Happy 2014 everyone!! I’m sure you are all working hard on those New Year’s Resolutions and are ready to make this year, the year to reach those weight loss goals! Well, I’m right there with ya. So to kick off my first recipe of the new year, I’m sharing a recipe for those who like big, satisfying portions – my Mexican Chicken Spaghetti Squash Bowl Recipe. Spaghetti squash is truly a wonderful and versatile vegetable to work with if you are looking to cut carbs, not portions. By using spaghetti squash noodles in place of pasta or rice, you can create a much healthier dish with less Weight Watchers Points Plus. Recently one day, when on a quest to satisfy my urge for a huge chicken taco bowl, I got the idea to make one using spaghetti squash in place of the rice. I had never used spaghetti squash in anything other than Italian-style recipes, so I wasn’t sure what it would taste like. But the promise of a big, hearty dish of my favorite Mexican flavors for just a handful of Weight Watchers Points made me willing to give it a try. I am so glad I did, because WOW, was it GOOD! Spaghetti squash doesn’t quite taste like rice, so the flavor was slightly different than a traditional Mexican-style rice bowl, but the squash is very mild and mostly takes on the flavor of whatever you are cooking it with, so it was still delicious. In fact, I actually really liked the slight crunch of the squash “noodles”. And the portion size was AWESOME. For just 5 Points +, this Mexican Chicken Spaghetti Squash Bowl is definitely a winner!!
Living in Southern California, I am constantly exposed to endless amounts of the most fantastic Mexican food. But to keep myself from going overboard on the calories and fat that these delicious foods come with, I often make my own, healthier, Weight Watchers version at home. This Crock Pot Chicken Verde Tacos Recipe is one of my staples…it’s sooooo easy, requires minimal prep, and is ridiculously delicious. And it’s very versatile too — you can play around with a variety of toppings, or serve over rice, instead of the tortilla, for a more substantial dish. I’ll even serve it over a bed of fresh greens for a light and delicious Mexican salad. It’s really such a fantastic, reliable recipe that you can’t go wrong with. And 9 Points + for two loaded tacos is a pretty good bargain. The chicken and bean mixture does make a lot, so if you wanted to spread this out to 6 servings (12 tacos in total), you absolutely could. Though, you would need to factor in four more tortillas. This easy Crock Pot Chicken Verde Tacos Recipe is a must try for any Weight Watchers who love low calorie Mexican food recipes.
There is no question that I love meat. By no means am I a vegetarian. But these Veggie Tacos are SO good that I seriously did not even notice or care that my taco was meat free. Loaded with healthy vegetables and perfectly spiced, each vegetarian taco is topped with fresh cilantro and Queso Fresco cheese crumbles. They taste so light and fresh, and are incredibly flavorful…I could eat them all day long! Each 2 taco serving is just 8 Points +, and is very satisfying. I paired a serving with some low calorie red pepper soup, and felt quite full. I made a big batch, and reheated the next day for lunch and they were just as fantastic. These Veggie Tacos are perfect for feeding just the family or a large crowd, and are sure to be a hit. My husband and I LOVED them, and I definitely plan on adding them into my regular rotation of Weight Watchers Recipes.
An all-in-one meal, these Crock Pot Chicken Taco Bowls are truly a satisfying dish. Each bowl is loaded with quality ingredients that taste AMAZING and will help give you energy while keeping you full. By cooking the chicken in the crock pot with salsa, it allows for the chicken to become, tender, juicy and oh-so flavorful. Each bowl is 9 Points +, which isn’t bad when you figure all that’s packed inside that bowl. And because it’s so filling, you really don’t need any side dishes with this. It also freezes really well! So double the recipe if you want to store some in the freezer for a quick and easy weeknight dinner or for lunches. The kids love topping their own bowls with all their favorite condiments, and I love how incredibly delicious and healthy these Chicken Taco Bowls are! This is Weight Watchers Crock Pot recipe that is a family favorite and gets made again and again.
When I’m REALLY hungry and REALLY craving Mexican food, I always opt for a burrito (usually from Chipotle) because it is incredibly filling and ridiculously delicious. However, all the fat, calories and carbohydrates in those tasty burritos can really do a number on my Weight Watchers Points Plus balance. So I decided to try and create an easy, slow cooker chicken burritos recipe that was still flavorful and filling, but for a lot less Weight Watchers Points. Using the slow cooker allowed for my chicken to cook all day, getting nice and juicy and full of flavor. Then, I just assemble the burritos, top them with some enchilada sauce and cheese and give them a quick heat up in the oven. The key to making these delicious burritos just 5 Points + was using low carb tortillas and eliminating the beans and rice. I bulked it up a but with some green peppers and onions, which also added more wonderful flavor. Feel free to add in some extra veggies if you want. If you don’t mind spending the extra points, by all means, add in some beans, corn, rice….whatever you fancy. Top with some optional sour cream and fresh cilantro, and these light Crock Pot Chicken Burritos will blow your mind.
I have a pretty serious obsession with cheese enchiladas. And living in Southern California, I am lucky enough to have access to some of the most AMAZING Mexican food joints around. Though, that is both a blessing and a curse, as the temptation to indulge in such deliciousness can wreak major havoc on my Weight Watchers goals. So, I keep my restaurant indulgences to a minimum, and then try to create low Points versions of my favorite foods at home. One of which is this incredible Spinach and Cheese Enchiladas Recipe. I bulked up the enchilada with ricotta, spinach, and a high fiber/low carb tortilla. Of course, these low calorie cheese enchiladas are still topped with enchilada sauce and shredded Mexican cheeses, but my healthier version is just 5 Points + per serving. I ate one of these Spinach and Cheese Enchiladas with some black beans and my Watermelon and Feta Salad for dinner, and was very satisfied. It is an excellent Weight Watchers Enchiladas Recipe that offers a great way to satisfy your Mexican food craving without blowing your Points budget.
Give an ordinary brown rice side dish a MAJOR, mouth-watering makeover with this Mexican Style Corn and Rice Casserole Recipe. Oh how I love easy casseroles that taste AMAZING and require very little effort. This delicious, low calorie casserole recipe was a huge hit at my house, and it was so easy to put together. It’s brown rice, with corn and squash, smothered in a sour cream, chile and cheese sauce. YUM. I spiced it up a bit with jalapenos, but you can omit that if you’d prefer a more mild version. Each serving is 7 Points, and is very satisfying. Serve this with some grilled chicken or fish, and a salad, for a balanced meal. I’m going to try experimenting with this recipe a bit more, and make it without the corn, adding in some other low carb vegetables instead, in order to lower the Points + value. The corn is delicious though, and well worth the Points, if you have them to spend. This Weight Watchers Casserole Recipe that truly feels like a decadent comfort food.
If you adore the flavors of Mexican food, then you are going to want to give this Mexican Meatballs Recipe a try, asap. Made with lean ground turkey and a bit of ground pork, these moist and juicy meatballs are served in a spicy roasted tomatillo and chipotle pepper sauce that is sure to give your taste buds a serious kick. If you would prefer a less spicy version, just use 2 of the canned chipotle peppers, and use more if you want it crazy spicy. These Weight Watchers Mexican meatballs can be served as a main course over rice or rolled into a flour tortilla. Or, serve them with toothpicks as an appetizer. They are absolutely delicious, much lighter and healthier than what you’d get at a restaurant, and each 6 meatball serving is just 5 Points +, making this an ideal Weight Watchers Mexican Food Recipe to try. My husband and I LOVED them. I made them very spicy though, so couldn’t serve them to the kids, but I imagine a milder version would be a hit with the little ones as well. Enjoy!
If you love crisy, fried taquitos or flautas, then you are going to LOVE today’s recipe. Recently, I came across this Baked Chicken and Spinach Flautas Recipe and thought this was amazing idea. Why have I not thought of this myself!? Living in Southern California, I have access to some of the most delicious Mexican food around. That’s both a blessing and a curse. But I adore Mexican cuisine, and love experimenting with healthier, low calorie Mexican food recipes like these Baked Flautas. Let me just tell you, they were incredible. My rolling was a little sloppy, but I’ll work on perfecting that the next 300 times I make them :). My entire family loved them, and even my 4 year old couldn’t get enough. I barely managed to grab a few to take a picture! Seriously, they were delicious. And just 5 Points + for two taquitos! If you love Mexican food, these Weight Watchers Baked Taquitos are an absolute must try. Enjoy!
Chicken Fajitas have always been a family favorite around here. My son loves assembling his own fajita, and I love that he’s eating something so healthy. To make this dish Weight Watchers friendly, I made a few adjustments to how the dish is cooked, but I also put together a tomato, lime, and garlic topping to use instead of sour cream or guacamole. I know, I know…sour cream and guacamole rock. But they can turn a healthy fajitas recipe into an all out Points demolishing fest. The tomato topping is incredibly delicious though, and adds a perfect contrast to the grilled chicken and peppers & onions. Also, by using high fiber flour tortillas, a lot more protein and fiber is added, making it a very satisfying chicken fajitas recipe. Two of these healthy fajitas are just 6 Points +. Serve with black beans and a fresh salad for a complete meal.
Got some leftover chili on hand? Well, here’s an amazing Tamale Pie Recipe that you can use it in to create a super quick, easy and low calorie dinner. Basically, this is a Weight Watchers casserole recipe which consists of layers of polenta, chili, corn salsa and cheese. Um….YUM. Just by layering a few prepared ingredients, you’ll get one tasty casserole that the whole family will love. And this is crazy easy…it took me all of 5 minutes to slice the polenta and layer everything into the casserole dish. Though, I did accidentally slice my polenta a bit too thick, and was short on a few slices to cover the entire top of the casserole (as seen in my photo). But wow, was this GOOD! My whole family loved it, and the leftovers heated up very nicely the next day. So if you are wondering what to do with all that extra chili, try this Tamale pie Recipe! And this man-pleasing recipe is perfect for Super Bowl Sunday too. Enjoy!
I call these Light Cheese Nachos my “Bad Girl Nachos” because they taste SO good, but feel so bad. Seriously, when you eat them, you may feel like you are cheating on your diet. But one half of the entire platter is just 6 Points +, which is waaaaay better than the typical restaurant nachos. These are made with real cheese, and fresh ingredients making it incredibly flavorful. You are getting a lot of bang for your buck in these nachos, and they also quite filling. Share this dish with a friend and you’ll be able to enjoy a this guilt free pleasure for just a handful of Points +. These Light Cheese Nachos are key for me when I’m having a bad day and just need to consume some junk food. But if I can find a way to make my favorite version a lot healthier and Weight Watchers friendly, then I can have them more often and save the bad version for a very occasional treat. These healthy nachos are a MUST try!