Hawaiian Haystacks – 7 Points +

Hawaiian Haystacks

It’s always so wonderful to get together with a group of friends. And, more often than not, that gathering involves food. Hawaiian Haystacks is a great potluck meal. Everyone can bring one ingredient, and in the end you have a wonderful meal. No one is worried or stressed out, and how easy is it to chop up some celery, or cook some rice? Hawaiian Haystacks is also a delicious meal that’s simple to put together for a family meal in the evening. The best part is that you make it however you like. If someone doesn’t like pineapple, they don’t have to have it. It makes this meal completely unique and every bite is just a little different.
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Chicken Bruschetta – 5 Points +

Chicken Bruschetta

When it starts to get this time of year, two things are growing in abundance in the garden – tomatoes and basil. That means its time for garden fresh chicken bruschetta. Bruschetta is a wonderful aromatic dish that has the whole house smelling delicious for hours afterwards. Traditionally, bruschetta is served on fresh french bread, but this recipe doesn’t use french bread. It’s much lower in carbohydrates and points, and you won’t miss the french bread either.

*There was an error in the previous nutrition information. This recipe has been updated.

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Chicken Spring Rolls – 5 Points +

 

I’ll admit, one of the things I miss about not eating wheat is egg rolls. I love the crunchy egg rolls dipped in sweet chili sauce. However, these chicken spring rolls dipped in peanut sauce are just as good, easier to make and healthier as well! You can fill these with any vegetables you like, I used carrots, cucumbers and bell peppers. You can also add mushrooms, lettuce and vermicelli (rice noodles) as well. You can use chicken or shrimp, or leave it out for a vegan option. I cooked my chicken breast in the seasonings, just for a little more flavor, but you can also just slice up leftover grilled chicken breast.

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Roasted Chicken with Lemon, Potatoes & Rosemary – 5 Points +

This recipe was shared with me and it sounded so good that I just had to try it. It’s a delicious twist to the traditional roast chicken. Citrus works so well with chicken, that this is a wonderful addition to any roast chicken. Cooking the chicken and the potatoes is an easy way to have most of the meal prepared in one dish. If you’re someone who doesn’t like the twiggy rosemary – use the same amount of thyme instead. It’ll be just as delicious. I used a whole chicken for this dish, since that’s what I had on hand. It works well with either a whole chicken, or chicken pieces like thighs or legs.

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Gluten Free Turkey Pot Pie – 9 Points +

 

A couple of weeks ago we went hiking on Saturday, and we had cranberry and turkey breast sandwiches (truly delicious, a family favorite after Thanksgiving). I had lots of turkey leftover, so I made a turkey pot pie, but this is a traditional chicken pot pie recipe (you can use chicken or turkey, whatever you happen to have leftover). It was my first try in a long time to make gluten free pie crust and it was a huge success. The crust turned out light and flaky and incredibly delicious. However, gluten free pie crusts are a very tender and can be a little difficult to work with – but this one is worth it. If you don’t need to make it gluten free, just use two prepared 9-inch pie crusts. Or, if you’re short on time, there are prepared gluten free pie crusts you could use as well. This recipe is incredibly tasty and full of flavor – my husband and I both loved it.

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White Chicken Pizza – 7 Points +

White Chicken Pizza

 

Who doesn’t love a relaxed evening with a home made pizza and a movie? Sometimes it’s nice to have a different flavor of pizza. This delicious pizza is perfect for a quick and easy dinner. It goes great with a simple side salad. I make my own gluten free pizza crust, but any crust will work for this one. If you make your own crust, make a double batch. That way you can use one and freeze one for an easy meal later. Wrap the crust in two layers of plastic wrap and one layer of aluminum foil, and it’ll stay fresh for a couple of months in the freezer – that is, if it lasts that long. Don’t be afraid of the cream sauce, it’s very simple to make. Just remember to keep whisking, even if you don’t think it’s working. The flour will clump up once you put the milk in, but if you just keep whisking, a scrumptious creamy garlic sauce will suddenly appear.

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Roasted Chicken Shawarma Recipe – 5 Points +

Roasted Chicken Shawarma Recipe

One of the many things I love about Southern CA is the access to a fantastic selection of international cuisine. And after getting hooked on chicken shawarma from my trips to Israel, it’s pretty easy to get my craving for it satisfied here. However, the restaurant version is not very Weight Watchers friendly. So I decided to make my oven roasted version that still has all the ridiculously delicious flavors of a traditional chicken shawarma recipe, but with a lot less Weight Watchers Points Plus. Making this dish was incredibly easy, and each 2 piece serving of chicken came out to just 5 Points +. I served this chicken straight out of the pan, but I also like to slice it into thin strips, and stuff it into a pita with some tahini, or feta cheese, and some of Israeli cucumber salad….sooooooo GOOD! This Roasted Chicken Shawarma Recipe is a MUST try!

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Chicken Waldorf Salad – 5 points +

Chicken Waldorf Salad WrapOne of my (and my husband’s) favorite Sunday dinners is roast chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy. My husband loves it because it’s tradition and he loves potatoes and gravy. I love it because it’s delicious, but also because I end up with lots of leftover chicken to use in other delicious things throughout the week. One of those delicious things, and one that I’ve been enjoying for lunch the last couple of weeks, is this Chicken Waldorf Salad. It’s perfect by itself, but you can also have it wrapped in a large lettuce leaf or a whole grain tortilla or pita pocket. This recipes makes lots of it, which means it’s perfect to keep in the fridge for a quick lunch during the week. Any type of leftover chicken will work — roast, grilled, baked, white meat or dark meat. If you have any leftover chicken, try this delicious, simple and easy salad.

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Oven Fried Chicken Strips – 6 Points +

Oven Fried Chicken Strips

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 – 6 Points +

Oven fried chicken strips are an easy, tasty and healthy alternative to the traditional dish.

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a shallow bowl combine breadcrumbs, cheese, and chicken seasoning, mix well.
  3. In a second shallow bowl add buttermilk.
  4. Slice chicken breasts into 3 strips each.
  5. Dip chicken strips into buttermilk first and let excess drip off before dipping into dry mixture.
  6. Dip chicken strips into dry mixture making sure to coat all of the strips with the dry mixture.
  7. Spray a shallow baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  8. 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)

Calories: 253

Fat: 5

Protein: 31

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

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Oven Fried Chicken Breast – 8 Points +

Oven Fried Chicken Breast

I never would have believed that “fried” chicken could be delicious if it were baked. But I was certainly incorrect. I tried several oven fried chicken breast recipes and this is one of my favorites. I prepared it with a serving of low-sodium chicken flavored Stove Top stuffing. If you use the Stove Top, you will need to add 3 Points + to the meal. I have served this dish with steamed broccoli or yellow squash instead of the stuffing on other occasions.

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Knock Off Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich Recipe – 7 Points +

Knock Off Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich

I’m just going to get right to the point here, Chick-fil-A is flippin’ delicious. There’s just something about how perfectly moist, juicy and seasoned their fried chicken sandwich is, that I just cannot control myself when I’m in there. That’s why I never go. :(. So I decided to scour the Internet and see if I could find a copycat version that was more Weight Watchers friendly. And after a few trials, errors and tweaks, I finally came up with the perfect version. You can save another Point or two by using a sandwich thin instead of a traditional bun, if you’d like. But 7 Points + per sandwich is still a great bargain in comparison to the restaurant version. I’m sorry that I didn’t get a chance to dress up the sandwich more for the picture, but it smelled soon incredible, and my family and I were all dying to eat it! So, the photo shows just the bare bones. But I recommend serving it with some pickle slices, lettuce, tomatoes and onions. Yum!

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Cashew Chicken with Zucchini Noodles Recipe – 8 Points +

Cashew Chicken with Zucchini Noodles

Cashew chicken has always been one of my favorite Chinese food recipes. But the restaurant version is waaaayyy too high in Weight Watchers Points. So I made my own healthier version, and I bulked it up with lots of extra veggies. I also decided to utilize my zucchini spiralizer again, and added zucchini noodles to this dish. It was SOOOO good! Each serving was huge, and very satisfying. If you want to shave off an extra Point or two, you could less cashews, but I like to splurge a bit on this, because it’s really what gives the dish it’s flavor (and name!). If you are a fan of Chinese fast food, then this Weight Watchers Cashew Chicken is a must try! Enjoy.

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