On a whim, my 5 year old recently picked out some yellow beets at the market, and said “Let’s cook these, mommy!” Who could say no to that?! And having always used red beets in my cooking, I was thrilled to try the yellow this time instead. Roasting beets is such an easy task, and the result is deliciously, sweet and tender beets that take on an entirely different flavor during the roasting process, as opposed to boiling them or eating them raw. I love serving them as a simple, yet deliciously nutritious side dish recipe with many meals, but I always roast extra and save them as salad toppers for later in the week. This roasted beets recipe is a simple version that really beings out the perfect, natural flavor of the beets. A little bit of lemon juice, coarse sea salt and drizzle of olive oil is all it needs…these are excellent!
Spring is just around the corner, and I’m eager to welcome in the warm sunshine! And one of my favorite ways to celebrate spring is with fresh, bright salads. This Kale, Strawberry and Avocado Salad is just the ticket. It is an excellent dish for when you want to pack a TON of nutrition into one serving, as it’s loaded with heart healthy fats, vitamins and minerals, and important dietary fiber. This sweet and salty salad would be a perfect Weight Watchers Easter Brunch Recipe, if you are scouting out some good ideas. I also love to toss in couple of tablespoons of feta cheese when I want to add in another flavor dimension. At just 5 Points + per serving, this healthy and delicious salad is a must try! Enjoy.
Lately, my kids have been really into carrots. And when they are on a roll with a vegetable, I ride that wave as long as I can! So in an effort to keep the carrots coming, I’ve been experimenting with some tasty new ways to prepare them. And at recent Shabbat dinner at a close friend’s house, she introduced me to this amazing Cumin Lime Carrot Salad dish. It was so light and delicious and made a perfect low calorie side dish. Each bite offers the zing of the salty, lime vinaigrette with the balance of the sweet carrots. The kick of garlic and cumin add a wonderful boost of flavor! I also love that this is such an easy salad to throw together, and the colors look absolutely gorgeous. The carrots are cooked until just tender – you’ve gotta be careful not to overcook them, or your salad will be mush. Adding the lime juice and spices while the carrots are still warm allow them to really penetrate the carrots, making for one seriously delicious salad.
Snackers can delight in these fantastic Quinoa Chips from Simply 7. High in protein and wonderfully flavored, Simply 7 has recently launched a line of delicious, crunchy chips that are made from the ancient super grain, quinoa. Simply 7 has a line of other chips too (Lentil Chips, Hummus Chips and Pomegranate Chips) which are all very good, but their new Quinoa Chips have really stolen my heart. They come in 4 fabulous flavors – Sea Salt, Barbecue, Sour Cream & Onion, and Cheddar- YUM! And each 20 chip serving is just 3-4 Points Plus. These all natural, gluten-free, Non-GMO crisp and airy chips are absolutely delightful and a perfect Weight Watchers snack food.
I honestly don’t think I’ll ever tire of roasted eggplants and Tahini. The favor combination is incredible and it’s an incredibly healthy dish. Craving more of a meal, I took one of my favorite Weight Watchers Side Dish Recipes and turned it into a wrap with the simple addition of a Flat Out flatbread and some fresh lettuce. It was sooooooo good! And all the fiber made this very filling and satisfying for just 5 Points +. I had one of these Egglant Tahini Wraps with a light spinach salad for lunch and was content until dinner time. This is truly a delicious and easy wrap recipe that I will definitely be making again and again.
Growing up, I always remember my grandma making kidney bean salad, and back then, I wouldn’t come within 50 feet of it. This is because I was adamantly against the consumption of all vegetables and all beans. Ah, how I wish my adult self could go back and tell my kid self what a fool she was! Kidney bean salad is nothing short of delicious, and it’s loaded with hearty and filling ingredients. Each nicely sized serving packs in a ton of fiber and protein, so it really helps to satiate the appetite. My version is dressed in a light and simple olive oil and lemon juice that perfectly complements the natural flavors of the beans and bell peppers. And at just 4 Points + per serving, this Kidney Bean Salad Recipe makes a perfect low calorie side dish for lunch or dinner. Any leftovers taste great the next day too.
This Marinated Cherry Tomato Salad is one of my go to Weight Watchers side dish recipes whenever I have an abundance of cherry or sugar plum tomatoes on hand. I often buy a lot of those little tomatoes under the assumption that I’ll eat them all up by enjoying them as a healthy snack, but instead, I usually end up ignoring them. Therefore, I am always left with extra tomatoes. But I like to use them in this super quick and easy salad recipe, and they make a perfect side dish for a variety of meals. I just throw it all together in the afternoon, and then it’s marinated, flavorful and all ready for dinner that evening. Which is AWESOME, because that’s one less thing I have to get done before dinner. And it’s just 1 Points + per serving, which is fantastic if you are watching those Weight Watchers Points. If you want to bulk this salad up more, try adding some red onions and serve over a bed of fresh iceberg lettuce. Or for an extra point or two, toss is some fresh mozzarella cheese – delish!
To end our last Fabulous Food Finds of 2013 with a bang, I’m sharing a recent find that literally had me squealing with delight – Corazonas Mini Oatmeal Squares. At just 2 Points Plus each, they are a very satisfying, very tasty, and incredibly nutritious little snack. They are made with quality ingredients and do not taste AT ALL like they are low calorie. As much as I love the Weight Watchers Program, I really don’t like most of their packaged products, as they tend to taste very artificial. So when I discovered Corazonas Mini Oatmeal Squares, I was thrilled to find something that tasted amazing, and was also quite healthy. Keep reading to learn more…
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.
Recently, I was fortunate enough to have some family from Israel staying with us for a few weeks over the holidays, and I got to spend a lot of time watching them work magic in the kitchen. My mother-in-law can cook with eggplants like nobody’s business, and I was determined to master her delicious baba ganoush recipe. In case you’ve never heard of baba ganoush, it’s a middle eastern eggplant dip that is one of the most amazing foods I’ve ever had. The base is roasted eggplants, which add a wonderfully smoky flavor, and then it’s blended with tahini paste, mayonnaise, lemon juice and garlic. Traditionally, it’s loaded with mayonnaise and tahini paste which can make it not so Weight Watchers friendly. However, a few tweaks to my mother-in-law’s version, and I created a flipping’ fantastic low calorie baba ganoush for just 1 Points + for a 1/4 cup serving! Use it as a dip for veggies or pita chips, spread it on a sandwich or wrap, or just eat it straight up with a spoon. And it even gets a better flavor sitting in the fridge for a few days. Any way you choose to eat it, I hope you fall in love with this light baba ganoush recipe as much as I have.
If you love garlic aioli, but hate all the cholesterol, fat, and sodium in most traditional aioli, then you will be thrilled to learn about today’s Fabulous Food Find – Garlic Essence Vegan Aioli from Taste of Essence. Aoili is a traditional French sauce made from garlic, lemon juice, egg yolks and olive oil. While there are many variations on the market, I don’t ever recall a Vegan version tasting as amazing as Garlic Essence. Creamy, garlicky, and incredibly rich, it feels and tastes exactly like a traditional aioli, but with less fat and zero cholesterol. Keep reading to learn more….
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope you are enjoying the day with family, friends, and the most amazing of foods. Once the feasting ends, and you are looking to “detox” from all the deliciousness that Thanksgiving brings,filling up on a lot of greens is a great way to do it. This Spicy Herb Salad Recipe that my father-in-law taught me, is one of my absolute favorite salads ever. It’s just a few simple ingredients, but the flavor and textures that it delivers are incredible. With no lettuce to be found in this salad, the base is nothing but fresh, finely chopped herbs. Enhanced with onions, jalapeños and serrano peppers, then dressed with lemon juice, garlic and olive oil, it’s a simple yet sophisticated salad that is light, flavorful, and a fantastic change of pace. The parsley really helps to de-bloat you too, which is an added benefit. There are a lot of peppers in this salad, so feel free to use less if you don’t want it too spicy. Be aware that the recipe as posted, is very spicy. If you want to shake things up a bit and try something new and unique, this Spicy Herb Salad Recipe will definitely do the trick. Enjoy!