Low Carb Cracker Barrel Mac & Cheese February 26 2012 15 Comments

Low Carb Cracker Barrel Mac & CheeseServes 4

2 bags Skinny Dip Macaroni
4 oz shredded extra sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
1/4 cup half & half cream 
1/4 cup light sour cream
1 tablespoon diet margarine 
1 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon mustard
Preheat oven to 350 F.  Coat a
casserole dish with cooking spray or use a Misto.  Drain and rinse macaroni. Melt margarine in a saucepan. Stir in flour and mustard.  Cook 1 minute while stirring. Stir in cream. Bring to boil stirring constantly.  Simmer 3 minutes or until thickened. Stir in half the cheese and sour cream then cook until melted. Stir in macaroni and spoon into the baking dish.  Top with remaining cheese.  Bake 20 minutes, let sit 5 minutes and serve.

Nutritional Breakdown
Calories: 131     Carbs: 4 grams     Protein: 8 grams
Fat: 9 grams     Fiber: 0 grams     WW Points Plus: 3

Simple Spanish Rice January 23 2012 2 Comments

Simple Spanish RiceServes 4
2 bags Skinny Dip Rice Pearls, or any shape chopped
1/2 cup salsa
1/4 cup chicken broth or water
1/4 small onion, chopped fine
1/4 medium bell pepper, chopped fine
1 clove garlic, minced
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
Drain and rinse rice pearls or chopped noodles.  Add to a small bowl and stir in salsa and chili powder, let sit 5 minutes.
In a small nonstick skillet heat oil on medium and saute garlic for 1 minute.  Add onion & bell pepper and cook 5 minutes.  
Add chicken broth to skillet then stir in rice pearls. Stir and cook over medium high heat until extra liquid is gone, then taste and season as desired before serving.
Tip:  If you're a seafood fan you MUST add a small can of baby shrimp!
Nutritional Breakdown
Calories:  42.....Carbs:  2 grams.....Protein:  1 grams......Fat:  2 grams
Fiber:  1 grams.....Potassium:  32 mg.....Sodium: 179 mg

Spicy Kung Pao Chicken Noodles January 20 2012 8 Comments

Skinny Dip Angel Hair Kung Pao Chicken2Serves 4
2 bags Skinny Dip Angel Hair
1 lb boneless chicken breasts, no skin
1/4 cup granulated Splenda
1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts
3 tablespoons minced garlic
2 green onions, sliced thin
2 teaspoons cornstarch
3/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup dry wine
1/2 cup chicken broth
3 tablespoons red chile paste with garlic
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon oil
1 tablespoon sesame oil
salt & white pepper to taste
Drain and rinse noodles.  Drain well and place in a medium bowl.  Drizzle with sesame oil and let sit.  Heat oil in a nonstick skillet.  Cook chicken until golden brown and fully cooked. Drain on paper towels. Mix chicken broth, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, soy sauce, wine, red chili paste, Splenda and red wine vinegar.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a wok or nonstick skillet over high heat. Add garlic and stir fry 15 seconds. Add sauce and peanuts. Bring to a boil then simmer until thick and bubbly.  Stir in noodles, chicken and green onions then serve.
Nutrition Per Serving
(lower carbs by omitting peanuts and cut Splenda in half)

Calories: 166     Carbs: 7 grams     Protein: 14 grams
Fat: 9 grams     WW Points Plus: 4

Olive Garden Fettuccini Alfredo December 29 2011 49 Comments

Low Carb Olive Garden Fettuccini AlfredoServes 4
(a delicious copycat recipe)
2 bags Skinny Dip Fettuccini
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon cream cheese
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Melt butter in a saucepan.  Stir in cream cheese, cream and garlic powder.  Stir in Parmesan.  Simmer 5 minutes stirring often.  Rinse and boil noodles 1 minute.  Drain well then stir into the Alfredo sauce and serve immediately.
Tip:  Knock down the calories by using diet margarine and low fat cheeses.
Nutrition Per Serving
Calories:  183... ..Carbs: 0 gram.. ...Protein: 3 grams
Fat: 19 grams    Fiber:   0 gram     WW Points Plus: 5

Skinny Dip Rice & Sausage Stuffing November 22 2011 5 Comments

Skinny Dip Rice & Sausage StuffingServes 6
3 bags Skinny Dip Rice Pearls
8 oz Farmer John sage sausage
1 cup shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
1 cup sliced mushrooms, rough chopped
1 cup diced celery
1/2 cup diced onion
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon diet margarine
1 tablespoon dried poultry seasoning
1 teaspoon chicken broth granules
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Drain and rinse rice pearls.  Drain and dab with paper towels to dry and place in a mixing bowl.
Brown sausage while breaking it apart with a spatula; drain.  Add sausage to rice pearls and sprinkle with poultry seasoning.  Toss to mix evenly.
Melt margarine in a large nonstick skillet.  Add broth granules, celery, onions & mushrooms and saute 3 minutes.  Add walnuts, rice pearl mixture, salt and pepper.  Cook 10 minutes or until liquid has evaporated.  It should be fairly dry.
Sprinkle with cheese and stir to mix.  Cover and let sit 2 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Breakdown
Calories:  133.....Carbs:  3 grams.....Protein:  10 grams
Fat:  9 grams.....Fiber:  1 gram     WW Points Plus: 3

Low Carb Macaroni & Cheese November 07 2011 8 Comments

Skinny Dip 4 Carb Macaroni & CheeseServes 4
2 bags chopped Skinny Dip Fettuccini, or any shape
1 cup shredded low fat Cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded low fat Swiss cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup cream
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons diet margarine
1 tablespoon minced onion 
1 teaspoon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Preheat oven to 350 F.  Coat 9x9" baking dish with cooking spray.  Rinse and drain the noodles in a colander then chop into bite size pieces.  Stir cheeses together and save 1/3 cup for topping.
Melt the margarine in a large nonstick saucepan on low heat.  Add the flour and stir continually for 1 minute to make a roux. Slowly stir in the cream and water until smooth. Cook until thickened, about 2 minutes, but don't let it boil.  Stir in the cheeses, onion, mustard and spices 
Stir in noodles, pour into the baking dish and sprinkle reserved cheese over the top.  Bake until golden and bubbly, about 20-30 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes to firm up before serving.
Nutrition Breakdown
(Skinny Dip recipe)
Calories:  193.....Carbs:  6 grams.....Protein:  19 grams.....Fat:  10 grams
(original recipe)
Calories:  857.....Carbs:  68 grams.....Protein:  27 grams.....Fat:  53 grams

Elegant Caesar Pasta Salad October 26 2011 5 Comments

Elegant Caesar Pasta SaladServes 4
2 bags Skinny Dip Fettuccini, or any shape
2 6-oz cans water packed tuna or chicken, drained
1 1/2 cups frozen cut green beans
1 plum tomato, seeded & chopped
4 tablespoons Kraft Light Caesar salad dressing
2 tablespoons cream
1 tablespoon shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup sliced olives
1/2 teaspoon each salt & pepper
Bring large saucepan of salted water to a boil.  Add green beans and cook 4 minutes.  Add drained noodles and cook 1 minute.  Drain well and let sit.
In the saucepan stir together the Parmesan, cream and salad dressing until smooth.  Add tuna, olives, salt and pepper.  Add noodles and toss to coat. Cook over medium heat just until heated.  Stir in tomatoes and serve.  Also good chilled as a summer salad.

Nutrition Breakdown
(using water packed tuna)
Calories:  151.....Carbs:  7 grams.....Protein:  23 grams.....Fat:  4 grams

3 Carb Skinny Fried Rice October 22 2011 3 Comments

3 Carb Fried RiceServes 4
2 bags Skinny Dip 0 Carb Rice Pearls
3/4 cup frozen peas & carrots
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 green onions, sliced thin diagonally
1 teaspoon chicken broth powder 
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
1 teaspoon oil
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
garlic powder, pepper & salt to taste
Drain and rinse the Rice Pearls.  Dab with paper towels to dry and place in a bowl.  Add soy sauce and sesame oil to Rice Pearls and toss to coat evenly; let sit.  Cook peas and carrots for 3 minutes in boiling water; drain. Heat oil in a wok over high heat. Add onion and cook 30 seconds.  Stir in veggies and push to the side.  Add egg and chop as it cooks. Stir in Rice Pearls, cook until hot then serve.

Nutrition Per Serving
Calories:  42.....Carbs:  3 grams.....Protein:  3 grams
Fat:  2 grams     Fiber: 2 grams     WW Points Plus: 1

Skinny Dip Sweet Cayenne Fettuccini September 27 2011 1 Comment

Skinny Dip Sweet Cayenne FettucciniServes 2
1 bag Skinny Dip Fettuccini, or any shape
1 medium red bell pepper, seeded & julienned
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup low fat sour cream
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
Drain and boil fettuccini noodles for 1 minute.  Drain and dab with paper towels to dry very well.
Coat a large nonstick skillet generously with cooking spray and saute red bell peppers, garlic and cayenne pepper over medium heat for 3 minutes.  Stir in sour cream and broth then simmer uncovered for 5 minutes. Stir in Parmesan cheese until smooth.  

Drain fettuccini, add to skillet and toss to coat well with sauce.  Cook 2 minutes and season with salt & pepper to taste before serving.

Nutrition Breakdown
Calories:  145.....Carbs:  9 grams.....Protein:  7 grams.....Fat:  9 grams

Skinny Mexican Rice September 26 2011 3 Comments

Skinny Mexican RiceServes 2
1 bag Skinny Dip Rice Pearls
1/3 cup spicy salsa
1 slice low fat American cheese, cut in half
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro  
1 jalapeno pepper, finely minced
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1 teaspoon oil
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon salt
sour cream & salsa for garnish (optional)
Skip any ingredients you don't like and add extra spices if you want a "hotter" rice.  Heat oil in a nonstick saucepan on medium heat. Saute garlic and jalapeno for 1 minute and stir in salsa and spices.  Add 1/2 slice cheese and stir until melted.
Drain and rinse rice pearls.  Stir into salsa mixture with cilantro.  Cook until extra liquid evaporates and rice is desired consistency.  Add salt & pepper to taste. Lay 1/2 slice cheese on top, let melt then serve with garnish.
Nutrition Breakdown
Calories:  56     Carbs:  3 grams     Protein:  4 grams
Fat:  3 grams     Fiber:  2 grams     WW Points Plus: 1
Skinny Mexican Rice
Skinny Mexican Rice

Skinny Dip Spaghetti Pie September 19 2011

Skinny Dip Spaghetti PieServes 4

2 bags Skinny Dip Fettuccini
1 cup Eggbeaters OR
4 eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup shredded low fat sharp Cheddar cheese
1/3 cup nonfat milk
4 medium green onions, finely chopped
3/4 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Rinse noodles in a colander under running water.  Drain again and dab with paper towels to dry.
Stir together Eggbeaters, milk, salt, oregano and cayenne.  Stir in onions.  Generously coat a medium nonstick skillet with cooking spray.  Spread noodles in skillet and pour Eggbeaters evenly over the top.  Reduce heat to low, cover and cook 12-14 minutes or until center is almost set.
Remove skillet from heat. Sprinkle cheese over the noodle mixture.  Cover and let stand 2 minutes or until egg mixture is set and cheese is melted. Cut into wedges and serve.

Nutrition Breakdown
(using Eggbeaters)
Calories:  101.....Carbs:  3 grams.....Protein:  15 grams.....Fat:  3 grams

Lemon Pepper Shrimp Pasta September 17 2011 1 Comment

 Lemon Pepper Shrimp PastaServes 2
1 bag Skinny Dip Noodles, any shape
1/2 lb fresh medium shrimp, peeled & deveined
3 cloves garlic, minced fine
1/4 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons dry white wine
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Light
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
2 teaspoons chopped fresh green onion
2 teaspoons chopped fresh basil
1/4 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
Drain, rinse and boil noodles for 1 minute.  Drain again very well.
Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat and saute garlic 1 minute.  Stir in chicken broth, wine, lemon juice, lemon zest and pepper. Reduce heat and simmer until liquid is reduced by 1/2.
Mix shrimp, margarine, green onion and basil into the saucepan. Cook until shrimp is opaque, about 2 minutes. Stir in noodles and cook 2 minutes or until well coated. Salt to taste then serve.
Nutrition Breakdown
Calories:  197.....Carbs:  3 grams.....Protein:  23 grams.....Fat:  10 grams

Skinny Dip Confetti Pasta Salad September 03 2011 5 Comments

Skinny Dip Confetti Pasta SaladServes 4
2 bags Skinny Dip Angel Hair
3 1-oz slices extra lean sandwich ham, diced
2 slices bacon, cooked crisp & crumbled
1 cup finely diced veggies (celery, bell pepper, onion)
8 medium green pimento olives, sliced
2 tablespoons shredded low fat Cheddar cheese
4 tablespoons lite ranch dressing (we like Kraft Light Done Right)
Boil noodles 1 minute then rinse in cold water.  Dab with paper towels to dry very well.  Chop angel hair into smaller "confetti" pieces.  Toss noodles and salad dressing in a serving bowl and let sit 10 minutes. Add other ingredients and toss to mix. Chill 3 hours or overnight. Season with salt & pepper to taste and garnish with cheese and bacon before serving.
Nutrition Breakdown
Calories:  81.....Carbs:  3 grams.....Protein:  6 grams.....Fat:  5 grams

Candied Singapore Noodles August 19 2011 4 Comments

Candied Singapore NoodlesServes 4
2 bags Skinny Dip Noodles, any shape
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon granulated Splenda
1 cup mixed snowpeas, broccoli florets & bell pepper
pinch white pepper
Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil.  Add noodles & veggies and boil for 1 minute.  Drain again, rinse with cold water and let sit 5 minutes to drain very well.  Spoon into a serving bowl.
Mix sauce ingredients in a container with a lid.  Shake until the Splenda has dissolved. Taste and add more Splenda if desired.  Pour sauce over the noodles and veggies. Sprinkle lightly with white pepper and toss again.  Serve immediately or chill until cold.  
Nutrition Breakdown
Calories:  34.....Carbs:  2 grams.....Protein:  1 gram.....Fat:  2.5 grams

Skinny Sesame Noodles August 12 2011 4 Comments

Skinny Sesame NoodlesServes 4
2 bags Skinny Dip Angel Hair
1/4 medium onion
1/4 medium bell pepper
6 snow peas, sliced thin diagonally
1/2 stalk celery
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons grated ginger
2 tablespoons peanut oil
3 tablespoons chicken broth
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
They're a little expensive, but oyster sauce, sesame oil and white pepper are ingredients you'll use often in Asian cooking.  These are authentic strong flavors and you only need a little bit for each recipe.  Store them in the fridge.
Drain, rinse and boil noodles for 1 minute. Drain in a colander. Dab with paper towels to remove excess water.
Mix chicken broth, oyster sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, white pepper, garlic and ginger in a bowl. Add noodles and toss to coat, let sit.  Slice veggies thin diagonally (a mandolin makes it easy).
Heat oil in a steel wok. Heat on VERY HIGH until oil begins smoking. Add veggies and stir fry 2 minutes. Add pasta, toss to mix and cook 3 minutes. Garnish with edamame if desired.  
Tip:  Turn these noodles into a main dish by adding diced chicken, pork or shrimp.
Nutrition Breakdown
Calories: 70.....Carbs: 3 grams.....Protein:  0 grams.....Fat: 6 grams

Fast Angel Hair Pesto August 12 2011 3 Comments

5 Ingredient Angel Hair PestoServes 2
1 bag Skinny Dip Angel Hair, or any shape
1/4 cup fresh basil, julienned (optional)
2 tablespoons prepared basil pesto
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
1 garlic clove, minced
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Drain, rinse and boil noodles for 1 minute.  Drain again and dab with paper towels to dry well.  Heat oil in a small nonstick skillet.  Cook garlic on medium low for 1 minute.  Stir in pesto sauce and Parmesan cheese until smooth.  Add noodles, pesto, basil & Parmesan and toss to coat. Cook 3 minutes and serve.  Also very good chilled or at room temperature.
Nutrition Breakdown
Calories:  129.....Carbs:  1 gram.....Protein:  4 grams.....Fat: 12 grams

Mexican Sour Cream Rice August 10 2011 5 Comments

Skinny Dip Sour Cream RiceServes 4

2 bags Skinny Dip Rice Pearls
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup low fat sour cream
4 oz can diced green chiles, drained
3/4 cup shredded low fat Monterey Jack cheese
1/4 cup whole kernel corn, drained
2 tablespoons minced onion
2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro

In a large nonstick saucepan whisk together sour cream, chicken broth, onion and chiles.  Stir in rinsed rice pearls and let sit 15 minutes to marinate. Stir in cheese and cilantro.  Cook 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.  Let sit 3 minutes to firm up then serve. 

Tip:  Add chopped cooked chicken or shrimp for a 1 pot meal.

Nutritional Breakdown

Calories:  79.....Carbs:  5 grams.....Protein:  5 grams.....Fat:  6 grams     Fiber: 1 gram

Skinny Dip Noodles Alfredo August 10 2011 6 Comments

Skinny Dip Fettuccini AlfredoServes 2
1 bag Skinny Dip Fettuccini, or any shape
1 wedge Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss
1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons light sour cream
1 1/2 teaspoons I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Light
salt, garlic powder & pepper to taste
Drain and boil noodles for 1 minute.  Drain again in a colander.  Dab with paper towels to remove extra water.
Add both cheeses, sour cream and margarine to a nonstick saucepan on low to melt everything.  Add noodles and toss to coat.  Sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder and cook until hot.

Tip:  Add cooked chicken or turkey for protein or 1 cup frozen broccoli florets for color.

Nutrition Breakdown

Calories:  62.....Carbs:  1 gram.....Protein:  3 grams.....Fat:  0 grams..... 
Fiber: 0 grams.....Potassium:  37 mg.....Sodium:  44 mg

Skinny Dip 0 Carb Bread August 10 2011 34 Comments

Skinny Dip 0 Carb BreadMakes 12 rolls . 
6 egg separated, plus 2 egg whites 
1 scoop unflavored 0 carb protein powder
6 tablespoons lowfat cottage cheese 
1 tablespoon granulated Splenda
1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar 
1 teaspoon baking powder (1 1/2 tsp at high altitudes)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder or dried herbs (optional)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Preheat oven to 300 F with racks in the middle and bottom third. Separate eggs and prepare 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. . 
Put all egg whites in a metal bowl and whip at high speed. When beginning to foam add cream of tartar and whip until stiff (won't fall out when you turn the bowl upside down). . 
Put remaining ingredients (including yolks) in a Magic Bullet and mix until smooth. Add this mixture a tablespoon at a time to the whites and fold carefully until incorporated. Don't deflate the egg whites. . 
Place 6 mounds on each cookie sheet and bake 30 minutes, rotating cookie sheets after 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest 5 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack to cool completely before storing. Wrap individually before freezing to prevent sticking together. . 
Nutrition Per Roll
Calories: 51.....Carbs: 0 gram.....Protein: 6 grams
Fat: 3 grams     WW Points Plus: 1

0 Carb Garlic Bread:  Split a Skinny Dip bread roll in half, spread lightly with diet margarine and sprinkle with garlic powder.  Heat a nonstick skillet or table grill to HOT and grill bread face down 30-60 seconds until golden brown then serve!
1 Carb Grilled Cheese Sandwich:  Split a roll in half and coat insides lightly with diet margarine.  Add a slice of cheese to the outside part and press together so the inside becomes the flat outside.  Heat a nonstick skillet to HOT and grill sandwich face down on each side 60-90 seconds or until golden brown and serve!

Cinnamon Rolls:  Add 4 packets Splenda and 1 teaspoon cinnamon to the egg whites before whipping. Skip garlic powder and pepper.  
Garlic Herb Rolls:  Add 1 teaspoon dried herbs (rosemary, thyme or oregano are good) and include garlic powder and pepper.  Delicious grilled or for sandwiches.

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