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Recipe Roundup

Since the season of mayonnaise and grilling is upon us, I wanted to share some of the recipes that have kept us sane (and healthier) over the past year. Andy and I have collectively lost just shy of 100lbs since starting Weight Watchers in January of 2013. It’s been a long, slow road, but we’re both feeling a lot better in pretty much every respect. I can’t recommend it enough – if you want to lose weight based on actual science and no fad diets, leave me a comment. I’m happy to talk to anyone about it.

Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken – Skinny Taste | 4 PPV

Put this  on top of toast, in taco shells or – our favorite – inside Arepas pockets.

Spinach Tortellini Soup – Food Network | 4 PPV

The more crushed tomatoes, the thicker this soup is. It’s surprisingly filling.

Not Butter Chicken – Budget Bytes | 10 PPV

Similar to chicken tikka masala, but with a spicier flavor.

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower – AllRecipes | 3 PPV
This is now our go-to side dish. Super creamy, cheesy and delicious. Use Laughing Cow Cream Cheese Wedges to make it even lower calorie.
German Spaetzle – Adapted from Smitten Kitchen | 8 PPV

We have a spaetzle maker ($10 on amazon) but you can also use a large hole colander or a ziplock bag with a small hole cut on the end (see instructables version). Our Spaetzle always features the holy trio (bacon, garlic and onions).

Baked Chicken Parm – Skinny Taste | 10 PPV (with pasta)

We pound the chicken with a meat tenderizer and pan fry it – it cooks faster and you feel like you get more.

Chicken & Lime Soup – Budget Bytes | 4 PPV

The lime and avocado make a delicious combination in this Mexican dish.

Skinny Cheddar Bay Biscuits – Skinny Taste | 3 PPV

A healthier (yet still delicious) version of Cheddar Bay Biscuits.

And the newest addition, Pastina Risotto! It was originally posted on Reddit by Argle. Below is our adaptation of the delicious recipe!
PastinaRisotto

Pastina Risotto

Makes 3 servings | 6 PPV per serving

1 celery stalk, diced
2 carrots, diced
1 small onion, diced
salt + pepper to taste
2 tbsp butter
1 clove garlic, chopped
6 oz Pastina (half a box)
1 tsp Better than Bouillon, Chicken

3 c Water

Sweat celery, carrot, and onion in 2 tbsp of butter. Add salt and pepper to taste. When veggie mixture has softened (onions translucent), add 6 oz Pastina and chopped garlic, lightly toasting the Pastina and stirring often.

Add Better than Bouillon to 1 cup water, and add to pan. Stir constantly until water is absorbed.  Add another cup of plain water and repeat – approximately 3 total cups, or until Pastina is a consistency you like. Finish with your favorite grated cheese.

I’d love to hear from you if you try any of these!

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