You know those days where you spent so much time working on the main course, that you completely forgot to prepare a side dish? Well, that happens to me a LOT. More often than I’d like to admit. Sometimes I’m too busy, sometimes I too lazy, and sometimes I’m just ill-prepared. But on those days, quick and easy Weight Watchers salad recipes like this Cilantro Lime Cucumber Salad, save me. I almost always have these ingredients on hand, and I can throw this together in just a few minutes. I highly recommend using a mandolin slicer in order to get nice, evenly thin cucumber slices. But it can absolutely be done with a knife too – it’s just not as easy. The flavors are fresh and amazing, and each serving is just 2 Points +. I usually prefer to go a bit heavy on the red pepper flakes as I really like that heat, but this time I made it for my kids, so I didn’t use as much. This salad also makes a perfect, low calorie side for summer BBQ’s, so definitely add it to your “must make this summer list”. Enjoy!
Beets are in abundance right now, and I love finding new and delicious ways to use them. Of course, I’ve had roasted beets by themselves, and I’ve added beets to my salads, but today’s Weight Watchers recipe is for a very simple roasted beet salad that is just beets, basil and a dressing. And it is divine! I was amazed at how much flavor each bite had packed into it. There’s a smoky and sweet taste from the beets, and then the peppery basil and tangy balsamic dressing are the perfect complement. This makes a wonderful and healthy Weight Watchers side dish recipe to serve with just about any meal. Take advantage of all those delicious beets this season and give this Roasted Beet and Basil Salad a try!
This ridiculously easy Lemon Parmesan Arugula Salad is not only a delicious Weight Watchers Salad that clocks in at just 2 Points + per serving, but is incredibly versatile and pairs so well with just about any main course. I often refer to this as a “base salad” because you can enjoy it as is, or add a variety of other amazing ingredients to it. For protein, try adding chicken, salmon, steak, lentils or garbanzo beans. And for extra veggies you can toss in some cherry tomatoes, red onions, sliced bell peppers, peas or roasted zucchini slices. This is truly a great Weight Watchers Recipe to have in your bag of tricks. Enjoy!
This uniquely delicious Weight Watchers quesadilla recipe brings a whole new dimension of flavor for just 5 Points +. Using a high fiber, low carb flour tortilla as the base, I topped it with chicken breast, fresh arugula, sweet peach slices, and mozzarella & gorgonzola cheeses. Then, it’s drizzled with the balsamic glaze, capped off with another tortilla, and toasted to perfection. The mildly pungent gorgonzola cheese is the perfect complement to the peppery arugula and fresh, sweet peach slices. And the tart balsamic glaze ties it all in together. This is a wonderful summer Weight Watchers Recipe for those days when you are craving something warm and comforting, but still light. Enjoy!
I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am to eat brussels sprouts. That’s right, I am a HUGE brussels sprouts fan. And do you know why? Because of this amazing Sriracha Aioli that I make to dip them in. It’s creamy, a bit spicy, a bit tangy, and is truly delicious. It’s a perfect complement to the bold taste of the brussels sprouts, and literally takes just minutes to make. Feel free to use as much or as little of the sriracha as you like, depending on your heat preference. Also, the aoili isn’t limited to just brussels sprouts….it works wonderfully with many other roasted vegetables too, like cauliflower, broccoli, green beans, zucchini….trust me, it’s so good, you’ll start looking for vegetables (or anything!) to dip in it. Thought brussels sprouts are my favorite option. And at just 3 Points +, this Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Sriracha Aioli Recipe is a perfect way to get those veggie servings in!
We are all familiar with the deliciousness of tater tots. But the high amount of carbs and fat in a traditionally fried tater tot can make those tiny little tots rack up some serious Weight Watchers Points pretty quickly. So by using zucchini instead of potatoes and making a few healthier alterations, my zucchini tots are the perfect alternative. Delicious, nutritious and a very kid friendly dish (because they are super cute). You can serve it as a side dish to your favorite sandwich or wrap, or prepare it as an after school snack that both you and the kids can enjoy. Double the recipe so you can freeze some extra to have on hand for when you want a healthy snack in a pinch. They also make a great Weight Watchers appetizer recipe!
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!
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!
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!
I am a spicy food fanatic. If it’s spicy, I’ll eat it. One of the good things about that, is that most hot sauces/spicy seasonings are relatively low in Points, so I can use a lot of them to really flavor up my foods without adding on many, if any at all, calories and Points. In fact, my vegetables are often just the vehicle for some spicy sauce or dressing that I love. And this Spicy Cucumber Salad Recipe that I’m sharing today is a pretty fantastic way to eat cucumbers. The siracha based dressing for this salad adds such tremendous flavor with a big kick of heat, but for just 1 Points + per serving. So this is a great Weight Watchers side salad recipe that helps to fill me up without using a lot of Points Plus. I love this salad so much, I’ll often even throw it together for a late night snack The crunch and the flavor help me tame that evening snack beast. :)
You guys. THESE ARE FANTASTIC. No need to beat around the bush, these Baked Vegetable Egg Rolls were absolutely out of this world! Truly, they tasted just as good as the fried ones you buy at your favorite Chinese Food restaurant, if not better. I’ve been having a real hankering for egg rolls lately, so I did some research online and combined a few ideas, and thus this Baked Vegetable Egg Rolls Recipe was born. It was total perfection. And each serving is just 5 Points + (for 2 big egg rolls, NOT including the dipping sauce). My dipping sauce of choice was a sweet chili sauce, but you can use whichever kind you like…hot mustard, peanut lime, sirracha….endless possibilities. I will now be making my own egg rolls on a very regular basis.
Summer weather may be kicking in here in CA, but I still crave a bowl of hot soup occasionally! Especially when I’m making grilled cheese sandwiches. But my light tomato soup is homemade from scratch and is absolutely perfect for spring or summer. Using fresh, whole tomatoes makes a HUGE difference in the flavor of the soup vs. buying the stuff that’s pre-made in a can or a box. And it was incredibly quick and easy to make! Even my 5yr old loved eating some for dinner and taking leftovers in his lunch the next day. You could make this Classic Creamy Tomato Soup recipe even lighter by using a fat free or low fat ricotta cheese instead of the parmesan, but I think the parmesan adds such a beautiful flavor dimension, and I love it. Just 4 Points + for a nice hearty serving…if you love tomato soup, you’ve gotta try this one!