Light and easy meal ideas and recipes.

Parties & Entertaining

  • Spinach & Ricotta Pinwheels

    Spinach & Ricotta Pinwheels

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

    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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  • Chili Cheese Dip and Chips

    Chili Cheese Dip and Chips

    Points: 4
    Calories:

    This zero point homemade turkey chili is a versatile meal that can be used in many ways. For this recipe, I used Velveeta Shreds (cheddar), which is 1 point for 2 tablespoons (or 2 points for a quarter cup). The crackers are Sanissimo Baked Corn Cracker Bites (3 points for 30 crackers).

     

    You can find my recipe for this zero point Turkey Chili here.

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  • Mini Apple Pies

    Mini Apple Pies

    Points: 3
    Calories: 212

    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

    Points: 4 - per 1/8" slice
    Calories:
    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

    Points: 2 each
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    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

    Points: 2
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    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

    Points: 2 points per half cup
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    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

    Points: 1
    Calories:
    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

    Points: 3
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    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

    Points: 6 (per slice)
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    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

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