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I am a HUGE fan of the holiday’s and not just because I like to spend time at home with my family and friends, but also because some of the best foods surround those festive fall holidays. You know what I’m talking about, right? Stuffing, mashed potatoes, warm buttery rolls, green bean casserole, roasted turkey (or deep fried if you eat it at my house), and of course pie! There are so many different foods available at each of these meals that it can be really hard not to over indulge and pack on a few extra pounds this time of year. Couple that with sweatshirt and layering season and you have a recipe for disaster. One of the ways that I am trying to maintain a healthy balance this year is by watching my portions, and substituting lower calorie options when I can (without sacrificing taste!) So bring on the mini’s, the bite sized and the finger foods!
Today’s recipe is a delicious rendition on a traditional baked brie, but with WAAAAY less calories (and guilt). I fell in love with the Weight Watchers® string cheeses a few years ago and realized that they were the answer to all my baked brie troubles. So while at Walmart picking up some classroom supplies I swung through the grocery department and grabbed the 4 (yes only 4!!!) ingredients I needed to make this magic happen!
UPDATE: Because the holidays are coming I went ahead and added this recipe to my Weight Watchers recipe points calculator and these bad boys are only 1 point each!! So go ahead and snack guilt free!
Baked Mozzarella and Cranberry Bites
- 1 package puff pastry sheets
- 8 Weight Watchers string cheese sticks
- Homemade Cranberry Sauce – recipe below
Start by defrosting your puff pastry sheets. Once they are soft, cut them into 9 equal squares and press them each into a muffin tin. Then cut up the string cheese into 1 inch pieces and put two pieces in each cup. Top each cup with about a tablespoon of your homemade cranberry sauce (recipe below). Bake for 10-15 minutes until the puff pastry is golden brown.
- 3 cups fresh cranberries
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup orange juice
Boil all the ingredients until the cranberries pop and then simmer until reduced.
Now if you are skeptical about the taste I don’t blame you. I get that way too! However, many Walmart stores will be demoing these products between 10/22-10/25! There are select hours though: Thursday 12:30-7:00 PM Friday 12:30-7:00 PM Saturday 10:00-4:30 PM Sunday 12:30-7:00. Check this list to see if there are demos in a store near you!
Be sure to check out more delicious Weight Watchers recipes HERE and share your favorite.