I was at Walmart earlier this week, when I came across these tasty looking Weight Watchers Snack Size Red Velvet Ice Cream Sandwiches that were just 3 Points + each. I LOOOOOOOOVE me some red velvet, so I snatched up a box and tore into them as soon as I got into my car. They were very rich and tasted much more cake like than I anticipated, which is a good thing. While it’s certainly no big slice of red velvet cake from my favorite bakery, it’s definitely a great, low calorie alternative to help take the edge off of my red velvet craving, while still keeping me on track to reach my Weight Watchers goals. With temperatures heating up, they are the perfect summer treat! Even my picky, food snob husband, who despises diet brand ice creams, like these. So far, I’ve only seen them at Walmart, but hopefully they’ll start popping up in other grocery stores soon.
May 16 2013
My, how I love a good quinoa recipe. Not only is it healthy and a much better alternative to rice or pasta, I think it’s absolutely delicious. And when combined with fresh, crunchy vegetables then dressed in a sweet and tangy ginger peanut dressing for just 4 Points + per serving, well, it’s downright FABULOUS. I came across the original version of this recipe at Ambitious Kitchen, and knew I had to try it. But I made some alterations in order to make it more Weight Watchers friendly and to enhance the flavor a bit. My version uses a fantastic, low calorie peanut butter substitute called Better’n Peanut Butter. If you haven’t tried it yet, so yourself a favor and get some! It’s a LOT lower in fat than regular peanut better and the taste is pretty close. If you don’t have the Better’n Peanut Butter, or don’t want to use it, you can absolutely use regular peanut butter, though it will probably tack on an extra Point or two. Regardless, this Crunchy Thai Quinoa Salad is a must try.
I can honestly say, I have NEVER met a single soul who doesn’t love Philly Cheese steak sandwiches. And with good reason – these meaty sandwiches are beyond delicious. Traditionally made with steak, and topped with green peppers, onions and melted cheese, a cheese steak can be waaaaaaay too many Weight Watchers Points to enjoy on a regular basis. But by using chicken breast and a reduced fat provolone cheese instead, I was able to bring the Points down to a reasonable 7 Points + per sandwich, including the roll. I used Trader Joe’s Artisan rolls because they are low in Points and taste amazing, but the square shape make them not as fancy as the traditional hoagie roll used in cheese steak recipes. Also, I used a whole slice of provolone on each sandwich, so it ended up covering most of the chicken and veggies which makes it harder for you to see the insides of the sandwich based on my photo. But, you guys, this sandwich is SO good! Oh, and did I mention it’s all prepared in a crock pot? That’s righ…quick, easy, and delicious, this Crock Pot Chicken Philly Cheese Steak Recipe is a must make.
May 13 2013
A popular Italian chicken recipe, traditional chicken Francese is a lightly breaded chicken that is cooked in a wine/lemon/butter sauce. Sound delicious? It is! In order to make it healthier and lower in Weight Watchers Points, I skipped the breading and added some capers for extra flavor. I also used a light butter (Brummel & Brown), which gives all that buttery flavor without the artery clogging fat and cholesterol. This light chicken recipe works very well over some whole wheat pasta with some roasted vegetables added to it (I like mushrooms and zucchini the best). Each serving is just 5 Points + for 2 chicken cutlets, which makes this an excellent Weight Watchers dinner recipe! It also can be prepared quickly and easily with little prep work — I love this recipe for hectic weekdays. My lightened up Chicken Francese was a crowd pleaser…the whole family loved it, and I loved how low calorie it was.
How in the WORLD have I not seen/tried this before?! On a whim, I was browsing the dip/hummus section in Trader Joe’s and came across this Reduced Guilt Chunky Guacamole. Made with Greek yogurt, it boasted just 1 Point for a 2 tbsp serving. Now, I don’t know anyone who can eat just 2 tablespoons of guacamole, but I figured that at just 1 Point per serving, this could definitely offer some major damage control. So I bought a container, and ran home to give it a try. I immediately whipped out my Reduced Fat Tortilla Chips and dug in…it was DELICIOUS! I seriously couldn’t believe how good it was. This ready-made guacamole has less fat and fewer calories than traditional guacamole recipes. Yet it still has that rich and creamy taste that we all want our guacamole to have. Thick, low fat Greek yogurt is combined with chunky avocados, and then tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, a bit of jalapeño, garlic and fresh lime juice round out the flavor without adding unwanted calories and fat.
Serving size is 2 tbsp
PER SERVING: 30 calories; 2g fat; 2g carbohydrates; 1g protein; 1g fiber
May 09 2013
Here’s one for all you carnivores out there….a Skirt Steak with Romesco Sauce that is absolutely to die for. Moist, juicy grilled skirt steak served with a rich and creamy Romesco sauce that is mouth watering-ly delicious. This steak recipe is actually very easy to make and requires minimal prep. You can can get it on the table in about 25 minutes, which is key for busy weeknights. Try serving this over some fresh greens or roasted vegetables to help add some extra volume to the dish and give you more bang for your buck. If you don’t mind adding some more Points, serve it over some roasted potato wedges…OMG….it’s so good! And don’t forget to sop up that extra sauce on your plate with a low calorie roll or breadstick! Just 5 Points + for a piece of steak with the Romesco sauce is quite a deal…enjoy!