I love shrimp and here’s just one more amazing shrimp recipe that super easy to make on those busy days. This one marries the flavours of Cilantro, Garlic with a generous squeeze of lime. 6oz (about 1 cup) of shrimp equals 4 weight watcher points. Add 1/2 cup of rice for an well rounded 6 point dinner.
2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 lb Shrimp, without the shell and deviened
6 garlic cloves minced
1/3 cup fresh Cilantro chopped
Salt and Pepper
2-3 cups of cooked Rice
In a large bowl toss raw shrimp with pepper and a pinch of salt to season. Set aside.
Add oil to a large non-stick pan and heat to medium-high.
Once the oil has reach medium heat add shrimp cook on one side for about 2 mins.
Turn shrimp over and add garlic and toss.
Sauté another minute or two until shrimp is cooked, DO NOT overcook.
Remove from heat and squeeze lime all over shrimp, then toss with cilantro.
If you like Seafood Gumbo here’s a great recipe that only takes 30 mins to make and contains a whopping 4 weight watcher points for 2 cups. This recipe is super filling and really tasty. It’s 100% husband approved and that’s coming from a hubby who’s had authentic gumbo down south. I will be making this recipe again and again it was that delicious.
1/2 lb shrimp, peeled and de-veined
1/2 lb lump crabmeat (real crab meat not artificial)
1/2 lb okra, thinly sliced
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
2 large celery stalks, chopped
1 large green pepper, seeded and chopped
3 cups fat free vegetable broth
3 bay leaves
4 garlic cloves, mined
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp flour
2 tbsp light margine
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
Spray a large, non-stick pot with with non-fat cooking spray and set over medium-high heat. Add in garlic okra, bell pepper, onions, and celery. Cook until veggies are tender, about 5-7 minutes.
Transfer vegetables to a bowl and set aside.
Make the roux by adding the butter to the skillet, and then add in the flour; stir until blended. Continue to cook, stirring constantly for about 6-8 minutes.
Slowly add the broth into the pot, continuously stirring to remove lumps, and bring to a slow simmer.
Add in the thyme, bay leaves, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, lemon juice, and tomatoes.
Add the cooked vegetables back into the skillet and simmer for about 5 minutes.
Stir in the shrimp and crabmeat and simmer until shrimp are cooked, about 3-5 minutes.
In honor of the Shirataki Yam Noodle I bring you Cheesy Chicken Pasta. I used these noodles in an earlier post for Tuna Noodle Casserole. You can’t go wrong with these noodles, one whole package is 0 weight watcher points so you can have your pasta and eat it too. This recipe is 4 weight watcher points.
3oz of cooked chopped chicken
.5 can of cream soup (cream of chicken, celery, mushroom etc)
.5 soup can of water
1/3 cup of thawed peas
1 Tbls of low fat Mozzarella Cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste
Cook Chicken in the soup. I usually cook 4 chicken thighs, I take two for my pasta and my hubby takes the other two to make with his pasta.
Once the chicken is cooked measure out 3 ounces and place in a frying pan with half of the soup sauce.
Here’s another great pizza recipe that my hubby came up with. We were in the fish area in the grocery store and he said hey, what if we made a smoked salmon pizza. It was a great idea and together we came up with this amazingly delicious pizza recipe. One quarter of the pizza is 5 weight watcher points (old). When we have pizza night I always eat a half of the pizza it’s way too good not to.
NOTE: I always use a pizza stone when baking. I received the Pampered Chef pizza stone as a gift a long time ago and it is still going strong. It never burns the food and it always comes out golden brown from pizzas to cookies to absolutely anything.
1 12 inch multigran thin pizza crust (1/4 cust 150 calories, 3g of fat, and 2g fiber, this is the same crust used in the Laughing Cow Cheese Pizza recipe I posted early in my blog)
3 Tablespoons non fat sour cream
4 Low fat laughing cow cheese wedges
1-2 Teaspoons of dill (I like to use fresh but I am sure the dried stuff would work just as well)
.5 a teaspoon of lemon juice
a pinch of pepper
1 85g package of smoked salmon give or take a few grams
half a small purple onion thinly sliced
Place flat bread in the oven a 300*F just to warm. About 10 – 15 mins.
While the crust is warming in the oven place the 4 laughing cow wedges in a bowl and heat up in the microwave and heat up slightly.
Add the sour cream, dill, lemon and pepper to the slightly melted cheese and stir.
Thinly slice the purple onions.
Open the package of smoked salmon
Remove the crust from the oven and top with the cream sauce.
Top with the purple onion and then add the smoked salmon.
You can either pop the pizza back in the over for a few minutes or just eat it right after the toppings go on.
Here’s another Hungry Girl inspired recipe. Jalapeno Poppers wrapped in Turkey Bacon. These are so yummy and easy to make and 100% hubby approved. Make a big impression and serve these at your next party. No one will know they are healthy (unless you tell them). By the way, these are 3 weight watcher points for 5 poppers. That’s half the recipe so yes indulge yourself. I do every time I make these. Just a reminder this is the old point system. If it’s not broke don’t fix it.
1/4 cup low fat cream cheese
1/4 cup low fat tex-mex shredded cheese (or any low fat cheese)
Low fat turkey bacon (I used presidents choice blue menu. It’s wide and I was able to cut it into five strands to wrap the jalapenos with. Also it’s 1 ww point for one piece)
1/2 cup of ground fiber one cereal
2 egg whites in a bowl
A dash of pepper
.5 tsp of garlic powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Wash Jalapenos and cut off the stems.
Halve the jalapenos lengthwise, and remove the innards (seeds and all)
Mix cream cheese, cheese shreds, pepper and garlic powder.
Using a blender or magic bullet, grind Fiber One to a breadcrumb-like consistency (no blender no worries. grab a zip lock bag and roll it with a rolling pin until you have a fine powder)
Place crumbs in one small bowl and the egg whites in another.
Stuff each pepper half with cheese mixture and wrapped with bacon strands (toothpicks help hold the bacon in place while cooking, but remove them when they are done)
Coat both sides of each pepper half with egg substitute, and then with the fiber one. Place peppers in a baking pan sprayed with nonstick spray, and place in oven.
Cook for 25 minutes and enjoy. This recipe makes 10 Jalapeno Turkey Bacon Poppers.
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.
Spice up your friday fish night by making these great low fat fish burrito’s (1 burrito and side salad is 5 ww points).
.5 lb Snapper (or any white fish) skin removed
A little under a ¼ cup of green cabbage
A little under a ¼ cup chopped white onion
A little under a ¼ cup chopped english cucumber
1.5 tablespoons of lime juice
salt and pepper to taste
A low sodium and low calorie salsa
A few bits of chopped pineapple (optional)
Weight Watcher’s tortilla ( I had one and my husband had 2)
Make the cabbage slaw: Thinly slice the cabbage, add onion and cucumber; squeeze juice of 1 lime over the top and toss; add salt and pepper to taste; let sit for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Heat a non-stick baking pan over medium heat, add a tiny bit of olive oil if needed. I used my stone wear dish and did not need to use oil. Add Snapper and brown on one side, turn snapper over and put pan in the oven for about 10-15 minutes until snapper is flakey and cooked through. Flake cooked halibut into a bowl and serve with warmed weight watchers tortillas, cabbage slaw, pineapple bits and salsa.
Since I only made on burrito and used only half the fish I made a side burrito salad with out the tortilla.
Ok so sometimes I see a picture of a dish and it inspires me to create a healthier version of it. Here is a simple dish and if followed correctly will provide you with 3 WW points of happiness. The image above is my Egg Muffin Omelet. Here’s what you will need:
A greased muffin pan (I greased the pans with low fat becel margarine the one in the blue packaging)
A Rolling Pin
An oven set to 375 degrees
2 Egg Whites (for my Hubby I made his with one whole egg)
1 Green Onion
1 slice of low fat turkey bacon (I get the blue menu package from superstore)
1 Laughing Cow Cheese Wedge (the low fat one. It’s in a light blue packaging)
1 slice of weight watchers bread (I used the one that is 1 point for 2 slices according to the old points system)
A dash of Pepper (My husband got a dash of chili flakes to spice his up)
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 whites, green onion, turkey bacon sliced into little pieces, pepper and any other spices you wish to add. Stir. Grab your laughing cow cheese and cut into small pieces. Add to you egg mixture. One last stir of the egg mixture and pour into your bread cups 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.
NOTES: This was my first time baking these and they exploded as you can tell from the pictures. You could easily use two slices of bread and fill them half way up so the egg does not spill over as ours did. If you add that extra bread slice just make sure you count the points. The bread I use would only add an extra half point so no big deal. Below is a picture of my Hubby’s Egg Muffin Omelet (5 WW points) Full Egg and different cheese.
It’s after the holidays and time to get back on track. This is a simple recipe and takes no time at all to prepare. Plus it’s finger foods so the kids may enjoy this for lunch or dinner. These are my Dill-icous Egg White Lettuce Cups. Wash three large romaine lettuce leaves and pat to dry. Take 3 hard boiled eggs and remove the yolks. Chop eggs into little square pieces and add 1 tsp of low fat mayonnaise and 1 tsp of mustard. Add a sprinkle or two of Dill and a little pepper and mix. Place egg mixture on romaine leaves and enjoy. Total Point value 2 points for the cups, plus 1 point for the side of orange. This was so refreshing after a week of horrible holiday eating.
A Little Tidbit: 1 whole egg yolk and all equates to 2 ww points. 3 egg whites equates to 1 ww points. Needless to say, I gave up on egg yolks and no longer eat them.
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.