Low Carb Cauliflower Hummus Recipes have been all the rage on Pinterest lately. And since I loooooove hummus, I was game to giving this dish a try and coming up with my own version. The key is simply substituting roasted cauliflower for the garbanzo beans in order to dramatically lower the carbohydrate count. Roasting the cauliflower helps to create a similar nuttiness-like flavor that the garbanzo beans have, so that’s a very important step. And while it doesn’t taste exactly identical to hummus, it does taste really good. The tahini and remaining ingredients blend together perfectly with the cauliflower, and the end result is one seriously delicious low carb hummus! And check this out, instead of a measly 2 tbsp serving that you would normally get for 3 Points + in a traditional hummus, you get a whopping 1/2 cup!! That’s a whole lotta delicious dipping. So grab your fresh veggies and pita bread, and go to town! This Cauliflower Hummus Recipe is a MUST try.
I have always been a fan of Jamie Oliver, so when I came across his unique Chicken in Milk Recipe, I was eager to give it a try and see if I could make more of a Weight Watchers chicken recipe. It’s a really simple dish that requires just a handful of ingredients. Yet the combination of all the flavors and textures really creates a mouthwatering result. One thing I want to point out is that the milk WILL and is SUPPOSED to curdle from the lemon zest. It makes the sauce look a little funny, but taste oh so good. I made this milk chicken with both chicken thighs and breasts because my family has different meat preferences, but to keep it lighter, you can stick with just the breasts. Serve this chicken and the sauce over wilted greens or potatoes, making sure to utilize that delicious, milky broth!
Snackers can delight in these fantastic Quinoa Chips from Simply 7. High in protein and wonderfully flavored, Simply 7 has recently launched a line of delicious, crunchy chips that are made from the ancient super grain, quinoa. Simply 7 has a line of other chips too (Lentil Chips, Hummus Chips and Pomegranate Chips) which are all very good, but their new Quinoa Chips have really stolen my heart. They come in 4 fabulous flavors – Sea Salt, Barbecue, Sour Cream & Onion, and Cheddar- YUM! And each 20 chip serving is just 3-4 Points Plus. These all natural, gluten-free, Non-GMO crisp and airy chips are absolutely delightful and a perfect Weight Watchers snack food.
These Light Italian Meatballs are my go-to meatball recipe for whenever I am craving traditional Italian food. They key here is the extra lean ground beef. This makes a dramatic difference in the Points Plus value. Cutting down on all that fat in the ground beef, allows for the addition of grated Parmesan cheese mixed into the meat. This makes for an unbelievably good Italian meatball. I used jarred marinara or spaghetti sauce when I’m pressed for time and to keep it super easy, but you could make your own from scratch if you prefer. At just 5 Points + for each 5 meatball serving, this Italian Weight Watchers Recipe is a dream come true. I will often make large batches and freeze them to have on hand later for a quick Italian meatball sandwich for lunch – yum! These Light Italian Meatballs are a HUGE hit with my family, and I highly recommend giving them a try.
I honestly don’t think I’ll ever tire of roasted eggplants and Tahini. The favor combination is incredible and it’s an incredibly healthy dish. Craving more of a meal, I took one of my favorite Weight Watchers Side Dish Recipes and turned it into a wrap with the simple addition of a Flat Out flatbread and some fresh lettuce. It was sooooooo good! And all the fiber made this very filling and satisfying for just 5 Points +. I had one of these Egglant Tahini Wraps with a light spinach salad for lunch and was content until dinner time. This is truly a delicious and easy wrap recipe that I will definitely be making again and again.
Vegetarians, you may just want to marry me after eating this burger. It is UNBELIEVABLY good. I am not a vegetarian, and I’d eat this quinoa burger a million times over again. Granted, this is a 9 Points Weight Watchers Recipe, BUT, because the burger patty is made with quinoa and white beans, it’s incredibly filling. I also used a real brioche bun, to give it that added gourmet flair. You could shave off another Point or two by using a sandwich thin or another light bread roll. The caramelized onions really give it a that extra something special, and the chipotle lime mayo ties it all in perfectly. It’s truly a unique Weight Watchers Quinoa Recipe like you’ve never had before. Pair it with a light salad, roasted veggies or a low calorie soup for a complete meal. This vegetarian burger recipe is a must try, folks.
I’ve had my share of Weight Watchers banana bread recipes, but this version is my favorite. The bread comes out so moist and delicious, and the applesauce and vanilla extract help to give it just the right amount of sweetness without having to use a lot of sugar. If you prefer to use a regular, all-purpose flour with this instead of whole wheat, you absolutely can. Or you can use a mixture of the two flours. But I like the added nutrition of the whole wheat. I also added a few tablespoons of organic raw flaxseed because I was serving this to my kids, but that does add an extra Point or two. So, I posted the recipe without the inclusion of the flaxseed. This low fat banana bread is wonderful with your morning coffee or tea, or for an after dinner sweet treat. And at just 4 Points + for each thick slice, you’ll be thrilled at how filling and satisfying it is. Enjoy!
If you blinked, you missed it…but yesterday, I was very, very briefly shown on the Dr. Oz show in a segment for his Healthy Recipe Challenge. In case you missed it on my Facebook page, I was contacted by the producers of the Dr. Oz show on Friday, and asked if I’d be willing to submit a “healthier version of a California-style nacho recipe”. They were assigning other food bloggers a popular dish from the state where they lived, and would choose three finalists to actually appear on the show with Dr. Oz himself. Super exciting, right?! So, I agreed to submit a recipe, and got to work ASAP, as they needed my video submission in 48 hours! My husband was out of town, and I was entirely alone with both of my young kids. Worst possible timing ever. But after the kids were asleep, I managed to whip up some seriously AMAZING Tilapia Nachos! I’m not gonna lie…these nachos were unbelievably good. Though the footage I was submitting was pretty shotty, I was quite proud of the nachos themselves. And although I ended up not being chosen as one of three finalists (boo!), the producers did contact me to let me know that clips from my video submission were chosen to appear on today’s show. Well, after watching the show today, it turns out that just a mere two-word phrase of my entire video submission actually made it to the show (“sunny california!”), and none of the other 30-45 minutes of footage that I worked so hard making was shown. What’s funny is that they never even asked for my actual recipe…they just wanted the footage of me making it, plating it and eating it. So, who knows what they were looking for in order to make it as a finalist. But it was a fun experience, and I got to eat these incredible nachos at 1am while watching Sex and the City re-runs.
But no need to let this amazing, healthy nachos recipe go to waste! So, here it is…as “not” seen on the Dr. Oz show…..my California Style Tilapia Nachos Recipe! Baked tortilla chips, covered in cheese, including a bit of cojita cheese (yum!), and topped with lime marinated tilapia, fresh cabbage, black beans, red onions, cilantro, salsa verde, and a chipotle cream sauce that is to die for. These are a MUST make, folks.
Perfect for a laid-back weekend breakfast or brunch, these adorable little Crustless Quiches are not only delicious, but they are just 3 Points + each! By eliminating the tradition quiche crust, this dish becomes a low carb, high protein Weight Watchers breakfast recipe that is flavorful and filling, yet still very light. Also, using egg whites instead of whole eggs makes a big difference in the nutritional content. I love and prefer the taste of egg whites, but these quiches can be made with whole eggs or EggBeaters if you’d rather. Serve with some toast, fresh fruit and a light salad for a complete, low Points Plus meal.
I have always adored peanut butter, but when I came across Justin’s fabulous looking line of Nut Butters at my local Whole Foods, I was dying to give it a try and compare it to my beloved peanut butter. The majority of their nut butters are almond based, as opposed to peanut. Almonds are one of, if not THE healthiest nut you can eat, and I love finding ways to incorporate more nuts in my diet. Plus, Justin’s Nut Butters offer a selection of six amazing flavors: Classic Almond, Honey Almond, Maple Almond, Chocolate Almond, Vanilla Almond and Chocolate Hazelnut, in addition to also offering a Classic Peanut Butter and Honey Peanut Butter. So I grabbed myself a jar of the Vanilla Almond Butter, and a few packets of other flavors to sample (yes, they also come in portion controlled packets, people!) I decided to try my new almond butter in a very basic way…spread onto some apple slices. OH EM GEE. It was absolutely divine! The flavor of the almond comes through perfectly, with just the slightest hint of vanilla. And I loved how fresh this product tasted…like it was literally made from scratch in my kitchen. I was thrilled with how absolutely delicious this stuff was! MOVE OVER PEANUT BUTTER. Keep in mind though, this is a nut butter, so in order to incorporate it into my Weight Watchers plan, I can’t go overboard with it. It is a healthy fat though, so a serving size of 2 tbsp for 5 Points + is ideal. Keep reading to learn more about Justin’s Nut Butters…PLUS get my Weight Watchers Recipe for Light Chocolate Fudge Brownies with a Vanilla Almond Butter swirl!
Orange Flavored Chicken is one of my all time favorite Chinese foods. But given that it’s dish that is usually breaded, deep fried chicken in a thick, sweet and sticky sauce, it’s not really the best choice if you are following the Weight Watchers plan. So in order to have my orange chicken and eat it too, I put together a much healthier and lighter version that clocks in at just 4 Points + per serving. Plus, it is an incredibly easy recipe, taking less than 30 minutes to prepare. By sautéing instead of deep frying, and creating a lighter sauce, you still get fantastic flavor but for a LOT less fat, calories and carbs. It’s surprisingly quick and easy to make, and works wonderfully served over steamed brown rice and broccoli. Admittedly, this Light Orange Chicken was so good that one serving just wasn’t enough for me, so I ate two serving with no rice, which ended up at 9 Points +. Still way less than what I’d eat at a restaurant, so overall, Id say that’s pretty awesome.
This Italian Marinated Salmon with Couscous Recipe is a perfect, easy and healthy weeknight dinner recipe. The salmon turns out so moist and flaky with the most delicious flavor. And when served over the whole wheat couscous, it makes for a very satisfying dish. If you are in a pinch, you can make this Weight Watchers salmon recipe even easier by just using a bottle of light Italian salad dressing instead of making the marinade from scratch. But since I like to avoid processed foods and preservatives when I can, I prefer to make the marinade myself. Each serving is just 8 Points +, and it pairs nicely with a light salad or roasted vegetables for a complete meal. Enjoy!