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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Pumpkin Chicken Chili Recipe – 6 Smart Points

Pumpkin Chicken Chili

Fall is officially here! And you all know what that means…Weight Watchers Pumpkin Recipes galore! Today is no exception. I’m sharing one of my favorite easy fall recipes that is perfect for feeding a family or large group. This healthy fall chili recipe is full of lean proteins, hearty vegetables, and an abundance of flavor. The mild sweetness of the pumpkin balances out the spiciness of the chili, while adding some additional nutrients and fiber. And the hint of nutmeg and cinnamon give it just a whisper of seasonal flavor that you’re craving. It’s also a breeze to make, and doesn’t require a lot of time. When you want a healthy meal to fill you up on a chilly fall or winter day, this Pumpkin Chicken Chili Recipe is the answer and is sure to become your new favorite fall recipe too. Enjoy!

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Pomegranate, Apple, and Date Salad Recipe – 4 Smart Points

Pomegranate Apple Date Salad

One of my all time favorite Weight Watchers holiday salad recipes, I’ve made this Pomegranate, Apple, and Date Salad Recipe more times than I can recall! Not only is it lovely, but it’s super easy, and it works well as a complement to many meals. Traditionally, it’s always on my table every Rosh Hashanah, as it’s full of my foods that are symbolic of the holiday. But I also will brung it to a Christmas dinner party, or serve it along with Thanksgiving dinner. It’s just such a lovely and delicious salad that is always a hit. Sometimes I’ll add some crumbled gorgonzola, blue cheese, or brie wedges, other times I may sub out the dates with fresh figs or persimmon. Sooooo good!! I’ve even made this for lunch and by adding some grilled chicken breast on top. Such a simple, versatile salad recipe that is as pleasing to the palette as it is to the eye. Enjoy!

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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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Avocado Toast – 5 Smart Points

Avocado Toast

I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve jumped aboard the avocado toast train. Yes, it’s a super trendy dish, and yes things that are super trendy tend to annoy me. But the thing is, I’ve been eating avocado toast for a long time now, way before it was a thing. The fact is, it’s delicious. DELICIOUS. And it’s packed full of fresh flavors and nutrition. The combination of heart healthy fats, whole grains, and vitamins, make avocado toast a very nicely well-rounded and complete meal that is as satisfying as it is tasty. It’s one of my favorite Weight Watchers breakfast recipes that I eat over and over again. Plus, it’s a great way to use up my avocados before they rot, because, let’s face it….avocados are SO finicky and their window of usage ability is minimal. One of the things I love about avocado toast is that it is absolutely divine as is, or you can use it as a blank canvas for whatever toppings you want to add. I’ve been known to top mine with a poached egg, crisp bacon, prosciutto, feta cheese, honey, black beans and corn…I could really go on and on, but you get the idea. It may not be super light, but for the amount of nutrition and feeling of satisfaction you get, this easy avocado toast is a bargain at just 5 Smart Points per serving. Try it…it’s ok to be trendy every now and then.

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Crab Cake Waffles Recipe – 2 Smart Points

Crab Cake Waffles

Lately, there’s been a serious waffled food trend happening on Instagram. Apparently, it’s pretty easy to cook a lot of different foods on a waffle iron! This is great because it allows your food to cook quicker and more evenly, and you use a lot less oil than you would if you pan fried the food. Case it point: crab cakes. Cooking my crab cakes in my waffle iron was not only fun and easy, but they were definitely lighter from not having to pan fry them. And they were delicious! All the flavors were working together in a synchronized harmony, and the perfectly crisped crab cake was a joy to eat. My kids even tried them, thanks to the waffle shape. Now that my crab cake waffles were such a success, I’m excited to try some other foods in the waffle iron. Stay tuned!

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Mediterranean Tuna Salad Recipe – 3 Smart Points

Mediterranean Tuna Salad

Talk about a light lunch idea that takes little effort, is satisfying, and requires no cooking! This Mediterranean Tuna Salad puts a new, healthier and tastier spin on a traditional tuna salad recipe. There’s no mayo in this version, and it’s packed full of fresh vegetables, garbanzo beans, and olives, so it’s not short on nutrition. But it’s still low in fat, low in calories and high in lean protein, making it an ideal Weight Watchers lunch recipe that you are sure to love. The fresh lemon, garlic, and parsley add so much flavor to the salad that you won’t even miss the mayo – I promise. Not only is the salad incredibly delicious and filling, it requires no cooking, so you can throw this dish together in about 15 minutes. Serve it over toasted bread, fresh greens, or eat as is. At just 3 Smart Points per serving, this healthy salad is a winner!

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