Traditionally made with ground beef or lamb, Persian Kofta Kebabs are a delicious way to prepare ground meat. The flavors are fantastic, and they are incredibly easy to make. A much more naïve version of me had these kebabs on my first trip to Israel, and I was confused as to why the “kebab” I ordered was ground meat, instead of the lovely little cubes I was used to. And that became my first lesson in the Kofta (or Kofte) Kebab. The origin of the word köfte is the Persian word “kufteh” meaning “mashed”. In old times, since people did not have meat grinders, they minced meat to very small pieces and then mashed them in large mortars. I fell in love with these delicious skewers of meat, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Now, there’s a Middle Eastern market a few blocks away and I often go there and indulge in their ground beef Kofta Kebabs — they are so amazingly good. But definitely not low calorie. So to keep myself from consuming too many Weight Watchers Points, I decided to experiment a bit and create a version using lean ground turkey. In order to keep the turkey from getting dry, I also added some shredded zucchini into the ground turkey. And while my picture didn’t quite turn out so well, the taste was fantastic! And it added up to just 4 Points + per serving. My husband really likes his meat charred, so I cooked the ones you see in the picture for a bit longer.I served these with some low calorie tzatziki sauce, and they were a hit. If you are looking for a unique ground turkey recipe to try, these Kofte kebabs are a perfect idea!
This easy Turkey Lasagna Recipe is really simple to make and it tastes great! Without sacrificing the fabulous ricotta cheese (I used a delicious fat free ricotta from Trader Joe’s) and mozzarella cheese (a reduced fat shredded mozzarella), and also by making a few healthier substitutions, you get a very nicely sized piece of lasagna for just 6 Points +. By using prepared marinara sauce in a jar I was able to shave some time and effort off the preparation, which I always appreciate. The addition of the spinach and mushroom and the lean ground turkey, give this healthy turkey lasagna recipe a lot of fiber and protein. I used oven ready organic whole wheat lasagna noodles that I found at Whole Foods, and they were amazing! So good for you, and truly tasted just as good as traditional lasagna noodles. This low calorie turkey lasagna recipe is a healthy dinner that the whole family will enjoy.
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An American classic, the meatloaf has been around for a looooooong time. But this healthy meatloaf recipe made with ground turkey and lots of veggies makes it a much better meal for you and your family. Each 1 slice serving has just 5 Points +, and packs in a lot of protein, fiber and veggies. Serve it with a salad, soup and some roasted veggies for a fabulous low Points Plus meal. This is one of my go to meals to cook whenever my son decides to not eat any veggies – and he loves it! So if you are looking for a good, low calorie meatloaf dish to add to your repertoire of staple Weight Watchers dinner recipes, this Vegetable and Turkey Meatloaf is definitely one to consider.
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One time, at this fancy French restaurant, I had these AMAZING Lemon and Rosemary Meatballs covered in a velvety sauce that were seriously to die for. After harassing the waiter into telling me a little bit about some of the ingredients in the recipe, I knew that there was no way I could continue to order this on a regular basis and still stay on track with my Weight Watchers Daily PointsPlus Allowance. So after much research and experimentation in the kitchen, I came up with a low calorie meatballs recipe that is incredibly yummy, but has a LOT less fat and calories that would be found in the restaurant version. By using turkey instead of beef, adding in a lot of fiber, reducing butter and fat and using less carbs, this dish now just has 6 Points+ per serving. It can be used as an appetizer or main dish recipe, and works really well served over some 0 Points+ Miracle Noodles. Bon appetit!!
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Make ahead Casserole Recipes are a lifesaver for me during the hectic week. I prepare them over the weekend, pop them in the freezer, and then have a fast go-to meal on hectic days. One of my favorite Weight Watchers Casserole Recipes is for Turkey Shepherd’s Pie. By using lean turkey, and by making a few other simple substitutions, I was able to take a traditional Shepherd’s Pie recipe and turn it into a much healthier option. Still full of flavor and just as satisfying, but with only 8 Points + per serving. Try serving with this tasty 0 Points + Salad Recipe as a healthy side dish!
A few weeks back, I was contact by the folks over at Yoplait to try out their Nonfat Greek Yogurt and review the product. I love Greek Yogurt, so I was happy to oblige, as I use yogurt in many recipes and had never yet tried Yoplait’s Greek Yogurt. So, after picking up some of the yogurt, I headed into the kitchen last night to try out their Greek Turkey Burger Recipe with Homemade Tzatziki sauce. I’m a big fan of burgers and of Greek food, so I was excited to combine the two. I made a few alterations to the recipe in order to make it more Weight Watchers friendly, and I have to say, these low calorie turkey burgers turned out so yummy!! The feta cheese and homemade Tzatziki sauce really added a nice flavor, while still keeping it low in points. Each burger, with bun and sauce came out to just a 4 Point Total each. While I didn’t find the Yoplait Greek Yogurt better or much different than other non fat Greek yogurts I’ve used, their Greek Turkey Burger is definitely a hit and something that the whole family would enjoy.
A great idea for an easy and low calorie lunch recipe, this BBQ Turkey Sloppy Joe Sandwich is super yummy! It has just a 4 Point Total per sandwich, and is a perfect main dish for just about any meal. Made with ground turkey instead of ground beef, and served in an Orowheat Sandwich thin instead of a high calorie bun, this Sloppy Joe Sandwich Recipe becomes pretty weight watchers friendly. Pair it with a low point salad or roasted veggies for a fabulous and healthy lunch! And though this is not an official Weight Watchers Sloppy Joe Recipe, anyone who loves this traditional American meal will definitely appreciate the lower calorie version. Enjoy!
This delicious, low calorie Wedding Soup Recipe is a real treat for any Weight Watcher! The serving size is fantastic, and the soup leaves you feeling full and satisfying. It’s full of flavor, texture, and meatballs, and I found it hard to believe that this was a low calorie soup. So if you are getting a bit tired of eating Weight Watcher 0 Point Vegetable soup over and over again, do your self a favor and give this Italian Wedding Soup with Meatballs Recipe a try. Yes, I know it’s not 0 Points, but if you love wedding soup, this 2 Point version is WELL worth it!
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My husband is a huge fan of meatball subs, so I decided to make a slimmed down version to create a delicious meatball sub recipe that we could BOTH enjoy. And by simply substituting a few traditional ingredients, it was a success! Tasty and satisfying each meatball sandwich has just 5 Points + and is a great “manly” food that all weight watchers can enjoy. And though this is not an official Weight Watchers Meatball Sandwich Recipe, it’s definitely a great meal idea for anyone who doesn’t want to give up the “good” foods while dieting.
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We’ve all had our share of low calorie turkey burger recipes, but this one is one of my faves. Loaded with tang and flavor, this turkey burger recipe tastes much better than most, and yet still keeps the calorie count low. Ground turkey can be pretty bland, and there’s nothing more disappointing than a bland burger. And with just a 3 Point Total, this Ranch Turkey Burger reaches new heights of yumminess! Though this is not an official Weight Watchers Turkey Burger Recipe, it’s a low calorie, low fat burger that any meat-eating dieter will love. Try serving with some 1 Point Butternut Squash Fries!
A great alternative to traditional chili recipes, this Weight Watchers Turkey Chili Recipe has a wonderfully unique taste that even the most pickiest eater will enjoy! I first learned of this recipe through my good friend, and fellow Weight Watcher, Janice, who is the writer of the fabulous blog, Sew Girly. She prepares this white bean chili recipe frequently and after hearing about how fabulous it is, I decided to try it myself, and I was blown away! It is such a nice change of pace from the typical chili recipe! This White Bean Chili also makes a fabulous Weight Watchers Crock Pot Recipe and it makes great leftovers so it tastes even better the next day for lunch! I prefer to prepare this as a crock pot recipe, and then divide the whole thing up into individual portions and freeze them so I can reheat it in a pinch for a quick and easy meal. With just 4 Weight Watchers Points per serving, and TONS of fiber and protein, this dish also makes a fantastic Momentum Plan Recipe. Each serving is really quite large so it will fill you up and won’t be hungry. And there’s nothing better than feeling full when you are dieting!! So if you are following the Weight Watchers Momentum Plan, or if you are just looking to expand your collection of yummy chili recipes, you are gonna want to give this white bean turkey chili a try, ASAP!
Everyone loves a good meatball…they are such a tasty appetizer and are perfect for any party or celebration. And this spicy BBQ meatball recipe is sure to be a hit at your holiday celebration this year! They are so easy to make and each serving of 2 meatballs is just 1 Weight Watchers Point. By making a few substitutions in the tradition hors d’ouvre recipe, its now much lower in fat and calories but still tastes fantastic, making it a wonderful Weight Watchers Holiday Recipe to serve this year. These juicy little meatballs taste so good, no one will even know that they are eating less calories than most all other meatball recipes! If you are a Weight Watcher and you want a healthy, low Point appetizer to prepare for your holiday bash, put this awesome holiday appetizer recipe into action!