Country Potatoes Recipe – 5 Smart Points

Country Potatoes

These Country Potatoes make for a simple, minimalist side dish recipe that is fast and easy to cook, yet has the wonderfully distinct flavor of good old fashioned home cooking! A handful of ingredients are brought together in a perfect, hearty, comforting dish that pairs really well with steak, chicken or fish. In fact, they were so good that my family nearly gobbled them all up before I was able to snap a picture! I love that these potatoes cook up so quickly, and the flavor of all the vegetables aren’t overwhelmed with seasonings or sauces, allowing them to really shine. I’ve also served these as my take on breakfast potatoes a few times too, and they were a real treat alongside some turkey bacon and eggs. At just 5 Smart Points per serving, you’ll get a seriously satisfying side to your favorite main course, without going overboard.

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Balsamic Garlic Roasted Green Beans and Mushrooms – 2 Smart Points

Balsamic Garlic Roasted Green Beans and Mushrooms

One of my new favorite vegetable side dish recipes is this Balsamic Garlic Roasted Green Beans and Mushrooms dish. It’s quick and easy (you know I love those kinds of recipes!) and is very flavorful.The sweet and tangy balsamic vinegar adds such a nice taste and light caramelization to the perfectly roasted veggies. I seriously could not get enough of it. Serve this healthy side dish with your favorite protein for a complete meal!

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Lemon Pepper Vegetables – 1 Points +

Lemon Pepper Vegetables

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.
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Green Bean & Potato Salad – 4 Points +

Green Bean & Potato Salad

When I saw this recipe, I just had to try it. Life in the Midwest includes a lot of potatoes, and right now the green beans are fresh from the garden. It’s a perfect time to try this salad, and this salad is wonderful. The tart vinegar combined with the potatoes and green beans is perfect. The potatoes and green beans are tender, but still crisp enough to provide some texture. This salad is sure to be at hit at your next family dinner, barbecue or potluck.

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Baked Parmesan Green Bean Fries – 2 Points +

Baked Parmesan Green Bean Fries

When I first saw this Baked Parmesan Green Bean Fries Recipe on Pinterest a few weeks ago, I was a bit skeptical. But since I adore french fries and am always looking for/experiment with new recipes that offer a tasty and healthier alternative that is low in Weight Watchers Points, I decided to give this a try. I know that the flavor of green beans can be very distinct, so I altered the original version of the recipe I found at Dashing Dish, a bit. And I have to say, the end result was EXCELLENT!! The texture was a tad more chewy than crisp, but the taste was absolutely delicious. I have only tried this recipe with fresh green beans….maybe the texture would be better with frozen? But I made this for lunch one day, sat down with some ketchup, and went to town on these babies. Seriously, they were excellent. And just 2 Points + per serving makes this a wonderful way to satisfy my craving for gourmet french fries, but for so few Points. This has become one of my new favorite Weight Watchers Recipes, and I will be making it very frequently. Try them with my Vegetarian Philly Cheese Steak for an amazing vegetarian Weight Watchers meal!

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Pimento Green Bean Casserole Recipe – 5 Points +

Pimento Green Bean Casserole

What’s the best way to eat your veggies? Why, smothered in cheese and bacon of course! I recently came across The Pioneer Woman’s Green Bean Casserole Recipe on Pinterest, and immediately knew I had to try this and make it healthier, and more of a Weight Watchers recipe. The bulk of the dish is green beans, so I just had to make some adaptations to the sauce. Getting the cheese sauce just the right texture can be tricky. You may have to use a bit less of the chicken broth to avoid having it too runny. I suggest slowly adding in the broth, doing a lot of whisking in between. If you don’t use it all, that’s ok. If your sauce is too runny, you can add another tbsp of flour and let it cook a bit longer, while whisking. But the end result is an amazing Weight Watchers side dish of fresh green beans, covered an a creamy, cheesy sauce that is highlighted with bacon and pimentos. Oh my gawd, is it GOOD! You can even use this low calorie green bean casserole instead of the traditional version for Thanksgiving. Regardless, this is something you’ll want again and again, and it’s a great way to get those vegetable servings in!

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Lemon and Butter Green Beans Recipe – 1 Points +

Lemon and Butter Green Beans

Want a quick and easy side dish recipe that’s also super healthy and has just 1 Points + per serving? These Lemon and Butter Green Beans are just the ticket. Quick and simple, yet delicious and healthy. The sweet butter and tangy lemon help to take the edge off the slightly bitter green bean. The flavor combination is perfect, and these green beans work so well with a variety of main courses. If you aren’t a fan of traditional Green Bean Casserole that is served at most Thanksgivings, opt for this lighter dish instead. Aesthetically pleasing as it is flavorful, this Lemon Butter and Green Beans Recipe is wonderful Weight Watchers Recipe to keep on hand.

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Crock Pot Chicken Stew with Cornmeal Dumplings Recipe – 6 Points +

Crock Pot Chicken Stew with Cornmeal Dumplings

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.

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Thanksgiving Green Bean Casserole Recipe – 3 Points +

Thanksgiving Green Bean Casserole

Who knew that a dish packed with green beans would become such a traditional Thanksgiving Day recipe? Admittedly, I’m not a big fan of green beans. But there is something about a good Thanksgiving Green Bean Casserole that makes my mouth water! So now, Green Bean Casserole is a staple in my family – it’s on our table ever year, just like most families I know. And if Green Bean Casserole is on your Thanksgiving table every year, chances are, like most people, you probably just use that recipe on the back of the can of French’s fried onions. It’s a simple recipe, but man it’s good! Though, those fried onions can really rack up the Points Plus in this dish. That’s why I made my own healthier version without the fried onions, and made my own pan fried ones instead! HUGE calorie and fat grams difference. With a few other changes to this traditional recipe, the end result gives you a generous 1 cup serving for just 3 Points +.

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Green Beans Recipe with Bacon and Shallots – 1 Point Total

Green Beans and Bacon

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Here’s a fantastic way to spice up your green beans! This easy caramelized green beans and shallot recipe is ideal to accompany any weight watchers meal. I love veggies, but sometimes, I find it hard to get all my daily servings in without things getting boring. So when I tried this recipe, I was THRILLED! Full of flavor and light on calories, these tasty green beans with shallots and butter and bacon will be enjoyed by everyone. And with just a 1 Point Total per serving, it’s the perfect weight watchers side dish recipe. Enjoy!

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