Even though summer is officially over, I am still finding lovely heirloom tomatoes at the market, and I wanted to share this amazing tomato salad recipe that utilizes them most deliciously. I came across the original version of this Heirloom Tomato Salad recipe at In Sock Monkey Slippers, and altered it a bit to make it more Weight Watchers Friendly. Each serving came out to an astonishing 3 Points +, and tasted incredible. This beautiful salad is really dressed to impress with all of it’s stunning colors and textures. But it also comes through on taste and is definitely a crowd-pleaser. It’s perfect for a brunch or potluck, or even as a dinner side dish. And even though it looks like you spent a long time preparing it, it’s surprisingly easy to make. I highly recommend giving this Heirloom Tomato Salad Recipe a try, asap.
There is no question that I love meat. By no means am I a vegetarian. But these Veggie Tacos are SO good that I seriously did not even notice or care that my taco was meat free. Loaded with healthy vegetables and perfectly spiced, each vegetarian taco is topped with fresh cilantro and Queso Fresco cheese crumbles. They taste so light and fresh, and are incredibly flavorful…I could eat them all day long! Each 2 taco serving is just 8 Points +, and is very satisfying. I paired a serving with some low calorie red pepper soup, and felt quite full. I made a big batch, and reheated the next day for lunch and they were just as fantastic. These Veggie Tacos are perfect for feeding just the family or a large crowd, and are sure to be a hit. My husband and I LOVED them, and I definitely plan on adding them into my regular rotation of Weight Watchers Recipes.
Give an ordinary brown rice side dish a MAJOR, mouth-watering makeover with this Mexican Style Corn and Rice Casserole Recipe. Oh how I love easy casseroles that taste AMAZING and require very little effort. This delicious, low calorie casserole recipe was a huge hit at my house, and it was so easy to put together. It’s brown rice, with corn and squash, smothered in a sour cream, chile and cheese sauce. YUM. I spiced it up a bit with jalapenos, but you can omit that if you’d prefer a more mild version. Each serving is 7 Points, and is very satisfying. Serve this with some grilled chicken or fish, and a salad, for a balanced meal. I’m going to try experimenting with this recipe a bit more, and make it without the corn, adding in some other low carb vegetables instead, in order to lower the Points + value. The corn is delicious though, and well worth the Points, if you have them to spend. This Weight Watchers Casserole Recipe that truly feels like a decadent comfort food.
Here’s another incredibly delicious way to prepare quinoa…in this Quinoa, Zucchini and Corn salad in Lemon Butter sauce. Delicately sweetened with a bit of honey, this is one savory and delicious Weight Watchers quinoa recipe that will have you drooling. Each serving is just 3 Points +, and it’s loaded with good for you ingredients. High in fiber, and bulked up with fresh vegetables, this low calorie dish really helps to fill you up. Make it as a side for sandwiches or soup, or even serve it alone, on top of some fresh greens – it would make the perfect vegetarian lunch! Enjoy.
Got some leftover chili on hand? Well, here’s an amazing Tamale Pie Recipe that you can use it in to create a super quick, easy and low calorie dinner. Basically, this is a Weight Watchers casserole recipe which consists of layers of polenta, chili, corn salsa and cheese. Um….YUM. Just by layering a few prepared ingredients, you’ll get one tasty casserole that the whole family will love. And this is crazy easy…it took me all of 5 minutes to slice the polenta and layer everything into the casserole dish. Though, I did accidentally slice my polenta a bit too thick, and was short on a few slices to cover the entire top of the casserole (as seen in my photo). But wow, was this GOOD! My whole family loved it, and the leftovers heated up very nicely the next day. So if you are wondering what to do with all that extra chili, try this Tamale pie Recipe! And this man-pleasing recipe is perfect for Super Bowl Sunday too. Enjoy!
Creamy, crunchy, flavorful and low calorie, this Corn Salad Recipe with Red Pepper and Dill has just about everything you’d want in a salad. You get the sweetness of the corn, the crunch of the bell peppers, and then a bit of crunchy tang from the pickles, all blended perfectly together with mayonnaise. It’s such a delicious and unique corn recipe that makes a great Weight Watchers side dish to go with a huge variety of meals. I adore mayo, but have stayed away from mayo based salad recipes as they can be pretty high in Points. But because the corn is not such a porous vegetable, you don’t have to use as much mayo for the flavor to still come across. So just 1 tbsp of the mayo in this dressing, along with a tbsp of non-fat Greek yogurt worked very nicely. However, if you really love mayonnaise, you can use more of the reduced fat mayo instead of the Greek yogurt, but that will cost you an extra Weight Watchers point per serving. To serious mayo lovers, this may be well worth it. But with or without the extra mayo, this Corn Salad Recipe is amazingly delicious and highly recommended!
Lately, I have been really craving corn. I know that’s an odd craving, but maybe knowing that the end of summer is just around the corner, my taste buds are trying to savor every last kernel of the season. So I went to work in the kitchen to whip up a healthy corn chowder recipe, also utilizing some beautiful fresh scallops I had just purchased. I decided to use some roasted corn (like this one from Trader Joe’s). I love the smoky taste that roasted corn has, and it worked perfectly with the chipotle seasonings I used in the chowder. The delicate flavor of the pan seared scallops was absolutely amazing in this hearty and very filling chowder. I also added in some of my favorite real bacon bits, which complemented the dish perfectly. This Scallops and Roasted Corn Chowder recipe turned out flawless! It was so incredibly delicious. Even my 1 year old daughter gobbled it up (although, that girl eats EVERYTHING, bless her heart). And at just 5 Points + per serving, this Scallops and Roasted Corn Chowder Recipe is a must try.
For as long as I can remember, I have adored dumplings. There is just something about chewy, lumpy balls of dough that get me all excited. This might also explain my infatuation with cookie dough. But given that dumplings are flour based, they can add up to some serious calories and Weight Watchers Points, so I’ve tried to avoid them. But this Crock Pot Chicken Stew with Cornmeal Dumplings puts a lighter and healthier spin on traditional dumpling recipes. Plus it gave me an opportunity to utilize some fresh herbs from my husband’s garden. Each very nicely sized serving is just 6 Points each and is very satisfying. The dumplings came out perfectly and my family and I devoured this dish. It’s definitely a Weight Watchers Crock Pot recipe that I’ll be making again and again.
Got a bag frozen corn that’s been sitting in your freezer and don’t know what to do with it? Try this easy, yet savory Roasted Corn Recipe with Dill. The tangy lemon and dill contrast the sweet corn and butter perfectly, making a deliciously unique side dish that adds some pizazz to standard corn kernels. Each satisfying serving is just 4 Points +, and it looks so pretty on a plate next to some grilled chicken or fish. I love taking this roasted corn to potlucks or BBQ’s because it’s such a different way to serve corn, and everyone always enjoys it. Ah, how I wish that corn was 0 Points +…I’d be chowing down on this everyday!
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The lemon thyme butter puts a delicious spin on a traditional Grilled Corn on the Cob Recipe, and what a spin it is!! Sweet, buttery, and crisp, it’s hard to feel like you are a Weight Watcher when you are indulging in this. At just 3 Points + per serving, it makes a perfect low calorie 4th of July Recipe, or to serve as a tasty and healthy side dish with your family dinner this summer. Not only is it easy to make, but with summer corn on the cob appearing in abundance at your local grocery stores, it’s pretty cheap too. The flavorful butter adds such a nice culinary touch to such a popular recipe. It’s something everyone will love, but something you can enjoy, guilt free.
photo credit: incidental cooking
A popular family dinner recipe, this Cheesy Baked Rice gets a healthy makeover! Still boasting all of the cheesy rice goodness that we all adore, this low calorie casserole recipe is bulked up with veggies and a high fiber rice, making each 1 cup serving just 6 Points +. Also, by using a yogurt based cheese sauce, I was able to pack in some extra protein too, which helps to keep the Points + value down, while adding a delicious flavor and moisture to the dish. If you aren’t into spice, feel free to leave the jalapenos off, but I LOVE the extra tangy zing they offer. This healthy casserole recipe makes a great dish to bring to a potluck, or to make a few days in advance, freeze, and then reheat for a quick family dinner. So yummy, and a great way to get your kids to eat more vegetables!
If you’ve got a hankering for some tasty Mexican food, but don’t want to blow your daily Points Plus allowance on the typical taco “salad” that you’ll find, laden with fat and calories, at your favorite Mexican restaurant, then try this slimmed down version – a Vegetarian Taco Salad Recipe. Loaded with fiber, protein, Vitamin C, and tons of good for you ingredients, this healthy salad recipe packs a lot of punch, but has just 6 Points + per serving. It’s so incredibly satisfying, which is extremely difficult for a salad to accomplish, so it serves as a great WW main dish recipe for dinner or lunch. So if you like your Mexican food sans meat, then this Vegetarian Taco Salad recipe is a must try! Carnivores, click HERE for my super, oh-so yummy, Beef Taco Salad Recipe or click HERE for my rockin’ and squawkin’ Chicken Taco Salad Recipe. Enjoy!