Roasted Butternut Squash with Tahini and Za’atar – 4 Points +

Roasted Butternut Squash with Tahini and Za’atar

Liven up a standard Roasted Butternut Squash Recipe with the addition of two wonderfully bold flavors – tahini sauce and za’atar spice blend. In this Weight Watchers side dish recipe, the sweet, buttery squash is complemented by the roasted sesame flavor of the tahini sauce and the alluring spice mixture of the zaatar. If you haven’t ever tried za’atar before, once you do, I guarantee it will become one of your pantry staples! It’s a Middle Eastern spice blend that involves some combination of ground dried oregano, thyme or marjoram, ground sumac, toasted sesame seeds and often, salt. It’s often used on breads, chicken, and on top of hummus or soft cheeses. Zaatar has an amazing and unique flavor that is aromatic, and tangy at the same time. This simple, yet amazing side dish is not only delicious and full of nutrients, each serving is just 4 Points +, making it a very Weight Watchers friendly recipe too.

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Mushroom Rice Pilaf – 6 Points +

Mushroom Rice Pilaf

 

We love rice and any side dish with rice in it is a family favorite. Mushroom rice pilaf is the perfect addition to a main course. I serve this when I make chicken or fish. I have made this on “Meatless Mondays” as well. I use low-sodium chicken broth and water to cook the rice. I think it adds a nice flavor. Rice cooking times may vary according to taste preference. I used regular white organic raw mushrooms, but I’ve made this using a combination of mushrooms too.

 

Mushroom Rice Pilaf – 6 Points +

This is a tasty side dish that takes very little time to prepare. Mushroom rice pilaf can be made with beef broth, but I prefer the low-sodium chicken broth.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown rice – long grain
  • 1 tbsp Extra Light Olive Oil
  • 2 cups slice raw mushrooms
  • 1 cup chopped onions (a sweet onion is used for this recipe)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  1. In a 2-quart saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add mushrooms, onion, garlic powder and pepper stirring often until the mushrooms and onion start to get tender, usually takes 3 – 4 minutes.
  3. Add water, chicken broth and rice.
  4. Stir and increase heat to high.
  5. Once it starts to boil; reduce heat and cover.
  6. Simmer for 40-45 minutes or until rice is tender.
  7. Keep covered, remove from heat and let stand about 5 minutes.
  8. Stir and serve hot.

Preparation time: 5-10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 40-45 minute(s)

Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced fat

Number of servings (yield): 4

Calories: 235

Fat: 5

Protein: 6

Entire recipe makes: 4 servings
Serving size is about: about ½ cup
Each serving = 6 Points +

PER SERVING: 235 calories; 5 g fat; 42 g carbohydrates; 6 g protein; 2.5g fiber

Thai Shrimp Curry Recipe – 7 Points +

Thai Shrimp Curry

I’ve always loved the creamy, spicy and tangy taste of curry recipes. And overtime I have a chance to try a new version, I jump on it! However of my good ol’ reliable standby curry recipes that I make frequently at home is this Thai Shrimp Curry Recipe. You can find the coconut milk, fish sauce and curry paste in the Asian section at the grocery store (Thai Kitchen is the brand I used, and it’s pretty readily available at most stores). I also love to bulk this dish up with vegetables such as carrots, red bell peppers, zucchini and tomatoes…yum! The flavor and heat is in the curry paste, so add more or less to suit your taste. I also like mine tangy, so I often add extra lime juice. Feel free to play around with yours until you achieve the perfect flavor that suits your mood. At just 7 Points + per serving, this Thai Shrimp Curry Recipe is way healthier than most restaurant versions. Enjoy!

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Oven Baked French Fries – 3 Points +

Oven baked french fries
Comfort food does not have to be high in calories and fat. This is an alternative to french fries. Instead of heavy oils and grease, oven baked fries are much better. As a bonus, they are healthier too.

Oven baked french fries – 3 points +

This easy side dish of oven baked french fries is a perfect healthy alternative. I serve these with malt vinegar when I make fish and chips, or grilled burgers (both beef and turkey). I have made these with veggie burgers too. My friend’s children love these and prefer them to fast food french fries.

Ingredients

  • 2 large Russet baking potatoes cut into strips and/or wedges
  • 4 teaspoons light extra light olive oil (Filippo Berio Extra Light Olive Oil is used for this recipe)
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • Malt vinegar or ketchup (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray
  3. Peel potatoes into ½ inch strips
  4. In a small bowl add potatoes, olive oil, seasoning and toss.
  5. Place the potatoes on the cookie sheet and bake 15 minutes.
  6. Flip potatoes over and bake 10 more minutes or until desired tenderness or crispiness.
  7. After potatoes are done dab with a paper towel to absorb any excess oil.
  8. Flavor with malt vinegar or ketchup and serve hot.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time:

Diet type: Vegetarian

Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced fat

Number of servings (yield): 4

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

Calories: 102

Fat: 5

Protein: 2

Entire recipe makes: 4 servings
Serving size is about: 1/2 of a potato
Each serving = 3 Points +

PER SERVING: 102 calories; 5g fat; 13 g carbohydrates; 2g protein; 1g fiber

Roasted Beet and Carrot Salad with Feta – 3 Points +

Roasted Beet and Carrot Salad with Feta

With Easter and Passover right around the corner, this delicious Roasted Beet and Carrot Salad is a perfect and beautiful side dish for your big holiday dinner. The bright colors are a lovely nod to the spring season, and the flavor combination is nothing short of sensational. The smoky roasted vegetables with the peppery arugula and creamy feta, topped with a sweet and tangy dressing, this Weight Watchers salad recipe is sure to become a favorite. I would also suggest topping it with some grilled chicken or roasted salmon and serving it as a main course for lunch. And at just 3 Points + per serving, it’s a great bargain!

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Arugula and Mushroom Pasta Recipe – 9 Points +

Arugula and Mushroom Pasta

When I want to indulge in a hearty, satisfying pasta dish that doesn’t skimp on portion size, this Arugula and Mushroom Pasta Recipe is one of my favorites. The simple wine sauce is light and delicate, allowing for the wonderful earthy flavors of the mushrooms and peppery arugula to come through. This Weight Watchers pasta recipe also offers a very satisfying serving size, which I love. I often like to top it with a bit of grated parmesan, but if you prefer to keep it vegan, you can skip it. The colorful vegetables will help bring out some fantastic flavors, so you won’t miss the meat. But if you insist on adding some additional protein, this dish works great with shrimp, chicken or scallops.

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Pumpkin Ravioli with Brown Butter Sauce – 7 Points +

Pumpkin Ravioli with brown butter sauce.

Although pumpkin is usually the flavor of autumn, this is a great recipe that can be prepared all year long. It’s easy to make and takes very little time. Pumpkin ravioli with brown butter sauce is comfort food without the guilt. The sage and nutmeg add a nice addition to this recipe. The sweetness of the pumpkin is balanced well with the brown butter sauce. I usually serve this at dinner with a side salad.

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Broccoli and Garlic – 2 Points +

Broccoli and garlic - 2 Points +

I love finding easy side dish recipes especially when I don’t have a great deal of time to prepare dinner. This is a quick and easy broccoli and garlic side dish. It’s topped with a lemon juice and goes perfect with chicken, fish, beef, or some vegetarian meals. It’s light and low in points. You don’t want to cook the garlic too much as it already has a strong flavor. I cook it just enough where there is a hint of light brown. If you don’t have a steam basket, you certainly can use frozen steamed broccoli in a bag instead.

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Egg White, Spinach and Turkey Muffins – 3 Points +

Egg white, spinach, feta and turkey muffins

I am always looking for something quick and easy for breakfast. I made these delicious and healthy egg white, spinach and turkey muffins for brunch as well as breakfast. The turkey is the muffin holder and they are filled with feta cheese and spinach which gives it a nice Mediterranean flavor. The points are low which allows me not to feel guilty about having two of them at once. There are many different variations of this recipe too. A friend of mine prepared these for her children one day and they loved them (including the spinach).

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Stuffed Shells Casserole Recipe – 8 Points +

Stuffed Shells Casserole

I came up with the idea for this recipe on a day when I had planned to make traditional stuffed shells for dinner, but realized what I had in my pantry was the little pasta shells and not the big shells for stuffing. Grrrrr. I had bought all the other ingredients at the store earlier that day, and I was determined to make it work anyway. So I decided to do an inside out /casserole version, and I have to say, it turned out truly fantastic. I may never go back to making traditional stuffed shells again! It was a lot faster and less tedious than stuffing shells. Each big and hearty portion is just 8 Points + – not bad for a dish made with pasta and three different types of cheese. The whole family loved it, and it made for great leftovers. Definitely a Weight Watchers Casserole Recipe to add to you repertoire. Enjoy!

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Caprese Salad – 5 Points +

Caprese Salad

I am a big fan of side salads with a meal or soup. I will prepare a side Caprese Salad when I am making an Italian style chicken dish or a side for Italian Wedding soup. I prefer a colorful presentation which is why I use both yellow and red tomatoes. I prefer to use the balsamic vinegar instead of salt and pepper. The basil adds a very nice compliment to this traditional salad. The oil helps bind the ingredients and the vinegar is added for flavor. I have prepared this salad without the vinegar and just the oil topped with salt and pepper.

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Southwestern Style Cornbread – 7 Points +

Southwestern Style Cornbread

Cornbread does not have to be unhealthy, dry or blah tasting. This recipe adds some Mexican corn, green chilies and cheese. It’s healthier with the fat-free milk. I’ve made this with low-fat buttermilk as well. I love this as a side with vegetarian chili.

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