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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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Asian Red Cabbage Salad Recipe – 3 Points +

Asian Red Cabbage Salad

First of all, HI! And Welcome to 2015!! I’m sure a lot of you are here to get back on track with healthy eating and to find some new and delicious Weight Watchers Recipes, and I certainly will do my best to deliver. But part of my New Year’s Resolution was to spend less time working and more time enjoying my young children before they are too old to want to play with me. So, I haven’t been posting as much as I used to, but I still plan on posting at least 1 new recipe a week. ;) Just wanted to address that, in case any of you were wondering why I’ve been posting less. With that being said, today’s post is for an amazingly delicious and easy side salad recipe that is so incredibly flavorful, my mouth was watering just making it! My Asian Red Cabbage Salad works great as a side dish, or you can double the serving and top it with some grilled chicken breast for a filling and delicious lunch. Each regular serving is just 3 Points +, and it’s crunchy, tangy, salty, and a little sweet….total perfection! This is one of my favorite Weight Watchers Salad Recipes to make whenever I have extra cabbage on hand. Enjoy!

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Roasted Salmon with Basil Mint Sauce – 7 Points +

Roasted Salmon with Basil Mint Sauce

I am always looking to get more fish into my diet, but quite honestly, I often don’t like the actual taste of fish. If you’ve been following my blog long enough, you may have heard me mention before that I almost always try to prepare the fish with some type of bold sauce or flavor paying so as to distract from the fishy taste of the fish. In this Roasted Salmon with Basil Mint Sauce Recipe, the decadent sauce does just that. It’s fresh, tangy, slightly creamy, and absolutely perfect on top of the salmon. I actually got this idea at a favorite local restaurant, and tried my best to create a similar, more healthy version. At just 7 Points +, this Weight Watchers Salmon recipe offers a great way to eat a healthy fish dish, with zero guilt. Pair with some roasted vegetables or low Points Plus soup for a complete meal. Enjoy!

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Chicken and Spinach Casserole – 7 Points +

Chicken and Spinach CasseroleMerry Christmas everyone! Hope you are all enjoying some down time with friends and family. And if you are you looking for some more healthy recipes to get started with after the holiday feasting is over, then today’s recipe is a great start! Weight Watchers Casserole Recipes are one my favorite meals to cook this time of year…they are warm and filling, and a breeze to make. This Chicken and Spinach Casserole has often been one of my old reliable casseroles that I go to whenever I’m too tired to try something new. It’s also a great way to use up leftover rotisserie chicken. One to about the bread – I listed in Ezekiel bread in my recipe, but you can use any kind of bread that you’d like to in this dish. I chose Ezekiel because I’ve really been trying to lessen my consumption of flour, and eat more sprouted grains. If you’ve ever had Ezekiel bread, the texture is a bit dry and it takes some getting used too. However, it works perfectly in this casserole recipe because the bottom of the bread pieces are soaked in the creamy casserole, and the top of them are toasted, so the texture is not an issue at all. And I love the health benefits it provides. Of course, just about any other bread will work fine too. Overall, this is a simple Weight Watchers casserole that takes minimal effort and delivers a wonderfully hot and delicious meal for just 7 Points + per serving. Enjoy!  [Read more…]

Spiced Oven Roasted Cod – 3 Points +

Spiced Oven Roasted Cod

I love serving fish for dinner…it’s healthy, full of protein, and usually pretty low in Weight Watchers Points. Also, the fact that it cooks super fast makes it ideal for those busy weeknights. Sometimes, I get fancy with fish recipes, and other times I just like to keep it simple. This Spiced Oven Roasted Cod Recipe is one of the simple ones – minimal prep work, minimal ingredients, and the end result is lovely and delicious. The bold spice blend gives the mild cod a perfect kick of flavor! Pair this with some roasted vegetables, and a rice dish or low calorie soup for a complete meal. Enjoy!

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Artichoke Chicken Pasta Recipe – 6 Points +

Artichoke Chicken Pasta

When I want a simple Weight Watchers pasta recipe that packs in a lot of protein and fiber, I turn to this Artichoke Chicken Pasta Recipe, which is one of my go to dinners. It’s very easy to make, doesn’t take a lot of time, looks absolutely lovely, and tastes delicious. Plus, each 1 cup serving is just 6 Points +. I’ve gotten a few emails from previous pasta recipes I’ve posted, mentioning that the actual amount of pasta in the recipes was too small for their family. In order to keep the Points Plus values low, I try to really keep those carbs in check. So, I prefer to take it easy on the carb laden pasta noodles, and bulk up with the veggies and protein. However, if you prefer a larger portion, you can make this a 4 serving meal instead of six. It will come out to a Points Plus value of 9 Points + per serving. Balance that out with a light salad, and it’s still not a bad deal! The delicate wine sauce is fantastic, but if you prefer to not use wine, you can use fat free chicken broth, with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice instead.

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