Chickpea and Sumac Salad Recipe – 4 Smart Points

Chickpea and Sumac Salad

One of the best things about living in Southern California is the diversity of foods and restaurants. Growing up in PA, my diet was pretty American standard. But after moving to Los Angeles, a whole new world of foods and flavors was opened to me, and I’ve never been happier. Middle Eastern foods are almost always a hit with me, and after dining at a Turkish restaurant recently, I discovered this super simple, yet incredibly flavorful Chickpea and Sumac Salad Recipe. The key in this dish is to really work that sumac into the onions with your hands. It takes that bitter edge off of the onions while making them both a little sweet and a little tart. Combined with tender garbanzo beans, tangy lemon juice, and bright mint and parsley, this said packs a big flavor punch. It’s loaded with fiber and protein, which makes it really quite satisfying for just 4 Smart Points. If you eat vegan, this salad is sure to become a staple in your meals. But we are meat eaters, and I love serving this salad with my Moroccan Beef and Lamb Meatballs. So good!!!

Chickpea and Sumac Salad
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A fresh and boldly flavored salad with Middle Eastern roots, this tasty dish makes a wonderful side to your favorite meal. Sweet, tangy and salty, all the flavor notes are hit in this easy salad recipe.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Passive Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Passive Time
5 minutes
Chickpea and Sumac Salad
Print Recipe
A fresh and boldly flavored salad with Middle Eastern roots, this tasty dish makes a wonderful side to your favorite meal. Sweet, tangy and salty, all the flavor notes are hit in this easy salad recipe.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Passive Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Passive Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, toss together the onions, sumac, paprika, and salt. Massage onions with hands to rub the spices and salt into the onions, and let sit about 5 minutes. Drain any excess liquid from bottom of the bowl.
  2. Add in the garbanzo beans, parsley, and mint, and toss to combine.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Recipe Notes

Entire recipe makes 6 servings
Serving size is about 1 heaping cup
Each serving = 4 Smart Points

PER SERVING: 153 calories; 3g fat; 0.5g saturated fat; 22g carbohydrates; 2g fiber; 6g fiber; 0g sugar; 6g protein

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Crab Cake Waffles Recipe – 2 Smart Points

Crab Cake Waffles

Lately, there’s been a serious waffled food trend happening on Instagram. Apparently, it’s pretty easy to cook a lot of different foods on a waffle iron! This is great because it allows your food to cook quicker and more evenly, and you use a lot less oil than you would if you pan fried the food. Case it point: crab cakes. Cooking my crab cakes in my waffle iron was not only fun and easy, but they were definitely lighter from not having to pan fry them. And they were delicious! All the flavors were working together in a synchronized harmony, and the perfectly crisped crab cake was a joy to eat. My kids even tried them, thanks to the waffle shape. Now that my crab cake waffles were such a success, I’m excited to try some other foods in the waffle iron. Stay tuned!

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Mediterranean Tuna Salad Recipe – 3 Smart Points

Mediterranean Tuna Salad

Talk about a light lunch idea that takes little effort, is satisfying, and requires no cooking! This Mediterranean Tuna Salad puts a new, healthier and tastier spin on a traditional tuna salad recipe. There’s no mayo in this version, and it’s packed full of fresh vegetables, garbanzo beans, and olives, so it’s not short on nutrition. But it’s still low in fat, low in calories and high in lean protein, making it an ideal Weight Watchers lunch recipe that you are sure to love. The fresh lemon, garlic, and parsley add so much flavor to the salad that you won’t even miss the mayo – I promise. Not only is the salad incredibly delicious and filling, it requires no cooking, so you can throw this dish together in about 15 minutes. Serve it over toasted bread, fresh greens, or eat as is. At just 3 Smart Points per serving, this healthy salad is a winner!

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Garlic Roasted Cabbage Wedges – 1 Smart Point

Garlic Roasted Cabbage Wedges

The cabbage is a vegetable that is often overlooked, and typically known for it’s blandness. But in my Garlic Roasted Cabbage Wedges recipe, the cabbage is the star! When roasting vegetables, I find that it brings out a natural, smoky sweetness, and it offers a depth of flavor that you really don’t get when sautéing or steaming. And roasting the cabbage really elevates this common vegetable to a whole new level. Topping it with a lemony, garlic oil gives it that extra bit of flavor that turns a commonplace vegetable into a decadent and flavorful side dish that is SO good, you’ll find yourself making it again and again. And at just 1 Smart Point per serving, it’s a great way to offer a delicious and filling Weight Watchers side dish to round out any meal.

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Quick Roasted Broccoli with Soy Sauce – 1 Smart Point

Quick Roasted Broccoli with Soy Sauce

When it comes to a vegetable side dish recipe that’s quick, easy, and delicious, it doesn’t get much better than this Quick Roasted Broccoli with Soy Sauce Recipe. Fresh broccoli is tossed with traditional Asian seasonings, and then roasted to perfection. Coming in at just 1 Smart Point per serving, this Weight Watchers side dish recipe is an ideal way to get those veggie servings in. It’s amazing how just a handful of ingredients can amp up a serving a broccoli so much! Anytime I prepare this, it’s a sure fire way to get my kids to eat their veggies, because it’s just so tasty! The combination of the salty soy sauce, bold garlic, and the smoky sesame oil is truly divine. This low Point recipe is a must try.

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Thai Cucumber Salad Recipe – 1 Smart Point

Thai Cucumber Salad

This light and delightful salad is such an easy side dish to prepare, and it is the perfect complement to your favorite Asian inspired meal. It requires just a handful of ingredients, but delivers such vibrant flavors. It’s sweet and tangy with just a hint of sweetness And with temperatures on the rise this summer, I love the cool and refreshing feel of this simple salad. And it’s always a hit at picnics and potlucks, because most everyone sticks to traditional salads, so this homemade Thai Cucumber Salad offers up something much more unique. Plus, it’s one of my favorite ways to take advantage of all those delicious and inexpensive cucumbers! Enjoy.

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Summer Green Bean Salad Recipe

Summer Green Bean Salad

We are counting down the last few days of school until we are in full summer swing! And summer means lazy days by the pool and little effort in the kitchen. This Summer Green Bean Salad Recipe is the perfect dish for those hot days, when you want a simple dish that’s light and healthy. I like the green beans to be a little crisp, so I just blanch them in the boiling water for just a few minutes, and then immediately transfer them to an ice bath. You could steam them too, if you prefer. The tangy lemon garlic dressing is the perfect complement to the salad, and ties all the components together. And if you are lucky enough to have any leftover, they are just as delicious the next day! Usually salads get gross in the fridge over night, but thanks to this dish being comprised of fresh, crisp veggies, it can be enjoyed again the next day. Yay! Perfect for poolside parties, summer BBQs, and 4th of July picnics, this 1 Point salad is a must try.

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Vegan Balela Salad Recipe – 4 Smart Points

Baela Salad

If you’ve never had (or even heard of) Balela Salad before, let me fill you in. Balela is a Middle-Eastern garbanzo and black bean salad, tossed with a tangy, herbed vinaigrette. I typically make this delicious salad anytime I’m cooking for vegans or vegetarians. The beans offer a nice dose of protein, and are wonderfully filling. It’s such a versatile recipe too — you can serve it as a side salad, as a relish for meat or fish, or as a dip for crackers, breads, or pita chips. I’ve also used this in a sandwich or wrap. I’m telling you…a ton of things can be done with this recipe! We’ve been watching a lot of hockey lately (playoffs and now the Stanley cup championship), and this is the perfect game day snack. Even meat eaters will love it! This Vegan Balela Salad recipe is a must try. Enjoy!

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Watermelon Blueberry Mint Salad with Feta – 1 Smart Point

Watermelon Blueberry Mint Salad with Feta

Memorial Day Weekend is in full swing, and if you are still looking for a great Weight Watchers Potluck Recipe to take to your holiday celebration, this Watermelon Blueberry Mint Salad with Feta is it! A much better option than the standard fruit tray, this wonderfully refreshing salad is both sweet and savory, is a breeze to prepare, and is just 1 Smart Point per serving. Watermelon by itself, is such a sweet and simple treat, but when topped off with a tangy balsamic vinaigrette and some crumbled feta, it really reaches new heights. The fresh blueberries and mint add an invigorated feel, and make it an aesthetic treat for the eyes as well as the palate. Serve this tasty and unique fruit salad at at this weekend’s Memorial Day BBQ, or any summer celebration, and sure to be adored.

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Chinese Garlic Green Beans – 1 Smart Point

Chinese Garlic Green Beans

Admittedly, when I’m indulging in Chinese takeout, the last thing I think about ordering is vegetables. The exception to this train of thought is Chinese-style Garlic Green Beans. The flavor is out of this world – who knew a green bean could taste so incredible!? Every time we order these, my kids tackle them with so much enthusiasm, that I decided this is a dish I need to try at home. My version is a lot less oily, therefore, lower in Smart Points than the restaurant version. And they are super easy to make, so it’s great having this recipe to rely on for a quick and reliable verge recipe that I know my kids will eat. Each serving is just 1 Smart Point, so this is absolutely guilt free!

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Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes Recipe – 4 Smart Points

Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes

Brussel sprouts. It seems that most people either love them or hate them. I fall into the “love them” category, and I’m grateful that my kids do too! There are many ways to prepare them, but my absolute favorite method is roasting. It brings out the most delicious flavor, and I just cannot get enough of them! In this recipe, I paired them with some sweet potatoes, added some delicious seasonings, and then finished it off by tossing them in red wine vinegar. The flavor combination was spectacular! Something about the earthy, almost bitter taste of the brussel sprouts, with the tender sweetness of the sweet potatoes, just makes this dish mouthwateringly good. And each serving comes out to just 4 Smart Points. So if you need an easy, yet impressive veggie side dish, this Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes Recipe is a great one to try. Enjoy!

Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes
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A superior roasted vegetable recipe that will have your tastebuds singing with joy. The divine flavor combination of the sweet potatoes with the earthy brussel sprouts is a most delicious way to get those healthy vegetable servings in.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes
Print Recipe
A superior roasted vegetable recipe that will have your tastebuds singing with joy. The divine flavor combination of the sweet potatoes with the earthy brussel sprouts is a most delicious way to get those healthy vegetable servings in.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400, and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the brussel sprouts and potatoes with the olive oil, garlic, cumin, and salt and pepper.
  3. Pour the vegetables onto the baking sheet and roast for about 40-45 minutes, or until browned.
  4. Place the hot vegetables in a large bowl, and toss with the red wine vinegar. Serve hot.
Recipe Notes

Entire recipe makes 6 servings
Serving size is about 1 cup
Each serving = 4 Smart Points

PER SERVING: 129 calories; 4g fat; 0.5g saturated fat; 21g carbohydrates; 3g fiber; 0.5g sugar; 1g protein

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Moroccan Beet Salad Recipe – 1 Smart Points

Moroccan Beet Salad

In Morocco, beets are used regularly in salads because they are available year round there. A good friend of mine, who I consider to be an amazing cook, and who is also of Moroccan heritage, once served this beet salad at a dinner she had invited us to. It was so divine, I simply had to find out the recipe and then how to make it Weight Watchers friendly. As luck would have it, this salad is already pretty light and low in Points, so I just had to make a few alterations. And though it takes a bit more preparation time because the beets need to be roasted first, I assure you that it’s absolutely worth the effort. The roasting process lends such a beautiful, and rich flavor to the beets, and when tossed with the remaining ingredients, the end result is a spectacular salad that’s not only lovely and delicious, but high in nutrients as well. Naturally sweet and very healthy, beets have earned the reputation of being a superfood that’s rich in potassium, manganese, vitamin C, and fiber. And they are 0 Smart Points! So if you haven’t been getting any beets in your diet, this Moroccan Beet Salad is the recipe to try. Enjoy!

Moroccan Beet Salad

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