MAIN COURSE – Portabello Burgers – Weight Watchers

A wonderful healthy replacement to a hamburger.

First carve out a little well in the middle of the cleaned mushroom

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Then spray a pan with a little olive oil spray and grill the carved side of the mushroom

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Turn the mushroom cap over and fill it with a tablespoon or so of Pico, then sprinkle with some feta

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Next cover the cap with a slice of Swiss or pepper jack cheese, really any cheese will do but this will hold it all together.

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Place the bottom of your wheat bun on the cheese and the top of the bun on next.

Then cover and let sit for about 5 minutes with the fire off.

The heat of the pan will gently melt the cheeses

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Leaving you with this. YUM and healthy

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Main Course – Weight Watchers – Kale Puttanesca

I was trying to find new ways to add Kale to my diet.  This was Excellent!

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Kale Puttanesca

2 cups fresh mushrooms   (SLICED)

1 large can of ripe black olives (6 PTS)  (SLICED)

1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes  1658342_10201810416196239_1028089619_o

2 cup(s) uncooked kale   (CHOPPED not to small)

1 Tbsp capers

1 item(s) anchovies canned in oil drained & rinsed  (MINCED)

4 tsp flax seeds   (2 PTS)

1/2 large uncooked onion  (CHOPPED)

2 Tbsp olive oil   (7 PTS)

2 oz uncooked angel hair pasta   (5PTS)

12 oz Can Diced Tomatoes, Italian Style   (2PTS)

¼ Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese (2 PTS)

 

Boil Water for Pasta, After Water comes to boil put in pasta cook for 8-10 minutes

Drain and rinse in cold water

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Meanwhile Brown Onion in 2 TBS of Olive Oil after 5 minutes add mushrooms after 5 more minutes add Tomatoes, Capers, Anchovy, Flax Seed and Red Pepper Flakes.

Bring to simmer then reduce heat and add Kale and Parmesan.

Cover and let simmer 10 minutes

 

 

 

Serve over Pasta

(Use Spaghetti Squash for an even lower point version)

 

Recipe Serves 4

Points per serving 7

Main Course – Crockpot Risotto

Ingredients

1/2 c. olive oil, plus a little extra

2 shallots, minced

1 1/4 c. arborio rice

½ c. dry white wine

3 3/4 cups low sodium chicken broth

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. dried thyme

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

3 tbs. heavy cream

8 oz. sliced mushrooms (I like to experiment with mushrooms)

 

(You can add any meat you like such as Chicken, Shrimp or Lobster for a different flavor)

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Instructions

Heat the oil in a pan and over medium heat the shallots until they are translucent.

Add the rice and coat with shallot/oil mixture cook until rice gets brownish

 

Coat the inside of the slow cooker with olive oil.

Add the shallot/rice mixture and oil to the slow cooker.

 

Cook the mushrooms in sauteé pan with 1tbsp. of olive oil and 1/4 c. of white wine.

 

Add ¼ c. of wine and chicken broth and the sautéed mushrooms to the crockpot

Add the salt and thyme and stir ingredients together.

 

Place cooker on slow cooker and cook on high for 2 hours or until liquid is absorbed into rice.

 

Stir cream and cheese into slow cooker and stir.

Top with some shaved parmesan

 

Let the mixture heat for another 5 minutes.

MAIN COURSE- Crockpot Lasagna

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1 pound Italian sausage (Replace meat with spinach for a healthier option)

1 onion, chopped

2 teaspoons minced garlic

jar of spag sauce 35 plus ounces

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 (12 ounce) package  lasagna noodles (I like wheat)

12 ounces cottage cheese

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

16 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese

 

 

In a large skillet over medium heat cook the Italian sausage, onion, and garlic until brown.

Then drain fat.

Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, salt, and oregano and stir.

(You can also use jar sauce here or your home made sauce)

 

In a large bowl mix together the cottage cheese, grated Parmesan cheese, and shredded mozzarella cheese.

I prefer to mix in some provolone as well

 Spoon a layer of the meat mixture onto the bottom of the slow cooker.

Add a double layer of the uncooked lasagna noodles.  Add some of  the cheese mixture.

Repeat the layering of sauce, noodles, and cheese until all the ingredients are used.

Cover, and cook on LOW setting for 4 to 6 hours.

Spinach Cheese Tortellini – Main Course – Crock Pot

This is such a simple dish but it is rich and full of flavor, perfect for a cold night or when you need some comfort food.  This is one of those dishes that you can change the broth and add a met and completely change the flavor.  You can use any vegetable you like or have on hand.  But for those of you who need a precise recipe, here is one blew, I prose you this is EASY and AMAZING!

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Simply get a crock pot

Add 1/2 pound fresh spinach, washed

8 oz of fresh mushrooms sliced

1 package of Cream Cheese (cut it into cubes it will melt easier

One package (bags in freezer section of grocery of the Tortellini of your choice (Cheese, meat etc)

One can of Italian Style Diced Canned tomatoes

1 Can of Chicken Broth ( You can actually use any flavor broth you prefer)

1 tablespoon of lemon juice

Place in crock pot on low for 6 hours

When you are ready to serve stir ir up to mix up the cream cheese evenly and serve.

Best served with a nice crunchy bread to absorb the extra sauce.

PS this is a perfect one to take to the office for a pot luck or to a family members for a holiday.  So much you can do with this.

Main Course – Intestine Sausage – Halloween

This is simple.

Go to a custom butcher and order UNCUT Sauce.  Doesn’t matter what kind, Brats, Italian Sausage etc

Fill a Lasagna pan with the meat and bake it

Drain off the fat and add drops of red food coloring

If you use Italian Sausage you might drip on some spaghetti sauce

If you are making Bratwurst you might drop in some random sauerkraut for the “Maggot look”

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Main Course – Meat Loaf Hand – Halloween

Hand Meatloaf Recipe
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Ingredients:
1 1/2 Groud Beef
3/4 Cup Mild Chunky style Salsa
1/2 Cup Onion and Garlic Refried Beans
1 egg (slightly beaten)
2 small bags of Doritos Cool Ranch Crushed
2 Cooked Eggs
salt and pepper to taste
4 Slices on Bacon cut in little 1 inch squares.
White Onion
For skin texture
1 Cup Ketchup + 1/2 Cup BBQ
1/4 Cup Dijon Mustard + 1/4 Cup Honey Mustard Dressing
Directions:
Pre Heat Oven at 365
To make the meatloaf mix beef , salsa, refried beans, slightly beaten egg, salt and pepper and crushed Doritos.
Once is mixed. Place Mixture in hand mold OR Place the mix on a parchment covered cookie sheet. and shape it as a hand if you choose to do this particular one, using yours as the model.fingernails_uncookedhand_white
Manipulate it at little into fingers, hand, Radius and Ulna (not much, just a little bit of these last). To make the Radius and Ulna make an indentation on the meat mold and place the cooked eggs in this indentation one next to the other it will resemble bone when cut.
Stick  a small hunk of the onion into the wrist to resemble the bone, Cover them with more of the beef mix.
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Cover hand with little bacon squares.
Cover the entire hand with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes. Once the 45 minutes are done, pull it out, remove aluminum foil brush your hand with a mix of ketchup and bbq sauce. After is all covered, brush very lightly on the Mustard mix.
Lay Onion Slivers over the finger tips to look like finger nails
Place back in the oven and bake for another 15-20 minutes. Serve on a bed of rice, mashed potatoes etc to help hide imperfections.
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Enjoy!
Prep time 20 minutes                   Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes                          Serves 6-8

Main Course – Game of Thrones Honeyed Chicken

Honeyed Chicken

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Ingredients:

  • 1 whole chicken for roasting
  • olive oil/butter (~1 Tbs)
  • salt

Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • Dash of mint, dried or fresh (abt. 1 tsp.)
  • Small handful of raisins
  • ~1 Tbs. butter

Rub the chicken down with olive oil/butter and salt.  This makes the skin crispy and delicious.  Cook in an oven at 450 degrees F for approximately an hour, or until the juices run clear, and the thick meat of the breast is no longer pink.

While your chicken is roasting away in the oven, combine all ingredients in saucepan and allow to simmer until the raisins plump and the sauce reduces slightly.  Remove from heat, and when the chicken is done, spread the sauce and raisins over the bird.

Main Course or Appetizer – Spaghetti Squash Cup Cake HEALTHY

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This is really a pretty healthy dish, served with a side salad it is a meal, perfect for dieting on the go and weight watchers
Ingredients
  • 1 medium spaghetti squash, cut in half lengthwise, seeds removed
  • 1lb Ground Beef, or to continue to keep it light use 1/2 Turkey/ 1/2 beef
  • 1 (14oz) can tomato sauce
  • 3 egg whites, whisked
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • shredded cheese Mozzarella, Provel or Parmesan
Instructions
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise, use a spoon to remove the seeds and excess threads.
Place spaghetti squash cut side down on a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes. Make sure not to overcook!!

Add your ground beef/turkey to a large bowl and add ½ tablespoon of parsley, basil, and thyme and a bit of salt and pepper. Combine.
(See tip below on Fennel and Sage)
******TIP FENNEL can add a whole new flavor to your meat so try using just turkey meat with Fennel and Sage you will be AMAZED at how much flavor the meat has.
  • Make your ground beef into small bite-sized meatballs.
  • Now place a large skillet under medium heat, add a little olive oil then small meatballs.
  • Then add your can of tomato sauce, extra herbs, and salt and pepper.
  • After meatballs have cooked for about 3-4 minutes, flip them and let them simmer in the sauce.
  • While the meatballs are cooking through, remove your spaghetti squash from oven and use a fork to de-thread the squash. (Scrape it and it will shred and look like spaghetti)
  • Turn oven down to 350 degrees.
  • Spray your muffin pan then add your spaghetti squash threads  pressing down in the middle of the cup for the meatball to sit.
  • Once the meatballs are done cooking, remove them from the sauce, and place each one in a muffin pan
  • Sprinkle a little Parmesan or provel or mozzarella cheese as your taste requires
  • Now pour just a little bit of beaten egg white on top of each muffin, spaghetti squash and the meatball.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes or until egg is completely cooked through.
  • Extra Sauce can be served in a side dish or added to the top before baking

Main Course or Appetizer – Lasagna Cup Cakes

lasagna cupsIngredients:
2 cups of marinara sauce
1 lb of ground beef
24 wonton wrappers
3 cups of shredded mozzarella
1 cup of shredded Parmesan
4 oz of ricotta
Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray muffin tin with cooking spray.
Brown beef and season with salt and pepper.
Cut wonton wrappers into circle shapes using a biscuit cutter (I just used my kitchen cooking scissors)
Start layering your lasagna cupcakes. Begin with a wonton wrapper and press it into the bottom of each muffin tin.
Sprinkle a little Parmesan cheese, Ricotta cheese, and mozzarella cheese.
Top with a little meat and marinara sauce.
Then layer with another wonton wrapper and repeat the layers.
Bake for 18-20 minutes or until edges are brown. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. To remove use a knife to loosen the edges then pop each lasagna out.
Then enjoy!