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!
If you love garlic aioli, but hate all the cholesterol, fat, and sodium in most traditional aioli, then you will be thrilled to learn about today’s Fabulous Food Find – Garlic Essence Vegan Aioli from Taste of Essence. Aoili is a traditional French sauce made from garlic, lemon juice, egg yolks and olive oil. While there are many variations on the market, I don’t ever recall a Vegan version tasting as amazing as Garlic Essence. Creamy, garlicky, and incredibly rich, it feels and tastes exactly like a traditional aioli, but with less fat and zero cholesterol. Keep reading to learn more….
The next time you are in the mood to treat yourself to a gourmet sandwich that won’t break the bank (or your belt!), give this Bacon, Brie, and Pear Sandwich Recipe a try. The mild, creamy brie is perfectly accented with the salty bacon and sweet, juicy pears. It is truly an explosion of flavors that is divine. If you don’t like brie, and mild flavor cheese will work just fine. You can make this sandwich ahead of time, and then just heat up at the office. I also like to top it with some arugula whenever I have it on hand. Serve this with a light salad like my Cucumber Tomato Salad and or a 0 Points + soup for a complete meal. Enjoy!
Perfect for an easy weeknight dinner or entertaining guests, this Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole Recipe is absolutely fantastic. It has all the flavors of a classic Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe, but they are baked into a creamy and decadent casserole that boasts just 6 Points + per serving. I will often use rotisserie chicken for this, or I’ll cook my chicken breasts a day or two before to save time. My favorite way to roast the chicken breasts is with my slow cooker, but any method you like will be fine. The key to making this a Weight Watchers casserole is the by using quality, low calorie ingredients. The Jarlberg Lite Swiss Cheese and the Celebrity Healthy Ham (got both of these from Trader Joe’s) are two of my favorite ingredients…both very delicious, but still very low in Points. If you are craving a classic, Southern comfort food recipe, this Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole will undoubtedly hit the spot. This one is must try, folks.
Another amazingly easy and delicious Weight Watchers chicken recipe that tastes like you spent hours preparing it. This Roasted Artichoke and Mushroom Chicken Recipe tastes like a million bucks! The artichokes and mushroom deliver a nice dose of fiber, and the mustard and red wine sauce add the perfect flavor, all while the chicken stays juicy and succulent. If you aren’t concerned about the extra Points, try adding in some chicken thighs and drumsticks. My husband loves these, so I threw in some for him and took a taste….soooooo good. The prep work for this dish is minimal and it can put together pretty quickly…but the outcome is fantastic. Serve it as is or over some rice or polenta for extra volume. At just 5 Points + per serving, this Roasted Artichoke and Mushroom Chicken Recipe is a real winner.
Perfect for summer, this Goat Cheese and Asparagus Pasta is healthy, delicious and just 7 Points + per serving. The goat cheese and basil make for a lovely sauce over the high fiber pasta. And the touch of lemon adds just the right kick to bring it all together. You can easily bulk up this Weight Watchers pasta recipe with more vegetables, if you’d like. In fact, the next time I make it, I may use half the pasta but add in some zucchini and/or broccoli, and then increase the amount of goat cheese. But if you are really craving those carbs, the recipe is fantastic as is. It’s really a very versatile pasta dish and the possibilities of what you can do with it are endless. And it’s such an easy summer recipe that doesn’t take much time or effort.
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 love having a breakfast ready to go when I wake up in the morning, and I love it even more when it’s something as delicious as an Eggs Benedict Casserole! By making a few healthier adjustments to a typical Eggs Benedict recipe, and making it into a casserole version, I’ve created a delicious and easy breakfast casserole that is prepared the night before and baked in the morning. I also make the Hollandaise Sauce the night before and the just re-heat it in the morning. Each very nicely sized serving is just 6 Points + and it tastes amazing. I’m a really big fan of Hollandaise, and my light Hollandaise sauce recipe that is served with this casserole is so easy and good…and you get a nice 1/4 cup serving! This low calorie Eggs Benedict Casserole is the perfect Weight Watchers Breakfast Recipe for the whole family. Enjoy!
French Onion Soup has always been one of my favorite dishes…who doesn’t love the idea of toasted bread and gooey cheese, melted all over a hot and flavorful onion soup? But the traditional French Onion Soup recipe is not low calorie or Weight Watchers friendly. I’ve tried a few pre-made, low calorie versions that I’ve found in grocery stores but the taste is either blah or the portion is super small. So I set out on a journey to make my own, but also decided to make it as a casserole, just because I was hungry and wanted a meal that had some substance. It was so easy to make and the finished product was delicious! All the flavors I love but for less Points. And making it into a casserole was really easy. It just basically the soup with more onions and less broth. If you want to make this dish as a soup, just use more of the broth when making it. So simple, yet so perfect. And each very large serving is just 5 Points + each. This low calorie French Onion Soup Casserole Recipe is perfect for warming up on a cold day. Enjoy!
I came across a version of this low calorie chicken recipe in one of Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyers a while back. It sounded really tasty and really easy, so I finally decided to give it a try. With just a few simple changes in the original recipe, my Maple Dijon Chicken was outstanding! So flavorful, so easy and yet just 5 Points + per serving. It ended up making quite a bit of sauce too, so I served it over some brown rice. The sauce was seriously amazing. And the fresh rosemary gave it the perfect kick. If you aren’t concerned about the Weight Watchers Points, I’d recommend making this with chicken thighs, as the original recipe calls for. They are much juicier than chicken breast and are perfect in this recipe. The added fat of the chicken thighs vs. the chicken breasts will add on an extra Point or two. This Maple Dijon Chicken Recipe reheats very well, and is a great chicken meal to freeze too. Definitely give this one a try. Enjoy!
Another busy day, leads to another easy, delicious and low calorie crock pot recipe. This Dijon Chicken Slow Cooker Recipe is simple, yet very filling, and tasty. The mild chicken and potatoes complement the tangy Dijon mustard oh so perfectly. Each nicely sized serving is just 7 Points + each, and it goes great paired with a fresh green salad. If you cook this on high, you may need to add some additional broth to keep it moist. You could also add in some other fresh vegetables to bulk it up even more – I’d suggest peas or asparagus. This slow cooker recipe has such minimal prep, so it’s great for a day when you just don’t have the time or energy to cook. But the end result looks and tastes like you’ve been in the kitchen all day. This is definitely a perfect Weight Watchers Crock Pot recipe to add to your repertoire.
Even though we are in the midst of summer heat, I came across a super amazing Mushroom Soup Recipe at Season with Spice. It simply looked too good not to try, and I happened to have a lot of extra mushrooms in the fridge, so despite the 96 degree temperature outside, I got to work re-working her recipe into something more Weight Watchers friendly. I nixed a few fattening ingredients, and used my good-old-reliable-use-it-in-just-about-everything ingredient, nonfat Greek yogurt as a substitute for the heavy cream. I was very happy with how well it turned out – creamy, light, and perfectly seasoned. The addition of the white wine gave it more of a luxe feel, and the nutmeg in the this mushroom soup has such a nice “holiday” taste that I would make this as appetizer for Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner. Since we are nowhere near those holidays now, I served this with a light, low calorie sandwich recipe for a perfect and healthy lunch. And at just 1 Points + per serving, this healthy mushroom soup recipe is a great way to help fill you up before a meal without sacrificing a lot of Weight Watchers Points.