My Sweet Marie

Archive for February 2016

For Valentine’s Day this year we decided to keep it healthy! Here’s a little something I threw together with the help of my sweetheart! Here’s what you need:


  • 2 zucchini – spiralize with the large holed attachment
  • 1 onion sliced thin
  • 1 cup carrot- spiralize on smallest holed attachment
  • 1 yellow pepper- sliced thin
  • 4 slices of peameal bacon (Canadian bacon), sliced long thin strips
  • 1/4 cup roasted red peppers
  • 1-2 cups of spinach
  • 350g shrimp- peeled and deveined
  • 10 oz coconut milk
  • 1 tsp of sirachi sauce or more if you like heat!
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • basil  or cilantro to your taste
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil


  1. Sautee your onions, bacon, garlic, carrots, peppers in the olive oil.
  2. Add the shrimp, sautee till pink.
  3. Add in the roasted red peppers and spinach till wilted.
  4. Add in the milk, stir. Add the sirachi sauce, stir.
  5. Add in your zucchini noodles and stir. Cook till the noodles are soft but not too long as they will get soggy, so leave that till the last minute!
  6. This is 2 large portions at 8 WW smart points each!

So here’s a little twist on falafel balls, baked, not fried. We all know I am counting points these days so you should get at least 24 balls, which makes them 2 points each! Enjoy with a salad or as a snack…full of protein!



  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. parsley, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. chick pea or gluten-free flour
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 1/2 Tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder


  1.  Preheat oven to 375°. Grease 2 mini muffin tin sheets with the oil. Mash chickpeas in a food processor, then add remaining ingredients and blend to a thick, paste-like consistency.
  2. Shape into small ping pong-size balls and place each in a cup of the mini muffin tin. Bake, flipping balls halfway through, until balls are golden and crisp, 15 to 20 minutes.