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!
A really good friend of mine, Gali, introduced me to the deliciousness of these Zucchini and Leek Fritters. They are a healthier, lower calorie, lower carb version of potato pancakes, and I am absolutely in love with them. The zucchini shred so much faster than the potatoes, plus, I don’t have to peel the potatoes either, so that makes it a lot easier and quicker to prepare. Sometimes, when making these for the kids, I will use almond meal instead of the panko which is a great way to get in some healthy benefits of almonds. But that will definitely add in some extra Weight Watchers Points, so keep that in mind if you are watching Points Plus. But either way, these Zucchini and Leek fritters get a nice crust on the outside with a soft, chewy inside that is full of flavor. Perfect for a low calorie Hanukkah Latke Recipe too!
Try this new bright and fresh spin on roasted potatoes – it’s a Parmesan Lemon Smashed Potatoes Recipe that is so delicious and yet so easy. Plus it looks incredible and would make a lovely addition to the holiday dinner table. The energy of the lemon zest adds a beautiful and fragrant sunny taste to the potatoes, while the garlic and Parmesan accent the earthy flavors. This was truly delicious. If you aren’t concerned about calories or Points, then I’d recommend doing a drizzle of olive oil, rather than a light mist when roasting. It really helps meld all the flavors together and ads some extra moisture to the potatoes. Each large serving is only 5 Points +, making this an excellent Weight Watchers Side Dish Recipe to pair with your favorite low calorie chicken or beef dish. Enjoy!
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Braised Brisket has always been a traditional Hanukkah recipe, so it’s certainly something I plan on making each year. Brisket is notoriously a fatty meat, but I’ve altered the traditional Braised Brisket recipe to make it a lot leaner and healthier. The key step is getting the flat, first-cut section of the meat. It’s a great way to trim a good bit of fat and calories without sacrificing the flavor. Serve this juicy braised brisket with some deliciously tender root vegetables and the white wine and mustard based sauce, and you’ve got yourself one divine, low calorie Hanukkah dinner! Enjoy.
This Hanukkah, instead of preparing the usual greasy and oily latkes, try this Potato and Zucchini Latke Recipe! You get 3 latkes with a side of tzatziki sauce for just 5 Points +. They are made with potato and zucchini which helps lighten them up and get the Points + value lower. But the best thing though, is that these latkes are SO incredibly delicious! And I truly think they are even better than traditional, all potato latkes. The flavors are delicious and the fact that they aren’t soaked in oil makes them light and crisp. Served with a side of fresh homemade tzatziki sauce, these are a MUST make for Hanukkah. Even if you don’t spin the dreidel, serve these Potato and Zucchini Latkes up anytime and treat the family to a healthy and delicious side dish!
If you need a tasty, yet healthy idea for a Hanukkah party appetizer (or any holiday party!), this delicious Olive and Mushroom Tapenade Recipe will have your guests squealing with delight. Incredibly flavorful but light, each 1/4 cup serving has just 2 Points +. And I LOVE the addition of almonds which gives it a sightly more coarse texture and adds a very mild hint of sweetness…oh so yummy. You can serve the mushroom olive tapenade alongside crusty bread with goat cheese, grilled vegetables or chicken, or even toss it with some 0 calorie Miracle Noodles or another high fiber, low calorie pasta for an amazing meal. I especially love serving this at Hanukkah because it does have some oil, but it has so much less than all the latkes and other traditional oily foods. Plus, it’s delicious and unique, and no one has any idea that it’s Weight Watchers friendly. There are days when I will just make this for myself and dip some raw veggies into it as my evening snack while catching up on my DVR. Enjoy!
As the cold weather really kicks in for these last few weeks of 2009, it’s time to enjoy some hot, yummy holiday recipes that will warm your tummy and soul! This Peppered Beef Brisket in Beer crock pot recipe is the perfect dish to take away that winter chill. It’s an easy holiday recipe that takes minimal prep, but delivers maximum taste. I love using my crock pot, so I jump at every chance I get to try out some delicious crock pot recipes! And I plan on making this one for my Christmas Eve dinner this year. The best thing is that it only has a 6 Point Total per serving. Though this is not an official one of Weight Watchers Christmas Recipes, it’s great for anyone who is a weight watcher and this dish makes a wonderful, low calorie Christmas recipe. Pair it with some salad or roasted veggies to keep your overall meal points low. Enjoy!
When I found this Weight Watchers Beef Stew Recipe for the crock pot, I literally was drooling. Though I initially thought it was just a traditional beef and vegetable stew recipe, it’s actually a classic Jewish recipe for Tzimmes! I’ve had Tzimmes before, but I’ve never had it prepared with the beef and vegetables so I was so excited to give it a try, and YOWSA!! IT WAS SO YUMMY!! Hearty and delicious, this Weight Watchers Recipe for Beef Stew is an incredibly filling meal, and with 8 Weight Watcher Points per serving, it’s much lower in calories than most stews. Try serving this stew up with a tasty 0 Points Salad for a complete and tasty meal! But keep in mind that it will also make a wonderful Passover Recipe and/or Hanukkah Recipe! This Weight Watchers crock pot recipe offers a truly unique and delicious take on beef stew by adding in some non traditional ingredients like prunes, cinnamon and honey – and it is definitely worth trying!
Everyone loves a good meatball…they are such a tasty appetizer and are perfect for any party or celebration. And this spicy BBQ meatball recipe is sure to be a hit at your holiday celebration this year! They are so easy to make and each serving of 2 meatballs is just 1 Weight Watchers Point. By making a few substitutions in the tradition hors d’ouvre recipe, its now much lower in fat and calories but still tastes fantastic, making it a wonderful Weight Watchers Holiday Recipe to serve this year. These juicy little meatballs taste so good, no one will even know that they are eating less calories than most all other meatball recipes! If you are a Weight Watcher and you want a healthy, low Point appetizer to prepare for your holiday bash, put this awesome holiday appetizer recipe into action!
This pairing of sweet apple juice and spicy curry powder makes for a salad that’ll have your taste buds talking! This butternut squash recipe is so unique and festive, it will make a wonderful holiday side dish to any Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa dinner. With just 3 Points per serving, this is one filling Weight Watchers Salad Recipe that is sure to please your dinner guests and yet still help you stay within your daily Points range. Plus, it’s incredibly healthy — low in calories and fat and packed with fiber, vitamins and antioxidants. This dish is so deliciously flavorful and colorful, I’m betting it will become a squash recipe that you’ll end up preparing more than on just the holidays! The thing I love most about it is that it’s so easy to prepare and yet so impressive! – much better than the traditional, albeit slightly boring, green leaf salads. And if it’s a good Kwanzaa recipe that you are looking for, this butternut squash salad will be a wonderful compliment to your meal. This Weight Watchers Holiday Recipe is sure to dress up any dinner table this year, so make sure to give it a try!
This easy to make Weight Watchers appetizer recipe is a must do for your Christmas or Hanukkah party this year. They are elegant and sophisticated in appearance and taste AMAZING! The fig and Gorgonzola combination goes so well together, and gives this appetizer such a seasonal, holiday flavor. And it tastes so incredibly rich and decadent. It’s the perfect little finger food recipe! And with just 1 Weight Watchers Point for 3 of these beautiful little gourmet goodies, you can enjoy quite a few of them without any guilt. What I like a lot about this dish, is that it’s very unique appetizer recipe, and it will give your guests a chance to try out something deliciously new. Plus, they take very little effort to prepare, so you can whip up an impressive batch in a pinch. If you are looking for an exciting new Weight Watchers Appetizer Recipe to serve up at your holiday dinner or party this year, give this one a try!