Thursday, February 9, 2012

Veggie Mash

Adapted from
3 potatoes, cubed (about 1.5 lbs) (14 PointsPlus)
1 head cauliflower
3 carrots (about 1.5 cups)
3 cups chicken broth
1/3 c. (6 Tbs) fat free cream cheese (1 PointPlus) (6 PointsPlus for light)
Boil veggies in broth, turn down to simmer for 15 mins or until veggies are tender. 
Drain veggies, saving 6 Tbs broth. Add cream cheese, garlic, and seasonings to potatoes. Beat with a mixer, gradually adding the remaining broth.
Total PointsPlus: 1 PointPlus per 3oz (fat free), 1 PointPlus for 2oz (light)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Black Bean Burgers

adapted from Annie's Eats.

Yield: 6 burgers

¾ cup panko
2 (15 oz.) cans black beans, drained and rinsed, divided
2 large eggs
1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded and finely diced
¼ cup fresh cilantro, minced
1 green onion, minced
Seasonings to taste

TOTAL PointsPlus: 4/each

Place a medium skillet over medium-high heat.  Toast the panko, stirring frequently, until light golden brown.  Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature.

Place 2½ cups of the beans in a large bowl and mash with a potato masher or a fork until mostly smooth.  Add the egg mixture, seasonings, toasted panko, the remaining ½ cup beans, bell pepper, cilantro and green onion to the bowl with the mashed beans.  Stir together until evenly combined.

Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions, about ½ cup each.  Lightly pack into 1-inch thick patties.  (At this point the patties can be covered tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerated for up to 24 hours before cooking.)  

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat until shimmering.  Carefully lay patties in the skillet and cook until well browned on both sides, about 8-10 minutes total.  Serve warm.

Cauliflower Poppers

Adapted from

2 heads cauliflower
non-stick spray (I'm not sure how to count it, but I always count it for 1 PointPlus)

Preheat oven to 450-degrees. Chop the cauliflower into bite size pieces and place on a cookie sheet. Coat cauliflower with pan spray, salt and pepper to taste. Bake for 1 hour, tossing cauliflower every 20 mins.

Serve hot and dip like fries.

TOTAL PointsPlus: Based on non-stick spray and dip.