One of my all time favorite Weight Watchers quinoa recipes is this super easy Quinoa Salad with Tahini Dressing — it’s to die for! Admittedly, I’m pleasantly surprised my kids really enjoyed this dish…my son even took leftovers for lunch! And at just 6 Points +, it’s a really satisfying summer side dish that is lovely and absolutely delicious. If you are already a fan of quinoa or a newcomer looking for some fantastic quinoa recipe ideas, this dish is a great one to try! I love the variety of textures, and the lemony tahini dressing just pulls it all together so beautifully. I’ve also made this with the addition of cucumbers, roasted zucchini, cauliflower and eggplant too, and it is fabulous. Enjoy!
Tabbouleh (or tabouli) is a Middle Eastern vegetarian side dish made with tomatoes, cucumber, herbs, bulgur wheat and onion. It’s seasoned with olive oil and lemon juice. This is a very refreshing, summery dish that goes well with just about anything. Since I don’t eat wheat, I usually make this with quinoa (much to my husband’s annoyance, since he doesn’t care for quinoa). It’s traditionally made with bulgur wheat, but quinoa works well with it as a gluten free option. With fresh herbs from the garden, this is a perfect time of the year to make this delicious and refreshing side dish.
If you are new to the shishito pepper craze, don’t be worried that they are spicy. In fact, shishito peppers are actually very sweet and mild. And there are a ton of incredible shishito peppers recipes out there to try. One of the most popular, is an Asian style shishito pepper. The peppers are first cooked until charred, then tossed with some incredible garlic and Asian flavors. It’s SUPER easy and SUPER delicious. To eat them, simply hold the stem, and bite off the whole pepper, seeds and all. Quite honestly, this dish is never one that I never want to share. It’s so good, I could easily eat the whole thing myself. And the best thing is that each serving is just 1 Points +! Give these a try and they are sure to become a fast favorite of yours too.
Lately, I just cannot resist buying those colored carrots at the market. They are so pretty, and my kids think it’s super fun getting colored carrots in their lunch box. So I’m always looking for fun ways to use them in new Weight Watchers Recipes. And this easy Rainbow Carrot Salad Recipe, is not only lovely and delicious, but it comes out to just 1 Points + per serving! So light and refreshing, it makes a perfect healthy side dish salad that pairs well with a variety of main courses. Sometimes, I throw in a handful of golden raisins, or shredded green apple for and extra kick! Enjoy.
You know those days where you spent so much time working on the main course, that you completely forgot to prepare a side dish? Well, that happens to me a LOT. More often than I’d like to admit. Sometimes I’m too busy, sometimes I too lazy, and sometimes I’m just ill-prepared. But on those days, quick and easy Weight Watchers salad recipes like this Cilantro Lime Cucumber Salad, save me. I almost always have these ingredients on hand, and I can throw this together in just a few minutes. I highly recommend using a mandolin slicer in order to get nice, evenly thin cucumber slices. But it can absolutely be done with a knife too – it’s just not as easy. The flavors are fresh and amazing, and each serving is just 2 Points +. I usually prefer to go a bit heavy on the red pepper flakes as I really like that heat, but this time I made it for my kids, so I didn’t use as much. This salad also makes a perfect, low calorie side for summer BBQ’s, so definitely add it to your “must make this summer list”. Enjoy!
If you’ve been reading LaaLoosh for a while, you’ll probably know that roasting vegetables is one of my favorite ways to eat them. The roasting process adds such a fantastic flavor, and even my kids will eat their veggies this way, so that’s a huge plus. One of our family’s favorite vegetables to roast is cauliflower, so recently, I decided to experiment with a few ideas and see if I could take a standard, roasted cauliflower recipe, and kick it up a notch. Mission accomplished. This Roasted Cumin Spiced Cauliflower and Garbanzo Beans is so ridiculously simple, but is absolutely delicious and truly tastes like something that would be served as a side dish in a fancy restaurant. You can enjoy it is as is, or serve on top of salads or in soups for added flavor bonus. I like to serve it in a pretty bowl, garnished with fresh parsley, alongside my protein of choice. If you are looking for a way to get more fiber in your diet, this easy Weight Watchers side dish recipe is a must.
Liven up a standard Roasted Butternut Squash Recipe with the addition of two wonderfully bold flavors – tahini sauce and za’atar spice blend. In this Weight Watchers side dish recipe, the sweet, buttery squash is complemented by the roasted sesame flavor of the tahini sauce and the alluring spice mixture of the zaatar. If you haven’t ever tried za’atar before, once you do, I guarantee it will become one of your pantry staples! It’s a Middle Eastern spice blend that involves some combination of ground dried oregano, thyme or marjoram, ground sumac, toasted sesame seeds and often, salt. It’s often used on breads, chicken, and on top of hummus or soft cheeses. Zaatar has an amazing and unique flavor that is aromatic, and tangy at the same time. This simple, yet amazing side dish is not only delicious and full of nutrients, each serving is just 4 Points +, making it a very Weight Watchers friendly recipe too.
We love rice and any side dish with rice in it is a family favorite. Mushroom rice pilaf is the perfect addition to a main course. I serve this when I make chicken or fish. I have made this on “Meatless Mondays” as well. I use low-sodium chicken broth and water to cook the rice. I think it adds a nice flavor. Rice cooking times may vary according to taste preference. I used regular white organic raw mushrooms, but I’ve made this using a combination of mushrooms too.
This is a tasty side dish that takes very little time to prepare. Mushroom rice pilaf can be made with beef broth, but I prefer the low-sodium chicken broth.
- 1 cup brown rice – long grain
- 1 tbsp Extra Light Olive Oil
- 2 cups slice raw mushrooms
- 1 cup chopped onions (a sweet onion is used for this recipe)
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp ground pepper
- 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 cup water
- In a 2-quart saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat.
- Add mushrooms, onion, garlic powder and pepper stirring often until the mushrooms and onion start to get tender, usually takes 3 – 4 minutes.
- Add water, chicken broth and rice.
- Stir and increase heat to high.
- Once it starts to boil; reduce heat and cover.
- Simmer for 40-45 minutes or until rice is tender.
- Keep covered, remove from heat and let stand about 5 minutes.
- Stir and serve hot.
Preparation time: 5-10 minute(s)
Cooking time: 40-45 minute(s)
Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced fat
Number of servings (yield): 4
Entire recipe makes: 4 servings
Serving size is about: about ½ cup
Each serving = 6 Points +
PER SERVING: 235 calories; 5 g fat; 42 g carbohydrates; 6 g protein; 2.5g fiber
This baked macaroni and cheese recipe is easy to prepare as well as low fat. I have many variations for this traditional baked macaroni and cheese dish and this is the one I most recently prepared. The cayenne pepper adds a little spice and I prefer freshly ground pepper as well. I will serve this as a light main meal with a side salad for lunch or dinner. This recipe was prepared as a side dish to chicken loaf (a.k.a. meatloaf) or pork chops.
I have loved baked macaroni and cheese since I was a kid. It’s the perfect comfort food. This is a healthy version and very tasty.
- 2 cups dry macaroni (Dreamfields Elbows is used for this recipe)
- 3/4 cup evaporated fat-free milk
- 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese (Horizon Organic: Low-fat Small Curd Cottage is used for this recipe)
- 1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded low-fat cheddar cheese (Reduced fat – Cabot’s Sharp Cheddar is used for this recipe)
- 1 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 tbsp. dry bread crumbs
- Pinch cayenne pepper
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Prepare macaroni according to instructions on the box.
- In a saucepan, heat milk over low heat.
- Add the cheeses (except Parmesan) until melted, stirring constantly.
- Drain pasta and place in a 2 quart casserole dish sprayed with cooking spray.
- Remove the cheese sauce from the heat then pour on top of cooked pasta.
- Stir and mix cheese and pasta well.
- Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper.
- Bake the casserole for 15-20 minutes until bubbly and the top is browned.
Preparation time: 10-15 minutes
Cooking time: 20-25 minutes
Diet type: Vegetarian
Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced fat
Number of servings (yield): 4
Culinary tradition: USA (Traditional)
Entire recipe makes: 4 servings
Serving size is about: approximately 1 cup
Each serving = 5 Points +
PER SERVING: 212 calories; 3.3 g fat; 27.9 g carbohydrates; 16.2 g protein; 0.7g fiber
With Easter and Passover right around the corner, this delicious Roasted Beet and Carrot Salad is a perfect and beautiful side dish for your big holiday dinner. The bright colors are a lovely nod to the spring season, and the flavor combination is nothing short of sensational. The smoky roasted vegetables with the peppery arugula and creamy feta, topped with a sweet and tangy dressing, this Weight Watchers salad recipe is sure to become a favorite. I would also suggest topping it with some grilled chicken or roasted salmon and serving it as a main course for lunch. And at just 3 Points + per serving, it’s a great bargain!
I am a big fan of side salads with a meal or soup. I will prepare a side Caprese Salad when I am making an Italian style chicken dish or a side for Italian Wedding soup. I prefer a colorful presentation which is why I use both yellow and red tomatoes. I prefer to use the balsamic vinegar instead of salt and pepper. The basil adds a very nice compliment to this traditional salad. The oil helps bind the ingredients and the vinegar is added for flavor. I have prepared this salad without the vinegar and just the oil topped with salt and pepper.
I am always looking for something light and tasty when preparing a heavy meal. I thought about doing something easy like pickled beets and serving it as a side dish. It is fantastic with fish. I serve this as a side dish with any white fish or it can be prepared and put on top of a salad. It’s super convenient in the summer when it’s too hot to do a great deal of cooking. You can marinate the beets in less than 12 hours but I find that the longer they marinate the tastier they are. I like the sugar in the raw, but you certainly can use white sugar too. However, if you choose to use Stevia, it is very sweet, and may add a bit more sweetness to your pickling juice.