One of the things that is perfect to bring to potlucks is broccoli salad. I love to bring it to every potluck. Everyone loves it, it’s a vegetable side dish (there’s rarely enough of those) and I never go home with leftovers. This colorful salad is perfect for backyard picnics and BBQ’s this weekend for Independence Day. The bright colors of the broccoli, cauliflower and red onion are summery and the raisins adds a little sweet to the salad. Reduced fat mayonnaise (especially if you use a canola based mayonnaise) make it a great choice for a vegetable side dish.
It’s always so wonderful to get together with a group of friends. And, more often than not, that gathering involves food. Hawaiian Haystacks is a great potluck meal. Everyone can bring one ingredient, and in the end you have a wonderful meal. No one is worried or stressed out, and how easy is it to chop up some celery, or cook some rice? Hawaiian Haystacks is also a delicious meal that’s simple to put together for a family meal in the evening. The best part is that you make it however you like. If someone doesn’t like pineapple, they don’t have to have it. It makes this meal completely unique and every bite is just a little different.
I find that a salad is a great lunch for me. It’s something that’s fresh, delicious and very easy to prepare. I change up my salads by adding different protein to them. Sometimes I’ll use pine nuts and a couple hard boiled eggs, other times I’ll use shredded chicken, or even make a taco salad with ground beef. Recently, however, I discovered tangerine dressing, and I fell in love. I brush it over the top of the salmon fillet before cooking it. It gives it this wonderful, light glaze that adds a wonderful citrus and honey flavor to the salmon. The tangerine dressing is perfect if you make it yourself, but if you’re in a pinch, look for Panera Bread’s Tangerine Honey Dressing. It’s nearly as tasty, and you don’t have to make it.
Lately, I just cannot resist buying those colored carrots at the market. They are so pretty, and my kids think it’s super fun getting colored carrots in their lunch box. So I’m always looking for fun ways to use them in new Weight Watchers Recipes. And this easy Rainbow Carrot Salad Recipe, is not only lovely and delicious, but it comes out to just 1 Points + per serving! So light and refreshing, it makes a perfect healthy side dish salad that pairs well with a variety of main courses. Sometimes, I throw in a handful of golden raisins, or shredded green apple for and extra kick! Enjoy.
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.
Smoothies make great breakfasts and snacks. They are quick and easy to make, perfect to take on the run. You can make a batch of smoothies ahead of time, and just pour out a glass for a quick breakfast or delicious snack. I used half spinach and half kale, a long with a pear and mango. I love the tropical flavor of the mango and the pear adds a delicious sweetness. The yogurt helps to create a smooth texture. Smoothies store well in the refrigerator, make some extra for a quick and easy snack the next day.
Quinoa is one of my favorite grains. It’s naturally gluten free, so it’s something I know I can always eat. It’s packed with nutrients and protein, and has a delicious nutty flavor. I cook mine in my rice cooker with chicken broth (for a little added flavor), and then store the leftovers for a quick and easy lunch. This caprese quinoa is delicious and perfect for a lunch, since you don’t have to cook it. I also love to do a Mexican quinoa with corn, black beans, avocado, red onion and some lime vinaigrette. I’ll also do an citrus chicken quinoa or quinoa tabbouleh. Having quinoa for lunch is perfect for me, since my husband isn’t a huge fan, and it’s so simple for a weekday lunch. You can cook this on the stove, or in a rice cooker. Cook it just like rice, but if you use chicken broth in place of water, it adds a little more flavor. As a side note, I left my basil whole (since I thought it photographed better), but the recipe calls for it to be chiffonade (finely sliced), which adds a better flavor to the dish. For this, make sure to use fresh mozzerella in this recipe, the flavor is much better.
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!
The dilemma is all too familiar….Orange Chicken…it’s DELICIOUS. But, it’s deep fried and then smothered in an indescribable sweet/sour/spicy/orange-y sauce. Therefore, it’s laden with extra fat, calories, and Weight Watchers Points, and we all try to avoid it. But we can’t. Because it’s sooooooo GOOOOOOOOD. And if you are a vegetarian, the smell of this entree alone is enough to make you reconsider not eating meat. What are we to do? After dealing with this dilemma on a regular basis, I decided to get experimental. And after a few Pinterest inspiration searches, and a few recipe trials and errors, the end result is this delicious Orange Cauliflower, a vegetarian’s version of orange flavored chicken. By subbing out the chicken with cauliflower florets, you still get all the flavors you love, but in a much healthier package. And for those of you who don’t like vegetables, this Weight Watchers Recipe is a FANTASTIC way to eat them! It tastes NOTHING like cauliflower. And while it doesn’t taste exactly the same as the restaurant version, it’s pretty spectacular. So for all you orange chicken junkies out there, and for you vegetarians who’ve always wanted to eat it, this Weight Watchers Orange Cauliflower is your ticket. Just 4 Points Plus per serving, too! Enjoy.
This is one of my very favorite salads. I love to make it for potlucks, it just goes so well and everyone loves it. I also love to make it for myself. It’s a perfect lunch, and lasts all week. It’s full of flavor and color, plus it’s very high in fiber (10 grams per serving), which helps to keep you feeling full longer. I use two red bell peppers, I like the sweeter, subtler flavor better. But if you’d like a little more color, use a green pepper. It lasts well for more than a week in the fridge, so it’s perfect for a week of lunches.
One of the many things I love about Southern CA is the access to a fantastic selection of international cuisine. And after getting hooked on chicken shawarma from my trips to Israel, it’s pretty easy to get my craving for it satisfied here. However, the restaurant version is not very Weight Watchers friendly. So I decided to make my oven roasted version that still has all the ridiculously delicious flavors of a traditional chicken shawarma recipe, but with a lot less Weight Watchers Points Plus. Making this dish was incredibly easy, and each 2 piece serving of chicken came out to just 5 Points +. I served this chicken straight out of the pan, but I also like to slice it into thin strips, and stuff it into a pita with some tahini, or feta cheese, and some of Israeli cucumber salad….sooooooo GOOD! This Roasted Chicken Shawarma Recipe is a MUST try!
You know those days where you spent so much time working on the main course, that you completely forgot to prepare a side dish? Well, that happens to me a LOT. More often than I’d like to admit. Sometimes I’m too busy, sometimes I too lazy, and sometimes I’m just ill-prepared. But on those days, quick and easy Weight Watchers salad recipes like this Cilantro Lime Cucumber Salad, save me. I almost always have these ingredients on hand, and I can throw this together in just a few minutes. I highly recommend using a mandolin slicer in order to get nice, evenly thin cucumber slices. But it can absolutely be done with a knife too – it’s just not as easy. The flavors are fresh and amazing, and each serving is just 2 Points +. I usually prefer to go a bit heavy on the red pepper flakes as I really like that heat, but this time I made it for my kids, so I didn’t use as much. This salad also makes a perfect, low calorie side for summer BBQ’s, so definitely add it to your “must make this summer list”. Enjoy!