Black Eyed Pea Salad – 3 Points +

Black Eyed Pea Salad

We don’t live close to family, so there are a couple of folks that have adopted my husband and I as their kids, well actually, we’re lucky enough to have been “adopted” by several families in the area. They take exceptionally good care of us and we thoroughly enjoy sharing delicious meals with them (as they are all very good cooks). One couple is from North Carolina, so when I saw a recipe for black eyed pea salad, I knew I had to bring it the next time we went to their place for a meal. And I was absolutely right to be excited. I don’t remember if I’ve ever had black eyed peas before, but I love this salad. It’s bright and beautiful and reminded our friends of home. It’s a perfect salad to have with grilled burgers or chicken breast, and is easy to make for potlucks – where it’s sure to be a hit.

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Pork Chops with Apples & Onions – 9 Points +

Pork Chops with Apples & Onions

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.

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Banana Cookies – 5 Points +

Banana Cookies

We’re rounding out of week of international cuisine with a stop back here at home in the US. This banana cookie is a really wonderful snack. I’m always game for recipes that use up bananas, since we typically have one or two that need to be used since they’re over ripe. These cookies are so simple, just toss everything in the bowl and mix. They’re also really delicious. I like to use them as a snack after my walk with my dog. You can use old fashioned oats or quick oats, but I typically use half and half. It gives me the texture of old fashioned oats but the quick oats absorb the moisture better and hold the cookie together. With the raisins and chocolate chips, the whole family will love these cookies.

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Sweet Potato Pudding – 3 Points +

Sweet Potato Pudding

We’re continuing our tour of international cuisine with a stop for dessert in Asia. This sweet potato pudding is rich and creamy, but is only 3 points per serving and barely 100 calories per serving. It’s sweet and the nutmeg and ginger add flavor and spice to the sweet potato. The fact that the base for this pudding is sweet potato and coconut milk means that it’s dairy free and guilt free. Try this Asian inspired dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth without going overboard.

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Spanish Chicken and Potato Roast – 8 Points +

Spanish Chicken and Potato Roast

Another super easy recipe I want to share today that not only tastes incredible, but requires such little effort. This Spanish Chicken and Potato Roast Recipe is all done in one pot (yay for easy clean-up!). The ingredients are combined in a large baking dish, and then slow roasted in the oven, delivering one heck of a tasty dinner. The potatoes soak up the juices released by the chicken which makes them heavenly moist and tender. And the simple seasonings are all it takes for a fantastic flavor. This hearty, satisfying Spanish Chicken and Potato Roast Recipe will definitely leave you feeling satisfied! Serve with a light salad or steamed veggies for a complete meal.

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Thai Curry – 8 Points +

<Thai CurryThis week is all about international cuisine at our house. We’ve had Mexican and Italian and now we’re moving on to Thai. Later on we’ll get some Asian in there too, and we’ll round it out this week with a really delicious cookies to bring it back home to the States. But right now we’ll try this delicious Thai curry. The downside of curry is the coconut milk. Coconut milk is delicious and essential in curry, but it also causes the whole dish to be hideously high in points +. So, I went back to the drawing board and came up with this version. It’s still higher in points that I was going for, but since the first recipe I had was 12 points + per serving– I’ll take this one. Not only that, it’s gluten free, dairy free and vegan. Don’t be put off by the tofu, when it’s seasoned with the curry sauce, it’s really delicious. Give this a try and you won’t be disappointed.

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Zucchini Alfredo – 5 Points +

Zucchini Alfredo

I really enjoy Italian food. There is a wonderful flavor that comes from all of those fresh onions, tomatoes, herbs and garlic. One of the foods that’s always a little bittersweet for me is fettuccine alfredo. It’s wonderful – don’t get me wrong. But it’s so high in calories (not to mention the fat!) that it’s hard to really enjoy it. I searched for weight watchers alfredo, but the first one I found was one that had been altered to be healthier – and it was still 12 points +! That was never going to work, so I came up with this one instead. It’s still rich and delicious, but it’s got a little twist. Instead of noodles (which are so high in carbohydrates that everything else pretty much doesn’t count), I used a spiralizer to slice zucchini noodles. If you don’t have a spiralizer, just thinly slice zucchini into fettuccine sized pieces. I was pleasantly surprised that this alfredo makeover tasted really delicious.

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Chicken Enchiladas with Green Sauce – 8 Points +

Chicken Enchiladas

By now you’ve probably realized that I love to have leftover roast chicken to use in a variety of recipes. Chicken enchiladas are a wonderful dish. They’re easy and delicious, and they’re perfect to stick in the freezer for later. My problem is that I prefer green enchilada sauce and store bought green enchilada sauce typically has wheat in it. So, I had to improvise. What I ended up with was this truly delicious green enchilada sauce that uses green tomatillos and is really easy to make. I typically used canned tomatillos, because I can keep a couple of cans on hand instead of having to plan ahead and use fresh. I’ll serve my enchiladas with chopped lettuce, fresh tomatoes and cucumbers and salsa. For those not watching points (or calories), add a little sour cream or shredded cheese to the top. You won’t use all of the sauce in the pan, so save some to heat up and spoon over the whole thing. I prefer my sauce mild, so I don’t add more than 1 jalapeno and often I’ll substitute a can of mild green chilies in place of it. If you like hot sauce, just add more jalapeno peppers.

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Submit Your Chicken Recipe and Win $100!!!

LaaLoosh Chicken Recipe Contest

WINNER WINNER, CHICKEN DINNER!!

You’ve all tried my Weight Watchers chicken recipes, and now I want to try yours!
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Think your chicken recipe has what it takes to be a winner? Enter today by submitting your original recipe and photo to: [email protected], now through AUGUST 16, 2015.

Here’s how it works…
Cook up your most delicious, mouthwatering chicken recipe, snap a photo of it, and email it over to us along with the nutritional info and Weight Watchers Points Plus Value (don’t worry – if you don’t have the Weight Watchers calculator, just include the nutritional stats, and we’ll calculate the Points Plus for you).
All week long, we’ll be reviewing your recipes, and posting some on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter to share. Then, we will pick our TOP 3 FINALISTS, and post those recipes on LaaLoosh.com and Facebook. Whichever recipes gets the most shares from all of YOU, wins that Amazon gift card worth $100!

So get in that kitchen and get that recipe on over here! Can’t wait to see what you all dish up. :) Happy Cooking!

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Finalists will be announced and posted on Facebook on August 20th, after which there will be 3 days for the finalists’ recipes to be shared. The recipe that collects the most shares within those 3 days is the winner. Winners will be announced on August 26th

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Submissions and photos must be original
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Lime Glazed Pork Chops – 6 Points +

Lime Glazed Pork Chops

Summer is a great time to grill, and these pork chops are delightful. They have a glaze, so there’s not need to marinate the pork chops. Just whip up the glaze, brush it on the pork chops and grill. The glaze has a little sweet marmalade, lime and spicy jalapeno. It’s a perfect combination. Since you’re already grilling, add some seasoned vegetables in aluminum foil and ears of sweet corn. You’ll have a whole meal ready to serve in no time!

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Tabbouleh – 4 Points +

Tabbouleh

Tabbouleh (or tabouli) is a Middle Eastern vegetarian side dish made with tomatoes, cucumber, herbs, bulgur wheat and onion. It’s seasoned with olive oil and lemon juice. This is a very refreshing, summery dish that goes well with just about anything. Since I don’t eat wheat, I usually make this with quinoa (much to my husband’s annoyance, since he doesn’t care for quinoa). It’s traditionally made with bulgur wheat, but quinoa works well with it as a gluten free option. With fresh herbs from the garden, this is a perfect time of the year to make this delicious and refreshing side dish.

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Stuffed Zucchini Boats – 3 Points +

Stuffed Zucchini Boats

This is the time of year that everyone is starting to have a lot of zucchini. All of my friends and family are desperately trying to give away more zucchini to me. For me, actually, that works really well, since our two huge zucchini plants this year only have two tiny little zucchini on them. The downside is figuring out what to do with the zucchini. Chocolate zucchini cake is always a good bet, but so are these stuffed zucchini boats. They not only look adorable, but they are easy and delicious. The sweet onion and buttery breadcrumbs provide a perfect filling, that’s made rich and delicious with a little cheese. The best part – you get two zucchini halves for only 3 points +!

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