Lemon Glazed Greek Chicken – 3 Smart Points

Lemon Glazed Greek ChickenChicken is one of my favorite meats. It’s such a great source of lean protein and it goes so well in so many different dishes. The downside is that I tend to get stuck in a little rut and fix the same things over and over again. It’s hard to get out of that and try new things. But this Lemon Glazed Greek Chicken sounded great. It’s a combination of several different recipes, since many of the Greek chicken recipes I’ve seen use a lot of olive oil. This one is more tzatziki chicken, with a yogurt based marinade. Lots of garlic and lots of lemon with those classic Greek spices, and you’ve got a delicious chicken in no time. You can use any cut of chicken you like for this, but I’d recommend removing the skin first, since the marinade will be able to soak in much better. It’s delicious with a side of roasted baby potatoes and a side salad with some grilled asparagus. [Read more…]

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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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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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Autumn Hummus – 3 Points +

 

Autumn Hummus

As it’s cooler now, the garden produce is pretty much done, although we’ve had a pretty warm fall. Thankfully, one of the things (or rather, two of the things) that are still keeping great since we brought them in are the pumpkins and squash. And with this hummus recipe, it’s perfect. Pureed pumpkin and squash combined with chickpeas and delicious seasonings to create a fall hummus. This hummus is wonderful on pita chips, but it’s also fabulous on carrots sticks as well. It’s a great snack and it holds well in the fridge for several days. Since it has chickpeas in it (also called garbanzo beans), it’s packed with fiber, which means it helps to keep you full longer. It’s definitely a little spicy with cayenne pepper and chili powder, but you can always season it to taste. If you’re baking pumpkin and squash, you can puree it before hand, or simply weight out 8 oz of chunks and puree them with the garbanzo beans. The reason why I recommend pureed pumpkin and squash is that is ensures a smooth texture, and that there won’t be any chunks in the hummus. Give this delicious fall hummus a try. It’ll give your day just the kick of flavor it needs!
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Couscous Stuffed Bell Peppers – 3 Points +

couscous stuffed bell pepper

Stuffed peppers are something that I really enjoy, especially when I make them with pepper jack cheese. The spicy cheese adds a little spice and makes them delicious. The downside of my original stuffed pepper recipe is that it’s not healthy, not with all the meat and cheese in it. So, I went about trying to make a healthier, vegetarian version of these peppers. Well, it’s not exactly the same, but they’re delicious all the same. I used couscous, since it’s a light and fluffy way to fill these, and since my husband doesn’t like quinoa. The lemon juice, olive oil and parsley provide additional flavor in these peppers. And once you’ve got them in the oven, you can take the time to finish the rest of dinner, not to mention the leftovers are perfect for lunch.
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Roasted Sweet Potato Fries – 3 Points +

Roasted Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet potatoes are a great alternative to regular white potatoes. They have lots of fiber, which helps to keep feeling full and satisfied longer. They’re also great for diabetics since they’re a low glycemic index food. They also make a wonderful change from the typical potato. They’re slightly sweet and rich in flavor. These home made fries are delicious. The mustard and rosemary add depth to the sweet potato. In addition to being delicious and beautiful – they’re really easy to make. Just peel, slice, toss and bake! Best of all, They’re packed with nutrients and flavor and add color to your meal. They’re a wonderful side that the whole family will love!

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Apple Roses – 3 Points +

Apple Roses

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.

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Rustic Vegetable Pasta – 3 Points +

Rustic Vegetable Pasta

Pasta is one of those things that I struggle with on Weight Watchers. It always seems so high in points that I have a difficult time justifying having it with a meal. The solution for me is quite often using zucchini noodles. But this delicious rustic vegetable pasta is just as wonderful – and only 3 points! The trick is to use whole grain pasta. It’s much higher in fiber than regular durum wheat pasta, which makes it fewer points. Topping the pasta with grilled and seasoned vegetables means that it’s filling without adding on a lot more points. Grilling the vegetables adds a delicious flavor as well as making the vegetables look beautiful. The lemon juice and Italian seasoning add light and delicious flavor, especially when they’re paired with the balsamic seasoned vegetables. Adding lemon juice (or lime juice) to vegetables makes them bright and beautiful.

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Ham & Broccoli Breakfast Muffins – 3 Points +

Ham & Broccoli Breakfast Muffins

I’m someone who loves to cook, but during the week, the last thing I want to do is actually cook breakfast. While that means that sometimes I’ll just grab yogurt and granola, it also means that sometimes, I just skip it and snack all morning. So, meals like these ham and broccoli breakfast muffins are perfect for me. I can make up a batch while making dinner one night and pop them in the freezer when they’re cooled. Then I can just take out one, heat and eat. It’s perfect for me. There’s no thought about what I’m going to eat, there’s no (silent) whining about fixing it, it’s already ready to go. It takes the excuse out of my mornings and also helps me to get a better start to the day. Paired with a smoothie or couple pieces of fruit, it’s a simple and easy breakfast. This recipe is originally for a wheat biscuit mix, but I frequently use a gluten free biscuit mix and it works just fine.
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Greek Salad – 3 Points +

Greek salad

I am someone who loves salads for lunch. They are quick and easy. I prep all of my vegetables during the weekend (or a weeknight when I have time) so all I have to do is portion it out into my bowl, dress it and eat. When I have it all ready to go like that, I don’t have an excuse for not having something healthy and filling for lunch. Greek salad is one that is a little different and really delicious. I like to add some chicken breast or feta cheese to mine just to add protein, but I left it out of this salad. This Greek salad is one that I serve as a side salad with dinner, so the extra protein isn’t needed. I will switch and use either kalamata or black olives (whichever I have available). The kalamata olives are much stronger in flavor, so they’re not to everyone’s taste. The Greek vinaigrette is light, but full of flavor. It’s another one that I’ll just keep for several days in the fridge, it’s so good.

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Mushrooms in White Wine Sauce – 3 Points +

Mushrooms in White Wine Sauce

 

Mushrooms in wine sauce are a fabulous way to really spruce up your meat. It makes it look like you put a lot of time and effort into making a really fancy dish, when in reality, you just spent five minutes tossing it all in a pan. I love recipes like that. They are perfect for dinner parties, date nights, or just adding a little bit of class to dinner. This mushroom in wine sauce recipe uses white wine, but if you’re nonalcoholic, you can use chicken broth or vegetable broth just as easily. The sage and taragon add a wonderful woodsy flavor to the sauce. It’s perfect on chicken breast or pork chops, or you can easy put it over steamed rice. It uses dried herbs, but I added a 1/2 tsp of chopped parsley when I garnished mine – just to make it look pretty.

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FINALIST # 2: BBQ Peach Bourbon Chicken – 3 Points +

BBQ Peach Bourbon Chicken

Get a taste of the South with this sassy looking BBQ Peach Bourbon Chicken Recipe, submitted by Vicky Stroup! Grilled or smoked chicken breast and peaches, drizzled with good old fashioned bourbon – this dish is pure to delight. At just 3 Points + per serving, this dish keeps it super light. Thanks, Vicky, for sharing this gem with us!

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