If you are looking for a healthy Thanksgiving side dish recipe this year, these Balsamic Roasted Sweet Potatoes are a fantastic alternative to candied yams. Yes, I know traditional candied yams are swimming in butter and melted marshmallow and nothing can quite compare to that, but these sweet potatoes are a LOT better for you and a great way to help you stay on track this holiday season. Plus, they are incredibly easy to prepare, requiring just 3 steps and a small handful of ingredients…most of which you probably already have on hand. And they are so delicious, you won’t be making them just at Thanksgiving. Enjoy!
Sweet potatoes are a great alternative to regular white potatoes. They have lots of fiber, which helps to keep feeling full and satisfied longer. They’re also great for diabetics since they’re a low glycemic index food. They also make a wonderful change from the typical potato. They’re slightly sweet and rich in flavor. These home made fries are delicious. The mustard and rosemary add depth to the sweet potato. In addition to being delicious and beautiful – they’re really easy to make. Just peel, slice, toss and bake! Best of all, They’re packed with nutrients and flavor and add color to your meal. They’re a wonderful side that the whole family will love!
We’re continuing our tour of international cuisine with a stop for dessert in Asia. This sweet potato pudding is rich and creamy, but is only 3 points per serving and barely 100 calories per serving. It’s sweet and the nutmeg and ginger add flavor and spice to the sweet potato. The fact that the base for this pudding is sweet potato and coconut milk means that it’s dairy free and guilt free. Try this Asian inspired dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth without going overboard.
Oh, how I love soup this time of year. And even though I live in CA and the weather has been in the 70’s this week (don’t hate!), I still crave this velvety, rich, and creamy roasted sweet potato soup while I read all the news stories about everyone else surviving the blustery winter. It’s heart and incredibly filling, while still being just 3 Points + per serving. The little touch of orange zest adds just the right kiss of flavor to the slight smokiness of the roasted sweet potatoes. I also like to add a sprinkle of ground chipotle powder on top of each serving to add a kick of heat too. This is the perfect soup for when you don’t feel like chopping lots of vegetables or slaving over a simmering stew all day. It’s quick, easy, and absolutely divine. Enjoy!
Oh, french fries….I truly can never have enough. I adore all varieties and am always eager to experiment with new versions. I whipped up these Baked Cornmeal Crusted Sweet Potato Fries one day when I had not planned my meals for the day and needed a tasty, year healthy side dish to serve my kids’ with their hot dogs for dinner one night (don’t judge….they were organic, nitrate free ones at least). I had some extra cornmeal sitting in my pantry and decided it might be fun to coat the fries with that instead of panko, which I had originally planned. A few extra seasonings, and these turned out delicious! If I was feeling a bit more energetic that day, I would’ve come up with some tasty, yogurt based dip for them, but alas, I did not. So ketchup did the trick, and the fries were a hit. And they came out to just 3 Points + per serving!
I’ll admit that grating potatoes is one of my least favorite kitchen tasks ever, but when they are being grated to be used in this baked Sweet Potatoes Fritters recipe, I’d happily bust out that grater and get to work! Made with just a few simple ingredients, these savory sweet potato pancakes are a delicious Weight Watchers side dish recipe that can be enjoyed just about anytime. You’ll get two of these low calorie fritters for just 3 Points +, which is great! But you definitely need to make sure you try and squeeze as much moisture as you can out of the potatoes in order to achieve a crisp potato pancake. The taste is delicious, and I was surprised by how easy these are to make (and so much less messy than frying in oil!). My kids loved them too, so these low calorie Sweet Potato Fritters will definitely be made again and again. Enjoy!
Often when I have Friday night dinner with my group of friends and their family, my friend Hailey usually makes her “Beef Bourekas Log”, which is a Mediterranean savory, beef filled pastry that is seasoned with spices such as cinnamon and allspice. It is SO unbelievably good. I decided to take a crack at making a lower calorie version that was still just as tasty. I was thrilled with how delicious my Moroccan Ground Turkey Bourekas Log turned out! By using a bit less of the phyllo dough and using ground turkey instead of beef, I was able to cut way back on the Weight Watchers Points of this recipe. I also added in some sweet potato to make the inside mixture more soft and moist, and to add some more fiber and nutrients. It was delish. Working with ground turkey can get a bit tricky sometimes because the meat has such little fat, it can very easily become dry and crumbly. One of my secrets is to keep adding some chicken broth, bit by bit, while cooking it. It softens the meat without adding more fat and calories. And it keeps the meat from sticking to the pan so that I don’t have to add in more oil/fat. So if you are looking for a unique ground turkey recipe to try that is incredibly satiating, this is the one. Thanks for the inspiration, Hailey!
This delicious, yet simple Mashed Sweet Potatoes Recipe is the perfect low calorie side for many fall dinner recipes. Sweet and savory, each half cup serving is just 2 Points + and packed with fiber and vitamins. The trick is to bulk it up with a bit of butternut squash. You can’t taste the difference, the texture is about the same, but it helps to cut out some carbs and calories, thus keeping the Weight Watchers Points low. A bit of nutmeg helps give these mashed sweet potatoes a bit of seasonal flair, and the sour cream and half and half help keep them moist and creamy without the extra fat of lots of milk and butter that are used in traditional mashed potatoes recipes. This is an excellent healthy fall recipe to serve this season! Enjoy.
This Sliced Sweet Potatoes with Chipotle Yogurt Sauce offers a great new and delicious way to prepare a baked potato. Using a sweet potato and then topping it with a fabulous spicy Chipotle Yogurt Sauce makes it such a flavorful dish that is quite filling at just 4 Points + per serving. Slicing the potato almost all the way through helps to cook the potato a bit faster and it just looks neat. Also, it creates additional crevices for the yummy sauce to go into! It’s a pretty quick and easy Weight Watchers Potato Recipe that can go with a variety of meals. I had this for lunch with a salad and cup of soup…perfect! If you loved baked potatoes, but are getting tired of preparing the same old traditional baked potato recipe, then try out these guilt free Sliced Sweet Potatoes with Chipotle Yogurt Sauce instead.
Over the many years of my life, I have tried a variety of Weight Watchers sweet potato recipes, but never have I thought about mashing it with goat cheese and kale. I came across this Kale and Goat Cheese Mashed Sweet Potatoes recipe on Veggie Belly and my curiosity was peaked. So I made a few changes in the original version and gave it go. It was delicious!! And I felt so good finding another way to cook kale because I am in love with it. At just 4 Points + for each 3/4 cup serving, this easy vegetarian recipe will a great healthy side dish recipe for Thanksgiving. I’m excited to incorporate it into my usual Thanksgiving repertoire! But these mashed yams would work well with a variety of dinner entrees. Definitely a keeper for me :).
When I first came across this Spiced Yam Chips recipe on the amazing eat make read blog, I was BEYOND excited to try it. The flavor combination sounded incredible, and the idea of a lime yogurt dip intrigued me. I couldn’t wait to get in the kitchen and try this, and I am so glad I did…WOW! They were delicious. At just 5 Points +, it’s a wonderfully filling and flavorful healthy snack recipe, that would also be a good side dish recipe, and is super easy to make. The sweet and spicy flavors of the yam chips perfectly contrast the deliciously tart lime yogurt dipping sauce, and it is oh so yummy. I really didn’t have to do much to her original recipe. But most importantly, I used a non-fat cooking spray instead of using olive oil. This cut way back on Weight Watchers Points in the recipe, so the yam chips won’t have that fried, crispy texture, but I feel that it’s definitely worth the sacrifice, and it really doesn’t affect the overall taste. Truly, an amazingly decadent snack recipe, these Spiced Yam Chips are perfect to add to your list of Weight Watchers Super Bowl Recipes for Sunday’s big game, or to just indulge in by yourself, any old time you want.
With the holidays quickly approaching, I’ve been in the kitchen experimenting with some delicious low calorie ideas for Weight Watchers Thanksgiving Recipes, and I am having way too much fun with this! One of my personal favorites is candied yams. I never liked them much as a child, but as an adult, I grew to love them. But with the amount of butter and sugar in most traditional candied yams recipes, the Points Plus count would be way out of control. This lower calorie version still uses all of the essential ingredients (can’t skimp on those!), but with just a few tweaks to make them more Weight Watchers friendly. Each serving is just 5 Points +, and that’s for 3/4 cup, which is a pretty decent serving size for a side dish. If you want candied yams on your table this Thanksgiving, these are a must try.