If you’ve never had it/heard if it before, picadillo is a traditional and popular dish that is a staple in Cuban cuisine. It’s basically a tender stew of ground beef and tomatoes, with cinnamon and/or raisins added for sweetness, and olives added for salt. It’s typically served over rice, but also works great as a stuffing for empanadas, quesadillas or wraps. It smells and tastes heavenly, and is the ultimate in Cuban comfort food. This recipe is favorite of my kids’ and always gets gobbled up. They eat it with the rice, and my husband and I just ate it as is. To keep it healthy and Weight Watchers friendly, I just used an extra lean ground beef and used cinnamon instead of raisins. It was incredibly fast and easy to make, and was absolutely divine. Truly a satisfying and indigent dish that is totally guilt free. I highly recommend giving this one a try!
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!
Though I usually almost always use fresh fruit in my recipes, I found that using canned fruit for this Orange and Pineapple Sorbet not only makes this frozen dessert recipe insanely easy, but it tastes so good, you’d never guess the fruit isn’t fresh. Perfectly sweet and tangy, each serving has just 2 Points +, and is the perfect fresh and fruity end to any low calorie summer meal. The fantastic tropical flavor leaves nothing to be desired, and it’s so flavorful that the 1/2 cup serving is more than enough to satisfy your taste buds. Though it’s not an official one of Weight Watchers Frozen Dessert Recipes, this fabulous sorbet is a great low calorie dessert idea for anyone who needs a healthy sweet treat to cap off their meal.
This delicious Cuban-Style Yam and Pork Stew Recipe for your slow cooker is a real treat! With the flavor and zest of traditional Cuban recipes, this reduced calorie version is a wonderful meal idea for any weight watcher. Each HUGE serving has just a 6 Point Total, so it’s a wonderfully satisfying meal choice that can be paired with some 0 Point Recipes for a great weight watchers meal. It’s tasty, juicy and super easy to make. And it’s a healthy recipe that the whole family can enjoy without knowing that they are actually eating healthy! Crock Pot Recipes have always been a favorite of mine, because they are just so easy and pretty hard to mess up. Though this is not an official one of Weight Watchers Crock Pot Recipes, it’s a must try for anyone who loves Cuban food, but is watching their weight.
O M G…..Can I just, for one brief moment, express my insane obsession with mojitos?! I seriously CANNOT get enough of them, but being on Weight Watchers, the average mojito recipe can typically have 6-10 Weight Watchers Points! And if you drink as many I do, you’d have all your daily points gone in just a few drinks. Yikes! So when I found this 2 point value mojito recipe, I was super psyched to give it a try. And it’s the perfect low calorie cocktail recipe to serve up this Memorial Day! The recipe does call for Splenda, and I’m not always a big fan of artificial sweeteners, but sometimes, it’s the only way to get the point value lowered without sacrificing too much taste. So, if you are looking for a good Memorial Day Drink Recipe, add this weight watcher mojito recipe to your menu. Your weight watching guests will love you!