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!!!

Chickpea and Sumac Salad
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A fresh and boldly flavored salad with Middle Eastern roots, this tasty dish makes a wonderful side to your favorite meal. Sweet, tangy and salty, all the flavor notes are hit in this easy salad recipe.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Passive Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Passive Time
5 minutes
Chickpea and Sumac Salad
Print Recipe
A fresh and boldly flavored salad with Middle Eastern roots, this tasty dish makes a wonderful side to your favorite meal. Sweet, tangy and salty, all the flavor notes are hit in this easy salad recipe.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Passive Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Passive Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, toss together the onions, sumac, paprika, and salt. Massage onions with hands to rub the spices and salt into the onions, and let sit about 5 minutes. Drain any excess liquid from bottom of the bowl.
  2. Add in the garbanzo beans, parsley, and mint, and toss to combine.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Recipe Notes

Entire recipe makes 6 servings
Serving size is about 1 heaping cup
Each serving = 4 Smart Points

PER SERVING: 153 calories; 3g fat; 0.5g saturated fat; 22g carbohydrates; 2g fiber; 6g fiber; 0g sugar; 6g protein

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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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French Onion Chicken Casserole Recipe – 9 Smart Points

French Onion Chicken Casserole

It may be in the high 80’s this week, but I’ve been in need of some comfort food lately. And while enjoying one of my favorite soups, French Onion – which I ADORE, I got the idea for a simple casserole that incorporated some of those divine flavors. I wanted it to have some protein, and I needed it to be kid-friendly too, because it just makes my life so much easier when the whole family eats the same thing. So I tossed around a few ideas and ingredients, and the end result is this creamy, comforting French Onion Chicken Casserole Recipe. It was actually quite easy, and required very basic ingredients…most of which I almost always have on hand. I love serving this with some roasted asparagus or broccoli for a complete meal. And if you love onion flavored dishes as much as I do, try my Roasted French Onion Potatoes – they are soooooo GOOD. Enjoy!

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Garlic Roasted Cabbage Wedges – 1 Smart Point

Garlic Roasted Cabbage Wedges

The cabbage is a vegetable that is often overlooked, and typically known for it’s blandness. But in my Garlic Roasted Cabbage Wedges recipe, the cabbage is the star! When roasting vegetables, I find that it brings out a natural, smoky sweetness, and it offers a depth of flavor that you really don’t get when sautéing or steaming. And roasting the cabbage really elevates this common vegetable to a whole new level. Topping it with a lemony, garlic oil gives it that extra bit of flavor that turns a commonplace vegetable into a decadent and flavorful side dish that is SO good, you’ll find yourself making it again and again. And at just 1 Smart Point per serving, it’s a great way to offer a delicious and filling Weight Watchers side dish to round out any meal.

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Sole Piccata Recipe – 6 Smart Points

Sole Piccata

If you are cooking a Weight Watchers dinner on a budget, this Sole Piccata recipe is an ideal option. Sole is relatively inexpensive, and it’s a mild flavored fish that works well in a variety of dishes. Given that I’ve always loved chicken piccata, I decided to try a version using sole in place of the chicken. The sole is simply dusted with seasoned flour, pan fried, and then topped with a beautiful sauce made with wine, butter, and capers. The wine and butter sauce is really the star of this recipe. It is so velvety and decadent! And it’s a perfect way to jazz up the delicate sole. One serving is just 6 Smart Points, so you get the flavors of a high calorie dish, but without an ounce of guilt. Enjoy!

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Chicken Pesto Bake Recipe – 3 Smart Points

Chicken Pesto Bake

Here’s another easy and delicious way to dress up chicken breasts! In the Chicken Pesto Bake recipe, the chicken breasts are first topped with flavorful pesto sauce, then fresh tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. It’s literally, just a handful of ingredients, but it delivers quite a tasty dish. I usually just buy a jar of prepared pesto sauce for this, but you can also make your own, if preferred. But at just 3 Smart Points per serving, this simple Weight Watchers chicken recipe offers a great way to indulge in wonderful flavors, while still keeping the Points low. It’s also packed with protein and extremely low carb. If you have the extra Points to spare, try this on some fresh Italian bread and serve as a sandwich. I usually like to pair this dish with a fresh side salad or some steamed veggies for a complete meal. Enjoy!

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Easy Chicken Fajita Skillet Recipe – 3 Smart Points

Easy Chicken Fajita Skillet

Who says you always have to eat fajitas in a flour tortilla? Yes, I know it is delicious. Aren’t all carbs? But having your fajita straight out of the skillet is a highly underestimated option. Not only are you saving calories, carbs, fat, and sugar grams, but you can really enjoy the wonderfully bold flavors of the chicken this way. And you can go crazy on the toppings without worrying about it dripping out all over you. I will often make this chicken fajita skillet, and then use the meat on top of salads, rice, beans, or just as is with some of my favorite fajita toppings. Just remember to add in the Smart Points for any extras you may add, like guacamole, sour cream, or cheese. Any way you serve it, this tasty recipe will clearly makes its point – that you don’t always need a tortilla to rock a fajita. Enjoy!

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Grilled Chicken Spinach and Strawberry Salad Recipe – 6 Smart Points

Grilled Chicken Spinach and Strawberry Salad

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Chicken and Broccoli Noodle Casserole Recipe – 7 Smart Points

Chicken and Broccoli Noodle Casserole

It’s in the 90’s this week, here in Orange County, CA, and yet, I’m making a creamy, comforting Chicken and Broccoli Noodle Casserole. That’s weird, right? It’s too hot! But when I have a craving, not even a heat wave will stop me. And what I’ve been craving, is a rich, decadent, filling casserole that combines meat, veggies, and carbs all in one dish. Because sometimes, I just don’t feel like preparing side dishes. This week, I made a Weight Watchers casserole recipe that was absolutely heavenly. It has all the flavors and textures I wanted, and came out to just 7 Smart Points per serving. If broccoli isn’t your thing, zucchini, mushrooms, or carrots and peas would all work really well too. I’ve also made this with chicken thighs instead of breasts, which was even better. So if you can spare the extra Smart Point, try it with chicken thighs. And one word of advice – don’t skip the bacon/almond meal crumble on top…it’s what really makes this dish!

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Summer Green Bean Salad Recipe

Summer Green Bean Salad

We are counting down the last few days of school until we are in full summer swing! And summer means lazy days by the pool and little effort in the kitchen. This Summer Green Bean Salad Recipe is the perfect dish for those hot days, when you want a simple dish that’s light and healthy. I like the green beans to be a little crisp, so I just blanch them in the boiling water for just a few minutes, and then immediately transfer them to an ice bath. You could steam them too, if you prefer. The tangy lemon garlic dressing is the perfect complement to the salad, and ties all the components together. And if you are lucky enough to have any leftover, they are just as delicious the next day! Usually salads get gross in the fridge over night, but thanks to this dish being comprised of fresh, crisp veggies, it can be enjoyed again the next day. Yay! Perfect for poolside parties, summer BBQs, and 4th of July picnics, this 1 Point salad is a must try.

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