With the heat wave finally starting to come to an end here in Southern California, I’m really getting into the swing of fall cooking! One of my family’s favorite dishes is this Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings Recipe. It is SO ridiculously delicious and SO filling and satisfying. You can feel free to experiment and add other veggies if you’d like. Sometimes, I make it without the potatoes, and that shaves an extra Point off. But those moist, thick, fluffy dumplings are just heavenly, and are the true star of this popular comfort food recipe. Perfect for a chilly day, this tasty Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings is sure to become a family favorite of yours too! Enjoy.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – I LOVE MY CROCKPOT. With two young kids, I am busy…constantly. And cooking a healthy Weight Watchers Recipe in my crockpot, can make getting dinner together an absolute breeze. This Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe is one of the kids’ favorites, and it’s just 6 Points + per serving (without the toppings). I just throw in all of the ingredients in the morning, then come dinner time, it’s ready to go! That long, slow simmering process gives the fiberrific soup such fantastic flavor, which I love. Of course, no chicken tortilla soup would be complete without some toppings, so feel free to add on whatever you like – just make sure you calculate the extra Point or two that it may add. Here are some great topping suggestions: avocado slices, reduced fat shredded Montery Jack cheese, sour cream, jalapeño slices, diced red onion, crumbled tortilla chips, chopped cilantro and lime wedges. Yum!
I am SO excited about today’s Fabulous Food Find, NoOodle, I don’t even know where to begin. Recently, the founder of NoOodle, Chef Terri Rogers, reached out to me and asked if I’d like to try out her product. I was unfamiliar with what NoOodle was, so I immediately went to her website, www.nooodle.com to check it out. And I read that Chef Terri had started creating NoOdle dishes in her restaurant by using the popular Shirataki noodles in some of her recipes. Terri says “Thru lots of research & recipe development I figured a way to “Americanize” a Japanese staple. I am excited to share with you our brand new product line that is different than anything else on the market today.” NoOodle offers both Soup Starters and Meal Starters which feature the guilt free Shirataki noodles, and are just 1 Points Plus per serving! In fact, the entire box (which consists of 2 servings) is still just 1 Points Plus! Terri’s goal is to create a “world where we can eat all the noodles we want without the guilt”. And I am TOTALLY on board with that concept. Keep reading to learn more about NoOodle and to get a 40% off discount code!
Summer weather may be kicking in here in CA, but I still crave a bowl of hot soup occasionally! Especially when I’m making grilled cheese sandwiches. But my light tomato soup is homemade from scratch and is absolutely perfect for spring or summer. Using fresh, whole tomatoes makes a HUGE difference in the flavor of the soup vs. buying the stuff that’s pre-made in a can or a box. And it was incredibly quick and easy to make! Even my 5yr old loved eating some for dinner and taking leftovers in his lunch the next day. You could make this Classic Creamy Tomato Soup recipe even lighter by using a fat free or low fat ricotta cheese instead of the parmesan, but I think the parmesan adds such a beautiful flavor dimension, and I love it. Just 4 Points + for a nice hearty serving…if you love tomato soup, you’ve gotta try this one!
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!
A taco in liquid form, this delicious Turkey Taco Soup is so hearty and satisfying! Each huge serving is 7 Points +, making it a perfect Weight Watchers recipe that’s great for just about anytime. It reheats and freezes well, so I like to double the batch and keep a good supply in my freezer. Feel free to get creative with your toppings, and enhance the flavors even more by adding low fat sour cream, jalapeños, diced red onions, shredded lettuce, fresh cilantro or reduced fat tortilla chips on top. All the fiber and protein make this a very filling dish, but if you want to trim this down a Point or two, you can cut out 1 can of beans. It’s just as delicious either way. Enjoy!
Soup is one of go to recipes whenever I’m really hungry. I eat a bowl before I eat my lunch or dinner, and then that helps to fill me up, so I don’t overdo it on the main course. And egg drop soup is a delicious and light option. However, a traditional egg drop soup recipe is quite mild. So sometimes, I really want to kick up the flavor notch and I whip up this spicy version instead. It is so fast and easy to make, and is really quite delicious. And at just 1 Points + for a 1 1/2 cup serving, this Spicy Egg Drop Soup is a fantastic Weight Watchers Recipe. Enjoy!
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!
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!!!
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.
Truthfully, I’ve never been a fan of peas. I usually always pick them out of whatever food I’m eating, unless it’s masked really well in a carb-y, cheesy casserole. To eat them straight up, as a side to a meal, is like my worst nightmare. But one day, while browsing through one of my cooking magazines, I came across a lovely photo of a beautiful, bright green pea soup. The fresh, stunning color inspired me to give this little legume another shot. Pea soup recipes are surprisingly popular, so I thought that for one day, I must put aside my hated of the peas, and for the sake of all my pea soup loving readers, I need to give pea soup a chance. I bought some beautiful and taut fresh peas from the store, which are much more appealing than the canned or frozen, and that got me a little excited. I whipped up the low calorie pea soup in no time, and was ready for my taste. Creamy, rich, savory…..I CANNOT BELIEVE I LIKED IT. Not just tolerated it, I liked it. The distinctive taste of the pea was still there, though it was transformed dramatically by all the buttery shallots and salty feta. I devoured a bowl, and even voluntarily ate leftovers the next day. It was excellent. And just 4 Points + per serving! Truly a great way to get in some serious protein and fiber, and it’s very filling. Pair this with a light turkey or tuna sandwich and you’ve got one amazing Weight Watchers meal.
I cannot even begin to express how delicious this Chipotle Pumpkin Black Bean Soup Recipe was! I know it’s officially spring, the weather is getting warmer, and the last thing we want is a hearty pumpkin soup to remind us of the cold weather season. BUT…this soup is absolutely worth it. I was inspired by Rachel Ray’s version which I recently came across. But my version is very different from hers, and a lot less in Weight Watchers Points Plus. Using non-traditional flavors with pumpkin (like cumin and chipotle) really brought out some wonderful new tastes. And the roasted onions and garlic added such an amazing flavor! This soup turned out incredible – and, all that fiber made it so filling! Each nicely sized serving is just 3 Points +. I had a bowl of this soup with a side salad for lunch, and I was totally full until dinner time. So don’t push back that canned pumpkin in your pantry until next fall…use it right now in this incredible Chipotle Pumpkin Black Bean Soup Recipe. You will love it!