With all the summer zucchini so readily available and cheap, I’m all about creating some delicious new Weight Watchers Zucchini Recipes. I came across the original version of this Zucchini Miso Ponzu Noodles Recipe at Inspiralized.com and couldn’t wait to give it a try! I was so eager to whip out my Veggetti again and get this dish made, that I didn’t even make a trip to the store to grab some snap peas and bell peppers…I just made it with the zucchini and carrots. It was still delicious, but next time, I’ll add the other veggies and maybe even the baked tofu that the original version uses. But keeping it simple was great, and the zucchini noodles turned out perfectly. Tangy, salty and a bit sweet, the miso ponzu sauce was excellent, and using zucchini instead of carb-heavy noodles kept this Weight Watchers recipe very light and low in Points Plus. This dish is a must try!
I am a spicy food fanatic. If it’s spicy, I’ll eat it. One of the good things about that, is that most hot sauces/spicy seasonings are relatively low in Points, so I can use a lot of them to really flavor up my foods without adding on many, if any at all, calories and Points. In fact, my vegetables are often just the vehicle for some spicy sauce or dressing that I love. And this Spicy Cucumber Salad Recipe that I’m sharing today is a pretty fantastic way to eat cucumbers. The siracha based dressing for this salad adds such tremendous flavor with a big kick of heat, but for just 1 Points + per serving. So this is a great Weight Watchers side salad recipe that helps to fill me up without using a lot of Points Plus. I love this salad so much, I’ll often even throw it together for a late night snack The crunch and the flavor help me tame that evening snack beast. :)
A good friend of mine has been munching on these gimMe Organic Roasted Seaweed Snacks a lot recently, and when she told me that each pack was only 1 Points Plus, I totally understood why. I know what you are thinking though…roasted seaweed…for REAL? But when I decided to give some a try myself, I found them to be crunchy, flaky, salty, and absolutely delicious. These paper thin sheets of seaweed is the same stuff that is used in wrapping many sushi rolls. So, if you’ve had sushi, you can get an idea of the taste. Except these are crispier, and more flavored, so they make a fantastic healthy and low calorie snack to have, sans the sushi roll. Keep reading to learn more…
This Soy and Garlic Sautéed Bok Choy is my new vegetable obsession. It is soooooooo yummy, and I cannot get enough of it…I’ve been making it 2-3 times a week at least. It cooks up really fast and easy too, so I can add a healthy veggie side dish to my meals in just a matter of a few minutes. And bonus – bok choy is super cheap and loaded with nutrients (it’s potassium levels are through the roof!) I like mine with lots of flavor, so I get a bit heavy handed with the garlic and soy. Feel free to use as much or as little of that as you like. I also like to occasionally add in some red pepper flakes for a little spice kick!
With the temperatures around 101-108 degrees here the past few days, all I want to do is eat foods that are cold and refreshing. Lucky for me, I had a few of Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit Pops in my freezer, and they are my latest addiction. Seriously…I may need an intervention because I CANNOT STOP EATING THEM. Chloes’s Fruit Co. has a flagship store in Manhattan, NY where they offer fourteen varieties of soft serve fruit that they rotate on a seasonal basis, and now eight of which are offered in popsicle form! I’m a huge lover of popsicles, and have recommended quite a few different frozen goodies on my blog, but the things that make Chloe’s really stand out to me are the company’s incredible commitment to creating clean eating desserts that are as wholesome as you can get, and the perfectly natural taste of these popsicles. They literally have 3 ingredients: fruit, water, a touch or organic cane sugar. That’s it. Pure, simple, and absolutely delicious. Not only that, but they are free of gluten, dairy, fat and the eight other major allergens. And each one is just 2 Weight Watchers Points! Keep reading to learn more…
In an attempt to clean out my pantry last week, I discovered that I had 5 half used bags of quinoa and 3 half used bags of lentils….lol, I guess I should always check to see if I have these items on hand before buying more. So I got to work coming up with a Weight Watchers side dish recipe that would use both of these ingredients in the most delicious way possible. I came across Melissa D’Arabian’s Lentil and Quinoa recipe, and decided to create a take on that. I was thrilled with how delicious and satisfying this dish was! Those lentils and quinoa really bulk up when you cook them, and they made this such a filling salad. Each serving came out to just 3 Points +, which was a very pleasant surprise. Serve it cold or at room temperature, and it’s an ideal dish for spring and summer. Present it with some grilled chicken and roasted vegetables at your next BBQ or potluck!
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.