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

photo credit: me and the sysop

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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Vegetable Soup Recipe – The Infamous 0 Point Value Soup

Weight Watchers Zero Point Soup

In the world of Weight Watchers, this 0 Points soup has reached celebrity status. It’s yummy, easy to make, and has ZERO POINTS!!! As a Weight Watchers member, this soup has been a staple for me. I find it best to make a large batch on the weekend, and then divide into 1 1/2 cup portions (those little plastic Ziploc containers work great for this), and store them in my fridge or freezer. This way, when I’m busy during the week, I can just whip out one of these babies on a moment’s notice!

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Slow Cooker Arizona Chuck Wagon Beans Recipe – 6 Point Value

Weight Watchers Bean Stew

Nothing says authentic cowboy cookin’ luck Arizona Chuck Wagon Beans. I absolutely adore this meal, but I thought there was no way I could manage to eat it and still stay within my Weight Watchers Points Range for the day. So when I found this recipe online one day, I was ecstatic! I couldn’t wait to give it a try. It ended up turning out perfectly! Actually, it turned out so well, my fiancé didn’t even know it was low calorie! Ha!

If you like that good ‘ol fashioned western cooking, this is one recipe you’ll love!

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How to Survive the Love of Chocolate While Dieting

Weight Watchers Chocolate Survival Guide

I love chocolate. I adore chocolate. Chocolate and I are BFF’s forever! I’ve have always felt this way about chocolate, and when I first started the Weight Watchers program, one of my first concerns was how I would be able to continue my love affair with this sweet sensation. But if many of you are Weight Watchers members too, then you know that this is why their program is successful – because they teach you how to eat the things you love and still lose weight.

In fact, I found this really helpful survival guide from Weight Watchers that teaches you how to have your chocolate cake and eat it too! Check it out…

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Crock Pot Low Calorie Apples ‘N Port Recipe – 4 Point Value

Cranberry Sauce Apples N Port Dessert

I was looking for something fancy (yet cheap and easy) to serve at a dinner party that my fiancé and I recently hosted and this low calorie crock pot recipe I found for apples ‘n port really fit the bill! This slow cooker recipe is so amazingly delicious over ice cream or shortbread. I served it with Devonshire cream over scones. It looked and tasted amazing and my friends were tres impressed with my gourmet cooking skills. Little do they know how easy it was!

But because I am dieting, I ate the apples ‘n port desert over some low fat vanilla yogurt, so that I could stay within my Weight Watchers Points range for the day. Yay!

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Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt – Is It Worth All The Hype?

Pinkberry New York

Surely you’ve heard about Pinkberry. Everyone is talking about it. It’s known as the “real” frozen yogurt, and it’s all the rage in Hollywood. With US franchises only in New York and California, Pinkberry is definitely setting the trend for frozen yogurt. You gotta give props to the Pinkberry marketing team though…. Load all your franchises in the two most celebrity infested states, get it into celebrity hands, get a picture of that and voila – you’re business explodes. Here’s an example of what I’m talking about…I found this photo of Kirsten Dunst getting’ her Pinkberry on in LA. I’m sure the Pinkberry marketing execs were just loving this.

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Slow Cooker Apple Pie Bread Pudding Recipe – 3 Point Value

Weight Watchers Apple Pie Bread Pudding

Yeah, this recipe tastes as good as it sounds! It’s the perfect mix of apple pie and bread pudding that’s great served hot or cold. This Apple Pie Bread Pudding Recipe is low fat, low calorie and an amazing dessert for anyone who is following the Weight Watchers plan. Made in your crock pot, this recipe is so easy and so delicious, it’ll please your whole family and impress your guests.

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