Chicken Fingers – 3 points (4 oz meat, 1/2 tablespoon oil per serving). Cut chicken breast into strips and coat with Louisiana Crispy Fish Fry mix (no other seasoning needed). The link is there to show you what the package looks like – it can be found in most grocery stores. Fry briefly in a small amount of oil (only takes a few minutes). You could also bake them with a spray of Pam. This is a sure-fire winner with both kids and adults. Add a salad or raw veggie tray with homemade Ranch dressing (2 tablespoons are 1 point), oven fries ( 6 points for medium potato + 1/2 tablespoon of oil), or rice (1/2 cup is 3 points). Family add-ons could include bread and/or dessert.
Easy Breaded Shrimp – 4 points (4 oz shrimp per serving). I made this for Kayte and I, using some fairly small shrimp she had on hand and Panko bread crumbs. We didn’t have the lemon called for so I used lemon pepper instead. They were delicious, but would have been even better with larger shrimp. I also used a good spray of Pam on both sides of the shrimp instead of olive oil, and turned the shrimp when the bottoms got brown. We served it with a raw veggie selection with homemade Ranch dressing (1 point for 2 tablespoons). Family add-ons could be rice, potatoes, bread, potato salad, cole slaw, and/or dessert. (This is low enough points you could choose to have something from this list, too.)
Chipotle Butternut Squash Chili – 6 points. (1/4 recipe without toppings). Add avocado (2 points for 1/4), light sour cream (2 points for 2 tablespoons), cheese (2 points for 1/2 oz) or other toppings. Rachael made this and her family loved it, including the leftovers. Read the blog post for more information. Add ons for family could be tortilla chips, crusty bread, and/or dessert.
Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup – 5 points (1/8 recipe). This is one of the best soups ever (and I usually don’t like soup)! I made it on top of the stove instead of in the slow cooker. I substituted diced tomatoes and their juice for the tomato sauce and used broccoli rabe, but you could easily use other greens such as spinach or kale, and other veggies. Add ons for family could be crackers, biscuits, bread, and/or dessert.