Sunday, September 25, 2011

One-Pan Chicken and Potato Bake

It doesn't get any easier than throwing everything into a baking dish & turning on the oven!  I used boneless skinless chicken breasts because I already had some, and I cut them into 3-4 pieces because they were really big.  I used fat free zesty italian dressing and reduced fat grated parmesan cheese.  I didn't have any italian seasoning, so I just sprinkled both sides of my chicken and the potatoes with grill seasoning and poultry seasoning.  I sprinkled the seasonings on the chicken and potatoes first, then I sprinkled them with the cheese and then I poured the dressing over top.  The dressing kept it moist, and the cheese on top gave both the chicken and the potatoes a nice crust as they cooked.  Some of the comments said that the chicken didn't have a lot of flavor, and they may have been because the recipe only called for a teaspoon of italian seasoning.  I found that it had a good flavor!  I don't see why this recipe wouldn't also work in the crock pot, though the cheese may not work well in there and the potatoes would be more boiled than crispy.  You can just weigh out 4 oz of chicken which is 3pp, and 1/2 cup of potatoes is 2pp.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Crispy Mozzarella Chicken with Garlic Spinach

This recipe was a great substitute to the Italian fried chicken cutlets, and the spinach had a lot of flavor from the garlic.  I left out the oil and just used Pam to coat my pan.  It is only 5pp per serving, and very filling!

Crispy Lavash Squares

This recipe is a great substitute for chips and salsa!!  Invite some of your girlfriends over that like you, try to watch what they eat, and they'll love it!  I did have a little trouble finding the lavash flatbread, but in looking for it, I found that a lot of middle-eastern restaurants will sell it to you, kind of like a lot of pizza places will sell you their dough.  I actually found it at BJ's of all places, and it was very inexpensive!  It was called Joseph's Flax, Oat Bran & Whole Wheat Flour Lavash Bread, and there were 8 huge squares in the package for $3.69, less than you could probably buy a bag of chips!  You can also use the flatbread as a pizza base, just add your favorite sauce and toppings.  Or, as a huge wrap.  An entire flatbread is only 1pp!!!  They are also very high in nutritional value.

You'll have to use a lot of trial and error to see how long your oven will take to bake the squares.  I started and 2 minutes, and went all the way up to 4 minutes before I found the perfect cooking time, again, for my oven, to be 2 minutes and 45 seconds.  For the sauce, once you add the greek yogurt to the salsa, you will never know that it isn't sour cream.

As you can tell, I'm super excited to share this snack recipe.  It is definitely a must try!

Tomato and Pepper Lasagna

I used homemade marinara sauce, but any store bought sauce should be fine.  I used grated Parmesan and egg whites instead of fat-free egg substitute.  The roasted red peppers made this lasagna really sweet, which was a nice change to a savory lasagna.  I was a little concerned that there was no cheese on the top, but I made it like the recipe said, and it turned out great!

Baked Ziti with Turkey Sausage

I just used ground turkey sausage.  I was a little concerned about putting peas into baked ziti, since to me they don't really go together, but I tried it, and it actually was really good!  It just added more volume to the servings to fill you up more.  Even my husband, who is Italian didn't mind the peas.  We also had some friends over, and they said that it was interesting, but good!  People sometimes add spinach to baked ziti, so I guess peas aren't such a far stretch.

Beef and Vegetable Stew

You can just use really any beef/steak you have on hand, in the freezer or that is on sale.  I couldn't find frozen pearl onions, so I just bought a bag of fresh at the grocery store, peeled them, and put the rest in the freezer to use later.  I used dried rosemary and thyme.  I cooked this as the recipe suggested, in a dutch oven, but the next time I make it, I'll probably just throw it all in the crock pot on low for a few hours after I brown the meat.  The stew was very savory and would be great going into the fall!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Quick & Easy Enchiladas

You can't get any easier than 4 ingredients!  I used a package of the lowest pp whole wheat tortillas I have found, Ole' high fiber low carb, they are only 1pp each and they are pretty big!  I did use the cheese with Philadelphia because I really wanted to try it and it was really good.  I did the oven version instead of the microwave version.  They are 6pp each and really tasty.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Potato Cheese Soup

The weather near me has been chilly recently, so it is definitely getting me in the mood for fall.  When I think of fall, I think of comfort food, and what's a better one than soup?  Especially one that doesn't take like it's low in fat but it is!  Instead of the paprika and dry mustard, I use poultry seasoning.  It has a lot of flavor and adds a lot to this soup.  I use an immersion blender instead of pureeing it in batches in a blender or food processor.  It is definitely less messy this way.  I make this soup a lot with grilled cheese.  My grilled cheese is only 3pp!  Get the lowest pp wheat bread you can find, WW bread and Sara Lee Delightful are only 2pp for 2 slices.  Fat free sliced cheese is 1pp for 2 slices.  I spray my pan with PAM, spray each piece of bread with PAM and butter spray and cook each side until golden brown.  You could also have a side salad with your soup.

Breaded Pork Cutlet

I left out the lemons, but the panko bread crumbs definitely make this recipe!  This version of fried pork chops will deceive anyone.  No one will ever be able to tell that they are actually baked!  You could serve them with any potatoes or rice, and any veggie.  I am a huge fan of the steam in bag in the microwave veggies.

Eggplant Rollatini with Tomato-Basil Sauce

I used homemade marinara sauce instead of making the one used in the recipe, but I'm sure this sauce would taste great, or even a jarred sauce if you wanted to save some time.  I used dried instead of fresh parsley and basil.  Be careful that you don't cut the eggplant too thin, and maybe check it after 7-8 minutes because if they're too thin they'll get too done and they'll be hard to roll up.  With 2 rollatini's per serving, this recipe is very filling and delicious! 

Eggplant Parmigiana

I used homemade marinara sauce, but other than that, I didn't change anything!  This recipe is so tasty and filling, in a huge 13X9 inch dish and only 4 servings, the portion size is huge!  You won't miss pasta on the side at all, but if you want a little something to go with it, a side salad would be all you'll need.  No one will ever know that the eggplant was not fried.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Texas-Style Casserole

I used tater tots or crispy crowns because I already had them in the freezer for my son.  I have used a small can of corn instead of frozen.  I used a fresh pepper instead of frozen.  The amount of turkey sausage is half of a package, and I just crumbled it up instead of slicing it.  When I have made this recipe, we ate it for dinner, but it would be great to use as a breakfast casserole or for brunch with some friends.  They will never know this recipe is low fat!  It is very filling and easy to make!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Broccoli and Cheddar Quiche

This recipe is awesome and so easy to make.  It obviously would be great for a breakfast or brunch, your friends would never know it was low fat.  When I have made it before, we had it for dinner and it was very filling.  I could literally only eat one piece.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Exploding Chicken Taquitos

I am a little weird about canned meat, so I was afraid to try it, but I did use the canned chicken, drained and rinsed it, and once it was mixed with all the other stuff, it tasted fine.  You can really use any kind of tortillas that you want.  I used 2% cheese instead of fat free.

Serve this with some spanish rice or a salad.  Or, cut them in half and serve as a party appetizer!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Cheesy Chicken Simmer

I tried this recipe and it was pretty good, very easy and extremely filling!  I omitted the oil & cut up my chicken into bite sized pieces to cook them in a pan prayed with PAM.  I used 98% fat free cream of celery soup because I don't like cream of chicken, but any 98% fat free soup will work fine.  For the broccoli and the cheese, I got a family size bag of the steam in the bag in the microwave of the broccoli with cheese sauce, steamed it according to the package directions and added it in, so easy! It is 5pp for a serving of the chicken mixture.  I also used brown rice instead of white, and just count the amount of rice you use.  A half bag of the boil in bag brown rice is 4pp and a full bag is 8pp.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Too-EZ Mac 'n Cheese

This is a delicious recipe that is incredibly easy to make!  You can use any flavor of the laughing cow cheese to change it up if you like.  I used the steam in bag veggies and cooked them right in the bag in the microwave.

Chicken-Penne Florentine Bake

I tried this recipe over the weekend, and it was pretty good.  I used Kraft free zesty italian dressing, only because I already had some and didn't want to buy more.  I used 1/3 less fat chive & onion cream cheese, again because I already had that.  I used part skim mozzarella and left out the parmesan.  It come out to 7pp per serving.  I just used a 9X11 pan and cut it into 6 pieces. 

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Firecracker Chicken Stir-Fry

I made this for dinner last night and it was really good!  I didn't use any oil and it was great without it.  I couldn't find snow peas in my grocery store, so I just used a bag of frozen Asian medley veggies that I could steam in the bag.  I also saw some that already had water chestnuts in them, so you could also use that and not buy a can.  I used brown rice instead of white.  It is 4pp for the chicken mixture, and then just add the amount of rice you eat.