Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Low-Point Bagel Pizzas

The only thing better than pizza is low-point pizza!!! These very low-point delicious pizzas, made two different ways, are perfect for a light lunch or supper. Bon Appetit! 


Cheesy-Chicken Pizza
Ingredients:
- 1, Thomas Bagel Thins bagel
- 1, 4 oz. boneless, skinless, chicken breast
- 2  or 3 Tbs marinara sauce
- 2 Tbs reduced-fat shredded mozzarella cheese
- fresh basil
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Season chicken with salt and pepper and place in shallow baking dish. Bake for 15 or 20 minutes until chicken is done. Let cool and shred or chop small. Toast bagel halves and spread one tablespoon of warmed marinara sauce on each half. Place chicken on top of marinara and add one tablespoon of cheese on top of each bagel. Place in broiler until cheese starts to melt. Top with fresh basil if desired. Enjoy! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.
Serving size - 1 bagel (2 halves)
Points per serving - 2.7
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Parmesan Squash Pizza
Ingredients:
- 1, Thomas Bagel Thins bagel
- 4 Tbs diced tomatoes, warmed
- summer squash, shredded
- 2 tsp. grated parmesan cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
Season squash with salt and pepper and place in heated skillet. Saute' until hot. Remove from heat. Toast bagel halves and spoon 2 tablespoons of diced tomatoes on each half. Place some squash on top of diced tomatoes. Sprinkle each half with a teaspoon of parmesan cheese and enjoy. If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.
Serving size - 1 bagel (2 halves)
Points per serving - 2
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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Low-Point Buffalo Style Chicken

A savory taste with a little kick! These buffalo chicken thighs are scrumpdeeliishus! (I'm pretty sure that's a word.) ;) Drizzle or dip pieces of chicken in a wonderful butter buffalo sauce and the taste just keeps getting better with every bite!


Low-Point Buffalo Style Chicken
Ingredients:
- 5, 4 oz. skinless chicken thighs
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. pepper
- 1 tsp. ground coriander
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 3 Tbs panko (bread crumbs)
- 2 tsp. olive oil
- 1 Tbs Ranch lite dressing
- 1/2 Tbs Buffalo-Style wing sauce
- 2 Tbs Land O Lakes light butter with canola
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl combine salt, pepper, coriander, garlic powder, and Panko. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Coat chicken thighs with Panko mixture and sear in skillet for 3 to 4 minutes on each side until chicken has a nice brown coating. Transfer chicken to baking dish and bake chicken at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes or until done. Combine ranch dressing, wing sauce, and butter in a small microwaveable bowl and and heat until warm. Drizzle chicken with buffalo butter sauce and enjoy! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.
Total servings - 5
Serving size - 1
Points per serving - 4.4


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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Low-Point No-Bake Butterscotch Drop Cookies

The kind of cookies you can make in a snap! Just five ingredients. Quick, easy, and if you like eat cooking dough more than an actual baked cookie, this recipe is for you! My daughter was home from college when I made these and the recipe has already gone back with her. She can't wait to make them for her roommates so this recipe is very college-kid friendly. :)


Low-Point No-Bake Butterscotch Drop Cookies
Ingredients:
- 2 cups Splenda granulated sugar substitute
- 3/4 cup Land O Lakes Light butter with Canola
- 1, 6 oz. can fat-free evaporated milk
- 1 small package instant sugar-free, fat-free butterscotch pudding
- 2 1/2 cups oats
In a large saucepan, combine butter, Splenda, and evaporated milk. Bring to a boil. Add pudding and oats, stir, and remove from heat. Drop by spoonfuls on waxed paper. Cool for 30 minutes and enjoy! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.
Total servings - 18
Serving size - 1
Points per serving - 2


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Monday, August 22, 2011

Low-Point Pan-Fried Tilapia with Tomato Basil Saute'

This amazing tilapia recipe will make your family wonder what fantastic restaurant you ordered this delicious entre' from. So savory! So scrumptious! Something you will want to make again, very soon!


Low-Point Pan-Fried Tilapia with Tomato Basil Saute'
Ingredients:
- 6, 4 oz. Tilapia
- 2 strips of bacon, chopped
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 tsp. minced garlic
- 1 tsp. pepper
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
- 1 Tbs canola oil, divided
Heat bacon in a skillet over medium heat. Cook until bacon is browned, but not crisp. Add cherry tomatoes, garlic, pepper, and salt. Cook until tomatoes begin to soften. Remove from heat and mix in basil. Set aside. In a large skillet over medium-high heat add 1 1/2 teaspoons of oil to pan and swirl to coat. Sprinkle tilapia with a little more salt and pepper and add 3 filets to the pan and heat for a few minutes on each side until fish flakes with a fork. Remove fish and repeat by adding the remaining oil to the pan and then the remaining 3 filets. Cook until fish flakes with a fork. Top fish with tomato mixture. Enjoy! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.
Total servings - 6
Serving size - 1
Points per serving - 3


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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Low-Point Curry Chicken with Couscous

Curry lovers everywhere will enjoy this savory curry chicken, served over a delicate bed of couscous. This easy-to-make recipe is one worth repeating!


Low-Point Curry Chicken with Couscous
Ingredients:
- 4, 4 oz. skinless, boneless chicken breast, chopped
- 1 Tbs butter, Land O Lakes Light with Canola
- 1/4 cup onion, chopped
- 3 Tbs flour
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1/3 cup half and half cream
- 1 Tbs curry powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
- 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)
Heat large skillet over medium-high heat. Melt butter, add onion, and saute' until onion has softened and turned translucent. Stir in flour, chicken broth, and half and half, cooking until sauce starts to thicken. Add curry powder, salt, ground ginger, and cayenne pepper. Stir and then add the chicken and cook until chicken is no longer pink in the middle. Cook couscous as directed and serve curry chicken over rice. Enjoy! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.
Total servings - 6 (1/2 cup servings)
Serving size - 1 (1/2 cup)
Points per serving - 3
Serve 1/2 cup chopped curry chicken over 1/2 cup couscous and the total points would be 7.


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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Low-Point Mozzarella and Zucchini Turkey Burgers

Lean ground turkey can be a lot healthier than ground beef, that's for sure; but one thing I don't like about cooking with ground turkey is the dryness. It's hard to get a lot of juice or moisture into ground turkey; however, mixing ground turkey with just a tad olive oil, a bit of shredded zucchini, and a little bit of chopped onion before grilling, makes for a great tasting and moist turkey burger! I hope you enjoy these burgers as much as my family does.


Low-Point Mozzarella and Zucchini Turkey Burgers
Ingredients:
- 1 lb. lean ground turkey
- 1/2 of a medium zucchini (or squash), shredded fine
- 1 Tbs. chopped onion
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 1/2 cup reduced-fat mozzarella cheese
In a large bowl, mix ground turkey with squash, onions, olive oil, salt and pepper. After ingredients are combined well, form 5 patties. Grill patties until desired doneness and top each patty with a little bit of shredded mozzarella. Add lettuce, tomato, and your favorite condiments and you have yourself one delicious burger! Enjoy! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.
Total servings - 5
Serving size - 1
Points per serving - 4
NOTE: If you use Arnold's brand Sandwich Thins for the bun, the total points would be 5.3 for one burger. (If you do not have Arnold's brand sandwich thins, use a sandwich thins' brand containing 100 calories, 1 fat, and 5 fiber, per roll, to equal the same amount of points.)


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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Low-Point Ultimate Three-Chip Cookies

To die for? Mmmmaybe not; but these cookies are wonderful pick-me-ups after a hard day of work or a fun day of play. Made with chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and premier white chips, whatever kind of day you've had, you deserve to indulge in these ultimate-tasting cookies!


Low-Point Ultimate Three-Chip Cookies
Ingredients:
- 1/2 cup Land O Lakes Light Butter with Canola, melted
- 1/2 cup Peter Pan Whipped peanut butter
- 1/2 cup Splenda granulated sugar substitute
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (or milk chocolate chips)
- 1/4 cup peanut butter chips
- 1/4 cup premier white chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, peanut butter, Splenda, and brown sugar. Add egg and vanilla. Mix well. Combine flour, oats, salt, and baking soda in a small bowl. Add flour mixture to peanut butter mixture and blend. Add chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and premier white chips. Mix and then drop small spoonfuls of cookie dough onto a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 11 to 12 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!!! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here
Total Servings - 18
Serving size - 1
Points per serving - 3.5
NOTE: If you add 2 different kinds of chips instead of 3, the points per serving would be 3.1.  If you add only 1 kind of chips into the cookie batter, the total points per serving would be 2.7.


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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Low-Point Spinach and Zucchini Angel Hair Rounds

This recipe was something I initially thought would make for a good appetizer. As it turns out, it's quite filling and ended up being our entre for supper one evening. My children love angel hair pasta and since this recipe includes spinach and zucchini, it turned this simple dish into a healthy vegetable pasta meal!


Low-Point Spinach and Zucchini Angel Hair Rounds
Ingredients:
- 8 oz. angel hair pasta, broken into 3-inch pieces
- 3 cups shredded zucchini
- 1, 10 oz. package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/3 cup flour
- 1/3 cup light sour cream
- 2 Tbs grated parmesan cheese
- 2 Tbs green onion, chopped (white and green parts)
- 2 Tbs fresh basil, chopped
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 1/2 tsp. ground oregano
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 Tbs Land O Lakes light butter with canola oil
- 1/2 cup marinara sauce, heated
- 1 tomato, diced
Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Place zucchini in a colander and drain well (pressing with paper towels until barely moist). Repeat with spinach. Place flour in a large bowl and add salt, sour cream, parmesan, onion, basil, baking powder, pepper, oregano, eggs, and garlic. Mix well. Add zucchini, spinach, and pasta to flour mixture and combine. Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Form little round patties with pasta mixture, pressing them so they're not too thick and place in skillet (my rounds were approximately four inches in diameter). Repeat process until all patties are made. Cook for 5 or so minutes until bottom is lightly browned and then carefully turn over. Cook for about 5 minutes longer or until bottom is lightly browned. Remove from heat. Top with diced tomatoes and marinara. Sprinkle with just a little parmesan and serve. Enjoy! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.
Total servings - 9
Serving size - 1
Points per serving - 3.4


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Friday, August 12, 2011

Low-Point Smoked Chicken Paprika

Yes! I'm back. It's been over a month since I have posted a recipe and I gotta say, I missed it. However, the vacation was much needed and I feel blessed to have gotten to visit with so many friends and family. Love them all so much!


This recipe was a great one to start back up with. From the very first bite, this smoked chicken paprika has an incredible flavor. Save any of the leftover sauce for eggs, fish, or anything you think sounds appetizing. It's so tasty, you won't want to throw it out!


Low-Point Smoked Chicken Paprika
Ingredients:
- 4, 4 oz. skinless, boneless chicken breasts or chicken breast tenderloins
- 1 Tbs Land O Lakes Light Butter with Canola Oil
- 2 Tbs chopped green onion (white and green parts)
- 2 Tbs smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp. kosher salt or sea salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1 1/2 Tbs flour
- 1/4 cup light sour cream
- fresh parsley or chives to garnish (optional)
In a large skillet melt butter and add onion, over medium-high heat. Saute' about 4 minutes. Add salt, pepper and stir. Add diced tomatoes (undrained), chicken broth, and paprika. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. In a small bowl add flour and a little bit more chicken broth or water (to dilute flour). After flour is diluted, pour into chicken mixture, increase heat and cook 2 minutes or until mixture slightly thickens. Stir in sour cream, remove from heat and serve. Garnish with parsley or chives if desired. Enjoy! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.
Total servings - 4
Serving size - 1
Points per serving - 2.8
*Tip: I made a delicious rice with this meal called Quinoa. Follow directions on box for making rice and serve with chicken. Note: Adding 1/2 cup rice to your chicken meal will increase the points per serving from 2.8 to 6.


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