Smoked Salmon and Lentil Salad – 7 Points +

Smoked Salmon and Lentil Salad

When I’m craving a salad that’s not only delicious and bursting with flavors, but also hearty, very satisfying, and extremely nutritious, I turn to this Smoked Salmon and Lentil Salad. I usually always keep a few hardboiled eggs in the fridge, and with minimal prep, this salad can be put together quickly and easily. Loaded with protein, fiber and Omega-3’s, this salad is great for a heart healthy lunch idea! You can use leftover cooked salmon with this too, if you prefer, but I love to treat myself to some smoked salmon on occasion. And it works especially well with the tahini sauce in this dish. I also like to thin out the tahini sauce with some water and/or lemon juice, as the Trader Joe’s one I use is really thick. At just 7 Points + for the whole, huge salad, this Weight Watchers Recipe is sure to become a favorite of yours, too.

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Low Carb Cauliflower Tabbouleh Recipe – 4 Points +

Low Carb Cauliflower Tabbouleh

If you’ve ever had tabbouleh salad before, you know how delicious it is. But the fact that it’s traditionally made with bulgar (a grain), the Points Plus can really rack up quickly due to the high amount of carbohydrates. By simply replacing the bulgar with grated cauliflower instead, you get a dish that tastes ridiculously similar to traditional tabbouleh, but for just 4 Points + per serving. Its light and refreshing flavor makes this side salad a wonderful accompaniment to your favorite meal. And it’s slam packed with vegetables, so you get a nice healthy dose of those, too. Now, some people may argue the Points Plus value on this Weight Watchers recipe, due to the fact that except for the olive oil, everything else is 0 Points Plus when eaten alone. However, my Weight Watchers leader said that when you combine all the vegetables together in a recipe like this, it changes the structure and can therefore raise the Points Plus value. So, what I did here was calculate all the nutritional information for each ingredient, and added it all together. Then entered it into my Weight Watchers Points Plus Calculator, and came up with 4 Points + per serving. If you are counting just the olive oil, it’s 2 Points + per serving. Either way, it’s a great bargain and absolutely delicious side salad recipe. This is a MUST try, folks!

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Beef Orzo Recipe with Feta – 8 Points +

Beef Orzo Recipe with Feta

This incredibly satisfying and hearty Weight Watchers dinner recipe, is perfect to warm you up on a chilly fall evening. The tender and juicy ground beef is wonderfully seasoned, uniquely including a hint of cinnamon, and is served with whole wheat orzo and a delicious tomato sauce. Adding the feta crumbles on top also gives this dish a deliciously distinctive flair, adding a bit of salty savory-ness to the slightly sweet flavor of the sauce and beef. It cooks quickly and easily, and goes great when paired with a light salad and/or fresh roasted vegetables. 8 Points + is a great bargain for this ground beef recipe, considering how filling it is! Enjoy.

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Tahini Chicken Salad Recipe – 6 Points +

Tahini Chicken Salad

This Tahini Chicken Salad Recipe has quickly topped my list of favorite salads. I probably eat this salad three times a week for lunch, and I never tire of it. The texture of the fresh crunchy cabbage, kale and shredded broccoli stems topped with a creamy tahini sauce is absolute perfection! Early in the week or on Sunday night, I just chop up the crunchy and delicious greens and keep them in a tupperware container in the fridge. This way, I’ve got them ready to go, and just need to toss in some chicken (which I usually have from dinner leftovers) and the dressing. When I’m feeling particularly lazy, I buy a bag of Trader Joe’s Cruciferous Crunch salad mix and use that instead. Super easy. But the real star of this dish is the insanely delicious tahini sauce. I just buy the pre made kind (from Trader Joe’s) and thin it out a bit with lemon juice and water. I am ADDICTED to it! This is a really versatile Weight Watchers salad recipe too…you can use salmon or shrimp instead of the chicken, and/or add in any other veggies you like. Enjoy!

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Garbanzo Bean Salad Recipe – 3 Points +

Garbanzo Bean Salad

In an effort to up my legume intake, I whipped up this tasty little Garbanzo Bean Salad last week, and I fell in love. It’s so incredibly simple, take just a few minutes, and is absolutely delicious. The nutty garbanzo bean is combined with fresh cherry tomatoes, a touch of fresh mint, and then tossed with a handmade lemon garlic dressing. It’s so easy, yet delivers quite an impact. Not only is it tasty, but it’s incredibly filling and satisfying. You can also play around with this Weight Watchers recipe, using half garbanzo beans and half black beans, if you like. Or bulk it up with more vegetables like diced cucumbers or bell peppers. I like to make a batch, and then have some as a snack before dinner so I don’t overdo my portions at mealtime. This is truly a fantastic Weight Watchers Salad Recipe that has become a regular around here.

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Persian Beef Kebabs Recipe – 5 Points +

Persian Kebabs

With some spare extra lean ground beef on hand one day, I decided to throw together a surprisingly easy, yet delicious meal of these Persian Beef Kebabs. Whenever I make them, I typically serve them with this Persian Lentil Quinoa and my favorite Cucumber Tomato Salad. But I was feeling pretty lazy this day, so I just served them over a bed of greens with some corn on the cob. The key to these delicious, juicy kebabs, is the grated onion. It’s time consuming to manually grate them, so if you have a food processor, that would be the easiest. But the onion is grated to a watery pulp which adds tremendous flavor and moisture to the extra lean beef. They are sooooo good! And just 5 Points + for 2 kebabs. My husband drizzled some tahini sauce over his (for extra Points), which was absolutely delicious. Traditionally, the meat is threaded onto long metal skewers and cooked over a charcoal grill. But I went skewer free and just grilled them up on my indoor grill pan. These Persian Beef Kebabs are easy, delicious, and a real Weight Watchers bargain. Enjoy!

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Roasted Middle Eastern Chicken with Potatoes – 5 Points +

Roasted Middle Eastern Chicken with Potatoes

It’s amazing how spices can really make an impact on a meal. Take this Roasted Middle Eastern Chicken with Potatoes Recipe, for example. It’s really just a simple dish of chicken and potatoes, but the blend of Middle Eastern spice combination, turns this basic recipe into something absolutely mouthwatering. To keep this dish light, I calculated the nutritional stats based on only using chicken breasts. But if you want to spend an extra Point or two, use a variety of chicken cuts – thighs, drumsticks…whatever you’d like. The potatoes pick up all the flavors of the spices and the juice from the chicken, so they are heavenly. And the tomatoes help add a touch of acidity to bring everything together. This is a SUPER easy Weight Watchers Chicken recipe with minimum prep, and my family absolutely loves it. Enjoy!

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Cumin Lime Carrot Salad Recipe – 2 Points +

Cumin Lime Carrot Salad

Lately, my kids have been really into carrots. And when they are on a roll with a vegetable, I ride that wave as long as I can! So in an effort to keep the carrots coming, I’ve been experimenting with some tasty new ways to prepare them. And at recent Shabbat dinner at a close friend’s house, she introduced me to this amazing Cumin Lime Carrot Salad dish. It was so light and delicious and made a perfect low calorie side dish. Each bite offers the zing of the salty, lime vinaigrette with the balance of the sweet carrots. The kick of garlic and cumin add a wonderful boost of flavor! I also love that this is such an easy salad to throw together, and the colors look absolutely gorgeous. The carrots are cooked until just tender – you’ve gotta be careful not to overcook them, or your salad will be mush. Adding the lime juice and spices while the carrots are still warm allow them to really penetrate the carrots, making for one seriously delicious salad.

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Eggplant Tahini Wrap Recipe – 5 Points +

Eggplant Tahini Wrap

I honestly don’t think I’ll ever tire of roasted eggplants and Tahini. The favor combination is incredible and it’s an incredibly healthy dish. Craving more of a meal, I took one of my favorite Weight Watchers Side Dish Recipes and turned it into a wrap with the simple addition of a Flat Out flatbread and some fresh lettuce. It was sooooooo good! And all the fiber made this very filling and satisfying for just 5 Points +. I had one of these Egglant Tahini Wraps with a light spinach salad for lunch and was content until dinner time. This is truly a delicious and easy wrap recipe that I will definitely be making again and again.

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Light Baba Ganoush Recipe – 1 Points +

Healthy Babaganoush

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.

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Spicy Herb Salad Recipe – 2 Points +

Spicy Herb Salad

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope you are enjoying the day with family, friends, and the most amazing of foods. Once the feasting ends, and you are looking to “detox” from all the deliciousness that Thanksgiving brings,filling up on a lot of greens is a great way to do it. This Spicy Herb Salad Recipe that my father-in-law taught me, is one of my absolute favorite salads ever. It’s just a few simple ingredients, but the flavor and textures that it delivers are incredible. With no lettuce to be found in this salad, the base is nothing but fresh, finely chopped herbs. Enhanced with onions, jalapeños and serrano peppers, then dressed with lemon juice, garlic and olive oil, it’s a simple yet sophisticated salad that is light, flavorful, and a fantastic change of pace. The parsley really helps to de-bloat you too, which is an added benefit. There are a lot of peppers in this salad, so feel free to use less if you don’t want it too spicy. Be aware that the recipe as posted, is very spicy. If you want to shake things up a bit and try something new and unique, this Spicy Herb Salad Recipe will definitely do the trick. Enjoy!

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Roasted Eggplant with Tahini Sauce Recipe – 2 Points +

Roasted Eggplant with Tahini Sauce

One of the things I’ve learned over the course of many trips to Israel is the glorious, deliciousness of the eggplant. Growing up, I had never, EVER been served anything with eggplant, and now I am sad about the many years I missed out on. I love cooking eggplant now in a variety of ways, but one of my favorite eggplant recipes is this simple, yet savory Roasted Eggplant with Tahini Sauce Recipe. I love the smoky taste that the eggplant takes on when it’s roasted, and then the amazing and fresh tahini sauce drizzled over the top just makes it absolutely perfect. For those of you who aren’t familiar with tahini, it’s a thick paste made from crushed sesame seeds. Actual tahini sauce, which is used to accompany many middle eastern dishes, is a mixture of tahini paste, lemon juice, garlic, and water. I wish that I could say I was the master of making homemade tahini sauce, but to get the texture just right is a bit of an art form…an art form that I am still trying to perfect. But it is delicious and worth every attempt. These eggplant slices are great as a side dish to your main course, and also work really well as a sandwich topping too (on top of grilled chicken is my FAVORITE!) This tasty, low calorie recipe comes out to just 2 Points + per serving, and is loaded with fiber, making it a wonderful idea for Weight Watchers Recipes. Enjoy!

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