Slow Cooker Recipes

Lighter Slow Cooker Mac & Cheese

A Lightened-Up Version of Paula Deen’s Creamy Mac & Cheese

With a few simple substitutions, I made this excellent kid-approved comfort dish much healthier — only 4 Points! [Read more…]

Slowcooker Mulled Wine

Entertaining with slowcooker holiday libations

When we hosted a full Christmas dinner at our house last year for a bunch of friends, I went looking for hot winter drinks that I could prepare ahead of time and keep warm in our two slowcookers so that friends could help themselves to a hot cozy cocktail anytime they wanted. [Read more…]

Slow Cooker Thai Pork over Rice

Slow Cooker Spicy Thai Pork

This delicious lean Asian-inspired pork stew is conveniently prepared in a slow cooker. 11 Weight Watchers PointsPlus (including rice). 12g carbohydrates (excluding rice). [Read more…]

BBQ Recipes & Reviews

Cooking with foil in Anza Borrego

Fun with Foil on the Fire

Foil wrapped veggies and potatoes make for healthy and easy camp food with little or no cleanup! [Read more…]

Basting the turkey with the "Super Smoking Sauce"

Smoking Meat–It’s Time You Tried It Yourself

An introduction into how and why you should start smoking your own meats at home. [Read more…]

Spicy Whiskey BBQ Sliders

Spicy Whiskey BBQ Sliders from the Pioneer Woman!

These Spicy, Whiskey, BBQ Sliders from the Pioneer Woman are super tasty and great as a dinner or as a snack for a party or game watch! [Read more…]

Peppers

Roasting Jalapenos: Firing up your Fiery Peppers

An awesome friend recently gifted me some roasted Hatch Chile Peppers, which we used (twice) in an awesome New Mexico Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas recipe that was both tasty and healthy.  Unfortunately, we then ran out of the roasted Hatch Chiles, which are really only available once a year (the story of which is written […]

artichokes

Artichokes Two Ways, in Order of Increasing Awesomeness–Boiled to Grilled

How to turn artichokes from a thorny, hard, bitter thistle into a yummy boiled or marinated and grilled appetizer! A favorite of our kids. [Read more…]

A side of Spicy BBQ Beans where they are happiest--on a plate with smoked beef brisket, cole slaw, and a hunk of bread, next to a roaring campfire!

Spicy (sorta) BBQ (kinda) Beans!

BBQ Beans are a classic side for smoked or barbecued meats, along with cole slaw, macaroni and cheese, watermelon, and corn bread. These easy Texas-style spicy bbq beans aren’t really all that spicy, but they are tasty! [Read more…]

Diabetic Friendly Recipes

Mom's Meatloaf

My Mom Makes the Best Meatloaf

My mother’s exceptional meat loaf was a favorite of mine as a child, and continues to be one of my favorites to cook for my own family. Just 11.8g of carbohydrates and 5 PointsPlus per serving. [Read more…]

asian squash

Steamed Asian Sesame Squash — An Easy Veggie Side Dish

Tasty and healthy Asian sesame steamed squash makes a great vegetable side dish for a variety of grilled, baked, or Asian-inspired dishes. Just 2 PointsPlus per serving, and 7 carbohydrates. [Read more…]

Thai Cucumber Salad

Ridiculously Easy Thai Cucumber Salad with Peanuts

This easy and tasty Thai Cucumber Salad with red onion, peanuts, and chiles is a great accompaniment to an Asian meat dish. Just 16g of carbs and 5 Weight Watchers Points+ per serving. [Read more…]

colleen zero point soup

You’ll Actually Want To Eat My Version of Weight Watchers Zero Points Soup!

My improved version of Weight Watchers’ 0 Points vegetable soup. Unlike the original recipe, this adaptation tastes like a real soup, instead of just a way to stay within your Points budget. [Read more…]

Shrimp Avocado Salad

Gina’s Easy Zesty Lime, Shrimp, and Avocado Salad

This chilled shrimp salad is perfect for a hot evening, and it’s quick enough to prepare after work. Just 4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus, and 7 grams of carbs! [Read more…]

Thai Green Beans

Easy Sides: Thai green beans in peanut sauce

An excellent vegetable to accompany any Asian-marinated meat. And yes, smothered in peanut sauce, yet only 4 PointsPlus, and 14g of carbohydrates! [Read more…]