Grilling season is upon us! After a not-so-brutal winter, I miss the summer cookouts. As much as I love a good hamburger, red meat is not the healthiest of options. This black bean alternative is a great substitute and tastes better than a beef burger. Top it off with guacamole, this burger is an instant summer classic. This comes in at only 5 Weight Watcher’s Plus Points compared to the 8 Weight Watcher’s Plus Points for a 98% lean beef burger (patties only. buns are extra points). I paired this meal with my sesame garlic green beans.
Growing up in a small town means no Chinese food restaurant. So the first thing I did when I got my driver’s license was drive to the near-by town with my best friend to go to the Chinese buffet. It was the ultimate sign of freedom. (although we somehow managed to get lost driving home from Marshfield. To this day, I have no idea how we did that).
Now that I live in the “big city” getting Chinese food is less of a special event, but it still tastes just as delicious. Unfortunately, the deep fried dishes and heavy sauces take a toll on the waistband. This healthy version of Orange Chicken doesn’t sacrifice any of the taste and cuts down the calories. Instead of deep frying the chicken, the chicken is sauteed. Plus, the sauce is full of fresh ingredients and low-sodium soy sauce. Place this chicken and sauce over rice, and it makes a great meal. Matt and I aren’t big fans of rice so we opted out of the rice. Without rice, this meal is 5 Weight Watchers Plus Points.
Since I am in the middle of p90x, our kitchen hasn’t fried anything in a long time. And for Matt, that was a huge change. Before he moved to the cities, his nights were spent making homemade chicken wings and fries at least 5 nights a week with his roommates. He was the fry king. And while the food was tasty, it definitely wasn’t healthy. After 6 months of marriage and my healthier choices of meals, Matt has lost 10 pounds (and he never works out! Only a guy…). But, after finding this recipe, I knew I had to make this for him–if not only for old time sake.
Matt has always been a huge soup person. Me, not so much. Since I’ve never been a soup connoisseur, I called in the reinforcements. My good friends Kelsey and Glenna came over for dinner to give me their honest opinion on this soup. They gave it two thumbs up. And I must say, after this recipe, I might be a convert.
Finals are right around the corner which means more slow cooker dinners. This pulled pork sandwich is a great meal after a study-filled day. There is only a little bit of prep work, and the slow cooker does the rest! Matt loved this meal so much that he ate two pork-stuffed sandwiches. That’s my piggie! For 11 Weight Watcher points per sandwich, it’s so filling that it’s worth every point!
I have always been a sandwich lover. From peanut butter and jelly to my “world famous” turkey, avocado, tomato stacked sandwich, I can always go for a sandwich. This chicken pita has a zesty, fresh taste that is perfect for lunch or dinner. With all the hype around the Hunger Games, I named this dish after my favorite character Peeta Mellark.
I woke up this morning and realized I only have one month left until I graduate from law school. And that means a summer of studying for the bar. And if I’m gonna stay sane, there is going to have to be lots of cook outs, happy hours, and patio drinking (I’m talking to you Mel Bakker!)
I’m too excited to wait for warm weather so I broke out some new grilling recipes. Tonight I made Key Lime Grilled Chicken Kabobs for only 5 Weight Watcher’s Plus Points.
I took a big step today–not only did I cook a main dish, I made an entire meal. Not in true Lindsay form, but I’m taking this whole learning to cook thing to heart.
Tonight’s menu: Stuffed Peppers and Green Beans with Goat Cheese.
My favorite go-to meal. This fun Mexican dish is so easy to make because you just toss everything into the slow cooker before you leave for work, and you come home to a wonderful meal waiting to be devoured! Matt loves this meal and asks me to make it at least once a week.
I have always loved meatballs. But, now that I am trying to eat healthier, I cut back on eating red meat like ground beef. This turkey meatball recipe has all the great taste of an Italian meatball without all the guilt. The sun-dried tomatoes and Parmesan cheese add a wonderful flavor to this dish.