Doing It My Weigh

Sometimes we need to eat healthier. Sometimes we need to indulge.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins

Just out of the oven

Just out of the oven

Made these last night and was pleasantly surprised at how good they came out!

4 Weight Watchers Points Plus each



3 cups old-fashioned oats (Quaker)
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup liquid egg whites (All Whites)
4 medium bananas, over ripe, mashed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (Nestle)
6 tbsp Better N’ Peanut Butter

To Make:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 12 cups in a muffin pan with cooking spray.

Combine oats, brown sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl.


In a separate bowl, combine egg whites, bananas and vanilla extract.

Mix wet and dry ingredients together.

Place about one tablespoon of mixture into bottoms of muffin pan.

Place 1/2 tablespoon peanut butter in the center of the mixture.

Sprinkle chocolate chips on top of peanut butter.

Cover with remaining mixture.

Bake until toothpick inserted into just outside center comes clean. The peanut butter is right in the middle, so check a little to the side with the toothpick.



Meatless Chili Mac

A friend of mine introduced me to a cookbook that I have gotten a lot of great recipes from. Here is one the way I make it and only 3 Points Plus for 1 1/4 cup serving!

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1 large onion, chopped
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
2 cups water
1 ½ cups uncooked elbow macaroni
1 can pinto beans
1 can Great Northern beans
1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can tomato sauce
4 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon salt

Sauté the onion, green pepper and garlic.

I have made it many times by then just combining everything in my crock pot. You can put the uncooked pasta right in from the beginning or cook and add it towards the end before serving.

For a quicker way to cook, sauté the veggies and then combine in a dutch oven or large pot and simmer for about 20 minutes.

Top with sour cream if you like, I don’t think the recipe needs it. Good on its own.

Note: you can really use whatever type of beans you like. I often use two cans of pinto beans and leave out the Northern.

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Fiber One 90 Calorie Brownies

These are SO good and only 2 points plus! I always want something sweet after dinner and this does the trick!

So far I have tried these two flavors and both are great. images Fiber-One-90-Calorie-Brownies

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Turkey Meatballs

I brought this to work for dinner.

I brought this to work for dinner.

Ok. Ground turkey? I don’t think I had ever bought it until I decided to try this recipe. Result: pleasantly surprised and have another package in the fridge to make in the next couple of days.

They have enough flavor,  a good consistency and easily replaced traditional meatballs for me.

I found the original recipe here: Low Calorie Meatball Sandwich Recipe .

I originally planned to make it just like that. But once I made the meatballs, I didn’t want to ‘spend’ the extra points on the bread and cheese.



Ingredients (slightly changed to make just meatballs versus sandwich): 

– 1 lb extra lean ground turkey
– 1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
– 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
– 1/2 cup liquid egg substitute
– 2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
– 1 tbsp dried oregano
– 1/2 tbsp dried basil
– 1 tbsp fresh chopped parsley
– 1 tbsp granulated onion powder
–  salt to taste

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray one large baking sheet with non-stick spray.

In a large bowl, combine turkey, bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, egg, oregano, parsley, basil, garlic and salt. Scoop out turkey mixture and gently shape a small meatball and place on the  baking sheet; repeat with remaining ingredients to make 32 meatballs. Bake about 10 to 15 minutes. Make sure to shake the pans every 5 min to promote even browning of the meatballs. NOTE: I actually measured my meatballs as I made them. I believe they were each around 35 grams.

For the ‘sauce’ I just threw a can of diced tomatoes into my pink mini Cuisinart, pureed, warmed and poured a bit over the meatballs before serving. Served them with Baked Spaghetti Squash and some broccoli.

Points Plus Breakdown:
Meatballs are 1PP a piece
Baked Spaghetti squash is 5PP for 1 cup NOTE: a half a cup seems to be adequate. It doesn’t sound like much but try and you will see what I mean.
Broccoli is free
Sauce is free

So, for my whole meal…about 8PP for 5 meatballs and 1/2 cup squash plus the freebies.

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Spaghetti Squash?

Baked-Spaghetti-squash-and-cheeseThere are SO many great websites now to find recipes. This one came out really good and it was the first time I had bought a spaghetti squash, let alone cooked it AND enjoyed the result. I served it with turkey meatballs and a little ‘pasta sauce’ and I can’t wait to make it again.

I’ll post the turkey meatball recipe next and what I used for sauce to make it a meal.

People seem to compare this type of squash to pasta. Obviously because it is stringy like spaghetti. But, as a pasta lover, there is definitely a difference. That being said, I have found that my tastes have quickly changed and I thoroughly enjoyed this recipe. Just can’t say it made me feel like I was eating pasta. I did feel like I was eating something good that tasted good though!


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The Start

I have often thought about one day having a place of my own to be able to share my cooking with others outside of my friends and family. I have gotten many recipes and inspiration from all over the web and have decided to begin this site as my starting point. I hope to share great recipes (that I make and change to improve) or the ones that are great as they are. I hope to merge Weight Watchers points into the recipe info and to share what I learn as I go.

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