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!
Gyros. I ADORE them. And when I used to live in Los Angeles, my husband and I used to go to this amazing little restaurant that sold the most delicious gyros. It was right around the corner from our apartment, and we used to walk there VERY REGULARLY for dinner. I remember how I used to stand there and literally salivate as I watched them slice that beautifully tender meat off the rotisserie. But now, being a Weight Watcher, I’d have to seriously limit my gyro consumption if I wanted to actually lose any weight. So when my friend told me about this yummy Chicken Gyros Recipe she tried from Annie’s Eats, I decided to give it a try myself and see if it would truly have the flavors and satiety to satisfy my gyro craving. Using chicken instead of lamb meat was a good start to keeping it light. I just had to add in a few more spices to give it more of an authentic gyro taste. And then I served it on whole wheat pita. I also used much simpler Tzatziki sauce method, and was very pleased with how excellent (and easy!) and was. The gyros were fantastic. If you are a gyro lover, add these Greek Chicken Gyros to your ‘Must Try’ list, asap.
Still plenty of summertime left to fire up that grill and start cooking! On of my favorite Weight Watchers Grilling Recipes is this Grilled Middle Eastern Turkey Kebabs with Cucumber Yogurt Dip. Having been to the Middle East a few times, kebabs are one of the most delicious foods I’ve had there. So I wanted to create my own lighter version, and the results are pretty fantastic. The ground turkey meat is incredibly flavorful, and the cucumber yogurt dip is the perfect complement. It’s hard to believe that each serving is just 6 Points +! Truly a delicious and satisfying meal that will keep you on track with your Weight Watchers goals. So instead of burgers, hot dogs and grilled chicken, give these Grilled Middle Eastern Turkey Kebabs a try instead. Enjoy!
It is a fact that I have a minor obsession with Shrimp Spring Rolls. While I love the roll itself, I am mostly just looking for a vehicle for that delicious peanut dipping sauce they come with! Sooooooo GOOD. Light, fresh, doesn’t involve cooking….perfect for a hot summer’s day lunch. Never thinking that it would be a feat I could conquer, for months, I toyed with the idea of trying to make my own Shrimp Spring Rolls. If I was able to do this, I would be able to have an endless supply of them, readily available at my whim. It was worth a shot. So I got to work and did my best to recreate a healthier, Weight Watchers Shrimp Spring Roll Recipe that would satisfy my craving, yet still be low in Points Plus. And while my rolling and display skills may not be on par with professional Shrimp Spring Roll Maker Guys, the flavor profile I established was on point!! They were absolutely delicious. And the peanut lime dipping sauce was just as tasty as I hoped and prayed it would be. And just 5 Points + for two big spring rolls with sauce! These light, fresh, low calorie Shrimp Spring Rolls make me super happy, and I make them much more often than I care to admit.
This is a super easy yet delightfully fresh and flavorful Cucumber Fennel salad that goes great with salmon, white fish, tuna…any fish really. I’ve also served it with chicken and pork before too. The creamy and tangy cucumber dressing is so incredibly simple and it adds such a nice balance to the delicate flavors of the cucumber and anise-like fennel without being overwhelming. And at just 1 Points + for a nice 1 cup serving, you really can’t go wrong with this Weight Watchers salad recipe. It’s also a nutrition powerhouse – the fennel has a lot of fiber, Vitamins A & C, potassium and calcium. And then you get a nice a dose of protein from the Greek yogurt dressing, and an extra boost of Vitamins A, C & K from the cucumber. All for a whopping 50 calories a serving! This cold and crisp Cucumber Fennel Salad Recipe is a must try this summer.
In college, I used to LOVE eating cold, leftover Chinese food, straight from the carton in the fridge (actually, I still love to do that). In fact, Chinese food is one of the very few leftover foods, originally served hot, that I enjoy eating cold. My favorite are the chow mein noodles…..MMMMMMM. And when cold, leftover Chinese food wasn’t an option, I often ordered cold noodle salads at my favorite Oriental restaurants. But now, being a Weight Watchers member and a mom trying to make healthy food to serve her family, I try to avoid fatty, high calorie, high sodium foods from restaurants. And instead, I try and create a healthier “knockoff” at home that is still incredibly tasty, but low in Weight Watchers Points Plus and as healthy as I can get it. My version of Oriental Cold Noodles turned out absolutely AMAZING. Seriously, I couldn’t stop eating it. It was so fresh, zesty and tangy, and truly a real treat for just 6 Points + per serving. This is now what I turn to for my cold noodle fix. Pair it with some miso soup for a delicious and complete meal.
This Thai Shrimp Salad Recipe was something I literally came up with and executed in about 20-25 minutes. I had just experimented with a Shrimp Spring Roll Recipe the day before which was FANTASTIC (recipe coming soon), and I just could not stop craving the flavors. Plus, I had some leftover ingredients on hand. So, I tossed together the salad, softened the saifun bean thread noodles, and whisked up the dressing. It was absolutely delicious and very filling for just 5 Points +. The saifun bean threads really help add some bulk to the salad without adding a lot of extra Points. The shrimp and peanut lime dressing provide the protein. It was one very satisfying salad. Next time I make it though, I’ll add more vegetables…like some small sweet red peppers and sugar snap peas. I was just in such a hurry to eat, I didn’t take the time to get too creative and add a lot of color like I usually try to do. I just needed that salad in my belly…ASAP! And don’t be intimidated by the “saifun bean threads”…they are just cellophane noodles or “glass noodles”…you should be able to find them in the Asian section of your grocery store. If you aren’t concerned about Weight Watchers Points, add some peanuts for extra crunch and deliciousness.
Hope you all enjoyed Super Bowl Sunday! But if you are like me, and may have went a little overboard with all the game day goodies, then my take on a Japanese Cucumber Salad Recipe is the perfect cool and crisp side salad to add to your meal today. It’s so light and refreshing, and at just 1 Points +, it’s a great way to bulk up a meal without using a lot of your Weight Watchers Points. It’s a great flavor combination of sweet and sour, and the toasted sesame seeds add a nice, delicate nutty flavor. Bonus – the cucumbers have an anti-inflammatory effect and are very hydrating, so it’s a great way to combat all the sodium from the salty foods you may have indulged in. This Japanese Cucumber Salad also makes a great side to a many meals (not just sushi!). I love it with a spicy fish or chicken dish. Definitely one of my favorite low Points Weight Watchers salads recipes. Enjoy!
If you like their delicious Greek yogurt, you will flip for Fage’s new Total Authentic Greek Tzatziki Sauce with just 1 Weight Watchers Points Plus per each 2 tbs serving! Now, I’m not Greek, so I’m not an authority on authentic Tzatziki sauce, but let me tell you, this was delicious. It makes a wonderful dip for bread, chips, or veggies, and also tastes amazing served over meats and fish. There is really so much you can do with Fage Tzatziki sauce, it’s not even funny. For those of you who may not be familiar with what Tzatziki sauce is, it’s a Greek yogurt sauce made with cucumbers, garlic, onion and lemon.I found it in the grocery stores a few weeks ago and was so excited, I think I may have actually squealed…loudly. I was so excited to take it home and try it, and I was not disappointed.
With my recent supply of beets that I received in my Farm Fresh to You package, I decided to attempt one of my husband’s favorite soups…borscht. I had never had it before, so I did some research and found a few traditional borscht recipes that looked pretty good. I made a few changes enhancements to the recipes and I was really quite surprised at how good cold, pink soup could be. It was very creamy and flavorful, and actually very, very healthy. With temperature still being quite hot here in Southern California, this cold soup was a delight to eat on a hot summer’s night. My husband, who grew up eating borscht on a regular basis even said my Summer Borscht Recipe would make his grandma envious! The combination of sweet and tangy flavors in this creamy soup work perfectly. It’s a great way to fill up without using many Weight Watchers Points. Plus, it’s pink soup…and it just looks really cool. Enjoy!
This easy and delicious Middle Eastern Cucumber Tomato Salad is one of my staple low calorie side dish recipes. It pairs well with just about everything, and is such a light, crisp and refreshing salad. I often tire of salads with lettuce, so this Cucumber Tomato version is one of my favorite Weight Watchers Salad Recipes. Sometimes, I’ll add a few variations to it, like adding fresh mint, or using lime juice instead of lemon. It’s also great added to some quinoa or couscous. And for just 3 Points + per serving, I think it makes a great addition to many meals, that is so simple, yet impressive. Enjoy!
I love to experiment with Quinoa in a variety of different Weight Watchers Recipes. It’s so good for you, and I really enjoy the flavor and texture. When I used it instead of couscous in a traditional Tabbouleh recipe, I was thrilled with the end result. The calorie and fat content was less and the protein and fiber were higher, thus giving it a lower Points value – each 3/4 cup serving is just 4 Points +. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with Quinoa, it’s a South American grain, originating in the Andes. It is loaded with protein, rich in phosphorous, magnesium and iron, and has a mild, nutty flavor. Quinoa is a great idea for a lighter and healthier alternative to rice, couscous and bulgur – and it’s gluten-free. If you love the flavors of Middle Eastern salad recipes, like traditional Tabbouleh recipe, give this version with quinoa a try instead!