Amy Lawrence

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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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Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Salad with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

This Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Salad is a great winter salad and very filling! If you're a fan of warm spinach salad, you're going to love this variation. Serve it hot or cold over spinach and greens. Not a fan of quinoa? Use brown rice instead. Make it up ahead of time and then put it all together right before serving. You can add chicken, pork or beef to make it a main dish! Don't skip the Maple Dijon Vinaigrette! It's the star of the show! Add in your own favorite vegetables! I have ...

My Favorite Weight Loss Tools -“This is the year, I’m going to Get My Act Together.”

Looking for some weight loss tools? Have you decided you're going to "get your act together" this year and lose some weight? Maybe you want to lose a lot or maybe just a few pounds to get you back to goal. Or maybe you just need a reminder of how to get it together again. Sometimes all you need is a little help with planning and the right weight loss tools to keep you motivated. My Weight Loss Journey Three years ago on the left side of the picture, that was me! (Read my story). I was ...

Tomato Ricotta Jam Jar Appetizer

Years ago, I had the most delicious tomato ricotta jam jar appetizer at Nordstrom Cafe. It was a layered appetizer with ricotta cheese, tomato jam and was served in a little jar with crispy toasted bread. I loved having my own jar of yumminess! Sadly they don't serve it anymore. But I created my own bacon tomato ricotta jam jar and it's a bit healthier and even tastier! What jars should I buy? Can I serve it another way? I use a Ball half pint jar with the wide mouth, but you can use ...

Crispy Wonton Chips

Looking for a low calorie/point chip to dip? Try these crispy wonton chips! These chips are super simple to make in your air fryer or oven and take only minutes to make! Delicious, salty low calorie/points make the perfect dipper for my Tomato Bacon Jam recipe or my Tomato Ricotta Jam Jar Appetizer. These Crispy Wonton Chips go great with my Tomato Bacon Jam! Nutritional comparison between these chips and Mission tortilla strips These chips are about 64 calories for 1 egg roll ...

Instant Pot Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Port

This easy gourmet homemade cranberry sauce recipe is done right in your Instant Pot. You can make it up days ahead (it lasts for about 2 weeks). Made with port, rosemary, cinnamon and ginger, this cranberry sauce is one of the Thanksgiving essentials, you just can't have turkey without it! After making this recipe, you will never buy canned cranberry sauce again! (If you ever did - this website is for foodies, so I'm pretty sure many of you never bought the canned stuff to begin with). Serve ...

Easy Instant Pot Turkey (Whole or Breasts)

This Instant Pot Turkey recipe is super easy to make and you won't believe how moist and juicy it is! Because this turkey recipe is no fuss, cooks fast and tastes delicious, it's one of the best Thanksgiving recipes in my opinion. Normally I have to admit, I'm not big on turkey. Thanksgiving is my least favorite foodie holiday. I don't like dry turkey (which people always seem to make) and also I get bored easily with gravy and cranberries. They just don't do it for me but I absolutely ...

Hawaii Food and Wine Festival

My husband and I heard about the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival last February from our waiter Kurt (Aukai is his Hawaiian name) at The Olelo Room at Aulani. This festival was very intriguing to us because: we both love good food, I love great wine and what could be a better location for a food and wine festival than Hawaii? Kurt explained that the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival was founded by Hawaii's own James Beard award-winning Chefs, Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong as well as Roy's wife, ...

Staying fit on vacation

Healthy Vacationing in Hawaii - How I do Gourmet Done Skinny in Hawaii Staying fit on vacation? Sometimes people think I'm crazy for even talking about healthy vacationing. For many people vacation is a time to go crazy - eat and drink whatever you want, relax on the beach and do nothing. However my husband and I have learned over the years that if we do this, we feel sluggish, lazy, stuffed and generally not good. It causes stomach issues, sleep issues and we wonder why the heck we ate all ...

Hearty Healthy Mushroom Soup

For all you mushroom lovers out there, even though this creamless mushroom soup recipe is healthy, it's still very decadent and filling - so comforting on a cold day. You can eat it chunky, or use an immersion blender to make it creamy- it's up to you! It's super easy to make and you can do it on the stove or in the Instant Pot. I've included directions for both. Before creating this healthy mushroom soup recipe, I checked out a few on line to see how many points/calories they had. With ...

Homemade Spicy Chicken Sausage

Updated October 17, 2019; originally published on October 26, 2017 This healthy Homemade Spicy Chicken Sausage is a big hit at my house. My kids will even fry it up on their own because they love it so much. It's great over nachos, delicata squash, rice, and zucchini noodles. It also makes a fast appetizer in my Lasagna Appetizers. This recipe is pretty spicy, so if you don't like spice, then dial it down a bit by using less of the spicy seasonings. Cheaper than buying it in the ...