Skinny Wild Wings

I was on the hunt for some new recipes and came across this:
Kristen's Buffalo Chicken Bites

Perfect! My husband would love having wings for dinner. While most would prefer the boneless, not my husband. I knew that I needed to make them as close to Buffalo Wild Wings to satisfy him! Yes, I skinned those tiny drummettes. Did you know that BW3s sells their sauces? We bought some when I was pregnant because I was craving wings but wanted something at home that was a little healthier. I would just put it on any chicken. It has become a staple condiment around here.

As you can see I served them with veggie sticks, watermelon and oven crunch fries. The fries I made just like Seasoned Baked Potato Wedges but I peeled and cut the potato into fries.

Sorry about the cell phone picture!

Skinny Wild Wings
Serves 4
Serving Size - 6 wings/drummettes
6 pts (about 1 pt a wing)

24 chicken drummettes or wings
1/2 c flour
1/4 t cayenne pepper
1/4 t paprika
1/4 t garlic salt
Pam Spray

Skin wings or drummettes. Wash and pat dry. Mix dry ingredients together in a gallon Ziploc bag. Add chicken and toss to coat. remove chicken and place on plate in fridge for at least 2 hours. (I let them sit all day!) This uses the juices from the chicken to create a slight breading and helps the chicken crisp.

Bake 350 for 35 min. (I baked mine on a cooling rack over a baking sheet so that they would be out of the juices and crisp up, similar to frying. Spray each piece with Pam and return to a 375 oven for 5 - 10 more minutes to crisp. Toss in your favorite wing sauce. (I counted the sauce separately because it depends on how much you like and what kind you use. Half were in mild and the other half in honey BBQ. A little sauce goes a long way. Mine was only an extra 1 pt.)


Homemade Meatless Crumbles

I love Morningstar products but they are so so expensive. I don't mind paying for them for items like their black bean burgers (even though I have a great recipe for black bean burgers) or their sausage patties or even their ribs. I had a WW leader suggest switching to meatless crumbles or at least half and half to reduce points in recipes. I started buying them, made the switch and the husband never noticed.

I saw on a blog a while ago (I have tried finding it again with no luck, so sorry for no credit!) how to make your own. I went right out and bought the TVP (textured vegetable protein) and tossed it in my pantry. Well that's where it has been since about May. This morning while pulling out some beans to soak I came across it and decided to rehydrate and season it and try to put in in at least one meal this week. I still haven't decided what that meal will be but I am thinking shepherds pie.

Here is the package. I bought it at Whole Foods for around $2.00. I have since seen it at the commissary and the regular grocery store. I know you can also buy it fairly cheap in bulk and some people can it for food storage.

Nutritional info here. If you can't read it, it is: 80 cal, 0 fat, 4 fiber for 1/4 c dry. This is 1 pt per serving.

I seasoned with a diced onion and some minced garlic.

I added 3 c of hot water with 1 1/2 T of beef base dissolved in it. (This won't change the points.) I let it sit about 10 minutes and then mixed it around. All of the water was absorbed.

On the package it gives directions for cooking in the microwave but I wanted it to have a browned look and taste so I tossed it in a pan sprayed with Pam and lightly browned it.

I packaged it up in 3 packages about 3 cups each. This looked like an equivalent to a pound of ground beef browned. I figure that it is 4 servings, each about 2/3 c. (if you are building a recipe in recipe builder it is 6 pts for the 4 servings (320 cal, 0 fat, 16 fiber). Once re-hydrated, it has to be refrigerated. I tossed mine in the freezer.

I'll post the results when I add it to a meal. It will be later in the week because tonight we are having Easy Chicken Tetrazini, a WW recipe from the tracker. It is one that I am looking forward to so I hope it turns out!


Mexican Sausage Skillet

My little guy has been in the hospital and a good friend brought over dinner for us last night. So helpful and thoughtful. She is a great cook and I usually end up asking for her recipes. She knew that we would love this one and so she brought the recipe along with it. (She's awesome like that!)

It smelled amazing when I opened the lid! I had the forethought to take a picture before we started to dig in.

She is a Pampered Chef Consultant and the recipe was from one of the cookbooks. I don't know which one though. There is the Pampered Chef Chipotle Rub in it but I am sure you could substitute a similar chipotle spice. She is having a party next week and I plan on picking some up.

Mexican Sausage Skillet
4 servings
8 pts

1 c uncooked long grain white rice
2 ears corn, husks and silks removed
1 medium onion
8 oz smoked turkey sausage
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1 T Chipotle Rub (Pampered Chef)
2 cans 14.5 oz) diced tomatoes with green chilies
1 can black means, drained and rinsed
Fresh Cilantro and lime wedges (optional)

1. Cook rice.

2. Prepare and cook vegetables and sausage.
Meanwhile, remove corn kernels from cobs. Chop onion. Cut sausage into 1/2 in. slices. Lightly spray skillet with a nonstick cooking spray. Add corn to skillet in a single layer. Cook without stirring over medium heat 4-6 minutes or until caramelized on one side. Add onion, sausage, pressed garlic and rub; cook and stir 3-4 minutes or until onion is tender.

3. Finish and serve.
Add tomatoes and beans to skilled; bring to a boil. Serve bean mixture over rice; garnish with cilantro and lime wedges, if desired.

As you can see from the pictures she made it into a casserole. Again, it was so delicious. These are generous serving and this could easily feed 6 especially with a side salad. If feeding 6, it is 5 pts a serving.

You could easily use brown rice instead of white. I will probably make it with my cilantro lime rice. (Which I promise I will post soon.) I have pictures, I just need to pull the post together.)


Oh, I Love Fall.....

And all the beautiful apples. I hit up the produce wholesale market and cam ehome with these beauties. I made homemade spice apples to can for pork dishes throughout the winter. I can't wait. I have a pork loin in the freeser just waiting to be topped!


Back in the Kitchen

Sad to be posting these phone pictures, but they will have to do for now. It feels great to be back in the kitchen and making some healthy meals. As you can see, I have been disguising healthy options as junk food in the hopes that my husband will be happy and not complain about me counting.

Sloppy Joes, Lightened Up KFC Slaw, and Melon... 8 pts
(This slaw is amazing and I will post the recipe. So easy too!)

Skinny Wild Wings, Oven Crunch Fries, Veggie Sticks & Watermelon... 12pts
(Buffalo Wild Wings is my husband's favorite place. This was a great knockoff! Thanks Kristen for the idea!)

Steakhouse Surf and Turf (Small steak, 2 Jumbo Shrimp & 3 Bacon Wrapped Scallops), Almond Onion Rice & a Green Salad...
(This whole thing was only 11.5 pts!)

I am pretty proud that I have been able to come up with these things and my husband is more than thrilled to have me back in the kitchen. Tonight we are having Theme Park Turkey Legs, Seasoned Baked Potato Squares, Fridge Pickled Veggies & Apple Tarts (9 pts). (I have to take dinner to a family tomorrow night and I am testing the recipes.)

Recipes coming soon!