Recently, I was fortunate enough to have some family from Israel staying with us for a few weeks over the holidays, and I got to spend a lot of time watching them work magic in the kitchen. My mother-in-law can cook with eggplants like nobody’s business, and I was determined to master her delicious baba ganoush recipe. In case you’ve never heard of baba ganoush, it’s a middle eastern eggplant dip that is one of the most amazing foods I’ve ever had. The base is roasted eggplants, which add a wonderfully smoky flavor, and then it’s blended with tahini paste, mayonnaise, lemon juice and garlic. Traditionally, it’s loaded with mayonnaise and tahini paste which can make it not so Weight Watchers friendly. However, a few tweaks to my mother-in-law’s version, and I created a flipping’ fantastic low calorie baba ganoush for just 1 Points + for a 1/4 cup serving! Use it as a dip for veggies or pita chips, spread it on a sandwich or wrap, or just eat it straight up with a spoon. And it even gets a better flavor sitting in the fridge for a few days. Any way you choose to eat it, I hope you fall in love with this light baba ganoush recipe as much as I have.
If you love garlic aioli, but hate all the cholesterol, fat, and sodium in most traditional aioli, then you will be thrilled to learn about today’s Fabulous Food Find – Garlic Essence Vegan Aioli from Taste of Essence. Aoili is a traditional French sauce made from garlic, lemon juice, egg yolks and olive oil. While there are many variations on the market, I don’t ever recall a Vegan version tasting as amazing as Garlic Essence. Creamy, garlicky, and incredibly rich, it feels and tastes exactly like a traditional aioli, but with less fat and zero cholesterol. Keep reading to learn more….
Shake things up a bit with this Pumpkin Pasta Sauce over your favorite, high fiber pasta instead of traditional marinara. It’s packed with vitamins and minerals and it is so rich and decadent, while still maintaining a light feel. The addition of the pumpkin and sage give it that wonderful, seasonal flavor without being overpowering. Feel free to add in some grilled chicken to bulk it and pack in some more protein. I love to serve this over rotini noodles for the kids, as it’s a great way to get in some extra nutrition without letting them know that they are eating a vegetable. Keep in mind, this Weight Watchers Pumpkin Pasta Sauce Recipe lists the Points + for the sauce ONLY, and does not include the pasta noodles. So, make sure to factor those in. This is an excellent family dinner recipe idea for a busy weeknight, as it can prepared pretty quickly and tastes fantastic.
One of the things I’ve learned over the course of many trips to Israel is the glorious, deliciousness of the eggplant. Growing up, I had never, EVER been served anything with eggplant, and now I am sad about the many years I missed out on. I love cooking eggplant now in a variety of ways, but one of my favorite eggplant recipes is this simple, yet savory Roasted Eggplant with Tahini Sauce Recipe. I love the smoky taste that the eggplant takes on when it’s roasted, and then the amazing and fresh tahini sauce drizzled over the top just makes it absolutely perfect. For those of you who aren’t familiar with tahini, it’s a thick paste made from crushed sesame seeds. Actual tahini sauce, which is used to accompany many middle eastern dishes, is a mixture of tahini paste, lemon juice, garlic, and water. I wish that I could say I was the master of making homemade tahini sauce, but to get the texture just right is a bit of an art form…an art form that I am still trying to perfect. But it is delicious and worth every attempt. These eggplant slices are great as a side dish to your main course, and also work really well as a sandwich topping too (on top of grilled chicken is my FAVORITE!) This tasty, low calorie recipe comes out to just 2 Points + per serving, and is loaded with fiber, making it a wonderful idea for Weight Watchers Recipes. Enjoy!
French fries are AMAZING. We all love them. And if you love them as much as I do, then that’s probably one of the factors that ended up leading you to this blog of Weight Watchers Recipes – because you ate too many of them! But fear not, fellow french fry lovers…today’s Baked Fries with Garlic Cheese Sauce Recipe will have you drooling with excitement at the mere thought of a hearty serving of fries smothered in a creamy cheese sauce. That’s right, these fries are incredibly delicious, and still a Weight Watchers friendly dish at just 5 Points + per serving. The fries are baked, not fried, but tossing then in egg whites first helps get that crunch on the outside, which is key. And the creamy garlic cheese sauce is excellent! This low calorie comfort recipe had me feeling like I was eating my favorite cheese fries at a local amusement park. They were THAT good. Feel free to spice up your fries with some old bay seasoning or chipotle chili powder for some added flavor. But this Baked Fries with Garlic Cheese Sauce Recipe is an absolute must make. Enjoy!
Ok, folks, as you may know (IF you are an avid reader of LaaLoosh), I ADORE hot sauce. I am always on the lookout for the new, tasty versions to try, and over the many years and many bottles I’ve sampled, I’ve only found a handful that have really stolen my heart (and taste buds). And today’s featured Fabulous Food Find, the new Bah BAH Hot Sauce, is one of them. The makers of this new hot sauce got in touch with me and asked if I’d be willing to try their product and give them some feedback. Of course, I was willing and eager! When I read that the makers had Persian roots, I knew Bah BAH (which means Mmmm mmm, btw) was gonna be good, but I honestly had no idea that it was going to be as incredible as it was. And I cannot say enough good things about it…it’s fantastic. I’d had it for a week, and the whole bottle was finished….I could NOT stop eating it! I was literally looking for food, ANY food, that I could use as a vehicle to consume more of this deliciousness. Keep reading to learn more about Bah BAH Hot sauce…
Football season has only just begun, and I’m already fantasizing about all the tasty treats I plan on making for my game day table. And these healthy Baked Onion Rings with Creamy Chipotle Dipping Sauce are sure to be featured (and devoured!). My whole family loved these….even my kids gobbled them up. But the chipotle dipping sauce can get spicy, so I’d suggest keeping that part away from the kiddos. By toasting the panko breadcrumbs a bit before baking the onion rings, you get a really nice crunch to the onion ring. And if you really like a spicy dip, feel free to add more of the chipotles in adobo sauce than what I have listed in the recipe. It’s a bit of work to coat all those onion rings, but boy is it worth it! This healthy dish is a fabulous alternative to traditional fried onion rings.
If you are the type of person who has absolutely no willpower when it comes to portion controlling your guacamole, well, you came to the right blog today. I am utterly OBSESSED with guacamole, and given the right amount of tortilla chips, I could consume some seriously impressive quantities of it. I Just.Can’t.Stop.Eating It. And I make no apologies for this. Guacamole is DELICIOUS. Delicious, people! Now, as I’m sure you know, even though fresh, homemade guacamole is really healthy, it’s also really high in Weight Watchers Points Plus, due to the heart healthy fat in the avocado. Because it is so dangerously delicious, I always avoid it, unless I’m prepared to spend my entire day’s worth of Points in about 10 minutes of dipping. But THEN, the folks (superheroes) over at Wholly Guacamole, who make the most delicious pre-packaged guac, came up with these new, portion controlled mini containers of guacamole that are just 3 Points + each! Keep reading to learn more…
I’m still riding the cauliflower bandwagon like a champ right now. I LOVE cauliflower and I’m finding so many great ways to use it! This Creamy Cauliflower Cheese Pasta Sauce Recipe is no exception…it’s smooth and velvety and makes a wonderful alternative to traditional Alfredo sauce. Don’t get me wrong it doesn’t taste exactly like Alfredo sauce, but it does taste very good. And it’s just 2 Points + per serving! So feel free to smother this stuff on everything from pasta to chicken, and even on roasted vegetables (gotta love veggie on veggie action). It’s so healthy and really quite tasty. In the picture I have posted here, I put it on some Miracle Noodles which didn’t cost me any extra Weight Watchers Points, s it was just 2 Points + for that whole bowl of pasta. Truly a great, low calorie sauce for when I want a lot of something really creamy and cheesy, but don’t want all the extra fat, calories and Points to go with it.
Still plenty of summertime left to fire up that grill and start cooking! On of my favorite Weight Watchers Grilling Recipes is this Grilled Middle Eastern Turkey Kebabs with Cucumber Yogurt Dip. Having been to the Middle East a few times, kebabs are one of the most delicious foods I’ve had there. So I wanted to create my own lighter version, and the results are pretty fantastic. The ground turkey meat is incredibly flavorful, and the cucumber yogurt dip is the perfect complement. It’s hard to believe that each serving is just 6 Points +! Truly a delicious and satisfying meal that will keep you on track with your Weight Watchers goals. So instead of burgers, hot dogs and grilled chicken, give these Grilled Middle Eastern Turkey Kebabs a try instead. Enjoy!
If you are tired of traditional pasta sauces, then you are in for a treat today. This Broccoli Feta Pasta Sauce Recipe is incredibly delicious and full of fresh flavor. And at just 3 Points + for each HUGE 1 cup serving, it’s a great low calorie pasta sauce to top your favorite noodles. It also works great over chicken, rice or a baked potato. I first ate these over Miracle Noodles and it was excellent and very filling. This decadent pasta sauce is a great way to get in your veggie servings, too, as the sauce is mostly broccoli. But surprisingly, it doesn’t have an overwhelming broccoli taste. The feta helps balance it out, delivering a perfectly flavored sauce that is nutritious as well as delicious.
It is a fact that I have a minor obsession with Shrimp Spring Rolls. While I love the roll itself, I am mostly just looking for a vehicle for that delicious peanut dipping sauce they come with! Sooooooo GOOD. Light, fresh, doesn’t involve cooking….perfect for a hot summer’s day lunch. Never thinking that it would be a feat I could conquer, for months, I toyed with the idea of trying to make my own Shrimp Spring Rolls. If I was able to do this, I would be able to have an endless supply of them, readily available at my whim. It was worth a shot. So I got to work and did my best to recreate a healthier, Weight Watchers Shrimp Spring Roll Recipe that would satisfy my craving, yet still be low in Points Plus. And while my rolling and display skills may not be on par with professional Shrimp Spring Roll Maker Guys, the flavor profile I established was on point!! They were absolutely delicious. And the peanut lime dipping sauce was just as tasty as I hoped and prayed it would be. And just 5 Points + for two big spring rolls with sauce! These light, fresh, low calorie Shrimp Spring Rolls make me super happy, and I make them much more often than I care to admit.