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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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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Garlic Parmesan Chicken Tenders Recipe – 9 Smart Points

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Tenders

Save yourself the extra fat and calories of fried chicken strips, and indulge in these gourmet Garlic Parmesan Chicken Tenders instead! Tender, juicy strips of chicken breast are dipped in a garlic butter sauce, dredged in a parmesan Panko mixture, then oven-baked to perfection with a crispy crust and succulent inside. The amazing flavors make this Weight Watchers recipe a ht with both kids and adults. By using Panko instead of traditional breadcrumbs, you still get that crunchy exterior, without having to fry. The Panko is light and delicate, and by using the whole wheat Panko, it packs a bit more nutrition. This chicken fingers recipe has become a a family favorite around, and gets added to my weekly meal plan a lot! Serve with your favorite dipping sauce, along with some roasted or steamed veggies for a complete meal.

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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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Asian Salmon Rice Bowl Recipe – 10 Smart Points

Asian Salmon Rice Bowl

If you love sushi, then this Asian Salmon Rice Bowl Recipe is going to make your day! It has all the flavors and textures of sushi, but in deconstructed form, and with cooked salmon. With all the healthy fat and Omega-3’s, this dish is an incredibly heart healthy meal. Plus, it’s super filling, so it will leave you feeling very satisfied. The dressing is what really pulls this bowl together, so make sure not to skimp on that! It’s a little bit salty, a little bit tangy, a little bit sweet, and a little bit spicy…and a whole lot of deliciousness. Topped with toasted sesame seeds and strips of seaweed paper, each mouthful of this Asian Salmon Rice Bowl is like a symphony of flavors in your mouth. Enjoy!

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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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Asian Chicken Lettuce Wrap Bowls – 6 Smart Points

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wrap Bowls

If you’ve ever had those adorable little Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps, you know how tasty they are, but also how messy they can be to eat. They are meant to be an appetizer eaten with your hands, but every time I’ve ever had one, the juice ends up dripping down my chin and my hands. Not the most ladylike way to eat! But by making it into a salad instead, I’ve turned this traditional appetizer recipe into a full size meal that’s a lot easier, and less messy, to eat. It still has all the fresh and wonderful flavors that you’d expect, and each bowl is only 6 Smart Points! It comes together fast and easy too, making it one of my top Weight Watchers lunch recipes that I can whip up when I’m short on time. My kids even loved this recipe! These Asian Chicken Lettuce Wrap Bowls are definitely going to become one of our go to meals from now on. Enjoy!

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Roasted Honey Soy-Glazed Chicken Recipe – 5 Smart Points

Roasted Honey-Soy Glazed Chicken

Some people spend all day long cooking their Rosh Hashanah dinner, but I am all about quick and easy meals overs here! This Roasted Honey-Soy Glazed Chicken recipe is an incredibly easy dish to make that requires just a handful of ingredients, but is a mouthful of wonderful flavors. A little sweet, a little salty, a little smoky…all the good tastes are there. But I don’t need to spend all day slaving away in a hot kitchen. We have no extended family nearby, so it’s usually just me, my husband, and the kids around on the holiday. Making huge, festive holiday meals is pointless, but I still want to make a meal that is special, delicious, symbolic of the holiday. Which makes this tasty chicken dish an ideal Weight Watchers Rosh Hashanah recipe. And if you don’t celebrate Rosh Hashanah, no worries! This Roasted Honey-Soy Glazed Chicken is an easy and versatile meal to serve any day! While we have it with challah bread, it works great with steamed rice an veggies too. L’Shana Tova!

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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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Mexican Beef and Zucchini Skillet Recipe – 7 Smart Points

Mexican Beef and Zucchini Skillet

Here’s another amazingly good low carb Weight Watchers recipe that was a big hit with my family. I had a few extra zucchini on hand recently that I didn’t want to go to waste, so I put together this Mexican Beef and Zucchini Skillet Recipe for a quick, easy and healthy dinner. All the ingredients are inexpensive and are almost always on hand in my pantry. For the kids, I served this over some brown rice and they loved it! Surprisingly, they gave me no grief about the zucchini being in there. I really love this dish with the ground beef, even though it adds extra fat and calories. The flavor of the meat works nicely with the mild zucchini. But if you want to trim this recipe down a couple of Points, you could use ground chicken or turkey instead. With the beans and zucchini, it’s bulked up very well, and is absolutely satisfying. This Mexican Beef and Zucchini Skillet recipe is perfect for busy weeknight dinners. And leftovers freeze nicely, too! Enjoy.

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Lazy Satay Chicken Recipe – 9 Smart Points

Lazy Satay Chicken

My kids have always loved Thai Chicken Satay (or “the yellow chicken on a stick”, as they refer to it). And who can blame them? Tender, juicy chicken marinated in a heavenly peanut sauce that is then grilled to perfection and served with extra sauce for dipping. It is divine! But rather than going out to a restaurant, which can get pricey and also lead to eating other tasty, but high calorie foods (Mango Sticky Rice, anyone?), I like to try and prepare a lighter, healthier version at home. I decided to make an attempt at the chicken satay, but after I set my chicken in the marinade, I realized that I didn’t have any skewers on hand. At that point, I debated whether to load up the kids in the car (who were playing quietly and peacefully at the time) and head to the store to grab some, or just leave the kids alone and try making this recipe without the skewers. The latter option won out. And thus, my Lazy Satay Chicken recipe was born. I’m not gonna lie…I LOVED not dealing with the hassle of the skewers! When I served it, I just gave my kids some toothpicks, and they enjoyed using that to dip their chicken in the peanut sauce. Easy peasy. While this dish is still 9 Smart Points per serving, it’s still a lot lighter and healthier than the ones you’d get at a Thai restaurant. But it’s JUST as flavorful and delicious!

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