Pumpkin Alfredo Recipe – 7 Smart Points

Pumpkin Alfredo

With the weather FINALLY starting to cool down, I’m in a constant state of comfort food craving. And a rich, creamy, fettuccini alfredo recipe was exactly what I wanted last week. Now, typically, I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin, or pumpkin flavored foods and drinks. But I had this one can of pure pumpkin on hand, and I wanted to find something to incorporate it in. Considered it’s loaded with vitamins and nutrients, I thought it might be a great way to give my fettuccini alfredo a healthy boost. This, this Pumpkin Alfredo Recipe was born. Any way you slice it, an alfredo dish is going to be very heavy in fat and calories, so I had to find a few smart ways to trim down this dish without sacrificing flavor. The biggest thing I did was sub out regular pasta for Miracle Noodle Fettuccini noodles, which I am a regular user of when I want a light pasta dish. They offer a delicious, guilt free way to indulge in a decadent pasta dish for a LOT less calories and carbs, compared to regular pasta. Even my picky husband loves them, so they are a staple around here. A few other alterations, and my Pumpkin Alfredo was a success! Creamy, rich, flavorful, and easy, this dish makes a divine Weight Watchers Fall Recipe to indulge in.

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Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad Recipe – 4 Smart Points

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

If you are trying to eat gluten-free, or just healthier in general, my modern take on traditional Middle Eastern Tabbouleh Salad is a great recipe to try. The bright, fresh herbs, the tender, nutty quinoa, and the tangy, lemony dressing, all make for a perfect flavor combination. Tabbouleh is originally a Lebanese dish, and is a staple in Middle Eastern cuisine, though it is traditionally made with bulgar. But I decided to try using the multi-colored quinoa that I had on hand in place of the bulgar. The end result was a wonderfully flavorful salad that has a more delicate texture, and offers more protein than bulgar-based tabbouleh. This makes it an ideal Weight Watchers vegan recipe, because the protein content of the quinoa makes it a great choice for vegans and vegetarians who cannot get their protein servings from meat. Also, the health benefits from quinoa are no joke – it’s an amazing source of fiber, amino acids, magnesium, and riboflavin. And at just 4 Smart Points per serving, this light, lemony, and refreshing Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad makes a great summer salad, but I love it so much, it’s on my table throughout all the seasons!

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Moroccan Carrot Dip Recipe – 2 Smart Points

Moroccan Carrot Dip

Spice things up a bit with this lovely moroccan Carrot Dip recipe, and wow your guests with originality! Perfect for a party appetizer, served with fresh cut veggies, pita bread or pita chips, this easy vegan dip also adds a bold, exotic flavor to wraps or sandwiches. The striking flavors of the spices, the sweet carrots, and the tangy lemon juice and vinegar in this recipe, work together in perfect harmony to create a rich, creamy and flavorful dip that is both delicious and healthy. With the holidays fast approaching, keep this dip in mind to serve at your holiday gathering, or to take to a potluck or party.

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Roasted Garlic Butter Carrots – 2 Smart Points

Roasted Garlic Butter Carrots

Garlic butter. Do I really need to say more that that?!? I am willing to eat just about anything with garlic butter on it, and these Roasted Garlic Butter Carrots, turned out soooooo much more amazing than I anticipated. My kids were literally FIGHTING OVER CARROTS. They couldn’t get enough. I couldn’t get enough. Each bite was a mouthful of garlic butter magic. In fact, the next time I do this, I’m going to double the recipe, because we just could not stop eating them. The only ingredient that counts in the Smart Points calculation is the butter, so each serving factors out to just 2 Points…not bad! And this Weight Watchers side dish recipe is really so ridiculously easy to prepare. If you want to make it even easier, use baby carrots, which will save you the peeling step. I’m thrilled that I now have this tasty dish to rely on as another way to get some proper veggies servings onto my family’s plate. This one is a MUST make!

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Pomegranate, Apple, and Date Salad Recipe – 4 Smart Points

Pomegranate Apple Date Salad

One of my all time favorite Weight Watchers holiday salad recipes, I’ve made this Pomegranate, Apple, and Date Salad Recipe more times than I can recall! Not only is it lovely, but it’s super easy, and it works well as a complement to many meals. Traditionally, it’s always on my table every Rosh Hashanah, as it’s full of my foods that are symbolic of the holiday. But I also will brung it to a Christmas dinner party, or serve it along with Thanksgiving dinner. It’s just such a lovely and delicious salad that is always a hit. Sometimes I’ll add some crumbled gorgonzola, blue cheese, or brie wedges, other times I may sub out the dates with fresh figs or persimmon. Sooooo good!! I’ve even made this for lunch and by adding some grilled chicken breast on top. Such a simple, versatile salad recipe that is as pleasing to the palette as it is to the eye. Enjoy!

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Chickpea and Sumac Salad Recipe – 4 Smart Points

Chickpea and Sumac Salad

One of the best things about living in Southern California is the diversity of foods and restaurants. Growing up in PA, my diet was pretty American standard. But after moving to Los Angeles, a whole new world of foods and flavors was opened to me, and I’ve never been happier. Middle Eastern foods are almost always a hit with me, and after dining at a Turkish restaurant recently, I discovered this super simple, yet incredibly flavorful Chickpea and Sumac Salad Recipe. The key in this dish is to really work that sumac into the onions with your hands. It takes that bitter edge off of the onions while making them both a little sweet and a little tart. Combined with tender garbanzo beans, tangy lemon juice, and bright mint and parsley, this said packs a big flavor punch. It’s loaded with fiber and protein, which makes it really quite satisfying for just 4 Smart Points. If you eat vegan, this salad is sure to become a staple in your meals. But we are meat eaters, and I love serving this salad with my Moroccan Beef and Lamb Meatballs. So good!!!

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Avocado Toast – 5 Smart Points

Avocado Toast

I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve jumped aboard the avocado toast train. Yes, it’s a super trendy dish, and yes things that are super trendy tend to annoy me. But the thing is, I’ve been eating avocado toast for a long time now, way before it was a thing. The fact is, it’s delicious. DELICIOUS. And it’s packed full of fresh flavors and nutrition. The combination of heart healthy fats, whole grains, and vitamins, make avocado toast a very nicely well-rounded and complete meal that is as satisfying as it is tasty. It’s one of my favorite Weight Watchers breakfast recipes that I eat over and over again. Plus, it’s a great way to use up my avocados before they rot, because, let’s face it….avocados are SO finicky and their window of usage ability is minimal. One of the things I love about avocado toast is that it is absolutely divine as is, or you can use it as a blank canvas for whatever toppings you want to add. I’ve been known to top mine with a poached egg, crisp bacon, prosciutto, feta cheese, honey, black beans and corn…I could really go on and on, but you get the idea. It may not be super light, but for the amount of nutrition and feeling of satisfaction you get, this easy avocado toast is a bargain at just 5 Smart Points per serving. Try it…it’s ok to be trendy every now and then.

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Garlic Roasted Cabbage Wedges – 1 Smart Point

Garlic Roasted Cabbage Wedges

The cabbage is a vegetable that is often overlooked, and typically known for it’s blandness. But in my Garlic Roasted Cabbage Wedges recipe, the cabbage is the star! When roasting vegetables, I find that it brings out a natural, smoky sweetness, and it offers a depth of flavor that you really don’t get when sautéing or steaming. And roasting the cabbage really elevates this common vegetable to a whole new level. Topping it with a lemony, garlic oil gives it that extra bit of flavor that turns a commonplace vegetable into a decadent and flavorful side dish that is SO good, you’ll find yourself making it again and again. And at just 1 Smart Point per serving, it’s a great way to offer a delicious and filling Weight Watchers side dish to round out any meal.

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Mango Salsa Recipe – 0 Smart Points

Mango Salsa

Chips and salsa are a pretty popular snack in my house. The whole family is a fan, and we find ourselves snacking on it very regularly. When I’m busy, I’ll rely on store bought salsa, but when I have the time, there is nothing more amazing than freshly prepared, homemade salsa. Recently, I whipped up a mango salsa that was total perfection. It was fresh, light, sweet, and savory….and I couldn’t get enough of it. It’s the perfect summer poolside indulgence. My kids and I finished the whole bowl in one sitting! The salsa itself is 0 Smart Points, as it has no ingredients that count towards your Point allowance, but the chips are another story of course. I need to be careful with those! A salsa recipe this good can have me easily indulging in too many chips. Alternatively, this would a great topper for fish, chicken, and salads. Get this tasty Mango Salsa recipe in before summer is over!

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Quick Roasted Broccoli with Soy Sauce – 1 Smart Point

Quick Roasted Broccoli with Soy Sauce

When it comes to a vegetable side dish recipe that’s quick, easy, and delicious, it doesn’t get much better than this Quick Roasted Broccoli with Soy Sauce Recipe. Fresh broccoli is tossed with traditional Asian seasonings, and then roasted to perfection. Coming in at just 1 Smart Point per serving, this Weight Watchers side dish recipe is an ideal way to get those veggie servings in. It’s amazing how just a handful of ingredients can amp up a serving a broccoli so much! Anytime I prepare this, it’s a sure fire way to get my kids to eat their veggies, because it’s just so tasty! The combination of the salty soy sauce, bold garlic, and the smoky sesame oil is truly divine. This low Point recipe is a must try.

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Vegan Balela Salad Recipe – 4 Smart Points

Baela Salad

If you’ve never had (or even heard of) Balela Salad before, let me fill you in. Balela is a Middle-Eastern garbanzo and black bean salad, tossed with a tangy, herbed vinaigrette. I typically make this delicious salad anytime I’m cooking for vegans or vegetarians. The beans offer a nice dose of protein, and are wonderfully filling. It’s such a versatile recipe too — you can serve it as a side salad, as a relish for meat or fish, or as a dip for crackers, breads, or pita chips. I’ve also used this in a sandwich or wrap. I’m telling you…a ton of things can be done with this recipe! We’ve been watching a lot of hockey lately (playoffs and now the Stanley cup championship), and this is the perfect game day snack. Even meat eaters will love it! This Vegan Balela Salad recipe is a must try. Enjoy!

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Watermelon Blueberry Mint Salad with Feta – 1 Smart Point

Watermelon Blueberry Mint Salad with Feta

Memorial Day Weekend is in full swing, and if you are still looking for a great Weight Watchers Potluck Recipe to take to your holiday celebration, this Watermelon Blueberry Mint Salad with Feta is it! A much better option than the standard fruit tray, this wonderfully refreshing salad is both sweet and savory, is a breeze to prepare, and is just 1 Smart Point per serving. Watermelon by itself, is such a sweet and simple treat, but when topped off with a tangy balsamic vinaigrette and some crumbled feta, it really reaches new heights. The fresh blueberries and mint add an invigorated feel, and make it an aesthetic treat for the eyes as well as the palate. Serve this tasty and unique fruit salad at at this weekend’s Memorial Day BBQ, or any summer celebration, and sure to be adored.

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