Weight Watchers Breakfast Ideas: Crepes with Ricotta & Orange Sauce (only 3 WW Freestyle Points!)

Food for Grownups
weight watchers breakfast ideas

Look at me here, putting on my best Julia Child smile and acting like a chef who never makes messes or mistakes. Am I convincing you? Well, guess what? Everyone makes mistakes. In the history of food, there’s never been a self-respecting chef who didn’t make a big mess. It’s just part of the creative process.

Crepe Happens

I know sometimes my blogs look like a professional photo shoot mixed with a five star restaurant (or maybe they don’t). But it always takes me a couple of tries, a whole lot of pictures, and boatloads of patience to get the desired result. It doesn’t come naturally. It isn’t effortless. It’s hard work and I love it. But what I lack in finesse, I make up for in enthusiasm.

It’s important to show you the full picture with a little behind the scenes action. As I am working on this recipe, one grand-darling is coloring on my granite countertops and singing about mermaids. The other is moaning about losing a half-chewed piece of strawberry. My mother is silently chugging coffee in the corner (possibly with a healthy dose of Cointreau thrown in there). My husband went to take out the recycling three hours ago and hasn’t been seen since. I am dressed for the early morning run that I still hadn’t managed to work in by noon.

Meanwhile, my very anxious spaniel, Showgirl, was doing her best to blend in with the buffalo check in the breakfast nook, away from the antics of the grand-darlings. The only pitter patter of little feet that she enjoys are, well, her own.

The Fanciest of all the Weight Watchers Breakfast Ideas

Alright, enough time spent baring my soul. Now, let’s talk about these crepes, shall we?

I’ve always loved a good crepe. Mostly because they are French and sound fancy. Give me Nutella banana crepes. Give me a ham and cheese crepe. I don’t discriminate. They’re the perfect vehicle for cloud-like ricotta and a bright, citrusy sauce, if I do say so myself.

For this recipe, I wanted the ricotta to be simple, with just a hint of sweetness and aromatic orange zest. The sauce, which proved to be more of a challenge than I expected, needed to be bursting with orangey goodness and bits of actual orange.

Here’s the recipe – straight from the kitchen of yours truly.

Print
weight watchers breakfast ideas

Weight Watchers Breakfast Ideas: Crepes with Ricotta & Orange Sauce (only 3 WW Freestyle Points!)


  • Author: Marie
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Category: breakfast
  • Method: stovetop

Description

This healthy Weight Watchers breakfast option will give your breakfast a certain je ne sais quoi. Okay, I really don’t speak French but I speak crepe, and that’s sort of the same thing. A citrusy sauce tops these ricotta-filled crepes and the result is a not-too-sweet alternative to your basic bowl of oatmeal. One thing I know for sure: it was a winner in my household. In a perfect world, it would be a very clever idea to top the dish with chopped mint to complement the citrus and the colors, but as we had already sent dear husband to the store three times, we decided to just let it go.


Ingredients

For the crepes:

  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cups fat-free milk
  • 1/2 cup white or wheat flour (the points are the same)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • Cooking spray

For the ricotta filling:

  • 8 oz fat-free ricotta
  • zest of one orange
  • 2 tsp honey

For the orange sauce:

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 TBS Cointreau or Triple Sec
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp honey
  • one orange, segmented plus more for garnish

Instructions

Make the crepe batter. In a blender, mix all ingredients until well combined. Chill for at least one hour.

For the filling, mix together the ricotta, honey, and orange zest into a small bowl and set aside.

For the sauce, heat a saucepan to medium and add in orange juice, Cointreau, honey, and vanilla. Once warm, sift in the cornstarch, whisking constantly to avoid clumps. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes until slightly reduced. Add segmented oranges at the very end.

While the sauce is thickening, make the crepes. Spritz pan with cooking spray, add a thin layer of batter, and cook on each side for a couple minutes each until light golden brown and thoroughly French.

To assemble the crepes, lay one cooked crepe on a plate, fill down the center with ricotta mixture, roll it up like a cigar, and top with a heavenly drizzle of orange sauce.

Notes

By using fat-free ricotta and honey for the ricotta filling and sauce, I was able to keep the Weight Watchers points down, at only 3 points per crepe! I hope you and your family enjoy this as much as we did!

Keywords: crepes, French breakfast, Weight Watchers breakfast ideas

Easy and Fun Craft Ideas for Grandkids: DIY Magic Bubble Wands & Rock Monsters

Creativity and Crafts
craft ideas for grandkids
THIS POST MAY CONTAIN REFERRAL LINKS. IF YOU CLICK THROUGH AND TAKE ACTION, I MAY BE COMPENSATED, AT NO ADDITIONAL COST TO YOU.

 

If I do say so myself, I was a pretty good mom. I’m also a pretty good Grammy.

It’s not that I’m a totally indulgent grandmother. There are rules in my house and certain things I have no interest in doing.

For instance, I’m really no good at pushing toy cars around the floor and making motor sounds. Also, I’m not big on activities that involve dirt, danger, or the possibility of encountering insects or reptiles.  And when it comes to hide and seek, I have a limited attention span, especially if the other players aren’t really big enough to hide properly.

However, if you want to read a story, bake cookies, or have a tea party, I’m totally on board. That’s part of what makes me a good Grammy.

But the real secret to my popularity as a grandmother is that I’m all about crafting.  continue reading

Healthy Frittata Recipe with Corn, Gruyere, & Canadian Bacon (only 4 WW points per serving!)

Food for Grownups
health frittata recipe
THIS POST MAY CONTAIN REFERRAL LINKS. IF YOU CLICK THROUGH AND TAKE ACTION, I MAY BE COMPENSATED, AT NO ADDITIONAL COST TO YOU.

 

These past few days, I’ve been enjoying time with two granddaughters, my eldest son, and his wife. I’ve mostly stuck to tried and true recipes, like my easy, make-ahead salmon skewers and my pesto chicken thighs, but today I wanted to blow their socks off with brunch.

But there was a catch.

How do I make something delicious that everyone will love without blowing all of my Weight Watchers Freestyle points for the day? It also needed to be easy, quick, and not too many crazy ingredients that I couldn’t find at my local supermarket. Also, when you are cooking for various palates, like your grandkids, it’s safest to stick with the basics.

But basic is boring! So I decided to take a risk.

Spoiler alert: the risk paid off. continue reading

Cool Down with Low Calorie Cocktails (4 points or less on Weight Watchers!)

Food for Grownups, Hospitality and Entertaining
low calorie cocktails, weight watcher cocktail recipes
THIS POST MAY CONTAIN REFERRAL LINKS. IF YOU CLICK THROUGH AND TAKE ACTION, I MAY BE COMPENSATED, AT NO ADDITIONAL COST TO YOU.

 

I don’t know about you, but in Central Oregon, we’ve had quite a heat wave. My car said the temperature was 104 yesterday. My car can be a bit dramatic (we have that in common), but still, this part of the country just isn’t set up for three figure temperatures. Most houses around here don’t even have air conditioning.

So what do I do to cool down? Well, for one, I’ve been spending a lot of time swimming laps, training for my first triathlon (T minus 1 month!). But with guests in the house this week, I decided to take it upon myself to bless them with a plethora of summer sippers to help us beat the heat. Aren’t I a good hostess?

There was a couple of criteria for these cocktails. First, they needed to be delicious. Second, for the benefit of everyone here, they needed to be healthier than normal. Personally, I aimed to keep each cocktail at four points or less on my Weight Watchers Freestyle plan (and I succeeded, most of my recipes are only 3 points!). We got a little creative with the ingredient list, using Truvia, a naturally-derived sugar alternative, and diet ginger beer, diet tonic, and flavored kombucha.

I made:

  • Skinny G&T (3 points)
  • Perky Paloma (4 points)
  • Blackberry Basil Mule (3 points)
  • Grapefruit Kombucha Gimlet (3 points)

Wondering how they turned out? They were awesome.

Here’s four recipes for low calorie cocktails, four points or less on Weight Watchers, that you and your guests will love this summer.

         

Print

Perky Paloma


  • Author: Marie
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving
  • Category: cocktails
  • Method: stirred
  • Cuisine: happy hour

Description

Step aside, margarita. This tequila-based cocktail is apparently the national drink of Mexico. It’s refreshing, light, and oh so festive. Salted rim optional.


Ingredients

¼ cup fresh grapefruit juice
half of a lime
1 tsp Truvia
1.5 oz. tequila
¼ cup club soda
grapefruit wedge for garnish

Instructions

In a glass, combine Tequila, Stevia, juice from half a lime and fresh grapefruit juice. Stir well. Top it off with diet club soda and ice, and garnish with a grapefruit wedge.

Keywords: paloma, tequila, low-point cocktail recipe, low-calorie cocktail recipe, weight watchers cocktail

 

Print

Skinny Gin & Tonic


  • Author: Marie
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving
  • Category: cocktails
  • Method: on the rocks
  • Cuisine: happy hour

Description

One of the lowest calorie cocktails possible, aside from just drinking straight liquor (which I don’t really recommend!) is the gin and tonic. Its light, bubbly, and refreshing.


Ingredients

1.5 oz gin (I use Tanqueray)

3 lime wedges

4 oz diet tonic water


Instructions

Mix all ingredients together with ice in the glass of your choice. Garnish with more limes.

Keywords: gin and tonic, weight watchers cocktail recipe, low-point cocktail, low-calorie cocktail

Print

Blackberry Basil Mule


  • Author: Marie
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving
  • Category: cocktails
  • Method: stirred
  • Cuisine: happy hour

Description

While a Moscow Mule is traditionally served with mint and lime, this version is full of summer flavor, with blackberry and basil leading the charge. The diet ginger beer is the perfect thing to take it up a notch.


Ingredients

1/4 cup blackberries

1 TB basil leaves, chiffonade or minced

½ lime

1.5 oz vodka

½ cup diet ginger beer

½ TB Truvia optional (add sweetener as needed. my berries were so sweet I didn’t need any!)

extra basil and lime wedge for garnish


Instructions

Mix the berries, basil leaves, vodka, Stevia, and lime juice in the glass of your choice. Muddle the berries using a muddler tool. Top it off with ginger beer. Shake vigorously in cocktail shaker with ice and strain. Pour into a festive glass and garnish. Voila!

Keywords: mule, vodka, blackberry, basil, low-calorie cocktail recipe, low-point cocktail

low calorie cocktails, weight watcher cocktail recipes

Print
low calorie cocktails, weight watcher cocktail recipes

Grapefruit Kombucha Gimlet


  • Author: Marie
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving
  • Category: cocktails
  • Method: shaken
  • Cuisine: happy hour

Description

A gimlet is traditionally a gin-based cocktail. Grapefruit masks gin in a dangerously wonderful way. This grapefruit kombucha, which is lower points than juice, is also great for gut health since its a fermented tea product. I love the added sweetness and the bit of fizz it brings.


Ingredients

1/4 cup Grapefruit kombucha (or flavored Kombucha of your choice)

1.5 oz. gin

juice of half a lime

1 tsp. Truvia

Grapefruit wedge


Instructions

Pour all ingredients into cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously with ice and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with grapefruit slice.

Keywords: gimlet, gin, grapefruit, low-point cocktail recipe, low-calorie cocktail recipe

Beginner Triathlete Guide: Triathlon Training Over Fifty

Health and Fitness, Marie's Triathlon Journey
triathlon training
THIS POST MAY CONTAIN REFERRAL LINKS. IF YOU CLICK THROUGH AND TAKE ACTION, I MAY BE COMPENSATED, AT NO ADDITIONAL COST TO YOU.

 

Over a year ago, I started dreaming about competing in my very first triathlon.  A month from today, if all goes well, that dream will become a reality.

It has, quite literally, been a long road.

In the last eleven months, I have run, and biked, and swum hundreds of miles, some of them faster than I ever imagined would be possible.  I’ve still got some training to do but, when the day comes, I’ll be ready.

I’ve worked hard and learned a lot.  One of the things I’ve learned is that age and inexperience need not hinder athleticism. As long as you’re good health and willing to put in the effort, I’m convinced that just about anybody can complete a triathlon.

Here are some triathlon training tips for your first, over-fifty triathlon.  continue reading

Can You Hear Me Now? Coping With Sudden Hearing Loss

Health and Fitness
sudden hearing loss

I can tell you the exact day, and pretty close to the exact time, when it happened.

On July 11th, 2016, at about 11am, my youngest son and I were on I-5, driving from Portland, Oregon to Salem, Oregon.  All of a sudden, in the time it takes to snap your fingers, I lost all hearing my left ear.

The change was instantaneous, highly noticeable, and accompanied by a sensation that my ear was full of fluid.

It wasn’t.

I was suffering from Sudden Sensorial Hearing Loss. continue reading

Homemade Fun: DIY Corn Hole Game

Creativity and Crafts

One Christmas Eve many years ago, my husband and I assembled a ride-on, battery operated fire engine for our then four-year old son.

This thing was the mother-of-all “some assembly required” joke punch lines. It had about ten gazillion parts and an instruction manual as thick as a small phone book.  And although I graduated magna cum laude from pretty good college, it might as well have been written in ancient Greek. To this day, I’m not sure it wasn’t.

Finally, I had to call in the cavalry, my dad.   Even with Dad supervising and my husband and I assisting, it took us until about two o’clock in the morning to finish the assembly process.

As you can imagine, our son was really excited about his new fire truck! But you know what he was really, really, really exited about?

The box that it came in.  continue reading

More Simple Joys: a Raspberry Jam Recipe with Pectin and a No-Pectin Recipe with Less than Half the Sugar

Food for Grownups
raspberry jam recipe with pectin
THIS POST MAY CONTAIN REFERRAL LINKS. IF YOU CLICK THROUGH AND TAKE ACTION, I MAY BE COMPENSATED, AT NO ADDITIONAL COST TO YOU.

There’s something about celebrating old traditions and fond memories of the past that puts a smile on my face. With more than 50 years behind most of us, we certainly have a lot to reminisce about and share with our kids and grandkids.

Since I’m writing about simple joys this week, starting with my long-held love of homemade ice-cream, another summer tradition emerged from the past. It might have started as a craving.

continue reading

Little Joys: Homemade Ice Cream, Homemade Sorbet, Homemade Frozen Yogurt

Food for Grownups
homemade ice cream
THIS POST MAY CONTAIN REFERRAL LINKS. IF YOU CLICK THROUGH AND TAKE ACTION, I MAY BE COMPENSATED, AT NO ADDITIONAL COST TO YOU.

I’m only about a week away from my favorite time of year.

That’s right! Some of my kids and granddarlings are coming to visit!  They’ll be with us for about ten days and I simply cannot wait. I’ve been looking forward to this for months.

Their impending arrival has had me thinking about ways to keep the little ones entertained while they’re here.  I’ve got all kinds of activities and outings planned.  However, as I was thinking about some of the summer activities I most enjoyed as a child, I realized that it was the simple pleasures that stuck with me. continue reading

The Prepared Pantry: A Fierce Guide to Dehydrated Food and Smart Shopping

Plan for Tomorrow
dehydrated food
THIS POST MAY CONTAIN REFERRAL LINKS. IF YOU CLICK THROUGH AND TAKE ACTION, I MAY BE COMPENSATED, AT NO ADDITIONAL COST TO YOU.

 

One thing leads to another, so they say.

After our move to Central Oregon, a beautiful region with an increased risk of forest fires, I decided it was time to start getting a little more serious about emergency preparedness. But after I completed a family evacuation plan and kits that would allow us to shelter in place for up to two weeks, my husband wanted to take it a little farther.

Having learned about the remote but not unheard of possibility of earthquakes that could disrupt supply chains, he asked me to look into longer-term food storage.

My response to his request was what I’ve come to call my Prepared Pantry. It’s a sensible, practical, money and time saving approach to creating a long-term food supply. continue reading