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.
Flavored mayonnaise pretty much rocks my world, and I am always game to trying new flavors! If you haven’t heard about it yet, Kraft has launched a line of reduced fat mayo flavors that were created to offer the amazing tastes of sandwich shop dressings, but with less fat and calories. The whole line of Sandwich Shop Mayo currently has six different, mouth-watering flavors. But beware, the Hot & Spicy and the Twist of Lime flavors are NOT reduced fat and are 3 Points + per serving. However, the reduced fat flavors that are just 1 Points + per serving are Horseradish-Dijon, Chipotle, Garlic & Herb and Steakhouse. I have tried them all and they are fantastic. Though, I’m not a fan of the reduced fat plain mayo they offer. I prefer Vegenaise. But the flavors in the Sandwich Shop versions are much better tasting than the plain. Perfect for Weight Watchers summer grilling recipes, these delicious, low Points + flavored mayos are absolutely worth checking out.
How in the WORLD have I not seen/tried this before?! On a whim, I was browsing the dip/hummus section in Trader Joe’s and came across this Reduced Guilt Chunky Guacamole. Made with Greek yogurt, it boasted just 1 Point for a 2 tbsp serving. Now, I don’t know anyone who can eat just 2 tablespoons of guacamole, but I figured that at just 1 Point per serving, this could definitely offer some major damage control. So I bought a container, and ran home to give it a try. I immediately whipped out my Reduced Fat Tortilla Chips and dug in…it was DELICIOUS! I seriously couldn’t believe how good it was. This ready-made guacamole has less fat and fewer calories than traditional guacamole recipes. Yet it still has that rich and creamy taste that we all want our guacamole to have. Thick, low fat Greek yogurt is combined with chunky avocados, and then tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, a bit of jalapeño, garlic and fresh lime juice round out the flavor without adding unwanted calories and fat.
Serving size is 2 tbsp
Each serving = 1 Points +
PER SERVING: 30 calories; 2g fat; 2g carbohydrates; 1g protein; 1g fiber
Growing up as a kid, my busy parents often fed my sister and I TV dinners…Swanson TV dinners to be exact. I remember them like it was yesterday. Salisbury Steak was often the main entree, and even though I now know better about eating healthy, all I knew back then was that those Salisbury steaks tasted pretty darn good. So, I decided to play around in the kitchen and see if I could make a healthier version that would be tasty enough to bring back my childhood memories of TV dinners, while still keeping the Weight Watchers Points low. I used a few traditional Salisbury steak recipes as my guideline, and then made a lot of healthier changes. I was thrilled with how delicious these turned out! I served them over some good ol’ mashed potatoes and they were a hit. Because each serving is just 3 Points +, I went to won with the mashed potatoes and wasn’t too concerned about letting that have a bit more Points. But next time, I may try them over my Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes to keep the meal Points Plus even lower. But please note that recipe is one of my older ones, and is still based on Weight Watchers old Points system. So if you make it, you’ll need to re-calculate it. I’ve been meaning to get around to updating that one, but haven’t done it yet…sorry about that. But if you were once (or still are!) a fan of Salisbury steaks, this Salisbury Steaks recipe is a must make. Enjoy!
Here’s another easy and delicious way to enjoy some heart healthy salmon…with a fantastic Romesco sauce pour over it! Not only is this an incredibly flavorful salmon recipe that is just 7 Points + per serving, but it’s loaded with nutrients and vitamins too. I used zucchini in the recipe, but you can grill just about any other vegetable you want, if you prefer something different. I’ve made it with eggplants, asparagus and sauteed spinach, and it worked really with all of those. The Romesco sauce is really versatile and would also work well over chicken or eggs. And if you want to spend a few extra points, serve this salmon recipe over a grilled baguette slice…it’s soooooo good! This would make the perfect summer Weight Watchers recipe for that outdoor BBQ, and I definitely recommend giving it a try. it can also be done easily on a grill pan, if it’s too cold or rainy outside to barbeque. Enjoy!
Admittedly, I’m not usually a fan of most Weight Watchers products..I just don’t find most of them to to be tasty enough for my picky palate :). But on a whim, and shopping while hungry (I know, I know…but I was at Walmart…that doesn’t really count), I decided to pick up their new, reduced fat flavored cream cheese spreads. I have tried their other flavors in the past and didn’t really like them very much, but now they have a Whipped Chocolate Cream Cheese Flavor and a Whipped Chocolate Raspberry Cream Cheese. So, I had to get them. Chocolate Raspberry anything gets me every time. But whoah….whoah!! They were really, REALLY good! I spread some of each flavor onto a slice of low calorie toast, and I was surprised by how much I truly liked them. They were sweet and flavorful, and didn’t have that artificial taste I was expecting. And at just 2 Points + per serving, these delicious flavored cream cheeses are the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth for just a handful of Points. Use them as a dip for fruit or pretzels…or as a spread on toast or bagels. In fact, I may have to find a way to incorporate them into some yummy Weight Watchers cheesecake recipe! I definitely recommend giving these a try…they were excellent!
Until recently, I forgot how much I love eating whole artichokes. I’ve been so used to just buying the hearts and using them in one of my Weight Watchers Recipes, that I forgot how fun it is to peel off each petal and dip it into some delicious dipping sauce. So today, I honor the whole, petal covered artichoke with this easy and delicious Steamed Artichoke Recipe with Balsamic Mayo Dipping Sauce. I added some lemon, garlic and a bay leaf to the steaming water which really adds a nice taste to the artichoke. And the dipping sauce took just a minute to make. My husband and I each ate our own artichoke, and we actually even had some dipping sauce leftover. Each serving, including the sauce is just 2 Points +…not bad for a recipe that will give you a lot of mileage at the table. Enjoy!
I’m sure by now you all know about Better’n Peanut Butter, the lower calorie alternative to Peanut Butter. Well, what you may not know, is that they now have it in CHOCOLATE!! Yummy! If you love the flavor combination of chocolate and peanut butter, then this will rock your world. And a 2 tbsp serving is just 2 Points +! It’s also available in a variety of other flavors too: Maple Bacon, Banana, Cinnamon Chocolate, Coconut Chocolate, and Hot Pepper. So now you can get your peanut butter and chocolate craving satisfied for just a couple of Weight Watchers Points. Score!