In my opinion, eggplants are one of the most under-used vegetables. This Roasted Eggplant Salad is perfect example of how easy they are to use and flavorful the eggplant is. By roasting it, the eggplant develops a beautiful, smoky flavor. Combine it with the crunchy, fresh bell peppers and onions, then finish it off with fresh lemon juice and olive oil, and you’ve got one amazing mouthful of deliciousness. And since the only ingredient that’s counted in this recipe is the olive oil, each serving comes out to just 1 Smart Point per serving. I’ll use this salad as a topping for my chicken, a dip for my pita, or I’ll add a chopped hardboiled egg to it for protein packed side salad. It’s so versatile and so flavorful, you’ll find yourself making it over and over again.
Some of my friends are incredible cooks. In fact, there is one couple in particular who are really good cooks and make the best eggplant parmesan. I’ve tried it a couple of times, but I decided that it was better if I just had it when we were at their house. My first attempt was really awful. I’m someone who really has an issue with texture, so I’m very picky about my eggplant parmesan. But, I decided to give it one more shot, and I’m glad I did – this is delicious. I’ve found that the trick is to peel the eggplant and fry it after coating it with the breadcrumbs. The other major issue I ran into was the seeds. If the eggplant is too ripe, then the seeds are big and the flavor isn’t good. The skin should be tender and glossy, and the eggplant shouldn’t be too big. Then, just peel it, bread it and fry it. Frying the eggplant gives it a crispness and enhances the flavor. Once you’ve got the eggplant layered with the pasta sauce and cheese, you’ll never be able to tell that this isn’t made with regular pasta. Even the skeptics turn out loving this absolutely delicious eggplant parmesan.
Our garden hasn’t done great this year, but I’ve still enjoyed cooking with the produce we’ve gotten out of the garden. These delicious grilled lemon pepper vegetables are a wonderful side. The easiest way to make these is by using a grill pan, but you can also wrap them in aluminum foil to grill them. Or they can be baked or stir fried. They are bright and colorful – which is one of the (many) reasons why I love to add a side of vegetables to every meal. Vegetables are so easy to make in so many different ways. They add color and texture to the meal, not to mention flavor and nutrients. One of the best things about these vegetables is that you can change it up with whatever you happen to have on hand, they’ll be just as tasty.
When I need something to snack on, I try to reach for fresh, raw vegetables. Mainly because they are incredibly good for me, but also because their high fiber content can fill me up and prevent me from getting down and dirty with a not so Weight Watchers friendly food. So when you eat fresh veggies as much as I do, you are constantly on the lookout for delicious, exciting, and low calorie dips to dunk them in. And this Red Pepper and Eggplant Dip Recipe has become one of my favorites! The roasted bell peppers and eggplant add a lovely smokey flavor, while the garlic and lemon juice tie it all together with a brilliant zing. And each 1/3 cup serving is just 2 Points Plus, so I don’t need to feel guilty about my heavy dipping. This Red Pepper and Eggplant Dip makes a fantastic dunk for not only fresh veggies, but pita wedges, crackers, cheese…just about anything, really. You can also smother roasted vegetables or meats with it too, if you are looking for a way to give those foods an extra kick. You really can’t go wrong with such a light and healthy dip!
In an attempt to use up an organic eggplant that I bought before it went bad, I decided to put together a quick and easy Weight Watchers stir fry recipe that would have a Szechuan flair. I just diced up some chicken breast, my eggplant, and a red bell pepper and cooked them with an incredible sweet and spicy sauce. It was all ready in less than 30 minutes, and it was absolutely delicious! I used a bit more oil in this recipe than usual because the eggplant is very porous and soaks up a lot. Next time, I may try hovering over it a bit more, and adding broth, tablespoon by tablespoon, instead of more oil, to save a few fat grams (and maybe a Point). But I DO love the flavor of that sesame oil, so perhaps it’s worth it. :) I felt that this Chicken and Eggplant Stir Fry Recipe was just as tasty as the ones I get at my favorite restaurants, but a LOT healthier, and a great “deal” at just 6 Points + per serving.
I honestly don’t think I’ll ever tire of roasted eggplants and Tahini. The favor combination is incredible and it’s an incredibly healthy dish. Craving more of a meal, I took one of my favorite Weight Watchers Side Dish Recipes and turned it into a wrap with the simple addition of a Flat Out flatbread and some fresh lettuce. It was sooooooo good! And all the fiber made this very filling and satisfying for just 5 Points +. I had one of these Egglant Tahini Wraps with a light spinach salad for lunch and was content until dinner time. This is truly a delicious and easy wrap recipe that I will definitely be making again and again.
Recently, I was fortunate enough to have some family from Israel staying with us for a few weeks over the holidays, and I got to spend a lot of time watching them work magic in the kitchen. My mother-in-law can cook with eggplants like nobody’s business, and I was determined to master her delicious baba ganoush recipe. In case you’ve never heard of baba ganoush, it’s a middle eastern eggplant dip that is one of the most amazing foods I’ve ever had. The base is roasted eggplants, which add a wonderfully smoky flavor, and then it’s blended with tahini paste, mayonnaise, lemon juice and garlic. Traditionally, it’s loaded with mayonnaise and tahini paste which can make it not so Weight Watchers friendly. However, a few tweaks to my mother-in-law’s version, and I created a flipping’ fantastic low calorie baba ganoush for just 1 Points + for a 1/4 cup serving! Use it as a dip for veggies or pita chips, spread it on a sandwich or wrap, or just eat it straight up with a spoon. And it even gets a better flavor sitting in the fridge for a few days. Any way you choose to eat it, I hope you fall in love with this light baba ganoush recipe as much as I have.
One of the things I’ve learned over the course of many trips to Israel is the glorious, deliciousness of the eggplant. Growing up, I had never, EVER been served anything with eggplant, and now I am sad about the many years I missed out on. I love cooking eggplant now in a variety of ways, but one of my favorite eggplant recipes is this simple, yet savory Roasted Eggplant with Tahini Sauce Recipe. I love the smoky taste that the eggplant takes on when it’s roasted, and then the amazing and fresh tahini sauce drizzled over the top just makes it absolutely perfect. For those of you who aren’t familiar with tahini, it’s a thick paste made from crushed sesame seeds. Actual tahini sauce, which is used to accompany many middle eastern dishes, is a mixture of tahini paste, lemon juice, garlic, and water. I wish that I could say I was the master of making homemade tahini sauce, but to get the texture just right is a bit of an art form…an art form that I am still trying to perfect. But it is delicious and worth every attempt. These eggplant slices are great as a side dish to your main course, and also work really well as a sandwich topping too (on top of grilled chicken is my FAVORITE!) This tasty, low calorie recipe comes out to just 2 Points + per serving, and is loaded with fiber, making it a wonderful idea for Weight Watchers Recipes. Enjoy!
What a gorgeous salad to serve with any meal! I love all the rich colors and textures in this Roasted Eggplant Salad with Goat Cheese….perfect for any season. The smoky taste of the roasted eggplant combines wonderfully with the acidity of the tomatoes and the creamy and tangy goat cheese. This salad could be enjoyed as a side dish or even as a main course (just double the serving), as it is incredibly filling. Each serving is just 4 Points + and has over 7g of fiber! It’s a great way to help you feel full without spending a lot of Weight Watchers Points. This beautiful salad is as nutritious as it is lovely, and definitely a healthy salad recipe I recommend trying.
Prepare it as a main dish or a side dish, but whichever way you choose to serve this Goat Cheese Stuffed Eggplant Rolls Recipe, you are going to be so glad you made it! It is absolutely delicious…so full of flavor. And it looks just lovely sitting in that bright red pepper and shallot sauce….almost too pretty to eat. Almost. At just 3 Points + for two rolls, you will gobble up these Goat Cheese Stuffed Eggplant Rolls without an ounce of guilt. The tart and pungent goat cheese is balanced by the delicate ricotta, allowing the bright and flavorful sauce to do it’s share of work. And though this dish looks beautiful and complicated..it is surprisingly easy. I definitely want to play around with this Weight Watchers eggplant recipe and see what enhancements and varieties I can come up with. These Stuffed Eggplant Rolls are a keeper for sure. Enjoy!
One of my favorite comfort food dishes, a traditional eggplant parmesan recipe, can really rack up the Weight Watchers Points. But my light Eggplant Parmesan has all the delicious and traditional flavors but for just 5 Points + per serving! And did I mention that this is made with three kinds of cheese? Oh yeah…and the eggplant is breaded. It is DELICIOUS. The leftovers were quickly devoured for lunch the next day. Everything worked together so perfectly, making the ultimate low calorie Eggplant Parmesan Recipe. Once you make this dish at home for yourself, you’ll get that Italian food craving seriously satisfied, and yet you’ll still stay on track with your Weight Watchers goals. Enjoy!
Soon my husband and I will be taking a trip to Israel to visit his family, and I am beyond excited for all the Middle Eastern feasting I’m about to embark upon. One of my absolute favorite Middle Eastern recipes is a Moroccan Eggplant Salad that my mother in law makes. OMG, is it good. I go crazy for it. And every time I visit her or she visits me, she makes me a batch, and of course, I devour it within minutes. For months, I have tried to create a healthier version of her original recipe — she fries her eggplants in a lot of oil, thus making it not so Weight Watchers friendly. After many failed attempts, I finally got it. My mistake was trying to eliminate the oil. Because the eggplant is so spongy and porous, there just absolutely must be some oil, or it doesn’t work. Bu instead of frying them, like my mother in law does, I baked them, and then added in a lot less of the oil later. It worked very well, and even my picky husband thought that I had gotten pretty darn close to her version. So in my Moroccan Eggplant Salad, each serving is just 2 Points +, and the flavors are fantastic. Of course, I will always prefer my mother in law’s version over my own, but when I can’t eat hers, I can enjoy my healthy alternative and satisfy my craving for it. Dina, if you’re reading this…I’m coming….get those eggplants ready!!