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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Banana Kale Shake – Weight Watchers

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Weight Watchers Friendly Super Food

 

1 Teaspoon of Maple Syrupkale shake 2

1 Tablespoon of Flax Seed

2 Cups of Kale

1 Cup of unsweetened Almond or Coconut Milk

1 Banana

 

Add strawberry, blueberries or other fruits for sweeter flavors

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Throw it all in a food processor and blend until smooth

 

This is NOT a super sweet shake so if you need sweet add more fruits

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

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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.

Appetizer – Maryland Crab Cakes

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MARYLAND CRAB CAKES:

INGREDIENTS:
1 large egg
2½ tablespoons mayonnaise (I like Hellman’s Real)
1½ teaspoons Dijon mustard (I like Maille brand)
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup finely diced celery (you’ll need one stalk)
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
1 pound lump crab meat*
½ cup panko (I like the Whole Foods 365 brand for this recipe)
Canola oil

DIRECTIONS:
1. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

2. Combine the egg, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire, Old Bay, salt, celery, and parsley in a large bowl and mix well. Add the crab meat (be sure to check the meat for any hard and sharp cartilage) and panko; gently fold mixture together until just combined, being careful not to shred the crab meat. Shape into 6 crab cakes (about ½ cup each) and place on prepared baking sheet. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

3. Preheat a large nonstick pan to medium heat and coat with canola oil. When oil is hot, place crab cakes in pan and cook until golden brown, about 3-5 minutes per side. Be careful as oil may splatter. Serve immediately with tartar sauce or a squeeze of lemon.

Quick Tartar Sauce

Ingredients:
1 cup mayonnaise
1½ tablespoons sweet pickle relish
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon minced red onion
1-2 tablespoons lemon juice, to taste
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:
Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Appetizer – Guacamole – Halloween Barfing Pumpkin

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/2 red onion, minced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1-2 Serrano chiles, stems and seeds removed, minced
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro (leaves and tender stems), finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh lime or lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • A dash of freshly grated black pepper
  • 1/2 ripe tomato, seeds and pulp removed, chopped
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Directions

1 Cut avocados in half. Remove seed. Scoop out avocado from the peel, put in a mixing bowl.

2 Using a fork, roughly mash the avocado. (Don’t overdo it! The guacamole should be a little chunky.) Add the chopped onion, cilantro, lime or lemon, salt and pepper and mash some more. Chili peppers vary individually in their hotness. So, start with a half of one chili pepper and add to the guacamole to your desired degree of hotness. Be careful handling the peppers; wash your hands thoroughly after handling and do not touch your eyes or the area near your eyes with your hands for several hours.

FYI —Chilling tomatoes hurts their flavor, so don’t chop the tomatoes or add to the guacamole until ready to serve.

3 Cover with plastic wrap directly on the surface of the guacamole to prevent oxidation from the air reaching it. Refrigerate until ready.

4 Just before serving, chop the tomato, add to the guacamole and mix.

Serve oozing out of the mouth of a pumpkin for that extra effect!

This is DAMN good Guac regardless of how you serve it!

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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Appetizer – Spooky Smiles- Halloween

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Ingredients:

Red apples

Blanched Almonds

Orange juice

Slice apples.  To prevent the apples from browning dip them in orange juice. Lemon juice is usually used but its sour, and if the kids don’t like sour, orange will do just as well. Both are acidic and both prevent browning.

Chop the almonds and stick into the apple slices close to the skin to make teeth.  Arrange slices on a platter to make monster smiles!!