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Mini Mushroom Frittatas

Mini Mushroom Frittatas

This is the time of year when there are an abundance of holiday gatherings, most of which necessitate bringing along something to share. Wine is the obvious choice – but it sometimes screams last minute and just doesn’t feel as thoughtful as bringing something you spent time lovingly preparing in your kitchen. And by lovingly, I really mean frantically putting together last minute because even though you cook everyday, the idea of figuring out what to bring to a party spurs all out panic. So don’t panic and whip up these delicious little mushroom and caramelized onion frittatas. They taste great warm or cold, look beautiful, and are a perfect addition to any holiday spread. They also make a great on-the-go breakfast treat.

Mini Mushroom Frittatas
Servings: 12
Serving Size: 1 frittata
Nutritional Info: 80.1 calories, 4.7g of fat, 1.8g carbohydrates, .3g dietary fiber, 7.8g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 2 *
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Baked Honey Sriracha Wings

Baked Honey Sriracha Wings

Lately I have been trying to pad my holiday appetizer arsenal and it is always fun to have a few unexpected gems up your sleeve. These Baked Honey and Sriracha wings, inspired by a popular Food Network recipe, definitely dazzle and work great for any get-together. The spice is balanced out by the honey creating a nice sweet, spicy, and salty combination. Like things extra spicy? Just taste the sauce before tossing it with the wings and add as much spice as you like. You can also double the sauce and serve some on the side for dipping. When I serve these I like to pair them with some sliced jicama, cucumbers, and snap peas.

Baked Honey Sriracha Wings
Servings: 8
Serving Size: 3 wings
Nutritional Info: 265.5 calories, 15.9g of fat, 1g of carbohydrates, .5g of fiber, 17g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 * (more…)

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Sunday Slow Cooker: Spinach, Artichoke, and Kale Dip

Sunday Slow Cooker:  Spinach, Artichoke, and Kale Dip

Oh man, do I have an easy and delicious dip for you to try! I made this dip on Thursday after realizing I had a bunch of kale I needed to use up and weeks of thinking about slow cooker dips. Originally I had planned on just a traditional spinach and artichoke dip, but decided the kale would make a great and nutritious addition. I personally loved it with the kale but for those of you who don’t love kale, just double the spinach and you will be on your way to a yummy, warm dip. This dip works perfectly as intended but also makes a delicious pasta sauce and a yummy smear on sandwiches and wraps. One note about this recipe, I do recommend using good quality parmesan cheese for the recipe since a lot of the cheesy flavor comes from the Parmesan. You’ll be able to taste the difference.

Slow Cooker Spinach, Artichoke, and Kale Dip
Servings: 20
Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Nutritional Info: 83 calories, 4.3g of fat, 5.6g of carbohydrates, 2g of fiber, 6.5 of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 3 * (more…)

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Friday Five: Ice Cream

Friday Five: Ice Cream

So before I start I just have to ask – does anyone have one of these crazy Yonanas contraptions. I saw one last week and thought it was ridiculous and now I find myself checking it out daily on Amazon. Basically it turns any type of frozen fruit into a healthy 0 point dessert. So in my mind I could quickly make all kinds of delicious fruit ice cream and stir in any fixings I like. Bananas, chocolate, and peanut butter, apples and caramel, mango with chile, pineapple and coconut – you get the idea. What are your thoughts?

And that is the inspiration for today’s Friday Five – ice cream. Growing up one of my favorite things to do was sit in the kitchen with my Mom drinking hot tea and eating ice cream. Good conversations were almost always had over ice cream and tea. So even though its cold outside, I still want to eat lots of ice cream so long as I have a hot cup of something on the side and ideally a great conversation.

1. Homemade Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches, 3-5 P+

Lately I have been eating a lot of impromptu ice cream cookie sandwiches which can be enjoyed for hardly any points. Since most reduced fat ice creams are only 1 point for 1/4 cup, it is the perfect thing to squeeze between two cookies. So far I have tried this out with these Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies, these Malted Milk Cookies, and these Peanut Butter Cookies and all have been delicious.

2.Breyers, Dreyers, or Edy’s Double Churned Light ice cream (1/2 cup), 2-3 P+

There are tons of flavors of Breyers Dreyers, and Edy’s Low Fat ice cream that are only 90 calories and 2 points plus for 1/2 cup and they are all pretty delicious. I am partial to the French Chocolate and Mint Chip, but any flavor would work. My favorite way to eat this ice cream is usually mashed up with 1/2 cup skim milk for a thick, handmade shake.

3. Stonyfield Farm Organic Nonfat Frozen Yogurt, 3-4 P+

I love this Stonyfield yogurt for two reasons. Most importantly it tastes really rich and indulgent. I really don’t enjoy icy, diet frozen yogurt and this doesn’t have any of that going on. Secondly, it actually is a frozen yogurt with the probiotics and live cultures that make yogurt good for you. Normally there is only a tiny amount of these in most frozen yogurts, but are packed with good for you live cultures.

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Light Cranberry Sauce

Light Cranberry Sauce

So I have a small confession. You know that canned, jellied cranberry sauce with absolutely no sign of fruit that has the can indentations on it that no amount of mushing will remove. Well, I LOVE it. Like really love it and am happy to eat it on just about anything – turkey, chicken, sandwiches, yogurt, ice cream. You get the idea. But the ingredients and calories are a little scary for this kind of daily use so I finally caved and made my own. There was definite fear that nothing would ever get close to my beloved jellied sauce, but after four recipes I finally found one I liked. Now if you are like me and love the jellied stuff, this won’t replace it. However it will provide a healthier and still delicious alternative. Try it with the brown sugar chicken, it’s yum.

Cranberry Sauce
Servings: 14
Serving Size: 2 tbsp
Nutritional Info: 54 calories, 0g of fat, 13.6g of carbohydrates, .9g of fiber, .1 of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 1 * (more…)

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Brown Sugar Chicken

Brown Sugar Chicken

I promise I will stop talking about the rain soon. Especially since yesterday the sun came out mid-afternoon and it was gorgeous. But when it was raining, I was all about drinking hot cocoa and curling up with a good book from my new favorite genre – books about cooks or cooking. Not to be confused with cookbooks, but instead books about food and chefs and cooking. There are plenty of amazing books in this genre that span both fiction and non-fiction and I can definitely recommend many (Blood, Bones & Butter, In Defense of Food, Hoosh, The Kitchen Daughter) as well as this gem by Jenna Weber from which this recipe was inspired – White Jacket Required. It is a beautiful story of her culinary coming of age that is also full of yummy recipes. When I made this chicken I served it with some simple homemade cranberry sauce and roasted asparagus.

Weight Watchers Brown Sugar Chicken
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 4 oz
Nutritional Info: 193 calories, 4.3g of fat, 15g of carbohydrates, 1.8g of fiber, 25 of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 * (more…)

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