Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes – 9 Smart Points

Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joe

As a kid, I grew up eating Sloppy Joe’s as a regular staple. It was an easy meal to cook, and pretty inexpensive to make, so we ate it a LOT. I do occasionally make Sloppy Joe’s for my kids, which they love, but I will still enjoy one myself every now and then. Not too long ago, I decided to try out a new concept I’d seen around a few times, by combining the ingredients of a Philly Cheesesteak in the form of a Sloppy Joe. Really, this is a spectacular idea, and I’m totally surprised it hasn’t become a huge thing yet! The end result was wildly successful, and absolutely delicious. All the traditional Philly Cheesesteak flavors were there, but it was an easier recipe to assemble because everything was already combined together before I even got it on the bun. And these cheese just melts right into the ground beef making it oh-so sloppily amazing. I recommend sandwich thins with this recipe in order to cut calories, but you can use any kind of bun you’d like. When I made this recipe for my photo, I used the only buns I had on hand at the time, which wasn’t the sandwich thins, but you get the idea. :) Enjoy!

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Eat Fish and Win More in Slot Games!

Walking on the streets of London, you will wonder why there are so many snack stalls serving poached eggs, nuts, dark chocolate, porridge… the menu list is endless. These snacks are highly purchased by casino punters who want to remain focused during the game sessions.
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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!!!

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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Mexican Beef and Zucchini Skillet Recipe – 7 Smart Points

Mexican Beef and Zucchini Skillet

Here’s another amazingly good low carb Weight Watchers recipe that was a big hit with my family. I had a few extra zucchini on hand recently that I didn’t want to go to waste, so I put together this Mexican Beef and Zucchini Skillet Recipe for a quick, easy and healthy dinner. All the ingredients are inexpensive and are almost always on hand in my pantry. For the kids, I served this over some brown rice and they loved it! Surprisingly, they gave me no grief about the zucchini being in there. I really love this dish with the ground beef, even though it adds extra fat and calories. The flavor of the meat works nicely with the mild zucchini. But if you want to trim this recipe down a couple of Points, you could use ground chicken or turkey instead. With the beans and zucchini, it’s bulked up very well, and is absolutely satisfying. This Mexican Beef and Zucchini Skillet recipe is perfect for busy weeknight dinners. And leftovers freeze nicely, too! Enjoy.

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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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Lazy Satay Chicken Recipe – 9 Smart Points

Lazy Satay Chicken

My kids have always loved Thai Chicken Satay (or “the yellow chicken on a stick”, as they refer to it). And who can blame them? Tender, juicy chicken marinated in a heavenly peanut sauce that is then grilled to perfection and served with extra sauce for dipping. It is divine! But rather than going out to a restaurant, which can get pricey and also lead to eating other tasty, but high calorie foods (Mango Sticky Rice, anyone?), I like to try and prepare a lighter, healthier version at home. I decided to make an attempt at the chicken satay, but after I set my chicken in the marinade, I realized that I didn’t have any skewers on hand. At that point, I debated whether to load up the kids in the car (who were playing quietly and peacefully at the time) and head to the store to grab some, or just leave the kids alone and try making this recipe without the skewers. The latter option won out. And thus, my Lazy Satay Chicken recipe was born. I’m not gonna lie…I LOVED not dealing with the hassle of the skewers! When I served it, I just gave my kids some toothpicks, and they enjoyed using that to dip their chicken in the peanut sauce. Easy peasy. While this dish is still 9 Smart Points per serving, it’s still a lot lighter and healthier than the ones you’d get at a Thai restaurant. But it’s JUST as flavorful and delicious!

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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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Roasted Lime Salmon with Mango Salsa Recipe – 5 Smart Points

Roasted Lime Salmon with Mango Salsa

This Roasted Lime Salmon with Mango Salsa Recipe is the ultimate summer dish. It’s packed with fresh, irresistible flavors that come together to create a symphony of savor in your mouth. The combination of the smoky salmon with the sweet and tangy salsa is truly amazing. I like to serve this with my coconut rice for a complete meal. But it totally works as is, if you are trying to avoid carbs. Pair it with some roasted veggies instead! If you are grilling, the salmon can be cooked over the grill, which would lend a wonderful charred taste to the dish. I’m often just too lazy to grill, so roasting is my go to, easy meat preparation method. But grilling the salmon in this recipe truly takes it to another level, so I highly recommend giving it a try that way too. And at just 5 Smart Points per serving, this dish is a great way to enjoy a healthy dinner that is truly like summer on a plate. Enjoy!

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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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