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!
Oh, how I love sauces. The first time I had a homemade chimichurri sauce, I was blown away at the incredible, savory flavors it had, and how it really enhanced the flavor of my steak. My husband is also a big fan if chimichurri sauce, so I decided it was time to start making it at home more often. Even though the main ingredients in a traditional chimichurri recipeare practically calorie free, the substantial amount of oil thatmost recipes use end of making the sauce laden with extra fat. Thus making it pretty high is Weight Watchers Points. And when you are using a good chunk of your Points Plus on steak, the last thing you want to do is double that with an oily sauce. However, my light chimichurri sauce recipe has eliminated that concern. Each 2 tbsp serving is just 1 Points +. And it still has all the flavors that are expected, just altered a bit to make it healthier. Not only does it make a fantastic sauce for steak, chicken or seafood, it is also an amazing marinade. It’s so intensely flavored, yet so bright and refreshing. This Weight Watchers Chimichurri Recipe has now become a staple in my house. Enjoy!
Looking for a fun and tasty new cauliflower recipe? Try these Cauliflower Steaks with Creamy Siracha Aoili…they are AMAZING. I could not stop eating them! The mild flavor of the cauliflower is kicked up a notch with a creamy siracha aioli that takes just minutes to make. And each serving is just 1 Points + making this an excellent Weight Watchers side dish recipe that looks beautiful and is quite nutritious. So if you are in need of a new way to add some zing to your veggies, give this Cauliflower Steaks with Creamy Siracha Aoili Recipe a try.You might be surprised at how many vegetables you are willing to consume with such an amazing sauce topping them. Enjoy!
If you like their delicious Greek yogurt, you will flip for Fage’s new Total Authentic Greek Tzatziki Sauce with just 1 Weight Watchers Points Plus per each 2 tbs serving! Now, I’m not Greek, so I’m not an authority on authentic Tzatziki sauce, but let me tell you, this was delicious. It makes a wonderful dip for bread, chips, or veggies, and also tastes amazing served over meats and fish. There is really so much you can do with Fage Tzatziki sauce, it’s not even funny. For those of you who may not be familiar with what Tzatziki sauce is, it’s a Greek yogurt sauce made with cucumbers, garlic, onion and lemon.I found it in the grocery stores a few weeks ago and was so excited, I think I may have actually squealed…loudly. I was so excited to take it home and try it, and I was not disappointed.
I first came across this amazing Cranberry Salsa Recipe at Crafty’s Cafe. Admittedly, I was a bit skeptical at first. But since I adore salsa, I was eager to give it a try. Plus, I thought it would make a really unique Thanksgiving appetizer recipe or Christmas appetizer recipe that would still be Weight Watchers friendly. It sure smelled good while I was making it, and when it was finally ready, I grabbed my favorite baked tortilla chips and dug in. OMG. It was SO good! I seriously could not stop eating it!! It was fresh and flavorful, and also a bit sweet and tart. My version uses lime juice instead of lemon, a bit less sugar and more fresh jalapenos. The flavor combinations worked out perfectly, and the cranberry salsa was a hit. While this makes a perfect festive holiday appetizer or snack, I’ll be making it as often as I can find fresh cranberries at the store. This was truly a fantastic dish and a must try.