridge.
Enjoy!

Green Bean, Feta, & Walnut Salad

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I love fresh green beans. The combination of flavors in this is really good!

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

Recipe makes 12 servings (about 3/4 cup)
1 serving = 6 weight watchers points+
= 7 weight watchers smart points

Ingredients –
1 1/2 lbs fresh green beans chopped with ends cut off
3 1/2 oz reduced fat crumbled feta
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 large red onion diced
3/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
3 cloves garlic minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

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Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add green beans & cook for only 3 minutes.

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Drain green beans & pour into an ice bath to stop the cooking process.

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Drain again & pour into a large serving bowl. Stir in feta, walnuts, & onion.

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Pour remaining ingredients in a food processor & blend.

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Pour dressing over green bean mixture & stir.

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Enjoy!

Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce

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Who would have thought you could make delicious alfredo sauce with cauliflower? This was surprisingly flavorful! I served it over zucchini noodles for my husband & I put it over noodles for the kids. Everyone liked it!

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

Recipe makes about 8 servingsĀ  (I just eyed it)
1 serving = 5 weight watchers points+
= 6 weight watchers smart points

Ingredients –
1 large head of cauliflower
2 1/2 cups 1% milk
6 oz cream cheese (I used Green Mountain Farms Whipped Cream Cheese & Greek Yogurt Blend)
2 tbsp flour
2 tsp salt
2 tbsp light butter (I used land o lakes)
6 cloves garlic minced
2 cups part skim shredded mozzarella
Salt & pepper to taste

Steam your cauliflower until it is very soft.

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Put steamed cauliflower, milk, cream cheese, flour, & salt in a food processor or blender. Blend until fairly smooth. I did half at a time. Set aside.

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Melt butter in a pan & saute garlic over medium high heat making sure not to burn it. After a few minutes pour your cauliflower mixture into pan & stir constantly over medium high heat.

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Bring to simmer & cook until thickened stirring constantly. At this point add salt & pepper to taste.

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Once thickened remove from heat. Stir in cheese, cover, & let sit for 10 minutes. It will thicken even more as it sits.

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After 10 minutes pour into a large bowl & serve with noodles or zucchini noodles.

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Enjoy!

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This kid gobbled it up!

Skinny Zucchini Coconut Muffins

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It’s that time of year again! Zucchini is growing like crazy in our gardens & we need to find a million ways to fit it into each meal! These are delicious, healthy, & filling! You can make it into a loaf also but it will need to bake for about an hour or so in a loaf pan.

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

Recipe makes about 28 muffins
1 muffin = 3 weight watchers points+
= 5 weight watchers smart points

Ingredients –
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 cup truvia brown sugar blend
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup non fat plain greek yogurt
1/4 cup egg beaters or better’n eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups shredded zucchini
1/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

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In a large bowl whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, & nutmeg.

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In a separate bowl stir together sugars, oil, yogurt, egg beaters, & vanilla.

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Stir zucchini & coconut into wet mixture.

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Stir together wet & dry ingredients.

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Fill muffin cups 2/3 full.

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Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.

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Cool on a cooling rack.

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Enjoy!

Apple Almond Energy Bites

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The kids have been gobbling these up! They didn’t set up as firm as others I have made, but they are pretty tasty!

Recipe makes about 26 energy bites
1 energy bite = 2 weight watchers points+
= 2 weight watchers smart points

Ingredients –
2 cups old fashioned oats
1 apple cored & chopped
1/2 cup almond butter
1 tbsp honey
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup Qi’a Chia, Buckwheat, & Hemp Cereal (if you can’t find it you can substitute with just chia seeds too)

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Place all ingredients in a food processor & blend until a stiff dough forms. If it is too sticky add more oats & if it is too dry add more applesauce.

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Roll into 1″ balls. Store in an air tight container in the fridge.

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Enjoy them as a healthy snack!

Zucchini Ravioli

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Who needs noodles anyways? I seriously didn’t even miss them! These were delicious!

Recipe makes about 14 servings
1 serving = 1 “ravioli” = 3 weight watchers points+ = 3 weight watchers smart points

Ingredients-
2-3 zucchini
1 lb 93% lean ground turkey
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 onion diced
1 clove garlic minced
2 tsp italian seasoning
Salt & pepper to taste
2 cups fresh spinach
1/2 cup shredded parmesan
1/2 cup shredded part skim mozzarella
24 oz jar tomato marinara

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Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Cook ground turkey, onion, garlic, & seasoning in oil. Add spinach at the end. It will cook down pretty quickly. (It may look like a lot in the picture because I cooked double what I actually ended up needing.)

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Using a mandolin slicer slice the zucchini in strips as thin as you can. Lay 2 down one way & then 2 more across them making a t-shape. Put 2 tbsp of the meat mixture on top. Fold the zucchini around the meat.

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Lay seam side down in a greased 13×9 pan.

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Sprinkle the parmesan & mozzarella on top.

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Smooth marinara over top.

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Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30-40 minutes.

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Enjoy!

Fuel to Go Muffins

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Healthy, filling, & tasty! These took a little longer to make than traditional muffins, but the health benefits are well worth it!

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

Recipe makes about 24 muffins
1 muffin = 4 weight watchers points+
= 6 weight watchers smart points

Ingredients –
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup sugar (you can use a sugar substitute to lower calories & points but I decided to use the real stuff for these)
1 tbsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup raisins
2 cups shredded carrots
1 shredded apple
8 oz can crushed pineapple drained
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup hemp seeds
3/4 cup egg beaters or better’n eggs (equal to 3 eggs)
2/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
2 tsp vanilla extract

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In a large bowl stir together flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, & salt.

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Stir in coconut, raisins, carrots, apple, pineapple, & seeds.

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In a small bowl whisk together eggs, applesauce, & vanilla.

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Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients & stir well.

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Generously spray 2 muffin pans with non stick cooking spray. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full.

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Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.

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Enjoy!

Roasted Red Pepper, Mozzarella, & Basil Stuffed Chicken Breasts

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Tender, juicy, flavorful, & healthy! I couldn’t ask for more!

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

Recipe makes 4 large servings
1 serving = 13 weight watchers points+
= 11 weight watchers smart points

Ingredients –
4 skinless boneless chicken breastsĀ  (mine weighed about 3 pounds total when raw)
12 oz jar roasted red peppers
Bunch of fresh basil
8 oz fresh mozzarella
Italian seasoning

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Butterfly your chicken breasts & lay them open in a 13×9 pan that has been sprayed with non stick cooking spray. Lay your roasted peppers, basil leaves, & 1 oz mozzarella on each chicken breast. Sprinkle with italian seasoning.

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Fold chicken breasts over & try to tuck in as much of the filling as your can. Sprinkle the outside with more italian seasoning.
Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for about 30 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked.

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Place another 1 oz of mozzarella on top of chicken & place under broiler for about 5 minutes.

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Enjoy!

Garlic Rubbed Roasted Cabbage Steaks

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These had really great flavor! They actually reminded me of roasted brussel sprouts, & they are a whole lot cheaper!

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

Recipe makes about 4 servings
1 serving = 0 weight watchers points+
= 0 weight watchers smart points

Ingredients –
1 head of cabbage
2 garlic cloves smashed
Olive oil spray
Salt & pepper to taste

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Remove outer leaves of cabbage. Cut cabbage from top to bottom (bottom being the root) in 1″ slices. My cabbage was huge so I cut some of them in half. Spray a baking sheet with non stick cooking spray. Lay cabbage steaks on baking sheet. Rub smashed garlic on the tops & bottoms of your cabbage steaks. Spray the tops with olive oil spray. Sprinkle with salt & pepper.

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Roast in a preheated 400 degree oven for 30 minutes. Flip them & spray again with olive oil. Bake for another 30 minutes.

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They may look a little burnt but those burnt pieces have the best flavor!

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Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps with Sesame Cucumber Salad

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The cool crispness of the lettuce & cucumber salad paired with the sweet & spicy beef is absolutely amazing! I seriously could not believe how flavorful & delicious this beef came out! I couldn’t stop snitching pieces of it as I was shredding it! You can obviously use a leaner cut of meat, but they are just so darn expensive!

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

Korean Beef Recipe makes about 8 servings
1 serving = 1/2 cup = 8 weight watchers points+ (1/2 cup was enough for 5 lettuce wraps)
= 11 weight watchers smart points

Sesame Cucumber Salad makes 8 large servings
1 serving = 2 weight watchers points+
= 2 weight watchers smart points

Korean Beef Ingredients –
1 1/2 lb tender beef chuck roast
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup honey
2 tbsp truvia brown sugar blend
2 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
2 tbsp garlic chili paste (I couldn’t find this at the store so I used 2 minced garlic cloves & 1 tbsp sriracha)

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Stir together all ingredients other than the roast in the base of your crock pot. Cut roast in half lengthwise & place in crock pot. Cook on low for 8 hours.

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Several times during that 8 hours I spooned the liquid over the tops of the roast.

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Once cooked use 2 forks & shred your roast.

Sesame Cucumber Salad Ingredients –
3 cups cucumber cut into thin strips
3 cups radishes cut into thin strips
2 cups mung bean sprouts
3 tbsp toasted sesame oil
4 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tsp sugar

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In a small bowl whisk together oil, vinegar, & sugar. Pour over remaining ingredients & stir.

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Serve with bibb lettuce & sesame seeds to sprinkle on top.
Enjoy!