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Kitchen Parade & Weight Watchers Freestyle

What a Match!
The day has finally arrived! Last night I "flipped the switch" and Kitchen Parade's Weight Watchers recipe page is now sorted by Freestyle points!

Red Quinoa Salad

Another Concept Recipe, Make It Your Way
A healthy grain salad recipe that starts with red quinoa (don't worry, regular white quinoa works too, so would another grain), a few vegetables for crunch, a sprinkle of fresh herbs for brightness, a handful of feta cheese for creaminess, all tossed in an easy vinaigrette. This will be my go-to salad for the summer, protein-packed, fiber-good and eminently variable. But make it your way, it's a "concept recipe" — easily adapted to what you like, what's seasonal in your world, what you have on hand, what sounds good to you!

DIY Substitute for Baker’s Joy

A simple three-ingredient substitute for Baker's Joy, the baking spray I've relied on for many, many years. If you've got cake plans for Easter, give this easy mix a try. Join me in ditching the Baker's Joy! ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~


No Sugar. No Cornstarch. No Bittersweet Chocolate. No Baker's Joy. No ...In a rush of baking last week, my usually well-stocked pantry failed me. At every turn, some critical ingredient was in short supply ... or entirely o-u-t out.Some substitutes came easily. Brown Sugar. Potato Starch. Baking Chocolate.But a good substitute for Baker's Joy left me stymied. A double batch of Spiced Honey Cake batter was already mixed and I well remember that even with Baker's Joy, some times the sweet cake is finicky to release. I had little confidence that even an extra-good rub of butter and flour would be enough.

Easy Turkey Chili

What a chili! It's full of protein and colorful vegetables and beans plus warm chili spices! It deserves fame among those who follow the Weight Watchers freestyle program: every single ingredient is "free" and so this is a zero-point chili! So good! ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~


This recipe has just been updated! It's an example of a recipe which deserves a new look, thank you Weight Watchers Freestyle. Plus it's a (slightly? I hope?) humorous look at my long-time love affair with frozen vegetables.
Circa 2004: Frozen Vegetables Were a "New" DiscoveryIt’s silly, perhaps, but only recently did I discover frozen vegetables. For too long, unless a vegetable was fresh, it wasn’t worth serving.The transformation happened over a simple supper when a friend served steamed green beans topped with a little butter alongside chicken and rice. Simultaneously sweet and salty, the beans tasted so good – when I learned they were frozen, call me hooked!Now I regularly …

My Everyday Creamy Herb Salad Dressing

A New Master Recipe
The one salad dressing I make week-in and week-out, just one "recipe" but never the same twice. That's because it's a Master Recipe that invites creative adaptations to match your own family's taste and what's on hand. ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~

Rustic Mashed Sweet Potatoes & Carrots:
A Recipe to Love

On Valentine's Day, the "Veggie Evangelist" expresses her new love, a marriage of sweet potatoes and carrots. Plus news about Kitchen Parade on your phone! ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~
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Greek Chicken Dagwood Sandwiches

The Recipe: Dagwood-style sandwich fixins with a Greek twist: rotisserie chicken, a cucumber and feta spread akin to tzatziki, roasted peppers, more feta, pickled onions, fresh greens, all piled between soft rolls. The Conversation: What to make when you've got more cucumbers than you know what to do with. ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~

Mini Blueberry Tarts

The Recipe: Miniature cheesecake-like tarts baked in a mini muffin pan with a "pop" of fresh blueberry right in the middle. The tart is an easy, press-in dough (and only slightly fiddly) and the filling is as easy as can be. These make a welcome colorful addition to a tray of one- and two-bite mini desserts. And besides, right? Blueberries! ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~

Spiced Pickled Red Onions

The Recipe: Something so simple, just slivers of red onion pickled in a refrigerator jar (no canning!) with a few herbs and a little garlic. But if you want to spice up your taco game (and so much more), start here, with quick and easy Spiced Pickled Red Onions.
Now lots of times, something this good starts with butter and cream. Not pickled onions, they're basically calorie free, carb free, sugar free, vegan not to mention totally cheap. All this? And still a game changer! ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~

Deep Mexico Fruit Salad

The Recipe: A simple, summery fruit salad arranged in a pretty and symmetrical pattern around a mound of cottage cheese. So simple and surprisingly tasty – and yes, we know, more of a suggestion than a "recipe" even if it's a great illustration of how we're using common Mexican ingredients and serving them in untraditional but Mexican-ish ways. ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~