Friday, December 30, 2011

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Healthy Baked Chicken Nuggets
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes 
Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 1/4th of nuggets • Old Points: 4 pts • Points+: 4 pts
Calories: 164.9 • Fat: 4.6 g • Protein: 22.1 g • Carb: 7.7 g • Fiber: 0.9 g  Sugar: 0.1 g

  • 16 oz (2 large) skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut into even bit sized pieces
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 6 tbsp whole wheat Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp panko
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • olive oil spray (I used my Misto)

Preheat oven to 425°. Spray a baking sheet with olive oil spray. Put the olive oil in one bowl and the breadcrumbs, panko and parmesan cheese in another. Season chicken with salt and pepper, then put in the bowl with the olive oil and mix well so the olive oil evenly coats all of the chicken. Put a few chunks of chicken at a time into the breadcrumb mixture to coat, then on the baking sheet. Lightly spray the top with olive oil spray then bake 8 - 10 minutes. Turnover then cook another 4 - 5 minutes or until cooked though.

The Skinny Tuna Melt

The Skinny Tuna MeltFrom Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes  
Servings: 2 • Serving Size: 1 opened face sandwich  Old Points: 4 pts  Points+: 6 pts
Calories: 231.1 • Fat: 6.3 g  Protein: 28.6 g  Carb: 14.7 g  Fiber: 3.5 g     
  • 1 can tuna (in water) drained
  • 1/4 cup carrots, shredded
  • 1/4 cup diced celery
  • 1 tbsp red onion,minced
  • 1 tbsp light mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 slices whole grain bread (I used Weight Watchers)
  • 2 slices Kraft 2% cheese singles
  • 2 slices tomato
  • I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spray
Combine tuna, celery, carrots, onion, mayonnaise, vinegar, salt and pepper.
Heat a large skillet over low heat. Spray butter spray on skillet (about 10 sprays), and place two slices of bread on top. Top bread with cheese, then tuna salad and tomato.Cook on low heat until cheese melts and bread gets toasty. Serve immediately.

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Italian Salad Bites


Chopped cucumber, cherry tomato, black olives on a toothpick drizzled with Italian dressing. It doesn't get much easier than that. 

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Friday, December 2, 2011

Freebie December Printable


Holiday Cocktail Party Ideas

Holiday Cocktail Party Ideas

I love this time of year, everything is sparkly, twinkling and festive. It is the perfect time to have a cocktail party and invite some friends over. It doesn't have to be stressful or over the top. The only things required are friends, food and drinks and let the laughter begin. Here are a few tips and ideas to help you out.

I like things to appear like they are very detailed and planned out. I want my guests to ooh and ahh. But I don't want to spend alot of time preparing food and drinks. I love specialty drinks, but I don't want to spend my night mixing drinks, I want to spend it enjoying my company. So I serve drinks already mixed. This year I will serve Appetizers and Cranberry Vodka Punch.

Cranberry Vodka Punch
from modified from bestbartenderever
Prepare the night before: mix 1/2 cranberry juice, 1/2 water into ice cube trays, place a couple cranberries in the squares and freeze.

2 qts chilled Cranberry Juice Cocktail
1 bottle (750ml) Vodka
2 cups chilled Ginger Ale
2 cups chilled Club Soda

In a large punch bowl, combine Cranberry Juice Cocktail and Vodka. Stir. Add prepared ice cubes. Pour in the Ginger Ale and the Club Soda. Garnish with slices of fresh fruit.

I love to serve appetizers. Something about bite sized food gets me at hello. Here is what I'll be serving this year.

Mini Sausage Wreath
From Oriental Trading
Mini Sausages
Refrigerated Crescent Dough Rolls
Red Bell Pepper
Diced Rosemary
1/3 cup Butter
1/2 cup BBQ Sauce
1/2 cup Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce

1. Preheat the oven to the temperature specified on the package of Refrigerated Crescent Dough
Rolls. Drain the liquid off of the mini sausages.
2. Unroll the crescent dough and separate at the perforations to create 4 rectangles. Press together
the remaining perforation in each rectangle. With a knife or pizza cutter, cut each rectangle lengthwise into 8 strips making a total of 32 strips.
3. Wrap one strip of dough around each mini sausage. Lay out the crescent-wrapped sausages with
their sides touching on an ungreased cookie sheet in a circle forming a wreath shape.
4. Bake for 11-15 minutes or until golden brown. Melt 1/3 cup of butter and brush the butter on top of
the crescent-wrapped sausages. Sprinkle the rosemary on top of the butter.
5. Cut a red bell pepper into a bow shape for garnish. Combine the BBQ sauce and cranberry sauce
in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring until heated through. Serve with wreath for dipping.

Tortellini Skewers
From Caramel Potatoes
Frozen or Fresh Cheese Tortellini, prepared according to package directions
Italian Salad Dressing
Cherry Tomatoes
Cheese Cubes
Skewers (6″ is a good size)

Prepare tortellini as directed, pour on salad dressing until it is generously coated and refrigerate overnight. You’ll need to add more dressing the next day because the pasta will soak it all up. Thread the tortellini on the skewers and mix in tomatoes, olives, or cheese cubes. You can use any type of olives or cheese that you like, but make plenty, they’ll go fast!

I'll be rounding this out with variety of nuts and candies, veggie tray, cheese ball, crackers and mini blueberry pies (new recipe I'm playing with - I'll post it after I create it).

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