Lately, my kids have been really into carrots. And when they are on a roll with a vegetable, I ride that wave as long as I can! So in an effort to keep the carrots coming, I’ve been experimenting with some tasty new ways to prepare them. And at recent Shabbat dinner at a close friend’s house, she introduced me to this amazing Cumin Lime Carrot Salad dish. It was so light and delicious and made a perfect low calorie side dish. Each bite offers the zing of the salty, lime vinaigrette with the balance of the sweet carrots. The kick of garlic and cumin add a wonderful boost of flavor! I also love that this is such an easy salad to throw together, and the colors look absolutely gorgeous. The carrots are cooked until just tender – you’ve gotta be careful not to overcook them, or your salad will be mush. Adding the lime juice and spices while the carrots are still warm allow them to really penetrate the carrots, making for one seriously delicious salad.
Combine fresh cherry tomatoes and whole milk mozzarella with peppery arugula for a light and easy Weight Watchers Salad Recipe that is as delicious as it is lovely. This low calorie dish literally takes no more than 5 minutes to make, and it makes such a pretty and flavorful side salad that can accompany a variety of meals. The fresh and mild mozzarella goes wonderfully with the acidity of the fresh tomatoes, and tang of the vinaigrette…and it’s all balanced on a bed of piquant arugula leaves. You can even toss in a handful of fresh basil leaves for an added boost of flavor, if you’d like. Each serving is just 3 Points +, so this is a great way to add some extra pizzaz to your meal without using up a lot of those precious Points.
Until just recently, I have never attempted to make a real risotto recipe (I only made a simpler, crock pot version a couple of times). I’ve always heard that the preparation is tedious and laborious, and that it’s next to impossible to get the texture right. Based on that info, I was terrified of risotto. Then one day on Etsy, I came across this most delicious looking Asparagus Goat Cheese Risotto, and finally decided that cooking risotto was a challenge that I needed to face. Plus, I adore foods with goat cheese so much, that I’m willing to attempt just about any recipe that uses it. And I figured, if I totally blew this dish, no one would ever have to know. So I grabbed my ingredients and got to work. To my utter amazement, my Asparagus Goat Cheese Risotto turned out to be total perfection! And, it really wasn’t as difficult to make as I thought. It also came out to less Weight Watchers Points than I anticipated. The cool thing about Arborio rice, is that you use less than regular rice, but it absorbs so much liquid that it swells, thus dramatically increasing in volume. Each heaping 1 cup serving was only 6 Points +…not bad for a rice and cheese dish! I am THRILLED that I have conquered my fear of risotto, and now I can get to work creating many fabulous Weight Watchers Risotto Recipes for us to all indulge in!
Growing up, I always remember my grandma making kidney bean salad, and back then, I wouldn’t come within 50 feet of it. This is because I was adamantly against the consumption of all vegetables and all beans. Ah, how I wish my adult self could go back and tell my kid self what a fool she was! Kidney bean salad is nothing short of delicious, and it’s loaded with hearty and filling ingredients. Each nicely sized serving packs in a ton of fiber and protein, so it really helps to satiate the appetite. My version is dressed in a light and simple olive oil and lemon juice that perfectly complements the natural flavors of the beans and bell peppers. And at just 4 Points + per serving, this Kidney Bean Salad Recipe makes a perfect low calorie side dish for lunch or dinner. Any leftovers taste great the next day too.
Oh, how I love soup this time of year. And even though I live in CA and the weather has been in the 70′s this week (don’t hate!), I still crave this velvety, rich, and creamy roasted sweet potato soup while I read all the news stories about everyone else surviving the blustery winter. It’s heart and incredibly filling, while still being just 3 Points + per serving. The little touch of orange zest adds just the right kiss of flavor to the slight smokiness of the roasted sweet potatoes. I also like to add a sprinkle of ground chipotle powder on top of each serving to add a kick of heat too. This is the perfect soup for when you don’t feel like chopping lots of vegetables or slaving over a simmering stew all day. It’s quick, easy, and absolutely divine. Enjoy!
This Marinated Cherry Tomato Salad is one of my go to Weight Watchers side dish recipes whenever I have an abundance of cherry or sugar plum tomatoes on hand. I often buy a lot of those little tomatoes under the assumption that I’ll eat them all up by enjoying them as a healthy snack, but instead, I usually end up ignoring them. Therefore, I am always left with extra tomatoes. But I like to use them in this super quick and easy salad recipe, and they make a perfect side dish for a variety of meals. I just throw it all together in the afternoon, and then it’s marinated, flavorful and all ready for dinner that evening. Which is AWESOME, because that’s one less thing I have to get done before dinner. And it’s just 1 Points + per serving, which is fantastic if you are watching those Weight Watchers Points. If you want to bulk this salad up more, try adding some red onions and serve over a bed of fresh iceberg lettuce. Or for an extra point or two, toss is some fresh mozzarella cheese – delish!
Well, here we are…my last recipe post of 2013. I CANNOT believe a whole year has flown by already! And I know that for many of us, the start of the new year means the start (or re-start) of a new healthy eating and weight loss plan. So, as we say goodbye to 2013, let me leave you with this delicious Coconut Lime Chicken Soup Recipe that is sure to warm you up on a cold winter’s day. Soup is a GREAT food to help fill you up without using a lot of Weight Watchers Points, and I always like to try and eat some before going to a big party/dinner/event where I will be tempted by lots of yummy, high fat foods. I love this Coconut Lime Chicken Soup because it is so incredibly flavorful and fresh while still tasting light and revitalizing. And each serving is just 3 Points +! Have a nice sized bowl of this with your favorite salad for a light and healthy lunch, or serve it as an appetizer before dinner to help satiate your appetite. It’s absolutely delicious and very easy to prepare. The serrano peppers can make it a bit spicy, so if you’d prefer it less spicy, just use one or half of one. Enjoy!
And since I won’t be posting again until next year, I want to take a moment thank you all for an incredible 2013….I’m so glad that we all have each other to support and encourage through the struggle of weight loss, as it can seem an insurmountable task to accomplish alone. You have all been an incredible inspiration to me, and I am happy to be able to share my recipes with such a fabulous group of readers. I wish you all a safe and healthy New Year’s! Here’s to a wonderful new year…2014….LET’S DO THIS!!!!!
Happy New Year, everyone!!!
A really good friend of mine, Gali, introduced me to the deliciousness of these Zucchini and Leek Fritters. They are a healthier, lower calorie, lower carb version of potato pancakes, and I am absolutely in love with them. The zucchini shred so much faster than the potatoes, plus, I don’t have to peel the potatoes either, so that makes it a lot easier and quicker to prepare. Sometimes, when making these for the kids, I will use almond meal instead of the panko which is a great way to get in some healthy benefits of almonds. But that will definitely add in some extra Weight Watchers Points, so keep that in mind if you are watching Points Plus. But either way, these Zucchini and Leek fritters get a nice crust on the outside with a soft, chewy inside that is full of flavor. Perfect for a low calorie Hanukkah Latke Recipe too!
One of my favorite low calorie side dishes to order when eating out at a Japanese Restaurant is miso soup. It’s a great way to fill up before a meal so I don’t overeat. And when I’m eating at a Japanese restaurant, it’s usually sushi that I’m ordering, and I can sure get myself into trouble overeating that…yum! But I digress…miso soup is a wonderful and delicious way to bulk up my meal without adding more than 1-2 Points. I’ve come to love it so much, that I decided to make my own amped up version at home. Full of vegetables and the wonderful flavors of ginger and garlic, each serving of my Weight Watchers Ginger Miso Soup Recipe is just 1 Points +. I like to pair this with a salad or sandwich for a very satisfying lunch or dinner.
After making these Ground Turkey Sausage Patties, I will never buy pre-made sausage from the store again! Super easy to make, and boasting a wonderfully fresh and multi-note flavor, I was so excited to create a good, reliable homemade turkey sausage recipe. The turkey is mixed with spices and then left to sit overnight in the refrigerator, so all you have to do in the morning is cook them. Turkey can be a bit difficult to work with, as it can tend to be quite dry when cooked. So make sure not to overcook them. You can also add more olive oil to the meat, if Weight Watchers Points aren’t a concern. This is an absolutely ideal Weight Watchers Christmas recipe that you can prepare for Christmas morning, perhaps alongside my Baked Pumpkin French Toast. It would also work really well for Easter or Sunday Brunch. They are delicious, low calorie, and incredibly easy…I highly recommend giving them a try, ASAP!
In an effort to “detox” my body this week for the holiday eating I indulged in, I’m making an effort to eat mostly low carb/high protein, and as little processed food as possible. One dish that will be on my menu is this Chicken and Garbanzo Bean Pesto Salad Recipe for just 6 Points +. Not only is it super easy to make, but it’s a great way to utilize leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken, and with all the protein and fiber, it’s a pretty satisfying salad. The basil pesto dressing adds a lovely and bold flavor without needing to use too much of it, which is great for helping to keep the Points low. Pair this Chicken and Garbanzo Bean Pesto Salad with your favorite low calorie soup or a roll or baked potato to make it a complete and very filling meal. Enjoy!
Recently, I was fortunate enough to have some family from Israel staying with us for a few weeks over the holidays, and I got to spend a lot of time watching them work magic in the kitchen. My mother-in-law can cook with eggplants like nobody’s business, and I was determined to master her delicious baba ganoush recipe. In case you’ve never heard of baba ganoush, it’s a middle eastern eggplant dip that is one of the most amazing foods I’ve ever had. The base is roasted eggplants, which add a wonderfully smoky flavor, and then it’s blended with tahini paste, mayonnaise, lemon juice and garlic. Traditionally, it’s loaded with mayonnaise and tahini paste which can make it not so Weight Watchers friendly. However, a few tweaks to my mother-in-law’s version, and I created a flipping’ fantastic low calorie baba ganoush for just 1 Points + for a 1/4 cup serving! Use it as a dip for veggies or pita chips, spread it on a sandwich or wrap, or just eat it straight up with a spoon. And it even gets a better flavor sitting in the fridge for a few days. Any way you choose to eat it, I hope you fall in love with this light baba ganoush recipe as much as I have.