It’s Cinco de Mayo, and I’ve got nothing but Mexican food on my mind today! So, I’m sharing my favorite, super easy, authentic pico de gallo recipe. Not only do I use this 0 Smart points dish as a dip for tortilla chips, but I use it to top many other foods as well…chicken, fish, salads, sandwiches. My husband will even eat it straight up with a spoon! It may take a few attempts for you to customize this salsa recipe, and have it adjusted to your specific tastes. If you like it spicy, you may want to add a bit more jalapeño and garlic. If you want a slightly sweeter flavor, you may prefer red onion. But you really can’t go wrong with this…experimenting with the recipe is fun and delicious! My kids eat it a lot, so this is my mild version. It tastes so fresh and flavorful, I just can’t ever get enough of it. Good thing it’s 0 Points! Now, if we could just do something about those tortilla chips…
I love fresh fruit, but I really like fresh fruit with a yogurt dip. The first dip that I made was quite a few years ago and it was half cream cheese and half marshmallow crème. Don’t get me wrong – it tasted great, but the next weekend we had a friend come to visit who has diabetes. It meant that the recipe got it’s first makeover. It became half cream cheese and half yogurt with a little vanilla and honey to taste. It’s still just as good but it’s not nearly as unhealthy. This one is just slightly different. I skipped the cream cheese and used a little peanut butter instead. It’s perfect for things like bananas and apples that go so well with peanut butter to begin with. You can also switch out the peanut butter for almond butter or sun butter if you need to – it’s just as good. A lot depends on the yogurt. I have a favorite honey vanilla yogurt that I use and then I don’t bother adding more vanilla and honey. If I’ve got it handy, I’ll use powdered peanut butter (just reconstitute it first). It cuts the fat down, but still gives you protein and flavor. It’s a great snack – for adults and kids. And it’s something the kids can help to make before chowing down.
I don’t know about you guys, but whenever I go to IKEA, I get excited beyond a normal amount, to hit up their cafe and indulge in those amazing Swedish meatballs! There’s just something about them that tastes soon good and soon comforting. Of course, I know that they are not the healthiest fare, which is why I decided to create a more nutritional version at home. Also, sometimes, I’m just lazy. And I don’t always feel like making meatballs. So I thought that maybe I could do a sauté version that would be just as tasty, but super easy. And it was a great success! I served it over some egg noodles, and the kids, the husband, and I all loved it. Super easy and suer delicious. Though next time, I’ve gotta make sure I get some IKEA Lingonberry sauce to serve with it, because it’s just not the same without it. Enjoy!
One of my all time favorite Weight Watchers quinoa recipes is this super easy Quinoa Salad with Tahini Dressing — it’s to die for! Admittedly, I’m pleasantly surprised my kids really enjoyed this dish…my son even took leftovers for lunch! And at just 6 Points +, it’s a really satisfying summer side dish that is lovely and absolutely delicious. If you are already a fan of quinoa or a newcomer looking for some fantastic quinoa recipe ideas, this dish is a great one to try! I love the variety of textures, and the lemony tahini dressing just pulls it all together so beautifully. I’ve also made this with the addition of cucumbers, roasted zucchini, cauliflower and eggplant too, and it is fabulous. Enjoy!
Mushrooms in wine sauce are a fabulous way to really spruce up your meat. It makes it look like you put a lot of time and effort into making a really fancy dish, when in reality, you just spent five minutes tossing it all in a pan. I love recipes like that. They are perfect for dinner parties, date nights, or just adding a little bit of class to dinner. This mushroom in wine sauce recipe uses white wine, but if you’re nonalcoholic, you can use chicken broth or vegetable broth just as easily. The sage and taragon add a wonderful woodsy flavor to the sauce. It’s perfect on chicken breast or pork chops, or you can easy put it over steamed rice. It uses dried herbs, but I added a 1/2 tsp of chopped parsley when I garnished mine – just to make it look pretty.
When I need something to snack on, I try to reach for fresh, raw vegetables. Mainly because they are incredibly good for me, but also because their high fiber content can fill me up and prevent me from getting down and dirty with a not so Weight Watchers friendly food. So when you eat fresh veggies as much as I do, you are constantly on the lookout for delicious, exciting, and low calorie dips to dunk them in. And this Red Pepper and Eggplant Dip Recipe has become one of my favorites! The roasted bell peppers and eggplant add a lovely smokey flavor, while the garlic and lemon juice tie it all together with a brilliant zing. And each 1/3 cup serving is just 2 Points Plus, so I don’t need to feel guilty about my heavy dipping. This Red Pepper and Eggplant Dip makes a fantastic dunk for not only fresh veggies, but pita wedges, crackers, cheese…just about anything, really. You can also smother roasted vegetables or meats with it too, if you are looking for a way to give those foods an extra kick. You really can’t go wrong with such a light and healthy dip!
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.
When cooking family meals, I always have to take into consideration my kids likes and dislikes. This can be tedious, but it forces me to come up with new and creative foods that not only please my kids, but that my husband and I find delicious. A recent hit was this this Ground Turkey Patties with Tahini Yogurt Sauce Recipe. The turkey was quite moist and tender, and the creamy yogurt tahini sauce was absolutely delicious. I’ve never had tahini combined with yogurt before, so this was new to me, and I found it to be fantastic. My husband and I ate our patties over a bed of lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers with a lemon vinaigrette and then topped with the yogurt tahini, my daughter ate her patties dipped straight into the tahini yogurt sauce, and my son enjoyed his stuffed into a pita pocket with the sauce, and some of the salad that my husband and I used. So as you can see, it’s a pretty versatile dish. Each 3 patty serving, with sauce, is just 4 Points +, making this a wonderfully light meal choice. Though this recipe states it makes 6 servings, it is a small serving, so you may end up choosing extra 1 or 1/2 a serving to feel really satisfied. Enjoy!
I am always looking to get more fish into my diet, but quite honestly, I often don’t like the actual taste of fish. If you’ve been following my blog long enough, you may have heard me mention before that I almost always try to prepare the fish with some type of bold sauce or flavor paying so as to distract from the fishy taste of the fish. In this Roasted Salmon with Basil Mint Sauce Recipe, the decadent sauce does just that. It’s fresh, tangy, slightly creamy, and absolutely perfect on top of the salmon. I actually got this idea at a favorite local restaurant, and tried my best to create a similar, more healthy version. At just 7 Points +, this Weight Watchers Salmon recipe offers a great way to eat a healthy fish dish, with zero guilt. Pair with some roasted vegetables or low Points Plus soup for a complete meal. Enjoy!
While it may officially be fall, we’ve been having a heat wave here in Southern California, so I’ve been doing my best to take advantage of last minute summer grilling! One of my easiest, healthiest, and most delicious Weight Watchers grilling recipes is this Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa. The creaminess of the avocado and the moist, buttery avocado are a perfect contrast to the tangy lime and spicy jalapeño. The flavors are bold and delicious, yet this healthy meal is only 8 Points + per serving. Pair it with steamed brown rice or quinoa and roasted vegetables for a complete meal.