Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Turkey Sliders (wwpp= 4pt per slider)



DO NOT ATTEMPT IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ANY SELF CONTROL.....



I wish I could say that this is a completely weight watcher meal..but alas I can't. It can be a weight watcher meal, but you have to have self control.  Promise me is you are doing weight watchers then you really need to only buy the hawainia rolls that you need per person, or have a teenage son.

DO NOT BUY 24 for a family of 5 or you will be disappointed in your self-control. These were soooo good. I actually had 4 and I will go without a snack for night time. I am proud that I didn't suck down anymore than I did. I was really tempted.

I was inspired by an idea I had seen on the internet to make a sheet of hamburger patties, and this was my take on it.

I am also going to give a try to chicken cutlets thinly and breaded. The rolls tasted close to chick fila's. I bet that would make a tasty slider. Doing the meat this way and the rolls, made it a quick, easy way to feed my bunch.

I also made this recipe for 24 rolls, you can do a smaller package, just remember to make the meat atleast 6 more inches or so bigger than the pkg of rolls.

Turkey Sliders    wwpp=4pt per slider

Ingredients:

2lbs of 98% lean ground turkey. (I used 2 and 1/2 lbs, I will show you in a bit what I did that for)

1 minced onion

ketchup

mustard

dill relish or dill pickles

1 package of 24 Hawainn rolls.. (what can I say but oh yea)

Instructions:

1) Take a large sheet pan, larger than the package of rolls.. about 3 inches more all around. It will shrink while it is cooking. (I also drained the juice off the meat, halfway through. Didn't want it to overflow and make a bigger mess for me to clean.)



2) Spread the ground turkey into the whole pan, pressing it down like a pizza crust.



3) I actually took my pkg of rolls and layed it near the bottom (on top of the ground turkey), and moved up about 3 inches and then on top of the actual pkg another 3 inches. Made a small line to show top. And then a small line to show the middle of the actual slidder meat.


**( The extra turkey left over, I seasoned with greek seasoning, I will cut this off after it cooks and slice into thin chunks, I will use thise to make gyro's tomorrow.) See I told you I didn't like to waste.

*here's a shot of the greek seasoning I used.


4) The reason why I made a half way is that my kids don't like onions. So on one half I slathered the onions.


5) Pop it in a 350 oven for about 20 minutes.

* I also checked it and drained it half way. (Just the crazy in me, could just picture it overflowing into my stove..more work..ugh) 

Then finish it until cooked. Don't panic it will shrink.(That is why I used a larger pan.) (It also made such really great patties)

6)When it was done, I again, layed the package along the side of the pan, to make sure I had enough meat for each slider. (keeping this as one big piece)

** (cut off my section I seasoned with greek seasoning, for my gyros)

7) While meat is cooking split the entire package of rolls in half, cutting through like you are cutting open a bun. Lay them out.



8) Flip the meat onto the bottom slab of rolls, on top I put ketchup, mustard and dill pickle relish. You could use slices but it takes a bit of planning.



9) Put top on. Take your trusty pizza cutter and follow the lines of the rolls.







This made exactly 24 sliders. Weight Watcher point wise...the roll was 3 and it came to about 1 oz or less of meat per pattie. So I figure about 4 points a piece.




Aren't they just pretty..



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These were really a great hit. I was actually full after 2, but the taste was so amazing. Really close to a great little mini burger. Next time we make them, I think we will do a bun recipe (with a bit of sugar) in the bread maker and see if we can fine tune a smaller ww number, or even make it a little less in calories. I will make this again and again.

With the extra meat that I cooked, I seasoned it with the greek seasoning and put on a small flour tortilla and loaded it with tomatoes, lettuce, onion and a tsziki cucumber sauce and we had faux gyros.

If you give this a try, holler back..
Remember get out there, enjoy the day.. and make it yours..



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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Spinach Balls (re-make of the Bisquik Recipe) wwpp= 1pt





Spinach Balls


Everyone I am sure has made at some point in their lives, Sausage Balls, and actually I think my old beat up recipe is a copy of the Bisquick one. I can make this without even looking at the recipe. These are always the best at holidays. Over the years I have fine tuned the recipe, adding fresh garlic, minced onion and now this time spinach.

I am doing weight watchers and I was craving something a bit indulgent, fingery food type of something. Of course I keep my spinach handy. This recipe worked better with the frozen spinach. I just thawed it out and drained it.

Spinach Balls

Ingredients:

12 oz bag of frozen spinach, (thawed and drained) ( I was looking at a recipe for the Bisquick spinach balls and they called for 9oz, but I have to make sure I do not waste, I just used the whole bag. Where would I keep the other 3 oz?)

1 and 1/4 cup of Bisquick Mix

2 cups of shredded fat free cheddar (in the Bisquick recipe it said mozzarella, but to me a cheese ball is cheddar)

1/4 cup of egg substitute

Italian seasoning

garlic salt

3 tbs of minced onion ( I used one green onion, minced up)

Instructions:

1) Mix all ingredients together, it will be kinda sticky and that is okay.

2) Roll into small balls ( I find if you wet your hands a little they didn't stick and they rolled better)
Put on a sheet pan ( I put foil on mine and spray with Pam.)

*** When you are rolling, I rolled medium size balls which gave me 24, you could roll smaller and get bite size.

***For those on ww the 24 medium balls, that made them 1pt on ww and you could have 5 for 4pts.
You could roll them smaller and get bite size ones, which if I estimated would give you 2 itty for one point.


3) Bake them for about 15-20 minutes at 400. Until they were brown.

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These were really good, compared to the original sausage balls, I found them to be tastier and more moist. My kids enjoyed them also.

I will make these again. I also, woke up this morning and there were 3 left. I thought hmmm wonder what they taste like cold. They were very good too. So this would be a cool way to get a quick snack too.

Well my day is moving along, I have plenty of things to clean, well maybe, I just might take it slow today.

So my friends and family ... get out there.. make the day yours...have a good one!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Spinach Cheesy Grits wwpp=3pt



Just when I thought I had run out of recipes to share, I just start digging and oooppsss there is another one. Today I made this, it was actually for the one portion of grits, but by adding the garlic, spinach, and cheese it made it enough for two. (If you were really hungry, it only came to 5 points for the both.) I have plenty of those days.



Spinach Cheesy Grits

Ingredients:
2 cups of fresh spinach (Cut up into bite pieces, I leave the stems and just cut everyone up)

2 garlic cloves (minced up, kinda cut into even pieces, that way when they saute, they brown evenly)

1 tsp of olive oil

1/4 cup of uncooked grits ( if you use cooked then it is a cup full)

1/4 cup of shredded cheddar fat fee cheese

a bit of water

salt and pepper

Instructions:

1) Prepare the grits how you would like, You actually use a cup of prepared grits. (I used instant and for 1/4 cup of grits to 3/4 cup of water and like 1 and 1/2 min in the micro)

2) Pour in 1/4 cup of cheddar cheese and stir up and set aside. (I am betting you could use that powder cheese and get a really cheddar taste. Next time)


3) Cut up your spinach and put to the side.


4) Mince up your garlic.

5) Olive oil in a medium size pan (medium, because I am going to throw my grits into it and mix everyone. We need to make sure you have room.)

6) On a low heat, start to saute your garlic (At this point, I actually used 6 cloves, I am a garlic fiend) Saute them until they start to get a little brown.

Don't use as much garlic as I did, I am a garlic fiend, my daughter says it was too much.
7) Put in your spinach in and start to wilt it a bit (tongs are handy)

8) Pour in your grit and cheese, I used a little bit of water to thin down so I could mix it all together.


9) Be sure to taste and salt and pepper..

I took a picture of them when they were done. I actually started this out as a one person serving. The grits actually counted out to 3 points for the serving. When I calculated everything I used in them, the total was 5. So for those days, when the carbs are haunting you, you could just eat the whole bowl.
I myself shared this with my 6 year old. He ate probably the whole half of the bowl.

With my spinach cheesy grits, I bought a package of salmon fillets from Aldi's, they average at 3 points a piece and with a little olive oil and some lemon-pepper salt. This added 4 points on top of my 3.




This was a very satisfying and filling meal. I am excited that we (me and baby ) enjoyed it so much. That we may just have it again for dinner tomorrow, and try it on the whole crew...

So there you go, another, I wouldn't say really quick, but wasn't bad. Made the house smell like garlic and yummy.

If you give it a try holler at me.. I would love feedback..

So for now..get out there, make the day yours...don't be afraid to create something....

Powdered Cheedar Cheese wwpp=1pt (1/4 cup)


Cheddar Cheese Powder, 1 lb.
 Powdered Cheddar Cheese

I bought this on Amazon.com (I am going to try to post a link, first time for everything)
http://www.amazon.com/Cheddar-Cheese-Powder-1-lb/dp/B00016LZT8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335967515&sr=8-1

I just love popcorn, and my all time favorite is cheese. When the kids were little I would pop a few batches and put in a giant container (one I recycled at Halloween or Christmas that had pretzels in it) and then I would snag a pack of the cheese that came in the macaroni and cheese. Mine was usually the generic kind and not Kraft, always trying to save a dime. I would put in the popcorn and then pour the cheese (dry) mix on top. Put the lid on and shake.. Oh, I could eat it all.

I am also a cheezit girl. I guess that is why I am doing well on a controlled diet.

I have not tried this on anything, but popcorn. It was really tasty. It helps first if it is air popped maybe just a spritz of Pam spray and then the cheese.. kinda sticks better.









Okay, this is a 1/4 of a cup. Not too bad a portion. This came to 1 Weight Watcher Points Plus. Yes, only 1 and that is a good deal. For those who are not doing WW it is like only 49 calories per quarter cup.








I chose to store it in a quart mason jar, and it fit perfectly.

 





Like I stated above, I haven't used this for anything else, YET...

So if you are a cheesy craver like me, this will prove to be a useful tool. I am also looking into their powdered eggs and egg white, will let you know if I try them.

So my friends get out there and make the day yours....