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.
Perfect for a laid-back weekend breakfast or brunch, these adorable little Crustless Quiches are not only delicious, but they are just 3 Points + each! By eliminating the tradition quiche crust, this dish becomes a low carb, high protein Weight Watchers breakfast recipe that is flavorful and filling, yet still very light. Also, using egg whites instead of whole eggs makes a big difference in the nutritional content. I love and prefer the taste of egg whites, but these quiches can be made with whole eggs or EggBeaters if you’d rather. Serve with some toast, fresh fruit and a light salad for a complete, low Points Plus meal.
If you are tired of traditional pasta sauces, then you are in for a treat today. This Broccoli Feta Pasta Sauce Recipe is incredibly delicious and full of fresh flavor. And at just 3 Points + for each HUGE 1 cup serving, it’s a great low calorie pasta sauce to top your favorite noodles. It also works great over chicken, rice or a baked potato. I first ate these over Miracle Noodles and it was excellent and very filling. This decadent pasta sauce is a great way to get in your veggie servings, too, as the sauce is mostly broccoli. But surprisingly, it doesn’t have an overwhelming broccoli taste. The feta helps balance it out, delivering a perfectly flavored sauce that is nutritious as well as delicious.
Not your typical cold, lettuce filled salad, this Baby Broccoli and Ricotta Salad is served warm, uses no lettuce at all, and is absolutely delicious. At 7 Points + for the entire salad, you are getting lots of heart healthy fats, and almost 10g of fiber. Not only is it insanely good for you, but the flavor combinations are perfect. The delicate ricotta tastes amazing over the slightly bitter roasted broccoli. And the lemon juice and olive oil are the perfect finishing touch. I realized that when I took the photo, I had forgotten to put on the red pepper flakes. They definitely added a fantastic effect to the flavor, so don’t forget them! This is also a really easy Weight Watchers Salad recipe that can be prepared pretty quickly. Serve it with some soup for a light lunch, or serve it as a healthy dinner appetizer…any way you devour it, this Baby Broccoli and Ricotta Salad Recipe is a sure hit. Enjoy!
A couple of weeks ago at my Weight Watchers meeting, we talked about the importance of healthy fats and why your body (and your weight loss success!) depends upon them. I know that we all like to keep our Points low in the Weight Watchers Recipes that we make so that we can eat more foods throughout the day, but every now and then, it is important to spend those Points on some good, healthy fats. One of my favorite recipes to do this with, is my Shells with Sausage and Broccoli Pesto Recipe. It is loaded with fiber and protein, hunger-busting carbs, and a delicious flavor. Most of the fat in this dish comes from the olive oil, which is a wonderful healthy fat, and a necessary ingredient to create the right texture for the pesto. By adding broccoli into the pesto, I was able to give the sauce some more substance and nutrients, without adding extra fat or calories. Traditional pesto sauces are made with nuts, which you can certainly do with this recipe too, but I wanted to try and keep it as Weight Watchers friendly as possible, so I relied only on the Parmesan and olive oil for fat in the pesto sauce. The end result was a beautiful and delicious meal that clocked in at 9 Points + per serving. This Weight Watchers Pasta Recipe was a huge hit with my family, and we’ll be making this nutritious dish again for sure. Enjoy!
In yet another effort to get my kids to eat more vegetables and to try new foods, I whipped up this Shrimp and Goat Cheese Pasta Recipe last week and was overjoyed at how delicious it was! At just 6 Points + per serving, you get a mouthful of wonderful flavors that combine so perfectly. The goat cheese, basil, and garlic combination is absolutely delicious, while the broccoli and tomatoes give this healthy shrimp pasta recipe an added punch of vegetables and a nice flavor balance. The shrimp give it some extra protein, which really helps to keep you full. Also, I didn’t want the broccoli taste to be too overwhelming, so I chopped it VERY fine. It was perfect! Did my kids eat it? Meh….they picked at it. But my husband and I devoured it. This is one Weight Watchers Pasta Recipe that I will definitely be adding into my regular meal rotation. Enjoy!
Tom Kha Gai Soup, or Thai Coconut Soup, has always been one of absolute favorite foods. I salivate at the mere thought of it. Sweet, spicy, tangy….it has everything I adore. But restaurant versions can be waaaay high in fat in calories,. not to mention, it gets expensive buying soup from Thai restaurants all the time! So I decided to make a healthier, Weight Watchers Tom Kha Gai Soup at home, and see if I could get close to the restaurant flavor. Well, let me tell you, I was blown away by how incredible this Tom Kha Soup turned out!! Holy, moly, it was GOOD. And honestly, tasted exactly like the restaurant version, just not as oily. It was absolutely perfect. And just 3 Weight Watchers Points to boot! What amazed me the most though, was how easy and quick this soup was to make. If you are a fan of Thai coconut soup, then my low calorie Tom Kha Gai is a must make. Enjoy!
Ever since I was a kid, I’ve enjoyed traditional BBQ faire, and coleslaw was always my favorite. But then when I learned that it’s a mayo based dressing and LOADED with fat, calories and cholesterol, I was disappointed. As a Weight Watchers member, I knew that I’d have to seriously limit my coleslaw intake. I’ve tried experimenting with other coleslaw recipes that I’ve found on popular diet recipes websites, but they were all pretty yucky. Then, after I discovered the awesomeness of Veganaise,I decided to attempt using it a traditional Southern coleslaw recipe. I also decided to cut the mayo in half and use plain, nonfat Greek yogurt in place of that extra mayo. For extra crunch and nutrients, I used Trader Joe’s Organic Broccoli Slaw (which is just shredded broccoli stems and carrots) instead of cabbage. It was AMAZING!! Tastes just like traditional coleslaw, but a LOT healthier. Each large serving is just 2 Points +! You can also make this with cabbage too…the Points wont change. It’s just primarily the coleslaw dressing recipe that makes the difference. This is definitely a Weight Watchers Coleslaw Recipe that you’ll make again and again.