These delicious little empanadas are perfect for appetizers, snacks or even lunches. They’re so easy to make with leftover chicken (or pork or turkey). Everything gets tossed into the bowl and mixed up, then put in refrigerated pie crust – how easy is that? I like to make them up when I have the leftover chicken on hand and then I can freeze them if I want and use them later. I’ll also make up mini empanadas (making about 30 from one recipe instead of 12) and use them for appetizers – they’re always a hit. If you’d like to do a vegetarian option, use black beans and corn in place of the chicken. They’ll be just as good, but without the meat. No matter how you make them – everyone in the family will love them!
Another super easy recipe I want to share today that not only tastes incredible, but requires such little effort. This Spanish Chicken and Potato Roast Recipe is all done in one pot (yay for easy clean-up!). The ingredients are combined in a large baking dish, and then slow roasted in the oven, delivering one heck of a tasty dinner. The potatoes soak up the juices released by the chicken which makes them heavenly moist and tender. And the simple seasonings are all it takes for a fantastic flavor. This hearty, satisfying Spanish Chicken and Potato Roast Recipe will definitely leave you feeling satisfied! Serve with a light salad or steamed veggies for a complete meal.
Oh how I LOVED this Shrimp and Quinoa Paella Recipe!! I had recently had some traditional Spanish paella at a local restaurant, and it was sooooo good, it got the wheels turning in my head about how to create a healthier, lighter version of this popular dish. I decided to sub out the rice for quinoa, and I also bulked up the dish with more vegetables. Still using the traditional Spanish seasonings, my low calorie paella really was incredible. It was so flavorful and filling, and made an absolutely perfect Weight Watchers dinner recipe. We’ll be making this one again and again! Enjoy.
Here’s one for all you carnivores out there….a Skirt Steak with Romesco Sauce that is absolutely to die for. Moist, juicy grilled skirt steak served with a rich and creamy Romesco sauce that is mouth watering-ly delicious. This steak recipe is actually very easy to make and requires minimal prep. You can can get it on the table in about 25 minutes, which is key for busy weeknights. Try serving this over some fresh greens or roasted vegetables to help add some extra volume to the dish and give you more bang for your buck. If you don’t mind adding some more Points, serve it over some roasted potato wedges…OMG….it’s so good! And don’t forget to sop up that extra sauce on your plate with a low calorie roll or breadstick! Just 5 Points + for a piece of steak with the Romesco sauce is quite a deal…enjoy!
Here’s another easy and delicious way to enjoy some heart healthy salmon…with a fantastic Romesco sauce pour over it! Not only is this an incredibly flavorful salmon recipe that is just 7 Points + per serving, but it’s loaded with nutrients and vitamins too. I used zucchini in the recipe, but you can grill just about any other vegetable you want, if you prefer something different. I’ve made it with eggplants, asparagus and sauteed spinach, and it worked really with all of those. The Romesco sauce is really versatile and would also work well over chicken or eggs. And if you want to spend a few extra points, serve this salmon recipe over a grilled baguette slice…it’s soooooo good! This would make the perfect summer Weight Watchers recipe for that outdoor BBQ, and I definitely recommend giving it a try. it can also be done easily on a grill pan, if it’s too cold or rainy outside to barbeque. Enjoy!
Oh, how I love sauces. The first time I had a homemade chimichurri sauce, I was blown away at the incredible, savory flavors it had, and how it really enhanced the flavor of my steak. My husband is also a big fan if chimichurri sauce, so I decided it was time to start making it at home more often. Even though the main ingredients in a traditional chimichurri recipeare practically calorie free, the substantial amount of oil thatmost recipes use end of making the sauce laden with extra fat. Thus making it pretty high is Weight Watchers Points. And when you are using a good chunk of your Points Plus on steak, the last thing you want to do is double that with an oily sauce. However, my light chimichurri sauce recipe has eliminated that concern. Each 2 tbsp serving is just 1 Points +. And it still has all the flavors that are expected, just altered a bit to make it healthier. Not only does it make a fantastic sauce for steak, chicken or seafood, it is also an amazing marinade. It’s so intensely flavored, yet so bright and refreshing. This Weight Watchers Chimichurri Recipe has now become a staple in my house. Enjoy!
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!
This Cumin Spiced Tomato Salad Recipe is one of my go to dishes whenever I have tomatoes that I need to use before they go bad. It’s quick, simple, and oh so delicious. The cumin and garlic bring out the delicate acidity of the tomato, and the salt brings it to life. Not only is this dish tasty as a salad, but it also makes a great, low calorie topper for steak, chick or fish. I’ve even put it on top of some plain brown rice, and it was incredible. And at just 2 Points + per serving, this easy tomato salad is the perfect addition to just about any Weight Watchers meal. 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!
A great idea for a quick weeknight dinner, this Green Olive Chicken Recipe is a one skillet dish and requires very minimal prep. Each 4 Points + serving is full of fantastic flavors. It’s also loaded with veggies and protein and makes great for leftovers the next day. If you want to bulk it up a bit more, try serving over some high fiber pasta or brown rice (but make sure to factor in the extra Points!). Or, serve over some 0 calorie Miracle Noodles for NO additional calories or Points.
If you need a tasty, yet healthy idea for a Hanukkah party appetizer (or any holiday party!), this delicious Olive and Mushroom Tapenade Recipe will have your guests squealing with delight. Incredibly flavorful but light, each 1/4 cup serving has just 2 Points +. And I LOVE the addition of almonds which gives it a sightly more coarse texture and adds a very mild hint of sweetness…oh so yummy. You can serve the mushroom olive tapenade alongside crusty bread with goat cheese, grilled vegetables or chicken, or even toss it with some 0 calorie Miracle Noodles or another high fiber, low calorie pasta for an amazing meal. I especially love serving this at Hanukkah because it does have some oil, but it has so much less than all the latkes and other traditional oily foods. Plus, it’s delicious and unique, and no one has any idea that it’s Weight Watchers friendly. There are days when I will just make this for myself and dip some raw veggies into it as my evening snack while catching up on my DVR. Enjoy!
Traditionally, a tomato based cold soup made with raw vegetables, this version calls for roasting or grilling the vegetables first, to add a delicious smoky flavor. Light and refreshing this Roasted Tomato Gazpacho is just 1 Points + for a cup and is jam packed with fiber, antioxidants and Vitamin C. It’s so flavorful and satisfying and goes great with your favorite salad or sandwich. The first time I made this, I served it in little cups as an appetizer for a party…and it was a huge hit! This is a super tasty way to get your veggie servings in too. Enjoy!