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!
In an attempt to clean out my pantry last week, I discovered that I had 5 half used bags of quinoa and 3 half used bags of lentils….lol, I guess I should always check to see if I have these items on hand before buying more. So I got to work coming up with a Weight Watchers side dish recipe that would use both of these ingredients in the most delicious way possible. I came across Melissa D’Arabian’s Lentil and Quinoa recipe, and decided to create a take on that. I was thrilled with how delicious and satisfying this dish was! Those lentils and quinoa really bulk up when you cook them, and they made this such a filling salad. Each serving came out to just 3 Points +, which was a very pleasant surprise. Serve it cold or at room temperature, and it’s an ideal dish for spring and summer. Present it with some grilled chicken and roasted vegetables at your next BBQ or potluck!
Vegetarians, you may just want to marry me after eating this burger. It is UNBELIEVABLY good. I am not a vegetarian, and I’d eat this quinoa burger a million times over again. Granted, this is a 9 Points Weight Watchers Recipe, BUT, because the burger patty is made with quinoa and white beans, it’s incredibly filling. I also used a real brioche bun, to give it that added gourmet flair. You could shave off another Point or two by using a sandwich thin or another light bread roll. The caramelized onions really give it a that extra something special, and the chipotle lime mayo ties it all in perfectly. It’s truly a unique Weight Watchers Quinoa Recipe like you’ve never had before. Pair it with a light salad, roasted veggies or a low calorie soup for a complete meal. This vegetarian burger recipe is a must try, folks.
Many of you may not know this, but I am a HUGE fan of Thug Kitchen. I find their recipes delicious, and their offensive language commentary, hilarious. Recently, I came across their Watermelon Cucumber Slushie Recipe, and I thought that would make a perfect Weight Watchers Summer Drink Recipe. I also needed a good, alcohol-free drink recipe for my Labor Day BBQ that both adults and kids would enjoy, and so I got to work giving these a try. They were FANTASTIC!! They were cold, sweet, delightfully flavorful, and just 2 Points + each. I barely even made any tweaks to Thug Kitchen’s original recipe. If you don’t want to use coconut water, plain old water will work just fine too. And if you prefer an adult version of this, white rum is a great replacement for the coconut water. This is a delicious and unique drink recipe that is a perfect summer treat, so while we still have these last few days of summer, get out that blender and whip up one of these Watermelon Cucumber Mint Refreshers – they are divine.
This easy and delicious Southwestern Salad with Creamy Cilantro Dressing is vegetarian salad that packs a powerful dose of fiber and protein. At just 5 Points + per serving, you get a filling and incredibly flavorful salad that is topped with fresh,creamy, homemade cilantro dressing. Inspired by my favorite salad from Stonefire Grill, this is perfect as a main course for a lunch, or cut each serving in half for a dinner side dish. It’s also one of my favorite salads to take to a BBQ or potluck – everyone loves it. You can use canned or frozen corn with this, if it’s easier, but I personally LOVE the taste grilled or roasted corn on the cob, that is sliced to remove the kernels. It adds a tremendous flavor boost. This most recent time I made it, I used an ear of red corn (as you can see in the photo) that I came across at a Farmer’s Market and thought it’d be fun to try. It was delicious! But a regular ear of yellow corn works just fine. For some added crunch and flavor, top with some crumbled low fat tortilla chips. The creamy cilantro dressing is really versatile and also goes great as a sauce over chicken or a dip for veggies and pita chips!
As you may know, I am pretty much obsessed with hot sauce. I love the heat, I love the tang, and I will put it on just about anything. So when I found out about Tabañero Hot Sauce, which is a 100% natural hot sauce, I was pretty excited to give it a try. This is truly a quality hot sauce….you can really taste the layers of flavor and the freshness if the ingredients. I also love that it delivers some heat without it completely overpowering the food. Preservative and filler free, the taste of Tabañero delivers exactly what it promises and then some. So if you are looking for a natural, healthier hot sauce as an alternative to the more common brands, then definitely give Tabañero a try. You can buy it on their website or on Amazon. And make sure to give it a try in my new Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Wings Recipe (6 Points +) that I featured it in! Keep reading for the recipe…
If I’ve learned one thing from marrying an Israeli, it’s that Middle Eastern food is AMAZING. Seriously, AMAZING. I have learned so much about the fantastic flavors of the Middle East and have been there quite a few times to taste it first hand. Plus, when my in-laws come to visit us here in CA, I put them to work in the kitchen immediately and watch everything they do. Every time we visit Israel, my father in law cooks at least one huge dinner with a variety of grilled meats. One of my favorites are the chicken kebabs. And that is the recipe I’m going to share today. Now, I know you may have had grilled chicken kebabs a million and a half times, but these Lebanese Grilled Chicken Kebabs are going to be one of the tastiest you’ve ever had. The chicken is marinated in a yogurt and tomato paste marinade that is spiked with delicious seasonings. The result is tender, moist and ridiculously delicious grilled chicken kebabs that are just 3 Points + for 2 skewers! So, with summer in full force, it’s time to fire up that grill and give these Lebanese Grilled Chicken Kebabs a try.
Need a unique and healthy new Weight Watchers Recipe idea for your grill this summer? Well these Spicy Grilled Pineapple Chicken Burgers will knock your socks off! This burger is so light ad fresh, and full of delicious, flavors. The thin sandwich round eliminates a lot of extra calories and carbs, and the pineapple helps bulk up the burger without adding more Points. The lean ground chicken patties are wonderfully seasoned and I added some diced jalapenos for an extra kick. I also whipped up a chipotle may dressing which balanced out the burger perfectly. Just 6 Points + per burger makes this a must try Weight Watchers Grilling Recipe this summer. My Spicy Grilled Pineapple Chicken Burger Recipe is great paired with some corn on the cob or roasted vegetables. It’s a must try!
Give an ordinary brown rice side dish a MAJOR, mouth-watering makeover with this Mexican Style Corn and Rice Casserole Recipe. Oh how I love easy casseroles that taste AMAZING and require very little effort. This delicious, low calorie casserole recipe was a huge hit at my house, and it was so easy to put together. It’s brown rice, with corn and squash, smothered in a sour cream, chile and cheese sauce. YUM. I spiced it up a bit with jalapenos, but you can omit that if you’d prefer a more mild version. Each serving is 7 Points, and is very satisfying. Serve this with some grilled chicken or fish, and a salad, for a balanced meal. I’m going to try experimenting with this recipe a bit more, and make it without the corn, adding in some other low carb vegetables instead, in order to lower the Points + value. The corn is delicious though, and well worth the Points, if you have them to spend. This Weight Watchers Casserole Recipe that truly feels like a decadent comfort food.
There is no other flavor that says spring/summer to me that basil, tomato and mozzarella. I absolutely love the flavors of a Caprese salad, so I decided to combine them with whole wheat pasta to get a larger, more filling dish to satisfy a larger group of people. My Caprese Pasta Salad is a perfect Weight Watchers side dish recipe to bring to a potluck or barbecue, and each delicious serving is just 6 Points +. It’s a quick, easy to make pasta salad recipe that combines a few simple ingredients to deliver a fresh and marvelous flavor combination. Though this dish is filling, the flavors are so fresh and light, and perfect to enjoy for a summer evening dinner or a spring afternoon lunch. If you are a fan of traditional Caprese salad, then this Caprese Pasta Salad Recipe is a must make.
I admit, I was very skeptical about feta and watermelon together, but after my first attempt at this Watermelon Feta Salad Recipe, my fears were diminished. The cold, fresh, sweet watermelon strikes a perfect balance with the salty feta. Them when I combined it all with fresh mint, and my AMAZING honey and lime juice dressing, I was in love. My husband and I couldn’t put our forks down! It is so light and refreshing and makes a perfect Weight Watchers Summer Salad Recipe that can be prepared quickly and easily. I have since made this a few more times recently because I simply cannot get enough of it. Each serving is just 2 Points +, and it makes an excellent side dish to your favorite main course. I highly recommend giving this one a try ASAP.
I have always been a huge fan of Gardein’s amazing lineup of meat free products, but I practically did backflips when I recently found there Beefless Sliders and their new Crispy Chick’n Sliders. These entirely vegan sliders taste absolutely amazing, and with the bun included they are only 4 Points Plus for the faux beef sliders and 5 Points Plus for the faux chicken sliders! You guys…these are seriously amazing. I am NOT a vegetarian, so when I like a meat-free product, it better be good. Gardein’s sliders DO NOT disappoint! I’ve enjoyedmany of their other products too, like THESE and THESE, which I highly recommend I found these vegetarian sliders at a SuperTarget, but they should start appearing in grocery stores soon, so keep an eye out.