Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Low-Point Soy Sauce Eggs



Add a flavor to your salads, sandwiches, or ramen noodles by cooking your hard-boiled eggs in soy sauce!

Low-Point Soy Sauce Eggs

Ingredients:

- 4 eggs, boiled and peeled
- 5 Tbs soy sauce

Heat soy sauce over medium-high heat in a large sauce pan. When soy sauce starts to boil, reduce heat to medium and carefully add eggs. Roll eggs around to evenly coat them in the soy sauce. Continue rolling eggs around until soy sauce thickens and eggs are a dark mahogany color. (Feel free to take them out at your desired color preference. The darker the eggs, the more flavor the eggs hold.) Remove eggs and let soy sauce drain off. Place them on a plate to cool and enjoy! Seal and refrigerate any uneaten eggs. If you'd like a printer friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.

Total servings - 4
Serving size - 1
Points per serving - 2
Points plus per serving - 2

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Low-Point Penne Pasta with Asparagus and Pistachios


Take some pasta, add a little asparagus and fresh mint, and you have yourself one savory and delightful entree! Garnished with a few pistachios for added protein and texture, this meal is a definite two-thumbs up! :)

Low-Point Penne Pasta with Asparagus and Pistachios

Ingredients:

- 8 ounces uncooked whole-wheat penne pasta
- 1 Tbs olive oil
- 1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
- 3 green onions, chopped, white and green parts divided
- 1 tsp. minced garlic
- 1/4 cup dry white wine
- 1/2 tsp. kosher salt or sea salt
- 1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper
- 1 Tbs butter, (Land O Lakes Light with Canola Oil)
- 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup pistachios, chopped
- fresh mint, chopped

Cook pasta according to directions. Drain in a colander over a bowl reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid. Return pasta and 1/4 cup liquid to pan, cover, and keep warm over low heat. 

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with olive oil. Add asparagus, white parts of the green onions, and garlic, and sauté until asparagus is crisp-tender. Add wine, salt, and pepper. Cook for about 1 minute. Add asparagus mixture to pasta along with the green onions, butter and cheese. Stir in pistachios. Divide among bowls and garnish with fresh mint. Enjoy! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.

Total servings - 7 cups
Serving size - 1 cup
Points per serving - 4
Points plus per serving - 5

"Change the way you look at things, and then the things you 
look at change." - Anonymous

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Low-Point Orange Marmalade Shrimp Salad


Beautiful bite-size shrimp, dripping with a mixture of orange marmalade, cilantro, and fresh lime juice give this tangy appetizer or entrée so much lip-smacking goodness you just have to go back for more. Sprinkled with red pepper flakes and a dash of soy sauce, this marinated mixture smells and tastes delicious!

Low-Point Orange Marmalade Shrimp Salad

Ingredients:

- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbs orange marmalade
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 3 Tbs fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 Tbs olive oil
- 1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes (more if desired)
- 12 oz. bag frozen cooked salad shrimp, thawed and drained (tail off, peeled, and deveined)
- mandarin oranges
- 1, avocado (optional)

Combine first 6 ingredients. Remove 1/4 cup of the mixture, cover, and refrigerate. Add the shrimp to the bowl and toss to combine thoroughly with marinade. Refrigerate 30 minutes minimum (I left mine in over night). Remove from refrigerator and spoon/divide shrimp mixture on top of 4 plates of fresh spinach. Add mandarin orange segments to each salad. Drizzle remaining marinade on top of each plate and enjoy! A wonderful addition to this is freshly sliced avocado. Mmmmm! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.

Total servings - 4 (1/2 cups)
Serving size - 1
Points per serving - 4 (with avocado, 6)
Points plus per serving - 5 (with avocado, 7)


"A positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible." - Anonymous

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Low-Point Avocado Egg Cups


EASY AS 1, 2, 3! 


Low-Point Avocado Egg Cups


Cut an avocado in half. Remove seed. Place each half inside of a ramekin. Break an egg into each hole. Season. Cover with a paper towel, and microwave for 1 1/2 minutes! Enjoy a protein-packed breakfast, lunch, or diinner! A meal in minutes, anytime of the day! 

Total servings - 2
Serving size - 1
Points per serving - 6
Points plus per serving - 6


"Keep the chocolate. I'll take an avocado please!" - Anonymous

Low-Point Cheesy Bacon Cauliflower


Can't get your kids to eat cauliflower? That's all going to change! :) This loaded cauliflower with melted cheese, crisp bacon, and just the right about of herbs, will put this recipe at the top of your list!

Low-Point Cheesy Bacon Cauliflower

Ingredients:

- 1 large head of Cauliflower (cut into bite-size pieces)
- 5 strips of bacon (I used Oscar Mayer Center Cut), divided - cooked and crumbled
- 3 Tbs fresh chopped chives
- 1 Tbs fresh chopped dill, plus a tad more to sprinkle on top
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 cup light mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup light sour cream
* - 1 cup reduced-fat Mexican style shredded cheese (may use cheddar)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place cauliflower in a large microwave-safe bowl with 1/4 cup water, cover, and microwave about 10 minutes, or until tender. Drain and set aside. In a large bowl, combine 3 strips of the crumbled bacon, chives, dill, salt, mayonnaise, sour cream, and cheese. Mix in cauliflower and combine well. Place cauliflower mixture into a baking dish and sprinkle remaining 2 strips of crumbled bacon on top. Bake for 15 or 20 minutes, until cheese is melted. Remove and sprinkle a little more fresh dill on top. Enjoy! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.

Total servings - 5 cups
Serving size - 1 cup
Points per serving - 4
Points plus per serving - 4.5

*NOTE: This recipe called for 2 cups shredded cheese. I only used one; however, if you prefer using 2, the total points per serving would be 6. The total points plus per serving would be 6.5.

"If you're lucky enough to be different, don't ever change" 
- Taylor Swift