Tasty Tuesday: Zucchini-Pepperoni Pizza Bites

I’m always looking for alternatives for pizza which is one of my favorite things to eat.  The problem is finding good gluten free pizza which is also low in Weight Watcher points.  I’m excited to share this recipe with you.

Prep Time: 8 minutes     Cooking Time: 7 minutes  SmartPoints™ Value: 4
Servings: 1     Level of Difficulty: Easy


1 small uncooked zucchini, cut diagonally in twelve 1/4-inch-thick slices
2 spray(s) cooking spray
⅛ tsp garlic salt
¼ cup(s) marinara sauce
¼ cup(s) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
¾ oz turkey pepperoni
1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes, optional


1. Preheat broiler; place a wire rack on a baking sheet (line with aluminum foil if desired).
2. Coat both sides of zucchini with cooking spray; place on rack and season with garlic salt. Broil zucchini until fork tender, 5 minutes.
3. Top each zucchini round with 1 tsp sauce and 1 tsp cheese; sprinkle evenly with pepperoni. Return to broiler until bubbly, 1-2 minutes; garnish with red pepper flakes.
4. Makes 1 serving.

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Tasty Tuesday: Mini Pepper Pizzas Recipe

The holiday is over…. the fridge is stocked with lots of leftovers, right?  You are feeling stuffed and want something which is at least “semi” healthy.  Why not try this You won’t carb-less crust pizza recipe.  Thank you to Delish.com for this recipe!

TOTAL TIME: 30 minutes     LEVEL: EASY      SERVES: 4


4 bell peppers, halved and cored
1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 c. pizza sauce
2 c. shredded mozzarella
1/2 c. finely grated Parmesan
1/3 c. mini pepperoni
1 tbsp. chopped parsley


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • On a sheet tray, drizzle peppers with olive oil and season witih salt and pepper.
  • Spoon sauce onto each pepper half.
  • Sprinkle with mozzarella and Parmesan and top with pepperoni.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the peppers are crisp-tender and the cheese is melted.
  • Garnish with parsley.

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Tasty Tuesday: Key Lime Pie Parfaits

I am transforming (or at least trying to) my eating into a more healthy lifestyle.  Less processed foods and more of making my own goodies.  I have to be honest, I struggle with some recipes.  The secret ingredient in this recipe is avocado.  Now, I know they are good for me BUT I just don’t care for them.  But, I am willing to give it a try…

This recipe is from Food Babe who is all about healthy clean eating.  So, if you want to shake things up in the morning, this creamy parfait is tart, but full of fiber and nutrients to keep you satisfied all morning long.

Avocados are packed with healthy fats shown to protect the heart and are also a good source of fiber and fat-soluble nutrients such as Vitamin E.

Let’s get started, you’ll need a blender and a few simple ingredients…

Prep time:  10 mins     Total time: 10 mins     Serves: 3      Weight Watcher Smartpoints: 7


1 large avocado, peeled and pitted
¼ cup culinary coconut milk, more as needed
1 lime, juiced and zested
2 1/2 tablespoons raw honey
pinch sea salt

Optional: 1 cup granola of choice (add these points)


Place all of the ingredients in a blender except the granola and blend until smooth.
To serve, place ¼ cup granola in a cup and top with ¼ cup key lime pie mousse. Repeat the granola and mousse layers once more. Enjoy!

Note:  Please use all organic ingredients if possible.

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Tasty Tuesday: Mexican Pizza Fix

Thank you Hungry Girl for another YUMMY recipe.  I will be honest, I am not a huge fan of portabella mushrooms maybe because I never had the right recipe or didn’t really know how to cook them.  This recipe has changed my mind!

1/2 of recipe (1 pizza-bella): 140 calories, 5g total fat (2.5g sat fat), 379mg sodium, 11g carbs, 3g fiber, 4g sugars, 15g protein.  SmartPoints® value 3*

Prep: 10 minutes    Cook: 20 minutes     MAKES 2 SERVINGS


2 large portabella mushroom caps (stems removed)
1/4 cup canned crushed tomatoes
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. chili powder
1/8 tsp. ground cumin
1/8 tsp. salt
1/3 cup shredded reduced-fat Mexican-blend cheese
1 1/2 oz. cooked and finely chopped skinless chicken breast.  (Magic Chicken, anyone?)
1 tbsp. finely chopped bell pepper
1 tbsp. finely chopped onion
1 tbsp. finely chopped fresh cilantro


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lay a large piece of heavy-duty foil on a baking sheet and spray with nonstick spray.
  • Place mushroom caps on center of the foil, rounded sides down.
  • Place another large piece of foil over the mushrooms. Fold together and seal all four edges of the two foil pieces, forming a well-sealed packet. Bake until slightly tender, about 12 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir tomatoes with seasonings.
  • Cut packet to release steam before opening entirely. Remove foil, and carefully drain excess liquid from the baking sheet. Thoroughly blot excess moisture from mushroom caps.
  • Evenly top with seasoned tomatoes, cheese, chicken, and veggies.
  • Bake until mushrooms are tender and cheese has melted, about 8 minutes.
  • Top with cilantro.

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Tasty Tuesday – Hearty Italian Soup

Makes 12 cups

Time: Prep: 40 Minutes  Cooking: 2 Hours


1 (16-oz.) package mild Italian sausage
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 large onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (48-oz.) container chicken broth
2 (15-oz.) cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
2 (14.5-oz.) cans diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1 (5-oz.) package baby spinach
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
Freshly shaved Parmesan cheese


1. Cook sausage in hot oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat 7 to 8 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove sausage from Dutch oven, reserving drippings in Dutch oven. Sauté onion in hot drippings 3 minutes or until tender. Add garlic, and sauté 1 minute. Cut sausage into 1/4-inch-thick slices, and return to Dutch oven.

2. Stir chicken broth and next 3 ingredients into sausage mixture; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 25 minutes.

3. Stir in spinach and next 2 ingredients; cook, stirring occasionally, 5 to 6 minutes or until spinach is wilted. Top each serving with Parmesan cheese.

Serve with Cornbread and a salad for a yummy dinner on a cold winter night.  I am going to throw all the ingredients in the crock pot and let it cook while I am out and about.  Let me know if you try this and what you think….

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