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.
Peanut Butter and chocolate lovers are going to LOVE today’s Fabulous Food Find. It’s PB2’s new version of powdered peanut butter with premium chocolate for just 1 Points +! Now, I know the idea of peanut butter in powdered form may have you raising an eyebrow…I did too…until I tasted it. 2 tablespoons of the powdered mix, combined with water to create a delicious, creamy and decadent chocolate peanut butter blend. Spread it on toast, fruits, veggies…the possibilities are endless. You can use Chocolate PB2 with just about any other form of liquid, like shakes and smoothies, and you can use it in baking or cooking too. It’s incredibly versatile! And at just 1 Points Plus per serving, Chocolate PB2 is a dream come true.
I usually prefer a lemon juice or vinegar based salad dressing, but somedays, I just need something good and creamy, and this new Cilantro Avocado Yogurt Dressing from Bolthouse Farms is perfect! It’s so creamy, fresh and flavorful, and yet still very low in Weight Watchers Points – each 2 tbsp serving is just 1 Points Plus! And my favorite part is that the ingredients list is all natural, so the taste is pure and delicious. They have tons of other flavors too, most of which I’ve tried, and they are all fantastic. But the Cilantro Avocado and Mango Chipotle are their newest (I haven’t tried the Mango Chipotle yet, but it’s on my grocery list!). If you are looking for a delicious way to smother your greens in creamy, heavenly goodness, then pick up a bottle asap!
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.
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!