Happy 2014 everyone!! I’m sure you are all working hard on those New Year’s Resolutions and are ready to make this year, the year to reach those weight loss goals! Well, I’m right there with ya. So to kick off my first recipe of the new year, I’m sharing a recipe for those who like big, satisfying portions – my Mexican Chicken Spaghetti Squash Bowl Recipe. Spaghetti squash is truly a wonderful and versatile vegetable to work with if you are looking to cut carbs, not portions. By using spaghetti squash noodles in place of pasta or rice, you can create a much healthier dish with less Weight Watchers Points Plus. Recently one day, when on a quest to satisfy my urge for a huge chicken taco bowl, I got the idea to make one using spaghetti squash in place of the rice. I had never used spaghetti squash in anything other than Italian-style recipes, so I wasn’t sure what it would taste like. But the promise of a big, hearty dish of my favorite Mexican flavors for just a handful of Weight Watchers Points made me willing to give it a try. I am so glad I did, because WOW, was it GOOD! Spaghetti squash doesn’t quite taste like rice, so the flavor was slightly different than a traditional Mexican-style rice bowl, but the squash is very mild and mostly takes on the flavor of whatever you are cooking it with, so it was still delicious. In fact, I actually really liked the slight crunch of the squash “noodles”. And the portion size was AWESOME. For just 5 Points +, this Mexican Chicken Spaghetti Squash Bowl is definitely a winner!!
Well, here we are…my last recipe post of 2013. I CANNOT believe a whole year has flown by already! And I know that for many of us, the start of the new year means the start (or re-start) of a new healthy eating and weight loss plan. So, as we say goodbye to 2013, let me leave you with this delicious Coconut Lime Chicken Soup Recipe that is sure to warm you up on a cold winter’s day. Soup is a GREAT food to help fill you up without using a lot of Weight Watchers Points, and I always like to try and eat some before going to a big party/dinner/event where I will be tempted by lots of yummy, high fat foods. I love this Coconut Lime Chicken Soup because it is so incredibly flavorful and fresh while still tasting light and revitalizing. And each serving is just 3 Points +! Have a nice sized bowl of this with your favorite salad for a light and healthy lunch, or serve it as an appetizer before dinner to help satiate your appetite. It’s absolutely delicious and very easy to prepare. The serrano peppers can make it a bit spicy, so if you’d prefer it less spicy, just use one or half of one. Enjoy!
And since I won’t be posting again until next year, I want to take a moment thank you all for an incredible 2013….I’m so glad that we all have each other to support and encourage through the struggle of weight loss, as it can seem an insurmountable task to accomplish alone. You have all been an incredible inspiration to me, and I am happy to be able to share my recipes with such a fabulous group of readers. I wish you all a safe and healthy New Year’s! Here’s to a wonderful new year…2014….LET’S DO THIS!!!!!
Happy New Year, everyone!!!
Today’s Fabulous Food Find was a recent discovery from my local Costco, and boy am I ever glad I found it!! Green Chopsticks Authentic Chicken Potstickers are not only incredibly tasty, they are just 4 Points + for 4 pieces! And these are NOT bite-sized potstickers, mmmkay? They are very nicely sized! Perfect for when you want to make a meal in mere minutes and/or for when you are having a serious potsticker craving but don’t want to go overboard on your Points Plus. Just toss these into rapidly boiling water, and they are ready in just 3-4 minutes. Serve them paired with a salad, roasted veggies or in a soup. I make a fabulous gyoza dipping sauce, that takes just a minute to throw together, and seat them with that….sooooooooo good! So the next time you are at Costo, keep an eye out for these babies! Also, checkout their website or Facebook page to see where else you can buy them.
In an effort to “detox” my body this week for the holiday eating I indulged in, I’m making an effort to eat mostly low carb/high protein, and as little processed food as possible. One dish that will be on my menu is this Chicken and Garbanzo Bean Pesto Salad Recipe for just 6 Points +. Not only is it super easy to make, but it’s a great way to utilize leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken, and with all the protein and fiber, it’s a pretty satisfying salad. The basil pesto dressing adds a lovely and bold flavor without needing to use too much of it, which is great for helping to keep the Points low. Pair this Chicken and Garbanzo Bean Pesto Salad with your favorite low calorie soup or a roll or baked potato to make it a complete and very filling meal. Enjoy!
Nothing says classic American comfort food to me like a homemade chicken pot pie. It’s so hearty and filling, and always feels good on a chilly fall or winter day. But traditional chicken pot pie recipes can be pretty high in fat and calories. By making a few changes and using a reduced fat crescent roll dough for the crust, I was able to create a chicken pot pie recipe that clocks in at just 4 Points + per serving and tastes every bit as good as it’s more fattening version. My husband absolutely loved this Weight Watchers recipe, and I take that as the ultimate success indicator, since he is pretty picky. I made this originally as a 6 serving recipe at 4 Points + per serving, but if you want a bigger piece of the pie, you can make it 4 servings for 6 Points + per serving. Either way, this low calorie Chicken Pot Pie Recipe is a fantastic bargain. Enjoy!
Ahhhhh…spaghetti squash. I was introduced to the awesomeness of this vegetable many years ago, and we’ve had many happy meals together since. Today, I’m sharing my Spaghetti Squash and Sausage Bake Recipe, which features my favorite squash and utilizes it to create a creamy, cheesy and satisfying dish that is absolutely delicious. I added in some chicken sausage for extra flavor and added protein. It takes a bit more time to make, simply because the squash needs to be roasted beforehand, but it’s well worth the effort. If you are really pressed for time, you can microwave the squash fully, instead of roasting it. I prefer the roasted flavor, but the microwave option works just fine. Using the squash instead of pasta noodles saves a ton of Weight Watchers Points, and offers a lot of extra nutritional benefits as well. Plus, it just tastes delightful! This Spaghetti Squash and Sausage Bake was rich, velvety, cheesy, and everything I had hoped for…and all for just 4 Points + per serving.
This recipe was created recently one evening, towards the end of a week from hell. Both of my kids and my husband were sick, we just had family who was visiting leave, so the house was a mess, and I hadn’t meal planned, so I had to fly by the seat of my pants when putting together dinner. I had just a few staples lying around, so I decided to create this easy, yet delicious Green Olive and Lemon Chicken Recipe. It came out to just 4 Points +, and it was absolutely delectable. The perfect amount of tang from the lemons, and just the right saltiness from the olives. Low in carbohydrates and high in protein, it was also very satisfying. I was lazy and didn’t halve my olives, but I suggest doing that so that the olive flavor can be more evenly distributed. It was so good, and so easy, it’ll definitely be added into my regular meal rotation. Enjoy!
Living in Southern California, I am constantly exposed to endless amounts of the most fantastic Mexican food. But to keep myself from going overboard on the calories and fat that these delicious foods come with, I often make my own, healthier, Weight Watchers version at home. This Crock Pot Chicken Verde Tacos Recipe is one of my staples…it’s sooooo easy, requires minimal prep, and is ridiculously delicious. And it’s very versatile too — you can play around with a variety of toppings, or serve over rice, instead of the tortilla, for a more substantial dish. I’ll even serve it over a bed of fresh greens for a light and delicious Mexican salad. It’s really such a fantastic, reliable recipe that you can’t go wrong with. And 9 Points + for two loaded tacos is a pretty good bargain. The chicken and bean mixture does make a lot, so if you wanted to spread this out to 6 servings (12 tacos in total), you absolutely could. Though, you would need to factor in four more tortillas. This easy Crock Pot Chicken Verde Tacos Recipe is a must try for any Weight Watchers who love low calorie Mexican food recipes.
This Roasted Citrus Herb Chicken Recipe is a lovely dish that is simple enough for a casual weeknight dinner and elegant enough for a dinner party. Best of all, it is moist, juicy, perfectly flavored, and just 4 Points + per serving. I will often add chicken drumsticks and thighs into this recipe too, but keep in mind that the Points Plus value is only for the chicken breasts. The thighs and drumsticks would most likely be an extra Point or two. But it’s great if you are serving a lot of people and want to present a variety of different cuts of chicken. Serve over some brown rice along with some fresh roasted vegetables or a baked potato for a complete meal. But if you want a delicious and flavorful Weight Watchers Chicken Recipe that is so simple to prepare and is really low in Points, then my Roasted Citrus Herb Chicken is an excellent option. 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.
As school starts up, and we say goodbye to these last few days of summer, my mind has already kicked in gear for fall foods. And this Chicken and Quinoa Meatball Stew Recipe is the perfect way to kick off the season. The meatballs in this dish are made with ground chicken and cooked quinoa (I used red quinoa because that’s what I had on hand, but regular quinoa works just fine), then seasoned with dry onion soup mix. The quinoa helps add volume and lots of extra nutrients to the meatballs, and is a great alternative to traditional breadcrumbs. The stew itself is simple, yet flavorful, and the potatoes make it feel so hearty and filling. It’s a low calorie stew recipe that’s big and tasty enough to satisfy, yet is light enough to not feel like cement in your stomach. And each nicely sized serving is just 6 Points +. My Chicken and Quinoa Meatball Stew was a total hit, and now I am in love with the idea of quinoa in meatballs!