Summer weather may be kicking in here in CA, but I still crave a bowl of hot soup occasionally! Especially when I’m making grilled cheese sandwiches. But my light tomato soup is homemade from scratch and is absolutely perfect for spring or summer. Using fresh, whole tomatoes makes a HUGE difference in the flavor of the soup vs. buying the stuff that’s pre-made in a can or a box. And it was incredibly quick and easy to make! Even my 5yr old loved eating some for dinner and taking leftovers in his lunch the next day. You could make this Classic Creamy Tomato Soup recipe even lighter by using a fat free or low fat ricotta cheese instead of the parmesan, but I think the parmesan adds such a beautiful flavor dimension, and I love it. Just 4 Points + for a nice hearty serving…if you love tomato soup, you’ve gotta try this one!
I’ve been meaning to post this Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe for a while now, but when my husband and kids came down with sore throats, coughs and runny noses this past week, I whipped up a batch for them, and realized I MUST share this recipe…NOW! It’s sooooooo good, and truly the best homemade chicken soup recipe I’ve ever made. It’s an incredibly easy recipe and the flavors are divine. To keep it on the lighter side, I used chicken breasts, but you can use any cut of chicken you’d like. I often do breasts and drumsticks, since my family prefers the dark meat, and I prefer the breast meat. And the key is using a really good egg noodle. I LOVE this egg pasta from Bionaturae….they taste so fresh and light. The next time you need some chicken soup, do yourself (and your body) a favor – skip the can and make this Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup instead — it tastes way too good to be just 4 Points + per serving. Enjoy!
If you were a fan of my Crock Pot Beer Chicken, then you must try this Oven Roasted Beer Chicken too! It’s the faster version that still maintains that wonderful beer flavor. I have made this with a variety of chicken pieces as well as with just the chicken breasts, and it all turns out wonderful, so feel free to use any cut you like. However, the Points + are based on just the chicken breasts, as they are the leanest and lowest in Points. Perfect for the beer-loving dad, this would make a fabulous Weight Watchers Father Day recipe – dad will never even know he’s eating a low calorie dish! I’m also planning on using the sauce as a marinade and grilling the chicken for a 4th of July BBQ this year, and I am confident that will be a HUUUUGE hit. I’ve made this using Guiness, Coronoa Light, and Sam Adams, and all were equally good. I’d suggest using a quality beer, if you can. Serve with some garlic bread and grilled veggies for a complete meal. Enjoy!
Satisfy your cravings for comfort food casseroles with this easy, low fat, Leek and Cauliflower Gratin Recipe. Just 4 Points + per serving, and you get a heaping helping of delicious leeks and cauliflower, smothered in a creamy cheese sauce and topped with crunchy Panko. Simple, yet satisfying, and very Weight Watchers friendly. It makes a wonderful side dish to go with a lean protein like fish or chicken, and it re-heats really well the next day. Also, it’s a surprisingly easy dish to make. I loved making this as a side dish for dinner one night, and then using the leftovers for the next day’s dinner side dish, too. This is really a great Weight Watchers casserole recipe to add to your menu. Enjoy!
Always on the lookout for healthy, Weight Watchers friendly snacks, I’m sharing one of my new, FAVORITE crackers for today’s Fabulous Food Find Fridays post. I recently came across Van’s Natural Foods Multigrain Gluten Free Crackers on the shelf at my local Target, and grabbed a couple of boxes to take home. First of all, each 30 cracker serving is just 4 Points +, making them a wonderful Weight Watchers snack to have on hand. But, these whole grain, gluten free goodies are also minimally processed and made from fresh ingredients. Plus, did I mention they taste fantastic? Crispy, crunchy and delicious, they are loaded with 16g of whole grains including oats, quinoa and amaranth. After enjoying them with some of my cauliflower hummus, I got the idea to utilize them in an old recipe I grew up with that was in need of a healthy makeover…my mom’s Vegetable Cheese Casserole. Keep reading to get the recipe!
The only food other than pizza that I absolutely obsess over, is buffalo chicken wings. Mostly, it’s the sauce that I crave, and I will pretty much eat buffalo chicken flavored anything. I simply CANNOT resist. So at home, I love to experiment with new buffalo chicken recipes that are delicious but still Weight Watchers friendly. Recently, I whipped up some of these Buffalo Chicken Meatballs and they were truly out of this world! So easy to make, and a lot less messy than wings! Plus each 4 meatball serving was only 4 Points +! I actually made these for my husband and I for dinner one night, so I made 24 large meatballs. You can make this into a low calorie mini meatball appetizer recipe by forming the meat mixture into 36-40 mini meatballs instead of 24. Serve them with toothpicks, and they will for sure be a guaranteed hit at any party! While Frank’s Red Hot Sauce is my hot sauce of choice for this Weight Watchers Recipe, feel free to use any kind you’d like, as long as it has no fat or carbs like Frank’s. If you are a fan of buffalo chicken wings, I highly recommend giving this Buffalo Chicken Meatballs Recipe a try immediately!
St. Patrick’s Day is almost here, and I’ve been in the kitchen experimenting with a few new recipes to celebrate the holiday with. One of which are these incredible Irish Soda Bread Muffins. Traditional Irish Soda Bread is usually made in a loaf with just flour, buttermilk, baking soda, and salt. But these Irish Soda Bread Muffins put a tasty twist on the traditional Irish fare. By adding in some honey and golden raisins, the muffins get a slightly sweet taste, while still maintaining a moist and heavenly texture that is typical of traditional Irish Soda Bread. I let my kids help me make these, and I allowed them to add in some of their favorite additions, so they added some regular raisins, sunflower seeds and goji berries to a few of the muffins, which were quite tasty. :) A few small adjustments make these muffins an ideal Weight Watchers St. Patrick’s Day Recipe to share. Best served warm, with coffee or tea.
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!