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!
Oh how I LOVED this Shrimp and Quinoa Paella Recipe!! I had recently had some traditional Spanish paella at a local restaurant, and it was sooooo good, it got the wheels turning in my head about how to create a healthier, lighter version of this popular dish. I decided to sub out the rice for quinoa, and I also bulked up the dish with more vegetables. Still using the traditional Spanish seasonings, my low calorie paella really was incredible. It was so flavorful and filling, and made an absolutely perfect Weight Watchers dinner recipe. We’ll be making this one again and again! Enjoy.
This Weight Watchers Chicken Recipe for Country Fried Chicken with Gravy is one of my absolute favorite dishes. That gravy….it is to die for! The chicken is tenderized in a buttermilk marinade then breaded and baked for a crispy finish with tender and juicy breast meat inside. Smothered with some of that heavenly country gravy, and you’ll be lost in a fit of tastebud ecstasy! I often make this with a mix of chicken breasts, drumsticks and thighs, since the rest of my family prefers the dark meat, but I only eat the breasts to save the extra Point or two. If you want to splurge a bit, serve this over one of these Whole Wheat Buttermilk Biscuits for an extra 3 Points Plus….it’s sooooo good! Just 7 Points + per serving makes this classic recipe a perfect, lower calorie Weight Watchers comfort food recipe that will have you completely forgetting that you are on a diet.
Nothing like an easy, healthy casserole recipe to make a hectic weekday a bit easier! I recently came across the original version of this Chicken, Broccoli, Quinoa Casserole Recipe at Pinch of Yum, and I thought it was a fantastic twist on a traditional broccoli chicken and race casserole, so I was excited to give it a try. A few minor alterations, and the casserole was extraordinary! It tastes amazing, was very filling, and satisfied the whole family. And with all of it’s amazing healthy ingredients, I don’t feel the need to make any extra side dishes. Yay for less cooking! At 7 Points + per serving, this is an amazing Weight Watchers casserole recipe that I will be making again and again.
In the mood for something a bit more decadent recently, I played around with some ingredients I had on hand and found another great way to utilize one of my favorite products – Justin’s Almond Butter, and came up with this amazing Honey Roasted Chicken Satay Recipe with Basil Almond Sauce – 7 Points +. I cannot get over how delicious it was!! The fresh, peppery basil and bright, bold ginger was a perfect complement to the rich almond butter. Combined with a few traditional Asian flavors, and this dish was a HIT! I will most definitely making this again and again Healthy, unique, absolutely scrumptious, and yet still only 7 Weight Watchers Points + per serving.
For as long as I can remember, Reuben sandwiches have been one of absolute favorite deli sandwiches. But as tasty as they are, they are CRAZY high in Weight Watchers Points. Remembering a Reuben Casserole that my mom used to make, I decided to try and put a lighter twist on it and see if I could come up with a delicious reuben casserole that had the same flavor profile as the traditional sandwich, but was a lot lower in Points. It ended up being pretty easy to do, and my light reuben casserole was absolutely delicious! The only thing I might do differently next time, is use shredded swiss cheese instead of the slices, just for aesthetic purposes. But at least using the slices makes it really easy to divide the servings. :) If you love a good reuben sandwich, this Weight Watchers Reuben Casserole Recipe is a must try.
A taco in liquid form, this delicious Turkey Taco Soup is so hearty and satisfying! Each huge serving is 7 Points +, making it a perfect Weight Watchers recipe that’s great for just about anytime. It reheats and freezes well, so I like to double the batch and keep a good supply in my freezer. Feel free to get creative with your toppings, and enhance the flavors even more by adding low fat sour cream, jalapeños, diced red onions, shredded lettuce, fresh cilantro or reduced fat tortilla chips on top. All the fiber and protein make this a very filling dish, but if you want to trim this down a Point or two, you can cut out 1 can of beans. It’s just as delicious either way. Enjoy!
Treat yourself to an easy weeknight dinner recipe that the whole family will love! This Slow Cooker Asian Chicken and Noodles Recipe serves up chicken that has been slow cooking all day in a delightfully flavorful Asian-inspired sauce, and is ever so tender and juicy. It’s served atop Japanese soba noodles and fresh broccoli, which are prepared just before serving. Everything comes together so nicely, and tastes incredible. It’s a great no muss, no fuss dish that is only 7 Points + per serving. And it reheats really well the next day, too! This could easily be made with beef, pork, or tofu instead of the chicken, if preferred. I’ll definitely be making this one again and again.
I love pasta dinner nights at home, because that usually means I’m going to have fun finding some new way to add more vegetables to my pasta dish in order to bulk it up and use less carb-heavy noodles. This Spinach, Mushroom, and Caramelized Onion Pasta Recipe uses caramelized onions, which adds a mildly sweet and smoky flavor, and the spinach and mushrooms contributes a wonderful earthiness. Top all this off with a creamy, Parmesan sauce and you’ve got one fantastic Weight Watchers Vegetarian Pasta Recipe that clocks in at just 7 Points + for each hearty serving. This dish was a huge hit with my picky husband, so I’ll be making this one again and again. Enjoy!
I have recently created my new, most favorite Weight Watchers Salmon Recipe ever….this Almond Breaded Salmon is nothing short of mouth-watering perfection. The tender and moist salmon is topped with a lemony, buttery almond based breading that literally just melts in your mouth. For the breading, I used a combination of almond meal (which I found at Trader Joe’s) and panko breadcrumbs for an incredibly soft, nutty coating, that is loaded with fiber and heart healthy fats. If you can’t find almond meal, just place whole, raw almonds in a food processor, and process until they become breadcrumb-like in texture. Each of serving is just 7 Points +, so serve it with some roasted veggies and/or a light salad or a soup for a very satisfying meal. This Almond Breaded Salmon is a must make!
For this week’s interview and recipe feature, we are happy to have Jodi of What’s Cooking Good Looking and her White Bean Chili for 7 Points +. Jodi advocates for a whole foods diet, emphasizing the importance of what we put in our bodies on our wellbeing. However, she did not always understand this and tells us her story toward healthier eating and starting her blog.
Her White Bean Chili is a great recipe for a cool day when you want a warm meal that can feed a group of people. And unlike many chili recipes, this one doesn’t cost you most of your points in one sitting!
If you like her chili, then don’t forget to check out her upcoming cookbook which should be out in the summer or fall of 2014!
Avocado will soon be out of season, so I thought we would feature this unique and yummy guacamole recipe before the summer ends and they are scarcer. Within 7 Points+, Meeghan’s Edamame Guacamole provides a powerhouse of nutrients, making it a very worthy snack.
Tina Haupert first featured this recipe on Carrots ‘N’ Cake after her cousin, Meeghan, prepared it for a Cinco de Mayo celebration. We are pleased that Tina is allowing us to share it with you all so that you can make one last guacamole dish before the summer draws to a close.
In addition, we were able to ask Tina a few questions to learn a bit more about her and about Carrots ‘N’ Cake. The short interview is featured after the recipe.