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.
When it starts to get this time of year, two things are growing in abundance in the garden – tomatoes and basil. That means its time for garden fresh chicken bruschetta. Bruschetta is a wonderful aromatic dish that has the whole house smelling delicious for hours afterwards. Traditionally, bruschetta is served on fresh french bread, but this recipe doesn’t use french bread. It’s much lower in carbohydrates and points, and you won’t miss the french bread either.
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This recipe was shared with me and it sounded so good that I just had to try it. It’s a delicious twist to the traditional roast chicken. Citrus works so well with chicken, that this is a wonderful addition to any roast chicken. Cooking the chicken and the potatoes is an easy way to have most of the meal prepared in one dish. If you’re someone who doesn’t like the twiggy rosemary – use the same amount of thyme instead. It’ll be just as delicious. I used a whole chicken for this dish, since that’s what I had on hand. It works well with either a whole chicken, or chicken pieces like thighs or legs.
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.
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!
We all have rushed evenings when you need something tasty in a hurry. This Penne with Sausage & Vegetables fits the bill perfectly. It’s full of flavor, nutrients and color. For me, it’s a quick meal because I’m able to multi-task. The first thing is to get the pasta on, then the sausage while the pasta is cooking. While the pasta and sausage are cooking, chop the vegetables. I also like to have vegetables (especially peppers) already chopped to save time during the week. The leftovers of this are perfect for another quick meal or for lunch. [Read more…]
Recently, I had the luxury of eating at a local Peruvian restaurant, and if you’ve never had Peruvian food, you are really missing out! The flavors are bold and fresh, and absolutely divine. I opted for the Lomo Saltado dish, which is basically a sirloin stir fry served over french fries or potato slices. It was sooooooo good! My version eliminates the potatoes, in order to save some Points Plus, and bulks up on veggies and protein. But the traditional vinegar and soy sauce seasoning is so incredibly simple, yet so wonderfully flavorful. And at just 6 Points + per serving, this Weight Watchers stir fry recipe is a real treat. My while family loved it, and it’s now becoming part of our regular meal rotation. This recipe is a must try, you guys!
A good variation to meatloaf are these tasty Ranch Meatballs! Easy to make and always a crowd pleaser, you can enjoy them in a variety of ways: as is, in a sandwich, with pasta and sauce, on top of salads, in soups, in a pita pocket with salad and tahini sauce…I could go on on. I like to make 2 or 3 batches of them, and freeze them so I have something quick and delicious on hand for when I need a dinner or lunch STAT. My kids love them too, which is great for the evenings where I’m serving a dinner that they don’t like, and I need a healthy alternative for them. They are super tasty and the best part is that you get 6 meatballs for just 5 Points! They key here is using extra lean ground beef – it should be 96% lean and 4% fat – so make sure that’s the one you get if you want to keep this at just 5 Weight Watchers Points. Enjoy!
I absolutely love seafood. I started creating some scampi recipes that did not have butter in them to see what they would taste like and I was pleasantly surprised. This lobster and shrimp scampi is the perfect dish to have at the end of the week when you have some points to use. It is delicious. Some recipes use all parts of the lobster, but I prefer to use the tails, especially if I want to reduce time in the kitchen. I have found it easier to check the tenderness of the tails verses the whole lobster. I used regular organic pasta noodles. You certainly can use whole wheat or whole grain pasta as I have done that with shrimp scampi. But I do prefer the regular pasta for this recipe.