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.
Combine fresh cherry tomatoes and whole milk mozzarella with peppery arugula for a light and easy Weight Watchers Salad Recipe that is as delicious as it is lovely. This low calorie dish literally takes no more than 5 minutes to make, and it makes such a pretty and flavorful side salad that can accompany a variety of meals. The fresh and mild mozzarella goes wonderfully with the acidity of the fresh tomatoes, and tang of the vinaigrette…and it’s all balanced on a bed of piquant arugula leaves. You can even toss in a handful of fresh basil leaves for an added boost of flavor, if you’d like. Each serving is just 3 Points +, so this is a great way to add some extra pizzaz to your meal without using up a lot of those precious Points.
I love pasta dinner nights at home, because that usually means I’m going to have fun finding some new way to add more vegetables to my pasta dish in order to bulk it up and use less carb-heavy noodles. This Spinach, Mushroom, and Caramelized Onion Pasta Recipe uses caramelized onions, which adds a mildly sweet and smoky flavor, and the spinach and mushrooms contributes a wonderful earthiness. Top all this off with a creamy, Parmesan sauce and you’ve got one fantastic Weight Watchers Vegetarian Pasta Recipe that clocks in at just 7 Points + for each hearty serving. This dish was a huge hit with my picky husband, so I’ll be making this one again and again. Enjoy!
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.
Until just recently, I have never attempted to make a real risotto recipe (I only made a simpler, crock pot version a couple of times). I’ve always heard that the preparation is tedious and laborious, and that it’s next to impossible to get the texture right. Based on that info, I was terrified of risotto. Then one day on Etsy, I came across this most delicious looking Asparagus Goat Cheese Risotto, and finally decided that cooking risotto was a challenge that I needed to face. Plus, I adore foods with goat cheese so much, that I’m willing to attempt just about any recipe that uses it. And I figured, if I totally blew this dish, no one would ever have to know. So I grabbed my ingredients and got to work. To my utter amazement, my Asparagus Goat Cheese Risotto turned out to be total perfection! And, it really wasn’t as difficult to make as I thought. It also came out to less Weight Watchers Points than I anticipated. The cool thing about Arborio rice, is that you use less than regular rice, but it absorbs so much liquid that it swells, thus dramatically increasing in volume. Each heaping 1 cup serving was only 6 Points +…not bad for a rice and cheese dish! I am THRILLED that I have conquered my fear of risotto, and now I can get to work creating many fabulous Weight Watchers Risotto Recipes for us to all indulge in!
This Marinated Cherry Tomato Salad is one of my go to Weight Watchers side dish recipes whenever I have an abundance of cherry or sugar plum tomatoes on hand. I often buy a lot of those little tomatoes under the assumption that I’ll eat them all up by enjoying them as a healthy snack, but instead, I usually end up ignoring them. Therefore, I am always left with extra tomatoes. But I like to use them in this super quick and easy salad recipe, and they make a perfect side dish for a variety of meals. I just throw it all together in the afternoon, and then it’s marinated, flavorful and all ready for dinner that evening. Which is AWESOME, because that’s one less thing I have to get done before dinner. And it’s just 1 Points + per serving, which is fantastic if you are watching those Weight Watchers Points. If you want to bulk this salad up more, try adding some red onions and serve over a bed of fresh iceberg lettuce. Or for an extra point or two, toss is some fresh mozzarella cheese – delish!
One of my favorite Weight Watchers Pasta Recipes is this incredibly delicious Lemon Spinach Pesto Pasta dish. It is full of healthy ingredients, and the combination of flavors and textures is divine. I always over toast my almond slices a bit, because I like the taste, but feel free to toast yours to your own desired level. The crunch and mild sweetness of the almonds is the perfect compliment to the fresh, lemony flavor of the sauce, and the mildly wilted spinach adds lots of nutrition and volume. This allows allows for the use of less pasta, which helps keep the Points Plus value lower. I use prepared pesto because it’s easier when I’m busy. But if you have the time, you can make this dish even less Points Plus by making and using a homemade, low calorie pesto sauce instead. This is one of my go to pasta recipes and the family loves it. And I love that they are enjoying such a healthy meal!
These Slow Cooker Italian Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with Goat Cheese were AMAZING. The chicken was perfectly flavored, and was so tender and juicy. The spinach and roasted red pepper were a nice flavor (and fiber!) boost, and the crispy toasted roll with goat cheese was the icing on the the cake. This was truly an amazing meal. The key is finding the right roll to use. I like the Half Baked Panini Rustic Rolls from Trader Joe’s. They are fat free and just 3 Points +. I toasted them to add a nice crunch to the sandwich, which was divine. The fresh basil added such a lovely aroma and a delightful and bright essence. Each sandwich comes out to 8 Points +, which is pretty darn good for what you get! Pair it with some roasted vegetables, soup or salad for a low Points Weight Watchers meal. I had some of my extra weekly Points allowance available, so I served mine with some garlic fries :). Sooooooo good! These Weight Watchers Slow Cooker Italian Pulled Chicken Sandwiches are a MUST try, folks.
This Tomato Basil Chicken Recipe is is incredibly delicious, it’s really hard to believe it’s SO easy and is just 3 Points + per serving!! I came across the original version at Menu Musings, and I was eager to give it a try and see if my slimmed down version could look and taste as good. The recipe is pretty basic, so I only needed to make a few small tweaks to make it Weight Watchers friendly. The outcome is unreal…moist, juicy chicken smothered in the most decadent tomato basil sauce you can imagine. This easy, low Points chicken recipe has become a staple around here for when I’m just too busy or tired to put a lot of effort into cooking. But by the taste of it, you’d think I spent hours slaving away in the kitchen. Serve over pasta or eat as is. Enjoy!
There is no other flavor that says spring/summer to me that basil, tomato and mozzarella. I absolutely love the flavors of a Caprese salad, so I decided to combine them with whole wheat pasta to get a larger, more filling dish to satisfy a larger group of people. My Caprese Pasta Salad is a perfect Weight Watchers side dish recipe to bring to a potluck or barbecue, and each delicious serving is just 6 Points +. It’s a quick, easy to make pasta salad recipe that combines a few simple ingredients to deliver a fresh and marvelous flavor combination. Though this dish is filling, the flavors are so fresh and light, and perfect to enjoy for a summer evening dinner or a spring afternoon lunch. If you are a fan of traditional Caprese salad, then this Caprese Pasta Salad Recipe is a must make.
A popular Italian chicken recipe, traditional chicken Francese is a lightly breaded chicken that is cooked in a wine/lemon/butter sauce. Sound delicious? It is! In order to make it healthier and lower in Weight Watchers Points, I skipped the breading and added some capers for extra flavor. I also used a light butter (Brummel & Brown), which gives all that buttery flavor without the artery clogging fat and cholesterol. This light chicken recipe works very well over some whole wheat pasta with some roasted vegetables added to it (I like mushrooms and zucchini the best). Each serving is just 5 Points + for 2 chicken cutlets, which makes this an excellent Weight Watchers dinner recipe! It also can be prepared quickly and easily with little prep work — I love this recipe for hectic weekdays. My lightened up Chicken Francese was a crowd pleaser…the whole family loved it, and I loved how low calorie it was.
Today, I’m sharing one of my favorite vegan soup recipes that is not only insanely delicious, but it’s full of healthy ingredients, and each large serving is incredibly satisfying. It’s loaded with beautiful greens like peas, asparagus, basil and spinach, and it asserts that deliciously fresh, spring-like flavor. At 5 Points + per serving, it makes a healthy and hearty Weight Watchers lunch idea, served with fresh bread or a baked potato. If you prefer your soup a little more thin, just add more of the vegetable broth, as desired. Also, feel free to play around with the strength of the seasonings, using more or less as your tastes prefer. But this Spring Minestrone Recipe is definitely a dish that will have you feeling good. Enjoy!