Jul 31, 2014



This pizza is amazing when you are just trying to feel normal while watching what you are eating. This pizza makes 8 slices, two slices per person, and if you are following Weight Watchers that is 4 points per slice.

So 8 points per person. I served the two slices of pizza with a large salad to make the meal more filling but not be so killer in points that it wasn’t do-able.

I have to admit I loved this idea! It was fantastic and easy and like I said before it made me feel a little normal again.

Obviously the points and calories will vary depending on the crust and topping you use to make your pizza.



Ingredients:
  • 1 Mama Mary’s Thin and Crispy Pizza Crust
  • 1 cup Spaghetti/pizza sauce
  • 1 cup Fat free mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tbsp. Parmesan cheese
  • 24 Pepperoni slices
  • 8 Black olives sliced
  • ½ cup Sliced Bell pepper
  • ½ cup Sliced Onion
  • ½ cup Sliced Mushrooms
Directions:
  1. Line a pizza pan with tin foil then spray with cooking spray
  2. Cover entire crust with pizza sauce
  3. Cover the pizza crust with pepperoni
  4. Spread vegetables evenly over the crust
  5. Top entire pizza with cheese
  6. Bake according to pizza crust directions
  7. Divide pizza into 8 slices.
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Jul 30, 2014



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Jul 29, 2014



When my husband was a kid the school would serve toasty dogs every once in a while for lunch. He would always buy his lunch on toasty dog day. 

I needed to cut some calories off of my dinner so I decided to cut down on calories by using a piece of bread verses using a hot dog bun. My husband told me about toasty dogs so I thought I would give it a try. The bread I used was 60 calories a slice whereas a bun is at least 120 calories.



Ingredients:
  • 6 slices Sandwich Bread
  • 6 low fat hot dogs
  • 3 cheese sticks
  • 1 cups hot dog chili
  • Condiments
Directions:
  1. Add any condiments to each slice of bread then put your hot dog in the middle of the bread along with half of a cheese stick  cut long ways.
  2. Fold your bread into a triangle. 
  3. Next bring your bread edges to a peak, then  you use a toothpick to put the edges together. Place each toasty dog in a baking pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray and bake on 350 degrees until the cheese is melted.
  4. Carefully remove from the pan.
  5. Use chili and other condiments as a dipping sauce for your toasty dog. Delicious and much lower in calories!
Easy Peasy Toasty Dogs!

*the nutritional information below do not include condiments other than chili



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Jul 26, 2014



I love fruit on the bottom cottage cheese. I think it’s fantastic but what I am not a huge fan of, besides the fact that it’s overpriced, but the fruit choices are very limited.

I starting thinking how silly it was to buy these little cups when I could just as easily make them myself. It’s fast simple and there is nothing added that you were not counting on like extra sugar or salt. I have become more aware of how much salt can be in a lot of processed food and it’s not pretty.

Here is a super simple recipe to make your own fruit filled cottage cheese cups.

Ingredients:
  • ½ low fat cottage cheese 2% milk
  • ½ black cherries (any fruit)
  • ½ packet stevia (or more)
Directions:
  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl
  2. Smash your cherries down a bit to make sure that they release some of their juices. 
  3. Mix well and refrigerator for a half hour or eat right away. I have found that letting it sit for about will help the flavors meld and will help thicken the cottage cheese back up.
Weight Watchers PointsPlus 2 Points

*anything with a zero is not necessarily a zero we do not have all of those numbers available to us.

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Jul 24, 2014



I have to tell you that this recipe is amazing especially if you are trying to watch your calorie intake! It’s just amazing!! It’s super sweet! I haven’t had anything this sweet in a long time so it was a total shock to my system. Although these little pies are just that “little” they come with a big punch and you certainly get a nice treat for you calorie buck so to speak.

This can easily be made into one big pan for a large pie but I want this to be more precise with the calories so that I wasn’t being charged even an extra calorie for something I wasn’t eating or even worse not being charged for that calorie but eating it anyway. I know it’s petty but when you are watching your calories you know they add up.

I will caution you that if you are making these you will want to weigh everything and divide it by 9 to make sure everything comes out exactly the same. I did this for all 9 pies. I know it’s anal but for me it was worth the extra steps.

I will caution you though, this is a messy finger licking job but oh wow will your fingers taste amazing!!


Ingredients:
  • 1 small box Sugar Free Chocolate Pudding Dry  
  • 8 ounces Fat Free Cool Whip
  • 2 Reese’s Peanut Butter (big cups)
  • 4-1/2 Sheets Chocolate Graham Crackers
  • 3 tbsp. PB2 + 2 tbsp. water
  • 3 tbsp. Chocolate Syrup
Directions:
  1. Break each sheet of graham crackers into two pieces each pieces should consist of two crackers. You should end up with 9 pieces total, then set aside
  2. To the container of thawed fat free cool whip add dry chocolate pudding and mix well until smooth then set aside. You might add a little of the pudding at a time to make sure you get it all in there without making a mess.
  3. In a small bowl mix dry PB2 with 2 tbsp. of water, mix until smooth, then set aside. If the PB2 isn’t thin enough to drizzle add a little more water
  4. Take the two peanut butter cups and coarsely chop them into small pieces then set aside
  5. To each graham cracker spread on 1/9 of chocolate cool whip approximately 25 grams of cool whip. Pack it on nicely and evenly. 
  6. Once all 9 graham crackers have chocolate cool whip on them sprinkle each graham cracker evenly with peanut butter cup pieces. With a fork or a spoon lightly press the peanut butter cup pieces into the chocolate cool whip just enough so that the peanut butter cup pieces stay in place.
  7. Next take 1 teaspoon of the liquid PB2 and drizzle it over each cool whip filled graham cracker then do the same thing with the chocolate syrup only using 1 teaspoon of chocolate per graham cracker. Then freeze for at least 2 hours.
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Jul 23, 2014



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Jul 22, 2014



This recipe is amazing. We have been eating on it off and on for days. It’s quickly become a favorite recipe. This recipe is super easy, filling, and delicious! I never thought I could love beans as a main dish but this is one that I could eat until I was sick. The flavor is just incredible!

I love how easy it is. The biggest pain about this recipe is just remembering to soak your beans long enough and really that’s it. I love recipes that are easy and delicious. This certainly fits the bill.

Ingredients:
  • 1 pound dried pinto beans, rinsed
  • 1 (10 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with green chile peppers
  • 1 (16 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 pound bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin, or to taste
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder, or to taste
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 4-6 cups chicken broth
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 tablespoons baking soda
Directions:
  1. **36 hours before making your beans it’s important that you wash the dry beans then place them in a bowl with just enough water to cover them. Mix in two tablespoons of baking soda then let them sit for 24 hours. After 24 hours clean the water and wash the beans. Repeat with water and baking soda for another 12 hours. This soaking process will help with removing anything from the beans that will upset your stomach and the soaking will speed up the cooking process. **
  2. To a large pot add diced bacon, garlic and onion. Cook until the bacon starts getting crispy (do not drain drippings), then add drained beans and all remaining ingredients pour enough broth over the beans to cover them adding an extra two inches of broth above the beans.
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer covered for 3 hours.
  4. Add salt to taste at this point.
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Jul 16, 2014



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Jul 10, 2014



I love hummus so it’s hard pressed for me to find one that I don’t like but I must admit this take the top for me. I love the roasted garlic! Boy do I love it. Although I only put two pods of garlic in this hummus which made it awesome I think next time I will add even more. Because the garlic is roasted the flavor is mild and sweet.

This recipe is 2 Points if you are following Weight Watchers and if you are not that means you are lucky and can have as much as you like!!



Ingredients:
  • 2 cups canned chick-peas
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 2 large head of garlic
  • 1 lemon, juice of
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F Cut off the very top of the garlic clove so that the tops of most of the cloves are exposed slightly. Coat with a little olive oil and wrap securely in tin foil. Roast garlic in oven for 1 hour. Remove and allow to cool.
  2. Squeeze the roasted garlic out of each pod and put into a food processor. 
  3. Rinse and drain chickpeas then add them, and all other ingredients, to the food processor and blend until completely smooth. 
  4. Add more water as needed until you reach your desired consistency.
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Jul 9, 2014





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Jul 8, 2014



This recipe is AMAZING! I mean amazing! I can’t tell you just how much everyone loved this cake. It’s absurdly ridiculous how easy it is to make and what a great outcome it has. Now don’t get me wrong it’s not a pretty cake but it makes up for it in low Weight Watchers and the flavor. Oh my goodness! This is a quick and easy cake you brag about.



It’s also very adaptable. You can use any fruit, and any flavor of cake. I would suggest something neutral if you are using fruit but you could do a cinnamon cake with apples, or a chocolate cake with dark cherries. Just about anything is a go here!!


Oh most importantly it’s 4 weight watchers points when you divide the cake into 12 pieces! It’s easiest to this this once the cake has cooled!


Ingredients:
  1. 1 can diet sprite/7-up
  2. 1 box Golden Vanilla Cake Mix (Should be 160 calories per serving)
  3. ¾ cup sliced hulled strawberries –Frozen
  4. ½ cup pitted cherries –Frozen
  5. ½ cup blueberries –Frozen
  6. ½ tbsp. ground cinnamon
  7. 2 packets Truvia
  8. Butter Spray or Cooking Spray
Ingredients:
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. To a 9x13 baking dish spray with cooking spray then add all frozen berries. Make sure to disperse them equally around the pan mixing up berries so that each slice will have a little bit of each type of berry.
  3. Next sprinkle Truvia over berries equally
  4. Cover berries with dry boxed cake mix and once again dispersing equally
  5. Once the cake mix is covering the berries pour the diet soda over the cake mix. Cover the entire cake the best you can but do not add extra soda if you can’t cover everything. *Please note that it’s OK if the soda does not cover the entire cake perfectly because it will make the cake nice and crumbly in certain spots, like a crumb cake. (This isn’t a bad thing)*
  6. Once the cake is covered in soda cover the baking dish with tin foil and bake at 350 degree for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes remove the tin foil and bake another 45 minutes to 1 hour. (Mine took 1 hour) After 45 minutes if you cake isn’t done check it every 5 minutes until it’s as your desired consistency.
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Jul 5, 2014




This is one of my favorite recipes just lightened up. Even lighted this recipe is awesome. It’s still my favorite no matter how light it goes. I used light products or fat free whatever you can find.

What’s great about this recipe is that it is only 7 points on Weight Watcher Plus which is completely doable with some veggies on the side.  Love it!

King Ranch Chicken, Borracho Beans, and Mandarin Oranges 11 points
Ingredients:
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large green bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 1 cup chopped cooked chicken breasts
  • 1/2 (10-ounce) can fat-free cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1/2 (10-ounce) can fat-free cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1 (10-ounce) can diced tomato and green chiles (Rotel)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 9 (6-inch) Mission corn tortillas thins (3 per serving)
  • 1 (8-ounce) block 2% milk Velveeta
Directions:
  1. Sauté onion, garlic, and bell pepper in a large skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until tender.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients, except tortillas and cook until cheese has melted down; remove from heat.
  3. Tear tortillas into 1-inch pieces; then add to pot and mix. Pour mixture into a greased 7x11 pan or something similar.
  4. Bake at 350° for 30 to 35 minutes or until bubbly.
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Jul 4, 2014



I woke up early one morning starving! I wanted breakfast but I really wanted breakfast from McDonalds. I looked to see how many Weight Watchers points were in a McDonalds Bacon Egg and Cheese Biscuit. WOW it was about 1/3 of my day in points. So I decided to look around online to see what I could find that would be points friendly and would also be good.

This recipe fit the bill, quick, easy and oh my goodness so delicious! I really loved it. It reminded me of the holidays as if I was eating apple pie. I never would have thought to put applesauce in my oatmeal but I would do it over and over again because it was just that good!! This recipe is fantastic and for only 3 Weight Watchers PointsPlus

Ingredients:
  • 3 tablespoons oatmeal, uncooked or 1 packet
  • 1 tablespoon dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Directions:
  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Microwave for 1-2 minutes.
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