As school starts up, and we say goodbye to these last few days of summer, my mind has already kicked in gear for fall foods. And this Chicken and Quinoa Meatball Stew Recipe is the perfect way to kick off the season. The meatballs in this dish are made with ground chicken and cooked quinoa (I used red quinoa because that’s what I had on hand, but regular quinoa works just fine), then seasoned with dry onion soup mix. The quinoa helps add volume and lots of extra nutrients to the meatballs, and is a great alternative to traditional breadcrumbs. The stew itself is simple, yet flavorful, and the potatoes make it feel so hearty and filling. It’s a low calorie stew recipe that’s big and tasty enough to satisfy, yet is light enough to not feel like cement in your stomach. And each nicely sized serving is just 6 Points +. My Chicken and Quinoa Meatball Stew was a total hit, and now I am in love with the idea of quinoa in meatballs!
This year for Rosh Hashanah, I decided to experiment with a new Weight Watchers Chicken Recipe utilizing some delicious, fresh fall figs, honey, and saffron. It was really quite simple to prepare and the chicken turned out so moist and juicy. The figs and honey (very traditional Rosh Hashanah ingredients) gave it a lovely sweet contrast, while sill keeping the the Points Plus value pretty low and not over powering the chicken. I served this over whole wheat Israeli cous cous (for extra Points), along with roasted broccoli and cucumber salad for a complete meal. Each chicken fillet ended up being just 6 Points +, which included the sauce and some of the figs. I was making this dish for my whole family, so I also added some chicken thighs and drumsticks, which were a huge hit. This could definitely become my new Weight Watchers Rosh Hashanah Recipe tradition!
Even though it’s still crazy hot here in Southern California, I can’t help but fantasizing about fall and all the delicious Weight Watchers Fall Recipes I’ll be whipping up this season! In light of my fall food fantasies, today I’m sharing this delicious and super easy Butternut Squash Turkey Bolognese Recipe. Made with a jarred butternut squash pasta sauce (I used THIS one from Dave’s Gourmet), you’ll get a healthy and mouthwatering pasta dish that’s very simple to prepate, but tastes like you’ve been slaving over the stove all day working on it. The sauce is incredible…so fresh tasting, so creamy, and yet very light. By adding the cooked ground turkey sauteed with onion and garlic, the dish becomes more hearty and homemade tasting. And the fresh basil adds the perfect finishing touch. So, if you are in the mood for fall, this light Butternut Squash Bolognese is a must try.
I cannot even begin to express how much I LOVED this Weight Watchers Crock Pot Recipe. The chicken is so incredibly flavorful and moist, and there is a lot of sauce so you can really smother it (I’m a big sauce person). For some extra Points, serve it over rice, noodles or quinoa. To avoid adding any extra points, I like eating this over roasted zucchini, red onion and pineapple. Any way you decide to eat it, this Crock Pot Sweet and Sour Garlic Chicken Recipe is incredibly delicious, and is sure to be a hit with the whole family. This fix it and forget it slow cooker meal brings a lovely and delicious meal to your table with just minutes of prep work. Gotta love that. This one is a must try, folks.
Still plenty of summertime left to fire up that grill and start cooking! On of my favorite Weight Watchers Grilling Recipes is this Grilled Middle Eastern Turkey Kebabs with Cucumber Yogurt Dip. Having been to the Middle East a few times, kebabs are one of the most delicious foods I’ve had there. So I wanted to create my own lighter version, and the results are pretty fantastic. The ground turkey meat is incredibly flavorful, and the cucumber yogurt dip is the perfect complement. It’s hard to believe that each serving is just 6 Points +! Truly a delicious and satisfying meal that will keep you on track with your Weight Watchers goals. So instead of burgers, hot dogs and grilled chicken, give these Grilled Middle Eastern Turkey Kebabs a try instead. Enjoy!
I love eating healthy fish recipes, and there’s question that salmon is a huge nutritional powerhouse, yet I’m not in love with the taste of salmon. So when I eat it, I need a fabulous sauce to balance the taste of the fish. This Broiled Salmon in Wine Dijon Sauce fits the bill perfectly. It has just the right amount of butter that adds the silky base to the sauce but yet is still low in Weight Watchers Points. The tang of the wine and Dijon work perfectly with the butter to create a most delicious sauce, which is truly an excellent complement to the fish. Make sure to serve the salmon over rice or with some roasted veggies to sop of all that delectable sauce! And at just 6 Points + per serving, this makes for a wonderful Weight Watchers salmon recipe that is incredibly quick and easy to prepare.
As you may know, I am pretty much obsessed with hot sauce. I love the heat, I love the tang, and I will put it on just about anything. So when I found out about Tabañero Hot Sauce, which is a 100% natural hot sauce, I was pretty excited to give it a try. This is truly a quality hot sauce….you can really taste the layers of flavor and the freshness if the ingredients. I also love that it delivers some heat without it completely overpowering the food. Preservative and filler free, the taste of Tabañero delivers exactly what it promises and then some. So if you are looking for a natural, healthier hot sauce as an alternative to the more common brands, then definitely give Tabañero a try. You can buy it on their website or on Amazon. And make sure to give it a try in my new Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Wings Recipe (6 Points +) that I featured it in! Keep reading for the recipe…
Need a unique and healthy new Weight Watchers Recipe idea for your grill this summer? Well these Spicy Grilled Pineapple Chicken Burgers will knock your socks off! This burger is so light ad fresh, and full of delicious, flavors. The thin sandwich round eliminates a lot of extra calories and carbs, and the pineapple helps bulk up the burger without adding more Points. The lean ground chicken patties are wonderfully seasoned and I added some diced jalapenos for an extra kick. I also whipped up a chipotle may dressing which balanced out the burger perfectly. Just 6 Points + per burger makes this a must try Weight Watchers Grilling Recipe this summer. My Spicy Grilled Pineapple Chicken Burger Recipe is great paired with some corn on the cob or roasted vegetables. It’s a must try!
In college, I used to LOVE eating cold, leftover Chinese food, straight from the carton in the fridge (actually, I still love to do that). In fact, Chinese food is one of the very few leftover foods, originally served hot, that I enjoy eating cold. My favorite are the chow mein noodles…..MMMMMMM. And when cold, leftover Chinese food wasn’t an option, I often ordered cold noodle salads at my favorite Oriental restaurants. But now, being a Weight Watchers member and a mom trying to make healthy food to serve her family, I try to avoid fatty, high calorie, high sodium foods from restaurants. And instead, I try and create a healthier “knockoff” at home that is still incredibly tasty, but low in Weight Watchers Points Plus and as healthy as I can get it. My version of Oriental Cold Noodles turned out absolutely AMAZING. Seriously, I couldn’t stop eating it. It was so fresh, zesty and tangy, and truly a real treat for just 6 Points + per serving. This is now what I turn to for my cold noodle fix. Pair it with some miso soup for a delicious and complete meal.
There is no other flavor that says spring/summer to me that basil, tomato and mozzarella. I absolutely love the flavors of a Caprese salad, so I decided to combine them with whole wheat pasta to get a larger, more filling dish to satisfy a larger group of people. My Caprese Pasta Salad is a perfect Weight Watchers side dish recipe to bring to a potluck or barbecue, and each delicious serving is just 6 Points +. It’s a quick, easy to make pasta salad recipe that combines a few simple ingredients to deliver a fresh and marvelous flavor combination. Though this dish is filling, the flavors are so fresh and light, and perfect to enjoy for a summer evening dinner or a spring afternoon lunch. If you are a fan of traditional Caprese salad, then this Caprese Pasta Salad Recipe is a must make.
This Parmesan White Fish Recipe is one of my go to Weight Watchers Fish Recipes when I need to make a quick dinner that doesn’t require a lot of work or prep, and is still low in Points Plus. It’s perfect for busy weeknights or lazy Sundays. And did I mention it is delicious?! Just 6 Points + per serving makes this a light and tasty dish that goes great paired with a salad, soup, or roasted vegetables side dish. The Parmesan coating adds such a nice flavor to the delicate fish without being overbearing. And I love that you can use just about any kind of fish in this recipe. I have used sole, catfish, tilapia and roughey…they all turned out fantastic. So if you want to get a healthy fish dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes, try this Parmesan White Fish Recipe. It is SO easy and so savory! Enjoy.
Recently, I uncovered a new, and incredibly delicious product that I had NEVER heard of. Date Molasses. My Father-in-Law recently used it in one of his not so Weight Watchers friendly meals when he was here visiting, and I was floored by how delicious this stuff was! It is very intensely flavored, so a little goes a long way in giving a tremendous flavor. I immediately got to work playing around with creating a Weight Watchers recipe that I could use it in. Dates are high in sugar and carbohydrates, so I needed to be careful. Too much of the date molasses and my dish would end up being a serious diet sabotage-er. After some trial and error, I created this amazing, low calorie Chicken Stir Fry Recipe that utilized just the right amount of the date molasses. It was absolutely delicious. The kids loved it too. And once you try this stuff, feel free to experiment on your own and find other great ways to utilize the date molasses. You may be able to find it in the “Middle Eastern type foods” section of your grocery store, or you can order some online. But it’s a delicious new ingredient that has a ton of possibilities, and I feel like I’ve just scratched the surface. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!