Thursday, October 23, 2014

Low-Point Peanut Butter Fudge Bars



Let's take a break from entrees and focus on what a person really wants... dessert!!!! These soft and gooey peanut butter fudge bars are pretty darn amazing! With this recipe being so incredibly easy to make, you're going to want to hang on to it so you can make these over and over again.

Low-Point Peanut Butter Fudge Bars

Ingredients:

- 1/2 box of regular size yellow cake mix
- 1/2 cup reduced-fat creamy peanut butter (I used Jif*)
- 1/3 cup applesauce
- 1 egg
- 1/2 of a 14 oz. can of fat-free sweetened condensed milk
- 1/4 cup milk chocolate chips
- 1 Tbs butter (I used Imperial)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, peanut butter, applesauce, and egg. Blend well. Press two-thirds of the mixture into a greased 8-inch by 8-inch baking dish. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove and let cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes.

In a saucepan, heat the condensed milk, chocolate chips, and butter over medium heat; stirring until smooth. Pour over crust. Spoon rest of the cake batter over chocolate mixture. Bake for another 20 minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy!! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.

Total servings - 16
Serving size - 1
Points per serving - 3.5
Points plus per serving - 4.5

*NOTE: If you use Whipped Creamy Skippy instead of Jif your total points per serving would be 3 and your total points plus per serving would be 4.

"You can keep going long after you think you can't." - Your Body

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Low-Point Fabulous Fish Tacos


These fabulous fish tacos are coated with such savory seasonings, you don't even need to top it with sauce. But just in case you love that savory taco sauce, I have created not one, but three, delicious sauces for your taste buds to enjoy!

Low-Point Fabulous Fish Tacos

Ingredients:

- 1 Tbs, plus 1 tsp. olive oil - divided
- 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
- 1 green onion, chopped
- 2 Tbs red pepper, chopped (optional)
- 1 tomato, seeded and chopped
- 4, 4 oz. white fish (such as swai, tilapia, or mahi mahi)
- salt
- pepper
- cumin
- smoked paprika
- 2 Tbs Panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
- low-cal, high fiber 8-inch flour tortillas (like Target's Market Pantry flour tortilla)
- red cabbage, shredded

Heat skillet over medium high heat with 1 Tbs olive oil. Add garlic, onion, and red pepper. Stir for approximately one minute. Add in tomato and stir for another minute. Remove mixture to bowl and set aside to cool. Remove skillet from heat until you prepare your fish. Return skillet to heat and let get hot before adding fish.

Coat fish with remaining 1 tsp. olive oil. Sprinkle both sides of fish with salt, pepper, cumin, and smoked paprika. Pat Panko onto both sides of fish and place in skillet over medium-high heat. (If the skillet needs more oil, spray with Pam Cooking Spray with olive oil.) Cook for approximately 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until fish flakes easily with a fork. Remove fish, let cool slightly and then chop into chunks. Add fish to sautéed vegetables and combine gently. Place fish mixture into flour tortillas and top with red cabbage. Enjoy! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.

Add one of these great taco sauces below:

Creamy Salsa Creole

Ingredients:
- 2 Tbs each of light sour cream, light mayonnaise, and salsa. Add 1/4 tsp. of both creole seasoning and dill seed. Mix and add 1 Tbs on top of each taco.

Guacamole Salsa
Ingredients: 
- 2 Tbs each of guacamole (ready mini cups), salsa, and light sour cream. Add 1/4 tsp. creole seasoning. Mix and add 1 Tbs on top of each taco.

Creamy Whole-Grain Mustard Salsa

Ingredients:

- 2 Tbs each of light sour cream, light mayonnaise, and salsa. Add 1/2 to 1 Tbs whole-grain mustard. Mix and add 1 Tbs on top of each taco.

Total servings - 6
Serving size - 1 taco
Points per serving - Without any salsa toppings - 3; with one tablespoon any of the salsas - 3.5
Points plus per serving - Without any salsa toppings - 4.5; with one tablespoon of any of the salsas - 5

NOTE:  You can also just use salsa by itself for no added points!

"I've never met a meal I didn't like." - Miss Piggy

Friday, October 17, 2014

Low-Point Magic Cookie Bars


You're going to want to save some of your points for dessert today! These soft and chewy cookie bars take a very short time to make, but they disappear very quickly... like magic! :)

Low-Point Magic Cookie Bars

Ingredients:

- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 1 egg
- 1 stick of butter (I used Imperial), softened
- 1/4 cup butterscotch morsels
- 1/4 cup chocolate chip morsels
- 1/2 of a 14. oz can of fat-free sweetened condensed milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine cake mix, egg, and butter. Press cake mixture into a 13-inch by 9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle butterscotch and chocolate chips on top and then drizzle condensed milk over all. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Cut when cool. Enjoy! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.

Total servings - 18
Serving size - 1
Points per serving - 4.5
Points plus per serving - 6.5

NOTE: If you left out 1/4 cup of either the butterscotch or chocolate chips, the total points per serving would be 4 and the points plus per serving would be 6.

"Keep on going and keep trying; but some days 
you just have to indulge." - Anonymous

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Low-Point Rustic Tomato-Basil Soup




Amazing! Looking very forward to making this off and on throughout the fall/winter season! So incredibly easy too. Simply throw everything into the blender and then heat it up. Magnifico!

Low-Point Rustic Tomato-Basil Soup

Ingredients:

- 3/4 cup fat-free half and half
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
- 1 Tbs olive oil
- 2 Tbs lemon juice
- 1 Tbs Splenda
- 1 tsp. kosher salt (or sea salt)
- 1 tsp. pepper
- 3 large beefsteak tomatoes (those wonderful big juicy ones), chopped
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 1/2 tsp. minced garlic (tip: you can buy a jar of garlic already minced to save time)
- parmesan cheese

Combine all ingredients, except parmesan, into a blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to a sauce pan and heat to desired temperature. Add 1/2 Tbs parmesan to each bowl of soup before serving. You can also garnish with more basil as well. 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 - 1.5
Total points pus per serving - 1

"Never stop doing your best just because someone doesn't give you credit." - Anonymous 


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Low-Point Seasoned Millet Stuffed Tomatoes


This gluten-free dish can be enjoyed as an appetizer or entree'. It is very easy to prepare and incredibly healthy to eat. Packed with herbs, parmesan, lemon juice and seasonings, this delightful dish would be a beautiful addition to any event. Whether it be a family gathering or just dining alone. It will fill you up without filling you out! :)

Low-Point Seasoned Millet Stuffed Tomatoes

Ingredients:

- 1/2 cup whole-grain millet
- 4, vine-ripe medium tomatoes, tops removed and seeds/pulp scooped out and reserved
- 1 Tbs. minced onion
- 1/2 cup zucchini or squash, chopped small
- 1/4 cup packed fresh basil, chopped small
- 1/4 cup packed fresh cilantro, chopped small
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1 Tbs olive oil
- 1/4 tsp. salt (more if desired)
- 1/4 tsp. pepper (more if desired)

Cook millet according to directions. Once cooked, let cool slightly and add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well. Add the reserved tomato pulp, and combine. Spoon mixture into tomatoes (approximately 1/4 cup mixture into each tomato). Eat immediately or refrigerate until you're ready to enjoy! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.

*Note - you will have leftover millet mixture. Place in a tightly-sealed container and store in refrigerator to enjoy at a later time. (If mixture appears dry setting in the refrigerator for a day or two, add more lemon juice for no extra points or one tablespoon of olive oil for 3.6 additional points.)  OR feel free to core and scoop out more tomatoes for remaining mixture.

Total servings - 4 tomatoes
Serving size - 1
Points per serving - 1.5
Points plus per serving - 2

"Today is going to be a good day. 
Enjoy every last minute." - Anonymous