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I made this dressing 19 years ago for a wedding that I catered. Shout out to Carrie and Phil! This was the dressing on the salad and if I remember correctly, I had made an adding error and had put too much pepper in it! It was still popular! It’s lovely on greens with almonds, berries, chicken and goat cheese but truly good on any salad! Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup yogurt plain, non-fat (goat’s yogurt or soy for dairy-free)
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  •  1-2 tbsp. lemon or orange zest
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp honey
  • dash of salt

Blend all together till smooth! Voila!

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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!

 

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions

  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.

Salsa is a life saver for me! I put it on eggs in the morning, use as a dip for veggies or tortillas, have it on chicken, Oh I could go on but you get the idea! It’s 0 WW points so have at it! This is a super easy recipe too! You will need a food processor for this recipe, maybe a good blender would work, not sure! Here goes:

Ingredients:

  • 3 cans of tomatoes, diced or whole
  • 2 small onions
  • 15 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 6-8 jalapenos
  • 2 red peppers, chop roughly
  • 1 bunch cilantro, washed
  • 3 limes zested
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Put all of the ingredients in your food processor in batches till all are finely minced.
  2. Place in crock pot and let stew for 6 hours on low.
  3. Have ready your jars clean sterile with lids sterile as well.
  4. Ladle into your jars, wiping the rim clean and seal with sterile lids.
  5. Wrap in a large blanket or sleeping bag for 24 hours.
  6. Enjoy as you would any salsa!
  7. 0 Smart points per serving!

I do love me some honey, add in garlic and soy sauce….yummy!! Here’s a great recipe if you’re on the WW program, it’s a 5 point per portion option for dinner!

Ingredients:

  • 4 x 4oz chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 6 tbsp. soy sauce, I used gluten-free soy sauce
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp of fresh ginger, crushed

Directions:

  1. Lay the chicken breasts in a casserole.
  2. Blend the honey, soy sauce, garlic and ginger. You may have to warm the honey to blend it. I nuked mine for 30 seconds.
  3. Pour the sauce over the chicken.
  4. Bake at 350 for an hour. Easy peasy!
  5. Serve with brown rice and broccoli for a well balanced meal!
  6. the chicken is 5 points, rice is 5 points for a cup cooked rice and the broccoli is 0 as long as it’s steamed!

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.

Seeing that it is Father’s Day weekend, I thought I’d share my homemade steak spice mix. It is easy and quick to put together and has no additives that you can’t pronounce! Go ahead, make a batch and spice up Dad’s life with a nicely seasoned steak!

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp. coarse sea salt (may use less if you like)
  • 2 tbsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. onion powder
  • 2 tbsp. onion flakes dehydrated
  • 2 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 -1 tbsp. of chili flakes (to taste)
  • 1 tbsp. thyme leaves
  • 1 tbsp. rosemary leaves or ground
  • 1/2 tbsp. coriander or dried cilantro

Directions

  1. Mix all together in a mason jar and give a good shake! Label it, you’re done!
  2. Great on steak, kebobs, chicken, pork, lamb etc! Enjoy!

Do you ever get tired of boring chicken? I eat it probably 5 times a week and really needed a kick! So here’s what I did and it was so good! You could do this with either breasts or thighs.

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless/skinless chicken breasts or 8 thighs
  • 2 tbsp. of non-fat yogurt or mayo or goat’s yogurt
  • sirachi/ rooster sauce to taste, a little or a lot
  • 1 lemon zest/juice
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic minced
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Salt and pepper the chicken.
  2. Zest your lemon then use it for juice.
  3. Mix the rest of ingredients in a big Ziploc bag.
  4. Add in the chicken.
  5. Let sit in fridge for 2-24 hours!
  6. Grill on the BBQ till pink is gone.
  7. Eat on a bun with tomato, lettuce, bacon, mayo or as is or sliced and put over top your ceasar/any salad!