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Welcome to Tweaked at Chez Jan de la Dayton....translated to 'tweaked at Jan's house in Dayton'! Sounds fancy, but it's not. If you choose to share a recipe, be kind and give me kudos for it. The pictures are NOT to be taken off this blog unless used in a direct link to this blog. Once upon a time I was a Weight Watchers leader....that chapter is closed. But I still like to eat and bake and don't like the weight that finds its way to me too easily. So I go find delicious-sounding recipes and tweak them. Some recipes, however, just don't turn out right if they're tweaked. I've not posted anything....so far.....that isn't WW friendly. That might change, and I'll warn you if I post something with 'scary' P+ values. For those who don't use substitutions, the ratio for Splenda granulated/sugar is 1:1 and the ratio for egg substitute/eggs is 1/4 cup of egg sub = 1 egg. Now.....let's have some fun in the kitchen!!!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Memorial Day....Part 4.....Macaroni Salad

Ok.....this is the end of the story!

CLASSIC MACARONI SALAD
Makes 8 Servings
1 Serving = 2/3 Cup = 3 PointsPlus™
8 oz. uncooked macaroni, elbow-variety
1/8 tsp table salt, or to taste (for cooking pasta)
1/2 cup fat free mayonnaise
1 TBSP red wine vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 cup celery, chopped
1/3 cup red onion, finely chopped
2 TBSP parsley, fresh, chopped
1/4 tsp table salt, or to taste
1/8 tsp black pepper, freshly ground, or to taste

Cook macaroni in salted water according to package directions; drain and transfer to a large bowl.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard and garlic powder; stir mixture into cooked macaroni. Fold in celery, onion and parsley; season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve warm or chilled.

GREEN BEAN SALAD
Makes 6 Servings
1 Serving = 3/4 Cup = 0 PointsPlus™

12 oz. fresh green beans, trimmed
8 oz. yellow and/or red cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 of a small red onion, thinly sliced
Basil-Tomato Vinaigrette (to follow)

In a medium saucepan, cook green beans, covered, in a small amount of boiling, lightly salted water, about 8 minutes or just until crisp-tender. Drain, rinse with cold water and drain again.

In a large bowl, combine beans, cherry tomato halves and red onion slices. Drizzle with Basil-Tomato Vinaigrette; toss gently to coat. Cover and chill before serving.

BASIL-TOMATO VINAIGRETTE: In a small bowl, stir together 1/3 cup snipped fresh basil, 3 TBSP red wine vinegar, 2 TBSP snipped dried tomatoes*, 1 TBSP olive oil, 2 cloves minced garlic, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/5 tsp pepper. Makes @ 2/3 cup.

*Tip: to soften dried tomatoes for the vinaigrette, soak them in enough boiling water to cover for 5 minutes, drain well.

TOMATO CUCUMBER SALAD
Makes 4 Servings
1 Serving = 0 PointsPlus™

4 small tomatoes, thinly sliced
2 small cucumbers, thinly sliced
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup Kraft Free Zesty Italian Dressing

Arrange veggies on a serving plate. Drizzle with dressing.

WHAT!!!!! No baked beans???? C'mon! You have just prepared an awesome WW friendly feast! Give yourself a break and open up a can of Bush's Grillin' Beans....the Black Bean Fiesta variety. One serving is 1/2 cup is 3 PointsPlus.


And for a fun, easy dessert.....

CHOCOLATE YOGURT POPS
Makes 4 servings
1 Serving = 1 Pop = 1 PointsPlus™

1 8-oz container plain non-fat yogurt
1/4 cup sugar-free cocoa mix
1/4 cup Splenda granulated
4 popsicle sticks
4 3-oz paper cups

Mix all ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Spoon mixture into 4 paper cups. Set cups in a muffin pan or on a flat plate. Place popsicle sticks in the center. Freeze for @3 hours or until solid. Peel away cups before serving.

There ya have it folks! And now I think I'll go soak my fingers in some nice warm water! LOL

Now for the 'legal mumbo-jumbo' to keep me out of court! *The PointsPlus™ values for the recipes in these 4 Memorial Day pages were calculated by me (Jan Gomes) and is not an endorsement or approval of these recipes by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the PointsPlus™ registered trademark.*

Later!
Loving Life(time)!
Jan


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