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.
I love all things banana especially Banana Muffins and Bread. These muffins are low fat and delicious. Instead of using milk and butter to make these muffins moist the recipe calls for apple sauce and mashed up banana’s. I have tried many recipes with applesauce and they usually turn out super dense, but these are light, moist and yummy. 3 mini muffins equals 1 Weight Watcher point. If your using a normal 12 cup muffin tin then one of those muffins would be 1 Weight Watcher point.
1 cup of Flour
1 tbsp of Baking Powder
1/2 tsp of Baking Soda
1/8 tsp of Kosher Salt
1 cup of mashed Banana’s
1/4 cup of Applesauce
1/4 cup Sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Grab two bowls and in one bowl mix together Flour, Salt, Baking Power, Baking Soda.
In the second bowl beat together Egg, Banana, Sugar, Applesauce and Vanilla.
Stir the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
Pour mixture into the muffins tins and bake for 18-20 mins.
Weight loss is a combination of eating healthy and working out. I decided to switch up today’s post and share my one true love, working out. I am a huge fan of the Women’s Health workout books and while waiting for my hubby to get off work I decided to walk around coles book store. First I checked out the cookbook area to see if there were any new books on low fat healthy recipes and there were none. They did however have a bar tending for dummies book which I quickly grabbed. Then I headed over to the Well Being section where to my surprise I noticed a new book by Women’s Health The Big Book of ABS. I of course added this to my cart headed out the door. All I can say is wow, what a work out. It’s tough working my core lately. I have done so many AB workouts that they are used to the ones I do. This booked kicked their butt and I am extremely sore which mean they got a great workout. If anyone is looking to get on the right path and do not want to spend money on a gym membership I highly recommend these books. I have all of them and I use the every time I workout. They have shaped my body and tightened my muscles and for that I give a huge THANK YOU to women’s health.
The creator of this recipe is my father in-law. On my very first camping trip with my hubby’s family, my father in law made this dish from the fish he caught in the lake. I am not a fisher so I just buy snapper to recreate it. This is a really simple dish with simple ingredients, which makes it perfect for the lake. The total point value for the foil package is 4 points. If your not using snapper then points may increase. You will have to know what fish is in the lake you are camping at and reference it to the Generic Weight Watcher points list to see the point value. Note one foil packet is one serving. If your fish is larger just accommodate the ingredients.
4oz Snapper Filet (or fish caught from the lake)
1/4 Red Pepper cut into cubes
1/2 Onion cut into cubes
1/4 Pineapple bits (canned or fresh, canned is easier while camping)
1 tsp Ketchup
1 tsp Garlic Minced
1/2 tbsp Sweet Chili Sauce
1 tsp Garlic Chili Sauce (Sriracha)
1/2 tbsp oyster sauce
2 tbsp of pineapple juice
MIx Ketchup, Garlic, Sweet Chili Sauce, and Pineapple juice.
Place all ingredients and sauce in a foil packet. It’s best if you place the fish on top of the vegetables.
Cook on an open flame for 15 mins. Until the fish is white and flakey when the packet is opened. You can also cook this dish in the oven for 15 mins.
My hubby and I decided to head down to Whyte Ave (Edmonton, Alberta) to grab a nice cold Sorbetto at Block1912. As we were sitting there on the couch reading the menu they have posted on the wall my hubby noticed a Jalapeno Bacon Mac & Cheese dish. At that moment he turned to me and said you can totally make that dish low fat. So here we have a Low Fat Mac & Cheese recipe. This entire dish is approx. 6 weight watcher points. The image above is my hubby’s dish and the one below is mine. I beefed mine up with green peppers, onions and zucchini. Since this recipe uses one box it serves 2. For a family of 4 just double the recipe. I am not a fan of processed foods however I do love myself a box of KD every now and then and this recipe makes it a little more ohh la la gourmet.
1 Box Kraft Smart KD (image below)
1/3 cup of 1% or Non Fat Milk
1 table spoon of Low Fat Margarine
4 strips of Presidents Choice Turkey Bacon
Optional ( 3 tbs onions, 3 tbs of Green Peppers, 1/4 cup zucchini)
Cook Mac & Cheese according to package but cut down on the Margine. If you need more liquid add a bit more MIlk.
Heat Turkey Bacon in a pan. Once heated cut in to small pieces.
Cut up Jalapeno’s.
Add Jalapenos and Turkey Bacon to Mac & Cheese. Serve and Enjoy
Cook Green Peppers and Onions in a small pan with water until slightly soft.
Add in Zucchini to heat.
Toss in your individual bowl of Mac & Cheese or add to the entire pot if the hubby wants extra vegetables too. Serve and Enjoy.
The Pasta in this Mac and Cheese is made with Cauliflower so it’s slightly healthier.
If your like me and LOVE rice krispy treats here’s a great healthy, low fat alternative. I slightly modified the recipe from hungry girl and added some peanut butter and a few more marshmallows. One square is 1 weight watchers point, which means yes a treat you can finally pig out on and NOT feel guilty. Speaking of which I think my pan is now cooled, ready to be cut, photographed and devoured. Until our next encounter; Enjoy
5 cups of puff wheat
2 cups of fiber one (love this stuff)
3.5 cups of mini marshmallows
2 tablespoons of low fat becel margarine (I use the blue tub one)
1 tablespoon of peanut butter (regular or low fat there is no point difference)
Mix the two cereals in a large bowl. Set aside.
Melt butter and peanut butter in a large pot.
Add mini marshmallows and melt those down.
Remove pot from the heat and add the cereal and stir until fully covered.
So I had some chicken defrosting on the counter and really wanted to try something different. Turns out I had a ton of cabbage in the fridge because of the 0 point cabbage soup I have been making as of late. I thought to myself chicken with cabbage and onions should be a winning combination and it turned out to be true. It’s a whopping 4 weight watcher points for 2 cups. In case your wondering, I do follow the old point system. It worked for me 4 years ago when I started my journey and hasn’t failed me yet. Why mess with a good thing.
1 small onion sliced thinly (about two cups)
4 cups of cabbage
1 cup of cherry tomatoes sliced in half
8 ounces of chicken chopped into bite size pieces (we always use thighs)
3/4 cup of water
.5 tsp of extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp yellow mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds (or black mustard seeds)
2 tsp of garlic
.5 tsp of chilli flakes
Prepare all spices in a small bowl.
Cook chicken in a large pan. Once cooked remove chicken.
In the same pan use the natural oil from the chicken and add the half tsp spoon of oil to the centre of the pan. Let the oil heat up.
Add your bowl of spices and stir until it makes a paste.
Add onions and saute until they are a beautiful carmel color.
Add cabbage, tomatoes and water. Cover and steam cabbage for about 5 remove lid and let the water evaporate.
Once all the water is gone add the chicken just to heat it up. Serve and enjoy. Makes about 5 cups of cabbage.
I have never tried a stuffed pasta shells before and for some reason I just really felt like making some. I found a recipe online and of course made some changes to make them healthier. These are super yummy and husband approved. For 1 Weight Watcher Point per shell you can’t go wrong.
10 jumbo pasta shells
5 cups spinach leaves
1 small zucchini (chopped)
½ cup nonfat cottage cheese
1 egg white
.5 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon low fat parmesan cheese
1 cup low sodium tomato sauce
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Bring water to a boil and add pasta shells. Make sure they are a little under cooked and drain them. (They will finish cooking in the oven.)
In a bowl add spinach and zucchini and wilt by heating in the microwave for 1 – 1.5 minutes.
In a small bowl mix garlic powder, low fat parmesan cheese and egg white.
Add the cottage cheese and parmasan mixture to the spinach mixture.
Here’s another great easy recipe using bread as a crust. The best part 3.5 WW points for two tartlets. For this recipe you will need the following:
A greased muffin pan
A Rolling Pin
An oven set to 375 degrees
A quarter cup of canned tuna (I only buy the canned tuna in water)
1 tablespoon of steamed onion (place chopped onion with a bit of water in a small bowl and cook in microwave for 30-45 second)
1 Laughing Cow Cheese Wedge (the low fat one. It’s in a light blue packaging)
2 slices of weight watchers bread (I used the one that is 1 point for 2 slices according to the old points system)
One egg white
A dash of Pepper or any other spice you like (no salt unless you really need it
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. While the oven is warming grab your slices of bread and roll them out with a rolling pin just to flatten. Creatively place these is a well greased muffin pan so it forms a cute little cup. Don’t worry it will not be perfect and you will have a fold or two. Grab a small bowl and add your egg white, onion, tuna, and spices. Stir. Grab your laughing cow cheese and cut into small pieces. Add to you egg mixture and give it one last stir. Pour the mixture into your bread cups (half in each cup) and place in the over for about 20 – 25 mins. Once cooked pull from oven and carefully removed from muffin tins. Place on a plate, serve and enjoy. These would go well with any side dish like soup or a salad. I was craving apples and carrots so those were my sides.
OMG!! A guilt free chocolate bar recipe for all the chocolate lovers out there. I found this one on the net and decided to give it a go. I am super happy I did. This is an amazing recipe and so super easy to make. All you need are three ingredients, chocolate chips, cool whip and chocolate wafers. For the full recipe please click here - 3 Musketeer Chocolate Bars. There was one change I made to the recipe. It did not specify if the cool whip was low fat or not so I used the low fat tub; also to note 8oz = 3 cups of cool whip. OH and did I mention that one of these is 1 weight watcher point. Happy days are here again, I hope you enjoy these as much as we did.