Monday, May 22, 2017

Barbecue Sauce -- 0 Smart Points

My favorite home made barbeque sauce recipe has a ketchup base and a lot of brown sugar.  Ketchup has so much sugar in it that the sauce is really high in points.  I thought I'd experiment with making some sugar free sauce today and this is what I came up with.

A 15 ounce can of tomato sauce is the base in my recipe.  It turned out pretty good and, in my opinion, has a much better flavor than the sugar free G. Hughes barbeque sauce.  The G. Hughes sauce is over $3.50 a bottle here so the tomato sauce recipe is definitely less expensive.

Heinz reduced sugar ketchup is another alternative to using the tomato sauce.  I bought a bottle of it and will try making a batch later using it and adjusting the Truvia.  The ketchup is really expensive compared to regular ketchup so I'll figure the cost into the process.

BARBECUE SAUCE  -- 0 Smart Points

1-15 oz. can Hunts tomato sauce
½ tsp. white vinegar
1 tsp. liquid smoke
Dash of Worcestershire sauce
Dash of Cayenne pepper
4 tsp. brown sugar Truvia
½ tsp.  Williams chili seasoning

Mix well.  Heat thoroughly in microwave.  Let cool.  Store in refrigerator.
Makes approximately 2 cups.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Hamburger Corn Pone Pie -- 13 Smart Points

*** Edited ***  I used 24 Smart Points for the ground beef but after speaking with some other online Weight Watchers, they think I should be using 18 points and count the cooked weight.  I leave that up to you.


12 oz. 80/20 ground beef           24 Smart Points
½ onion, diced
2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 can Mexican style tomatoes
1 can Ranch Style beans            12 Smart Points
1 recipe corn bread batter*        38 Smart Points

In a 10-12” cast iron skillet, brown meat with onion, add chili powder and Worcestershire sauce. 
Put tomatoes into blender and process until smooth.  Add to the meat mixture along with the beans.  Bring to a boil.  Lower heat and simmer for about 15 minutes, uncovered, to reduce liquid from tomatoes.

Spread the prepared corn bread batter evenly over top of the hot meat mixture.  Bake in preheated 425° oven for 20 minutes or until cornbread is golden brown.  The juice from the meat mixture will break through the corn bread layer while cooking.

To make it spicier, add some diced jalapeno peppers to the cornbread batter.

Makes 6 generous servings – 13 Smart Points               8 servings – 9.25  Smart Points

CORN BREAD            Smart Points total 38
2 T. oil                             8
1 cup skim milk               3
1 ¼ cups cornmeal        21
1/2 cup flour                   6
1 T. baking powder         0
Mix well.

Lebanese Style Green Beans - 4 Smart Points

We lived in Bristow, OK for several years and attended St. Joseph's parish.  There was an active Altar Society that held an annual food sale as their fund raiser.  Tina Korkamis always made Lebanese green beans as her contribution.  I'd never eaten green beans fixed with allspice added but once I tasted hers I immediately realized what I'd been missing.

This can be made with cubed beef.  I take a shortcut and use ground beef.  

In calculating the Weight Watcher Smart Points for this I went online and found some confusing information about the nutritional value of 80/20 ground beef. 

Ground beef loses approximately 25% of its weight when cooked.  I used 12 ounces of raw 80/20 ground beef which would equate to 9 ounces cooked.  The online Weight Watcher calculator that I use figures 2 Smart Points per ounce, uncooked. 

If you use 85/15 ground beef, the points would drop to 18.  Using 90/10 would be 12.  I just prefer the flavor of the 80/20.

I can make a meal out of these green beans.  The canned green beans are not drained so it has plenty of broth and I eat it like a bowl of soup.  You can simmer it longer and serve as a side dish too.

These were served at a dinner party we hosted several years ago and everyone that had them raved about how good they are.  You may want to adjust the amount of allspice you use.  I'd start out with 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon.  It's not enough to overpower the other flavors, it just enhances them.

The Smart Points were calculated using the ingredients listed.  

*** Edited ***  I used 24 Smart Points for the ground beef but after speaking with some other online Weight Watchers, they think I should be using 18 points and count the cooked weight.  I leave that up to you.
Makes 1 ½ quarts (48 fluid ounces)
6-one cup servings =  4 Smart Points per serving

12 oz. 80/20 ground beef
½ onion, diced
2 cans Del Monte green beans, undrained
1- 15 oz. can Hunts tomato sauce
¾ tsp. ground allspice
Salt and pepper

Brown ground beef with onion.  Add undrained green beans,
tomato sauce, allspice, salt and pepper.  Simmer until spice flavor
develops—about 15 minutes.

Smart Points
12 oz. ground beef = 9 oz. cooked                24            
Points based from information found online.  Ground beef
loses 25% of its weight when cooked.    80/20 ground beef
calculates at 2 Smart Points per ounce uncooked.