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.
This recipe is so simple yet delicious that it could easily become one that you make on a regular basis! Muriel’s Chicken was introduced to LaaLoosh by Clotilde Dusoulier of Chocolate and Zucchini and was originally featured on the recipe blog after Clotilde made a trip to the French countryside and was served the delicious chicken by her hosts.
Clotilde suggests serving the chicken with green beans or mashed potatoes.
Gyros. I ADORE them. And when I used to live in Los Angeles, my husband and I used to go to this amazing little restaurant that sold the most delicious gyros. It was right around the corner from our apartment, and we used to walk there VERY REGULARLY for dinner. I remember how I used to stand there and literally salivate as I watched them slice that beautifully tender meat off the rotisserie. But now, being a Weight Watcher, I’d have to seriously limit my gyro consumption if I wanted to actually lose any weight. So when my friend told me about this yummy Chicken Gyros Recipe she tried from Annie’s Eats, I decided to give it a try myself and see if it would truly have the flavors and satiety to satisfy my gyro craving. Using chicken instead of lamb meat was a good start to keeping it light. I just had to add in a few more spices to give it more of an authentic gyro taste. And then I served it on whole wheat pita. I also used much simpler Tzatziki sauce method, and was very pleased with how excellent (and easy!) and was. The gyros were fantastic. If you are a gyro lover, add these Greek Chicken Gyros to your ‘Must Try’ list, asap.
Happy 4th of July everyone! Since I know everyone and their mother will be sharing awesome 4th of July grilling recipes today, I’m going to go a different route and share one of my absolute favorite American classic comfort food casseroles. This Cheesy Chicken and Rice Bake has been around forever, but my healthy makeover turns it into an absolutely delicious Weight Watchers Casserole Recipe that gives you a lot of bang for your Points Plus. Each creamy, carb-y and cheesy serving is just 7 Points +, so pair it with a light salad or fresh tomato soup for a complete, and very satisfying, meal. It makes a great family meal that is healthy, flavorful, and still able to help you stay on track to reach your Weight Watchers goals. So if you are just too hot and tired to bust out the grill today, stay in the air conditioning and make this fantastic low calorie Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole instead! Keep cool, and enjoy the holiday!
Perfect for summer, this Goat Cheese and Asparagus Pasta is healthy, delicious and just 7 Points + per serving. The goat cheese and basil make for a lovely sauce over the high fiber pasta. And the touch of lemon adds just the right kick to bring it all together. You can easily bulk up this Weight Watchers pasta recipe with more vegetables, if you’d like. In fact, the next time I make it, I may use half the pasta but add in some zucchini and/or broccoli, and then increase the amount of goat cheese. But if you are really craving those carbs, the recipe is fantastic as is. It’s really a very versatile pasta dish and the possibilities of what you can do with it are endless. And it’s such an easy summer recipe that doesn’t take much time or effort.
Give an ordinary brown rice side dish a MAJOR, mouth-watering makeover with this Mexican Style Corn and Rice Casserole Recipe. Oh how I love easy casseroles that taste AMAZING and require very little effort. This delicious, low calorie casserole recipe was a huge hit at my house, and it was so easy to put together. It’s brown rice, with corn and squash, smothered in a sour cream, chile and cheese sauce. YUM. I spiced it up a bit with jalapenos, but you can omit that if you’d prefer a more mild version. Each serving is 7 Points, and is very satisfying. Serve this with some grilled chicken or fish, and a salad, for a balanced meal. I’m going to try experimenting with this recipe a bit more, and make it without the corn, adding in some other low carb vegetables instead, in order to lower the Points + value. The corn is delicious though, and well worth the Points, if you have them to spend. This Weight Watchers Casserole Recipe that truly feels like a decadent comfort food.
I can honestly say, I have NEVER met a single soul who doesn’t love Philly Cheese steak sandwiches. And with good reason – these meaty sandwiches are beyond delicious. Traditionally made with steak, and topped with green peppers, onions and melted cheese, a cheese steak can be waaaaaaay too many Weight Watchers Points to enjoy on a regular basis. But by using chicken breast and a reduced fat provolone cheese instead, I was able to bring the Points down to a reasonable 7 Points + per sandwich, including the roll. I used Trader Joe’s Artisan rolls because they are low in Points and taste amazing, but the square shape make them not as fancy as the traditional hoagie roll used in cheese steak recipes. Also, I used a whole slice of provolone on each sandwich, so it ended up covering most of the chicken and veggies which makes it harder for you to see the insides of the sandwich based on my photo. But, you guys, this sandwich is SO good! Oh, and did I mention it’s all prepared in a crock pot? That’s righ…quick, easy, and delicious, this Crock Pot Chicken Philly Cheese Steak Recipe is a must make.
I don’t know why, but I haven’t made a baked potato in a while. I LOVE them. But maybe I’ve just assumed that they are too simple or not satisfying enough for a man dish recipe. Recently, at a restaurant, I saw a stuffed baked potato on the menu, and that got my mind spinning about creating my own, Weight Watchers friendly version. So, while craving tacos, I came up with this healthy, Stuffed Southwestern Baked Potato Recipe that turned out incredible. It had all the flavors I was hankering for, but with a lot less guilt. Each stuffed potato is just 7 Points +, and is very satisfying. I paired mine with some steamed broccoli, and felt that it was a very adequate dinner. It’s also a great way to get in a ton of vegetables and fiber. This Stuffed Southwestern Baked Potato definitely reminded me of how much I love baked potatoes, and I’ll definitely be making some more often. Enjoy!
Here’s another easy and delicious way to enjoy some heart healthy salmon…with a fantastic Romesco sauce pour over it! Not only is this an incredibly flavorful salmon recipe that is just 7 Points + per serving, but it’s loaded with nutrients and vitamins too. I used zucchini in the recipe, but you can grill just about any other vegetable you want, if you prefer something different. I’ve made it with eggplants, asparagus and sauteed spinach, and it worked really with all of those. The Romesco sauce is really versatile and would also work well over chicken or eggs. And if you want to spend a few extra points, serve this salmon recipe over a grilled baguette slice…it’s soooooo good! This would make the perfect summer Weight Watchers recipe for that outdoor BBQ, and I definitely recommend giving it a try. it can also be done easily on a grill pan, if it’s too cold or rainy outside to barbeque. Enjoy!