Tabbouleh – 4 Points +

Tabbouleh

Tabbouleh (or tabouli) is a Middle Eastern vegetarian side dish made with tomatoes, cucumber, herbs, bulgur wheat and onion. It’s seasoned with olive oil and lemon juice. This is a very refreshing, summery dish that goes well with just about anything. Since I don’t eat wheat, I usually make this with quinoa (much to my husband’s annoyance, since he doesn’t care for quinoa). It’s traditionally made with bulgur wheat, but quinoa works well with it as a gluten free option. With fresh herbs from the garden, this is a perfect time of the year to make this delicious and refreshing side dish.

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Green Bean & Potato Salad – 4 Points +

Green Bean & Potato Salad

When I saw this recipe, I just had to try it. Life in the Midwest includes a lot of potatoes, and right now the green beans are fresh from the garden. It’s a perfect time to try this salad, and this salad is wonderful. The tart vinegar combined with the potatoes and green beans is perfect. The potatoes and green beans are tender, but still crisp enough to provide some texture. This salad is sure to be at hit at your next family dinner, barbecue or potluck.

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Oven Roasted Vegetables – 4 Points +

Oven Roasted Vegetables

These vegetables are a great way to make your vegetables simple, easy and incredibly delicious. They go well with grilled chicken breast, pork roast, steak, or just about anything else that you’d like to pair them with. The lemon juice helps to keep them fresh and bright, and if you’d like a little extra spice in them, use seasoned pepper instead of black pepper. You can use baby red potatoes, russet or yukon gold potatoes. Baby red potatoes add a beautiful red to the dish – and you don’t have to peel them. These flavorful veggies are loved by everyone in the family.

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Potato Salad – 4 Points +

Potato Salad 

It’s summer time, and what says summer more than a picnic on a beautiful day? One of my favorite picnic foods growing up was my mom’s potato salad. It’s really delicious, and it’s something that is easy and quick to make, but ends up fabulous every time. I live in the Midwest now, and we love our potatoes, so this dish fits in at every picnic and potluck. It’s something that my husband begs me to make. I like to make baked potatoes a couple of days before, and then just peel and slice the extra for this potato salad instead of boiling the potatoes to start with. It makes it even quicker – and you don’t have to try to work with hot potatoes! We had it the other night with BBQ pulled pork, coleslaw and fresh fruit. It’s delicious and sure to please the whole family.

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Ground Turkey Patties with Tahini Yogurt Sauce – 4 Points +

Ground Turkey Patties with Tahini Yogurt Sauce

When cooking family meals, I always have to take into consideration my kids likes and dislikes. This can be tedious, but it forces me to come up with new and creative foods that not only please my kids, but that my husband and I find delicious. A recent hit was this this Ground Turkey Patties with Tahini Yogurt Sauce Recipe. The turkey was quite moist and tender, and the creamy yogurt tahini sauce was absolutely delicious. I’ve never had tahini combined with yogurt before, so this was new to me, and I found it to be fantastic. My husband and I ate our patties over a bed of lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers with a lemon vinaigrette and then topped with the yogurt tahini, my daughter ate her patties dipped straight into the tahini yogurt sauce, and my son enjoyed his stuffed into a pita pocket with the sauce, and some of the salad that my husband and I used. So as you can see, it’s a pretty versatile dish. Each 3 patty serving, with sauce, is just 4 Points +, making this a wonderfully light meal choice. Though this recipe states it makes 6 servings, it is a small serving, so you may end up choosing extra 1 or 1/2 a serving to feel really satisfied. Enjoy!

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Orange Cauliflower Recipe – 4 Points +

Orange Cauliflower

The dilemma is all too familiar….Orange Chicken…it’s DELICIOUS. But, it’s deep fried and then smothered in an indescribable sweet/sour/spicy/orange-y sauce. Therefore, it’s laden with extra fat, calories, and Weight Watchers Points, and we all try to avoid it. But we can’t. Because it’s sooooooo GOOOOOOOOD. And if you are a vegetarian, the smell of this entree alone is enough to make you reconsider not eating meat. What are we to do? After dealing with this dilemma on a regular basis, I decided to get experimental. And after a few Pinterest inspiration searches, and a few recipe trials and errors, the end result is this delicious Orange Cauliflower, a vegetarian’s version of orange flavored chicken. By subbing out the chicken with cauliflower florets, you still get all the flavors you love, but in a much healthier package. And for those of you who don’t like vegetables, this Weight Watchers Recipe is a FANTASTIC way to eat them! It tastes NOTHING like cauliflower. And while it doesn’t taste exactly the same as the restaurant version, it’s pretty spectacular. So for all you orange chicken junkies out there, and for you vegetarians who’ve always wanted to eat it, this Weight Watchers Orange Cauliflower is your ticket. Just 4 Points Plus per serving, too! Enjoy.

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Almond Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies – 4 Points +

Almond & Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

These delicious cookies are gluten and dairy free, but don’t think they’re going to end up tough, grainy and just downright strange. They are fluffy and tender. Almond butter adds a nutty flavor, but without being too overpowering. These cookies are perfect with the chocolate chips, but if you’re not a fan of chocolate, use chopped pecans or walnuts (the points are the same). You can use any gluten free flour blend for the 1 cup of flour. If you can’t have the xanthan gum, use 3 tablespoons of psyllium husk instead. If you don’t need to make gluten free cookies, just use 3 1/4 cups regular wheat flour (the points don’t change for this substitution). A word of warning – the cookies are best fresh out of the oven and can be a little bit addictive.

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Roasted Butternut Squash with Tahini and Za’atar – 4 Points +

Roasted Butternut Squash with Tahini and Za’atar

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.

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Lentil Bacon Soup Recipe – 4 Points +

Lentil Bacon Soup

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.

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Crock Pot Lemon Rosemary Whole Chicken Recipe – 3-6 Points +

Crock Pot Lemon Rosemary Whole Chicken Recipe

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!

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Low Carb Cauliflower Tabbouleh Recipe – 4 Points +

Low Carb Cauliflower Tabbouleh

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!

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Quaker Pumpkin Spice Instant Oatmeal – 4 Points +

Quaker Instant Oatmeal in Pumpkin Spice

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!!

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