Mexican Beef and Zucchini Skillet Recipe – 7 Smart Points

Mexican Beef and Zucchini Skillet

Here’s another amazingly good low carb Weight Watchers recipe that was a big hit with my family. I had a few extra zucchini on hand recently that I didn’t want to go to waste, so I put together this Mexican Beef and Zucchini Skillet Recipe for a quick, easy and healthy dinner. All the ingredients are inexpensive and are almost always on hand in my pantry. For the kids, I served this over some brown rice and they loved it! Surprisingly, they gave me no grief about the zucchini being in there. I really love this dish with the ground beef, even though it adds extra fat and calories. The flavor of the meat works nicely with the mild zucchini. But if you want to trim this recipe down a couple of Points, you could use ground chicken or turkey instead. With the beans and zucchini, it’s bulked up very well, and is absolutely satisfying. This Mexican Beef and Zucchini Skillet recipe is perfect for busy weeknight dinners. And leftovers freeze nicely, too! Enjoy.

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One Pan Crispy Parmesan Chicken Recipe – 7 Smart Points

One Pan Crispy Parmesan Chicken

We are winding down to the last few weeks of the school year, and I am running out of steam. That means I need fast and easy weeknight dinners that are healthy, and Weight Watchers friendly. This One Pan Crispy Parmesan Chicken Recipe is perfect for the days when I want a fabulous, home cooked meal, without requiring a lot of effort. Another fabulous one pan meal for dinner, means a lot less dishes to wash after dinner! This Crispy Parmesan Chicken recipe was a home run with the whole family. The baked chicken was so juicy, and the crispy parmesan coating had a nice hint of garlic and Italian seasonings. Having the veggies coated in the same delicious mixture made them absolutely delectable, and my kids ate every last bite. My son even took leftovers to school for lunch the next day! It’s so good, and so easy to make, you will not regret adding this dish to your meal plan. Enjoy!!

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Chicken Pad Thai with Zoodles – 6 Smart Points

Chicken Pad Thai with Zoodles

You guys, I CANNOT get enough of Zoodles lately! If you haven’t heard of “noodles”, they are simply spiraled zucchini. It’s a great substitute for regular, high calorie pasta or rice noodles, and it takes on the flavor of whatever you are cooking it with, very nicely. After having such great success with it in many other recipes, I decided to try it in one of my most favorite noodle based recipes ever – Pad Thai. So instead of traditional Thai rice noodles, I used my Zoodles instead. It turned out fantastic! It was delicious, and filling, and definitely helped to satiate my craving for Pad Thai. If you have a couple of extra Smart Points to spare, I recommend adding some crushed peanuts on top, just before serving – it really helps to give that authentic, restaurant feel. Enjoy!

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Chicken Zoodle Soup Recipe – 3 Smart Points

Chicken Zoodle Soup

With the chilly winter weather in full swing, I just cant get enough soup! Chicken noodle soup has always been one of my family’s favorite comfort foods, but the traditional egg noodles that are used can really add up the calories. By simply subbing out the egg noodles with “noodles”, which is just zucchini that has been spiraled, I was able to make my homemade chicken noodle soup recipe a LOT lighter and healthier. Now I can indulge in a big bowl of delicious chicken soup for just 3 Smart Points! It’s so delicious and satisfying, and absolutely guilt free. Spiraled zucchini can be used in so many recipes, and it’s really quite fast and easy to do. If you don’t have one already, I highly recommend one. The one I have (THIS one) is small, cheap, and does a great job…no need for anything fancy. If you love chicken noodle soup but have been avoiding it because of the high calorie noodles, this recipe will win your heart.

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Gluten Free Zucchini Texas Sheet Cake – 7 Smart Points

GF Zucchini Texas Sheet Cake

I don’t know about you, but our garden is winding down. I love to have the fresh garden vegetables all summer, but there comes a point when I get tired of it (particularly of the 1 billion cherry tomatoes when my husband doesn’t eat them). So, I’m always a little bit glad to see the garden slow down and not have to come up with any new recipes for cherry tomatoes, squash, zucchini, eggplant, and whatever else I might have growing like mad. But I wanted to give one last recipe a try. Actually, I wanted to create on last recipe. One of my favorite cakes is the Texas sheet cake. I love the flavor and texture of that cake, it’s rich but not too sweet and the frosting is just delicious. There are two problems with it – it’s dry when I make it gluten free, and it’s not exactly healthy. So, I thought I’d try a gluten free healthy makeover version. And it was definitely a success! Chocolate zucchini cakes are always really nice and moist, and applesauce is a great way to replace oil or butter in a cake (ONLY cakes and quick breads, not everything). So, I got to work. I found a very low sugar frosting recipe (not quite the same, but seriously amazing). I think adding the zucchini and the applesauce really makes a difference when it’s gluten free. Quite often, I find that if I’m not really careful, my gluten free cakes tend to turn out a little drier than I like. This one was perfect. And if you don’t need gluten free, just substitute a plain wheat flour, cup for cup. [Read more…]

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Cheesy Zucchini Quiche – 6 Points +

Cheesy Zucchini Quiche

Garden zucchini are finally starting to wind down, so there won’t be too many more zucchini recipes until next summer. This zucchini quiche is wonderful and elegant. It’s a great recipe to make in little tart pans or individual servings as an appetizer, or as a quick and easy breakfast. If you’re going to make this quiche mini though, don’t forget to quarter the zucchini before slicing them, or they’ll overpower the size of the portion. One of the wonderful things about quiches is that they are so simple to make, but they are delicious every time. You can just mix all the ingredients together and it’s ready to go. Quiches also freeze well, so it’s a wonderful meal to make in smaller portions (or just freeze individual slices) for easy weekday breakfasts. Typically in recipes like this, I use the traditional green zucchini, but you can also use yellow summer squash and it’ll be just as wonderful. Yellow summer squash has a lighter flavor and much more tender skin, which makes it ideal for stir fries and sauted vegetables. Yellow summer squash also tend to be a little smaller, as opposed to the club sized zucchini that you sometimes end up with. But whether you use yellow summer squash or zucchini, this recipe is a winner.
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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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Zucchini Slaw – 2 Points +

Zucchini SlawRight now zucchini are in abundance, so I’m always trying new zucchini recipes so we don’t get bored of the same thing. This zucchini slaw was just the thing to have with Asian pork burgers the other night. The key to this, I found, was that it worked better to thinly slice (julienne) the zucchini on each side until I got to the seeds. That way I could use larger zucchinis, but didn’t end up with seeds that tend to ruin the texture of a dish. I julienned the carrots and pepper too so that they were all the same size. It’s a perfect side dish that’s colorful and refreshing in this summer heat.
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Zucchini Alfredo – 5 Points +

Zucchini Alfredo

I really enjoy Italian food. There is a wonderful flavor that comes from all of those fresh onions, tomatoes, herbs and garlic. One of the foods that’s always a little bittersweet for me is fettuccine alfredo. It’s wonderful – don’t get me wrong. But it’s so high in calories (not to mention the fat!) that it’s hard to really enjoy it. I searched for weight watchers alfredo, but the first one I found was one that had been altered to be healthier – and it was still 12 points +! That was never going to work, so I came up with this one instead. It’s still rich and delicious, but it’s got a little twist. Instead of noodles (which are so high in carbohydrates that everything else pretty much doesn’t count), I used a spiralizer to slice zucchini noodles. If you don’t have a spiralizer, just thinly slice zucchini into fettuccine sized pieces. I was pleasantly surprised that this alfredo makeover tasted really delicious.

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Stuffed Zucchini Boats – 3 Points +

Stuffed Zucchini Boats

This is the time of year that everyone is starting to have a lot of zucchini. All of my friends and family are desperately trying to give away more zucchini to me. For me, actually, that works really well, since our two huge zucchini plants this year only have two tiny little zucchini on them. The downside is figuring out what to do with the zucchini. Chocolate zucchini cake is always a good bet, but so are these stuffed zucchini boats. They not only look adorable, but they are easy and delicious. The sweet onion and buttery breadcrumbs provide a perfect filling, that’s made rich and delicious with a little cheese. The best part – you get two zucchini halves for only 3 points +!

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Chocolate Zucchini Cake – 6 Points +

It’s starting to be zucchini season, so it’s a perfect time to find all those delicious zucchini recipes to try. This is one of my favorites. Chocolate zucchini cake is so wonderful – it’s moist and tender. Add mini chocolate chips for a little bit of added chocolate, or you can melt the chocolate chips and use them as a frosting. Just don’t tell the kids (or anyone squeemish about green foods) that there’s zucchini in it and it’ll become the family favorite. For me, the only downside is that my husband doesn’t like chocolate, so I have to stop myself from eating the whole thing!

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Cashew Chicken with Zucchini Noodles Recipe – 8 Points +

Cashew Chicken with Zucchini Noodles

Cashew chicken has always been one of my favorite Chinese food recipes. But the restaurant version is waaaayyy too high in Weight Watchers Points. So I made my own healthier version, and I bulked it up with lots of extra veggies. I also decided to utilize my zucchini spiralizer again, and added zucchini noodles to this dish. It was SOOOO good! Each serving was huge, and very satisfying. If you want to shave off an extra Point or two, you could less cashews, but I like to splurge a bit on this, because it’s really what gives the dish it’s flavor (and name!). If you are a fan of Chinese fast food, then this Weight Watchers Cashew Chicken is a must try! Enjoy.

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