We don’t live close to family, so there are a couple of folks that have adopted my husband and I as their kids, well actually, we’re lucky enough to have been “adopted” by several families in the area. They take exceptionally good care of us and we thoroughly enjoy sharing delicious meals with them (as they are all very good cooks). One couple is from North Carolina, so when I saw a recipe for black eyed pea salad, I knew I had to bring it the next time we went to their place for a meal. And I was absolutely right to be excited. I don’t remember if I’ve ever had black eyed peas before, but I love this salad. It’s bright and beautiful and reminded our friends of home. It’s a perfect salad to have with grilled burgers or chicken breast, and is easy to make for potlucks – where it’s sure to be a hit.
This shrimp salad is a favorite. It’s full of flavor, simple, delicious and perfect for a summer meal. The shrimp are marinated before they’re cooked, so they have a spicy Creole flavor that goes so well with the mild salad. Grilling the asparagus and peppers add flavor and a wonderful look to the salad. Drizzle on the lemon juice to keep everything bright and beautiful. This meal is elegant and will definitely become a family favorite.
I don’t know too many guys who don’t consider salads chick food – especially here in the Midwest. But this salad is going to be a hit with the men too. It’s grilled, so it’s perfect for summer. You don’t have to heat up the kitchen with anything at all, you can just cook the pasta and grill the rest of the steak and corn on the cob. The grilling adds a wonderful flavor that you don’t get when you’re cooking inside too. The dressing is wonderfully refreshing and the lime juice makes sure that everything in your salad is bright and beautiful. Give this one a try, and it’ll become a sure hit.
Pork roast is one of those incredibly versatile meats. It’s great as a roast, top it with apple sauce or caramelized apples and onions. It’s also the perfect barbecue meat. This is incredibly easy and simple to make, especially since you cook the roast in the slow cooker. It turns out moist and tender every time. When you take the roast out of the slow cooker, it’ll be falling apart for you. This is a great dish to have at a potluck, since it’s so easy to do and a little goes a long ways. Serve it with a side of potato salad, coleslaw and fresh fruit.
I love fried chicken, but unfortunately we all know it is not a healthy choice. Oven fried chicken strips is a perfect alternative. I cut up some thin chicken breasts (although the strips are a bit “off shape”) and decided to try buttermilk instead of eggs for dipping. I love the taste as it allows the chicken to taste moist and not dry. I did not add salt or pepper as I tried the Grill Mates Montreal Chicken Seasoning instead. It was a nice addition. I served this dish with a vegetable side dish. You can add a dipping sauce for the chicken strips, just be sure to calculate the points and add them to your meal.
Oven fried chicken strips are an easy, tasty and healthy alternative to the traditional dish.
- 4 thin, boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I used Perdue Fit & Easy Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts, Thin Sliced –already cut perfectly in a package in the fresh meats area of a grocery store)
- 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
- 1 1/2 cups bread crumbs
- 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan
- 1 tablespoon Grill Mates Montreal Chicken Seasoning
- Non-stick cooking spray (Olive oil flavor is used for this recipe)
- Salt and Pepper to taste (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- In a shallow bowl combine breadcrumbs, cheese, and chicken seasoning, mix well.
- In a second shallow bowl add buttermilk.
- Slice chicken breasts into 3 strips each.
- Dip chicken strips into buttermilk first and let excess drip off before dipping into dry mixture.
- Dip chicken strips into dry mixture making sure to coat all of the strips with the dry mixture.
- Spray a shallow baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- Lay the chicken strips flat on baking dish and bake for 20-25 minutes or until pink is gone and desired crispness has been reached.
Preparation time: 15 minute(s)
Cooking time: 20-25 minute(s)
Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced fat, High protein
Number of servings (yield): 4
Culinary tradition: USA (Southern)
Entire recipe makes: 4 servings
Serving size is about: about 3 strips
Each serving = 6 Points +
PER SERVING: 253 calories; 5 g fat; 19 g carbohydrates; 31 g protein; 2.5g fiber
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.