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.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m already salivating at the thought of all the tasty foods at Super Bowl parties, and it’s not even Christmas yet! One of my favorite, easy finger foods recipes that is delicious, but still low in Weight Watchers Points, are these low calorie Beef Sliders. By using half the amount of ground beef that I normally would and replacing it with fresh mushrooms, I’m still able to get a good, meaty flavor but with a lot less fat, calories and cholesterol. And they taste like they are 100% beef! I got this idea one evening after savoring one my absolute favorite Weight Watchers vegetarian recipes, my Vegetarian Philly Cheese Steak. The success of using mushrooms instead of steak in that sandwich was tremendously successful, so I decided to use a variation of that idea and use mushrooms in place of just some of the beef in these sliders. They were amazing. My husband couldn’t tell they weren’t all beef, and my kids gobbled them up. At just 7 Points + for 2 of these thick, cheese covered sliders, including the bun, I’d say that’s a pretty fair bargain. These low calorie sliders would make a great Super Bowl Recipe, fun weeknight dinner idea, or a savory finger food to serve at your next party. Enjoy!
I got rid of the noddles in this Noodle-Free Lasagna Recipe, and used grilled zucchini and Portabella mushrooms instead, and it was a HUGE hit! The lasagna tasted amazing and the noodles weren’t missed a bit. The key was to still use good mozzarella cheese (not fat free) and use real ground beef instead of ground turkey. This helps to keep all of the amazing flavors of a traditional lasagna that we all love. But using the grilled vegetables instead of noodles helped to cut down on a lot of the calories and carbohydrates while adding additional fiber and protein. It’s important to note that salting and grilling the zucchini and mushrooms is a must-do…this helps to eliminate much of the water from the vegetables (and also adds a wonderful flavor!). If you don’t salt and grill the veggies beforehand, the lasagna will be very, very watery. So don’t skip that step! This Noodle Free Lasagna was seriously SO good, my husband even stated that we should never use noodles again when making lasagna. Each nicely sized serving is just 6 Points +, making it a fantastic idea for a Weight Watchers lasagna recipe that won’t use up a lot of your daily Points. Enjoy!
A true classic comfort food recipe, this easy Ground Beef Stroganoff Casserole delivers the flavors you desire, but with a lot less fat and calories. Each serving of this lighter version of traditional beef stroganoff has just 7 Points +. It’s a fast and easy recipe that is not only economical, but sure to be a family favorite. Even though my toddler isn’t a fan of mushrooms or onions, this ground beef stroganoff dish always goes over well, and he gobbles it up. And I love that it’s a casserole recipe that tastes like it’s very fattening! I always feel very satisfied after eating it, which is key to staving off those late evening munchies. It’s definitely a staple weeknight night meal idea in my household. Pair it with a fresh salad or zero Points soup for a complete meal that’s easy on your Weight Watchers Points.
The perfect, quick weeknight dinner recipe, this delicious Sweet and Sour Beef Cabbage Soup is not only super easy to prepare in a pinch, you get a whole 2 cup serving for just 5 Points +! And it’s nice to enjoy such a satisfying dish without using up so many Weight Watchers Points, so that means there’s room for dessert :). Bulked up with veggies, trimmed down with extra lean beef, and drowning in a tangy, sweet & sour broth, this soup is oh so flavorful and very filling. With the winter weather really kicking in, this hot and hearty soup is a great low calorie meal idea!
Seeking a yummy, low calorie comfort food recipe? Then you came to the right post today, people! If you’ve ever indulged in any of the processed, high sodium, deliciously unhealthy Hamburger Helper Recipes, then you know what I’m talking about when I say that no matter how fattening/bad for you/practically poison those Hamburger Helper Macaroni Casseroles are, they sure do taste yummy. So instead, I played around with some recipes, and came up with this rockin’ version. Super high in fiber, high in protein and way low in fat, this delicious dish not only tastes great, it’s pretty good for you too! With the addition of some veggies and using better quality pasta and ground beef, Hamburger Macaroni Casserole Recipes can be indulged in once again! Enjoy!
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As a Weight Watcher, I assumed my days of regular pasta eating were behind me, but this low calorie Baked Ziti Recipe has given me a way to enjoy a much beloved Italian dish, without sacrificing too many of my Weight Watchers points. Simply by subbing out a few of the higher calorie ingredients for lower calorie versions, I was able to make this baked ziti pasta with just a 5 Point Total per serving, yet maintain it’s fabulous taste. And though this is not an official one of Weight Watchers Pasta Recipes, anyone who is looking for a lower point version of Baked Ziti with Ground Beef, will love this recipe!
I have seriously been on a Chinese food recipes obsession lately. I can’t stop fantasizing about them!! My favorite Chinese restaurant makes this super yummy Mu Shu Beef dish, but it’s NOT a Weight Watchers friendly meal. So I decided to experiment a bit and come up with a slimmer version of this delicious dish. These Moo Shu Beef Lettuce cups pack all the flavor and zing of traditional moo shu beef recipes, but it’s a lot leaner. And because it’s in a lettuce cup, it’s portion controlled, which can help keep you from going overboard. Though this is not an official one of Weight Watchers Chinese Food Recipes, it’s a meal that is sure to be appreciated by dieting Chinese food lovers!!
Tostada Salads have always been a favorite Mexican food of mine. There’s just something about that crunchy shell that I adore! However, in traditional tostada salad recipes, the shell is fried, thus adding tons of fat, calories and weight watchers points. My slimmed down version has just a 7 Point Total, (for the entire dish) and still offers that yummy, crunchy shell – but baked, not fried. Plus, it’s loaded with fiber! And the best part, is that is still has all the delicious flavors of the ground beef tostada salad that you would buy from your favorite Mexican restaurant. Though this is not an official one of Weight Watchers Salad Recipes, it’s a fabulous meal idea for any one who wants a low calorie Mexican recipe!
Another Passover is about to arrive, and before we all start to drool at the anticipation of yummy, Passover goodness, keep in mind that there are awesome and easy Passover recipes that are low in calories and Point Total, and will help keep you on track with your weight loss plan. And this delicious Beef and Spinach Matzo Casserole Recipe is a great example (and Kosher for Passover!). Easy and delicious, this Matzo dish has just a 5 Point Total per serving, and though it’s not an official one of Weight Watchers Passover Recipes, it’s sure to be a hit with all of your weight watching friends and family.
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It’s no surprise that the creamy dips, greasy chips, fried finger foods, and super-sized sandwiches usually served at Superbowl parties are not diet or health-friendly. The good news is that with a few recipe makeovers, all the flavors of football can be savored without wreaking havoc on your New Year’s weight-loss resolutions. So today, I’m sharing one of the YUMMIEST meatball recipes EVER. These Crock Pot BBQ Meatballs are crazy delicious and still pretty low in Points Total. They are a perfect Superbowl party food that will be adored by weight watchers and non-weight watchers alike. They stay nice and warm and moist in your crock pot, and the spicy BBQ sauce adds such a nice flavor to the meat. And with just a 2 Point Total per serving, these make a great appetizer recipe. Or, double the size of your meatballs, and serve it as a main dish recipe! Though not an official one of Weight Watchers Superbowl Recipes, these barbecue meatballs will definitely be a hit with all weight watching Superbowl snackers, and makes a great Superbowl party food idea.