Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup – 5 Points +

Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup

I’m someone who loves the grilled cheese sandwich that comes with tomato soup, but I really don’t care for the tomato soup. Until, that is, I made roasted red pepper tomato soup. It’s fabulous. It has the same creamy tomato flavor, but with the added sweetness and richness of the roasted peppers. If you prefer to have a completely smooth and creamy soup, use a food processor, blender or immersion blender. I left mine as it was, and enjoyed the tender pieces of tomato and sweet onion with my grilled cheese.

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Chicken Spring Rolls – 5 Points +

 

I’ll admit, one of the things I miss about not eating wheat is egg rolls. I love the crunchy egg rolls dipped in sweet chili sauce. However, these chicken spring rolls dipped in peanut sauce are just as good, easier to make and healthier as well! You can fill these with any vegetables you like, I used carrots, cucumbers and bell peppers. You can also add mushrooms, lettuce and vermicelli (rice noodles) as well. You can use chicken or shrimp, or leave it out for a vegan option. I cooked my chicken breast in the seasonings, just for a little more flavor, but you can also just slice up leftover grilled chicken breast.

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Green Smoothie – 5 Points +

Healthy green smoothie with spinach in a jar mug on wood

Smoothies make great breakfasts and snacks. They are quick and easy to make, perfect to take on the run. You can make a batch of smoothies ahead of time, and just pour out a glass for a quick breakfast or delicious snack. I used half spinach and half kale, a long with a pear and mango. I love the tropical flavor of the mango and the pear adds a delicious sweetness. The yogurt helps to create a smooth texture. Smoothies store well in the refrigerator, make some extra for a quick and easy snack the next day.

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Roasted Chicken with Lemon, Potatoes & Rosemary – 5 Points +

This recipe was shared with me and it sounded so good that I just had to try it. It’s a delicious twist to the traditional roast chicken. Citrus works so well with chicken, that this is a wonderful addition to any roast chicken. Cooking the chicken and the potatoes is an easy way to have most of the meal prepared in one dish. If you’re someone who doesn’t like the twiggy rosemary – use the same amount of thyme instead. It’ll be just as delicious. I used a whole chicken for this dish, since that’s what I had on hand. It works well with either a whole chicken, or chicken pieces like thighs or legs.

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Roasted Chicken Shawarma Recipe – 5 Points +

Roasted Chicken Shawarma Recipe

One of the many things I love about Southern CA is the access to a fantastic selection of international cuisine. And after getting hooked on chicken shawarma from my trips to Israel, it’s pretty easy to get my craving for it satisfied here. However, the restaurant version is not very Weight Watchers friendly. So I decided to make my oven roasted version that still has all the ridiculously delicious flavors of a traditional chicken shawarma recipe, but with a lot less Weight Watchers Points Plus. Making this dish was incredibly easy, and each 2 piece serving of chicken came out to just 5 Points +. I served this chicken straight out of the pan, but I also like to slice it into thin strips, and stuff it into a pita with some tahini, or feta cheese, and some of Israeli cucumber salad….sooooooo GOOD! This Roasted Chicken Shawarma Recipe is a MUST try!

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Chicken Waldorf Salad – 5 points +

Chicken Waldorf Salad WrapOne of my (and my husband’s) favorite Sunday dinners is roast chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy. My husband loves it because it’s tradition and he loves potatoes and gravy. I love it because it’s delicious, but also because I end up with lots of leftover chicken to use in other delicious things throughout the week. One of those delicious things, and one that I’ve been enjoying for lunch the last couple of weeks, is this Chicken Waldorf Salad. It’s perfect by itself, but you can also have it wrapped in a large lettuce leaf or a whole grain tortilla or pita pocket. This recipes makes lots of it, which means it’s perfect to keep in the fridge for a quick lunch during the week. Any type of leftover chicken will work — roast, grilled, baked, white meat or dark meat. If you have any leftover chicken, try this delicious, simple and easy salad.

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Ranch Meatballs Recipe – 5 Points +

Ranch Meatballs Recipe

A good variation to meatloaf are these tasty Ranch Meatballs! Easy to make and always a crowd pleaser, you can enjoy them in a variety of ways: as is, in a sandwich, with pasta and sauce, on top of salads, in soups, in a pita pocket with salad and tahini sauce…I could go on on. I like to make 2 or 3 batches of them, and freeze them so I have something quick and delicious on hand for when I need a dinner or lunch STAT. My kids love them too, which is great for the evenings where I’m serving a dinner that they don’t like, and I need a healthy alternative for them. They are super tasty and the best part is that you get 6 meatballs for just 5 Points! They key here is using extra lean ground beef – it should be 96% lean and 4% fat – so make sure that’s the one you get if you want to keep this at just 5 Weight Watchers Points. Enjoy!

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Baked Macaroni and Cheese – 5 Points +

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

This baked macaroni and cheese recipe is easy to prepare as well as low fat. I have many variations for this traditional baked macaroni and cheese dish and this is the one I most recently prepared. The cayenne pepper adds a little spice and I prefer freshly ground pepper as well. I will serve this as a light main meal with a side salad for lunch or dinner. This recipe was prepared as a side dish to chicken loaf (a.k.a. meatloaf) or pork chops.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese – 5 Points +

I have loved baked macaroni and cheese since I was a kid. It’s the perfect comfort food. This is a healthy version and very tasty.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dry macaroni (Dreamfields Elbows is used for this recipe)
  • 3/4 cup evaporated fat-free milk
  • 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese (Horizon Organic: Low-fat Small Curd Cottage is used for this recipe)
  • 1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded low-fat cheddar cheese (Reduced fat – Cabot’s Sharp Cheddar is used for this recipe)
  • 1 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp. dry bread crumbs
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Prepare macaroni according to instructions on the box.
  3. In a saucepan, heat milk over low heat.
  4. Add the cheeses (except Parmesan) until melted, stirring constantly.
  5. Drain pasta and place in a 2 quart casserole dish sprayed with cooking spray.
  6. Remove the cheese sauce from the heat then pour on top of cooked pasta.
  7. Stir and mix cheese and pasta well.
  8. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper.
  9. Bake the casserole for 15-20 minutes until bubbly and the top is browned.

Preparation time: 10-15 minutes

Cooking time: 20-25 minutes

Diet type: Vegetarian

Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced fat

Number of servings (yield): 4

Culinary tradition: USA (Traditional)

Calories: 212

Fat: 3.3

Protein: 16.2

Entire recipe makes: 4 servings
Serving size is about: approximately 1 cup
Each serving = 5 Points +

PER SERVING: 212 calories; 3.3 g fat; 27.9 g carbohydrates; 16.2 g protein; 0.7g fiber

Sole Piccata Recipe – 5 Points +

Sole Piccata

Light, delicate, and extraordinarily delicious, this Sole Piccata Recipe has become a recent family favorite! I picked up some sole on sale at the market, and was trying to decide what to do with it, when I got the idea to try using a piccata sauce, similar to what I’d use on chicken. The sole fish is very mild, as is chicken, so the piccata sauce was the perfect compliment. High in protein, yet light on Points +, this dish is not only incredibly simple to prepare, but tastes amazing and requires just a handful of ingredients. Serve it up with some roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, or a light soup for a complete meal. A great dinner recipe to try if you want to add more heart healthy fish into your diet!

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Irish Apple Cake – 5 Points +

Irish Apple Cake

During the month of March, I love to prepare different types of Irish meals to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. I have tweaked this recipe in order for it to be a bit healthier and guiltless. I really enjoy the walnuts as they add a nice crunch to the cake. I serve this at room temperature or I heat it up and serve it warm. Either way it is delicious.

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Caprese Salad – 5 Points +

Caprese Salad

I am a big fan of side salads with a meal or soup. I will prepare a side Caprese Salad when I am making an Italian style chicken dish or a side for Italian Wedding soup. I prefer a colorful presentation which is why I use both yellow and red tomatoes. I prefer to use the balsamic vinegar instead of salt and pepper. The basil adds a very nice compliment to this traditional salad. The oil helps bind the ingredients and the vinegar is added for flavor. I have prepared this salad without the vinegar and just the oil topped with salt and pepper.

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Chocolate Buttermilk Cake – 5 Points +

Chocolate Buttermilk Cake

Chocolate Buttermilk Cake

Many of us turn town dessert especially if it’s chocolate cake as we automatically start counting calories. This recipe for chocolate buttermilk cake is amazing and it’s low-fat. It’s chocolate cake without the guilt. I’ve served this at many parties and have only heard positive feedback as well as people asking for the recipe. The powdered sugar on top is just enough sweetness and the side of fruit is the perfect garnish for the serving.

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