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Indian Chicken Curry

Nutrition per drumstick: Weight Watchers Points + 3 ~ Calories 111.7 ~ Total Fat 3.7 g ~ Carbs 5.4 g ~ Fiber 0.8 g ~ Protein 12.5 g

Chicken Curry is an easy breezy dish to make on a weeknight.  I picked up some curry powder from Trader Joe’s a few weeks ago because I had received  several emails & questions regarding how to use curry powder in lieu of garam masala.  I normally don’t use curry powder but I bought it and used it in this dish due to popular request……  I do have to say that I can see using curry powder if you don’t really use a lot of tumeric, mustard, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg & saffron on a daily basis.   The chicken curry was quite tasty; I did have to add more cumin powder for more of an “ethnic” taste.   Read More…

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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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Skinny Spinach Mac and Cheese

Makes 7 servings. Approximately 1/2 cup per serving. Nutrition: Weight Watchers Points + 4~ Calories 133.6 ~Fat 5.1 g ~Carbs 12.8 g ~ Fiber 1.7 g ~ Protein 10.2 g

“Skinny” Spinach Mac & Cheese can be enjoyed as a side dish or a meal.  How is it “skinny”?  I re-vamped the recipe to include whole wheat elbow macaroni, chicken broth, reduced fat cheese & skim milk.  It does not taste or look skinny….. So give it a try! Don’t worry; we won’t let anyone know that it is healthy for them; it will be our secret 😉

 

 

 

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Churrasco Steak

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Makes 8 servings. Nutrition per 4 oz Steak: Weight Watchers Points + 4 ~ Calories 181.8 ~ Total Fat 8.4 g ~ Carbohydrate 0.7 g ~ Fiber 0.0 g ~ Protein 24.0 g

The way to my husband’s heart is definitely through his stomach…..and this steak is probably one of his all time favorites.   A great cut of  Skirt Steak is needed for this recipe.  I usually purchase this from Whole Foods and they trim it so there is barely any fat on the strip.   I serve this up with Cilantro Lime Rice,  Black Beans, Sweet Plantains and a side of Chimichurri sauce.  Leftovers of the steak were moist & I ate it as a steak sandwich at work the next day.

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Chili con carne

Makes 7 servings of 1 cup each. Nutrition for 1 cup: Weight Watchers Points + 7 ~ Calories 305.7 ~ Fat 8.3 g ~ Carbs 38.7g ~ Fiber 13.1g ~ Protein 18.3g

A smokey and flavorful chili is sure to warm you up on a cold night. There are so many different ways to make chili, with a variety of ingredients. I am fond of bean chili’s where as my hubby is a fan of meat chili’s. So, this is a nice mix of both worlds. Even my son loves it on top of noodles or as a “sloppy joe” sandwich. If you like a spicy chili; add more heat with hot sauce or chili powder. You can easily make this a completely vegetarian chili by doubling the beans. The leftovers re-heat easily in the microwave and freezes well for a quick meal on a crazy day. I like serving chili with skinny jalapeno cornbread 🙂 Garnish with cheddar cheese, sour cream and green onions.

 

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Healthy Baked Buffalo Tenders

Makes 8 Buffalo Tenders. Nutrition for one Tender: Weight Watchers Points +2 ~ Calories 102.2 ~ Fat1.3 g ~ Carbs 5.6 g ~ Fiber 0.3 g ~ Protein16.2 g

Healthy Baked Buffalo Tenders are an easy way to spice up your meal. These low fat and low point tenders can be enjoyed as an appetizer or main course served with sides. These tenders don’t require oil, butter or eggs and they are so crisp and flavorful that you won’t miss any of the grease 🙂   If your not a fan of the spicy-ness then just omit the buffalo sauce for a healthy tender.

Serve with Blue Cheese or Ranch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Thai Mango and Vegetable Noodles

Recipe makes 4 servings; divide noodles in 4 servings. Nutrition per serving : Weight Watchers Points Plus 4 ~ Calories 169 ~ Fat 1.1 g ~ Carbs 39 g ~ Fiber 9 g ~ Protein 5 g **Add 4 points for the 3 oz Grilled Filet Mignon

These Thai inspired noodles are a quick & easy dish that settles the craving of spicy, tangy, salty & sweet with these flavorful noodles. This noodle concoction is so compelling due to the variety of ingredients: tofu noodles, veggies, herbs and fruit (mango).  The cool mango brings a sweet sparkle in your mouth after eating a little heat from the sauce consisting of lemongrass, ginger & Sriracha.  For those of you have been reluctant to try Shirataki noodles, this is a perfect dish for it.  These tofu noodles take in all the flavor of the sauce and you will not believe that its not a “real” noodle.  Trust me; my hubby didn’t even know the difference 😉   The portion size is huge and still low in WW points plus, Calories & Fat.   I serve with a 3 oz Fillet Mignon for a hearty meal…With the steak its only a 8 point meal!!    **Don’t like steak?  Substitute chicken or if you are vegetarian/vegan substitute with mushrooms. Read More…

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Butter Chicken aka Murgh Makhani

Happy Tuesday!   Valentine’s Day is only a week away.   This year make something elegant and special for you and/or your significant other such as this Butter Chicken recipe.  It looks & tastes fancy but is really easy to put together.

Makes 6 servings of 3/4 cups each serving. Nutrition per serving: Weight Watcher Points + 5 ~ Calories 203 ~ Fat 6.2 g ~ Carbs 9.1 g ~ Fiber 1.0 g ~ Protein 29 g

My mother is known for her butter chicken and NO ONE can make it like she does…Not even ME 🙁   As many times as I watched her make it and helped her make it….I can never get it the same as hers.  However,  mine does come pretty close.   This dish is for all of you that love Indian food.  I bet your “go to” dish at an Indian restaurant is Chicken Tikka Masala; right?  Well, this is a “skinny” version of the famous dish.  Why is this dish called butter chicken instead of chicken tikka masala?  Well, that is because in chicken tikka masala you pre-bake the tandoori chicken tikka (boneless pieces) prior to adding them to your sauce.  So, this is an easy and low-fat way to satisfy your craving for this world renowned dish.  Trust me; you will not miss all the heavy cream & butter that is usually put into this dish.

Serve with steamed basmati rice, naan, roti or papad.  I enjoy eating it with steamed rice and crunchy papad.

Leftovers taste even better the next day 🙂

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Rajma (Indian Style Red Beans)

Makes approximately 5 servings of 1 cup each. Nutrition for 1 cup of Rajma: Weight Watchers Points + 2 ~ Calories 103 ~ Fat .2g~ Carbs 35 g ~ Fiber 20 g ~ Protein 11 g

Rajma is my 3 year old’s favorite food.  Whenever I ask him what he wants for lunch or dinner….he always replies “beans and rice; the red ones”  So, needless to say that this is probably the single most cooked food in my house.  It is my go-to food when my son feels like being picky.  It is not his fault that he loves this dish; I think all children of North Indian descent grow up very fond of Rajma.  I know that I used to (and still do) ask my mom to make it as well.  It a a healthy comfort food that I hope you will enjoy as much as we do.  This low point, low fat, high fiber dish is a staple in our house.  Serve it up with some basmati rice & raita  for a low point  lunch or dinner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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