Food

Five ways to combine ZeroPoint foods for great meals

Easy ways to low (or no!) SmartPoints meals.

With more than 200 ZeroPoint foods to choose from, it’s never been easier to create meals made entirely (or almost entirely) of ZeroPoint foods.

 

A few quick tips for cooking with ZeroPoint foods items

 

Be mindful of cooking methods: Steaming, grilling, and sautéing are methods that use very little, if any, added fat. A well-seasoned cast iron pan is non-stick and can be used on top of the stove, in the oven or on the grill. Non-stick pans are handy for cooking eggs, delicate fish, and vegetable fritters.

 

Find extra flavour with ZeroPoint foods: Fresh herbs, citrus juice and zest, spice blends, curry powder, salsa, pico de gallo, crumbled seaweed flakes, and lemon pepper are just some of the ZeroPoint foods which can be used to add plenty of big flavour to any recipe.

 

1. Greens + ground extra lean chicken or turkey breast + shredded veggies

 

Use sturdy greens such as collard greens, kale or Swiss chard to wrap up ground chicken or turkey breast and shredded veggies. Cook the ground chicken or turkey breast with a dash of soy sauce, sambal oelek, minced ginger, and fish sauce for an Asian-inspired wrap. Shred the vegetables with a mandoline or use a store-bought slaw mix. Thinly sliced hot peppers, torn fresh basil, and cilantro transform this wrap into a memorable warm weather meal. For a vegetarian version of this wrap, use crumbled extra firm tofu in place of the ground chicken or turkey breast.

 

Optional add-ons: Vermicelli rice noodles or glass noodles (each 5 SmartPoints per cooked cup).

 

2. Eggs + veggies + beans + nonfat plain Greek yogourt

 

For a delicious vegetarian hash, combine a diced sweet pepper, two shallots, sweet corn, and black or kidney beans in a seasoned cast iron skillet. Make an indentation in the veggie and bean mixture for each egg and add the eggs directly to the hash. Transfer the skillet to a hot oven and cook for 10-15 minutes, depending on how well-done you prefer the yolks. Serve with nonfat plain Greek yogourt, salsa or pico de gallo and thinly sliced scallions.

 

Optional add-ons: Diced yams (5 SmartPoints per cooked cup) or potatoes (4 SmartPoints per cooked cup)

 

3. Nonfat plain Greek yogourt + fruit

 

Fruit and yogourt parfaits are super easy to make and can be assembled up to three days ahead of time. Nonfat plain Greek yogourt is an excellent source of protein and fresh fruit offers plenty of fibre to keep you full for hours. Small fruit such as blackberries, raspberries and blueberries can be left whole while larger fruit should be finely diced or cut into small wedges.

 

Optional add-ons: A handful of granola or muesli. (each about 6 SmartPoints per ½ cup)

 

4. Shrimp + fruit + veggies

 

Shrimp, fruit, and veggies are a dream team when skewered and grilled on the barbecue. Use two parallel skewers for stability and to prevent any food from slipping into the flames. Red onion slices, sweet peppers, and mushrooms are classic grill-friendly veggies, but feel free to use whatever ingredients you have on hand (these skewers are fantastic for cleaning out the fridge before your next grocery shop.) Pineapple, watermelon, and peach or nectarine halves all hold their shape once cooked and are complementary to the natural sweetness of the shrimp.

 

Optional add-ons: Serve skewers over brown rice (7 SmartPoints per 1 cup), couscous (5 SmartPoints per 1 cup), quinoa or farro (each 6 SmartPoints per cup).

 

5. Salmon + veggies + nonfat plain Greek yogourt

 

Baking salmon and veggies together on a single tray is one of the easiest ways to have a hot meal on the table in less than 30 minutes. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil (spray with nonstick cooking spray if using foil) and spread out salmon fillets and cut-up veggies in a single layer. Season everything with salt and pepper, lemon pepper or your favourite spice blend. To ensure all ingredients are cooked at the same time, make sure all the vegetables have been cut into small, uniform pieces (avoid hardy vegetables such as beets and squash.) Cook in a hot oven until the fish is just opaque and flakes easily with a fork. Serve with nonfat plain Greek yogourt that has been mixed with chopped capers, dill, and a small amount of Dijon mustard.

 

Optional add-ons: Orzo or other small pasta (5 SmartPoints per cup).