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Skinny Eggplant Parmesan

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Nutrition Facts: 1 eggplant stack: Weight Watchers Points + 5 ~ Calories 202.5 ~ Fat 4.6 g ~ Carbs 33.1 g ~ Fiber 6.5 g ~ Protein 10.4 g

 I love ordering Eggplant Parm when we go out for an Italian meal.  However, as we know it is not the healthiest option.  My son and I occasionally go out to Olive Garden for lunch and their Eggplant Parm Lunch portion is 16 points!! whomp whomp ….and all this time I thought it was a healthier option.  Weight Watchers made me realize otherwise.  So, now I just make my own eggplant parm at home and I don’t have to feel guilty.  I used panko for a crispier texture; but feel free to use regular breadcrumbs.  Next time I may add a little Extra Virgin Olive Oil to the panko just to get it a little crispier.  I enjoy my eggplant parm with a side of angel hair pasta. If you are not in the mood for pasta, try it in a crusty loaf of bread or a side of salad for a super low point meal.  ENJOY!! Read More…

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Tomato and Basil Bruschetta

Makes 4 servings of 1/4 cup each: Weight Watchers Points+ 1 (3 points for entire recipe) Calories 49.6 ~ Fat 3.7 g ~ Carbs 4.4 g ~ Fiber 0.9 g ~ Protein 0.7 g

Fresh Tomatoes, Basil, Garlic and seasonings make this a topper that is great for chicken, pasta, toasty bread, salad, baked potato or inside of a sandwich. You can chop it up in no time. I like that I can control the quality of the ingredients. Skip the store made stuff and try to make it yourself.

  This tasty mixture gives my food some life….try it out 🙂 Read More…

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Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Shells

Makes 25 Stuffed Shells; Nutrition for 1 Shell : Weight Watchers Points + 2 ~ Calories 87.8 ~ Total Fat 2.4 g ~ Carbs 12.0 g ~ Fiber 1.5 g ~ Protein5.3 g

Dear Vegetarians…..This one is for all of you whom requested more recipes 🙂

Have you ever bit into a chip dipped into an ooey gooey Spinach & Artichoke dip?  Well, imagine eating that dip stuffed inside a jumbo pasta shell covered with a chunky tomato sauce…………YUP!  That is what inspired me to make these 🙂    This recipe does not take long to come together and I always freeze 1/2 for those days where my son asks for stuffed shells.   Low points, Low fat, Low carbs & high protein………and delicious!   I hope your family enjoys these as much as mine.  You can serve with a salad or veggies for a complete low point meal. **Meat lovers- brown some sausage, beef or turkey & add to the sauce!    ENJOY!

If you want to use homemade marinara sauce <—-click for recipe

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No-noodle Veggie Lasagna

Nutrition: 8 Servings. Weight Watcher Points + 6 ~ Calories 328.3 ~ Fat 15.9 g ~ Carbs 22.5 g ~ Fiber 5.6 g ~ Protein 26.7 g

I saw Hungry Girl Make this on one of her shows and I really wanted to try it!  What a great way to have all the flavors of the lasagna without the starchy carbs.  Not to mention you get a HUGE portion for only 6+ points!  Super nutritious with a mixture of veggies without the starchy noodles.  You will NOT miss the noodles!

 

For my 3 year old son, I chopped up the veggies & put it over some pasta. Of course,he ate his entire plate 🙂     Enjoy!!

**If you are a vegetarian……Substitute the sausage for soy crumbles.

FYI…when I put this recipe in the WW recipe maker, I did not add the veggies because they are technically “0 points”

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Skinny Chicken Parmesan

Skinny Chicken Parmesan is the way to go for a figure friendly & family friendly meal. Serve this with salad or veggies for a complete meal. By using a mixture of panko & breadcrumbs you will get a crunchy coating when baking…so, no frying is needed 🙂 This meal is a great “prep-ahead” meal that can be warmed later in the week. I used homemade marinara sauce. ENJOY!!

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Homemade Marinara Sauce

Makes 5 servings of 1 cup each. Nutrition per cup: Weight Watchers Points + 2 ~ Calories 115.6 ~ Fat 2.4 g ~ Carbs 21.7 g ~ Fiber 6.3 g ~ Protein 4.5 g

Marinara sauce is a popular, robust Italian sauce made with tomatoes, onions, and herbs.  A lot of times you will hear this sauce called “gravy.”  Marinara sauce is usually a little spicier than other standard tomato sauces due to the amount of garlic & a little crushed red pepper.  This sauce is easy to prepare but needs to cook for about 3 hrs.  It is versatile and can be used in various Italian dishes, you can also transform marinara into a fantastic cream sauce (vodka sauce w/o the vodka).  Once you make a big batch, store it in the freezer.  Beware…..once you make your own sauce,  you will no longer enjoy the jarred stuff.

 

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Sausage & Kale Lasagna Soup

Makes 5 servings of 2 cups . Nutrition: Weight Watchers Points + 7 ~ Calories 282.9 ~ Fat 10.3 g ~ Carbs 34.9 g ~ Fiber 7.2 g ~ Protein 12.9 g

Sausage & Kale Lasagna  soup is flavorful and healthy.  The nutrition for this dish is for a serving size of 2 cups (huge portion for little calories/points) !!  If you have some calories/points to spare…..dollop the optional cheese mix on top of your bowl of soup for an extra creamy true lasagna taste.  If you are making this ahead of time….. Once the soup is complete; cool & store in the fridge for later in the week.  The day that you want to serve:  Heat soup mixture in microwave while you are boiling the pasta.  Once both are complete…serve with cheese on top.  Leftovers taste great and are perfect to take to work.  ENJOY!! Read More…

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Spinach Stuffed Chicken Rollatini

Makes 6 servings. 1 Chicken Roll per serving: Weight Watchers Points + 5 ~ Calories 186 ~ Fat 5.6 g ~ Carbs 7.0 g ~ Fiber 1.2 g ~ Protein 26 g

This dish is a family favorite, my son and husband often request this weekly. Its an easy “prep ahead” dish that can be baked later in the week. I usually prep this on a Tuesday and my husband will bake it on Wednesday. This h

earty, filling and healthy dish pleases everyone at the table. It’s a great dish to make when entertaining, especially since you can prepare it ahead of time. It will truly impress your guests because it looks so fancy and pretty at the table. Serve it with a side of veggies & garlic bread or over some pasta & a side salad. I often times double this recipe so that there is extra to take for lunch or to eat on “leftovers night.” I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

*** Just an FYI: The packages of chicken breast may vary. Sometimes I get 4 thin breasts and sometimes 6. I usually count them (by peeking through the plastic wrap) prior to purchasing and opt for the 6 breasts. I get very excited when they go on sale & stock my freezer 🙂

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Broccoli Rabe Lasagna Rolls with Sausage & Pepper Sauce

 

20120122-210449.jpgA family friendly dinner that will please everyone at the table.  Lasagna has been made over using pork & chicken sausage;  part skim cheeses, 100% whole wheat lasagne noodles and broccoli rabe.  Sneaking in the broccoli raab provides your family with antioxidant-rich vitamins A & C , Folate , potassium, fiber and calicium which can help fight off damage to your cells; protects against birth defects & heart disease.  The latest news with broccoli rabe is its cancer-preventing potential because of  its  rich source of glucosinolates, which your body converts to cancer-fighting sulforophanes.

**I know;   I know…..too much information!**  However; I am a health care professional 😉

Take your leftovers to work the next day or eat later in the week when you have no time to make dinner.   Serve with a side salad or veggies.

 

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Skinny Meatballs with Beef and Veggies

Weight Watchers Points + 1 ~ Calories 49~ Fat 2.1 g ~ Cholestrol 11 mg ~ Carbs 2.5 g ~ Fiber .3 g ~ Protein 5.3 grams

These healthy meatballs are moist and flavorful.  Who knew “healthy” could be great tasting too!   Hide them in some sauce for your kids, they won’t complain about the veggies 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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