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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!!!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Spring City Potluck WW Meeting

Last week's WW subject was all about Recipes. There is no better way to 'discuss' making healthy dishes than sampling them! And so we did. Everyone made and brought in a truly delicious dish to share. Basically, we had dinner together and it was wonderful! If anyone had walked into that room and saw, smelled and sampled that food they'd have NO idea it was WW friendly. I thank each of you from the top, middle & bottom of my heart for making that such a fun......and yummy..... meeting! Here are all the recipes and pics of the dinner we shared.

SPRING CITY 
POTLUCK WW MEETING
August 7, 2012


CHICKPEA & FETA SALAD
Presented by Aliceann M.
Makes 6 Servings
1 Serving = 1/2 Cup = 4 PointsPlus™


2 cups canned chickpeas, rinsed & drained
2 garlic cloves, or less to taste, finely minced
2 TBSP uncooked, thinly sliced scallions
1/2 large sweet red pepper, diced
2 TBSP fresh, finely minced parsley
9 large black or green olives, pitted & chopped
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 TBSP olive oil
3 TBSP fresh lemon juice
1/8 tsp freshly green black pepper, or to taste
1 tsp lemon zest, for garnish

In a medium bowl, combine chicipeas, garlic, scallions, red pepper, parsley, olives & feta cheese; toss to combine.

In a small bowl, whisk together oil & lemon juice; pour over chickpea mixture & season to taste with black pepper. Garnish with lemon zest; serve.


TORTELLINI SALAD
Presented by Connie H.
Makes 15 Servings
1 Serving = 1 cup = 3 PointsPlus™


1 bag tri-color tortellini filled with cheese
1 bag PictSweet frozen Chinese Seasoned Vegetables
1 cup of grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup Balsamic Viniagrette low-cal dressing (pour off half of the oil on the top)
2 TBSP lemon juice (optional)
1/2 cup diced spinach (optional)

Cook tortellini for 3 to 5 mnutes in boiling. (If boxed tortellini is used, follow directions on package.) Rinse & set aside.

Rinse frozen vegetables in a collander with cold water. Drain.

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Chill until served.

Connie says: I also have used bow tie pasta and cubed chicken instead of the cheese tortellini. You can also use Italian dressing, extra virgin olive oil and spices if you prefer. PointsPlus™ will vary by the brands used.


LOW FAT MACARONI & CHEESE
With a Side of Fresh Tomatoes Wedges
Presented by Gayla E.
Makes 4 Servings
1 Serving = 3/4 Cup = 7 PointsPlus™










1 cup fat-free milk
1 1/4 cups shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
2/3 cup fat-free cottage cheese
3 TBSP all-purpose flour
Pepper to taste
2 1/2 cups cooked elbow macaroni
1 TBSP grated onion (optional)
Paprika

In a blender or food processor, combine milk, cheese, flour & pepper. Cover & process until creamy. Pour into bowl; stir in macaroni & onion.

Transfer to a 1 1/2 quart baking dish coated with cooking spray. Ssprinkle with paprika. Bake, uncovered, at 350º for 1 hour or until heated through.


BANANA PUDDING
Presented by Jill A.
Makes 12 Servings
1 Serving = 1/2 Cup = 1 PointsPlus™


2 boxes Jell-O sugar-free/fat-free banana pudding & pie filling
6 cups fat-free milk
Vanilla wafers as a garnish

Prepare pudding per package in a large bowl. Garnish with vanilla wafers. Refrigerate & serve.


OATMEAL-RAISIN BITES
Presented by Rusty F.
Makes 40 Servings
1 Serving = 1 Cookie = 2 PointsPlus™


1 1/2 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup whole-grain wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp table salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup raisins, chopped

Preheat oven to 350º.

In a medium bowl, combine oats, flour, baking powder, salt & cinnamon; set aside. Using an electric mixer, cream butter & both sugars until incorporated. Add egg & vanilla; mix thoroughly. Add oat mixture and mix until just combined; fold in raisins.

Drop rounded teaspoons of batter onto 2 ungreased cookie sheets, about 1 inch apart. Bake 9 – 10 minutes for chewy cookies or 11 – 12 minutes for crispy cookies. Remove from oven & let cookies rest about 2 minutes, then remove to wire rack to cool completely.


GRILLED CHICKEN BREASTS
Presented by Vicki P.
1 Serving = @3 Ounces (1/2 breast) = 3 PointsPlus™




Vicki says: Here is the recipe for the grilled chicken. I usually tenderize the breast because the pieces are so thick.

Place 1 lb of skinless chicken breast into Ziploc bag. Add 8oz of pineapple juice (no sugar added) and about 2-3 tablespoons of soy sauce (low sodium) depending on taste. Let marinate in refrigerator for approximately 4 hours. Remove from bag shaking excess off. Place on grill and cook on low. There will be sugar on the outside from the pineapple juice so the chicken will turn a little brown when the sugar caramelizes. ENJOY



I made the Pumpkin Bars recipe that's already on here:



http://tweakedatchezjan.blogspot.com/2012/03/pumpkin-bars.html


Let's eat!!!!
                
Now for the 'legal mumbo-jumbo' to keep me out of court!! *** The PointsPlus™ value for these recipes were calculated by me (Jan Gomes) OR Weight Watchers or the participating members and is not an endorsement or approval of these recipes by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the PointsPlus™ registered trademark, UNLESS it's a Weight Watchers recipe (Aliceann's and Rusty's) ***

Later!
Loving Life(time)!
Jan

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