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3 Point BBQ Chicken Pizza


I am always looking for new ways to make my addiction: pizza!

I have eaten this at restaurants and wanted to make some of my own instead of going out to eat last night.  We are trying to save money for the house so we stayed in last night.

Here is what you need:

1 whole wheat TJ’s pizza dough at room temp.

4 tablespoons BBQ sauce (recommendation: Sweet Baby Ray’s)

a couple pieces of onion

3/4 cup of mexican lite TJ’s cheese (I had mine divided into 1/4 portions)

1 can of TJ’s chunk white chicken (I got the bigger can-sorry, I don’t remember how many ounces it was-it had 6 servings of chicken in it)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Roll out dough onto a foiled pan.  I sprayed mine with PAM and added a little flour so the dough would not stick to the foil.

Spread dough out with hands.  I have found this to be the best method for TJ’s pizza dough, otherwise it sticks to my rolling pin.

Spread two tablespoons of BBQ sauce per half of pizza.

Add onion slices on BBQ sauce.  I did only a few, you really don’t need that many.

Add 1/4 of cheese to each half of the pizza. 

Add 2 1/2 servings of chicken to the pizza.  Each serving is 1/3 cup and then I added another 1/6 to the whole pizza.  Since the chicken is packed, you need to spread to out in the measuring cup with a fork.

Add the last 1/4 of the cheese to the top of the pizza.

Cook 8-10 minutes depending on the thickness of the crust.  The chicken will look slightly browned on top.

*WW Point Value: 3 per yummy slice!  It makes 8 servings so that is 3 points per serving. Much cheaper (money and points wise) than going out to eat!

Salmon with a sweet tropical marinade

I found this recipe by looking through salmon recipes on  I wanted something tropical-like to coat the salmon.  I found a recipe, but  of course, I changed it a bit to my liking 🙂

1 pound salmon or four 4 oz. filets

3/4 cup shredded coconut

1/2 cup honey

1/4 cup organic brown sugar

3/4 cup butter (I used Blue Bonnet margarine)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. 

In a medium sauce pan, melt butter.  A quick method to melting butter is to cut it into slices.

Mix in brown sugar, honey, coconut.  Bring to a boil and stir occasionally.  Reduce heat to low.

Take a 9 x 13 baking dish and pour enough of the coconut marinade to just coat the bottom.  Lay salmon in the baking dish and pour about half of the coconut marinade on the top of the salmon. 

Cover dish with foil and cook until the salmon starts to look white and it is flaky when you cut it with a fork.  I put the other half of the marinade on it a little before it was finished cooking.

 * Remember: the key to cooking salmon is not to overcook it!  When finished cooking it is supposed to look pink and white (more like white with a little pink) and flaky.

I served the salmon with roasted veggies from TJ’s.  It was delicious 🙂

I haven’t found the WW points yet, but a 4 oz. filet of salmon is 5 points.  I didn’t use a much marinade on my filet so as the other three.  Points will vary depending on how much you use.  Enjoy!

***Update: Each serving is about 18 points! YOWZAS! Oh well, live in learn.  But hey, you could go to a restaurant and easily spend double or triple that on something with coconut.  If you have the points go for it! Just saying…

Boys night out

Brandon (the husband) is out to a hockey game with the boys.  I went to Target and then had some sushi for dinner! mmmm  I got all of my Valentine’s Day shopping finished and bought some cleaning items for the apartment.  It has been such a long week.  Next week we have a lot of Lasiks so it will be even longer! ugh!

Check out what I had for lunch today! MMMM!


I made a homemade caesar salad with romaine lettce, mexican style shredded cheese, caesar dressing and croutons (well, I cut up a piece of bread and broiled it and made my own).  It was delicious!! mmmm

I can’t until Brandon gets home because I have missed him a lot today, but I am glad he is out with his coworkers!  I will hopefully be getting to some posts this weekend.  I am so tired right now and need to get stuff done around here. 

Here is my sushi dinner:



Anywho, I am starting to get a little headache so I am going to unpack my Target bags and lay down!


Shrimp scampi

This is almost a weekly favorite of ours.  It is not like your typical Red Lobster shrimp scampi.  This is something that I have created just by throwing some things together and of course, adding noodles!

Here is the recipe:

1 box whole wheat pasta

4 tablespoons olive oil

5 oz cooked shrimp with the tail off (I get the 5 dollar bag at TJ’s)

1/2 cup white wine

1 tsp. minced garlic

a dash of Old Bay seasoning

Boil noodles in water until ready.  In a separate pan, mix olive oil and shrimp. Cook on medium heat.  When shrimp starts to look tender and thawed, add garlic, and wine.  Strain your noodles and serve shrimp mixture on top.  18 shrimp is a serving and I just use whatever sauce comes with the shrimp when I dip it out.  Makes about 8 servings and it’s about 6 points per serving.  I save the rest of the pasta and put it in our lunches for the next two days 🙂

I served it with romaine lettuce and some caesar dressing.  It was a point friendly caesar salad- only 1 point!

Review: Tofu Shirataki Noodles

At first I was a tofu skeptic, but this recipe really did it for me.  The noodles are packaged in a bag of water, but don’t let that throw you off.  I can eat two servings of noodles for super low points! Only 20 calories per serving!  They were a little slimy and had a strong tofu smell, but I still went for it. I made this recipe (see bottom of the page for link)from the hungry website tonight since Brandon (the husband) would not even attempt to try tofu anything.
Here are some of the pictures from my dinner:

So overall, the tofu noodles were a hit! They were certainly a different consistency than regular noodles, but I like weird textures anyway! 🙂 The whole meal was only 1 whopping point!!! 🙂

Here is the link:

Pepperoni Calzone

I lost my creative-ness on the name of this. If you can come up with a creative name for a calzone let me know… I tried “Cal-in the-zone,” but I didn’t like it…oh well…

I usually use Trader Joe’s Whole Wheat pizza dough and make a pizza once a week, but this week I really wanted a calzone. It is 2 points per slice of pizza and Brandon (the husband) and I usually split one. I love pizza. I kind of have a pizza addiction. Ok pizza and I have a relationship just don’t tell Brandon 😉

Calzone Ingredients:
Trader Joe’s whole wheat pizza dough
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/4 cup TJ’s fat free pizza sauce
17 slices Turkey Pepperoni
2/4 cup TJ’s lite mexican blend cheese
Any other toppings and spices you like on your pizza. I used red and green peppers, oregano, onions, and tomato slices. (Points will vary depending on what you use)
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees
Lightly flour your pizza pan then roll out crust. Make sure crust has been sitting out to get to about room temp. I usually free the dough and then let it sit in the fridge for about 8 hours then Brandon takes it out to sit on the counter about 2-3 hours. If you don’t freeze it, then just set it out maybe an hour or two before you use it. It just stretches easier. I use my hands to spread the dough, it often sticks to my rolling pin.

Spread the tomato paste on first, then the pizza sauce.
Then add the cheese, and other toppings. Cover the toppings with the pepperoni.
Fold over and press the edges together with your fingers. Cut several (4-5) slits into the top of the calzone to let the steam escape.
Cook for about 15 minutes depending on your oven. I cooked it until it looked brown on top. The dough should feel pretty hard on top when finished.

The point value for the whole meal is 26. We cut ours in two and it came out to 12 points per serving. If you cut it into four servings, it would be 6 points per serving.


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