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!
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!
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!
To prevent myself from diving over the counter of Cinnabon at the mall, I like to make a batch of these Cinnamon Roll Bites for just 2 Points + each. They are super quick and easy to make, with the help of Pillsbury Reduced Fat Crescents dough, and taste incredible. The cream cheese icing adds the perfect sweet, gooey touch, and they really taste too good to be true. One or two of these little low calorie cinnamon rolls really helps to satisfy my craving without going overboard. Perfect for a Sunday brunch, potluck, or even as a sweet snack, these 2 Points Cinnamon Roll Bites with Cream Cheese Icing are a must try!
A few weeks ago, I bought a new toy for myself…the Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Cutter. This nifty little gadget allows me to very easily turn whole zucchini into lovely, uniformly shaped zucchini noodles in just a few seconds. This is a lot easy that performing this task with my mandolin slicer, and it’s really quite fun. Eager to put my Veggetti to the test, I whipped up this deliciously fresh and light Zucchini Noodles with Creamy Lemon Chive Sauce Recipe. I made it as a quick, no-cook side dish to a Sunday brunch, and it was excellent. Very light, lemony, and simple, it came out to just 2 Points + per serving. I can’t wait to play around with the Veggetti and see what other great new Weight Watchers Recipes I can create!
Frittata is such a fancy word for what it really is – basically, Italy’s version of an open faced omelet. And don’t let that fancy word fool you into thinking it’s some complicated dish, because it’s one of the easiest egg recipes ever. I love to make a frittata for breakfast, lunch, brunch, dinner…whatever! It’s easy delicious and very low in Points Plus. And it takes just minutes to make. To keep my version light, I use all egg whites. You can absolutely use whole eggs or Egg Beaters instead, if you prefer. I also use a good, reduced-fat sharp cheddar for some extra flavor. The wonderful flavor of the onions and vegetables make a perfect enhancement for the mild egg whites too. You can really use any veggies you want in this frittata, but I chose bell pepper rings and cherry tomato slices because I love the touch of acidity and flavor they add. But I love to mix it up all the time with whatever veggies I have on hand. This is a great Weight Watchers Easter Brunch Recipe idea!
Spring is just around the corner, and I’m eager to welcome in the warm sunshine! And one of my favorite ways to celebrate spring is with fresh, bright salads. This Kale, Strawberry and Avocado Salad is just the ticket. It is an excellent dish for when you want to pack a TON of nutrition into one serving, as it’s loaded with heart healthy fats, vitamins and minerals, and important dietary fiber. This sweet and salty salad would be a perfect Weight Watchers Easter Brunch Recipe, if you are scouting out some good ideas. I also love to toss in couple of tablespoons of feta cheese when I want to add in another flavor dimension. At just 5 Points + per serving, this healthy and delicious salad is a must try! Enjoy.
After making these Ground Turkey Sausage Patties, I will never buy pre-made sausage from the store again! Super easy to make, and boasting a wonderfully fresh and multi-note flavor, I was so excited to create a good, reliable homemade turkey sausage recipe. The turkey is mixed with spices and then left to sit overnight in the refrigerator, so all you have to do in the morning is cook them. Turkey can be a bit difficult to work with, as it can tend to be quite dry when cooked. So make sure not to overcook them. You can also add more olive oil to the meat, if Weight Watchers Points aren’t a concern. This is an absolutely ideal Weight Watchers Christmas recipe that you can prepare for Christmas morning, perhaps alongside my Baked Pumpkin French Toast. It would also work really well for Easter or Sunday Brunch. They are delicious, low calorie, and incredibly easy…I highly recommend giving them a try, ASAP!
I do not even know where to begin to accurately express my love for these monstrously delicious Brunch Stuffed Peppers. Not only are they incredibly quick and easy to prepare, they are filled with amazing, savory flavors that will make you forget you actually eating something low calorie and low in Points. They key here is not skimping on the bacon and cheese. Yes, you read that right. The rest of the ingredients are all on the lighter side, so I decided to be a bit heavy handed with the bacon and cheese. Sure, you could probably shave a Point or two off by using fat free cheese or turkey bacon, but the flavor of this Weight Watchers brunch recipe is dramatically enhanced by using the good stuff. My most favorite bacon to use is THIS one from Applegate Farms. It’s lower in sodium than most bacon and is nitrate free, which I LOVE. I adore these Brunch Stuffed Peppers so much that I’m planning on making them for Christmas morning breakfast this year instead of my Baked Pumpkin Pie French Toast. Yes, they are that good.
Today, I’m sharing one of my favorite vegan soup recipes that is not only insanely delicious, but it’s full of healthy ingredients, and each large serving is incredibly satisfying. It’s loaded with beautiful greens like peas, asparagus, basil and spinach, and it asserts that deliciously fresh, spring-like flavor. At 5 Points + per serving, it makes a healthy and hearty Weight Watchers lunch idea, served with fresh bread or a baked potato. If you prefer your soup a little more thin, just add more of the vegetable broth, as desired. Also, feel free to play around with the strength of the seasonings, using more or less as your tastes prefer. But this Spring Minestrone Recipe is definitely a dish that will have you feeling good. Enjoy!