Wendy Zitzman - Author Archive

Tropical Strawberry Smoothie Recipe – 2 Points +

Tropical Strawberry Smoothie

Get a healthy dose of the tropics with this light and easy Tropical Strawberry Smoothie Recipe! I absolutely love this flavor combination, and each serving boasts a tremendous dose of vitamin C and potassium. With no added sugar, and all natural ingredients this smoothie makes a great idea for a healthy breakfast or snack on the go. My kids love this smoothie just as much as I do! I usually prefer to use mostly frozen fruits in this, just because it’s easy, and so I don’t have to add ice to make it cold. Fresh works great too, so no worries if that’s what you’ve got on hand. Each serving comes out to just 2 Points +, so you can indulge in a fabulous tasting smoothie without feeling any guilt.

Tropical Strawberry Smoothie

Cool and refreshing, this healthy smoothie has all the flavors of the tropics, but with zero guilt. Loaded with vitamin C, it’s a great cold buster too!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups strawberries
  • 1 cup mango
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 1 cup pineapple, diced
  • 1 banana
  • 3 dates
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut water

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender, and process until smooth. Add additional coconut water, ice, or water to reach desired consistency.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time:

Diet type: Vegan

Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced fat, Gluten free, Raw

Number of servings (yield): 6

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

Calories: 89

Fat: 0g

Protein: 1g

Entire recipe makes 6 servings
Serving size is 1 cup
Each serving = 2 Points +

PER SERVING: 89 calories; 0g fat; 24g carbohydrates; 1g protein; 3g fiber

Arugula and Mushroom Pasta Recipe – 9 Points +

Arugula and Mushroom Pasta

When I want to indulge in a hearty, satisfying pasta dish that doesn’t skimp on portion size, this Arugula and Mushroom Pasta Recipe is one of my favorites. The simple wine sauce is light and delicate, allowing for the wonderful earthy flavors of the mushrooms and peppery arugula to come through. This Weight Watchers pasta recipe also offers a very satisfying serving size, which I love. I often like to top it with a bit of grated parmesan, but if you prefer to keep it vegan, you can skip it. The colorful vegetables will help bring out some fantastic flavors, so you won’t miss the meat. But if you insist on adding some additional protein, this dish works great with shrimp, chicken or scallops.

[Read more…]

Sole Piccata Recipe – 5 Points +

Sole Piccata

Light, delicate, and extraordinarily delicious, this Sole Piccata Recipe has become a recent family favorite! I picked up some sole on sale at the market, and was trying to decide what to do with it, when I got the idea to try using a piccata sauce, similar to what I’d use on chicken. The sole fish is very mild, as is chicken, so the piccata sauce was the perfect compliment. High in protein, yet light on Points +, this dish is not only incredibly simple to prepare, but tastes amazing and requires just a handful of ingredients. Serve it up with some roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, or a light soup for a complete meal. A great dinner recipe to try if you want to add more heart healthy fish into your diet!

[Read more…]

Stuffed Shells Casserole Recipe – 8 Points +

Stuffed Shells Casserole

I came up with the idea for this recipe on a day when I had planned to make traditional stuffed shells for dinner, but realized what I had in my pantry was the little pasta shells and not the big shells for stuffing. Grrrrr. I had bought all the other ingredients at the store earlier that day, and I was determined to make it work anyway. So I decided to do an inside out /casserole version, and I have to say, it turned out truly fantastic. I may never go back to making traditional stuffed shells again! It was a lot faster and less tedious than stuffing shells. Each big and hearty portion is just 8 Points + – not bad for a dish made with pasta and three different types of cheese. The whole family loved it, and it made for great leftovers. Definitely a Weight Watchers Casserole Recipe to add to you repertoire. Enjoy!

[Read more…]

A Welcome to Our New LaaLoosh Recipe Contributor!

As you may have all noticed, we have a new recipe contributor on the blog, and I wanted to take a minute to extend a warm welcome to her — welcome aboard Cathy Rockwell! Cathy has been a Weight Watchers member in the past and has had great success with their program. She loves creating new recipes that are not only Weight Watchers friendly, but simple to prepare! She’s a fellow foodie who takes inspiration from her family heritage and the supper clubs she’s attended, where she’s had a chance to experience recipes and foods from all around the world. Since I won’t be able to post as many new recipes as I’d like, Cathy is going to be contributing lots of new Weight Watchers recipes on LaaLoosh on a regular basis, to keep you all satiated :). I’m sure you are all just as excited as I am to check out some of her delicious new recipes. It’s great to have another person to deliver some food ideas that not only taste great, but that are healthy too. We’re glad to have you on board, Cathy!

Knock Off Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich Recipe – 7 Points +

Knock Off Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich

I’m just going to get right to the point here, Chick-fil-A is flippin’ delicious. There’s just something about how perfectly moist, juicy and seasoned their fried chicken sandwich is, that I just cannot control myself when I’m in there. That’s why I never go. :(. So I decided to scour the Internet and see if I could find a copycat version that was more Weight Watchers friendly. And after a few trials, errors and tweaks, I finally came up with the perfect version. You can save another Point or two by using a sandwich thin instead of a traditional bun, if you’d like. But 7 Points + per sandwich is still a great bargain in comparison to the restaurant version. I’m sorry that I didn’t get a chance to dress up the sandwich more for the picture, but it smelled soon incredible, and my family and I were all dying to eat it! So, the photo shows just the bare bones. But I recommend serving it with some pickle slices, lettuce, tomatoes and onions. Yum!

[Read more…]

Ground Beef and Noodle Casserole Recipe – 8 Points +

Ground Beef and Noodle Casserole

I don’t know about you, but when I’ve got a busy week ahead, Weight Watchers Casserole Recipes are a lifesaver for me! It usually gets my family a good dinner, and then a day or two of lunch leftovers. One of my husband’s favorites is this Ground Beef and Noodle Casserole. It’s incredibly hearty and satisfying, is super easy to prepare, and each nicely sized serving is just 8 Points +. I really like the flavor of the ground beef in this casserole, but if you want to shave off a Point or two, you can easily use ground turkey instead. But I find that if you use ground sirloin, or extra lean ground beef (96% lean), it comes out to about the same, Points Plus wise. This is a great dinner for a cold winter’s day. Enjoy!

[Read more…]

Onion and Pistachio Crusted Salmon – 5 Points +

Onion and Pistachio Crusted Salmon

After a recent trip overseas, my husband brought me back an incredible seasoning mixture from a local market in Israel. The mixture contained pistachios, dried onion, and a mouthwatering spice blend. I used it one night, in an oven roasted salmon recipe, and the result was so incredible, I couldn’t wait to share it! Since most of us don’t have the option to fly to Israel to pick up a bag of this seasoning mixture, I did my best to replicate it. You will not be disappointed! It’s fantastic. And though it’s my favorite on salmon and other fish, you can find lots of fantastic uses for it. So, back to this Weight Watcher salmon recipe…it came out to just 5 Points + per serving, and was a huge hit. The Points Plus may vary between 5-6 Points depending which kind of salmon you use. I used Trader Joe’s Natural Wild Salmon Silver Coho Salmon, skinless and frozen. Enjoy!

[Read more…]

Cashew Chicken with Zucchini Noodles Recipe – 8 Points +

Cashew Chicken with Zucchini Noodles

Cashew chicken has always been one of my favorite Chinese food recipes. But the restaurant version is waaaayyy too high in Weight Watchers Points. So I made my own healthier version, and I bulked it up with lots of extra veggies. I also decided to utilize my zucchini spiralizer again, and added zucchini noodles to this dish. It was SOOOO good! Each serving was huge, and very satisfying. If you want to shave off an extra Point or two, you could less cashews, but I like to splurge a bit on this, because it’s really what gives the dish it’s flavor (and name!). If you are a fan of Chinese fast food, then this Weight Watchers Cashew Chicken is a must try! Enjoy.

[Read more…]

Crock Pot Cheesy Chicken and Potatoes Recipe – 7 Points +

Crock Pot Cheesy Chicken and Potatoes

This Weight Watchers Crock Pot Recipe for Crock Pot Cheesy Chicken and Potatoes always hits the spot when I’m craving something hot, cheesy and filling. The chicken breasts and potatoes are seasoned and slow cooked all day, then a delicious cheese sauce is made in just 5 minutes, using the remaining cooking juices and a few other ingredients. Feel free to throw in a few extra vegetables if you’d like — onions, mushrooms, and green peppers are a few I like to add in often. And at just 7 Points + for each satisfying serving, my Crock Pot Cheesy Chicken and Potatoes Recipe will soon become a family favorite of yours too. Serve with a light salad for a complete meal. Enjoy!

[Read more…]

Winter Chicken Salad – 6 Points +

Winter Chicken Salad

Nothing like taking advantage of the beautiful seasonal fruits this time of year, and combining them in a fresh and colorful salad that will leave your tastebuds begging for more! This Winter Chicken Salad Recipe is not only colorful and lovely, but is absolutely delicious. It’s topped with a sweet and tangy dressing, and is finished off with a nutty crunch from the toasted pine nuts……SO GOOD! I used walnut oil for the dressing, but you can use olive oil if you prefer. I just like the mild added flavor of walnut, and the health benefits that the walnut oil boasts is pretty amazing too. Makes a great Weight Watchers lunch recipe. You can also leave off the chicken, and serve this as a side salad with a fish or chicken dish for dinner. So many tasty possibilities!

[Read more…]

Chicken and Mushrooms with Red Wine Sauce – 7 Points +

Chicken and Mushrooms with Red Wine Sauce

It is my firm belief that red wine sauces always give a feeling of elegance and richness to a dish. And what a better way to dress up a Weight Watchers chicken recipe than with a hearty red wine sauce and mushrooms sautéed with garlic and shallots? In this Chicken and Mushrooms with Red Wine Sauce Recipe, I lightly breaded the chicken, pan fried it, and then topped it with mushrooms and a bold and lovely sauce. Easy, yet decadent, and just 7 Points + per serving! One suggestion I want to make though – try flattening the chicken fillets with a mallet, before cooking. I did not do this, and my chicken was quite thick, thus taking a bit longer to cook, curled up a bit while cooking, and actually ended up looking quite small on the plate (the thickness is hidden under all that mushroom and wine sauce!). Sometimes having a nice large piece of chicken on your plate, can convince your eyes that you are eating more than you actually are, thus helping you to feel satisfied. Just my 2 cents. I recommend pairing this with mashed or roasted potatoes, and a light salad. It feels like the perfect warm and comforting that will be a wonderfully satisfying meal on a cold winter’s day.

[Read more…]