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Balsamic Roasted Chicken and Vegetables Recipe – 3 Smart Points

Balsamic Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

Within hot and busy summer days, I rarely have the time or patience to put forth a lot of effort in the kitchen. So I’ve been making Weight Watcher recipes that are fast, easy, and delicious. This Balsamic Roasted Chicken and Vegetables Recipe is a great dish that I find myself cooking again and again because it’s super fast and easy, and my whole family loves it. Sometimes, I’ll even double, or triple this recipe, then freeze it in the marinade so that I can have it available for a quick and easy dinner the following week too. The marinade is so incredibly flavorful, and the meat turns out juicy and delicious. I have sometimes left my veggies in the marinade with the chicken, and that also works….the veggies just come out darker from soaking in the marinade. Such an easy and tasty meal! Enjoy.

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Moroccan Beef and Lamb Meatballs Recipe – 5 Smart Points

Moroccan Beef and Lamb Meatballs

These Moroccan Beef and Lamb meatballs are definitely a game changer in the meatball department. Tender, succulent, and full of traditional Moroccan spices, this recipe has become a favorite in our household. My kids love to eat them stuffed inside a pita, and topped with my homemade tzatziki sauce and cucumber tomato salad. It is truly a mouthwatering combination. You can easily skewer these meatballs for easy grilling, if you’d prefer that cooked over coals taste….it’s divine! Maybe take some to your 4th of July BBQ this year and blow those burgers and hotdogs out of the water! Everytime I make them, I triple the batch and then freeze some because they are just so incredibly tasty and I love having some remade to heat up. And at just 5 Smart Points per serving, this Weight Watchers meatball recipe tastes way more decadent. These are a MUST make, you guys.

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Summer Green Bean Salad Recipe

Summer Green Bean Salad

We are counting down the last few days of school until we are in full summer swing! And summer means lazy days by the pool and little effort in the kitchen. This Summer Green Bean Salad Recipe is the perfect dish for those hot days, when you want a simple dish that’s light and healthy. I like the green beans to be a little crisp, so I just blanch them in the boiling water for just a few minutes, and then immediately transfer them to an ice bath. You could steam them too, if you prefer. The tangy lemon garlic dressing is the perfect complement to the salad, and ties all the components together. And if you are lucky enough to have any leftover, they are just as delicious the next day! Usually salads get gross in the fridge over night, but thanks to this dish being comprised of fresh, crisp veggies, it can be enjoyed again the next day. Yay! Perfect for poolside parties, summer BBQs, and 4th of July picnics, this 1 Point salad is a must try.

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Vegan Balela Salad Recipe – 4 Smart Points

Baela Salad

If you’ve never had (or even heard of) Balela Salad before, let me fill you in. Balela is a Middle-Eastern garbanzo and black bean salad, tossed with a tangy, herbed vinaigrette. I typically make this delicious salad anytime I’m cooking for vegans or vegetarians. The beans offer a nice dose of protein, and are wonderfully filling. It’s such a versatile recipe too — you can serve it as a side salad, as a relish for meat or fish, or as a dip for crackers, breads, or pita chips. I’ve also used this in a sandwich or wrap. I’m telling you…a ton of things can be done with this recipe! We’ve been watching a lot of hockey lately (playoffs and now the Stanley cup championship), and this is the perfect game day snack. Even meat eaters will love it! This Vegan Balela Salad recipe is a must try. Enjoy!

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Watermelon Blueberry Mint Salad with Feta – 1 Smart Point

Watermelon Blueberry Mint Salad with Feta

Memorial Day Weekend is in full swing, and if you are still looking for a great Weight Watchers Potluck Recipe to take to your holiday celebration, this Watermelon Blueberry Mint Salad with Feta is it! A much better option than the standard fruit tray, this wonderfully refreshing salad is both sweet and savory, is a breeze to prepare, and is just 1 Smart Point per serving. Watermelon by itself, is such a sweet and simple treat, but when topped off with a tangy balsamic vinaigrette and some crumbled feta, it really reaches new heights. The fresh blueberries and mint add an invigorated feel, and make it an aesthetic treat for the eyes as well as the palate. Serve this tasty and unique fruit salad at at this weekend’s Memorial Day BBQ, or any summer celebration, and sure to be adored.

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Chinese Garlic Green Beans – 1 Smart Point

Chinese Garlic Green Beans

Admittedly, when I’m indulging in Chinese takeout, the last thing I think about ordering is vegetables. The exception to this train of thought is Chinese-style Garlic Green Beans. The flavor is out of this world – who knew a green bean could taste so incredible!? Every time we order these, my kids tackle them with so much enthusiasm, that I decided this is a dish I need to try at home. My version is a lot less oily, therefore, lower in Smart Points than the restaurant version. And they are super easy to make, so it’s great having this recipe to rely on for a quick and reliable verge recipe that I know my kids will eat. Each serving is just 1 Smart Point, so this is absolutely guilt free!

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Mongolian Beef Recipe – 5 Smart Points

Mongolian Beef

Forget the fast food! This healthier and lighter Mongolian Beef Recipe delivers all the flavor but with a lot less fat, calories, and sodium. Instead of picking up dinner from my local Chinese restaurant, I just whip up this easy dish instead! It’s simple and requires just a handful of ingredients that I most likely already have on hand. And it is DELICIOUS! When I’m making it for just myself, I often add in extra scallions or red peppers to kick up the spice level a bit. But when I’m serving it to the whole family, I make the recipe as is. And at just 5 Smart Points per serving, this dish is the perfect way to satisfy that Chinese fast food craving.

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One Pan Crispy Parmesan Chicken Recipe – 7 Smart Points

One Pan Crispy Parmesan Chicken

We are winding down to the last few weeks of the school year, and I am running out of steam. That means I need fast and easy weeknight dinners that are healthy, and Weight Watchers friendly. This One Pan Crispy Parmesan Chicken Recipe is perfect for the days when I want a fabulous, home cooked meal, without requiring a lot of effort. Another fabulous one pan meal for dinner, means a lot less dishes to wash after dinner! This Crispy Parmesan Chicken recipe was a home run with the whole family. The baked chicken was so juicy, and the crispy parmesan coating had a nice hint of garlic and Italian seasonings. Having the veggies coated in the same delicious mixture made them absolutely delectable, and my kids ate every last bite. My son even took leftovers to school for lunch the next day! It’s so good, and so easy to make, you will not regret adding this dish to your meal plan. Enjoy!!

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Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes Recipe – 4 Smart Points

Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes

Brussel sprouts. It seems that most people either love them or hate them. I fall into the “love them” category, and I’m grateful that my kids do too! There are many ways to prepare them, but my absolute favorite method is roasting. It brings out the most delicious flavor, and I just cannot get enough of them! In this recipe, I paired them with some sweet potatoes, added some delicious seasonings, and then finished it off by tossing them in red wine vinegar. The flavor combination was spectacular! Something about the earthy, almost bitter taste of the brussel sprouts, with the tender sweetness of the sweet potatoes, just makes this dish mouthwateringly good. And each serving comes out to just 4 Smart Points. So if you need an easy, yet impressive veggie side dish, this Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes Recipe is a great one to try. Enjoy!

Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes
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A superior roasted vegetable recipe that will have your tastebuds singing with joy. The divine flavor combination of the sweet potatoes with the earthy brussel sprouts is a most delicious way to get those healthy vegetable servings in.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes
Print Recipe
A superior roasted vegetable recipe that will have your tastebuds singing with joy. The divine flavor combination of the sweet potatoes with the earthy brussel sprouts is a most delicious way to get those healthy vegetable servings in.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400, and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the brussel sprouts and potatoes with the olive oil, garlic, cumin, and salt and pepper.
  3. Pour the vegetables onto the baking sheet and roast for about 40-45 minutes, or until browned.
  4. Place the hot vegetables in a large bowl, and toss with the red wine vinegar. Serve hot.
Recipe Notes

Entire recipe makes 6 servings
Serving size is about 1 cup
Each serving = 4 Smart Points

PER SERVING: 129 calories; 4g fat; 0.5g saturated fat; 21g carbohydrates; 3g fiber; 0.5g sugar; 1g protein

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Moroccan Beet Salad Recipe – 1 Smart Points

Moroccan Beet Salad

In Morocco, beets are used regularly in salads because they are available year round there. A good friend of mine, who I consider to be an amazing cook, and who is also of Moroccan heritage, once served this beet salad at a dinner she had invited us to. It was so divine, I simply had to find out the recipe and then how to make it Weight Watchers friendly. As luck would have it, this salad is already pretty light and low in Points, so I just had to make a few alterations. And though it takes a bit more preparation time because the beets need to be roasted first, I assure you that it’s absolutely worth the effort. The roasting process lends such a beautiful, and rich flavor to the beets, and when tossed with the remaining ingredients, the end result is a spectacular salad that’s not only lovely and delicious, but high in nutrients as well. Naturally sweet and very healthy, beets have earned the reputation of being a superfood that’s rich in potassium, manganese, vitamin C, and fiber. And they are 0 Smart Points! So if you haven’t been getting any beets in your diet, this Moroccan Beet Salad is the recipe to try. Enjoy!

Moroccan Beet Salad

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Chicken Taco Bowl with Cauliflower Rice – 4 Smart Points

Taco Bowl with Cauliflower Rice

This cauliflower rice trend that’s been going around has really been working for me! I’m amazed at how many places I can switch out a high calorie, flour based carb, for a much lighter and healthier vegetable instead. This Chicken Taco Bowl is no exception. Because the meat and beans are so wonderfully seasoned, and the 0 Points toppings are also immensely flavorful, you can barely notice that the traditional Mexican rice has been replaced with some 0 Point riced cauliflower. Not only is it healthier, but it’s just as delicious and filling. I even mixed some of the cauliflower rice in with regular rice and gave it to my kids….they gobbled it right up. If you need a taco bowl fix, try this low calorie Chicken Taco Bowl recipe with Cauliflower Rice and save yourself some precious Smart Points!

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Lemon Butter Seared Salmon Recipe – 5 Smart Points

Lemon Butter Seared Salmon

Every time I cook salmon, I ask myself why I don’t make it more often. It’s an easy fish to work with, it’s loaded with nutrients and heart healthy fats, and everyone in my family will eat it. This simple Lemon Butter Seared Salmon Recipe is a classic — just a few simple ingredients, but a wonderful, healthy meal that can be accomplished in minutes. I usually tend to roast salmon, but this pan fried version gives such a nice crispiness to the outer layer. This recipe also requires little prep, which is great for the days when my time is minimal. I serve this with some roasted veggies and rice for a complete meal, and it’s a hit every time. Enjoy!

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