Southern Recipes


Southern Recipes are always delicious! But given the way they are prepared, it’s not always easy to find a good-for-you version of your favorite Southern dishes. Here’s my collection of tasty Weight Watchers Southern Recipes that will keep you on track to reaching your weight loss goals, while still allowing you to enjoy your favorite foods.

BBQ Beef

BBQ Beef – 9 Smart Points

Since last weekend was a 3 day weekend with Memorial day, my in-laws came down for the weekend. We had a couple of projects to work on while they were here (the guys had a couple of projects, I was just hoping to get out of as much work as possible), so it worked perfectly. I like to have everything planned out and everything I possibly can prepped before a weekend like that. It makes life so much easier and less stressful. I also love food and cooking, so it was a perfect opportunity to take advantage of 2 extra…

Creamy Polenta with Herbed Mushrooms

Creamy Polenta with Herbed Mushrooms – 7 Points

Polenta is one of those things that I wasn’t a huge fan of the first time I tried it. I don’t remember exactly how I made it, but it involved premade polenta, slicing it, frying it and topping it with something. It wasn’t great. However, when you make your own polenta and it’s creamy with a little cheese, it’s really delicious. Then you can use it as a base for just about everything – herbed mushrooms, spicy Cajun shrimp, meatballs, and anything else you can think of. It really doesn’t take long to make. You just have to bring the…

White Chili

White Chili – 5 Points

While I am someone who typically loves meat, sometimes I like to do some vegetarian options. It’s a great way to expand my culinary horizons as well as being a great way to help the food budget. So, we try to do things like “Meatless Mondays”. Some meals are much easier to make a vegetarian option, and chili is one of those meals. Traditional tomato based chili is great, but sometimes, it’s nice to have a little variety of chili. This white chili is a variation on the common (and very tasty) white chicken chili, but without the chicken. Great…

Black Eyed Pea Salad

Black Eyed Pea Salad – 3 Points

We don’t live close to family, so there are a couple of folks that have adopted my husband and I as their kids, well actually, we’re lucky enough to have been “adopted” by several families in the area. They take exceptionally good care of us and we thoroughly enjoy sharing delicious meals with them (as they are all very good cooks). One couple is from North Carolina, so when I saw a recipe for black eyed pea salad, I knew I had to bring it the next time we went to their place for a meal. And I was absolutely…

Cajun Shrimp Salad

Cajun Shrimp Salad – 5 Points

This shrimp salad is a favorite. It’s full of flavor, simple, delicious and perfect for a summer meal. The shrimp are marinated before they’re cooked, so they have a spicy Creole flavor that goes so well with the mild salad. Grilling the asparagus and peppers add flavor and a wonderful look to the salad. Drizzle on the lemon juice to keep everything bright and beautiful. This meal is elegant and will definitely become a family favorite.

Grilled Steak Salad

Grilled Steak Salad – 9 Points

I don’t know too many guys who don’t consider salads chick food – especially here in the Midwest. But this salad is going to be a hit with the men too. It’s grilled, so it’s perfect for summer. You don’t have to heat up the kitchen with anything at all, you can just cook the pasta and grill the rest of the steak and corn on the cob. The grilling adds a wonderful flavor that you don’t get when you’re cooking inside too. The dressing is wonderfully refreshing and the lime juice makes sure that everything in your salad is…

creamy summer pasta salad

Creamy Summer Pasta Salad Recipe – 6 Points

Nothing says summer bbq to me like a good, old fashioned pasta salad. Growing up, they were at EVERY family bbq and I’ve grown accustomed to expecting them. Over the years, I’ve experienced a variety of pasta salads, but my favorite was always the creamy/sweet/tangy one. But the traditional version of this pasta salad recipe is very heavy on the mayo and sugar, making it pretty high in Weight Watchers Points, as well as cholesterol!

sweet bacon wrapped chicken breasts

Sweet Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breasts – 5 Points

A while back, I remember that Paula Deen once made this Sweet Bacon Wrapped Chicken recipe, and I tucked it away in the back of my mind as something I needed to experiment with. I made a few healthier changes, and the recipe turned out fantastic. It was so quick and easy to prepare, and it requires just a handful of ingredients – all of which you probably have on hand at any given time.

collard greens

Bacon Collard Greens Recipe – 2 Points

Shamefully, I have to admit that this was my first attempt ever at cooking collard greens. I was always curious, but just didn’t think that cooked greens could actually taste good. I don’t think I could have been more wrong. Not only was this Bacon Collard Greens Recipe to die for delicious, it has become one of my absolute most favorite Weight Watchers Recipes.

lemon meringue pie

Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe – 8 Points

For the past few months, I CANNOT stop thinking about Lemon Meringue Pie. And it’s taken every ounce of discipline I have to keep myself from to the nearest Marie Callender’s and buying one. Even though lower in PointsPlus than most other pies, a slice of Lemon Meringue can still rack up the PointsPlus. The average slice has around 12-15 PointsPlus. Not exactly crazy, but definitely not a bargain.

maryland crab cakes

Maryland Crab Cakes Recipe – 3 Points

This delicious and super easy low calorie Maryland Crab Cakes Recipe is perfect as an appetizer, main dish or side dish. Most traditional crab cake recipes use a lot of mayonnaise and are fried, thus making for a pretty high PointsPlus meal. But by altering the recipe with some healthier ingredients and using a high fiber breadcrumb mixture, each of these tasty cakes are just 3 Points each.

country potato salad

Country Potato Salad Recipe with Ham – 3 Points

I’ve been on a Paula Deen kick lately….I just cannot get enough of her delicious, homemade Southern Recipes!! But being a Weight Watcher, there’s no way I could eat her food without consuming almost all of my daily PointsPlus Allowance in one serving. So, I enjoy experimenting with healthier versions of her recipes which allows me all the flavor of the South, but with a LOT less fat and calories.

banana blueberry muffins

Banana Blueberry Muffins Recipe – 5 Points

If you are a fan of big, fluffy, fruit filled muffins, you came to the right place today! This easy Banana and Blueberry Muffin Recipe delivers a most delicious low calorie muffin that’s full of good for you ingredients and low in Points. The average muffin at Starbucks clocks in around 9-12 PointsPlus each… why not make a healthier version yourself and save PointsPlus and $$$?

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