Miracle Noodles – The Zero Calorie Pasta!?!

Shirataki Noodles

Yes, the Gods have finally answered my prayers….a ZERO calorie pasta has been created! When I first heard about Miracle Noodle and their no-calorie Shirataki noodles, I was hesitant to believe it was possible to have pasta that has no calories, yet my interest was piqued. I knew I had to try it. After reading through Miracle Noodle’s website, I learned a lot about these special Shirataki noodles. Unlike typical pasta noodles which are made from grain-based flours, and thus loaded with lots of calories and carbohydrates, Shirataki noodles are made from yam flour. So you wind up with gluten-free, calorie-free, low-carb pasta! Granted, the texture of these noodles is a bit different than regular pasta, but the taste is good, they are quite filling, and you can use these in a such wide variety of recipes. And when you think of the calories you’re saving, it’s a fantastically fair trade.

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Basque Style Chicken Stew Crock Pot Recipe – 4 Point Value

Crock Pot Chicken Stew

This is a fabulous chicken stew recipe for a crock pot or slow cooker. And with only 4 Weight Watchers Points, it’s hard to imagine that stew with this much flavor can be made so quickly and easily! Plus, this stew recipe is packed with mostly vegetables and meat making it high in fiber and protein, and low in carbohydrates and calorie – perfect! I also found it to be very filling. It heats up well too, so it makes a great diet friendly lunch to take to work for the next day.

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Salmon Pasta Salad Recipe – 6 Point Value

Weight Watchers Salmon Pasta Salad

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE pasta salad. And if you love it as much as I do, you’ll really enjoy this delicious (and healthy) recipe! This is a great recipe to make for parties or large family dinners, as it serves 10. It’s also a very colorful dish (so your dinner guests will love it), and it’s loaded with vitamins and healthy fats. Also, if you don’t have fresh salmon, you can used canned (it’s easier anyway). I made this salmon pasta salad once for a backyard BBQ and it was a huge hit! My friends all loved it and treated me like I was a gourmet chef. Ha!

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Basil Chicken Recipe – 6 Point Value


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This is one of the easiest chicken recipes I’ve ever used. Man, I just love these crock pot recipes!! In less than 5 minutes, I’ve got everything in the slow cooker and there is nothing more I need to do! Plus, this low calorie basil chicken recipe tastes amazing and is a great meal for those following the Weight Watchers program. This is a great meal to cook for the whole family, or to divvy up into individual portions to be eaten at a later time (this is a GREAT way to have low point, ready made meals on hand).

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Sausage and Chicken Gumbo Recipe – 6 Point Value

Homemade Gumbo

This sausage and chicken recipes is one of my fiancé’s all time favorites. And I like cooking it because it’s an easy recipe to prepare. Not to mention it’s delicious and a big serving is only 6 Weight Watchers POINTS! Gumbo, which is a local version of French bouillabaisse, has graced every proud Louisianan table at one time or another. And this lightened up version is just as tasty as the traditional delicacy of the bayou.

TIP: This homemade gumbo recipe can be prepared with fresh vegetables for a slightly more crunchy texture.

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Chicken Parmigina Recipe Low Calorie – 5 Point Value

Weight Watchers Chicken Parmigina

If you are following the Weight Watcher diet plan or any weight loss program, and thought that the yumminess that is chicken parmigiana was a dish that you’d have to kiss goodbye, think again! This lightened up Italian recipe gives you all the taste, but a lot less of the fat and calories. Try this chicken recipe for dinner, and your whole family is sure to love it. And I bet no one in your family will guess that it’s good for them!

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Shakshuka Recipe – Spicy Tomatoes and Eggs Breakfast from Israel

Israeli Shakshuka

The first time my fiancé made this dish for me, I was blown away by how incredibly healthy and low calorie it is. Shakshuka is a hot and spicy traditional dish that originates from Israel which consists mostly of tomatoes and eggs. But my fiancé has enhanced the traditional Shakshuka recipe with some tasty (and healthy) additions. His version of Shakshuka is astoundingly low calorie, and the nutritional statistics make it one of the healthiest home-cooked meals I’ve ever had. Just one serving big serving (with 2 eggs) packs in about 3/4 of your recommended daily allowance of fruits and vegetables, and yet contains only about 200 calories, 8 grams of protein, 0 grams of fat, about 7 – 8 grams of fiber, which is equivalent to only 3 Weight Watcher Points!!! *Note that these nutritionals are based on not eating the yolk of the egg, which have more fat and calories, but only eating the white. I chose to not eat the yolk of the egg, simply because I don’t like the yolk, but that ended up making a lot more healthy and low calorie /low fat. And on top of all this, Shakshuka tastes INCREDIBLE!!! So many flavors, textures, and colors!

My favorite way to eat the Israeli Shakshuka is spiced up with some Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (best hot sauce EVER!!!), which adds a nice hot and tangy taste. YUM!!! The best part is, you can really pig out on this stuff with absolutely no guilt. So it’s a great way to really satisfy your hunger and pack in some amazing nutrients and vitamins, and stay within your Weight Watcher Points!!!

If you don’t really care too much about calories or you don’t diet then try this…my fiancé likes to eat his Shakshuka in a bowl over fresh Israeli hummus (that can be found at Costco) and wipe it with a warm pita bread. Trust me! He knows what he’s doing…

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Asian Soup Recipe – New 0 Point Value Soup

Asian-inspired Soup

Weight Watchers has just released 3 awesome new 0 Points soup recipes! One of which is an Asian inspired soup. Not only is it full of amazing flavor and fresh healthy vegetables, but it’s also incredibly versatile and easy to make! This one was my favorite of the 3. Stay tuned to my posts over the next couple of days to get the recipes for the other two zero Points soup recipes. Also, check out the recommended Weight Watchers recipe variations too!

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Crockpot BBQ Beef Sandwich Recipe – 7 Point Value

Barbecue Beef Sandwich

While it might not be authentic barbecue, these BBQ beef sandwiches are loaded up with flavor and are slow cooked to tender perfection. With a few tweaks, this tasty barbecue recipe can be used for any Weight Watchers member who wants to indulge a bit, but not blow too many Points. And this is something the whole family can enjoy. Great recipe for parties and potlucks too!

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Crockpot Vegetable Minestrone Soup Recipe – 1 Point Value!

Weight Watchers Minestrone Soup

This gloomy weather we’ve had in LA over the weekend has got me craving some hearty comfort food. And when it’s cold outside, nothing is more satisfying that a nice, hot bowl of soup. This tasty Autumn Vegetable Minestrone soup is a great low calorie soup recipe to keep on hand. With just one WW point, it’s a dieter’s best friend! I like to make a large batch of this soup and then divide it up into individual portions and freeze them. That way, when hunger strikes and I’m looking for something quick and easy to make, I can just grab one of these low calorie soups right out of my freezer and heat it up! So convenient, healthy and delicious!

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Slow Cooker Asian Spiced Beans Recipe – 7 Point Value


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This slow cooker recipe for Asian Spiced Beans with Rice, complete with Weight Watcher Points, is one of the best I’ve ever had. It’s thick and hearty, and loaded with fiber and protein, so you feel very full with just one serving. If you really want to amp up your nutrients, you can substitute brown rice for the cooked white rice. I also preferred to use black beans instead of the red beans because I like the taste better.

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Crockpot Arroz Con Pollo Recipe – 7 Point Value

Arroz con pollo is a traditional dish from Spain and Latin America. It translates as “Rice with Chicken” in Spanish. There are many different ways to prepare this tasty meal, but below is my special Weight Watchers chicken recipe version, with lower calories, yet still with all the yumminess! Some people may use saffron in arroz con pollo, but I did not in this recipe. Though, feel free to add it to your version, if you’d like, as it will not affect the Weight Watchers Points Value. This is such an easy meal to make and is a great family Crockpot recipe!

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