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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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Skinny Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

Skinny Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

Ever since the first time I made skinny alfredo, I’ve been in love. If you came and visited me, you would find it stockpiled in the freezer and it would look like I was deathly afraid of a cauliflower shortage. I just can’t stop eating it. And since it’s one of those recipes that tastes better the next day, I started freezing tubfuls. I eat it on just about anything, and today’s recipe is probably my favorite way to eat it so far. Tossed with some delicious, quick sauteed chicken breast and broccoli. It’s a meal that comes together in minutes.

Skinny Alfredo Sauce
Servings: 4
Serving Size: about 1 cup (1/4 recipe)
Nutritional Info: 338.1 calories, 8.5g of fat, 43.2g carbohydrates, 13g dietary fiber, 41g of protein

Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 8 * (more…)

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Quicker Oven Beans

Quicker Oven Beans

Have I got a cooking trick for you today? It’s almost as good as learning how to seed a pomegranate without staining every surface in my kitchen and all the clothing I am wearing. Today we are going to talk about how to cook beans in just 75 minutes. That’s right – from dried bean to delicious in 75 minutes. No soaking or long cooking times required.

There is really no comparison between canned beans and home cooked beans in my opinion, but all too often there just isn’t enough time to make your own beans. They normally require overnight soaking and anywhere from six to ten hours of cooking. It’s a lot of time and without proper planning it just doesn’t happen very often, until now. This trick lets you make delicious home cooked beans in just about 75 minutes and you’ll swear they cooked for hours. You can season them anyway you like. This is a pretty classic seasoning combination but feel free to mix it up.

Quicker Oven Beans
Servings: 12
Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Nutritional Info: 118 calories, .5g of fat, 20g of carbohydrates, 8.3g of fiber, 7.3g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 3 *

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Egg McMuffins DIY

Egg McMuffins DIY

So I have to be honest. I have been holding out on you. It wasn’t purposeful but somehow I never got around to sharing the one thing I eat virtually every week – DIY Egg McMuffins. You can literally always find some of these wrapped up in my freezer waiting for that random (frequent) morning when I am running late and need a meal in under 2 minutes. Usually when I set out to make these, I make 12-18 at once with all sorts of combinations of meats, cheeses, and veggies. The regulars in my freezer include the classic recipe below, spinach and feta, and turkey sausage with sauteed peppers and onions. You can make the classic egg pictured above, or just scramble everything up and pour it in. Want less calories? You can just use egg whites as well. It is a completely versatile recipe and one that I am quite sure will begin to make frequent appearances in your home. At least I hope so.

Egg McMuffins
Servings: 6
Serving Size: 1 sandwich
Nutritional Info: 266.7 calories, 3.1g of fat, 55.7g of carbohydrates, 6.5g of fiber, 9.7g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 7 * (more…)

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Friday Five: Chocolate Chocolate Mint Mint

Friday Five: Chocolate Chocolate Mint Mint

Thankfully someone figured out that chocolate and mint were meant to be friends. Like the best of friends. I pretty much die for anything combining the two – ice cream, candy, cookies, you name it, I’m in. And lately that love has been spiraling a bit out of control with chocolate mint making a pretty much daily appearance in my life. But things could be worse, right? Oh and one more thing I am dying over these days – these absolutely adorable upcycled guitar pick earrings. They are made by an amazing 11 year old, Jenelle, who is creating these to fight bullying and keep her own mind off it. Head over to her shop to check things out and support her.

And back to the chocolate mint – here are some of my favorite guilt-free chocolate mint snacks. What are yours?

1. Dreyer’s/Edy’s Slow Churned Mint Chocolate Chip, 3 P+ per 1/2 scoop
I pretty much always have this stuff in my freezer. My favorite ways to enjoy it are smushed together with about 3/4 cup skim milk for a homemade, chunky milk shake or on top of some of these delicious brownie bites from Skinny Taste.

2. Miss Meringue Drizzled Meringue Cookies Mint Chocolettes, 10 for 4 P+
If you like a crispy, crunchy meringue that melts in your month, you will love these. And the fact that you can eat 10 for just 4 points is an added bonus. You may be able to find these in your local grocery store, but I find it is usually easier to order them from Amazon since my grocery store only has them sporadically.

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Sunday Slow Cooker: Shredded Beef Barbacoa

Sunday Slow Cooker:  Shredded Beef Barbacoa

Before you start in on this recipe, a bit of a warning. The preparation is a little bit of an undertaking but completely worth it in my opinion and easier than it appears. This recipe is an adaptation of a Chipotle Barbacoa copycat recipe from Serious Eats and is probably the best version of barbacoa I have ever made at home. It’s spicy, rich, smokey – everything you want in a traditional barbacoa. I usually double the recipe and freeze the leftovers for later since it makes the perfect quick lunch or dinner. Give it a try if you love traditional Mexican flavors. Can’t find the ingredients or want something a bit easier? Try this simpler and very tasty crockpot barbacoa.

Slow Cooker Barbacoa
Servings: 8
Serving Size: about 4 oz.
Nutritional Info: 203.3 calories, 6.2g of fat, 3.2g of carbohydrates, .2g of fiber, 31.5g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 * (more…)

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