Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes – 9 Smart Points

Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joe

As a kid, I grew up eating Sloppy Joe’s as a regular staple. It was an easy meal to cook, and pretty inexpensive to make, so we ate it a LOT. I do occasionally make Sloppy Joe’s for my kids, which they love, but I will still enjoy one myself every now and then. Not too long ago, I decided to try out a new concept I’d seen around a few times, by combining the ingredients of a Philly Cheesesteak in the form of a Sloppy Joe. Really, this is a spectacular idea, and I’m totally surprised it hasn’t become a huge thing yet! The end result was wildly successful, and absolutely delicious. All the traditional Philly Cheesesteak flavors were there, but it was an easier recipe to assemble because everything was already combined together before I even got it on the bun. And these cheese just melts right into the ground beef making it oh-so sloppily amazing. I recommend sandwich thins with this recipe in order to cut calories, but you can use any kind of bun you’d like. When I made this recipe for my photo, I used the only buns I had on hand at the time, which wasn’t the sandwich thins, but you get the idea. :) Enjoy!

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Stuffed Pepper Casserole Recipe – 5 Smart Points

Stuffed Pepper Casserole

Turning traditional, fussy dishes into a simpler casserole version has been one of my favorite cooking pastimes recently. We are all big stuffed pepper fans over here, so I thought I’d make an attempt to turn it into a casserole instead, which turned out to be a fantastic idea! You get all the wonderful flavors of the customary stuffed peppers, but with less effort and an easier to eat form. Plus, this Weight Watchers dinner recipe was easy to freeze and store in individual serving containers, so that I could have a healthy meal easily available when needed. It was delicious, satisfying, and just 5 Smart Points per serving. We’ll definitely be adding this dish into regular rotation around here!

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Stuffed Cabbage Soup Recipe – 1 Smart Point

Stuffed Cabbage Soup

Well, here we are…the last day of 2016. And I’m full steam ahead in the kitchen prepping for weeks of healthy eating and holiday binging detox! Today’s recipe is one that is a HUGE help to me when I’m trying to cut calories…Stuffed Cabbage Soup. Growing up, my mom would often make stuffed cabbage rolls for dinner. I remember that they were really tasty, but that we didn’t have them often because the recipe required a lot of steps and it was quite time consuming to make. So to get the flavors of traditional stuffed cabbage rolls without all the work, I prefer to make my “lazy mom” version, which basically combines all the ingredients in a soup rather than the rolls. It’s WAY easier, and it tastes wonderful! So bright and fresh, but still hearty and satisfying. I eliminated the rice to save some calories, and I honestly didn’t miss it at all. If you still feel like you need the rice, you could always try Miracle Rice, which is zero calories, so it won’t affect the Smart Points count at all. I actually just made a huge batch of this soup, and am freezing individual portions of it, so I can have it on hand when I’m hungry or hangry (so hungry that I’m angry). It prevents me from eating food that isn’t a part of my healthy eating plan which can derail my progress. If you love stuffed cabbage rolls, I highly recommend this leaner, lighter, soup version instead! Enjoy. And Happy New Year!!

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Chipotle Chicken Chili Recipe – 7 Smart Points

Chipotle Chicken Chili

Chili has always been one of my favorite cold weather foods – there’s just something so comforting and soul warming about it. And my Chipotle Chicken Chili Recipe has an extra boost of flavor heat to warm you up! Made with crumbled ground chicken and Italian sausage, this chili is packed with protein and is incredibly satisfying. I’ve made this recipe many times, and it’s always well received. It can feed large crowds and is relatively inexpensive to make. And at just 7 Smart Points per serving, this Weight Watchers chili recipe tastes like a splurge, but is absolutely guilt free. If I have the time, I will let this cook for 3-5 hours….because the longer it cooks, the tastier it is. I also love serving it with a dollop of sour cream or shredded cheddar cheese, and some fresh chopped red onions. Soooooo yummy. Need a dish for game day or Super Bowl Sunday? This Chipotle Chicken Chili is it! Enjoy.

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BBQ Beef – 9 Smart Points

BBQ Beef

Since last weekend was a 3 day weekend with Memorial day, my in-laws came down for the weekend. We had a couple of projects to work on while they were here (the guys had a couple of projects, I was just hoping to get out of as much work as possible), so it worked perfectly. I like to have everything planned out and everything I possibly can prepped before a weekend like that. It makes life so much easier and less stressful. I also love food and cooking, so it was a perfect opportunity to take advantage of 2 extra mouths and make some delicious food! I had a beef roast (just a regular chuck roast) that desperately needed to get out of the freezer and used, so I decided to do BBQ beef. I wanted to do it in the crockpot, since it’s easy and turns out really delicious meat. I also wanted to do a Carolina inspired BBQ sauce. Since some of our close friends are from the Carolinas (he’s originally from the North and her from the South), they’ve introduced us to some really delicious BBQ. This sauce is just perfect. It’s a combination of the traditional ketchup based sauces that I’m used to (being from the North), but it’s got the tangy apple cider vinegar that really gives the sauce a robust flavor. It’s not as sharp as distilled white vinegar and is almost a little sweet. I skipped the hot sauce (Since none of us like it really hot), but added it here so that you can adjust it to your taste. I love this BBQ beef, it’s definitely going to be a great recipe for the summer. I don’t have to use the oven and it goes so well with potato salad, coleslaw, veggie trays or any other summer sides I want to serve it with. [Read more…]

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Salmon with Tarragon Cream – 6 Smart Points

Salmon with Tarragon Cream
Salmon is one of my favorite types of fish. I typically make it one of two ways – lots of lemon, dill and onions or with a citrus salsa. I thought I’d mix it up a bit and try salmon with this tarragon cream. It was really easy to make, and it’s a wonderful change from traditional tartar sauce. Tarragon isn’t an herb that I use frequently, but it’s common in French cuisine. It has a similar flavor to anise, a strong flavor that is dark and rich. You definitely don’t want to overdo it. If you’re cooking the tarragon, be sure to add it right at the end so it doesn’t get bitter. I really like this flavor combination. The tarragon gives the cream a rich flavor, and it goes so well with salmon, which can be a little strong. I also really like that this is so easy to make. I made the tarragon cream while the salmon was cooking. While the oven is preheating, it’s easy to put together some vegetable side dishes. Mix up your dinner routine with this delicious new recipe. [Read more…]

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