If you’ve never had it/heard if it before, picadillo is a traditional and popular dish that is a staple in Cuban cuisine. It’s basically a tender stew of ground beef and tomatoes, with cinnamon and/or raisins added for sweetness, and olives added for salt. It’s typically served over rice, but also works great as a stuffing for empanadas, quesadillas or wraps. It smells and tastes heavenly, and is the ultimate in Cuban comfort food. This recipe is favorite of my kids’ and always gets gobbled up. They eat it with the rice, and my husband and I just ate it as is. To keep it healthy and Weight Watchers friendly, I just used an extra lean ground beef and used cinnamon instead of raisins. It was incredibly fast and easy to make, and was absolutely divine. Truly a satisfying and indigent dish that is totally guilt free. I highly recommend giving this one a try!
I feel a like Wendy, I’ve had all of the turkey I can handle for a little while. It’s why tacos (beef tacos) are on the menu this week, along with this delicious beef stew. I love to cook stews and soups in the crock pot. Not only is it easy, but it’s a guaranteed way to make sure that I don’t burn it to the bottom of the pot – like I do with just about everything. The other great thing about crockpots is that you can take just about any meat and make it deliciously tender in the crockpot. This stew is great. You can chop everything up and stick it in the crockpot the night before. Store the crockpot (covered) in the fridge for the night and then in the morning, all you have to do is put the pot into the crockpot base and turn it on. It’s a great one pot meal, with very few prep dishes. But, if you’re looking for a side dish, serve it with a fruit salad or relish tray of veggies to keep those points down. You can also add peas, green beans or any other vegetable you like to have in your stews. This stew is savory, rich and delicious – perfect for a simple and easy meal that warms you up on a cold winter day.
It’s officially fall, folks, and I love getting in the kitchen and whipping up some hearty, soul-warming soups! My husband’s personal favorite is this Healthy Jambalaya Recipe. It is packed with 3 tasty proteins – chicken, shrimp, and sausage. You can choose to make this a tad lighter by subbing out the andouille sausage with some light turkey or chicken sausage, but I’m such a fan of the spicy and flavorful andouille, I’m willing to sacrifice a Point or two for that fantastic flavor. Each ample serving is certain to fill your stomach and and your soul, at just 8 Points +. The easy to follow recipe will have you wanting to make this jambalaya again and again. Enjoy!
As school starts up, and we say goodbye to these last few days of summer, my mind has already kicked in gear for fall foods. And this Chicken and Quinoa Meatball Stew Recipe is the perfect way to kick off the season. The meatballs in this dish are made with ground chicken and cooked quinoa (I used red quinoa because that’s what I had on hand, but regular quinoa works just fine), then seasoned with dry onion soup mix. The quinoa helps add volume and lots of extra nutrients to the meatballs, and is a great alternative to traditional breadcrumbs. The stew itself is simple, yet flavorful, and the potatoes make it feel so hearty and filling. It’s a low calorie stew recipe that’s big and tasty enough to satisfy, yet is light enough to not feel like cement in your stomach. And each nicely sized serving is just 6 Points +. My Chicken and Quinoa Meatball Stew was a total hit, and now I am in love with the idea of quinoa in meatballs!
Who says you only have to drink your Guinness beer? This St. Patrick’s Day, you can eat your Guinness with this hearty and savory, Guinness Beef Stew Recipe. With just a few simple ingredients, this beef stew is prepared very quickly, and then spends the rest of the time simmering on the stove while wafting delicious aromas all through the house. If the sensational smell doesn’t have your mouth watering, the first bite of this low calorie stew certainly will. The Guinness flavors the beef perfectly, and it makes for an outstanding dish that is not only satisfying and delicious, but very Weight Watchers friendly at just 6 Points + per serving. So, if you are tired of eating corned beef every St. Patrick’s Day, try this Guinness Beef Stew as a delightful alternative. Enjoy!
Well, fall is officially here (since Saturday!) and it’s time for some of the best Weight Watchers Fall Recipes to start making their way to my blog. To kick things off, I decided to do this Crock Pot Pumpkin Lentil Stew. It’s a very healthy dish that’s incredibly filling, and is an excellent Weight Watchers Vegan recipe for those who eat Vegan (just leave off the yogurt). I fed this to my 13 month old, and she LOVED it. Simmering in the crock pot all day made everything so tender and flavorful…the spices were perfect. And the lime juice gives it just a bit of zing. In fact, the next time I make this, I will use more lime juice. If you want a good, hearty fall stew recipe that will really fill you up for just 4 Points +, then this Crock Pot Pumpkin Lentil Stew is your ticket. Enjoy!
For as long as I can remember, I have adored dumplings. There is just something about chewy, lumpy balls of dough that get me all excited. This might also explain my infatuation with cookie dough. But given that dumplings are flour based, they can add up to some serious calories and Weight Watchers Points, so I’ve tried to avoid them. But this Crock Pot Chicken Stew with Cornmeal Dumplings puts a lighter and healthier spin on traditional dumpling recipes. Plus it gave me an opportunity to utilize some fresh herbs from my husband’s garden. Each very nicely sized serving is just 6 Points each and is very satisfying. The dumplings came out perfectly and my family and I devoured this dish. It’s definitely a Weight Watchers Crock Pot recipe that I’ll be making again and again.
A delicious, healthy dinner recipe that can be prepared quickly, this Creamy Mushroom and Chicken Stew is ideal. Each serving is just 4 Points +, and is very filling. The first time I made this chicken stew recipe, I just ate is straight from the bowl, the way a stew is typically devoured. The second time I made it, I served it over some 0 calorie orzo from Miracle Noodle, and I felt like I was eating a HUGE meal for just 4 Points +. It did need some extra salt and pepper, but it was fantastic, and oh-so satisfying! Weight Watchers Crock Pot Recipes are my go to meals when I’m pressed for time and have some leftover produce in my fridge that I want to use up before it gets bad. And this Creamy Mushroom and Chick Stew Crock Pot Recipe is perfect for that! I almost always have all those ingredients on hand. However, be aware that working with yogurt and a crock pot can be tricky, as the yogurt can curdle. To avoid that, make sure the yogurt is at room temp and only add it in before serving – don’t let it simmer in there all day. Enjoy!
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If you want to indulge in a huge, 2 cup serving of a traditional Seafood Gumbo Recipe for just 4 Points +, you came to the right place today! Loaded with all the well-loved flavors of a Louisiana Gumbo, this light and healthy version skips a lot of excess fat and calories while still maintaining an amazing taste. With shrimp and crab being so low calorie and high in protein, it wasn’t too hard to make this a Weight Watchers friendly recipe. As with all traditional gumbos, the base is a roux that is slowly browned, and adds wonderful texture and flavor to the dish.
Here’s another great low calorie crock pot recipe that is not only easy, but incredibly yummy and satisfying. With each hearty serving of this Slow Cooker Chicken Recipe for Greek Stew, you get loads of flavor, but it packs on a mere 5 Points + per serving. It’s filled with delicious vegetables and covered in a tangy creamy tomato yogurt sauce with lemon essence that is soooooooo good, I want to smother everything with it! I also love that this dish tastes light and fresh, making a great spring or summer crock pot recipe. If you love Mediterranean flavors, and are looking for an easy weeknight dinner idea, give this delectable dish a try ASAP.