Sunday, February 17, 2013

Low-Point Lenten Meals


Friday's during Lent I used to struggle to find delicious (meatless) meals for my family; so over these past few years, I started creating numerous appetizers, entrees, and desserts that don't contain meat, are healthy and low-calorie. Below is a list of some of our favorite recipes we have enjoyed not only during Lent, but all year round. Just click on the links below which will take you directly to the easy recipe you will be able to make in a snap! :) 

Appetizers and Entrees:

- Tabbouleh Salad

- Ginger Glazed Mahi Mahi

- Loaded Baked Potato

- Shot-Glass Veggies

- Eggplant Mozzarella

- Apple Cranberry Salmon Salad

- Tomato Basil Pasta Soup

- Smoked Salmon Patties with Dill Mustard Lemon Sauce

- Honey-Grilled Shrimp with Creamy Cole Slaw

- Sweet Potato and Chickpea Cakes with Avocado Salsa

- Seasoned Scallops with Quinoa

- Tomato and Avocado Stack Salad

- Watermelon Caprese Salad

- Baked Swai with Homemade Pesto

- Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups

- Veggie Potato Bites

- Tomato Zucchini Soup

- Flounder Florentine

- Lobster Risotto

- Flounder Mediterranean

- Squash and Cheese Fritta

- Zucchini Tomato Bake

- Spinach Artichoke Cups

- Butter Poached Haddock

- Barramundi with Pepper Corn Relish

- Walnut and Blue Cheese Grape Bites

- Swordfish with Fresh Tomato Tapenade

- Mozzarella Skewers

- Steamed Mussels in White Wine Tomatoes

- Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Soup

- Pan-fried Swai Sliders

- Mini Quiche (minus the bacon)


- Banana Oatmeal Cookies

- Chocolate Chip Starbuck Brownies

- Caramel Pecan Brownies

- Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

- Chocolate Almond Cups

- Chocolate Strawberry Shish Kabobs

- Cream Cheese Sundaes

- Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes

- Spice Butterscotch Cake

- Mt. Dew Cake

- Coffee Cake

- Oreo Brownies

- Cherry Oatmeal Bars

- Reese's Cookies with Chocolate Drizzle

- Mini Turtle Brownies

- Cheesecake-Filled Strawberries

- Angel Food Fruit Cake

- Incredible One-Minute Cake

- Cupcakes with Tequila Lime Icing

- Seven Minute Vanilla Ice Cream

- Mini Double Chocolate Brownies

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Oreo Brownies


All you need is a glass of milk! These mini brownies not only include oreo pieces, but add a bit of peanut butter and it turns them into something to write home about. When these brownies are warm, right from the oven, you will have a hard time maintaining control... so Bon App├ętit! :)


- 1 box of Betty Crocker Fudge Brownie mix
- 1/3 cup oil
- 4 oz. applesauce
- 2 eggs
- Reduced-fat Oreos
- Reduced-fat peanut butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine brownie mix, oil, applesauce, and eggs. Spray a mini muffin pan with Pam baking spray. Spoon in a tiny amount of brownie mix into the pan to cover bottom. Cut an oreo cookie into fourths. Place a fourth of the cookie on top of the batter and then add 1/4 tsp. peanut butter. Spoon a little more brownie mixture on top. Repeat until all the brownie mix is gone. Bake mini brownies for 10 minutes. Remove and pour yourself a glass of milk! :) If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Low-Point Hummus Crusted Chicken

If you're hummus lovers like we are, you will absolutely enjoy this recipe! I also used smoked paprika, which adds such a wonderful flavor, but feel free to omit if you're not a fan. Hope you enjoy this simple recipe just as much as we do!

Low-Point Humus Crusted Chicken


- 4, 4 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 5 Tbs hummus (store bought)
- salt
- pepper
- onion powder
- smoked paprika (optional)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spread hummus over chicken (both sides of each breast) and place chicken in a slightly greased glass baking dish. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, onion powder, and smoked paprika. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes (until chicken is cooked through). Remove and enjoy! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.

Total servings - 4
Serving size - 1
Points per serving - 3
Points plus per serving - 3.5

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