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Lemon Chicken Orzo with Spring Veggies

This is a light and tasty meal that takes advantage of yummy spring vegetables like asparagus and spinach. Luckily, you can get these items year-round at the grocery store, so I like to make it in the winter when I'm needing a little spring in my life. :)



Ingredients:
4 teaspoons all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon salt
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 teaspoons olive oil
6 oz uncooked orzo pasta
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups no salt fat free chicken broth
1 cup fresh asparagus spears cut into 1” pieces
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 cup halved grape tomatoes  1 cup fresh spinach, chopped 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
Additional salt to taste


Directions:

Add the flour, garlic powder, pepper and salt in a small dish and whisk to combine. Place the chicken pieces in a gallon zip-top bag and add the flour mixture. Seal the bag and shake until the chicken is coated.
Heat the oil in a large…

One Pot Creamy Pasta with Chicken and Vegetables

This is a great recipe that I modified slightly from The Skinnyish Dish blog. I noted my modifications in parentheses. It made a ton of food, and it was simple and tasty. This will definitely be in the regular meal rotation.



Ingredients

1.5 lbs chicken breast, raw cut into bite size pieces and sprinkled with kosher salt and pepper
3 cups broccoli frozen (sometimes I do half cauliflower and half broccoli)
1.5 cups corn frozen
2 cups carrots frozen (I substituted  1 cup of frozen peas for carrots as I don't like cooked carrots)
*I also added about 8 oz of fresh mushrooms
6 cloves garlic minced (about two tablespoons)
2 tsp olive oil (I leave out the olive oil and just mist my nonstick skillet with olive oil using my Misto)
1 tsp kosher salt extra to taste (I use 1/2 tsp)
pepper to taste (I use 1 tsp)
7 oz (dry) bowtie pasta (I used mini bowties)
3 cups chicken broth (I always end up using 4 cups, which is a whole box of chicken stock)
1.5 cups half and half
1/4 cup parmesan chee…

Zero Point Sausage Egg Muffins

These egg muffins are a great breakfast to make ahead and then have on hand to heat up on busy mornings. You can customize them to your own taste by using veggies that you enjoy. Adding different meats  or cheese could cause you to add points. Stick with the homemade turkey sausage below to keep the muffins at zero points. I usually make a pound of turkey and double the spices, and then freeze half of the sausage to use in a future batch of muffins.



Ingredients:


12 eggs
1 teaspoon Montreal Steak Seasoning Blend (I make my own) ½ pound 99% fat-free ground turkey breast (has to be 99% fat free to be zero points)
½ teaspoon sage
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
¼ teaspoon marjoram
Fresh vegetables of your choice, chopped small to mix in muffins. I use the following in mine: mushrooms tomatoes spinach
Non-Stick Cooking Spray
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Spray a muffin tin with non-stick spray.
3. Spray a large non-stick skillet with n…

Montreal Steak Seasoning

Montreal steak seasoning is a common spice blend you can buy at the store. I like to be in control of what goes in my spice mixes, so I make my own.



Ingredients:
2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons crushed black pepper
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
1 tablespoon granulated onion
1 tablespoon crushed coriander
1 tablespoon dill
1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes

Directions:
Mix together and store in a sealed container for use in recipes.

Oven Roasted Shredded Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts. The name alone might make many people instantly turn away from this post. But, I encourage you to give this "recipe" a try. It's really not a recipe, but more a suggestion on how to prepare them. My husband has always been a Brussels sprouts hater until he tried this recipe. The key to the success in getting him to eat them was shredding them. This is now one of his favorite vegetable side dishes.



Ingredients:
Fresh Brussels sprouts
Olive oil
Salt
Pepper

Directions:

Heat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

Shred the Brussels sprouts in a food processor (you could also use a hand grater, but if you have a food processor, use it - it will save  you a ton of time).

Line a baking sheet with foil and spray it with olive oil (I use a Misto bottle). Spread the shredded Brussels sprouts out in a thin layer on the foil. Light spray olive oil over the top of the sprouts and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes until the Brussels sp…

Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce

I absolutely LOVE this marinara sauce. It is so easy to make and is ZERO WW Freestyle points. I make it in big batches and then freeze it in containers so that I always have some ready when I need to make spaghetti or any other recipe that calls for marinara. I haven't bought jarred sauce in months!



Ingredients:
3- 28 oz cans crushed tomatoes
2- 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes
3 T minced garlic
1 large onion chopped
2 T oregano, dried
2 T basil, dried
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

Directions:
Mix all of the ingredients in a 6 quart slow cooker. Cook on low for 8-10 hours. If you like a smooth sauce with "no chunks" then use an immersion blender and blend until smooth (make sure the sauce is cool before you do this for safety). 
Pour cooled sauce into freezer safe containers to use in your favorite pasta dishes. 
Makes about 10 cups of sauce WW Freestyle Points - 0
Recipe source - Skinnytaste