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Who ever knew that there could be such delicious versions of the most popular French Recipes? If you are a Weight Watcher who wants to enjoy a decadent French dinner or dessert every now and then, checkout these delicious Weight Watchers French Recipes and indulge without feeling a tad bit guilty!

Classic French Macarons – 6 Smart Points

I don’t typically have desserts around since I just want to eat them, but sometimes, it’s nice to have some desserts. I had some coconut macaroons recently, and they were delicious, but I wanted something a little lighter, so I went with these macarons. These are classic French meringue based cookies that are just delightful little things. They are light and just a little sweet, but not overpowering. You can serve them with frosting in the middle, which is traditionally how they’re served. Or, you can serve them with some frozen yogurt, pudding or some lemon curd instead. These cookies are naturally gluten free, and are really quite easy to make. I dyed my several colors (just separate the batter to do that), so I had a little more variety without making tons of cookies. Be careful not to over handle the batter though, or they might end up falling.…

Baked Ratatouille – 3 Smart Points

A couple of years ago, my sister convinced me to watch Ratatouille. It’s an adorable animated film about a little rat who is a fabulous chef. I loved it. Ever since then, I’ve wanted to make Ratatouille. Ratatouille is traditional French, a vegetable side dish stewed with herbs and spices. I thought I would try a baked version though. The baked version I tried is much less labor intensive than the traditional one, since you don’t have to watch it and stir it. Just season it, pop it in the oven and fix the rest of the meal. I love side dishes (and main dishes) like that. It gives me time to set the table and get caught up on the dishes. Not to mention that when you layer the vegetables into the pan like this, they turn out so beautifully, you can just serve it in the pan. If…

Halibut En Papillote – 6 Points +

Parchment paper is not just a great way to keep cookies from sticking to your baking sheet. You can also use it to make a packet to steam fish and vegetables. Halibut is a very mild white fish, which makes it perfect to season with this savory garlic herb butter. The fish is steamed on a bed of fresh cut vegetables, so it can all be left in the paper and served. Add a side of baguette or lightly buttered whole grain pasta and you have a whole meal that is simple and easy to prepare. Even though it’s simple, it looks elegant and beautiful with the bright colors and white fish served in the paper packet. Since it’s all in individual packets, it’s easy to portion out for calories and points plus. If you want to add a little more flair, crinkle cut your vegetables instead of just slicing…

Savory Crêpes – 10 Points +

Crepes are wonderful. You can fill them with just about anything and they’re really delicious. Quite often we fill our crepes with yogurt and fresh fruit or a fruit sauce. We’ve also made Eggs Benedict in crepes. Really, the filling options are endless. These savory crepes are simple and delicious as well as being vegetarian. The spinach and mushroom filling sautéed in butter with onions adds wonderful flavor. They are savory and rich without being overwhelming. Crepes can be a little difficult to get the hang of at first, but don’t worry. This recipe makes about 15 crepes, but you’ll only need 12 of them for the filling. That gives you a couple of extra crepes to get the heat right, as well as figuring out how to swirl the batter in the pan. The batter will be very thin, so it’ll spread out on the bottom of the pan…

Simple Nicoise Salad – 8 Points +

This salad is a classic French salad, but this takes less than 30 minutes start to finish – it’s perfect for an elegant meal on a busy night. The trick to making this salad quick and easy is to cook the green beans and potatoes together. The fresh beans and lettuce that are available right now make this a delicious treat, since there’s nothing quite like fresh salad from the garden. Use tuna canned in water to cut down on the oil in the salad. You’ll have a refreshing and delicious salad in no time.

Whole Grain Crepes with Fruit – 6 Points +

There is very little that I love more than a Saturday brunch with my husband. I always try to do something fun and especially delicious on Saturday mornings. Usually, the morning is a little slower and more relaxed, so I have time to make things like crepes. I’ll admit, I love crepes, they’re similar to pancakes, but the fluffy and light flavor is different. They also open up a whole world of possibilities when it comes to filling them. My favorite filling is fresh fruit, or yogurt topped with a homemade fruit sauce. You can also fill them with scrambled eggs, meat, cheese or just about anything else you can imagine. And a word to the wise — your first crepe will probably be a mess. Mine first one always is, no matter how much I make them. After the first one, they’ll turn out perfect and delicious.

Creamy Dijon Chicken Recipe

Creamy Dijon Chicken Recipe – 5 Points +

Lately, my schedule has been packed, and my days overflowing with tasks. I’ve fallen a bit behind in my menu planning for each week and often have to rely on whatever foods I have in the fridge/freezer/pantry to whip up a tasty and healthy Weight Watchers dinner. And I often have to do this in 30 minutes or less. When this situation arises, it’s recipes like this Creamy Dijon Chicken Recipe that save me.

Blue Cheese Burger

Blue Cheese Burger Recipe – 9 Points +

Sometimes, you just gotta have a big, juicy, manly, hearty burger. Last week, I had one of those days. So I put together this Blue Cheese Burger Recipe that was seriously out of this world. Each burger came out to just 9 Points +, which wasn’t bad considering how big and satisfying it was. I probably could’ve used a sandwich thin, or some other low carb hamburger bun, and shaved off an extra Point or two, but this time, I needed something BIG and carb-y.

Roasted Artichoke and Mushroom Chicken Recipe

Roasted Artichoke and Mushroom Chicken Recipe – 5 Points +

Another amazingly easy and delicious Weight Watchers chicken recipe that tastes like you spent hours preparing it. This Roasted Artichoke and Mushroom Chicken Recipe tastes like a million bucks! The artichokes and mushroom deliver a nice dose of fiber, and the mustard and red wine sauce add the perfect flavor, all while the chicken stays juicy and succulent.

Spinach, Feta and Potato Au Gratin

Spinach, Feta and Potato Au Gratin Recipe – 5 Points +

This lighter take on a traditional Au Gratin Recipe combines the delicious flavors of feta and spinach, layered between soft and buttery Yukon gold potatoes. It makes a wonderful idea for a Weight Watchers breakfast casserole, or serve it as a side dish with dinner. I strongly recommend using a mandoline slicer to slice your potatoes to the right thickness.

Eggs Benedict Casserole

Eggs Benedict Casserole Recipe – 6 Points +

I love having a breakfast ready to go when I wake up in the morning, and I love it even more when it’s something as delicious as an Eggs Benedict Casserole! By making a few healthier adjustments to a typical Eggs Benedict recipe, and making it into a casserole version, I’ve created a delicious and easy breakfast casserole that is prepared the night before and baked in the morning.

French Onion Soup Casserole

French Onion Soup Casserole Recipe – 5 Points +

French Onion Soup has always been one of my favorite dishes…who doesn’t love the idea of toasted bread and gooey cheese, melted all over a hot and flavorful onion soup? But the traditional French Onion Soup recipe is not low calorie or Weight Watchers friendly. I’ve tried a few pre-made, low calorie versions that I’ve found in grocery stores but the taste is either blah or the portion is super small.

Maple Dijon Chicken

Maple Dijon Chicken Recipe – 5 Points +

I came across a version of this low calorie chicken recipe in one of Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyers a while back. It sounded really tasty and really easy, so I finally decided to give it a try. With just a few simple changes in the original recipe, my Maple Dijon Chicken was outstanding! So flavorful, so easy and yet just 5 Points + per serving.

Dijon Chicken Slow Cooker Recipe

Dijon Chicken Slow Cooker Recipe – 7 Points +

Another busy day, leads to another easy, delicious and low calorie crock pot recipe. This Dijon Chicken Slow Cooker Recipe is simple, yet very filling, and and delicious. The mild chicken and potatoes complement the tangy Dijon mustard oh so perfectly. Each nicely sized serving is just 7 Points + each, and it goes great paired with a fresh green salad.

Mushroom Soup

Mushroom Soup Recipe – 1 Points +

Even though we are in the midst of summer heat, I came across a super amazing Mushroom Soup Recipe at Season with Spice. It simply looked too good not to try, and I happened to have a lot of extra mushrooms in the fridge, so despite the 96 degree temperature outside, I got to work re-working her recipe into something more Weight Watchers friendly.

Brie and Apple Panini

Brie and Apple Panini Recipe – 6 Points +

When it comes to cheese, Brie is my absolute favorite. I am seriously obsessed with it and cannot be trusted with it in the house. So I rarely ever buy it, because I can, and will, sit there and eat the entire package. But when I came across a light brie cheese at Trader Joe’s I decided to give it a try. This Brie and Apple Panini Recipe is the perfect Weight Watchers Panini if you are a Brie lover.

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