Summer Corn and Black Bean Salad

One of my favorite summer activities is attending a great summertime barbecue. The grill, the sun, the sides…it all makes for the perfect day. Here is one of my all time favorite barbecue recipes, and the best part about it is…dump and go! No cooking required. This summer corn and black bean salsa is the perfect side dish or dip to bring along with you!

Ingredients

2 can black beans, rinsed and drained

2 cans corn, rinsed and drained

1 small container of grape tomatoes (or tomatoes of your choice), diced

1 small red onion, diced

1 avocado, cubed

3 tbsp lime juice

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp red wine vinegar

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/4 cup cilantro (optional)

Directions

  1. Combine black beans, corn, tomatoes, onion, and avocado in a large bowl. Mix until well combined.
  2. Add in olive oil, red wine vinegar, lime juice, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, and cilantro. Toss to coat. Add more salt to taste if needed.
  3. Serve as a side dish, as an appetizer dip with tortilla chips, or as a topping for grilled chicken or burgers!

Weight Watchers Freestyle SP: 2 points per serving (12 servings total). Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the WW app.

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Summer Corn and Black Bean Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Category: Appetizer, Side Dish

Yield: 12

Summer Corn and Black Bean Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans corn, rinsed and drained
  • 1 small container of grape tomatoes (or tomatoes of your choice), diced
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup cilantro (optional)

Instructions

  1. Combine black beans, corn, tomatoes, onion, and avocado in a large bowl. Mix until well combined.
  2. Add in olive oil, red wine vinegar, lime juice, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, and cilantro. Toss to coat. Add more salt to taste if needed.
  3. Serve as a side dish, as an appetizer dip with tortilla chips, or as a topping for grilled chicken or burgers!
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Slow Cooker Gluten Free Turkey Meatballs

Though I am not gluten free, there was a time when I was testing out some gluten free recipes for a friend. This one came out great with the substitution of gluten free breadcrumbs instead of regular or Italian, though I’m sure any way you do it would turn out great! These turkey meatballs are truly a meal prepper’s dream, as they require about 10 minutes of prep time, and then they cook themselves in the slow cooker. I originally got and adapted this recipe from one of my favorite bloggers, Gina from http://www.skinnytaste.com.

Ingredients

1 lb ground turkey breast

1 egg

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

1/4 cup dried parsley

1/4 cup gluten free (or regular if not making GF) breadcrumbs

1 tsp minced garlic

1 28 oz. can tomato sauce

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey breast, breadcrumbs, garlic, egg, parsley, grated parmesan, and garlic (get in there with your hands a bit to mix it in!)
  2. Form small meatballs with your hands, about an inch to an inch and a half in diameter. Place in one layer in the slow cooker (depending on size, may make between 18-24 small meatballs).
  3. Cover the meatballs with a can of your favorite tomato sauce.
  4. Set the slow cooker to cook on LOW for 4 hours. Stir meatballs carefully about halfway through to avoid over-browning on one side (optional).
  5. After 4 hours, take out the meatballs and serve them alone or with side of your choice!
Everything ready to mix up!
Ready to get sauced.
Try to evenly coat with sauce.
Now, we wait…

Weight Watchers Freestyle SP: 1 point for one serving of meatballs (about 4 meatballs per serving). Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the WW app. **Whatever you serve this with will most likely add more points! For a low point meal option, try serving it with zoodles, zucchini noodles.**

Slow Cooker Gluten Free Turkey Meatballs

  • Servings: 5
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

1 lb ground turkey breast
1 egg
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup dried parsley
1/4 cup gluten free (or regular if not making GF) breadcrumbs
1 tsp minced garlic
1 28 oz. can tomato sauce

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey breast, breadcrumbs, garlic, egg, parsley, grated parmesan, and garlic (get in there with your hands a bit to mix it in!)
2. Form small meatballs with your hands, about an inch to an inch and a half in diameter. Place in one layer in the slow cooker (depending on size, may make between 18-24 small meatballs).
3. Cover the meatballs with a can of your favorite tomato sauce.
4. Set the slow cooker to cook on LOW for 4 hours. Stir meatballs carefully about halfway through to avoid over-browning on one side (optional).
5. After 4 hours, take out the meatballs and serve them alone or with side of your choice!

Note: Nutrition information may not be exact. Ingredients were estimated and entered using verywellfit.com’s Nutrition Calculator. Calories reflect one serving of dip only.

Air Fryer Crispy Seasoned Chickpeas

Though I’m trying to watch what I eat, one habit I can’t seem to stop is snacking after work. Savory, salty treats are difficult to deny for me, and fruits and veggies just never seem to do the trick. Enter chickpeas and the air fryer. This simple treat crisps up on its own using minimal oil in the air fryer. You can also modify the spices to your taste!

Ingredients

1 19 oz. can chickpeas, drained, rinsed, and dried with a paper towel

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp paprika

1/4 tsp garlic salt

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

salt and pepper to taste (to add after cooking)

Directions

  1. Heat air fryer to 400 degrees F.
  2. Drain and rise the chickpeas. Dry off with a paper towel to get as much water off as possible. Toss in a small bowl with olive oil and spices (not including regular salt/pepper).
  3. Pour the chickpeas into the air fryer basket. Try to shake the basket so the chickpeas create a single layer.
  4. Cook for 15-20 minutes, or until cooked to your desired level of crispiness. Shake the basket of the air fryer 1-2 times during cooking to shake up the chickpeas.
  5. Remove chickpeas from basket and sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste.
  6. Store in an open container.
Before…
Coated and ready to crisp up!
Looking ready…
And done!

Weight Watchers Freestyle SP: 1 point for one serving (about 4 servings total). Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the WW app.

Air Fryer Crispy Seasoned Chickpeas

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

1 19 oz. can chickpeas, drained, rinsed, and dried with a paper towel
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste (to add after cooking)

Directions:

1. Heat air fryer to 400 degrees F.
2. Drain and rise the chickpeas. Dry off with a paper towel to get as much water off as possible. Toss in a small bowl with olive oil and spices (not including regular salt/pepper).
3. Pour the chickpeas into the air fryer basket. Try to shake the basket so the chickpeas create a single layer.
4. Cook for 15-20 minutes, or until cooked to your desired level of crispiness. Shake the basket of the air fryer 1-2 times during cooking to shake up the chickpeas.
5. Remove chickpeas from basket and sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste.
6. Store in an open container.

Note: Nutrition information may not be exact. Ingredients were estimated and entered using verywellfit.com’s Nutrition Calculator. Calories reflect one serving of dip only.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

One of my favorite tailgate / pot luck dishes of all time is a warm, creamy buffalo chicken dip. It always looked and tasted so good that I was sure it was probably a complicated process to make it so good. That was until I tried making it. SO easy! And so good. The most difficult part is just waiting for the time it takes to cook before you can dig in!

Ingredients

1 rotisserie chicken, shredded

2 8-oz. packages cream cheese

1 cup ranch dressing

3/4 cup original Frank’s Red Hot sauce

Shredded Mexican cheese

Tortilla chips and celery, for serving

Directions

  1. Set oven to bake at 350 degrees F.
  2. Shred rotisserie chicken into a medium bowl.
  3. Mix with Frank’s Red Hot and ranch dressing until fully coated.
  4. Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Combine hot sauce covered chicken with cream cheese until fully melted and combined (forms a creamy consistency with very little full white spots left!). Stir frequently to combine and avoid burning.
  5. Once fully combined, turn the stovetop off and transfer the mixture to a oven safe casserole dish. Sprinkle the top with a layer of shredded cheese.
  6. Heat in oven until cheese is melted to your liking (about 8-10 minutes).
  7. Remove from the oven and serve!
Dip should look like this on the stovetop before transferring to the oven!
Out of the oven! Love that cheesy top. Broil for a minute if you want the cheese to brown even more!
Dig in!

Weight Watchers Freestyle SP: 11 points for one serving (about 12 servings total). Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the WW app.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

1 rotisserie chicken, shredded
2 8-oz. packages cream cheese
1 cup ranch dressing
3/4 cup original Frank’s Red Hot sauce
Shredded Mexican cheese
Tortilla chips and celery, for serving

Directions:

1. Set oven to bake at 350 degrees F.
2. Shred rotisserie chicken into a medium bowl.
3. Mix with Frank’s Red Hot and ranch dressing until fully coated.
4. Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Combine hot sauce covered chicken with cream cheese until fully melted and combined (forms a creamy consistency with very little full white spots left!). Stir frequently to combine and avoid burning.
5. Once fully combined, turn the stovetop off and transfer the mixture to a oven safe casserole dish. Sprinkle the top with a layer of shredded cheese.
6. Heat in oven until cheese is melted to your liking (about 8-10 minutes).
7. Remove from the oven and serve with chips and veggies!

Note: Nutrition information may not be exact. Ingredients were estimated and entered using verywellfit.com’s Nutrition Calculator. Calories reflect one serving of dip only.

Oven Baked Breaded Ravioli

I don’t know what it is about being home, but I always feel guilty at the thought of deep frying things myself. If I’m the one cooking, I better make it worth it, good for me, and tasty. But my mind always drifts to my take-out favorites, one of which is fried ravioli. So how can I recreate this delicious treat without frying? By oven baking them!

Ingredients

1 bag frozen ravioli (spinach or regular cheese–I used spinach and cheese)

3/4 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

2 eggs

1 tsp butter

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

1.  Preheat oven to 450 degrees

2.  Boil a pot of water for the ravioli

3.  When water begins to boil, pour the frozen ravioli into the pot and boil them for 2 minutes

4.  After 2 minutes, drain the ravioli and let the 1 tsp of butter melt on them to avoid sticking

5.  Crack the two eggs into a bowl and beat lightly

6.  Combine the bread crumbs and cheese in a separate bowl

7.  Cover each ravioli with the egg and then with the bread crumb mixture

8.  Place each breaded ravioli on a metal rack which is placed on top of a baking sheet covered in foil (this will make for easier cleanup of any fallen breadcrumbs)

Breaded ravioli before baking

9.  Bake for approximately 15-18 minutes

Breaded ravioli after cooking…check out that crunch!

10.  Serve with marinara sauce and enjoy!

Oven Baked Breaded Ravioli

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

1 bag ravioli (spinach or regular cheese–I used spinach and cheese)
3/4 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 eggs
1 tsp butter

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
2. Boil a pot of water for the ravioli
3. When water begins to boil, pour the frozen ravioli into the pot and boil them for 2 minutes
4. After 2 minutes, drain the ravioli and let the 1/4 tsp of butter melt on them to avoid sticking
5. Crack the two eggs into a bowl and beat lightly
6. Combine the bread crumbs and cheese in a separate bowl
7. Cover each ravioli with the egg and then with the bread crumb mixture
8. Place each breaded ravioli on a metal rack which is placed on top of a baking sheet covered in foil
9. Bake for approximately 15-18 minutes
10. Serve with marinara sauce and enjoy!

Weight Watchers Freestyle SP: 9 points for one serving (this recipe makes about 4 servings). Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the WW app.

Note: Nutrition information may not be exact. Ingredients were estimated and entered using verywellfit.com’s Nutrition Calculator.

Baked Beef Empanadas

When there is endless college basketball on, you need to have some finger foods ready to go! Check out these awesome (and easy) baked empanadas.  Cut some calories with these delicious snacks that will be gone in seconds.

Ingredients

12 empanada wrappers (I used GOYA)

2 lbs ground beef

1 medium onion

4 tbsp sofrito (I used GOYA)

GOYA Adobo seasoning, to taste

Olive oil

1 egg, whisked, for egg wash

Directions

1 . Coat large skillet with olive oil.  Saute onions and add in ground beef.  Make sure all ground beef is thoroughly cooked through and browned on all sides.

2.  Add in 4 tbsp of sofrito seasoning to coat beef and let simmer.
3.  Generously sprinkle GOYA Adobo seasoning on all of meat and mix in thoroughly.  Add more or less to taste.

4.  Once meat is cooked and seasoned, take an empanada wrapper and fill one half with beef mixture.  Fold it over and press and seal with a fork.
5.  Crack and whisk one egg.  With a pastry brush, coat both sides of each empanada with the egg wash to help it crisp up in the oven.
6.  Baked on an ungreased baking sheet at 375 F for 15-20 minutes, or until empanada wrappers look cooked and crispy.
7.  Serve and enjoy!! 

These seriously went so fast.  Next time, I will definitely make two batches!!

Baked Beef Empanadas

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients
12 empanada wrappers (I used GOYA)
2 lbs ground beef
1 medium onion
4 tbsp sofrito (I used GOYA)
GOYA Adobo seasoning, to taste
Olive oil
1 egg, whisked, for egg wash

Directions
1 . Coat large skillet with olive oil. Saute onions and add in ground beef. Make sure all ground beef is thoroughly cooked through and browned on all sides.
2. Add in 4 tbsp of sofrito seasoning to coat beef and let simmer.
3. Generously sprinkle GOYA Adobo seasoning on all of meat and mix in thoroughly. Add more or less to taste.
4. Once meat is cooked and seasoned, take an empanada wrapper and fill one half with beef mixture. Fold it over and press and seal with a fork.
5. Crack and whisk one egg. With a pastry brush, coat both sides of each empanada with the egg wash to help it crisp up in the oven.
6. Baked on an ungreased baking sheet at 375 F for 15-20 minutes, or until empanada wrappers look cooked and crispy.
7. Serve and enjoy!!

Weight Watcher Freestyle SP: 8 per empanada. Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the Weight Watchers app.

Note: Nutrition information may not be exact. Ingredients were estimated and entered using verywellfit.com’s Nutrition Calculator.