Sometimes, I just want a big, heaping plate of spaghetti with a rich, flavorful meat sauce. But the Smart Points in a typical bolognese could end up adding up to a whole days worth of Points! So in order to satisfy my craving without ruing my diet, I created this simple, no-frills Spaghetti Squash and Turkey Bolognese Recipe. I just sub out the carb heavy spaghetti noodles for the light, nutritious, and 0 Smart Points oven-roasted spaghetti squash. Topped with a decadent, lightened up turkey bolognese sauce, this recipe is one seriously satisfying meal! When I have a few extra Points to spare, I’ll also add some grated Parmesan on top – soooooo good! Serve with your favorite salad or roasted veggies, and even a slice of garlic bread, for a meal that is sure to fill you up.
When we left from my in-laws after Thanksgiving, my sister-in-law gave us some farm fresh eggs. Since we’ve had some company this week, I’ve been up making delicious egg-filled breakfasts every day. The first morning was omelets filled with veggies and ham, and next up was a delicious frittata. I love quiche, but there are three things that always get to me – the pie crust, the baking time and the high fat. I’m not terribly good at making gluten free pie crusts, and pie crusts are so high in fat that I really don’t like to use them. Not to mention that it takes forever to bake the quiche! The last one I made took more than an hour. The answer is the frittata. It’s just baked scrambled eggs filled with any vegetables and meat you’d like to add. It’s quick to cook and even quicker to put together. You don’t have to put together a pie crust, so it’s much lower in fat and carbohydrates as well as being a great source of breakfast protein! I used the ground turkey sausage I had on hand and threw in the vegetables I had available, but you can use anything you’d like. You can use ham or bacon, or go without the meat and use any vegetables you like. It’s a delicious breakfast that is ready in no time while still being elegant and tasting amazing! [Read more…]
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.
As much as I love cooking, there’s nothing more I hate than doing the dishes and cleanup afterwards. Most of my cooking tools and pots and pans need to be hand washed, so depending on the complexity of my recipe, that can lead to a LOT of post-cooking work. Which is why I have become a huge fan of one-pan/pot meals – they are super easy to cook, and require a lot less cleanup. This One Pan Quinoa Taco Skillet Recipe has become a recent favorite in our home. Made with quinoa instead of rice and lean ground turkey instead of ground beef, it’s a lot healthier and absolutely delicious. Top with shredded cheese, red onion, avocado, roasted corn, shredded lettuce – or whatever your taco-loving heart desires. Just make sure to count the extra Points Plus you may incur. Enjoy!
Right now I’m loving ground turkey. It’s a much leaner option than ground pork or even ground beef. Not to mention it’s much more affordable right now compared to ground beef. These Asian burgers are just the way to use ground turkey. The burgers are simple and easy to mix up. Grilling them means a minimum of mess in the kitchen to clean up, as well as making them even more delicious (and making the neighbors jealous). Topping the burgers with the spicy Sriracha coleslaw creates a fabulous dimension to the burgers – it adds flavor, texture and color. If you’re not one to have spicy foods, try substituting the Sriracha for sweet chili sauce. It’ll be a very similar flavor, but much more mild. These burgers are great for dinner, but they’re also a wonderful recipe to make into sliders. Simply make 12 burgers instead of 4 and use mini buns (or cut regular buns in four). You’ll have a delicious and beautiful appetizer that’s perfect for your next get together.
I don’t know about you guys, but whenever I go to IKEA, I get excited beyond a normal amount, to hit up their cafe and indulge in those amazing Swedish meatballs! There’s just something about them that tastes soon good and soon comforting. Of course, I know that they are not the healthiest fare, which is why I decided to create a more nutritional version at home. Also, sometimes, I’m just lazy. And I don’t always feel like making meatballs. So I thought that maybe I could do a sauté version that would be just as tasty, but super easy. And it was a great success! I served it over some egg noodles, and the kids, the husband, and I all loved it. Super easy and suer delicious. Though next time, I’ve gotta make sure I get some IKEA Lingonberry sauce to serve with it, because it’s just not the same without it. Enjoy!
I love to have quick and easy meals that I know I can make anytime because I have everything on hand. Penne with Roasted Red Pepper Ragu is one of those meals for me. I know that I keep everything on hand, so it’s easy to make during the week when I don’t know what else to cook. I’ve found that the key to this delicious sauce is a little bit of red wine. The red peppers and tomatoes work so well together, and the spices in the Italian sausage and oregano enhance the sauce flavor. But the wine adds a depth of flavor that is richer and deeper. The sauce isn’t as tomato tasting, but instead has a more well rounded flavor. I personally am not a huge fan of wine and don’t drink it, so I make sure to simmer my sauce for long enough that the alcohol is completely evaporated. By that time, the wine has really cooked into the sauce and made it just perfect. [Read more…]
These meatballs are definitely a family favorite. It might seem a little strange with the combination of cranberry and sauerkraut, but trust me, it’s a perfect combination once you get it cooked together. If you don’t care for sauerkraut, you can make this with just plain cabbage instead. I like to mix turkey and ground beef so my meatballs still have enough fat to stay together but they’re a little less greasy that way. I also have made the meatballs and sauce separately. I like to bake my meatballs on a rack so they’re able to drip the fat down into the pan and don’t sit in it. I then just add the sauce and reheat the meatballs before serving. The sweet cranberries with the savory meat is a wonderful combination. I added a wild rice pilaf with vegetables and a simple tossed salad with mine. Delicious!
Who doesn’t love turkey and cranberries? This wonderful stir fry combines those two flavors with a little flair of Asian. The ginger adds a little spice and the light soy sauce provides a tasty dark and salty flavor. Regular, dark or all purpose soy sauce can be used (all purpose is the most common), but the flavor will be much darker and heavier. This turkey ends up tender and moist each time with the tart and delicious cranberries adding a wonderful color and flavor. It’s quick and easy, and so delicious, you’ll make it again and again.
When cooking family meals, I always have to take into consideration my kids likes and dislikes. This can be tedious, but it forces me to come up with new and creative foods that not only please my kids, but that my husband and I find delicious. A recent hit was this this Ground Turkey Patties with Tahini Yogurt Sauce Recipe. The turkey was quite moist and tender, and the creamy yogurt tahini sauce was absolutely delicious. I’ve never had tahini combined with yogurt before, so this was new to me, and I found it to be fantastic. My husband and I ate our patties over a bed of lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers with a lemon vinaigrette and then topped with the yogurt tahini, my daughter ate her patties dipped straight into the tahini yogurt sauce, and my son enjoyed his stuffed into a pita pocket with the sauce, and some of the salad that my husband and I used. So as you can see, it’s a pretty versatile dish. Each 3 patty serving, with sauce, is just 4 Points +, making this a wonderfully light meal choice. Though this recipe states it makes 6 servings, it is a small serving, so you may end up choosing extra 1 or 1/2 a serving to feel really satisfied. Enjoy!
We all have rushed evenings when you need something tasty in a hurry. This Penne with Sausage & Vegetables fits the bill perfectly. It’s full of flavor, nutrients and color. For me, it’s a quick meal because I’m able to multi-task. The first thing is to get the pasta on, then the sausage while the pasta is cooking. While the pasta and sausage are cooking, chop the vegetables. I also like to have vegetables (especially peppers) already chopped to save time during the week. The leftovers of this are perfect for another quick meal or for lunch. [Read more…]
All the delicious flavors of pepperoni pizza rolled up in a juicy chicken breast that is breaded and seasoned with Italian herbs, makes this one unbelievably good Weight Watchers chicken recipe! High in protein and lower in carbs than a slice of pizza, this high protein version will really fuel you up. And by using a light, turkey pepperoni, I was able to really stuff that chicken with a lot of it, which tastes incredible. This easy chicken dish is sure to be a family favorite. Enjoy!