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I must apologize for not writing for so long! We were away in Europe and frankly it’s taken me a couple weeks to catch up on sleep, laundry, work, I could go on! Anyhow, here’s a recipe for a great and tasty snack that is only 1 point per 1/4 cup! If you have it with crackers then just add those points but if you have it with veggies, it’s a super duper deal! Feel free to change up the ingredients but I like this just the way it turned out!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1/2 cup green olives
  • 2 tbsp. capers
  • 1/2 cup roasted red peppers
  • 1 can artichokes, drained ***
  • 2 cloves of garlic

Directions:

  1. Put all of the above in the food processor and process till smooth! That’s it.
  2. Put it in a pretty dish and have fun with it!
  3. You can top it with parsley or cilantro for color if you want.
  4. *** use artichokes packed in water or count extra points for the ones in oil.

Camping can be a lot of fun but not if you have to work all the time that you are there! In anticipation of this, I made our foil packs for one of our camping dinners! All we had to do is pop them on the Barbie for 45 minutes and ta-da, dinner was served! Here’s what I did:

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 oz per person of meat (beef, chicken, pork, lamb etc)
  • 2 cups per person of  Veggies (carrot, onion, mushroom, peppers, zuch, brocc, cauliflower, etc)
  • potatoes if using,(mini are nice as you can portion easily)
  • seasonings
  • garlic
  • foil wrap
  • olive oil or Pam spray

Directions:

  1. If you want to marinade the meat, go ahead and do that first. For beef I like to do soy sauce with italian dressing, set aside. Have your meat cut into bite sized portions. For chicken, I usually do garlic and lemon juice but again, you could do Italian dressing. I make my own Italian but any will do.
  2. Have your veggies washed and cut into the bite size you like. If it’s a veg that cooks faster then others, you may want to cut that into a larger size, like cauliflower.
  3. Divide your meat into the number of portions you are working on. Same for veggies.
  4. Take a sheet of foil or parchment, say 8×10 and grease with either olive oil or pam spray so there’ll be no sticking!
  5. Lay your meat on the foil and top with your veggies. At this point you can top the whole thing with a tsp of olive oil and your seasonings. You could do Cajun, Italian, Montreal steak spice or just about any at all.
  6. Seal the foil/parchment so that they are completely sealed. Now double up with another piece of foil.
  7. Now I go over and above and put each package in a large Ziploc and then I put them in the cooler or fridge till ready to use. I usually make these the day before going or the morning of and sometimes they will sit in the cooler (with lots of ice) for 2 days!
  8. Take them from cooler and toss on the Barbie when you get back from the beach all tired and exhausted!

Everyone loves pizza right? I sure do but with me being on WW I am looking for ways to cut calories/points so why not use your veggie as a base for pizza? Hence, Portobello pizza! It’s simple and tasty and quick! Here’s how I made mine:

Ingredients:

  • Portobello mushrooms (washed and stem taken off, save for pizza)
  • pizza sauce
  • toppings like pineapple, bacon, ham, hot peppers, red peppers, onions, pepperoni, broccoli, olives, chicken etc
  • cheese (goat’s tofu, cheddar, mozza, parm, asiago, your call, pick one or two!)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. place your mushrooms on a parchment covered tray.
  3. first top the mushrooms with your pizza sauce.
  4. Top them as you prefer now, veggies only? Meat only? Meat and Veg…really a million combinations are yours to be had!
  5. Bake in the heated oven for 20-30 minutes, keeping an eye on them and removing them once the cheese is completely melted and the mushroom is cooked!
  6. They can be made dairy-free, gluten-free and/or vegetarian or even vegan if you wanted!
  7. Enjoy with a nice green salad!
  8. Also you can use the stems by chopping them and use them as a topping!

Protein is a big part of me staying on track and not off eating all kinds of junk food. These nuts are tasty, healthy and easy to do. They are great when having company and the kids will love them too! here’s how to do it:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almonds, in skins, natural
  • 2 cups cashews, not salted
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1 cup walnut halves
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. maple sugar or syrup or honey
  • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp. mustard powder
  • 1 tsp dried coriander or cilantro
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, mix the seasonings, oil and mustard.
  2. In a large bowl add all the nuts then toss with the seasoning mix.
  3. Spread on a baking tray covered in parchment.
  4. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes, stirring mid-way.
  5. Store in an air-tight container for a week or so.

Another nosh for the big game! this is easy, tasty and healthy! No need to eat junk all day when you can have good stuff! Here’s how:

Ingredients:

  • head of kale, washed, dried and chopped
  • 1-2 tbsp. olive oil (2 if large head of kale)
  • sea salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Be sure to dry your kale well, or it may not crispen up.
  2. Toss the kale with the olive oil and salt a bit. other seasonings can be used as well.
  3. Roast in oven at 375 till crispy, 15-25 minutes. Keep an eye on it!
  4. This recipe makes 4 servings, 1 point per serving.

Today, like most days I am winging it in the kitchen! I do appreciate though that you are here for ideas for dinner or lunch or just inspiration for your own cooking so I will outline my catch of the day! I am feeling like something healthy, having just come from the gym and wanting to keep that momentum going! Here’s the plan for today’s dish:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 2-3 tbsp. cornmeal
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground garlic or 1-2 cloves crushed
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 4 cod fillets ( or any fish you like!)

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350. Line a cookie tray with parchment paper.
  2. In a small dish combine the almonds, zest, cornmeal and spices.
  3. In another dish put the lemon juice.
  4. Dip the fish in the lemon juice then in the crumbs. Place the fish on the tray.
  5. Bake till opaque, 20-30 minutes.
  6. Enjoy with a lovely side of salad and/or sweet potato fries, homemade of course!
  7. ** cornmeal can be omitted and simply use more almonds**

Always on the look out for adding protein to my diet I recently threw this recipe together in a jiffy! I love nuts and I love spice so ta-da spiced nuts! You can truly make this as you prefer but here’s what I did!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups raw pecan halves
  • 2 cups raw walnut halves
  • 2 cups raw cashew halves
  • 2 cups raw almonds whole
  • 2 cups raw seeds (pumpkin, sunflower etc)
  • 1-2 tbsp. pumpkin spice
  • any spice could be subbed here, cayenne for heat, garlic or onion salt for tang etc

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 325.
  2. Simply toss all the nuts and seeds together with the spices and lay flat on a tray.
  3. Bake for 15 -20 minutes keeping an eye on them not to burn! Every oven is different!
  4. Enjoy a handful in the afternoon for some staying power, push the salt cravings aside!
  5. This makes a huge batch, store in a large container with lid or a  zipped bag!