Thai Cucumber Salad Recipe – 1 Smart Point

Thai Cucumber Salad

This light and delightful salad is such an easy side dish to prepare, and it is the perfect complement to your favorite Asian inspired meal. It requires just a handful of ingredients, but delivers such vibrant flavors. It’s sweet and tangy with just a hint of sweetness And with temperatures on the rise this summer, I love the cool and refreshing feel of this simple salad. And it’s always a hit at picnics and potlucks, because most everyone sticks to traditional salads, so this homemade Thai Cucumber Salad offers up something much more unique. Plus, it’s one of my favorite ways to take advantage of all those delicious and inexpensive cucumbers! Enjoy.

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Summer Green Bean Salad Recipe

Summer Green Bean Salad

We are counting down the last few days of school until we are in full summer swing! And summer means lazy days by the pool and little effort in the kitchen. This Summer Green Bean Salad Recipe is the perfect dish for those hot days, when you want a simple dish that’s light and healthy. I like the green beans to be a little crisp, so I just blanch them in the boiling water for just a few minutes, and then immediately transfer them to an ice bath. You could steam them too, if you prefer. The tangy lemon garlic dressing is the perfect complement to the salad, and ties all the components together. And if you are lucky enough to have any leftover, they are just as delicious the next day! Usually salads get gross in the fridge over night, but thanks to this dish being comprised of fresh, crisp veggies, it can be enjoyed again the next day. Yay! Perfect for poolside parties, summer BBQs, and 4th of July picnics, this 1 Point salad is a must try.

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Watermelon Blueberry Mint Salad with Feta – 1 Smart Point

Watermelon Blueberry Mint Salad with Feta

Memorial Day Weekend is in full swing, and if you are still looking for a great Weight Watchers Potluck Recipe to take to your holiday celebration, this Watermelon Blueberry Mint Salad with Feta is it! A much better option than the standard fruit tray, this wonderfully refreshing salad is both sweet and savory, is a breeze to prepare, and is just 1 Smart Point per serving. Watermelon by itself, is such a sweet and simple treat, but when topped off with a tangy balsamic vinaigrette and some crumbled feta, it really reaches new heights. The fresh blueberries and mint add an invigorated feel, and make it an aesthetic treat for the eyes as well as the palate. Serve this tasty and unique fruit salad at at this weekend’s Memorial Day BBQ, or any summer celebration, and sure to be adored.

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Chinese Garlic Green Beans – 1 Smart Point

Chinese Garlic Green Beans

Admittedly, when I’m indulging in Chinese takeout, the last thing I think about ordering is vegetables. The exception to this train of thought is Chinese-style Garlic Green Beans. The flavor is out of this world – who knew a green bean could taste so incredible!? Every time we order these, my kids tackle them with so much enthusiasm, that I decided this is a dish I need to try at home. My version is a lot less oily, therefore, lower in Smart Points than the restaurant version. And they are super easy to make, so it’s great having this recipe to rely on for a quick and reliable verge recipe that I know my kids will eat. Each serving is just 1 Smart Point, so this is absolutely guilt free!

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Moroccan Beet Salad Recipe – 1 Smart Points

Moroccan Beet Salad

In Morocco, beets are used regularly in salads because they are available year round there. A good friend of mine, who I consider to be an amazing cook, and who is also of Moroccan heritage, once served this beet salad at a dinner she had invited us to. It was so divine, I simply had to find out the recipe and then how to make it Weight Watchers friendly. As luck would have it, this salad is already pretty light and low in Points, so I just had to make a few alterations. And though it takes a bit more preparation time because the beets need to be roasted first, I assure you that it’s absolutely worth the effort. The roasting process lends such a beautiful, and rich flavor to the beets, and when tossed with the remaining ingredients, the end result is a spectacular salad that’s not only lovely and delicious, but high in nutrients as well. Naturally sweet and very healthy, beets have earned the reputation of being a superfood that’s rich in potassium, manganese, vitamin C, and fiber. And they are 0 Smart Points! So if you haven’t been getting any beets in your diet, this Moroccan Beet Salad is the recipe to try. Enjoy!

Moroccan Beet Salad

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Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup Recipe – 1 Smart Point

Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

With the cold, rainy weather we’ve been having in here in SoCal lately, I have been a soup making machine! My kids LOVE soup, and it’s very helpful for me, because it fills me up, is easy to make, and is great to freeze for when I need a quick snack or meal. A recent soup I just made to go with my daughter’s favorite lunch (grilled cheese sandwiches) was this Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato soup. Oh Em Gee….this was SO delicious! The soup was made entire from scratch, with all whole food ingredients. It was light, brightly flavored, and wonderfully fresh. I’ve made homemade tomato soup from scratch before, but the real trick here is the roasting of the vegetables. It adds such a slightly smokey flavor, and really helps to bring out the flavor of the vegetable. And the best part? It’s just 1 Smart Point per serving! You’ve gotta give this one a try ASAP.

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Stuffed Cabbage Soup Recipe – 1 Smart Point

Stuffed Cabbage Soup

Well, here we are…the last day of 2016. And I’m full steam ahead in the kitchen prepping for weeks of healthy eating and holiday binging detox! Today’s recipe is one that is a HUGE help to me when I’m trying to cut calories…Stuffed Cabbage Soup. Growing up, my mom would often make stuffed cabbage rolls for dinner. I remember that they were really tasty, but that we didn’t have them often because the recipe required a lot of steps and it was quite time consuming to make. So to get the flavors of traditional stuffed cabbage rolls without all the work, I prefer to make my “lazy mom” version, which basically combines all the ingredients in a soup rather than the rolls. It’s WAY easier, and it tastes wonderful! So bright and fresh, but still hearty and satisfying. I eliminated the rice to save some calories, and I honestly didn’t miss it at all. If you still feel like you need the rice, you could always try Miracle Rice, which is zero calories, so it won’t affect the Smart Points count at all. I actually just made a huge batch of this soup, and am freezing individual portions of it, so I can have it on hand when I’m hungry or hangry (so hungry that I’m angry). It prevents me from eating food that isn’t a part of my healthy eating plan which can derail my progress. If you love stuffed cabbage rolls, I highly recommend this leaner, lighter, soup version instead! Enjoy. And Happy New Year!!

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Roasted Eggplant Salad Recipe – 1 Smart Point

Roasted Eggplant Salad

In my opinion, eggplants are one of the most under-used vegetables. This Roasted Eggplant Salad is perfect example of how easy they are to use and flavorful the eggplant is. By roasting it, the eggplant develops a beautiful, smoky flavor. Combine it with the crunchy, fresh bell peppers and onions, then finish it off with fresh lemon juice and olive oil, and you’ve got one amazing mouthful of deliciousness. And since the only ingredient that’s counted in this recipe is the olive oil, each serving comes out to just 1 Smart Point per serving. I’ll use this salad as a topping for my chicken, a dip for my pita, or I’ll add a chopped hardboiled egg to it for protein packed side salad. It’s so versatile and so flavorful, you’ll find yourself making it over and over again.

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Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Lemon Garlic Dip – 1 Smart Points

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Lemon Garlic Dip

I’m not ashamed to admit that brussel sprouts are one of mine (and my children’s) favorite vegetables. I make them A LOT, and to keep them from getting too boring, I try to find new ways to prepare them. One of my favorites, is this Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Lemon Garlic Dip Recipe. The creamy, tangy, and refreshing dip is the perfect complement to the salty, smoky, bitterness of the brussel sprouts. Plus, the dip can be made in a pinch, so it’s a great way to jazz up your vegetable side dish with little effort. Calculating only the dip and the oil for roasting, this dish clocks in at just 1 Smart Point per serving! That’s pretty hard to beat for something so tasty. If you are in need of a healthy, vegetable side dish recipe that is sure to impress, these Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Lemon Garlic Dip are sure to be a hit. Enjoy!

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Lemon Pepper Vegetables – 1 Smart Point

Lemon Pepper Vegetables

One of my favorite ways to make vegetables is to steam or sauté them and then season them. I found a grill seasoning once that was really delicious, but it used dried rosemary and sometimes the twigs would get stuck in your teeth. I decided that since I loved the flavor, but not the rosemary, I would try my own seasoning. I found a perfect combination that I love to use when I want some steamed or sautéed vegetables, but want to add some extra flavor. One of the key ingredients is lemon pepper. It seems to add a little brightness to the flavor that really sets the vegetables off. I love to season steamed cauliflower and carrots this way. It’s a healthier way to add some flavor to them without adding cheese or butter and brown sugar. But this time I sautéed some mixed veggies and added my favorite spices. I loved the result. It added a delicious flavor to the vegetables and really spiced them up without adding extra calories. It’s quick and easy, and you can even mix up the spices ahead of time in a large batch to make it easier. [Read more…]

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Lemon Pepper Vegetables – 1 Points +

Lemon Pepper Vegetables

Our garden hasn’t done great this year, but I’ve still enjoyed cooking with the produce we’ve gotten out of the garden. These delicious grilled lemon pepper vegetables are a wonderful side. The easiest way to make these is by using a grill pan, but you can also wrap them in aluminum foil to grill them. Or they can be baked or stir fried. They are bright and colorful – which is one of the (many) reasons why I love to add a side of vegetables to every meal. Vegetables are so easy to make in so many different ways. They add color and texture to the meal, not to mention flavor and nutrients. One of the best things about these vegetables is that you can change it up with whatever you happen to have on hand, they’ll be just as tasty.
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Stir Fry Vegetables – 1 Point +

One of the vegetable dishes that I love to do is stir fry veggies. They are so simple, but really delicious, every time. It doesn’t matter what kind of vegetables you have on hand – or even whether they’re frozen or fresh (or a combination of both). I frequently use fresh onions, peppers and carrots with frozen broccoli and peas. You can also add a can of baby corn, if you like. I don’t use a lot of seasoning on my veggies, just enough to add a little flavor to them. They go so well with teriyaki chicken, grilled salmon or even steak.

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