No need to skip dessert this Thanksgiving….just try this healthier, low calorie Pumpkin Pie recipe instead. By making a few small tweaks to my mom’s traditional Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie, and switching out the high fat crust for a delicious whole wheat version, I was able to make this amazing Weight Watchers Pumpkin pie that is delicious, lovely, and just 5 Points + per serving! Other versions of light pumpkin pie recipes that I’ve seen, suggest going crustless, or, thinning out your crust as much as possible in order to lower that Points Plus value. My response to that? NO WAY!!! I loooooove pie crust. And I’m not about to sacrifice it. But I am usually pretty overwhelmed around the holidays, so I like to keep things as simple as possible. That means I buy a pre-made pie crust. No shame in my game, folks. I LOVE the Organic Whole Wheat Pie Crust from Wholly Wholesome….it tastes amazing and you’d never know it’s healthier. This is usually my go to pre-made pie crust. If you prefer to make your own pie crust from scratch, by all means, go right ahead. Just make sure to use a whole wheat pie crust recipe (there’s a ton of them that you can find through a quick Google search). So don’t pass on the pumpkin pie this year, just serve up this Low Points Pumpkin Pie Recipe, and enjoy the guilt free indulgence. Happy Thanksgiving!
Ever since I first tried cooking a whole chicken in my slow cooker, I’ve been hooked. It gives me the most delicious, most juicy and moist chicken ever, hands down. They key is to stick it under the broiler for a bit before slow cooking it. This locks in the meat’s natural juices, and helps deliver an absolutely decadent meal. However, if you prefer a more crispy skinned exterior, simply do the broiling process after the chicken is slow cooked. This step is super easy, and will really make a difference in the end product. I also want to note that because this is a whole chicken, the servings will vary in nutritional stats and Points Plus, depending on which part of the chicken you eat and how large that serving is. On AVERAGE, each serving will range in 3-6 Points +, WITHOUT the skin. Breasts would be about 4 Points +, Drumsticks 3 Points +, Thighs 5 Points + …you get the idea. This Weight Watchers Crock Pot Whole Chicken Recipe has gone into our regular meal rotation, because it undeniably delicious. The lemon and rosemary seasoning is my favorite, but you can play around with other spices and herbs as much as you like. TIP: After you’ve removed all the meat, place the carcus of the chicken back in the crock pot with all of the leftover juices, lemons, onion, etc, add water, cover and slow cook on low overnight. The next morning strain out all the bits and you’ve got your own, homemade fresh chicken broth that is a zillion times tastier than any store bought kind! I freeze mine and save it for a future recipe. Seriously…DO THIS…you will love it!
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – I LOVE MY CROCKPOT. With two young kids, I am busy…constantly. And cooking a healthy Weight Watchers Recipe in my crockpot, can make getting dinner together an absolute breeze. This Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe is one of the kids’ favorites, and it’s just 6 Points + per serving (without the toppings). I just throw in all of the ingredients in the morning, then come dinner time, it’s ready to go! That long, slow simmering process gives the fiberrific soup such fantastic flavor, which I love. Of course, no chicken tortilla soup would be complete without some toppings, so feel free to add on whatever you like – just make sure you calculate the extra Point or two that it may add. Here are some great topping suggestions: avocado slices, reduced fat shredded Montery Jack cheese, sour cream, jalapeño slices, diced red onion, crumbled tortilla chips, chopped cilantro and lime wedges. Yum!
For those of of you who may have never cooked a pork tenderloin before, this Pulled Pork Sandwich Recipe with White Barbecue Sauce will be one of the easiest you’ve ever made. The pork is cooked to juicy perfection in just an hour. It’s simmered in a broth that has been well seasoned and flavored, then shredded and smothered in a creamy, tangy, white barbecue sauce. It’s a very lean cut of meat that delivers an incredible flavor, which allows for a bit of indulgence with a carb-heavy sandwich roll. You could shave off a couple of Points by using a sandwich thin with this Weight Watchers Pork Recipe, if you prefer, but I like it best with a nice big hearty roll – totally worth those coupe of extra Points Plus. Enjoy!
We are all familiar with the deliciousness of tater tots. But the high amount of carbs and fat in a traditionally fried tater tot can make those tiny little tots rack up some serious Weight Watchers Points pretty quickly. So by using zucchini instead of potatoes and making a few healthier alterations, my zucchini tots are the perfect alternative. Delicious, nutritious and a very kid friendly dish (because they are super cute). You can serve it as a side dish to your favorite sandwich or wrap, or prepare it as an after school snack that both you and the kids can enjoy. Double the recipe so you can freeze some extra to have on hand for when you want a healthy snack in a pinch. They also make a great Weight Watchers appetizer recipe!
Nothing says summer bbq to me like a good, old fashioned pasta salad. Growing up, they were at EVERY family bbq and I’ve grown accustomed to expecting them. Over the years, I’ve experienced a variety of pasta salads, but my favorite was always the creamy/sweet/tangy one. But the traditional version of this pasta salad recipe is very heavy on the mayo and sugar, making it pretty high in Weight Watchers Points, as well as cholesterol! My healthier version makes just a couple changes to make it lighter and lower in Points Plus, but still delicious. First of all, I used a whole wheat pasta – that’s a no-brainer. Then, I subbed out most of the mayo for a fat free Greek yogurt. But I had to keep some mayo to maintain the taste and texture, so I used my favorite mayonnaise alternative – Reduced Fat Vegenaise instead. You can really use just about any veggies you want in this Weight Watchers Pasta Salad Recipe – I just used what I traditionally knew as the most popular ingredients for it. And it turned out to be everything I hoped for…crunchy vegetables with a creamy, sweet, and slightly tangy dressing. Perfect!
Recently, I came across the original version of this Crusted Butternut Squash Recipe at Sprouted Kitchen. And even though it’s the middle of summer, I suddenly was overcome with a desire for this fall recipe. I made just a few tweaks, and was thrilled with how ridiculously delicious this butternut squash recipe was! The savory, seasoned breadcrumb mixture was the perfect accent to the mild, slightly sweet squash. This made a beautiful Weight Watchers side dish recipe that was not only lovely, but absolutely delicious and a fantastic way to get in a healthy veggie serving. I love the idea of serving it for the fall, but it was so darn good, I don’t think I can wait that long to have it again!
Back in May, I put together an awesome Weight Watches Dessert Recipe for a super fabulous blog, It Sux to Be Fat. If you haven’t ever had a chance to read her blog, Jennifer Swafford provides an open and honest dialogue there that covers Weight Loss, Exercise, Recipes and Nutrition. And she does it in a away that makes you feel like you are talking to your best friend, rather than some super skinny weight loss authority. Jennifer has lost 100 lbs with Weight Watchers and her story, advice and support are a great asset to anyone trying to lose weight, so I highly suggest checking out her blog!
Now, about those cupcakes…that’s right – they are just 3 Points + each! Made with a standard cake box mix, and a few healthier substitutions, these cupcakes will rock your world! They make a fantastic summer dessert recipe to bring to a potluck or BBQ, so if you need an idea for a Weight Watchers 4th of July Recipe, this would make an awesome one. Enjoy!
As I’ve mentioned time and time again on this blog, I am obsessed with Buffalo Chicken anything. And I’m always experimenting with new healthy, and low calorie ways to get my craving satisfied. Over the years, I’ve created a variety of Buffalo Chicken Weight Watchers Recipes, but these Baked Buffalo Chicken Taquitos are topping my list right now. Holy Moly were they good. A bit spicy for the kids, but my husband and I TORE THESE UP! If you have some leftover rotisserie chicken on hand, it works great in this recipe. I didn’t, so I just boiled a couple of chicken breasts. It’s a very quick and easy recipe to throw together and makes a fantastic Weight Watchers party appetizer or game day food. In fact, these are so good, they are making it to my Weight Watchers Super Bowl Recipes list. I also tried making some of these with the Mountain Bread that I posted about last week, and it worked perfectly with those too!
Believe it or not, I got the idea for this delicious, crustless Corn Quiche recipe from one of my son’s preschool teachers. The teachers had helped the kids make this one day for their afternoon snack, and when I came to pick up my son, he was still sitting at the table gobbling his down. One of his teachers, Ms. Sylvia, told me that he LOVED it. And it was pretty clear that was true. So, I was excited to recreate it for him at home, and figured I could transform it into a Weight Watchers friendly quiche too! So Ms. Sylvia told me what was in it, and I went to work putting it all together later that week. Because I was wanting to keep the quiche low in Points Plus, I used EggBeaters instead of real eggs. If you prefer real eggs, you’ll want to use 3 large ones in place of the EggBeaters, but it will increase the Points Plus value a bit. It turned out absolutely perfect, and incredibly delicious. And just 4 Points Plus per serving. Thank you, Ms. Sylvia! Your quiche was a hit!
I’m not going to lie…sometimes I eat junk food. Food that has no nutritional value whatsoever, but just tastes flipping’ delicious. Once in a while, I just need that fix. And Marshmallow Peeps are one of my little junk food addictions. I always get so excited at Easter time when I see them all over the place, and I always treat myself to some. Recently, Peeps Minis have hit store shelves, in a variety of tasty flavors too! And so now I can get my once in a while Peeps fix with 10 little mini Peeps, for just 3-4 Points Plus. I love this idea, because, even though they are smaller than regular Peeps, eating more of them makes me feel like I’m getting more, so it’s easier for me to stop after 1 serving. They come in four great flavors to choose from: Sour Watermelon (my favorite), Vanilla Creme, Chocolate Creme and Strawberry Creme. I found them at Target, but they can be found in the candy aisle at most retailers. But please note, the Vanilla Creme flavor is exclusively at Target.
Recently, this gourmet yogurt parfait has been one of my staple breakfast meals. It takes just minutes to make and it is SO good and filling! The creamy and tangy yogurt are complemented by the sweet, crunchy granola and the sweet, chewy dried fruit. I often use plain yogurt in this Weight Watchers breakfast recipe too, because I really like the contrast of flavors. But if you prefer your yogurt to be a bit more sweet, you can stick with the vanilla flavored. This is really a versatile parfait…you can use whatever type of granola and fruit you’d like. My personal favorite is Nature’s Path Coconut Chia Granola. And for dried fruit, I used dried apricots and goji berries, but again, just about any kind of dried fruit will work well. Just avoid any that have added sugars. When I have extra Points to spend, I’ll even toss in some sliced almonds or sunflower seeds. If I eat this yogurt parfait for breakfast, I’m totally full and satisfied until lunch – it’s a pretty big serving! A very well spent 8 Points Plus. Enjoy!