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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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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Egg Roll Stir-Fry Recipe – 5 Smart Points

Egg Roll Stir Fry

I’ve really been trying hard to minimize grains from my diet. I just feel a lot better, and have a lot less cravings when I don’t eat them. So most of my meals are packed with meats and vegetables. I got the idea for this Egg Roll Stir Fry Recipe after salivating while watching my daughter eat a fried egg roll from our local Chinese restaurant. I wanted one SO badly, but all the oil, calories, and fat in it, would totally de-rail me. So I thought that maybe, just maybe, I could emulate all that yummy egg roll flavor, but in a healthier stir-fry instead. Turns out that this was a totally doable feat, was just 5 Smart Points per serving, and it was super delicious to boot. If you aren’t a fan of pork, you could easily do this with ground beef or chicken instead. Now, if I could just come up with a light and healthy sweet and sour sauce to drizzle over it, I’ll be in heaven!

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Chicken Pad Thai with Zoodles – 6 Smart Points

Chicken Pad Thai with Zoodles

You guys, I CANNOT get enough of Zoodles lately! If you haven’t heard of “noodles”, they are simply spiraled zucchini. It’s a great substitute for regular, high calorie pasta or rice noodles, and it takes on the flavor of whatever you are cooking it with, very nicely. After having such great success with it in many other recipes, I decided to try it in one of my most favorite noodle based recipes ever – Pad Thai. So instead of traditional Thai rice noodles, I used my Zoodles instead. It turned out fantastic! It was delicious, and filling, and definitely helped to satiate my craving for Pad Thai. If you have a couple of extra Smart Points to spare, I recommend adding some crushed peanuts on top, just before serving – it really helps to give that authentic, restaurant feel. Enjoy!

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Chicken Zoodle Soup Recipe – 3 Smart Points

Chicken Zoodle Soup

With the chilly winter weather in full swing, I just cant get enough soup! Chicken noodle soup has always been one of my family’s favorite comfort foods, but the traditional egg noodles that are used can really add up the calories. By simply subbing out the egg noodles with “noodles”, which is just zucchini that has been spiraled, I was able to make my homemade chicken noodle soup recipe a LOT lighter and healthier. Now I can indulge in a big bowl of delicious chicken soup for just 3 Smart Points! It’s so delicious and satisfying, and absolutely guilt free. Spiraled zucchini can be used in so many recipes, and it’s really quite fast and easy to do. If you don’t have one already, I highly recommend one. The one I have (THIS one) is small, cheap, and does a great job…no need for anything fancy. If you love chicken noodle soup but have been avoiding it because of the high calorie noodles, this recipe will win your heart.

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Stuffed Cabbage Soup Recipe – 1 Smart Point

Stuffed Cabbage Soup

Well, here we are…the last day of 2016. And I’m full steam ahead in the kitchen prepping for weeks of healthy eating and holiday binging detox! Today’s recipe is one that is a HUGE help to me when I’m trying to cut calories…Stuffed Cabbage Soup. Growing up, my mom would often make stuffed cabbage rolls for dinner. I remember that they were really tasty, but that we didn’t have them often because the recipe required a lot of steps and it was quite time consuming to make. So to get the flavors of traditional stuffed cabbage rolls without all the work, I prefer to make my “lazy mom” version, which basically combines all the ingredients in a soup rather than the rolls. It’s WAY easier, and it tastes wonderful! So bright and fresh, but still hearty and satisfying. I eliminated the rice to save some calories, and I honestly didn’t miss it at all. If you still feel like you need the rice, you could always try Miracle Rice, which is zero calories, so it won’t affect the Smart Points count at all. I actually just made a huge batch of this soup, and am freezing individual portions of it, so I can have it on hand when I’m hungry or hangry (so hungry that I’m angry). It prevents me from eating food that isn’t a part of my healthy eating plan which can derail my progress. If you love stuffed cabbage rolls, I highly recommend this leaner, lighter, soup version instead! Enjoy. And Happy New Year!!

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Winter Lentil Vegetable Soup Recipe – 3 Smart Points

Winter Lentil Vegetable Soup

Baby, it’s cold outside! Warm up with this tasty Weight Watchers Winter Lentil Vegetable Soup Recipe that’s packed with fiber to help you feel full, and Vitamin C to help ward off those seasonal viruses. The flavors of this vegan soup recipe are bright and fresh, and are the perfect anecdote to the winter blues. And with all that damage you’ll end up doing with holiday goodies, this is a dish you can really feel good about, as each hearty serving is just 3 Smart Points each. Freeze leftovers in pre-portioned containers for a quick lunch or snack to have on hand when you are feeling hangry! :) Enjoy.

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Vegetable Chicken Soup – 4 Smart Points

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As it starts to cool down this fall, I feel a lot more like making and eating soups. One of the reasons that I love soups is that they are so quick and easy to put together. Chili is one that always ends up in our crockpot, along with minestrone and a few others. I typically do a chicken noodle soup, but decided to leave the noodles out this time. I just combined chicken broth, chicken and vegetables into a healthy and delicious soup that was ready in less than 30 minutes. It’s a great way to use up leftover chicken, or the leftover turkey we’ll all have in a few weeks. This soup isn’t one of those super hearty, “stick to your ribs” kind of soups, but this is a lighter soup that is perfect with half a sandwich for lunch or a light dinner. Since it is lighter, I really like to have it with half a sandwich, since that’s perfect for a meal for me without being too much food all at once. One of the other nice things about this soup is that it’s easy to add in whatever vegetables you like or have on hand. I used peas, carrots, onion, kale and turnip. [Read more…]

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Carrot Cake Pancakes with Blueberries – 5 Smart Points

Blueberry Pancakes

Saturdays I usually make a delicious brunch. Pancakes are one of my favorite things to make on days like that. I recently found a carrot cake pancake recipe and thought I’d give it a try. I really liked it. The carrot is a mild flavor that adds moisture to the pancakes – much like zucchini in chocolate cake. I topped mine with fat free Greek yogurt and fresh blueberries. I added a little bit of maple syrup for a little extra sweet – and it was delicious. Be sure to grate the carrots by hand, the store-bought grated carrots are just too coarse and you’ll end up feeling like you’re eating carrot stick pancakes. Hand grated carrots are much more fine and tender, so they just melt into the flavor of the pancake. Give these delicious dessert-like pancakes a try – you won’t be disappointed! [Read more…]

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Spaghetti with Ragu – 7 Smart Points

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This year for New Year’s day dinner, my in-laws had an Italian theme. One of the recipes we ended up with was a lasagna made with a homemade Ragu. I fell in love with it. The flavor of the Ragu was so delicious. It was rich, but not overpowering and wasn’t tomato based. Most of my pasta sauces are tomato or cream based, so this one was a breath of fresh air. I got the recipe and have made it several times since then. It makes a lot, so I tend to freeze part of it or I end up with too much sauce to use before it went bad. The only downside of this recipe for me, is that you need to simmer it for a couple of hours. I don’t care for wine, so I simmered mine for at least 2 hours to make sure no wine flavor remained (don’t worry, all the alcohol has burned off by then). I’ve also found that the wine adds a depth to the flavor that the Ragu is really lacking without the wine. So, just plan ahead and make this Ragu on Saturday or Sunday (or any day you have the time to do the prep) and then store it until you use it later in the week. If you can’t find the pancetta, just use bacon as a substitute. This is perfect for spaghetti (or any other kind of pasta), or you can use it as your sauce for a lasagna. Any leftovers you won’t use within a week, just put it in a bag and freeze it for the next time. It’s rich, but not overpowering, and incredibly delicious. It’s my all-time favorite pasta sauce, and I love that I get to toss the veggies in the food processor to make the prep really easy. [Read more…]

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Lasagne with Bolognese Sauce – 7 Smart Points

Lasagna with Bolognese Sauce

One of the best parts of pasta in my opinion is the sauce. There is nothing like homemade pasta sauce, whether it’s a cream sauce or a red sauce. The flavors of homemade sauce are so much more vibrant and rich than canned pasta sauce. I’ve found that it’s worth my while to make my pasta sauce. Lasagna is one of those pastas that is truly delicious when topped with a homemade pasta sauce. This simple Bolognese sauce is just what it needs to really be delicious. I decided to try a lasagna without cheese this time, so I needed the sauce to pick up any slack from the missing cheese. And this sauce did just that. It was really quite easy to prepare and the end result was something that was really rich and the flavors were vibrant. Since it’s homemade, you can tweak the flavors to fit your individual taste preference. This lasagna with Bolognese sauce is a little more work, but the flavor in the end makes it worth every minute. [Read more…]

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