Until just recently, I have never attempted to make a real risotto recipe (I only made a simpler, crock pot version a couple of times). I’ve always heard that the preparation is tedious and laborious, and that it’s next to impossible to get the texture right. Based on that info, I was terrified of risotto. Then one day on Etsy, I came across this most delicious looking Asparagus Goat Cheese Risotto, and finally decided that cooking risotto was a challenge that I needed to face. Plus, I adore foods with goat cheese so much, that I’m willing to attempt just about any recipe that uses it. And I figured, if I totally blew this dish, no one would ever have to know. So I grabbed my ingredients and got to work. To my utter amazement, my Asparagus Goat Cheese Risotto turned out to be total perfection! And, it really wasn’t as difficult to make as I thought. It also came out to less Weight Watchers Points than I anticipated. The cool thing about Arborio rice, is that you use less than regular rice, but it absorbs so much liquid that it swells, thus dramatically increasing in volume. Each heaping 1 cup serving was only 6 Points +…not bad for a rice and cheese dish! I am THRILLED that I have conquered my fear of risotto, and now I can get to work creating many fabulous Weight Watchers Risotto Recipes for us to all indulge in!
Portion controlled chocolate covered pretzels…YES!!! This is exactly what I need! No matter how many times I say I’m going to buy a bag of chocolate covered pretzels and then divide them up into individual portions, I never do it, and I always end up eating way more chocolate covered pretzels than I should. But thanks to Special K, I can now buy them in convenient, 100 calorie portions that are perfect for when I need a little something to satisfy my sweet/salty tooth all in one delicious bite. I have always adored chocolate covered pretzels, but they are a major trigger food for me, so having them ready to go in prepackaged form for just 3 Points Plus each, makes one thing about dieting a lot easier.
Growing up, I always remember my grandma making kidney bean salad, and back then, I wouldn’t come within 50 feet of it. This is because I was adamantly against the consumption of all vegetables and all beans. Ah, how I wish my adult self could go back and tell my kid self what a fool she was! Kidney bean salad is nothing short of delicious, and it’s loaded with hearty and filling ingredients. Each nicely sized serving packs in a ton of fiber and protein, so it really helps to satiate the appetite. My version is dressed in a light and simple olive oil and lemon juice that perfectly complements the natural flavors of the beans and bell peppers. And at just 4 Points + per serving, this Kidney Bean Salad Recipe makes a perfect low calorie side dish for lunch or dinner. Any leftovers taste great the next day too.
This Marinated Cherry Tomato Salad is one of my go to Weight Watchers side dish recipes whenever I have an abundance of cherry or sugar plum tomatoes on hand. I often buy a lot of those little tomatoes under the assumption that I’ll eat them all up by enjoying them as a healthy snack, but instead, I usually end up ignoring them. Therefore, I am always left with extra tomatoes. But I like to use them in this super quick and easy salad recipe, and they make a perfect side dish for a variety of meals. I just throw it all together in the afternoon, and then it’s marinated, flavorful and all ready for dinner that evening. Which is AWESOME, because that’s one less thing I have to get done before dinner. And it’s just 1 Points + per serving, which is fantastic if you are watching those Weight Watchers Points. If you want to bulk this salad up more, try adding some red onions and serve over a bed of fresh iceberg lettuce. Or for an extra point or two, toss is some fresh mozzarella cheese – delish!
One of my favorite Weight Watchers Vegetarian Recipes is this Portobello and Spinach Stroganoff. It’s so easy to make and tastes amazing. By using the hearty portobello mushrooms instead of beef, this traditional Russian recipe gets a lot healthier and a lot lighter. I also used yolk-free egg noodles to save some fat, calories and cholesterol too. I like to serve this with a light salad and a high fiber roll to sop up the extra sauce. This portobellos stroganoff recipe is truly a delight and a real treat for vegetarians. Enjoy!
To end our last Fabulous Food Finds of 2013 with a bang, I’m sharing a recent find that literally had me squealing with delight – Corazonas Mini Oatmeal Squares. At just 2 Points Plus each, they are a very satisfying, very tasty, and incredibly nutritious little snack. They are made with quality ingredients and do not taste AT ALL like they are low calorie. As much as I love the Weight Watchers Program, I really don’t like most of their packaged products, as they tend to taste very artificial. So when I discovered Corazonas Mini Oatmeal Squares, I was thrilled to find something that tasted amazing, and was also quite healthy. Keep reading to learn more…
A really good friend of mine, Gali, introduced me to the deliciousness of these Zucchini and Leek Fritters. They are a healthier, lower calorie, lower carb version of potato pancakes, and I am absolutely in love with them. The zucchini shred so much faster than the potatoes, plus, I don’t have to peel the potatoes either, so that makes it a lot easier and quicker to prepare. Sometimes, when making these for the kids, I will use almond meal instead of the panko which is a great way to get in some healthy benefits of almonds. But that will definitely add in some extra Weight Watchers Points, so keep that in mind if you are watching Points Plus. But either way, these Zucchini and Leek fritters get a nice crust on the outside with a soft, chewy inside that is full of flavor. Perfect for a low calorie Hanukkah Latke Recipe too!
One of my favorite low calorie side dishes to order when eating out at a Japanese Restaurant is miso soup. It’s a great way to fill up before a meal so I don’t overeat. And when I’m eating at a Japanese restaurant, it’s usually sushi that I’m ordering, and I can sure get myself into trouble overeating that…yum! But I digress…miso soup is a wonderful and delicious way to bulk up my meal without adding more than 1-2 Points. I’ve come to love it so much, that I decided to make my own amped up version at home. Full of vegetables and the wonderful flavors of ginger and garlic, each serving of my Weight Watchers Ginger Miso Soup Recipe is just 1 Points +. I like to pair this with a salad or sandwich for a very satisfying lunch or dinner.
Recently, I was fortunate enough to have some family from Israel staying with us for a few weeks over the holidays, and I got to spend a lot of time watching them work magic in the kitchen. My mother-in-law can cook with eggplants like nobody’s business, and I was determined to master her delicious baba ganoush recipe. In case you’ve never heard of baba ganoush, it’s a middle eastern eggplant dip that is one of the most amazing foods I’ve ever had. The base is roasted eggplants, which add a wonderfully smoky flavor, and then it’s blended with tahini paste, mayonnaise, lemon juice and garlic. Traditionally, it’s loaded with mayonnaise and tahini paste which can make it not so Weight Watchers friendly. However, a few tweaks to my mother-in-law’s version, and I created a flipping’ fantastic low calorie baba ganoush for just 1 Points + for a 1/4 cup serving! Use it as a dip for veggies or pita chips, spread it on a sandwich or wrap, or just eat it straight up with a spoon. And it even gets a better flavor sitting in the fridge for a few days. Any way you choose to eat it, I hope you fall in love with this light baba ganoush recipe as much as I have.
If you love garlic aioli, but hate all the cholesterol, fat, and sodium in most traditional aioli, then you will be thrilled to learn about today’s Fabulous Food Find – Garlic Essence Vegan Aioli from Taste of Essence. Aoili is a traditional French sauce made from garlic, lemon juice, egg yolks and olive oil. While there are many variations on the market, I don’t ever recall a Vegan version tasting as amazing as Garlic Essence. Creamy, garlicky, and incredibly rich, it feels and tastes exactly like a traditional aioli, but with less fat and zero cholesterol. Keep reading to learn more….
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope you are enjoying the day with family, friends, and the most amazing of foods. Once the feasting ends, and you are looking to “detox” from all the deliciousness that Thanksgiving brings,filling up on a lot of greens is a great way to do it. This Spicy Herb Salad Recipe that my father-in-law taught me, is one of my absolute favorite salads ever. It’s just a few simple ingredients, but the flavor and textures that it delivers are incredible. With no lettuce to be found in this salad, the base is nothing but fresh, finely chopped herbs. Enhanced with onions, jalapeños and serrano peppers, then dressed with lemon juice, garlic and olive oil, it’s a simple yet sophisticated salad that is light, flavorful, and a fantastic change of pace. The parsley really helps to de-bloat you too, which is an added benefit. There are a lot of peppers in this salad, so feel free to use less if you don’t want it too spicy. Be aware that the recipe as posted, is very spicy. If you want to shake things up a bit and try something new and unique, this Spicy Herb Salad Recipe will definitely do the trick. Enjoy!
Shake things up a bit with this Pumpkin Pasta Sauce over your favorite, high fiber pasta instead of traditional marinara. It’s packed with vitamins and minerals and it is so rich and decadent, while still maintaining a light feel. The addition of the pumpkin and sage give it that wonderful, seasonal flavor without being overpowering. Feel free to add in some grilled chicken to bulk it and pack in some more protein. I love to serve this over rotini noodles for the kids, as it’s a great way to get in some extra nutrition without letting them know that they are eating a vegetable. Keep in mind, this Weight Watchers Pumpkin Pasta Sauce Recipe lists the Points + for the sauce ONLY, and does not include the pasta noodles. So, make sure to factor those in. This is an excellent family dinner recipe idea for a busy weeknight, as it can prepared pretty quickly and tastes fantastic.