Sunday, November 28, 2010

Couscous Kidney Bean Salad

I have been making big batches of this to eat for lunches through out the week lately. I'm very excited to share this great lunch I love so much!

Couscous Kidney Bean Salad
2- 12 oz. cans low sodium chicken broth (appx. 4 cups)
4 c. tricolor cousous
1- 12 oz. can kidney beans
1- 12 oz can cut baby corn
1/2 c. chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 c. chopped scallions
1 chopped red bell pepper
2 chopped roma tomatoes
3 tbsp. olive oil
3/4 c. lemon juice
1/4 c. red wine vinegar
2 tbsp. minced garlic
Bring chicken broth to a boil in a large pot. Add couscous to boiling broth and stir evenly until couscous is thoroughly saturated in broth. Stir in cut kidney beans, vegatables, garlic, lemon juice, oil, and vinegar. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir thoroughly and enjoy! Refridgerate to store.
You can add or substitute any other veggies you enjoy! There are 6 weight wathers ProPoints per 1 1/2 c. serving.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

De-light-ful Apple Crisp

This is an apple crisp recipe that I created by modifying and experimenting with healthy apple crisp recipes floating about the internet. I also came up with the adorable name. It's super healthy I put it into the weight watchers recipe application on line and it's only 2 WW points for a generous sized serving (this recipe makes 6 servings). It is also super delicious with a little bit of 1/2 fat Bryers all natural icecream. That makes the whole dessert 4 points... and TOTALLY WORTH IT!

De-light-ful Apple Crisp


8 small apples or 6 medium to large apples (Granny Smith are the best)
1/3 c whole wheat flour
1/3 c quick oats
1/8 c brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 c unsweetened applesauce
3 tbsp lemon juice


Preheat oven to 325. Peel and slice apples into wedges. Place in small baking dish. In a separate, small bowl mix flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Once mixed well, mash applesauce into the mixture with a fork until you have a somewhat moist, but still crumbly texture. Spread mixture over the apples evenly. Thoroughly spray or sprinkle lemon juice over the top of mixture and apples. Bake in oven for 30-35 mintues or until top is browned and apples are no longer crisp. Remove and let cool. Serve with vanilla icecream if desired.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Whole Wheat Pizza Crust in the Bread Machine

A few weeks ago I discovered the joy of making my own pizza crust and we made amazing Chicken Spinach Pizzas. So good! I found a recipe from and modified it to make it whole wheat and work in my bread machine. Easiest thing in the world. On allrecipes there are directions for doing this without a bread machine, so if you don't have one, you can go check those out.

Whole Wheat Pizza Crust

1 1/2 c. warm water
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
3 1/2 c. whole wheat bread flour (regular whole wheat flour is fine)
1 tbsp. active dry yeast


Put ingredients into bread machine starting with wet ingredients followed by dry. The trick is that after you add the flour, make a small intentation or well into the mound of flour and add yeast into the well, keeping it dry and apart from wet ingredients. Put on "dough" setting of your bread machine.

Preheat oven to 425. Once dough is done, take it from the machine and separate it onto two equal parts. Using a bit of extra flour and a rolling pin roll out your two pizza crusts to the size and shape you want. We make ours into two 16" round pizzas. Cover with your choice of sauce, cheese and toppings.

Bake for 17 to 20 minutes depending on thickness and how well done you like your pizza. I like mine a little crispy. Enjoy!