I’ve been a fan of roasted kale chips longer than I can remember, but it never occurred to me, until recently, to start getting more experimental in my kale usage. It is such an amazing vegetable with incredible benefits, and yet I had only prepared it a few different ways. Since it does have a similar taste to chard, I decided to cook it the same way I would make a sauteed chard recipe. Plus, I happened to have a lot of kale on hand, and I needed a quick and healthy side dish recipe that required little effort. A sauteed kale recipe was just the ticket. And I was thrilled with how it turned out — so delicious and so incredibly easy. This is definitely a great Weight Watchers recipe to go to when I need a quick side that is very low in Points + and super high in nutrition.
If you have ever seen this odd looking, alien-like vegetable in your produce aisle, you may have wondered what it is and how on earth do you eat it. Well it’s called romanesco, often referred to as Roman Broccoli or Roman Cauliflower, and it’s a variant form of cauliflower. I just recently I received two heads of it in my CSA package, and I was extremely eager to try it out! Romanesco is a great diversity for fans of the cauliflower who ran out of ideas on the different ways of preparing it. Romanesco may be prepared similarly as the cauliflower, but it is more easily digested. And are you ready to hear what nutrients you are getting in this beautifully strange vegetable? It’s loaded with: Vitamin B1, Thiamin, Vitamin B2, Riboflavin, Vitamin B3, Niacin, Vitamin B5, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B6, Pyridoxine, Vitamin B9, Folate, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Dietary Fiber, Manganese, Magnesium, Protein, Phosphorus, Potassium, Tryptophan, and Omega 3 Fatty Acids — impressive! To get the full appreciation for the flavor of the vegetable, I decided to do a simple roasting of it. I broke it down into florets, lightly misted it with my olive oil mister, sprinkled some sea salt on top and popped it in the oven. It was absolutely delicious. It tastes like a combination of cauliflower and broccoli. I admit that the shape of this vegetable is a little off-putting, but don’t let that scare you away! It’s so delicious and so easy to prepare and makes a wonderful 0 Points side dish. Plus, it will make one heck of a conversation piece at the dinner table. Give it a try!
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With a ton of extra radishes on hand last week, I debated on what to do with them. Since I was planning on making some homemade deli sandwiches later that weekend, I decided to try my hand at making some homemade pickled radishes to go with them. I am SO glad I did this! These spicy pickled radishes were AMAZING! And the best part was that the pickling was so easy. This is a no-cook pickling recipe, so it literally took me all of 5 minutes to prepare this. Then I just put the jar in the fridge and let the recipe work it’s magic. So simple, yet so delicious. The red coloring of the skin does dissolve in the vinegar creating a pink brine, so just be aware of that when you make them. It’s totally normal and expected. I wanted mine spicy, so I used some sliced jalapenos in my brine, but if you want a more mild version, try using celery or bell peppers instead. Or get creative and add in any kind of peppers you want! Next time, I may add some dill or bay leaves too. But for my heat loving appetite, my spicy pickled radishes recipe was perfect as is. I could seriously NOT stop eating them. I’ve already gone through two jars! I may need an intervention soon. If you like all things pickled, this low calorie recipe is a must!
Ok, I know what you are thinking…pickled WHAT? It’s pickled Kohlrabi, and it’s delicious. If you haven’t had the pleasure of tasting or even hearing about kohlrabi, let me give you some info. Kohlrabi is a vegetable from the cabbage family and basically tastes like a combination of cabbage and broccoli. Kohlrabi is also considered one of the healthiest foods. There are only a few foods that can claim to be low in calories, high in nutrients and extremely low in cholesterol and saturated fat. It’s a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals, just 1 cup of kohlrabi is more than enough of your daily vitamin C requirements, and it’s packed with potassium, copper and manganese. On top of that, it’s incredibly crisp and tasty, and works perfectly in this pickled kohlrabi recipe. And it looks like this (comes in green or purple variety):
I myself had never even heard of kohlrabi until I received my box of fresh produce from Farm Fresh to You and found it lying amongst all the other beautiful and lush produce. Eager to find out more about it and how to use, I went straight to work researching it and determining the best way to prepare it. I ate some raw, and then put it straight to work in this pickled kohlrabi recipe and was thrilled with how yummy and filling it was. At 0 Points +, it’s a fabulous Weight Watchers snack idea, and much healthier than a jar of pickles. So the next time you are at the grocery store, don’t hesitate to grab a few kohlrabi and give it a try!
Yes, I know….we all know about Frank’s RedHot Sauce. It’s been around for a looooooong time, and everyone knows it’s low calorie, is very Weight Watchers friendly and is the Mac Daddy ingredient when it comes to buffalo Chicken Recipes. I have been OBSESSED with Frank’s RedHot Sauce ever since I first ate it at the age of 6 years old, and today, I want to post my tribute to my absolute most favorite condiment in the world. As the commercial so boldly says, I put that $#!% on everything…and I certainly do. From chicken, to eggs, to pizza, to popcorn, to steak, to fish, to pretzels, to sandwiches, to cheese, and everything in between…I will even drink it straight out of the bottle. I think that sometimes my food is just the vehicle for the hot sauce. There is NEVER EVER EVER a day in my house where my refrigerator does not have an open bottle of Frank’s RedHot Sauce, plus one extra bottle in the pantry. And the fact that it has no calories and is 0 Weight Watchers Points is just an incredible bonus. So, if there are any of you out there who don’t know about Frank’s RedHot Sauce, may this post find you and may you too enjoy the utter deliciousness of the best condiment in the world. I love you, Frank’s RedHot Sauce! Make sure to keep reading to check out my favorite Weight Watchers Recipes using Frank’s RedHot Sauce and to learn about the different varieties available in stores…
On a recent trip to New York City, I indulged myself on a variety of fabulous, though fattening foods. I do this occasionally so that I can find amazing gourmet dishes and then make them over into healthier versions that are lower in Points +, so they’ll be more Weight Watchers friendly. At one restaurant, I had a banana crème brulee for dessert. Now, I’m not really a huge banana lover, but something about this dish really made me start craving bananas something fierce. I decided that some simple banana chips might be a good solution to the craving. But typical banana chips are fried and pretty caloric, thus high in Weight Watchers Points. So, I decided to try baking them, and I was very pleased at how YUMMY they were – and they were so much better than the fried banana chips! Granted, the texture was more chewy than crunchy, but slow baking the banana chips allowed them to caramelize which made them taste like they were glazed with caramel. SO good. Though I like to eat them straight up as a snack, they’d also make a great topping for oatmeal, ice cream or on toast with peanut butter. They do take some time to bake, so if you like them I’d suggest making a big batch and freezing some so that you’ll have some on hand in a jiffy if your sweet tooth strikes.
If you never listened to your mother when she told you to eat your brussel sprouts, now would be a good time to reconsider. This incredibly easy Roasted Brussel Sprouts Recipe makes a wonderful healthy accompaniment to a variety of dishes. And it truly tastes AMAZING. Sometimes, simplicity is the key in bringing out the natural flavors of a food. I find this especially true in many vegetable recipes. If I had known when I was a kid what I was missing out on, I would have gobbled up my brussel sprouts without a blink. With just a light mist of olive oil and some Kosher salt and pepper, these roasted brussel sprouts were incredible. And at 0 Points +, they make a great low calorie side dish recipe to help fill you up and get those vegetable servings in without using up any Weight Watchers Points! Enjoy.
Just recently, my BFF, Janice of Sew Girly Alterations introduced me to an amazing new smoothie recipe – Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Green Smoothie. Kimberly Snyder is a top Hollywood Nutritionist, and many of her clients are the celebrities whose bodies we drool over with envy. This green smoothie recipe is part of her Beauty Detox program and it’s something that she has all of her clients drink. The recipe helps you get in a tremendous amount of leafy greens, which we all know has amazing health benefits. You can read all about her and her Official Glowing Green Smoothie Recipe at her site. Eager to find ways to get in more veggies and get all those nutrients, I decided to give it a try, and I have to admit, I’m kind of in love with it. Janice suggested using orange juice to help the flavor, and I think that was absolutely brilliant. I also liked using lime instead of lemon. I truly thought it tasted fantastic, and the best part is that I really did feel satisfied until noon. I’ve started drinking it now on a daily basis and making batches to freeze, and I’m eager to reap the health benefits. Two things that I HIGHLY recommend to make this smoothie tasty and enjoyable is to keep it COLD. Very cold. And blend it as smooth as you can get it – use a good blender or mixer to puree the heck out of it. If you are looking to make a great investment, a Vitamix is the most recommended blender for this, giving the best results. Now, here’s the tricky/debatable bit of info about this smoothie….the Points + value. I’ve gone back and forth with a few leaders, and some folks on the Weight Watchers Community Forum, and most people feel that since this smoothie is made entirely of fresh fruits and veggies, it should be considered 0 Points +. I added up the nutritional stats for my version, and it comes out at 5 Points +. Personally, I have decided to count this as 0 Points +, as long as I only drink 1 serving a day. But armed with both options, feel free to make your own choice and track it appropriately. Regardless of how you plan to count the Weight Watchers Points, I definitely recommend adding this healthy smoothie recipe into your plan. It’s so so good for you, and will help fill you up. So get yourselves to a blender, ASAP! Here is my version of Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Green Smoothie Recipe. Enjoy!
This quick and easy Blueberry Mint Lemonade Recipe is the perfect 0 Points drink to help you feel refreshed without downing a lot of calories. The flavors in this lemonade taste best after they’ve had a chance to sit and blend a bit, so I like to make it in the morning and then pop it in the fridge til lunch. You can sweeten the lemonade if you’d like…I usually use Stevia or Splenda to keep it at 0 Points, or you can drink it as is, as the mint helps to balance out the tartness of the lemon a bit. If you choose to sweeten it with sugar, just remember to calculate the Weight Watchers Points. This is a great drink to indulge in on a hot summer day, or right after a workout or spa visit. And it’s the perfect healthy drink recipe to impress guests at your next BBQ, picnic, or outdoor party!
I’ve always been a believer that less is more, and this Roasted Tomatoes and Zucchini Recipe supports that theory. With just a few simple ingredients, this roasted vegetables side dish is incredibly flavorful, yet very low calorie. The cherry tomatoes are vibrant, and full of a tart, juicy flavor. While the tender, sweet zucchini contrasts it. The slightly smoky taste from the roasting enhances the natural flavor of the vegetables, and it truly just tastes amazing. It’s such an easy vegetable side dish recipe to make and it goes so well with a variety of meals. Serve it over rice with some soy sauce, on top of some 0 Points spaghetti squash, or just eat it by itself! NOTE: Because this recipe only involves vegetables and trace amounts of olive oil, I count it as 0 Points. However, if you enter the nutritional values into your Weight Watchers calculator, it comes up as 1 Points +.
Man, I love Trader Joe’s….what did I ever do before this store existed? Just recently, I was spotted their Trader Joe’s Queso Cheese Dip on the shelf, and was REALLY craving some. I almost walked away, assuming that it’d be super fattening and way too many Points Plus, but I decided to pick it up and just have a look. Well I’m sure glad I did!!! I was BLOWN AWAY by what I saw on the nutritional label…each 2 tbsp serving has 0 Points Plus!!! That’s right, people…ZERO POINTS PLUS!!! And it tastes really good! So if you’ve got a craving for some cheesy nachos made with Queso Dip, Trader Joe’s, once again, is the place to go. I just bought about 10 jars of this stuff! Perfect for a quick and easy low calorie game day dip too…no one will have any idea that it’s low calorie. P.S. Check out the nutritional stats…