Amy Lawrence


Amy Lawrence is passionate about good food and Weight Watchers. She has combined her talents and love of cooking to produce delicious healthy recipes which include Smart Points to help her followers stay on track. A military brat who has lived all over the U.S and Germany is an example for women who have had many successful careers in life, including special ed teacher, tea room owner, cookbook author, and publisher.

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Chicken and Roasted Beet Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

This Chicken and Roasted Beet Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette is my re-creation of a delicious salad I had in Carmel at La Bicyclette, called Rouge Salad. It's such a wonderful combination of fresh, sweet, salt and creamy. I added chicken breasts for a complete meal! Very filling, yet light and fresh tasting!  This recipe is designed to make as a single serving so it's easier to count points. Just divide greens up into separate salad bowls or plates, then add the following ingredients to ...

Citrus Vinaigrette

This healthy and tangy Citrus Vinaigrette is a delicious fresh tasting vinaigrette which you can use over any greens. I like to make it in a cruet so it's easier to shake.  It keeps for about 2 weeks in the refrigerator.  You can make it a creamy dressing by adding  a few tablespoons of non-fat Greek Yogurt.  It goes perfectly with my Chicken and Roasted Beet Salad. Just add a few tablespoons and what a delicious meal!

Delicious and Moist Instant Pot Chicken for Sandwiches, Salads, Etc.

I'm really a lover of chicken thighs because they are so moist. I've been eating them for years. However, when Weight Watchers changed to the Freestyle program this past December and chicken breasts became free points,  I decided I needed to figure out how to to love chicken breasts.  I think I've done it with these Delicious and Moist Instant Pot Chicken. Why brine the chicken first? By brining the chicken breasts (or thighs) first, (preferably overnight), then cooking them in the Instant ...

Caribbean Black Bean Soup-Instant Pot

This recipe was in my cookbook Amy's Favorite Recipes published back in 2010 and I have adapted it for the Instant Pot. The original recipe came from my mother's Army wives group when they were stationed in Texas. It's perfect on a winter day and freezes very well. I often serve it with my 2 Smart Point Slider Buns. 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 you.  I only ...

Italian Pork Pot – Instant Pot

Here's a quick and easy recipe for Italian Pork made in the Instant Pot.  It takes less than 30 minutes!

Slider Buns

Looking for a 2 pt slider bun? I often buy Franz Slider Buns and they are 2 points each, however sometimes I have trouble finding them. These actually taste much better! But who doesn't love fresh baked bread? If you have a bread maker, these are super easy, but even if you don't, I've included directions in the note section on how to do it by hand.  For the bread machine I use the "quick dough" cycle and take the dough out when it's done mixing. This recipe makes about 54 slider buns, ...

Instant Pot Pork in Creamy Mushroom Sauce

After my last trip to Germany, I came back inspired to make Jagerschnitzel in a healthy way.  I decided to call it Instant Pot Pork in Creamy Mushroom Sauce. I didn't want to call it officially, "Jagerschnitzel," as it isn't as rich as the German version.  Normally the pork is breaded with bread crumbs and egg or flour and egg, but since I'm trying to keep the points down, I decided to cut this part out.  Because it's done in the Instant Pot, the pork turns out very tender and ...

Spicy Roasted Vegetables

These spicy roasted vegetables are so easy to make, take little time and keep you full all day! This is my "Go to," snack of choice.  You can experiment and add your own vegetables and spices. I make up a big batch on Sundays to have them throughout the week. You can also vary up the vegetables depending on what is in season. If you don't like them spicy, leave out the chipotle seasoning and jalapeño. I eat them alone as snacks, add them to salads along with some chicken for protein, and ...

German Beef in Beer Roast

After my trip to revisit all the places I had lived in Germany last year, I came home and created this delicious and tender beef stew.  It's perfect for the fall season! This tastes best in the Instant Pot but you can also do it on the stove.

Buffalo Chicken Wrap

These are the other wraps I take with me when I travel in addition to the Thai Chicken Wrap.  You can make them a day or two ahead, store them in the refrigerator.  They hold up nicely in a lunch cooler with an ice pack for my trip. Because they have black beans, cabbage and carrots, they also make a very nice filling lunch.