Portobello Eggs Benedict Recipe – 4 Smart Points

Portobello Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict is always my go to brunch choice when dining out. I am absolutely obsessed with it, and I love all the different varieties out there! Seriously…soooooo many good ones. Occasionally, I’ll make it at home for myself, and when I do, I use my homemade hollandaise sauce which helps to save a ton of extra fat and calories. If an effort to make my eggs benedict even more light and healthy, I created this Portobello Eggs Benedict Recipe that is just 4 Smart Points (including the hollandaise!) and is absolutely delicious. Plus, it’s a great way to get those veggie servings in. Enjoy!

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Mushroom Chicken with Creamy Wine Sauce Recipe – 6 Smart Points

Mushroom Chicken with Creamy Wine Sauce

Today’s Mushroom Chicken with Creamy Wine Sauce has quickly become one of my all time favorite Weight Watchers Chicken Recipes. The earthy mushrooms and juicy, tender chicken are roasted to perfection and then smothered in the most divine, creamy wine sauce. It tastes fresh from a restaurant, yet is quick and simple to prepare at home, with very minimal prep. The sauce was so good, that I was actually spooning out the remaining bits of it from the baking dish before I washed it. Yes, I did. No shame in my game! And at just 6 Smart Points per serving, this is an ideal light and tasty dinner recipe for a busy weeknight. If you want to make an average meal taste like you slaved away all day in the kitchen, this Mushroom Chicken with Creamy Wine Sauce is a must try. Enjoy!

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Classic French Macarons – 6 Smart Points

Classic French Macaron

I don’t typically have desserts around since I just want to eat them, but sometimes, it’s nice to have some desserts. I had some coconut macaroons recently, and they were delicious, but I wanted something a little lighter, so I went with these macarons. These are classic French meringue based cookies that are just delightful little things. They are light and just a little sweet, but not overpowering. You can serve them with frosting in the middle, which is traditionally how they’re served. Or, you can serve them with some frozen yogurt, pudding or some lemon curd instead. These cookies are naturally gluten free, and are really quite easy to make. I dyed my several colors (just separate the batter to do that), so I had a little more variety without making tons of cookies. Be careful not to over handle the batter though, or they might end up falling. Also make sure that you beat the egg whites in a glass or metal bowl. Plastic bowls tend to hold on to grease residue, and that will prevent the egg whites from becoming a meringue. But with those two tips, it’s easy and simple to make these delicious little cookies. [Read more…]

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Baked Ratatouille – 3 Smart Points

Baked Ratatouille

A couple of years ago, my sister convinced me to watch Ratatouille. It’s an adorable animated film about a little rat who is a fabulous chef. I loved it. Ever since then, I’ve wanted to make Ratatouille. Ratatouille is traditional French, a vegetable side dish stewed with herbs and spices. I thought I would try a baked version though. The baked version I tried is much less labor intensive than the traditional one, since you don’t have to watch it and stir it. Just season it, pop it in the oven and fix the rest of the meal. I love side dishes (and main dishes) like that. It gives me time to set the table and get caught up on the dishes. Not to mention that when you layer the vegetables into the pan like this, they turn out so beautifully, you can just serve it in the pan. If you’d like, add some red and green bell peppers to the vegetables. I really enjoyed this. I think next time I’ll try the traditional method of cooking it on the stove. But for now, a delicious, simple and elegant side dish that is a low in points. [Read more…]

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Halibut En Papillote – 6 Points +

Halibut en Papillote

Parchment paper is not just a great way to keep cookies from sticking to your baking sheet. You can also use it to make a packet to steam fish and vegetables. Halibut is a very mild white fish, which makes it perfect to season with this savory garlic herb butter. The fish is steamed on a bed of fresh cut vegetables, so it can all be left in the paper and served. Add a side of baguette or lightly buttered whole grain pasta and you have a whole meal that is simple and easy to prepare. Even though it’s simple, it looks elegant and beautiful with the bright colors and white fish served in the paper packet. Since it’s all in individual packets, it’s easy to portion out for calories and points plus. If you want to add a little more flair, crinkle cut your vegetables instead of just slicing them.

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Savory Crêpes – 10 Points +

Savory Crepes

Crepes are wonderful. You can fill them with just about anything and they’re really delicious. Quite often we fill our crepes with yogurt and fresh fruit or a fruit sauce. We’ve also made Eggs Benedict in crepes. Really, the filling options are endless. These savory crepes are simple and delicious as well as being vegetarian. The spinach and mushroom filling sautéed in butter with onions adds wonderful flavor. They are savory and rich without being overwhelming. Crepes can be a little difficult to get the hang of at first, but don’t worry. This recipe makes about 15 crepes, but you’ll only need 12 of them for the filling. That gives you a couple of extra crepes to get the heat right, as well as figuring out how to swirl the batter in the pan. The batter will be very thin, so it’ll spread out on the bottom of the pan well. However, your first crepes might still be a little strange. I always know that no matter how many times I’ve made crepes the first one or two will be terrible, then I’ll get the heat just right and they’ll go really well. Crepes hold over well, so you don’t need to fill them if you aren’t going to eat them, just keep the filling and crepes separate. Fill the crepes and heat as needed for a snack, lunch or breakfast the next day.

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Simple Nicoise Salad – 8 Points +

This salad is a classic French salad, but this takes less than 30 minutes start to finish – it’s perfect for an elegant meal on a busy night. The trick to making this salad quick and easy is to cook the green beans and potatoes together. The fresh beans and lettuce that are available right now make this a delicious treat, since there’s nothing quite like fresh salad from the garden. Use tuna canned in water to cut down on the oil in the salad. You’ll have a refreshing and delicious salad in no time. [Read more…]
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Whole Grain Crepes with Fruit – 6 Points +

Crepes with Fruit

There is very little that I love more than a Saturday brunch with my husband. I always try to do something fun and especially delicious on Saturday mornings. Usually, the morning is a little slower and more relaxed, so I have time to make things like crepes. I’ll admit, I love crepes, they’re similar to pancakes, but the fluffy and light flavor is different. They also open up a whole world of possibilities when it comes to filling them. My favorite filling is fresh fruit, or yogurt topped with a homemade fruit sauce. You can also fill them with scrambled eggs, meat, cheese or just about anything else you can imagine. And a word to the wise — your first crepe will probably be a mess. Mine first one always is, no matter how much I make them. After the first one, they’ll turn out perfect and delicious.

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Chicken and Mushrooms with Red Wine Sauce – 7 Points +

Chicken and Mushrooms with Red Wine Sauce

It is my firm belief that red wine sauces always give a feeling of elegance and richness to a dish. And what a better way to dress up a Weight Watchers chicken recipe than with a hearty red wine sauce and mushrooms sautéed with garlic and shallots? In this Chicken and Mushrooms with Red Wine Sauce Recipe, I lightly breaded the chicken, pan fried it, and then topped it with mushrooms and a bold and lovely sauce. Easy, yet decadent, and just 7 Points + per serving! One suggestion I want to make though – try flattening the chicken fillets with a mallet, before cooking. I did not do this, and my chicken was quite thick, thus taking a bit longer to cook, curled up a bit while cooking, and actually ended up looking quite small on the plate (the thickness is hidden under all that mushroom and wine sauce!). Sometimes having a nice large piece of chicken on your plate, can convince your eyes that you are eating more than you actually are, thus helping you to feel satisfied. Just my 2 cents. I recommend pairing this with mashed or roasted potatoes, and a light salad. It feels like the perfect warm and comforting that will be a wonderfully satisfying meal on a cold winter’s day.

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Creamy Dijon Chicken Recipe – 5 Points +

Creamy Dijon Chicken Recipe

Lately, my schedule has been packed, and my days overflowing with tasks. So, I’ve fallen a bit behind in my menu planning for each week and often have to rely on whatever foods I have in the fridge/freezer/pantry to whip up a tasty and healthy Weight Watchers dinner. And I often have to do this in 30 minutes or less. When this situation arises, it’s recipes like this Creamy Dijon Chicken Recipe that save me. Not only is it quick, easy, and delicious, it requires minimal ingredients, minimal prep AND is just 5 Points + per serving. The creamy sauce is so tangy and flavorful, and it all goes perfectly over potatoes, rice or quinoa. When you need something fast, fabulous, and low in Points, this Creamy Dijon Chicken Recipe is your ticket! Enjoy.

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Blue Cheese Burger Recipe – 9 Points +

Blue Cheese Burger

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!

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Garlic Essence Vegan Aioli – 3 Points +

Garlic Essence Vegan Aioli

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….

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