Posts Tagged ‘weight watchers points plus’

Strawberry Rhubarb Juice

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Rhubarb is in season! I am always looking for new ways to use the rhubarb that grows so abundantly in my garden. Rhubarb is high in iron, calcium and potassium. I recently read that 1 cup of cooked rhubarb has twice the amount of calcium than that of 1 cup of milk! When juicing rhubarb, be sure not to include the leaves because they are poisonous.

2 stalks rhubarb (trimmed)
5-6 strawberries
2 carrots
1 apple

Wash all produce thoroughly. Process through the juicer. Stir. Pour over ice and serve immediately.

Makes 2 servings
1 weight watchers points plus per serving

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Stewed Rhubarb

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This is a summer favourite in my house. Rhubarb is a sure sign that the gardening season is well under way, and my rhubarb plant is always one of the most successful parts of my garden. We eat stewed rhubarb with granola and yogurt, on top of ice cream, and even on toast! I like it to be a little bit tart, however it is an easy recipe to adjust the sugar quantities to suit your own tastes.

4 cups fresh rhubarb, chopped
1/2 cup sugar
2 tbsp water

In a saucepan stir ingredients together over medium heat. Once sugar is dissolved turn heat to low. Simmer for 15-20 minutes until rhubarb is broken down and sauce has thickened.

Store in an airtight container and refrigerate. Best if eaten within a week.

12 weight watchers points plus for entire recipe.

Chana Masala

imageWe are all cooking Indian for my dinner club tonight! We pick a country and each bring a main dish originating from there. The host provides drinks and dessert. It’s a lot of fun! Not only do we experiment and share new recipes but best of all, it is a great way to spend an evening catching up with friends. I don’t have a lot of experience cooking Indian food, but chana masala is one of my favourites when I go out. This recipe seemed like a good one for novices. It’s less oily than take out, and is quite tasty! I’m looking forward to see what everyone else brings!

3 tbsp (45 mL) olive oil
2 onions, chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp (30 mL) grated fresh ginger
2 tsp (10 mL) chili powder
2 tsp (10 mL) ground coriander
2 tsp (10 mL) ground cumin
2 tsp (10 mL) garam masala
1/2 cup (125 mL) tomato paste
2 tsp (10 mL) packed brown sugar
1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
2 cans (19 oz/540 mL each) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 tbsp (30 mL) lemon juice

In saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat; cook onions, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.

Add garlic and ginger; cook for 1 minute. Stir in chili powder, coriander, cumin and garam masala; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Stir in 1 cup water, tomato paste, brown sugar, salt and chickpeas, scraping up any browned bits. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until thickened slightly, about 15 minutes. Stir in lemon juice.

Makes 6 servings – 7 weight watchers points plus each
Source : Canadian Living Magazine: April 2012

GreenBee Burger

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Here’s an original greenbeekitchen recipe! Burgers are one of my favourite meals, especially during BBQ season. I’ve been working on incorporating green ingredients into this recipe to create a delicious, healthy green burger!

1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup dried green lentils
1/2 cup shelled and finely chopped pistachios
1 cup grated zucchini, patted dry
2 cups spinach, chopped
1 yellow onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 portabella mushroom, diced
1 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
2 tbsp chia seeds
Salt and pepper

In a medium-sized saucepan, bring 1/2 cup lentils and 1 cup of salted water to a boil. Turn heat to medium low and cook uncovered for 20- 30 minutes until lentils are tender. Remove from heat and drain excess liquid.

In a wide bottomed pan, heat oil and sauté onion until translucent. Add garlic, zucchini, mushroom, spinach, dill, salt and pepper. Cook on medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring regularly. Transfer to a bowl and let cool.

In a food processor, combine lentils and pistachios with cooked vegetables. Pulse until coarsely combined. Stir in 1/2 cup breadcrumbs and 2 tbsp chia seeds.

Form into 6 patties and pan fry until browned on both sides. While patties fry, assemble your favourite burger condiments. Build your burger and enjoy!

Makes 6 patties.
4 weight watchers points plus each per patty

Botanical Burger

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This recipe is the first homemade vegetarian burger I ever tasted, and to this day it remains to be one of the best! Thank you Bergie! I was blown away by the delicious taste and definitely impressed by the number of fresh ingredients used. It has become a favourite of mine, and whenever I have guests to impress, this is a recipe I can count on. Although it looks like a ton of work, once the initial prep of the veggies is completed, it goes quite quickly. This recipe comes from a restaurant called Rebar in Victoria, British Columbia.Enjoy!

Botanical Burger
2 tbsp olive oil
1 yellow onion, minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup carrot, grated
1 cup turnip, grated
1 cup zucchini, grated (water squeezed out)
1 cup beets, grated
2 tsp salt
2 tsp dried dill
1 tsp cracked pepper
1 cup mashed potatoes
1 cup cooked brown rice
1/2 cup hazelnuts, roasted
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
2 tbsp parsley, minced
2 tbsp minced tarragon
Fresh bread crumbs (optional)

Lime Tarragon Mayonnaise
1 cup regular mayo
Zest of 1 lime
2 tbsp minced tarragon

Heat oil in a wide bottomed pan, and sauté onion until translucent. Add garlic, grated vegetables, salt and pepper. Stir thoroughly and cook for 10 minutes over medium high heat stirring regularly. Transfer to large bowl and cool.

Place cooled vegetables, rice and hazelnuts in a food processor. Pulse until coarsely combined.

Transfer to large bowl and mix in all of the remaining ingredients. Season to taste.

Take a handful of the mix and test it to see if it holds together. If not, add breadcrumbs 1/2 cup at a time until the mixture firms.

Shape into patties (I used a 1/2 cup measure) and sauté in olive oil until browned on both sides.

While patties fry, stir together the mayo ingredients and assemble your favourite burger condiments.

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.

Makes 6 patties.
4 weight watchers points plus each*

* calculation made using 1/2 cup bread crumbs

Creamy Smoked Tofu Pasta

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Tofu is NOT something I normally like. In fact, normally, I avoid it. I know- it’s a great source of protein and a staple for vegetarians, but it is not part of my usual diet. Until now… Maybe it’s been around for awhile, but I recently discovered smoked tofu, and curiosity led me to try it. Although the the tofu texture was still not my favourite, I cut it up quite small and I barely noticed it. The smokiness of the tofu infused the whole sauce making for a rich and filling pasta dish that was delicious and healthy. Smoked tofu might become a staple in my house….

1 pkg. smoked tofu, chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1 yellow or red pepper, diced
1 can light coconut milk
1/3 cup sun dried tomatoes, julienned (dried, not in oil)
1 cube vegetable bouillon
2-3 cups spinach, chopped
8 leaves fresh basil, chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
Pasta of your choice

In a wok, over medium-high heat, heat olive oil and sauté onion, garlic and smoked toft until onion is soft. Add red pepper and cook for a few more minutes stirring frequently. Add coconut milk, bouillon and sun dried tomatoes and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large pot, cook pasta of your choice in salted water.

Add spinach to the sauce, and cook until spinach is just beginning to get soft. Salt and pepper to taste.

Using a ladle, spoon sauce over pasta. Top with fresh basil.

Makes 4 servings.
5 weight watchers points plus per serving of sauce.

Yam and Chipotle Quesadilla

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This spicy quesadilla is exploding with flavour. It is a super-filling, healthy and satisfying dinner that everyone enjoyed. The recipe is from the Meet the Coup Cooks cookbook which is from my favourite vegetarian restaurant The Coup in Calgary, Alberta. I made a few minor changes to avoid using oil, and I baked them instead of pan-frying. They turned out so well! I can’t wait to eat the leftovers for lunch tomorrow!

2 medium yams, cut into 1 inch pieces
1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
3 chipotle peppers in a can
1 cup black beans
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1/2 bunch spinach, washed
1 red or yellow pepper, diced
1/4 bunch green onions, chopped
1 cup cheddar cheese
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
4 sprouted tortilla wraps
1 avocado thinly sliced (optional for serving)
1 cup mango salsa (optional for serving)
1 cup sour cream (optional for serving)

In a large bowl mix yams, onion, salt and pepper and combine

Place on a lined baking tray and roast at 360F for 40 minutes or until yams are super soft.

In a food processor place roasted yams and onions, chipotle peppers, garlic cloves and blend until smooth.

On one side of each wrap place the yam mixture, black beans, spinach, peppers, green onion, cheese and cilantro.

Fold in half and place on a baking sheet. Bake at 400F for 8-10 minutes or until cheese is melted and wraps are crisp.

Top with your choice of sliced avocado, salsa, and sour cream

10 weight watchers points plus per wrap (before garnishes)
* the tortilla wrap I used was 4 wwpp

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