Monday, February 26, 2018

Refried Bean Soup -- 0 Freestyle Points

I haven't tried this recipe yet.  It was shared on our local Weight Watcher page on Facebook. 

  • 32 oz Chicken Broth
  • 2 16 oz cans of fat free Refried Beans
  • 1 10oz can of RO*TEL Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies
  • 1/2 cup diced white or brown onion
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup diced carrot
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Shredded Monterey Jack cheese (optional--not included in points)
  1. Heat water on medium on large stock pot
  2. Add onion, celery, and carrot to water and saute for about 6 minutes or until onion is transparent
  3. About 3 minutes into cooking onion, celery, and carrot add minced garlic
  4. Add Chicken Broth, RO*TEL Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies and salt
  5. Cover pot and simmer on Medium low for about 30 minutes or until veggies are soft
  6. Optional: I like my soups smooth so if you do too use an emulsion blender (stick blender) to puree the soup. If you like it chunky, skip this step.
  7. Add Refried Beans and stir until combined.
  8. Heat through and serve.
  9. Top with cheese, if desired.
 The original recipe didn't specify fat free refried beans and listed 1 T. of olive oil, for which I substituted the 1/4 cup of water.  This recipe is from

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Pizza Bombs -- 2 Points on Freestyle Plan

This simple two ingredient dough recipe is really popular now on Weight Watcher's pages on Facebook.  You can use it to make bagels and top them with your favorite seasonings, buns for sandwiches, flat bread, and pizza crust.

With the new Freestyle program, the dough is much lower in points than traditional recipes.  The Greek yogurt gives it sort of a sourdough flavor.

These are simple to make and with only 2 points per bomb, you can get your pizza fix and not use all your daily points!

Seal the balls tightly to prevent the cheese and marinara from leaking.  As you can see in the photo, mine leaked.  That's fine with me,  I like the crispy cheese! 

Makes 12
2 Smart Points each

1 cup flour
1 ½ tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 cup 0% fat Greek yogurt
12 slices turkey pepperoni
2 oz. grated mozzarella cheese
2 T. grated Parmesan cheese
Marinara sauce ***
1 egg white, beaten to a froth with a teaspoon of water

Mix flour, baking powder, salt and yogurt to make a soft dough.

Divide into 12 pieces.  Roll into balls.  Using a rolling pin, roll each ball into 3” circles.

Place about a teaspoon of marinara sauce on each circle.  Top with 1 slice of turkey pepperoni. Top with the cheeses. 

Fold over the edges and pinch to seal. Put the sealed balls onto a nonstick cookie sheet with folded edge down.

Brush the top of each ball with the egg wash.

Bake at 400° until brown, about 20 minutes.

Smart Points  24 for entire recipe
2 per bomb

flour                         12
pepperoni                  2
mozzarella cheese    8
Parmesan cheese     2
Marinara sauce         0    ***I make my own.  Recipe is on this blog.

The points I calculated are based on the brands of ingredients I used.  Be sure to check yours and recalculate if necessary.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Jalapeno Cheese Grits For Two -- 3 Smart Points Freestyle Program

I've used this recipe for over 40 years but it's always been one I'd make a huge batch of to take to pot luck dinners.  This is the scaled down, lower calorie version of the traditional recipe.  It makes four generous servings at 4 Smart Points per serving.

The original recipe includes butter and more cheese.  You'll never miss either ingredient! This is a hearty side dish that goes well with any type of meat main dish.

Jalapeno Cheese Grits
Makes 4 generous servings
3 Smart Points per serving on Freestyle program

½ cup instant grits
2 cups water
½ - ¾ tsp. Lawrey’s seasoned salt
2 oz. grated cheddar cheese
Chopped jalapeno peppers, can use fresh or canned
1 egg, beaten to a froth
Garlic powder

Bring water to a boil, add seasoned salt and grits.  Cook over low heat until thickened- 5 to 7 minutes.
Stir in grated cheese, garlic powder and jalapeno peppers.  Mix thoroughly.
Fold in beaten egg.
Pour mixture into a 2-quart casserole sprayed with Pam.  Bake at 350° until brown and bubbly – 20 to 25 minutes.  You can also cook this in the microwave then pop under the broiler to brown.

Smart Points
Grits                     4
Cheese                  8