And the WINNER is…..

VICKY STROUP for her delicious BBQ Peach Bourbon Chicken Recipe. Here’s it is, in case you missed it: http://www.laaloosh.com/2015/08/20/finalist-2-bbq-peach-bourbon-chicken/.

Congratulation Vicky!! Thanks so much for sharing your fantastic dish with us! Enjoy your $100 Amazon Gift Card!!!

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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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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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Caesar Bistro Wrap – 6 Points +

Caesar Bistro Wrap

This wonderful wrap is low carb, gluten free and delicious. Romaine lettuce leaves make a perfect wrap for this Caesar inspired lunch. Instead of using premade Caesar dressing that’s high in sodium and trans fat, use yogurt and mix some herb seasonings in to give it flavor. The tuna and yogurt mixture can be made up ahead of time and help in the fridge for several days. That makes it a wonderful lunch for a busy lunch. Colorful and delicious lunches like this make it easy to eat healthy. Grab a piece of fruit, a bowl of fruit salad or some veggies with dip to make it a complete lunch.

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Chicken Bruschetta – 5 Points +

Chicken Bruschetta

When it starts to get this time of year, two things are growing in abundance in the garden – tomatoes and basil. That means its time for garden fresh chicken bruschetta. Bruschetta is a wonderful aromatic dish that has the whole house smelling delicious for hours afterwards. Traditionally, bruschetta is served on fresh french bread, but this recipe doesn’t use french bread. It’s much lower in carbohydrates and points, and you won’t miss the french bread either.

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Cucumber & Strawberry Salad – 3 Points +

Cucumber & Strawberry Salad 

I’m always up for a new and delicious salad recipe. My sister came to visit and brought her spiral slicer, and we made this delicious salad. I am totally in love with the spiral slicer, but you don’t have to have one to enjoy this salad. However, a word to the wise — chances are the picky in your family will love spiral sliced vegetables! They add a new and fun dimension to the meal. If you don’t have a spiral slicer (the one we were using left with my sister, but it’s on the wish list for myself now), just slice the cucumbers thinly. I prefer English (hothouse) cucumbers for this, because there are fewer and smaller seeds. But regular cucumbers will work just fine with this. If you’re not planning on eating all of the salad at once, have each person dress their own salad. It will hold in the refrigerator for a day or two without the dressing, but it’s best fresh. It’s strawberry season, so it’s a perfect time to try this salad. It’s light and fruity, simple, colorful and very tasty.

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Simple Roasted Chicken Drumsticks Recipe – 5 Points +

Simple Roasted Chicken Drumsticks

After years of cooking varieties of meals with so many different flavors, and vast lists of ingredients, sometimes it’s good to just enjoy a food in it’s purest form. And this Simple Roasted Chicken Drumsticks Recipe is must have for any foodie’s repertoire. This easy Weight Watchers Chicken recipe has just 4 ingredients, and it’s absolutely delicious. By eliminating the use of any spices or seasonings, you are really able to savor and enjoy the wonderful taste of the juicy and tender chicken. A simple sprinkling of salt and pepper help the chicken to show off it’s perfect and natural flavor. This chicken be eaten as cooked, or you can use it as your base to get creative and build your own chicken recipes with. Enjoy!

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Slender Kitchen’s Spicy Green Bean Fries-2 Points+

GreenBeanFries Skinny KitchenTo start off our series featuring other foodies around the web, we reached out to Kristen from The Slender Kitchen, a great blog consisting of many healthy recipes and meal plans. She has given us a great substitute for French fries-Spicy Green Bean Fries:

French fries just may be every dieter’s nemesis. Salty, crispy, and oh-so-addictive; it is easy to quickly rack up hundreds of calories mindlessly eating a plateful of fries with a sandwich or burger. And sadly, even at home baked versions sometimes pack a caloric punch with lots of added calories from oil and starchy potatoes. So next time you crave fries, try these spicy green bean fries instead. They are packed with flavor and make a perfect as a snack, side dish, or appetizer that both kids and adults are sure to love.

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Cauliflower Hummus Recipe – 3 Points +

Cauliflower Hummus

Low Carb Cauliflower Hummus Recipes have been all the rage on Pinterest lately. And since I loooooove hummus, I was game to giving this dish a try and coming up with my own version. The key is simply substituting roasted cauliflower for the garbanzo beans in order to dramatically lower the carbohydrate count. Roasting the cauliflower helps to create a similar nuttiness-like flavor that the garbanzo beans have, so that’s a very important step. And while it doesn’t taste exactly identical to hummus, it does taste really good. The tahini and remaining ingredients blend together perfectly with the cauliflower, and the end result is one seriously delicious low carb hummus! And check this out, instead of a measly 2 tbsp serving that you would normally get for 3 Points + in a traditional hummus, you get a whopping 1/2 cup!! That’s a whole lotta delicious dipping. So grab your fresh veggies and pita bread, and go to town! This Cauliflower Hummus Recipe is a MUST try.

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California-Style Tilapia Nachos Recipe – 7 Points +

Tilapia Nachos

If you blinked, you missed it…but yesterday, I was very, very briefly shown on the Dr. Oz show in a segment for his Healthy Recipe Challenge. In case you missed it on my Facebook page, I was contacted by the producers of the Dr. Oz show on Friday, and asked if I’d be willing to submit a “healthier version of a California-style nacho recipe”. They were assigning other food bloggers a popular dish from the state where they lived, and would choose three finalists to actually appear on the show with Dr. Oz himself. Super exciting, right?! So, I agreed to submit a recipe, and got to work ASAP, as they needed my video submission in 48 hours! My husband was out of town, and I was entirely alone with both of my young kids. Worst possible timing ever. But after the kids were asleep, I managed to whip up some seriously AMAZING Tilapia Nachos! I’m not gonna lie…these nachos were unbelievably good. Though the footage I was submitting was pretty shotty, I was quite proud of the nachos themselves. And although I ended up not being chosen as one of three finalists (boo!), the producers did contact me to let me know that clips from my video submission were chosen to appear on today’s show. Well, after watching the show today, it turns out that just a mere two-word phrase of my entire video submission actually made it to the show (“sunny california!”), and none of the other 30-45 minutes of footage that I worked so hard making was shown. What’s funny is that they never even asked for my actual recipe…they just wanted the footage of me making it, plating it and eating it. So, who knows what they were looking for in order to make it as a finalist. But it was a fun experience, and I got to eat these incredible nachos at 1am while watching Sex and the City re-runs.

But no need to let this amazing, healthy nachos recipe go to waste! So, here it is…as “not” seen on the Dr. Oz show…..my California Style Tilapia Nachos Recipe! Baked tortilla chips, covered in cheese, including a bit of cojita cheese (yum!), and topped with lime marinated tilapia, fresh cabbage, black beans, red onions, cilantro, salsa verde, and a chipotle cream sauce that is to die for. These are a MUST make, folks.

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Greek Yogurt Chicken Recipe – 5 Points +

Greek Yogurt Chicken

Here’s another super easy and delicious Weight Watchers Chicken Recipe that will make weeknight dinner planning a breeze. This Greek Yogurt Chicken is a family hit for sure, as the end result is moist, juicy chicken with a slightly tangy coating of Greek yogurt seasoned with lemon, garlic, oregano, and parsley. I chose to spend the extra Point and use chicken thighs in this recipe instead of chicken breasts, simply because my kids prefer the thighs. But I think it would work just as easily with breasts. Serve with some steamed brown rice or wheat couscous, and a light salad for a very satisfying dinner. Enjoy!

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Strawberry Kale Smoothie Recipe – 6 Points +

Strawberry Kale Smoothie

In the morning, I’m often just too busy to eat a good breakfast. And truthfully, after my morning coffee, I’m really just not that hungry yet. I’m stressed and rushing to get out the door, get my son to school, and get to my cardio class at the gym on time. But, if I skip eating something, then by the time I finish school drop off and my workout at the gym, it’s 1030am, I’m hungry, and my body really needs those nutrients. So I’ve found that this Strawberry Kale Smoothie Recipe is a fantastic breakfast for me because I can have it made in just minutes, pour it into a tall travel cup, and drink it in the car on the way to my son’s school. It’s light enough that it doesn’t make my tummy feel too full and heavy, but the coconut oil and almond milk in it help me to feel perfectly satisfied until lunchtime. Plus, it packs in tons of vitamins and nutrients. And if you are not a fan of kale, fear not, because you cannot taste it at all in this smoothie. Now, one word hear about how I calculated it to be 6 Points +. My Weight Watchers leader told me that you need to calculate the nutritional info for all the ingredients of a smoothie (including the fruits and veggies which are normally 0 Points +), because blending them all up together with other ingredients changes the composition of them and the way your body processes them. That being said, there are some of you who prefer to ONLY calculate the non-0 Points Plus ingredients, thus excluding the fruits and veggies from the nutritional stats. Either way, it’s your choice entirely. But the 6 Points + I have posted here includes the fruit and the kale. Calculating only the other ingredients would make this a 3 Points Plus smoothie. Whichever way you choose to track this, I definitely recommend giving it a try if you are poking for a healthy smoothie recipe to fill you up and give your body a wonderful nutritional boost. Enjoy!

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