Monday, October 29, 2012

Hearty Beef Stew


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 Servings: 10
Serving Size: 1.25 cups
WW Points+: 7          Calories: 268.1         Total Fat: 12.7g         Fiber: 2.9g 

Apparently it's hurricane weather in New England...the wind and rain are a little ridiculous and Harvey and I have been snuggling on the couch all day watching Law and Order and NCIS. Don't judge. A day like this calls for a nice warm meal...that is if you have power. 


This slow simmered beef stew is perfect for cold, lazy days. Prepare it in the morning and let it cook all day for an easy and hearty meal that is sure to warm you up this season. 


For this stew, use either a chuck or round roast, cut into 1 inch cubes and trimmed of fat. This is usually what is in the packages at the grocery store labeled "stew beef", so if you use that, just trim off any excess fat that you see. In addition to the beef, large chunks of potatoes, carrots, and celery make this a very hearty stew and the worcestershire sauce and red wine give it great flavor. 

This is definitely a favorite in my house and I made it two Sundays in a row. The leftovers heat up really well either in the microwave or on the stove as well. 

Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Chicken and Avocado Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette


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Servings: 4
Serving Size: 2 cups Salad, 2 oz Chicken, 2 tbsp Dressing
WW Points+: 7       Calories: 288.5        Total Fat: 16.0 g        Fiber: 5.5 g

Pomegranates are in season! And avocados were 10 for $10 at the grocery store...yes I bought 10, despite the fact that I had 2 already at home....and despite the fact that there are only two people in my house. That means lots of guacamole, lots of salads and sandwiches with avocados, plus one of my favorite snacks- a half of an avocado with salt, pepper, cilantro and a little lime juice and olive oil. Yum! Ok, enough of my avocado obsession, back to the salad!


Anyways, pomegranates are now in season here and I love adding pomegranate seeds to salads. This vinaigrette is super easy to make and adds a tangy and sweet flavor to this salad. I grilled the chicken with a little salt and pepper, but you can cook it however you want or start with a rotisserie chicken. 

Ok, now you enjoy while I go back to my avocado obsession :)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Lightened Up Shrimp and Broccoli Alfredo


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Servings: 8
Serving Size: 1 3/4 cups
WW Points+: 8             Calories: 313.3        Total Fat: 5.6g       Fiber: 6.6g

Whole wheat pasta, shrimp, and broccoli in a creamy light alfredo sauce is simple and makes a perfect weeknight meal. If you are short on time, you can make the alfredo sauce in advance and store it in the refrigerator until ready to use. I have added the nutritional facts for just the alfredo sauce below as well in case you want to use it for another dish. 





I made all 8 servings and because there is only 2 of us, we had lots of leftovers. They reheated nicely for lunch the next day...and dinner :) We really liked this one!

Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Festivals and Cake Pops!


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I've been a bad blogger :( I didn't post any new recipes last week...not one! Sorry! But I had a good reason- I was extra busy all week preparing for the 10th annual stART on the Street festival in Worcester, MA. I made over 400 cake pops in 7 different flavors (with help from Matt of course) and guess what! They all sold out!! I was so worried that I would come home with tons of cake pops so I couldn't be happier with the turnout! I'm not quite sure how many people were at the festival but they said they were expecting 50,000 people! There were so many vendors plus a huge food court and tons of live music. Unfortunately, we were so busy that I only got to leave my booth for about 5 minutes! 


Anyways, I made a display for each flavor to put on the table at my booth. Then I had some loose cake pops on the table and the rest in coolers. It was a beautiful day so I didn't really have to worry about them melting. These bouquets were a hit so I decided to offer them for sale on my website in two sizes

Thursday, September 6, 2012

No Bake Hawaiian White Chocolate Macadamia Granola Bars


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Servings: 10
Serving Size: 1 Bar
WW Points+: 5           Calories: 188.9          Total Fat: 6.7 g         Fiber: 2.8 g 

No bake Hawaiian white chocolate macadamia granola bars...that's a mouthful. But I didn't want to leave anything out! Simple granola bars are dressed up with salty and sweet flavors. Salty macadamia nuts plus dried pineapple, white chocolate, and coconut make these more of a dessert than a healthy snack. 


These follow the same recipe as yesterday's Cranberry and Pistachio Granola Bars and are super easy to make. Plus, they were family and boyfriend approved, so that's a good sign!


I love macadamia nuts...too bad they have a thousand points+. Ok, 28 points+ per cup, but that's still a little ridiculous. So I chopped them up small to get a little macadamia goodness in every bite. I actually just recieved a text from my boyfriend that says "I accidentally ate the granola bars." ...You may want to double this recipe :)

Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

No Bake Cranberry and Pistachio Granola Bars


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Servings: 10
Serving Size: 1 Bar
WW Points+: 5          Calories: 198.7             Total Fat: 5.7g             Fiber: 3.5g

I loved the chewy granola bars when I was little and we always had them for snacks after school or in our lunch boxes. I never realized how easy they were to make. This recipe is adapted from the granola bars made by Rachel Ray but I added my own ingredients that I love and made them a little lighter by using light butter and light brown sugar. These are a great snack for kids during or after school, or even for breakfast when they are running out the door. 


I chose dried cranberries, pistachios, and chocolate chips to give these bars a nice sweet and salty flair. The little bits of red and green would make these cute holiday snacks too (only 110 days until Christmas!...But who's counting...). When forming these into bars, I only used half of the width of my baking sheet so that they would be thick enough to keep their shape. They are sticky so forming them to one side of the sheet was very easy.


These certainly didn't last long and I had to whip up a new batch the next day--a different flavor of course and I will share that recipe with you tomorrow!

Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

5 Minute Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal


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Servings: 4
Serving Size: about 3/4 cup
WW Points+: 5        Calories: 220.5         Total Fat: 1.6 g         Fiber: 3.4 g

Well it's back to school time! I actually almost forgot about back to school until I saw a couple of miserable looking kids waiting for their busses last week. I guess that means that summer is over and the kids don't get to sleep in every day anymore. So, naturally, that means a lot of quick breakfasts before running out the door. Even though they are quick, they should still be good, good for you, and able to keep you full until lunch time. Oatmeal is a perfect example. I love oatmeal. you can add anything to it, it's quick, and it always keeps me full. 

This leads into my love of oats. So delicious. This week I am dedicating my recipes to oats- mainly in the form of breakfasts (oatmeal) and snacks (granola bars!). Sure you can buy oatmeal in those sad little packages and granola bars from a box, but they are so easy to make and you know exactly what goes into them when you make them yourself. 

This is a classic oatmeal recipe that only takes minutes to make. Simple ingredients like brown sugar, raisins, and light maple syrup make this perfectly sweetened and healthy. Plus, it is low in calories and fat but has 5 grams of protein and 48 grams of carbs to keep you full and energized throughout your morning. 

Enjoy!
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