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…
As you may know, I am pretty much obsessed with hot sauce. I love the heat, I love the tang, and I will put it on just about anything. So when I found out about Tabañero Hot Sauce, which is a 100% natural hot sauce, I was pretty excited to give it a try. This is truly a quality hot sauce….you can really taste the layers of flavor and the freshness if the ingredients. I also love that it delivers some heat without it completely overpowering the food. Preservative and filler free, the taste of Tabañero delivers exactly what it promises and then some. So if you are looking for a natural, healthier hot sauce as an alternative to the more common brands, then definitely give Tabañero a try. You can buy it on their website or on Amazon. And make sure to give it a try in my new Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Wings Recipe (6 Points +) that I featured it in! Keep reading for the recipe…
It is a fact that I have a minor obsession with Shrimp Spring Rolls. While I love the roll itself, I am mostly just looking for a vehicle for that delicious peanut dipping sauce they come with! Sooooooo GOOD. Light, fresh, doesn’t involve cooking….perfect for a hot summer’s day lunch. Never thinking that it would be a feat I could conquer, for months, I toyed with the idea of trying to make my own Shrimp Spring Rolls. If I was able to do this, I would be able to have an endless supply of them, readily available at my whim. It was worth a shot. So I got to work and did my best to recreate a healthier, Weight Watchers Shrimp Spring Roll Recipe that would satisfy my craving, yet still be low in Points Plus. And while my rolling and display skills may not be on par with professional Shrimp Spring Roll Maker Guys, the flavor profile I established was on point!! They were absolutely delicious. And the peanut lime dipping sauce was just as tasty as I hoped and prayed it would be. And just 5 Points + for two big spring rolls with sauce! These light, fresh, low calorie Shrimp Spring Rolls make me super happy, and I make them much more often than I care to admit.
Truthfully, I’ve never been a fan of peas. I usually always pick them out of whatever food I’m eating, unless it’s masked really well in a carb-y, cheesy casserole. To eat them straight up, as a side to a meal, is like my worst nightmare. But one day, while browsing through one of my cooking magazines, I came across a lovely photo of a beautiful, bright green pea soup. The fresh, stunning color inspired me to give this little legume another shot. Pea soup recipes are surprisingly popular, so I thought that for one day, I must put aside my hated of the peas, and for the sake of all my pea soup loving readers, I need to give pea soup a chance. I bought some beautiful and taut fresh peas from the store, which are much more appealing than the canned or frozen, and that got me a little excited. I whipped up the low calorie pea soup in no time, and was ready for my taste. Creamy, rich, savory…..I CANNOT BELIEVE I LIKED IT. Not just tolerated it, I liked it. The distinctive taste of the pea was still there, though it was transformed dramatically by all the buttery shallots and salty feta. I devoured a bowl, and even voluntarily ate leftovers the next day. It was excellent. And just 4 Points + per serving! Truly a great way to get in some serious protein and fiber, and it’s very filling. Pair this with a light turkey or tuna sandwich and you’ve got one amazing Weight Watchers meal.
This Thai Shrimp Salad Recipe was something I literally came up with and executed in about 20-25 minutes. I had just experimented with a Shrimp Spring Roll Recipe the day before which was FANTASTIC (recipe coming soon), and I just could not stop craving the flavors. Plus, I had some leftover ingredients on hand. So, I tossed together the salad, softened the saifun bean thread noodles, and whisked up the dressing. It was absolutely delicious and very filling for just 5 Points +. The saifun bean threads really help add some bulk to the salad without adding a lot of extra Points. The shrimp and peanut lime dressing provide the protein. It was one very satisfying salad. Next time I make it though, I’ll add more vegetables…like some small sweet red peppers and sugar snap peas. I was just in such a hurry to eat, I didn’t take the time to get too creative and add a lot of color like I usually try to do. I just needed that salad in my belly…ASAP! And don’t be intimidated by the “saifun bean threads”…they are just cellophane noodles or “glass noodles”…you should be able to find them in the Asian section of your grocery store. If you aren’t concerned about Weight Watchers Points, add some peanuts for extra crunch and deliciousness.
Recently, I had some extra mushrooms on hand that I didn’t want to go bad, and so I started looking for something I could do with them. I didn’t feel like cooking some big dish, and I wanted to do something new with mushrooms that I hadn’t tried before. So, I started scouring the Internet, in search of some ideas and inspiration. Leave it to Martha Stewart to suggest the idea of marinated mushrooms. It was just the kind of recipe I was looking for – quick, easy, and something that I could just pop in the fridge for later devouring. It took me just about 10 minutes to create my version and put it all together, and they turned out fantastic! Most marinated mushroom recipes call for more oil, but since this was one of my Weight Watchers Recipes, I cut it down to just 2 tbsp. Most of the oil doesn’t get consumed anyway, so if you wanted to count this recipe as 0 Points +, you technically could. But, I always like to err in favor of weight loss, so I counted the oil and calculated it into the Points. Still only 1 Points + per serving. My husband sliced some of these up and put them on his salami and cheese sandwich, which was delicious. But I like Martha’s idea of serving them with some olives and sweet peppers as an antipasto course. Of course, I also loved just eating some straight up as snack too. I’m sure you could all come up with some really awesome ways to use them. These marinated mushrooms are definitely something I’ll be making again. Thanks, Martha!
Happy Memorial Day, everyone! If you are like me, and feeling too lazy to bust out the grill today, then you’ve come to the right blog post. Today, I’m sharing a new and delicious low calorie meatball recipe that requires no grill. Meatballs are a pretty popular dish around here. The kids love them, the husband loves them and they are pretty easy to make. They also freeze well and make for great leftovers or packed lunches. So because I make meatballs a lot, I’m always looking for new ways to make them, and trying to incorporate unique and delicious flavors, while still keeping them low in Points Plus for me. After my Mexican Meatballs were a huge hit, I decided to explore with some Asian flavors and created these tasty and slightly tangy Asian inspired meatballs. They were SO good!! And it’s really such an easy Weight Watchers meatball recipe that takes very little prep work and cook time, so you can get them on the table quickly. You can serve them as an appetizer with toothpicks, or over rice or noodles as a main dish. But at just 4 Points + for 6 meatballs, these Asian Meatballs are an excellent Weight Watchers Recipe to try!
I admit, I was very skeptical about feta and watermelon together, but after my first attempt at this Watermelon Feta Salad Recipe, my fears were diminished. The cold, fresh, sweet watermelon strikes a perfect balance with the salty feta. Them when I combined it all with fresh mint, and my AMAZING honey and lime juice dressing, I was in love. My husband and I couldn’t put our forks down! It is so light and refreshing and makes a perfect Weight Watchers Summer Salad Recipe that can be prepared quickly and easily. I have since made this a few more times recently because I simply cannot get enough of it. Each serving is just 2 Points +, and it makes an excellent side dish to your favorite main course. I highly recommend giving this one a try ASAP.
How in the WORLD have I not seen/tried this before?! On a whim, I was browsing the dip/hummus section in Trader Joe’s and came across this Reduced Guilt Chunky Guacamole. Made with Greek yogurt, it boasted just 1 Point for a 2 tbsp serving. Now, I don’t know anyone who can eat just 2 tablespoons of guacamole, but I figured that at just 1 Point per serving, this could definitely offer some major damage control. So I bought a container, and ran home to give it a try. I immediately whipped out my Reduced Fat Tortilla Chips and dug in…it was DELICIOUS! I seriously couldn’t believe how good it was. This ready-made guacamole has less fat and fewer calories than traditional guacamole recipes. Yet it still has that rich and creamy taste that we all want our guacamole to have. Thick, low fat Greek yogurt is combined with chunky avocados, and then tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, a bit of jalapeño, garlic and fresh lime juice round out the flavor without adding unwanted calories and fat.
Serving size is 2 tbsp
Each serving = 1 Points +
PER SERVING: 30 calories; 2g fat; 2g carbohydrates; 1g protein; 1g fiber
If you adore the flavors of Mexican food, then you are going to want to give this Mexican Meatballs Recipe a try, asap. Made with lean ground turkey and a bit of ground pork, these moist and juicy meatballs are served in a spicy roasted tomatillo and chipotle pepper sauce that is sure to give your taste buds a serious kick. If you would prefer a less spicy version, just use 2 of the canned chipotle peppers, and use more if you want it crazy spicy. These Weight Watchers Mexican meatballs can be served as a main course over rice or rolled into a flour tortilla. Or, serve them with toothpicks as an appetizer. They are absolutely delicious, much lighter and healthier than what you’d get at a restaurant, and each 6 meatball serving is just 5 Points +, making this an ideal Weight Watchers Mexican Food Recipe to try. My husband and I LOVED them. I made them very spicy though, so couldn’t serve them to the kids, but I imagine a milder version would be a hit with the little ones as well. Enjoy!
Here’s a deliciously quick and easy way to make a healthy quinoa salad that is beautiful, low in Points Plus, and very flavorsome. This Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Salad Recipe has just 4 Points + for a 1 cup serving and makes a wonderful Weight Watchers side dish recipe that is loaded with nutrients. The delicate flavors of the roasted vegetables are not drowned in a heavy dressing, but rather lightly seasoned with dried herbs and lemon. Feel free to use your own favorite vegetables when creating this dish! It works really well with eggplant, asparagus, butternut squash, and carrot, just to name a few. It’s a very simple recipe that makes a big impact and will cost you just a handful of Points. Enjoy!
Not your typical cold, lettuce filled salad, this Baby Broccoli and Ricotta Salad is served warm, uses no lettuce at all, and is absolutely delicious. At 7 Points + for the entire salad, you are getting lots of heart healthy fats, and almost 10g of fiber. Not only is it insanely good for you, but the flavor combinations are perfect. The delicate ricotta tastes amazing over the slightly bitter roasted broccoli. And the lemon juice and olive oil are the perfect finishing touch. I realized that when I took the photo, I had forgotten to put on the red pepper flakes. They definitely added a fantastic effect to the flavor, so don’t forget them! This is also a really easy Weight Watchers Salad recipe that can be prepared pretty quickly. Serve it with some soup for a light lunch, or serve it as a healthy dinner appetizer…any way you devour it, this Baby Broccoli and Ricotta Salad Recipe is a sure hit. Enjoy!