When I made this recipe, I spread out the dough too thinly. The result is tasty, but crispier than I wanted. So, please pay attention to my instructions and not the pictures!
I previously made Chicken Ropa Vieja as a healthier option, even though the dish is traditionally prepared with beef. But, if the beef is a lean cut – sirloin in this case – and trimmed closely, it can also be pretty darn healthy. And, wow, does that beef flavor come through.
I happened to have pomegranates that I didn’t have plans for, so I seeded them and threw them in. This added a fruitiness that was very interesting alongside the savoriness and spiciness.
I don’t know why took me so long to get around to making one of these. They are easy, delicious, and very healthy. Best of all, this isn’t much different from how I would’ve made it before joining Weight Watchers. Only 190 calories a slice!
If you want a fancy restaurant feel, serve it with fat-free balsamic vinaigrette. It pairs beautifully with the Brussels sprouts.
Just because I’m limiting my calories doesn’t mean I’m limiting how good my food tastes. I had my first deep fried egg in Detroit on my birthday 2 years ago, and it blew me away. I’ve made a deep fried egg before, and it works out to four points per egg.
I wanted to see if I could duplicate it in the air fryer. It was tricky, but here’s how I did it. My only regret is that there wasn’t a runny yolk. I’m not sure if it’s possible to keep the yolk runny – which is why a poached the egg instead of hard boiling it – but I’m going to keep trying until I see if it’s possible. The result was delicious, with a nice crispy exterior.
Nutritional info was calculated based on the breadcrumbs, flour, and egg yolk that was actually needed to make the egg. After subtracting the flower, breadcrumbs, and egg yolk that remained, each air fried egg is 125 calories.
I’ve made croquettes several times before, always with potato as the main ingredient. With Weight Watchers declaring potatoes to be Bad (due to high starch), I decided to sub out the potato in favor of rutabaga. Not surprisingly, this lightened things up considerably (rutabaga is 10 calories/ounce compared to the potato at 26 calories/ounce). The result is 104 calories per croquette…and they’re a good size (almost 3 ounces each
This is based on a New York Times cooking recipe from 1975. The adjustments I made were using significantly lighter ingredients, and adding a lot more blueberries.
This recipe was made possible by Swerve, a 0 calorie sugar substitute that actually tastes like sugar, with no aftertaste.
I’ve avoided making sweet things since starting WW because I haven’t been able to find a good sugar substitute, until now. I’m completely done with Stevia. I have a giant bag, and I think I’m going to dump it out (and recycle the bag, of course).
When I mixed it, I tasted the batter, and it tasted…like muffin batter! I seriously would not have known the difference between this, and muffins I made previously with regular sugar and regular butter.
Next came the blueberry bombardment. I used 3 cups of blueberries, when even blueberry heavy recipes normally call for 2.
This is served on a roll (4 points), but I could just as easily have done without it. Very tasty!! Note that this same recipe works for other kinds of fish, too.
This one was about as close to sorcery as anything I’ve ever made. While gumbo technically can be made without a roux, it just isn’t the same. After visiting New Orleans last year, asking a lot of people, and trying a lot of gumbo, I’m convinced of that.
A roux consists of flour and oil: that’s where all the points come from here. I used 2 ounces of canola oil and 1/2 cup of flour (half of what I used before joining Weight Watchers). The rest of the thickening came from okra.
I ground my own lean chicken breast and seasoned it to make a chicken andouille sausage. This is really good by itself, so I saved some for other meals.
I also made my own stock from the shrimp shells; this is a big 0 because it was just vegetables, seasoning, and water.
The rest consists of bell peppers, onion, garlic, tomato, Serrano pepper, various seasoning, and File powder (sassafras flavoring…another gumbo requirement as far as I’m concerned).
The result is really good: it has that subtle “fried” flavor that a roux provides, but I’m comfortable enough with how healthy it is that I don’t feel bad about having seconds.
NOTE: the file powder doesn’t have any substitute, but this is still a very good gumbo without it. The fried shrimp on top of the gumbo is cornmeal-battered, and is not part of this recipe.
This is served with a piece of cornflake crusted shrimp and cauliflower rice.
This is adapted from a Thai Coconut Soup recipe I used to make, but fresh corn is used as a thickener instead of cornstarch. This also means that less of the coconut milk is needed to give it a creamy consistency. And, best of all, it’s tasty and incredibly healthy.