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  • Chicken, Apples and Cheddar Casserole

    Chicken, Apples and Cheddar Casserole

    Calories: 287 WW Freestyle Points: 7

    I'm not sure if you think this is an odd combination of ingredients, but if you've ever had apple pie with cheddar cheese, you may see where I'm going with this. I love apples and cheddar together so this casserole hits the spot. 287 calories | 7 WW Freestyle points. Recipe makes 6 servings.

     

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  • Toasted Almond Banana Muffins

    Toasted Almond Banana Muffins

    Calories: WW Freestyle Points: 3

    These tasty muffins are a breakfast you can enjoy at home, or take on the go. Be sure to use non-stick liners for these (the foil liners are good). And after you sprinkle the topping onto the batter, gently press it in with a knife or fork to be sure you don't lose half the topping during baking (smile here). See video for quick demonstration.

     

    Recipe makes 12, nicely puffed muffins. 3 WW Freestyle Points per muffin (or 7 Points for 2 of them). 

     

    For my friends outside the US - you can use regular self-rising flour in place of the Bisquick for this recipe. It will come out close enough.

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  • Spaghetti & Meatballs

    Spaghetti & Meatballs

    Calories: WW Freestyle Points: 8

    I make this dish on Sunday and save the leftover sauce and meatballs in the fridge or freezer for future meals. Then I just have to cook the spaghetti when I get home from work. For the meatballs, I use 93% lean ground chicken because I dislike the dry texture of 99% lean (but if you don't mind the 99% lean, by all means use it and save 2 points).

     

    Recipe makes about 6 servings of pasta with leftover sauce and meatballs.

     

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  • Soft Pretzels

    Soft Pretzels

    Calories: 138 WW Freestyle Points: 3

    You can skip the boiling part on these pretzels, but they will taste more like pizza dough than pretzels. The baking soda is what gives these awesome treats a very "pretzely" flavor. Recipe makes 4 pretzels. 138 calories, or 4 WW Freestyle points each.

     

    Nutrition information sodium does not include the salt sprinkled on the outside of the pretzel.

     

    OPTIONAL NOTE/TIP for this recipe: after you mix the dough, if you wrap it in saran wrap and let it rest for 30-40 minutes it gives the dough strength and elasticity. If you add this optional step in, just wait to preheat the oven and boil the water until you are ready to roll the pretzels out.

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  • Dirt Cups

    Dirt Cups

    Calories: 115 WW Freestyle Points: 3

    Just in time for spring! These tasty little treats are a super fun craft to make with kids. Serve them at birthday parties, holiday gatherings, or just a fun snack at home. The "dirt" tastes just like an oreo cookie. 115 calories - 3 points per cup.

     

    Recipe is for just 1 cup, but multiply for as many servings as you need.

     

    You can find the specific Chocolate Animal Crackers used for this here (which are 2 points for 16 crackers).

     

    The silicone flower pot cups can be used for baking, or anything else you can think up. You can find a set of 10 Flower Baking Cups here.

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  • Bagels

    Bagels

    Calories: 225 WW Freestyle Points: 3 (each)

    To get a chewy, tasty bagel, I boil these in water with a little bit of brown sugar. You can skip the boiling part - but I like them better boiled. Use Fage yogurt - that is fresh out of the container. If there is any liquid sitting in the yogurt container, pour it out. I try to get a smooth skin when I'm rolling out the shape of the bagel dough. The smoother they are in dough form, the smoother the bagels will be when they come out of the oven.

     

    The brown sugar used in this recipe may add calories to the bagel. I'm not 100% sure how much of the sugar is actually absorbed into the bagel when boiling. Recipe makes 8 bagels.

     

    You can find and purchase a Dough Cutter here.

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  • Chicken Nuggets & French Fries

    Chicken Nuggets & French Fries

    Calories: 389 WW Freestyle Points: 9 per serving

    Originally, I made these chicken nuggets with 99% lean ground turkey, but to be honest, they were dry and I found them to be gross. So for this recipe, I used 93% lean ground chicken and these nuggest are tasty and good. Plus this is a very kid-friendly meal. You can make the nuggets in batches and freeze them for future meals. 

     

    For the fries, soaking the potatoes removes some of the starch so the fries bake up crisp. 

     

    Recipe makes 4 servings. 24 chicken nuggets in total (4 servings of 6 chicken nuggets) and about 60 fries (4 servings of 15 fries). The total nutritional information and points value for this recipe as a whole, include 4 tbsp of oil even though it's being "sprayed" on both the nuggets and the potatoes. Nutrition values and points EXCLUDE barbecue sauce or condiments.

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  • Lemon Squares

    Lemon Squares

    Calories: 96 WW Freestyle Points: 3

    These are light, cakey and moist. Almost like a lemon coffee cake. And so easy to make. I usually have one with scrambled eggs for breakfast. Or as an afternoon snack with some tea and fruit.

     

    These are 96 calories, or 3 points each (7 points for two). Recipe makes 18 squares.

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  • Chicken and Rice Soup

    Chicken and Rice Soup

    Calories: 310 WW Freestyle Points: 4

    Nothing revolutionary here. I wish I could list a more fancy list of ingredients for this soup, but it's just really simple, tasty and filling. It makes a good dinner when I pair it with a nice big garden salad, my kids like it, and I can pack up leftovers for lunch the next day.

     

    4 WW Freestyle points | 310 calories per serving. Recipe makes 6 two-cup servings.

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  • Strawberry Shortcakes

    Strawberry Shortcakes

    Calories: 47 WW Freestyle Points: 1 each

    Just 1 point each for these super yummy mini cakes. Recipe makes 60 mini strawberry shortcakes. 47 Calories - 1 point each.

     

    You can find and purchase a two-pack of the Pillsbury Sugar Free Cake Mix here. You can also find and purchase the Mini Cupcake Baking Pans here.

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  • Chocolate Cake with Grilled Bananas

    Chocolate Cake with Grilled Bananas

    Calories: WW Freestyle Points: 4 per slice

    So moist and chocolatey. I made and revised this chocolate cake recipe 7 times to get it just right. Such a good treat for 4 points. After you slice it, I would recommend putting the extra cake in a tupperware container and freeze it so you don't eat half of the entire pan in one sitting like I did. Not a point friendly day for me. But some good chocolate cake. See video for quick assembly demonstration.

     

    Recipe makes 16 servings. 4 points per serving.

     

    You can find and purchase the Heart Smart Bisquick Mix here.

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  • Chocolate Pistachio Bites

    Chocolate Pistachio Bites

    Calories: WW Freestyle Points: 1 each

    You can use this light and fluffy pistachio cream on mini chocolate cakes, or as a dip for strawberries and/or chocolate pizzelles. Recipe makes 48 pieces. 1 point each.

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  • Personal Pizza

    Personal Pizza

    Calories: 275 WW Freestyle Points: 3

    Easy pie to put together if you make it with the zero point marinara sauce (made in advance). Good for the kids too. Simple but really delish. Recipe for zero point marinara sauce here.

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  • Puff Pastry Chicken Bake

    Puff Pastry Chicken Bake

    Calories: 462 WW Freestyle Points: 8 per serving

    This recipe was originally supposed to feature spinach in it, but my 9 year old son strongly felt that broccoli is better. I'm glad he talked me into it, because he is right. This is a family-friendly meal that we all enjoy.

     

    Recipe makes 8 servings / 8 points per serving. I used regular puff pastry so it's possible you can save a point or two if you buy a light puff pastry. 

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  • Mini Toast, PB2 and Grapes Sandwiches

    Mini Toast, PB2 and Grapes Sandwiches

    Calories: WW Freestyle Points: 3

    Just a nifty little snack for those times when you feel like funneling PB & J like it's coming from a beer keg. I found this bite-sized mini toast at my local grocery store, but they are a little hard to find. You can find and purchase the Bite-sized Mini Toast here.

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  • Chocolate Banana Mini Muffins

    Chocolate Banana Mini Muffins

    Calories: WW Freestyle Points: 2
    Regular Pillsbury Devil's food cake mix used here (not sugar free). Cute little treat for birthday parties or a fun snack. I think these have a bit more moisture than similar recipes I've tried that use applesauce in place of oil. Recipe makes 48 mini cupcakes.
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  • Carrot Cake Muffins

    Carrot Cake Muffins

    Calories: 178 WW Freestyle Points: 5

    These are super moist, soft and delicious. Not quite sweet enough to be considered a cupcake though. No artificial sweeteners used. Recipe makes 20 muffins. I have one of these with eggs and fruit in the morning to make it a more filling breakfast.

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  • Breakfast Cones

    Breakfast Cones

    Calories: 135 WW Freestyle Points: 1 - 2

    These make a cute hand-held breakfast for the kids. Nutrition info based on 1 cone with Canadian bacon.

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  • Grilled Chicken Pizza

    Grilled Chicken Pizza

    Calories: WW Freestyle Points: 3
    I used grilled chicken as the crust of the pizza here and full fat mozzarella. But you can use low fat mozzarella, and/or add turkey pepperoni, vegetables, olives or any other toppings you wish (adjust the points value for any toppings you use). I make the zero point marinara sauce on meal prep day so I can just heat it up, and use it on various dishes throughout the week. Recipe for the Marinara sauce is located in the "Meal Prep Ideas" section of this site, or you can just use the search bar at the top to find it.
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  • Toaster Oven Chicken Tenders

    Toaster Oven Chicken Tenders

    Calories: WW Freestyle Points: 5
    Toaster-oven Chicken Tenders with crushed corn flakes, few sprays of oil. Provides similar, if not identical results to the air fryer. If you don't overcook them, they will be crisp on the outside and tender/juicy on the inside.
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  • Waffle Iron Quesadillas

    Waffle Iron Quesadillas

    Calories: 358 WW Freestyle Points: 4

    If you find a small low-carb wrap, and use 1/4 cup low fat shredded cheese, this is a very light and tasty quesadilla.

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  • Bananas with Chocolate PB2

    Bananas with Chocolate PB2

    Calories: WW Freestyle Points: 3
    Just a fancy way to eat a quick and yummy treat.
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  • Chocolate Banana Cone

    Chocolate Banana Cone

    Calories: WW Freestyle Points: Unsure

    Just some frozen blended bananas here with cocoa powder mixed in. 

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  • Roasted Chicken

    Roasted Chicken

    Calories: WW Freestyle Points: 1 or 2
    If you're counting calories, be sure to consider any fat that might sneak in the juices here, the wine used to baste it, or any dark meat.
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