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!
Growing up as a kid, my busy parents often fed my sister and I TV dinners…Swanson TV dinners to be exact. I remember them like it was yesterday. Salisbury Steak was often the main entree, and even though I now know better about eating healthy, all I knew back then was that those Salisbury steaks tasted pretty darn good. So, I decided to play around in the kitchen and see if I could make a healthier version that would be tasty enough to bring back my childhood memories of TV dinners, while still keeping the Weight Watchers Points low. I used a few traditional Salisbury steak recipes as my guideline, and then made a lot of healthier changes. I was thrilled with how delicious these turned out! I served them over some good ol’ mashed potatoes and they were a hit. Because each serving is just 3 Points +, I went to won with the mashed potatoes and wasn’t too concerned about letting that have a bit more Points. But next time, I may try them over my Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes to keep the meal Points Plus even lower. But please note that recipe is one of my older ones, and is still based on Weight Watchers old Points system. So if you make it, you’ll need to re-calculate it. I’ve been meaning to get around to updating that one, but haven’t done it yet…sorry about that. But if you were once (or still are!) a fan of Salisbury steaks, this Salisbury Steaks recipe is a must make. Enjoy!
When you want something beefy and cheesy, look no further than this Ground Beef and Cheddar Casserole Recipe. It is excellent. And 7 Points + per serving is quite a bargain for what you get. I also feel like this casserole is really filling and satisfying…probably because it addresses all of the things I crave most: meat, carbs and cheese. This is a really easy Weight Watchers Casserole that you can put together quickly for a weeknight dinner and the family will love it. The bell peppers and zucchini give it a nice flavor and bulk it up some too. It’s also a sneaky way to get those veggies in for the kids! When I was making this, I felt like Honey Boo Boo’s mom making one of her “multi-meals”….but it really is an all in one dish! Carbs? Check. Protein? Check. Dairy? Check. Vegetables? Check. See? It is a multi-meal! Everything you need in one fantastic casserole. Enjoy!
Who says you only have to drink your Guinness beer? This St. Patrick’s Day, you can eat your Guinness with this hearty and savory, Guinness Beef Stew Recipe. With just a few simple ingredients, this beef stew is prepared very quickly, and then spends the rest of the time simmering on the stove while wafting delicious aromas all through the house. If the sensational smell doesn’t have your mouth watering, the first bite of this low calorie stew certainly will. The Guinness flavors the beef perfectly, and it makes for an outstanding dish that is not only satisfying and delicious, but very Weight Watchers friendly at just 6 Points + per serving. So, if you are tired of eating corned beef every St. Patrick’s Day, try this Guinness Beef Stew as a delightful alternative. Enjoy!
Got some leftover chili on hand? Well, here’s an amazing Tamale Pie Recipe that you can use it in to create a super quick, easy and low calorie dinner. Basically, this is a Weight Watchers casserole recipe which consists of layers of polenta, chili, corn salsa and cheese. Um….YUM. Just by layering a few prepared ingredients, you’ll get one tasty casserole that the whole family will love. And this is crazy easy…it took me all of 5 minutes to slice the polenta and layer everything into the casserole dish. Though, I did accidentally slice my polenta a bit too thick, and was short on a few slices to cover the entire top of the casserole (as seen in my photo). But wow, was this GOOD! My whole family loved it, and the leftovers heated up very nicely the next day. So if you are wondering what to do with all that extra chili, try this Tamale pie Recipe! And this man-pleasing recipe is perfect for Super Bowl Sunday too. Enjoy!
Growing up as a kid, Sloppy Joes were a regular in our house. Both of my parents worked full time, so our dinners needed to be quick and cheap. But they were by no means healthy. Still, I’d grown fond of them over the years, and have decided to give this popular family dinner a healthy makeover. My Low Calorie Sloppy Joe Recipe is even more delicious than the canned version, but it’s also a LOT healthier. Much less fat and sodium, and a lot more fiber, protein and fresh vegetables. I served it on a ciabatta roll, which are generally lighter and less dense than regular rolls. It tasted incredible, and each sandwich was just 7 Points +. I served my kids the sloppy joe on mini whole wheat sliders and they LOVED it. So now I can feel good about making sloppy joes a regular meal in our house. Enjoy!
This amazing Light Beef Chili Recipe has become one of my staples in the winter and fall seasons. By using an extra lean ground beef (96% lean and 4% fat), and bulking the dish up with hearty vegetables, this chili comes in at just 4 Points + per serving. It’s so incredibly flavorful and is loaded with fiber, protein and Vitamin C. It’s the perfect Weight Watchers Chili Recipe to help warm you up (and fill you up!) on a chilly day. Garnish it with some green onions or low fat cheddar cheese for even more deliciousness! I also love that this is such an easy chili recipe to make and it makes enough for lots of leftovers. Often times, I will make this chili, then measure out a few individual servings and place them each in a Ziploc bag and the freeze them. That way, when I need something hot and hearty, I just have to pull one out of the freezer and heat it up. This is a LIFESAVER on days when I’m tired/cranky/busy/lazy or all of the above. Truly, this is an awesome low calorie chili recipe that you must try.