Mandarin Wild Rice Salad with Cranberries, Mint and Pecans

The Perfect Thanksgiving Side Dish! This Mandarin Wild Rice Salad recipe has been in our family for years. It's a hearty autumn salad with cranberries, pecans, green onions, and mandarins with a delightful orange vinaigrette.  It makes a perfect side for Thanksgiving or anytime as it goes great with many fall and winter dishes. I love it with roasted turkey, chicken or pork. When I had my tea room in California, I often served this in the fall in cute glass tea cups lined with spinach. Over ...

Cranberry Orange Scones

About this recipe These cranberry orange scones are definitely not your average English tea scone.  They are made with fresh cranberries and are light, fluffy, moist and delicious-more like biscuits. I do believe they are best the first day. Of course you can eat them the next day and even freeze them, (we'll talk about that later) but in my opinion, they are best right out of the oven! I modified my original recipe slightly to make them a bit more healthier. Decreasing the sugar, adding ...

Healthy Stuffed Delicata Squash with Spicy Chicken Sausage and Cranberries

Why do I love this recipe? This Healthy Stuffed Delicata Squash with Spicy Chicken Sausage and Cranberries recipe is one of my favorite dinners for three reasons: It is easy and comes together very quickly (under 30 minutes) if you already have the chicken sausage made in the freezer.  You can also buy chicken sausage but you may want to add your own seasonings. If you use my chicken sausage recipe, you don't need to add any spices. It's only 2 Freestyle Smart Points and very filling! ...

Quick and Easy Healthy Cilantro Pork Pot-Instant Pot/Slow Cooker

A healthy meal that everyone loves! This is one of my favorite and go-to recipes when I need an easy and quick meal.  Years ago when I published my 9th cookbook, Entertaining with Amy, I created this Quick and Easy Cilantro Pork Pot recipe for times when you needed an easy meal for your family that everyone likes. Basically you dumped all the ingredients in the crock pot and cooked it for 6-8 hours. However times have changed a bit, so I updated the recipe using my Instant Pot and now I ...

10 Healthy Recipes You Need to Make Now Before the Holidays

Why Do You Need to Make These 10 Healthy Recipes Now? Because of the craziness and stress of the approaching holidays! It's fall, you can feel the holidays approaching fast. Furthermore, you know the craziness that will be here in just a few short weeks. Yet you feel a bit helpless, as you have some time now, but know that's all going to change very quickly. These food centric holidays are coming and can be a nightmare at times for those of us trying to lose weight or even maintain our ...

3 Benefits of Using an Olive Oil Sprayer to Help Promote Weight Loss

  Ever since I joined WW back in December of 2016, I've been searching for good tips to lose and maintain weight. This Olive Oil sprayer is probably one of my best tips. This simple olive oil sprayer has saved me a ton of calories over the years. In previous years prior to paying attention to my weight, I would just plop some oil in a pan, then add my food and often add more oil so the food wouldn't stick. After joining WW, I quickly learned how many points all of that, "plopping," ...

Homemade Fresh Roasted Tomato Jalapeño Soup-Instant Pot and Stove Versions

Freezing and can't get warm? Try my Homemade Fresh Roasted Tomato Jalapeño Soup! It's a great healthy way to warm up your insides on a cold day. Made with fresh and canned tomatoes. Add a dollop of my Jalapeño Cream on top and pair with my Jalapeño Cheddar Bacon Scones. The perfect warm up trio! How did this Tomato Jalapeño Soup idea come about? The idea for this soup hit me one fall afternoon as I was trying to harvest the last of my tomatoes, jalapenos, cayenne peppers from my ...

Healthy Instant Pot Beef Bone Broth Recipe

My research on how to make Instant Pot Beef Bone Broth Although I have been making broth for years on the stove, I recently decided I wanted to be able to do it quicker using the Instant Pot. I decided to do some research first so I could create for you the best Instant Pot beef bone broth recipe possible.  However, after researching a ton of various recipes, my head was spinning from all of the different information out there. Varying Opinions For some bone broth recipes, you throw it ...

Easy Healthy Mini Pumpkin Pies with Cinnamon Cardamom Streusel

Great Skinny Pumpkin Pie Alternative! Looking for a great healthy alternative to heavy calorie-laden pumpkin pie? Try these Easy Healthy Mini Pumpkin Pies with Cinnamon Cardamom Streusel.  My kids actually love these lighter pumpkin pies better than the traditional pumpkin pie.  It's one of their favorite fall desserts! Plus I love them because they are easier to make and healthier for you than the traditional pumpkin pie.  They make a great fall dessert, Halloween party dessert as well as ...

Jamaican Banana Bread Mini Muffin Recipe

Years ago Cooking Light had a recipe for Jamaican Banana Bread. It was so delicious! I made it all the time. When I owned my tea room Afternoon to Remember in California we were famous for our Jamaican Banana Scones, an idea I came up with based on that banana bread.  Now that I'm a Weight Watcher, I created a healthy low point Jamaican Banana Bread Mini Muffin recipe (which you can also freeze) to control your portion size. The topping is what makes them special and unique but they are good ...