Quinoa Salad with Tahini – 6 Points +

Quinoa Salad with Tahini

One of my all time favorite Weight Watchers quinoa recipes is this super easy Quinoa Salad with Tahini Dressing — it’s to die for! Admittedly, I’m pleasantly surprised my kids really enjoyed this dish…my son even took leftovers for lunch! And at just 6 Points +, it’s a really satisfying summer side dish that is lovely and absolutely delicious. If you are already a fan of quinoa or a newcomer looking for some fantastic quinoa recipe ideas, this dish is a great one to try! I love the variety of textures, and the lemony tahini dressing just pulls it all together so beautifully. I’ve also made this with the addition of cucumbers, roasted zucchini, cauliflower and eggplant too, and it is fabulous. Enjoy!

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Banana Cookies – 5 Points +

Banana Cookies

We’re rounding out of week of international cuisine with a stop back here at home in the US. This banana cookie is a really wonderful snack. I’m always game for recipes that use up bananas, since we typically have one or two that need to be used since they’re over ripe. These cookies are so simple, just toss everything in the bowl and mix. They’re also really delicious. I like to use them as a snack after my walk with my dog. You can use old fashioned oats or quick oats, but I typically use half and half. It gives me the texture of old fashioned oats but the quick oats absorb the moisture better and hold the cookie together. With the raisins and chocolate chips, the whole family will love these cookies.

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Sweet Potato Pudding – 3 Points +

Sweet Potato Pudding

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.

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Thai Curry – 8 Points +

<Thai CurryThis week is all about international cuisine at our house. We’ve had Mexican and Italian and now we’re moving on to Thai. Later on we’ll get some Asian in there too, and we’ll round it out this week with a really delicious cookies to bring it back home to the States. But right now we’ll try this delicious Thai curry. The downside of curry is the coconut milk. Coconut milk is delicious and essential in curry, but it also causes the whole dish to be hideously high in points +. So, I went back to the drawing board and came up with this version. It’s still higher in points that I was going for, but since the first recipe I had was 12 points + per serving– I’ll take this one. Not only that, it’s gluten free, dairy free and vegan. Don’t be put off by the tofu, when it’s seasoned with the curry sauce, it’s really delicious. Give this a try and you won’t be disappointed.

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Tabbouleh – 4 Points +

Tabbouleh

Tabbouleh (or tabouli) is a Middle Eastern vegetarian side dish made with tomatoes, cucumber, herbs, bulgur wheat and onion. It’s seasoned with olive oil and lemon juice. This is a very refreshing, summery dish that goes well with just about anything. Since I don’t eat wheat, I usually make this with quinoa (much to my husband’s annoyance, since he doesn’t care for quinoa). It’s traditionally made with bulgur wheat, but quinoa works well with it as a gluten free option. With fresh herbs from the garden, this is a perfect time of the year to make this delicious and refreshing side dish.

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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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Red Pepper and Eggplant Dip Recipe – 2 Points +

Red Pepper and Eggplant Dip

When I need something to snack on, I try to reach for fresh, raw vegetables. Mainly because they are incredibly good for me, but also because their high fiber content can fill me up and prevent me from getting down and dirty with a not so Weight Watchers friendly food. So when you eat fresh veggies as much as I do, you are constantly on the lookout for delicious, exciting, and low calorie dips to dunk them in. And this Red Pepper and Eggplant Dip Recipe has become one of my favorites! The roasted bell peppers and eggplant add a lovely smokey flavor, while the garlic and lemon juice tie it all together with a brilliant zing. And each 1/3 cup serving is just 2 Points Plus, so I don’t need to feel guilty about my heavy dipping. This Red Pepper and Eggplant Dip makes a fantastic dunk for not only fresh veggies, but pita wedges, crackers, cheese…just about anything, really. You can also smother roasted vegetables or meats with it too, if you are looking for a way to give those foods an extra kick. You really can’t go wrong with such a light and healthy dip!

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Whole Wheat Banana Nut Mini Loaves – 5 Points +

Whole Wheat Banana Nut Mini LoavesWith school getting ready to start back up soon, I know I need to be prepared for those hectic mornings where getting the family fed becomes an on-the-go task. When I have spare time, I love making wholesome, baked breads or muffins to have on hand for those days when cooking breakfast just isn’t going to happen. These Whole Wheat Banana Nut Mini Loaves are ideal for this exact situation. Made with all clean ingredients, healthy fats, and nothing artificial, they are nutritious as well as incredibly moist and delicious. I like to make them in mini loaf form because my kids think it’s super cute. But, alternatively, you can use mini muffin cups instead. Both options make them easily accessible and portable! For just 5 Points +, this banana bread recipe will leave you feeling happy and satisfied. Enjoy!
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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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Grilled Sesame Garlic Shishito Peppers – 1 Points +

Grilled Sesame Garlic Shishito Peppers

If you are new to the shishito pepper craze, don’t be worried that they are spicy. In fact, shishito peppers are actually very sweet and mild. And there are a ton of incredible shishito peppers recipes out there to try. One of the most popular, is an Asian style shishito pepper. The peppers are first cooked until charred, then tossed with some incredible garlic and Asian flavors. It’s SUPER easy and SUPER delicious. To eat them, simply hold the stem, and bite off the whole pepper, seeds and all. Quite honestly, this dish is never one that I never want to share. It’s so good, I could easily eat the whole thing myself. And the best thing is that each serving is just 1 Points +! Give these a try and they are sure to become a fast favorite of yours too.

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Rainbow Carrot Salad Recipe – 1 Points +

Rainbow Carrot Salad

Lately, I just cannot resist buying those colored carrots at the market. They are so pretty, and my kids think it’s super fun getting colored carrots in their lunch box. So I’m always looking for fun ways to use them in new Weight Watchers Recipes. And this easy Rainbow Carrot Salad Recipe, is not only lovely and delicious, but it comes out to just 1 Points + per serving! So light and refreshing, it makes a perfect healthy side dish salad that pairs well with a variety of main courses. Sometimes, I throw in a handful of golden raisins, or shredded green apple for and extra kick! Enjoy.

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Caprese Quinoa – 9 Points +

 

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.

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