Tuscan White Bean and Sausage Soup Recipe – 6 Smart Points

Tuscan White Bean and Sausage Soup

A true comfort food, this Tuscan-Style White Bean and Sausage Soup makes a delightful, cozy dinner on a cold winter’s day. I love how the flavors of this soup come together, and warms your home with the most amazing aromas. If I want to kick things up a notch, I’ll use spicy Italian sausage instead of the mild. It’s SO good! And this Weight Watchers soup recipe doesn’t take a lot of time or effort to prepare….just around 30 minutes. Another great healthy dinner idea for when you’re short on time. If you prefer a creamy texture to the soup, just process 1 of the cans of beans before adding them to the soup. You can keep the other beans whole. That will add some thickness to the broth, while still leaving some beans whole for texture. I personally like it with a broth-y base so I can dip some toasted crostini or garlic bread into it. And at just 6 Smart Points per serving, this satisfying soup is an ideal dinner or lunch that will fill you up! Enjoy.

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Asian Broccoli Salad Recipe – 6 Smart Points

Asian Broccoli Salad

If you aren’t a fan of broccoli, this Asian Broccoli Salad Recipe might make you change your mind! I love salads that are easy to prepare and don’t take a lot of time. And this salad comes together in about 15 minutes, which makes it an ideal option for busy weekdays. Eating lots of veggies is a great way to fight off junk food cravings. Because your body will get the nutrition it needs from all the vegetables, it becomes satisfied, meaning you are less likely to start craving junk food. To get all those veggie servings in, it’s important to be creative, and try new ways to enjoy them. Trying an Asian style dressing over steamed broccoli was something I decided to try recently, and I’m so glad I did! The creamy, peanut butter based dressing is so good…I barely even noticed the broccoli. Plus, getting all those heart healthy, plant-based fats from the peanut butter and cashews is a wonderful nutrition boost, and another great way to help your body feel full and satisfied. This Asian Broccoli Salad works great for lunch, or as a side dish to your favorite dinner. Easy, delicious and nutritious!

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Lentil, Beef, and Quinoa Soup Recipe – 6 Smart Points

Lentil, Beef, and Quinoa Soup

I’m all about Weight Watchers Soup Recipes these days, and my Lentil, Beef, and Quinoa Soup was definitely one of my favorite new recipes that came out of my kitchen this week. I love soups that are hearty, and filling, and pretty much a complete meal in one bowl. The tender lentils and juicy ground beef are the stars of this soup. They add wonderful flavor and texture, and are complemented perfectly by the earthy quinoa, wholesome vegetables and incredible spices. It’s a pretty easy soup to throw together, it delivers a lot of flavor, and is perfectly satisfying. The nourishing ingredients are a powerhouse of nutrition too…tons of fiber, protein, and vitamins. On a chilly fall day, this Lentil, Beef, and Quinoa Soup recipe makes a great lunch or dinner with little to no side dishes needed. I’d serve this with maybe a light green salad and nothing more. Reheats and freezes well too, so get this soup on your to do list soon! You won’t regret it.

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Instant Pot Rotisserie Chicken Recipe – 3-6 Smart Points

Instant Pot Rotisserie Chicken

If you haven’t heard of the Instant Pot recipes craze, then you came to the right place today! Instant Pot is a multi-cooker that does the job of a slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sauté/browning pan, and warming pot. It’s a single appliance that does the job of seven different kitchen appliances or tools. And it’s kind of amazing. I bought it to replace my slow cooker, and I’m so glad I did! The best feature of the Instant Pot, by far, is the electric pressure cooker aspect. I’ve been able to cook meals SO much faster, and with little effort, which is key for my busy lifestyle. My Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken Recipe has always been a reader favorite here at LaaLoosh, so today, I’m sharing my new Weight Watchers Instant Pot Rotisserie Chicken that will be ready in less than an hour!! That’s right…you read me correctly…a WHOLE chicken in LESS THAN 1 HOUR. Yes, the Instant Pot is that amazing. A few minutes of prep and seasoning, and then the Instant Pot does its magic. The high pressure allows for the chicken to cook in way less time than the slow cooker, and the end result is still ridiculously tender and juicy chicken. In fact, mine was so tender, it was completely falling apart, as you can see in the picture. My family will often just eat the chicken as our dinner, or I will use it to cook a whole chicken which I will the shred up, and divide for other recipes that use rotisserie chicken, that I will cook later in the week.
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Pumpkin Chicken Chili Recipe – 6 Smart Points

Pumpkin Chicken Chili

Fall is officially here! And you all know what that means…Weight Watchers Pumpkin Recipes galore! Today is no exception. I’m sharing one of my favorite easy fall recipes that is perfect for feeding a family or large group. This healthy fall chili recipe is full of lean proteins, hearty vegetables, and an abundance of flavor. The mild sweetness of the pumpkin balances out the spiciness of the chili, while adding some additional nutrients and fiber. And the hint of nutmeg and cinnamon give it just a whisper of seasonal flavor that you’re craving. It’s also a breeze to make, and doesn’t require a lot of time. When you want a healthy meal to fill you up on a chilly fall or winter day, this Pumpkin Chicken Chili Recipe is the answer and is sure to become your new favorite fall recipe too. Enjoy!

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Asian Chicken Lettuce Wrap Bowls – 6 Smart Points

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wrap Bowls

If you’ve ever had those adorable little Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps, you know how tasty they are, but also how messy they can be to eat. They are meant to be an appetizer eaten with your hands, but every time I’ve ever had one, the juice ends up dripping down my chin and my hands. Not the most ladylike way to eat! But by making it into a salad instead, I’ve turned this traditional appetizer recipe into a full size meal that’s a lot easier, and less messy, to eat. It still has all the fresh and wonderful flavors that you’d expect, and each bowl is only 6 Smart Points! It comes together fast and easy too, making it one of my top Weight Watchers lunch recipes that I can whip up when I’m short on time. My kids even loved this recipe! These Asian Chicken Lettuce Wrap Bowls are definitely going to become one of our go to meals from now on. Enjoy!

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Sole Piccata Recipe – 6 Smart Points

Sole Piccata

If you are cooking a Weight Watchers dinner on a budget, this Sole Piccata recipe is an ideal option. Sole is relatively inexpensive, and it’s a mild flavored fish that works well in a variety of dishes. Given that I’ve always loved chicken piccata, I decided to try a version using sole in place of the chicken. The sole is simply dusted with seasoned flour, pan fried, and then topped with a beautiful sauce made with wine, butter, and capers. The wine and butter sauce is really the star of this recipe. It is so velvety and decadent! And it’s a perfect way to jazz up the delicate sole. One serving is just 6 Smart Points, so you get the flavors of a high calorie dish, but without an ounce of guilt. Enjoy!

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Grilled Chicken Spinach and Strawberry Salad Recipe – 6 Smart Points

Grilled Chicken Spinach and Strawberry Salad

On hot summer days, this fresh Grilled Chicken Spinach and Strawberry Salad is the perfect light meal. The goat cheese is creamy and tangy, and perfectly enhanced by the sweet and tart strawberries, and the bold balsamic dressing. The tender grilled chicken adds a healthy dose of protein, and the spinach packs in some serious nutrition. If I have a few extra Points to spare, I’ll throw in a handful of lightly candied walnuts or some slivered almonds for added sweetness and crunch. It’s really such an easy salad to make, with just a handful of ingredients. Makes for a great Sunday brunch recipe too! And at just 6 Smart Points per serving, this salad has all the flavors of decadence with zero guilt.

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Chicken Salad Lettuce Wrap – 6 Smart Points

At the moment I’m not supposed to eat lunch meat, so when it came time to have a packed lunch, I knew just the thing – chicken salad. Leftover roast chicken is perfect for this salad. I love to add in the celery, grapes and apple then season the yogurt with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. It gives the salad a wonderful aroma and an even better flavor. Since plain yogurt can be a bit bitter and strong, I added a little bit of mayonnaise to tone down the flavor a little. It worked perfectly to give the salad a more rounded flavor. Using lettuce leaves for this recipe means that I don’t have to worry about too many points for my lunch with a wrap. However, if you feel like you’d prefer a wrap, use a whole grain, high protein and high fiber wrap to give you wrap without so many points. For me, this chicken salad is perfect. It’s savory and delicious, plus it uses leftovers. It also made enough that I was able to have it for a couple of lunches and a snack as well. I’m looking forward to using up some more leftover chicken with this one for this coming week’s lunches. [Read more…]

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Chicken Pad Thai with Zoodles – 6 Smart Points

Chicken Pad Thai with Zoodles

You guys, I CANNOT get enough of Zoodles lately! If you haven’t heard of “noodles”, they are simply spiraled zucchini. It’s a great substitute for regular, high calorie pasta or rice noodles, and it takes on the flavor of whatever you are cooking it with, very nicely. After having such great success with it in many other recipes, I decided to try it in one of my most favorite noodle based recipes ever – Pad Thai. So instead of traditional Thai rice noodles, I used my Zoodles instead. It turned out fantastic! It was delicious, and filling, and definitely helped to satiate my craving for Pad Thai. If you have a couple of extra Smart Points to spare, I recommend adding some crushed peanuts on top, just before serving – it really helps to give that authentic, restaurant feel. Enjoy!

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Italian Herbed Chicken in a Creamy Mushroom Wine Sauce – 6 Smart Points

Italian Herbed Chicken in a Creamy Mushroom Wine Sauce

When I’m feeling a little fancy, this easy Italian Herbed Chicken in a Creamy Mushroom Wine Sauce Recipe is just the ticket. I had something similar once at an Italian restaurant in Los Angeles, and I was blown away by how rich and flavorful this dish was. So I recreated a lightened up version myself, and it’s pretty amazing. First of all, I love ANY sauce with red wine in it. Seriously, I will just eat it all up with my spoon and then lick the plate. And the red wine sauce simmered with milk and parmesan cheese is oh so heavenly. Most recipes that have a creamy sauce use heavy cream which can really increase the Weight Watchers points. By using milk and a bit of cornstarch, this dish delivers the perfect consistency and flavor with a LOT less saturated fat and calories. My kids ate this over steamed rice, with a side of roasted brussel sprouts. It was sooooo good! If you want to up your chicken dinner game, try this Italian Herbed Chicken in a Creamy Mushroom Wine Sauce recipe and wow your whole family!

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Creamy Lemon Parmesan Chicken Piccata – 6 Smart Points

Creamy Lemon Parmesan Chicken Piccata

If you’ve ever been to a good Italian restaurant and ordered Chicken Piccata, then you know how absolutely delicious this dish can be. Simple, yet tremendously flavorful. There’s an amazing Italian restaurant not too far from me that I paid a recent visit too (I was craving their breadsticks, but that’s a different story). I decided to try their chicken piccata because of the sauce description in the menu. It was a bit different from most chicken piccatas I’ve had before, and the description had me salivating. Rather than a traditional lemon/wine sauce, they used a creamy Parmesan sauce instead. And for anyone who knows me well, cheese is my weakness. I CANNOT RESIST IT. So I decided to use my “flex” Points and splurge, and it was well worth it! And then I made up my mind to recreate a healthier and lighter version at home so that I could some more regular, guilt free indulging. The creamy, lemony sauce is like a river of velvet in your mouth, and the tender, juicy chicken breasts are the perfect vehicle for that heavenly sauce! I ate this right off the plate, but my kids enjoyed theirs over pasta. Next time, I’ll try serving it over some zoodles. This Creamy Lemon Chicken Piccata is the ultimate in gourmet comfort food!

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