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Turkey Sausage, Kale and Honey Roasted Beets

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Do you ever go on vacation, and maybe, bookend each day with a pan of biscuit beignets and at least two pina coladas, filling the space between with fried things and ice cream? Probably not you. Its probably only me. Probably.

Several warnings/comments about this meal. If you're not a dieter/weight watcher, this meal is full of vegetables and its delicious. Skip down to the directions. WW buddies, keep reading. IT IS NOT LOW IN POINTS ON THE CURRENT PROGRAM. It was on the original Points program. When I first started making this, I thought balsamic vinegar had zero points. IT DOESN'T. However, I've eaten this nearly every week and lost weight. I track all the points. I find this meal especially handy when I get back from vacation, and I'm used to eating off plan. This is very tasty, a little salty, a little sweet. I also eat this for dinner the night of weigh in. I eat light the night before, so by dinner, I'M HUNGRY.

This meal was inspired by a meal an old camp f…

Protein-Packed Overnight Blueberry Oats

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I know there are a million recipes for overnight oats, but I saw this at HEB:



Such a sad, tiny portion for SEVEN smart points. I knew one more recipe for overnight oats would do more good than harm. This recipe yields a hearty two cup serving, at four smart points per serving.

Know a new mom? Make her some! Oats supposedly promote lactation. If I was making this for a new mom, I'd sub in whole milk or regular vanilla almond milk instead of unsweetened, and I'd add a swirl of honey and a sprinkle of nuts. New moms need those calories!

Ingredients:

1 pound frozen blueberries
1 1/3 cups old fashioned oats
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground allspice
2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
14 ounces silken tofu
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1. Drain and press tofu for at least 30 minutes.

2. Put drained tofu, vanilla extract and spices in a large mixing bowl and mash together with a fork until spices and extract are evenly distributed.



3. Add oa…

Spicy Beans, a lightened up take on the New Orleans classic

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I grew up on Zatarain's seasoning mix, but several years ago, on some sort of quest for authenticity, I found Emeril's recipe for red beans. Very tasty, except. SO. HEAVY. Ham hocks? Bacon grease? Tasso? Smoked sausage? ALL OF THESE. I'm not a dock worker. Plus, beans shouldn't give you angina or meat sweats. So, I killed the grease and the ham hocks. HEB doesn't sell Tasso, but I did have an over abundance of ham in my freezer. And I love turkey sausage. It was my main gateway meat during my return to omnivorism. I like Butterball Everyday Smoked Turkey sausage. It tastes more smokey, with less spice, nice and clean. And cheap. Other than that, same spices, and authentic flavor. This freezes beautifully, and after prep is complete, not very labor intensive. Also, I can get my four year old to eat this, as long as I pick out the sausage and green pepper. Apparently that shit is toxic to preschoolers.

At some point I'll figure out how to make this in the Instan…