14 posts tagged SkinnyTaste
Cheeseburger Casserole and Creole Green Beans
Lately I’ve been on a beef/cheeseburger kick. Not sure why….maybe I’m low on iron? Anyway, I saw this recipe a while back and knew I needed to make it. And I’m SO glad that I did! Not only was it super easy to make, but it was really delicious. It totally satisfied my craving for comfort food and pasta without totally breaking the WW bank.
Go ahead and check out the full recipe over at Skinnytaste HERE. I followed the recipe pretty close with only a couple small additions. I added some McCormick hamburger seasoning (about 1 tablespoon) and some cayenne pepper to the beef. I felt like it was missing something and I really enjoyed the additional flavors. I think it would 100% be just fine without the extra spices, but I liked what they brought to the table.
I have reallllly been craving cajun/creole food lately. We ate so much wonderful food during our New Orleans trip in March and I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately. I remembered having some AMAZING creole green beans at Coop’s Place in New Orleans. (Pro tip: if you visit NOLA, you MUST go to Coop’s. For real. It’s the best.)
So I started scouring the internet for a copycat recipe. I found a few different recipes, and this one was the easiest/the pictures looks the closest. While it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for, it was a seriously yummy side dish. It was a little too sweet for my taste and lacked some spice. So next time I think I will cut down on the brown sugar and add in some spices.
You should definitely go to the original post but since it is a short recipe, I’ll also share it here with my changes)
- 3 (14.5 oz.) cans whole green beans, drained
- 4 slices bacon, diced (I added 6…..wise choice)
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper (I hate these so I just added more onion)
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1 (14.5 oz) can stewed tomatoes, undrained
- 1 tablespoon Worchestershire sauce
Cook bacon in large skillet until crisp. Remove bacon, reserving drippings.
Sauté onion and pepper in bacon drippings until tender. Stir in flour, brown sugar, salt, pepper and dry mustard. Stir in tomatoes and Worcestershire sauce. Stir in green beans and cook until thickened and thoroughly heated, about 10 minutes. Top with cooked bacon.
I started with the casserole and then cooked the beans while the casserole was in the oven. Dinner came together in just under an hour from start to finish.
PointsPlus wise, this meal was fairly decent. 1/9th of the casserole is calculated at 7 PointsPlus a serving. I accidentally cut the casserole into 6 portions instead and didn’t realize until after we finished eating. Whoops! The portions were pretty large and very filling and when I recalculated it came out to be 10 PointsPlus for 1/6. The green beans (with the extra two slices of bacon!) entered in the recipe builder came out to be 4 PointsPlus for 1/6. That means, even with the extra large portion, my meal came out to be a total of 14 PointsPlus. Not too bad considering the meal felt really rich!
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Crock Pot Kalua Pork
I’ve made this recipe many times before but it is so fantastic I feel the need to post about it every time I make it! It literally is the easiest recipe to make and gets the best compliments! I’ve made it for guests a few times and even took it to a new mom and all around it has received rave reviews.
But to save you some time (and encourage you to make this recipe ASAP!), the ingredients are pork roast, salt, and liquid smoke. That. Is. It! Seriously!
Just add the pork to the crockpot, stab it with a knife a few times, rub it with salt, pour the liquid smoke over it all, and cook it for 8 hours on high. If you have the time you can do 16 hours on low but I haven’t noticed any major difference in the final product.
I usually serve the pork with hamburger buns (and I did last night for my guests) but this time I decided to make mine with lettuce wraps. I’ve been trying to cut back on gluten so this was a great alternative. I love butter lettuce for lettuce wraps! So much better than iceberg or romaine! I also added some matchstick carrots to bulk the wraps up a bit. I have to say, the lettuce wraps turned out great! The meat is so flavorful that I didn’t miss the bread! You don’t even really need the BBQ sauce!
As a side dish I served Alexia spicy sweet potato fries. These are my favorite and I hadn’t made them in a while. Definitely a nice addition to the meal.
PointsPlus wise, this whole meal is just fantastic. The pork comes out to 4 PointsPlus per 4 ounce serving. I was able to make the two pictures wraps plus another smaller one with just four ounces of meat! I added 2 tablespoons of BBQ sauce total for another Point and then had 3 ounces of fries for 5 PointsPlus. That brought my whole meal to 10 PointsPlus! And it got a serving of veggies!
Another thing that I love about this recipe is how great the leftovers are. The pork reheats really well! I’ve even frozen it in the past and it does really well. It is a pretty large amount of food if it’s just me and my husband. I try to make it for guests but even then I get leftovers. I couldn’t resist it this morning so I had a non traditional breakfast!
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Sometimes breakfast doesn’t always have to look like”breakfast.” It just has to be delicious!!
This morning I had leftover kalua pork (more info to come this afternoon!) and some sautéed spinach with garlic and olive oil. I got two servings of oil and toe servings of veggies just from one meal! Boom! And the whole thing came to just 6 PointsPlus! So yummy and so filling!
Chicken and Asparagus Lemon Stir Fry
I love a good one pot dinner. Unfortunately I don’t have a wok, so I had to cook this in a large skillet. And guess what? It turned out just fine. :-) And sure it was all in one pot, but I did use quite a few other dishes and utensils, mostly because I’m anal and like things super orderly.
Annnnnnyway! I really enjoyed this dish. Check out the recipe HERE on Skinnytaste! The sauce was seriously amazing! I literally licked it out of the bowl! The lemon was fantastic with soy sauce. Time wise the dish came together quite quickly. The house smelled amazing and everything was ready before I knew it!
The only time I deviated from the recipe was to eliminate the ginger. I’m really not a fan of ginger in recipes so I just left it out completely. And I think it tasted fantastic.
I didn’t plan ahead and just made this for dinner. In hindsight I should have had something to go along with it. I think next time I will serve it with some brown rice to soak up all that yummy sauce! Since we didn’t have anything else, Jeremiah and I just had double servings. I love not having leftovers!
PointsPlus wise the meal is pretty great. One serving (a quarter of the recipe) comes in at 6 PointPlus. My meal came to 12 PointPlus but I would much rather have the regular portion plus a cup of rice for a total of 11 PointPlus. Not so much to save a point, but to add some variety!
Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
Wow, this was a fantastic meal! Super light and fresh and FULL of flavor! I totally plan on making this (or something similar) very often in the future. It would make a great summer salad for sure.
So, the salad I saw on SkinnyTaste last week and knew I had to make it asap. See the full recipe HERE. I love almost anything with Greek flavors so it was a perfect match. My only hesitation was that I had never made quinoa before! Silly me. It really wasn’t as hard as I made it my head. And my friends Chris and Laurie were over for dinner and they had quinoa experience and talked me through it.
The veggies in the salad added a great crunch to the quinoa and the lemon added a zestiness! We grilled up some pre marinated frozen chicken kabobs from Trader Joe’s and it was a perfect combo. Add in some Panera french bread and some olive oil and we had a mediterranean feast!
PointsPlus wise this meal was fantastic. The salad comes in at 5 PointsPlus for one cup and that was actually the perfect amount. If I didn’t have the chicken I probably would have added a half of a serving. The chicken kabobs are 3 PointsPlus each which is fantastic. I had also had two slices of french bread and 2 teaspoons of olive oil. This whole meal, which was SUPER delicious and filling, came in at 14 PointsPlus.
Skinny Chicken Cordon Bleu
Gina over at Skinnytaste posted this recipe last week and I immediately knew I had to make it! This is a rehab of one of her old recipes which I had made a while back. She definitely improved upon it and made it much easier! The old recipe used full chicken breasts while this recipe used thin cutlets. She also eliminated the use of toothpicks which saved SO much time!
So, the chicken took a little longer to put together than I had planned, but in the grand scheme of cooking, it really didn’t take long at all. And I was able to prep the sides while the chicken was cooking.
Speaking of sides, I served this with cauliflower poppers and couscous. Hindsight is 20/20 and I wish that I hadn’t used all white foods! Even though the cauliflower is a veggie, a plate full of white just isn’t pretty.
That being said, the white sides were delish! I had pinned THIS recipe a while back for cauliflower poppers and was excited to try it. I modified it a bit and just used salt free Creole spices instead of the recommended spices. Good decision! The spices were nice and spicy against the not-so-flavorful cauliflower!
I also made a box of couscous which was really yummy as well. I accidentally picked up the wrong box though so it wasn’t exactly what I had planned for. Whoops! I got the pearl couscous which I don’t like as much as the semolina couscous. It also takes longer to cook so that threw me off a bit.
Jeremiah, Laurie and I all LOVED this meal! The chicken was awe some and the sides were tasty! The chicken cordon bleu comes in at 8 PointsPlus per serving. Lucky for us, a serving size is two pieces of chicken! The cauliflower was 0 PointsPlus (holla!) and the couscous was 3 PointsPlus for a half a cup.
11 PointsPlus for the really delicious meal!
Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
I saw THIS recipe over on Skinnytaste yesterday and knew I HAD to make them ASAP! And boy am I glad I did! They were so easy to make and I can’t get over the fact that I was able to make cookies for breakfast! I was able to put together the cookies in the time it took for the oven to preheat and then they cooked for 15 minutes. Can’t beat that!
The original recipe called for 2 bananas, 1 cup quick cooking oatmeal and 1/4 cup crushed walnuts. I am not a walnut fan, but Gina mentioned that substituting mini chocolate chips for the nuts kept the PointsPlus the same. SOLD! And for 1 PointsPlus a piece, I was able to have 5 for breakfast and be super full but not go overboard. I packed 4 up for a snack this afternoon and still have 8 left at home.
You could also make them gluten free with gluten free oats. I’m going to look into making them with slivered almonds or blueberries. Yum!
Seriously, super easy. Go make them right now!
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Good morning everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! Mine was pretty busy, really fun, and full of food…most of it now so great for me. But oh well!
Saturday I had to work for a bit, but the school was dead quiet so it wasn’t bad. After work, Jeremiah and I went to see a small production of Avenue Q with our friends C and L! You guys, I am in LOVE with Avenue Q. I was lucky enough to see it on Broadway in 2004 with the original cast, right after their Tony win. It was amazing. So my standards were pretty high. And let me tell you, the show we saw on Saturday was fantastic! The cast was full of amazing talent, especially the two leads! Holy amazing voices! If you are in Chicago and looking for something to do between now and the 14th, I highly recommend checking it out HERE! Tickets are only $30!
So after the show, we were all starving. So we headed over to Belmont to Cheesies. Oh. Em. Gee. Remember my post the other day about my love for cheese? Well, put me in a restaurant that specializes in grilled cheese and I will go hog wild. Which is what I did. I had the most amazing grilled cheese I have ever had. I had ‘The Mac’ which has two different types of cheese on it PLUS macaroni and cheese. Yes, I know its not healthy, but I had almost all of my Weeklies saved up, so I used them. I also had sweet potato fries as my side and an order of fried pickles for an appetizer. Again, I didn’t say it was healthy, but oh my word it was amazing. Just look at those pictures??
Gorgeous, right? UGH!
Ok, so, then I proceeded to go into a food coma until Sunday.
Sunday was spent sleeping in, catching up on TV with my husband, cleaning the apartment, doing some laundry, taking a nap, and cooking for friends! I made Kalua Pork in the crockpot so my house smelled amazing all day. I have made this a couple of times before and it is literally the easiest meal ever. Pork shoulder, some salt, and some liquid smoke….pop it in the crockpot for 8 hours in high and voila….pulled pork! We also had some corn on the cob, which was an adventure. See, I have never actually made corn on the cob before. Jeremiah has grilled it in the past but everyone voted for boiled corn this time. Color me nervous! I’m pretty sure I screwed it up and C and L were too nice to tell me!
So C and L are Canadian, so of course we had to celebrate their Thanksgiving! So they brought over some pumpkin pie and I made some pumpkin pie frozen yogurt. Talk about delicious. I used the recipe from Emily Bites and it was so easy and delicious! It may have been pumpkin overload with the pie, but we all agreed you can’t have a pumpkin overload! I’m looking forward to the leftovers tonight!
Ok, I think that is all for now. Sorry for the novel!
Congratulations again to all of the Chicago marathon runners! You all are supremely inspirational to me! I loved reading all your posts about it! I hope you all had a great time in Chicago!
PB + J Yogurt
I saw THIS POST over at Skinnytaste the other day and knew I needed to try it! I love Greek yogurt, I love peanut butter and I love PB + Js! Perfection!
What all is in there you may ask? Greek yogurt (I realllllllly don’t like Chobani, so I used Fage which I adore), PB2, reduced sugar grape jelly, cut up grapes, and peanuts.
The verdict is that it was little higher in points for a snack that I usually like to have, but overall I really liked the flavor! The peanuts, PB2 and Greek yogurt kept me full for quite a while and the grapes helped bulk it up. I think this would make a great breakfast item!
Check out the gorgeous cupcakes I made for Easter! Oh my goodness they were AMAZING! They are Skinny Coconut Cupcakes. Check out the recipe from SkinnyTaste HERE.
I have been obsessed with coconut basically since I started Weight Watchers. There is something about the flavor that tastes really rich and creamy without being super ridic in PP. I loooove the Edy’s Creamy Coconut Fruit Bars and have one often as a dessert.
Anyway, these had the perfect amount of coconut flavor in them without being ridiculously over coconuty and sweet. The coconut cream cheese frosting was perfection! I love love loved them!
Plus, how cute are the decorations from Sur la Table?!
In more positive news, I made myself birthday cupcakes last night! I figured I might as well make something that is low in points that I can plan for, rather than having rich cake and regretting it.
I had made these Pink Lemonade Confetti Cupcakes a few weeks ago and they were great. The pink lemonade adds a tartness that is fantastic and they are sweet enough you don’t need frosting. Plus, they look lovely and festive! This time I added more pink food coloring than is suggests because last time they just weren’t pink enough. And you can never have too much pink, am I right??? So instead of the recommended 2 drops, I think I ended up with 8+!
The recipe is easy peasy and so delicious. They were a hit at work. And the best part? They are only 3 PP each! And for those of you not on WW, they are only 98 calories. Can’t beat that!
Last night’s meal was so delicious! I came home to a house that smelled AWESOME. My husband and I both agree that this meal is great. I’m very excited for leftovers for lunch today!
Kalua pork with a bit of BBQ sauce on a bun. Plus sweet potato fries, a salad and lemon water.
Seriously amazing meal.
Holy tasty meal!
The Kalua pork was everything I was told, and hoped, it would be! And literally the easiest meal ever. Only three ingredients!
What we have here is three ounces of pork, 2 T of BBQ sauce, one roll, and spicy sweet potato fries (I’m obsessed!!).
I can’t wait for leftovers tomorrow for lunch. Also, Jeremiah loved it as well. Finally a meal we both love!
Here are the pretty and delicious pumpkin spice cupcakes! The recipe is HERE! They were super tasty and didn’t dry out at all. I baked them on Thursday morning and they still taste perfect on Monday morning!
And at only 3PP per cupcake…I enjoyed a few this weekend!