Recipes without a home


Trim, blanch and dice 1c green beans. Place 2T cilantro– finely chopped, 2T red onion– finely chopped, 1 Serrano & 1 jalapeno chilies– minced, and 1/2 t salt in a medium-sized bowl and combine. Add 2 medium ripe avocados– seeded and peeled, green beans, 1c tomato– diced, and 1T lime juice. Mash all ingredients together. Adjust seasoning as needed and serve immediately. Serves 8. Points Plus: 3.

Fruit Salsa

Rinse and drain 3c fresh cranberries. Place them in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped but not mushy; alternately you can chop the cranberries by hand until about 1/2-1/4 their normal size. Place cranberries in a bowl; add 2 medium mangoes- cored and diced, 2 medium papayas– seeded and diced, 1/4c chopped scallions2T jalapenos– minced, 1/3c sugar1/4c cilantro– finely chopped, 2T ginger– freshly grated, and 2T lime juice. Combine ingredients thoroughly. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours prior to serving. Serves 8. Points Plus: 3

Dutch Baby Pancake

*I did not make this recipe, my brother did. If you have never had a Dutch Baby (pancake) before – you should try ASAP.* Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Spray a 12″ skillet (must be ovensafe) with nonstick spray. Break 3 eggs – room temp,  into a mixing bowl and beat until thoroughly mixed. Add 1/2c skim milk and blend well. Sift 1/2c flour and 1/2t salt onto a square sheet of wax paper. Lift the waxed paper up by 2 corners and let the flour slowly fall into the egg mixture, whisking steadily. Add 2T melted butter and mix briskly so the batter is smooth. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for15 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees and bake for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with: lemon juice and powdered sugar. Serve immediately. Serves 8. Points Plus: 2

Chicken Breast Sauteed in White Wine

Trim any visible fat off of 2 boneless-skinless chicken breasts. Brown the chicken in 1t olive oil and 1t butter. Season both sides with saltpepper, and herbs de Provence. Stir in 1/2T minced shallots1/3c chicken broth and 1/4c dry white wine to the pan. Cover the pan and cook for 4-5 minutes. Baste and turn the chicken a few times during cooking to maintain moisture. Remove chicken from the pan and keep warm. Boil down the liquid and melt in 1t butter. Pour sauce over chicken and serve. Serves 2. I served this with 1c whole wheat couscous and 1c greek salad. Points Plus: 13 (does not include salad)

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Preheat oven to 375. In a medium bowl, cream together 2T butter2t oil and 1/2c brown sugar. Add 1t vanilla1/8t saltand 1 egg white; mix thoroughly to combine. In a small bowl, mix together 3/4c flour and 1/4t baking soda; stir into batter. Add 1/3c chocolate chips1/3c toasted nuts– chopped and 1/4c coconut to batter; stir to distribute evenly. Drop rounded half-teaspoons of dough onto cookie sheets. Bake cookies until golden around the edges, about 4-6 minutes. 2 cookies per serving. Points plus: 2

Chocolate Biscotti

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread 1c nuts on a baking sheet. Toast the nuts in the warm oven for about 3 minutes – your nose will know when they are done. Remove the nuts and let them cool, then coarsely chop them. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper. Whisk together 2c flour1/2c cocoa powder1t baking soda and 1/4t salt in a bowl. In a large bowl cream 6T unsalted butter (room temperature) and 1c sugar until light and fluffy. Add 2 large eggs, beat gently until combined. Add the flour mixture and beat to form a stiff dough. Mix in nuts and 1/2c dried fruit -diced, until just combined. Transfer dough to prepared baking sheet and form into a slightly flattened log (about 12″x4″). Bake until slightly firm, about25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 300. On a cutting board, using a sharp knife, cut biscotti diagonally into 1″ slices. Arrange cut side down on baking sheet – bake until crisp about 8 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Makes about 24 cookies. Points Plus: 4

Lite Shrimp and Corn Chowder

Heat 1t olive oil in a sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add 1/2 large red onion (diced), and 1 celery stalk with leaves (chopped), and cook stirring occasionally for 5 minutes. Add 1T flour and 1/2t paprika and cook, stirring constantly for 1 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat, add 1/2c non-fat milk and 1/2c fat-free half and half, whisking until smooth. Add 3/4c frozen corn kernels and 1/4t salt – cook over medium heat stirring constantly for 3 minutes. Add 1/4lb medium shrimp – halved, and cook stirring often until shrimp turn opaque, about 3 minutesServes 2. Points Plus: 5

Yummy Grilled Cheese with a Twist

Melt 1t butter and 1t olive oil in a large skilled over medium-high heat. Build 2 sandwiches using 4 slices of Carver’s White Bread4 slices of deli meat4t spicy mustard,  1 tomato-sliced, and 2oz brie (split all amounts between 2 sandwiches). Cook about 3 minutes on either side, top sandwiches with a plate and something heavy to add pressure. Cut in half and ENJOY….. Points Plus: 9

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