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Pumpkin Alfredo Recipe – 7 Smart Points

Pumpkin Alfredo

With the weather FINALLY starting to cool down, I’m in a constant state of comfort food craving. And a rich, creamy, fettuccini alfredo recipe was exactly what I wanted last week. Now, typically, I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin, or pumpkin flavored foods and drinks. But I had this one can of pure pumpkin on hand, and I wanted to find something to incorporate it in. Considered it’s loaded with vitamins and nutrients, I thought it might be a great way to give my fettuccini alfredo a healthy boost. This, this Pumpkin Alfredo Recipe was born. Any way you slice it, an alfredo dish is going to be very heavy in fat and calories, so I had to find a few smart ways to trim down this dish without sacrificing flavor. The biggest thing I did was sub out regular pasta for Miracle Noodle Fettuccini noodles, which I am a regular user of when I want a light pasta dish. They offer a delicious, guilt free way to indulge in a decadent pasta dish for a LOT less calories and carbs, compared to regular pasta. Even my picky husband loves them, so they are a staple around here. A few other alterations, and my Pumpkin Alfredo was a success! Creamy, rich, flavorful, and easy, this dish makes a divine Weight Watchers Fall Recipe to indulge in.

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Chicken Bruschetta Bake – 5 Smart Points

Chicken Bruschetta Bake

An easy wholesome dinner that is made with fresh ingredients, and takes very little prep time. If you’ve ever had bruschetta as an appetizer, then you know how magical the flavor combination of tomatoes, basil, garlic and balsamic vinegar is. This Chicken Bruschetta Bake recipe takes all the divine flavors of a bruschetta appetizer, and turns it into a complete meal. Typically, bruschetta is served on bread, toast, or crackers. But here, it’s baked over top of chicken breasts, which keeps them tender and juicy, and locks in those incredible flavors. It also ups the protein content and lowers the carbs, making it a healthier and lighter meal. The melted mozzarella cheese really seals the deal on this dish, and gives that creamy, melty goodness that just can’t be compromised. Not all delicious and healthy Weight Watchers recipes require hours of painstaking effort in the kitchen. This Chicken Bruschetta is a breeze, and delivers a fantastic meal that the whole family will enjoy.

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Garlic Parmesan Chicken Tenders Recipe – 9 Smart Points

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Tenders

Save yourself the extra fat and calories of fried chicken strips, and indulge in these gourmet Garlic Parmesan Chicken Tenders instead! Tender, juicy strips of chicken breast are dipped in a garlic butter sauce, dredged in a parmesan Panko mixture, then oven-baked to perfection with a crispy crust and succulent inside. The amazing flavors make this Weight Watchers recipe a ht with both kids and adults. By using Panko instead of traditional breadcrumbs, you still get that crunchy exterior, without having to fry. The Panko is light and delicate, and by using the whole wheat Panko, it packs a bit more nutrition. This chicken fingers recipe has become a a family favorite around, and gets added to my weekly meal plan a lot! Serve with your favorite dipping sauce, along with some roasted or steamed veggies for a complete meal.

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Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad Recipe – 4 Smart Points

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

If you are trying to eat gluten-free, or just healthier in general, my modern take on traditional Middle Eastern Tabbouleh Salad is a great recipe to try. The bright, fresh herbs, the tender, nutty quinoa, and the tangy, lemony dressing, all make for a perfect flavor combination. Tabbouleh is originally a Lebanese dish, and is a staple in Middle Eastern cuisine, though it is traditionally made with bulgar. But I decided to try using the multi-colored quinoa that I had on hand in place of the bulgar. The end result was a wonderfully flavorful salad that has a more delicate texture, and offers more protein than bulgar-based tabbouleh. This makes it an ideal Weight Watchers vegan recipe, because the protein content of the quinoa makes it a great choice for vegans and vegetarians who cannot get their protein servings from meat. Also, the health benefits from quinoa are no joke – it’s an amazing source of fiber, amino acids, magnesium, and riboflavin. And at just 4 Smart Points per serving, this light, lemony, and refreshing Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad makes a great summer salad, but I love it so much, it’s on my table throughout all the seasons!

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Instant Pot Rotisserie Chicken Recipe – 3-6 Smart Points

Instant Pot Rotisserie Chicken

If you haven’t heard of the Instant Pot recipes craze, then you came to the right place today! Instant Pot is a multi-cooker that does the job of a slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sauté/browning pan, and warming pot. It’s a single appliance that does the job of seven different kitchen appliances or tools. And it’s kind of amazing. I bought it to replace my slow cooker, and I’m so glad I did! The best feature of the Instant Pot, by far, is the electric pressure cooker aspect. I’ve been able to cook meals SO much faster, and with little effort, which is key for my busy lifestyle. My Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken Recipe has always been a reader favorite here at LaaLoosh, so today, I’m sharing my new Weight Watchers Instant Pot Rotisserie Chicken that will be ready in less than an hour!! That’s right…you read me correctly…a WHOLE chicken in LESS THAN 1 HOUR. Yes, the Instant Pot is that amazing. A few minutes of prep and seasoning, and then the Instant Pot does its magic. The high pressure allows for the chicken to cook in way less time than the slow cooker, and the end result is still ridiculously tender and juicy chicken. In fact, mine was so tender, it was completely falling apart, as you can see in the picture. My family will often just eat the chicken as our dinner, or I will use it to cook a whole chicken which I will the shred up, and divide for other recipes that use rotisserie chicken, that I will cook later in the week.
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Moroccan Carrot Dip Recipe – 2 Smart Points

Moroccan Carrot Dip

Spice things up a bit with this lovely moroccan Carrot Dip recipe, and wow your guests with originality! Perfect for a party appetizer, served with fresh cut veggies, pita bread or pita chips, this easy vegan dip also adds a bold, exotic flavor to wraps or sandwiches. The striking flavors of the spices, the sweet carrots, and the tangy lemon juice and vinegar in this recipe, work together in perfect harmony to create a rich, creamy and flavorful dip that is both delicious and healthy. With the holidays fast approaching, keep this dip in mind to serve at your holiday gathering, or to take to a potluck or party.

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Asian Salmon Rice Bowl Recipe – 10 Smart Points

Asian Salmon Rice Bowl

If you love sushi, then this Asian Salmon Rice Bowl Recipe is going to make your day! It has all the flavors and textures of sushi, but in deconstructed form, and with cooked salmon. With all the healthy fat and Omega-3’s, this dish is an incredibly heart healthy meal. Plus, it’s super filling, so it will leave you feeling very satisfied. The dressing is what really pulls this bowl together, so make sure not to skimp on that! It’s a little bit salty, a little bit tangy, a little bit sweet, and a little bit spicy…and a whole lot of deliciousness. Topped with toasted sesame seeds and strips of seaweed paper, each mouthful of this Asian Salmon Rice Bowl is like a symphony of flavors in your mouth. Enjoy!

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Roasted Garlic Butter Carrots – 2 Smart Points

Roasted Garlic Butter Carrots

Garlic butter. Do I really need to say more that that?!? I am willing to eat just about anything with garlic butter on it, and these Roasted Garlic Butter Carrots, turned out soooooo much more amazing than I anticipated. My kids were literally FIGHTING OVER CARROTS. They couldn’t get enough. I couldn’t get enough. Each bite was a mouthful of garlic butter magic. In fact, the next time I do this, I’m going to double the recipe, because we just could not stop eating them. The only ingredient that counts in the Smart Points calculation is the butter, so each serving factors out to just 2 Points…not bad! And this Weight Watchers side dish recipe is really so ridiculously easy to prepare. If you want to make it even easier, use baby carrots, which will save you the peeling step. I’m thrilled that I now have this tasty dish to rely on as another way to get some proper veggies servings onto my family’s plate. This one is a MUST make!

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Pumpkin Chicken Chili Recipe – 6 Smart Points

Pumpkin Chicken Chili

Fall is officially here! And you all know what that means…Weight Watchers Pumpkin Recipes galore! Today is no exception. I’m sharing one of my favorite easy fall recipes that is perfect for feeding a family or large group. This healthy fall chili recipe is full of lean proteins, hearty vegetables, and an abundance of flavor. The mild sweetness of the pumpkin balances out the spiciness of the chili, while adding some additional nutrients and fiber. And the hint of nutmeg and cinnamon give it just a whisper of seasonal flavor that you’re craving. It’s also a breeze to make, and doesn’t require a lot of time. When you want a healthy meal to fill you up on a chilly fall or winter day, this Pumpkin Chicken Chili Recipe is the answer and is sure to become your new favorite fall recipe too. Enjoy!

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Asian Chicken Lettuce Wrap Bowls – 6 Smart Points

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wrap Bowls

If you’ve ever had those adorable little Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps, you know how tasty they are, but also how messy they can be to eat. They are meant to be an appetizer eaten with your hands, but every time I’ve ever had one, the juice ends up dripping down my chin and my hands. Not the most ladylike way to eat! But by making it into a salad instead, I’ve turned this traditional appetizer recipe into a full size meal that’s a lot easier, and less messy, to eat. It still has all the fresh and wonderful flavors that you’d expect, and each bowl is only 6 Smart Points! It comes together fast and easy too, making it one of my top Weight Watchers lunch recipes that I can whip up when I’m short on time. My kids even loved this recipe! These Asian Chicken Lettuce Wrap Bowls are definitely going to become one of our go to meals from now on. Enjoy!

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Pomegranate, Apple, and Date Salad Recipe – 4 Smart Points

Pomegranate Apple Date Salad

One of my all time favorite Weight Watchers holiday salad recipes, I’ve made this Pomegranate, Apple, and Date Salad Recipe more times than I can recall! Not only is it lovely, but it’s super easy, and it works well as a complement to many meals. Traditionally, it’s always on my table every Rosh Hashanah, as it’s full of my foods that are symbolic of the holiday. But I also will brung it to a Christmas dinner party, or serve it along with Thanksgiving dinner. It’s just such a lovely and delicious salad that is always a hit. Sometimes I’ll add some crumbled gorgonzola, blue cheese, or brie wedges, other times I may sub out the dates with fresh figs or persimmon. Sooooo good!! I’ve even made this for lunch and by adding some grilled chicken breast on top. Such a simple, versatile salad recipe that is as pleasing to the palette as it is to the eye. Enjoy!

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Roasted Honey Soy-Glazed Chicken Recipe – 5 Smart Points

Roasted Honey-Soy Glazed Chicken

Some people spend all day long cooking their Rosh Hashanah dinner, but I am all about quick and easy meals overs here! This Roasted Honey-Soy Glazed Chicken recipe is an incredibly easy dish to make that requires just a handful of ingredients, but is a mouthful of wonderful flavors. A little sweet, a little salty, a little smoky…all the good tastes are there. But I don’t need to spend all day slaving away in a hot kitchen. We have no extended family nearby, so it’s usually just me, my husband, and the kids around on the holiday. Making huge, festive holiday meals is pointless, but I still want to make a meal that is special, delicious, symbolic of the holiday. Which makes this tasty chicken dish an ideal Weight Watchers Rosh Hashanah recipe. And if you don’t celebrate Rosh Hashanah, no worries! This Roasted Honey-Soy Glazed Chicken is an easy and versatile meal to serve any day! While we have it with challah bread, it works great with steamed rice an veggies too. L’Shana Tova!

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