Hamburger Hash – 9 points. My mother used to make this, and it is quick and easy when you are out of inspiration and time. Crumble and brown 1/4 lb ground beef for each serving, along with a generous amount of chopped onions (about 1/2 cup for 4 servings). While meat is browning, peel and cut one medium potato per serving into thin slices. When meat is brown, drain any extra grease, add potatoes, mix well, and add 1/2 cup of water. Cover pan and simmer until water is gone and potatoes are tender. Serve with green or fruit salad or veggie side dish. Add ons for family could be bread, biscuits, and/or dessert.
Bubble & Squeak – 8 points (2 links turkey breakfast sausage). This is an old English recipe I have been making for years. Put link sausages in a skillet with about 1/4 cup of water, cover and cook until water is gone and sausage is done. Peel and quarter a small potato (138 grams) for each serving. Cut a cabbage into wedges. Boil potatoes and cabbage until just tender and drain. Remove sausage from skillet and add potatoes and cabbage (spray skillet with Pam if needed) and continue to cook briefly, turning as they start to brown. Add sausage back to skillet, cover and remove from heat. Let set for a minute or two (it loosens the brown bits on the bottom of the skillet). I like to sprinkle a little apple cider vinegar on my serving before eating. Add ons for family could be bread and/or dessert.
Thai Sauteed Chicken with Basil – 4 points (1/4 recipe). Serve over 1/2 cup of rice (3 points). This recipe calls for both fish sauce and oyster sauce, which can be found at most grocery stores. However, if you have access to an Asian store, get it there for a fraction of the price. Asparagus would be even better than green beans, but I only buy it when it is in season (early spring). I used red pepper flakes instead of the Thai chili, and dried basil instead of fresh (about a tablespoon). Add ons for family could be extra rice, bread, and/or dessert.
Tuna salad sandwiches – 4 points (1/2 recipe). Drain one 5 oz can water-packed tuna. Add one chopped hard-boiled egg, 2 tablespoons finely chopped onions, 2 tablespoons dill relish or chopped dill pickles, 4 tablespoons light mayo and 1 teaspoon of mustard. Mix well and serve over shredded lettuce or as a sandwich filling. I also like to add about a tablespoon of sunflower seeds (1 point) for some crunch. Add-ons for family could be chips, bread, French fries, and/or dessert.
Weeknight Enchiladas – 9 points (2 enchiladas). If you cut the cheese in half, it would bring the points down to 7. Use fat-free refried beans, or better yet, make your own – they are easy and much tastier. For a more authentic Mexican taste, use crumbled feta instead of pepper jack cheese, waiting to add the cheese on top until after baking. Serve with salad. Add ons for family could be Spanish rice, tortilla chips, and/or dessert.
Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup – 5 points (1/8 of recipe, includes 1/4 ozs parmesan sprinkled on top). This is a real keeper, and the point count is low enough you can easily add a slice of crusty bread or some crackers. The recipe calls for it to be made in a slow cooker, but I did it on top of the stove, simmering it for several hours to fully develop the flavors. However, it could be made in about 30 minutes if you are short on time. Add ons for family could be garlic bread, crackers, and/or dessert.