Holy moly. Holy cannoli. I absolutely love a good cannoli, yet they’re so hard to find. Either they’re too sweet, stale, too “gritty” or bleh. I finally found a few places here in town that makes a great cannoli. They’re the mini ones, but that doesn’t matter. It gives me an excuses to have two. 😉 Continue reading “Open-Faced “Cannolis””
I often ask myself, “How can something so simple be so gosh darn delicious?”
Well, if you live around or shop at a Kroger, then you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. In their deli, they have a chicken salad that is just out-of-this-world. It’s sweet, creamy, crunchy, tangy … all things that make up a fantastic chicken salad. Several people at work bring it by the tubs and have it for lunch. It’s that awesome. Yep, it’s the …
Derby City Chicken Salad.
Of course, I had to put my spin on it and try to make it healthier and lower in points. Not only did I succeed, but the flavors are ON POINT! I love this lightened-up version and don’t think I’ll need to make a Kroger run anytime soon. 😉
Chinese food: the epitome of diet wrecking.
There are healthier options like beef and broccoli & egg drop soup, but you can only have so much of either. What we’re all really wanting is general tso’s; deep fried, sticky-sauced, spicy general tso. But what if you could have that general tso flavor without all the fried business? Well, then sign me up!
I’ve subbed out chicken for cauliflower (vegetarian & 0pp!) and baked them until golden brown (you won’t miss it, promise!) No oil or fry pan in sight. This is a “lazy” recipe as I’ve used bottled general tso sauce. You could easily make your own (there are tons of recipes online), but I used what I had on hand and it was 100% satisfying. Faux general tso’s? Could’ve fooled me … 🙂 One whole serving of this recipe (general tso AND rice) is only 7pp. One cup of the take out general tso with chicken is roughly 15pp alone and that’s not counting the rice.
So, to break it down further:
–take-out chinese: 20pp
—skinny chinese: 7pp
–even skinnier chinese: 2pp → scroll all the way to the bottom to find out how I managed that one 😉
But anyway, that’s a savings of 12pp! (or 18pp if you choose the skinnier!)
So … what’s for dessert?? 🙂
Woah, gotta stop. Just thinking about eating that has set me back all of my weeklies 😉 But just like all things gooey and heavy, there is a lighter cousin out there waving its hands saying “I’m here! I do exist!” So, I introduce to you “the cousin”. You could make this as an appetizer by stuffing mini button mushrooms, a side dish, or having it as the main attraction. You can have 1 for 3pp … or 2 for 5pp. Yes, I’ll take the latter … Continue reading “skinny spinach & artichoke dip stuffed portabellas”
We had family visiting this weekend from out of town and my husband insisted that I make my
famous his favorite french toast: bourbon vanilla french toast. I cringed a little knowing I wouldn’t be able to eat breakfast with the family … or I’d at least be the one eating a bowl of cereal at the table. (which I’m totally ok with, too! i LOVE cereal. Probably a little to much … but anyway, that’s another day. hehe.) 🙂 I didn’t even want to know how many points were in my french toast. Bummer … cereal it is!
But, as I was making their french toast, it smelled so good and looked like the best batch I’ve ever made. Must have some! I had extra bread and a little extra bourbon-y vanilla eggy liquid: the perfect amount for a single serving of casserole. So, I cubed up the bread, soaked it in the magic and baked it. For my casserole, it came out to 9pp. Totally worth it! However, I knew I could make this with fewer points. With extra bread and a little experimenting this morning, the “lighter french toast casserole” was born.
Continue reading “(lighter) french toast casserole”