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…
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.