A good variation to meatloaf are these tasty Ranch Meatballs! Easy to make and always a crowd pleaser, you can enjoy them in a variety of ways: as is, in a sandwich, with pasta and sauce, on top of salads, in soups, in a pita pocket with salad and tahini sauce…I could go on on. I like to make 2 or 3 batches of them, and freeze them so I have something quick and delicious on hand for when I need a dinner or lunch STAT. My kids love them too, which is great for the evenings where I’m serving a dinner that they don’t like, and I need a healthy alternative for them. They are super tasty and the best part is that you get 6 meatballs for just 5 Points! They key here is using extra lean ground beef – it should be 96% lean and 4% fat – so make sure that’s the one you get if you want to keep this at just 5 Weight Watchers Points. Enjoy!
I don’t know about you, but when I’ve got a busy week ahead, Weight Watchers Casserole Recipes are a lifesaver for me! It usually gets my family a good dinner, and then a day or two of lunch leftovers. One of my husband’s favorites is this Ground Beef and Noodle Casserole. It’s incredibly hearty and satisfying, is super easy to prepare, and each nicely sized serving is just 8 Points +. I really like the flavor of the ground beef in this casserole, but if you want to shave off a Point or two, you can easily use ground turkey instead. But I find that if you use ground sirloin, or extra lean ground beef (96% lean), it comes out to about the same, Points Plus wise. This is a great dinner for a cold winter’s day. Enjoy!
This incredibly satisfying and hearty Weight Watchers dinner recipe, is perfect to warm you up on a chilly fall evening. The tender and juicy ground beef is wonderfully seasoned, uniquely including a hint of cinnamon, and is served with whole wheat orzo and a delicious tomato sauce. Adding the feta crumbles on top also gives this dish a deliciously distinctive flair, adding a bit of salty savory-ness to the slightly sweet flavor of the sauce and beef. It cooks quickly and easily, and goes great when paired with a light salad and/or fresh roasted vegetables. 8 Points + is a great bargain for this ground beef recipe, considering how filling it is! Enjoy.
With some spare extra lean ground beef on hand one day, I decided to throw together a surprisingly easy, yet delicious meal of these Persian Beef Kebabs. Whenever I make them, I typically serve them with this Persian Lentil Quinoa and my favorite Cucumber Tomato Salad. But I was feeling pretty lazy this day, so I just served them over a bed of greens with some corn on the cob. The key to these delicious, juicy kebabs, is the grated onion. It’s time consuming to manually grate them, so if you have a food processor, that would be the easiest. But the onion is grated to a watery pulp which adds tremendous flavor and moisture to the extra lean beef. They are sooooo good! And just 5 Points + for 2 kebabs. My husband drizzled some tahini sauce over his (for extra Points), which was absolutely delicious. Traditionally, the meat is threaded onto long metal skewers and cooked over a charcoal grill. But I went skewer free and just grilled them up on my indoor grill pan. These Persian Beef Kebabs are easy, delicious, and a real Weight Watchers bargain. Enjoy!
For a fancy Friday night dinner, I put together this Slow Cooker Garlic Beef and Cauliflower Mash Recipe. It tasted so unbelievably good…like I had spent all day in the kitchen toiling over a hot stove. But really, my slow cooker did all the work. The beef was tender, juicy and perfectly flavored. And instead of standard mashed potatoes, I steamed some cauliflower and mashed it together with a bit of light butter and sour cream. It was pure perfection….and just 8 Points +. The mashed cauliflower was a perfect vehicle for the sauce that the beef cooked in too. I served it with my Lemon and Butter Green Beans (I also threw in some toasted almond slices and minced garlic to those green beans – sooooo good!) Overall, a fantastic Weight Watchers dinner recipe that I high recommend trying.
For as long as I can remember, Reuben sandwiches have been one of absolute favorite deli sandwiches. But as tasty as they are, they are CRAZY high in Weight Watchers Points. Remembering a Reuben Casserole that my mom used to make, I decided to try and put a lighter twist on it and see if I could come up with a delicious reuben casserole that had the same flavor profile as the traditional sandwich, but was a lot lower in Points. It ended up being pretty easy to do, and my light reuben casserole was absolutely delicious! The only thing I might do differently next time, is use shredded swiss cheese instead of the slices, just for aesthetic purposes. But at least using the slices makes it really easy to divide the servings. :) If you love a good reuben sandwich, this Weight Watchers Reuben Casserole Recipe is a must try.
Sometimes, you just gotta have a big, juicy, manly, hearty burger. Last week, I had one of those days. So I put together this Blue Cheese Burger Recipe that was seriously out of this world. Each burger came out to just 9 Points +, which wasn’t bad considering how big and satisfying it was. I probably could’ve used a sandwich thin, or some other low carb hamburger bun, and shaved off an extra Point or two, but this time, I needed something BIG and carb-y. So I went with a thick, hearty, whole grain hamburger bun from Udi’s. The meat was so juicy and flavorful, and the pungent blue cheese was the most perfect complement. The next time you need a burger that is so divine it feels NOTHING like diet, food, this Blue Cheese Burger is your ticket!
There’s something about pot roasts that just take me back to my childhood and coming in from a chilly fall day to the aroma of a juicy, tender roast in the oven. As a Weight Watchers member, I try to avoid red meat most of the time due to it being higher in Points Plus and higher in cholesterol. But every now and then, I reward myself, and this Cabernet Beef Pot Roast Recipe is a perfect treat. The key in this dish is REALLY getting that roast trimmed of fat. I usually have the butcher trim it for me at the store, then I spend about 10 minutes going over it really well myself and trimming as much fat as possible. Occasionally, I’ll find some really good lean, pre-packaged ones at the store that don’t need trimming at all – like the one I used for this post. And the bonus is that the nutritional stats of the meat were on the label, so I was able to see how much fat was in the meat. The one I used had just 3.5g of fat per 4oz, which was AWESOME. The roast is seasoned and then braised in a red wine broth. It’s very simple, allowing for the true flavor of the beef to shine through. I’m thrilled to have found a healthy pot roast recipe that allows me to enjoy red meat more often!
This Light Beef Bolognese Recipe, is without a doubt, my absolute favorite Weight Watchers bolognese, EVER. It was inspired by the ONE and ONLY time my husband actually cooked for me…Valentine’s Day 2011. Though my man never steps for in the kitchen, the one time he did, he knocked it out of the park. And he knows that, for me, nothing says “I love you” like a big bowl of thick, meaty, decadent bolognese. He spent days researching bolognese recipes online, and he ended up creating the most delicious one I’ve ever had. So of course, I worked hard to duplicate that amazing flavor in a lower fat, Weight Watchers version. And my success was tremendous! My healthier bolognese is absolutely incredible….and it has become a regular in our dinner rotations. At 8 Points + per serving, you’ll get an amazing bolognese that tastes so good, you’ll never know you are eating healthier. This is a MUST MAKE.
These Light Italian Meatballs are my go-to meatball recipe for whenever I am craving traditional Italian food. They key here is the extra lean ground beef. This makes a dramatic difference in the Points Plus value. Cutting down on all that fat in the ground beef, allows for the addition of grated Parmesan cheese mixed into the meat. This makes for an unbelievably good Italian meatball. I used jarred marinara or spaghetti sauce when I’m pressed for time and to keep it super easy, but you could make your own from scratch if you prefer. At just 5 Points + for each 5 meatball serving, this Italian Weight Watchers Recipe is a dream come true. I will often make large batches and freeze them to have on hand later for a quick Italian meatball sandwich for lunch – yum! These Light Italian Meatballs are a HUGE hit with my family, and I highly recommend giving them a try.
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!
Here’s one for all you carnivores out there….a Skirt Steak with Romesco Sauce that is absolutely to die for. Moist, juicy grilled skirt steak served with a rich and creamy Romesco sauce that is mouth watering-ly delicious. This steak recipe is actually very easy to make and requires minimal prep. You can can get it on the table in about 25 minutes, which is key for busy weeknights. Try serving this over some fresh greens or roasted vegetables to help add some extra volume to the dish and give you more bang for your buck. If you don’t mind adding some more Points, serve it over some roasted potato wedges…OMG….it’s so good! And don’t forget to sop up that extra sauce on your plate with a low calorie roll or breadstick! Just 5 Points + for a piece of steak with the Romesco sauce is quite a deal…enjoy!