This Light Beef Bolognese Recipe, is without a doubt, my absolute favorite Weight Watchers bolognese, EVER. It was inspired by the ONE and ONLY time my husband actually cooked for me…Valentine’s Day 2011. Though my man never steps for in the kitchen, the one time he did, he knocked it out of the park. And he knows that, for me, nothing says “I love you” like a big bowl of thick, meaty, decadent bolognese. He spent days researching bolognese recipes online, and he ended up creating the most delicious one I’ve ever had. So of course, I worked hard to duplicate that amazing flavor in a lower fat, Weight Watchers version. And my success was tremendous! My healthier bolognese is absolutely incredible….and it has become a regular in our dinner rotations. At 8 Points + per serving, you’ll get an amazing bolognese that tastes so good, you’ll never know you are eating healthier. This is a MUST MAKE.
This Italian Marinated Salmon with Couscous Recipe is a perfect, easy and healthy weeknight dinner recipe. The salmon turns out so moist and flaky with the most delicious flavor. And when served over the whole wheat couscous, it makes for a very satisfying dish. If you are in a pinch, you can make this Weight Watchers salmon recipe even easier by just using a bottle of light Italian salad dressing instead of making the marinade from scratch. But since I like to avoid processed foods and preservatives when I can, I prefer to make the marinade myself. Each serving is just 8 Points +, and it pairs nicely with a light salad or roasted vegetables for a complete meal. Enjoy!
The next time you are in the mood to treat yourself to a gourmet sandwich that won’t break the bank (or your belt!), give this Bacon, Brie, and Pear Sandwich Recipe a try. The mild, creamy brie is perfectly accented with the salty bacon and sweet, juicy pears. It is truly an explosion of flavors that is divine. If you don’t like brie, and mild flavor cheese will work just fine. You can make this sandwich ahead of time, and then just heat up at the office. I also like to top it with some arugula whenever I have it on hand. Serve this with a light salad like my Cucumber Tomato Salad and or a 0 Points + soup for a complete meal. Enjoy!
If anyone is looking for something new to do with all that pumpkin out there (not that pumpkin is ever boring), this is a great recipe for pumpkin with a kick! At 8 Points +, it is a nutrition powerhouse and is delicious, especially if you are a fan of Indian food.
We received this recipe from the healthy Indian cooking blog, Lite Bite, a great source if you want to find healthy recipes beyond the average American fare.
As part of our interview and a recipe series, this week we were able to interview Eating Bird Food’s Brittany Mullins. Eating Bird Food is a lifestyle blog with healthy, wholesome recipes and lots of great health and fitness tips.
Mullins has given us a bit of her story towards a healthy lifestyle and tips, as well as a very yummy Fall Harvest Quinoa Spinach Salad.
There is no question that I love meat. By no means am I a vegetarian. But these Veggie Tacos are SO good that I seriously did not even notice or care that my taco was meat free. Loaded with healthy vegetables and perfectly spiced, each vegetarian taco is topped with fresh cilantro and Queso Fresco cheese crumbles. They taste so light and fresh, and are incredibly flavorful…I could eat them all day long! Each 2 taco serving is just 8 Points +, and is very satisfying. I paired a serving with some low calorie red pepper soup, and felt quite full. I made a big batch, and reheated the next day for lunch and they were just as fantastic. These Veggie Tacos are perfect for feeding just the family or a large crowd, and are sure to be a hit. My husband and I LOVED them, and I definitely plan on adding them into my regular rotation of Weight Watchers Recipes.
This Spicy Maple Glazed Salmon Recipe is a perfect summer dinner idea! The maple glaze is the perfect balance of sweet and tangy, and it’s a great contrast to the flavor of the salmon. Topped with fresh pineapple and jalapeno, it gets a nice touch of heat and tartness. Served over the soft and mild polenta, you get a very satisfying meal. Pair it with a light salad or roasted vegetables for a complete dinner. It’s a very easy dish to prepare and it delivers a wonderfully fresh new way to get in those important salmon servings. I’m not really a fan of fish that tastes “fishy”, so this low calorie salmon recipe was perfect for me. I will absolutely be adding this to my rotation of Weight Watchers Salmon Recipes. Enjoy!
These Slow Cooker Italian Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with Goat Cheese were AMAZING. The chicken was perfectly flavored, and was so tender and juicy. The spinach and roasted red pepper were a nice flavor (and fiber!) boost, and the crispy toasted roll with goat cheese was the icing on the the cake. This was truly an amazing meal. The key is finding the right roll to use. I like the Half Baked Panini Rustic Rolls from Trader Joe’s. They are fat free and just 3 Points +. I toasted them to add a nice crunch to the sandwich, which was divine. The fresh basil added such a lovely aroma and a delightful and bright essence. Each sandwich comes out to 8 Points +, which is pretty darn good for what you get! Pair it with some roasted vegetables, soup or salad for a low Points Weight Watchers meal. I had some of my extra weekly Points allowance available, so I served mine with some garlic fries :). Sooooooo good! These Weight Watchers Slow Cooker Italian Pulled Chicken Sandwiches are a MUST try, folks.
Spinach and mushroom lasagna is one of absolute favorite dishes. It’s loaded with good for you ingredients and is so cheesy and creamy. But aside from the fact that this dish is made with healthy vegetables, most traditional Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna Recipes can be loaded with extra fat, calories and carbs. So I played around with the ingredients, and created my own take on this popular vegetarian lasagna. My healthier, lower calorie version is nothing short of delicious and boasts just 8 Points + for a very nicely sized serving. It still has all the creamy, cheesy goodness that you’d expect, but with a lot less of the fat and calories. Using whole wheat lasagna noodles also helped to add in additional protein and fiber, so this ends up being one pretty filling meal. The bechamel sauce is key in this Weight Watchers lasagna recipe, so make sure to get the texture just right. Start by adding in the milk, and then very, very GRADUALLY add in the broth. You may not need any, or you may need it all. But you just don’t want the sauce too thin, or too thick. If it’s too thin, just whisk in a little extra flour. This dish does take some extra effort, I know, but it is soooooo worth it. Enjoy!
This low fat Chicken Sandwich recipe made with roasted red peppers and goat cheese is such an easy and delicious Weight Watchers lunch idea. I often save a few grilled or roasted chicken breasts from a previous dish I prepared, so I can have one ready to go when I’m making this sandwich. But you can also prepare the chicken from scratch if you like, or even use store bought rotisserie chicken. The sweetness of the roasted peppers make a wonderful combination with the tart goat cheese, and the onions and spinach give the sandwich some extra crunch. This is truly a delicious and satisfying sandwich recipe. Each sandwich is 8 Points +, which is great for 4oz of chicken 1oz of cheese and a whole roll. Pair this with a low calorie salad or soup recipe for a complete meal. Enjoy!
Tired of all the delicious, seasonal pumpkin recipes yet? I didn’t think so. Here’s another one for a Baked Pumpkin French Toast that is so good, it tastes more like dessert than breakfast. After seeing so many baked french toasts recipes floating around lately, I decided to give one a shot, even though I’m not a huge fan of french toast. I decided to make my egg mix a little more healthy and a little more seasonal by adding pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and using Egg Beaters instead of real eggs. I also used some leftover challah bread that we had for dinner on a Friday night. The prep was very easy. It took me all of 10 minutes. Then I just set it in my fridge overnight and popped it in the oven in the morning. My house smelled AMAZING while it was baking! And it was delicious. Seriously, DELICIOUS. Each serving was 8 Points +, which isn’t too bad considering this was a large and filling serving topped with real maple syrup. You could probably shave off a point or two by using low calorie syrup, but in my opinion, a dish this divine deserves the good stuff. I was quite full at just 1 serving. This would make a perfect Christmas morning breakfast recipe (just let it bake while you are opening presents!) or even for the morning after Thanksgiving (if you don’t plan on eating dinner leftovers for breakfast like I’ll be doing). Regardless of when or how you eat it, this is one Baked French Toast Recipe you must try. Enjoy!
Yes, I know it’s Thanksgiving and here I am already making a suggestion for Christmas dinner. But my turkey is in the oven, my house smells divine and I’m just full of food holiday happiness right now. A few weeks before Thanksgiving, I was toying with some ideas for a light Christmas dinner, and ended up with this incredible Roasted Sage and Pomegranate Chicken Recipe that was so flavorful and so good, I may end up making it again before Christmas. It was a very easy chicken recipe that required little prep and effort, but was incredibly flavorful. The average Points + per serving for this roasted chicken is 8 Points +. But, the Points may be a bit more or less depending on what part of the chicken you are eating. Also, please note that this is calculated with the skin off. I never eat the skin as it’s full of fat, so I only counted the meat (don’t worry…the sage butter is stuffed under the skin, so you won’t miss out on any of that deliciousness). I couldn’t believe how much flavor the meat picked up from the sage and pomegranate…it was truly delicious. If you are looking for an amazing Weight Watchers Christmas dinner recipe idea, this Roasted Sage and Pomegranate Chicken would be one heck of a contender.