I love quick and simple meals that look beautiful and taste great. I also love meals that make use of foods that you can make ahead of time. Take the chicken breast in this pita, for example. You can grill a couple of extra chicken breasts one night and have lunch for the next couple of days. Or, just use leftover chopped chicken from a roasted chicken. It tastes the same, but make the meal that much quicker to prepare. Tzatziki sauce is a wonderful light and refreshing sauce that goes well on salads and in wraps. It’s easy to make ahead of time, and it’ll keep for a few days in the refrigerator. These Greek Chicken Pitas are wonderful for a weekday lunch or a quick supper. And they’re so tasty and beautiful – it’s a no brainer for your next meal.
I’m someone who loves the grilled cheese sandwich that comes with tomato soup, but I really don’t care for the tomato soup. Until, that is, I made roasted red pepper tomato soup. It’s fabulous. It has the same creamy tomato flavor, but with the added sweetness and richness of the roasted peppers. If you prefer to have a completely smooth and creamy soup, use a food processor, blender or immersion blender. I left mine as it was, and enjoyed the tender pieces of tomato and sweet onion with my grilled cheese.
When it starts to get this time of year, two things are growing in abundance in the garden – tomatoes and basil. That means its time for garden fresh chicken bruschetta. Bruschetta is a wonderful aromatic dish that has the whole house smelling delicious for hours afterwards. Traditionally, bruschetta is served on fresh french bread, but this recipe doesn’t use french bread. It’s much lower in carbohydrates and points, and you won’t miss the french bread either.
*There was an error in the previous nutrition information. This recipe has been updated.
I find that a salad is a great lunch for me. It’s something that’s fresh, delicious and very easy to prepare. I change up my salads by adding different protein to them. Sometimes I’ll use pine nuts and a couple hard boiled eggs, other times I’ll use shredded chicken, or even make a taco salad with ground beef. Recently, however, I discovered tangerine dressing, and I fell in love. I brush it over the top of the salmon fillet before cooking it. It gives it this wonderful, light glaze that adds a wonderful citrus and honey flavor to the salmon. The tangerine dressing is perfect if you make it yourself, but if you’re in a pinch, look for Panera Bread’s Tangerine Honey Dressing. It’s nearly as tasty, and you don’t have to make it.
Quinoa is one of my favorite grains. It’s naturally gluten free, so it’s something I know I can always eat. It’s packed with nutrients and protein, and has a delicious nutty flavor. I cook mine in my rice cooker with chicken broth (for a little added flavor), and then store the leftovers for a quick and easy lunch. This caprese quinoa is delicious and perfect for a lunch, since you don’t have to cook it. I also love to do a Mexican quinoa with corn, black beans, avocado, red onion and some lime vinaigrette. I’ll also do an citrus chicken quinoa or quinoa tabbouleh. Having quinoa for lunch is perfect for me, since my husband isn’t a huge fan, and it’s so simple for a weekday lunch. You can cook this on the stove, or in a rice cooker. Cook it just like rice, but if you use chicken broth in place of water, it adds a little more flavor. As a side note, I left my basil whole (since I thought it photographed better), but the recipe calls for it to be chiffonade (finely sliced), which adds a better flavor to the dish. For this, make sure to use fresh mozzerella in this recipe, the flavor is much better.
When I want to indulge in a hearty, satisfying pasta dish that doesn’t skimp on portion size, this Arugula and Mushroom Pasta Recipe is one of my favorites. The simple wine sauce is light and delicate, allowing for the wonderful earthy flavors of the mushrooms and peppery arugula to come through. This Weight Watchers pasta recipe also offers a very satisfying serving size, which I love. I often like to top it with a bit of grated parmesan, but if you prefer to keep it vegan, you can skip it. The colorful vegetables will help bring out some fantastic flavors, so you won’t miss the meat. But if you insist on adding some additional protein, this dish works great with shrimp, chicken or scallops.
I am a big fan of side salads with a meal or soup. I will prepare a side Caprese Salad when I am making an Italian style chicken dish or a side for Italian Wedding soup. I prefer a colorful presentation which is why I use both yellow and red tomatoes. I prefer to use the balsamic vinegar instead of salt and pepper. The basil adds a very nice compliment to this traditional salad. The oil helps bind the ingredients and the vinegar is added for flavor. I have prepared this salad without the vinegar and just the oil topped with salt and pepper.
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.
Whole wheat couscous is always a staple in my pantry. My kids love it, and I love finding new ways to incorporate it into my Weight Watchers Recipes. But on the days when I don’t have time to experiment, I rely on this Whole Wheat Couscous with Roasted Vegetables Recipe to provide a healthy side dish recipe that can be prepared quickly and easily. The roasting of the vegetables really helps bring out a wonderful, savory and slightly smoky taste, and allows them to really be the star of this dish, with a basic couscous being their stage. I’ll often vary the types of vegetables I add (roasted butternut squash and mushroom are great options!), and I’ll occasionally add in some cooked lentils or beans, to change it up. But any way I prepare it, it’s a hit every time. And at just 3 Points + per serving, I love having this healthy, low Point recipe in my repertoire. Enjoy.
I often find myself with multiple bags of frozen shrimp in the freezer. For some reason, I keep thinking I’m out of them, so I buy more. So I started coming up with some easy Weight Watchers Shrimp Recipes that allow me to throw together a quick and delicious meal with minimal effort. This Creamy Shrimp Salad was a huge hit, both with me and the hubs! With shrimp being naturally low in calories, and high in protein, you get a very satisfying dish for just 5 Points +. The creamy dressing is perfectly seasoned with fresh lemon juice and basil, and they really make this salad feel decadent. If you are feeling creative, feel free to throw in some extra veggies! Though, if you use a lot more, you may want to make some extra dressing to make sure the salad retains that creamy texture. And the baked whole wheat lavash triangles add a nice crunchy complement. Enjoy!
When I’m craving a salad that’s not only delicious and bursting with flavors, but also hearty, very satisfying, and extremely nutritious, I turn to this Smoked Salmon and Lentil Salad. I usually always keep a few hardboiled eggs in the fridge, and with minimal prep, this salad can be put together quickly and easily. Loaded with protein, fiber and Omega-3’s, this salad is great for a heart healthy lunch idea! You can use leftover cooked salmon with this too, if you prefer, but I love to treat myself to some smoked salmon on occasion. And it works especially well with the tahini sauce in this dish. I also like to thin out the tahini sauce with some water and/or lemon juice, as the Trader Joe’s one I use is really thick. At just 7 Points + for the whole, huge salad, this Weight Watchers Recipe is sure to become a favorite of yours, too.
If you’ve ever had tabbouleh salad before, you know how delicious it is. But the fact that it’s traditionally made with bulgar (a grain), the Points Plus can really rack up quickly due to the high amount of carbohydrates. By simply replacing the bulgar with grated cauliflower instead, you get a dish that tastes ridiculously similar to traditional tabbouleh, but for just 4 Points + per serving. Its light and refreshing flavor makes this side salad a wonderful accompaniment to your favorite meal. And it’s slam packed with vegetables, so you get a nice healthy dose of those, too. Now, some people may argue the Points Plus value on this Weight Watchers recipe, due to the fact that except for the olive oil, everything else is 0 Points Plus when eaten alone. However, my Weight Watchers leader said that when you combine all the vegetables together in a recipe like this, it changes the structure and can therefore raise the Points Plus value. So, what I did here was calculate all the nutritional information for each ingredient, and added it all together. Then entered it into my Weight Watchers Points Plus Calculator, and came up with 4 Points + per serving. If you are counting just the olive oil, it’s 2 Points + per serving. Either way, it’s a great bargain and absolutely delicious side salad recipe. This is a MUST try, folks!