There’s little I love more than a meal that delivers wonderful presentation and flavor but with very little effort and prep. This Roasted Chicken Breasts with Tomatoes and Garbanzo Beans dish is such an amazing and healthy Weight Watchers recipe that boasts tender, juicy chicken that is wonderfully seasoned, and yet it is incredibly simple to make. The fresh tomatoes add a nice touch of acidity while the garbanzo beans add a nice earthy flavor. I chose to cook this with bone-in and skin on chicken breasts because it really helps to keep the chicken moist. Just make sure to remove the chicken skin before eating if you are watching your Weight Watchers Points.
It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to vegetables. Whether it’s having the same vegetables over and over, or fixing them the same way every time. These Brussels sprouts are definitely different and delicious. They are lightly roasted, just enough to be tender, and then tossed with pomegranate seeds and walnuts. If you like a little more pomegranate flavor, you can add 3 tablespoons of pomegranate syrup to the salad. It makes it even more delicious, but the syrup can be a little difficult to find. Don’t worry, it’s still incredible as it is. This is a salad that’s perfect for a side dish. It’s easy and beautiful, but without too many points. It’s also great for someone who is watching their carb intake, since it’s so low in carbohydrates but high in fiber. All in all, it’s a delicious combination – tasty and healthy!
Fresh fruit is one of the best things about summer. Peaches were particularly good this year, and I just had some that were really wonderful – juicy and ripe. I just had to try these peach crisp. Typically I make apple or rhubarb crisp and peach cobber, so I thought I’d change it up with this peach crisp. It’s just as delicious as apple crisp or peach cobbler. It is so simple to make that dessert is ready in no time. Depending on how sweet your peaches are depends on how much sugar you’ll add to the fruit. Since peaches are a zero points plus food, it make this a delicious dessert. It’s sweet and hits the spot without breaking the points bank. Also, if you’re new to peeling peaches, there’s an easy way to do it. Just dunk the peaches in boiling water for about 30-45 seconds then submerge in ice water. The skins should just slide right off. It helps make this a perfect recipe for a quick and easy dessert.
I love to have quick and easy meals that I know I can make anytime because I have everything on hand. Penne with Roasted Red Pepper Ragu is one of those meals for me. I know that I keep everything on hand, so it’s easy to make during the week when I don’t know what else to cook. I’ve found that the key to this delicious sauce is a little bit of red wine. The red peppers and tomatoes work so well together, and the spices in the Italian sausage and oregano enhance the sauce flavor. But the wine adds a depth of flavor that is richer and deeper. The sauce isn’t as tomato tasting, but instead has a more well rounded flavor. I personally am not a huge fan of wine and don’t drink it, so I make sure to simmer my sauce for long enough that the alcohol is completely evaporated. By that time, the wine has really cooked into the sauce and made it just perfect. [Read more…]
I recently had a really delicious broiled tilapia. I’m pretty picky about my seafood, I don’t like it to be too fishy, so I like the more mild fish, like tilapia. The problem that I run into is that the milder fish is kind of bland. So, how do you spice it up without completely destroying the fish itself? I’ve had it served with a red sauce before, and it wasn’t the finest I’ve ever had. Tilapia is so mild that serving it with a tomato based sauce just completely overwhelms the fish itself. This tilapia is lightly broiled, which makes it quick and easy. It’s topped with a parmesan herb mixture once it’s mostly cooked and then broiled until the topping is brown. It’s quick and easy, the fish doesn’t get over done. It stays moist and has a light flavor that is well seasoned without being overwhelming. It’s going to be one of my new favorite ways to make tilapia.
Healthy Chinese fast food recipes are always popular in my house. The kids love them, the husband loves them, and I love them. So, I’m often experimenting with making lighter and healthier versions of our restaurant favorites. This Orange Beef recipe is a great one to try! The sauce is rich, fresh and flavorful, yet still very light. If I’m making it for just me and my husband, I’ll add in some crushed red pepper flakes to give it a spicy kick. It also works nicely with some bell pepper strips and or zucchini chunks – which is a great way to bulk it up some more, too. Served over fresh steamed brown rice, this is one seriously satisfying meal.
Shrimp scampi is a popular restaurant dish. It’s made with garlic and oil or butter then broiled. It’s delicious, don’t get me wrong, but it’s also pretty unhealthy. Anything broiled in butter, doesn’t exactly lend itself to being healthy. However, this garlic herb shrimp is a perfect substitute. It’s delicious and full of flavor, but without the broiling in butter – you’ll love it. I usually saute the shrimp in a skillet, but you can also grill the shrimp. If you’re pining for some pasta to go along with your garlic herb shrimp, add zucchini noodles to it. It’s simple and delicious.
With the last few days of summer to savor, I’m sharing a reliable and delicious side salad recipe that I have made quite a bit this summer, as my whole family loves it. My Whole Wheat Cous Cous Feta Salad Recipe is super easy to make and is a delicious and satisfying side dish that works with so many different meals. The bright, juicy tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers and salty feta are combined with hearty garbanzo beans and whole wheat cous cous to deliver a seriously satisfying dish! It also works wonderfully as leftovers, so I often double the batch and use it in lunches the next day or two. So take advantage of those delicious summer tomatoes and get this salad on your table, ASAP! At just 4 Points + per serving, it’s a great way to feel satisfied while staying on track.
Scones are a wonderful breakfast food and snack. They are so simple to make and they can be made with just about any combination of flavors. One of my favorites is cranberry orange. But since I had some bananas, I thought I’d try this banana nut scone. It’s wonderful! I typically don’t like to cut in the butter. I take my butter out of the fridge and grate it with a cheese grater. Then all I have to do is just mix it in with a spatula. These scones are light, fluffy and moist. They’re a quick and easy breakfast or snack.
I love to grill this time of year. Well, actually, I love to have my husband grill this time of year. The “dog days of August” might technically be over, but we’ve not quite gotten to fall here in the Midwest. It’s still hot and humid, so the last thing that I want to do is to heat up the house by using the oven. With these delicious chicken fajitas, I don’t have to. I like to double my seasonings, the marinate the chicken breast in the seasonings for about 30 minutes, just to add extra flavor. Then, while my husband grills the chicken breast, I saute the onions, peppers and garlic. The chicken and peppers can be served with a tortilla, but they’re just as good by themselves – not to mention you don’t have as many points. I like to serve my chicken fajitas with a side salad, and maybe some salsa too.
These delicious little empanadas are perfect for appetizers, snacks or even lunches. They’re so easy to make with leftover chicken (or pork or turkey). Everything gets tossed into the bowl and mixed up, then put in refrigerated pie crust – how easy is that? I like to make them up when I have the leftover chicken on hand and then I can freeze them if I want and use them later. I’ll also make up mini empanadas (making about 30 from one recipe instead of 12) and use them for appetizers – they’re always a hit. If you’d like to do a vegetarian option, use black beans and corn in place of the chicken. They’ll be just as good, but without the meat. No matter how you make them – everyone in the family will love them!
I’m not a huge fan of seafood, but I do like salmon. In fact, it’s about the only seafood that I do like. I’ve got several ways that I like to cook salmon, but this is one of my favorite. I like to season my salmon by brushing on a little agave nectar and then sprinkling on salt and pepper. Then, it’s ready to be cooked however I want. Quite often, I’ll have my husband grill it, because who doesn’t love to have grilled salmon (especially when someone else makes it)? The mango salsa is really delicious. The jalapeno is just enough to add a little spice to the salsa without being overpowering, and the lime juice keeps all the fruit looking beautiful. This salsa is better the second day, since the flavors have time to meld. So, if you’ve got the time, make it a day ahead of time. Or, if you’re like me, just make it while the salmon is cooking – it’s still delicious and beautiful.