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.
Get a big taste of the season with this marvelous Rosemary Chicken Lasagna Recipe and feel no guilt. This lighter version delivers all the fantastic flavors of a more fattening lasagna, but for just 6 Points + per serving. Using whole wheat noodles helps add more fiber and protein which really make this a satisfying serving. The bold rosemary perfectly seasons everything and the touch of lemon zest on top gives it a lovely hint of citrus flair without being overpowering. It’s truly an exceptional Weight Watchers Lasagna Recipe that is perfect for fall and winter. I served min with some roasted asparagus spears and a light salad, and everyone raved about it. Enjoy!
Lasagna has always been one of my favorite comfort food recipes, so I was excited to experiment with a fall lasagna recipe that I had been dreaming/salivating over for months. My Roasted Butternut Squash Lasagna was definitely a hit and it captured all the seasonal flavors I was craving. By roasting the butternut squash, it gets nicely caramelized, which adds a wonderful flavor. So while this step does add some extra time to the preparation, it is absolutely worth it. I also prefer to leave the squash kinda chunky when I mash it, because I like the texture. But if you’d rather puree it or make it smoother, by all means, do so! You just may need to add a bit more broth to thin it out. Here’s a shot of the inside of mine:
And at just 6 Points + for each delicious, cheese covered serving, this Weight Watchers Fall Recipe is a must try.
One of my favorite Weight Watchers Pasta Recipes is this incredibly delicious Lemon Spinach Pesto Pasta dish. It is full of healthy ingredients, and the combination of flavors and textures is divine. I always over toast my almond slices a bit, because I like the taste, but feel free to toast yours to your own desired level. The crunch and mild sweetness of the almonds is the perfect compliment to the fresh, lemony flavor of the sauce, and the mildly wilted spinach adds lots of nutrition and volume. This allows allows for the use of less pasta, which helps keep the Points Plus value lower. I use prepared pesto because it’s easier when I’m busy. But if you have the time, you can make this dish even less Points Plus by making and using a homemade, low calorie pesto sauce instead. This is one of my go to pasta recipes and the family loves it. And I love that they are enjoying such a healthy meal!
Even though it’s still crazy hot here in Southern California, I can’t help but fantasizing about fall and all the delicious Weight Watchers Fall Recipes I’ll be whipping up this season! In light of my fall food fantasies, today I’m sharing this delicious and super easy Butternut Squash Turkey Bolognese Recipe. Made with a jarred butternut squash pasta sauce (I used THIS one from Dave’s Gourmet), you’ll get a healthy and mouthwatering pasta dish that’s very simple to prepate, but tastes like you’ve been slaving over the stove all day working on it. The sauce is incredible…so fresh tasting, so creamy, and yet very light. By adding the cooked ground turkey sauteed with onion and garlic, the dish becomes more hearty and homemade tasting. And the fresh basil adds the perfect finishing touch. So, if you are in the mood for fall, this light Butternut Squash Bolognese is a must try.
I’m still riding the cauliflower bandwagon like a champ right now. I LOVE cauliflower and I’m finding so many great ways to use it! This Creamy Cauliflower Cheese Pasta Sauce Recipe is no exception…it’s smooth and velvety and makes a wonderful alternative to traditional Alfredo sauce. Don’t get me wrong it doesn’t taste exactly like Alfredo sauce, but it does taste very good. And it’s just 2 Points + per serving! So feel free to smother this stuff on everything from pasta to chicken, and even on roasted vegetables (gotta love veggie on veggie action). It’s so healthy and really quite tasty. In the picture I have posted here, I put it on some Miracle Noodles which didn’t cost me any extra Weight Watchers Points, s it was just 2 Points + for that whole bowl of pasta. Truly a great, low calorie sauce for when I want a lot of something really creamy and cheesy, but don’t want all the extra fat, calories and Points to go with it.
If you are tired of traditional pasta sauces, then you are in for a treat today. This Broccoli Feta Pasta Sauce Recipe is incredibly delicious and full of fresh flavor. And at just 3 Points + for each HUGE 1 cup serving, it’s a great low calorie pasta sauce to top your favorite noodles. It also works great over chicken, rice or a baked potato. I first ate these over Miracle Noodles and it was excellent and very filling. This decadent pasta sauce is a great way to get in your veggie servings, too, as the sauce is mostly broccoli. But surprisingly, it doesn’t have an overwhelming broccoli taste. The feta helps balance it out, delivering a perfectly flavored sauce that is nutritious as well as delicious.
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.
In college, I used to LOVE eating cold, leftover Chinese food, straight from the carton in the fridge (actually, I still love to do that). In fact, Chinese food is one of the very few leftover foods, originally served hot, that I enjoy eating cold. My favorite are the chow mein noodles…..MMMMMMM. And when cold, leftover Chinese food wasn’t an option, I often ordered cold noodle salads at my favorite Oriental restaurants. But now, being a Weight Watchers member and a mom trying to make healthy food to serve her family, I try to avoid fatty, high calorie, high sodium foods from restaurants. And instead, I try and create a healthier “knockoff” at home that is still incredibly tasty, but low in Weight Watchers Points Plus and as healthy as I can get it. My version of Oriental Cold Noodles turned out absolutely AMAZING. Seriously, I couldn’t stop eating it. It was so fresh, zesty and tangy, and truly a real treat for just 6 Points + per serving. This is now what I turn to for my cold noodle fix. Pair it with some miso soup for a delicious and complete meal.