Delicious Spicy Jalapeño Poppers with a Healthy Twist

These delicious spicy Jalapeño poppers with a healthy twist can be made a few days ahead of time and are also great reheated as left overs. So filling and a great low point appetizer option! Only 1 Freestyle Smart Point per jalapeño! To make things super easy, I suggest purchasing a Jalapeño Grill Rack and Pepper Corer Tool. This post does contain affiliate links which means that if you click on them and/or buy something I may earn a small commission -at no extra cost to ...

Summer Chicken Salad with Tomatoes, Grilled Peaches and Cumin Lime Vinaigrette

This Summer Chicken Salad with Tomatoes, Grilled Peaches and Cumin Lime Vinaigrette came about because of my love for tomatoes. I can not even tell you how much I love fresh tomatoes. This love affair began when I moved to California until then, I don't think I really knew how good tomatoes could be. When I moved to Seattle (after living 18 years in California) I was devastated because I couldn't grow tomatoes in the first house we lived in. I even had to start buying cherry tomatoes in the ...

Indian Chicken Cauliflower Wrap with Cilantro Lime Cream

This Indian Chicken Cauliflower Wrap was inspired by my good friend Cheryl. She invited me over to her house this spring and served a fantastic lunch.  Everything was amazing from her house, to the table setting to the delicious food! It was a fun afternoon! She told me later she wanted me to experiment with the wrap and create a recipe for the website, so I did! She knows how much I love to play around with food. Serve this in a wrap or eat it as a side dish or snack You can serve this as a ...

Mini Chicken Basil Parmesan Pita Appetizers

These Mini Chicken Basil Parmesan Pita Appetizers are the first recipe in my wine concert picnic series. I belong to Chateau St. Michelle in Woodinville, Washington. Every summer they put on concerts behind the winery. It's one of my favorite summertime activities.  I make various appetizers and pack them away in my picnic basket and cooler. We spread a blanket on the grass, set up our short beach chairs and table, pour our glasses of wine and the party begins!  It's so much fun listening to ...

Gourmet Done Skinny Healthy Garlic Ranch Dressing and Dip

  Creating the perfect healthy Ranch Dressing I've been working on this Garlic Ranch dressing for a while now even before I was into healthy eating but never could quite perfect it until now.  My son and I are such suckers for the Cheesecake Factory Ranch dressing. We love to dip our fries into it. (Well that was before Weight Watcher days, and you wonder why I ended up on Weight Watchers!) Over the years, I've searched high and low for a similar recipe but could never find one that ...

Sea Salt Chocolate Caramel Bars

Of all the recipes I've done over the years, this Chocolate Caramel Bar dessert by far has been the most popular. I have sold a lot of afternoon tea room cookbooks, because of this basic recipe.  The one posted here is a newer version than any of the versions in my afternoon tea cookbooks. First there was chocolate, next came caramel and now - Sea Salt Caramel. How this original recipe came about: It all started out with the name, "Choc Bars." I received the original version from a co-worker ...

Healthy Jalapeño Adobo Turkey Sliders

These Healthy Jalapeño Adobo Turkey Sliders are a variation of my Scrumptious Turkey Sliders and use my Chipotle seasoning.  They are on the spicy side but not too hot. (You can always adjust the heat by using less chipotle seasoning, jalapeños and chipotle peppers). Serve with my Slider Bun, a dollop of my Jalapeño Cream and a nice salad on the side, all for 2 points! If you have the turkey sliders and buns in the freezer, you can reheat them in a jiffy for a quick lunch or dinner. ...

Chipotle Seasoning

This Homemade Chipotle Seasoning is a great seasoning to have on hand. Use it as a rub for steak, chicken, seafood and roasted veggies. It's also in my Chipotle Cilantro dressing. If you don't like it spicy, use less chipotle pepper. Recently I realized that many of my recipes use this seasoning. It's so versatile! When I make a batch, I actually make 5 times the recipe and store it in an old large Costco Spice container.  I use it that much!    

Garlic Scapes and Garlic Spears: Air Fried, Grilled and Roasted

It's Garlic Scape Season (also called Garlic Spears) here in the Northwest! My favorite time of year! Even my youngest son gets excited. I brought home 3 bunches today! They are available only a few weeks out of the year. What are they? Well for those of you who don't know about Garlic Scapes and believe me there are quite a few people who have never heard of them - they are the flower stalks that spring out of the garlic plant bulb.  Farmers remove the bud in late June to encourage the ...

Easy Instant Pot Gourmet Chicken Cordon Bleu

How did this Easy Instant Pot Gourmet Chicken Cordon Bleu come about?  Last week I was in the mood for Chicken Cordon Bleu.  I was thinking I might try and make a comfort type dish in my Instant Pot. I had my own Chicken Cordon Bleu recipe in mind to make over but I decided to check out the internet for inspiration and found one that sounded pretty good.  In fact the recipe I found was rated high and one person said her family loved it so much -  she made it twice in one week! Score! W...