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Healthy Italian Style Salad


Healthy Italian Style SaladYesterday, I stopped at the store on my way home to pick up a couple of things. A huge smile spread across my face when, for the first time ever, I finally saw canned artichokes in water…not oil! My brain started cranking out ideas of what I could make with this.

When I was little and we would go visit my Grandma out of town she would always take us out to eat. One of her favorite restaurants was a place called Antonio’s. The pizza there was good, but the salad was AMAZING! And it was so simple, lettuce, toasted pepperonis, cheese and a really tasty house dressing. That salad sure would taste good with some artichokes! I had everything I needed at home already, so I decided to make this.

It tasted great, and brought back memories of my Grandma.

Healthy Italian Style Salad


  • lettuce (any type or spinach)
  • 12 slices of turkey pepperioni
  • 8 medium sized black olives, sliced
  • 5 or more artichoke quarters (packed in water)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup reduced fat Italian Cheese
  • ground black pepper (to taste)
  • dried basil (to taste)


  1. Toast the turkey pepperoni in the toaster oven. If you do not have a toaster oven you can just use your oven, set on broil.
  2. Put the lettuce in the bowl. Top with olives, artichokes, pepperoni and cheese.
  3. Drizzle olive oil and red wine vinegar on top. Add ground black pepper and dried basil to taste.

I just realized I could have also added tomato!

If you are on Weight Watchers this recipe prepared as is has a PP value of 7. Looking to save a few points? Omit the cheese and then it would only be 4 PP.




Somewhat Healthy Pumpkin Dip


Pumpkin Dip

We just had our housewarming party and I made this dip. It was a HUGE hit. Everyone who tried it loved it. And, it’s really not THAT bad for you. AND no cooking required!


12 oz reduced fat cream cheese

1 15oz can of pumpkin

2 Tbs sugar free maple syrup

1/2 cup brown sugar

1-2 Tbs cinnamon (really however much you want depending on how cinnamony you would like it)


How to make it:

1. Combine cream cheese and pumpkin using a hand mixer.

2. Add in brown sugar, maple syrup and cinnamon, blend until smooth.

3. Put in a bowl, or a carved out pumpkin and chill for at least 30 minutes before serving.

4. Serve with cinnamon & sugar pita chips, Nilla Wafters, or banana chips.

Pumpkin Dip