A Welcome to Our New LaaLoosh Recipe Contributor!

As you may have all noticed, we have a new recipe contributor on the blog, and I wanted to take a minute to extend a warm welcome to her — welcome aboard Cathy Rockwell! Cathy has been a Weight Watchers member in the past and has had great success with their program. She loves creating new recipes that are not only Weight Watchers friendly, but simple to prepare! She’s a fellow foodie who takes inspiration from her family heritage and the supper clubs she’s attended, where she’s had a chance to experience recipes and foods from all around the world. Since I won’t be able to post as many new recipes as I’d like, Cathy is going to be contributing lots of new Weight Watchers recipes on LaaLoosh on a regular basis, to keep you all satiated :). I’m sure you are all just as excited as I am to check out some of her delicious new recipes. It’s great to have another person to deliver some food ideas that not only taste great, but that are healthy too. We’re glad to have you on board, Cathy!

Oven Fried Chicken Breast – 8 Points +

Oven Fried Chicken Breast

I never would have believed that “fried” chicken could be delicious if it were baked. But I was certainly incorrect. I tried several oven fried chicken breast recipes and this is one of my favorites. I prepared it with a serving of low-sodium chicken flavored Stove Top stuffing. If you use the Stove Top, you will need to add 3 Points + to the meal. I have served this dish with steamed broccoli or yellow squash instead of the stuffing on other occasions.

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Easy Pickled Beets – 3 Points +

Pickled Beets

I am always looking for something light and tasty when preparing a heavy meal. I thought about doing something easy like pickled beets and serving it as a side dish. It is fantastic with fish. I serve this as a side dish with any white fish or it can be prepared and put on top of a salad. It’s super convenient in the summer when it’s too hot to do a great deal of cooking. You can marinate the beets in less than 12 hours but I find that the longer they marinate the tastier they are. I like the sugar in the raw, but you certainly can use white sugar too. However, if you choose to use Stevia, it is very sweet, and may add a bit more sweetness to your pickling juice.

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Southwestern Style Cornbread – 7 Points +

Southwestern Style Cornbread

Cornbread does not have to be unhealthy, dry or blah tasting. This recipe adds some Mexican corn, green chilies and cheese. It’s healthier with the fat-free milk. I’ve made this with low-fat buttermilk as well. I love this as a side with vegetarian chili.

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Egg Noodles with Mushrooms – 7 Points +

Egg noodles with mushrooms.

It’s not easy planning a quick side dish that will take up practically very little time and goes well with beef or chicken. This simple egg noodles with mushrooms side dish is very satisfying with a touch of garlic and shredded Parmesan cheese. A vegetarian friend of mine makes this as a main meal with a side salad for lunch or dinner. [Read more…]

Broccoli and Shrimp Scampi – 7 Points +

Broccoli and Shrimp Scampi

Scampi does not have be heavy on oil and butter. In fact, this alternative recipe is very satisfying and makes a great main meal. A healthy pasta is used along with broccoli which adds a nice touch to this Italian favorite. A family member who loves a local restaurant’s version was open to trying a healthier version and loved it. She commented on how there was not a plateful of oil at the bottom and she loved the broccoli that was added. Without the heavy oil you can really appreciate and taste the other ingredients which is was makes this dish so good.
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Chocolate Buttermilk Cake – 5 Points +

Chocolate Buttermilk Cake

Chocolate Buttermilk Cake

Many of us turn town dessert especially if it’s chocolate cake as we automatically start counting calories. This recipe for chocolate buttermilk cake is amazing and it’s low-fat. It’s chocolate cake without the guilt. I’ve served this at many parties and have only heard positive feedback as well as people asking for the recipe. The powdered sugar on top is just enough sweetness and the side of fruit is the perfect garnish for the serving.

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BLT, Egg and Avocado Salad – 6 Points +

BLT Egg and Avocado Salad

I have been looking for an alternative to a BLT sandwich and came upon this gem. Instead of making a BLT sandwich and using bread, I decided to turn it into a salad and add; egg and avocado. It’s really delicious and makes a perfect option for lunch. It’s pretty quick to make and you can prepare the bacon and egg the night before to save time on a busy morning.

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Knock Off Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich Recipe – 7 Points +

Knock Off Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich

I’m just going to get right to the point here, Chick-fil-A is flippin’ delicious. There’s just something about how perfectly moist, juicy and seasoned their fried chicken sandwich is, that I just cannot control myself when I’m in there. That’s why I never go. :(. So I decided to scour the Internet and see if I could find a copycat version that was more Weight Watchers friendly. And after a few trials, errors and tweaks, I finally came up with the perfect version. You can save another Point or two by using a sandwich thin instead of a traditional bun, if you’d like. But 7 Points + per sandwich is still a great bargain in comparison to the restaurant version. I’m sorry that I didn’t get a chance to dress up the sandwich more for the picture, but it smelled soon incredible, and my family and I were all dying to eat it! So, the photo shows just the bare bones. But I recommend serving it with some pickle slices, lettuce, tomatoes and onions. Yum!

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Ground Beef and Noodle Casserole Recipe – 8 Points +

Ground Beef and Noodle Casserole

I don’t know about you, but when I’ve got a busy week ahead, Weight Watchers Casserole Recipes are a lifesaver for me! It usually gets my family a good dinner, and then a day or two of lunch leftovers. One of my husband’s favorites is this Ground Beef and Noodle Casserole. It’s incredibly hearty and satisfying, is super easy to prepare, and each nicely sized serving is just 8 Points +. I really like the flavor of the ground beef in this casserole, but if you want to shave off a Point or two, you can easily use ground turkey instead. But I find that if you use ground sirloin, or extra lean ground beef (96% lean), it comes out to about the same, Points Plus wise. This is a great dinner for a cold winter’s day. Enjoy!

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Onion and Pistachio Crusted Salmon – 5 Points +

Onion and Pistachio Crusted Salmon

After a recent trip overseas, my husband brought me back an incredible seasoning mixture from a local market in Israel. The mixture contained pistachios, dried onion, and a mouthwatering spice blend. I used it one night, in an oven roasted salmon recipe, and the result was so incredible, I couldn’t wait to share it! Since most of us don’t have the option to fly to Israel to pick up a bag of this seasoning mixture, I did my best to replicate it. You will not be disappointed! It’s fantastic. And though it’s my favorite on salmon and other fish, you can find lots of fantastic uses for it. So, back to this Weight Watcher salmon recipe…it came out to just 5 Points + per serving, and was a huge hit. The Points Plus may vary between 5-6 Points depending which kind of salmon you use. I used Trader Joe’s Natural Wild Salmon Silver Coho Salmon, skinless and frozen. Enjoy!

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Cashew Chicken with Zucchini Noodles Recipe – 8 Points +

Cashew Chicken with Zucchini Noodles

Cashew chicken has always been one of my favorite Chinese food recipes. But the restaurant version is waaaayyy too high in Weight Watchers Points. So I made my own healthier version, and I bulked it up with lots of extra veggies. I also decided to utilize my zucchini spiralizer again, and added zucchini noodles to this dish. It was SOOOO good! Each serving was huge, and very satisfying. If you want to shave off an extra Point or two, you could less cashews, but I like to splurge a bit on this, because it’s really what gives the dish it’s flavor (and name!). If you are a fan of Chinese fast food, then this Weight Watchers Cashew Chicken is a must try! Enjoy.

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