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What's Cooking: Weight Watchers Party Recipes

What's Cooking -- November 4, 2011

Weight Watchers has some lower-calorie versions of party favorites.

Philly Cheese Steaks

PointsPlus® Value: 7

Servings: 4

Preparation Time: 12 min

Cooking Time: 21 min

Level of Difficulty: Easy

This lightened up Philadelphia specialty is terrific comfort food. Meaty, cheesy and great with cold beer.


1 spray(s) olive oil cooking spray

1 medium onion(s), thinly sliced

1 pound(s) raw lean flank steak, cut into 8 thin slices

2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1/4 tsp table salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

4 roll(s) reduced-calorie hot dog bun(s)

1/4 cup(s) low-fat shredded cheddar cheese


Preheat oven to 350°F.

Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; set pan over medium-high heat. When pan is hot, add onion and sauté until tender and golden brown, about 10 minutes. Remove onion from pan; set aside.

Add steak to skillet and sauté until browned and cooked through, about 1 to 2 minutes per side. Add Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper; cook until liquid is absorbed.

Divide steak evenly between buns and top with onion and cheese. Wrap in foil, transfer to oven and bake until cheese melts, about 5 to 7 minutes. Yields 1 sandwich per serving.


Jalapeño Poppers

PointsPlus® Value: 2

Servings: 8

Preparation Time: 12 min

Cooking Time: 30 min

Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Enjoy this classic bar finger-food in the comfort of your own home. The filling is creamy and rich; the outside's crunchy and crisp.


4 spray(s) olive oil cooking spray, divided

1/2 cup(s) low-fat shredded cheddar cheese

1/4 cup(s) low fat cream cheese

1 Tbsp fat-free mayonnaise

8 small jalapeño pepper(s)

1/4 cup(s) fat-free egg substitute

7 Tbsp cornflake crumbs


Preheat oven to 350ºF. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray. ·

In a medium bowl, combine cheddar cheese, cream cheese and mayonnaise; mix well and set aside. Halve peppers lengthwise and remove seeds; fill peppers with cheese mixture. (Oil and seeds from the peppers can be irritating - keep your fingers away from your eyes.)

Place egg substitute in a shallow dish. Place cornflake crumbs in a separate shallow dish. Dip stuffed peppers into egg substitute and then roll in cornflake crumbs to coat.

Transfer peppers to prepared baking sheet and coat with cooking spray. Bake until filling is bubbly and outside begins to brown, about 30 minutes. Serve hot. Yields 2 poppers per serving.


Feta and Spinach Dip

PointsPlus® Value: 2

Servings: 8

Preparation Time: 12 min

Cooking Time: 1 min

Level of Difficulty: Easy


4 cup(s) spinach, fresh, chopped (about 2 oz)

1/2 cup(s) low fat cream cheese

1/2 cup(s) fat-free sour cream

1/4 cup(s) crumbled feta cheese

1/4 cup(s) chives, fresh, minced, divided

2 tsp fresh lemon juice

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/4 tsp table salt, or less to taste (optional)

Place spinach in a small saucepan with 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil over high heat and then cook for 1 minute; drain well.

Place spinach, cream cheese, sour cream, feta cheese, 2 tablespoons of chives, lemon juice and pepper in a blender; puree. Taste dip and add salt if desired. Spoon dip into a serving bowl and sprinkle with remaining tablespoon of chives.

Yields about 3 tablespoons of dip per serving.

For a nice flavor boost, substitute sorrel or watercress for half the spinach and follow the recipe directions above.

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