I’ve had my share of Weight Watchers banana bread recipes, but this version is my favorite. The bread comes out so moist and delicious, and the applesauce and vanilla extract help to give it just the right amount of sweetness without having to use a lot of sugar. If you prefer to use a regular, all-purpose flour with this instead of whole wheat, you absolutely can. Or you can use a mixture of the two flours. But I like the added nutrition of the whole wheat. I also added a few tablespoons of organic raw flaxseed because I was serving this to my kids, but that does add an extra Point or two. So, I posted the recipe without the inclusion of the flaxseed. This low fat banana bread is wonderful with your morning coffee or tea, or for an after dinner sweet treat. And at just 4 Points + for each thick slice, you’ll be thrilled at how filling and satisfying it is. Enjoy!
I have always adored peanut butter, but when I came across Justin’s fabulous looking line of Nut Butters at my local Whole Foods, I was dying to give it a try and compare it to my beloved peanut butter. The majority of their nut butters are almond based, as opposed to peanut. Almonds are one of, if not THE healthiest nut you can eat, and I love finding ways to incorporate more nuts in my diet. Plus, Justin’s Nut Butters offer a selection of six amazing flavors: Classic Almond, Honey Almond, Maple Almond, Chocolate Almond, Vanilla Almond and Chocolate Hazelnut, in addition to also offering a Classic Peanut Butter and Honey Peanut Butter. So I grabbed myself a jar of the Vanilla Almond Butter, and a few packets of other flavors to sample (yes, they also come in portion controlled packets, people!) I decided to try my new almond butter in a very basic way…spread onto some apple slices. OH EM GEE. It was absolutely divine! The flavor of the almond comes through perfectly, with just the slightest hint of vanilla. And I loved how fresh this product tasted…like it was literally made from scratch in my kitchen. I was thrilled with how absolutely delicious this stuff was! MOVE OVER PEANUT BUTTER. Keep in mind though, this is a nut butter, so in order to incorporate it into my Weight Watchers plan, I can’t go overboard with it. It is a healthy fat though, so a serving size of 2 tbsp for 5 Points + is ideal. Keep reading to learn more about Justin’s Nut Butters…PLUS get my Weight Watchers Recipe for Light Chocolate Fudge Brownies with a Vanilla Almond Butter swirl!
Nothing says classic American comfort food to me like a homemade chicken pot pie. It’s so hearty and filling, and always feels good on a chilly fall or winter day. But traditional chicken pot pie recipes can be pretty high in fat and calories. By making a few changes and using a reduced fat crescent roll dough for the crust, I was able to create a chicken pot pie recipe that clocks in at just 4 Points + per serving and tastes every bit as good as it’s more fattening version. My husband absolutely loved this Weight Watchers recipe, and I take that as the ultimate success indicator, since he is pretty picky. I made this originally as a 6 serving recipe at 4 Points + per serving, but if you want a bigger piece of the pie, you can make it 4 servings for 6 Points + per serving. Either way, this low calorie Chicken Pot Pie Recipe is a fantastic bargain. Enjoy!
Ahhhhh…spaghetti squash. I was introduced to the awesomeness of this vegetable many years ago, and we’ve had many happy meals together since. Today, I’m sharing my Spaghetti Squash and Sausage Bake Recipe, which features my favorite squash and utilizes it to create a creamy, cheesy and satisfying dish that is absolutely delicious. I added in some chicken sausage for extra flavor and added protein. It takes a bit more time to make, simply because the squash needs to be roasted beforehand, but it’s well worth the effort. If you are really pressed for time, you can microwave the squash fully, instead of roasting it. I prefer the roasted flavor, but the microwave option works just fine. Using the squash instead of pasta noodles saves a ton of Weight Watchers Points, and offers a lot of extra nutritional benefits as well. Plus, it just tastes delightful! This Spaghetti Squash and Sausage Bake was rich, velvety, cheesy, and everything I had hoped for…and all for just 4 Points + per serving.
French fries are AMAZING. We all love them. And if you love them as much as I do, then that’s probably one of the factors that ended up leading you to this blog of Weight Watchers Recipes – because you ate too many of them! But fear not, fellow french fry lovers…today’s Baked Fries with Garlic Cheese Sauce Recipe will have you drooling with excitement at the mere thought of a hearty serving of fries smothered in a creamy cheese sauce. That’s right, these fries are incredibly delicious, and still a Weight Watchers friendly dish at just 5 Points + per serving. The fries are baked, not fried, but tossing then in egg whites first helps get that crunch on the outside, which is key. And the creamy garlic cheese sauce is excellent! This low calorie comfort recipe had me feeling like I was eating my favorite cheese fries at a local amusement park. They were THAT good. Feel free to spice up your fries with some old bay seasoning or chipotle chili powder for some added flavor. But this Baked Fries with Garlic Cheese Sauce Recipe is an absolute must make. 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.
Both of my kids are great sleepers, which is awesome at night, but means we are often struggling to get out the door on time in the morning to schlep my son to preschool. So sitting them (and myself!) down for a healthy breakfast is practically impossible. I needed some new ideas for something that the kids and I could eat in the car, that was filling, and that was delicious and overall nutritious. And I hit the jackpot with these Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins. They are so incredibly easy to make, and they come out moist, flavorful and perfect for an on the go breakfast or snack. I make a big batch and then freeze them so I’ll always have some on hand for a hectic morning. If you aren’t concerned about an increase in Points, add in some raisins, nuts or dried cranberries for extra deliciousness. Also, I chose NOT to use cinnamon in these as I often tire of cinnamon in almost every muffin recipe. I wanted something more “vanilla”, so I didn’t use it. But if you are a cinnamon person, feel free to add some in. My husband loves them as a healthy snack with his coffee in the afternoon, and I LOVE having a 3 Points + muffin that tastes incredible and helps satisfy me. Tired of your office tempting you with those carb-heavy bagels? Make a few dozen of these Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins and treat everyone to a healthier option! These were so good and have definitely become a staple around here.
This lighter take on a traditional Au Gratin Recipe combines the delicious flavors of feta and spinach, layered between soft and buttery Yukon gold potatoes. It makes a wonderful idea for a Weight Watchers breakfast casserole, or serve it as a side dish with dinner. I strongly recommend using a mandoline slicer to slice your potatoes to the right thickness. It helps you get a nice, even doneness to the dish, and the uniformly sliced potatoes all look so pretty! It’s difficult to hand slice potatoes so thinly, and the thinner the potatoes, the bigger the serving size appears. Also, using the mandoline cuts down prep time dramatically. I used Yukon potatoes with this au gratin, but you can use any kind you like. I also left the skins on, because I like getting the added nutrients from the skin. Once you get those potatoes sliced, this Spinach, Feta and Potato Au Gratin is such an easy dish to prepare, and can be enjoyed by the whole family — no one will have any idea it’s a Weight Watchers Recipe!
I don’t know why, but I haven’t made a baked potato in a while. I LOVE them. But maybe I’ve just assumed that they are too simple or not satisfying enough for a man dish recipe. Recently, at a restaurant, I saw a stuffed baked potato on the menu, and that got my mind spinning about creating my own, Weight Watchers friendly version. So, while craving tacos, I came up with this healthy, Stuffed Southwestern Baked Potato Recipe that turned out incredible. It had all the flavors I was hankering for, but with a lot less guilt. Each stuffed potato is just 7 Points +, and is very satisfying. I paired mine with some steamed broccoli, and felt that it was a very adequate dinner. It’s also a great way to get in a ton of vegetables and fiber. This Stuffed Southwestern Baked Potato definitely reminded me of how much I love baked potatoes, and I’ll definitely be making some more often. Enjoy!
I’ll admit that grating potatoes is one of my least favorite kitchen tasks ever, but when they are being grated to be used in this baked Sweet Potatoes Fritters recipe, I’d happily bust out that grater and get to work! Made with just a few simple ingredients, these savory sweet potato pancakes are a delicious Weight Watchers side dish recipe that can be enjoyed just about anytime. You’ll get two of these low calorie fritters for just 3 Points +, which is great! But you definitely need to make sure you try and squeeze as much moisture as you can out of the potatoes in order to achieve a crisp potato pancake. The taste is delicious, and I was surprised by how easy these are to make (and so much less messy than frying in oil!). My kids loved them too, so these low calorie Sweet Potato Fritters will definitely be made again and again. Enjoy!
Ok, I know you guys might think 5 Points + is a bit much for a baked, less-sweet banana. But let me just tell you that they were SO, SO, SO good! The perfect combination of sweet and salty. They are way healthier and much more delicious than potato chips….so if you’d spend 5 Points on a cup of potato chips, then you owe it to yourself to try these Baked Plantain Chips instead. If you aren’t familiar with plantains, they are a member of the banana family. They are a starchy, low in sugar variety that is always cooked before serving as it is unsuitable raw. It is used in many savory dishes somewhat like a potato would be used, and is very popular in Western Africa and the Caribbean countries. My first few attempts at these baked plantains failed miserably. They are easier to cook when they are very firm, and less ripe. But they taste a lot sweeter when they are overripe, giving that delectable sweet and salty taste to the chips. Though, the overripe plantains can be a bit softer and harder to work with. I based this recipe post on the taste I preferred, but, by all means, feel free to choose your own style of plantain. I could never get mine quite as crisp as I intended, but it really didn’t matter to me. They were so tasty and filling, and definitely helped keep me from digging in to some not-so-Weight Watchers friendly snacks, so I felt that they were really worth the 5 Points +. I definitely recommend giving these a try at least once!