Not-So-Fattening Recipes and Meal Ideas

Breakfast

  • Low SmartPoints Granola

    Low SmartPoints Granola

    Calories: WW Freestyle Points: 2

    This is more of an idea than a recipe. There's barely anything to it. But it's still really good and I'm going to keep this in my regular breakfast line-up.

     

    Idea makes 1 serving. 2 WW Freestyle Points.

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  • Waffle Iron Western Omelette

    Waffle Iron Western Omelette

    Calories: 341 WW Freestyle Points: 4

    I used a 7" diameter waffle iron for this. If you have a different size waffle iron, you may need to adjust the amount of peppers and/or eggs used for this.

     

    I like using the waffle iron as an indoor grill sometimes. It cooks both sides of the omelette and gives a nice little char on the cheese without sticking.

     

    Recipe makes 1 omelette. 4 WW Freestyle Points.

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  • Pumpkin Bread

    Pumpkin Bread

    Calories: 115 WW Freestyle Points: 3

    This pumpkin bread makes a very festive and delicious fall breakfast or snack. It's moist, soft, slightly sweet and easy to make.

     

    Recipe makes 1 loaf (12 slices). 115 Calories | 3 WW Freestyle Points per slice.

     

    Notes: when measuring flour, don't scoop or dunk the measuring cup into the bag. You will get an over-measure of flour that way which will result in a higher amount of calories, and the loaf may come out a drier than expected. Instead, lightly spoon the flour into the measuring cup. Level off the top of the measuring cup using the back of a knife.

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  • Bananas in a Blanket

    Bananas in a Blanket

    Calories: WW Freestyle Points: 1

    A new family favorite in my house. When the bananas are baked, they become creamy and sweet like a pastry filling. Essentially, you just wrap 2 ingredient dough strips around a banana - and bake. 

     

    Recipe makes 6 Bananas in a Blanket. Just 1 WW Freestyle Points each!

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  • Strawberry Banana Oatmeal Bake

    Strawberry Banana Oatmeal Bake

    Calories: 313 WW Freestyle Points: 4

    This tasty oatmeal bake will fill you up, and keep you full all morning. I baked this in a single serving ramekin, in the toaster oven. It's a casual week-day breakfast you can make in about 25 minutes.

     

    4 WW Freestyle Points | 259 Calories.

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  • Copycat Egg McMuffin

    Copycat Egg McMuffin

    Calories: 258 WW Freestyle Points: 3

    Nothing revolutionary here. But it beats the drive-through version. I keep this in my breakfast line up because it's a tasty, quick option for busy work-day mornings. Not much of a recipe... just an idea. 

     

    Recipe makes 1 sandwich. 258 Calories | 3 - 4 WW Freestyle Points (depending on the type of English Muffin you use).

     

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  • 2 Ingredient Dough Bagels

    2 Ingredient Dough Bagels

    Calories: WW Freestyle Points: 3 per bagel

    Just some of my methods and techniques for bagels and dough. I included a more in-depth video that goes through different flours, measuring flour, the type of yogurt used, and how to best store these.

     

    This recipe makes 10 bagels. 3 Freestyle Points per bagel.

     

    I also recommend buying a Dough Cutter (commission earned). It's good for dividing the dough, scraping flour and goo off the counter, and lifting dough from the work surface onto the baking sheet.

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  • Lemon Custard Crepes with Raspberries

    Lemon Custard Crepes with Raspberries

    Calories: 88 WW Freestyle Points: 4

    This custard is light and creamy with a mild lemony flavor - easy to make. You can prepare the custard the night before because it needs at least 3 hours to cool and set properly. 

     

    The crepe shells are toasted for a crisp shell but the bottoms do get soft rather quickly. These are meant to be eaten with a fork or spoon (not a hand-held treat). If you pair one with scrambled eggs and some fruit, you have a really enjoyable and filling breakfast for just 4 WW Freestyle Points.

     

    Recipe makes 4 cups of the custard, which fills 4 nine-inch crepe shells (that have been cut in half to make 8 in total). Frieda's brand used here. I found them in the produce section of my grocery store, Shoprite (near the berries). Each half-shell uses about 1/2 cup of custard per crepe. You can store the cream in the refrigerator for a few days but it will loosen a bit. My kids happily eat any leftovers.

     

    The video below has good tips for making the shells and filling them. Nutrition information includes 1 filled crepe with 1 tbps of melted raspberries.

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  • Mini Quiche - Breakfast Bakes

    Mini Quiche - Breakfast Bakes

    Calories: 115 WW Freestyle Points: 1

    These mini breakfast egg bakes double as a crustless quiche that you can have as a side dish. Recipe makes 12 breakfast bakes/mini quiches. Just 1 WW Freestyle Points | 115 calories each.

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  • Cherry Hand Pies

    Cherry Hand Pies

    Calories: 97 WW Freestyle Points: 2 each

    These hand pies are just 2 points each, so delicious and satisfying. You can eat these for breakfast or a dessert. Make them in batches and freeze in a ziplock bag - then reheat in the toaster oven.

     

    I got the frozen cherries from Trader Joes (which I know are zero points) but almost any grocery store has them. Just check the ingredients on the bag to be sure there is no added sugar.

     

    The cookie cutters used here come in very handy for a lot of recipes. You can find and purchase the following items used in this recipe:

    Pastry/Cookie Cutters (about $7.00)

    Bisquick Heart Smart baking mix (about $4.00)

    Dough scraper (about $8.00)

    (commission earned on links above)

     

    For my friends outside the U.S.A., you can use regular self-rising flour but the Bisquick is preferred for a "cakier" crust.

     

    Recipe makes 8 hand pies. Each pie comes to 97 calories | 2 WW Freestyle Points.

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  • Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

    Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

    Calories: 73 WW Freestyle Points: 2

    I call these Breakfast cookies because they have a very soft, almost "muffiny" texture. I have these with an egg and some fruit in the morning to make it a 5 point breakfast.

     

    You can double the recipe to make these in batches and freeze in a large zip lock bag. Just warm them for about 20 seconds or so in the microwave. 

     

    Recipe makes 20 two-inch cookies. 73 calories | 2 WW Freestyle points each (or 5 points for two of them). 

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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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  • Blueberry Banana French Toast Sticks

    Blueberry Banana French Toast Sticks

    Calories: 115 WW Freestyle Points: 2 points per stick

    Updated 05/02/2019

     

    Hello readers. After some feedback on my original recipe for these french toast sticks, I revised the ingredients and technique used to make these. There is no rolling involved at all. I also included an updated, in-depth video on how to make these.

     

    This recipe makes 10 six-inch sticks (2 WW Freestyle Points each). You can freeze these in a zip-lock bag and pop them in the toaster oven when you're ready to eat them. 

     

    Nutritional information and WW Freestyle Points values based on 1 French Toast Stick.

     

    *Information for converting flour volume from cups to grams was calculated based on the nutrition label of King Arthur All Purpose Flour. 1/4 cup = 30 grams. Multiplied by 6 for 1 1/2 cup serving to equal 180 grams.

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  • Scrambled Eggs with Ham and White Cheddar

    Scrambled Eggs with Ham and White Cheddar

    Calories: 389 WW Freestyle Points: 4

    My brother said I make the best scrambled eggs so for you Frank, here are the eggs. BTW, Frank is 21 years younger than me. He is the best kid brother in the whole world.

     

    These eggs have diced ham and shredded white cheddar cheese. But the more important part of making these is to not overcook the eggs. I swirl the eggs in the pan, and when they are still a bit wet, turn off the heat and place them on the plate. Serve with fruit or whatever else you like.

     

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  • Soft-boiled Egg Bowls

    Soft-boiled Egg Bowls

    Calories: WW Freestyle Points: 3

    My gram always made me soft-boiled eggs as a kid and I still love them. I used Aldi brand Chicken Breakfast sausage here, and 2 "bagel holes" (1 point for 2 of them). 

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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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  • Bacon and Eggs

    Bacon and Eggs

    Calories: 185 WW Freestyle Points: 1

    I used 2 slices of Butterball Thin and Crispy turkey bacon, chopped up with a little scallions, fresh dill, salt and pepper. 1 point for the 4 halves shown here. You can have this as a snack or breakfast.

     

    To get the middle of the eggs slightly soft and undercooked, submerge them into a bowl of cold water immediately after boiling (more detailed directions below).

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  • Banana Bread

    Banana Bread

    Calories: 135 WW Freestyle Points: 3 (per slice)

    This is good with a little spread of peanut butter or PB2. Store in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. Recipe makes 16 slices. 3 points per slice, or 5 points for 2 slices.

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  • Waffle Cone Bowls

    Waffle Cone Bowls

    Calories: 252 WW Freestyle Points: 3

    These smothered waffle cone bowls make a good breakfast, or a snack. The waffle bowls are just 50 calories - or 2 points each. I filled it with non-fat greek yogurt, topped with blueberries and bananas that I warmed in a small sauce pot, and sprinkled it with a teaspoon of pumpkin seeds.

     

    If you find that plain non-fat greek yogurt is very tart, the sweetness of the fruit and waffle cone in this recipe balance it out nicely.

     

    Note that the photograph makes the waffle bowl appear larger than it actually is (just being honest). I didn't try to exaggerate this, it's just how the photo came out. The actual size is similar to that of a regular cupcake.

     

    You can find and purchase the mini waffle cone bowls here (commission earned)

     

    Recipe is for 1 serving. 252 calories - barely even 3 points with 1 tsp of pumpkin seeds.

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  • Artichoke Frittata

    Artichoke Frittata

    Calories: 119 WW Freestyle Points: 1 per quarter

    Whip this up in about 15 minutes. This delicious frittata is just 1 point per quarter, or 4 points for the whole thing (if you can finish it). I get the frozen artichoke hearts at Trader Joe's. Reference video for demonstration.

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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.

    Commission earned.

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  • Stuffed Bagels

    Stuffed Bagels

    Calories: 406 WW Freestyle Points: 4

    I used scrambled eggs and light mozzarella in this batch, but if it's your first time making these, pre-cooked turkey bacon and shredded cheese is a little easier. Do not put too much stuffing in these, because the skin will likely break and make a big mess in the oven. Recipe makes 4 stuffed bagels.

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  • Oatmeal Bars

    Oatmeal Bars

    Calories: 185 WW Freestyle Points: 4

    These oatmeal bars are very easy to make. They have a very soft gooey texture because of the oatmeal. You can make these in advance - store them in the refrigerator, then heat them up. But they are best if you eat them the day you make them. If I'm on the go, I'll pack this up with a hard boiled egg or some fruit. For the apples in this recipe, Granny Smith is good or another type of baking apple. Recipe makes 8 bars using an 8" x 8" square pan.

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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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  • Blueberry Lemon Cream Breakfast Bombs

    Blueberry Lemon Cream Breakfast Bombs

    Calories: 166 WW Freestyle Points: 4

    These are good for a weekend breakfast or brunch. They are very creamy and light. I recommend using "Skim Plus" skim milk for these because it's creamier than regular skim milk, but regular skim milk is fine. 

     

    Recipe makes 12 servings. 166 Calories | 4 WW Freestyle Points each.

     

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

    Commission earned.

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  • Eggs & Turkey Bacon Sandwich

    Eggs & Turkey Bacon Sandwich

    Calories: 342 WW Freestyle Points: 4

    I make the bagels for this on meal-prep day. Sometimes I assemble the sandwiches and freeze them so I can just heat them up and go. Other times, I freeze just the bagels, and defrost on the day I'm eating it - then add the eggs and bacon that day.

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  • Sausage, Spinach and Cheese Egg Bakes

    Sausage, Spinach and Cheese Egg Bakes

    Calories: 185 WW Freestyle Points: 3 (for 2 portions)

    Recipe makes 12 Egg Bakes in total.

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  • French Toast

    French Toast

    Calories: 243 WW Freestyle Points: 2

    This is just like french toast you would normally make, but I skipped any butter, oil and syrup. Instead I just heated some blueberries on the stove top to bring out the sweetness in the berries, so it acted as a type of syrup on the French Toast. 

     

    Recipe and nutritional information based on 2 slices.

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  • Waffle Iron Hashbrowns and Eggs

    Waffle Iron Hashbrowns and Eggs

    Calories: 153 WW Freestyle Points: 2 points per quarter

    To get these hashbrowns crispy, I let the water drain out of them. It takes a little inactive waiting time, but the hashbrowns come out too soft otherwise.

     

    You can find and purchase the waffle iron I use here.

    Commission earned.

     

    Nutrition information based on 1/4 waffle hashbrown (excludes eggs shown in photo).

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  • Eggs and Avacado on Crusty Sourdough

    Eggs and Avacado on Crusty Sourdough

    Calories: 162 WW Freestyle Points: 6

    I make my own sour dough bread, but you can purchase a nice crusty rustic loaf from your local bakery. You can pair this with any fruit of your choice for a more filling meal.

     

    Nutrition information estimated based on 1 medium slice of rye bread.

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  • Berry Michelly French Toast

    Berry Michelly French Toast

    Calories: WW Freestyle Points: 3

    I had 2 ingredient dough bagels that were left out for a day or so. They were a bit dry, so I made french toast with them. Instead of syrup, I used heated bananas and strawberries to sweeten it up.

     

    You can find my recipe for bagels here.

     

    Recipe makes 1 serving. 3 WW Freestyle Points per serving.

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