Spinach Artichoke Chicken

1/2 of pack (1 cutlet): 265 calories, 6g fat, 840mg sodium, 11.5g carbs, 3g fiber, 3g sugars, 38g protein -- PointsPlus® value 6*

You'll Need: heavy-duty aluminum foil, baking sheet, skillet, nonstick spray, medium microwave-safe bowl
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes

Ingredients:
2 cups chopped spinach leaves
2 wedges The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese
1 tbsp. light mayonnaise
1 tbsp. reduced-fat Parmesan-style grated topping
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 artichoke hearts packed in water, drained and chopped
Two 5-oz. raw boneless skinless chicken breast cutlets
1/8 tsp. each salt and black pepper
1/2 cup sliced onion
Optional seasoning: cayenne pepper

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lay a large piece of heavy-duty foil on a baking sheet.

Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Cook and stir spinach until wilted, about 3 minutes.

Remove spinach from heat, and thoroughly blot to remove excess moisture.

In a medium microwave-safe bowl, microwave cheese wedges for 20 seconds, or until warm. Add mayo, and thoroughly mix. Stir in Parm-style topping, garlic powder and, if you like, a dash or two of cayenne pepper.

Stir in cooked spinach and artichoke hearts.

Season chicken cutlets with salt and black pepper, and place side by side on the center of the foil. Evenly top with onion and spinach-artichoke mixture. Cover with another large piece of foil.

Fold together and seal all four edges of the foil pieces, forming a well-sealed packet. Bake for 25 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.

Cut packet to release steam before opening entirely. Enjoy!

MAKES 2 SERVINGS

Slow-Cookin' Mexican Beef

1/6th of recipe (about 2/3 cup): 170 calories, 4.5g fat, 339mg sodium, 5.5g carbs, <0.5g fiber, 2.5g sugars, 27g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*

You’ll Need: crock pot, large bowl
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low

Ingredients:
1 cup canned crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup roasted red peppers packed in water, drained and chopped
1/4 cup canned diced green chiles
1 tbsp. taco seasoning mix
1/2 tbsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes, or more to taste
1/8 tsp. black pepper, or more to taste
1 1/2 lbs. raw top sirloin beef, trimmed of excess fat
Optional seasoning: salt

Directions:
In a crock pot, mix all ingredients except beef. Add beef and stir to coat.

Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours, until beef is fully cooked and tender.

Transfer beef to a large bowl. Shred with two forks -- one to hold the beef in place and the other to scrape across and shred it.

Return the shredded beef to the crock pot and mix well. Enjoy!

MAKES 6 SERVINGS

Sloppy Janes

1/5th of recipe (1 sandwich): 265 calories, 7g fat, 599mg sodium, 30g carbs, 7.5g fiber, 9.5g sugars, 23g protein -- PointsPlus® value 7*

You'll Need: large skillet, nonstick spray
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes

Ingredients:
1 lb. raw lean ground turkey
1 tsp. dry steak seasoning blend
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 3/4 cups canned crushed tomatoes
2 tbsp. tomato paste
1 tbsp. Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated) or granulated white sugar
5 light hamburger buns

Directions:
Spray a large skillet with nonstick spray and bring to medium-high heat. Add turkey and sprinkle with steak seasoning and salt. Cook and crumble for about 8 minutes, until mostly cooked.

Reduce heat to medium. Add onion, bell pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and vinegar. Mix well, and cook and crumble for 5 minutes, or until meat is fully cooked.

Reduce heat to low. Add crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, and Splenda or sugar. Cook and stir until hot, about 5 minutes.

Toast buns, if desired. Evenly distribute the mixture among the bottom buns, and then finish off with the tops of the buns.

Enjoy!

MAKES 5 SERVINGS

HG Alternative: Can't find light buns, which have about 80 calories each? Just get the lowest-calorie buns you see and adjust the calorie count accordingly! Another great option? 100-calorie flat sandwich buns, like Arnold/Brownberry/Oroweat Sandwich Thins.

*The PointsPlus® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the PointsPlus® registered trademark.