Sometimes, I just want a big, heaping plate of spaghetti with a rich, flavorful meat sauce. But the Smart Points in a typical bolognese could end up adding up to a whole days worth of Points! So in order to satisfy my craving without ruing my diet, I created this simple, no-frills Spaghetti Squash and Turkey Bolognese Recipe. I just sub out the carb heavy spaghetti noodles for the light, nutritious, and 0 Smart Points oven-roasted spaghetti squash. Topped with a decadent, lightened up turkey bolognese sauce, this recipe is one seriously satisfying meal! When I have a few extra Points to spare, I’ll also add some grated Parmesan on top – soooooo good! Serve with your favorite salad or roasted veggies, and even a slice of garlic bread, for a meal that is sure to fill you up.
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.
Happy 2014 everyone!! I’m sure you are all working hard on those New Year’s Resolutions and are ready to make this year, the year to reach those weight loss goals! Well, I’m right there with ya. So to kick off my first recipe of the new year, I’m sharing a recipe for those who like big, satisfying portions – my Mexican Chicken Spaghetti Squash Bowl Recipe. Spaghetti squash is truly a wonderful and versatile vegetable to work with if you are looking to cut carbs, not portions. By using spaghetti squash noodles in place of pasta or rice, you can create a much healthier dish with less Weight Watchers Points Plus. Recently one day, when on a quest to satisfy my urge for a huge chicken taco bowl, I got the idea to make one using spaghetti squash in place of the rice. I had never used spaghetti squash in anything other than Italian-style recipes, so I wasn’t sure what it would taste like. But the promise of a big, hearty dish of my favorite Mexican flavors for just a handful of Weight Watchers Points made me willing to give it a try. I am so glad I did, because WOW, was it GOOD! Spaghetti squash doesn’t quite taste like rice, so the flavor was slightly different than a traditional Mexican-style rice bowl, but the squash is very mild and mostly takes on the flavor of whatever you are cooking it with, so it was still delicious. In fact, I actually really liked the slight crunch of the squash “noodles”. And the portion size was AWESOME. For just 5 Points +, this Mexican Chicken Spaghetti Squash Bowl is definitely a winner!!
With the feast of ultimate deliciousness just a day a way, it’s time to start preparing for the week after, when you’ll be recuperating from all the food splurges and needing some healthy, low Points meal ideas. Well this Ground Turkey Stuffed Acorn Squash is a perfect dinner that tastes as lovely as it looks, and is quite easy to prepare. Seasoned with wonderful autumn flavors, you get juicy ground turkey with the added crunch of celery, tartness of the green apple, and sweet chewiness from the dried cranberries. All of that, stuffed into a tender roasted acorn squash half for just 6 Points +. Comforting and satisfying, this is a wonderful Weight Watchers Recipe to add to your post holiday, “getting back on track” meal plan. Enjoy!
Ok, so this really isn’t a recipe as much as it is a public service announcement for an often overlooked squash…the delicata. Although it’s considered a winter squash, it’s actually in the same species as all other summer squashes. After a recommendation from the cashier at Trader Joe’s, I grabbed one of these lovely little delicate squashes and brought it home to add in as quick side dish for dinner that night. I just did a simple roast on it with nothing more than a light misting of olive oil and sea salt, but wow was it good! And SO much easier to work with than butternut squash. I left the skin on when cooking, and then just peeled it very easily right off of the skin as I ate it. It was tender, mildly sweet and absolutely delicious. Next time, I want to try it with topping I used on these Spicy Acorn Squash Wedges. This Roasted Delicata Squash Recipe is simple, delicious and full of nutrients. So the next time you want to try some squash, don’t overlook the delicata!
Ahhhhh…spaghetti squash. I was introduced to the awesomeness of this vegetable many years ago, and we’ve had many happy meals together since. Today, I’m sharing my Spaghetti Squash and Sausage Bake Recipe, which features my favorite squash and utilizes it to create a creamy, cheesy and satisfying dish that is absolutely delicious. I added in some chicken sausage for extra flavor and added protein. It takes a bit more time to make, simply because the squash needs to be roasted beforehand, but it’s well worth the effort. If you are really pressed for time, you can microwave the squash fully, instead of roasting it. I prefer the roasted flavor, but the microwave option works just fine. Using the squash instead of pasta noodles saves a ton of Weight Watchers Points, and offers a lot of extra nutritional benefits as well. Plus, it just tastes delightful! This Spaghetti Squash and Sausage Bake was rich, velvety, cheesy, and everything I had hoped for…and all for just 4 Points + per serving.
Give an ordinary brown rice side dish a MAJOR, mouth-watering makeover with this Mexican Style Corn and Rice Casserole Recipe. Oh how I love easy casseroles that taste AMAZING and require very little effort. This delicious, low calorie casserole recipe was a huge hit at my house, and it was so easy to put together. It’s brown rice, with corn and squash, smothered in a sour cream, chile and cheese sauce. YUM. I spiced it up a bit with jalapenos, but you can omit that if you’d prefer a more mild version. Each serving is 7 Points, and is very satisfying. Serve this with some grilled chicken or fish, and a salad, for a balanced meal. I’m going to try experimenting with this recipe a bit more, and make it without the corn, adding in some other low carb vegetables instead, in order to lower the Points + value. The corn is delicious though, and well worth the Points, if you have them to spend. This Weight Watchers Casserole Recipe that truly feels like a decadent comfort food.
Get your craving for cheesy comfort food satisfied in this Spaghetti Squash and Cheese Recipe. It’s a much healthier alternative to traditional macaroni and cheese recipes, and I did it simply by just switching out the carbohydrate heavy macaroni noodles for spaghetti squash strands. The sauce was so creamy and delicious, I may even like this better! Next time, I think I may add in some chopped green onions for an added flavor boost. But most of the time, I just like to eat comfort foods in a simple, non-fancy way, with nothing else added. This Spaghetti Squash and Cheese Recipe definitely requires more work than a box of mac and cheese, but it’s loaded with fiber, protein and healthy vitamins and minerals. Plus each heaping cup serving is just 4 Points +. Enjoy!
Most acorn squash recipes I’ve tried are sweet and simple, with a basic flavor palette. But I was determined to come up with something a bit more unique, with bold flavors. So with some acorn squash that I just received in my most recent Farm Fresh to You package, I got to work coming up with a tangy and spicy topping for my roasted acorn squash wedges. And I hit the jackpot with a Chile Lime Vinaigrette that I was actually planning on using for my salad. Instead, I drizzled it over the roasted squash, and it was absolutely delicious. The contrast of the sweet, delicate squash with the tangy citrus and spicy chile peppers was perfect. Both my husband and I devoured it. I used cayenne peppers in my vinaigrette because I like things very spicy, but just about any chile would work. If you prefer something more mild, I’d suggest seeded jalapenos, Anaheim peppers, or even red bell peppers. This would make a perfect healthy and unique Christmas side dish recipe! And each serving is just 2 Points + each, making it an ideal Weight Watchers Recipe. Enjoy!
The big, hard shape of the spaghetti squash can be a little bit intimidating at first. But don’t let that thick, hard shell freak you out. Inside, the spaghetti squash lurks lovely and delicious strings of squash that look very similar to spaghetti noodles when cooked – but with a fraction of the calories and carbs. I have found that the easiest way to cook with spaghetti squash is just to steam it in the microwave – it comes out perfect every time. I have used spaghetti squash as an alternative to pasta noodles in a variety of Weight Watchers recipes, but this is one of my go to recipes when I need something fast with little prep and cook time. My Spaghetti Squash Recipe with Herbs and Parmesan is a simple, yet tasty and filling squash dish that is delicately buttered and seasoned, and then topped with fresh Parmesan cheese. This spaghetti squash recipe works well on it’s own as a Weight Watchers side dish or top it with some low calorie turkey meatballs and a bit of marinara sauce, and it makes an amazing main entree too.
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Take advantage of all the delicious seasonal squash with this amazingly yummy Winter Vegetables and Pasta recipe. Healthy and light, you’ll get a full 2 cups serving for just 6 Points +!! Now that’s what I call a meal, people. Just by using a low calorie, high fiber pasta, and bulking up the dish with lots of veggies, you’re able to get a truly delicious vegetarian pasta meal without using up a lot of your Weight Watchers Points Plus, AND you’ll be satisfied. And with the fantastic flavors of the butter, sage, thyme and wine, this dish is truly reminiscent of a fabulous fall day. Enjoy!