Sunday, June 18, 2017

Savory Apple-Chicken Sausage -- 3 Smart Points

  • 1 large tart apple, peeled and diced
  • 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound ground chicken
·         Directions
·         In a large bowl, combine the apple, poultry seasoning, salt and pepper. Crumble chicken over mixture and mix well. Shape into eight 3-in. patties.
·         In a large skillet coated with cooking spray, cook patties over medium heat for 5-6 minutes on each side or until no longer pink. Drain if necessary. Yield: 8 patties.

I used ground Smart Chicken which is 12 Smart Points for 16 oz.  Each patty would have 1.5 Smart Points or 3 Smart Points for 2 patties

Friday, June 16, 2017

Air Fryer Cinnamon "Rolls"

So what do you do when it's 95° outside, you're bored and want to bake?  Get out the air fryer and a can of biscuits and make rolls.

Start to finish, it took less than 30 minutes to do eight of these and they are really good!

All you need is a can of biscuits of your choice,  some melted butter and cinnamon-sugar mixture.

 Roll out each biscuit on a piece of waxed paper.
 Brush with melted butter and sprinkle on the cinnamon sugar mixture.
 Starting on the long side, roll each edge to the center and pinch to seal.
 I sprayed my basket with some oil, but I doubt if it was really needed.  My air fryer is not a really large one so I could only cook 2 or 3 at a time.  Leave plenty of space between them or they'll be one big roll by the time they finish baking.

I set my temperature at 320° and checked them after they'd baked 5-6 minutes. 
After they finished baking, I brushed them with more melted butter and let them cool on a rack.

It's quite an easy way to have super fast cinnamon rolls.  These would be great for breakfast with a good, hot cup of coffee.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Chicken Tortilla Soup -- 1 Smart Point

This calculates at only 1 Smart Point per serving.  If you choose to add the sour cream and tortilla chips, include the points for the brands you use.

The lime juice and fresh cilantro give a real brightness to the flavor!

Smart Points – 5 for complete recipe – makes 5 servings
1 Smart Point per bowl

1 – 32 oz. carton Swanson chicken broth
1 – 2.5 oz. can Great Value chunk chicken breast
1 – 10 oz. can Great Value mild dice tomatoes & green chilies
Juice of 1 lime
Chopped cilantro

Place undrained can of chicken in a 2 quart saucepan.  Shred chicken
with a fork.
Add chicken broth, tomatoes and lime juice.
Heat thoroughly.
Ladle into bowl.  Top with chopped cilantro.
You can also add a dollop of sour cream and tortilla chips, if desired. 

Smart Points
Chicken broth             1
Chicken                      2
Tomatoes                    2

Monday, May 29, 2017

Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Meatballs With Marinara Sauce -- 10 Smart Points


12 oz. ground Smart Chicken
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
pinch of garlic powder
salt and pepper
2 pieces Sargento string cheese
2 T. Italian breadcrumbs
1 1/2 cups Bertoli marinara sauce
4 oz. uncooked weight, Reisa pasta
3/4 tsp. olive oil
1 T. grated Parmesan cheese

Place ground chicken into mixing bowl; add
the Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper.

Using a small disher, scoop out 12 portions of the chicken mixture onto waxed paper.

Cut the string cheese into 12 equal pieces.

Using your fingers, gently press the meat into a small round.  Place 1 piece of string cheese in the center.  Form the meat around the cheese, making sure it's completely sealed.

Using 12 oz. of ground chicken and a small sized disher I got 12 meatballs.

Place meatballs into preheated air fryer 350°.  I misted mine with the 3/4 tsp. of olive oil to help get a nice browning on the exterior.

Bake for 5 minutes, then check them to see if they need to be turned or to adjust the temperature.  Cook an additional 4-5 minutes.

As you can see, some of the cheese melted and came through the meat.

While meatballs are cooking, place the marinara sauce in a saucepan and bring to a simmer.  Place meatballs into the heated sauce.  Spoon sauce over top of meatballs.  Cover and keep warm while you prepare the pasta.

Spoon the meatballs and marinara sauce over the cooked pasta.  Sprinkle with grated Parmesan if desired.

The casserole dish I used measures 6 1/2 x 9 1/2".   This makes 4 generous servings. 

Next time I make these, I'll use homemade pasta sauce.  It will be zero points and not as sweet as the jarred sauce.

chicken                        12
string cheese                 2
bread crumbs                2
marinara sauce           12
olive oil                        1
pasta                           10
Parmesan                     1

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.

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.

1 - 8 oz. can tomato sauce
garlic powder
salt and pepper

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