Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes – 9 Smart Points

Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joe

As a kid, I grew up eating Sloppy Joe’s as a regular staple. It was an easy meal to cook, and pretty inexpensive to make, so we ate it a LOT. I do occasionally make Sloppy Joe’s for my kids, which they love, but I will still enjoy one myself every now and then. Not too long ago, I decided to try out a new concept I’d seen around a few times, by combining the ingredients of a Philly Cheesesteak in the form of a Sloppy Joe. Really, this is a spectacular idea, and I’m totally surprised it hasn’t become a huge thing yet! The end result was wildly successful, and absolutely delicious. All the traditional Philly Cheesesteak flavors were there, but it was an easier recipe to assemble because everything was already combined together before I even got it on the bun. And these cheese just melts right into the ground beef making it oh-so sloppily amazing. I recommend sandwich thins with this recipe in order to cut calories, but you can use any kind of bun you’d like. When I made this recipe for my photo, I used the only buns I had on hand at the time, which wasn’t the sandwich thins, but you get the idea. :) Enjoy!

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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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Beef and Vegetable Stir Fry Recipe – 8 Smart Points

Beef and Vegetable Stir Fry

I can honestly never get enough of Chinese stir fry. I love it in all forms. But the restaurant version can be pretty high in Points. So I like to try my hand at healthy knock-offs of my favorite Chinese fast food dishes. One of the easiest and best attempts resulted in this delicious Beef and Vegetable Stir Fry Recipe that is so ridiculously good, it’s hard to believe it’s just 8 Smart Points. Marinating the beef and making sure to cut it against the grain, helps to keep it tender and flavorful. This recipe also works really well with chicken or shrimp, as an alternative to beef. Serve it atop some steamed brown rice, or just enjoy it as is!

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Moroccan Beef and Lamb Meatballs Recipe – 5 Smart Points

Moroccan Beef and Lamb Meatballs

These Moroccan Beef and Lamb meatballs are definitely a game changer in the meatball department. Tender, succulent, and full of traditional Moroccan spices, this recipe has become a favorite in our household. My kids love to eat them stuffed inside a pita, and topped with my homemade tzatziki sauce and cucumber tomato salad. It is truly a mouthwatering combination. You can easily skewer these meatballs for easy grilling, if you’d prefer that cooked over coals taste….it’s divine! Maybe take some to your 4th of July BBQ this year and blow those burgers and hotdogs out of the water! Everytime I make them, I triple the batch and then freeze some because they are just so incredibly tasty and I love having some remade to heat up. And at just 5 Smart Points per serving, this Weight Watchers meatball recipe tastes way more decadent. These are a MUST make, you guys.

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Chicken Taco Bowl with Cauliflower Rice – 4 Smart Points

Taco Bowl with Cauliflower Rice

This cauliflower rice trend that’s been going around has really been working for me! I’m amazed at how many places I can switch out a high calorie, flour based carb, for a much lighter and healthier vegetable instead. This Chicken Taco Bowl is no exception. Because the meat and beans are so wonderfully seasoned, and the 0 Points toppings are also immensely flavorful, you can barely notice that the traditional Mexican rice has been replaced with some 0 Point riced cauliflower. Not only is it healthier, but it’s just as delicious and filling. I even mixed some of the cauliflower rice in with regular rice and gave it to my kids….they gobbled it right up. If you need a taco bowl fix, try this low calorie Chicken Taco Bowl recipe with Cauliflower Rice and save yourself some precious Smart Points!

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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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Roasted Red Pepper Chicken – 3 Smart Points

Recently, I been trying to find very simple meals and meals that I can easily make in the crockpot. I came across a roasted red pepper chicken that is originally a skillet meal, but I thought that I could make it in the crockpot just as easily. It turns out that I was right. This is one of those delicious meals that is just so simple. I love the flavor of red peppers to begin with, especially when they are roasted. I like to keep a couple of jars on hand to add to my tomato soup, so it was easy to just grab a jar out of the pantry for this recipe too. I always choose the red peppers that are canned in water, so I don’t get all the extra oil. When you make this in a skillet, everything is chopped and ready to go by the time the chicken is cooked. Then you just have to simmer the sauce. If you like you sauce with a little more kick, just add a little more crushed red pepper. The first time I made this, I added plenty. The next time I was a little less generous and it was much better. It had just a hint of spice, but was creamy and delicious. One of my favorite parts about this meal is that I can use leftover chicken and just make the sauce in a skillet, or I can toss everything in the crockpot and turn it on at lunch. At supper we’ve got a delicious meal that’s ready to go. I like to serve it with whole grain pasta, but it would be perfect with some spiral sliced zucchini noodles to add more veggies and color to your meal. The sauce is rich and creamy, but with the fat free cream cheese, it’s really not too many points. This one is definitely a keeper in our house. [Read more…]

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Roasted Cauliflower Chicken Bolognese Recipe – 5 Smart Points

Roasted Cauliflower Chicken Bolognese

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!

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Classic Cuban Picadillo Recipe – 5 Smart Points

Classic Cuban Picadillo

If you’ve never had it/heard if it before, picadillo is a traditional and popular dish that is a staple in Cuban cuisine. It’s basically a tender stew of ground beef and tomatoes, with cinnamon and/or raisins added for sweetness, and olives added for salt. It’s typically served over rice, but also works great as a stuffing for empanadas, quesadillas or wraps. It smells and tastes heavenly, and is the ultimate in Cuban comfort food. This recipe is favorite of my kids’ and always gets gobbled up. They eat it with the rice, and my husband and I just ate it as is. To keep it healthy and Weight Watchers friendly, I just used an extra lean ground beef and used cinnamon instead of raisins. It was incredibly fast and easy to make, and was absolutely divine. Truly a satisfying and indigent dish that is totally guilt free. I highly recommend giving this one a try!

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Crack Slaw Recipe – 2 Smart Points

Crack Slaw

So apparently, this “crack slaw” thing is a big deal. I’ve been hearing all about it lately, and with such an interesting name, I had to see what in the world it was. Crack slaw is basically just a simple stir fry made with cabbage and ground beef that is supposed to be so incredibly delicious that it’s addictive. Just like crack. Given that it’s high in protein, and low in sugar and carbs, I knew this would be a perfect Weight Watchers recipe to try. So I did a bit if research, and came up with my own version of crack slaw. I choose to use ground chicken instead of ground beef to lower the fat content, added in some broccoli slaw I had on hand, and made a few tweaks to the seasoning. And I have to say, this was pretty darn good! You could definitely play around with this and incorporate any veggies you’d like. Red bell pepper, snow peas, mushrooms are a few great options. And at just 2 Smart Points per serving, this Weight Watchers recipe could be a life saver!

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Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili Recipe – 8 Smart Points

Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili

Well, my favorite team didn’t make it to the Super Bowl (so close, though!), but that doesn’t mean I won’t partake in Super Bowl festivities! And where there’s a Super Bowl party, there’s food…lots of yummy food. To keep myself on track, I like to bring along a big pot of this delicious Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili to share. It is SO good, and always a hit on game day. When I take it to a party, I bring along a bag of tortilla chips with it, along with diced onions, avocados, shredded cheese, and sliced jalapeños…some of my favorite taco toppings. This give people the option of dipping the chips in it, or just eating it like a traditional chili – straight out of the bowl. And everyone LOVES it! It’s a Weight Watchers Super Bowl recipe that is super easy to make, freezes wonderfully, and tastes incredible. If you want to feel like you are indulging without actually indulging, this Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili Recipe will do the trick. It’ll definitely be on our game day menu this year!

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Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup Recipe – 1 Smart Point

Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

With the cold, rainy weather we’ve been having in here in SoCal lately, I have been a soup making machine! My kids LOVE soup, and it’s very helpful for me, because it fills me up, is easy to make, and is great to freeze for when I need a quick snack or meal. A recent soup I just made to go with my daughter’s favorite lunch (grilled cheese sandwiches) was this Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato soup. Oh Em Gee….this was SO delicious! The soup was made entire from scratch, with all whole food ingredients. It was light, brightly flavored, and wonderfully fresh. I’ve made homemade tomato soup from scratch before, but the real trick here is the roasting of the vegetables. It adds such a slightly smokey flavor, and really helps to bring out the flavor of the vegetable. And the best part? It’s just 1 Smart Point per serving! You’ve gotta give this one a try ASAP.

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