Turkey Shepherd’s Pie – 6 Points +

Turkey Shepherd's Pie

Leftovers! Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time for some leftovers. I love turkey and cranberry sandwiches, since it’s not something I eat often. However, if you’re looking for something a little more original than a slice of turkey breast with some cranberries on top, then look no further. Shepherd’s pie is a delicious dish that can be made with just about any meat you happen to have available. Frequently, it’s made with lamb or mutton, but it’s also often made with ground beef. However, since you’ve got all those turkey leftovers, make this shepherd’s pie with some of the leftovers. You just have to chop up or shred some of the leftover turkey and you’re ready to go. You’ve probably got some leftover mashed potatoes to go on top, or use some of those delicious mashed cauliflower “potatoes” for a low carb option.
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Mashed Cauliflower “Potatoes” – 3 Points +

Mashed Cauliflower "Potatoes"
We’re on a role this week. It’s Thanksgiving week, so I’m working on more Thanksgiving-type recipes. One of the things that’s always hard about holidays is the mashed potatoes. Who doesn’t love mashed potatoes? But really, they’re full of carbs and starch and aren’t great if you’re being careful with what you eat. This is where cauliflower comes in. Steam some cauliflower and then process it in a food processor with some garlic, buttermilk and seasonings. You’ve got delicious mashed “potatoes” that are much lower in carbs and have 4 grams of fiber! The buttermilk really adds to the richness of these “potatoes”, but if you’re looking for a little extra creaminess, add a tablespoon or two of fat free (or reduced fat) cream cheese. Adding cream cheese adds to the flavor and richness of the cauliflower and make sit a perfect side to your turkey and gravy. [Read more…]

Wild Rice Stuffing – 7 Points +

Wild Rice Stuffing

I love rice stuffing. For one thing, I can’t have the bread that’s in the store-bought stuffing mixes, so I love to use rice as a base for stuffing instead bread. I use a rice cooker, so it’s super easy to just toss everything into the rice cooker and turn it on. I come back in an hour and I have delicious rice stuffing ready to go. This one, I added thyme and sage, since those add a woodsy flavor to the stuffing. Adding cranberries and chopped walnuts gives it a delicious holiday flavor that goes so well with turkey. Using vegetable broth allows it to be a great vegan and vegetarian option, and it’s already gluten and dairy free. Most people will be a little hesitant when you tell them all that, but once they taste it, they’ll be asking for the recipe.
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Green Bean Casserole – 3 Points +

Green Bean Casserole

Guess what? It’s nearly Thanksgiving! If you’re American and anything like me – it’s one of your favorite holidays. I love getting together with family and eating. There’s always new recipes to try and it’s so much fun to taste new creations while catching up with loved ones. But, as much fun as it is to try new dishes, it’s just as wonderful to have the old classics there every year as well. In fact, I think Thanksgiving is about the only time that I have green bean casserole. I’m not sure why I don’t make it the rest of the year, it’s so easy, delicious and everyone loves it. Not to mention – it’s only 3 points +! That is the best part, and you don’t even have to use fat free soup. With a little less onions sprinkled on top and skim milk, you’ve got a delicious and healthy side dish ready to go within no time.
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Chewy Granola – 5 Points +

Chewy Granola

One of my favorite breakfasts is whole grain granola with yogurt and fruit. It’s something that I never get tired of, and granola is easy to take with me. It’s a great snack and perfect for a healthy breakfast when I’m traveling if I’m not sure whether or not the breakfast is something I can eat – you can almost always get yogurt. I like to add fresh fruit to it, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, bananas, peaches – whatever I happen to have on hand. In less than 5 minutes I’ve got a delicious breakfast that’s full of protein fiber and healthy fats. One of my favorite granolas is a gluten free one from Van’s foods. I love it because it’s soft and chewy, but it’s also expensive. This granola recipe is just as good, cheaper to make and something I can whip up in no time! I keep a very close eye on mine so that I don’t overcook it. It’s fine when it’s crunchy, but my preference is the soft and chewy granola, so I don’t cook mine for very long. If you prefer a little crunchier granola, just cook it a little longer. This is perfect for breakfast or a snack, it’s filled with essential fats and has 3 grams of fiber per serving!

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Lemon Artichoke Chicken Recipe – 5 Points +

Lemon Artichoke ChickenAnother one of my favorite, super easy chicken dinner recipes is this delicious Lemon Artichoke Chicken dish. The seasoning are soon tasty, and the chicken comes out perfectly juicy and tender. At just 5 Points + per serving, you get a delicious entree that offers a nice amount of protein and fiber with barely any carbs. Also, note that the recipe only calls for a tsp of saffron threads, but my photo may show more. I tend to get a little heavy handed with the saffron because I adore it, but feel free to use as much or as little of the saffron as you want. This dish works really nicely over orzo pasta or brown rice, and I like to serve it with a simple side salad for a complete meal. Enjoy!
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Balsamic Roasted Asparagus -3 Points +

Balsamic Roasted Asparagus

This roasted asparagus is simple and delicious. It’s a great side dish to add to your meal, since it adds color, texture and nutrition . Since, it’s roasted, this asparagus is easy to stick in the oven and have it done in time for the rest of your meal, with a minimum of fuss and effort. I always try to find the tiniest asparagus spears I can, since those are the most tender (and the only ones I like). It also helps if you break off the tough ends of the stalks. Just bend the stalk and it will break in the right spot so you can discard the hard end. You don’t have to, but those tough ends aren’t very good to eat. The balsamic reduction the asparagus is cooked with adds a rich and delicious flavor to it. You can also roast the asparagus (or grill it) and then serve it with the reduction drizzled over the top – it’s great both ways.
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Ramen Chicken Soup – 7 Points +

Ramen Chicken Soup

I’m sure you’ve heard of ramen noodles. In the US, it seems like ramen noodles and mac & cheese are college student staples, or at least that’s the stereotype (I never did like macaroni and cheese out of a box). But ramen noodles aren’t just for broke college kids. Growing up, my mom always had ramen noodles on hand for chicken soup. Of course, she pitched the sauce packet and used real (homemade) chicken broth instead, then we added shredded chicken, onions, hard boiled eggs and other steamed veggies to make a chicken noodle soup. It was one of my favorite meals growing up, and I think it was one of hers too. She knew we all loved it, it was easy and it was healthy. I used carrots, bell pepper and green onions in mine, but you can add any vegetables you want to it, or serve your steamed vegetables on the side. Give it a try with some leftover roast chicken, it’s simple, quick and delicious and the whole family will love it.
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Salisbury Steak – 6 Points +

Salisbury Steak

Sometimes it’s really nice to just pull out an old favorite. You know it’s going to be delicious every time and you know that it’s simple and everyone likes it. For my family, one of those recipes is Salisbury steak. You can use the minute steak for it, or tenderized round steak, but I usually just use hamburger. It’s easy and I’ve always got it on hand. Make up your patties and fry them in a skillet, then make up a beef gravy with onions (and mushrooms if you’re so inclined) to top the patties. Serve with a side of mashed potatoes, corn and green beans and you’ve got a simple, delicious and well-loved meal ready to go in no time.
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Cashew Chicken – 6 Points +

Cashew Chicken

I was craving some Oriental inspired food the other day, and this cashew chicken fit the bill perfectly. The chicken breast is coated with just a dusting of cornstarch (you can also use arrowroot starch or tapioca starch if you can’t have cornstarch). This gives it a crisp coating and helps to thicken the sauce. Since the chicken is cut into small pieces, it’s easy and fast to cook in a skillet. In order to keep the amount of oil down, I just added a little water (a couple of tablespoons) and a lid to the chicken to keep it from sticking. I also stirred it frequently. If you like your sauce to be a little spicier, add some more red pepper flakes, or omit them if you like it mild. You’ll fall in love with this tasty and easy cashew chicken. Serve it with some marinated cucumbers and a side of stir fried vegetables for a filling, delicious and beautiful meal.

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Broccoli Salad Recipe – 7 Points +

Broccoli SaladIf you’ve ever had a Broccoli Salad before, you’ll understand the reason why this salad has become such a popular side dish at parties, buffets, and potlucks – it’s just so flipping GOOD! My spin on this well loved dish uses a few variant ingredients to keep it a bit lighter and more heart healthy. The crunchy broccoli and walnuts are combined with onions and raisins, then topped with a creamy, sweet, and tangy dressing that is insanely delicious. There are lots of variations to this salad, so you can definitely alternate/add/eliminate other ingredients if you want to shake things up. Try it with carrots, bacon, pumpkin seeds, candied pecans, dried, cranberries, kale, or even roasted brussel sprouts.I highly recommend adding this as a side dish to one of your favorite dinners, or adding some grilled chicken to it and serving it as a lunch salad.

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Dairy Free Hot Chocolate – 5 Points +

Dairy Free Hot Chocolate

I absolutely love chocolate, but I can’t drink that much milk – it makes me sick. So, I made this fabulous dark chocolate hot cocoa with almond milk. It’s rich and delicious, and my favorite hot cocoa. It’s made from things I always have on hand, so it’s easy to throw together for a cup of hot cocoa when I need a pick-me-up on a cold fall day. I love the nutty flavor of the almond milk, and I like to top mine with a dollop of whipped coconut milk or coconut ice cream. The dry mix you can have ready to go and then just add it to almond milk to heat and serve. One cup of almond milk needs about 4 1/2 tablespoons of cocoa and sugar mix. You can also just whisk the cocoa mixture into the cold almond milk, or remove some of the hot almond milk and mix the cocoa mixture into that. It works best if you start with a little bit of almond milk to make sure you’ve got all the lumps out before you add it in (just like cornstarch or flour in gravy). The next cool fall day that you’re craving some hot chocolate – give this simple and delicious dark chocolate hot cocoa a try.
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