Life has been really busy this week as I've had my mother-in-law staying with us. She came into town for cataract
surgery and has enjoyed eating with us and watching me photograph everything I cook :)
Here are this week's healthy recipes and a few that I was able to lighten up.
Juice Cooler (0 PP) - I made this with Crystal
Light Lemonade. It makes a refreshing, not too sweet or tart "mocktail."
Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie (2
PP using skim milk, PB2, and minus the honey) - The other day on Facebook, someone recommended using PB2, a powdered peanut butter. I had never heard of it. You can read all about it here. After I read the stats
on it, I was so ready to buy some. Both the regular and the chocolate are 1 PP per 2 T. serving. I found it at a local health food/nutrition store just a few miles down the road. This smoothie was fabulous!
I tried the chocolate PB2 as well but was disappointed in it. It doesn't have a very strong chocolate flavor.
Apple Toast (3 PP) - I hate to broil! I'm just
no good at it and end up burning whatever is in the oven. I burned the first two pieces of Apple Toast I made. So, since I'm not one to quit, I tried again. This time the apples weren't cooked through. Not to be deterred, I decided to fix this again the next
day, baking the toast at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Perfect!
Grilled Tilapia with Mango Salsa (17
PP, but seriously, who drinks the marinade?) - I am including this recipe because I seriously doubt it is as detrimental as the numbers make it seem. There is lots of marinade left over, and allrecipes says they figure the full amount of the marinade into
the nutritional stats. I especially liked the mango salsa. Next time, I will skip the marinade because I didn't find it to be all that flavorful, but I WILL include the mango salsa.
Garden Stuffed Baked Potatoes (
14 PP as written) - I love finding delicious recipes and lightening them up. In this recipe, I totally omitted the butter and the oil. I steamed fresh broccoli and onions together instead of sauteing in butter. That would have to lower the points some. Then
I would definitely cut the potato in half and eat only one half rather than a whole potato. If you like light Ranch dressing, that would lower the points as well. Unfortunately, I don't care for the light Ranch. But I did love this stuffed potato.
Grilled Pineapple Chicken
Sandwich (11 PP) - Seriously, 11 points? Surely not! I cut each chicken breast in half and then pounded them to flatten. I also used lower calorie wheat hamburger buns. I cooked the chicken on the George Foreman and added just a little of Chef John's Honey
Mustard Sauce Recipe. Delicious!
I accompanied the chicken sandwich with Baked
Rosa Maria Fries (3 PP). I liked the cooking method and the spice mixture was delicious!
Ham Pinwheels - (3 PP as written) - This is meant
to be an appetizer, but I turned it into a low-fat lunch by using only 1 T. (instead of 2) of FF cream cheese with chives and a very small sprinkling of 2% cheese on it. I rolled it up and then cut it in half. It was quite good.
Maria's Rice (8PP according to nutrition guide,
including all that butter) - I love this rice recipe. I make it and omit all of the butter. This time, I browned pork chops and laid them on top of the rice. Then I covered the dish with foil and baked for 50 minutes.
Easy Mocha Coffee (1 PP as written) - I added
International Delight Cinnabon flavored creamer to this and it made it a divine afternoon pick-me-up!
As always, let me know how you're doing and please leave me some good recipes you've found.