Monday, January 31, 2011

Low-Point Mini Quiche


Delectable, delicious, and delightful! That's the best way to describe these adorable mini quiches. A great little breakfast that we just had for supper! :) Make them to go; pop them into a little container and take them to work. Great for your family or double the recipe for company. Perfect for anytime of the day, this is definitely a recipe to keep on hand!


Low-Point Mini Quiche
Ingredients:
- 1 tube of Pillsbury reduced-fat Crescent rolls (8 total in a tube)
- 4 oz. Philadelphia 1/3 less-fat cream cheese
- 1 egg
- 5 oz. chopped spinach (I bought a 10 oz. box of frozen chopped spinach and thawed it out, keeping half for another recipe)
- 1/2 cup reduced-fat mozzarella shredded cheese
- 2 slices of bacon, cooked until crisp
- 1/2 tsp. onion powder (or 1/2 chopped onion)
- seasonings to taste
- Pam cooking spray
Spray a cupcake/muffin pan with Pam cooking spray. Take the crescent rolls and (one triangle/crescent roll at a time) line the pan, inserting the widest part in the center and spreading the dough up on the sides of the muffin pan. You will have a little "tail" remaining from the smallest part of the roll. Scrunch some of that down into the muffin pan, leaving just a little bit hanging out. Cook bacon until crisp. Break bacon up into small pieces. In a mixer, combine cream cheese, egg, spinach, mozzarella, bacon, onion powder, and seasonings. Scoop mixture into the dough in the muffin pans, without overfilling. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Serve and enjoy! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.
Total servings = 8
Serving size = 1
Points per serving = 4


"Courage is the power to let go of the familiar." - Raymond Lindquist 

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Low-Point Twice-Baked Cheesy Potatoes

Who would have thought a delicious cheesy twice-baked potato would only be 2.8 points! What?! I guess good things come to those who bake ;) 

Low-Point Twice-Baked Cheesy Potatoes
Ingredients:
- 4, medium potatoes
- 1/4 cup light sour cream
- 1/2 cup reduced-fat four cheese blend shredded cheese
- 1 Tbs butter
- 2 Tbs milk (I used 1%)
- 3 slices of bacon
Pierce potatoes with a fork or knife. Put on microwaveable plate, cover, and microwave for 6 minutes. Turn potatoes over and microwave 3 or 4 more minutes or until potatoes are tender when poked with a fork or knife. Cut potatoes in half, lengthwise, making 8 total halves. Cool slightly. Cook bacon until crisp. Break up bacon into little pieces and set aside. Scoop out potatoes, leaving 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick wall (so the potato doesn't collapse). Mash the scooped potatoes with butter and milk. Add sour cream, cheese, and bacon and mix until well combined. Place potato shells in oven-safe baking dish. Scoop filling back into the potato shells and bake potatoes at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Season to taste and enjoy. If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.
Total servings - 8
Serving size - 1
Points per serving - 2.8












HELPFUL IDEA: This wonderful recipe goes very well with Target's Market Pantry brand Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings. I buy these in the frozen foods' section in a bag. They are one of my family's favorite things to eat and are only 2 points for 3 wings. A terrific idea for those who like easy ideas that require very little cooking time.











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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Low-Point Salsa Egg Scrambler

Don't skip breakfast! That's what all the experts say. If you're low on time, this quick and healthy breakfast is easy to make and very low point. The perfect breakfast to start you on your day. :)


Low-Point Salsa Egg Scrambler
Ingredients:
- 1 slice of Nature's Own Honey Wheat bread or 1/2 of a Sandwich Thin (round, flat bread), toasted
- 3 thin slices of ham (Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh, or any thin-sliced ham that has about 50 calories for 6 slices)
- 1 to 2 Tbs of Salsa (any kind)
- 1 egg
- Pam cooking spray
Place the ham in a skillet sprayed with Pam cooking spray. Cook/grill on both sides for a few minutes. Place ham on toasted bread. Scramble the egg and place egg on top of ham. Top with 1 or 2 Tbs of salsa. Enjoy! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.
Serving size = 1
Points per serving = 2.7

"What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence." - Samuel Johnson

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Low-Point Ham and Cheese Banana Wraps

Ok, stop wrinkling your eyebrows! I actually saw this recipe being made on The Food Network channel's, "The Iron Chef". Well, not this recipe exactly. The recipe that was made on "The Iron Chef" had a LOT more cheese filling that I'm sure is probably 100 times more delicious, but my recipe won't clog your arteries. ha! Very easy, extremely low-point, and quite tasty -- all the more reason to thoroughly enjoy these different variations below.

Low-Point Ham and Cheese Banana Wraps
Ingredients:
- 1/4 of a banana (cut in half and then cut lengthways in half again) 
- 3 thin slices of ham (Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh) or any kind that has about 50 calories for 6 thin slices
- 2 Tbs fat-free feta cheese crumbles
Lay out and slightly overlap the 3 slices of ham. Put 1/4 of a banana on the ham and add the cheese. Roll the ham around the banana and cheese and place in a small oven-safe dish for baking. I made four at a time (that fit nicely into the small little baking dish I used). Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.
Serving size - 1
Points per serving - 1.7
Note: If you substitute 2 Tbs of Reduced-Fat Mozzarella shredded cheese in place of the Fat-Free Feta, the total points for one would be 1.4.

Another delicious variation that even seems more like a dessert would be to substitute 1 Tbs of light cream cheese with 1 tsp. brown sugar in place of the feta or mozzarella cheese.  One of these sweet ham wraps is 2.3 points.

Dipping Sauce for the Ham and Cheese Wraps
Ingredients:
- 1 Tbs Honey
- 1 Tbs butter (Land O Lakes Light with Canola oil)
- 1 Tbs milk
- 1 tsp. mustard
- 1 tsp. corn starch
Heat butter and honey until melted and add the rest of the ingredients, stirring constantly until corn starch is dissolved. This makes one very small bowl.
Total points for bowl - 3.2 (small bowl of sauce was enough for 4 wraps)
Dipping Sauce for the Ham and Cream Cheese Wraps
- 1 Tbs Honey
- 1 Tbs butter (Land O Lakes Light with Canola Oil)
- 1/2 Tbs brown sugar
Total points - 2.6


"We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible." - Vince Lombardi

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Low-Point Chick-Pea Chicken Salad

A slightly different twist on chicken salad, this healthy recipe is very low-point and tastes wonderful on a piece of toasted bread or a bed of fresh lettuce. Enjoy this light and tasty Chick-Pea Chicken Salad anytime!


Low-Point Chick-Pea Chicken Salad
Ingredients:
- 1, 15 oz. can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
- 2 cups canned Swanson White Premium-Chunk Chicken Breast
- 1/2 cup non-fat greek plain yogurt (or any plain yogurt)
- 1/2 cup fat-free mayonnaise
- 1/2 tsp. cumin
- 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1 red pepper, chopped (optional)
- 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion (optional)
- 1/4 cup chopped parsley
- 1/4 cup green olives, halved
Rinse chickpeas and drain. While chickpeas are draining, mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Add chickpeas and combine well. Season as needed. Serve or cover and refrigerate. If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.
Serving size = 1/4 cup
Points per serving = 1.6


"I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time." - Anna Freud

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Low-Point Reese's Delight

It's not often you get to indulge in a dessert so rich and divine without your body (and your diet) suffering the consequences. This heavenly Reese's Delight will satisfy your sweet tooth without sabotaging your weight-loss goals!


Low-Point Reese's Delight
Ingredients:
- 4 oz. fat-free cream cheese
- 1/2 cup Skippy whipped peanut butter
- 4 oz. Lite or fat-free cool whip
- 1/2 cup Splenda (sugar substitute)
- 5 mini Reese's cups, chopped
- Low-fat Honey Maid honey graham crackers
- Nestle Tollhouse chocolate chips (optional)
Combine peanut butter, cream cheese, and Splenda. Add cool whip and chopped Reese's and mix until smooth. Spoon 1 Tbs of mixture on one half of a graham cracker. Top with a chocolate chip and serve. If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.
Total servings - 20 (one-half graham crackers with 1 Tbs mixture on each)
Serving size = 1
Total points = 1












"You are successful the moment you start moving toward a worthwhile good." - Charles Carlson

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Low-Point Gnocchi and Sauce with Sesame Green Beans

It's hard to believe that you can have a delicious main entre' and side item that's three total points! This great recipe (similar to spaghetti with meat sauce) had even my husband fooled. The sauce, made with Boca Meatless Ground Crumbles, tasted just like ground beef when mixed with the spaghetti sauce. My husband was very surprised to hear it was made with this low-point healthy substitute. Add a side of very appetizing green beans with just the right amount of seasoning, and you'll want to make this low-point, zero-guilt, supper again and again!


Low-Point Gnocchi and Sauce with Sesame Green Beans
Ingredients:
- Pam Cooking Spray
- 1, 12 oz. package of frozen Boca Meatless Ground Crumbles, thawed
- 2 cups of Ragu (any flavor)
- 16 oz. Potato Gnocchi
- Parmesan cheese
Spray skillet with Pam cooking spray and cook Boca crumbles over medium-high heat for 12 minutes or until cooked thoroughly. Add Ragu and simmer until heated through. While at the same time, boil gnocchi for 8 to 10 minutes (until they're floating at the top of the water). Drain. Place 1/2 cup of gnocchi on plate and spoon 1/4 cup Ragu mixture on top. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
Serving size = 1/2 cup gnocchi with 1/4 cup sauce
Points per serving = 3


Sesame Green Beans
Ingredients:
- 1 lb. fresh green beans
- 3 tsp. sesame seeds (found in the spice section of the grocery store)
- 2 Tbs rice vinegar
- 2 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp. Splenda
- 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
Boil green beans for about 8 minutes (or until crisp-tender). Meanwhile, in ungreased skillet, heat sesame seeds over medium-low heat, stirring frequently until they start to brown. Stir in remaining ingredients and heat through. The sauce evaporates quickly and the sesame seeds may appear to stick together but when you mix them with the drained hot green beans, the heat separates the seeds, making it easy to mix. One half to one cup = 0 points! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of these recipes, Click Here.



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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Low-Point Chicken Patty with Black Beans

I never realized how many people simply hate to cook until one of my friends told me they don't want to make anything on my blog because there's too many ingredients. Until now I had always assumed three or four ingredients (like in some of my recipes) made cooking pretty darn easy. So this is for all of you who can associate with my friend. You don't need to make everything from scratch for it to be delicious! :)


Low-Point Chicken Patty with Black Beans
Ingredients:
- 1, Boca Original Chik'n Meatless Patty (in your grocery store's freezer section)
- 1 can of Rotel (diced tomatoes with green chiles)
- 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
- Pinch of reduced-fat or fat-free mozzarella cheese (it doesn't even have to be low-fat if you're truly doing just a pinch!)
- Pam cooking spray with olive oil
Spray skillet with Pam cooking spray. Place chicken patty in skillet and cook on both sides for approximately 10 to 12 minutes total. Open can of Rotel and black beans. After you rinse the beans, mix the two together and heat up the mixture. Remove chicken patty and spoon black-bean mixture on top. Add a pinch of shredded cheese. Grill, saute', or heat some of your favorite fresh vegetables for your side dish. Supper's ready! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.
Total servings = 1 (add more chicken patties to skillet if desired)
Serving size = 1
Points per serving = 3


"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." 
- C. S. Lewis

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Low-Point Broccoli Quiche

This vegetarian quiche is not just for breakfast anymore. It's low-point, easy to make, and delicious to eat! Definitely a dish to add to your list of favorites.


Low-Point Broccoli Quiche
Ingredients:
- 1 Tbs butter (Land O Lakes Lite)
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 1 tsp. minced garlic or 1 clove garlic, chopped
- 2 cups chopped fresh broccoli
- 1, 9-inch unbaked pie crust
- 1 cup Reduced-Fat Mozzarella Shredded Cheese
- 4 eggs, well beaten
- 1 cup of milk (I used 1%)
- salt and pepper, and other seasonings to taste (my favorite seasonings are Goya Adobo and Cavenders Greek Seasoning)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 9-inch pie plate with crust. Melt butter in a skillet. Add onions, garlic, and broccoli. Cook slowly, stirring occasionally until the broccoli is soft. Spoon broccoli into pie plate and sprinkle with the cheese. Combine eggs and milk. Season with salt and pepper and other seasonings if desired. Pour egg mixture over broccoli and cheese. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until center has set. If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here. *Note: In this recipe, I used summer squash and broccoli. Feel free to use any of your favorite vegetables.
Total servings = 8
Serving size = 1
Points per serving = 4.8


"To dream of a person you would like to be is to waste the person you are." - Author Unknown

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Low-Point Fresh Ham and Mozzarella Salad

Wonderful for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner -- this Ham and Mozzarella Salad with fresh herbs fits right into your day with only 2 points per serving. You will enjoy this delectable dish that will leave you guiltless when you go back for more.


Low-Point Fresh Ham and Mozzarella Salad
Ingredients:
- 8 ounces, small fresh mozzarella (in water), halved
- 8 ounces grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
- 2 ounces of Ham (or 1/4 inch ham slice), diced
- 1 to 2 scallions, whites and greens, chopped small
- 3, large fresh basil leaves, chopped small
- 1/8 to 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
- 1 1/2 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients and stir. Wa-la! One amazing salad! Serve with Crostini crackers (the kind I purchased are 2.5 points for 7 crackers) or one toasted Italian bread roll. (I found Schmidt Italian Steak Sub Rolls that are wonderful! Opened up it becomes 2 halves. Cut each of those halves in half, giving you 4 pieces to enjoy with this salad. Each 1/4 piece is 1 point.) If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.
NOTE: Using 2 Tbs Kraft Light Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing in place of the olive oil would bring the total points down to 1.5 points per serving!
Total servings = 10
Serving size = 1/4 cup
Points per serving = 2
(With 7 Crostini crackers - 4.5 points)
(With 1 Italian Sub Roll - 6 points)


"Every day may not be good, but there's something good in every day." - Unknown Author

Friday, January 14, 2011

Low-Point Cider-Glazed Pecan Chicken

In searching for different delicious chicken recipes, I found this one that is now going to be filed under "Keep and make again soon!" A very appetizing entre' the entire family thoroughly enjoyed. Hope yours does too!


Low-Point Cider-Glazed Pecan Chicken
Ingredients:
- 4 tsp. butter, divided (Land O Lakes Light)
- 3 large chicken breasts (I was able to cut these in half making 6 servings)
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1/4 tsp. coriander
- 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 cup unsweetened apple cider
- 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
- 1/4 cup chicken broth
- 2 Tbs chopped fresh parsley (optional)
Heat 1 tsp. butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper and add chicken to skillet. Cook for 3 minutes on each side. Remove from skillet. Add coriander, garlic powder, apple cider, and dijon mustard to skillet. Stir constantly until the liquid just starts to reduce. Place chicken back in skillet and add chicken broth, remaining 3 tsp. butter, pecans, and chicken broth. Cook for several more minutes until chicken is done. Sprinkle with fresh parsley if desired. Serve over 1/2 cup rice. If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.
Total servings = 6
Serving size = 1
Points per serving = 4.5
1 serving of chicken served over 1/2 cup rice = 6.5 points

"Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do." - Benjamin Spock 

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Low-Point Steak with Pinot-Pomegranate Sauce

Step aside chicken and fish, we're having steak tonight! It's been quite awhile since we have enjoyed a nice juicy steak but with this low-point delicious recipe, we couldn't resist! A nice, 4-ounce steak with a pinot-pomegranate sauce for only 5.8 points? You don't even need to use your weekly, allotted, extra points for this. How awesome is that!


Low-Point Steak with Pinot-Pomegranate Sauce
Ingredients:
- 4, 4 oz. beef tenderloin steaks
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 1 green onion, chopped fine
- Pam cooking spray
- 1/3 cup Pinot Noir or Burgundy Wine
- 1/3 cup Diet Cran-Pomegranate Juice
- 1/3 cup 99% Fat-Free Beef Broth
- 1/2 Tbs Worcestershire sauce (optional)
- 1 1/2 Tbs butter (Land O Lakes Lite with canola)
Heat large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle steaks with salt and pepper. Coat pan with cooking spray and add steaks to pan. Cook 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove steaks from pan and keep warm. Add green onions to pan and saute' for 30 seconds. Add wine, pomegranate, beef broth, and worcestershire sauce. Bring to boil. Cook down until there's about 4 Tbs sauce remaining. Add butter and stir until melted. Serve sauce with steaks. Enjoy! For a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.
Total servings = 4
Serving size = 1
Points per serving = 5.8

"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow." - Albert Einstein

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Low-Point Tuscan Chicken

A great combination of chicken, tomatoes, and beans, this tasty low-point dinner entre' is only 3.2 points per serving. When trying to come up with new things to make for dinner, it's always nice finding different ideas and recipes that the whole family can enjoy.


Low-Point Tuscan Chicken
Ingredients:
- 1 lb. boneless, skinless, chicken breasts
- 1/8 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 3 slices of bacon
- 1/2 cup onions, chopped
- 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp. rosemary
- 1, 15 oz. can white beans (Navy, Cannellini or other), drained and rinsed (I had Garbonzo beans on hand that I used)
- 1, 15 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
Cook bacon until crispy. Reserve bacon drippings in a skillet and set bacon aside. Add chicken to skillet with bacon drippings and cook for 2 minutes on each side until slightly browned. Remove chicken and set aside. Add onions, salt, pepper, and garlic to bacon drippings. Saute' until onions start to brown. Return chicken and add rosemary, beans, tomatoes and bacon (breaking up bacon into small pieces before adding). Simmer chicken mixture for 15 minutes or until done. Spoon into a serving dish and sprinkle a little fat-free feta cheese crumbles or mozzarella shredded cheese on top. Enjoy! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.
Total servings = 8
Serving size = 1
Points per serving = 3.2


"Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more." - Anthony Robbins

Monday, January 10, 2011

Low-Point Chicken Pot Pie

I love chicken pot pie and almost picked some up in the freezer section at the grocery store. That was before seeing the nutrition facts on the back of the box. Yikes! In case you have any of these in your freezer and are tempted to eat a whole serving, check this out: One serving of Stouffer's Homestyle Chicken Pot Pie has 15.9 points; Banquet Chicken Pot Pie has 9.3 points per serving; Schwan's Chicken Pot Pie has 16.5 points per serving; and Marie Callender's Chicken Pot Pie has 12 points for one cup! I figured my chicken pot pie days were over and was about to give myself a pity party -- until I found a recipe that turned my frown upside down. ha! With a few alterations, this wonderful chicken pot pie recipe has only 3.5 points per serving! With two thumbs up from my family, this is definitely something I will be making again!


Low-Point Chicken Pot Pie
Ingredients:
- Pam Cooking Spray with Butter
- 1 tsp. butter
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
- 1/4 tsp. paprika
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- 1/2 tsp. Goya Adobo Seasoning or other seasonings to taste
- 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
- 1 cup Swanson 99% fat-free chicken broth
- 3 cups skinless chicken breast, chopped
- 2 Tbs flour
- 1/2 cup fat-free evaporated milk, divided
- 5 reduced-fat Pillsbury crescent rolls (they come in a tube of 8)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat a 10-inch round shallow baking dish with Pam cooking spray. Set aside. Coat large pot with Pam cooking spray and add 1 tsp. butter. Melt over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and saute' for about 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in paprika, salt, pepper, Adobo or other seasonings (as desired). Add vegetables, broth, and chicken. Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes. In a small cup, combine flour and 1/4 cup evaporated milk. Stir into chicken mixture. Cook over medium heat until thickened, stirring constantly. Stir in remaining 1/4 cup evaporated milk and cook until mixture is slightly thickened. Spoon chicken mixture into prepared baking dish. Unroll crescent rolls and arrange dough around inside edge of baking dish to form a border (there will be a hole in the middle.) Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until rolls are golden brown. Enjoy! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.
Total servings = 8
Serving size = 1
Points per serving = 3.5


"You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of." - Jim Rohn

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Supermarket GPS

This is for those of you who have a hard time navigating your way through the grocery store in an attempt to find healthy and delicious foods. Attached, for your amusement, is your "Supermarket GPS". Taken from a website called Summer Tomato, this is a light and funny flow chart that will help you decide on what you should eat. Enjoy!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Low-Point Empanadas - Take 2

I previously posted a blog on some delicious fruit-filled empanadas. They were wonderful little treats that have already "magically" disappeared. :) My family enjoyed them so much they asked if I'd make more. Today I found another recipe for these tasty treats, slightly larger in size, which made them all the more enjoyable. Still low point, feel free to have them anytime of the day, even breakfast. They're a very tasty pastry! :)


Low-Point Empanadas - Take 2
Ingredients:
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup cold butter
- 1 cup plus 2 Tbs cottage cheese
- Fruit preserves/filling (any flavor)
- Betty Crocker Icing 
Place flour in a medium mixing bowl. Cut in cool butter and mix until the flour is crumbly. Blend in cottage cheese until mixture forms a ball. Chill dough for 1 hour. Roll out dough in flour to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut circles out of the dough (approximately 4 to 4 1/2 inches in diameter). Place on slightly greased cookie sheet and place a spoonful of fruit filling in the middle of the dough. Fold over dough and seal using a fork. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Cool and top with 1 teaspoon of icing (if desired). If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.
Total servings = 15
Serving size = 1
Points per serving = 2.8


"Stay committed to your decisions, but be flexible in your approach." - Tom Robbins

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Low-Point Fruit-Filled Empanadas

These very easy to make fruit-filled pastries are a wonderful low-point treat when you're looking for just a little something to satisfy your sweet tooth.


Low-Point Fruit-Filled Empanadas
Ingredients:
- 3 oz. fat-free cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup butter (I have used both Country Crock and Land O Lakes Light butter for this recipe; both having 50 calories for 1 Tbs)
- 1 cup flour
- Any flavor fruit preserves or fruit filling
- Cinnamon sugar
Cream the cheese and butter together. Mix in flour. Chill dough for 2 hours before handling. Roll dough out thinly and cut into circles using a round cookie cutter or the rim of a glass that is 3 to 3 1/2 inches round in diameter. Place circles on ungreased cookie sheet and place about 1/2 teaspoon of fruit preserves in the center. Fold over dough and press lightly. Crimp folded edge with fork. Bake 12 to 15 minutes at 375 degrees. Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon sugar and enjoy! Careful at first.. they're hot! :) If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.
Total servings = 13 (that's how many I got after rolling out the dough)
Serving size = 1
Points per serving = 1.5


"Sometimes it's the smallest decisions that can change your life forever." - Keri Russell 

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Healthy and Savory Grilled Zucchini/Squash Ideas

Zucchini or yellow squash are a constant staple at our house. Having these at least three times a week, I'm always trying to figure out new ways of making savory appetizers or side dishes. Below are four, zero-point healthy zucchini or squash ideas that will help fill you up, thus helping you to eat less of your higher-point entre'. Try these four different ways of preparing your zucchini or squash and enjoy as an absolutely guilt-free appetizer or side dish.


Zucchini or Squash Spaghetti
Ingredients:
- 2 medium zucchini or yellow squash, peeled lengthwise (to look like spaghetti)
- 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1 tsp. olive oil (If you need more oil, use Pam Cooking Spray with olive oil)
Heat olive oil in skillet or grill pan over medium/high heat. Add minced garlic and saute' for about 30 seconds. Add zucchini/squash and grill for about a minute. Add red pepper flakes and pepper and grill for a minute longer. Serve hot and enjoy! Note: This particular zucchini/squash dish is very spicy. If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.
Total servings = 3 
Points per serving = 0


Zucchini or Squash Spaghetti - 2nd option
The second zucchini/squash appetizer is very similar except it's not spicy:
Ingredients:
- 2 medium zucchini or yellow squash, peeled lengthwise (to look like spaghetti)
- 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. Goya Adobo seasoning
- 1 tsp. olive oil (If you need more oil, use Pam Cooking Spray with olive oil)
Heat olive oil in skillet or grill pan over medium/high heat. Add minced garlic and saute' for about 30 seconds. Add zucchini/squash and grill for about a minute. Add pepper, salt, and Adobo and continue grilling for a minute longer. Serve hot and enjoy! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.
Total servings = 3
Points per serving = 0


Matchstick Zucchini
Ingredients:
- 1 medium zucchini or yellow squash
- 1/4 tsp. minced garlic
- 1/4 tsp. rosemary
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- dash salt
- 1 tsp. olive oil
Cut zucchini/squash into little matchsticks. Heat olive oil in a skillet or grill pan over medium/high heat. Add minced garlic and saute' for about 30 seconds. Add zucchini, rosemary, nutmeg, and salt. Continue grilling (turning constantly so the zucchini does not burn) for another 2 to 3 minutes. Serve hot and enjoy! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.
Total servings = 3
Points per serving = 0


Zucchini Pizza Bites
Ingredients:
- 1 medium zucchini or yellow squash
- Pizza sauce (any flavor)
- Fat-free shredded cheese (any kind/flavor)
- Seasonings of your choice (salt, pepper, Adobo, etc.)
- Pam Cooking Spray with olive oil
Slice zucchini/squash into little round slices. Spray skillet or grill pan with Pam Cooking Spray over medium/high heat. Add zucchini/squash and grill on both sides (about a minute on each side). Remove from heat. Add a teaspoon of Ragu or any pizza sauce on top of each zucchini round. Top with a pinch of fat-free shredded cheese. Place skillet or frying pan directly into oven and broil just until the cheese melts and browns just a little. Enjoy! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.
Points per serving = 0 (it would be zero until you ate enough that the cheese would equal 1/4 cup; then it would be 1 point.)


"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending." - Maria Robinson

Monday, January 3, 2011

Low-Point Pizza

Who doesn't love pizza, raise your hand. Who doesn't eat pizza because of all the fat and calories? Well that's all going to change! You can load up these perfect little pizzas and still take comfort in knowing they are very low point. Your whole family will enjoy these easy-to-make pizzas.


Low-Point Pizza
Ingredients:
- 1 Arnold Select Sandwich Thins, sliced so there will be 2 halves (or another brand of sandwich thins. These look like flattened bagels: Calories - 90, Fat - 1, Fiber - 5)
- 2 Tbs Ragu pizza sauce, any flavor
- Few slices of yellow squash or zucchini
- Few slices of tomatoes (or any other vegetable you'd like)
- Black olives
- Parmesan cheese
- Pam cooking spray
Spray Pam cooking spray in a skillet and grill vegetables for a few minutes using the seasonings of your choice. Toast sandwich thins. Spread 1 Tbs of Ragu on each slice. Layer with grilled vegetables, sprinkle parmesan cheese on top, and enjoy! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.
Total servings = 2
Serving size = 1
Points per serving = 1


"Everyday is a new day unless you drag in the past." - Author Unknown

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Low-Point Mexican Confetti Squares

Our family always has a great time celebrating New Year's Eve, especially with lots of wonderful appetizers to snack on throughout the night. These Mexican Confetti Squares are the perfect low-point snack for any occasion. Enjoy!


Low-Point Mexican Confetti Squares
Ingredients:
- 1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
- 1, 8 oz. package fat-free Philadelphia cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup fat-free shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1, 2 oz. jar diced pimentos, drained
- 2 Tbs green onions, chopped
- 2 Tbs chopped green chiles
- 2 Tbs black olives, drained and chopped
- 4, 8-inch flour tortillas
- Paprika or chili powder
- Green olives (optional)
Mix sour cream and cream cheese in small bowl and beat at medium speed until combined. Stir in mozzarella cheese, pimentos, green onions, chiles, and olives. Spread 1/3 cup sour cream mixture over 1 tortilla. Top with another tortilla and spread with about 1/3 cup sour cream mixture. Repeat layering two more times ending with a tortilla. Wrap in plastic and place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Cut tortillas into 1-inch squares and sprinkle with paprika or chili powder. Garnish with a green olive if desired. If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.
Total servings = 32
Serving size = 1
Points per serving = .7


"Find whether your mission on earth is finished. If you're alive, it isn't." - Author Unknown