Nothing says summer bbq to me like a good, old fashioned pasta salad. Growing up, they were at EVERY family bbq and I’ve grown accustomed to expecting them. Over the years, I’ve experienced a variety of pasta salads, but my favorite was always the creamy/sweet/tangy one. But the traditional version of this pasta salad recipe is very heavy on the mayo and sugar, making it pretty high in Weight Watchers Points, as well as cholesterol! My healthier version makes just a couple changes to make it lighter and lower in Points Plus, but still delicious. First of all, I used a whole wheat pasta – that’s a no-brainer. Then, I subbed out most of the mayo for a fat free Greek yogurt. But I had to keep some mayo to maintain the taste and texture, so I used my favorite mayonnaise alternative – Reduced Fat Vegenaise instead. You can really use just about any veggies you want in this Weight Watchers Pasta Salad Recipe – I just used what I traditionally knew as the most popular ingredients for it. And it turned out to be everything I hoped for…crunchy vegetables with a creamy, sweet, and slightly tangy dressing. Perfect!
This Vegetable Alfredo was absolutely AMAZING! It’s hard to believe that something so simple could be so fantastic, but it is. The huge selection of vegetables is what makes this alfredo go from simple to stupendous. I love the variety of textures and flavors, all covered with a creamy sauce and a sprinkle of lemon zest to add an extra little burst of flavor. You can use any kind of veggies you want in this Weight Watchers Pasta Recipe, so feel free to experiment. But I highly recommend keeping the sun-dried tomatoes, as they are so amazing in this recipe. Just make sure not to use the kind packed in oil, as that will add more Points Plus. Enjoy!
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.
When I want a decadent pasta dish, this Mushroom Parmesan Chicken is one of my favorites. The wine really makes this recipe for me….it gives the chicken such a wonderful flavor. But if you aren’t a wine drinker or don’t like the flavor of wine, you can use chicken broth in place of the wine. Though, I don’t really feel like it has the same oomph that way, so I wouldn’t recommend it, if possible. There’s something about the flavors of white wine and Parmesan cheese that just make me…well, for lack of a better word, salivate. The chicken turns out so tender and juicy, and the portobello mushrooms add a nice hearty, earthy flavor. Truly a delicious Weight Watchers chicken pasta recipe that is worth every single one of it’s 8 Points Plus value. Pair with a light salad for a perfect meal!
I’ve been meaning to post this Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe for a while now, but when my husband and kids came down with sore throats, coughs and runny noses this past week, I whipped up a batch for them, and realized I MUST share this recipe…NOW! It’s sooooooo good, and truly the best homemade chicken soup recipe I’ve ever made. It’s an incredibly easy recipe and the flavors are divine. To keep it on the lighter side, I used chicken breasts, but you can use any cut of chicken you’d like. I often do breasts and drumsticks, since my family prefers the dark meat, and I prefer the breast meat. And the key is using a really good egg noodle. I LOVE this egg pasta from Bionaturae….they taste so fresh and light. The next time you need some chicken soup, do yourself (and your body) a favor – skip the can and make this Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup instead — it tastes way too good to be just 4 Points + per serving. Enjoy!
This Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta tastes so unbelievably good, it’ll be hard to believe that each serving is just 6 Points +. I mean, come on….look at the title of the dish…Chicken. Bacon. Ranch. Pasta. What’s not love here?!? The creamy, ranch flavored cheese sauce brings together the flavors of the crisp, salty bacon and the juicy chicken breast, which is sautéed in a bit of bacon drippings. DELICIOUS, I tell you! Yes, this dish “costs” a bit more than I’d like at 6 Points + for a 1 cup serving, but it is so heavenly, I feel like I’m being bad, and, well, that makes me feel pretty good. :) Increase your serving size, if you’d like, and make this a 4 serving recipe and then each serving would be 9 Points +. If you pair this Weight Watchers pasta recipe with some 0 Points roasted veggies and a very light salad, then this would be an amazing, guilt free meal!
Enlighten your tastebuds with this incredible Garlic Shrimp Linguine Recipe! This was seriously SO GOOD, I did not want to stop eating it. The wonderful simplicity of the ingredients allows each element to shine through and add it’s own flavor boost. In one bite, you’ll get the taste of the lemony garlic shrimp, the peppery basil, and the slightly sweet and tangy sun dried tomatoes. And the red pepper chili flakes turn up the heat just a tad. It was truly a mouthful of perfection. The next time I make this, I’m going to have to double it so I can have leftovers. Even my kids ate some (though they did push aside the shrimp), and my son asked for seconds! So happy to share this amazing Weight Watchers pasta recipe with you all…it’s a MUST try.
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.
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.
Nothing quite says comfort food like mac and cheese. The combination of carbs and cheese is just absolutely irresistible to me, and I cannot deny it to myself. So to keep myself from indulging on the high fat restaurant versions of mac and cheese, I created this Three Cheese Baked Mac and Cheese Recipe that is every bit as decadent as a gourmet version, but for a lot less Points. Each serving is just 6 Points plus! By using all whole wheat carbs, I was able to amp up the protein and fiber. And the addition of spinach gives it some added nutrition and flavor. I wanted this Weight Watchers mac and cheese recipe to have a mild flavor, so I chose fontina cheese as the base, because I like its delicate, slightly nutty flavor. You could definitely substitute that with a mozzarella or other type of cheese, if you’d like. The crunch of the Panko on top gives it some added texture and a boost of flavor too. This is definitely a satisfying serving that leaves you feeling very content and your carb/cheese craving tames…for now at least. :) Enjoy!
One of my favorite Weight Watchers Vegetarian Recipes is this Portobello and Spinach Stroganoff. It’s so easy to make and tastes amazing. By using the hearty portobello mushrooms instead of beef, this traditional Russian recipe gets a lot healthier and a lot lighter. I also used yolk-free egg noodles to save some fat, calories and cholesterol too. I like to serve this with a light salad and a high fiber roll to sop up the extra sauce. This portobellos stroganoff recipe is truly a delight and a real treat for vegetarians. Enjoy!
Shake things up a bit with this Pumpkin Pasta Sauce over your favorite, high fiber pasta instead of traditional marinara. It’s packed with vitamins and minerals and it is so rich and decadent, while still maintaining a light feel. The addition of the pumpkin and sage give it that wonderful, seasonal flavor without being overpowering. Feel free to add in some grilled chicken to bulk it and pack in some more protein. I love to serve this over rotini noodles for the kids, as it’s a great way to get in some extra nutrition without letting them know that they are eating a vegetable. Keep in mind, this Weight Watchers Pumpkin Pasta Sauce Recipe lists the Points + for the sauce ONLY, and does not include the pasta noodles. So, make sure to factor those in. This is an excellent family dinner recipe idea for a busy weeknight, as it can prepared pretty quickly and tastes fantastic.