One more fantastic slow cooker recipe. I had a can of chickpeas in the cupboard and started to thing of various dinner combinations to cook these with. I love using my slow cooker, especially on the days I work from home. Chickpeas, Curry and a slow cooker just seemed like a fantastic combination so I looked up various recipes and came up with this combination. It seems you need curry powder and coconut milk to make a good curry. Toss in some vegetables and spices and there you have it, a tasty Vegetable Curry dish. I served this particular dish with couscous but you could use rice if you wish. This recipe makes approximately 4-6 servings (depending on the amount of veggies you add). 1 cup is approximately 4 weight watchers points (old points, i don’t do the new system). Add 1/2 cup of couscous for 1.5 points and here you have a filling 5.5 point dish. The couscous I use is organic and seems to have less points per serving then other coucous types i have seen.
3 cups Cauliflower chopped
1 15-ounce can Chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup frozen cut Green Beans
1/2 cup of frozen Corn
1 cup sliced Carrots
1/2 cup chopped Onion
1 14-ounce can Vegetable Broth
3 teaspoons Curry Powder
1 14-ounce can light Coconut Milk
1 tsp of dried Basil (feel free to add other spices as well)
In a 4-quart slow cooker, combine Cauliflower, Chickpeas, Green Beans, Corn, Carrots, Onion, and Basil.
Stir in Broth and Curry Powder.
Cover and cook on low-heat for 5 to 6 hours or on high-heat setting for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
Here’s a quick easy snapper recipe from Weight Watchers and the best part only 4 points for 1.25 cups. This recipe took less the 30 mins to prepare and is complete hubby approved. One change I made – I did not have pearl couscous so I used the regular kind featured in an earlier post. If your in the mood for something different then this is the dish for you. Please click this link for the recipe Chile-Spiced Red Snapper and Couscous Stew.
Happy Holidays my foodie followers. My last few posts have featured couscous as a side or part of the main. Couscous is a pasta of North African origin made of crushed and steamed semolina. It’s an amazing side dish that I constantly use to replace rice, pasta and other starches. The one I purchase is from Save On Foods, it’s organic and contains 7 grams of fiber. For one cup it’s 3 WW points.
This is a quick easy dish that is only 4WW points and takes 20 mins to prepare. I often make this on a day where I will be doing weights because it’s jam packed with protien. It’s a great dish for breakfast, lunch or dinner and is a great way to use up left over couscous from the night before. In a non stick pan, heat up one cup of cooked couscous. No oils needed. Push couscous to one side of the pan, add a little bit of butter to melt and add 3 egg whites. Once the egg whites are 90% cooked through, scramble the egg with the couscous. Add a half a cup of defrosted frozen veggie mix just to heat. Makes about 2 cups of yummy goodness. Serve and enjoy.
Today was a crazy day, I woke up to the craving of meatballs. I haven’t had a meatball in quite sometime. I thought to myself how can I make a healthy meatball to satisfy this darn craving? Well instead of using beef, I used lean ground chicken instead (half a pound), a half a cup of fine bread crumbs, one large egg white. For the spices I added half a tablespoon of minced garlic, a pinch of ground pepper, rosemary, oregano, and thyme. I used a tablespoon to scoop up the meat and form the balls and cooked them for 20 mins at 360 in the oven. I was able to make about 9 meatballs for 1 point each. Serve with you choice of pasta, rice, or couscous. Make a nice low fat sauce from low sodium tomato sauce, or low fat cream soup and enjoy. Just make sure to account for the points on the startch you choose to pair the meatballs with.
Please see my Tips and Secrets page for a listing of Generic Weight Watcher Points for the point value of the starches.
Tis the season for Christmas parties and over eating. The day after one of these shin digs usually leaves me feeling sluggish and completely unhealthy. So for supper on the following day I like to keep it simple and light. Here’s a super quick and fast dinner meal that will leave you feeling satisfied and help you get back on track to a healthier you. Here I have a 3.5 ounce snapper fillet lightly seasoned from save on foods. It’s resting against a half a cup of couscous (5 mins to make) and a nice salad to fill in the rest of the plate. Here I tossed in some celery and a few dried cranberries. The total points for this cleansing dinner is 5 WW points. Pair that with about 3 ounces of your favourite white wine and enjoy (wine not included in the points above). The total meal takes less than 30 mins to prepare.