Well, here we are…the last day of 2016. And I’m full steam ahead in the kitchen prepping for weeks of healthy eating and holiday binging detox! Today’s recipe is one that is a HUGE help to me when I’m trying to cut calories…Stuffed Cabbage Soup. Growing up, my mom would often make stuffed cabbage rolls for dinner. I remember that they were really tasty, but that we didn’t have them often because the recipe required a lot of steps and it was quite time consuming to make. So to get the flavors of traditional stuffed cabbage rolls without all the work, I prefer to make my “lazy mom” version, which basically combines all the ingredients in a soup rather than the rolls. It’s WAY easier, and it tastes wonderful! So bright and fresh, but still hearty and satisfying. I eliminated the rice to save some calories, and I honestly didn’t miss it at all. If you still feel like you need the rice, you could always try Miracle Rice, which is zero calories, so it won’t affect the Smart Points count at all. I actually just made a huge batch of this soup, and am freezing individual portions of it, so I can have it on hand when I’m hungry or hangry (so hungry that I’m angry). It prevents me from eating food that isn’t a part of my healthy eating plan which can derail my progress. If you love stuffed cabbage rolls, I highly recommend this leaner, lighter, soup version instead! Enjoy. And Happy New Year!!
This deliciously healthy and low calorie Stuffed Cabbage Saute is a variation of traditional stuffed cabbage rolls, which is a popular Polish recipe. However, making stuffed cabbage rolls can be a pesky and time consuming task, but my simpler sauté version in all prepared in one pot making it an easy Weight Watchers recipe that anyone can successfully prepare. It’s low in fat, high in fiber and protein, and has that wonderful sweet and sour taste that I’ve always adored in stuffed cabbage rolls. And at just 4 Points + per serving, it’s a great way to fill up while still staying within your Weight Watchers Points budget. This easy and flavorful dish was a huge hit at my house and something I’ll be making again and again. Enjoy!
Recently, I was fortunate enough to have some family from Israel staying with us for a few weeks over the holidays, and I got to spend a lot of time watching them work magic in the kitchen. My mother-in-law can cook with eggplants like nobody’s business, and I was determined to master her delicious baba ganoush recipe. In case you’ve never heard of baba ganoush, it’s a middle eastern eggplant dip that is one of the most amazing foods I’ve ever had. The base is roasted eggplants, which add a wonderfully smoky flavor, and then it’s blended with tahini paste, mayonnaise, lemon juice and garlic. Traditionally, it’s loaded with mayonnaise and tahini paste which can make it not so Weight Watchers friendly. However, a few tweaks to my mother-in-law’s version, and I created a flipping’ fantastic low calorie baba ganoush for just 1 Points + for a 1/4 cup serving! Use it as a dip for veggies or pita chips, spread it on a sandwich or wrap, or just eat it straight up with a spoon. And it even gets a better flavor sitting in the fridge for a few days. Any way you choose to eat it, I hope you fall in love with this light baba ganoush recipe as much as I have.
This year for Rosh Hashanah, I decided to experiment with a new Weight Watchers Chicken Recipe utilizing some delicious, fresh fall figs, honey, and saffron. It was really quite simple to prepare and the chicken turned out so moist and juicy. The figs and honey (very traditional Rosh Hashanah ingredients) gave it a lovely sweet contrast, while sill keeping the the Points Plus value pretty low and not over powering the chicken. I served this over whole wheat Israeli cous cous (for extra Points), along with roasted broccoli and cucumber salad for a complete meal. Each chicken fillet ended up being just 6 Points +, which included the sauce and some of the figs. I was making this dish for my whole family, so I also added some chicken thighs and drumsticks, which were a huge hit. This could definitely become my new Weight Watchers Rosh Hashanah Recipe tradition!
These yummy, Pan Seared Tuna Patties are the perfect way to put a unique twist on the traditional tuna sandwich recipe. Just two of these tuna patties are only 4 Points +, which makes it an ideal Weight Watchers lunch. I served mine with a side of salsa, but next time, I’m going to melt some reduced fat cheddar over them for an added flavor boost. They were super easy to make too. They come out crisp and golden on the outside, and warm and soft on the inside. They made a great lunch for my 20 month old…a lot less messy than tuna salad! Loaded with protein and tons of flavor, these Pan Seared Tuna Patties are delicious, healthy and a great low Points meal. Enjoy!
With my recent supply of beets that I received in my Farm Fresh to You package, I decided to attempt one of my husband’s favorite soups…borscht. I had never had it before, so I did some research and found a few traditional borscht recipes that looked pretty good. I made a few changes enhancements to the recipes and I was really quite surprised at how good cold, pink soup could be. It was very creamy and flavorful, and actually very, very healthy. With temperature still being quite hot here in Southern California, this cold soup was a delight to eat on a hot summer’s night. My husband, who grew up eating borscht on a regular basis even said my Summer Borscht Recipe would make his grandma envious! The combination of sweet and tangy flavors in this creamy soup work perfectly. It’s a great way to fill up without using many Weight Watchers Points. Plus, it’s pink soup…and it just looks really cool. Enjoy!
photo credit: cybele pascal
Braised Brisket has always been a traditional Hanukkah recipe, so it’s certainly something I plan on making each year. Brisket is notoriously a fatty meat, but I’ve altered the traditional Braised Brisket recipe to make it a lot leaner and healthier. The key step is getting the flat, first-cut section of the meat. It’s a great way to trim a good bit of fat and calories without sacrificing the flavor. Serve this juicy braised brisket with some deliciously tender root vegetables and the white wine and mustard based sauce, and you’ve got yourself one divine, low calorie Hanukkah dinner! Enjoy.
This Hanukkah, instead of preparing the usual greasy and oily latkes, try this Potato and Zucchini Latke Recipe! You get 3 latkes with a side of tzatziki sauce for just 5 Points +. They are made with potato and zucchini which helps lighten them up and get the Points + value lower. But the best thing though, is that these latkes are SO incredibly delicious! And I truly think they are even better than traditional, all potato latkes. The flavors are delicious and the fact that they aren’t soaked in oil makes them light and crisp. Served with a side of fresh homemade tzatziki sauce, these are a MUST make for Hanukkah. Even if you don’t spin the dreidel, serve these Potato and Zucchini Latkes up anytime and treat the family to a healthy and delicious side dish!
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!
The monstrously-sized matzo ball soup from Langer's Deli
You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy this delicious, healthy Matzo Ball Soup Recipe! A staple at most Seders, matzo ball soup is one of the most popular Passover Recipes out there. This lighter version has less fat, less calories and more veggies, making in lower in Points +, but still full of flavor. And though the matzo ball in this soup isn’t the size of a grapefruit like the one you’ll get at Jerry’s Deli, it’s just as tasty and filling. And though it’s not an official one of Weight Watchers Soup Recipes, this can be a perfect Passover appetizer recipe or comforting soup to enjoy anytime.
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.