Spicy Sausage and Potato Soup

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I can’t believe we are heading towards the end of summer, and my attention is turning to more fall like recipes.  This spicy sausage and potato soup is comfort food at it’s finest.  It’s also incredibly easy and only 4 Smartpoints a cup!

This can either be cooked in the Instant Pot, or slow cooker.

Ingredients:

2 Pounds Red Potatoes, peeled and cut into bite size pieces)
1 Medium Onion, chopped
1 Pound Spicy Chicken Sausage (I use Trader Joe’s) Sliced
4 Banana Peppers, sliced in rings
3 Cups Chicken Bouillon (I use Wildtree), divided
1 Cup FF Milk
1/4 Cup Instant Mashed Potatoes
2 Tablespoons Flour
2 Teaspoons Minced Garlic
2 Teaspoons Salt
2 Teaspoons Black Pepper

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Italian Beef Sandwich – Instant Pot or Slow Cooker

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Italian Beef Sandwiches are one of my all time favorite meals.  This is one of my favorite recipes and it was my Mom’s.  You can do this in either the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker or in a slow cooker.

You can also prep this in a freezer bag and freeze for later.  When I’m making this I like to do two – one to make then and one to freeze and cook later!

Smartpoints on this one are going to depend on how you build your sandwich, and what kind of bread you use.  The meat is 5 smartpoints for 3 ounces.

Ingredients:
3 pound rump roast
3 tbs Wildtree hearty spaghetti sauce blend  (or spaghetti sauce packet found by the gravy packets in your grocery store)
2 tsp Wildtree California Style Garlic Pepper Blend (or 1 1/2 tsp ground garlic with 1/2 teaspoon black pepper)
1 tsp kosher salt
1 12 oz jar mild banana rings
1 12 oz jar pepperoncini peppers chopped
At cook time:
2 cups good beef stock
6-8 hoagie rolls or your preferred bread
Optional:  2 cups mozzarella cheese

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Italian Sausage and Peppers

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Before I tried this I have to share with you all that I was extremely skeptical.  You see I am a huge sausage and peppers fan, and I just couldn’t see how turkey sausage could be anywhere near close to being as good as regular sausage.

How wrong I was.

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I had picked this up at the store just to try it.  There are 5 of them and if you are counting Smartpoints they are only 4 points each.

Four. Smartpoints. Each.

That is a big bang for your Smarpoints buck.  Trust me, I am not one of those Weight Watchers who will eat something and act like it’s fabulous just because it’s low points or because you can eat a crap ton of it for low Smartpoints.

Nope, I’m a food snob thank you very much.  This is GOOD.

You can cut them up, and top rice or polenta with it:

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You can put it on a bun with some Cape Cod chips for a 10 point dinner:

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Oh, and one more thing.  The sauce from this is amazing so save it!  It is great on pasta or spaghetti squash!

Continue on for recipe!  You can make this in the Instant Pot (pressure cooker) or in your slow cooker.  I’ll include directions for both.  I count 5 Smartpoints for each link due to the saute in oil.

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One Pot Meal – Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes

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Sometimes you just need a little comfort.  That comfort can cost you in the waist line big time.  This is one of my favorite comfort meals, and it is so healthy!

I also make it with only one appliance .  My Instant Pot.  I’m always surprised by the lack of activity on the Weight Watchers social media platform Connect about the Instant Pot.  It is such a great tool and is probably one of the most important tools in my weight loss arsenal.

I always recommend reading a recipe first before even attempting it, but you really want to make sure you do that with this one.  This recipe makes 4 servings, but you could double it and not make the mini loaves.  I’ve never done it so I’m not sure on the timing, but I think your potatoes and carrots would be over done because you would need to lengthen the cooking time, and the carrots come out pretty soft as it is.

I like them that way, so be warned if you don’t!

This recipe will yield two mini loaves, 4 cups of mashed potatoes, and 4 – 4 oz servings of carrots.

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Instant Pot Polenta?? Yes Please!

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So I learned the love of Polenta when it was included as a no count food when I was doing the Core program with Weight Watchers back in the day.  It’s a complex carb and a great replacement for some of those starchy sides made up of simple carbs.

It takes on flavor wonderfully and you can really place around with herbs to find what you like.

Making it on the stove top can be tedious, but in the Instant Pot it’s a breeze!  The thing I love about it (besides the fact that it’s delicious!) is that you can mold it into shapes – it will hold any shape once it’s cool!

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Easy Chicken Egg Rolls

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As a serial Weight Watcher I know one of the biggest mistakes is to let yourself get stuck in a rut.  You know what the Smartpoints are of certain foods/meals, so you eat them over and over again.

And you will get bored.  I know a lot of people don’t like to cook like I do, but once you start turning out some really good dishes it becomes more fun.  Also if you don’t get to use your creative side normally it can really come out in your cooking.

I like to consider recipes “guidelines”.  I don’t think I ever follow any specific recipe.  In the middle of it I always think, “oh but if I did this it would be really good.”  Experiment with your food. Have fun!

So me experimenting with food got me to come up with this.  It might be my favorite Weight Watcher friendly recipe yet.  I mean it was damn good.  And easy.  And low in Smartpoints.

Winning.

Coming it at a whopping 3 Smartpoints these egg rolls are seriously filling.  I ate two because I had a boatload of points and was stuffed, and trust me, I can EAT.

I used two of my favorite kitchen appliances to make this, but you could do it just with your oven and stove if you wanted.  I’ll include both versions here.

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Fettuccine Alfredo Lightened Up

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For me there are two dishes that are my go to comfort foods.  The Queen Fettuccine Alfredo and the Queen Mother homemade baked Mac and Cheese.  I’ve seen a couple of different recipes for Fettuccine Alfredo that cut back on the Smartpoints using laughing cow cheese, but they were missing something.

I don’t play when it comes to my Alfredo.

Even before Weight Watchers there was a product I had to ban from my home because my ass was expanding at an alarming rate and I just wanted to eat it all the time.

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This product easily makes an awesome Alfredo sauce – and it does it easily.  I found that if I had it in my house I could have one of my favorite comfort foods in no time, so I stopped ordering it.

Then Weight Watchers happened, and once I felt secure enough I ordered some more to see if I could use it without all the butter and higher smartpoint ingredients.

I started this blog because of Weight Watchers Connect.  I’d post pics of my recipes and people would want the recipe, and on Connect you can only post on your phone.  I didn’t want this site to become a walking advertisement for my business, I already have a community for that, and I always try to put substitutes in so people can get the ingredients they need from the grocery store.

I don’t know if there is a sub for this one though.  I’ve never used a powered mix for Alfredo before, but you could try it.  You could also try the recipe without any powered mix at all, but it is so much better with it!

This makes 5 7 smartpoint servings.  9 if you add the chicken.  I’ll tell you this now, it does not reheat well but never fear!  Cut the recipe by 1/5 to make a single serving (just go with one laughing cow wedge) and it comes out just as good to make enough for one!

Ingredients:

1 cup fat free milk
6 The Laughing Cow Light Garlic and Herb Wedges
2 tablespoons Wildtree Alfredo Extraordinaire
1/8 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
10 oz Carba-Nada Egg Fettuccine Noodles

Put a big pot of salted water on high heat for the noodles and bring to a boil.  In a separate sauce pan, add you milk and laughing cow wedges, stirring occasionally over medium until your wedges melt.  Whisk in your Alfredo powder and add your pepper and Parm.  Stir occasionally over low heat while you wait for your noodles to get done.

Once water is at a boil add your noodles and cook for 3-4 minutes.  strain, put back in the pot, and add your Alfredo sauce.  Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally for a minute or so – until all the noodles are covered in sauce.

The chicken was just some left over chicken I had that I had marinated in roasted garlic grapeseed oil and our California style Garlic and Pepper blend. and baked.  You could use your favorite chicken recipe if you’d like to add meat.

You get about a cup and a half a serving, or you can weigh it and it comes to about 2 1/2 ounces per serving.  7 smartpoints!  That’s it!  Olive Garden Fettuccine Alfredo is like 56 smartpoints and your first born child!

Is this as good as Olive Garden?  No, but it’s damn good and stands on it’s own!

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