Green Bean & Potato Salad – 4 Points +

Green Bean & Potato Salad

When I saw this recipe, I just had to try it. Life in the Midwest includes a lot of potatoes, and right now the green beans are fresh from the garden. It’s a perfect time to try this salad, and this salad is wonderful. The tart vinegar combined with the potatoes and green beans is perfect. The potatoes and green beans are tender, but still crisp enough to provide some texture. This salad is sure to be at hit at your next family dinner, barbecue or potluck.

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Whole Wheat Banana Nut Mini Loaves – 5 Points +

Whole Wheat Banana Nut Mini Loaves

With school getting ready to start back up soon, I know I need to be prepared for those hectic mornings where getting the family fed becomes an on-the-go task. When I have spare time, I love making wholesome, baked breads or muffins to have on hand for those days when cooking breakfast just isn’t going to happen. These Whole Wheat Banana Nut Mini Loaves are ideal for this exact situation. Made with all clean ingredients, healthy fats, and nothing artificial, they are nutritious as well as incredibly moist and delicious. I like to make them in mini loaf form because my kids think it’s super cute. But, alternatively, you can use mini muffin cups instead. Both options make them easily accessible and portable! For just 5 Points +, this banana bread recipe will leave you feeling happy and satisfied. Enjoy!

Whole Wheat Banana Nut Mini Loaves

Moist, decadent and wonderfully flavorful, these naturally sweetened make a perfect portion controlled treat. Enjoy with your morning coffee or tea, or even for dessert.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3 medium, very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray a mini loaf pan with non fat cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt. Make a hole in the center of the flour mixture, then add in the eggs, honey, butter, honey, and applesauce. Mix until just combined.
  3. Using a rubber spatula, fold the bananas and walnuts into the batter.
  4. Evenly distribute into 12 mini loaf cups (alternatively, 36 mini muffin cups).
  5. Bake until the top is golden brown, and a toothpick comes out clean, when inserted in the center. About 20 minutes (alternatively, 12-15 for mini muffins).

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 20 minute(s)

Diet type: Vegetarian

Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced fat

Number of servings (yield): 12

Culinary tradition: USA (Traditional)

Calories: 177

Fat: 6g

Protein: 4g

Entire recipe makes 12 servings
Serving size is 1 mini loaf or 3 mini muffins
Each serving = 5 Points +

PER SERVING: 177 calories; 6g fat; 29g carbohydrates; 4g protein; 2g fiber

Berry & Arugula Salad – 3 Points +

This salad isn’t just beautiful – it’s delicious too. I just had to try this Strawberry Poppyseed Vinaigrette, and the combination of arugula and berries seemed like the perfect place. I’m so glad I did, it was wonderful. The vinaigrette is incredibly easy to make – just stick everything in the blender. I ended up with plenty leftover. If you’re looking to make this a main dish for lunch or dinner, just add a half a chicken breast for protein. You can also mix arugula and spinach instead of just arugula. Give this salad a try, you won’t be disappointed.

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Omelet with Vegetables & Ham – 6 Points +

Breakfasts are wonderful at our house. Although, to be perfectly honest, during the week we just find our own simple breakfasts, but on Saturday, all bets are off. We’ll have pancakes, waffles, scrambled eggs, sausage or omelets. Omelets make a wonderful meal – breakfast or dinner. Add any ingredients you have on hand for omelet fillings – onions, peppers, zucchini, tomatoes, basil, cheese, ham and bacon are all wonderful fillings. Enjoy this delightful ham and veggie omelet for a filling and delicious breakfast.

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Chocolate Zucchini Cake – 6 Points +

It’s starting to be zucchini season, so it’s a perfect time to find all those delicious zucchini recipes to try. This is one of my favorites. Chocolate zucchini cake is so wonderful – it’s moist and tender. Add mini chocolate chips for a little bit of added chocolate, or you can melt the chocolate chips and use them as a frosting. Just don’t tell the kids (or anyone squeemish about green foods) that there’s zucchini in it and it’ll become the family favorite. For me, the only downside is that my husband doesn’t like chocolate, so I have to stop myself from eating the whole thing!

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Stir Fry Vegetables – 1 Point +

One of the vegetable dishes that I love to do is stir fry veggies. They are so simple, but really delicious, every time. It doesn’t matter what kind of vegetables you have on hand – or even whether they’re frozen or fresh (or a combination of both). I frequently use fresh onions, peppers and carrots with frozen broccoli and peas. You can also add a can of baby corn, if you like. I don’t use a lot of seasoning on my veggies, just enough to add a little flavor to them. They go so well with teriyaki chicken, grilled salmon or even steak.

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Cajun Shrimp Salad – 5 Points +

Cajun Shrimp Salad

This shrimp salad is a favorite. It’s full of flavor, simple, delicious and perfect for a summer meal. The shrimp are marinated before they’re cooked, so they have a spicy Creole flavor that goes so well with the mild salad. Grilling the asparagus and peppers add flavor and a wonderful look to the salad. Drizzle on the lemon juice to keep everything bright and beautiful. This meal is elegant and will definitely become a family favorite.

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Grilled Steak Salad – 9 Points +

Grilled Steak Salad

I don’t know too many guys who don’t consider salads chick food – especially here in the Midwest. But this salad is going to be a hit with the men too. It’s grilled, so it’s perfect for summer. You don’t have to heat up the kitchen with anything at all, you can just cook the pasta and grill the rest of the steak and corn on the cob. The grilling adds a wonderful flavor that you don’t get when you’re cooking inside too. The dressing is wonderfully refreshing and the lime juice makes sure that everything in your salad is bright and beautiful. Give this one a try, and it’ll become a sure hit.

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Quinoa and Chicken Stuffed Peppers Recipe – 7 Points +

Quinoa and Chicken Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed peppers were always a staple in my house, growing up. My mom usually made them once every other week, and I can still remember the taste of that delicious beef and rice filling! My healthier version consists of a quinoa and ground chicken filling. It’s mixed with a tangy tomato sauce, seasoned with Italian herbs and topped with a bit of mozzarella cheese. It’s delicious, filling, and just 7 Points + for 2 stuffed pepper halves! And I have to say, it is SOOOOO good. Even better than the one my mom makes — but please don’t tell her that. :) My kids love it too which is a HUGE plus. I also love how quick and easy this is to prepare, so it’s great for a busy weeknight dinner. I usually pair this with some fresh roasted vegetables and or a salad for a complete meal.

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Simple Nicoise Salad – 8 Points +

This salad is a classic French salad, but this takes less than 30 minutes start to finish – it’s perfect for an elegant meal on a busy night. The trick to making this salad quick and easy is to cook the green beans and potatoes together. The fresh beans and lettuce that are available right now make this a delicious treat, since there’s nothing quite like fresh salad from the garden. Use tuna canned in water to cut down on the oil in the salad. You’ll have a refreshing and delicious salad in no time. [Read more…]

Summer Squash & White Bean Soup – 5 Points +

If you’re anything like me, you’re loving summer. It’s a truly delightful time for those of us who love fresh food. The fresh, local produce is starting to become available (even from your own garden, if you’re so lucky), and it’s just wonderful to be able to use fresh produce in delicious meals. This soup is one of those wonderful dishes. It’s simple and creamy while being filling and packed with nutrients for only 210 calories. As soon as you’ve got some fresh summer squash and those sweet onions, give this one a try. You won’t be disappointed.

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Chocolate Quinoa Bars – 6 Points +

Brownies are always a great snack. But these brownies are even better – they’re a healthy and nutrient packed snack that you can have without feeling guilty! They’re full of protein, healthy fats and whole grains wrapped in a delicious sweet chocolate brownie flavor. They’re the perfect pick me up snack during the afternoon or to refuel before or after a workout. [Read more…]