Oh, how I love soup this time of year. And even though I live in CA and the weather has been in the 70′s this week (don’t hate!), I still crave this velvety, rich, and creamy roasted sweet potato soup while I read all the news stories about everyone else surviving the blustery winter. It’s heart and incredibly filling, while still being just 3 Points + per serving. The little touch of orange zest adds just the right kiss of flavor to the slight smokiness of the roasted sweet potatoes. I also like to add a sprinkle of ground chipotle powder on top of each serving to add a kick of heat too. This is the perfect soup for when you don’t feel like chopping lots of vegetables or slaving over a simmering stew all day. It’s quick, easy, and absolutely divine. Enjoy!
One of my favorite low calorie side dishes to order when eating out at a Japanese Restaurant is miso soup. It’s a great way to fill up before a meal so I don’t overeat. And when I’m eating at a Japanese restaurant, it’s usually sushi that I’m ordering, and I can sure get myself into trouble overeating that…yum! But I digress…miso soup is a wonderful and delicious way to bulk up my meal without adding more than 1-2 Points. I’ve come to love it so much, that I decided to make my own amped up version at home. Full of vegetables and the wonderful flavors of ginger and garlic, each serving of my Weight Watchers Ginger Miso Soup Recipe is just 1 Points +. I like to pair this with a salad or sandwich for a very satisfying lunch or dinner.
Today’s Fabulous Food Find was a recent discovery from my local Costco, and boy am I ever glad I found it!! Green Chopsticks Authentic Chicken Potstickers are not only incredibly tasty, they are just 4 Points + for 4 pieces! And these are NOT bite-sized potstickers, mmmkay? They are very nicely sized! Perfect for when you want to make a meal in mere minutes and/or for when you are having a serious potsticker craving but don’t want to go overboard on your Points Plus. Just toss these into rapidly boiling water, and they are ready in just 3-4 minutes. Serve them paired with a salad, roasted veggies or in a soup. I make a fabulous gyoza dipping sauce, that takes just a minute to throw together, and seat them with that….sooooooooo good! So the next time you are at Costo, keep an eye out for these babies! Also, checkout their website or Facebook page to see where else you can buy them.
Recently, I was fortunate enough to have some family from Israel staying with us for a few weeks over the holidays, and I got to spend a lot of time watching them work magic in the kitchen. My mother-in-law can cook with eggplants like nobody’s business, and I was determined to master her delicious baba ganoush recipe. In case you’ve never heard of baba ganoush, it’s a middle eastern eggplant dip that is one of the most amazing foods I’ve ever had. The base is roasted eggplants, which add a wonderfully smoky flavor, and then it’s blended with tahini paste, mayonnaise, lemon juice and garlic. Traditionally, it’s loaded with mayonnaise and tahini paste which can make it not so Weight Watchers friendly. However, a few tweaks to my mother-in-law’s version, and I created a flipping’ fantastic low calorie baba ganoush for just 1 Points + for a 1/4 cup serving! Use it as a dip for veggies or pita chips, spread it on a sandwich or wrap, or just eat it straight up with a spoon. And it even gets a better flavor sitting in the fridge for a few days. Any way you choose to eat it, I hope you fall in love with this light baba ganoush recipe as much as I have.
One of the things I’ve learned over the course of many trips to Israel is the glorious, deliciousness of the eggplant. Growing up, I had never, EVER been served anything with eggplant, and now I am sad about the many years I missed out on. I love cooking eggplant now in a variety of ways, but one of my favorite eggplant recipes is this simple, yet savory Roasted Eggplant with Tahini Sauce Recipe. I love the smoky taste that the eggplant takes on when it’s roasted, and then the amazing and fresh tahini sauce drizzled over the top just makes it absolutely perfect. For those of you who aren’t familiar with tahini, it’s a thick paste made from crushed sesame seeds. Actual tahini sauce, which is used to accompany many middle eastern dishes, is a mixture of tahini paste, lemon juice, garlic, and water. I wish that I could say I was the master of making homemade tahini sauce, but to get the texture just right is a bit of an art form…an art form that I am still trying to perfect. But it is delicious and worth every attempt. These eggplant slices are great as a side dish to your main course, and also work really well as a sandwich topping too (on top of grilled chicken is my FAVORITE!) This tasty, low calorie recipe comes out to just 2 Points + per serving, and is loaded with fiber, making it a wonderful idea for Weight Watchers Recipes. Enjoy!
A perfect quick and easy dinner idea, these no-fuss, low calorie Asian-Style Pork Meatballs are just heavenly! Slightly sweet, slightly tangy, and a bit salty, the flavor combination works perfectly, and the end result in a juicy and mouthwatering meatball. Searing them in the sesame oil first, and then finishing them off in the oven helps to seal in the natural juices of the meat, and also adds a nice touch of sesame flavor. Each four meatball serving comes out to just 3 Points + each, which is fantastic! Serve this with toothpicks for an appetizer, or serve them over steamed rice and paired with a light cabbage salad for a complete meal.
Even though summer is officially over, I am still finding lovely heirloom tomatoes at the market, and I wanted to share this amazing tomato salad recipe that utilizes them most deliciously. I came across the original version of this Heirloom Tomato Salad recipe at In Sock Monkey Slippers, and altered it a bit to make it more Weight Watchers Friendly. Each serving came out to an astonishing 3 Points +, and tasted incredible. This beautiful salad is really dressed to impress with all of it’s stunning colors and textures. But it also comes through on taste and is definitely a crowd-pleaser. It’s perfect for a brunch or potluck, or even as a dinner side dish. And even though it looks like you spent a long time preparing it, it’s surprisingly easy to make. I highly recommend giving this Heirloom Tomato Salad Recipe a try, asap.
Need a healthy and delicious Weight Watchers side dish recipe that is unique, filling and still low in Points +? Well, look no further – this Roasted Cauliflower and Garbanzo Bean Herb Salad Recipe is fantastic, and each generous serving is just 3 Points +. It’s bright, fresh, and perfectly flavored with a jalapeno lime dressing that unites all the components. I got the idea for this dish after finding the original recipe from My Darling Lemon Thyme (how CUTE is that name, btw?) I loved the idea of this healthy vegan recipe, and made just a few changes to make it more Weight Watchers friendly. It turned out perfect, and my husband and I loved it. The bed of fresh herbs was so incredibly flavorful, and was a nice change of pace to standard lettuce or spinach based salads. This Roasted Cauliflower and Garbanzo Bean Herb Salad is an impressive looking salad to serve for dinner parties, and tastes just as divine as it looks.
It’s officially fall, folks! And what better way to kick off the season than with this delicious Pumpkin Soup Recipe with Spicy Chipotle Cream. The slightly sweet and savory mellowness of the pumpkin soup is perfectly complemented with a touch of heat from the chipotle seasoned yogurt. And I love that extra bit of creamy tartness from the yogurt! If you don’t have the yogurt on hand, sour cream would work just as well. My two year old devoured the soup, but I made sure not to add the spicy chipotle cream to her serving. It’s a delicious and comforting soup whose velvety smooth texture and delectable spices will have you making this it year round. Serve this pumpkin soup as a first course, or Weight Watchers Appetizer Recipe, or pair with your favorite salad or sandwich for lunch. Just 2 Points + for about 1 cup – an amazing bargain. Enjoy!
Football season has only just begun, and I’m already fantasizing about all the tasty treats I plan on making for my game day table. And these healthy Baked Onion Rings with Creamy Chipotle Dipping Sauce are sure to be featured (and devoured!). My whole family loved these….even my kids gobbled them up. But the chipotle dipping sauce can get spicy, so I’d suggest keeping that part away from the kiddos. By toasting the panko breadcrumbs a bit before baking the onion rings, you get a really nice crunch to the onion ring. And if you really like a spicy dip, feel free to add more of the chipotles in adobo sauce than what I have listed in the recipe. It’s a bit of work to coat all those onion rings, but boy is it worth it! This healthy dish is a fabulous alternative to traditional fried onion rings.
This basic Oriental Cabbage and Cranberry Salad Recipe tastes so amazing, it’s hard to believe that each serving is just 2 Points + and that it’s so incredibly easy to make. It’s one of my go to salad recipes for when I need a quick prep side dish that doesn’t require a lot of chopping. I buy the cabbage already shredded in a package, so I just dice up some green onions, make the dressing, and let it sit in the fridge until dinner time. My kids love the flavors and don’t realize that they are eating a vegetable. Sometimes I’ll add toasted almonds or edamame for an added nutrition boost, but keep in mind that will increase the Points + value. Truly delicious, my Oriental Cabbage and Cranberry Salad is a favorite around our house. Not only for it’s low Points value, but because it tastes fantastic.
If you are the type of person who has absolutely no willpower when it comes to portion controlling your guacamole, well, you came to the right blog today. I am utterly OBSESSED with guacamole, and given the right amount of tortilla chips, I could consume some seriously impressive quantities of it. I Just.Can’t.Stop.Eating It. And I make no apologies for this. Guacamole is DELICIOUS. Delicious, people! Now, as I’m sure you know, even though fresh, homemade guacamole is really healthy, it’s also really high in Weight Watchers Points Plus, due to the heart healthy fat in the avocado. Because it is so dangerously delicious, I always avoid it, unless I’m prepared to spend my entire day’s worth of Points in about 10 minutes of dipping. But THEN, the folks (superheroes) over at Wholly Guacamole, who make the most delicious pre-packaged guac, came up with these new, portion controlled mini containers of guacamole that are just 3 Points + each! Keep reading to learn more…