At the moment I’m not supposed to eat lunch meat, so when it came time to have a packed lunch, I knew just the thing – chicken salad. Leftover roast chicken is perfect for this salad. I love to add in the celery, grapes and apple then season the yogurt with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. It gives the salad a wonderful aroma and an even better flavor. Since plain yogurt can be a bit bitter and strong, I added a little bit of mayonnaise to tone down the flavor a little. It worked perfectly to give the salad a more rounded flavor. Using lettuce leaves for this recipe means that I don’t have to worry about too many points for my lunch with a wrap. However, if you feel like you’d prefer a wrap, use a whole grain, high protein and high fiber wrap to give you wrap without so many points. For me, this chicken salad is perfect. It’s savory and delicious, plus it uses leftovers. It also made enough that I was able to have it for a couple of lunches and a snack as well. I’m looking forward to using up some more leftover chicken with this one for this coming week’s lunches. [Read more…]
Well, it’s the time of the year when the remaining garden produce is needing used. It’s kept pretty well until now, but if I want it to taste good, I need to use it pretty quickly. Since we have a few apples left, I thought it was a perfect time to make chunky applesauce (and an apple crisp with the rest of them). We had a variety of apples from my in-laws, but the specific apples you use doesn’t matter too much. The key to delicious applesauce, apple, butter, apple crisps or apple pies is the variety. Use a variety of apples – three or four different types of apples. Use apples that are sweet, soft, tart and firm. The varieties will really meld together to make a delicious finished product. When it comes to applesauce (especially chunky), you want to make sure that you use one apple that is tarter (and more firm) that will add a little zip to your sauce, and will keep its shape once it’s cooked. I love this applesauce. It’s perfect for breakfast, just for part of breakfast or to top crepes or pancakes. But it’s perfect for a snack or dessert as well.
Quick and easy snacks are my favorite. Anytime that I can have a healthy snack ready in less than 5 minutes, I’m happy. We’ve still got quite a few apples left from my in-laws, so these apple slices with delicious toppings are perfect. The thing I like about these apple slices (other than the fact they look beautiful) is that my toppings are more controlled. When I just slice an apple and remove the cores, then dip it in peanut butter, I tend to eat a lot more peanut butter than if I spread it on the apple ring like this. I also use powdered peanut butter that I reconstitute. It’s so much lower in fat that it’s worth it for me. That means I can add a few chocolate chips, raisins, or any other topping I like without going overboard for this. The amount of protein and fiber helps to make this snack something that will last longer than just 20 minutes. These are simple, delicious, beautiful and nutritious.
It’s now apple season, so it’s a perfect time to try out new apple recipes. These apple roses are just the thing. They are simple to make, especially since they use ready-to-bake puff pastry. But they turn out so beautiful every time! The bright red apple peel creates a beautiful rose but the puff pastry holds it all together. Dipping apples in lemon juice prevents them from turning brown. This works with apples or bananas, just dip them in any citrus juice (lemon, lime, orange or grapefruit works just as well). The best apples for this are slightly tart, since the apricot preserves is a little sweet so the balance is just perfect. Give these apple roses a try – they’re simple and easy but beautiful and delicious.
Pork chops with apples and onions is one of my favorite ways to make pork chops. Apples and pork just go so well together that I don’t usually make gravy for my pork (even a pork roast). I just serve it with applesauce (a great time saver for when you’re crunched for time and can’t make something like this). I’ve made caramelized apples and onions to go with my pork chops in the past, but this version with balsamic vinaigrette is much lower in carbohydrates and fat (since you don’t add quite a bit of brown sugar and butter). The best part is that it’s simple and just as delicious to make as with caramelized apples and onions – but it’s healthier. I prefer bone in pork chops, since they tend to keep their juiciness better for me, but you can use anything. Also, if you’ve got a pork roast in the oven, you can still make this topping and serve it on the side for your family to put over the top of their pork roast. It doesn’t matter how you make your pork chops, either. In the skillet (like this recipe), grilled or baked, the topping will work just as well with any of them.
Both of my kids are great sleepers, which is awesome at night, but means we are often struggling to get out the door on time in the morning to schlep my son to preschool. So sitting them (and myself!) down for a healthy breakfast is practically impossible. I needed some new ideas for something that the kids and I could eat in the car, that was filling, and that was delicious and overall nutritious. And I hit the jackpot with these Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins. They are so incredibly easy to make, and they come out moist, flavorful and perfect for an on the go breakfast or snack. I make a big batch and then freeze them so I’ll always have some on hand for a hectic morning. If you aren’t concerned about an increase in Points, add in some raisins, nuts or dried cranberries for extra deliciousness. Also, I chose NOT to use cinnamon in these as I often tire of cinnamon in almost every muffin recipe. I wanted something more “vanilla”, so I didn’t use it. But if you are a cinnamon person, feel free to add some in. My husband loves them as a healthy snack with his coffee in the afternoon, and I LOVE having a 3 Points + muffin that tastes incredible and helps satisfy me. Tired of your office tempting you with those carb-heavy bagels? Make a few dozen of these Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins and treat everyone to a healthier option! These were so good and have definitely become a staple around here.
Mini Apple Pies that are just 2 Points + each!??!!? YES!! I was so excited to share this recipe today because I was thrilled with how the end result of these low calorie apple pies turned out. By using filo dough instead of pie crust, I was able to cut out a lot of the extra fat and calories. I also used a healthier butter spread (Brummel & Brown) to still deliver the buttery flavor but with less Weight Watchers Points. This Mini Apple Pie Recipe is perfect for when you want to enjoy a great dessert, but not go overboard on your Points. They’d make a perfect Weight Watchers Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe, but would also be great for a potluck, for your Super Bowl party, or just any old day of the week. You can even eat 2 of them for just 4 Points +! These Mini Apple Pies are a MUST make…they are easy, delicious, and such a fabulous bargain. Enjoy!
When it comes to cheese, Brie is my absolute favorite. I am seriously obsessed with it and cannot be trusted with it in the house. So I rarely ever buy it, because I can, and will, sit there and eat the entire package. But when I came across a light brie cheese at Trader Joe’s I decided to give it a try. It wasn’t quite as soft and decadent as traditional brie, but it was close. And the flavor was fantastic, especially when melted. And for the considerable difference in fat and calories, I felt it was worth it. I figured it would perfectly in my Brie and Apple Panini Recipe. This low calorie sandwich is so simple, yet the tart apples with the mild brie work so amazingly well together. And it was such an easy recipe to make! I used my Panini press to make mine, but if you don’t have one, you can toast the sandwich in a toaster oven or regular oven. Not quite the same, but still delicious. Each Brie and Apple Panini is just 6 Points +, which isn’t bad for such a tasty sandwich. Serve it with a light salad or roasted veggies and it makes a fantastic Weight Watcher Panini Recipe.
Just recently, my BFF, Janice of Sew Girly Alterations introduced me to an amazing new smoothie recipe – Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Green Smoothie. Kimberly Snyder is a top Hollywood Nutritionist, and many of her clients are the celebrities whose bodies we drool over with envy. This green smoothie recipe is part of her Beauty Detox program and it’s something that she has all of her clients drink. The recipe helps you get in a tremendous amount of leafy greens, which we all know has amazing health benefits. You can read all about her and her Official Glowing Green Smoothie Recipe at her site. Eager to find ways to get in more veggies and get all those nutrients, I decided to give it a try, and I have to admit, I’m kind of in love with it. Janice suggested using orange juice to help the flavor, and I think that was absolutely brilliant. I also liked using lime instead of lemon. I truly thought it tasted fantastic, and the best part is that I really did feel satisfied until noon. I’ve started drinking it now on a daily basis and making batches to freeze, and I’m eager to reap the health benefits. Two things that I HIGHLY recommend to make this smoothie tasty and enjoyable is to keep it COLD. Very cold. And blend it as smooth as you can get it – use a good blender or mixer to puree the heck out of it. If you are looking to make a great investment, a Vitamix is the most recommended blender for this, giving the best results. Now, here’s the tricky/debatable bit of info about this smoothie….the Points + value. I’ve gone back and forth with a few leaders, and some folks on the Weight Watchers Community Forum, and most people feel that since this smoothie is made entirely of fresh fruits and veggies, it should be considered 0 Points +. I added up the nutritional stats for my version, and it comes out at 5 Points +. Personally, I have decided to count this as 0 Points +, as long as I only drink 1 serving a day. But armed with both options, feel free to make your own choice and track it appropriately. Regardless of how you plan to count the Weight Watchers Points, I definitely recommend adding this healthy smoothie recipe into your plan. It’s so so good for you, and will help fill you up. So get yourselves to a blender, ASAP! Here is my version of Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Green Smoothie Recipe. Enjoy!
Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! And now that one big food holiday is down, we’ve got just a couple more to go. And I’ve got some great recipes coming up this week that will help you make some healthier, low Points versions of your favorite holiday recipes. But if you are like me and still have some leftover Thanksgiving turkey in your fridge and you’d just hate to see it go to waste, today’s recipe will give you a great idea of what to do with it. This delicious Turkey Wrap with Apple and Blue Cheese can be made in a pinch and tastes fantastic. The sweet apple with the peppery arugula and pungent blue cheese make a decadent combination. And the whole wrap is just 6 Points +. Enjoy!
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Happy Halloween!! After a night of trick or treating, and trying your best to avoid the barrage of candy, come home and treat yourself to the amazingly delicious, and low calorie, Roasted Pumpkin and Apple Soup Recipe. Creamy and thick, and seasoned with amazing Fall spices, this pumpkin soup is not only tasty, it’s super healthy too. With lots of fiber, and a good dose of protein, each 1 cup serving has just 3 Points +. Pair it with a fabulous fall salad, and you’ve got yourself one awesome Halloween Night dinner that tastes incredible and is Weight Watchers friendly. Granted, this recipe does take some work, but the roasted flavor of the apples and pumpkin in what gives this dish it’s unique taste. Most other versions call for using canned pumpkin, which can certainly be done, but I so love the flavor of the fresh, cooked pumpkin. Enjoy!! And stay away from that candy bowl!!