Liven up a standard Roasted Butternut Squash Recipe with the addition of two wonderfully bold flavors – tahini sauce and za’atar spice blend. In this Weight Watchers side dish recipe, the sweet, buttery squash is complemented by the roasted sesame flavor of the tahini sauce and the alluring spice mixture of the zaatar. If you haven’t ever tried za’atar before, once you do, I guarantee it will become one of your pantry staples! It’s a Middle Eastern spice blend that involves some combination of ground dried oregano, thyme or marjoram, ground sumac, toasted sesame seeds and often, salt. It’s often used on breads, chicken, and on top of hummus or soft cheeses. Zaatar has an amazing and unique flavor that is aromatic, and tangy at the same time. This simple, yet amazing side dish is not only delicious and full of nutrients, each serving is just 4 Points +, making it a very Weight Watchers friendly recipe too.
I love bacon so much, it really should just have it’s own category on my blog. As I’ve mentioned here before, Applegate Naturals Reduced Sodium Sunday Bacon is my latest favorite, and I love utilizing it in new Weight Watchers Recipes. Recently, it was the star of my Lentil Bacon Soup Recipe and it was fantastic! The healthy lentils are full of fiber, making this one very satisfying soup. And of course, the bacon does it’s job of bringing the flavor to a whole other level. The broth is boldly flavored with cumin and coriander, and the touch of lemon juice brings a nice level of acidity. All in all…it’s perfect, and I loved it. And each serving is just 4 Points +! This hearty winter Weight Watchers soup recipe is a must try this season.
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!
If you’ve ever had tabbouleh salad before, you know how delicious it is. But the fact that it’s traditionally made with bulgar (a grain), the Points Plus can really rack up quickly due to the high amount of carbohydrates. By simply replacing the bulgar with grated cauliflower instead, you get a dish that tastes ridiculously similar to traditional tabbouleh, but for just 4 Points + per serving. Its light and refreshing flavor makes this side salad a wonderful accompaniment to your favorite meal. And it’s slam packed with vegetables, so you get a nice healthy dose of those, too. Now, some people may argue the Points Plus value on this Weight Watchers recipe, due to the fact that except for the olive oil, everything else is 0 Points Plus when eaten alone. However, my Weight Watchers leader said that when you combine all the vegetables together in a recipe like this, it changes the structure and can therefore raise the Points Plus value. So, what I did here was calculate all the nutritional information for each ingredient, and added it all together. Then entered it into my Weight Watchers Points Plus Calculator, and came up with 4 Points + per serving. If you are counting just the olive oil, it’s 2 Points + per serving. Either way, it’s a great bargain and absolutely delicious side salad recipe. This is a MUST try, folks!
It’s officially fall, and the pumpkin flavored food craze is in full effect. You can now find just about anything and EVERYTHING in a pumpkin flavor. If you love pumpkin, I imagine you’re having a field day with all the options out there right now. And one that I think is a great feature for Fabulous Food Finds Friday is Quaker Oatmeal’s Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice Instant Oatmeal. As if Quaker didn’t make enough tasty choices in their collection of instant oatmeals already, their Pumpkin Spice flavor is a wonderful addition, and is already a smashing success (it’s even being sold on eBay!). Each little convenient packet is just 4 Points Plus, making it a wonderful choice for an easy, healthy, and delicious Weight Watchers breakfast. So if you want to feel like you’re eating pumpkin pie for breakfast, I highly suggest you get out there and snag some of these before they’re gone! Though, if you have the time to cook homemade oatmeal, my Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Recipe is to DIE for, and I highly recommend trying it!!
Lately my kids have been all about eating cod. And if my kids are on a roll with eating healthy fish, then I’m going to ride that train for as long as I can! So today’s Weight Watchers fish recipe is a Baked Cod with Olive and Tomato Tapenade that is truly incredible. The briny olives combined with the warm, acidic tomatoes makes for a delicious, yet light topping for the mild cod fish. Plus, the fish cooks so quickly, so this dinner can be put together with minimal time, which makes my life much easier during hectic weeknights. If you want to make your own olive tapenade, you can. But I like to keep things easy and just buy it pre made. Trader Joe’s has a good one – it’s in the refrigerated section. But many stores also offer a lot of jarred options too, which can be found where the cans of olives are. At a mere 4 Points + per serving, this Weight Watchers Recipe has become one of my favorites!
A simple and light side dish recipe that packs quite a punch are these delicious Greek Roasted Lemon Potatoes. The amazing bright lemon flavor is accentuated with garlic and oregano to give it a hint of Greek flair. This takes just minutes to prepare and goes well with just about anything, so it’s become a staple around here! This Weight Watchers potato recipe was a huge hit with the whole family, and each serving is just 4 Points +. If you don’t mind an extra Point, try adding a tbsp of reduced fat feta cheese crumbles to each serving – it’s incredibly good. This makes for a perfect, hearty side dish that still feels light and flavorful. Enjoy!
These amazingly delicious new Lean & Fit Breakfast Sandwiches from Evol. have been a lifesaver for me on busy mornings. I’m so busy making everyone’s breakfast, packing lunches, feeding the pets, and getting the kids ready for school, that I rarely have time to cook myself a healthy breakfast. So having something convenient and ready-made is really key in helping me start my day on the right track. And the new breakfast sandwiches made by Evol. (love spelled backwards – isn’t that cute?!) have won my heart. Each Lean & Fit sandwich is just 4-5 Points Plus, and they are available in two delicious option – Egg White, Kale, Roasted Tomato & Goat Cheese and Chicken Apple Sausage, Egg White & Cheddar. YUM! Keep reading to learn more…
Get a powerful dose of protein with Forte’s High Protein Gelato! I just discovered these at my local Sprouts store and I’m so glad I decided to pick some up. The creamy, delicious and low Points gelato, offers a fantastic 15g of protein per serving. Not only does this fantastic, sweet dessert satisfy your sweet tooth cravings, the high level of protein really helps to make you feel full. Does this mean I can eat gelato for breakfast instead of an egg!?? Just sayin’. Keep reading to learn more about Forte High Protein Gelato…
These Breakfast Phyllo Wraps are perfect for when you need a breakfast on the go! I am almost always eating breakfast while I’m in the car or while I’m walking around the house getting the kids ready for school in the morning…so something nutritious, delicious, and that can be carried in one hand is ideal. I usually make these wraps in bulk and then freeze them, so whenever I need one, I can just pop it out of the freezer and heat it up. My Breakfast Phyllo Wraps are basically a traditional breakfast of bacon and eggs topped with American cheese and rolled into a phyllo that is baked until crisp and golden brown. To keep it lighter and healthy, I used egg whites, whole wheat phyllo, and fat free cheese. If Points aren’t a concern of yours, feel free to use real eggs and cheese. Also, you add in some onion, tomatoes, mushrooms…any other veggies you’d like, if you want to bulk it up a bit. They are absolutely delicious and a great Weight Watchers breakfast at just 4 Points + per serving.
I’m often asked how I have the time to cook so many healthy, low calorie meals, while still managing to have a life. I totally get that food shopping, food prep, and cooking can be very time consuming and tedious at times. So, one of the things I like to do when I have a busy week ahead, is to cook up this Cilantro Lime Chicken, and store it in the fridge or freezer. It’s one of my basic, staple, go-to chicken recipes that is super easy to make and can be used in many different ways. This way, I have chicken that’s light, healthy, and ready to go when I need to put together a meal quickly. It’s so incredibly flavorful, and works wonderfully in a variety of Weight Watchers Recipes. Use it for wraps, on salads, in soups, or over rice and beans…it’s incredibly versatile. I will often make double or triple the recipe and serve some as dinner one night too. it’s really SO delicious, and having it readily available to me on the days that I don’t feel like/don’t have the time to cook, is a HUGE key to successfully keeping me on track. And with the 4th of July coming up this Friday, I’m planning on using this recipe with whole chicken breasts, thighs, and drumsticks to cook on the grill! Much healthier than traditional burgers and hot dogs, this Cilantro Lime Chicken would make a fantastic Weight Watchers Fourth of July Recipe.
Cheese is, without a doubt, my most favorite food in the world. I eat it in all forms and varieties, and am always finding delicious ways to incorporate it into my Weight Watchers recipes. This Spinach and Mushroom Quesadilla recipe is such a simple and basic dish that takes just minutes to make, and clocks in at just 4 Points + per serving, so it’s another fantastic, low Points recipe that lets me indulge in my beloved cheese! By using a low carb tortilla, and volumizing it with lots of fresh baby spinach and sliced mushrooms, the quesadilla becomes very filling and satisfying, and also keeps the nutritional stats low enough to let me be generous with the cheese. Presented with a light soup or salad, it makes a perfect low calorie lunch. Serve with some salsa and low fat sour cream (1 extra Point) for dipping!