Greek Yogurt Pancakes

When trying to keep my family, and of course myself, eating anything that resembles healthy food, it seems that breakfast is one of the hardest meals to conquer. A person can only eat so many eggs and the variations I’ve tried of whole wheat, protein packed pancakes and other goodies have been met with less than enthusiastic reviews. Now that our friends at Weight Watchers have made nonfat Greek yogurt zero points on the new Freestyle program, I’ve re-invented my classic sour cream pancakes into a healthier breakfast option. My teenage sons didn’t even notice I’d changed the recipe. I’d say that’s a success! And they’re only 1 point each on Weight Watchers Freestyle! ~ Tracy



2 c. plain nonfat Greek yogurt

1 c. all-purpose flour

2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

4 eggs, slightly beaten

½ c. low-fat milk (1%)

1 tsp. vanilla


Pour Greek yogurt into a medium sized mixing bowl or the bowl of electric stand mixer. Combine all dry ingredients and add to yogurt. Mix just until dry ingredients are incorporated into the yogurt.

Combine eggs, milk, and vanilla. Add to yogurt mixture and mix until well combined.

Cook in sprayed skillet or griddle pan until each side is golden brown. You can gauge when to flip each pancake when bubbles begin to form on the uncooked side.

Weight Watchers Info.: Makes 14 pancakes at approximately 5 in. diameter each. Each pancake is 1 SmartPoint on the new Freestyle plan.

Southwest Chicken Spaghetti

I had tried several recipes for this over several years and was starting to think I just didn’t like chicken spaghetti. Some were too soupy, others were swimming in cheese, and many were just flavorless.

I finally just scrapped every recipe I had ever tried and started over with my own.  This has a touch of a kick from the Ro-Tel that you can customize to your own taste (substitute some petite diced tomatoes instead!) but also just a really nice flavor from the Ro-Tel, green onion, garlic, and cilantro…It’s cheesy but not just a giant blob of Velveeta.  This is finally, finally, finally, it!  Hope it’s just right for you too.  One more note:  This makes a LOT of food (14 one-cup servings) but you could easily cut the recipe in half if you have a smaller crowd to feed.  ~Robin



16 oz. Barilla whole grain pasta spaghetti

2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked and shredded

16 oz. Velveeta cheese, chopped into 1” cubes

4 cans (10 oz. each) of Ro-Tel tomatoes & green chilies, drained (I use original but if you aren’t into spice, you could use mild too)

1 ½ c. green onions, chopped (reserve ½ c. to garnish the individual servings)

2 to 3 tsp. garlic salt to taste

¼ c. cilantro, finely chopped

2 oz. of Kraft 2% mild cheddar cheese (for topping)



Cook the spaghetti according to package directions; drain.

Preheat oven to 350°F.

While noodles are still hot, add Velveeta and stir until melted.

Add shredded chicken, 1 c. chopped onions, drained Ro-Tel, garlic salt, and cilantro; stir until combined.

Spread the mixture in a 9×13 baking dish and sprinkle cheddar across the top.

Bake at 350°F until bubbly and hot throughout (25-30 minutes).

Sprinkle servings with additional green onion if desired.


Weight Watchers Info.:  Makes 14 one-cup servings, 7 FreeStyle points each.