Pumpkin Toffee Cheesecake

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photo (99)This just looked too delicious! I had to try it. Trust me; it did not disappoint! 

Ingredients:

3 (8 oz.) 1/3 less fat cream cheese
1 1/4 c brown sugar, packed
15 oz. pure pumpkin, canned
1/3 c fat free evaporated milk
1/3 c International Delight Caramel Macchiato Coffee Creamer, sugar free
1/2 c egg beaters
2 tbsp cornstarch
1 1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
8 oz. plain, fat free Greek Yogurt
2 ready made Keebler pie crusts (one 9 oz., one 6 oz.)
3/4 c Milk Chocolate Heath Bits
Optional: Caramel Ice Cream sauce for drizzling
Optional: Whipped Cream

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
2. In stand mixer bowl, beat cream cheese and brown sugar with paddle attachment on low speed until smooth.
3. Add pumpkin, evaporated milk, creamer, egg beaters, cornstarch and 1 tsp of cinnamon.  Mix until all ingredients are well integrated.
4. Pour mixture evenly between the two prepared crusts. Place on center rack (I did not put mine on a baking sheet. I put it right on the middle rack). Bake for 35-40 minutes or until edge is set, but center still moves slightly.
5. With about 5 minutes of bake time remaining, combine yogurt, sugar, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, and vanilla extract in a small dish.
6. Remove from cheesecakes oven. Divide and spread yogurt mixture over warm cheesecakes. Top each evenly with Heath bits. Return to oven. Bake an additional 10 minutes.
7. Remove from oven and place both on wire rack. Allow to cool completely (will take several hours). Once cool, cover with lid or plastic wrap and cool in refrigerator for 4-5 hours, or even overnight. 
8. Remove from refrigerator. Cut smaller cheesecake into 12 equal slices. Cut bigger cheesecake into 16 equal slices. Drizzle each slices with caramel sauce and whipped cream, if desired.
 
Yields 28 servings, serving size 1 piece
6 points on Weight Watchers Points+ System
 
I am in no way affiliated with Weight Watchers.
 
Recipe modified from www.theothersideoffifty.com
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Slow Cooker Tangy Orange Chicken

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photo 3 (62)Ingredients:

for the chicken-
2 1/2 lbs. chicken breast
1 small onion, chopped
1 tbsp hickory liquid smoke flavoring
1 c water
for the sauce-
1/2 c + 1/8 c ketchup
1/4 c brown sugar, packed
1/8 c molasses
1/8 c pineapple juice
1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp paprika
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
3/4 tsp salt
4 tsp brown mustard
3/4 c orange marmalade
2 tsp cornstarch
2 tbsp water

Directions:

1. Rinse chicken breasts and place in bottom of crock pot. Pour water and liquid smoke flavoring into crock pot with chicken. Add chopped onion on top of chicken. Place lid on crock pot. Cook on high for 4-6 hours (cook time varies with each crock pot), or until chicken is tender and no longer pink in the center. 
2. With about 20 min. of cook time remaining for chicken, prepare sauce. In a medium sauce pan, add ketchup, brown sugar, molasses, pineapple juice, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, and brown mustard over medium high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. 
3. In a small dish, add 1 tsp cornstarch and 1 tbsp water. Mix until cornstarch is dissolved. Add to sauce mixture. Simmer an additional 2 minutes. (if you stop making the sauce here, it is an absolutely amazing Homemade BBQ sauce!)
orange sauce4. Whisk in orange marmalade until sauce is smooth. Dissolve remaining 1 tsp cornstarch in 1 tbsp water in small dish. Add to orange sauce mixture. Simmer an additional 5 minutes or until sauce thickens. Remove sauce from heat.
5. When chicken is finished cooking, remove chicken and onions onto a platter. Discard liquid in crock pot. Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces. Place chicken and onions back in crock pot. Pour orange sauce over chicken. Turn heat down to low. Cook an additional 30 minutes.
6. Optional: Serve orange chicken over brown rice.
 
Yields 9 servings, serving size 1/2 c orange chicken
6 points on Weight Watchers Points+ System
*add additional points for brown rice
 
I am in no way affiliated with Weight Watchers.

Sausage and Potato Foil Packs

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sausage pack 2Ingredients:

13 oz. Hillshire Farms turkey sausage 
1.5 lbs. Simply Spuds steamable red potatoes
15 oz. bag peeled baby carrots
1 tsp honey
1 tsp Smart Balance light butter
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp thyme, dried, ground
1/4 tsp rosemary, crushed 
1 tsp basil, dried, ground

Directions:

photo (98)1. Preheat oven to 350. Tear five large sheets of aluminum foil from roll. Set out on counter top.
2. Cut sausage into 1/2 inch thick slices or bite-sized pieces. Place in large mixing bowl.
3. Steam potatoes in package in the microwave for 4.5 minutes. Remove from microwave and let set until cool enough to handle. Dice potatoes into eighths and place in mixing bowl with sausage pieces. 
4. Add Worcestershire, salt, pepper, thyme, rosemary, and basil to mixing bowl with sausage and potatoes. Cover with lid and toss until sausage and potatoes are evenly coated.
5. Empty bag of carrots into a microwave safe bowl. Add 1 tbsp water to bowl. Cover and heat on high for 6-7 minutes. Remove from microwave. Toss carrots with honey and butter.
6. Spoon carrots and sausage/potato mixture evenly into the center of each foil sheet. Seal foil by creating a series of tight, overlapping folds. Be sure your foil packs are sealed tightly so no steam escapes. 
7. Place all five foil packs on a baking sheet. Bake in oven for 30 minutes, or until carrots and potatoes are cooked through and tender.
 
Yields 5 servings, serving size 1 foil pack
6 points on Weight Watchers Points+ System
 
I am in no way affiliated with Weight Watchers. 

Zesty Italian Chicken Bowties

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bowtie chicken pastaIngredients:

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp basil, dried, ground
1/2 tsp oregano
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 c onion, chopped
14.5 oz can Fat free, low sodium chicken broth
14.5 oz can Diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano (by Del Monte)
4 oz. can diced green chilies
8 oz. whole wheat bowtie pasta, dry
1/2 c Fat free Zesty Italian dressing
3 oz. Kraft Italian three cheese blend, shredded

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking dish with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray. 
2. Rinse chicken breasts and place in prepared baking dish. In a small dish combine salt, pepper, basil, and oregano. Once combined, sprinkle seasoning mixture evenly over chicken. Rub seasonings into chicken. Flip and coat the other side of each chicken breast evenly. 
3. Bake chicken for 30 minutes. 
chopped chicken4. When chicken is finished, allow chicken to rest until cool enough to handle. Cube chicken into bite-sized pieces. 
5. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium low heat for about 4 minutes. Add onion and sautée for 5 minutes, or until onion is tender.
6. Add in chicken broth, diced tomatoes, green chilies, and cubed chicken. Increase heat to medium high and bring to a boil. Add in dry bowtie pasta, reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 17 minutes. 
7. Turn heat off. Remove lid. Stir in Zesty Italian dressing and cheese until pasta is well coated. Let set over residual heat until cheese is melted through.
 
Yields 9 servings, serving size 3/4 c 
5 points on Weight Watchers Points+ System
 
I am in no way affiliated with Weight Watchers.

Roasted Pear & Ricotta Sandwich

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roasted pear 2Ingredients:

1 tsp Smart Balance Light butter
2 tsp sugar
2 large pears, cored and cut in half
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1/4 tsp thyme, dried
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp dried rubbed sage
1 c low fat ricotta cheese
1 tbsp honey
1/4 tsp black pepper
8 slices whole wheat bread, toasted (I used Healthy Life 100% whole Wheat 35 cal. per slice bread)
2 c baby arugula
(optional) 1/4 c reduced fat blue cheese crumbles

Directions:

 
Top Picture: prior to baking Bottom Picture: after baking, pears are a beautiful roasted color that have deliciously caramelized

Top Picture: prior to baking
Bottom Picture: after baking, pears are a beautiful roasted color that have deliciously caramelized

1. Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking dish with aluminum foil.

2. Coat the bottom of baking dish/foil with butter and sprinkle sugar over the butter. Place pears, cut sides down, in dish. 
3. Drizzle vinegar over pears and sprinkle with thyme. 
4. Cover dish with foil and bake for 40 minutes.
5. When pears are finished baking, allow to cool in pan for 45 minutes. Cut each pear lengthwise into four equal slices.
6. Combine ricotta cheese, honey, salt, sage, and pepper in a small dish. Stir until smooth.
7. Top each of 4 toasted bread slices with about 1/4 c ricotta mixture, 4 pear slices, 1/2 c arugula, and 1 tbsp blue cheese crumbles (if desired). Top with remaining slice of toasted bread.
 
Yields 4 servings, serving size 1 sandwichphoto 3 (60)
5 points on Weigh Watchers Points+ System
 
I am in no way affiliated with Weight Watchers.
 
Recipe modified from Weight Watchers 2010 Annual recipes for Success.

S’more Bites

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photo (97)*I threw these together on a whim after seeing the idea on Pinterest over at The Cooking Dish & because I needed to use up these exact three ingredients. So I didn’t really measure anything exactly, but these are pretty close guesses. You can’t mess these up 😉

Ingredients:

1 c chocolate chips (semi sweet or milk chocolate, which ever you prefer) *Use Enjoy Life dairy free chocolate chips for DF option
1 tbsp shortening
1/2 bag mini marshmallows (about 5-6 oz.)
6 sheets graham crackers, crushed (+/- depending on how much cracker crust you desire) *Use gluten-free S’moreable graham crackers for GF option

Directions:

1. Place graham crackers in large Ziploc bag. Seal bag tightly and roll over with rolling pin until graham crackers are crushed finely. You could also do this in a food processor. (I didn’t want to dirty any kitchen gadgets.) Set aside.
2. Place marshmallows in a large bowl. Set aside. Spread out a sheet of wax paper on a baking sheet. Set aside.
3. In a microwave safe bowl, add chocolate chips and shortening. Microwave in 30 second increments at 50% power, stirring in between each time, until chocolate chips and shortening are melted and smooth.
4. Pour melted chocolate over marshmallows. Stir until all marshmallows are evenly coated. Pour 1/2 of the crushed graham crackers over marshmallows. Toss with your hands to coat.
5. Spread coated marshmallows into a single layer onto prepared wax paper. Sprinkle remaining crushed graham crackers onto marshmallows. Place in s’more bites in refrigerator until chocolate is set.
6. Transfer to a sealed air-tight container. Store in refrigerator.
Yields about 12 servings, serving size 1/4 c
3 points on Weight Watchers Points+ System
I am in no way affiliated with Weight Watchers.
Recipe modified from www.thecookingdish.com

Spicy Mexican Chicken Chowder

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mexican chowderIngredients:

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, thawed
1 c onion, diced
1 c brown rice, dry
1 packet fajita seasoning
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 can black beans, drained, rinsed
1 can corn, drained
2 cans Mexican Ro-Tel with cilantro & lime juice
3 c Fat free, low sodium chicken broth
1 can Campbell’s Fiesta Nacho Cheese soup, undiluted 
(Optional) 12 homemade cornbread muffins

Directions:

1. Add chicken breasts to bottom of crock pot. Add onion, black beans, corn, dry rice, fajita seasoning, Ro-Tel, chicken broth, nacho cheese soup, and garlic powder. Stir all ingredients together.
photo 4 (28)2. Cook on high for 4 hours (cooking times vary with each crock pot). Remove chicken with tongs onto plate. Cut into bite-sized pieces with knife or shred with two forks. Return chicken to crock pot and allow to cook for an additional 20 minutes.
3. Serve chowder over sweet cornbread muffins in a bowl. 
 
Yields 13 servings, serving size 3/4 c chowder
4 points on Weight Watchers Points+ System
 
I am in no way affiliated with Weight Watchers.

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