Sunday, May 28, 2017

Stove Top Pizza Crust -- 8 Smart Points

When I purchased my Cuisinart food processor it came with a really nice stainless steel griddle and a a recipe booklet.  This is from that booklet.

I calculated the Smart Points for the crust only.  Use your favorite sauce and toppings and total up the points for those items.  Divide that total by the number of slices you cut and add it to the points for the crust.

Cauliflower crusts seem to be popular right now but I'd prefer to use the real thing and count the points!

The griddle I use is 12" in diameter and the pizza gets cut into 8 slices.  You could use any non-stick skillet or cast iron skillet.


FASTER THAN EVER PIZZA CRUST
Makes a 12” crust – 25 Smart Points
Cut into 8 slices – 4 Smart Points per slice

1 package active dry yeast
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 cup warm water
1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
3/5 tsp. salt
1 T. olive oil
Stir the yeast and sugar in warm water to dissolve them.
Use the metal blade of your food processor to process the flour, salt, olive oil and yeast mixture about 60 seconds.

Preheat griddle on stove top.

Roll dough out to fit griddle.  Spray griddle with Pam.  Place dough on preheated griddle.  Set timer for 8 minutes.  Let the crust cook for 1 minute then cover it with your choice of sauces and toppings.

Calculate points for toppings used and divide by 8.  Add the 4 points for the crust to get the points total per slice.

I make my own pizza sauce that's zero points.

PIZZA SAUCE
1 - 8 oz. can tomato sauce
paprika
garlic powder
oregano
salt and pepper

Mix well in a microwave safe container.  Heat about a minute.

Depression Bread -- 24 Smart Points per loaf

This recipe popped up in a Facebook story today about old fashioned recipes people used during the Depression.  The bread recipe only had three ingredients: flour, warm water, and yeast.  I used bread flour and added 1 teaspoon of salt.  Bread without salt has a flat taste to me.  It makes two small loaves.  Since there's no fat in the recipe, I increased the oven temperature to 400°.

photo found online with recipe


DEPRESSION BREAD

Ingredients:
4 cups flour
2 cups warm water
2 Tbsps. yeast

Instructions:
Pour flour into a large bowl and create a hole in the center. Pour the yeast and warm water in the center, then combine with the flour until you form a ball. Cover with a towel and allow to rise for 30 minutes, or until it’s doubled in size.
Knead the dough and split into two loaves, then allow to rise one more time. Bake at 300 °F until golden.

SMART POINTS – 48 for entire recipe -- 24 per loaf

I added 1 tsp. salt – online sources say bread with no added fat should bake at 400° so that's the temperature I used.  I also dumped water into the bottom of the oven for steam to get a crisp crust. It baked around 25 minutes at 400°.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Potato Leek Soup -- 4 Smart Points

If you don't have leeks, use finely diced onion.  This was made using the full fat version of Classico Alfredo sauce, you can shave 7 Smart Points off the recipe if you use Classico Light Alfredo sauce and even more points if you choose to use a substitute for the real butter in my recipe.

POTATO LEEK SOUP
Smart Points 4 per cup
Makes 8 cups

¼ cup butter
2 leeks, cut into ½” slices
¼ cup finely chopped carrot
5 medium potatoes, cubed  (1 lb. raw potatoes = 13 oz. cooked or 2 cups finely diced)
4 tsp. chicken bouillon granules
1 jar Classico Alfredo sauce
2 t. chopped chives

Melt butter in large saucepan, cook leeks and carrots about 5 minutes.

Add 4 cups of water, potatoes and  bouillon granules.  Cover, reduce heat and
Cook for about 25 minutes.

Stir in Alfredo sauce and simmer for another 5 minutes or until hot.  Top with
chopped chives to serve.
**to speed up cooking time, cube potatoes and cook in microwave without water while doing other prep work.  This cuts the cooking time down to about 10 minutes.**

SMART POINTS
Butter                          12
Alfredo Sauce             14
Potatoes                        6
Total                           32
 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Italian Chicken And Rice -- 7 Smart Points



This is something I came up with years ago while on the Weight Watcher program.  We didn't count points, just measured the quantities. 

The total points for the two servings is 13 so I rounded it up to 7 points per serving.

ITALIAN CHICKEN AND RICE – 7 Smart Points

6 oz. cooked shredded chicken breast
4 stalks celery, chopped
¼ cup chopped onion
½ bell pepper, diced
¾ cup uncooked Minute Rice
¾ cup water
16 oz. can stewed tomatoes
Pinch of oregano
Pinch of paprika
Dash of garlic powder
½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce

In a non-stick skillet, cook celery, onion and bell pepper in a small amount of water until almost done.  Add spices, tomatoes and ¾ cup of water.  Simmer until vegetables are tender.  Add rice and chicken.  Simmer until rice is fluffy.
Makes 2 large servings.

Smart Points
Chicken                4
Minute Rice          9

Impossible Chicken Taco Pie -- 6 Smart Points



IMPOSSIBLE CHICKEN TACO PIE – 6 Smart Points
Makes 6 servings

2 cups cubed cooked chicken 
            (2 six ounce chicken breasts or use canned chicken)
½ cup chopped onion
Small can chopped green chilies
2 T. taco seasoning
1 cup Jiffy Baking Mix or Bisquick
1 cup skim milk
3 oz. grated Parmesan cheese

Mix chicken, onion, green chilies, and taco seasoning.  Pour into a greased 9” pie plate.
Combine the baking mix and milk in a small bowl and pour over top of the chicken.  Bake at 400° for 20-25 minutes.

Top with grated cheese.

Smart Points                           37
12 oz. uncooked chicken          6
1 cup Jiffy Baking mix            16
1 cup skim milk                        3
3 oz. Parmesan cheese             12