Lately, my kids have been really into carrots. And when they are on a roll with a vegetable, I ride that wave as long as I can! So in an effort to keep the carrots coming, I’ve been experimenting with some tasty new ways to prepare them. And at recent Shabbat dinner at a close friend’s house, she introduced me to this amazing Cumin Lime Carrot Salad dish. It was so light and delicious and made a perfect low calorie side dish. Each bite offers the zing of the salty, lime vinaigrette with the balance of the sweet carrots. The kick of garlic and cumin add a wonderful boost of flavor! I also love that this is such an easy salad to throw together, and the colors look absolutely gorgeous. The carrots are cooked until just tender – you’ve gotta be careful not to overcook them, or your salad will be mush. Adding the lime juice and spices while the carrots are still warm allow them to really penetrate the carrots, making for one seriously delicious salad.
Ok, StarKist Tuna Creations may have been around for a while now, but in the instance that any of you may be unaware, I feel that it’s necessary to let you all know about them. Perfect for packing a quick lunch on a busy weekday, these portion controlled, individual packets of flavored tuna are nothing short of fantastic. They come in 5 different flavors (Lemon Pepper, Hickory Smoked, Ranch, Herb & Garlic, Sweet & Spicy), but my personal favorite is the Ranch…sooooooo good! Toss it with some fresh greens for an easy and delicious tuna salad, spread it on some whole wheat toast or crackers, or just eat it straight out of the pouch. StarKist Tuna Creations have been a life saver for me on the days I have a hectic schedule and don’t always have the time to prepare a healthy lunch.
To end our last Fabulous Food Finds of 2013 with a bang, I’m sharing a recent find that literally had me squealing with delight – Corazonas Mini Oatmeal Squares. At just 2 Points Plus each, they are a very satisfying, very tasty, and incredibly nutritious little snack. They are made with quality ingredients and do not taste AT ALL like they are low calorie. As much as I love the Weight Watchers Program, I really don’t like most of their packaged products, as they tend to taste very artificial. So when I discovered Corazonas Mini Oatmeal Squares, I was thrilled to find something that tasted amazing, and was also quite healthy. Keep reading to learn more…
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!
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!
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope you are enjoying the day with family, friends, and the most amazing of foods. Once the feasting ends, and you are looking to “detox” from all the deliciousness that Thanksgiving brings,filling up on a lot of greens is a great way to do it. This Spicy Herb Salad Recipe that my father-in-law taught me, is one of my absolute favorite salads ever. It’s just a few simple ingredients, but the flavor and textures that it delivers are incredible. With no lettuce to be found in this salad, the base is nothing but fresh, finely chopped herbs. Enhanced with onions, jalapeños and serrano peppers, then dressed with lemon juice, garlic and olive oil, it’s a simple yet sophisticated salad that is light, flavorful, and a fantastic change of pace. The parsley really helps to de-bloat you too, which is an added benefit. There are a lot of peppers in this salad, so feel free to use less if you don’t want it too spicy. Be aware that the recipe as posted, is very spicy. If you want to shake things up a bit and try something new and unique, this Spicy Herb Salad Recipe will definitely do the trick. Enjoy!
Shake things up a bit with this Pumpkin Pasta Sauce over your favorite, high fiber pasta instead of traditional marinara. It’s packed with vitamins and minerals and it is so rich and decadent, while still maintaining a light feel. The addition of the pumpkin and sage give it that wonderful, seasonal flavor without being overpowering. Feel free to add in some grilled chicken to bulk it and pack in some more protein. I love to serve this over rotini noodles for the kids, as it’s a great way to get in some extra nutrition without letting them know that they are eating a vegetable. Keep in mind, this Weight Watchers Pumpkin Pasta Sauce Recipe lists the Points + for the sauce ONLY, and does not include the pasta noodles. So, make sure to factor those in. This is an excellent family dinner recipe idea for a busy weeknight, as it can prepared pretty quickly and tastes fantastic.
One of the things I’ve learned over the course of many trips to Israel is the glorious, deliciousness of the eggplant. Growing up, I had never, EVER been served anything with eggplant, and now I am sad about the many years I missed out on. I love cooking eggplant now in a variety of ways, but one of my favorite eggplant recipes is this simple, yet savory Roasted Eggplant with Tahini Sauce Recipe. I love the smoky taste that the eggplant takes on when it’s roasted, and then the amazing and fresh tahini sauce drizzled over the top just makes it absolutely perfect. For those of you who aren’t familiar with tahini, it’s a thick paste made from crushed sesame seeds. Actual tahini sauce, which is used to accompany many middle eastern dishes, is a mixture of tahini paste, lemon juice, garlic, and water. I wish that I could say I was the master of making homemade tahini sauce, but to get the texture just right is a bit of an art form…an art form that I am still trying to perfect. But it is delicious and worth every attempt. These eggplant slices are great as a side dish to your main course, and also work really well as a sandwich topping too (on top of grilled chicken is my FAVORITE!) This tasty, low calorie recipe comes out to just 2 Points + per serving, and is loaded with fiber, making it a wonderful idea for Weight Watchers Recipes. Enjoy!
Recently, I came across this Cauliflower Fried Rice Recipe at Fresh Family Meals, and was extremely skeptical about the end result. Traditional Chinese Fried Rice is one of the most popular and beloved Chinese food recipes out there, and some things are just sacred. That being said, I sure do LOVE fried rice, so despite my skepticism, the promise of delicious, low Points fried rice made me believe it was worth a shot. I tweaked the original version of the recipe just a tad to make it a bit tastier and a bit more Weight Watchers friendly, but let me tell you, it was fantastic! I can honestly say that it tasted pretty darn close to traditional fried rice, though each cup sized serving came out to just 2 Points + vs the 10 Points Plus of restaurant prepared fried rice. That is a HUGE deal people. And it is surprisingly easy to prepare…the only real work involved is grating the cauliflower. I’d recommend a food processor for this task, but if you don’t have one, a cheese grater will work just fine, it’ll just require more elbow grease. This would make a perfect low Points Weight Watchers Side Dish to serve with your favorite main course…I served it with my Sesame Chicken, and it was perfection. Low calorie, low fat, low carb, low Points, and fabulous, familiar flavor…what more could you ask for? This Cauliflower Fried Rice Recipe is an absolute must try.
It’s officially fall, folks! And what better way to kick off the season than with this delicious Pumpkin Soup Recipe with Spicy Chipotle Cream. The slightly sweet and savory mellowness of the pumpkin soup is perfectly complemented with a touch of heat from the chipotle seasoned yogurt. And I love that extra bit of creamy tartness from the yogurt! If you don’t have the yogurt on hand, sour cream would work just as well. My two year old devoured the soup, but I made sure not to add the spicy chipotle cream to her serving. It’s a delicious and comforting soup whose velvety smooth texture and delectable spices will have you making this it year round. Serve this pumpkin soup as a first course, or Weight Watchers Appetizer Recipe, or pair with your favorite salad or sandwich for lunch. Just 2 Points + for about 1 cup – an amazing bargain. Enjoy!
Just spotted these new, low calorie ice cream bars at Sprouts, and they are sooooooo good, I couldn’t wait to share! Enlightened, The Good For You Ice Cream, has launched a line of ice cream bars that are just 70 calories each and only 3g of sugar, with NO artificial sweeteners, and are only 2 Points + per bar. They also don’t have any synthetic dyes or flavors, which is great. But most importantly, they taste fantastic, and make a great sweet tooth satisfy-er for when I need ice cream, but don’t have many Weight Watchers Points Plus left to spend. Sure, there are lots of other frozen treats out there in stores that are low in Points, but I love Enlightened because they have really kept their product natural. And they are loaded with fiber and protein, so they really help keep you satisfied.
This basic Oriental Cabbage and Cranberry Salad Recipe tastes so amazing, it’s hard to believe that each serving is just 2 Points + and that it’s so incredibly easy to make. It’s one of my go to salad recipes for when I need a quick prep side dish that doesn’t require a lot of chopping. I buy the cabbage already shredded in a package, so I just dice up some green onions, make the dressing, and let it sit in the fridge until dinner time. My kids love the flavors and don’t realize that they are eating a vegetable. Sometimes I’ll add toasted almonds or edamame for an added nutrition boost, but keep in mind that will increase the Points + value. Truly delicious, my Oriental Cabbage and Cranberry Salad is a favorite around our house. Not only for it’s low Points value, but because it tastes fantastic.