Creamy Summer Pasta Salad Recipe – 6 Points +

Creamy Summer Pasta Salad

Nothing says summer bbq to me like a good, old fashioned pasta salad. Growing up, they were at EVERY family bbq and I’ve grown accustomed to expecting them. Over the years, I’ve experienced a variety of pasta salads, but my favorite was always the creamy/sweet/tangy one. But the traditional version of this pasta salad recipe is very heavy on the mayo and sugar, making it pretty high in Weight Watchers Points, as well as cholesterol! My healthier version makes just a couple changes to make it lighter and lower in Points Plus, but still delicious. First of all, I used a whole wheat pasta – that’s a no-brainer. Then, I subbed out most of the mayo for a fat free Greek yogurt. But I had to keep some mayo to maintain the taste and texture, so I used my favorite mayonnaise alternative – Reduced Fat Vegenaise instead. You can really use just about any veggies you want in this Weight Watchers Pasta Salad Recipe – I just used what I traditionally knew as the most popular ingredients for it. And it turned out to be everything I hoped for…crunchy vegetables with a creamy, sweet, and slightly tangy dressing. Perfect!

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Crispy Cheddar Chicken Recipe – 6 Points +

Crispy Cheddar Chicken

I’ve been seeing a few versions of this recipe for Crispy Cheddar Chicken going around on Pinterest for the past few months, and it looked so tasty, so I decided to come up with my own, lighter version that keeps that those precious Points Plus at a minimum. No doubt, this Weight Watchers chicken recipe was an absolute hit. What’s not to like about crisp, seasoned chicken topped with a rich, velvety cheese sauce!??!? The answer is NOTHING. Each serving is just 6 Points +, and paired with a low calorie soup and some roasted veggies, you’ve got one fantastically delicious meal that will help keep you in line with those Weight Watchers goals. Get this recipe on your weekly menus, asap!

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Onion Honey Dijon Chicken Recipe – 4 Points +

Onion Honey Dijon Chicken

Perfect for a fast and easy weeknight Weight Watchers dinner recipe, this Onion Honey Dijon Chicken gets the job done, and done well! It’s mildly sweet and tangy, and the chicken comes out perfectly tender and juicy. Each serving is just 4 Points +, making it as guilt free as it is delicious. Serve over rice or pasta and pair with a fresh salad or roasted vegetables for a complete meal. If you aren’t concerned about Points, then I recommend also throwing in a few chicken thighs as well. They are SO juicy and flavorful in this recipe. Enjoy!

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Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole Recipe – 6 Points +

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

Perfect for an easy weeknight dinner or entertaining guests, this Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole Recipe is absolutely fantastic. It has all the flavors of a classic Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe, but they are baked into a creamy and decadent casserole that boasts just 6 Points + per serving. I will often use rotisserie chicken for this, or I’ll cook my chicken breasts a day or two before to save time. My favorite way to roast the chicken breasts is with my slow cooker, but any method you like will be fine. The key to making this a Weight Watchers casserole is the by using quality, low calorie ingredients. The Jarlberg Lite Swiss Cheese and the Celebrity Healthy Ham (got both of these from Trader Joe’s) are two of my favorite ingredients…both very delicious, but still very low in Points. If you are craving a classic, Southern comfort food recipe, this Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole will undoubtedly hit the spot. This one is must try, folks.

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Sweet Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breasts – 5 Points +

Sweet Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breasts

I remember that a while back, Paula Deen once made this Sweet Bacon Wrapped Chicken recipe, and I tucked it away in the back of my mind as something I needed to experiment with. I made a couple healthier changes, and the recipe turned out fantastic. It was so quick and easy to prepare, and it requires just a handful of ingredients – all of which you probably have on hand at any given time. So it’s the perfect Weight Watchers dinner recipe for a busy weeknight. The chicken came out tender and juicy, and the chili sugar coating was absolutely perfect. Next time I make this, I think I may use regular bacon instead of the turkey. It will cost me an extra Point or two, but I think that this would be sensational with real bacon. Though the turkey bacon does the trick just fine if you want to keep it low calorie. Also, these Sweet Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breasts would work really well as appetizer or for a Weight Watchers Super Bowl Recipe…just cut the chicken into bite size pieces and then slice the bacon into thirds, lengthwise. This low calorie chicken recipe is definitely a keeper. Enjoy!

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Crock Pot Chicken Stew with Cornmeal Dumplings Recipe – 6 Points +

Crock Pot Chicken Stew with Cornmeal Dumplings

For as long as I can remember, I have adored dumplings. There is just something about chewy, lumpy balls of dough that get me all excited. This might also explain my infatuation with cookie dough. But given that dumplings are flour based, they can add up to some serious calories and Weight Watchers Points, so I’ve tried to avoid them. But this Crock Pot Chicken Stew with Cornmeal Dumplings puts a lighter and healthier spin on traditional dumpling recipes. Plus it gave me an opportunity to utilize some fresh herbs from my husband’s garden. Each very nicely sized serving is just 6 Points each and is very satisfying. The dumplings came out perfectly and my family and I devoured this dish. It’s definitely a Weight Watchers Crock Pot recipe that I’ll be making again and again.

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Baked Ranch Chicken Recipe – 5 Points +

Baked Ranch Chicken

I have to say, this Baked Ranch Chicken is one of the best Weight Watchers Chicken Recipes I’ve ever had. It’s so simple, and yet so delicious. The flavors are perfect, and the crunchy cornflakes breading works wonderfully. My family really enjoyed this dish, and it has definitely become a staple in our house. Sometimes, to make the chicken even juicier, I’ll soak it overnight in reduced fat buttermilk. This tenderizes the meat and also adds a bit of tang that brings out the flavors of the ranch seasoning. This is a great low calorie chicken recipe that can prepared very quickly with very few ingredients, and is a great dish to prepare when you are having one of those “What the heck should I make for dinner” moments. It’s one of my go to chicken recipes that satisfies everyone, including me, all for just 5 Points + per serving.

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Lemon Yogurt Cake Recipe – 6 Points +

A delicious light and moist Lemon Yogurt Cake is the perfect after dinner treat or as a sweet with your morning coffee. This low fat cake recipe not only tastes fantastic, but each serving is just 6 Points +, which isn’t bad for a moist and dense cake that is certain to satisfy your sweet tooth. It has the perfect combination of sweet and sour, and the lemon sugar glaze is oh so yummy. And with the weather starting to to warm up, I’ve been craving something fresh and bright. So I did a makeover on Ina Garten’s Lemon Yogurt Cake, and was thrilled at how amazing the cake tasted after the alterations I did to make it more Weight Watchers friendly. Enjoy!

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Bacon Collard Greens Recipe – 2 Points +

Bacon Collard Greens

Shamefully, I have to admit that this was my first attempt ever at cooking collard greens. I was always curious, but just didn’t think that cooked greens could actually taste good. I don’t think I could have been more wrong. Not only was this Bacon Collard Greens Recipe to die for delicious, it has become one of my absolute most favorite Weight Watchers Recipes. My husband and I gobbled this dish down like it was a hot fudge brownie sundae. Yes, it was that good. We completely forgot about the main dish recipe that night and just tore up these Bacon Collard Greens like there was no tomorrow. If you are looking for a fantastic vegetable recipe that will help you get your greens in, what better way is there to eat them than cooking them with bacon!?? Seriously…go get the ingredients, and make this ASAP. And at just 2 Points + per serving, it’s the perfect low calorie side dish recipe to compliment your favorite Southern meal!

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Sage and Sausage Cornbread Stuffing Recipe – 6 Points +

Sage and Sausage Cornbread Stuffing

Christmas will be here before you know it, so it’s time to start thinking about that fabulous holiday dinner! Instead of the stuffing I make for Thanksgiving, I like to shake things up and serve this Sage and Sausage Cornbread stuffing recipe instead. Inspired by Ina Garten’s Cornbread Stuffing, the unique flavor combination is amazing and it’s made with delicious ingredients that are quite satisfying at 6 Points + per 1 cup serving. It goes great as a side dish with a roast turkey, chicken or Christmas ham. Put this decadent Christmas Cornbread Stuffing recipe on your dinner table this year and your family and friends will enjoy an amazing meal without even knowing that it’s a healthier version.

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Pimento Cheese Dip Recipe – 1 Points +

Pimento Cheese Dip

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Perfect as a low calorie sandwich spread or a topping for your favorite fresh vegetables, this delicious low fat Pimento Cheese Dip Recipe is a must add to your collection of Weight Watchers Recipes. Creamy, cheesy and flavorful, this dip lacks nothing but extra fat and calories, and at just 1 Points + for a 2 tbsp serving, it’s a real treat. I love to use it on op of crudité or endive leaves for an elegant, yet flavorful appetizer that is low in Weight Watchers Points Plus. I also love to spread it on a slice of turkey for a quick, low calorie snack idea. It’s really such a versatile dip that’s so yummy, you’ll find yourself putting it on just about anything! Enjoy.

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Light Seafood Gumbo Recipe – 4 Points +

Light Seafood Gumbo

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If you want to indulge in a huge, 2 cup serving of a traditional Seafood Gumbo Recipe for just 4 Points +, you came to the right place today! Loaded with all the well-loved flavors of a Louisiana Gumbo, this light and healthy version skips a lot of excess fat and calories while still maintaining an amazing taste. With shrimp and crab being so low calorie and high in protein, it wasn’t too hard to make this a Weight Watchers friendly recipe. As with all traditional gumbos, the base is a roux that is slowly browned, and adds wonderful texture and flavor to the dish.

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