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Chocolate Banana Wontons

Ingredients

Makes 6 servings

2 servings butter-flavor cooking spray

1 large banana, diced

6 tbsp mini chocolate chips

24 wonton wrappers (half of 12 oz package)

1 tbsp powdered sugar

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.

 

In a medium bowl, combine banana and chocolate chips, and mix gently.

 

Place wonton wrappers on flat surface. Drop teaspoonfuls of banana mixture onto center of each wrapper. Moisten edges of each wrapper with wet fingers, and fold over one corner to make a triangle and press sides together to seal. Transfer filled wrappers to prepared baking sheet.

 

Bake 10-12 minutes, until wontons are golden brown. Sift powdered sugar over wontons before serving. Yields 4 wontons per serving.

 

Weight Watchers PointsPlus™ Value:  5

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Skinny Mozzarella Sticks

Comfort foods are named that for a reason! Chef George Duran is as avid a comfort food fan as anyone, but knows they’re not the healthiest choice. This recipe for mozzarella sticks is one of many that he’s adapted to make healthy – all without losing the comforting taste. Try these lightened up mozzarella sticks next time you get a fried food craving!

Ingredients

Makes 4-6 Servings

12 sticks part-skim mozzarella string cheese

3 tbsp flour
2 egg whites, lightly beaten
1 tbsp water
2 cups panko bread crumbs
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp ground pepper
1/8 tsp chili powder
Non-stick cooking spray

1 cup marinara sauce, warmed

Directions

Remove string cheese from individual packaging and freeze for one hour.

Set oven rack to lower third and preheat broiler on high.

Place flour in a shallow bowl. Beat egg whites and water and place in a shallow bowl. Mix panko with the rest of the dry ingredients and place into a third shallow bowl. Remove string cheese from freezer and coat with flour, then dip in egg whites, and finally coat with the panko crumb mixture. Carefully place them on a dish or cutting board and spray with the non-stick spray. Place on an ungreased baking sheet and broil for 2-3 minutes until browned. Using tongs to flip each mozzarella stick carefully and broil for 1-2 minutes until browned. Remove from oven onto a plate and allow the pan to rest for 2-3 minutes before serving with warm marinara sauce.

 

From Doctor Oz

Chicken Salad Stuffed Peppers

Chicken salad and peppers

Per serving (1/2 stuffed pepper): 92 calories, 1g fat, 8g carbohydrates, 1g fiber, 1g sugar, 13g protein

If you need something to hold you over until dinner (or still need to whip up lunch), these chicken salad stuffed peppers should do the trick. Stuffed with protein-packed (but light) chicken salad, this snack will curb your hunger without weighing you down.

Ingredients:
12 oz cooked boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
¼ cup scallions
¼ cup diced celery
½ cup Smart Beat® Mayonnaise (or your favorite light mayo)
1 tbsp fresh chives, chopped
1 tsp Dijon mustard
⅛ tsp salt
⅛ tsp black pepper
3 large bell peppers, any color, cut in half lengthwise with seeds and membranes removed
cayenne pepper (to taste)

Directions:
In a large bowl, combine the chicken, scallions, and celery. In a separate bowl, combine the mayonnaise, chives, mustard, salt and pepper. Mix until ingredients are well-combined. Add to chicken mixture and toss to coat well. Season with cayenne pepper, if desired. Stuff each pepper half with the chicken salad mixture and garnish with extra chives, if desired.

Makes 6 servings

Slimmed Down Six Layer Dip

Picture of Slim Six-Layer Dip Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 2 15-ounce cans red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 teaspoons chili paste or your favorite hot sauce
  • 1 cup shredded low-fat cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 ripe avocados, preferably Hass
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 5 scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno, stemmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups plain nonfat yogurt, preferably Greek
  • 2 cups finely shredded romaine lettuce
  • 3 ripe medium tomatoes, diced

Directions

Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic, beans and chili paste and heat until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Using a potato masher or fork, mash the beans. Remove from the heat, add 2 tablespoons water and mash until somewhat smooth. Spread in a 2-quart glass casserole dish.

Scatter the cheese over the beans. Halve and pit the avocados; scoop out the flesh into a bowl and mash with 1 teaspoon salt and the lemon juice. Spread the avocado over the cheese.

Reserve some scallions, cilantro and jalapeno for garnish. Pulse the yogurt with the remaining scallions, cilantro and jalapeno in a blender or food processor. Spread over the avocado. Top with the lettuce. Season the tomatoes with another teaspoon salt and scatter over the lettuce. Top with the reserved scallions, cilantro and jalapeno.

Per serving: Calories 290; Fat 15 (Saturated 5); Cholesterol 18 mg; Sodium 702 mg; Carbohydrate 25 g; Fiber 10 g; Protein 18 g

Broccoli & Orzo Pasta

Broccoli and Orzo
Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 3/4 cup • Old Points: 3 pts • Points+: 5 pts
Calories: 174.1 • Fat: 4.3 • Carbs: 30.2 • Fiber: 3.8  • Protein: 6.0

Ingredients:

  • 4.5 oz uncooked orzo pasta
  • 2 cups of fresh broccoli florets only (no stems)
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed and finely chopped
  • 3 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste

Directions:

Trim stems off broccoli, cut into small pieces and season with salt. Steam covered with a little water until cooked, careful not to overcook. When broccoli is cooked,remove from pan and chop into smaller pieces.

Meanwhile, cook pasta in medium pot of salted water as directed for al dente.Reserve about 1/2 cup liquid before draining. Drain orzo in a colander and add the oil to the pot. Saute garlic a few minutes until golden, add broccoli, season with salt and mix well. Add orzo and stir to combine all. Add a little reserved liquid as needed so pasta isn’t dry. Serve with freshly grated cheese if desired (optional).

Makes 3 cups.

From Skinnytaste.com

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