Lentil, Beef, and Quinoa Soup Recipe – 6 Smart Points

Lentil, Beef, and Quinoa Soup

I’m all about Weight Watchers Soup Recipes these days, and my Lentil, Beef, and Quinoa Soup was definitely one of my favorite new recipes that came out of my kitchen this week. I love soups that are hearty, and filling, and pretty much a complete meal in one bowl. The tender lentils and juicy ground beef are the stars of this soup. They add wonderful flavor and texture, and are complemented perfectly by the earthy quinoa, wholesome vegetables and incredible spices. It’s a pretty easy soup to throw together, it delivers a lot of flavor, and is perfectly satisfying. The nourishing ingredients are a powerhouse of nutrition too…tons of fiber, protein, and vitamins. On a chilly fall day, this Lentil, Beef, and Quinoa Soup recipe makes a great lunch or dinner with little to no side dishes needed. I’d serve this with maybe a light green salad and nothing more. Reheats and freezes well too, so get this soup on your to do list soon! You won’t regret it.

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Roasted Cranberry Balsamic Chicken Recipe – 5 Smart Points

Roasted Cranberry Balsamic Chicken

If you are all turkey-ed out after the Thanksgiving Day feast, then today’s recipe is for you! I put together this Roasted Cranberry Balsamic Chicken Recipe as a tasty and festive alternative to turkey for holiday dinners. Truthfully, I’m not a big fan of turkey. And neither is most of my family. But we serve it every year because…well…tradition. So this year, I decided to serve this holiday chicken recipe, in addition to the traditional turkey. I figured this would be a good test to see what people really preferred. And let me just say that there was not even one tiny piece of that chicken left! It was love and devoured. And much easier to cook than that turkey! It’s sweet, salty and a bit tangy, hotting all the flavor notes that I crave. At just 5 Smart Points per serving, this dish is waaaaaaaay lighter than turkey smothered in gravy. And a lot more flavorful. So, if you are open to ditching the turkey, try swapping out this tasty Roasted Cranberry Balsamic Chicken Recipe for your holiday meal instead. And make sure you come back to tell us all what your family thought!

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Chicken Bruschetta Bake – 5 Smart Points

Chicken Bruschetta Bake

An easy wholesome dinner that is made with fresh ingredients, and takes very little prep time. If you’ve ever had bruschetta as an appetizer, then you know how magical the flavor combination of tomatoes, basil, garlic and balsamic vinegar is. This Chicken Bruschetta Bake recipe takes all the divine flavors of a bruschetta appetizer, and turns it into a complete meal. Typically, bruschetta is served on bread, toast, or crackers. But here, it’s baked over top of chicken breasts, which keeps them tender and juicy, and locks in those incredible flavors. It also ups the protein content and lowers the carbs, making it a healthier and lighter meal. The melted mozzarella cheese really seals the deal on this dish, and gives that creamy, melty goodness that just can’t be compromised. Not all delicious and healthy Weight Watchers recipes require hours of painstaking effort in the kitchen. This Chicken Bruschetta is a breeze, and delivers a fantastic meal that the whole family will enjoy.

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Grilled Chicken Spinach and Strawberry Salad Recipe – 6 Smart Points

Grilled Chicken Spinach and Strawberry Salad

On hot summer days, this fresh Grilled Chicken Spinach and Strawberry Salad is the perfect light meal. The goat cheese is creamy and tangy, and perfectly enhanced by the sweet and tart strawberries, and the bold balsamic dressing. The tender grilled chicken adds a healthy dose of protein, and the spinach packs in some serious nutrition. If I have a few extra Points to spare, I’ll throw in a handful of lightly candied walnuts or some slivered almonds for added sweetness and crunch. It’s really such an easy salad to make, with just a handful of ingredients. Makes for a great Sunday brunch recipe too! And at just 6 Smart Points per serving, this salad has all the flavors of decadence with zero guilt.

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Balsamic Roasted Chicken and Vegetables Recipe – 3 Smart Points

Balsamic Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

Within hot and busy summer days, I rarely have the time or patience to put forth a lot of effort in the kitchen. So I’ve been making Weight Watcher recipes that are fast, easy, and delicious. This Balsamic Roasted Chicken and Vegetables Recipe is a great dish that I find myself cooking again and again because it’s super fast and easy, and my whole family loves it. Sometimes, I’ll even double, or triple this recipe, then freeze it in the marinade so that I can have it available for a quick and easy dinner the following week too. The marinade is so incredibly flavorful, and the meat turns out juicy and delicious. I have sometimes left my veggies in the marinade with the chicken, and that also works….the veggies just come out darker from soaking in the marinade. Such an easy and tasty meal! 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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Chicken Bruschetta Recipe – 3 Smart Points

Chicken Bruschetta

Now that temperatures are starting to heat up here in California (sorry, East Coast), I’ve been craving meals that are fresh and light, as opposed to rich and comforting. One that I tried recently was this delicious Italian Chicken Bruschetta. Bruschetta, if you’ve never had it, is kinda like Italian salsa. It’s a simple blend of fresh tomatoes, basil and garlic. It is incredibly easy to make, but the flavor is wonderfully bright and complex. I decided to use it on top of some simple grilled chicken breasts, and the result was divine! You can grill your chicken, roast it, or pan fry it — whichever you prefer. The fresh bruschetta on top is the perfect complement. This is also magnificent as a sandwich with some fresh Italian bread and some creamy goat cheese – one of my most favorite sandwiches ever! The flavors are so bold and mouthwateringly good. So grab some tomatoes and basil, and give this chicken bruschetta recipe a try….you’ll be so glad you did!

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Grilled Chicken, Pear, and Candied Pecan Salad – 12 Smart Points

Grilled Chicken, Pear, and Candied Pecan Salad - 12 smart Points

When I want a salad that is insanely filling and satisfying, this Grilled Chicken, Pear, and Candied Pecan Salad is one of my favorites. I know that 12 Smart Points may seem like a lot, but for an entire meal, that is delicious, and will give me sweet, tangy, and salty all in one, it’s not too shabby of a deal. Nothing is sacrificed in this incredibly tasty dish, and it’s a breeze to prepare. The balsamic maple dressing is absolutely divine, and the variety of flavors and textures in the salad are to die for. There is something about the combination of the creamy, tangy goat cheese, with the sweet and tart cranberries, and the crunchy sweet and salty pecans that truly feels like a party in my mouth. You could make this dish a little lower in Points by cutting out the cranberries and using different nuts or cheese, but in my opinion, every Point is absolutely worth it! The restaurant version of this salad clocks in at around 23 Smart Points, so it really is a great bargain. If you are tired of basic salads, this Grilled Chicken, Pear, and Candied Pecan Salad is a must try!

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Balsamic Roasted Sweet Potatoes Recipe – 6 Smart Points

Balsamic Roasted Sweet Potatoes

If you are looking for a healthy Thanksgiving side dish recipe this year, these Balsamic Roasted Sweet Potatoes are a fantastic alternative to candied yams. Yes, I know traditional candied yams are swimming in butter and melted marshmallow and nothing can quite compare to that, but these sweet potatoes are a LOT better for you and a great way to help you stay on track this holiday season. Plus, they are incredibly easy to prepare, requiring just 3 steps and a small handful of ingredients…most of which you probably already have on hand. And they are so delicious, you won’t be making them just at Thanksgiving. Enjoy!

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Chickpea “Salsa” – 3 Smart Points

Chickpea Salad

I really like to use beans in things because it makes it much lower in fat than meat, but it’s still a great source of protein. Beans are also a great source of fiber – which really helps when you’re trying to eat healthy and lose weight. The fiber helps to fill you up and when you feel full longer, you’re less likely to eat as much. They’re also so handy to have on hand. I usually just have a variety of canned beans on hand (several cans of each) so that I have them ready to go when a recipe calls for them. I wanted to do something with fresh garden vegetables, but something with a definitely Mediterranean flavor to it. I ended up combining a couple of recipes, including one with a really tasty oil and vinegar dressing. I used a low calorie pita bread as a scoop and I fell in love with it. It’s easy to put together and right now you can get garden fresh veggies and herbs to put in this. It’s fabulous fresh, and (I think) even better after it’s had a day or two to marinate. While I had it with pita bread the first time, it really wasn’t necessary. It was just as good with a spoon! This will definitely become a favorite salad for my lunch options. [Read more…]

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Mediterranean Salad – 3 Smart Points

Mediterranean Salad

I love salads and vinaigrettes. I recently found a really delicious herbed feta that I wanted to try in a light and colorful tossed salad. Since it was an herbed feta, I knew the salad would have to be light and not over powering. I wanted a dressing that could complement the salad and feta, but not compete with it or overpower it. I started with a balsamic vinaigrette but flavored the dressing with a little Italian seasoning. The Italian seasoning perfectly set the dressing off, it helped to lighten the rich flavor of the balsamic so that it complemented the salad. The baby lettuce is my absolute favorite greens for a salad. They are light and tender, and have more flavor than the regular head lettuce. You can also add any of your other favorite vegetables to this salad. Add chopped mushrooms, or some chopped summer squash for a little more color. Give this delicious Mediterranean inspired salad a try for a light and refreshing lunch on these beautiful spring days.
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Tossed Salad with Pears – 4 Smart Points

Tossed Salad with Pears

I am someone who isn’t a big fan of blue cheese. I can handle it if there isn’t too much of it and it isn’t too strong. But I thought I’d give this salad a try, and figured I could always pick the cheese out if I needed to. Turns out, I didn’t need to. I was surprised that the strong and sharp flavor of the blue cheese worked so well with the balsamic vinaigrette and the sweet pears. It turned out to be a delicious salad. While the recipe calls for fresh pears, canned pears (canned in juice, then drained), could be chopped and added just as easily. Dress the salad and sprinkle on the blue cheese just before serving, or the cheese can overpower the flavor of the dressing and the pears. The tender and mild baby lettuce leaves were perfect to balance out the rest of the flavors. However, if you’re someone who doesn’t care for blue cheese, or can’t have it, you can leave it out, or substitute a feta (or similar cheese) for it. [Read more…]

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