I LOVE chili. Love it. In fact, whenever I cave and decide I’m going to get fast food, I pick Wendy’s so I can get chili. I have multiple different chili recipes, and I have yet to take a side on the noodles or no noodles battle. But one thing I can definitively agree upon is using turkey instead of beef (or you can opt out of meat all together and make this vegetarian). The beans and tomatoes serve as the prominent flavors so any distinguishable taste between turkey and beef is effectively muted. For only 4 Weight Watcher’s Plus points per 1 1/2 cups, this chili is a healthy and filling meal.
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.
This light, healthy green bean recipe pairs perfectly with almost any dish. Sauteed green beans with garlic and sesame seeds has loads of flavor.
In college, I worked at Manny’s, an upscale Mexican restaurant. The food is amazing there! I’ve worked at a lot of restaurants (waitress from the age of 14), and Manny’s was my favorite–from the excellent food, clean kitchen, and use of fresh ingredients to the most amazing people to work with–I definitely miss working there when the long hours of law school start to wear on me.
One of the best appetizers on the menu is the ceviche. Always fresh, it compliments a Perfecta Margarita wonderfully. The anniversary of the opening of the Eau Claire location of Manny’s is this Friday. So it seemed fitting to try out my own ceviche recipe. Since I’m working on a budget, I didn’t use scallops or red snapper like Manny’s ceviche, but it is a good substitute to hold me over til I make my way back to La Crosse and can enjoy the original. Serve with chips, over lettuce or on a tostada. This is only 5 Weight Watcher Plus Points for a little less than a cup.
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.
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 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.
Tonight I made cabbage rolls. With St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday, I wanted to get in the Irish spirit. Growing up, I always loved my mom’s cabbage rolls, but I wanted to try a different recipe. So, here is Paula Dean’s recipe as posted by Pennies on a Platter.
This is easily my favorite side dish by far. After pinning this recipe from the la bella vita delicious & beautiful living blog, it exploded with repins–almost 12,000! And rightly so. This is delicious! I am very thankful that Roz introduced me to this delicious salad.