Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Chicken Brunswick Stew (6.5 points)

Yields: 9 Servings (size: 1 1/2 cups)


5 cups Onion chopped
6 each boneless chicken breast halves skinless
2 can (12 oz) Creamed corn
1 can (12 oz) Chicken broth fat free
1 bottle Chili sauce
1/4 cup Butter cut into small pieces
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons Cider Vinegar
2 teaspoon Black pepper ground
1/2 teaspoon Hot pepper sauce

Place all the ingredients in the slow cooker and stir well. Cook on high for one hour. Reduce heat to low and cook for 6 hours. Remove the chicken, shred with 2 forks, and return it to the stew. Serve and enjoy!

Cooking Light: Slow Cooker

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Three Bean Pot (3.5 points)

Yields: 6 Servings
Serving size = 1 cup


10 ounce Great Northern Beans rinsed and drained
10 ounce Pinto beans rinsed and drained
10 ounce Red kidney beans rinsed and drained
1 3/4 cups Stewed tomatoes chopped
1/2 cup Mushroom sliced
3/4 cup Onion chopped
1 cup Celery chopped
1 cup Carrots sliced
1/4 cup Bacon bits
1/8 teaspoon Black pepper
1/4 teaspoon Garlic minced

Put in all the ingredients. Mix it up. Cover and cook low for 6 to 8 hours.

A Potful of Recipes

Monday, November 17, 2008

Creole Macaroni (8 Points, 10 Points Plus)

serving size: 1 3/4 cups
Yields: 4 Servings


1 pound ground round
* 1 cup chopped onion
* 1 cup sliced mushrooms
* 1 cup cooked medium elbow macaroni
* 1 tablespoon sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
* 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
* 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
* 1 (14.5-ounce) can stewed tomatoes, undrained
* 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed reduced-fat, reduced-sodium tomato soup, undiluted
* Cooking spray
* 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese, divided

Preheat oven to 350°.

Cook ground beef, onion, and mushrooms in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until browned, and stir to crumble. Drain.

Combine beef mixture, macaroni, and next 6 ingredients (macaroni through soup) in a 2-quart casserole dish coated with cooking spray. Stir in 1/2 cup cheese; sprinkle 1/4 cup cheese over top. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until bubbly.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 388 (30% from fat)
Fat: 12.9g (sat 5.3g,mono 4.6g,poly 0.8g)
Protein: 35.2g
Carbohydrate: 33.4g
Fiber: 3g
Cholesterol: 83mg
Iron: 4.2mg
Sodium: 800mg
Calcium: 230mg

Cooking Light, MAY 2000

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Cheesy Spinach-Artichoke Dip (3.5 Points, 4.5 Points Plus)

Yields 5 1/4 cups dip (serving size: 1/4 cup dip and about 6 pita wedges)


11 (6-inch) pita bread rounds
1/3 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes packed without oil
1 cup boiling water
1 (14-ounce) can quartered artichoke hearts drained and coarsely chopped
1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach thawed, drained, and squeezed dry
1 (8-ounce) tub light cream cheese softened
1 (8-ounce) carton low-fat sour cream
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3/4 cup fat-free milk
1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 cup fat-free mayonnaise
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Split each pita bread in half horizontally; cut each half into 6 wedges. Place pita wedges in a single layer on baking sheets; bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until toasted.

3. Combine sun-dried tomatoes and boiling water in a bowl; let stand for 1 hour or until soft.

4. Place artichokes and next 11 ingredients (through garlic) in a 3 1/2-quart electric slow cooker; stir well. Cover with lid; cook on low-heat setting 1 hour. Drain tomatoes; stir into dip. Cover and cook 1 hour. Serve warm with toasted pita wedges.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 166 (26% from fat)
Fat: 4.8g (sat 2.9g)
Protein: 7.6g
Carbohydrate: 22.9g
Fiber: 1.3g
Cholesterol: 14mg
Iron: 1.4mg
Sodium: 429mg

Cooking Light, OCTOBER 2004

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Pronto Penne Pasta (7.5 Points, 9.5 Points Plus)

Serving Size = 1 cup
(This makes a very large amount of food. I chose not to put in the cayenne and served it and the Parmesan on the side. This made it much more kid-friendly.)


2 1/4 cups Whole wheat pasta uncooked
1 pound Italian turkey sausage links casings removed
1 medium Red onion chopped
1 medium Green pepper chopped
1 can (14 oz) Diced tomatoes undrained
1 can (14 oz) Chicken broth reduced-sodium
2 cloves Garlic minced
2 teaspoons Dried tarragon
2 teaspoons Dried basil
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne
1/4 cup All purpose flour
1/2 cup Skim milk
1/2 cup Reduced Fat Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan grated


1. Cook pasta according to directions. Meanwhile crumble sausage into skillet coated with cooking spray. Ad onion and green pepper. Cook and stir over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Drain. Stir in the tomatoes, broth, and remaining spices.
2. In a small bowl, combine flour and milk until smooth. Stir into sausage mixture. Bring to a boil, cook and stir fro 2 minutes or unitl thickened.
3. Remove from the heat. Stir in cheddar cheese until melted. Drain pasta. Toss with sausage mixture. Sprinkle each serving with 2 teaspoons Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts: 1 cup equals 373 calories, 11 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 55 mg cholesterol, 800 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 24 g protein.

Healthy Cooking: Taste of Home April/May 2008

Friday, July 11, 2008

Mexican Corn Bread Pizza (7.6 Points, 9.5 Points Plus)

Yields: 6 Servings


1 package Cornbread mix 8 1/2 ounces
1/3 cup Skim milk
1 Egg beaten
1 cup Frozen corn thawed
1 pound Ground turkey extra lean
1 small Onion chopped
1 small Red bell pepper chopped
2 Jalapeno peppers seeded & chopped
3 tablespoons Taco seasoning reduced sodium
1/2 cup Water
3/4 cup Reduced fat mexican cheese shredded
1 small Tomato
1/4 cup Olives sliced
2 Green onions chopped
6 tablespoons Reduced fat sour cream

1. In a small bowl, combine the corn bread mix, milk and egg. Stir in corn just until blended. Spread evenly into a 8X8 or 9X9 pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 14-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the turkey, onion, red pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Drain. Stir in taco seasoning and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
3. Spoon turkey mixture over corn bread; sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 5-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Sprinkle with tomato, olives and green onions. Cut into six wedges; top each with sour cream.

Nutrition Facts: 1 wedge equals 354 calories, 11 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 82 mg cholesterol, 793 mg sodium, 43 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 25 g protein.

Taste of Home : Healthy Cooking Magazine April/May 2008

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Red Beans & Rice (7.7 points)

(From my new favorite cookbook; Cooking Light Slow Cooker)

Serving size: 1 cup bean mixture, 3/4 cup rice, 1 tbsp green onions
Yields: 4 Servings


3 cups Water
1 cup Red kidney beans dried
1 cup Onion chopped
1 cup Bell pepper chopped
3/4 cup Celery chopped
1 teaspoon Dried thyme
1 teaspoon Paprika
3/4 teaspoon Red pepper ground
1/2 teaspoon Black pepper
7 ounces Smoked turkey sausage thinly sliced
1 each Bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon Salt
3 cups Long grain rice cooked
1/4 cup Green onions chopped

Combine the first 12 ingredients in a 2 quart electric slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 5 hours. Discrad bay leaf; stir in salt. Serve over rice in individual bowls; sprinkle evenly with green onions.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Grilled Asian Pork Chops (4 Points)

Sorry no picture this time :)


6 tablespoons Low Sodium Soy Sauce
1 teaspoon Pepper
2 teaspoons Toasted sesame oil
2 teaspoons Lime Juice
6 each Boneless Center Cut Pork Loin

Combine all the ingredients. Marinate the pork in the refrigerator for at least 10 minutes. Grill for 3 - 4 minutes on each side or until done.

WW Five Ingredient 15 Minute Cookbook

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Summer Corn, Bacon and Potato Chowder (4 points, 7 points plus)


1 medium Yukon Gold potato
1 sprays cooking spray
1/2 cup celery
1/4 cup onion
4 piece corn on the cob
1 cup sweet red pepper
4 oz Canadian-style bacon
2 cup fat-free skim milk
1/2 tsp table salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp hot pepper sauce

* Puncture potato in several places with a fork; microwave on high power until tender, turning over once, about 8 minutes. Allow to cool; peel and mash.

* Meanwhile, coat a large saucepan with cooking spray. Add celery, onion, corn and red pepper; sauté over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes.

* Stir bacon and milk into saucepan; stir in mashed potato and mix well. Season with salt, pepper and hot pepper sauce; stir to combine. Cover and simmer 10 minutes (do not allow to boil). Yields about 1 1/2 cups per serving.

Serving Size: 1 (413 g)

Servings Per Recipe: 4

Calories 266.5

Calories from Fat 32 12%
Total Fat 3.6 g 5%
Saturated Fat 1.0 g 5%
Monounsaturated Fat 1.3 g 6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.7 g 3%
Trans Fat 0.0 g 0%
Cholesterol 17.7 mg 5%
Sodium 817.1 mg 34%
Potassium 953.2 mg 27%
Magnesium 79.4 mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 47.2 g 15%
Dietary Fiber 5.2 g 20%
Sugars 7.2 g 28%
Protein 16.4 g 32%


Monday, March 31, 2008

Chicken Potpies (7.5 Points, 9 Points Plus)

3 servings (serving size: 1 pie)


1/2 (15-ounce) package refrigerated pie dough (such as Pillsbury)
Cooking spray
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
8 ounces chicken breast tenders, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 1/4 cups water
1 1/2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
1 cup mushrooms, quartered
1 (10 1/2-ounce) can condensed reduced-fat, reduced-sodium cream of chicken soup


Preheat oven to 425°.

Cut 3 (4-inch) circles out of dough; discard remaining dough. Place dough circles on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Lightly coat dough with cooking spray; sprinkle evenly with 1/8 teaspoon salt. Pierce top of dough with a fork. Bake dough at 425° for 8 minutes or until golden.

Combine flour, sage, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper in a zip-top plastic bag; add chicken. Seal bag, and toss to coat. Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add chicken mixture; cook 5 minutes, browning on all sides. Stir in water, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Stir in vegetables, mushrooms, and soup; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and cook 10 minutes. Spoon 1 cup chicken mixture into each of 3 (1-cup) ramekins or bowls; top each serving with 1 pie crust.

Cooking Light, OCTOBER 2003

Friday, March 28, 2008

Diner Meat Loaf "Muffins" (6 points, 7 Points Plus)

Yields: 6 Servings
(serving size: 2 "muffins")


1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped carrot
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 garlic cloves minced
1 cup ketchup divided
1 1/2 pounds ground beef extra lean (raw)
1 cup finely crushed fat-free saltine crackers (about 20)
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 large eggs

Cooking spray


Preheat oven to 350°.

Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chopped onion, chopped carrot, dried oregano, and minced garlic; sauté 2 minutes. Cool.

Combine onion mixture, 1/2 cup ketchup, and the remaining ingredients except cooking spray in a large bowl.

Spoon the meat mixture into 12 muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Top each with 2 teaspoons ketchup. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until a thermometer registers 160°. Let stand for 5 minutes.

Cooking Light, MARCH 2006

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Chicken Cordon Bleu (5 Points)

4 Servings

4 boneless chicken breast halves
12 slices Deli Select Thin Sliced Ham
4 slices Mozzarella
1/4 cup Bread crumbs
Cooking spray

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Coat a baking sheet with non stick cooking spray. Place each chicken breast between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and pound out until thin. Place 3 slices of ham and 1 slice of cheese at the top of each breast, and roll starting with the end that has the cheese and ham, bringing the sides in as you roll. Spray each breast with cooking spray, then dip into bread crumbs. Place on baking sheet. Bake for approx. 30-40 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Moroccan Chickpea Chili (4 Points, 5 Points Plus)

(serving size: 1 1/2 cups)

Yields: 4 Servings


2 teaspoons olive oil
1 cup prechopped onion
3/4 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 1/2 cups water
2 tablespoons no-salt-added tomato paste
2 (15 1/2-ounce) cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
1 (14.5-ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes undrained
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, celery, carrot, and garlic to pan; sauté 5 minutes. Stir in cumin and next 7 ingredients (through red pepper); cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add 1 1/2 cups water, tomato paste, chickpeas, and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes. Stir in cilantro and juice.

from Cooking Light

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Oriental Chicken Ginger (4.5 Points)


6 Chicken breast halves uncooked, cut up
1 cup Carrot diced
1/2 cup Onion minced
1/2 cup Low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup Rice vinegar
1/4 cup Sesame seeds
1 tablespoon Ginger
3/4 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Sesame Oil
2 cups Broccoli Florets
1 cup Cauliflower


Combine all ingredients except broccoli and cauliflower in slow cooker.
Cover. Cook on low 3-5 hours. Stir in broccoli and cauliflower and cook an additional hour.
Serve over rice.

Fix It and Forget It Lightly

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Chicken Cacciatore (4 Points)

10 Servings


2 lbs uncooked boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 chopped bell pepper (I used Kroger's Recipe Beginnings Triple Pepper Blend)
1 chopped onion
12 oz. can chopped tomatoes
6 oz. can tomato paste
12 oz. can tomato sauce
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. dried basil (I used Trader Joe's frozen basil cubes)
1/2 tsp. garlic powder (I used Trader Joe's frozen garlic cubes)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

1. Combine all ingredients in the slow cooker.
2. Cover. Cook on low 8 hours.
3. Serve over rice or pasta.

(Please note that this is only four points without the rice or pasta. It can also be gluten free if served over rice.)

adapted from Fix It and Forget It Lightly

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Chicken 'n' Cheese Casserole (6 Points)

Yields: 8 Servings


2 cups Macaroni cooked
2 cups boneless chicken breast halves chopped
2 cups Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
2 cups Fat Free Milk
8 ounces Reduced Fat Cheddar cheese cubed

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In large casserole, combine all ingredients, mixing well.

3. Bake, covered 35 - 45 minutes. Remove cover; bake 10 - 15 minutes longer, serve immediately.

Weight Watcher's Winning Points Week 5 handout

Friday, February 15, 2008

Pan-Seared Chicken with Artichokes and Pasta (9.5 Points, 11 Points Plus)

Yields: 4 Servings


1 (6-ounce) jar marinated artichoke heart quarters undrained
8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Cooking spray
1/2 cup sliced green onions
1 garlic clove minced
1/2 cup dry white wine
4 cups hot cooked cavatappi (about 2 1/2 cups uncooked spiral tube-shaped pasta) or fusilli
1 tablespoon chopped pitted kalamata olives
1 (14.5-ounce) canned diced tomatoes drained
2 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese

Drain artichokes in a colander over a bowl, reserving marinade.

Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper; coat with cooking spray. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken; sauté 3 minutes on each side. Add onions and garlic; sauté 1 minute. Stir in reserved artichoke marinade and wine, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and stir in artichokes, pasta, olives, and tomatoes. Cook 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Sprinkle with cheese.

from Cooking Light Magazine

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Oriental Pepper Steak (4 Points)

Yields: 6 Servings


1 teaspoon Canola Oil
1 pound Flank Steak trimmed & cut into strips
1 Onion sliced
1 Green pepper sliced
1/2 Yellow bell pepper sliced
1/2 Orange bell pepper sliced
2 tablespoons Reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons Cornstarch
1 3/4 cups Beef broth

1. Heat a large nonstick skillet or wok over high heat unitl a drop of water sizzles. Add the oil, swirl to coat the pan, then add the steak. Stir-fry until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
2. Add the onion and bell peppers to the skillet. Reduce the heat and cook, covered, until the vegetables are softened, about 6 minutes. Uncover and stir-fry until the vegeatbles are browned, about 4 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, whisk together the soy sauce and cornstarch in a medium bowl until smooth; whisk in the broth. return the steak to the skillet, along with the soy sauce mixture. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce boils and thickens, about 3 minutes.

from WW Stir It Up Cookbook

Monday, February 11, 2008

Chicken Tortilla Soup (8 Points)

Yields: 8 Servings


4 boneless chicken breast halves uncooked
2 can (15 oz) Black beans undrained
1 can (15 oz) Low-sodium Mexican stewed tomatoes
1 cup Salsa
4 ounce Green chili chopped, undrained
Baked tortilla chips
2 cup Fat Free Cheese grated

1. Combine all ingredients except chips and cheese in large slow cooker.
2. Cover. Cook on low 8 hours.
3. Just before serving, remove chicken breast and slice into bite-size pieces. Stir into soup.
4. To serve, put a handful of ships in each individual soup bowl. Ladle soup over chips. Top with cheese.

Fix It & Forget It Lightly

Monday, February 4, 2008

Stir-Fried Chicken with Broccoli, Red Peppers and Cashews (9 Points Plus)

Yields: 4 Servings


2 tablespoon Vegetable oil
1 tablespoon Sesame Oil
1 1/2 tablespoon Ginger roots
3 cloves Garlic
1 pound boneless chicken breast halves
1 large Sweet pepper
2 cups Broccoli
2 tablespoon Low Sodium Soy Sauce
20 Cashews

* Heat a large nonstick skillet over high heat. Add 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil, 1/2 teaspoon of sesame oil, ginger and garlic; cook 15 seconds. Add chicken and stir-fry until starting to brown, about 3 to 4 minutes; remove to a plate.

* Add remaining teaspoon of vegetable oil, pepper and broccoli to same skillet; stir-fry for 3 minutes. Add chicken back to skillet, pour in soy sauce and cook, stirring, until chicken is cooked through, about 2 minutes more; toss with remaining 1/2 teaspoon of sesame oil. Sprinkle on cashews and serve. Yields about 1 3/4 cup per serving.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Hummus (2 Points)

Yields: 6 Servings


1 can (12 oz) Garbanzo beans drained
2 cloves Garlic
1/4 cup Tahini
2 tablespoons Olive oil

Blend in cuisenart. Add water if too thick.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

No Bake Cookies (1.5 points)

( These cookies have a bit of an aftertaste because of the splenda. I would suggest maybe using 1/2 c. sugar & 1/2 c. splenda and adding more points to the recipe.)

Yields: 2 dozen


1 c. splenda
1/4 c. margarine..approved butter
2 tbs. cocoa
1/4 c. milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 c. natural peanut butter
1 1/2 cups oats

*Boil first 4 ingredients; remove from heat and add:
*Stir all together and place by spoonfuls on wax paper or aluminum foil.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Manwich Tater Tot Casserole (6.5 points)

Yields: 8 Servings


56 Tater Tots
1 lb. lean ground beef
1/2 c. chopped onion
1 green pepper chopped
1 -1/2 c. frozen corn
2 can (16 oz) Manwich
1 -1/2 c. RF shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9"x13" baking dish with Pam.

Brown ground beef and onion; drain.

Stir in Manwich and heat through. Add corn.

Arrange Tater Tots in a single layer in bottom of baking dish.

Top with Manwich mixture. Sprinkle with cheese.

Bake 30-40 minutes.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Baked Hoisin Chicken Buns (3 Points, 4 Points Plus)


Cooking spray
12 ounces skinless boneless chicken thighs
1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
1 1/2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
2 teaspoons rice vinegar
9 frozen white roll dough pieces thawed (such as Rich's)
1 large egg lightly beaten
1 teaspoon sesame seeds toasted


Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add chicken; cook 4 minutes on each side or until done. Cool slightly; shred meat with 2 forks. Place chicken in a medium bowl. Add green onions, hoisin sauce, oyster sauce, and vinegar; toss well to combine.

Roll each dough piece into a 4-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Spoon about 2 tablespoons chicken mixture into center of each dough circle. Gather edges of dough over filling; pinch to seal. Place the filled dough, seam sides down, on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Lightly coat filled dough with cooking spray. Cover and let rise 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375°.

Uncover filled dough. Gently brush with egg; discard remaining egg. Sprinkle evenly with sesame seeds. Bake at 375° for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

Cooking Light

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Motz's Homemade Macaroni and Cheese (5 Points)

Serving size = Approx. 3/4 cup
Yields: 8 Servings


2 cups elbow macaroni
2 tablespoons Reduced Fat butter
1 tablespoon Flour
2 cups Skim milk
1/2 pound Reduced Fat Cheddar cheese shredded
1/2 small Onion
1 teaspoon Salt
1/3 cup Bread crumbs

Cook macaroni, drain, and set aside.

Melt butter or margarine in saucepan. Add onion, flour and then milk. Add salt. (Don't forget the salt!) Heat on medium-high while stirring constantly. When mixture is at a rolling boil, add ¾ of the cheese. (save the other ¼ for the top.) I recommend adding the cheese a little bit at a time so it melts nice and soft. Also be sure to keep mixture at rolling boil while adding cheese or it may not melt correctly.

Put macaroni in large bowl or casserole dish. (I use a 2L round glass dish.) Pour cheese sauce over mixture; stir. Top with remaining cheese and breadcrumbs. Bake uncovered in 400º oven for 35-40 minutes.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Chocolate-peanut Butter Snack Cake (6.5 Points)


1 package fat-free chocolate snack cake mix such as Betty Crocker sweet rewards
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup Dry roasted peanuts
1/4 cup peanut butter chips
1 large egg lightly beaten
nonstick cooking spray
1 cup miniature marshmallows

1. Preheat oven to 375 2. Combine first 5 ingredients in a bowl; stir with a whisk. Pour into a9-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray; sprinkle marshmallows over batter. Bake 375 for 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Yield: 8 servings.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Garlic Chicken Kiev ( 4.5 Points)

Yields: 6 Servings


3 tablespoon reduced-fat margarine softened
1 tablespoon snipped fresh chives or parsley
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
6 small skinless boneless chicken breast halves
about 3 pounds
2 cups corn flakes crushed about 1
2 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup skim milk

Mix margarine, chives and garlic powder; shape into rectangle, 3 × 2inches.Cover and freeze until firm, about 30 minutes. Remove excess fat fromchicken; flatten each chicken breast half to 1/4-inch thickness betweenwaxed paper or plastic wrap.

Heat oven to 425º. Cut margarine mixture crosswise into 6 pieces. Place 1piece on center of each chicken breast. Fold long sides over margarine;foldup ends and secure with wooden pick. Mix corn flakes, parsley and paprika.Dip chicken into buttermilk; lightly and evenly coat with corn flakemixture. Place chicken breasts, seam sides down, in square pan, 9 × 9 × 2inches, sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Bake uncovered until chickenisdone, about 35 minutes.

Microwave Directions: Prepare chicken as directed. Arrange coated chickenbreasts, seam sides down, on microwavable rack in microwavable dish.Microwave uncovered on High 4 minutes; rotate dish 1/2 turn. Microwaveuntilchicken is done, 4 to 6 minutes longer. Let stand uncovered 5 minutes.

Friday, January 4, 2008


8 Servings


1 lb. lean ground beef
1/4 medium onion chopped
1 c. reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese
5 oz. FF cream of mushroom soup
5 oz. Cheddar cheese soup
12 oz. frozen French fried potatoes

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Cook ground beef and onion in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Stir occasionally, cooking until beef is no longer pink and onion is translucent.
Drain off excess grease, and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
Return to the heat and stir in the soups until well blended.
Heat through and remove from stove.
Transfer mixture to a 9"x9" baking dish.
Cover the ground beef with a layer of French fries.
Bake 45-50 minutes.
When the fries are golden brown, remove the casserole from the oven and sprinkle cheese over the top.
Return to oven and bake just until cheese is melted.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Fantastic French Toast (2 Points, 2 Points Plus)

Yields: 6 Servings


2 eggs
1/2 cup nonfat milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 slices whole wheat bread
syrup or other toppings

1. Preheat the griddle over medium heat, or set an electric frying pan at 375 degrees.
2. Put eggs, milk, and vanilla in a pie pan or shallow bowl and beat with a fork until well mixed.
3. Grease the griddle or pan with a thin layer of oil.
4. Dip both sides of bread, one slice at a time, in the egg mixture and cook on the hot griddle or frying pan.
5. Cook on one side until golden brown. Turn the bread over to cook the other side. It will take about 4 minutes on each side.
6. Serve with syrup, applesauce, fruit slices, or jam.
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