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

Turkey Meatloaf - 0 Smart Points - Freestyle Program


Turkey Meatloaf
Makes 2 servings
1 point per serving on Freestyle program

8 oz. 99% fat free ground turkey
6 T. tomato sauce, divided
¼ cup chopped onion
¼ cup diced bell pepper
6 saltine crackers
Salt and pepper

Place crackers into a food processor and process into crumbs.
Combine 4 tablespoons tomato sauce, turkey, cracker crumbs,
onion, bell pepper, salt and pepper. 
Divide mixture into two portions.  Place in non-stick baking dishes.
Top each dish with 1 tablespoon of tomato sauce.
Cook in air fryer set at 350° for 15 minutes.  Lower heat and continue
To bake until internal temperature reaches 165°

Smart Points
Crackers     2