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

Black Bean Turkey Burgers - 0 Smart Points on Freestyle Program

There are hundreds of recipes online to make turkey burgers but they all make a larger amount than I need at a single time.  This is what I came up with today using the 99% fat free ground turkey that's zero points on the new Weight Watcher Freestyle program.

Makes 3 servings

Zero points on Freestyle program

8 oz. 99% fat free ground turkey
½ cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
¼ cup diced onion
¼ cup finely chopped cilantro
½ tsp. ground cumin
Salt and pepper

Place beans into a 2-quart mixing bowl and mash with a potato masher.
Add other ingredients and mix well.  Divide mixture into 3 portions and shape into patties.
Spritz a non-stick skillet with oil and fry patties until internal temperature reaches