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Whipped Pumpkin Butter Spread

This whipped pumpkin butter is delicious! You can’t eat much because the calories are killer for 1 tablespoon. You certainly want to be selective on what you are using it on and how much you use unless you are one of those people who are lucky enough not to worry about calories.

I am in love with this pumpkin butter. I have used it on bagel thins and on English muffins, but I think you could use it on just about anything and be happy.

Nothing says Fall like pumpkin and nothing makes me happier than pumpkin everything!!

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons canned pure pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Directions:

  1. Place the butter in a mixing bowl, and whip on high speed with an electric mixer until fluffy, about 1 minute.
  2. In another bowl, stir together the honey, pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spice until well mixed. Add the honey mixture to the butter, and whip on high with the electric mixer until the mixture is fluffy and smooth, about 1 more minute. 
  3. Chill the pumpkin butter for several hours or overnight to blend the flavors.

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Spinach and Greek Yogurt Dip



This recipe is to die for! I mean seriously to die for. I am in love. I made this with full fat mayonnaise. I regret that I made it with full fat mayo because of the fat and the calories so next time I will use low fat mayo. 

This is so awesome. I love the flavor and to top it off it’s something that is so low in calories especially if you use low fat mayo. I could eat this day and night on Wasa toast.

This is something that is now a staple in our house. Everyone really loves it and eats it liberally. The points are super low if you are counting point for Weight Watchers. Wahoo a good low recipes.


Ingredients:
  • 1 box (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, cooked, cooled and squeezed dry
  • 1 container (16 oz.) nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 package Knorr Vegetable recipe mix
  • 1 can (8 oz.) water chestnuts, drained and chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped
Directions:
  1. Combine all ingredients in medium bowl. 
  2. Chill, if desired. 
  3. Serve with your favorite dippers.

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Chicken and Gravy

We all really enjoyed this recipe! It’s quick and easy but best of all it’s loaded with flavor. This would be an awesome start to a pot pie it would also be awesome served loaded full of vegetables and served over biscuits.

What I loved was that it was only 7 Weight Watchers points (plus) not including anything that was being served with it like rice or potatoes.

We served our over mashed potatoes which was amazing. I think this would also be fantastic served over brown rice. Oh yes, I forgot to mention that this isn’t a pretty recipe.


Serves 5
Ingredients:
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pounds)
  • 1 packages brown gravy mix (I used pioneer)
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) low fat low sodium cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp. dry onion flakes
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup of frozen pea and carrot mix
  • Fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • Mashed potatoes or Rice prepared

Directions:

  1. To a dutch oven add dry gravy, onion flakes, garlic powder, water, and cream of chicken soup. Using a whisk mix all together.
  2. Add chicken breast to the pot and cover with gravy bring to a boil then reduce heat to a medium and cover. Cook for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until chicken starts to fall apart. Stir often to prevent burning and sticking.
  3. Shred chicken breast in the pot then add 1 cup of frozen peas and carrots mix well then recover the pot. Cook for another 2o minutes.
  4. Serve over mashed potatoes, or rice or toast.

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Parmesan Mushroom Orzo


This is a quick and easy recipe I made spur of the moment. It turned out amazing. I will tell you that the quality of the chardonnay will make a difference in your recipe.
Also read about your chardonnay before you use it. This recipe takes on the flavor of the chardonnay. My chardonnay has a strong cinnamon flavor when it’s was cooked. It was incredible! This would be easy to add cooked chicken breast to or even make it vegetarian by using vegetable broth.

This would also be great with fresh spinach added in the cooking process or even adding a bed of spinach to serve it over. I think this recipe would be fantastic for meatless Monday!!
Ingredients:
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 pound Portobello mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • ½ white onion sliced
  • 1 rounded cup dry orzo
  • 1/2 cup chardonnay
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cloves garlic minced

Directions:

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium sized pot over a medium heat add onion and garlic and cook until light brown
  2. Add orzo and cook about 2 minutes. When it has taken on a light golden color, pour in chardonnay, stirring constantly until the wine is fully absorbed.
  3. Add mushroom and cook for two minutes with 1/2 cup broth. Stir until the broth is absorbed. Continue adding broth 1/2 cup at a time, stirring continuously, until the liquid is absorbed and the orzo is al dente, only use as much chicken broth as needed this process should take about 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in parmesan. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


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    Creamy Spinach and Ham Sandwich




    This is a quick and easy breakfast that is loaded with veggies and is healthy too. You could serve this on bread, a wrap, or even just as a main dish. If you like spinach you will probably like this sandwich. I thought it was delicious! I was really impressed with how it turned out.
    I was starving and wanted something for breakfast but I didn’t want to invest a lot of calories into breakfast. This turned out to be light and low in calories and filling. This are all requirements for me to really feel justified in investing the calories! I served this sandwich with a sides of black grapes!


    Ingredients:
    • 2 cups spinach
    • 1 ounce chopped onion
    • ½ small clove garlic
    • 1 once cooked ham (lunch meat)
    • 1 light garlic and herb laughing cow cheese or similar
    • Cooking spray
    • Bread or a wrap *

    Directions:

    1. Lightly spray skillet with cooking spray, to a heated pan add onion and garlic and cook until the onion is tender. 
    2. Next add ham and cook for 1-2 minutes then add spinach in small batches until all of the spinach is wilted down. 
    3. Last add cheese and allow it to melt down. Add to wrap or sliced bread.

    2 Weight Watchers PointsPlus + Bread or Wrap

    *Calories Below do not include bread or wrap

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    Garlic Stir Fry Sauce



    This is a really great base stir fry recipe! I say base because I changed this recipe up a bit. I did find this recipe to need a bit of a kick and far less sugar. As you can see from the recipe below I did note the changes we made with the sugar. I also think it could really use some kicked up spice. If you like really sweet then I suggest keeping the recipe the way it is, but if you don’t or you like spicy then I suggest lowering the sugar and kicking this recipe up!



    I love adding this sauce to some brown rice and veggies for a low calorie lunch or dinner. Steamed veggies, brown rice, and stir fry sauce is a quick and easy meal that is not only delicious but also calorie affordable… and pocket book affordable too!! Enjoy!

    Ingredients:
    • 2/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
    • 1/2 cup chicken broth
    • 1/3 cup rice wine
    • 2-3 1/2 tablespoons sugar (3-1/2 was too much for us!)
    • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
    • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
    • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
    • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
    • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
    • 1/4 cup water
    •  1 tbsp. vegetable oil (I used cooking spray to save calories)
    • 1/4 tsp. or more red pepper flakes (we felt like this recipe needed some heat)

    Directions:

    1. In a medium bowl, combine soy sauce, broth, rice wine, sugar, sesame oil and white pepper
    2. In a separate bowl dissolve the cornstarch in 1/4 cup water
    3. Heat a medium pot over high heat; add the cooking oil, swirling to coat; add the garlic and ginger; cook, stirring, until fragrant.
    4. Add the soy sauce mixture; bring to a boil.
    5. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 1 minute.
    6. Add the cornstarch and water then cook, stirring, until the sauce boils and thickens.

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    Black-Eyed Pea Okra Etouffee

    I served 1 cup of etouffee with a grilled cheese sandwich

    This recipe is fantastic. I love black-eyed peas so I knew I was going to love this recipe but to be honest with you I didn’t think anyone else in my house would love it as much, but I was wrong.


    The entire family loved it and as a matter of fact everyone started brain storming ideas on how we could change this recipe up to have different variations of the same recipe. I think everyone came up with some great idea!

    I love the simplicity of this recipe topped with the fantastic flavor. It’s easy and quick and better yet delicious, meatless (vegetarian if you use vegetable broth) and it’s inexpensive and hearty! This recipe will make 10 cups!

    Ingredients:

    • 1 tablespoon bacon fat
    • 1 medium onion, chopped
    • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
    • 2 cups sliced fresh or frozen okra (un-breaded)
    • 5 stalks celery, chopped
    • 2 cups chicken broth
    • 1 cup short grain brown rice
    • 4 (15 ounce) cans black-eyed peas with liquid
    • 1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chilies
    • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
    • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (more or less)
    • Salt and Pepper to taste

    Directions:

    1. Heat the bacon fat in a large saucepan over medium heat, to the pot add rice, onion, pepper, and celery then cook until tender. 
    2. Pour in the chicken broth, and mix black-eyed peas with liquid, diced tomatoes and diced tomatoes with green chills, and garlic. 
    3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low 
    4. Simmer 45 minutes, or until rice is tender. 
    5. Add more broth if soup is too thick.
    6. Add in hot sauce and salt and pepper 

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    5-Weight Watchers PointsPlus

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