Quinoa Pilaf – 6 Points +

Quinoa Pilaf

This time of year, there are fresh cranberries readily available. This means that I get to start putting cranberries into 9/10ths of my recipes! This quinoa pilaf was the first one I wanted to try. I really like quinoa. It’s gluten free, it’s easy, delicious and a nutritious option. I like to cook up a batch of it in my rice cooker and then store it in the fridge to have it for quick lunches the rest of the week. It’s fabulous with an orange mint dressing and some diced chicken. Just toss, heat and eat. This quinoa pilaf is easy to put together, but it’s much better made with fresh quinoa. When you’re cooking the quinoa, add the fresh cranberries so they have time to cook up and burst into the quinoa. It makes the flavor so much better. If you need to use dried cranberries, you can, but make sure they’re unsweetened. All in all, this is a savory and sweet pilaf that’s a great side dish, but it’s almost enough to satisfy my sweet tooth. It’s not really a dessert, but with the cranberry and orange, sweetened with a tiny bit of maple syrup, it’s just enough to satisfy a craving. The best part is that it’s a much better option than chowing down on the cookies, or Hershey’s kisses that are so tempting to me – it’s packed with good nutrition that makes it a better, and more filling, snack choice.
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Cranberry Meatballs – 6 Points +

Cranberry Meatballs

These meatballs are definitely a family favorite. It might seem a little strange with the combination of cranberry and sauerkraut, but trust me, it’s a perfect combination once you get it cooked together. If you don’t care for sauerkraut, you can make this with just plain cabbage instead. I like to mix turkey and ground beef so my meatballs still have enough fat to stay together but they’re a little less greasy that way. I also have made the meatballs and sauce separately. I like to bake my meatballs on a rack so they’re able to drip the fat down into the pan and don’t sit in it. I then just add the sauce and reheat the meatballs before serving. The sweet cranberries with the savory meat is a wonderful combination. I added a wild rice pilaf with vegetables and a simple tossed salad with mine. Delicious!
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Breakfast Muffins – 5 Points +

Breakfast Muffins

I’m someone who isn’t a morning person. I love to eat and cook, but mornings are one of those times that if I’m not really inspired, breakfast is just a chore. Any time that I can find a delicious recipe for breakfast, I’m always excited. I love things that don’t require forethought and these muffins fit the bill. They are tender, moist and delicious. The whole cranberries add a wonderful tart flavor. If you’ve only got dried cranberries, use half of the amount, since dried cranberries add several points to each muffin. The sliced almonds add a little crunch and the whole wheat flour provides whole grain goodness. If you’re concerned about whole wheat products being grainy – make sure you get a whole wheat flour that’s very finely ground. If it’s finely ground, you won’t be able to tell the difference, and you’ll love these wonderful breakfast muffins!

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Turkey with Cranberry Glaze – 3 Points +

Turkey with Cranberry Sauce

Who doesn’t love turkey and cranberries? This wonderful stir fry combines those two flavors with a little flair of Asian. The ginger adds a little spice and the light soy sauce provides a tasty dark and salty flavor. Regular, dark or all purpose soy sauce can be used (all purpose is the most common), but the flavor will be much darker and heavier. This turkey ends up tender and moist each time with the tart and delicious cranberries adding a wonderful color and flavor. It’s quick and easy, and so delicious, you’ll make it again and again.

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Cranberry & Coconut Breakfast Risotto – 9 Points +

I’m someone who loves rice and risotto is a wonderful way to prepare rice. The creamy rice is delicious as a side dish with sauteed mushrooms, onions and garlic. But it’s also wonderfully tasty when you use soy and coconut milk, add some fruit, cinnamon and vanilla to make it for breakfast. This creamy and flavorful breakfast is simple and easy. You can put it in the crock-pot over night, or just make it up ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator. It’s sure to be a meal that everyone will love.

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Pan-Fried Brussel Sprouts with Cranberries, Walnuts and Blue Cheese – 4 Points +

Pan-Fried Brussel Sprouts with Cranberries, Walnuts and Blue Cheese

With the holidays closer than we think, I’m already in the midst of planning my holiday menus. And this Pan-Fried Brussel Sprouts with Cranberries, Walnuts and Blue Cheese Recipe will absolutely be making an appearance on my table this year. It’s such a delicious way to get in those veggie servings, and you get the bonus of the healthy fat and nutrients from the nuts. The sweet dried cranberries, touch of maple syrup, and balsamic vinegar help to take some of the bitterness out of the brussel sprouts too. If you prefer, you could even slice the brussel sprouts thinly, instead of just halving them….this may make it more palatable to the brussel sprout naysayers. So if you haven’t been a fan of brussel sprouts in the past, this may the right recipe to reel you in. But truly, this dish was wonderful, and my husband and I really enjoyed it. Each serving is just 4 Points +, making these Pan-Fried Brussel Sprouts an excellent Weight Watchers Holiday Recipe idea. Enjoy!

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Oriental Cabbage and Cranberry Salad Recipe – 2 Points +

Oriental Cabbage and Cranberry Salad

This basic Oriental Cabbage and Cranberry Salad Recipe tastes so amazing, it’s hard to believe that each serving is just 2 Points + and that it’s so incredibly easy to make. It’s one of my go to salad recipes for when I need a quick prep side dish that doesn’t require a lot of chopping. I buy the cabbage already shredded in a package, so I just dice up some green onions, make the dressing, and let it sit in the fridge until dinner time. My kids love the flavors and don’t realize that they are eating a vegetable. Sometimes I’ll add toasted almonds or edamame for an added nutrition boost, but keep in mind that will increase the Points + value. Truly delicious, my Oriental Cabbage and Cranberry Salad is a favorite around our house. Not only for it’s low Points value, but because it tastes fantastic.

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Kashi Chewy Granola Bars with Chia – 3-4 Points Plus

Kashi Berry Lemonade Kashi Chocolate Almond & Sea Salt

Another fantastic product from Kashi – their new granola bars with Chia! The chia adds a nice healthy dose of ALA omega-3, which is great for your cardiovascular health. And the two amazing flavors that are available (Berry Lemonade and Chocolate Almond & Sea Salt) are absolutely delicious. The lemony tang of the Berry Lemonade was a nice change of pace from most overly sweet granola bars. It’s made with Kashi’s Seven Whole Grains and a “touch of wildflower honey”, and the flavors are perfectly balanced. Each Berry Lemonade bar is just 3 Points Plus and each Chocolate Almond & Sea Salt bar is 4 Points Plus, so these are definitely some very Weight Watchers friendly granola bars. The Chocolate Almond & Sea Salt was also a delicious flavored granola bar, whose slight saltiness was a perfect contrast to the sweet chocolate. So whether you grab one of these Kashi Granola bars with Chia for breakfast, or as a healthy Weight Watchers snack, they are definitely a tasty treat!

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Cranberry Salsa Recipe – 2 Points +

Cranberry Salsa

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.

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Low Fat Cranberry Scones Recipe – 2 Point Total

Low Fat Cranberry Scones

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This delicious Cranberry Scones Recipe is incredibly easy to make. I don’t know why, but I’ve always been intimidated by scones, assuming they were complicated to make. But after whipping up this low points scone, I was thrilled to see how simple it is! Though not an official Weight Watchers Scones Recipe, this is a low calorie treat that anyone who is watching their weight will enjoy and appreciate. The taste is really quite decadent, and I think that most people would never know that these scones are low in fat and calories. With just a 2 Point Total each, add one to your morning tea, or serve after dinner for a sweet snack and yet still stay on track with your weight loss goals. NOTE: This scones recipe also contains a fat free buttermilk recipe that is a fabulous substitute, if you can’t find fat free buttermilk at the grocery store!

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Thanksgiving Cranberry Sauce Recipe – 1 Point Value

Cranberry Sauce

Thanksgiving is truly one of the best holidays ever! It’s ALL about the food. But all that feasting can really wreck havoc on all the hard work you’ve done eating healthy all year. So, this week, I’ve decided to share some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes, made-over to have less calories and fat but still taste delicious. The first in my series of Thanksgiving delights is this amazingly good Weight Watchers Cranberry Sauce recipe. With just 1 Weight Watchers Point per serving, you don’t need to feel any guilt about indulging in this tasty, low calorie cranberry sauce recipe! Give it a try and serve it up on your Thanksgiving table this year.

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