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.
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.
After a recent trip overseas, my husband brought me back an incredible seasoning mixture from a local market in Israel. The mixture contained pistachios, dried onion, and a mouthwatering spice blend. I used it one night, in an oven roasted salmon recipe, and the result was so incredible, I couldn’t wait to share it! Since most of us don’t have the option to fly to Israel to pick up a bag of this seasoning mixture, I did my best to replicate it. You will not be disappointed! It’s fantastic. And though it’s my favorite on salmon and other fish, you can find lots of fantastic uses for it. So, back to this Weight Watcher salmon recipe…it came out to just 5 Points + per serving, and was a huge hit. The Points Plus may vary between 5-6 Points depending which kind of salmon you use. I used Trader Joe’s Natural Wild Salmon Silver Coho Salmon, skinless and frozen. Enjoy!
No need to skip dessert this Thanksgiving….just try this healthier, low calorie Pumpkin Pie recipe instead. By making a few small tweaks to my mom’s traditional Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie, and switching out the high fat crust for a delicious whole wheat version, I was able to make this amazing Weight Watchers Pumpkin pie that is delicious, lovely, and just 5 Points + per serving! Other versions of light pumpkin pie recipes that I’ve seen, suggest going crustless, or, thinning out your crust as much as possible in order to lower that Points Plus value. My response to that? NO WAY!!! I loooooove pie crust. And I’m not about to sacrifice it. But I am usually pretty overwhelmed around the holidays, so I like to keep things as simple as possible. That means I buy a pre-made pie crust. No shame in my game, folks. I LOVE the Organic Whole Wheat Pie Crust from Wholly Wholesome….it tastes amazing and you’d never know it’s healthier. This is usually my go to pre-made pie crust. If you prefer to make your own pie crust from scratch, by all means, go right ahead. Just make sure to use a whole wheat pie crust recipe (there’s a ton of them that you can find through a quick Google search). So don’t pass on the pumpkin pie this year, just serve up this Low Points Pumpkin Pie Recipe, and enjoy the guilt free indulgence. Happy Thanksgiving!
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!
I often find myself with multiple bags of frozen shrimp in the freezer. For some reason, I keep thinking I’m out of them, so I buy more. So I started coming up with some easy Weight Watchers Shrimp Recipes that allow me to throw together a quick and delicious meal with minimal effort. This Creamy Shrimp Salad was a huge hit, both with me and the hubs! With shrimp being naturally low in calories, and high in protein, you get a very satisfying dish for just 5 Points +. The creamy dressing is perfectly seasoned with fresh lemon juice and basil, and they really make this salad feel decadent. If you are feeling creative, feel free to throw in some extra veggies! Though, if you use a lot more, you may want to make some extra dressing to make sure the salad retains that creamy texture. And the baked whole wheat lavash triangles add a nice crunchy complement. Enjoy!
Lately, my schedule has been packed, and my days overflowing with tasks. So, I’ve fallen a bit behind in my menu planning for each week and often have to rely on whatever foods I have in the fridge/freezer/pantry to whip up a tasty and healthy Weight Watchers dinner. And I often have to do this in 30 minutes or less. When this situation arises, it’s recipes like this Creamy Dijon Chicken Recipe that save me. Not only is it quick, easy, and delicious, it requires minimal ingredients, minimal prep AND is just 5 Points + per serving. The creamy sauce is so tangy and flavorful, and it all goes perfectly over potatoes, rice or quinoa. When you need something fast, fabulous, and low in Points, this Creamy Dijon Chicken Recipe is your ticket! Enjoy.
This uniquely delicious Weight Watchers quesadilla recipe brings a whole new dimension of flavor for just 5 Points +. Using a high fiber, low carb flour tortilla as the base, I topped it with chicken breast, fresh arugula, sweet peach slices, and mozzarella & gorgonzola cheeses. Then, it’s drizzled with the balsamic glaze, capped off with another tortilla, and toasted to perfection. The mildly pungent gorgonzola cheese is the perfect complement to the peppery arugula and fresh, sweet peach slices. And the tart balsamic glaze ties it all in together. This is a wonderful summer Weight Watchers Recipe for those days when you are craving something warm and comforting, but still light. 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…
I have always adored mushrooms. Even as a young kid, believe it or not. Though back then, the only time I really ate them was on top of pizza. But now, as an adult, my affection for mushrooms have blossomed, and I have found many ways to incorporate them into a variety of Weight Watchers Recipes. One great dish I often make, is this super tasty Mushroom & Quinoa Sauté. It takes such minimal effort, but delivers such a delicious side dish. The earthy flavors of the mushrooms and quinoa are brightened by the garlic, onion, and thyme. One thing I like to do is to cook my quinoa in chicken broth instead of water, or add a bouillon cube to the cooking water for added flavor. And for just 5 Points +, you get a filling and healthy side dish that tastes fantastic!
Love salads but don’t like all the chopping and prep work involved? Well then today’s Fabuous Food Find is right up your alley. Ready Pac has recently come up with a few low calorie grab and go salads that are not only super convenient, they are also just 5-7 Weight Watchers Points Plus. There are a lot of other pre-packaged salad options that can be very deceiving – looking light and healthy, but end up costing you a lot more Weight Watchers Points than you’d like to part with. But these Ready Pac Bistro Bowl Salads from are a lot more diet friendly. Keep reading to learn more!
Stir fry recipes are great when you have very little time. I also find that they offer a great way to use up lots of leftover vegetables that have been taking up space in my refrigerator. One of my favorite Weight Watchers Stir Fry Recipes is this Chicken and Asparagus dish. The chicken soaks up all the flavor of the marinade, making it incredibly flavorful, and the fresh asparagus is delicious! Each serving comes out to just 5 Points +, so serve it with steamed brown rice, Soba noodles, or even over some zucchini noodles. Enjoy!