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Here’s the place to read all about my sauce recipes, seasonings, and gravy recipes, including dessert sauces and pasta sauce recipes. I sure do love sauce, so playing with different sauce recipes and creating my variations, I’ve come up with a lot of amazing delicious low calorie sauce recipes! Most, if not all of my grave and sauce recipes will have the Weight Watchers Points Value.

5 Minute Restaurant Salsa

5 Minute Restaurant Salsa Recipe – 0 Points

Chips and salsa are such a beloved snack…I mean, come on…have you ever met anyone who doesn’t like it? And with so many salsa variations available, this is a food you can never get tired of! I really love all salsas, from the freshly made to the store-bought, and everything in between.

Asian Broccoli Salad

Asian Broccoli Salad Recipe – 5 Points

If you aren’t a fan of broccoli, this Asian Broccoli Salad Recipe might make you change your mind! I love salads that are easy to prepare and don’t take a lot of time. And this salad comes together in about 15 minutes, which makes it an ideal option for busy weekdays. Eating lots of veggies is a great way to fight off junk food cravings.

Moroccan Carrot Dip

Moroccan Carrot Dip Recipe – 2 Points

Spice things up a bit with this lovely moroccan Carrot Dip recipe, and wow your guests with originality! Perfect for a party appetizer, served with fresh cut veggies, pita bread or pita chips, this easy vegan dip also adds a bold, exotic flavor to wraps or sandwiches.

Lazy Satay Chicken

Lazy Satay Chicken Recipe – 8 Points

My kids have always loved Thai Chicken Satay (or “the yellow chicken on a stick”, as they refer to it). And who can blame them? Tender, juicy chicken marinated in a heavenly peanut sauce that is then grilled to perfection and served with extra sauce for dipping. It is divine!

Mango Salsa

Mango Salsa Recipe – 0 Smart Points

Chips and salsa are a pretty popular snack in my house. The whole family is a fan, and we find ourselves snacking on it very regularly. When I’m busy, I’ll rely on store bought salsa, but when I have the time, there is nothing more amazing than freshly prepared, homemade salsa. Recently, I whipped up a mango salsa that was total perfection.

Baked Falafel with Tahini

Baked Falafel Recipe with Tahini Sauce – 6 Smart Points

I truly believe that this Baked Falafel Recipe is actually much better than the traditional fried version. The flavors from the spices and fresh parsley and cilantro are bright and bold, and the garbanzo beans are thick and meaty. The outside is crisped to perfection, and the inside is soft and creamy. Topped with homemade tahini sauce and fresh cucumber salad, and stuffed into a whole pita, it’s one seriously satisfying meal. You can even skip the pita, and serve the falafel and on top of a big salad. With lots of protein, fiber, and flavor, this healthy homemade falafel recipe is an excellent one to try this New Year. Enjoy!

Baked Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken Teriyaki

Baked Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken Teriyaki Recipe – 6 Smart Points

This Baked Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken Teriyaki Recipe is one that my kids ask for again and again. I love that it’s super easy to make, that it tastes fantastic, and is just 6 Smart Points per serving. Just pour the sauce over the chicken pineapple, and peppers, and bake! You could make this even lighter by using chicken breasts instead of thighs, but my family tends to prefer the dark meat. Breasts would work really well though, given that they are cooked in the sauce, so that would help keep them super moist and juicy. Traditional Teriyaki sauces use a lot more sugar, which also helps give a thicker sauce, but this sauce is still deliciously sweet and flavorful without being too sweet. It’s also a perfect topper for steamed rice, which I highly recommend with it. Enjoy!

Homemade Chipotle Cholesterol Free Mayonnaise

Homemade Chipotle Cholesterol Free Mayonnaise – 3 Smart Points

The funny thing about mayonnaise, is that I always hated it as a kid. For some reason, I could never get on board with the flavor. Nowadays, as a an adult, I am full-fledged, car carrying mayo lover. If it wasn’t so high in Points, I’d eat it straight out the jar with a spoon. In fact, my love for mayo has led me to get a little experimental in making my own, homemade mayonnaise recipes.

Pico de Gallo

Easy Pico de Gallo Recipe – 0 Smart Points

It’s Cinco de Mayo, and I’ve got nothing but Mexican food on my mind today! So, I’m sharing my favorite, super easy, authentic pico de gallo recipe. Not only do I use this 0 Smart points dish as a dip for tortilla chips, but I use it to top many other foods as well…chicken, fish, salads, sandwiches.

Pasta with Spinach Pesto – 7 Smart Points

Pesto is a delightful way to dress pasta that’s a little different than your typical red or white pasta sauce. It usually just requires a lot of fresh basil, pine nuts and olive oil. This is one that mixes that up a little bit. The spinach is mild enough, but the basil adds the classic “pesto” flavor. Not only that, spinach is a nutritional powerhouse. This is also one of my favorite types of recipes – quick and easy to put together – just stick everything in a food processor. If your pasta is ready too soon, just rinse in cold water (helps to minimize the sticking) and then leave it drained. When you’re ready to serve, just reheat the pasta by running under hot water. If you’ve got extra of the pesto, it should keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks. The tomatoes add a beautiful pop…

Lettuce Shell Chicken Tacos with Chipotle Cream

Lettuce Shell Chicken Tacos with Chipotle Cream – 5 Smart Points

If there’s one food I could eat everyday for weeks without tiring if it, it’s tacos. That’s partly because there are SO many different ways to prepare them, and I’d never get bored. For this taco recipe, I used cabbage leaves instead of traditional taco shells to help cut carbs and calories. I also added some swiss chard leaves for added nutrition and for it’s aesthetics.

Peanut Butter Fruit Dip – 4 Points +

I love fresh fruit, but I really like fresh fruit with a yogurt dip. The first dip that I made was quite a few years ago and it was half cream cheese and half marshmallow crème. Don’t get me wrong – it tasted great, but the next weekend we had a friend come to visit who has diabetes. It meant that the recipe got it’s first makeover. It became half cream cheese and half yogurt with a little vanilla and honey to taste. It’s still just as good but it’s not nearly as unhealthy. This one is just slightly different. I skipped the cream cheese and used a little peanut butter instead. It’s perfect for things like bananas and apples that go so well with peanut butter to begin with. You can also switch out the peanut butter for almond butter or sun butter if you need to – it’s…

Broccoli Salad

Broccoli Salad Recipe – 7 Points +

If you’ve ever had a Broccoli Salad before, you’ll understand the reason why this salad has become such a popular side dish at parties, buffets, and potlucks – it’s just so flipping GOOD! My spin on this well loved dish uses a few variant ingredients to keep it a bit lighter and more heart healthy.

Swedish Meatball Saute

Swedish Meatball Saute – 8 Points +

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.

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