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Macaroni and Cheese with Truffle Oil

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STEAKHOUSE STYLE MAC & CHEESE WITH TRUFFLE OIL

Who doesn’t love a creamy and decadent mac & cheese? Now, I warn you that this is not a skinny recipe!! However; we are all allowed to cheat around the holiday’s…right? So, I give you my special steakhouse style mac & cheese recipe that is full of flavor for everyone to love!! I know that it looks like a lot of ingredients; but I promise you that this dish is worth it! 5 different types of creamy cheeses and the truffle oil makes it decadent and delicious! Beware that once you make it…..you will have to make it over and over again!! Enjoy ūüôā ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Read More…

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Smashed & Roasted Potatoes

These little potatoes are boiled, smashed, seasoned and then roasted in the oven for a creamy texture with some crunch. ¬†So, imagine eating a crispy and creamy mashed potatoes…..and that is exactly what it actually tastes like. ¬†This is another side dish that I picked up from Rachael Ray a long time back. ¬†I’ve tried this recipe with all different potatoes, and the blue ones are my favorite but very hard to find in the summer. ¬† This side dish is versatile and tasty. ¬†Once you start popping them in your mouth, it will be hard to stop! ¬† ENJOY!!

 

 

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Roasted Balsamic Asparagus

¬†If you like Asparagus and you haven’t roasted them yet….you are missing out on an easy & delicious side dish that goes with just about anything. ¬†I started making this when I saw it on the Rachel Ray show years ago and continue to make it regularly. ¬† The leftovers are also very useful in your morning omlet; stir fry’s or just snacking with dip. ¬†YUM!! ¬† ¬†ENJOY this quick and easy recipe. Read More…

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Orzo Salad with Summer Vegetables

An elegant looking pasta salad that you can whip up in no-time. ¬†This pasta salad is super Quick and Easy…..A light & Healthy family-friendly meal perfect for lunch or ¬†a side dish. ¬†Although Orzo is a pasta it is never heavy, my family loves this light little pasta salad. ¬†This dish can be served at room temperature or can be eaten cold, making it ¬†perfect for all those Summer BBQ’s. ¬†The perfect way to use all those extra veggies that we have laying around. ¬†Substitute any veggies that you have. ¬†ENJOY!!¬† Read More…

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Skinny Au Gratin Potatoes

Yes, these are SKINNY!

WARNING!!!…..This dish is Highly Addictive! ¬†Au Gratin Potatoes is a classic French dish that I have transformed to a “skinny” favorite. ¬†Your family or guest will enjoy this creamy, cheesy & smokey dish that is rich in flavor & easy on your waistline.

ENJOY this casserole with a piece of steak & a green veggie for a steakhouse experience in your own home. ¬† Read More…

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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 ūüėČ

 

 

 

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Veggie Brown Fried Rice

Makes 6 servings of 1/2 cup. Nutrition per serving: Weight Watchers Points + 3 ~ Calories 111.3 ~ Total Fat 1.6 g ~ Carbs 21.0 g ~ Fiber 2.3 g ~ Protein 2.4 g

Veggie Brown Fried Rice is a much healthier than ordering Chinese take out. ¬†You can chop up any veggies that you have at home and use it in this recipe. ¬†The more veggies the better ūüôā ¬†It goes great with Mongolian Beef! ¬†

 

 

 

 

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Skinny Jalapeno Cornbread

Makes 24 pieces of cornbread. Nutrition per piece: Weight Watchers Points + 2 ~ Calories 85 ~ Fat 0.3 g ~ Carbohydrate 17.9 g ~Dietary Fiber 0.5 g ~ Protein 2.3 g

This¬†jalapeno cornbread is light, fluffy, sweet & spicy. ¬†Not only does it taste great but it I have made it “skinny” ¬† No oil is used in this recipe. ¬†Well, except for spraying the baking pan to prevent sticking. ¬†How could you go wrong with this quick and easy recipe that is only 2 points + WW & 85 calories per serving ¬†I used my brownie pan to bake these mini cornbreads, this way everyone get the corner piece! ¬†If your shopping for a new brownie pan…click here¬† That is the one I use and I’m very happy with it ūüôā¬†

**TIP** If you need to make non-jalapeno corn bread for a family member…..(like I do for my son) ¬†Fill one side of the brownie pan with the mixture and then add the jalapeno to the rest of the mixture before pouring into the pan. ¬†OR, just use a small foil loaf pan and take out for anyone that doesn’t like the heat.

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Kale Sabzi

Sabzi is a term that Asian Indians use to describe vegetables. ¬†¬†Kale is an excellent source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Calcium. ¬†Enjoy this supe-healthy side dish with¬†Tandoori Chicken Read More…

Lemon Dill Couscous

 

A perfectly light and lemony side dish….pairs great with the Greek lamb chops ūüôā

 

Lemon Dill Couscous

Lemon Dill Couscous

Weight Watchers points + 3 ~Calories 116 ~ Fat 2.6 g ~ Carbs 19 g ~ protein 4.5 g

Ingredients

  • Harvest grains blend ( Israeli couscous, orzo, baby garbanzo beans & red quinoa.
  • 2/3 cups of the Couscous grains bled (Trader Joe's)
  • 1 cup chick broth
  • 1/2 Onions
  • 2 cloves garlic (chopped or minced)
  • 2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/3 cup of Frozen Peas
  • 1/3 cup of shredded carrots
  • 1/3 cup of chopped broccoli
  • 2 tbsp Dill
  • Juice of 1 large lemon (or 2 small)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 pepper

Instructions

  1. On medium heat add the olive oil to a non-stick sauce pan (with tight fitting cover), add onions, garlic salt & pepper sauteing until the onions look clear& soft. Add chicken broth, couscous blend, peas, carrots and broccoli; mix to combine ingredients. Bring to boil; cover and simmer for 15 minutes. In the meantime; juice your lemon into serving bowl/dish & add dill. Once Couscous finished cooking; pour into serving dish and fold in lemon-dill mixture. Serve & Enjoy!!
  2. Nutrition: Makes about 5 servings of 1/4 cup each
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