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Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

You know you’re doing something right when your husband says “you’ve been making some of the best dinners ever lately.”  Believe it or not, all of my good cooking has come from Weight Watchers.  So not only are they tasting good, they are fairly healthy for us as well.

Last night I cooked my favorite recipe to date, so I had to share it with you.  Cheesy chicken enchiladas.  Even the name sounds good, right?

Here is the recipe.  Enjoy!

POINTS® Value:    6
Servings:  6
Preparation Time:  15 min
Cooking Time:  27 min
Level of Difficulty:  Easy

Ingredients

  1 spray(s) cooking spray   
  8 oz Kraft Velveeta Light Reduced-Fat Pasteurized Processed Cheese Product   
  1/2 cup(s) fat-free sour cream   
  1/4 cup(s) fat-free evaporated milk   
  1/4 cup(s) scallion(s), green part only, minced   
  1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes   
  3 cup(s) cooked chicken breast, chopped*   
  6 medium whole wheat tortilla(s), 7-inches each   
  1/4 cup(s) low-fat shredded cheddar cheese, sharp variety   
  6 medium olive(s), green, pitted, sliced   
  1/4 cup(s) salsa   

Instructions

Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Coat a 9-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, combine cheese product and sour cream; cover and microwave on high power until cheese melts, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Remove half of melted cheese to a small bowl and stir in evaporated milk; set aside. Add scallions, red pepper flakes and chicken to remaining cheese mixture; stir to coat.
  • Spoon about 2/3 cup of chicken mixture down center of each tortilla; fold in sides of tortilla to cover filling and place tortillas in a single layer in prepared dish; spoon remaining cheese sauce over top and then sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese and olives.
  • Bake until cheese topping is bubbly, about 20 to 25 minutes. Serve with salsa. Yields 1 enchilada per serving.

Source: WeightWatchers.com

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Entertaining on the Slim

Summer is practically here, which means calendars are booking up with parties.  I recently won this recipe guide for entertaining from WeightWatchers.com that offers an abundance of options for creating bikini-friendly foods all summer long. 

Take a look by clicking the link below.  It is a big file … be patient.

Weight Watchers Recipe Collection

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Tangy Fruit Dip

My dear friend Maren gave me the recipe for some of the most delicious fruit dip I’ve ever tasted.

It goes great with berries, apples and citrus fruits.  It is easy to make and can be made in either full calorie or low-calorie.

  • 1 tub of Cool Whip (low-calorie/fat-free optional)
  • 6 ounces of vanilla yogurt (low-fat/fat-free optional)
  • pink lemonade Crystal Light powder

Combine Cool Whip and yogurt.  Mix in Crystal Light powder to taste, depending on how tangy you like it.  Chill for an hour before serving.  Serve with fruit of your choice.

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Turkey Joe’s

I have two big milestones coming up this October … my 30th birthday and my five-year wedding anniversary.  Naturally, I am trying to slim down for both.

In search of low-calorie/big-flavor recipes, I found a Weight Watchers recipe for Turkey Joes (think sloppy Joe’s with turkey instead of beef).

It was really good and didn’t taste like diet food at all.  Source: WeightWatchers.com

Here is the recipe.  Enjoy.

Ingredients

1 pound(s) lean ground turkey
1/2 medium bell pepper(s), chopped
1/2 medium sweet red pepper(s), chopped
1/2 medium onion(s), chopped
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 cup(s) barbecue sauce
4 medium mixed-grain hamburger roll(s), sliced in half

Instructions

  • Brown turkey in a non-stick skillet coated with cooking spray, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain off liquid. Add peppers and onion and cook until tender, about 3 minutes.
  • Add barbecue sauce and cayenne pepper; heat thoroughly, stirring frequently, about 2 minutes.
  • Top bottom half of buns with turkey mixture; cover with top half of bun and serve.

Serves 4.  6 Weight Watchers points per serving. 15 minutes prep time.

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    Taste Spotting: Crack Pie

      

    Source: Los Angeles Times

     

    Last week LA Times came out with an article on Momofuku’s Crack Pie, served at Momofuku Bakery & Milk Bar in Manhattan.  Naturally a name like Crack Pie is going to generate some fodder, and not only did I get a great-looking recipe for the Crack Pie, but I also go the recommendation for TasteSpotting

    TasteSpotting is sort of an open-source food Web site that aggregates recipes from readers and bloggers and organizes them into a clean, concise portal.  Unlike many of the big-name recipe sites, this one is not cluttered with ads or propaganda from the featured chef or promoter.  

    My friend Kim, who introduced me to TasteSpotting explained that when you click on a picture, it takes you to that persons blog or Web site where they also have posted all of their other recipes. It becomes and endless web of food-lover’s bliss. She added that you can search for anything you want to make on TasteSpotting and it will generate multiple different recipe options. 

    Very cool.  Thanks, Kim.  For now, I spotted me a crack pie that needs to be tasted.

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    Tourtière: A Tribute to our Neighbors to the North

    Forget about Christmas or a trip to Disneyland … tomorrow is the first day of the Olympics.  I can barely contain my excitement. 

    Scott and I are proverbial Olympic nerds.  When the Olympics are on, we watch nothing else … and we’d do it 24/7 if we were able to.  In fact, an hour before we were engaged, we took pictures standing on the old Olympic medal podiums in the Olympic museum atop Squaw Valley  (Tahoe, CA).  Little did I know I was actually “going for the gold” that night.

    Any way, in our household it is a tradition to cook a meal hailing from the region of the Olympic host country on the night of the opening ceremonies.  Two summers ago when the games were in China, it was quite easy.  This time around coming up with a Canadian meal has proven to be a challenge.

    However, I am excited to announce, the meal has been officially selected: Tourtière. 

    After much research, this is what I learned about this traditional Canadian dish:

    A tourtière is a meat pie originating from Quebec, usually made with ground pork and/or veal, or beef. It is a traditional part of the Christmas and/or Christmas Eve réveillon and New Year’s Eve meal in Quebec, but is also enjoyed and sold in grocery stores all year long. This kind of pie is known as pâté à la viande (literally, meat pie) in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region.Tourtière

    Tourtière is not exclusive to Quebec. Tourtière is a traditional French-Canadian dish served by generations of French-Canadian families throughout Canada and the bordering areas of the United States. (Source: Wikipedia)

    I have found a few good recipes online, and I will probably make a modified version since I’m a selective meat eater.  Feel free to check out this traditional recipe, this Cooking Light(r) recipe or this vegetarian version.

    Go Team USA!  Go World!!

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