Light and easy meal ideas and recipes.

Parties & Entertaining

  • Summer Fruit Salad with Pepitas

    Summer Fruit Salad with Pepitas

    Calories: 147 WW Freestyle Points: 1

    I promise you will love this! It makes a great side dish for Mother's day brunches, lunches or a dessert. Or just make it for a healthy delicious snack to have on hand.

     

    Note: if you make this recipe in advance, be sure to wait to add the mint leaves until you are ready to serve. All other ingredients can be prepared before hand. The Champagne Pear Vinaigrette from Trader Joe's has a little Gorgonzola in it, so I did not add cheese such as Goat Cheese or Feta to this salad.

     

    If you do not live in close proximity to Trader Joe's, you can substitute the dressing with my easy recipe for Champagne Vinaigrette. I think the points are the same but the nutrition values may differ.

     

    Recipe makes 4 servings. 147 calories per serving | 1 WW Freestyle Points.

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  • Spinach & Ricotta Pinwheels

    Spinach & Ricotta Pinwheels

    Calories: 247 WW Freestyle Points: 3 each (or 7 points for 2 of them)

    These soft and cheezy pinwheels are delicious when dipped in Marinara sauce. They are so good, you could easily serve them at a party and no one would know they are "diet-friendly". The video shows a quick demonstration on assembling these. Recipe makes 10 pinwheels. 3 points each (or 7 points for two of them).

     

    Here is the recipe for zero point Marinara Sauce.

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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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  • White Chili & Cheese Bake

    White Chili & Cheese Bake

    Calories: 270 WW Freestyle Points: 6

    This dish is a family-friendly meal, or can be served with chips as a party appetizer. All the points are in the full fat Shredded Pepper Jack cheese blend (Trader Joe's brand used here), which I find to be totally worth it. This dish makes me feel like I ate Taco Bell - but without the gross feeling I get after actually eating Taco Bell. :-D

     

    Recipe makes 8 servings. 6 points per serving. 

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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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  • Strawberry Salad

    Strawberry Salad

    Calories: WW Freestyle Points: 3 per serving

    Super simple, easy and delicious. I made this salad for lunch, along with some grilled chicken and sugar snap peas - but I think it would also make a nice dish to bring to a summer barbecue. This recipe makes two 1-cup servings, but multiply ingredients if you want a bigger batch. 3sp per serving - full nutrition info to come in the next few days.

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  • Mini Apple Pies

    Mini Apple Pies

    Calories: 212 WW Freestyle Points: 3

    These delicious mini apple pies make a good breakfast, snack or dessert. You can serve them at parties and no one will suspect they are lightened up. The apples need a little head start in cooking because the pie crusts bake rather fast. Recipe makes 12 mini apple pies.

     

    You can find and buy the Bisquick Heart Healthy Mix here.

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  • Jello Birthday Cake

    Jello Birthday Cake

    Calories: WW Freestyle Points: 4 - per 1/8" slice
    4 points for 1/8" slice if you use 5 tbsp of lite cool whip per slice. You can skip the pastry bag and just spread the cool whip over the cake with a spatula. I highly recommend that you use a shallow bowl for this so the jello doesn't collapse when you remove it. The slow cooker liners can be found at almost any grocery store in the section with plastic wrap and aluminum foil.
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  • Mini Pizza

    Mini Pizza

    Calories: WW Freestyle Points: 2 each

    These mini pizzas are quick, easy and delicious. They make a great party appetizer or a fun dinner the kids will love. I used a 3 inch round cookie cutter to shape the crust. Shown here is shaved Parmesan and basil on some, and 1/2 oz of mozzarella on the others. You can find the recipe for zero point marinara sauce on the veryMichelly.com website, in the category "Sides, Sauces and Dressing" or just use the search bar at the top of the page. 2 points per pizza. Recipe makes 12 mini pies.

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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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  • Quick Guacamole

    Quick Guacamole

    Calories: WW Freestyle Points: 2 points per half cup
    This is a quick avocado dip - a little lighter that regular guacamole because it's mixed with salsa and black beans. Recipe makes 5 servings.
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  • Sweet and Sour Meatballs

    Sweet and Sour Meatballs

    Calories: WW Freestyle Points: 1
    The chicken meatballs are zero points. Note that I deliberately leave out breadcrumbs in lean ground chicken and turkey meatballs because the meat is already dry. I find that the breadcrumbs just make it even dryer. The sweet and sour sauce recipe is 5 points for the entire batch. It coats about 25 - 1 1/2" chicken meatballs. So 5 meatballs comes to 1 point. Recipe makes about 25 chicken meatballs.
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  • Mini Broccoli Cheddar Casseroles

    Mini Broccoli Cheddar Casseroles

    Calories: WW Freestyle Points: 3
    Easy to prepare and portion in advance. These delicious little cups of goodness are a great accompaniment to chicken or turkey as a main, or as a party appetizer. Recipe makes 12 servings.
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  • Birthday Cake

    Birthday Cake

    Calories: WW Freestyle Points: 6 (per slice)
    I don't love using artificial sweeteners, but every now and then I do it if it's a special treat.
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  • Party Platter

    Party Platter

    Calories: WW Freestyle Points: 0 (without sauces or dips)
    You can find a bunch of different sauces and dips in the "Sides, Sauces and Dressings" section of this site.
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