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: Slow Cooker Butternut Black Bean Chili


Thank you Hungry Girl for another YUMMY recipe!

Prep: 15 minutes     Cook: 3 – 4 hours on high or 7 – 8 hours on low  Serves: 8 FreestyleSmartPoints® value 0*

1/8th of recipe (about 1 heaping cup): 173 calories, 0.5g total fat (0g sat fat), 532mg sodium, 35g carbs, 9g fiber, 8.5g sugars, 8g protein


One 14.5-oz. can fire-roasted tomatoes (not drained)
2 1/2 cups canned crushed tomatoes
2 tsp. chopped garlic
2 tsp. chili powder
1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/8 tsp. salt
Two 15-oz. cans black beans, drained and rinsed
4 cups peeled butternut squash, cut into bite-sized pieces (about 3/4 of a medium squash)
1 cup chopped red onion
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/4 cup seeded and chopped jalapeño pepper (about 1 medium pepper)
Optional toppings: fresh cilantro, light sour cream


  • Pour both types of tomatoes into a slow cooker. Add garlic and seasonings. Mix well.
  • Add remaining ingredients, and gently stir.
  • Cover and cook on high for 3 – 4 hours or on low for 7 – 8 hours, until veggies have softened.

HG Tips: Look for pre-cut butternut squash in the produce aisle, or click here for squash-cutting tips. And when handling jalapeños, don’t touch your eyes (pepper juice can sting), and wash your hands well immediately afterward.

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Tasty Tuesday: Spicy Black Bean Soup

Since the weather has been bitter cold here in NJ, I have been on a “soup kick”.  I love soup and with the NEW Freestyle points from Weight Watchers, I can made some really yummy soups for ZERO points.

Prep Time: 20     Cooking Time: 30     Servings: 8     SmartPoints™ value: 0

The key to thickening this soup without flour? Pureeing some of the beans before cooking it. You’ll love the stick-to-your-ribs texture results.


1 spray(s) cooking spray
1 medium uncooked onion(s), finely chopped
4 clove(s) garlic clove(s), minced
45 oz canned black beans, undrained, divided (three 15 oz cans)
½ tsp red pepper flakes, or to taste
1 tsp ground cumin
14 ½ oz fat free chicken broth, or vegetable broth
10 oz canned tomatoes with green chilis
11 oz canned yellow corn, drained


1. Coat bottom of a large stockpot with cooking spray. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until onions are soft but not brown, about 5 minutes.
2. Place one can of beans in blender; add sautéed onion mixture, red pepper flakes and cumin. Cover and blend on high until smooth, about 30 seconds. Pour mixture back into stockpot.
3. Place second can of beans and broth in blender and puree until smooth; add to stockpot.
4. Stir third can of beans (do not puree first), tomatoes and green chilies, and corn into stockpot. Bring to a boil, lower heat to medium and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes. Yields about 1 1/2 cups of soup per serving.

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Tasty Tuesday: Bird Balls

Have I got your attention?  I figured the curious would want to know what this “Bird Ball” think was all about.  This recipe came from the rooms of Weight Watchers but the original recipe can be credited to mud hustler who you can check out on Instagram. The best part is they are only 1 point under the new Weight Watcher Freestyle SmartPoints program.

Cook Time: 20 minutes.     Yields 12 balls.


20 oz. Ground Turkey, 99% Lean
16 oz Ground Chicken Breast, 98% Lean
1/2 Cup Bread Crumbs (or 1/2 Cup Almond Flour)
1/2 Cup Grated Romano (or 1/2 Cup Nutritional Yeast)
2 Eggs
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
salt and pepper to taste


Mix all ingredients.
Form into 12 balls.
Place balls in muffin tin.
Bake at 400 for 20 minutes.

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