Whole wheat couscous is always a staple in my pantry. My kids love it, and I love finding new ways to incorporate it into my Weight Watchers Recipes. But on the days when I don’t have time to experiment, I rely on this Whole Wheat Couscous with Roasted Vegetables Recipe to provide a healthy side dish recipe that can be prepared quickly and easily. The roasting of the vegetables really helps bring out a wonderful, savory and slightly smoky taste, and allows them to really be the star of this dish, with a basic couscous being their stage. I’ll often vary the types of vegetables I add (roasted butternut squash and mushroom are great options!), and I’ll occasionally add in some cooked lentils or beans, to change it up. But any way I prepare it, it’s a hit every time. And at just 3 Points + per serving, I love having this healthy, low Point recipe in my repertoire. Enjoy.
Ever since I first tried cooking a whole chicken in my slow cooker, I’ve been hooked. It gives me the most delicious, most juicy and moist chicken ever, hands down. They key is to stick it under the broiler for a bit before slow cooking it. This locks in the meat’s natural juices, and helps deliver an absolutely decadent meal. However, if you prefer a more crispy skinned exterior, simply do the broiling process after the chicken is slow cooked. This step is super easy, and will really make a difference in the end product. I also want to note that because this is a whole chicken, the servings will vary in nutritional stats and Points Plus, depending on which part of the chicken you eat and how large that serving is. On AVERAGE, each serving will range in 3-6 Points +, WITHOUT the skin. Breasts would be about 4 Points +, Drumsticks 3 Points +, Thighs 5 Points + …you get the idea. This Weight Watchers Crock Pot Whole Chicken Recipe has gone into our regular meal rotation, because it undeniably delicious. The lemon and rosemary seasoning is my favorite, but you can play around with other spices and herbs as much as you like. TIP: After you’ve removed all the meat, place the carcus of the chicken back in the crock pot with all of the leftover juices, lemons, onion, etc, add water, cover and slow cook on low overnight. The next morning strain out all the bits and you’ve got your own, homemade fresh chicken broth that is a zillion times tastier than any store bought kind! I freeze mine and save it for a future recipe. Seriously…DO THIS…you will love it!
Beets are in abundance right now, and I love finding new and delicious ways to use them. Of course, I’ve had roasted beets by themselves, and I’ve added beets to my salads, but today’s Weight Watchers recipe is for a very simple roasted beet salad that is just beets, basil and a dressing. And it is divine! I was amazed at how much flavor each bite had packed into it. There’s a smoky and sweet taste from the beets, and then the peppery basil and tangy balsamic dressing are the perfect complement. This makes a wonderful and healthy Weight Watchers side dish recipe to serve with just about any meal. Take advantage of all those delicious beets this season and give this Roasted Beet and Basil Salad a try!
I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am to eat brussels sprouts. That’s right, I am a HUGE brussels sprouts fan. And do you know why? Because of this amazing Sriracha Aioli that I make to dip them in. It’s creamy, a bit spicy, a bit tangy, and is truly delicious. It’s a perfect complement to the bold taste of the brussels sprouts, and literally takes just minutes to make. Feel free to use as much or as little of the sriracha as you like, depending on your heat preference. Also, the aoili isn’t limited to just brussels sprouts….it works wonderfully with many other roasted vegetables too, like cauliflower, broccoli, green beans, zucchini….trust me, it’s so good, you’ll start looking for vegetables (or anything!) to dip in it. Thought brussels sprouts are my favorite option. And at just 3 Points +, this Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Sriracha Aioli Recipe is a perfect way to get those veggie servings in!
In an effort to up my legume intake, I whipped up this tasty little Garbanzo Bean Salad last week, and I fell in love. It’s so incredibly simple, take just a few minutes, and is absolutely delicious. The nutty garbanzo bean is combined with fresh cherry tomatoes, a touch of fresh mint, and then tossed with a handmade lemon garlic dressing. It’s so easy, yet delivers quite an impact. Not only is it tasty, but it’s incredibly filling and satisfying. You can also play around with this Weight Watchers recipe, using half garbanzo beans and half black beans, if you like. Or bulk it up with more vegetables like diced cucumbers or bell peppers. I like to make a batch, and then have some as a snack before dinner so I don’t overdo my portions at mealtime. This is truly a fantastic Weight Watchers Salad Recipe that has become a regular around here.
This Roasted Parmesan Garlic Broccoli Recipe got my 5 year old to eat his whole serving of broccoli. Need I say more? It’s child-approved!! But of course, I was also a huge fan. Roasting vegetables are always my preferred way of cooking and consuming them, but topping them off with garlic, parmesan and crispy Panko only makes it better. A bit of fresh lemon juice brightens up the flavors and adds just the right amount of acidity. Each 1 cup serving is just 3 Points +, making this a wonderful Weight Watchers side dish recipe that can be prepared quickly and easily.
Recently, I came across the original version of this Crusted Butternut Squash Recipe at Sprouted Kitchen. And even though it’s the middle of summer, I suddenly was overcome with a desire for this fall recipe. I made just a few tweaks, and was thrilled with how ridiculously delicious this butternut squash recipe was! The savory, seasoned breadcrumb mixture was the perfect accent to the mild, slightly sweet squash. This made a beautiful Weight Watchers side dish recipe that was not only lovely, but absolutely delicious and a fantastic way to get in a healthy veggie serving. I love the idea of serving it for the fall, but it was so darn good, I don’t think I can wait that long to have it again!
Back in May, I put together an awesome Weight Watches Dessert Recipe for a super fabulous blog, It Sux to Be Fat. If you haven’t ever had a chance to read her blog, Jennifer Swafford provides an open and honest dialogue there that covers Weight Loss, Exercise, Recipes and Nutrition. And she does it in a away that makes you feel like you are talking to your best friend, rather than some super skinny weight loss authority. Jennifer has lost 100 lbs with Weight Watchers and her story, advice and support are a great asset to anyone trying to lose weight, so I highly suggest checking out her blog!
Now, about those cupcakes…that’s right – they are just 3 Points + each! Made with a standard cake box mix, and a few healthier substitutions, these cupcakes will rock your world! They make a fantastic summer dessert recipe to bring to a potluck or BBQ, so if you need an idea for a Weight Watchers 4th of July Recipe, this would make an awesome one. Enjoy!
With all the summer zucchini so readily available and cheap, I’m all about creating some delicious new Weight Watchers Zucchini Recipes. I came across the original version of this Zucchini Miso Ponzu Noodles Recipe at Inspiralized.com and couldn’t wait to give it a try! I was so eager to whip out my Veggetti again and get this dish made, that I didn’t even make a trip to the store to grab some snap peas and bell peppers…I just made it with the zucchini and carrots. It was still delicious, but next time, I’ll add the other veggies and maybe even the baked tofu that the original version uses. But keeping it simple was great, and the zucchini noodles turned out perfectly. Tangy, salty and a bit sweet, the miso ponzu sauce was excellent, and using zucchini instead of carb-heavy noodles kept this Weight Watchers recipe very light and low in Points Plus. This dish is a must try!
I’m not going to lie…sometimes I eat junk food. Food that has no nutritional value whatsoever, but just tastes flipping’ delicious. Once in a while, I just need that fix. And Marshmallow Peeps are one of my little junk food addictions. I always get so excited at Easter time when I see them all over the place, and I always treat myself to some. Recently, Peeps Minis have hit store shelves, in a variety of tasty flavors too! And so now I can get my once in a while Peeps fix with 10 little mini Peeps, for just 3-4 Points Plus. I love this idea, because, even though they are smaller than regular Peeps, eating more of them makes me feel like I’m getting more, so it’s easier for me to stop after 1 serving. They come in four great flavors to choose from: Sour Watermelon (my favorite), Vanilla Creme, Chocolate Creme and Strawberry Creme. I found them at Target, but they can be found in the candy aisle at most retailers. But please note, the Vanilla Creme flavor is exclusively at Target.
In an attempt to clean out my pantry last week, I discovered that I had 5 half used bags of quinoa and 3 half used bags of lentils….lol, I guess I should always check to see if I have these items on hand before buying more. So I got to work coming up with a Weight Watchers side dish recipe that would use both of these ingredients in the most delicious way possible. I came across Melissa D’Arabian’s Lentil and Quinoa recipe, and decided to create a take on that. I was thrilled with how delicious and satisfying this dish was! Those lentils and quinoa really bulk up when you cook them, and they made this such a filling salad. Each serving came out to just 3 Points +, which was a very pleasant surprise. Serve it cold or at room temperature, and it’s an ideal dish for spring and summer. Present it with some grilled chicken and roasted vegetables at your next BBQ or potluck!
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….