It’s not easy planning a quick side dish that will take up practically very little time and goes well with beef or chicken. This simple egg noodles with mushrooms side dish is very satisfying with a touch of garlic and shredded Parmesan cheese. A vegetarian friend of mine makes this as a main meal with a side salad for lunch or dinner. [Read more…]
It is my firm belief that red wine sauces always give a feeling of elegance and richness to a dish. And what a better way to dress up a Weight Watchers chicken recipe than with a hearty red wine sauce and mushrooms sautéed with garlic and shallots? In this Chicken and Mushrooms with Red Wine Sauce Recipe, I lightly breaded the chicken, pan fried it, and then topped it with mushrooms and a bold and lovely sauce. Easy, yet decadent, and just 7 Points + per serving! One suggestion I want to make though – try flattening the chicken fillets with a mallet, before cooking. I did not do this, and my chicken was quite thick, thus taking a bit longer to cook, curled up a bit while cooking, and actually ended up looking quite small on the plate (the thickness is hidden under all that mushroom and wine sauce!). Sometimes having a nice large piece of chicken on your plate, can convince your eyes that you are eating more than you actually are, thus helping you to feel satisfied. Just my 2 cents. I recommend pairing this with mashed or roasted potatoes, and a light salad. It feels like the perfect warm and comforting that will be a wonderfully satisfying meal on a cold winter’s day.
When I want a simple Weight Watchers pasta recipe that packs in a lot of protein and fiber, I turn to this Artichoke Chicken Pasta Recipe, which is one of my go to dinners. It’s very easy to make, doesn’t take a lot of time, looks absolutely lovely, and tastes delicious. Plus, each 1 cup serving is just 6 Points +. I’ve gotten a few emails from previous pasta recipes I’ve posted, mentioning that the actual amount of pasta in the recipes was too small for their family. In order to keep the Points Plus values low, I try to really keep those carbs in check. So, I prefer to take it easy on the carb laden pasta noodles, and bulk up with the veggies and protein. However, if you prefer a larger portion, you can make this a 4 serving meal instead of six. It will come out to a Points Plus value of 9 Points + per serving. Balance that out with a light salad, and it’s still not a bad deal! The delicate wine sauce is fantastic, but if you prefer to not use wine, you can use fat free chicken broth, with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice instead.
Salads don’t always have to be cold! This delicious Warm Mushroom and Asparagus Salad Recipe is a breeze to make, with minimal ingredients and cook time, plus it tastes fantastic. Most people either love or hate mushrooms, so to make this Weight Watchers side dish recipe, you’ve gotta be a mushroom lover, as the lovely, earthy taste of the mushrooms is beautifully featured. The crisp asparagus is the perfect complement to the tender mushrooms, and the simple vinaigrette brings everything together without being too over-bearing. At just 2 Points +, this easy vegetable side dish offers a delicious way to get in those veggie servings, and works great with just about any main course.
I have always adored mushrooms. Even as a young kid, believe it or not. Though back then, the only time I really ate them was on top of pizza. But now, as an adult, my affection for mushrooms have blossomed, and I have found many ways to incorporate them into a variety of Weight Watchers Recipes. One great dish I often make, is this super tasty Mushroom & Quinoa Sauté. It takes such minimal effort, but delivers such a delicious side dish. The earthy flavors of the mushrooms and quinoa are brightened by the garlic, onion, and thyme. One thing I like to do is to cook my quinoa in chicken broth instead of water, or add a bouillon cube to the cooking water for added flavor. And for just 5 Points +, you get a filling and healthy side dish that tastes fantastic!
Cheese is, without a doubt, my most favorite food in the world. I eat it in all forms and varieties, and am always finding delicious ways to incorporate it into my Weight Watchers recipes. This Spinach and Mushroom Quesadilla recipe is such a simple and basic dish that takes just minutes to make, and clocks in at just 4 Points + per serving, so it’s another fantastic, low Points recipe that lets me indulge in my beloved cheese! By using a low carb tortilla, and volumizing it with lots of fresh baby spinach and sliced mushrooms, the quesadilla becomes very filling and satisfying, and also keeps the nutritional stats low enough to let me be generous with the cheese. Presented with a light soup or salad, it makes a perfect low calorie lunch. Serve with some salsa and low fat sour cream (1 extra Point) for dipping!
This Vegetable Alfredo was absolutely AMAZING! It’s hard to believe that something so simple could be so fantastic, but it is. The huge selection of vegetables is what makes this alfredo go from simple to stupendous. I love the variety of textures and flavors, all covered with a creamy sauce and a sprinkle of lemon zest to add an extra little burst of flavor. You can use any kind of veggies you want in this Weight Watchers Pasta Recipe, so feel free to experiment. But I highly recommend keeping the sun-dried tomatoes, as they are so amazing in this recipe. Just make sure not to use the kind packed in oil, as that will add more Points Plus. Enjoy!
I love pasta dinner nights at home, because that usually means I’m going to have fun finding some new way to add more vegetables to my pasta dish in order to bulk it up and use less carb-heavy noodles. This Spinach, Mushroom, and Caramelized Onion Pasta Recipe uses caramelized onions, which adds a mildly sweet and smoky flavor, and the spinach and mushrooms contributes a wonderful earthiness. Top all this off with a creamy, Parmesan sauce and you’ve got one fantastic Weight Watchers Vegetarian Pasta Recipe that clocks in at just 7 Points + for each hearty serving. This dish was a huge hit with my picky husband, so I’ll be making this one again and again. Enjoy!
One of my favorite Weight Watchers Vegetarian Recipes is this Portobello and Spinach Stroganoff. It’s so easy to make and tastes amazing. By using the hearty portobello mushrooms instead of beef, this traditional Russian recipe gets a lot healthier and a lot lighter. I also used yolk-free egg noodles to save some fat, calories and cholesterol too. I like to serve this with a light salad and a high fiber roll to sop up the extra sauce. This portobellos stroganoff recipe is truly a delight and a real treat for vegetarians. Enjoy!
Get a big taste of the season with this marvelous Rosemary Chicken Lasagna Recipe and feel no guilt. This lighter version delivers all the fantastic flavors of a more fattening lasagna, but for just 6 Points + per serving. Using whole wheat noodles helps add more fiber and protein which really make this a satisfying serving. The bold rosemary perfectly seasons everything and the touch of lemon zest on top gives it a lovely hint of citrus flair without being overpowering. It’s truly an exceptional Weight Watchers Lasagna Recipe that is perfect for fall and winter. I served min with some roasted asparagus spears and a light salad, and everyone raved about it. Enjoy!
Another amazingly easy and delicious Weight Watchers chicken recipe that tastes like you spent hours preparing it. This Roasted Artichoke and Mushroom Chicken Recipe tastes like a million bucks! The artichokes and mushroom deliver a nice dose of fiber, and the mustard and red wine sauce add the perfect flavor, all while the chicken stays juicy and succulent. If you aren’t concerned about the extra Points, try adding in some chicken thighs and drumsticks. My husband loves these, so I threw in some for him and took a taste….soooooo good. The prep work for this dish is minimal and it can put together pretty quickly…but the outcome is fantastic. Serve it as is or over some rice or polenta for extra volume. At just 5 Points + per serving, this Roasted Artichoke and Mushroom Chicken Recipe is a real winner.
Recently, I had some extra mushrooms on hand that I didn’t want to go bad, and so I started looking for something I could do with them. I didn’t feel like cooking some big dish, and I wanted to do something new with mushrooms that I hadn’t tried before. So, I started scouring the Internet, in search of some ideas and inspiration. Leave it to Martha Stewart to suggest the idea of marinated mushrooms. It was just the kind of recipe I was looking for – quick, easy, and something that I could just pop in the fridge for later devouring. It took me just about 10 minutes to create my version and put it all together, and they turned out fantastic! Most marinated mushroom recipes call for more oil, but since this was one of my Weight Watchers Recipes, I cut it down to just 2 tbsp. Most of the oil doesn’t get consumed anyway, so if you wanted to count this recipe as 0 Points +, you technically could. But, I always like to err in favor of weight loss, so I counted the oil and calculated it into the Points. Still only 1 Points + per serving. My husband sliced some of these up and put them on his salami and cheese sandwich, which was delicious. But I like Martha’s idea of serving them with some olives and sweet peppers as an antipasto course. Of course, I also loved just eating some straight up as snack too. I’m sure you could all come up with some really awesome ways to use them. These marinated mushrooms are definitely something I’ll be making again. Thanks, Martha!