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.
Combine fresh cherry tomatoes and whole milk mozzarella with peppery arugula for a light and easy Weight Watchers Salad Recipe that is as delicious as it is lovely. This low calorie dish literally takes no more than 5 minutes to make, and it makes such a pretty and flavorful side salad that can accompany a variety of meals. The fresh and mild mozzarella goes wonderfully with the acidity of the fresh tomatoes, and tang of the vinaigrette…and it’s all balanced on a bed of piquant arugula leaves. You can even toss in a handful of fresh basil leaves for an added boost of flavor, if you’d like. Each serving is just 3 Points +, so this is a great way to add some extra pizzaz to your meal without using up a lot of those precious Points.
Snackers can delight in these fantastic Quinoa Chips from Simply 7. High in protein and wonderfully flavored, Simply 7 has recently launched a line of delicious, crunchy chips that are made from the ancient super grain, quinoa. Simply 7 has a line of other chips too (Lentil Chips, Hummus Chips and Pomegranate Chips) which are all very good, but their new Quinoa Chips have really stolen my heart. They come in 4 fabulous flavors – Sea Salt, Barbecue, Sour Cream & Onion, and Cheddar- YUM! And each 20 chip serving is just 3-4 Points Plus. These all natural, gluten-free, Non-GMO crisp and airy chips are absolutely delightful and a perfect Weight Watchers snack food.
Perfect for a laid-back weekend breakfast or brunch, these adorable little Crustless Quiches are not only delicious, but they are just 3 Points + each! By eliminating the tradition quiche crust, this dish becomes a low carb, high protein Weight Watchers breakfast recipe that is flavorful and filling, yet still very light. Also, using egg whites instead of whole eggs makes a big difference in the nutritional content. I love and prefer the taste of egg whites, but these quiches can be made with whole eggs or EggBeaters if you’d rather. Serve with some toast, fresh fruit and a light salad for a complete, low Points Plus meal.
Portion controlled chocolate covered pretzels…YES!!! This is exactly what I need! No matter how many times I say I’m going to buy a bag of chocolate covered pretzels and then divide them up into individual portions, I never do it, and I always end up eating way more chocolate covered pretzels than I should. But thanks to Special K, I can now buy them in convenient, 100 calorie portions that are perfect for when I need a little something to satisfy my sweet/salty tooth all in one delicious bite. I have always adored chocolate covered pretzels, but they are a major trigger food for me, so having them ready to go in prepackaged form for just 3 Points Plus each, makes one thing about dieting a lot easier.
Oh, how I love soup this time of year. And even though I live in CA and the weather has been in the 70′s this week (don’t hate!), I still crave this velvety, rich, and creamy roasted sweet potato soup while I read all the news stories about everyone else surviving the blustery winter. It’s heart and incredibly filling, while still being just 3 Points + per serving. The little touch of orange zest adds just the right kiss of flavor to the slight smokiness of the roasted sweet potatoes. I also like to add a sprinkle of ground chipotle powder on top of each serving to add a kick of heat too. This is the perfect soup for when you don’t feel like chopping lots of vegetables or slaving over a simmering stew all day. It’s quick, easy, and absolutely divine. Enjoy!
Well, here we are…my last recipe post of 2013. I CANNOT believe a whole year has flown by already! And I know that for many of us, the start of the new year means the start (or re-start) of a new healthy eating and weight loss plan. So, as we say goodbye to 2013, let me leave you with this delicious Coconut Lime Chicken Soup Recipe that is sure to warm you up on a cold winter’s day. Soup is a GREAT food to help fill you up without using a lot of Weight Watchers Points, and I always like to try and eat some before going to a big party/dinner/event where I will be tempted by lots of yummy, high fat foods. I love this Coconut Lime Chicken Soup because it is so incredibly flavorful and fresh while still tasting light and revitalizing. And each serving is just 3 Points +! Have a nice sized bowl of this with your favorite salad for a light and healthy lunch, or serve it as an appetizer before dinner to help satiate your appetite. It’s absolutely delicious and very easy to prepare. The serrano peppers can make it a bit spicy, so if you’d prefer it less spicy, just use one or half of one. Enjoy!
And since I won’t be posting again until next year, I want to take a moment thank you all for an incredible 2013….I’m so glad that we all have each other to support and encourage through the struggle of weight loss, as it can seem an insurmountable task to accomplish alone. You have all been an incredible inspiration to me, and I am happy to be able to share my recipes with such a fabulous group of readers. I wish you all a safe and healthy New Year’s! Here’s to a wonderful new year…2014….LET’S DO THIS!!!!!
Happy New Year, everyone!!!
If you love garlic aioli, but hate all the cholesterol, fat, and sodium in most traditional aioli, then you will be thrilled to learn about today’s Fabulous Food Find – Garlic Essence Vegan Aioli from Taste of Essence. Aoili is a traditional French sauce made from garlic, lemon juice, egg yolks and olive oil. While there are many variations on the market, I don’t ever recall a Vegan version tasting as amazing as Garlic Essence. Creamy, garlicky, and incredibly rich, it feels and tastes exactly like a traditional aioli, but with less fat and zero cholesterol. Keep reading to learn more….
Though it may chilly outside, I drink iced coffee year round, and a recent Fabulous Food Find that I want to share today are these delicious Almond Breeze Iced Coffees from Blue Diamond. They come in 4 fantastic flavors: Original, Vanilla, Mocha, and Caramel Macchiato, AND they are just 100 calories per serving. Made with coffee and almond milk, they are the perfect dairy and soy free way to enjoy a low calorie iced coffee beverage that tastes great and has just 3 Points + per serving. Drink them as is, or blend with some ice in your blender for a soy/dairy free Frappuccino! Keep reading to learn more…
Oh, french fries….I truly can never have enough. I adore all varieties and am always eager to experiment with new versions. I whipped up these Baked Cornmeal Crusted Sweet Potato Fries one day when I had not planned my meals for the day and needed a tasty, year healthy side dish to serve my kids’ with their hot dogs for dinner one night (don’t judge….they were organic, nitrate free ones at least). I had some extra cornmeal sitting in my pantry and decided it might be fun to coat the fries with that instead of panko, which I had originally planned. A few extra seasonings, and these turned out delicious! If I was feeling a bit more energetic that day, I would’ve come up with some tasty, yogurt based dip for them, but alas, I did not. So ketchup did the trick, and the fries were a hit. And they came out to just 3 Points + per serving!
With the chilly fall weather in full swing, it’s time to warm up your belly with this hearty, savory and ridiculously healthy Lentil Chili Recipe. Using lentils as the protein source in place of meat and beans, it’s wonderful vegetarian chili that is incredibly satisfying, tremendously flavorful, and yet still only 3 Points + for each nicely sized portion. Lentils have a TON of protein and fiber, so this chili is very filling. And lentils also don’t require soaking, so you can literally toss everything into one pot, and it’s ready in less than an hour. I almost always have all of these ingredients on hand, so it’s perfect for when I want to whip up a quick weekend lunch to serve with our leftover Challah bread from Friday night dinner. I also like to make big batches of this, then freeze and store individual portions so I have something Weight Watchers friendly on hand when I need a quick lunch or dinner. It’s truly a fantastic vegetarian chili recipe that is so good, you won’t even miss the meat. I topped mine with a bit of sour cream and fresh cilantro for garnish…yum!
A perfect quick and easy dinner idea, these no-fuss, low calorie Asian-Style Pork Meatballs are just heavenly! Slightly sweet, slightly tangy, and a bit salty, the flavor combination works perfectly, and the end result in a juicy and mouthwatering meatball. Searing them in the sesame oil first, and then finishing them off in the oven helps to seal in the natural juices of the meat, and also adds a nice touch of sesame flavor. Each four meatball serving comes out to just 3 Points + each, which is fantastic! Serve this with toothpicks for an appetizer, or serve them over steamed rice and paired with a light cabbage salad for a complete meal.