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Spicy Green Bean Fries

Spicy Green Bean Fries

Vegetables usually only make one appearance at Superbowl parties and spreads – as cold and uninviting crudite fighting for attention next to sliders, chili, wings, and more. So why not make vegetables a star this year by whipping up these simple, crunchy green bean fries? Serve them with your favorite dipping sauce, I usually grab for this skinny ranch, and watch as a green vegetable steals the show.

Spicy Green Bean Fries
Servings: 8 servings
Serving Size: 1/2 cup (1/8 recipe)
Nutritional Info: 64.7 calories, .7g of fat, 10.9g of carbohydrates, 1.1g of fiber, 3.3g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 2 *

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Baked Barbecue Onion Rings

Baked Barbecue Onion Rings

This is the first in a series I like to call Superbowl Two A Days. For those of you who didn’t have fear inducing high school sports coaches, two a days or double sessions, are an evil creation where you have practice twice a day to get ready for the season to start. They are pretty brutal by all accounts. My body aches just thinking about them. But these two-a-days, they are way more fun. Two recipes every day leading up to the Superbowl to make sure you have a delicious spread. To kick things off today, let’s start with some skinny onion rings with yummy barbecue dipping sauce. They bake up crispy and crunchy and make a perfect game snack or appetizer and you can eat a huge tower of them for just 3 points plus.

Baked Barbecue Onion Rings
Servings: 6 servings
Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe (15+ rings) and sauce
Nutritional Info: 123.1 calories, .6g of fat, 23.6g of carbohydrates, 1.6g of fiber, 5.6g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 3 *

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Sweet and Spicy Pizza Puffs

Sweet and Spicy Pizza Puffs

In my opinion no Superbowl spread is complete without some type of pizza. It should be cheesy and delicious and somehow not ruin my diet. Sound impossible? Well thanks to a delicious recipe from Danica, over at Danica’s Daily, it is possible to enjoy pizza without all the calories. Adapt the recipe to include any of your favorite toppings. I opted for pepperoni, pineapple, and jalapenos – but any combination you like would work. You can also make these as mini muffins and they are just 1 point per puff. Yum.

Sweet and Spicy Pizza Puffs
Servings: 12 servings
Serving Size: 1 muffin
Nutritional Info: 71.8 calories, 2.8g of fat, 7.2g of carbohydrates, 1g of fiber, 4.9g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 2 *

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Perfect Roast Chicken

Perfect Roast Chicken

So let’s start by talking about the flailing chicken arms in the photo. Every roasted chicken recipe I read says to tie the legs together with twine. But I never have twine and never remember to buy it no matter how many times I write it down or text it to myself. But luckily, flailing chicken legs still taste great when cooked, especially when roasted with lemon, garlic, thyme, fennel, and a touch of butter. This recipe is a slight adaptation of Ina Garten’s Perfect Roast Chicken and is exactly that. It’s everything you want in a roast chicken and will fill your home with delicious smells and wonderful flavors. I recommend making it as soon as possible.

Perfect Roast Chicken
Servings: 8 servings
Serving Size: varies
Nutritional Info: varies
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: drumstick 3, wing 4, thigh 5, 4 oz. breast 5 *

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Sunday Slow Cooker: Sausage, Sweet Potato, and Lentil Stew

Sunday Slow Cooker:  Sausage, Sweet Potato, and Lentil Stew

There are a lot of different types of lentil soups out there. Most are pretty run of mill. They taste good but they have no pizazz – you know what I mean. They taste a little too healthy, almost like all that extra fiber is just yelling out to let you know it’s there. But this lentil soup – it’s different. It starts with spicy sausage, gets kicked up with sweet potato, spinach, and even a jalapeno, and will make your mouth sing. At least mine did. Served with a little dollop of sour cream, or perhaps a poached egg – delicious.

Sausage, Sweet Potato, and Lentil Stew
Servings: 5
Serving Size: 1.25 cups
Nutritional Info: 148 calories, 3.7g of fat, 14.2g of carbohydrates, 3.8g of fiber, 9.6g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 * (more…)

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Friday Five: Gluten Free Goodies for Weight Watchers

Friday Five: Gluten Free Goodies for Weight Watchers

Although I personally am not gluten-free, I know that many folks out there are and have many questions about eating gluten free and following Weight Watchers. It is already tricky to navigate the waters of any healthy eating plan, so adding another restriction on top of that can be challenging. Hopefully today’s list will be the start of building a great resource for people who are eating gluten free. I am getting things started but need your help in the comments. Please add your favorite gluten free goodies that also work on Weight Watchers and I will take everything and compile an easy, printable list of Weight Watchers gluten free items.

1. Betty Crocker Gluten Free Brownie Mix, 3-4 P+

I accidentally discovered this when I bought it thinking I was grabbing the normal mix and let me tell you it tastes delicious. I like to make mine with fat free plain or vanilla yogurt instead of the 1/4 cup butter the recipe calls for. It brings the brownies down to 125 calories per serving and only 3 points plus per serving. Even with the butter the recipe calls for, they are only 150 calories and 4 P+.

2. Enjoy Life Cookies, 2-3 P+

Enjoy Life makes some really delicious cookies, bars, and other gluten, dairy, and nut free snacks. My favorite so far have been the simple chocolate chip cookies but the snickerdoodle ones are also delicious. You may be able to find these in your local grocery store, but if not you can order them online.

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