Quinoa is one of those things that I just love. It’s gluten free and packed with nutrients, so I really like to mix up my normal routine and have it as the base of different dishes. These stuffed peppers are a fabulous little snack, side dish or appetizer. It’s a little more work because of all the chopping (especially all those little peppers), but it’s totally worth it. If I don’t already have quinoa made up, I’ll chop all of the veggies and do all the prep while the quinoa is cooking. While the recipe calls for cocktail tomatoes (also called Campari, they’re typically the “tomatoes on the vine” you find), you can use Roma tomatoes, instead. I wouldn’t recommend grape or cherry tomatoes, since they don’t chop up into small pieces as easily. Also, you have to remember that the mini peppers you’re using are tiny – so chop small. I ran into that problem, and had to do a little more chopping. You can also take a couple of the peppers and chop them into the quinoa mixture (like I did). These peppers are great to take to a potluck or have at a party. They’re small, tasty and easy to handle. I love these little peppers, they’re pretty and delicious! [Read more…]
One of the reasons why I love side salads is that it’s a great way to add veggies (and nutrients) to my meal. It’s also a great way to add a pop of color to my meal that just makes it seem more fun and interesting. Fresh salads are just great anyway. They are so refreshing and light that they’re always tasty. This one is full of color with the green cucumbers, red tomatoes and radishes, yellow bell peppers and red onions. The dressing is simple and delicious – one of those vinaigrettes that I love. I always use a little canning jar with a lid to mix up my dressing ingredients. I just toss everything in it and then screw on the lid and shake it up. If you’d like to mix up this salad a bit more, use yellow tomatoes and a red pepper, or a mix of red and yellow tomatoes.
With the last few days of summer to savor, I’m sharing a reliable and delicious side salad recipe that I have made quite a bit this summer, as my whole family loves it. My Whole Wheat Cous Cous Feta Salad Recipe is super easy to make and is a delicious and satisfying side dish that works with so many different meals. The bright, juicy tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers and salty feta are combined with hearty garbanzo beans and whole wheat cous cous to deliver a seriously satisfying dish! It also works wonderfully as leftovers, so I often double the batch and use it in lunches the next day or two. So take advantage of those delicious summer tomatoes and get this salad on your table, ASAP! At just 4 Points + per serving, it’s a great way to feel satisfied while staying on track.
This past weekend I got to have a really delicious lettuce and cabbage salad. I just had to find the dressing recipe – it was amazing. I got the dressing recipe and had this today for supper. It was really wonderful. The dressing is oriental with rice vinegar and sesame oil. I used leftover roast chicken, since it was already cooked and just had to be chopped up. I also have some dressing leftover, so it’s going to be lunch tomorrow as well. I would definitely let the cabbage sit for a few minutes to soften a bit. I just immediately dug in and by the end of the salad, it was much better. This dressing recipe is really wonderful and will definitely have a permanent place in my fridge!
I find that a salad is a great lunch for me. It’s something that’s fresh, delicious and very easy to prepare. I change up my salads by adding different protein to them. Sometimes I’ll use pine nuts and a couple hard boiled eggs, other times I’ll use shredded chicken, or even make a taco salad with ground beef. Recently, however, I discovered tangerine dressing, and I fell in love. I brush it over the top of the salmon fillet before cooking it. It gives it this wonderful, light glaze that adds a wonderful citrus and honey flavor to the salmon. The tangerine dressing is perfect if you make it yourself, but if you’re in a pinch, look for Panera Bread’s Tangerine Honey Dressing. It’s nearly as tasty, and you don’t have to make it.
I’ll admit, one of the things I miss about not eating wheat is egg rolls. I love the crunchy egg rolls dipped in sweet chili sauce. However, these chicken spring rolls dipped in peanut sauce are just as good, easier to make and healthier as well! You can fill these with any vegetables you like, I used carrots, cucumbers and bell peppers. You can also add mushrooms, lettuce and vermicelli (rice noodles) as well. You can use chicken or shrimp, or leave it out for a vegan option. I cooked my chicken breast in the seasonings, just for a little more flavor, but you can also just slice up leftover grilled chicken breast.
You know those days where you spent so much time working on the main course, that you completely forgot to prepare a side dish? Well, that happens to me a LOT. More often than I’d like to admit. Sometimes I’m too busy, sometimes I too lazy, and sometimes I’m just ill-prepared. But on those days, quick and easy Weight Watchers salad recipes like this Cilantro Lime Cucumber Salad, save me. I almost always have these ingredients on hand, and I can throw this together in just a few minutes. I highly recommend using a mandolin slicer in order to get nice, evenly thin cucumber slices. But it can absolutely be done with a knife too – it’s just not as easy. The flavors are fresh and amazing, and each serving is just 2 Points +. I usually prefer to go a bit heavy on the red pepper flakes as I really like that heat, but this time I made it for my kids, so I didn’t use as much. This salad also makes a perfect, low calorie side for summer BBQ’s, so definitely add it to your “must make this summer list”. Enjoy!
If you’ve ever had tabbouleh salad before, you know how delicious it is. But the fact that it’s traditionally made with bulgar (a grain), the Points Plus can really rack up quickly due to the high amount of carbohydrates. By simply replacing the bulgar with grated cauliflower instead, you get a dish that tastes ridiculously similar to traditional tabbouleh, but for just 4 Points + per serving. Its light and refreshing flavor makes this side salad a wonderful accompaniment to your favorite meal. And it’s slam packed with vegetables, so you get a nice healthy dose of those, too. Now, some people may argue the Points Plus value on this Weight Watchers recipe, due to the fact that except for the olive oil, everything else is 0 Points Plus when eaten alone. However, my Weight Watchers leader said that when you combine all the vegetables together in a recipe like this, it changes the structure and can therefore raise the Points Plus value. So, what I did here was calculate all the nutritional information for each ingredient, and added it all together. Then entered it into my Weight Watchers Points Plus Calculator, and came up with 4 Points + per serving. If you are counting just the olive oil, it’s 2 Points + per serving. Either way, it’s a great bargain and absolutely delicious side salad recipe. This is a MUST try, folks!
Today, I want to share one of my staple side salad recipes. This delicious and ridiculously simple Greek salad recipe is made very frequently in my house because it’s so flavorful, everyone loves it, and it goes with a huge variety of main courses. I love the wonderful combination of flavors and textures in this Weight Watchers Greek Salad – sweet, crunchy cucumbers, brine-y olives and the bold, lemony dressing, all topped off with creamy and salty feta crumbles. SO good! And the best part is that each serving is just 2 Points +. It’s a great low calorie salad recipe to add to your collection of staple Weight Watchers recipes that can be relied upon time and time again.
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!
I am a spicy food fanatic. If it’s spicy, I’ll eat it. One of the good things about that, is that most hot sauces/spicy seasonings are relatively low in Points, so I can use a lot of them to really flavor up my foods without adding on many, if any at all, calories and Points. In fact, my vegetables are often just the vehicle for some spicy sauce or dressing that I love. And this Spicy Cucumber Salad Recipe that I’m sharing today is a pretty fantastic way to eat cucumbers. The siracha based dressing for this salad adds such tremendous flavor with a big kick of heat, but for just 1 Points + per serving. So this is a great Weight Watchers side salad recipe that helps to fill me up without using a lot of Points Plus. I love this salad so much, I’ll often even throw it together for a late night snack The crunch and the flavor help me tame that evening snack beast. :)
In an effort to “detox” my body this week for the holiday eating I indulged in, I’m making an effort to eat mostly low carb/high protein, and as little processed food as possible. One dish that will be on my menu is this Chicken and Garbanzo Bean Pesto Salad Recipe for just 6 Points +. Not only is it super easy to make, but it’s a great way to utilize leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken, and with all the protein and fiber, it’s a pretty satisfying salad. The basil pesto dressing adds a lovely and bold flavor without needing to use too much of it, which is great for helping to keep the Points low. Pair this Chicken and Garbanzo Bean Pesto Salad with your favorite low calorie soup or a roll or baked potato to make it a complete and very filling meal. Enjoy!