There’s something about pot roasts that just take me back to my childhood and coming in from a chilly fall day to the aroma of a juicy, tender roast in the oven. As a Weight Watchers member, I try to avoid red meat most of the time due to it being higher in Points Plus and higher in cholesterol. But every now and then, I reward myself, and this Cabernet Beef Pot Roast Recipe is a perfect treat. The key in this dish is REALLY getting that roast trimmed of fat. I usually have the butcher trim it for me at the store, then I spend about 10 minutes going over it really well myself and trimming as much fat as possible. Occasionally, I’ll find some really good lean, pre-packaged ones at the store that don’t need trimming at all – like the one I used for this post. And the bonus is that the nutritional stats of the meat were on the label, so I was able to see how much fat was in the meat. The one I used had just 3.5g of fat per 4oz, which was AWESOME. The roast is seasoned and then braised in a red wine broth. It’s very simple, allowing for the true flavor of the beef to shine through. I’m thrilled to have found a healthy pot roast recipe that allows me to enjoy red meat more often!
Crisp, crunchy, incredibly flavorful chips that pack in a whole serving of vegetables per ounce, YES!!!! I originally came across Snikiddy Eat Your Vegetables Chips at a Babies R Us store and decided to give them a try. Man, were they good!!! Totally not what I was expecting. My kids gobbled these up too, so they are a great snack for everyone to enjoy. Of course, eating actual vegetables, at 0 Points Plus is always the better, healthier option. But if you are gonna snack on some chips, you might as well get the most benefits from it that you can, right? Keep reading to learn more…
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.
I’ve had my share of Weight Watchers banana bread recipes, but this version is my favorite. The bread comes out so moist and delicious, and the applesauce and vanilla extract help to give it just the right amount of sweetness without having to use a lot of sugar. If you prefer to use a regular, all-purpose flour with this instead of whole wheat, you absolutely can. Or you can use a mixture of the two flours. But I like the added nutrition of the whole wheat. I also added a few tablespoons of organic raw flaxseed because I was serving this to my kids, but that does add an extra Point or two. So, I posted the recipe without the inclusion of the flaxseed. This low fat banana bread is wonderful with your morning coffee or tea, or for an after dinner sweet treat. And at just 4 Points + for each thick slice, you’ll be thrilled at how filling and satisfying it is. Enjoy!
I have always adored peanut butter, but when I came across Justin’s fabulous looking line of Nut Butters at my local Whole Foods, I was dying to give it a try and compare it to my beloved peanut butter. The majority of their nut butters are almond based, as opposed to peanut. Almonds are one of, if not THE healthiest nut you can eat, and I love finding ways to incorporate more nuts in my diet. Plus, Justin’s Nut Butters offer a selection of six amazing flavors: Classic Almond, Honey Almond, Maple Almond, Chocolate Almond, Vanilla Almond and Chocolate Hazelnut, in addition to also offering a Classic Peanut Butter and Honey Peanut Butter. So I grabbed myself a jar of the Vanilla Almond Butter, and a few packets of other flavors to sample (yes, they also come in portion controlled packets, people!) I decided to try my new almond butter in a very basic way…spread onto some apple slices. OH EM GEE. It was absolutely divine! The flavor of the almond comes through perfectly, with just the slightest hint of vanilla. And I loved how fresh this product tasted…like it was literally made from scratch in my kitchen. I was thrilled with how absolutely delicious this stuff was! MOVE OVER PEANUT BUTTER. Keep in mind though, this is a nut butter, so in order to incorporate it into my Weight Watchers plan, I can’t go overboard with it. It is a healthy fat though, so a serving size of 2 tbsp for 5 Points + is ideal. Keep reading to learn more about Justin’s Nut Butters…PLUS get my Weight Watchers Recipe for Light Chocolate Fudge Brownies with a Vanilla Almond Butter swirl!
Orange Flavored Chicken is one of my all time favorite Chinese foods. But given that it’s dish that is usually breaded, deep fried chicken in a thick, sweet and sticky sauce, it’s not really the best choice if you are following the Weight Watchers plan. So in order to have my orange chicken and eat it too, I put together a much healthier and lighter version that clocks in at just 4 Points + per serving. Plus, it is an incredibly easy recipe, taking less than 30 minutes to prepare. By sautéing instead of deep frying, and creating a lighter sauce, you still get fantastic flavor but for a LOT less fat, calories and carbs. It’s surprisingly quick and easy to make, and works wonderfully served over steamed brown rice and broccoli. Admittedly, this Light Orange Chicken was so good that one serving just wasn’t enough for me, so I ate two serving with no rice, which ended up at 9 Points +. Still way less than what I’d eat at a restaurant, so overall, Id say that’s pretty awesome.
Growing up, I always remember my grandma making kidney bean salad, and back then, I wouldn’t come within 50 feet of it. This is because I was adamantly against the consumption of all vegetables and all beans. Ah, how I wish my adult self could go back and tell my kid self what a fool she was! Kidney bean salad is nothing short of delicious, and it’s loaded with hearty and filling ingredients. Each nicely sized serving packs in a ton of fiber and protein, so it really helps to satiate the appetite. My version is dressed in a light and simple olive oil and lemon juice that perfectly complements the natural flavors of the beans and bell peppers. And at just 4 Points + per serving, this Kidney Bean Salad Recipe makes a perfect low calorie side dish for lunch or dinner. Any leftovers taste great the next day too.
Perfect for a fast and easy weeknight Weight Watchers dinner recipe, this Onion Honey Dijon Chicken gets the job done, and done well! It’s mildly sweet and tangy, and the chicken comes out perfectly tender and juicy. Each serving is just 4 Points +, making it as guilt free as it is delicious. Serve over rice or pasta and pair with a fresh salad or roasted vegetables for a complete meal. If you aren’t concerned about Points, then I recommend also throwing in a few chicken thighs as well. They are SO juicy and flavorful in this recipe. Enjoy!
Today’s Fabulous Food Find is yet another gem from the fabulous Trader Joe’s. Their Pomegranate Blueberry Sherbet is one of the absolute BEST frozen sorbets/sherbets I’ve ever had. It is so silky and smooth, and the sweet and tart flavor combination is perfection. It’s lighter and more refreshing than fat-laden ice cream, but it’s also a lot creamier than most other brands of sherbet I’ve tried, and believe me, I’ve tried a TON. It tastes real, not artificial, and is so amazingly good that I find myself making more and more quick trips to Trader Joe’s just to buy more. Each 1/2 cup serving is 4 Points Plus, but if you are having a bad day and eat the whole pint in one sitting, well that ends up being 14 Points Plus, which really isn’t that bad, considering. C’mon…you know you’ve had those kinda days… :)
This deliciously healthy and low calorie Stuffed Cabbage Saute is a variation of traditional stuffed cabbage rolls, which is a popular Polish recipe. However, making stuffed cabbage rolls can be a pesky and time consuming task, but my simpler sauté version in all prepared in one pot making it an easy Weight Watchers recipe that anyone can successfully prepare. It’s low in fat, high in fiber and protein, and has that wonderful sweet and sour taste that I’ve always adored in stuffed cabbage rolls. And at just 4 Points + per serving, it’s a great way to fill up while still staying within your Weight Watchers Points budget. This easy and flavorful dish was a huge hit at my house and something I’ll be making again and again. Enjoy!
If you love those deliciously dangerous Cinnabon rolls at the mall, then you will flip for today’s Fabulous Food Find – New York Style Sweet Swirls Cinnabon Baked Snack Crisps! They taste like someone took a giant Cinnabon roll, smooshed it down and baked it into the most amazing cracker you’d ever had. Each 7-piece serving is just 4 Points Plus, making it a great sweet tooth-busting snack. They recently caught my eye while I was shopping at a local Ralph’s, and I decided to give them a try for the sake of research. And because I LOOOOOOOOOVE Cinnabon rolls. Though, I haven’t had one in more years than I can recall due to their deadly nutritional stats. They were way more tasty than I had anticipated, and I will absolutely be buying these again.
Here’s one of my favorite wintertime Weight Watchers Recipes for Danish Meatballs with Gravy. The ground turkey is mixed with a bit of Greek yogurt to help keep the meat from becoming dry without adding fat, and the touch of nutmeg that is added really gives it the perfect hint of seasonal flavor. These Danish meatballs are baked, and then topped with a fresh, homemade gravy that is creamy and delicious. And the best part is that each generous serving is just 4 Points +! This is seriously a wonderful, light comfort food recipe to help get you started on that New Year’s Resolution. Serve over rice or noodles, and pair with a light salad for a complete meal.