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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Roasted Butternut Squash Lasagna Recipe – 6 Points +

Roasted Butternut Squash Lasagna

Lasagna has always been one of my favorite comfort food recipes, so I was excited to experiment with a fall lasagna recipe that I had been dreaming/salivating over for months. My Roasted Butternut Squash Lasagna was definitely a hit and it captured all the seasonal flavors I was craving. By roasting the butternut squash, it gets nicely caramelized, which adds a wonderful flavor. So while this step does add some extra time to the preparation, it is absolutely worth it. I also prefer to leave the squash kinda chunky when I mash it, because I like the texture. But if you’d rather puree it or make it smoother, by all means, do so! You just may need to add a bit more broth to thin it out. Here’s a shot of the inside of mine:

Roasted Butternut Squash Lasagna

And at just 6 Points + for each delicious, cheese covered serving, this Weight Watchers Fall Recipe is a must try.

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Butternut Squash Turkey Bolognese Recipe – 6 Points +

Butternut Squash Turkey Bolognese

Even though it’s still crazy hot here in Southern California, I can’t help but fantasizing about fall and all the delicious Weight Watchers Fall Recipes I’ll be whipping up this season! In light of my fall food fantasies, today I’m sharing this delicious and super easy Butternut Squash Turkey Bolognese Recipe. Made with a jarred butternut squash pasta sauce (I used THIS one from Dave’s Gourmet), you’ll get a healthy and mouthwatering pasta dish that’s very simple to prepate, but tastes like you’ve been slaving over the stove all day working on it. The sauce is incredible…so fresh tasting, so creamy, and yet very light. By adding the cooked ground turkey sauteed with onion and garlic, the dish becomes more hearty and homemade tasting. And the fresh basil adds the perfect finishing touch. So, if you are in the mood for fall, this light Butternut Squash Bolognese is a must try.

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Winter Minestrone Recipe – 4 Points +

Winter Minestrone

The ultimate in comfort food, this healthy minestrone soup recipe is a great way to fill up and feel incredibly satisfied without using many Weight Watchers Points. It’s thick and hearty…almost more like a stew, and is loaded with vegetables and fiber. The tomato based broth is seasoned just perfectly, and the spinach adds a nice touch. Each serving is just 4 Points +, so feel free to pair this with a bread stick and salad for a complete, guilt free meal. When I made this minestrone, I used a high fiber alphabet pasta (it was what I had on hand for the kids), but any kind is fine. Though I suggest using something small, like ditalini. The soup also reheats very well…I actually froze individual portions so I could just grab one from the freezer on hectic days where I needed a quick lunch. This feel good Winter Minestrone is as healthy as it is delicious, and I highly recommend giving it a try. Enjoy!

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Butternut Squash and Spinach Pasta Casserole Recipe with Caramelized Onions – 5 Points +

Butternut Squash and Spinach Pasta Casserole Recipe with Caramelized Onions

If you are up to putting in some elbow grease in the kitchen and making an incredibly delicious and healthy pasta casserole recipe, well then this Butternut Squash and Spinach Pasta Casserole Recipe with Caramelized Onions is for you. Loaded with delicious veggies and a fabulous creamy bechamel sauce, each serving is just 5 Points +. It does require lots of separate pots and pans for cooking various components of the casserole, but it is oh so worth it. The garlic sauteed spinach, the onions caramelized in butter, and the roasted butternut squash all combine perfectly in this vegetarian pasta casserole recipe. I used a fresh, whole milk buffalo mozzarella to top it with and it was amazing! It’s a big recipe, so we had lots of leftovers, and it re-heated very nicely as well. This is definitely a Weight Watchers casserole recipe that will impress. And though I made it in the middle of a high temp summer, I’d ideally make this tomato-free pasta recipe in the fall, as the sage and nutmeg give it a fall-like flavor.

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Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Recipe – 7 Points +

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Creamy, rich, cheesy, and deliciously satisfying, this comfort food classic has everything you crave in traditional mac and cheese recipes, but for a lot less Weight Watchers Points. By using butternut squash as a base for the cheese sauce, the dish gets bulked up while not losing any flavor, and while getting a healthy dose of some good for you nutrients. The flavor of the butternut squash is very mild in this mac and cheese — the cheese is still the star, but it allows you to still keep a lot of sauce so the dish isn’t dry like many other Weight Watchers Mac and Cheese Recipes I’ve tried. It’s also a sneaky way to get your kids to eat a vegetable – my 3yr old gobbled it up! And so did I. It was delicious. I’ll definitely be making this dish on a regular basis.

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Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce Recipe – 1 Points +

Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce

Today’s cold and rainy weather made me reminiscent for a tasty butternut squash recipe whose fall flavors would take me back to Autumn one last time before Spring gets here. So with some whole wheat gnocchi sitting in my pantry, and a beautiful butternut squash on my kitchen counter, I went to work creating this Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce recipe. The sauce was so creamy, rich and decadent, and everything I had hoped it would be. The base is the highly nutritious butternut squash, but the sage, butter, garlic and white wine build on the squash to create a melody of fabulous flavors that create a symphony in your mouth. Each 1/2 cup serving is just 1 Points +, making it an ideal Weight Watchers Pasta Sauce Recipe. Serve it over your favorite high fiber pasta or some 0 Point Miracle Noodles for an amazing and healthy dinner idea.

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Sage Butter Winter Vegetables and Pasta Recipe – 6 Points +

Sage Butter Winter Vegetables and Pasta

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Take advantage of all the delicious seasonal squash with this amazingly yummy Winter Vegetables and Pasta recipe. Healthy and light, you’ll get a full 2 cups serving for just 6 Points +!! Now that’s what I call a meal, people. Just by using a low calorie, high fiber pasta, and bulking up the dish with lots of veggies, you’re able to get a truly delicious vegetarian pasta meal without using up a lot of your Weight Watchers Points Plus, AND you’ll be satisfied. And with the fantastic flavors of the butter, sage, thyme and wine, this dish is truly reminiscent of a fabulous fall day. Enjoy!

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Autumn Spiced Squash Saute Recipe – 2 Points +

Autumn Spiced Squash Saute

If you’ve ever seen this pretty, Fall-looking squash at the grocery store but wondered what it was and what you could do with it, you’re not alone! I have seen it many times, but didn’t even know what kind of squash it was, let alone how to cook it. Well, apparently, it’s called a delicate squash, and it’s delicious. I came across a recipe using it, and decided to give it a try. So glad I did!! Now I have another yummy vegetable in my repertoire to work with. I revamped the recipe, and made a lot of delicious changes. The end result was a tasty Autumn Spiced Squash Stir Fry that’s both sweet and savory. Perfect as a healthy side dish recipe to many meals, this dish has just 2 Points + per serving. It’s a great way to really enjoy the fabulous flavors of Fall!

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Autumn Harvest Salad Recipe – 4 Point Total

With the fall season now in full swing and delicious seasonal produce is abound, I think this Autumn Harvest Salad Recipe is a perfect compliment to many meals. The original version of this salad is an actual Weight Watchers Salad Recipe, but I revamped it, adding more flavor and texture, yet still keeping it just 4 points per serving. I never thought about using butternut squash in a salad before, but I must say, I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. I’m pretty sure this butternut squash salad will be making it to my Thanksgiving table this year. Enjoy!

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Pasta and Butternut Squash Casserole Recipe – 4 Point Total

Butternut Squash Pasta Casserole

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Ok, I admit that I’m a bit obsessed with butternut squash lately, but can you blame me? It’s everywhere right now, it’s incredibly healthy, versatile and delicious. I just can’t help myself. And while browsing through some Weight Watchers Fall Casserole Recipes, I came across one that I revamped and made into a super yummy and healthy dinner. This Butternut Squash and Pasta Casserole Recipe was the perfect low calorie meal idea and my family loved it! Still with all the fabulous fall flavors I was hoping for, each serving had just a 4 Point Total. And it was so hearty and filling! If you are looking for a quick and easy casserole idea to try, that’s friendly to Weight Watchers, this one is a must try. Enjoy!

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Cauliflower & Butternut Squash Curry Recipe – 2 Point Total

This fabulous side dish recipe is so amazingly yummy, and yet incredibly healthy!! Each nicely sized serving of my Cauliflower & Butternut Squash Curry Recipe is just a 2 Point Total. It’s loaded with fantastic flavor and spice, is high in fiber, and still very low in calories, making it a perfectly healthy recipe for weight watchers. And I think it’s a great way to get some more veggies into your diet, while indulging in some super tasty curry sauce too! Though this isn’t an official one of Weight Watchers Side Dish Recipes, try serving it with some low calorie grilled chicken breast for an easy meal that will satisfy the whole family.

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