Broccoli & Cauliflower Salad – 5 Points +

Broccoli Salad

One of the things that is perfect to bring to potlucks is broccoli salad. I love to bring it to every potluck. Everyone loves it, it’s a vegetable side dish (there’s rarely enough of those) and I never go home with leftovers. This colorful salad is perfect for backyard picnics and BBQ’s this weekend for Independence Day. The bright colors of the broccoli, cauliflower and red onion are summery and the raisins adds a little sweet to the salad. Reduced fat mayonnaise (especially if you use a canola based mayonnaise) make it a great choice for a vegetable side dish.

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Carrot Ginger Soup – 6 Points +

Carrot Ginger Soup

Soup in the summer heat is always questionable. But this soup is different that your typical soup. This creamy and sweet carrot ginger soup is perfect for a hot summer day. The carrots are sweet, and the ginger adds a delicious spicy heat to the soup. This can be made with regular dairy milk, or soy milk to make it lactose free and vegan. It can be served with a dollop of cream, sour cream or yogurt place in the bottom of the bowl and then the chilled soup poured over the top. If the soup is served hot, it can be garnished with a little cream on the top of each bowl.

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Marinated Tomato Salad – 2 Points +

Marinated Tomato SaladSweet cherry tomatoes fresh from the garden are one of my favorite vegetables. These sweet tomatoes paired with cucumbers and sweet bell peppers are bright, summery and perfect for a salad. Combined with the home made vinaigrette the the sweet and tangy onion and vinegar flavor, it’s a perfect side. It can be served immediately, or it can be marinated for up to 4 hours in the refrigerator before serving.
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Lemon & Sesame Chicken – 7 Points +

Lemon & Sesame Chicken

This is a really delicious recipe that I decided to try, and I’m really glad I did. The lemon and chicken is just perfect together, and the sesame adds a wonderful toasted Asian flavor. I served this with a side of brown rice pilaf, with onions, bell peppers, broccoli and yellow squash. It’s simple and easy meal to make and it’s very versatile. It can be served with stir fry vegetables, or on top of a salad with a little extra of the lemon sauce as a dressing.

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Chipotle Copycat Slow Cooker Barbacoa Recipe – 7 Points +

Slow Cooker BarbacoaChipotle restaurant is one of my go to fast food joints when I need food that is quick, healthy, delicious, and easy on the Weight Watchers Points. And the meat that I almost always get there is the barbacoa, which is essentially “Mexican Barbecue”. It is DELICIOUS! So after a bit of research, I found the ingredients involved in making barbacoa, and I got to work putting together a Weight Watchers slow cooker recipe that would get me close to the Chipotle version. It took a couple of attempts, but I have to say….I NAILED it!! This Slow Cooker Barbacoa Recipe delivers such incredible, tender, juicy, amazingly flavored beef, you will want to make it every day. Use it in a burrito, tacos, on top of salad, or just straight up as it is. It really is amazing. This Chipotle Copycat barbacoa recipe is a must try!

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Pecan Crusted Pork Chops – 10 Points +

pecan crusted pork chopsSometimes it’s nice to have a simple meal that looks elegant in addition to tasting wonderful. These pecan crusted pork chops are just perfect. They’re simple and quick to make, but they end up being elegant, tender and juicy. Served with a side of roasted vegetables or a bright and colorful tossed salad, it’s a perfect meal. There are two delicious variations on this meal. An orange reduction sauce can be made to serve over the pork chops. Chicken breast can also be substituted for the pork chop, with the same delicious results.

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Grilled Sesame Garlic Shishito Peppers – 1 Points +

Grilled Sesame Garlic Shishito Peppers

If you are new to the shishito pepper craze, don’t be worried that they are spicy. In fact, shishito peppers are actually very sweet and mild. And there are a ton of incredible shishito peppers recipes out there to try. One of the most popular, is an Asian style shishito pepper. The peppers are first cooked until charred, then tossed with some incredible garlic and Asian flavors. It’s SUPER easy and SUPER delicious. To eat them, simply hold the stem, and bite off the whole pepper, seeds and all. Quite honestly, this dish is never one that I never want to share. It’s so good, I could easily eat the whole thing myself. And the best thing is that each serving is just 1 Points +! Give these a try and they are sure to become a fast favorite of yours too.

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Asian Cucumber & Carrot Salad – 1 Points +

Asian Cucumber & Carrot Salad

I’m on a bit of an Asian inspired recipe trend the last few days. I had a delicious Asian meal with beef and broccoli, pineapple fried rice and this really delicious cucumber and carrot salad. This salad is a great way to add flavor, color and texture to your meal. It’s so easy to prepare and is refreshing for the hot summer days. It’s a perfect way to use some of the fresh produce that’s available now, either from your own garden, or from a local market. It makes a wonderful side dish, or can be used as an appetizer for a meal of grilled chicken, pork or fish.

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Sweet & Sour Chicken – 10 Points +

Sweet & Sour Chicken

There is very little that isn’t better when it’s homemade, and sweet and sour chicken is one of those things that’s much better when you make it yourself. The pineapple gives a sweet flavor, while the onion and bell pepper add a delicious crunch. The best part is that it’s simple and delicious, and you can avoid the scary orange sauce. I used white rice, because that’s what I had on hand, but brown rice is a much better option since it has considerably more fiber (1 gram per serving).

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Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup – 5 Points +

Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup

I’m someone who loves the grilled cheese sandwich that comes with tomato soup, but I really don’t care for the tomato soup. Until, that is, I made roasted red pepper tomato soup. It’s fabulous. It has the same creamy tomato flavor, but with the added sweetness and richness of the roasted peppers. If you prefer to have a completely smooth and creamy soup, use a food processor, blender or immersion blender. I left mine as it was, and enjoyed the tender pieces of tomato and sweet onion with my grilled cheese.

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Oven Roasted Vegetables – 4 Points +

Oven Roasted Vegetables

These vegetables are a great way to make your vegetables simple, easy and incredibly delicious. They go well with grilled chicken breast, pork roast, steak, or just about anything else that you’d like to pair them with. The lemon juice helps to keep them fresh and bright, and if you’d like a little extra spice in them, use seasoned pepper instead of black pepper. You can use baby red potatoes, russet or yukon gold potatoes. Baby red potatoes add a beautiful red to the dish – and you don’t have to peel them. These flavorful veggies are loved by everyone in the family.

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Hawaiian Haystacks – 7 Points +

Hawaiian Haystacks

It’s always so wonderful to get together with a group of friends. And, more often than not, that gathering involves food. Hawaiian Haystacks is a great potluck meal. Everyone can bring one ingredient, and in the end you have a wonderful meal. No one is worried or stressed out, and how easy is it to chop up some celery, or cook some rice? Hawaiian Haystacks is also a delicious meal that’s simple to put together for a family meal in the evening. The best part is that you make it however you like. If someone doesn’t like pineapple, they don’t have to have it. It makes this meal completely unique and every bite is just a little different.
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