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

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Low-Point Butter-Basted Seasoned Rockfish


Basting is a cooking technique that allows you to keep your meat/fish very moist and tender by continually spooning sauce over the top while cooking. This melt-in-your mouth seasoned Rockfish recipe can be made with any of your favorite fish. Rockfish is in season here in Virginia Beach, therefore, I must buy! :)

Low-Point Butter-Basted Seasoned Rockfish

Ingredients:

- 5, 6 oz. Rockfish (or your favorite fish) fillets (boneless, skinless)
- 4 Tbs butter
- 2 tsp. olive oil
- pinch salt
- pinch pepper
- pinch Old Bay Seasoning
- 1/3 cup half and half
- 1/3 cup dry white wine
- 1/2 Tbs lemon juice
- fresh dill


Heat a skillet over medium to high heat. Add butter and let it start to melt. Rub olive oil over fish fillets and sprinkle fish with salt, pepper, and Old Bay seasoning. Place fish in skillet and let sear 4 to 5 minutes without touching it. While fish is searing, in a small bowl, whisk half and half, wine, and lemon juice. Turn fish over carefully. Add half and half mixture to skillet and start spooning the mixture over the fish, continually, for 3 more minutes. Remove fish to plate. Spoon a little more of the basting sauce over the top of the fish if desired, and sprinkle fish will fresh dill. Serve with rice or your favorite side. Enjoy! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.

Total servings - 5, (6 oz.) fillets
Serving size - 1
Points per serving - 7
Points plus per serving - 7


"You can't start the next chapter in your life while re-reading the last one." - Anonymous


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Low-Point Orange-Glazed Salmon with Citrus Salad


This orange-glazed salmon has just enough sweet and savory flavor that will suit your palate perfectly! The fresh orange and apple spinach salad with orange vinaigrette leaves you feeling completely healthy and satisfied! There's nothing better than a quick and easy meal with five-star taste!

Low-Point Orange-Glazed Salmon with Citrus Salad

Ingredients:

- 3, 6 oz. salmon fillets (I bought boneless and skinless)
- 1 Tbs maple syrup
- 2 tsp. grated orange rind
- 1 tsp. fresh orange juice
- 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
- 1/4 tsp. minced garlic
- 1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper
- fresh dill as a garnish, optional

Preheat broiler to high. Arrange fillets in a baking dish. Combine remaining ingredients and spread orange mixture over fillets. Broil salmon 6 to 7 minutes or until desired degree of doneness. Serve fillets with citrus salad.  If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.

Total Servings - 3
Serving size - 1 fillet
Points per serving - 5
Points  plus per serving - 5

Citrus Salad

Ingredients:

- fresh spinach (or your choice of fresh leafy greens)
- 1 orange cut into small pieces
- 1 apple cut into small pieces
- a few sesame seeds or pine nuts, optional

Citrus Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

- 1/4 cup orange juice (I used Tropicana 50 calorie OJ)
- 2 Tbs white balsamic vinegar
- 1 Tbs Dijon mustard
- 2 tsp. honey
- 1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Combine all ingredients and use as a dressing for the salad. The entire vinaigrette mixture is 1 point. 


"Sometimes I pretend to be normal. But it gets boring, so I go back to being me." - Anonymous

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Low-Point Pico De Gallo


This EASY pico de gallo recipe has all the refreshing flavors you need to enjoy on a toasted crostini, on a bed of lettuce, or on top of your favorite chicken recipe. Use it with any dish you like or just grab a spoon!

Low-Point Pico De Gallo 

Ingredients:

- 6 Tbs lime juice
- 2 Tbs olive oil
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 1 1/2 cups finely-chopped radishes
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1/3 cup fresh chopped cilantro
- 1/4 cup finely-chopped onion
- 2 tsp. minced jalapeƱo pepper
- 1 large English cucumber, diced (about 4 cups)

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and toss to coat evenly.  Enjoy! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.

Total servings - 4 cups
Serving size - 1 cup
Total points per serving - 1.8
Total points plus per serving - 1.8

"Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have." 
- Anonymous