Category Archives: Lunch/Dinner Ideas

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Crunchy Grape & Turkey Salad Roll-Up

I have this awesome book from Weight Watchers called Fruit & Veggies A to Z. It contains 175 simple recipes to use with a variety of produce. The best part of the book is that it teaches you what to look for when purchasing  produce… how to choose, how to store, and what’s “in season”. It comes in handy when I want to “live on the edge” and try something new. For this idea, I went with something really simple… Grapes.

 

The ingredients are pretty straight forward. The only thing on the list I had not previously purchased was tarragon… but with a little searching around the herb section of the grocery store… I stumbled upon the last container! Whew!!

 

You will need:

1/2 cup seedless grapes

1/4 cup cubed cooked turkey breast

1/4 cup diced celery

1 T plain fat-free greek yogurt

2 tsp fresh tarragon

1 light whole wheat hot dog bun

Toss all ingredients in medium bowl. <—- This is why I love this idea…. SIMPLE! 😉

 

I decided to use romaine lettuce instead of the hot dog bun to save points….. Heaven knows I’ve been getting enough points elsewhere! 😉

With hot dog bun – 5 points plus  (no bun –  3 points plus)

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Spaghetti Squash With Alfredo Sauce, Pico, and Turkey

This is a super quick meal to throw together if you happen to have these on hand. Because I love spaghetti squash, I try to prepare one at least every other week and then I store it in the fridge so I can easily bulk up my meals. A few days ago, I was rummaging around trying to decide what sounded good… and I came up with this combo. I ended up loving it so I wanted to share.   :)

You will need:

1 cup spaghetti squash

1/4 cup alfredo sauce

1/4 cup (or more) pico

4 oz. cubed Jennie-O pre cooked turkey breast

pepper to taste

Combine the spaghetti squash and alfredo sauce and heat in the microwave for 90 seconds…

Add pepper to taste and stir in as much pico as desired…

Add the cubed turkey and heat in the microwave for an additional 60 seconds…

That’s it… simple and quick  :)       4 points plus

 

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Recipe – Cilantro Lime Chicken

In a rushed effort to figure out a creative way to cook chicken I had thawed tonight, I skimmed through my Pinterest boards and came across this Cilantro Lime Chicken recipe from one of my favorite blogs Deals to Meals.

It was already 5pm (we usually sit down for family dinner around 6pm) so I didn’t have time to marinade the chicken like the recipe called for. So I had to get creative!!  I just mixed all the spices the recipe called for in a small bowl and then mixed in maybe half of the lime juice and olive oil.

I had cut up all the chicken breasts into small chunks and then poured the spice mixture on top of it and just stirred it until it coated all the chicken pieces while I had my pan heating up. Then I dumped all the coated chicken pieces into the hot skillet and cooked for several minutes until cooked through. In another skillet I sautéed some bell pepper strips – would have done onions too but we were all out.

I ate mine on a heated corn tortilla, with a wedge of Chipotle flavored Laughing Cow Cheese, and 1/2 cup of chicken and some bell pepper strips. It was sooo good!!!  I loved the flavor and spices of the chicken and it really changed it up since I’ve been so bored with chicken! :)  This was a great recipe to boost the flavors.

You could eat this seasoned chicken so many different ways!  I actually served it to my hubby and kids as chicken quesadillas made out of our favorite Ole’ high fiber tortillas and shredded cheese served with homemade salsa.  Yum! 😉

 

 

 

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Cooking With Sussan – Chinese Chicken Salad

Our good friend Sussan invited us over for lunch today! She was wanting to experiment with a Hungry Girl/Weight Watchers friendly recipe. This sounded like a perfect afternoon get-away to us! 😉

You can click HERE for the official Hungry Girl Scoopable Chinese Chicken Salad recipe!

Sussan was feelin’ feisty! Like her broccoli?? 😉 She had already prepared this recipe the night before, so we were able to eat right away when we arrived. She had put together the original recipe which is a chilled version…. after talking about what we did and did not like about the meal… we decided to make a “warm” version… here’s the play by play!

Here’s what you will need:

  • One 16-oz. package (about 5 1/2 cups) dry broccoli cole slaw
  • One 8-oz. can (about 1 cup) sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1 cup canned mandarin orange segments packed in juice (or light syrup), drained and chopped
  • 1 cup chopped scallions
  • 12 oz. cooked and chopped skinless lean chicken breast
  • 3/4 cup low-fat sesame ginger dressing (like Newman’s Own Lighten Up!)

This was a super quick meal to prepare… but we ALL THREE whipped it up…

Start out by cooking the chicken… over high heat… add garlic salt and pepper to taste…

Measure out the dressing…

After the chicken is cooked through, add the onion…

… the water chestnuts, dressing… (all while wearing blinged out bracelets!!)

… then the broccoli slaw…

Strike a pose while it simmers…

The broccoli slaw becomes “noodle-like”…

At the end we tossed in the mandarine oranges! They added and extra punch of flavor! So good!!!

1.5 cups = 5 Points Plus :)

Sussan even sent us home with left overs!!! Thanks so  much for having us today – we loved it! :)

 

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Hungry Girl – Taco Bell Mexican Pizza

I knew when I saw this recipe from Hungry Girl, my boys would LOVE IT!

Click —> Let’s Talk About Mex’, Baby!

I tripled her recipe so it would make one mexican pizza for each of us.

It only took a couple of minutes to prepare the Boca Meatless Crumbles…

Stirred the taco seasoning into the taco sauce….

Gathered all of the toppings… refried beans, taco sauce, meatless crumbles, reduced fat cheese, and pico…

The boys helped me assemble the pizzas…

They turned out great… simple and tasty! Nice to know that we can have the taste of Taco Bell right in our own kitchen! :)

Each mexican pizza is 6 Points Plus!