Mini Bell Pepper Nachos Recipe – 3 Points

One type of cuisine I can honestly say that I never tire of is Mexican. The flavor combinations are just incomparable, and I am always in the mood for Mexican food. Like, ALWAYS. Now with all the fantastic changes in the new Weight Watchers Freestyle plan, there are so many zero Point foods that can be used to create incredible, filling, mouth-watering recipes, without using up a lot of those precious Points. Case in point – this rockin’ Mini Bell Pepper Nachos Recipe.

Not only is this nachos recipe a lot lighter than traditional nachos, it’s also, dare I say, healthy. The magic here happens by replacing the high carb, high fat tortilla chips with fresh, light, and nutritious mini bell peppers instead. Pure genius.

Easy Egg Salad Recipe – 2 Point

I have always been a fan of eggs. Well, actually, that’s not completely true. When I was younger, I hated them until I turned 8 or 9 years old. My dad used to eat hard boiled eggs with Frank’s Red Hot Sauce for a snack, and once he had me try that, I was hooked. And to this day, it’s still my favorite way to eat eggs.

But now I eat and prepare eggs many different ways. Especially since they are 0 Smart Points with the new Weight Watchers Freestyle plan. They are such an excellent source of protein and healthy fat, and they have become a staple in many of my meals and snacks. One snack that I absolutely adore is my Easy Egg Salad Recipe. It’s SO simple, uses just a handful of ingredients, and does NOT have any mayo.

Instant Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup Recipe – 1 Point

With all the Valentine’s Day prep hustle and bustle this week (on top of sports practices, appointments, meetings, and errands), this Instant Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup recipe was a lifesaver for me! It comes together quickly and easily and is perfect for the days when I just HAVE NO TIME. And this soup is easy, people. Like really, REALLY easy.

We’ve been having super whacky weather here lately…one day it’s cold, the next day it’s hot. I can’t keep up. But when one of those chilly days hit, I was ready to bundle up in my comfy sweater and I wanted some hot, savory, soul-warming soup. And boy did this Instant Pot recipe deliver!! And it satisfies my craving for Mexican food like nobody’s business.

Instant Pot Sunday Pot Roast Recipe – 7 Points

I could not wait to share my Instant Pot Sunday Pot Roast with you all today! I made this last week on a super busy day, and my family was blown away at how incredible this dish turned out. The beef was so moist and tender, and was absolutely melting in our mouths. I barely even had to shred it much, because it just completely fell apart almost entirely on its own.

Since I’ve made, my kids have not stopped asking when I’m going to make this again (this weekend, in case you’re wondering). And this is one dish that I will gladly make again and again because it is so easy. The magic of the Instant Pot continues to amaze me. If were cooking this pot roast recipe using my oven or slow cooker, it would take me 8-10 hours to achieve this kind of perfection. But in my Instant Pot, just 70 minutes to cook. Total cook time is around 90 minutes, once you factor in saute time and pressure release.

Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix Recipe – 0 Points

Ranch dressing – it’s that magical sauce that makes pretty much anything taste incredible. Am I right? From my childhood years to my adult years, ranch dressing has always been a beloved favorite of mine. Let’s face it, as a kid, the only way I was going to eat veggies, was if they were slathered in my mom’s homemade ranch dressing mix.

As an adult, I began to realize that ranch could be used in so many other ways and on so many other things. Truly, the possibilities were endless. And I found myself buying bottle after bottle of ranch.

Buffalo Chicken Celery Sticks – 2 Points

Let’s face it. No game day table is complete with something “buffalo chicken”. Am I right? Whether it’s wings, dips, sandwiches, or lasagnas (yes, that actually exists), there’s just something about buffalo chicken that makes it a party staple. And it’s the one thing that I just cannot resist!

For this year’s Super Bowl, I’ve got no big party to attend, so it’ll be just me, the hubs, and the kids. This is good though because I’ll be making all the game time goodies, so I can make sure I’ve got only healthy, weight watchers friendly snacks on the table.

To satisfy my need for all things buffalo chicken, I’ll be whipping up these incredible Buffalo Chicken Celery Sticks. You guys, I kid you not, these things are ridiculously delicious and a breeze to make. It literally takes just a few of ingredients, and 10 minutes, and you’ve got one seriously stellar appetizer recipe that is so good, you may not want to share. And that’s OK. No judgment.

Instant Pot Beef Barbacoa Recipe – 4 Points

The big day is almost here! I’m talking about Super Bowl Sunday. And as much as I love football, one of the best parts about this event (besides the commercials) is the incredible array of delicious foods set out for you to feast upon during this 4 hour program.

Of course, all the Super Bowl snacks can definitely create a danger zone if you are counting Points. So, if I’m hosting, I make sure that about 90% of my snack table is food that is diet-friendly, but of course, still mouth-wateringly delicious. The remaining 10% is for splurges. Though, my secret to this is to make that 10% food that I don’t like so that I won’t be tempted to eat them.

If you plan on preparing some tasty dishes for the big game this year, you came to the right food blog this week! I’ll be posting some new and delicious Weight Watchers Super Bowl Recipes that are quick, easy and brimming with flavor. I’m starting the week off with my copycat Chipotle Barbacoa recipe, prepared in the Instant Pot.

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas – 2 Points

You guys know how much I love quick and easy dinner recipes…especially ones that involve minimal cleanup! Well, these Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas have given me another delicious and healthy chicken recipe to add to my weeknight dinner recipe repertoire.

Another great thing about this chicken fajitas recipe is that it is ideal for meal prep. You cook up this one big batch, and then portion it into your meal containers for the week! How easy is that? My husband loves this idea…since he’s been trying to eat healthier and take a lunch to work every day instead of going out and buying food at a restaurant. I mean, who wouldn’t want to eat chicken fajitas all week?! My mouth is watering just writing about it.

Egg Drop Soup Recipe – 1 Point

I find that a nice, warm, flavorful bowl of egg drop soup to be so comforting. There’s just something about the aromas of that salty broth, and those silky egg ribbons that really speak to my soul. Especially with there chilly winter weather we’ve been having recently here in SoCal.

I first had egg drop soup years ago at a Chinese restaurant and was blown away by how something so seemingly simple could taste so wonderful and be so satisfying. Compared to other popular Chinese dishes, egg drop soup is pretty diet friendly. And now that eggs are 0 Points with Weight Watchers Freestyle plan, this easy egg drop soup recipe clocks in at just 1 Point. This is a game changer!

Caprese Stuffed Portobellos – 5 Points

Tender, garlic buttered portobello mushrooms, stuffed with fresh tomatoes and basil, topped with melty mozzarella cheese, and the drizzled with a sweet and tangy balsamic glaze!?! Stick a fork in me, I’m done. Sometimes the most decadent low carb recipes come in the simplest form, and this Caprese Stuffed Portobellos recipe is nothing short of easy, yet indulgently fabulous.

Portobello mushrooms are perfect for stuffing with just about anything because their flavor is mild, and the focus tends to be on whatever you put inside. Plus they are low carb, low calorie, fat free, and packed with nutrition.

5 Minute Restaurant Salsa Recipe – 0 Points

Chips and salsa are such a beloved snack…I mean, come on…have you ever met anyone who doesn’t like it? And with so many salsa variations available, this is a food you can never get tired of! I really love all salsas, from the freshly made to the store-bought, and everything in between. But there is something about the flavor of a restaurant salsa that is just impossible to resist.

It turns out, it’s actually pretty easy to recreate a restaurant salsa at home. In fact, it takes just a handful of ingredients and 5 minutes to get a fresh, homemade, restaurant quality salsa on your table. Store-bought salsa can be good, but once you’ve had this delicious, natural, freshly-made salsa, you’ll never want to go back to jarred.

This 5 Minute Restaurant Salsa Recipe is so bright and refreshing and tastes even better when refrigerated overnight. So, if you planning to make this for a party, this would be a great recipe to make the night before.

Serve with your favorite tortilla chips, use it in wraps, or top your favorite Mexican salad with it instead of using dressing!

Also, check out my cranberry salsa recipe, it is delicious!

Creamy Mushroom Garlic Chicken Recipe – 6 Points

I have always been a fan of one-pan dinners…they just make my time in the kitchen so much easier. One night, I had some mushrooms that needed to be used ASAP, so I threw together this Creamy Mushroom Garlic Chicken Recipe that you guys are going to love! It’s not often that I make creamy skillet meals because they can tend to be pretty caloric. But now with the changes in the new Weight Watchers Freestyle program, I’m able to splurge my Points a bit on the good stuff. And by good stuff, I mean creamy sauces that are so velvety and decadent that it feels like I’m indulging at my favorite restaurant.

Top 10 Must-Have Cooking Tools for 2018

Are you looking for the best cooking tools for 2018 to up your game in the kitchen this year? It’s a new year, which means it’s time to clean out your kitchen and get rid of any old tools or appliances that you don’t use anymore and update them with new ones!

The kitchen is the command center of most households, so it’s vital to have trusted, reliable cooking tools that can withstand everyday use, and help you master your cooking skills.

If you are looking for the best kitchen gadgets, check out my fabulous list of the top 10 cooking tools for 2018, and get started on your way to becoming the best chef you can be!

Tusan-Style White Bean and Sausage Soup Recipe – 3 Points

A true comfort food, this Tuscan-Style White Bean and Sausage Soup makes a delightful, cozy dinner on a cold winter’s day. I love how the flavors of this soup come together and warm your home with the most amazing aromas.

If I want to kick things up a notch, I’ll use spicy Italian sausage instead of the mild. It’s SO good! And this Weight Watchers soup recipe doesn’t take a lot of time or effort to prepare…just around 30 minutes. Another great healthy dinner idea for when you are short on time. Totally looks like a gourmet soup, but is fast and easy to prepare.

If you prefer a creamy texture to the soup, just process one of the cans of beans before adding them to the soup. You can leave the other can of beans whole. That will add some thickness to the broth, while still leaving some beans whole for texture. I personally like it with a broth-y base so I can dip some toasted crostini or garlic bread into it. And at just 6 Smart Points per serving, this satisfying soup is an ideal dinner or lunch that will definitely fill you up. Enjoy!

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup Recipe – 4 Points

If my kids consistently ask to have this soup, then that must mean it’s a good recipe right? The first time I made this Roasted Tomato Basil Soup, it was an instant hit. The whole family devoured it. It’s actually a really easy recipe that requires little effort, but the outcome tastes like it’s a gourmet soup from your favorite restaurant. It’s light and fresh, but still satisfying.

Meal Planning – What You Need to Know

I spent a good chunk of my day yesterday planning out all the dinners that I intend to make (and blog about) this week. It’s a time-consuming process, but it’s fun, I enjoy it, and most importantly, it really helps me stay on track. I am following the new Weight Watchers Freestyle program, which offers a lot of freedom and flexibility, but I have found that if I’m not prepared, I tend to revert back into bad habits when I get busy. Sound familiar? A lot of us are in the same boat…I know. So I rely heavily on meal planning. By meal planning, I feel in control, prepared, and am much more easily able to stay within my Points range. It’s also a great way to try out new foods and recipes!

The NEW Weight Watchers Freestyle Program!

All You Need to Know About the Weight Watchers Freestyle Program!

It’s finally here!! 2018 is less than 48 hours away, and I know that many of us, myself included, are planning to get back on the wagon after weeks of holiday indulgences. Well, there’s no better time to make that New Year’s resolution, because Weight Watchers has launched their new Freestyle Plan! Here’s all the info you need to get informed about it, and to be successful.

Asian Broccoli Salad Recipe – 5 Points

If you aren’t a fan of broccoli, this Asian Broccoli Salad Recipe might make you change your mind! I love salads that are easy to prepare and don’t take a lot of time. And this salad comes together in about 15 minutes, which makes it an ideal option for busy weekdays. Eating lots of veggies is a great way to fight off junk food cravings. Because your body will get the nutrition it needs from all the vegetables, it becomes satisfied, meaning you are less likely to start craving junk food.

To get all those veggie servings in, it’s important to be creative, and try new ways to enjoy them. Trying an Asian style dressing over steamed broccoli was something I decided to try recently, and I’m so glad I did! The creamy, peanut butter based dressing is so good…I barely even noticed the broccoli.

Plus, getting all those heart healthy, plant-based fats from the peanut butter and cashews is a wonderful nutrition boost, and another great way to help your body feel full and satisfied. This Asian Broccoli Salad works great for lunch, or as a side dish to your favorite dinner. Easy, delicious and nutritious!

Lentil, Beef, and Quinoa Soup Recipe – 5 Points

I’m all about Weight Watchers Soup Recipes these days, and my Lentil, Beef, and Quinoa Soup was definitely one of my favorite new recipes that came out of my kitchen this week. I love soups that are hearty, and filling, and pretty much a complete meal in one bowl. The tender lentils and juicy ground beef are the stars of this soup. They add wonderful flavor and texture, and are complemented perfectly by the earthy quinoa, wholesome vegetables and incredible spices.

It’s a pretty easy soup to throw together, it delivers a lot of flavor, and is perfectly satisfying. The nourishing ingredients are a powerhouse of nutrition too…tons of fiber, protein, and vitamins. On a chilly fall day, this Lentil, Beef, and Quinoa Soup recipe makes a great lunch or dinner with little to no side dishes needed. I’d serve this with maybe a light green salad and nothing more. Reheats and freezes well too, so get this soup on your to do list soon! You won’t regret it.

Roasted Cranberry Balsamic Chicken Recipe – 5 Points

If you are all turkey-ed out after the Thanksgiving Day feast, then today’s recipe is for you! I put together this Roasted Cranberry Balsamic Chicken Recipe as a tasty and festive alternative to turkey for holiday dinners. Truthfully, I’m not a big fan of turkey. And neither is most of my family. But we serve it every year because…well…tradition.

So this year, I decided to serve this holiday chicken recipe, in addition to the traditional turkey. I figured this would be a good test to see what people really preferred. And let me just say that there was not even one tiny piece of that chicken left! It was love and devoured. And much easier to cook than that turkey! It’s sweet, salty and a bit tangy, hotting all the flavor notes that I crave.

At just 5 Smart Points per serving, this dish is waaaaaaaay lighter than turkey smothered in gravy. And a lot more flavorful. So, if you are open to ditching the turkey, try swapping out this tasty Roasted Cranberry Balsamic Chicken Recipe for your holiday meal instead. And make sure you come back to tell us all what your family thought!

Pumpkin Alfredo Recipe – 7 Points

With the weather FINALLY starting to cool down, I’m in a constant state of comfort food craving. And a rich, creamy, fettuccini alfredo recipe was exactly what I wanted last week.

Now, typically, I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin, or pumpkin flavored foods and drinks. But I had this one can of pure pumpkin on hand, and I wanted to find something to incorporate it in. Considered it’s loaded with vitamins and nutrients, I thought it might be a great way to give my fettuccini alfredo a healthy boost. This, this Pumpkin Alfredo Recipe was born.

Any way you slice it, an alfredo dish is going to be very heavy in fat and calories, so I had to find a few smart ways to trim down this dish without sacrificing flavor.

The biggest thing I did was sub out regular pasta for Miracle Noodle Fettuccini noodles, which I am a regular user of when I want a light pasta dish. They offer a delicious, guilt-free way to indulge in a decadent pasta dish for a LOT fewer calories and carbs, compared to regular pasta. Even my picky husband loves them, so they are a staple around here. A few other alterations and my Pumpkin Alfredo was a success! Creamy, rich, flavorful, and easy, this dish makes a divine Weight Watchers Fall Recipe to indulge in.

Chicken Bruschetta Bake – 3 Points

An easy wholesome dinner that is made with fresh ingredients, and takes very little prep time. If you’ve ever had bruschetta as an appetizer, then you know how magical the flavor combination of tomatoes, basil, garlic and balsamic vinegar is.

This Chicken Bruschetta Bake recipe takes all the divine flavors of a bruschetta appetizer, and turns it into a complete meal. Typically, bruschetta is served on bread, toast, or crackers. But here, it’s baked over top of chicken breasts, which keeps them tender and juicy, and locks in those incredible flavors. It also ups the protein content and lowers the carbs, making it a healthier and lighter meal.

The melted mozzarella cheese really seals the deal on this dish, and gives that creamy, melty goodness that just can’t be compromised. Not all delicious and healthy Weight Watchers recipes require hours of painstaking effort in the kitchen. This Chicken Bruschetta is a breeze, and delivers a fantastic meal that the whole family will enjoy.

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