Gluten Free Pancakes with Strawberry Rhubarb – 9 Points +

Gluten Free Pancakes with Strawberry Rhubarb

 

I love gardens. It’s so wonderful to be able to grow and garden and go out to get fresh produce when you want to make something. Rhubarb is growing really well this time of year, and what goes together better than strawberries and rhubarb? Thankfully, fresh strawberries are also ripe this time of year, so it’s perfect. I made my rhubarb sauce fresh, but I make a huge batch and then can it, so I can have it all year on pancakes, ice cream and steel cut oats. However, it’s wonderful fresh and stores well in the fridge.

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Cranberry & Coconut Breakfast Risotto – 9 Points +

I’m someone who loves rice and risotto is a wonderful way to prepare rice. The creamy rice is delicious as a side dish with sauteed mushrooms, onions and garlic. But it’s also wonderfully tasty when you use soy and coconut milk, add some fruit, cinnamon and vanilla to make it for breakfast. This creamy and flavorful breakfast is simple and easy. You can put it in the crock-pot over night, or just make it up ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator. It’s sure to be a meal that everyone will love.

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Caprese Quinoa – 9 Points +

 

Quinoa is  one of my favorite grains. It’s naturally gluten free, so it’s something I know I can always eat. It’s packed with nutrients and protein, and has a delicious nutty flavor. I cook mine in my rice cooker with chicken broth (for a little added flavor), and then store the leftovers for a quick and easy lunch. This caprese quinoa is delicious and perfect for a lunch, since you don’t have to cook it. I also love to do a Mexican quinoa with corn, black beans, avocado, red onion and some lime vinaigrette. I’ll also do an citrus chicken quinoa or quinoa tabbouleh. Having quinoa for lunch is perfect for me, since my husband isn’t a huge fan, and it’s so simple for a weekday lunch. You can cook this on the stove, or in a rice cooker. Cook it just like rice, but if you use chicken broth in place of water, it adds a little more flavor. As a side note, I left my basil whole (since I thought it photographed better), but the recipe calls for it to be chiffonade (finely sliced), which adds a better flavor to the dish. For this, make sure to use fresh mozzerella in this recipe, the flavor is much better.

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Three Bean Salad – 9 Points +

Three Bean Salad

 

This is one of my very favorite salads. I love to make it for potlucks, it just goes so well and everyone loves it. I also love to make it for myself. It’s a perfect lunch, and lasts all week. It’s full of flavor and color, plus it’s very high in fiber (10 grams per serving), which helps to keep you feeling full longer. I use two red bell peppers, I like the sweeter, subtler flavor better. But if you’d like a little more color, use a green pepper. It lasts well for more than a week in the fridge, so it’s perfect for a week of lunches.

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Arugula and Mushroom Pasta Recipe – 9 Points +

Arugula and Mushroom Pasta

When I want to indulge in a hearty, satisfying pasta dish that doesn’t skimp on portion size, this Arugula and Mushroom Pasta Recipe is one of my favorites. The simple wine sauce is light and delicate, allowing for the wonderful earthy flavors of the mushrooms and peppery arugula to come through. This Weight Watchers pasta recipe also offers a very satisfying serving size, which I love. I often like to top it with a bit of grated parmesan, but if you prefer to keep it vegan, you can skip it. The colorful vegetables will help bring out some fantastic flavors, so you won’t miss the meat. But if you insist on adding some additional protein, this dish works great with shrimp, chicken or scallops.

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Pulled Pork Sandwich with White BBQ Sauce – 9 Points +

Pulled Pork Sandwich with White BBQ Sauce

For those of of you who may have never cooked a pork tenderloin before, this Pulled Pork Sandwich Recipe with White Barbecue Sauce will be one of the easiest you’ve ever made. The pork is cooked to juicy perfection in just an hour. It’s simmered in a broth that has been well seasoned and flavored, then shredded and smothered in a creamy, tangy, white barbecue sauce. It’s a very lean cut of meat that delivers an incredible flavor, which allows for a bit of indulgence with a carb-heavy sandwich roll. You could shave off a couple of Points by using a sandwich thin with this Weight Watchers Pork Recipe, if you prefer, but I like it best with a nice big hearty roll – totally worth those coupe of extra Points Plus. Enjoy!

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Olive Garden’s Tuscan Chicken Recipe – 9 Points +

Olive Garden’s Tuscan Chicken

Let’s face it – Olive Garden is a danger zone. From the breadsticks and salads to the heavenly entrees and desserts, there is Weight Watchers un-friendly deliciousness at every turn. This is why I try to avoid going there at all costs, because I have absolutely no control as soon as I lay eyes on that food. So I found a way to re-create a healthier version of one my favorite Olive Garden dishes – the Tuscan Chicken. Their menu describes it as “a flavorful blend of herb-seasoned chicken breasts sautéed with oven-roasted garlic, sweet roasted red peppers and spinach, served in a white wine and garlic cream sauce.” Sound good? You bet it does! But the restaurant entree is laden with way too much fat and calories, thus making it too many Points Plus to justify spending on a regular basis. My lighter version, which tastes AMAZING, has just 9 Points + per serving. Still not a super light dish, but a lot lighter than what the restaurant will serve you. And more nutritional too. This light Tuscan Chicken Recipe is a wonderful alternative that still delivers all those amazing flavors you are anticipating. Now….if I could just make a low carb Olive Garden breadstick, the world would be a perfect place.

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Blue Cheese Burger Recipe – 9 Points +

Blue Cheese Burger

Sometimes, you just gotta have a big, juicy, manly, hearty burger. Last week, I had one of those days. So I put together this Blue Cheese Burger Recipe that was seriously out of this world. Each burger came out to just 9 Points +, which wasn’t bad considering how big and satisfying it was. I probably could’ve used a sandwich thin, or some other low carb hamburger bun, and shaved off an extra Point or two, but this time, I needed something BIG and carb-y. So I went with a thick, hearty, whole grain hamburger bun from Udi’s. The meat was so juicy and flavorful, and the pungent blue cheese was the most perfect complement. The next time you need a burger that is so divine it feels NOTHING like diet, food, this Blue Cheese Burger is your ticket!

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Quinoa Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Chipotle Lime Mayo – 9 Points +

Quinoa Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Chipotle Lime Mayo

Vegetarians, you may just want to marry me after eating this burger. It is UNBELIEVABLY good. I am not a vegetarian, and I’d eat this quinoa burger a million times over again. Granted, this is a 9 Points Weight Watchers Recipe, BUT, because the burger patty is made with quinoa and white beans, it’s incredibly filling. I also used a real brioche bun, to give it that added gourmet flair. You could shave off another Point or two by using a sandwich thin or another light bread roll. The caramelized onions really give it a that extra something special, and the chipotle lime mayo ties it all in perfectly. It’s truly a unique Weight Watchers Quinoa Recipe like you’ve never had before. Pair it with a light salad, roasted veggies or a low calorie soup for a complete meal. This vegetarian burger recipe is a must try, folks.

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Crock Pot Chicken Verde Tacos Recipe – 9 Points +

Crock Pot Chicken Verde Tacos

Living in Southern California, I am constantly exposed to endless amounts of the most fantastic Mexican food. But to keep myself from going overboard on the calories and fat that these delicious foods come with, I often make my own, healthier, Weight Watchers version at home. This Crock Pot Chicken Verde Tacos Recipe is one of my staples…it’s sooooo easy, requires minimal prep, and is ridiculously delicious. And it’s very versatile too — you can play around with a variety of toppings, or serve over rice, instead of the tortilla, for a more substantial dish. I’ll even serve it over a bed of fresh greens for a light and delicious Mexican salad. It’s really such a fantastic, reliable recipe that you can’t go wrong with. And 9 Points + for two loaded tacos is a pretty good bargain. The chicken and bean mixture does make a lot, so if you wanted to spread this out to 6 servings (12 tacos in total), you absolutely could. Though, you would need to factor in four more tortillas. This easy Crock Pot Chicken Verde Tacos Recipe is a must try for any Weight Watchers who love low calorie Mexican food recipes.

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Crock Pot Chicken Taco Bowls Recipe – 9 Points +

Crock Pot Chicken Taco Bowl

An all-in-one meal, these Crock Pot Chicken Taco Bowls are truly a satisfying dish. Each bowl is loaded with quality ingredients that taste AMAZING and will help give you energy while keeping you full. By cooking the chicken in the crock pot with salsa, it allows for the chicken to become, tender, juicy and oh-so flavorful. Each bowl is 9 Points +, which isn’t bad when you figure all that’s packed inside that bowl. And because it’s so filling, you really don’t need any side dishes with this. It also freezes really well! So double the recipe if you want to store some in the freezer for a quick and easy weeknight dinner or for lunches. The kids love topping their own bowls with all their favorite condiments, and I love how incredibly delicious and healthy these Chicken Taco Bowls are! This is Weight Watchers Crock Pot recipe that is a family favorite and gets made again and again.

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Saffron Braised Celery & Grilled Fish with Hot Sauce Buerre Blanc (9 Points+)

 

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Photo Courtesy of This Mama Cooks! On a Diet

In continuation of our series of guest recipes and interviews, we are featuring Anne-Marie Nichols of This Mama Cooks! On a Diet. Anne-Marie has gained popularity for her light, family-friendly recipes, some of which are healthier or more family-friendly versions of recipes obtained from well-known chefs.

In July, Anne-Marie had a medical scare resulting in brain surgery and so is not posting as many original recipes until she recovers. However, she took the time to speak with us and to give us one of her delicious adaptations of a meal taken from Hugh Acheson’s A New Turn in the South: Saffron Braised Celery and Grilled Fish with Hot Sauce Buerre Blanc for a total of 9 PointsPlus (8 PointsPlus for the fish and 1 PointsPlus for the celery).  The points for the fish were calculated based on using tilapia, though Anne-Marie state that any mild, white fish can be used, including Yellowtail or Mahi Mahi.

Enjoy!

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