I guarantee even picky eaters will love these! Serve them as an appetizer or as a side dish. They are healthy and low in points and guiltlessly delicious! Baked Zucchini Sticks Gina's Weight Watcher RecipesServings: 3 • Size: 1 zucchini (sauce extra) • Old Points: 1.5 pts • Points+: 3 ptsCalories: 121.9 • Fat: 2.4 • Carbs: 21.0 g • Fiber: 6.0 • Protein: 6.7 g Ingredients: 3 medium zucchini sliced into 3" x 1/2" sticks1 large egg white1/3 cup seasoned whole wheat bread crumbs2 tbsp grated Pecorino Romano cheesecooking spray1/4 tsp garlic powdersaltfresh pepper Directions In a small bowl, beat egg whites and season with salt and pepper. Dip zucchini sticks into eggs then into bread crumb and cheese mixture, a few at a time and shake to coat. Quick Marinara SauceGina's Weight Watcher RecipesServings: 6 • Serving Size: 1/2 cup • Old Points: 1 pt • Points+: 1 ptCalories: 51.5 • Fat: 0.8 • Carbs: 9.0 g • Fiber: 1.1 • Protein: 0.1 g Preheat oven to 425°.
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Healthy Baked Chicken NuggetsChunks of all white meat chicken breasts coated in breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese then baked until golden. An easy chicken recipe your whole family will love. What can be more kid friendly than chicken nuggets, even the pickiest kids like them. Serve them with ketchup, bbq sauce or whatever you like to dip your nuggets into. Adults can serve them over your favorite salad for a satisfying lunch. Kids love finger foods or anything you can eat with toothpicks so when my daughter was young I would make her a dish of bite sized goodies she liked such as tomatoes, olives, pasta, etc. and served them with toothpicks and she always cleaned her plate! Once I'm in breading mode I usually make breaded zucchini sticks as well and bake them all at the same time along with some pasta and a salad for a complete meal. Double these for more or make half for less servings. Ingredients: Preheat oven to 425°. Put the olive oil in one bowl and the breadcrumbs, panko and parmesan cheese in another.
Jiaozi (Chinese Dumplings)With the Chinese new year in just a few days I thought that it was about time to practice my dumpling making skills. Jiaozi or Chinese dumplings, consist of a filling, generally a ground meat, that is wrapped in a thin wrapper and sealed by pressing the edges together or by crimping and they are commonly served with a dipping sauce. The dumplings can be cooked by frying them, steaming them or boiling them. Although steaming or boiling them is probably a little better for you, I prefer the fried version as the bottoms get nice and crispy and when they are fried they are often referred to as pot stickers. Dumplings are a popular New Years dish and since they are one of my favourite Chinese dishes it was the perfect excuse to make some at home. There are near limitless fillings that you can place in dumplings but I was dead set of including shrimp in mine. One caveat with this recipe is that it takes a bit of time to wrap all of those dumplings so you need to plan for it. Directions: 1.
Low Fat Baked Onion RingsCrispy and light with no greasy mess. Great as a snack or a perfect side dish to a nice juicy burger! When I was a kid, I loved onion rings with my burger, but never loved that greasy after-taste. Baking them with a blend of Panko, cornflake crumbs and breadcrumbs gives these a fabulous crunch without all the fat. If you can't find cornflake crumbs you can make your own by pulsing corn flakes in the food processor. The best way to bread them so the breading doesn't fall off is to avoid using your fingers, instead use tongs to take them out of the breadcrumbs. Note: I was left with 2/3 of the crumb mixture and 2 cups of the buttermilk after these were done, which I deducted from the nutritional values. Low Fat Baked Onion RingsAdapted from Life as a Lofthouse Gina's Weight Watcher RecipesServings: 2 • Serving Size: 1/2 • Old Points: 1 pt • Points+: 2 ptCalories: 74.7 • Fat: 0.6 g • Carb: 14.7 g • Fiber: 1.6 g • Sugar: 1.7 g • Protein: 2.9 g Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Overnight Cinnamon Apple OatmealWhen I first started this blog I would have never thought that I would be so into researching, testing and making my own recipes, photographing the end result, and then submitting my photos to several sites to get traffic and feedback. It can be hectic and tiring when juggling school, home life (owning of a lot of crazy animals), having lupus, and all the while trying to figure out what I want to really do with my life. When I first started this blog, I was posting about 4 times per week, but recently I have been posting only about twice each week. I had originally found a recipe for overnight oatmeal in a food magazine, but when I looked it up on the internet I found that it had really poor reviews. Overnight Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal serves: 6 2 apples, cored & chopped up 1 1/2 cup soy milk 1 1/2 cup water 1 cup steel-cut oats 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/4 cup golden raisins pinch of salt 2 tbsp butter, optional 1. 2. 3.
Zucchini Cheddar Drop BiscuitsHiiiiiii, you cute people, you! You’re looking mighty fine on this sunny Monday morning. Have I told you that lately? Well you dooo….I have some biscuits for you. Wait… Before we continue with talk about zucchini and cheese and butter, can I get emotional on you for a second? Warning: This might get awkward. Apologies in advance, but I have to comment on Jennifer Perillo. And then…something magical happened: everyone did. Alright, my tears are wiped…can we talk about butter now? When I was at the farmer’s market yesterday–my Sunday routine–the zucchini and squash looked so bright. I added some cheese for nutritional value. Since I was way paranoid about the zucchini releasing too much water, I squeezed (drained) it in a cheese cloth, transferred it to a bowl, added a little salt and then flour. I was all out of buttermilk…(actually I just forgot to pick some up from the store), so I used milk instead. Hey, can we all just ignore the pencil in the left hand corner. Love you, per usual.
Baked Chipotle Sweet Potato FriesThese guiltless "fries" are lightly tossed with olive oil and spices, then baked in the oven instead of fried. The perfect balance of spicy and sweet. Serves two as a side dish or one for lunch. I served this with skinny ranch dip on the side.Baked Chipotle Sweet Potato FriesGina's Weight Watcher Recipes Servings: 2 • Serving Size: 1/2 • Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 3 ptsCalories: 108 • Fat: 4.7g • Protein: 1.1 g • Carb: 15.8 g • Fiber: 2.0 g 1 sweet potato, (about 5" long) peeled and cut into 1/4" fries2 tsp olive oilsea saltground chipotle chilegarlic powder Preheat oven to 425°. In a medium bowl, toss sweet potatoes with olive oil, salt, garlic powder and chipotle chile powder. Spread potatoes on a baking sheet.
Frozen Fruit PopsFresh fruit with a splash of juice makes a fresh and healthy snack. Use whatever fruit you're heart desires. A perfect summer treat! These are so simple and so darn cute, my one year old probably had just as much fun playing with them as she did eating them. Frozen Fruit PopsGina's Weight Watcher RecipesServings: 4 • Serving Size: 1 pop • Old Points: 0 pt • Points Plus: 1 ptsCalories: 32.1 • Fat: 0.2 g • Carb: 7.8 g • Fiber: 1.1 g • Protein: 0.4 g • Sugar: 5 gSodium: 1.4 mg Ingredients: 1/3 cup diced kiwi1/3 cup diced watermelon1/3 cup diced strawberries1/3 cup diced pineapple1/4 cup fresh pineapple juice or orange juice Directions: Combine diced fruit in a bowl and fill each 5 oz cup with fruit.
Perogie Recipes - How to Make Authentic Homemade Pierogies - Pittsburgh PierogiesWhether you spell it pierogi, piroghi or pierogie, authentic homemade pierogies are a delicious treat and a Pittsburgh tradition. Here in Pittsburgh we eat more than 11 times the pierogies of any other city in the nation, according to a recent survey, with pierogi fillings ranging from standard potato and cheese to sweet prune. A popular Pittsburgh business, Pierogies Plus, ships pierogies as far away as Alaska and Hawaii. The Pittsburgh Pirates even hold a pierogi race during the bottom of the 5th inning at every Pirates home game. Sour cream in the dough is a favorite secret of many Pittsburgh pierogi makers. Prep Time: 45 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 1 hour Ingredients: 2 cups flour, plus extra for kneading and rolling dough1/2 teaspoon salt1 large egg1/2 cup sour cream, plus extra to serve with the pierogi1/4 cup butter, softened and cut into small piecesbutter and onions for sauteingingredients for filling of your choice (potato & cheese filling recipe below) Preparation:
Baked Sweet Potato FriesThese healthy fries are low in points and are full of beta-carotene, which has many health benefits. A great way to include an orange vegetable into your diet is to eat sweet potatoes. They are rich in vitamin A and C. Baked Sweet Potato FriesGina's Skinny Recipes Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 1/2 sweet potato • Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 3 ptsCalories: 100.6 • Fat: 3.7 g • Protein: 1.2 g • Carb: 16 g • Fiber: 2.0 g • Sugar: 0.1 g Ingredients: 2 medium sweet potatoes, washed1 tbsp olive oilpaprika to tastesalt and fresh pepper to tasteDirections:Preheat oven to 425°. Slice each potato into 1/2 inch thick strips.