Lately, my kids have been really into carrots. And when they are on a roll with a vegetable, I ride that wave as long as I can! So in an effort to keep the carrots coming, I’ve been experimenting with some tasty new ways to prepare them. And at recent Shabbat dinner at a close friend’s house, she introduced me to this amazing Cumin Lime Carrot Salad dish. It was so light and delicious and made a perfect low calorie side dish. Each bite offers the zing of the salty, lime vinaigrette with the balance of the sweet carrots. The kick of garlic and cumin add a wonderful boost of flavor! I also love that this is such an easy salad to throw together, and the colors look absolutely gorgeous. The carrots are cooked until just tender – you’ve gotta be careful not to overcook them, or your salad will be mush. Adding the lime juice and spices while the carrots are still warm allow them to really penetrate the carrots, making for one seriously delicious salad.
This Light Beef Bolognese Recipe, is without a doubt, my absolute favorite Weight Watchers bolognese, EVER. It was inspired by the ONE and ONLY time my husband actually cooked for me…Valentine’s Day 2011. Though my man never steps for in the kitchen, the one time he did, he knocked it out of the park. And he knows that, for me, nothing says “I love you” like a big bowl of thick, meaty, decadent bolognese. He spent days researching bolognese recipes online, and he ended up creating the most delicious one I’ve ever had. So of course, I worked hard to duplicate that amazing flavor in a lower fat, Weight Watchers version. And my success was tremendous! My healthier bolognese is absolutely incredible….and it has become a regular in our dinner rotations. At 8 Points + per serving, you’ll get an amazing bolognese that tastes so good, you’ll never know you are eating healthier. This is a MUST MAKE.
Forgot to plan dinner tonight? If so, this easy Sweet Balsamic Chicken Recipe is the way to go! It’s a super easy chicken dish with ingredients that you most likely have on hand. It can be prepared quickly and delivers a wonderfully moist, tender chicken that is incredibly flavorful. The sweetness of the vanilla and orange are a wonderful contrast to the rich tang of the balsamic. And when the chicken soaks up the incredible flavors from sauce while cooking, the result is a wonderful Weight Watchers chicken recipe that the whole family will enjoy. In a pinch, I’ve used red onions instead of shallots, honey instead of brown sugar, and fresh squeezed orange juice instead of store bought…all resulted in a great dish. I like to add in some chopped vegetables with the chicken and the sauce before cooking, and then serve over some whole wheat couscous….it’s AMAZING, and a great way to give those veggie servings some serious flavor.
Combine fresh cherry tomatoes and whole milk mozzarella with peppery arugula for a light and easy Weight Watchers Salad Recipe that is as delicious as it is lovely. This low calorie dish literally takes no more than 5 minutes to make, and it makes such a pretty and flavorful side salad that can accompany a variety of meals. The fresh and mild mozzarella goes wonderfully with the acidity of the fresh tomatoes, and tang of the vinaigrette…and it’s all balanced on a bed of piquant arugula leaves. You can even toss in a handful of fresh basil leaves for an added boost of flavor, if you’d like. Each serving is just 3 Points +, so this is a great way to add some extra pizzaz to your meal without using up a lot of those precious Points.
Nothing quite says comfort food like mac and cheese. The combination of carbs and cheese is just absolutely irresistible to me, and I cannot deny it to myself. So to keep myself from indulging on the high fat restaurant versions of mac and cheese, I created this Three Cheese Baked Mac and Cheese Recipe that is every bit as decadent as a gourmet version, but for a lot less Points. Each serving is just 6 Points plus! By using all whole wheat carbs, I was able to amp up the protein and fiber. And the addition of spinach gives it some added nutrition and flavor. I wanted this Weight Watchers mac and cheese recipe to have a mild flavor, so I chose fontina cheese as the base, because I like its delicate, slightly nutty flavor. You could definitely substitute that with a mozzarella or other type of cheese, if you’d like. The crunch of the Panko on top gives it some added texture and a boost of flavor too. This is definitely a satisfying serving that leaves you feeling very content and your carb/cheese craving tames…for now at least. :) Enjoy!
This incredibly easy Coconut Garlic Chicken Recipe has become my new, favorite go-to chicken recipe when I need a fast and simple Weight Watchers Dinner that tastes unbelievably delicious, while only using a handful of ingredients. A friend of mine, who is Filipino and an amazing cook, told me about this chicken dish that his mom used make for him that made his mouth water every time he thought about it. Of course, I harassed him for the recipe, and made him call his mom to find out what was in it. She didn’t give me an exact recipe, but listed the ingredients. When reviewing just these few simple ingredients, I was admittedly skeptical that this was going to be such a “mouth-watering” dish as my friend had touted. But I played around with the ingredients, and after a few attempts, the end result was this UNBELIEVABLY delicious chicken that was not only a healthy and low Points recipe at just 5 Points + per serving, but it was one of the quickest and easiest chicken recipes I’ve ever made. You get a mild sweet, coconut flavor with a hint of acidity and a savory garlic taste. Total perfection. I served it over some steamed brown rice, which soaked up that extra sauce, and some roasted asparagus for one seriously tasty dinner. I will absolutely be making this dish again and again!
I love pasta dinner nights at home, because that usually means I’m going to have fun finding some new way to add more vegetables to my pasta dish in order to bulk it up and use less carb-heavy noodles. This Spinach, Mushroom, and Caramelized Onion Pasta Recipe uses caramelized onions, which adds a mildly sweet and smoky flavor, and the spinach and mushrooms contributes a wonderful earthiness. Top all this off with a creamy, Parmesan sauce and you’ve got one fantastic Weight Watchers Vegetarian Pasta Recipe that clocks in at just 7 Points + for each hearty serving. This dish was a huge hit with my picky husband, so I’ll be making this one again and again. Enjoy!
I have recently created my new, most favorite Weight Watchers Salmon Recipe ever….this Almond Breaded Salmon is nothing short of mouth-watering perfection. The tender and moist salmon is topped with a lemony, buttery almond based breading that literally just melts in your mouth. For the breading, I used a combination of almond meal (which I found at Trader Joe’s) and panko breadcrumbs for an incredibly soft, nutty coating, that is loaded with fiber and heart healthy fats. If you can’t find almond meal, just place whole, raw almonds in a food processor, and process until they become breadcrumb-like in texture. Each of serving is just 7 Points +, so serve it with some roasted veggies and/or a light salad or a soup for a very satisfying meal. This Almond Breaded Salmon is a must make!
Here’s one of my favorite Weight Watchers Vegetarian Recipes for those days when I want a really filling and satisfying dish that is equally delicious. These Lentil Fritters are crisped on the outside, and soft and warm on the inside. They are served on a bed of fresh, sweet and tangy cabbage slaw and topped with a cool creamy, cucumber yogurt sauce. Packed with an incredible amount of fiber and protein, these lentil fritters come out to just 5 Points plus per serving! They are a bit time consuming to make, but you can cut some of the prep work out and used canned lentils, if you prefer. But it is well worth the effort – they are fantastic!
I have always been a fan of Jamie Oliver, so when I came across his unique Chicken in Milk Recipe, I was eager to give it a try and see if I could make more of a Weight Watchers chicken recipe. It’s a really simple dish that requires just a handful of ingredients. Yet the combination of all the flavors and textures really creates a mouthwatering result. One thing I want to point out is that the milk WILL and is SUPPOSED to curdle from the lemon zest. It makes the sauce look a little funny, but taste oh so good. I made this milk chicken with both chicken thighs and breasts because my family has different meat preferences, but to keep it lighter, you can stick with just the breasts. Serve this chicken and the sauce over wilted greens or potatoes, making sure to utilize that delicious, milky broth!
These Light Italian Meatballs are my go-to meatball recipe for whenever I am craving traditional Italian food. They key here is the extra lean ground beef. This makes a dramatic difference in the Points Plus value. Cutting down on all that fat in the ground beef, allows for the addition of grated Parmesan cheese mixed into the meat. This makes for an unbelievably good Italian meatball. I used jarred marinara or spaghetti sauce when I’m pressed for time and to keep it super easy, but you could make your own from scratch if you prefer. At just 5 Points + for each 5 meatball serving, this Italian Weight Watchers Recipe is a dream come true. I will often make large batches and freeze them to have on hand later for a quick Italian meatball sandwich for lunch – yum! These Light Italian Meatballs are a HUGE hit with my family, and I highly recommend giving them a try.
I honestly don’t think I’ll ever tire of roasted eggplants and Tahini. The favor combination is incredible and it’s an incredibly healthy dish. Craving more of a meal, I took one of my favorite Weight Watchers Side Dish Recipes and turned it into a wrap with the simple addition of a Flat Out flatbread and some fresh lettuce. It was sooooooo good! And all the fiber made this very filling and satisfying for just 5 Points +. I had one of these Egglant Tahini Wraps with a light spinach salad for lunch and was content until dinner time. This is truly a delicious and easy wrap recipe that I will definitely be making again and again.