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!
One of my favorite things about entrees from a Mexican restaurant are the sides of rice and beans that come along with it. Since I’m a huge fan of Mexican food, I’ve pretty much become addicted to these popular side dishes. However, the restaurant version of Spanish rice isn’t so Weight Watchers friendly. It’s actually a pretty easy dish to makeover, and the end result is a delicious and incredibly flavorful low calorie Spanish Rice that tastes just as good as the kind you’d get in a restaurant, but less greasy and a lot more fresh tasting. And just 4 Points + per serving! So instead of indulging at your favorite Mexican restaurant, make this healthy Spanish Rice at home yourself, and save yourself some Points and some $$. Enjoy!
If nothing says “comfort food” to you like cheesy chicken rolled up in a flour tortilla and then smothered in a creamy sauce, topped with even more cheese, well then you are in for a treat today. This White Chicken and Cheese Enchilada Casserole Recipe is nothing short of delicious. Packed with tons of fiber and protein, these almost burrito sized enchiladas, are insanely filling. I ate one with some roasted veggies on the side and I was FULL. These are really easy to make, and make a great large casserole recipe that can easily feed the whole family. They also make great leftovers and reheat pretty nicely. Each White Chicken and Cheese Enchilada is just 6 Points + per serving – definitely a bargain. They make the perfect Weight Watchers Recipe for when you are craving some serious Mexican comfort food. Enjoy!
I cannot even begin to express how amazingly good this Cilantro Lime Quinoa recipe. I got the idea for it while eating some Cilantro Lime Rice from Whole Foods a couple weeks ago. So yummy, but definitely not Weight Watchers friendly. So I made my own version using quinoa instead of rice, and I added more texture and flavor. I also toasted the quinoa beforehand, which I had seen done in another quinoa recipe, and in my opinion, this made all the difference. This low calorie side dish recipe is a much tastier and healthier alternative to Mexican rice, and each serving is just 3 Points +. It goes great with your favorite Weight Watchers Mexican Recipes and is loaded with much more nutrition than rice. I am in love with this Cilantro Lime Quinoa, and I have no doubt you will be too. Enjoy!
This Spicy Ground Pork Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe was something that I’ve been meaning to execute for a while now. Autumn after autumn, I’d see those lovely acorn squash at the store, and I decided that now was the time to create a new and unique Acorn Squash Recipe that was delicious and still Weight Watchers friendly. So many traditional fall acorn squash recipes use sugar and butter, opting for a sweeter type recipe. I wanted something savory that would still complement the slightly sweet, delicate flavor of the squash. So my Spicy Ground Pork Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe was born, and wow was it good!! My husband and I loved it, and found each serving to be very large. If you aren’t concerned about fat or calories, try this with some chorizo or pork sausage instead….delish!