Cauliflower Muffins (Gluten Free)
Apr14

Cauliflower Muffins (Gluten Free)

These low carb, high protein, gluten free muffins are a twist on Mini Cauliflower Pizza Bites, but even tastier and easier! And good enough to serve for company.   Only 1 Weight Watchers PointsPlus for 2 muffins! I recently discovered Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute which is fantastic for jazzing up any veggies. It takes these muffins to a whole new level of yumminess!   Pre-Washed Cauliflower (Trader Joe’s or Costco) make this a snap!  My favorite Parmesan is Trader Joe’s Freshly Grated Parmesan, which gives them a great texture and fresh, cheesy taste. Click here for my Trader Joe’s Shopping List (with Weight Watchers Power Foods and PointsPlus) >> Click here for my Costco Shopping List (with Weight Watchers Power Foods and PointsPlus) >> Cauliflower Muffins 2014-04-14 10:47:25 Yields 32 1 Weight Watchers PointsPlus for two muffins. Write a review Save Recipe Print Prep Time 20 min Cook Time 20 min Prep Time 20 min Cook Time 20 min 29 calories 1 g 20 g 1 g 3 g 1 g 22 g 140 g 0 g 0 g 0 g Nutrition Facts Serving Size 22g Yields 32 Amount Per Serving Calories 29 Calories from Fat 13 % Daily Value * Total Fat 1g 2% Saturated Fat 1g 4% Trans Fat 0g Polyunsaturated Fat 0g Monounsaturated Fat 0g Cholesterol 20mg 7% Sodium 140mg 6% Total Carbohydrates 1g 0% Dietary Fiber 0g 1% Sugars 0g Protein 3g Vitamin A1%Vitamin C5% Calcium5%Iron1% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Does this look wrong? Ingredients 2 x 12 oz bags cauliflower 3 large eggs 1 cup low fat cottage cheese 1 cup grated parmesan (freshly grated, not from a can please!) 3 - 4 teaspoons Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute (or Italian Seasoning) 1/2 - 1 teaspoon salt freshly ground black pepper (about 12 grinds) cooking spray Instructions Set the shelf in the middle and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray three non-stick 12-cup mini muffin pans with cooking spray. Working with one bag of cauliflower at a time: break any large pieces into smaller florets and pulse in food processor until it reaches a rice-like texture. Place all the cauliflower in a large microwave safe bowl (uncovered) and microwave for 8 minutes, stirring halfway. (Do NOT add water or cover!!) Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, lightly beat eggs with a fork. Add cottage cheese, parmesan, and seasoning, and mix with fork to combine. Add to hot cauliflower; mix well. Taste for seasoning, adding more salt, pepper, and seasoning if needed. Fill...

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FIVE Veggie Upgrades and Meal Ideas
Jan09

FIVE Veggie Upgrades and Meal Ideas

Steamed broccoli won’t stop me from reaching for hubby’s pizza, but if I have delicious veggies already prepared, it’s a breeze to stick to Simple Start and feel the Power Foods Love! I hope you’ll be inspired by my quick and easy Veggie Upgrades and satisfying Weight Watchers Simple Start meals!     Simple Roasted Winter Veggies 1 sweet potato, 1 yam, and 4 carrots: peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes. Spray half sheet pan covered with olive oil cooking spray. Spread out veggies in a single layer and spray them with cooking spray. Sprinkle with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Roast at 425 degree F for about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender and brown. They’ll be sweet and a little caramelized—yummm!   Turn into a Heart-Warming Winter Salad Toss Trader Joe’s Butter Lettuce and Radicchio (or greens of your choice) with Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil or Trader Joe’s Fat Free Balsamic Vinaigrette (0 WW PP for 2 tablespoons). Top with warm veggies, Turkey Meatballs, halved (Trader Joe’s frozen – 3 WW PP for 2 meatballs), and Parmesan Cheese (1 WW PP for 1 tablespoon) or kick it up a notch with Trader Joe’s Shaved Cheese Blend. (3 WW PP for 2 tablespoons) This is Mr. Picky’s FAVORITE lunch!     TIP: We LOVE slightly sweet and bodacious (can you call vinegar bodacious?), Gourmet Blends Traditional Balsamic Vinegar! I can’t wait for my salad every night because this vinegar is SO special! It’s somewhere between a reduction (like Trader Joe’s Balsamic Glaze) and a regular balsamic. Just sweet and thick enough! (And it’s ZERO points!)   I get mine at the Calabasas Farmer’s Market, but you can purchase them online at gourmetblends.us >>   Mushroom Madness Sauté sliced mushrooms in a nonstick skillet sprayed with Olive Oil spray; season with salt and pepper. Cook over medium high heat for 8 – 10 minutes. TIP: Crimini Mushrooms (Baby Portabellas) are meatier and more flavorful than Button Mushrooms, but either will work.   Make it a Mixed Grill This is my go-to, Power Foods, slim-down-fast meal! Add a Boca Original Vegan Veggie Burger, fried egg and sautéed tomato and onion slices cooked in cooking spray in a nonstick skillet. Sprinkle with Worcestershire sauce and/or mix ketchup and Worcestershire for dipping. – or – Guilt-Free Pasta Add Baby Spinach and Barilla Plus Spaghetti or Trader Joe’s Brown Rice Quinoa Fusilli Pasta, a little Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Parmesan Cheese for a light and healthy Pasta Entree. (You’ll only be paying points for the Parmesan: 1 WW PP for 2 tablespoons) – or – Polenta Topping Polenta is a great...

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Fabio’s Mom’s Meatballs, made Light
Oct15

Fabio’s Mom’s Meatballs, made Light

One of my most special family times ever was making meatballs and sauce (from scratch!) with my hubby and little one. These are super-easy and fun to make, and mouthwateringly delicious!   Sam—who only makes Kraft Mac & Cheese—threatened to make them after accompanying me to Fabio Viviani’s Cooking Demo, but I didn’t think he’d actually follow through.   Look what I got Mr. Clean to do! (If he can do it, so can you.) He actually rubbed olive oil into his hands before rolling the balls!!! Needless to say it was a computer-free evening. (Oh! Now I get why he washed the dishes for an hour.)   Fabio insists that the secret to moist meatballs is to cook them right in the sauce, and after trying his, we agree. Do you sear your meatballs, or cook them right in the sauce?   At the risk of upsetting a feisty Italian, I used Laura’s Lean Beef (92% lean) instead of 80/20, recommended by Fabio.   Ricotta cheese keeps them moist, and they were just as tasty with low fat ricotta and lean beef.   You could, of course, make them with turkey, but then they would be turkey meatballs! I eat SO much turkey and chicken, that sometimes I crave that yummy, beefy taste. And these are healthier than many of the turkey meatballs out there. (Especially the pre-cooked ones.) Warning: Very more-ish! This was my third time making them (finally got down to posting the recipe), and once again I couldn’t stop thinking about them all night long, and went back in at 10pm! What is it about them that keeps you going back for more?   Serve with crusty Ciabatta Bread and/or Trader Joe’s Vegetable Radiatore. (5 Weight Watchers PointsPlus for 3/4 cup.)   Baby Broccoli sautéed in olive oil and garlic makes a great side dish—I don’t even need the pasta.   Tips for Success Mince the garlic and the shallots quite finely, because they’re not getting cooked before going into the meatballs. Shallots are a little milder and sweeter than onions. How to Mince a Shallot Keep the root end intact, and make one slice through the middle, horizontally, and then tiny slices almost all the way to the root, but not through it. That way all the pieces don’t separate and go all over the board.   I learned a great tip from Alex Guarnaschelli, to spread the meat around and up the sides of the bowl, so you can season it properly.   Oops! Not quite sure how much salt went into that batch.   The meatballs can be rolled the day before; cover with...

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Turkey Stuffed Zucchini, Yellow Squash and Red Peppers
Sep25

Turkey Stuffed Zucchini, Yellow Squash and Red Peppers

This is one of my favorite ways to make ground turkey, and to use up gorgeous yellow squash from the Farmer’s Market—and it’s easy, healthy and kid friendly. Use this recipe as a starting point, and make it your own! My husband jokingly (kind of) asked me why I would take the time to make this when there are so many good stuffed peppers on the market. (I obviously hadn’t left enough of a break between my favorite TJ’s and Costco stuffed peppers… and now this homemade version!) However, after asking for seconds, Mr. Picky proclaimed this to be one of his favorite things that I make. Hmm. I use brown rice as a binder (instead of panko) for extra whole-grain goodness, and sauté the squash middles with onions and garlic to add texture and sneak even more veggies into the dish. Minsley cooked brown rice from Costco makes it a snap! If you don’t like bell peppers, just use yellow squash and/or zucchini—it’s your house, so you can use whatever you like! You can even substitute ground chicken to change it up. Extra-lean ground turkey breast would lower the fat and calories, but it wouldn’t be as tasty or moist (or satisfying!), so I recommend using 93% lean.  I’ve used Giada’s Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce (Target) and Trader Joe’s Low Fat Tomato Basil Marinara, and they both work great. Your  favorite marinara sauce would be perfect! Scoop out the flesh with a melon baller Stuff veggies with turkey mixture Cover with marinara and parmesan The most accurate way to tell if poultry is cooked through is with an instant read thermometer. (165 degrees) Click here for Orna’s Trader Joe’s Shopping List >> Click here for Orna’s Costco Shopping List >> Cool Tools Instant read thermometer Turkey Stuffed Zucchini, Yellow Squash and Red Peppers 2013-09-25 00:44:24 Serves 6 10 WW PP per serving Write a review Save Recipe Print 384 calories 15 g 140 g 22 g 32 g 6 g 306 g 454 g 4 g 0 g 13 g Nutrition Facts Serving Size 306g Servings 6 Amount Per Serving Calories 384 Calories from Fat 200 % Daily Value * Total Fat 22g 34% Saturated Fat 6g 32% Trans Fat 0g Polyunsaturated Fat 5g Monounsaturated Fat 8g Cholesterol 140mg 47% Sodium 454mg 19% Total Carbohydrates 15g 5% Dietary Fiber 3g 10% Sugars 4g Protein 32g Vitamin A15%Vitamin C210% Calcium19%Iron18% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Does this look wrong? Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 1/4 pounds 93% lean ground turkey 2 red...

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Healthy Baked Eggplant Parmesan
Jun30

Healthy Baked Eggplant Parmesan

This healthy, low-fat version of eggplant parmesan is one of the best things I’ve ever made! And couldn’t be easier. Only 3 Weight Watchers PointsPlus values per serving. I recently discovered Trader Giotto’s Fresh Bruschetta Sauce at Trader Joe’s (refrigerator), and immediately fell in love. I’ve been dreaming of what I could make with it ever since, and when I saw these gorgeous Adagio baby eggplants at Costco, I knew the two would be fantastic together. These beautiful fruits have tender skin, and small, soft seeds; no need to salt them because they aren’t bitter. Just layer slices of eggplant with bruschetta sauce and parmesan cheese and bake! Easy, low calorie, and absolutely delicious! What more could a girl want? What is Bruschetta? (bro͝oˈsketə) Bruschetta is traditionally grilled Italian bread topped with olive oil and typically with garlic or tomatoes. Trader Joe’s Fresh Bruschetta Sauce is the topping for the toast! But it can also be used as a pasta sauce, or incorporated in a recipe.   Cool Tools Pyrex Bakeware 4.8 Quart Oblong Baking Dish, Clear >> Healthy Baked Eggplant Parmesan, with Bruschetta Sauce 2013-08-06 18:19:19 Serves 9 3 WW PP per serving Write a review Save Recipe Print Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 40 min Total Time 50 min Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 40 min Total Time 50 min 107 calories 14 g 10 g 4 g 7 g 2 g 255 g 192 g 6 g 0 g 1 g Nutrition Facts Serving Size 255g Servings 9 Amount Per Serving Calories 107 Calories from Fat 32 % Daily Value * Total Fat 4g 6% Saturated Fat 2g 10% Trans Fat 0g Polyunsaturated Fat 0g Monounsaturated Fat 1g Cholesterol 10mg 3% Sodium 192mg 8% Total Carbohydrates 14g 5% Dietary Fiber 8g 33% Sugars 6g Protein 7g Vitamin A3%Vitamin C9% Calcium15%Iron4% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Does this look wrong? Ingredients 4 baby eggplants, or japanese eggplants 2 containers Trader Giotto's Fresh Bruschetta Sauce (refrigerator) 1 cup grated parmesan cheese (recommended: Trader Joe's freshly grated parmesan in a tub) olive oil cooking spray kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste Instructions Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray the bottom and sides of a 15-inch x 10-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Trim both ends of the eggplants, and slice lengthways into 1/2-inch thick strips. Place half the eggplant, in a single layer, in the prepared dish; sprinkle with kosher salt and pepper; spread one container of bruschetta sauce (mix it up first) over the eggplant....

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