We all have rushed evenings when you need something tasty in a hurry. This Penne with Sausage & Vegetables fits the bill perfectly. It’s full of flavor, nutrients and color. For me, it’s a quick meal because I’m able to multi-task. The first thing is to get the pasta on, then the sausage while the pasta is cooking. While the pasta and sausage are cooking, chop the vegetables. I also like to have vegetables (especially peppers) already chopped to save time during the week. The leftovers of this are perfect for another quick meal or for lunch. [Read more…]
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.
Scampi does not have be heavy on oil and butter. In fact, this alternative recipe is very satisfying and makes a great main meal. A healthy pasta is used along with broccoli which adds a nice touch to this Italian favorite. A family member who loves a local restaurant’s version was open to trying a healthier version and loved it. She commented on how there was not a plateful of oil at the bottom and she loved the broccoli that was added. Without the heavy oil you can really appreciate and taste the other ingredients which is was makes this dish so good.
Cashew chicken has always been one of my favorite Chinese food recipes. But the restaurant version is waaaayyy too high in Weight Watchers Points. So I made my own healthier version, and I bulked it up with lots of extra veggies. I also decided to utilize my zucchini spiralizer again, and added zucchini noodles to this dish. It was SOOOO good! Each serving was huge, and very satisfying. If you want to shave off an extra Point or two, you could less cashews, but I like to splurge a bit on this, because it’s really what gives the dish it’s flavor (and name!). If you are a fan of Chinese fast food, then this Weight Watchers Cashew Chicken is a must try! Enjoy.
When I want a simple Weight Watchers pasta recipe that packs in a lot of protein and fiber, I turn to this Artichoke Chicken Pasta Recipe, which is one of my go to dinners. It’s very easy to make, doesn’t take a lot of time, looks absolutely lovely, and tastes delicious. Plus, each 1 cup serving is just 6 Points +. I’ve gotten a few emails from previous pasta recipes I’ve posted, mentioning that the actual amount of pasta in the recipes was too small for their family. In order to keep the Points Plus values low, I try to really keep those carbs in check. So, I prefer to take it easy on the carb laden pasta noodles, and bulk up with the veggies and protein. However, if you prefer a larger portion, you can make this a 4 serving meal instead of six. It will come out to a Points Plus value of 9 Points + per serving. Balance that out with a light salad, and it’s still not a bad deal! The delicate wine sauce is fantastic, but if you prefer to not use wine, you can use fat free chicken broth, with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice instead.
I’m all about broccoli lately….I seriously just can’t get enough of it. And so I’m always looking for new ways to prepare it so that I won’t get bored. This Tangy Garlic Broccoli Recipe is not only incredibly easy, but delicious! The ingredients come together beautifully to give one serious kick of flavor to basic steamed broccoli, and the end result is a fantastic Weight Watches Side Dish Recipe that’s just 1 Points + per serving.
This Roasted Parmesan Garlic Broccoli Recipe got my 5 year old to eat his whole serving of broccoli. Need I say more? It’s child-approved!! But of course, I was also a huge fan. Roasting vegetables are always my preferred way of cooking and consuming them, but topping them off with garlic, parmesan and crispy Panko only makes it better. A bit of fresh lemon juice brightens up the flavors and adds just the right amount of acidity. Each 1 cup serving is just 3 Points +, making this a wonderful Weight Watchers side dish recipe that can be prepared quickly and easily.
Nothing says summer bbq to me like a good, old fashioned pasta salad. Growing up, they were at EVERY family bbq and I’ve grown accustomed to expecting them. Over the years, I’ve experienced a variety of pasta salads, but my favorite was always the creamy/sweet/tangy one. But the traditional version of this pasta salad recipe is very heavy on the mayo and sugar, making it pretty high in Weight Watchers Points, as well as cholesterol! My healthier version makes just a couple changes to make it lighter and lower in Points Plus, but still delicious. First of all, I used a whole wheat pasta – that’s a no-brainer. Then, I subbed out most of the mayo for a fat free Greek yogurt. But I had to keep some mayo to maintain the taste and texture, so I used my favorite mayonnaise alternative – Reduced Fat Vegenaise instead. You can really use just about any veggies you want in this Weight Watchers Pasta Salad Recipe – I just used what I traditionally knew as the most popular ingredients for it. And it turned out to be everything I hoped for…crunchy vegetables with a creamy, sweet, and slightly tangy dressing. Perfect!
This Vegetable Alfredo was absolutely AMAZING! It’s hard to believe that something so simple could be so fantastic, but it is. The huge selection of vegetables is what makes this alfredo go from simple to stupendous. I love the variety of textures and flavors, all covered with a creamy sauce and a sprinkle of lemon zest to add an extra little burst of flavor. You can use any kind of veggies you want in this Weight Watchers Pasta Recipe, so feel free to experiment. But I highly recommend keeping the sun-dried tomatoes, as they are so amazing in this recipe. Just make sure not to use the kind packed in oil, as that will add more Points Plus. Enjoy!
Nothing like an easy, healthy casserole recipe to make a hectic weekday a bit easier! I recently came across the original version of this Chicken, Broccoli, Quinoa Casserole Recipe at Pinch of Yum, and I thought it was a fantastic twist on a traditional broccoli chicken and race casserole, so I was excited to give it a try. A few minor alterations, and the casserole was extraordinary! It tastes amazing, was very filling, and satisfied the whole family. And with all of it’s amazing healthy ingredients, I don’t feel the need to make any extra side dishes. Yay for less cooking! At 7 Points + per serving, this is an amazing Weight Watchers casserole recipe that I will be making again and again.
I’m gonna get right to the point here..this Broccoli and Cheddar Stuffed Chicken Breasts Recipe was ridiculously good. The chicken was so tender and juicy, and the filling was creamy, cheesy, broccoli heaven. Everything was perfectly flavored, and it made for fantastic leftovers. Getting the chicken artfully rolled up without all the yummy filling oozing out can be a bit of a task, but for such a delicious meal at just 5 Points + per serving, it is absolutely worth it. I’m a firm believer that cheese makes just about anything good, and this Weight Watchers chicken recipe is no exception. Seriously, it’s really, really delicious. Go make it…now!!
Treat yourself to an easy weeknight dinner recipe that the whole family will love! This Slow Cooker Asian Chicken and Noodles Recipe serves up chicken that has been slow cooking all day in a delightfully flavorful Asian-inspired sauce, and is ever so tender and juicy. It’s served atop Japanese soba noodles and fresh broccoli, which are prepared just before serving. Everything comes together so nicely, and tastes incredible. It’s a great no muss, no fuss dish that is only 7 Points + per serving. And it reheats really well the next day, too! This could easily be made with beef, pork, or tofu instead of the chicken, if preferred. I’ll definitely be making this one again and again.