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Breakfast Phyllo Wrap Recipe – 4 Points +

Breakfast Phyllo Wrap

These Breakfast Phyllo Wraps are perfect for when you need a breakfast on the go! I am almost always eating breakfast while I’m in the car or while I’m walking around the house getting the kids ready for school in the morning…so something nutritious, delicious, and that can be carried in one hand is ideal. I usually make these wraps in bulk and then freeze them, so whenever I need one, I can just pop it out of the freezer and heat it up. My Breakfast Phyllo Wraps are basically a traditional breakfast of bacon and eggs topped with American cheese and rolled into a phyllo that is baked until crisp and golden brown. To keep it lighter and healthy, I used egg whites, whole wheat phyllo, and fat free cheese. If Points aren’t a concern of yours, feel free to use real eggs and cheese. Also, you add in some onion, tomatoes, mushrooms…any other veggies you’d like, if you want to bulk it up a bit. They are absolutely delicious and a great Weight Watchers breakfast at just 4 Points + per serving.

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Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Crock Pot Chicken Recipe – 5 Points +

Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Crock Pot Chicken

It’s been a busy few weeks around my house lately. With both of my kids in summer camp only 3 half days a week, I have my hands full at home, and have been relying a lot on my crock pot to get dinner done. One of the most delicious and easy Weight Watchers Crock Pot recipes I’ve made is this fantastic Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Chicken. It has all the flavors I crave in one light and tasty dish – it’s sweet, salty and spicy! I like to serve it over a bed of shredded cabbage and use the sauce as a dressing for the cabbage, which makes for a great, low Points + meal. When I want something more filling, I’ll serve it over steamed brown rice, and again using the extra sauce to make the rice more flavorful. This is an easy, reliable and incredibly delicious dish that is a must make if you like spicy. :)

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Greek Salad Recipe – 2 Points +

Greek Salad

Today, I want to share one of my staple side salad recipes. This delicious and ridiculously simple Greek salad recipe is made very frequently in my house because it’s so flavorful, everyone loves it, and it goes with a huge variety of main courses. I love the wonderful combination of flavors and textures in this Weight Watchers Greek Salad – sweet, crunchy cucumbers, brine-y olives and the bold, lemony dressing, all topped off with creamy and salty feta crumbles. SO good! And the best part is that each serving is just 2 Points +. It’s a great low calorie salad recipe to add to your collection of staple Weight Watchers recipes that can be relied upon time and time again.

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NoOodle Guilt Free Noodles – 1 Points +

NoOodle Chicken Soup

I am SO excited about today’s Fabulous Food Find, NoOodle, I don’t even know where to begin. Recently, the founder of NoOodle, Chef Terri Rogers, reached out to me and asked if I’d like to try out her product. I was unfamiliar with what NoOodle was, so I immediately went to her website, www.nooodle.com to check it out. And I read that Chef Terri had started creating NoOdle dishes in her restaurant by using the popular Shirataki noodles in some of her recipes. Terri says “Thru lots of research & recipe development I figured a way to “Americanize” a Japanese staple. I am excited to share with you our brand new product line that is different than anything else on the market today.” NoOodle offers both Soup Starters and Meal Starters which feature the guilt free Shirataki noodles, and are just 1 Points Plus per serving! In fact, the entire box (which consists of 2 servings) is still just 1 Points Plus! Terri’s goal is to create a “world where we can eat all the noodles we want without the guilt”. And I am TOTALLY on board with that concept. Keep reading to learn more about NoOodle and to get a 40% off discount code!

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Creamy Summer Pasta Salad Recipe – 6 Points +

Creamy Summer Pasta Salad

Nothing says summer bbq to me like a good, old fashioned pasta salad. Growing up, they were at EVERY family bbq and I’ve grown accustomed to expecting them. Over the years, I’ve experienced a variety of pasta salads, but my favorite was always the creamy/sweet/tangy one. But the traditional version of this pasta salad recipe is very heavy on the mayo and sugar, making it pretty high in Weight Watchers Points, as well as cholesterol! My healthier version makes just a couple changes to make it lighter and lower in Points Plus, but still delicious. First of all, I used a whole wheat pasta – that’s a no-brainer. Then, I subbed out most of the mayo for a fat free Greek yogurt. But I had to keep some mayo to maintain the taste and texture, so I used my favorite mayonnaise alternative – Reduced Fat Vegenaise instead. You can really use just about any veggies you want in this Weight Watchers Pasta Salad Recipe – I just used what I traditionally knew as the most popular ingredients for it. And it turned out to be everything I hoped for…crunchy vegetables with a creamy, sweet, and slightly tangy dressing. Perfect!

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Persian Beef Kebabs Recipe – 5 Points +

Persian Kebabs

With some spare extra lean ground beef on hand one day, I decided to throw together a surprisingly easy, yet delicious meal of these Persian Beef Kebabs. Whenever I make them, I typically serve them with this Persian Lentil Quinoa and my favorite Cucumber Tomato Salad. But I was feeling pretty lazy this day, so I just served them over a bed of greens with some corn on the cob. The key to these delicious, juicy kebabs, is the grated onion. It’s time consuming to manually grate them, so if you have a food processor, that would be the easiest. But the onion is grated to a watery pulp which adds tremendous flavor and moisture to the extra lean beef. They are sooooo good! And just 5 Points + for 2 kebabs. My husband drizzled some tahini sauce over his (for extra Points), which was absolutely delicious. Traditionally, the meat is threaded onto long metal skewers and cooked over a charcoal grill. But I went skewer free and just grilled them up on my indoor grill pan. These Persian Beef Kebabs are easy, delicious, and a real Weight Watchers bargain. Enjoy!

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Crusted Butternut Squash Recipe – 3 Points +

Crusted Butternut Squash

Recently, I came across the original version of this Crusted Butternut Squash Recipe at Sprouted Kitchen. And even though it’s the middle of summer, I suddenly was overcome with a desire for this fall recipe. I made just a few tweaks, and was thrilled with how ridiculously delicious this butternut squash recipe was! The savory, seasoned breadcrumb mixture was the perfect accent to the mild, slightly sweet squash. This made a beautiful Weight Watchers side dish recipe that was not only lovely, but absolutely delicious and a fantastic way to get in a healthy veggie serving. I love the idea of serving it for the fall, but it was so darn good, I don’t think I can wait that long to have it again!

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Cilantro Lime Chicken Recipe – 4 Points +

Cilantro Lime Chicken

I’m often asked how I have the time to cook so many healthy, low calorie meals, while still managing to have a life. I totally get that food shopping, food prep, and cooking can be very time consuming and tedious at times. So, one of the things I like to do when I have a busy week ahead, is to cook up this Cilantro Lime Chicken, and store it in the fridge or freezer. It’s one of my basic, staple, go-to chicken recipes that is super easy to make and can be used in many different ways. This way, I have chicken that’s light, healthy, and ready to go when I need to put together a meal quickly. It’s so incredibly flavorful, and works wonderfully in a variety of Weight Watchers Recipes. Use it for wraps, on salads, in soups, or over rice and beans…it’s incredibly versatile. I will often make double or triple the recipe and serve some as dinner one night too. it’s really SO delicious, and having it readily available to me on the days that I don’t feel like/don’t have the time to cook, is a HUGE key to successfully keeping me on track. And with the 4th of July coming up this Friday, I’m planning on using this recipe with whole chicken breasts, thighs, and drumsticks to cook on the grill! Much healthier than traditional burgers and hot dogs, this Cilantro Lime Chicken would make a fantastic Weight Watchers Fourth of July Recipe.

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Lemonade Cupcakes – 3 Points +

Lemonade Cupcakes

Back in May, I put together an awesome Weight Watches Dessert Recipe for a super fabulous blog, It Sux to Be Fat. If you haven’t ever had a chance to read her blog, Jennifer Swafford provides an open and honest dialogue there that covers Weight Loss, Exercise, Recipes and Nutrition. And she does it in a away that makes you feel like you are talking to your best friend, rather than some super skinny weight loss authority. Jennifer has lost 100 lbs with Weight Watchers and her story, advice and support are a great asset to anyone trying to lose weight, so I highly suggest checking out her blog!

Now, about those cupcakes…that’s right – they are just 3 Points + each! Made with a standard cake box mix, and a few healthier substitutions, these cupcakes will rock your world! They make a fantastic summer dessert recipe to bring to a potluck or BBQ, so if you need an idea for a Weight Watchers 4th of July Recipe, this would make an awesome one. Enjoy!

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Zucchini Miso Ponzu Noodles Recipe – 3 Points +

Zucchini Miso Ponzu Noodles

With all the summer zucchini so readily available and cheap, I’m all about creating some delicious new Weight Watchers Zucchini Recipes. I came across the original version of this Zucchini Miso Ponzu Noodles Recipe at Inspiralized.com and couldn’t wait to give it a try! I was so eager to whip out my Veggetti again and get this dish made, that I didn’t even make a trip to the store to grab some snap peas and bell peppers…I just made it with the zucchini and carrots. It was still delicious, but next time, I’ll add the other veggies and maybe even the baked tofu that the original version uses. But keeping it simple was great, and the zucchini noodles turned out perfectly. Tangy, salty and a bit sweet, the miso ponzu sauce was excellent, and using zucchini instead of carb-heavy noodles kept this Weight Watchers recipe very light and low in Points Plus. This dish is a must try!

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Baked Buffalo Chicken Taquitos Recipe – 6 Points +

Buffalo Chicken Taquitos

As I’ve mentioned time and time again on this blog, I am obsessed with Buffalo Chicken anything. And I’m always experimenting with new healthy, and low calorie ways to get my craving satisfied. Over the years, I’ve created a variety of Buffalo Chicken Weight Watchers Recipes, but these Baked Buffalo Chicken Taquitos are topping my list right now. Holy Moly were they good. A bit spicy for the kids, but my husband and I TORE THESE UP! If you have some leftover rotisserie chicken on hand, it works great in this recipe. I didn’t, so I just boiled a couple of chicken breasts. It’s a very quick and easy recipe to throw together and makes a fantastic Weight Watchers party appetizer or game day food. In fact, these are so good, they are making it to my Weight Watchers Super Bowl Recipes list. I also tried making some of these with the Mountain Bread that I posted about last week, and it worked perfectly with those too!

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Australian Mountain Bread – 2 Points +

Mountain Bread

A while back, I came across this Mountain Bread in the refrigerated section at my local Whole Foods store. They looked pretty big, and the nutritional stats indicated that they were only 2 Points + per sheet. So I bought a pack, took them home, and put them to the test, and they were truly fantastic! They are thin and light, but when wrapped around your favorite light wrap fixins’, they are a perfect way to make a big, hearty wrap that is still low in Weight Watchers Points. I’ve eaten them with cold wraps, but prefer to use them with a heated wrap, like this Roasted Red Pepper Wrap. Mountain Bread has only 3 ingredients—flour, water, salt…that’s it! No yeast, no dairy, no cholesterol, no stabilizers, no added sugar, no oil, no artificial ingredients. All varieites have wheat–except Spelt. I used the Natural Mountain Bread Variety, but there are lots of others to choose from (Click HERE to see all the varieties they offer). They also have a long shelf life – 60 days at room temperaure. Freeze for up to 12 months with easy defrost and STILL GET THE 60 DAYS! Sooooo good! Keep reading to learn more…

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