Wednesday, August 31, 2011

'Cue the Pulled Pork

I have made this recipe a bunch of times, I just can't get enough of it!  I usually put the meat on a high fiber whole wheat hamburger bun (3pp), but it is just as good without the bun. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Spicy Chicken Lasagna Roll-Ups

I made this recipe for dinner tonight and it was really good!  It was easy to make and definitely a keeper.  I used homemade marinara sauce since I had some that I had already made for another recipe, so I used that for the first 3 ingredients.  I only used 1 cup of part skim mozzarella and reduced fat Parmesan.  I used the whole cup of mozzarella in the filling and didn't put any on top.  Next time I make this recipe I may try using turkey sausage instead of chicken and I may add some chopped frozen spinach.  These are 4pp per lasagna roll.  I ate 2 and had a salad with fat free dressing, and it was very filling.  By the way, I put crushed red pepper in my marinara sauce when I make it homemade, and I also added some when I cooked my chicken, and this dish was not spicy, like the name says.  I just didn't want the name to mislead you into not trying it if you don't like food that has a little spice to it.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Speedy Mix & Match Stir-Fry for Two

I tried this recipe tonight and it was sooo good, easy to make and very filling!  I omitted the oil and instead, I just sprayed a pan with PAM.  I used brown rice instead of white rice and I would just count the pp for the amount of rice that you use.  1/2 of a boil in bag of brown rice is 4pp and a full bag is 8pp.  For the meat option I used chicken this time, but I would definitely make this recipe again and choose a different meat.  For the sauce, this time I chose Catalina (fat free), soy sauce (reduced sodium) & chili flakes.  The next time I make it, I may try the Asian Toasted Sesame Dressing (fat free), soy sauce & garlic.  For my veggies I chose bell peppers and onions.  As another option to the 4 given, you could also get a bag of the steam in bag veggie mixes.  They have all different Asian medleys to choose from.  I just sprayed my pan with PAM, cooked the chicken until it was done, added the veggies, cooked them until they were tender and then tossed to coat with the dressing.  I said this could actually be 4 servings since it made a good amount, so it would be 3pp, but if you did only use it as 2 servings it would be 6pp. 

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Chicken & Biscuits

This is what I made for dinner tonight!  I used 98% fat free cream of celery soup, because I don't like cream of chicken, but any 98% fat free condensed soup would work.  I used 1/2 cup total of light sour cream, 1/4 cup in the chicken mixture and 1/4 cup in the biscuit mixture to lower to pp.  I used a family size package of frozen mixed vegetables that was 19 oz.  I got the steam in bag kind so I just cooked them in the microwave based on the package instructions.  I used 2% cheese, heart smart Bisquick and skim milk.  I cut up the chicken and cooked it in a skillet and once it was done I added the soup, sour cream, veggies and cheese and stirred to combine.  I then added that mixture to the casserole dish and put it in the fridge for a few hours because I made it a little ahead of time.  Then right before I made it I mixed up the biscuits and put them on top and baked them.  It was 7pp for 1/6th of the casserole.  This recipe is very similar to the Cheesy Chicken Pot Pie, which I think I like better, but this was still a good recipe to try, especially if you are a fan of Chicken & Biscuits!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Classic Stuffed Peppers

My mom brought me a huge bag full of home grown, fresh out of the garden, beautiful little bell peppers that a friend had brought to her.  I love peppers anyway, but to me, peppers are never better than when they are out of someone's garden.  I'm not sure what they do to them at the grocery store, but they just don't taste the same.  You can actually smell the fresh ones!  I shared a bunch, and had so many left over, that I looked for a recipe that I could use a lot of them at once.  I found this stuffed pepper recipe, made it last night, and it was delicious!  My peppers were so small that I was able to make 11 stuffed peppers, and the recipe calls for 4 large ones!  When I put the recipe into the online WW recipe calculator, using anywhere between 10 and 12 peppers, they are 3pp.  If you use 4 large, they are 8pp per pepper, but you will likely only be able to eat one because they are so filling.  I ate 2 small ones and was really full.

I used 96/4% extra lean ground beef, the leanest I can find.  I just used 2 cups of homemade marinara sauce because I had some from another recipe I made recently, but I don't think using store bought marinara or the tomato sauce would change the pp much.  I didn't use the dressing mix, but I'm sure it would be good with it, it was good without it, but seasonings don't usually have pp, so I don't think it would add to the pp.  I used 2 cups of brown rice, just 1 bag of boil in bag rice.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Buffalo Chicken Hot Wing Dip

This dip is awesome and a great alternative to the much more fat and calorie filled version.  Your dish will definitely be clean when you bring it home from a party because no one will ever know it is low fat!  I'm making this dip for tonight, some of my friends and I are getting together for apps & drinks before heading to a concert!  I was definitely skeptical to use canned chicken, I am a little weird about meat, especially ones that come prepackaged, but I tried it and surprisingly it tasted fine!  I did drain it into a colander and rinse it with cold water.  Enjoy! 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Undone Stuffed Pepper Casserole

This is what was for dinner tonight, and I just about came undone eating it!  I used 96/4% extra lean ground beef, the leanest I have found.  I used brown rice, homemade marinara sauce and part skim mozzarella cheese.  I added a little salt and pepper and crushed red pepper flakes just to give it a little kick.  It was 8pp for 6 servings.  The recipe says it is 7 1 cup servings, but I just thought it would be easier to cut 6 slices in my dish.  I used an 11 X 7 dish.  The portion sizes were a pretty good size.  This one is definitely a keeper, it tastes just like you are eating a stuffed pepper in a casserole form!

Farmers' Market Corn Toss

I made this as a side to my Slow-Cooker BBQ Pork Sandwiches last night, and it was really good and easy to make!  I did get fresh corn that I had to peel and shuck from the store because it is in season, but using frozen wouldn't change the recipe at all.  If you do use frozen corn, I would just defrost it before you add it to the pan.  I didn't put in the parsley, and it was really good without it.  I did use the cheese, but next time I make it, I may leave it out because I don't think it really added anything to the dish.  I did use the oil, since it was such a small amount, but I feel like you could leave it out and lower the pp even more and just spray your pan with PAM.  It comes out to be 2pp for 2/3 cup!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Slow-Cooker BBQ Pork Sandwiches

I made this for dinner tonight, and it was awesome, and so easy!  It made so much I had to share with my neighbors because I knew we'd get tired of eating the leftovers.  I know you can freeze it, but my freezer is full right now!  I had to get a 5 lb boneless pork shoulder because they didn't have any smaller ones at the grocery store, but I trimmed it of all fat and cut it in half.  I used half for tonight and I froze the other half to use next time I make this recipe.  I thought the 3 onions was a little over board because it filled up my crock pot, but they cooked down so much, I'm glad I used them all.  I calculated the pp, and to make it 8 servings, it is 5pp for 1/2 cup of meat.  It tasted so good that you don't even need to put it on a roll, but if you want to make it a sandwich, just use the lowest pp value bread you can find.  I used a whole wheat hamburger bun which is 3pp, but a sandwich thin or any other wheat low pp bread would work.  I didn't add cheese to mine to save the pp, but fat free sliced cheese is only 1pp.  So, if you put it on a bun and added cheese it would be 9pp total.  Definitely have some friends over when you make this recipe unless you have a big family!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Nut Crackers

I was in Earthfare one day looking for something, it is a health foods store near me, and I found these. .  I decided to give them a try, and they tasted pretty good, my son loved them, but, they had the texture of basically cardboard.  Then, I was in my old trusty Wal-mart and I found these.  .  Oh man, are they good!!  Both of the different brands are 4pp for 16 crackers.  They both have different kinds besides the ones I tried, and Blue Diamond also has "chips" that I also tried, the Nacho flavor, and they had the taste and shape of cheese flavored Doritos, but again had the consistency of cardboard.  Happy snacking!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

These muffins are awesome, and definitely don't taste low fat!  I have found the Better 'n Peanut Butter at Target also.  Maybe any health foods store would have it.  I did not put the peanut butter in the middle of the mix as the recipe calls for, only because I ran out of peanut butter!  But they still tasted good without it.  I did put it in the batter.  I didn't use muffin liners, I just sprayed my muffin tin with Pam and they didn't stick.  I checked them after about 22 minutes, and they were done, so I would just watch them after 20 minutes.   Enjoy!