No need to skip dessert this Thanksgiving….just try this healthier, low calorie Pumpkin Pie recipe instead. By making a few small tweaks to my mom’s traditional Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie, and switching out the high fat crust for a delicious whole wheat version, I was able to make this amazing Weight Watchers Pumpkin pie that is delicious, lovely, and just 5 Points + per serving! Other versions of light pumpkin pie recipes that I’ve seen, suggest going crustless, or, thinning out your crust as much as possible in order to lower that Points Plus value. My response to that? NO WAY!!! I loooooove pie crust. And I’m not about to sacrifice it. But I am usually pretty overwhelmed around the holidays, so I like to keep things as simple as possible. That means I buy a pre-made pie crust. No shame in my game, folks. I LOVE the Organic Whole Wheat Pie Crust from Wholly Wholesome….it tastes amazing and you’d never know it’s healthier. This is usually my go to pre-made pie crust. If you prefer to make your own pie crust from scratch, by all means, go right ahead. Just make sure to use a whole wheat pie crust recipe (there’s a ton of them that you can find through a quick Google search). So don’t pass on the pumpkin pie this year, just serve up this Low Points Pumpkin Pie Recipe, and enjoy the guilt free indulgence. Happy Thanksgiving!
Whole wheat couscous is always a staple in my pantry. My kids love it, and I love finding new ways to incorporate it into my Weight Watchers Recipes. But on the days when I don’t have time to experiment, I rely on this Whole Wheat Couscous with Roasted Vegetables Recipe to provide a healthy side dish recipe that can be prepared quickly and easily. The roasting of the vegetables really helps bring out a wonderful, savory and slightly smoky taste, and allows them to really be the star of this dish, with a basic couscous being their stage. I’ll often vary the types of vegetables I add (roasted butternut squash and mushroom are great options!), and I’ll occasionally add in some cooked lentils or beans, to change it up. But any way I prepare it, it’s a hit every time. And at just 3 Points + per serving, I love having this healthy, low Point recipe in my repertoire. Enjoy.
Ever since I first tried cooking a whole chicken in my slow cooker, I’ve been hooked. It gives me the most delicious, most juicy and moist chicken ever, hands down. They key is to stick it under the broiler for a bit before slow cooking it. This locks in the meat’s natural juices, and helps deliver an absolutely decadent meal. However, if you prefer a more crispy skinned exterior, simply do the broiling process after the chicken is slow cooked. This step is super easy, and will really make a difference in the end product. I also want to note that because this is a whole chicken, the servings will vary in nutritional stats and Points Plus, depending on which part of the chicken you eat and how large that serving is. On AVERAGE, each serving will range in 3-6 Points +, WITHOUT the skin. Breasts would be about 4 Points +, Drumsticks 3 Points +, Thighs 5 Points + …you get the idea. This Weight Watchers Crock Pot Whole Chicken Recipe has gone into our regular meal rotation, because it undeniably delicious. The lemon and rosemary seasoning is my favorite, but you can play around with other spices and herbs as much as you like. TIP: After you’ve removed all the meat, place the carcus of the chicken back in the crock pot with all of the leftover juices, lemons, onion, etc, add water, cover and slow cook on low overnight. The next morning strain out all the bits and you’ve got your own, homemade fresh chicken broth that is a zillion times tastier than any store bought kind! I freeze mine and save it for a future recipe. Seriously…DO THIS…you will love it!
Beets are in abundance right now, and I love finding new and delicious ways to use them. Of course, I’ve had roasted beets by themselves, and I’ve added beets to my salads, but today’s Weight Watchers recipe is for a very simple roasted beet salad that is just beets, basil and a dressing. And it is divine! I was amazed at how much flavor each bite had packed into it. There’s a smoky and sweet taste from the beets, and then the peppery basil and tangy balsamic dressing are the perfect complement. This makes a wonderful and healthy Weight Watchers side dish recipe to serve with just about any meal. Take advantage of all those delicious beets this season and give this Roasted Beet and Basil Salad a try!
I often find myself with multiple bags of frozen shrimp in the freezer. For some reason, I keep thinking I’m out of them, so I buy more. So I started coming up with some easy Weight Watchers Shrimp Recipes that allow me to throw together a quick and delicious meal with minimal effort. This Creamy Shrimp Salad was a huge hit, both with me and the hubs! With shrimp being naturally low in calories, and high in protein, you get a very satisfying dish for just 5 Points +. The creamy dressing is perfectly seasoned with fresh lemon juice and basil, and they really make this salad feel decadent. If you are feeling creative, feel free to throw in some extra veggies! Though, if you use a lot more, you may want to make some extra dressing to make sure the salad retains that creamy texture. And the baked whole wheat lavash triangles add a nice crunchy complement. Enjoy!
If you are a follower of this blog, it’s most likely because, at one point or another, you’ve struggled with losing weight and eating healthy. You’ve probably tried a lot of gimmick diets. And you probably feel like your life has been a back and forth of losing/gaining weight. I know EXACTLY how this feels, and this is why I started writing LaaLoosh. Losing weight and/or eating healthy isn’t an easy feat, and it’s a tremendous help to be able to find support. Fortunately, there’s a lot of it out there, and fellow foodie/food blogger, Lisa Cain of Snack Girl, is a great resource for people looking for a real-life approach to losing weight and eating healthy. In case you missed our interview with her last week, we had a chance to chat with Lisa about the success of her blog and the release of her first book “Snack Girl to the Rescue!”. Lisa was kind enough to send me a copy of her book, and I’m eager to share my thoughts with all of you!
When I’m craving a salad that’s not only delicious and bursting with flavors, but also hearty, very satisfying, and extremely nutritious, I turn to this Smoked Salmon and Lentil Salad. I usually always keep a few hardboiled eggs in the fridge, and with minimal prep, this salad can be put together quickly and easily. Loaded with protein, fiber and Omega-3’s, this salad is great for a heart healthy lunch idea! You can use leftover cooked salmon with this too, if you prefer, but I love to treat myself to some smoked salmon on occasion. And it works especially well with the tahini sauce in this dish. I also like to thin out the tahini sauce with some water and/or lemon juice, as the Trader Joe’s one I use is really thick. At just 7 Points + for the whole, huge salad, this Weight Watchers Recipe is sure to become a favorite of yours, too.
Lisa Cain is the author of the popular food blog, Snack Girl. She is a busy mother of two and loves to help people make better food choices. Her blog has great recipes for snacks or quick and easy meals, as well as weight loss tips. She recently published a book, Snack Girl to the Rescue, about making small, easy tweaks to your lifestyle so that you can realistically meet your goals and lose weight in a healthy way.
With the heat wave finally starting to come to an end here in Southern California, I’m really getting into the swing of fall cooking! One of my family’s favorite dishes is this Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings Recipe. It is SO ridiculously delicious and SO filling and satisfying. You can feel free to experiment and add other veggies if you’d like. Sometimes, I make it without the potatoes, and that shaves an extra Point off. But those moist, thick, fluffy dumplings are just heavenly, and are the true star of this popular comfort food recipe. Perfect for a chilly day, this tasty Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings is sure to become a family favorite of yours too! Enjoy.
While it may officially be fall, we’ve been having a heat wave here in Southern California, so I’ve been doing my best to take advantage of last minute summer grilling! One of my easiest, healthiest, and most delicious Weight Watchers grilling recipes is this Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa. The creaminess of the avocado and the moist, buttery avocado are a perfect contrast to the tangy lime and spicy jalapeño. The flavors are bold and delicious, yet this healthy meal is only 8 Points + per serving. Pair it with steamed brown rice or quinoa and roasted vegetables for a complete meal.
If you’ve ever had tabbouleh salad before, you know how delicious it is. But the fact that it’s traditionally made with bulgar (a grain), the Points Plus can really rack up quickly due to the high amount of carbohydrates. By simply replacing the bulgar with grated cauliflower instead, you get a dish that tastes ridiculously similar to traditional tabbouleh, but for just 4 Points + per serving. Its light and refreshing flavor makes this side salad a wonderful accompaniment to your favorite meal. And it’s slam packed with vegetables, so you get a nice healthy dose of those, too. Now, some people may argue the Points Plus value on this Weight Watchers recipe, due to the fact that except for the olive oil, everything else is 0 Points Plus when eaten alone. However, my Weight Watchers leader said that when you combine all the vegetables together in a recipe like this, it changes the structure and can therefore raise the Points Plus value. So, what I did here was calculate all the nutritional information for each ingredient, and added it all together. Then entered it into my Weight Watchers Points Plus Calculator, and came up with 4 Points + per serving. If you are counting just the olive oil, it’s 2 Points + per serving. Either way, it’s a great bargain and absolutely delicious side salad recipe. This is a MUST try, folks!