Today, I want to share one of my staple side salad recipes. This delicious and ridiculously simple Greek salad recipe is made very frequently in my house because it’s so flavorful, everyone loves it, and it goes with a huge variety of main courses. I love the wonderful combination of flavors and textures in this Weight Watchers Greek Salad – sweet, crunchy cucumbers, brine-y olives and the bold, lemony dressing, all topped off with creamy and salty feta crumbles. SO good! And the best part is that each serving is just 2 Points +. It’s a great low calorie salad recipe to add to your collection of staple Weight Watchers recipes that can be relied upon time and time again.
A while back, I came across this Mountain Bread in the refrigerated section at my local Whole Foods store. They looked pretty big, and the nutritional stats indicated that they were only 2 Points + per sheet. So I bought a pack, took them home, and put them to the test, and they were truly fantastic! They are thin and light, but when wrapped around your favorite light wrap fixins’, they are a perfect way to make a big, hearty wrap that is still low in Weight Watchers Points. I’ve eaten them with cold wraps, but prefer to use them with a heated wrap, like this Roasted Red Pepper Wrap. Mountain Bread has only 3 ingredients—flour, water, salt…that’s it! No yeast, no dairy, no cholesterol, no stabilizers, no added sugar, no oil, no artificial ingredients. All varieites have wheat–except Spelt. I used the Natural Mountain Bread Variety, but there are lots of others to choose from (Click HERE to see all the varieties they offer). They also have a long shelf life – 60 days at room temperaure. Freeze for up to 12 months with easy defrost and STILL GET THE 60 DAYS! Sooooo good! Keep reading to learn more…
This Soy and Garlic Sautéed Bok Choy is my new vegetable obsession. It is soooooooo yummy, and I cannot get enough of it…I’ve been making it 2-3 times a week at least. It cooks up really fast and easy too, so I can add a healthy veggie side dish to my meals in just a matter of a few minutes. And bonus – bok choy is super cheap and loaded with nutrients (it’s potassium levels are through the roof!) I like mine with lots of flavor, so I get a bit heavy handed with the garlic and soy. Feel free to use as much or as little of that as you like. I also like to occasionally add in some red pepper flakes for a little spice kick!
With the temperatures around 101-108 degrees here the past few days, all I want to do is eat foods that are cold and refreshing. Lucky for me, I had a few of Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit Pops in my freezer, and they are my latest addiction. Seriously…I may need an intervention because I CANNOT STOP EATING THEM. Chloes’s Fruit Co. has a flagship store in Manhattan, NY where they offer fourteen varieties of soft serve fruit that they rotate on a seasonal basis, and now eight of which are offered in popsicle form! I’m a huge lover of popsicles, and have recommended quite a few different frozen goodies on my blog, but the things that make Chloe’s really stand out to me are the company’s incredible commitment to creating clean eating desserts that are as wholesome as you can get, and the perfectly natural taste of these popsicles. They literally have 3 ingredients: fruit, water, a touch or organic cane sugar. That’s it. Pure, simple, and absolutely delicious. Not only that, but they are free of gluten, dairy, fat and the eight other major allergens. And each one is just 2 Weight Watchers Points! Keep reading to learn more…
Whenever I’m having a hankering for chicken nuggets, I whip up a batch of these zero guilt Baked Cauliflower Bites instead! Barbecue sauce is my usual dip of choice, but I have also had them with homemade honey mustard dip, ranch, Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, and even ketchup. All of which were tremendously delicious. And with each serving being just 2 Points + (not including the sauce), these are a WAAAAAAYYY better choice than chicken nuggets! Because, let’s face it, the nuggets are really only the vehicle for the dipping sauce, so why spend a lot of those Precious Weight Watchers Points on a fast food chicken nugget that’s loaded with terrible ingredients? Baked Cauliflower Bites are the way to go – they are super healthy and are so low in calories that I can go to town with my dipping sauce.
To prevent myself from diving over the counter of Cinnabon at the mall, I like to make a batch of these Cinnamon Roll Bites for just 2 Points + each. They are super quick and easy to make, with the help of Pillsbury Reduced Fat Crescents dough, and taste incredible. The cream cheese icing adds the perfect sweet, gooey touch, and they really taste too good to be true. One or two of these little low calorie cinnamon rolls really helps to satisfy my craving without going overboard. Perfect for a Sunday brunch, potluck, or even as a sweet snack, these 2 Points Cinnamon Roll Bites with Cream Cheese Icing are a must try!
Spring is in full swing, and I’m already getting excited for delicious, seasonal treats! One of my favorites are these All-Natural Goodpop Frozen Pops. They are unbelievably delicious, and are a great treat that I can enjoy without feeling guilty. Also, because they are made with only wholesome, natural, real ingredients, they are a great snack to share with my kids who are OBSESSED with popsicles. All-Natural Goodpop Frozen Pops range from 1-3 Points + each, depending on the flavor. And they come in seven staple flavors: The non-dairy are Watermelon Agave, Strawberry, Strawberry Lemonade, Hibiscus Mint, and the Dairy based ones are Chocolate, Banana Cinnamon, and Coldbrew Coffee…and they are all fantastic!! Additionally, they offer some seasonal flavors like: Pineapple Basil, Mango Chile, Coconut, Pina Colada, and many more! WOW!!!! Seriously, I’m in love with these. Keep reading to learn more….
On a whim, my 5 year old recently picked out some yellow beets at the market, and said “Let’s cook these, mommy!” Who could say no to that?! And having always used red beets in my cooking, I was thrilled to try the yellow this time instead. Roasting beets is such an easy task, and the result is deliciously, sweet and tender beets that take on an entirely different flavor during the roasting process, as opposed to boiling them or eating them raw. I love serving them as a simple, yet deliciously nutritious side dish recipe with many meals, but I always roast extra and save them as salad toppers for later in the week. This roasted beets recipe is a simple version that really beings out the perfect, natural flavor of the beets. A little bit of lemon juice, coarse sea salt and drizzle of olive oil is all it needs…these are excellent!
Sometimes you just GOTTA have something sweet. But before you go and dive headfirst into that calorie laden dessert that will ruin all the good eating you did all day, consider having one of today’s Fabulous Food Finds – Special K Moments Indulgent Snack Bites. I found these recently at my local Target, and was pretty excited to give them a try. They come in two flavors – Caramel Pretzel Bliss and Dreamy Coconut. They were both fantastic! And at 2 Points Plus each, they are just the right size to satisfy your sweet tooth without going overboard. BONUS: They freeze really well! After discovering how tasty they were, I went back to Target and grabbed a few more boxes to stash in my freezer. I always get a sweets craving in the evening, so these Special K Moments have been a lifesaver.
A few weeks ago, I bought a new toy for myself…the Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Cutter. This nifty little gadget allows me to very easily turn whole zucchini into lovely, uniformly shaped zucchini noodles in just a few seconds. This is a lot easy that performing this task with my mandolin slicer, and it’s really quite fun. Eager to put my Veggetti to the test, I whipped up this deliciously fresh and light Zucchini Noodles with Creamy Lemon Chive Sauce Recipe. I made it as a quick, no-cook side dish to a Sunday brunch, and it was excellent. Very light, lemony, and simple, it came out to just 2 Points + per serving. I can’t wait to play around with the Veggetti and see what other great new Weight Watchers Recipes I can create!
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.