Meal and Snack Ideas for 3 or fewer PointsPlus® Values

For the days you’re running low on PointsPlus values, here are 12 fabulous meal ideas to keep you well-fed.
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Need some bargain-basement meal ideas? Here are a dozen super-fast, super-satisfying recipes with a PointsPlus value of just 3 or fewer. Enjoy them as breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks. They definitely don’t feel like rabbit food.

Spiced Banana Smoothie
Combine 1/2 large ripe banana, 1/3 cup of fat-free vanilla yogurt, 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg, 2 tablespoons of skim milk and 3 ice cubes in a blender; blend until smooth PointsPlus value: 1.

Mango Drink
Combine 1/3 cup of fat-free vanilla yogurt, 1/2 fresh medium mango (chopped) and 2 tablespoons of skim milk in a blender; blend until smooth PointsPlus value: 1.

Fresh Lemon Yogurt
In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup of fat-free vanilla yogurt with 2 teaspoons of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of freshly grated lemon peel PointsPlus values: 2.

Pumpernickel Bagel with Cream Cheese, Scallions and Tomato
Spread 2 tablespoons of fat-free cream cheese on 1/2 a small (3-inch) pumpernickel bagel; top with 1 tablespoon of chopped scallions, 1 thick tomato slice and salt and pepper to taste PointsPlus values: 3.

Deli-Style Roast Beef with Steak Sauce
Heat 2 ounces thickly-sliced deli roast beef in a nonstick skillet; serve with 1 tablespoon of steak sauce and 1 cup of steamed broccoli seasoned with salt and pepper PointsPlus values: 2.

Blue Cheese Dip with Vegetables
Dip 1/2 cup of grape tomatoes and 1/2 cup of raw broccoli florets into 2 tablespoons of reduced-calorie blue cheese dressing PointsPlus value: 1.

Honey-Roasted Peanut Butter and Apple Sandwich
Cut half a medium apple into two 3/4-inch-thick slices; spread 2 teaspoons of honey-roasted peanut butter between them PointsPlus values: 2.

Portobello Pizza
Coat both sides of a large Portobello mushroom cap (stem removed) with olive oil cooking spray. Grill (or broil) over medium heat until tender, about 6 to 8 minutes per side. Fill inside of mushroom cap with 2 tablespoons of prepared pizza sauce and sprinkle with 1/4 cup of shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese; cover grill and cook (or broil) until cheese melts, about 1 to 2 minutes. Sprinkle with freshly chopped basil PointsPlus value: 1.

Fillet of Sole with Spinach and Parmesan Crumbs
Preheat broiler to high. Coat a small pan with olive oil cooking spray; place a 3-ounce flounder or sole fillet in prepared pan and top with 1/4 cup of cooked, well-drained spinach. In a cup, combine 2 teaspoons of grated Parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon of panko bread crumbs and a pinch of black pepper; spoon over spinach. Coat fish with cooking spray and broil until top looks golden, about 6 minutes PointsPlus values: 2.

Blackened Tuna with Steamed Spinach
Coat a grill or nonstick skillet with olive oil cooking spray; heat over high heat. Coat a 1-inch-thick, 3-ounce piece of yellowfin tuna with cooking spray and dip into 1 teaspoon of seafood seasoning, spreading seasoning all over fish with your hands. Cook, flipping once, about 1 1/2 to 3 1/2 minutes per side (depending on desired doneness); serve over 1 cup of steamed spinach PointsPlus values: 2.

Raspberry Sorbet with Fresh Oranges
Place 1/3 cup of raspberry sorbet in a small bowl; top with 1/3 cup of fresh orange sections PointsPlus values: 2.

Spruced-Up Mexican-Style Soup
Stir 2 ounces of cooked, chopped shrimp into soup and top with 2 tablespoons of reduced-fat sour cream PointsPlus values: 2.

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