So the husband and I are trying to watch our points. Yes boys and girls, the husband is counting points :) So we decided to have the inlaws over for dinner instead of go out tonight.
- Wedge Salads with homemade blue cheese dressing, toasted pecans and blue cheese
- Shrimp Scampi Pasta
- Banana Cream Pie
First, the wedge salads. We love love love a wedge salad. I was first introduced to a wedge salad at Sullivan’s (a fancy restaurant in downtown Raleigh). Now they are at Outback and everywhere else. They are amazing. Downfall: probably a million calories at the restaurants. I mean, you know it’s full fat blue cheese dressing, with tons of blue cheese and other fattening goodness. So I made it lighter. My wedge salad has 3 points and is super yummy!
First rinse and cut your head of iceberg lettuce in quarters.
Then add homemade blue cheese dressing. I got this recipe from the Weight Watchers cookbook. It is only 1 point!!! :) Oh yeah!
What you will need:
1/2 cup reduced fat buttermilk
2 tablespoons light mayo
2 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese
1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
a pinch of cayenne (I didn’t use any and it made no difference!)
2 teaspoons minced fresh chives
In a blender pulse all ingredients until almost smooth. Sprinkle in chives. Cover and refrigerate for atleast a 1/2 before serving. It makes 6 servings and you can store it up to 2 days.*
Then take a tablespoon of blue cheese and sprinkle it on each salad. (1 point)
Take some toasted pecans (1/8th of a cup) and sprinkle over salads. (1 point)
And there is your 3 point salad :)
*Disclaimer: I did not come up with the salad dressing recipe. It is from “Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook.” I do not claim it to be mine and I am not affiliated with WW. I just count points! I do not get paid for my WW recipe reviews. *
Onto the shrimp scampi. Add pasta and boil. Do not use salt. I never have.
Mix one bag of frozen, tail off shrimp. I think it’s a one pound bag. Anywho, add a little butter to your pan (just a little) and then add shrimp. Drizzle some olive oil and then add some wine. On this meal, I don’t really measure a lot except the amount of pasta. Each package of whole wheat pasta makes 8 servings. Each serving is 2 ounces or one cup cooked pasta. Stick to that! Don’t add more. One cup pasta doesn’t seem like a lot, but it really fills you up. Must be all that fiber ;)
Drain pasta when finished boiling, and pour shrimp mixture in. Mix well and serve with salt, pepper and parmesan cheese. (4 points for pasta, 2 points for shrimp, I estimated about 6-7 points per serving).
Now, the banana cream pie. Okay, okay this ain’t your grandma’s banana cream pie. It’s from the WW cookbook too and it’s made with lowfat yogurt. I didn’t tell my guests this and the husband and the father in law looked at each other and laughed when they took a bite. It wasn’t what they were expecting, but oh well. It’s only 3 points a slice!!
Here is what you need:
12 low fat honey graham crackers crumbs
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon water
4 bananas sliced thin
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
1/3 cup sugar
1 and 1/2 cups plain ff yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven t0 350 degrees. Spread 9in pie pan with non stick cooking spray. In a medium bowl, mix, crumbs, butter, and water together until combined. Spread mixture with hands in the bottom of the pie pan and along the sides of the pan. Bake in oven until firm, about 5 minutes. Let cool.
Mix bananas and lime juice together. Reserve one cup. Spread remaining bananas on pie crust.
Pour gelatin packet over cold water and wait 2 minutes. Then add sugar and heat over medium high heat stirring constantly until gelatin and sugar dissolve. Remove from heat, then whisk with yogurt and vanilla. Pour into pie pan. Arrange reserved bananas on top of yogurt mixture. Refrigerate covered with saran wrap for about 2-3 hours before serving.* Read above disclaimer about WW recipe.
We then made 6 point s’mores. 2 sheets low fat honey graham crackers, 2 marshmallows, 2 pieces of Dove dark chocolate. The husband said that they look like Chef off of South Park. I laughed so hard.
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