With the feast of ultimate deliciousness just a day a way, it’s time to start preparing for the week after, when you’ll be recuperating from all the food splurges and needing some healthy, low Points meal ideas. Well this Ground Turkey Stuffed Acorn Squash is a perfect dinner that tastes as lovely as it looks, and is quite easy to prepare. Seasoned with wonderful autumn flavors, you get juicy ground turkey with the added crunch of celery, tartness of the green apple, and sweet chewiness from the dried cranberries. All of that, stuffed into a tender roasted acorn squash half for just 6 Points +. Comforting and satisfying, this is a wonderful Weight Watchers Recipe to add to your post holiday, “getting back on track” meal plan. Enjoy!
Even though it’s still crazy hot here in Southern California, I can’t help but fantasizing about fall and all the delicious Weight Watchers Fall Recipes I’ll be whipping up this season! In light of my fall food fantasies, today I’m sharing this delicious and super easy Butternut Squash Turkey Bolognese Recipe. Made with a jarred butternut squash pasta sauce (I used THIS one from Dave’s Gourmet), you’ll get a healthy and mouthwatering pasta dish that’s very simple to prepate, but tastes like you’ve been slaving over the stove all day working on it. The sauce is incredible…so fresh tasting, so creamy, and yet very light. By adding the cooked ground turkey sauteed with onion and garlic, the dish becomes more hearty and homemade tasting. And the fresh basil adds the perfect finishing touch. So, if you are in the mood for fall, this light Butternut Squash Bolognese is a must try.
Still plenty of summertime left to fire up that grill and start cooking! On of my favorite Weight Watchers Grilling Recipes is this Grilled Middle Eastern Turkey Kebabs with Cucumber Yogurt Dip. Having been to the Middle East a few times, kebabs are one of the most delicious foods I’ve had there. So I wanted to create my own lighter version, and the results are pretty fantastic. The ground turkey meat is incredibly flavorful, and the cucumber yogurt dip is the perfect complement. It’s hard to believe that each serving is just 6 Points +! Truly a delicious and satisfying meal that will keep you on track with your Weight Watchers goals. So instead of burgers, hot dogs and grilled chicken, give these Grilled Middle Eastern Turkey Kebabs a try instead. Enjoy!
If you adore the flavors of Mexican food, then you are going to want to give this Mexican Meatballs Recipe a try, asap. Made with lean ground turkey and a bit of ground pork, these moist and juicy meatballs are served in a spicy roasted tomatillo and chipotle pepper sauce that is sure to give your taste buds a serious kick. If you would prefer a less spicy version, just use 2 of the canned chipotle peppers, and use more if you want it crazy spicy. These Weight Watchers Mexican meatballs can be served as a main course over rice or rolled into a flour tortilla. Or, serve them with toothpicks as an appetizer. They are absolutely delicious, much lighter and healthier than what you’d get at a restaurant, and each 6 meatball serving is just 5 Points +, making this an ideal Weight Watchers Mexican Food Recipe to try. My husband and I LOVED them. I made them very spicy though, so couldn’t serve them to the kids, but I imagine a milder version would be a hit with the little ones as well. Enjoy!
I’ve always adored stuffed peppers, but since traditional versions of the recipe usually call for rice, the extra carbohydrates can tack on some extra Weight Watchers Points. So when I came across this recipe at Mark’s Daily Apple, I LOVED the idea of using cauliflower in the meat instead of the rice. So I played around a bit, and created my own version, and I could not believe how delicious it turned out. The moisture from the cauliflower and carrots helped to give the turkey some extra moisture, so the meat filling turned out very moist and juicy. This can be a difficult to achieve result when using lean ground turkey, as it can tend to be quite dry, due to the lack of fats. But mixing it with the cauliflower seemed to do the trick. Additionally, it really bulked up the amount of meat, so the serving size is excellent and very satisfying for just 5 Points +. Additionally, the unique flavor of the tarragon offered a surprising and delicious taste. My husband and I loved these and I can’t wait to make them again!
Often when I have Friday night dinner with my group of friends and their family, my friend Hailey usually makes her “Beef Bourekas Log”, which is a Mediterranean savory, beef filled pastry that is seasoned with spices such as cinnamon and allspice. It is SO unbelievably good. I decided to take a crack at making a lower calorie version that was still just as tasty. I was thrilled with how delicious my Moroccan Ground Turkey Bourekas Log turned out! By using a bit less of the phyllo dough and using ground turkey instead of beef, I was able to cut way back on the Weight Watchers Points of this recipe. I also added in some sweet potato to make the inside mixture more soft and moist, and to add some more fiber and nutrients. It was delish. Working with ground turkey can get a bit tricky sometimes because the meat has such little fat, it can very easily become dry and crumbly. One of my secrets is to keep adding some chicken broth, bit by bit, while cooking it. It softens the meat without adding more fat and calories. And it keeps the meat from sticking to the pan so that I don’t have to add in more oil/fat. So if you are looking for a unique ground turkey recipe to try that is incredibly satiating, this is the one. Thanks for the inspiration, Hailey!
Chili has always been one of my go to foods when I want to eat a lot without using a lot of Points. It’s heartier than a soup, very filling, and I can eat more than 1 serving without feeling guilty. Plus, it’s insanely healthy, and full of fiber and protein. My White Turkey Chili Recipe is the perfect example of what I’m talking about. I even dressed it up with mozzarella cheese and plain, non-fat Greek yogurt, and each serving still camne in at just 5 Points +….and it was delicious! The mozzarella gets all melty, and the ground turkey gets nice and moist from stewing a while in the citric acid of the tomatillos. SO GOOD! This can also be made with fresh tomatillos, if you prefer. Either way, it’s a delicious and unique Weight Watchers chili recipe that is sure to fill you up without using many Points. Enjoy!
If you are in the mood to splurge a bit, this Southwest Turkey Bacon Burger Recipe is the one to try. Each quarter pound burger is 9 Points + and is topped with cheese and bacon, and is made with Frank’s RedHot Sweet Chili Sauce. The flavors of this turkey burger recipe are so incredible….it’s easy to forget that you are eating turkey. If you’d like, you can cut down on the Points of this burger a bit, by eliminating the cheese and or the sweet chili sauce. Though, I LOVE cheese burgers and could never imagine eliminating the cheese. And I like the sweet chili sauce because it helps give the turkey burger a unique and delicious flavor. So for me, I pair this Southwest Turkey Bacon Burger with some 0 Points + roasted veggies or a light salad, and feel that I’m getting my Points worth with this recipe. Just make sure not to overcook your turkey burgers or they can become a bit dry. Definitely a Weight Watchers Turkey Burger that I’ll be making frequently!
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!!