Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint

So I’m having a crisis. It is October, BUT, it’s still 80 degrees outside! Therefore, we can have our juicy chilled watermelon salad at the same time as our soups, chilis, and chowders. This bright, fresh watermelon feta mint salad is the perfect side dish or appetizer. It is so easy, but so satisfying!

Ingredients

12 cups cubed watermelon (1/2 inch-1 inch cubes), chilled

1 1/2 cups crumbled feta cheese

1 cup mint leaves, chopped

3 limes, juiced

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large serving bowl.
  2. Garnish with additional feta and mint.
  3. Serve chilled as an appetizer or side dish!

Weight Watchers Freestyle SP: 3 points per serving (12 servings total). Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the WW app.

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Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Category: Appetizer, Side Dish

Servings: 12

Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint

Ingredients

  • 12 cups cubed watermelon (1/2 inch-1 inch cubes), chilled
  • 1 1/2 cups crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 cup mint leaves, chopped
  • 3 limes, juiced
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large serving bowl.
  2. Garnish with additional feta and mint.
  3. Serve chilled as an appetizer or side dish!
https://aspoonfulofsimple.com/2019/10/01/watermelon-salad-with-feta-and-mint/
Note: Nutrition information may not be exact. Ingredients were estimated and entered using verywellfit.com’s Nutrition Calculator.
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Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings Soup

With tomorrow being October, soup season is in the air (though I never stopped making it)! This decadent soup is perfect for a cozy night in, and in the Instant Pot, it can’t be any easier!

Ingredients

1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs

4 cups celery, chopped

4 cups carrots, chopped

1 yellow onion, diced

4 cups chicken broth

1 package Grands! Homestyle Biscuits dough (8 biscuits)

2 bay leaves

1 tsp ground sage

1 tsp dried parsley

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tbsp butter

Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Set the Instant Pot to saute mode. Melt the tbsp of butter and add in onions. After a minute, add in carrots and celery.
  2. After you have sautéed for about 4 minutes, add in thyme, garlic powder, parsley flakes, ground sage, bay leaves, salt, and pepper. Stir it together with veggies.
  3. Add in chicken broth and chicken thighs.
  4. Take biscuit dough out of the package and cut in quarters. Sprinkle them with salt, pepper, and a little ground sage for flavoring.
  5. Place quartered biscuit dough on top of chicken thighs in the Instant Pot.
  6. Close and lock the Instant Pot. Set the valve to “sealing.”
  7. Cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. After pressure builds and cooking time has completed, allow to naturally release pressure for 15 minutes (timer should read LO:15). Then, do a quick release of the pressure.
  8. Break up biscuits that may have stuck together. Remove chicken thighs and shred. Return shredded chicken back to soup.
  9. Serves six!
Before cooking! Ready to place biscuits on top.
Raw dough placed on top! Ready to seal the Instant Pot for cooking.
Set timer for 5 minutes, high pressure.
After cooking is done, let pressure naturally release for 15 minutes. Instant Pot should look like this! Then, quick release the remaining pressure.
Break up biscuits, shred chicken, and serve!

Weight Watchers Freestyle SP: 10 points per serving (6 servings total). Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the WW app.

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Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Category: Soup

Servings: 6

Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings Soup

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 4 cups celery, chopped
  • 4 cups carrots, chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 package Pillsbury Grands! Homestyle Biscuits dough (8 biscuits)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp ground sage
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Set the Instant Pot to saute mode. Melt the tbsp of butter and add in onions. After a minute, add in carrots and celery.
  2. After you have sautéed for about 4 minutes, add in thyme, garlic powder, parsley flakes, ground sage, bay leaves, salt, and pepper. Stir it together with veggies.
  3. Add in chicken broth and chicken thighs.
  4. Take biscuit dough out of the package and cut in quarters. Sprinkle them with salt, pepper, and a little ground sage for flavoring.
  5. Place quartered biscuit dough on top of chicken thighs in the Instant Pot.
  6. Close and lock the Instant Pot. Set the valve to “sealing.”
  7. Cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. After pressure builds and cooking time has completed, allow to naturally release pressure for 15 minutes (timer should read LO:15). Then, do a quick release of the pressure.
  8. Break up biscuits that may have stuck together. Remove chicken thighs and shred. Return shredded chicken back to soup.
  9. Serves six!
https://aspoonfulofsimple.com/2019/09/30/instant-pot-chicken-and-dumplings-soup/
Note: Nutrition information may not be exact. Ingredients were estimated and entered using verywellfit.com’s Nutrition Calculator.

Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan

One of my absolute favorite classic Italian-American dishes is chicken parm. The one thing I hate about it is pan frying the chicken and having all that greasy mess in my house and in my food. Enter the air fryer! This air fried recipe is delicious, crispy, and flavorful!

Ingredients

2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into thin cutlets (about 6-8)

1 1/4 cups Italian seasoned Panko bread crumbs

1/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese

1 egg

1/4 cup all purpose flour

Olive oil spray

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

2 cups tomato/marinara sauce of choice

Directions

  1. Prepare three shallow bowls. Fill one bowl with the flour, one with the egg beaten with a little water to thin it out, and one with the breadcrumbs mixed with the parmesan cheese and salt and pepper.
  2. Pat each piece of chicken dry. Dredge each piece of chicken in the flour. Shake off excess. Then, dip in the egg. Finally, coat evenly with the breadcrumb mixture.
  3. Set your air fryer to 375 degrees F. Spray the basket lightly with olive oil spray. Place chicken in air fryer in an even layer (you will most likely have to work in batches). Lightly spray the top of the chicken with the olive oil spray.
  4. Cook for 8-10 minutes on one side until chicken starts to look crispy and browned. Then, flip chicken in air fryer using tongs.
  5. Cook for an additional 5 minutes until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  6. Spoon tomato/marinara sauce onto cooked chicken in the air fryer. Then, layer with shredded cheese.
  7. Cook in the air fryer for an additional 2 minutes, or until melted to your liking!
  8. Serve with pasta or your favorite veggie!
Ready to coat the chicken! Note: I added a little salt and pepper to my egg bowl… I just love salt and pepper!
Coated and ready for the air fryer
Once the chicken is air fried and crispy, add the sauce and shredded cheese.

Weight Watchers Freestyle SP: 5 points per serving (6 servings total). Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the WW app.

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Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Category: Chicken

Cuisine: Italian

Servings: 6

Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into thin cutlets (about 6-8)
  • 1 1/4 cups Italian seasoned Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • Olive oil spray
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups tomato/marinara sauce of choice

Instructions

  1. Prepare three shallow bowls. Fill one bowl with the flour, one with the egg beaten with a little water to thin it out, and one with the breadcrumbs mixed with the parmesan cheese and salt and pepper.
  2. Pat each piece of chicken dry. Dredge each piece of chicken in the flour. Shake off excess. Then, dip in the egg. Finally, coat evenly with the breadcrumb mixture.
  3. Set your air fryer to 375 degrees F. Spray the basket lightly with olive oil spray. Place chicken in air fryer in an even layer (you will most likely have to work in batches). Lightly spray the top of the chicken with the olive oil spray.
  4. Cook for 8-10 minutes on one side until chicken starts to look crispy and browned. Then, flip chicken in air fryer using tongs.
  5. Cook for an additional 5 minutes until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  6. Spoon tomato/marinara sauce onto cooked chicken in the air fryer. Then, layer with shredded cheese.
  7. Cook in the air fryer for an additional 2 minutes, or until melted to your liking!
  8. Serve with pasta or your favorite veggie!
https://aspoonfulofsimple.com/2019/08/12/air-fryer-chicken-parmesan/
Note: Nutrition information may not be exact. Ingredients were estimated and entered using verywellfit.com’s Nutrition Calculator.

Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs

One dish that I never get sick of is a classic meatball. Now, being on Weight Watchers, I try to find some variations of meatballs that use as many 0 point foods as possible so I can pack as much flavor in without the guilt. These delicious teriyaki chicken meatballs are perfect as an appetizer or as a main dish over rice or noodles. Enjoy!

Ingredients

1 lb ground chicken breast

3 tbsp fresh minced ginger

3 tsp minced garlic

1/3 cup minced scallions (save additional for garnish)

2 tsp soy sauce

2 tsp sesame oil

1 egg

1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs

Canola oil spray

Salt to taste

Garlic ginger teriyaki marinade, or other Asian sauce of choice (store bought)

Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel Seasoning, for garnish

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine ground chicken breast, ginger, garlic, scallions, soy sauce, sesame oil, egg, bread crumbs, and salt. Mix well with your hands or a hand mixer until well combined.
  3. Spray a rimmed baking sheet with canola oil.
  4. Form meat into 20-24 small meatballs and place on the baking sheet (If the mixture feels too wet, add some extra breadcrumbs, but this mixture may feel a bit more wet and sticky than a traditional meatball! No worries!).
  5. Baked meatballs for 13-15 minutes, until browned and cooked through to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Turn meatballs with 5 minutes of cooking time left to avoid burning on the bottoms.
  6. Toss in a bowl with the garlic ginger teriyaki marinade and serve on their own for an appetizer or over rice or cauliflower rice!
Before cooking
Cooked and tossed in sauce

Weight Watchers Freestyle SP: 1 point per meatball with marinade. Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the WW app.

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Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Category: Appetizer, Main Dish

Cuisine: Asian

Servings: 20-24 Meatballs

Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground chicken breast
  • 3 tbsp fresh minced ginger
  • 3 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup minced scallions (save additional for garnish)
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • Canola oil spray
  • Salt to taste
  • Garlic ginger teriyaki marinade, or other Asian sauce of choice (store bought)
  • Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel Seasoning, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine ground chicken breast, ginger, garlic, scallions, soy sauce, sesame oil, egg, bread crumbs, and salt. Mix well with your hands or a hand mixer until well combined.
  3. Spray a rimmed baking sheet with canola oil.
  4. Form meat into 20-24 small meatballs and place on the baking sheet (If the mixture feels too wet, add some extra breadcrumbs, but this mixture may feel a bit more wet and sticky than a traditional meatball! No worries!).
  5. Baked meatballs for 13-15 minutes, until browned and cooked through to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Turn meatballs with 5 minutes of cooking time left to avoid burning on the bottoms.
  6. Toss in a bowl with the garlic ginger teriyaki marinade and serve on their own for an appetizer or over rice or cauliflower rice!
https://aspoonfulofsimple.com/2019/07/29/teriyaki-chicken-meatballs/
50 calories per meatball.
Note: Nutrition information may not be exact. Ingredients were estimated and entered using verywellfit.com’s Nutrition Calculator.

Trader Joe’s Hack: 5-Minute Gyros

Ingredients

Trader Joe’s fully cook gyro slices

Trader Joe’s cauliflower tabbouleh

Trader Joe’s tzatziki sauce

Pita bread

Hummus of choice ( I just used what I had, but TJ’s has a bunch of great options!)

Directions

  1. Heat the gyro slices and the pitas in the microwave for 30 seconds.
  2. Spread the hummus on the heated pita.
  3. Place the gyro slices on the pita.
  4. Spoon some cauliflower tabbouleh over the top.
  5. Top with tzatziki sauce.
  6. Serve! So simple and delicious.
Spread the hummus of choice
Place the heated gyro slices on the pita
Spoon on the tabbouleh
Top with tzatziki

Weight Watchers Freestyle SP: 10 points per pita with fixings. This recipe makes 4 servings total (I ended up using more meat than the serving size, oops!). Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the WW app.

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Trader Joe's Hack: 5-Minute Gyros

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Category: Gyro

Cuisine: Greek

Servings: 4

Trader Joe's Hack: 5-Minute Gyros

Ingredients

  • Trader Joe’s fully cook gyro slices
  • Trader Joe’s cauliflower tabbouleh
  • Trader Joe’s tzatziki sauce
  • Pita bread
  • Hummus of choice

Instructions

  1. Heat the gyro slices and the pitas in the microwave for 30 seconds.
  2. Spread the hummus on the heated pita.
  3. Place the gyro slices on the pita.
  4. Spoon some cauliflower tabbouleh over the top.
  5. Top with tzatziki sauce.
  6. Serve! So simple and delicious.
https://aspoonfulofsimple.com/2019/07/11/trader-joes-hack-5-minute-gyros/

**See packages for nutritional information and calorie counts.**

Instant Pot Chicken Piccata

One of my favorite combination of flavors involves lemon, butter, olive oil, and garlic…but really, who wouldn’t like that? This Instant Pot chicken piccata recipe is a simple one pot meal that combines the functions of sautéing and pressure cooking to create the most delectable chicken and juices to pour over your favorite pasta, rice, or veggies.

Ingredients

1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut thin or in strips (I bought tenderloins)

1/4 cup all purpose flour

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp butter

2 lemons

1 clove garlic, minced

2 small shallots, finely diced

1 cup chicken broth

1/4 cup capers, rinsed and drained

Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Pat chicken dry. If it is a thicker breast, butterfly it and slice it into thinner pieces. I used chicken breast tenderloins and they worked perfectly!
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Place flour on a plate. Toss the seasoned chicken in the flour to coat.
  3. Place your Instant Pot in “saute” mode. Melt the butter and pour the olive oil in the pot until hot. Brown the chicken in the oil and butter until golden/brown on the outside (will not be fully cooked through yet). About 2-3 minutes per side. Do this in batches, if necessary.
  4. Remove chicken to a plate.
  5. Quickly add shallots and garlic to the hot oil and butter. Stir around for about 30 seconds – 1 minute until fragrant–be very careful not to burn them!
  6. Add chicken broth into the Instant Pot to deglaze (be sure to scrape off any stuck brown bits from the bottom of the pot during this step –this will prevent a “BURN” notice when pressure cooking).
  7. Squeeze in the juice of one lemon and layer slices from the other lemon in the liquid.
  8. Add chicken back into the pot and stir together.
  9. Close your Instant Pot with the lid and set the top valve to “Sealing” mode. Set to High Pressure for 4 minutes (more time may be needed for a thicker piece of chicken).
  10. Once 4 minutes has completed, allow for a natural pressure release for 5 minutes (don’t touch anything, pot will read LO:05).
  11. Release the pressure carefully, add in the rinsed and drained capers, and serve over pasta, rice, or veggies!

**NOTE: I do not thicken the sauce because I like to pour it over pasta as a lemon/butter sauce. Feel free to thicken it with additional flour at the end!**

Season the chicken
Dredge in flour
Brown in the butter/ olive oil
Remove chicken / add shallots and garlic to the Instant Pot
Deglaze pot with chicken broth / add lemon juice and lemon slices … then mix chicken back in and pressure cook for 4 minutes!
Ready to release the pressure and add the capers!
That sauce, though…
Serve and enjoy!

Weight Watchers Freestyle SP: 6 points per serving of chicken with sauce (add more for whatever you serve it with). This recipe makes 4 servings total. Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the WW app.

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Instant Pot Chicken Piccata

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Category: Chicken

Cuisine: Italian

Servings: 4

Instant Pot Chicken Piccata

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut thin or in strips (I bought tenderloins)
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 small shallots, finely diced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup capers, rinsed and drained
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Pat chicken dry. If it is a thicker breast, butterfly it and slice it into thinner pieces. I used chicken breast tenderloins and they worked perfectly!
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Place flour on a plate. Toss the seasoned chicken in the flour to coat.
  3. Place your Instant Pot in “saute” mode. Melt the butter and pour the olive oil in the pot until hot. Brown the chicken in the oil and butter until golden/brown on the outside (will not be fully cooked through yet). About 2-3 minutes per side. Do this in batches, if necessary.
  4. Remove chicken to a plate.
  5. Quickly add shallots and garlic to the hot oil and butter. Stir around for about 30 seconds – 1 minute until fragrant–be very careful not to burn them!
  6. Add chicken broth into the Instant Pot to deglaze (be sure to scrape off any stuck brown bits from the bottom of the pot during this step –this will prevent a “BURN” notice when pressure cooking).
  7. Squeeze in the juice of one lemon and layer slices from the other lemon in the liquid.
  8. Add chicken back into the pot and stir together.
  9. Close your Instant Pot with the lid and set the top valve to “Sealing” mode. Set to High Pressure for 4 minutes (more time may be needed for a thicker piece of chicken).
  10. Once 4 minutes has completed, allow for a natural pressure release for 5 minutes (don’t touch anything, pot will read LO:05).
  11. Release the pressure carefully, add in the rinsed and drained capers, and serve over pasta, rice, or veggies!

Notes

I do not thicken the sauce because I like to pour it over pasta as a lemon/butter sauce. Feel free to thicken it with additional flour at the end!

https://aspoonfulofsimple.com/2019/07/10/instant-pot-chicken-piccata/

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

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

Servings: 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!
https://aspoonfulofsimple.com/2019/06/30/summer-corn-and-black-bean-salad/

15-Minute Chicken Fajitas

Some weekdays I get home from work and just don’t have it in me to prepare a meal. But, on those days I also realize that the amount of time it would take me to wait for a delivery meal, I could have a much healthier and easier option at my fingertips. That’s when these 15-minute chicken fajitas come into play! I buy precut fajita veggies, a simmer sauce, and stir fry chicken to make this meal SO easy and SO good! This semi-homemade meal will be sure to please everyone while giving you your night back!

Ingredients

1 yellow onion, cut into strips

1 green bell pepper, cut into strips

1 red bell pepper, cut into strips

1.5 lbs chicken breast (I bought the stir fry cut chicken to make it easier!)

1 package of Frontera Fajita Skillet Sauce with chipotle + lime

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste

Cumin to taste

8 flour tortillas

2 tbsp olive oil

Directions

  1. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a skillet. Cook fajita veggies (onion, peppers) in the oil until they start to get a golden color (about 3-5 minutes).
  2. Season chicken with salt, pepper, and cumin, to taste.
  3. Remove the veggies from the skillet to rest on a plate. Add another 1 tbsp of oil. Add in chicken, in batches if needed. Cook through until fully browned and at an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  4. Remove chicken to a plate. Drain excess oil from the pan.
  5. Pour fajita sauce into skillet until it starts to boil. Add the cooked chicken and veggies back into the skillet. Combine until well coated by the sauce. Let simmer for 2-5 minutes on low.
  6. Serve with heated flour tortillas!

Weight Watchers Freestyle SP: 9 points per serving (2 tortillas with fajita filling per serving!) Only 3 points with no tortillas! Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the WW app.

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15-Minute Chicken Fajitas

Category: Entree

Cuisine: Mexican

Servings: 4

15-Minute Chicken Fajitas

Ingredients

  • 1 yellow onion, cut into strips
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1.5 lbs chicken breast (I bought the stir fry cut chicken to make it easier!)
  • 1 package of Frontera Fajita Skillet Sauce with chipotle + lime
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Cumin to taste
  • 8 flour tortillas
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a skillet. Cook fajita veggies (onion, peppers) in the oil until they start to get a golden color (about 3-5 minutes).
  2. Season chicken with salt, pepper, and cumin, to taste.
  3. Remove the veggies from the skillet to rest on a plate. Add another 1 tbsp of oil. Add in chicken, in batches if needed. Cook through until fully browned and at an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  4. Remove chicken to a plate. Drain excess oil from the pan.
  5. Pour fajita sauce into skillet until it starts to boil. Add the cooked chicken and veggies back into the skillet. Combine until well coated by the sauce. Let simmer for 2-5 minutes on low.
  6. Serve with heated flour tortillas!
https://aspoonfulofsimple.com/2019/06/03/15-minute-chicken-fajitas/
Note: Nutrition information may not be exact. Ingredients were estimated and entered using verywellfit.com’s Nutrition Calculator.

Instant Pot Beef Stew

Even though the summer months are quickly approaching, a gloomy day always gets me in the mood for a hearty soup or stew. This Instant Pot Beef Stew was a perfect cozy touch to this rainy New Jersey night!

Ingredients

1.5 lbs stew meat, cubed

1/4 cup flour

1 tsp fresh ground pepper

1 tsp kosher salt

5 tsp vegetable oil

2 tbsp red wine vinegar

1 cup red cooking wine

1 packet McCormick Beef Stew seasoning

4 cups beef broth

2 bay leaves

2 cups cubed gold potatoes

2 cups chopped carrots

2 cups chopped celery

Directions

  1. Combine the flour, salt, and pepper on a plate. Coat each piece of beef in the flour mixture.
  2. Set the Instant Pot to “Saute” mode. Pour 3 tsp of vegetable oil in. Once hot, begin browning the beef, in batches. Be sure not to overcrowd the pot. Remove each batch of browned beef to a plate once it is sufficiently browned, about 5 minutes per batch. Add additional oil between batches if needed.
  3. Remove all beef. Add in the vinegar, cooking wine, and beef broth. The pot will have a lot of brown bits stuck to it which need to be scraped up with a wooden spoon before pressure cooking (this will prevent the “BURN” notice). This is known as “deglazing.”
  4. Once the pot is sufficiently deglazed and no more brown bits are stuck to the bottom, add the beef, seasoning pack, and bay leaves into the liquid. Cancel saute mode.
  5. Set the Instant Pot to the Meat/Stew setting for 45 minutes. Flip your vent to “Sealing” mode before beginning the pressure cooking. It will take some time to build pressure before cooking time begins.
  6. After 45 minutes completes, allow the pot to naturally release pressure for 10 minutes (it will read LO:10). After the natural pressure release is complete, flip the vent to “Venting” mode to quick release the rest of the pressure. Be sure to use a hand towel or spoon to avoid steam burn.
  7. Stir beef mixture and add in vegetables.
  8. Close the pot and set back to “Sealing” mode. Pressure cook on high for 9 minutes. Complete a 10 minute natural pressure release after 9 minutes cooking time is completed (should read LO:10 again).
  9. Serve over egg noodles, rice, or on its own!

Weight Watchers Freestyle SP: 9 points per serving of beef stew (about 6 servings total). Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the WW app (calculate points for whatever you add separately).

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Instant Pot Beef Stew

Category: Instant Pot, Stew

Servings: 6

Instant Pot Beef Stew

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs stew meat, cubed
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 5 tsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 cup red cooking wine
  • 1 packet McCormick Beef Stew seasoning
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cups cubed gold potatoes
  • 2 cups chopped carrots
  • 2 cups chopped celery

Instructions

  1. Combine the flour, salt, and pepper on a plate. Coat each piece of beef in the flour mixture.
  2. Set the Instant Pot to “Saute” mode. Pour 3 tsp of vegetable oil in. Once hot, begin browning the beef, in batches. Be sure not to overcrowd the pot. Remove each batch of browned beef to a plate once it is sufficiently browned, about 5 minutes per batch. Add additional oil between batches if needed.
  3. Remove all beef. Add in the vinegar, cooking wine, and beef broth. The pot will have a lot of brown bits stuck to it which need to be scraped up with a wooden spoon before pressure cooking (this will prevent the “BURN” notice). This is known as “deglazing.”
  4. Once the pot is sufficiently deglazed and no more brown bits are stuck to the bottom, add the beef, seasoning pack, and bay leaves into the liquid. Cancel saute mode.
  5. Set the Instant Pot to the Meat/Stew setting for 45 minutes. Flip your vent to “Sealing” mode before beginning the pressure cooking. It will take some time to build pressure before cooking time begins.
  6. After 45 minutes completes, allow the pot to naturally release pressure for 10 minutes (it will read LO:10). After the natural pressure release is complete, flip the vent to “Venting” mode to quick release the rest of the pressure. Be sure to use a hand towel or spoon to avoid steam burn.
  7. Stir beef mixture and add in vegetables.
  8. Close the pot and set back to “Sealing” mode. Pressure cook on high for 9 minutes. Complete a 10 minute natural pressure release after 9 minutes cooking time is completed (should read LO:10 again).
  9. Serve over egg noodles, rice, or on its own!
https://aspoonfulofsimple.com/2019/05/28/instant-pot-beef-stew/
Note: Nutrition information may not be exact. Ingredients were estimated and entered using verywellfit.com’s Nutrition Calculator.

Instant Pot Shredded Salsa Chicken

One of my go-to Instant Pot meals for meal prepping is this easy shredded salsa chicken. You can put them in rice bowls, flour/corn tortillas, or you can just eat it on its own with all the fixings!

Ingredients

2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 jar salsa of choice

1 packet taco seasoning

1 cup water

1 can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 can corn, rinsed and drained

Rice / guacamole / sour cream for creating the bowls

Directions

  1. Place the chicken breasts in your Instant Pot. Cover with 1 cup water.
  2. Close the lid of the pot and turn the valve to “Sealing.” Set on manual pressure for 9 minutes. Allow pressure to build and cook time to complete.
  3. Once 9 minutes of cook time is completed, allow for 5 minutes of natural release before flipping the valve to “Venting.”
  4. Remove the chicken and shred. Drain liquid from the pot.
  5. Place shredded chicken back in the Instant Pot and place on “Saute” mode. Add in jar of salsa, taco seasoning, and drained and rinsed corn and beans.
  6. Stir in until flavors are combined and corn softens to your liking.
  7. Serve over rice, salad, tacos, etc! Top with guacamole, sour cream, cheese, etc.

Weight Watchers Freestyle SP: 1 point per serving of chicken. Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the WW app (calculate points for whatever you add separately).

Print a copy of this recipe for your recipe binder!

Instant Pot Shredded Salsa Chicken

Category: Chicken

Servings: 6

Instant Pot Shredded Salsa Chicken

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 jar salsa of choice
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can corn, rinsed and drained
  • +your choice of toppings!

Instructions

  1. Place the chicken breasts in your Instant Pot. Cover with 1 cup water.
  2. Close the lid of the pot and turn the valve to “Sealing.” Set on manual pressure for 9 minutes. Allow pressure to build and cook time to complete.
  3. Once 9 minutes of cook time is completed, allow for 5 minutes of natural release before flipping the valve to “Venting.”
  4. Remove the chicken and shred. Drain liquid from the pot.
  5. Place shredded chicken back in the Instant Pot and place on “Saute” mode. Add in jar of salsa, taco seasoning, and drained and rinsed corn and beans.
  6. Stir in until flavors are combined and corn softens to your liking.
  7. Serve over rice, salad, tacos, etc! Top with guacamole, sour cream, cheese, etc.
https://aspoonfulofsimple.com/2019/05/27/instant-pot-shredded-salsa-chicken/
Note: Nutrition information may not be exact. Ingredients were estimated and entered using verywellfit.com’s Nutrition Calculator.