Pasta is one of my kids’ favorite meals, so I find myself making it a lot. The problem is, I also love pasta, but those noodles always end up making the dish too high in Points for me to eat it. So I’m always looking for an alternative way to enjoy my favorite pasta dish, without having to use actual pasta. “Zoodles” has always been a preferred option of mine, but recently I decided to try roasted cauliflower instead, and I have to say, I like it even BETTER! You guys — it is really, really good!! The cauliflower is so mild, it picks up the flavor of the sauce, and is a great way to enjoy a guilt free pasta dish. I recently tried it with my light bolognese sauce, and it was absolutely amazing! What a great way to pack in more nutrition, enjoy a delicious and decadent pasta dish, and not use too many Smart Points. I’ll definitely be trying roasted cauliflower as a substitute for pasta in some other popular Italian recipes too. Enjoy!
The secret has been circulating around the Internet for a few years now that the secret ingredient in Chick-fil-A’s delicious chicken is pickle juice. I’ve previously made a copycat version of their chicken sandwich, and this week, I decided to try it in chicken strip form. I also wanted a slightly crunchier exterior, so I used whole wheat Panko this time, instead of flour. They were absolute perfection! My kids loved them too, and I felt great about giving them these baked, healthier chicken strips instead of the greasy, oily, and non-nutritional kind that the restaurant serves. And at just 4 Smart Points for 3 chicken strips, this recipe makes an ideal Weight Watchers lunch. So instead of hitting up Chick-fil-A, try making this recipe at home, and save yourself some Smart Points!
Another amazing Zoodles recipe today! I bought of a ton of zucchini recently,and have been experimenting with “noodles” in place of regular, high calorie pasta noodles. And I just cannot contain my excitement in sharing these recipes!! The other night, my kids wanted spaghetti and meatballs, so I made regular, whole wheat pasta for them, but decided to do zoodles for my husband and I. You guys…it was SO good. I was a bit skeptical about this, but the key was having really flavorful sauce and meatballs, and you don’t even notice the zucchini. It’s a lot easier that using roasted spaghetti squash and I liked the flavor better too. Seriously delicious. If you have yet to get yourself a zucchini spiralizer (THIS one is my favorite), I highly recommend that you do so asap, and start getting on board the zoodle train. You will be SO glad you did.
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!
When I’m feeling a little fancy, this easy Italian Herbed Chicken in a Creamy Mushroom Wine Sauce Recipe is just the ticket. I had something similar once at an Italian restaurant in Los Angeles, and I was blown away by how rich and flavorful this dish was. So I recreated a lightened up version myself, and it’s pretty amazing. First of all, I love ANY sauce with red wine in it. Seriously, I will just eat it all up with my spoon and then lick the plate. And the red wine sauce simmered with milk and parmesan cheese is oh so heavenly. Most recipes that have a creamy sauce use heavy cream which can really increase the Weight Watchers points. By using milk and a bit of cornstarch, this dish delivers the perfect consistency and flavor with a LOT less saturated fat and calories. My kids ate this over steamed rice, with a side of roasted brussel sprouts. It was sooooo good! If you want to up your chicken dinner game, try this Italian Herbed Chicken in a Creamy Mushroom Wine Sauce recipe and wow your whole family!
This thick and hearty vegetarian Lentil Bolognese is not only delicious, but incredibly satisfying. While it doesn’t taste the same as a traditional meat-based bolognese, the unique flavor is wonderful in itself. And with all the fiber and protein this dish delivers, it packs quite a nutritional punch. The sauce is definitely not lightweight…it’s rich and abundant, and does a great job of satisfying your hunger. It’s well worth the 10 Smart Points per serving, as you’ll be full for quite a while. Serve with a light salad or your favorite roasted veggies for a complete meal.
One of my favorite ways to make vegetables is to steam or sauté them and then season them. I found a grill seasoning once that was really delicious, but it used dried rosemary and sometimes the twigs would get stuck in your teeth. I decided that since I loved the flavor, but not the rosemary, I would try my own seasoning. I found a perfect combination that I love to use when I want some steamed or sautéed vegetables, but want to add some extra flavor. One of the key ingredients is lemon pepper. It seems to add a little brightness to the flavor that really sets the vegetables off. I love to season steamed cauliflower and carrots this way. It’s a healthier way to add some flavor to them without adding cheese or butter and brown sugar. But this time I sautéed some mixed veggies and added my favorite spices. I loved the result. It added a delicious flavor to the vegetables and really spiced them up without adding extra calories. It’s quick and easy, and you can even mix up the spices ahead of time in a large batch to make it easier. [Read more…]